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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Acoustic Americana Music Guide & NEWS, Sep 25-Oct 5 (and way into 2011)

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Quick links to our FALL FESTIVAL SEASON’s detailed features -
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* “FALL FESTIVALS ALMANAC” at
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/09/fall-festivals-almanac-summers-last.html
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and our survey of the
* ANNUAL GUIDE TO MUSIC AT THE L.A. COUNTY FAIR, through October 3, at
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/09/guide-to-la-county-fairs-music-more.html
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and check-out THIS WEEKEND’S concerts, festivals, club gigs, free shows, newly-added events (some now, some soon, and some waaaay in advance) and MORE, all in this edition!
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SEPTEMBER 25 through OCTOBER 5 edition (and way into 2011)
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NEWS FEATURES
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…in this edition:
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1) SPONSOR CANCELS “AMERICANA MUSIC FEST,” OCTOBER 3…
2) ENTER NOW: SONGWRITER’S CHALLENGE FOR FIRE PREVENTION WEEK
3) QUICK GLANCE AT ANOTHER GREAT WEEKEND OF MUSIC!
4) DALA, CANADIAN FOLK DUO & PBS DARLINGS, HERE SEPTEMBER 25 & 26
5) JEFFREY HALFORD & THE HEALERS HIT L.A., SEPTEMBER 25 & 26…
6) 8th ANNUAL “SOURCE AWARDS” HONOR WOMEN IN MUSIC
7) WE’D LIKE YOU TO MEET… VICTORIA VOX
8) SPUTNIK, GPS, & IPODS: IS THIS THE “GIANT LEAP” WE WERE EXPECTING?
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1) SPONSOR CANCELS “AMERICANA MUSIC FEST,” OCTOBER 3…
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With only two weeks to go until the event – intended to be the “first annual” – word suddenly arrived that it is not to be.
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The sponsors, the Thousand Oaks Kiwanis Charitable Foundation, jumped ship when advance ticket sales were not strong enough.
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CARL GAGE, producer of the event, scrambles to try to schedule an evening concert on the same date, as a means to generate enough money to recoup out-of-pocket expenses incurred by artists and others who had already bought airline tickets, etc.
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But there just wasn’t time. Carl called to tell the Guide, “It’s over. We just couldn’t make anything happen on such short notice.”
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Carl and his volunteer staff had been working on the event since April. It would have been held at the beautiful Paramount Ranch near Agoura Hills, in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area. (Same site as Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival.)
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Intended to run all day, 10 am-5 pm, the First-ever “AMERICANA MUSIC FEST” would have had quite a lineup, with JOE CRAVEN, SCOTT GATES WITH CHUCK HAILES, JOHN YORK (THE BYRDS), KIRSTEN PROFFIT, BORDER RADIO, SUSIE GLAZE & THE HILONESOME BAND, CATHY-ANNE McCLINTOCK, JOHN BATDORF (BATDORF & RODNEY), ROBERT EARL “ROBBY” LONGLEY, THE STATMEN, SABRINA & CRAIG, TRACY NEWMAN & THE REINFORCEMENTS, BOYD & WAIN, UKULELE BARTT, GARY ALLEGRETTO (HARMONIKIDS), MILES FRANCIS, and more.
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All performances would have been all-acoustic. In addition to headliners, other performers were chosen by a panel of judges from the local music scene, from submissions through the spring and summer.
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Except for its cancellation, there’s much that others could emulate. The event was to Include performances on three stages, workshops, an “Instrument Petting Zoo,” jamming, food, and more. CARL GAGE had previously explained, “the Instrument Petting Zoo [was 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.”
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It does cause us to realize that working with sponsors who are new to our music universe can be especially challenging. It may be a lesson from this experience that, where advance sales are important, a substantial “early bird discount” may need to be built-in. But that’s 20/20 hindsight.
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The Guide’s editor has plenty of empathy for Carl and his crew: in 2004, the editor produced a festival for charity with 60 acts on six stages – after the original benefiting charity / sponsor withdrew two months before the event. Two months proved to be enough time to find a new sponsor / beneficiary – in that case, Project Hope, known for operating the SS Hope hospital ship and providing medical services, worldwide. (From that experience, Desert Song Productions was born, and still continues in the hands of others who played key roles in the original festival.) But two weeks to find a new sponsor, for an event where all the proceeds were already earmarked to specific charitable causes? Obviously, that’s too much for anyone to salvage.
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When we checked, the Americana Music Festival website was still up. It’s www.americanamusicfestkw.org
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2) ENTER NOW: SONGWRITER’S CHALLENGE FOR FIRE PREVENTION WEEK
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Early each October is FIRE PREVENTION WEEK. There are plenty of songs about fire. It’s primordial, from Prometheus to the vital hearth of the cave or earliest village, to the tragedy of the bigots who burned the great library of Alexandria. There’s Buck Owens singing “Ring of Fire.” There are Torch Songs. There’s the band ARCADE FIRE. There’s the BLACK IRISH BAND’s tribute album to firefighters, “Into the Fire.” Think about it and you’ll surely be able to list a half-dozen other musical references to fire.
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So, here’s one for all you songwriters. It’ll get your “fire song(s)” some exposure right away, and bring you a chance to win a prize later in October.
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a) FIRST, SEND US THE URL FOR ANY SONG OF YOURS THAT’S ABOUT FIRE OR FIREFIGHTERS AND CAN BE HEARD ON THE WEB (audio or video), and we’ll post it in a special section. Be sure to include the name of the song, the genre, and the names of the songwriter(s) and musicians performing the song. All genres welcome for this one, but please tell us the genre(s) of your song(s). We’ll give you until October 3 to get your song info to us.
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Make the subject of your email “FIRE SONG” and send the info to us at tiedtothetracks@hotmail.com
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Send as many “fire song” urls (with info) as you want. You can send the info for as few or as many in each email you send, but remember to title each email, “FIRE SONG.”
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b) LATER, WHEN WE HAVE ALL THE SONGS LISTED, we’ll have a GUIDE READER’S CONTEST TO PICK THE TOP THREE SONGS. But first, get the recorded performances of your songs posted someplace accessible, and send us the required info and the url for everyone to hear (or watch) ‘em.
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Here are some notes about FIRE PREVENTION WEEK that may help inspire you to write a new song, or simply help to keep you and yours safe…
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First, it should hold special significance for Southern Californians in the midst of an ongoing drought, surrounded by bone-dry hillsides of chaparral. The chaparral-covered hills, that is, that didn’t turn into the surface of the moon from last year’s notorious and devastating “Station Fire.” Firefighters made incredible stands during the weeks of that conflagration, and almost miraculously saved the historic and scientifically irreplaceable Mt. Wilson Observatory, along with virtually all of L.A.’s TV and radio transmission towers.
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We need to be mindful of all the gratitude we feel for our firefighters in times of crisis, and to remember that gratitude when government looks at ways to cut budgets. We need to remember the firefighters from other states and other taxpayer-supported jurisdictions who came from all over the nation to fight Southern California’s Station Fire. Of course, the memories of firefighters on 9/11, and coming from everywhere in its aftermath, are ingrained in the annals of civilization. And we should be mindful that each time a fire bell rings, it signifies a life-and-death matter for somebody, somewhere.
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Brush and wild land fires aside, each year there are 550,000 RESIDENTIAL FIRES in the US (nearly all preventable) and these cost taxpayers billions of dollars. So, before your mind turns to haunting your neighborhood for Halloween, help make sure it’ll still be there. Take a little time to be aware and proactive for fire prevention.
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For starters, CHANGE THE BATTERIES IN YOUR SMOKE DETECTORS. Daylight Savings time began earlier and extends later this year, so if “time change day” is when you usually change those batteries, they may not last that long this time around.
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Then, enter your “fire song” in the Guide’s contest!
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3) QUICK GLANCE AT ANOTHER GREAT WEEKEND OF MUSIC!
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See our separate features on DALA and JEFFREY HALFORD & THE HEALERS, playing locally, to learn more about each…
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Next, CHRISTINE LAVIN is back in Southern Cal and she isn’t often here. As astute, witty, entertaining, funny, and socially relevant as ever when we saw her perform earlier this week at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, Christine Lavin remains a “must-see” artist. Catch her in San Diego Friday, September 24 at 7:30 pm at the “AMSD” concert series (formerly Acoustic Music San Diego). OR, she performs in West Hollywood on Wednesday, October 6, at the Gardenia Restaurant & Lounge. See the Guide’s event listings.
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FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY, DAY-BY-DAY…
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TONIGHT, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, there are several Guide “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks, and more. Here’s a sample…
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* 7:30 pm CHRISTINE LAVIN plays the in San Diego.
* TONY BENNETT at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City.
* 8 pm “WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY” plus music Oscar winner RYAN BINGHAM at the Greek Theatre in Griffith Park, L.A.
* 8 pm BEAUSOLEIL avec MICHAEL DOUCET at McCabe’s in Santa Monica.
* 8 pm JEFFREY HALFORD & THE HEALERS at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in, Altadena (plus, they play the Grand Annex in San Pedro on Saturday at 8 pm).
* 9 pm I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. play the Cinema Bar in Culver City, no cover.
* 9:30 pm KEN O'MALLEY plays Ireland's 32 in Van Nuys, fresh from his big night at the Ford Amphitheatre.
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ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, there are a BUNCH of Guide “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks, and other interesting stuff…
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The all-day, 16th annual, “HARVEST FESTIVAL OF DULCIMERS” brings Appalachian music and Bavarian & Medieval music workshops & concerts, at Culver-Palms United Methodist Church in Culver City. The noontime concert is FREE, and there’s a 6 pm evening concert with festival and workshop headliners CARMEN AMREIN, KENDRA WARD, BOB BENCE, & NEAL HELLMAN that requires tickets (the workshops have fees).
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Plus, on Saturday, there are ALL THESE shows and more:
* 7 pm JANET KLEIN & THE PARLOR BOYS bring their charming early-20th –century proto jazz and tin pan alley classics to the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
* 7 pm “FIESTA MEXICANA VIII – SONES, BAILES Y CANTARES” at the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood.
* 7:30 pm SLAID CLEAVES plus ANNABELLE LEE play the Folk Music Center & Museum in Claremont.
* 7:30 pm BANSHEE IN THE KITCHEN plays a house concert in Northridge.
* 7:30 pm KEN GRAYDON & FRIENDS play the “Fallbrook Americana Music Series” at Fallbrook Mission Theater in Fallbrook (N San Diego Co).
* 8 pm DALA, the splendid female Canadian indie music duo of AMANDA WALTHER & SHEILA CARABINE, plays the Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University in Malibu (and DALA plays Sunday at 4 pm at the Ruth Shannon Center for the Performing Arts in Whittier).
* 8 pm CHRIS STUART & BACKCOUNTRY play Boulevard Music in Culver City.
* 8 pm “BODIE HOUSE MUSIC 10th ANNIVERSARY SHOW” at the “Bodie House Music Series at the Thousand Oaks Library.”
* 8 pm BEAUSOLEIL avec MICHAEL DOUCET plus BIG CHIEF MONK BOUDREAUX & THE MARDI GRAS INDIANS at Great Park (Balloon Park), Irvine.
* 8 pm COW BOP plays Boulevard Music in Culver City.
* 8 pm JEFFREY HALFORD & THE HEALERS play The Grand Annex in San Pedro.
* 8 pm THE ANDY RAU BAND at The Fret House in Covina.
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ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, there are more Guide “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks…
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* 4 pm DALA, the splendid female Canadian indie music duo of AMANDA WALTHER & SHEILA CARABINE, plays the Shannon Center for the Performing Arts in Whittier (after they play Saturday at 8 pm at the Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University in Malibu).
* 7 pm SLAID CLEAVES is at McCabe’s in Santa Monica.
* 7 pm JIM "KIMO" WEST – top Hawaiian slack key guitarist and composer, plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
* 7:30 pm PO’ GIRL plays the “Gelencser House Concert” series tonight in Claremont (AND, they -play the Coffee Gallery Backstage on Tuesday, September 28 at 8 pm, AND Wednesday at 7:30 pm, PO' GIRL plays the “AMSD” concert series in San Diego).
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See the Guide’s event listings and detailed write-ups for information on all these shows and more.
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4) DALA, CANADIAN FOLK DUO & PBS DARLINGS, HERE SEPTEMBER 25 & 26
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An enthusiastic “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick in the Guide, DALA, the splendid Canadian indie music duo, plays shows in performing arts centers in Malibu at 8 pm Saturday night, and in Whittier at 4 pm Sunday.
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Darlings of the Canadian music scene, AMANDA WALTHER & SHEILA CARABINE of DALA have come a long way in a short time. The duo's name was formed by combining the last two letters of each artist's first name. That esoterica aside, Dala won the 2010 “Toronto Independent Music Award” for “Best Folk Artist(s).”
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DALA has performed at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the Edmonton Folk Festival, California's Strawberry Festival, and Mariposa. In 2009 it was the only Canadian act invited to play at the 50th Anniversary of the Newport Folk Festival.
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The duo's PBS special a co-production for US public TV, “Girls from the North Country,” was recently broadcast across North America and GREATLY impressed the editor of the Guide. (Of course, we saw it in L.A. with many pledge drive interruptions, since that’s the only time KCET and KOCE air PBS music shows.)
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"[They are] the angels of folk music. Ethereal, eloquent, and downright beautiful, the music they create is faultlessly performed..." - Exclaim!
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“Everyone Is Someone,” Dala's newest album, was released in 2009 to critical acclaim. It earned the vocalists their FIFTH “Canadian Folk Music Award” nomination and was named "Album of the Year" by The Irish Post. Their song, "Horses" – which speaks to the heartbreak and hope of a young man dealing with disability – was nominated by National Public Radio in the US as one of the “Top 10 Folk Songs” of 2009.
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Amanda's ethereal soprano voice blends seamlessly with Sheila's velvety alto, creating the lush harmonies that have become their trademark. The sheer joy with which they perform is infectious, turning first-time listeners into instant fans.
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The duo has performed at Toronto's legendary Massey Hall a total of seven times, and toured across Canada six times, opening for Canadian artists Jann Arden, Tom Cochrane, Matthew Good, Stuart McLean of the CBC's “Vinyl Cafe,” and, most recently, Chantal Kreviazuk.
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The two best friends have come a long way since they met in their high school music class and wrote their first song together in 2002.
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Dala is poised to bring its harmonies and fresh brand of acoustic pop to the world. Drawing upon influences like the Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan, the pair writes songs that are both catchy and insightful.
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More at www.dalagirls.com
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DALA performs:
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8 pm SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 at the Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu; www.arts.pepperdine.edu. Presented by Pepperdine University Center for the Arts. Advance tix, 310-506-4522. The admission price includes a dessert reception with the musicians following the performance. Tix, $25 gen’l, $10 for full-time Pepperdine students.

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4 pm SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, at the the Ruth Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, 6760 Painter Av, Whittier; advance tix, 562-907-4203; www.shannoncenter.org.
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5) JEFFREY HALFORD & THE HEALERS HIT L.A., SEPTEMBER 24 & 25…
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Catch ‘em Friday, September 24 at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena, or Saturday, September 25, at The Grand Annex in San Pedro (see events listings).
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Now, just WHY do you want to see ‘em? JEFFREY HALFORD & THE HEALERS have played shows with some of the most acclaimed artists and songwriters, including TAJ MAHAL, LOS LOBOS, ETTA JAMES, THE RADIATORS, ROBERT EARL KEEN, JOHN HAMMOND, AUGIE MEYERS, DAVE ALVIN, GUY CLARK, and CHUCK PROPHET, and others, Halford making a name for himself with his poetic lyrics, his raw and haunting slide guitar, and continuing to build his rep with his band of top players. Buddy Siegal of the OC Weekly wrote, “I am here to place Jeffrey Halford . . . in the pantheon of great American singer-songwriters.”
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Okay, this isn’t an acoustic string band. This San Francisco-based outfit receives the inevitable comparisons to John Fogerty, Tom Waits and even Bob Dylan. Jeffrey Halford & the Healers offer soulful blues-influenced and rootsy rock-n-roll. Getting his start on the streets and small clubs in the City by the Bay, Halford’s songs create a uniquely American, and specifically California, landscape.
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Halford’s newest and fifth CD, "Railbirds," is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed "Hunkpapa." Reviews for their recordings illuminate what makes them distinctive and compelling:
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"’Broken Chord’ again highlights his strengths as a talented wordsmith with the soul of a rugged roadhouse rocker," writes No Depression. The reviewer for Blues Bytes wrote of their CD, Broken Chord, "I liked [it] better each time I heard it." The San Francisco Chronicle said, "Halford and the Healers tone down the electric edge of the country-rock, which has matured admirably on their new CD, Broken Chord." A paper with one of the most colorful names in America, the Tacoma Weekly Volcano, wrote, "Halford is a singer-songwriter who plays a mean six-string...with shades of country, blues and rock and roll, he and his band play with a fiery fury that is raucously delightful. He is about as authentic as the day is long."
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And then there are the reviews of their live performances:
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"Jeffrey Halford and crew go well beyond a mastery of their instruments" - Music Connection. Phil Reser of the Chico Enterprise Record wrote, "Their impeccable improvisational skills make listeners feel that each moment of their performance is unique and special...experience and dedication emanate from Halford and the Healers...(he) makes his guitar sound like the voice of a soulful back-up singer," and he continued, "Halford is a talented, American roots-rock musician steeped in the trinity of blues, folk and rock, with well-crafted and lyrically interesting songs about American life."
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Halford's song "Rock N' Fire" has been featured on the nationally-syndicated radio show, “Blues Deluxe,” heard weekly over one-hundred-plus stations throughout the US and Canada with a two-million-plus listenership (of course, we don’t get it on any L.A. broadcast station.) Three tracks from Broken Chord were added to regular rotation on KPIG-FM in San Francisco, one of America’s top Americana stations. This past summer, Broken Chord remained in the Top 20 Americana Charts for nine consecutive weeks, receiving over 3,500 spins - placing it on a par with such renowned artists as Wilco, Steve Earl, and Ryan Adams.
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The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena – the place for Friday’s show – has repeatedly received accolades in FolkWorks annual “Best of / Top Ten” as the “best intimate acoustic venue in L.A.” If you haven’t found your way up Lake Avenue, straight above the 210 Freeway and Old Town Pasadena, you’re missing a venue with great sound, adjustable stage lights, and more top-quality acoustic and Americana bookings that anyplace else in Southern California. Reservations are recommended at 626-794-2424; tix, $15.
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The Grand Annex is an intimate 100-seat music listening room in San Pedro – which hosts Saturday’s show – is operated by Grand Vision Foundation, a 15-year-old non-profit dedicated to the preservation and continued use of the historic Warner Grand Theatre. Proceeds from concerts at the Grand Annex go toward ongoing restoration and repairs at the Warner Grand Theatre. They offer wine tasting packages on show nights, and various other specials. A “Wine Tastings & Ticket Package” is available for $25 advance, $30 day of show. Tastings before all shows are at Off the Vine Wines, a few doors down. See the Guide’s events listings for full info. Make reservations for either option at 310-833-4813. Show tix are $15 advance, $20 day of show.
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6) 8th ANNUAL “SOURCE AWARDS” HONOR WOMEN IN MUSIC
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The SOURCE AWARDS, co-hosted this year by BRENDA LEE and JEANNIE SEELY, are an annual celebration honoring women in the music industry for their tireless work and contributions to the business.
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MICHAEL BOLTON, VINCE GILL, and Nashville Mayor KARL DEAN were on hand for the special evening honoring “Influential Women in the Nashville Music Industry.”
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The event was held Thursday, August 26, at the Noah Liff Opera Center in Nashville.
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CELIA FROEHLIG, CAROL PHILLIPS, SHERYTHA SCAIFE, LIZ THIELS, and RUTH WHITE were celebrated and thanked for contributing their knowledge and talents to the industry and Nashville community as well as for their continued efforts to push the music industry forward. FRANCES W PRESTON received the esteemed “Jo Walker Meador Lifetime Achievement Award” from country music star and her good friend VINCE GILL. Congratulating Preston were singer-songwriter MICHAEL BOLTON and Nashville’s Mayor KARL DEAN.
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The evening was filled with stories, laughs and appreciative words for all that these women have contributed.
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Gill said, “I was thrilled to death to get this invitation to come and present this to Frances. You could be a kid getting their first songwriter award, or you could be Harlan Howard--and she treated you the same. I really love women. A woman knows how to nurture. A woman knows community. A man never ‘gets’ that. I value these relationships, these friends.”
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Founded in 1991, SOURCE is a nonprofit organization supporting women executives and professionals who work in all facets of the Nashville music industry. In 2003, the Source Awards were established to honor the pioneering women who helped establish the foundation of the music industry.
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If you happen to be passing through the Nashville International Airport, check out “The Source Behind the Music” exhibit, currently on display at Concourse C. It highlights many of the past and current SOURCE award winners and their achievements.
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The exhibit makes the point, “While many were not celebrated in the music industry during their lifetime, they paved the way for women in the future and created the music industry as it is today.” The exhibit is curated and produced by “Arts at the Airport,” Caroline Carlisle, curator, and Karen Edgin, designer. It will remain until July, 2011.
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7) WE’D LIKE YOU TO MEET… VICTORIA VOX
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She’s a headliner at the upcoming SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA UKULELE FESTIVAL, Saturday, October 2 in Cerritos. It’s a Guide “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick, it runs 9 am-10 pm, and featured artists are VICTORIA VOX, "D HAWAII" SENIORS, THE JUMPING FLEAS, UNCLE LINCOLN'S UKULELE, HAWAIIAN LEGEND SERENADERS, MELE O'HANA UKULELE GROUP, ALDRINE GUERRERO, FRED THOMPSON and many more. But only she will sell you a “Don’t Uke and Drive” button, its message in a clever pictorial depiction.
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VICTORIA VOX is charming and hides a devilishly playful streak behind that ever-so-sweet smile. She does the best “lipsophone” (as she calls it) mouth-effect of most everything in the horn section, without the need to pack any brass. She graduated Berklee College of Music with a degree in songwriting. She’s a multi-instrumentalist who plays the accordion and guitar. But mostly, she’s among today’s most-booked ukulele players, taking that instrument to gigs all over the world, and teaching techniques with it at numerous music camps.
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She’s performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” several times amidst her touring and recording sessions in L.A., doing her originals and covering classics like “Ukulele Lady.”
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Last month, Victoria’s newest CD, “Exact Change,” got some fine reviews. Check out these comments:
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Urbanite Magazine wrote, “The uke might scream novelty act, but behind the whimsical instrumentation lies some precise pop-friendly songcraft and serious ambition, as Vox's new album proves. Vox pushes the little instrument into expressive new territory.”
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Vintage Guitar Magazine cites, “An undercurrent of toughness, a beautiful voice, great melodies and loads of charm make her unique folk/pop music impossible to resist.”
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Baltimore Magazine, published in her adopted hometown, says, “Vox explores the instrument's propulsive potential. I've never heard, or seen, anything quite like ‘Exact Change.’”
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And never underestimate the value of a fan review. Victoria shared “a really cool email from someone that I got a couple of weeks ago. Every now and then an email makes me laugh out loud!” Here’s an excerpt:
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“A word on your music: through social media (and concerts, etc.) you have probably noticed that you have an interesting ‘following’-your music appeals not just to your own ‘age group,’ and not just ‘ukeys’ (I coined that one), but to a wide range of folks. That means you're doing something right! You're not bound by just one style, nor by one instrument. You are also being creative with the marketing and business aspect of your music in a time of great change in the industry.
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“Transcending your collected work is a lively intellect, a playful sense of humor, a mastery of language (there IS an art to songwriting, as with poetry, to invoke in the reader/listener emotion, imagery, etc. while being spare with your words).
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“I was thinking about that while driving. You are a generation younger, but imagine, for a moment, if Tina Fey, Victoria Jackson (early Saturday Night Live), Flo (Progressive Insurance commercials), and Cyndi Lauper were put in a Waring blender, and the best of each PLUS something uniquely your own flew in from Green Bay, ukulele in hand, and crashed a Dave Matthews Band & U2 joint concert. That's what I hear in your songs. Interesting, infective, often joyous, never boring, with a slightly unpredictable edginess.
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“As Martha Stewart says, that is ‘a good thing.’”
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Beyond sharing the message from that happy fan, Victoria wrote, “The bag is packed (please note that my squeezebox takes up 1/2 my suitcase, so I don't get to bring much for clothes!) and I've got 2 ukuleles and my laptop. All I need really. :) I left Daphne (my car) at home this time, and I'm mass transiting from NY to CA. I'm currently in Montreal, just for fun, as I got a $62 train ticket from NYC! It was a gorgeous 11 hour ride and I get to speak French for a couple of days before heading to NV for the first week of the tour.”
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She sent us a long list of shows, and notes she is “averaging a show every other day or so.”
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That’s more important that the usual desire of a musician to work. Victoria explains, “This is a VERY good thing as I just put an offer in on my very own house in Baltimore! It's super cute - a little old and needing some work (anyone know a good plumber!?) but quirky enough to fit my style ;) So... I'm very happy to be working ;)”
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Before playing the SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA UKULELE FEST, she is, as usual, playing festivals all over the map, including the “Wine Country Ukulele Festival” in St Helena, California, on September 12; the “Ukulele Meetup” in Phoenix, Arizona on September 23, and the “Milwaukee Ukulele Festival” where she performs with the excellent BOULDER ACOUSTIC SOCIETY in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 25. Not to mention a buncha other gigs.
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The annual SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA UKULELE FEST returns Saturday, October 2, and runs 9 am-10 pm at Cerritos Park East Community Center, 13234 E 166th St, Cerritos; info, 818-522-6066 or 818-322-8026. (See the Guide’s listing.)
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There’s lots more at www.victoriavox.com and www.itunes.com/victoriavox and www.victoriavox.bandcamp.com
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8) SPUTNIK, GPS, & IPODS: IS THIS THE “GIANT LEAP” WE WERE EXPECTING?
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An important and essentially unknown anniversary arrives October 4. On that day in 1957, SPUTNIK 1 became the earth’s first artificial satellite, when it was launched by the Soviet Union. The size of a basketball, all it did was orbit and beep – and scare the crap out of militarists and scientists everywhere west of the Iron Curtain.
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Oh, yes, it did that, and along the way, it STARTED THE SPACE RACE. And that has given us: communication satellites; talking car-dashboard navigation units (and watches and cell phones) with “we-know-where-you-are” GPS; ever-smaller portable computers; cell phones that let you watch TV on one-inch screens; wall-size flat screens (because who wants to watch anything on a 32-inch TV – though one-inch screens are somehow okay); postage-stamp-size music players with ear buds that make us deaf and antisocial; countless and ubiquitous (and often annoying) digital doodads and gew-gaws; and oh, yeah, it took America to the Moon with six manned landings from 1969 through 1972.
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Alas, it all became nothing but narcissistic consumer electronics that made mass-produced high-tech highly profitable – by exporting all the jobs to slave-labor complexes in China that lock-in as many as 300,000 workers in each fenced-in factory / living unit, where they work 36-hour shifts for $5 a day, and have the highest suicide rate of any workers in the world (as detailed over the past year in the London Daily Mirror and in the current Bloomberg Business News).
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The GENE RODDENBERRY vision of the future, together with that of ARTHUR C. CLARKE in his “2001,” and the long-gone (thrown-away) magic of Apollo – the true pioneering promise and the “Giant leap” for humanity – were all tossed overboard, and have yet to be rediscovered or fulfilled…
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1) We’d Like You to Meet… James McMurtry (he plays The Mint, Sep 22)
2) Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band's “Legacy”
3) “Byrds Week” at The Coffee Gallery Backstage…
4) Blue Ridge Pickin’ Parlor – Closed, but not Gone; Concerts Coming, & Stage at “Santa Clarita Pumpkin Festival” October 23
5) Dillon Campbell, Son of Glen Campbell, Releases Sampler EP
6) “Amoebapalooza” Hits King King in Hollywood, September 26
7) Molly’s Revenge Plays Benefit for One Of its Own
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1) Tix Giveaway: Coffee Gallery Backstage – Show of Your Choice
2) Tix Giveaway: “Celtic Arts Center Concert at The Ford,” Sep 12
3) Annual L.A. County Fair, Brings Music & More, Runs Entire Month
4) 1st Annual “Fall Equinox Festival” Arrives this Weekend
5) This Saturday is Crazy with Good Music
6) “Festivals Almanac” – Summer’s Last, Through the Fall
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1) Tix Giveaway: Coffee Gallery Backstage – Show of Your Choice
2) Tix Giveaway: “Celtic Arts Center Concert at The Ford,” Sep 12
3) Some Thoughts about Labor Day, As it Is in 2010
4) Millpond Music Festival Will Bring Tuneful End to Summer
5) We’d Like You to Meet… The Whites
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1) 21st International Bluegrass Music Awards Names Hosts – Jerry Douglas,
Sharon & Cheryl White to Officiate
2) “Laptop Lyrics” Singalong Is Innovative Fun, Every Week
3) San Pedro’s Grand Annex Announces Fall Season
4) “Texas Crossroads Cowboy Gathering” Seeks Performers
5) Karen Hart Gears-Up for Holiday Season, Has Video Up Now
6) Bob Stane’s Tale of Desert Delirium – and He Solicits Yours
7) Our Musician’s “Real-Life Moments” of The Week…
From Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, And From Marina V
8) Brigitte DeMeyer Signs Nashville Publishing Deal
9) We’d Like You to Meet… Jerry Douglas
10) Editorial: Why a Show Biz Career Confuses Heroes & Celebrities –
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11) Final Days for The Guide’s Current “Thank-You” Gifts –
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Each weekly edition is designed to be useful not just for the current week, but well beyond. Each edition focuses on ALL THINGS ACOUSTIC for a span of a week or so – AND adds MORE events to those days’ listings than we had the previous week – PLUS, it’s updated with more events, farther into the future, as we learn of them.
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All-day 16th annual “HARVEST FESTIVAL OF DULCIMERS” with Appalachian music and Bavarian & Medieval music workshops & concerts, at Culver-Palms United Methodist Church in Culver City.
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6 pm “HARVEST FESTIVAL OF DULCIMERS EVENING CONCERT” with Appalachian music and Bavarian & Medieval music performed by CARMEN AMREIN, KENDRA WARD, BOB BENCE, & NEAL HELLMAN, at Culver-Palms United Methodist Church in Culver City.
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7 pm JANET KLEIN & The Parlor Boys at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, Altadena
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7:30 pm SLAID CLEAVES plus ANNABELLE LEE at the Folk Music Center & Museum in Claremont.
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7:30 pm BANSHEE IN THE KITCHEN plays a house concert in Northridge.
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7:30 pm KEN GRAYDON & FRIENDS play the “Fallbrook Americana Music Series” at Fallbrook Mission Theater in Fallbrook (N San Diego Co).
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8 pm DALA, the splendid female Canadian indie music duo of AMANDA WALTHER & SHEILA CARABINE, plays the Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University in Malibu.
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8 pm CHRIS STUART & BACKCOUNTRY play Boulevard Music in Culver City.
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8 pm “BODIE HOUSE MUSIC 10th ANNIVERSARY SHOW” at the “Bodie House Music Series at the Thousand Oaks Library.”
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8 pm BEAUSOLEIL avec MICHAEL DOUCET plus BIG CHIEF MONK BOUDREAUX & THE MARDI GRAS INDIANS at Great Park (Balloon Park), Irvine.
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8 pm COW BOP plays Boulevard Music in Culver City.
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8 pm JEFFREY HALFORD & THE HEALERS play The Grand Annex in San Pedro.
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8 pm THE ANDY RAU BAND at The Fret House in Covina.
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Sat, Sep 25, in Fallbrook (N San Diego Co); a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm KEN GRAYDON & FRIENDS play the “Fallbrook Americana Music Series” at Fallbrook Mission Theater, 231 N Main, Fallbrook (N San Diego Co); 760-731-2278 or 760-723-7255; Fallbrook Woman's Club, 238 W Mission, Fallbrook; 760-723-7255; www.fams.ws. Info, phee@adelphia.net. Ken’s splendid baritone voice, fine originals – many based in California and western history and seafaring – and his prowess on 6 and 12 string guitar, are as good as it gets. We expect PHEE GRAYDON will join in on guitar and hammer dulcimer, and Ken will surely assemble a talented cast of musical characters.
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Sat, Sep 25, in Pioneertown (CA High Desert):
8 pm I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. at Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace, 53688 Pioneertown Rd, Pioneertown 92268; 760-365-5956. It’s the HAWKS final Southern Cal appearance of 2010.
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Annual “DRAFT HORSE CLASSIC” at Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA. SOURDOUGH SLIM is among the musical performers. Info, www.nevadacountyfair.com
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kbdZUDWBM
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HajY_r6RNy0
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Sat, Sep 25, in Milwaukee, WI:
Annual “MILWAUKEE UKULELE FESTIVAL” includes VICTORIA VOX performing with BOULDER ACOUSTIC SOCIETY in Milwaukee, WI.
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Never fear, fans of the diminutive four-string instrument – the annual SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA UKULELE FESTIVAL includes VICTORIA VOX and it returns to Cerritos on Oct 2nd! (See the Guide’s write-up, and get tix now…)
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Sat, Sep 25; Tue- Sun, Sep 21-26, in Prague in the Czech Republic:
“PLAY PRAGUE” MUSIC CONFERENCE AND CONCERT is a 6-day event, with seminars / workshops by Nashville award-winning music industry professionals, showcases by artists and bands, and talent competitions to perform in the closing concert which will be webcast live on Sep 25. More at www.playprague.com.
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Sat, 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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All-day 16th annual “HARVEST FESTIVAL OF DULCIMERS” with Appalachian music and Bavarian & Medieval music workshops & concerts, at Culver-Palms United Methodist Church, 4464 Sepulveda Bl; Culver City.
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NEIL HELLMAN, mountain dulcimer legend
KENDRA WARD & BOB BENCE, hammered & fretted dulcimers and guitar
CARMEN AMREIN, all the way from Germany, playing her hackbrett (hammered dulcimer)
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Free noontime concert and storytelling hour; open jam, all instruments; workshops for guitar, ukulele, bodhran, tin-whistle, & harmonica. Vendors all day, and meals available on site.
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Twilight / Evening Concert at 6 pm with all four featured artists.
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Plus, on Sun, Sep 26, classes offered by the festival’s featured artists; locations and times tba. Event info & tix, 562-861-7049 or 714- 534-2855 or www.scdh.org.
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Sat, Sep 25, at the L.A. County Fair:
5 pm- continuous-to-midnight. “HARVEST OF PRAISE GOSPEL FESTIVAL” performs at the L.A. County Fair at Fairplex in Pomona; www.fairplex.com. Sponsored by the House of Blues on the Coca-Cola Stage. The promo says, “The praises will go up and the blessings will come down as National and Regional Gospel recording artists from the World Famous House of Blues Sun Gospel Brunch present soul-stirring, house rocking, roof raisin’, soul savin’ Gospel at its very best! Explore the roots of rhythm and experience the excellence of traditional gospel at a one-of-a-kind show.” The world’s largest county Fair runs the month of September and includes dozens of concerts on multiple stages, many of them acoustic, some of them with major national acts.
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The L.A. COUNTY FAIR runs at Fairplex in Pomona; www.fairplex.com. The world’s largest county Fair runs the month of September and includes dozens of concerts on multiple stages, many of them acoustic, some of them with major national acts. As we do every year, The Guide lists events that we believe will interest our readers. On Saturdays & Sundays (after we expand each week’s listings to include all the events), check the listings beginning in the morning, as many shows are listed once, but repeat several times during the day (those other show times are included in our listings.) The Fair is closed on Mondays & Tuesdays, except Labor Day.
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Sat, Sep 25:
"HARMONICA-BASED BLUES BANDS COMPETITION" at the Orange County Market Place at the O.C. Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa; www.ocmarketplace.com; 949-723-6660. Begins today, Sep 25, and runs Oct 2, 9, &16, with finals on Oct 23.
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Sat, Sep 25, festival; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
All-day 16th annual “HARVEST FESTIVAL OF DULCIMERS” with Appalachian music and Bavarian & Medieval music workshops & concerts, at Culver-Palms United Methodist Church, 4464 Sepulveda Bl; Culver City.
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Featuring:
NEIL HELLMAN, mountain dulcimer legend
KENDRA WARD & BOB BENCE, hammered & fretted dulcimers and guitar
CARMEN AMREIN, all the way from Germany, playing her hackbrett (hammered dulcimer)
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Free noontime concert and storytelling hour; open jam, all instruments; workshops for guitar, ukulele, bodhran, tin-whistle, & harmonica. Vendors all day, and meals available on site.
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Twilight / Evening Concert at 6 pm with all four featured artists.
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Plus, on Sun, Sep 26, classes offered by the festival’s featured artists; locations and times tba. Event info & tix, 562-861-7049 or 714- 534-2855 or www.scdh.org.
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Sat, Sep 25, festival; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
6 pm EVENING CONCERT concludes the all-day 16th annual “HARVEST FESTIVAL OF DULCIMERS” with Appalachian music and Bavarian & Medieval music workshops & concerts, at Culver-Palms United Methodist Church, 4464 Sepulveda Bl; Culver City.
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Concert features:
NEIL HELLMAN, mountain dulcimer legend
KENDRA WARD & BOB BENCE, hammered & fretted dulcimers and guitar
CARMEN AMREIN, all the way from Germany, playing her hackbrett (hammered dulcimer)
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Sat, Sep 25; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm JANET KLEIN & The Parlor Boys at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; 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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Come out and frolic with Ukulele Chanteuse Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys ! Janet and her distinctive musician pals bring 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.The Parlor Boys feature Ian Whitcomb, on accordion and ukulele (A Backstage favorite) , as well as the astonishing guitar,banjo and whistling talents of John Reynolds and Tom Marion on guitar, banjo & mandolin, alumni of R. Crumb's Cheap Suit Serenaders, along with a bevy of hot musicians on violin, cornet, trombone and slap-happy bass.. Watch out for the Charming and Alarming Ms. Klein! Tix, $20.
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7 pm “FIESTA MEXICANA VIII – SONES, BAILES Y CANTARES” at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Bl East, Hollywood; 323-461-3673; www.fordamphitheatre.org. Presented by Star Entertainment & Education Group.
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7 pm JIMBO TROUT & THE FISHPEOPLE play the "Red Barn Community Music Series" at the Red Barn at South Bay Community Park, Los Osos. Potluck supper precedes concert, at 6 pm. $10 donation at the door.
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JimBo Trout and the Fishpeople are a high energy, good-time band from San Francisco that have been together since 1992. They perform a musical gumbo of bluegrass, ragtime, blues, western swing, Appalachian, rock and roll, New Orleans, honkytonk, and more. JimBo Trout and the Fishpeople are known for their entertaining, energetic and danceable live shows.
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The band has performed at many top clubs and festivals, including Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, The Great American Music Hall, The Independent, Slim's, Bottom of the Hill, and the San Francisco Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival (eight years in a row). JimBo Trout and the Fish People have opened for Dr. John, Johnny Winter, The Gourds, Hot Club of Cowtown, The Squirrel Nut Zippers, Cake, Calexico, Riders In the Sky, and Southern Culture on the Skids, among others.
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"A great amalgamation of classic Americana... they combine Appalachian bluegrass with Louisiana swamp music, Cajun, zydeco, Dixieland, ragtime and street-corner jugband." -Berkeley Daily Planet.
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The Red Barn Community Music Series is a monthly concert series showcasing local, regional, and national musicians performing old time, bluegrass, swing, Celtic, blues, and other forms of acoustic roots music. The Red Barn is located at 2180 Palisades Ave in Los Osos.
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Sat, Sep 25, at the L.A. County Fair:
7, 8:30, 10, & 11 pm CHINO ESPINOZA performs at the L.A. County Fair at Fairplex in Pomona; www.fairplex.com. Born in Costa Rica, this L.A.-based salsa bandleader is said to be “taking the salsa industry by storm!” You can dance to the beat. More at www.myspace.com/chinoespinoza. The world’s largest county Fair runs the month of September and includes dozens of concerts on multiple stages, many of them acoustic, some of them with major national acts. At the Plaza de las Americas Stage.
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Sat, Sep 25; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm SLAID CLEAVES plus ANNABELLE LEE at the Folk Music Center & Museum, 220 Yale Av, Claremont 91711; 909-624-2928; www.folkmusiccenter.com. Slaid Cleaves will tell you he “grew up in Maine, lives in Texas,.writes songs, makes records, travels around, tries to be good.” He is. More at www.slaid.com. Doors at 7 pm for the best seats. Advance tix now on sale. $18.
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Sat, Sep 25; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm BANSHEE IN THE KITCHEN plays a house concert in Northridge at the home of Jill and Jay Michtom; reservations get directions, at JayMichtom@Verizon.net or 818-368-1957.
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This female trio brings splendid Celtic music and a National Hammer Dulcimer Champ! They are an ensemble who often take their listeners into many musical realms, all well-chosen, and always to the delight of all. More at www.bansheeinthekitchen.com
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Sat, Sep 25, in Fallbrook (N San Diego Co); a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm KEN GRAYDON & FRIENDS play the “Fallbrook Americana Music Series” at Fallbrook Mission Theater, 231 N Main, Fallbrook (N San Diego Co); 760-731-2278 or 760-723-7255; Fallbrook Woman's Club, 238 W Mission, Fallbrook; 760-723-7255; www.fams.ws. Info, phee@adelphia.net. Ken’s splendid baritone voice, fine originals – many based in California and western history and seafaring – and his prowess on 6 and 12 string guitar, are as good as it gets. We expect PHEE GRAYDON will join in on guitar and hammer dulcimer, and Ken will surely assemble a talented cast of musical characters.
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Sat, Sep 25:
7:30 pm PASADENA POPS presents “HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD!” as its final concert of the summer season, on the Rose Bowl Events Lawn, (Area H), at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Program includes music from the movies and a Star Wars tribute, with music from “Titanic,” “Nine,” “Funny Girl,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Star Wars,” and more. Featuring guest artists JODI BENSON (voice of The Little Mermaid), saxophonist DOUG MASEK, and members of the 501 LEGION. Gates open for picnicking at 5:30 pm. Pre-concert family activities with the adjacent Kidspace Children's Museum begin at 5:30 pm on the Southwest Lawn inside the venue.
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Sat, Sep 25:
7:30 pm ”HOOKED ON SWING: BEST OF THE BIG BANDS CELEBRATION” and “THE LEGENDS OF LAS VEGAS SHOW - A TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA, BOBBY DARIN, SAMMY DAVIS JR. AND DEAN MARTIN” presented by Cruisin Oldies Concerts and West Coast Performing Arts, at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza's Scherr Forum Theater, 2100 Thousand Oaks Bl, Thousand Oaks 91362; 805-449-ARTS (2787); www.CivicArtsPlaza.com. Advance tix at 866-448 –7489 or www.civicartsplaza.com/cap/tickets/events/event.asp?eventID=1512
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Sat, Sep 25; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
JOHN YORK plays The Verity Room (behind Guitar Merchant), 7305 Topanga Bl, Canoga Park; www.myspace.com/theverityroom. Check with venue for show time. More, www.johnyorkmusic.com
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Sat, Sep 25; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm DALA, the splendid Canadian indie music duo, plays the Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu; www.arts.pepperdine.edu. Presented by Pepperdine University Center for the Arts. Advance tix, 310-506-4522.
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An enthusiastic “Show-of-the-Week” pick in the Guide, DALA, the splendid Canadian indie music duo, plays shows in performing arts centers in Malibu at 8 pm Saturday night, and in Whittier at 4 pm Sunday.
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Darlings of the Canadian music scene, AMANDA WALTHER & SHEILA CARABINE of DALA have come a long way in a short time. The duo's name was formed by combining the last two letters of each artist's first name. That esoterica aside, Dala won the 2010 “Toronto Independent Music Award” for “Best Folk Artist(s).”
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DALA has performed at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the Edmonton Folk Festival, California's Strawberry Festival, and Mariposa. In 2009 it was the only Canadian act invited to play at the 50th Anniversary of the Newport Folk Festival.
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The duo's PBS special a co-production for US public TV, “Girls from the North Country,” was recently broadcast across North America and GREATLY impressed the editor of the Guide. (Of course, we saw it in L.A. with many pledge drive interruptions, since that’s the only time KCET and KOCE air PBS music shows.)
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"[They are] the angels of folk music. Ethereal, eloquent, and downright beautiful, the music they create is faultlessly performed..." - Exclaim!
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“Everyone Is Someone,” Dala's newest album, was released in 2009 to critical acclaim. It earned the vocalists their FIFTH “Canadian Folk Music Award” nomination and was named "Album of the Year" by The Irish Post. Their song, "Horses" – which speaks to the heartbreak and hope of a young man dealing with disability – was nominated by National Public Radio in the US as one of the “Top 10 Folk Songs” of 2009.
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Amanda's ethereal soprano voice blends seamlessly with Sheila's velvety alto, creating the lush harmonies that have become their trademark. The sheer joy with which they perform is infectious, turning first-time listeners into instant fans.
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The duo has performed at Toronto's legendary Massey Hall a total of seven times, and toured across Canada six times, opening for Canadian artists Jann Arden, Tom Cochrane, Matthew Good, Stuart McLean of the CBC's “Vinyl Cafe,” and, most recently, Chantal Kreviazuk.
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The two best friends have come a long way since they met in their high school music class and wrote their first song together in 2002.
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DALA is poised to bring its harmonies and fresh brand of acoustic pop to the world. Drawing upon influences like the Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan, the pair writes songs that are both catchy and insightful.
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More at www.dalagirls.com
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DALA performs tonight in Malibu and tomorrow afternoon at 4 pm in Whittier; see that listing in the Guide.
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Tonight’s admission price includes a dessert reception with the musicians following the performance. Tix, $25 gen’l, $10 for full-time Pepperdine students. More at www.dalagirls.com.
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Sat, Sep 25; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm CHRIS STUART & BACKCOUNTRY play Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; www.boulevardmusic.com; 310-398-2583. Venue’s web site has a helpful local dining guide. More at www.chrisstuart.com
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Sat, Sep 25; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm “BODIE HOUSE MUSIC 10th ANNIVERSARY SHOW” at the “Bodie House Music Series at the Thousand Oaks Library,” at Grant R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks 91362; 818-621-8309; info, www.BodieHouse.com. No, we don’t yet know who is playing, but we are assured it will be some wonderful artists.
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Sat, Sep 25, in OC; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm BEAUSOLEIL avec MICHAEL DOUCET plus BIG CHIEF MONK BOUDREAUX & THE MARDI GRAS INDIANS at Great Park (Balloon Park), Irvine; 949-724-6247; www.ocgp.org.
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This’ll be a fine evening of Cajun & zydeco. For many years, the iconic band BEAUSOLEIL was THE face of Cajun and zydeco music. Fortunately for all of us, they’re still at it. More at www.rosebudus.com/beausoleil
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Sat, Sep 25; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm COW BOP plays Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; www.boulevardmusic.com; 310-398-2583. Venue’s web site has a helpful local dining guide.
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They are a virtuosic ensemble led by BRUCE FORMAN, Artist-in-Residence at USC Scholl of Music. They bring a happy marriage of Bob Wills and Django Reinhardt, with an emphasis on the latter, plus a boot-scootin’ interpretation of everything from Hoagy Carmichael to their own fine originals. They were enormously popular when they performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.”
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Boulevard’s booker Gary Mandell says, “Mix swingin' grooves, thrilling riffs, sweet vocals (Pinto Pam), and tons of fun and you have only begun to describe Cow Bop. Formed in 2003 by acclaimed guitarist Bruce Forman, this jazz and western swing band has toured extensively throughout the country, exciting audiences with their unique brand of American music.”
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“Bob woulda loved 'em!" - Jimmy Wyble, guitarist from Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys. More at www.cowbop.com. Tix, $15.
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Sat, Sep 25; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm JEFFREY HALFORD & THE HEALERS play The Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731; www.grandvision.org; 310-833-4813.
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This band receives the inevitable comparisons to John Fogerty, Tom Waits and even Bob Dylan. San Francisco based Jeffrey Halford with his band, the Healers, offer soulful blues-influenced and rootsy rock-n-roll. Getting his start on the streets and small clubs in the city by the bay, Halford’s songs create a uniquely American, and specifically California, landscape. He’s played with Taj Mahal, Los Lobos, Dave Alvin, and others, making a name for himself with his poetic lyrics, his raw and haunting slide guitar, and his band of top players. Buddy Siegal of the OC Weekly wrote, “I am here to place Jeffrey Halford . . . in the pantheon of great American singer-songwriters.”
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The Grand Annex is an intimate 100-seat music listening room in the heart of historic downtown San Pedro, featuring a wide range of artists and genres, from world sounds to American roots music. The venue is operated by Grand Vision Foundation, a 15-year-old non-profit dedicated to the preservation and continued use of the historic Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, and to the development of high quality arts entertainment in the Los Angeles Harbor Area. In 2008, Grand Vision Foundation launched the Grand Annex as a small space. Proceeds from concerts at the Grand Annex go toward ongoing restoration and repairs at the Warner Grand Theatre.
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The series offers wine tasting packages on show nights, and various other specials. A “Wine Tastings & Ticket Package” is available for $25 advance, $30 day of show. Tastings before all shows are at Off the Vine Wines, 491 W 6th St, San Pedro, from 6:30-7:30 pm; reservations, 310-833-4813, and you can pick up your concert tix at Off the Vine; more, www.offthevinewines.com.
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Doors at the Grand Annex open at 7:30 pm for the best seats, with concerts at 8 pm. Tix, unless listed otherwise, are $15 advance, $20 day of show.
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Their complete season and more info is available at www.grandvision.org. You can contact Taran Schindler, Outreach Coordinator and Grand Annex Director, at 310-833-4813 or taran@grandvision.org.
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Sat, Sep 25; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm THE ANDY RAU BAND at The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina; 626-339-7020; frethouse@earthlink.net; www.frethouse.com. The Andy Rau Band performs progressive bluegrass and acoustic music. Andy's songs are brought to life with their innovative blend of folk, rock, pop and bluegrass. After a long hiatus in the recording studio, they have re-emerged with the release of their CD, “Higher Ground,” a recording that continues to introduce inventive new material to the world of acoustic music. More at www.andyrauband.com. Doors at 7:30 pm for best seats. Tix, $15.
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8 pm JON LANGFORD 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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Original MEKONS front man Langford hasn't left his punk-rock roots behind as he's embraced the rootsy, country, Americana sound that's defined his output over the last 10 years. McCabe’s booker Lincoln Myerson says, “A rascal and a poet, a troubadour of the downtrodden, Welshman Langford's grit, honesty and humor make his shows some of our favorites.” Tix, $15.
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Sat, Sep 25, in Ojai:
8 pm KIM ROBERTSON and VIRGINIA KRON play a house concert in Ojai. Reservations get directions at un-amok@sbcglobal.net. More at www.kimrobertson.net and www.virginiakron.com
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8 pm “COLEMAN ORCHESTRA CONCERTS” brings the COLBURN SCHOOL ORCHESTRA, YEHUD GILAD, conductor, to Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S St John St, Pasadena 91105. Program is Wiesenberg’s “Reflections for Symphony Orchestra;” Franck’s “Symphonic Variations;” and Brahms’ “Symphony No. 2 in D Major, op. 73.” Info, 213-621-2200 or www.colburnschool.edu. Tix, $10, gen’l admission.
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8-11 pm monthly “CONTRA DANCE” with live music by the SCREAMING EARWIGS (Steve Lewis, Tom & Mike Sauber, & Patrick Sauber), and Susan Michaels calling, at the Brentwood Youth Hut, 731 S Bundy Av (just south of San Vincente), West L.A. Dance from 8-11 pm; newcomers welcome; instruction at 7:30 pm.
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Included are today & tonight’s weekly and monthly residencies, series, showcases, workshops, open mics and other acoustic music events that are scheduled in advance to happen today and tonight, from northern Santa Barbara County to south Orange County, from downtown L.A. to the valleys to the Inland Empire, from the desert to the sea.
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11 am PARACHUTE EXPRESS plays a matinee kids show at McCabe’s in Santa Monica.
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4 pm DALA, the splendid female Canadian indie music duo of AMANDA WALTHER & SHEILA CARABINE, plays the Ruth Shannon Center for the Performing Arts in Whittier.
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7 pm SLAID CLEAVES at McCabe’s in Santa Monica.
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7 pm JIM "KIMO" WEST - Hawaiian Slack Key Guitarist and Composer, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, Altadena
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7:30 pm PO' GIRL plays the “Gelencser House Concert” series in Claremont.
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Sun, Sep 26; Fri-Sun, Sep 24-26, in Grass Valley:
Annual “DRAFT HORSE CLASSIC” at Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA. SOURDOUGH SLIM is among the musical performers. Info, www.nevadacountyfair.com
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Check-out some Sourdough Slim performance videos:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kbdZUDWBM
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HajY_r6RNy0
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9NTG6cUj0
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Sun, Sep 26; last Sun, every month; near Seattle:
4-6:30 pm “RUNNING DOG SHANTY SING,” held the last Sunday of every month, at Running Dog Guitars / Sound Guitar Repair, 118 N 35th St, Suite 105, Fremont, WA. Hosted by Rick Davis & Cat Fox. Sea Chanties (shanties) are fun to sing and the choruses are always easy-to-learn sing-alongs. The hosts tell us, “The building is tall, grey cinderblock and green metal. Suite 105 is in the back, facing the alley between 36th and 35th. Parking available on the street. Over 21 years of age please. Potluck beverages and snacks.” Free.
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Sun, Sep 26; Tue- Sun, Sep 21-26, in Prague in the Czech Republic:
“PLAY PRAGUE” MUSIC CONFERENCE AND CONCERT is a 6-day event, with seminars / workshops by Nashville award-winning music industry professionals, showcases by artists and bands, and talent competitions to perform in the closing concert which will be webcast live on Sep 25. More at www.playprague.com.
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Sun, Sep 26; world music:
7 pm “BRAZILIAN NITES – 17th ANNUAL BRAZILIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL” at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Bl East, Hollywood; 323-461-3673; www.fordamphitheatre.org.
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The L.A. COUNTY FAIR runs at Fairplex in Pomona; www.fairplex.com. The world’s largest county Fair runs the month of September and includes dozens of concerts on multiple stages, many of them acoustic, some of them with major national acts. As we do every year, The Guide lists events that we believe will interest our readers. On Saturdays & Sundays (after we expand each week’s listings to include all the events), check the listings beginning in the morning, as many shows are listed once, but repeat several times during the day (those other show times are included in our listings.) The Fair is closed on Mondays & Tuesdays, except Labor Day.
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Sun, Sep 26:
11 am PARACHUTE EXPRESS plays a matinee kids show 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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Parachute Express, known throughout the world as one of the premiere entertainers of children between the ages of one and ten, has been together over 25 years. Their blend of musical styles, engaging stage show, and unique chemistry, has allowed Donny, Stephen, and Janice to stand out in the crowded field of family entertainment. Tix, $8 (kids under age 2 are free).
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Sun, Sep 26; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
4 pm DALA, the splendid female Canadian indie music duo of AMANDA WALTHER & SHEILA CARABINE, plays the Ruth Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, 6760 Painter Av, Whittier; 562-907-4203; www.shannoncenter.org.
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An enthusiastic “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick in the Guide.
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Darlings of the Canadian music scene, AMANDA WALTHER & SHEILA CARABINE of DALA have come a long way in a short time. The duo's name was formed by combining the last two letters of each artist's first name. That esoterica aside, Dala won the 2010 “Toronto Independent Music Award” for “Best Folk Artist(s).”
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DALA has performed at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the Edmonton Folk Festival, California's Strawberry Festival, and Mariposa. In 2009 it was the only Canadian act invited to play at the 50th Anniversary of the Newport Folk Festival.
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The duo's PBS special a co-production for US public TV, “Girls from the North Country,” was recently broadcast across North America and GREATLY impressed the editor of the Guide. (Of course, we saw it in L.A. with many pledge drive interruptions, since that’s the only time KCET and KOCE air PBS music shows.)
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"[They are] the angels of folk music. Ethereal, eloquent, and downright beautiful, the music they create is faultlessly performed..." - Exclaim!
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“Everyone Is Someone,” Dala's newest album, was released in 2009 to critical acclaim. It earned the vocalists their FIFTH “Canadian Folk Music Award” nomination and was named "Album of the Year" by The Irish Post. Their song, "Horses" – which speaks to the heartbreak and hope of a young man dealing with disability – was nominated by National Public Radio in the US as one of the “Top 10 Folk Songs” of 2009.
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Amanda's ethereal soprano voice blends seamlessly with Sheila's velvety alto, creating the lush harmonies that have become their trademark. The sheer joy with which they perform is infectious, turning first-time listeners into instant fans.
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The duo has performed at Toronto's legendary Massey Hall a total of seven times, and toured across Canada six times, opening for Canadian artists Jann Arden, Tom Cochrane, Matthew Good, Stuart McLean of the CBC's “Vinyl Cafe,” and, most recently, Chantal Kreviazuk.
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The two best friends have come a long way since they met in their high school music class and wrote their first song together in 2002.
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Dala is poised to bring its harmonies and fresh brand of acoustic pop to the world. Drawing upon influences like the Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan, the pair writes songs that are both catchy and insightful.
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Sun, Sep 26, at the L.A. County Fair:
6:30, 7:30, 8:30, & 9:30 pm LOS FABULOCOS performs at the L.A. County Fair at Fairplex in Pomona; www.fairplex.com. They’ve been on the California music scene for years, delivering spicy Tejano music with sincerity, honesty and passion. Their promo asserts, “Los Fabulocos play with enough energy to power a small fleet of lowrider vehicles. It's a fuel that burns full- throttle, ignited by the heat of soulful guitar and accordion solos...” More at www.myspace.com/losfabulocos. The world’s largest county Fair runs the month of September and includes dozens of concerts on multiple stages, many of them acoustic, some of them with major national acts. On the Plaza de las Americas Stage.
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Sun, Sep 26; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm SLAID CLEAVES at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Slaid Cleaves will tell you he “grew up in Maine, lives in Texas,.writes songs, makes records, travels around, tries to be good.” He is. More at www.slaid.com. Tix, $20.
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Sun, Sep 26; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm JIM "KIMO" WEST - Hawaiian Slack Key Guitarist and Composer, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; 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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Jim Kimo West is an award-winning Hawaiian "slack key" guitarist and a veteran of Hawaii's famed slack key festivals where he has performed alongside noted players such as Ledward Kaapana, Cyril Pahinui, Ozzie Kotani, Makana, George Kahumoku and many others. He is known not only for his exciting live performances but also for his many original instrumental slack key compositions as represented in his catalog of five solo CD's.
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"Ki ho'alu", as it is known in Hawaii is based on retuning or "slacking" the strings to create new tunings, of which there are many . Kimo has developed a number of his own tunings that give his instrumentals his own unique sound.
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He is a recent winner of the Hawaii Music Awards, a Na Hoku Hanohano (the Hawaiian Grammy) nominee, and a two time winner of the LA Treasures Award. His compositions have been featured in films, documentaries and national TV commercials. He splits his time between Hawaii and Los Angeles where he also works as a composer for film and TV, and as a producer for other artists. Tix, $15.
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7 pm “BRAZILIAN NITES – 17th ANNUAL BRAZILIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL” at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Bl East, Hollywood; 323-461-3673; www.fordamphitheatre.org.
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Sun, Sep 26; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm PO' GIRL plays the “Gelencser House Concert” series in Claremont; reservations get directions at 909-596-1266 or singfolk@yahoo.com. Info on this show and the series at www.gelencserhouseconcerts.com.
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Rolling Stone Magazine writes, "With enough sultry ambiance to be at home in either cocktail lounge or New Orleans street corner, PO' GIRL's sentiment never feels forced, the lyricism never cliche or false. They manage to maintain that traditional and nostalgic sound while the breathing fresh life into an old-fashioned genre."
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PO' GIRL tours in support of their pair of latest albums, "Deer in the Night" and "Live." Alyssa Archambault of Paniolo writes, “Hailing originally from Canada, Po’Girl weave a blend of musical influences, sweetness, grit & soul into their fresh and original sound. Since the band's birth in Vancouver, BC in 2003 they've been winning devoted and growing numbers of fans across 4 continents and 13 countries with their powerful, passionate and spirited live show. The interplay between Allison Russell, Awna Teixeira, Benny Sidelinger and JJ Jones is truly something to behold. They are distinct voices with incredible harmonies; multiple instrumentalists who bring the perfect sound to each song and songwriters who pen poetic tunes you'll find yourself humming. Po’Girl showcases a wide array of instruments, from gutbucket bass, accordion, clarinet, banjo, dobro, and guitar, to electric bass, glockenspiel, piano, harmonica, bicycle bells, drums-- and they frequently trade off instruments with each song. Their fluid and joyous musicality is one of the group's most endearing features. Suffice it to say Po' Girl makes 21st Century roots music, urban roots – never derivative, not faithfully aping a beloved tradition. Russell, Teixeira, Sidelinger, and Jones don't rehash the old forms, they reshape and reinvigorate them for new ears. Like genuine gypsies, they wander and play--out on the international road bringing their unique brand of pan North Americana to a diverse and widespread audience 250 to 300 days of the year... always restless, more often than not bone-tired, they write their flashes of sadness, their loss, their good love, their faint dreams of home into songs that matter deeply to them. Like any good art, they are little acts of self-rescue. So you should listen. You aren't much different from them, and who couldn't use a little rescuing these days?”
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The Glasgow Americana Festival says of them, “Their uplifting take on American Folk music, combining it with Jazz, roots and a little bit of pretty much everything else, has the ability to put a smile on anyone’s face.”
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"Po' Girl is rough and smooth, sweet and tart, and would be huge stars in that super-cool alternate universe I've always wanted to live in." - John Schlotfelt, Little Village Magazine.
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ALYSSA ARCHAMBAULT of Paniolo Productions booked ‘em in 2009, and she adds, “Their latest release, ‘Deer in the Night,’ still includes many of the trappings of the trademark Po' Girl sound - the echoes of speakeasy jazz, the western lament, the accordion-strapped ghosts of European folk - but it's all delivered with a soulful clarity and depth only hinted at on previous records. They have also recently released a live album - 'Po' Girl Live' that captures the energy and spirit of the live show complete with special guests JT and the Clouds.”
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Hear their songs: “Deer In The Night” - http://pogirl.net/deer/deer.mp3 and “Dig Me A Hole” - http://pogirl.net/deer/dig.mp3. More at www.pogirl.net and www.myspace.com/pogirls. Their numerous CDs are available at www.cdbaby.com/artist/pogirl.
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Sun, Sep 26, at the L.A. County Fair:
7:30 pm “HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR-25 ANNIVERSARY” at the L.A. County Fair at Fairplex in Pomona; www.fairplex.com. It’s the still-touring show that started all those clichés about aging rockers doing the county fair circuit. It’s back to mark its quarter-century milestone: Says the promo, “Five incredible artists perform some of the greatest pop rock of the ‘60s. The music celebration stars THE TURTLES featuring FLO & EDDIE, THE GRASS ROOTS featuring ROB GRILL, THE MONKEES lead singer MICKY DOLENZ, THE BUCKINGHAMS, and MARK LINDSAY, former lead singer of PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS.” The world’s largest county Fair runs the month of September and includes dozens of concerts on multiple stages, many of them acoustic, some of them with major national acts. A limited number of free general admission concert tickets is available the day of the concert, once you’re inside the Fair. Tix, $19.50-$100.
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8 pm Annual “AMOEBAPALOOZA” at King King, 6555 Hollywood Bl (at Whitley), Hollywood; www.kingkinghollywood.com; 323-960-9234. Amoeba Hollywood (the last of the great record stores) presents their annual show of staff musical performances (their SF store did it on Sep 19 at Haight Street's Milk Bar). Here, as there, expect to be dazzled at no cost. Venue, and show, is 21+. We’ve got a NEWS FEATURE in our Sep 16 edition, before we knew the lineup. Keep an eye on www.Amoeba.com for more info.
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Included are today & tonight’s weekly and monthly residencies, series, showcases, workshops, open mics and other acoustic music events that are scheduled in advance to happen today and tonight, from northern Santa Barbara County to south Orange County, from downtown L.A. to the valleys to the Inland Empire, from the desert to the sea.
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http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/07/sunday-fourth-last-sunday-of-month-in.html
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7:30 pm SLAID CLEAVES plays the “AMSD” concert series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego.
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8 pm THE ROYAL UKULELE BAND of HOLLYWOOD and WILL RYAN & the CACTUS COUNTY COWBOYS play a double header at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, Altadena
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Mon, Sep 27, in San Diego; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm SLAID CLEAVES plays the “AMSD Concert” series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego; 619-303-8176; www.acousticmusicsandiego.com. Slaid Cleaves will tell you he “grew up in Maine, lives in Texas,.writes songs, makes records, travels around, tries to be good.” He is. More at www.slaid.com.
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7:30 pm SLAID CLEAVES plays the “AMSD Concert” series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego; 619-303-8176; www.acousticmusicsandiego.com. Slaid Cleaves will tell you he “grew up in Maine, lives in Texas,.writes songs, makes records, travels around, tries to be good.” He is. More at www.slaid.com.
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8 pm THE ROYAL UKULELE BAND of HOLLYWOOD and WILL RYAN & the CACTUS COUNTY COWBOYS play a double header at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; 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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Bob Stane promises “Non stop musical mayhem. These guys are expert musicians and the best of comic wits. This is a genuine night of entertainment.” Bob Stane loves this show.
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MAINLAND PREMIERE Of THE ROYAL UKULELE BAND of HOLLYWOOD, featuring the Queen of the Quadrostring, KEKE KABERRA, and the KAHUNA BROTHERS: Keoni, Li and Oahu; the Royal Ukulele Band of Hollywood astonishes and delights audiences throughout the land with their curiously lilting melodies, surprising harmonies, quirky lyrics and compelling island rhythms. Find out why 4-time Guitar Planet champion John Reynolds calls the RUBOH “My favourite Hawaiian band since Sol Ho’opi’i!”
This Coffee Gallery BACKSTAGE show will be the band’s FIRST APPEARANCE in their namesake region! Keke and the boys will perform such legendary originals as “When You Take Your Ukulele to the Opera”, “Where the Ooka Wokka Neeka Nokka Nicky Nacky Wicky Wacky Woo!” and “Like, Cool, Man, Cool” and they’ll introduce “The La-La Land Hula-Hula”. “If you like good music, you’ll LOVE the Royal Ukulele Band of Hollywood!” says Will Ryan of the Cactus County Cowboys.
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WILL RYAN & the CACTUS COUNTY COWBOYS - WHO ARE THESE AWARD-WINNING BUCKAROOS, ANYWAY? Will RYAN & the CACTUS COUNTY COWBOYS: Hear “the Band that Won the West” on their new radio series, “Will Ryan’s Cactus County Round-Up”! WILL RYAN – the King of Cowboy Skiffle! Winner of the Annie Award and the BMI Pioneer Award, Will’s written songs for the Muppets, Disney characters, Bob Gibson, Patti LaBelle and even the unlikely crooner Mr. T! “WESTY” WESTENHOFER – the Paderewski of the Tuba! The Ace of the Bass! The Dr. Seuss of the Sousaphone! JOHN “PRESTO” REYNOLDS - the Einstein of the Six-String! The Picasso of the Plectrum! The Feoranzo of the Frets! “CHAPARALL KATIE” CAVERA – the Obama of the Banjo! The Ingrid Bergman of the Indigenous American Instrument! The Meg Ryan of the Minstrel-Balalaika! WR&CCC - Winners of the RUBOH look-alike contest! SEE & HEAR SONGS FROM THEIR NEW CD!
BOTH BANDS are slated to perform for the ROYAL FAMILY (of Monrovia)! Here’s a rare chance for you to beat Royalty to the punch! SEE ‘EM NOW! All ages.
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8 pm TWO FRETS LOWER BLUEGRASS BAND plays Viva Fresh Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank; 818-845-2425; www.vivacantina.com. Venue has full bar and serves Mexican cuisine and full dinners. No cover.
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“LOS ANGELES AREA ACOUSTIC MUSIC PERFORMANCES” and related events.
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Included are today & tonight’s weekly and monthly residencies, series, showcases, workshops, open mics and other acoustic music events that are scheduled in advance to happen today and tonight, from northern Santa Barbara County to south Orange County, from downtown L.A. to the valleys to the Inland Empire, from the desert to the sea.
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http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/07/monday-fourth-last-monday-of-month-in.html
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(1) Tuesday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks:
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6:30 pm ERIC SCHWARTZ at the POP Champagne and Dessert Bar, Pasadena.
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8 pm PO' GIRL plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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(2) Tuesday’s RADIO & TV SHOWS
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http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/03/tuesdays-radio-web-radio-tv-acoustic.html
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(3) Tuesday’s “BEST OUT-OF-TOWN EVENTS”
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Tue, Sep 28; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
6:30 pm ERIC SCHWARTZ plays the POP Champagne and Dessert Bar, Pasadena. ERIC SCHWARTZ writes songs that are hilarious and that sometimes rile people who need to be riled. He has a gazillion views on YouTube. He plays all over the US, and is headed for the East Coast again after this show and one on Oct 2 – where he is part of a festival-size lineup for an evening in Topanga Canyon (see that listing). More at www.ericschwartz.com
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8 pm PO' GIRL plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; 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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Rolling Stone Magazine writes, "With enough sultry ambiance to be at home in either cocktail lounge or New Orleans street corner, PO' GIRL's sentiment never feels forced, the lyricism never cliche or false. They manage to maintain that traditional and nostalgic sound while the breathing fresh life into an old-fashioned genre."
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PO' GIRL tours in support of their pair of latest albums, "Deer in the Night" and "Live." Alyssa Archambault of Paniolo writes, “Hailing originally from Canada, Po’Girl weave a blend of musical influences, sweetness, grit & soul into their fresh and original sound. Since the band's birth in Vancouver, BC in 2003 they've been winning devoted and growing numbers of fans across 4 continents and 13 countries with their powerful, passionate and spirited live show. The interplay between Allison Russell, Awna Teixeira, Benny Sidelinger and JJ Jones is truly something to behold. They are distinct voices with incredible harmonies; multiple instrumentalists who bring the perfect sound to each song and songwriters who pen poetic tunes you'll find yourself humming. Po’Girl showcases a wide array of instruments, from gutbucket bass, accordion, clarinet, banjo, dobro, and guitar, to electric bass, glockenspiel, piano, harmonica, bicycle bells, drums-- and they frequently trade off instruments with each song. Their fluid and joyous musicality is one of the group's most endearing features. Suffice it to say Po' Girl makes 21st Century roots music, urban roots – never derivative, not faithfully aping a beloved tradition. Russell, Teixeira, Sidelinger, and Jones don't rehash the old forms, they reshape and reinvigorate them for new ears. Like genuine gypsies, they wander and play--out on the international road bringing their unique brand of pan North Americana to a diverse and widespread audience 250 to 300 days of the year... always restless, more often than not bone-tired, they write their flashes of sadness, their loss, their good love, their faint dreams of home into songs that matter deeply to them. Like any good art, they are little acts of self-rescue. So you should listen. You aren't much different from them, and who couldn't use a little rescuing these days?”
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The Glasgow Americana Festival says of them, “Their uplifting take on American Folk music, combining it with Jazz, roots and a little bit of pretty much everything else, has the ability to put a smile on anyone’s face.”
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"Po' Girl is rough and smooth, sweet and tart, and would be huge stars in that super-cool alternate universe I've always wanted to live in." - John Schlotfelt, Little Village Magazine.
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ALYSSA ARCHAMBAULT of Paniolo Productions booked ‘em in 2009, and she adds, “Their latest release, ‘Deer in the Night,’ still includes many of the trappings of the trademark Po' Girl sound - the echoes of speakeasy jazz, the western lament, the accordion-strapped ghosts of European folk - but it's all delivered with a soulful clarity and depth only hinted at on previous records. They have also recently released a live album - 'Po' Girl Live' that captures the energy and spirit of the live show complete with special guests JT and the Clouds.”
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Hear their songs: “Deer In The Night” - http://pogirl.net/deer/deer.mp3 and “Dig Me A Hole” - http://pogirl.net/deer/dig.mp3. More at www.pogirl.net and www.myspace.com/pogirls. Their numerous CDs are available at www.cdbaby.com/artist/pogirl. Tix, $18.
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(5b) Tuesday’s RECURRING
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THERE ARE 27 (wow, Twenty-seven!) ADDITIONAL EVENTS, TODAY & TONIGHT!
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Included are today & tonight’s weekly and monthly residencies, series, showcases, workshops, open mics and other acoustic music events that are scheduled in advance to happen today and tonight, from northern Santa Barbara County to south Orange County, from downtown L.A. to the valleys to the Inland Empire, from the desert to the sea.
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http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/07/tuesday-fourth-last-tuesday-of-month-in.html
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
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(1) Wednesday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks:
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6:30, 7:30, 8:30, & 9:30 pm CONJUNTO LOS POCHOS, with OTONO LUJAN’s dynamite accordion and songs with English and Spanish lyrics, performs at the L.A. County Fair at Fairplex in Pomona.
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7:30 pm PO' GIRL plays the “AMSD” concert series in San Diego.
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8 pm DRUHA TRAVA, the amazing and top award-winning acoustic bluegrass / world band from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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See the complete listings below for all the details.
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(2) Wednesday’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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http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/03/wednesdays-radio-web-radio-tv-acoustic.html
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(3) Wednesday’s “BEST OUT-OF-TOWN EVENTS”
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Wed, Sep 29; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm PO' GIRL plays the “AMSD” concert series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego; 619-303-8176; www.acousticmusicsandiego.com.
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Rolling Stone Magazine writes, "With enough sultry ambiance to be at home in either cocktail lounge or New Orleans street corner, PO' GIRL's sentiment never feels forced, the lyricism never cliche or false. They manage to maintain that traditional and nostalgic sound while the breathing fresh life into an old-fashioned genre."
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PO' GIRL tours in support of their pair of latest albums, "Deer in the Night" and "Live." Alyssa Archambault of Paniolo writes, “Hailing originally from Canada, Po’Girl weave a blend of musical influences, sweetness, grit & soul into their fresh and original sound. Since the band's birth in Vancouver, BC in 2003 they've been winning devoted and growing numbers of fans across 4 continents and 13 countries with their powerful, passionate and spirited live show. The interplay between Allison Russell, Awna Teixeira, Benny Sidelinger and JJ Jones is truly something to behold. They are distinct voices with incredible harmonies; multiple instrumentalists who bring the perfect sound to each song and songwriters who pen poetic tunes you'll find yourself humming. Po’Girl showcases a wide array of instruments, from gutbucket bass, accordion, clarinet, banjo, dobro, and guitar, to electric bass, glockenspiel, piano, harmonica, bicycle bells, drums-- and they frequently trade off instruments with each song. Their fluid and joyous musicality is one of the group's most endearing features. Suffice it to say Po' Girl makes 21st Century roots music, urban roots – never derivative, not faithfully aping a beloved tradition. Russell, Teixeira, Sidelinger, and Jones don't rehash the old forms, they reshape and reinvigorate them for new ears. Like genuine gypsies, they wander and play--out on the international road bringing their unique brand of pan North Americana to a diverse and widespread audience 250 to 300 days of the year... always restless, more often than not bone-tired, they write their flashes of sadness, their loss, their good love, their faint dreams of home into songs that matter deeply to them. Like any good art, they are little acts of self-rescue. So you should listen. You aren't much different from them, and who couldn't use a little rescuing these days?”
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The Glasgow Americana Festival says of them, “Their uplifting take on American Folk music, combining it with Jazz, roots and a little bit of pretty much everything else, has the ability to put a smile on anyone’s face.”
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"Po' Girl is rough and smooth, sweet and tart, and would be huge stars in that super-cool alternate universe I've always wanted to live in." - John Schlotfelt, Little Village Magazine.
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ALYSSA ARCHAMBAULT of Paniolo Productions booked ‘em in 2009, and she adds, “Their latest release, ‘Deer in the Night,’ still includes many of the trappings of the trademark Po' Girl sound - the echoes of speakeasy jazz, the western lament, the accordion-strapped ghosts of European folk - but it's all delivered with a soulful clarity and depth only hinted at on previous records. They have also recently released a live album - 'Po' Girl Live' that captures the energy and spirit of the live show complete with special guests JT and the Clouds.”
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Hear their songs: “Deer In The Night” - http://pogirl.net/deer/deer.mp3 and “Dig Me A Hole” - http://pogirl.net/deer/dig.mp3. More at www.pogirl.net and www.myspace.com/pogirls. Their numerous CDs are available at www.cdbaby.com/artist/pogirl.
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(4) Wednesday’s LOCAL FESTIVALS:
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Through Oct 3:
The L.A. COUNTY FAIR runs at Fairplex in Pomona; www.fairplex.com. The world’s largest county Fair runs the month of September and includes dozens of concerts on multiple stages, many of them acoustic, some of them with major national acts. As we do every year, The Guide lists events that we believe will interest our readers. On Saturdays & Sundays (after we expand each week’s listings to include all the events), check the listings beginning in the morning, as many shows are listed once, but repeat several times during the day (those other show times are included in our listings.) The Fair is closed on Mondays & Tuesdays, except Labor Day.
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Tonight includes:
A Guide “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
6:30, 7:30, 8:30, & 9:30 pm CONJUNTO LOS POCHOS, with OTONO LUJAN’s dynamite accordion and songs with English and Spanish lyrics.
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(5a) Wednesday’s TODAY-AND-TONIGHT-ONLY
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Wed, Sep 29 & Thu, Sep 30, at the L.A. County Fair; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
6:30, 7:30, 8:30, & 9:30 pm CONJUNTO LOS POCHOS, with OTONO LUJAN’s dynamite accordion and songs with English and Spanish lyrics, performs at the L.A. County Fair at Fairplex in Pomona; www.fairplex.com. They’ve performed across the country at a variety of venues, everywhere from dance halls to weddings, and locally from the eastside to the westside, throughout Southern California. They have developed a sound that combines elements of both Texas and Mexico’s traditional conjunto styles with original music, as well as classic favorites. The band has performed alongside legendary musicians including Poncho Sánchez, Los Dos Gilbertos, Flaco Jimenez and Little Joe y La Familia. Los Pochos plays to a steadily growing audience that cuts across race, nationality, and social status. They earned a “Listener Favorite” track on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” More at www.lospochos.com. The world’s largest county Fair runs the month of September and includes dozens of concerts on multiple stages, many of them acoustic, some of them with major national acts. Los Pochos plays Wed, Sep 29 at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, & 9:30 pm, and Thu, Sep 30 at 6:30, 7:30, 9, & 10 pm.
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Wed, Sep 29; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm DRUHA TRAVA, the amazing and top award-winning acoustic bluegrass / world band from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; 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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Your editor is a fan, having seen ‘em live three times at this very same venue.
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The Bluegrass Association of the Czech Republic declared Druha Trava "Group of the Year" in both 2005 and 2006. Beyond that, they are a wonderfully eclectic band from the Czech and Slovak Republics, and Shane says they are “hard to describe. They perform new acoustic world music with bluegrass influences. You might hear them perform a bluegrass tune, a Bob Dylan tune or one by another American or British artist, along with their many originals. Though they basically use a typical bluegrass complement of instruments, you might see the banjo player also pick up a clarinet or Irish whistle. This, along with the versatility of the dobro player, helps create much of their unique sound.”
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Singer and writer ROBERT KRESTAN has been recognized with numerous honors in his home country in both bluegrass and country music. He has been "Male Vocalist of the Year" at the Banjo Jamboree Festival numerous times and has been awarded "Country Artist of the Year" by the Czech Music Academy.
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LUBOS MALINA was named overall "Best Banjo Player" at the 20-plus year-old “Banjo Jamboree Festival.” LUBOS NOVOTNY plays Dobro. (The Dobro was actually invented by a Slovak family). TOMAS LISKA is amazing on acoustic double bass. EMIL FORMANEK, from the Slovak Republic, plays mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar.
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Venue impresario pointed out, “Here is a review of the last time Druha Trava appeared at The Coffee Gallery Backstage Here is a quote from folk radio D J Larry Wines. He was in the audience: ‘At the top of the list of Best-Shows-You-Didn't-See‚ is DRUHA TRAVA. Their national tour included a single L.A. gig, at The Coffee Gallery Backstage. One of today's best Americana bands just happens to be from the Balkans.’ - Larry Wines, host of radio’s ‘Tied to the Tracks,’ and FolkWorks columnist.”
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More at www.druhatrava.com. Tix, tba.
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Wed, Sep 29; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm PO' GIRL plays the “AMSD” concert series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego; 619-303-8176; www.acousticmusicsandiego.com.
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Rolling Stone Magazine writes, "With enough sultry ambiance to be at home in either cocktail lounge or New Orleans street corner, PO' GIRL's sentiment never feels forced, the lyricism never cliche or false. They manage to maintain that traditional and nostalgic sound while the breathing fresh life into an old-fashioned genre."
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PO' GIRL tours in support of their pair of latest albums, "Deer in the Night" and "Live." Alyssa Archambault of Paniolo writes, “Hailing originally from Canada, Po’Girl weave a blend of musical influences, sweetness, grit & soul into their fresh and original sound. Since the band's birth in Vancouver, BC in 2003 they've been winning devoted and growing numbers of fans across 4 continents and 13 countries with their powerful, passionate and spirited live show. The interplay between Allison Russell, Awna Teixeira, Benny Sidelinger and JJ Jones is truly something to behold. They are distinct voices with incredible harmonies; multiple instrumentalists who bring the perfect sound to each song and songwriters who pen poetic tunes you'll find yourself humming. Po’Girl showcases a wide array of instruments, from gutbucket bass, accordion, clarinet, banjo, dobro, and guitar, to electric bass, glockenspiel, piano, harmonica, bicycle bells, drums-- and they frequently trade off instruments with each song. Their fluid and joyous musicality is one of the group's most endearing features. Suffice it to say Po' Girl makes 21st Century roots music, urban roots – never derivative, not faithfully aping a beloved tradition. Russell, Teixeira, Sidelinger, and Jones don't rehash the old forms, they reshape and reinvigorate them for new ears. Like genuine gypsies, they wander and play--out on the international road bringing their unique brand of pan North Americana to a diverse and widespread audience 250 to 300 days of the year... always restless, more often than not bone-tired, they write their flashes of sadness, their loss, their good love, their faint dreams of home into songs that matter deeply to them. Like any good art, they are little acts of self-rescue. So you should listen. You aren't much different from them, and who couldn't use a little rescuing these days?”
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The Glasgow Americana Festival says of them, “Their uplifting take on American Folk music, combining it with Jazz, roots and a little bit of pretty much everything else, has the ability to put a smile on anyone’s face.”
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"Po' Girl is rough and smooth, sweet and tart, and would be huge stars in that super-cool alternate universe I've always wanted to live in." - John Schlotfelt, Little Village Magazine.
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ALYSSA ARCHAMBAULT of Paniolo Productions booked ‘em in 2009, and she adds, “Their latest release, ‘Deer in the Night,’ still includes many of the trappings of the trademark Po' Girl sound - the echoes of speakeasy jazz, the western lament, the accordion-strapped ghosts of European folk - but it's all delivered with a soulful clarity and depth only hinted at on previous records. They have also recently released a live album - 'Po' Girl Live' that captures the energy and spirit of the live show complete with special guests JT and the Clouds.”
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Hear their songs: “Deer In The Night” - http://pogirl.net/deer/deer.mp3 and “Dig Me A Hole” - http://pogirl.net/deer/dig.mp3. More at www.pogirl.net and www.myspace.com/pogirls. Their numerous CDs are available at www.cdbaby.com/artist/pogirl.
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Wed, Sep 29:
8 pm “AN EVENING WITH ALAN PARSONS” is a performance-interview at the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Sound Stage, 800 W Olympic Bl, L.A. 90015; 213-765-6803; www.grammymuseum.org.
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The great audio engineer, musician, and record producer ALAN PARSONS (THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT) speaks about his work on many successful albums - including The Beatles' “Abbey Road” and “Let It Be,” as well as Pink Floyd's “Dark Side of the Moon,” in addition to his own Alan Parsons Project. Parsons will discuss his latest venture – an instructional DVD series entitled “The Art And Science Of Sound Recording” (www.artandscienceofsound.com) as well as his newest song, “All Our Yesterdays," written especially for the series and featuring some of Los Angeles’ finest musicians, including a rare performance by Alan himself on lead vocal. The evening concludes with an audience Q & A, a special live music performance, and an autograph signing. Doors at 7:30 pm for the best seats. Tix on sale Thu, Aug 26, at noon. Tix, $15, available in person at the GRAMMY Museum Box Office, online at Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.
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(5b) Wednesday’s RECURRING
“LOS ANGELES AREA ACOUSTIC MUSIC PERFORMANCES” and related events.
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THERE ARE 24 (Yep, Twenty-Four!) ADDITIONAL EVENTS, TODAY & TONIGHT!
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Included are today & tonight’s weekly and monthly residencies, series, showcases, workshops, open mics and other acoustic music events that are scheduled in advance to happen today and tonight, from northern Santa Barbara County to south Orange County, from downtown L.A. to the valleys to the Inland Empire, from the desert to the sea.
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http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/09/wednesday-fifth-wednesdays-in-2010.html
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(1) Thursday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks:
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6:30, 7:30, 9, & 10 pm CONJUNTO LOS POCHOS, with OTONO LUJAN’s dynamite accordion and songs with English and Spanish lyrics, at the L.A. County Fair at Fairplex in Pomona.
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7 pm DRUHA TRAVA, the amazing and top award-winning acoustic bluegrass / world band from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, plays the “Ojai Concert Series” at Dancing Oak Ranch, in Ventura County near Ojai.
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7:30 pm LEDWARD KAAPANA plays the “AMSD” concert series in San Diego.
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See the complete listings below for all the details.
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(2) Thursday’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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http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/03/thursdays-radio-web-radio-tv-acoustic.html
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(3) Thursday’s “BEST OUT-OF-TOWN EVENTS”
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Thu & Fri, Sep 30-Oct 1, in Australia:
Annual “AUSTRALIAN MUSIC ASSOCIATION CONVENTION” in Melbourne, Australia.
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(4) Thursday’s LOCAL FESTIVALS:
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The L.A. COUNTY FAIR runs at Fairplex in Pomona; www.fairplex.com. The world’s largest county Fair runs the month of September and includes dozens of concerts on multiple stages, many of them acoustic, some of them with major national acts. As we do every year, The Guide lists events that we believe will interest our readers. On Saturdays & Sundays (after we expand each week’s listings to include all the events), check the listings beginning in the morning, as many shows are listed once, but repeat several times during the day (those other show times are included in our listings.) The Fair is closed on Mondays & Tuesdays, except Labor Day.
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Tonight includes:
A Guide “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
6:30, 7:30, 9, & 10 pm CONJUNTO LOS POCHOS, with OTONO LUJAN’s dynamite accordion and songs with English and Spanish lyrics.
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7, 8, 9, and 10 pm C.G. RYCHE, National PBS Artist and Master Percussionist.
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(5a) Thursday’s TODAY-AND-TONIGHT-ONLY
“LOS ANGELES AREA ACOUSTIC MUSIC PERFORMANCES” and related events:
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Thu, Sep 30, at the L.A. County Fair; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
6:30, 7:30, 9, & 10 pm CONJUNTO LOS POCHOS, with OTONO LUJAN’s dynamite accordion and songs with English and Spanish lyrics, performs at the L.A. County Fair at Fairplex in Pomona; www.fairplex.com. They’ve performed across the country at a variety of venues, everywhere from dance halls to weddings, and locally from the eastside to the westside, throughout Southern California. They have developed a sound that combines elements of both Texas and Mexico’s traditional conjunto styles with original music, as well as classic favorites. The band has performed alongside legendary musicians including Poncho Sánchez, Los Dos Gilbertos, Flaco Jimenez and Little Joe y La Familia. Los Pochos plays to a steadily growing audience that cuts across race, nationality, and social status. They earned a “Listener Favorite” track on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” More at www.lospochos.com. The world’s largest county Fair runs the month of September and includes dozens of concerts on multiple stages, many of them acoustic, some of them with major national acts. Los Pochos plays Wed, Sep 29 at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, & 9:30 pm, and Thu, Sep 30 at 6:30, 7:30, 9, & 10 pm.
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7, 8, 9, and 10 pm C.G. RYCHE, National PBS Artist and Master Percussionist, performs at the L.A. County Fair at Fairplex in Pomona; www.fairplex.com. He’s been called a “visionary composer” and a “modern day Roger Waters.” It’s the first time he’s bringing his world-class band to perform live at the L.A. County Fair. C.G.’s live concerts have been called “Pink Floyd meets Stomp” and his live concert DVD was called a “must see for the whole family” by PBS, and it currently airs nationwide on public television during pledge drives. Ryche's live performance is a multicultual journey that introduces people of all ages to the beauty and the "X-Factor" of percussion from around the world. The world’s largest county Fair runs the month of September and includes dozens of concerts on multiple stages, many of them acoustic, some of them with major national acts. On the Coca-Cola Stage. More, www.cgryche.com
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7 pm DRUHA TRAVA, the amazing and top award-winning acoustic bluegrass / world band from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, plays the “Ojai Concert Series” at Dancing Oak Ranch, on Hwy 150 at: 4585 Casitas Pass Rd, in Ventura County near Ojai; 805-665-8852. It’s a potluck party and concert.
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Show is preceded by “another big family potluck” starting at 5 pm. Series co-producer Shane says, “Bring a food dish or dessert to share, and a low deck chair, blanket and jackets (because it is going to get pretty cool around 9 pm) and enjoy a picnic with friends and the boys in the band.”
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The Bluegrass Association of the Czech Republic declared Druha Trava "Group of the Year" in both 2005 and 2006. Beyond that, they are a wonderfully eclectic band from the Czech and Slovak Republics, and Shane says they are “hard to describe. They perform new acoustic world music with bluegrass influences. You might hear them perform a bluegrass tune, a Bob Dylan tune or one by another American or British artist, along with their many originals. Though they basically use a typical bluegrass complement of instruments, you might see the banjo player also pick up a clarinet or Irish whistle. This, along with the versatility of the dobro player, helps create much of their unique sound.”
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Singer and writer ROBERT KRESTAN has been recognized with numerous honors in his home country in both bluegrass and country music. He has been "Male Vocalist of the Year" at the Banjo Jamboree Festival numerous times and has been awarded "Country Artist of the Year" by the Czech Music Academy.
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LUBOS MALINA was named overall "Best Banjo Player" at the 20-plus year-old “Banjo Jamboree Festival.” LUBOS NOVOTNY plays Dobro. (The Dobro was actually invented by a Slovak family). TOMAS LISKA is amazing on acoustic double bass. EMIL FORMANEK, from the Slovak Republic, plays mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar.
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7:30 pm LEDWARD KAAPANA plays the “AMSD” concert series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego; 619-303-8176; www.acousticmusicsandiego.com.
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8 pm JOHN CALE: “WHEN PAST & FUTURE COLLIDE - PARIS 1919 LIVE” at UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A.; www.uclalive.org; info 310-825-4401; UCLA ticket office 310-825-2101.
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It may surprise you that this show is in the Guide. Please read-on, and you’ll discern why. The co-founder of the Velvet Underground, JOHN CALE is legendary for his avant-garde pop-music aesthetic – but there’s more. In this West Coast premiere, Cale performs his seminal 1973 album “Paris 1919” in its entirety with his band and members of the UCLA Philharmonia. Dubbed “a masterpiece” by Rolling Stone, the magazine calls the record “one of the most ambitious albums ever released under the name of pop.” With evocative melodies, sweeping orchestration and poetic lyricism, “Paris 1919” effortlessly blends rock, soul and classical music. The second set will feature Cale’s more modern side. The promo says, “whether that’s debuting new material or deconstructing a classic, it’s sure to be an unforgettable evening.” UCLA Live at Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, Westwood. Tix, $38-68 ($15 for UCLA students).
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http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/07/thursday-fifth-thursday-of-every-month.html
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October comes from the Latin word “Octo” meaning “eighth.” (No, it doesn’t come from that goofy octo woman who dominated the news cycle with her fifteen minutes of fame a year ago, and who still desperately needs to have her tubes tied.) October was the eighth month in the Roman calendar.
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SONGWRITER’S CHALLENGE FOR FIRE PREVENTION WEEK ~
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Here’s one for all you songwriters. Send us the url for any song of yours that can be heard on the web (audio or video) that is about fire or firefighters, and we’ll post it in a special section. Be sure to include the name of the song, the genre, and the names of the songwriter(s) and musicians performing the song. All genres welcome for this one, but please tell us the genre(s) of your song(s). (Full details in our “News Features” in the Sep 24-Oct 5 edition)
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Three little ghostesses
Sitting on postesses
Eating buttered toastesses
Greasing their fistesses
Up to their wristesses
Oh, what beastesses
To make such feastesses!

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(1) Friday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks:
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7 pm FOY WILLING'S RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE featuring CODY BRYANT perform at the Sherman Oaks Presbyterian Church.
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7:30 pm LEDWARD KAAPANA plays the “Lord of the Strings” concert series at the Dana Point Community House.
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Annual “AUSTRALIAN MUSIC ASSOCIATION CONVENTION” in Melbourne, Australia.
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The L.A. COUNTY FAIR runs at Fairplex in Pomona; www.fairplex.com. The world’s largest county Fair runs the month of September and includes dozens of concerts on multiple stages, many of them acoustic, some of them with major national acts. As we do every year, The Guide lists events that we believe will interest our readers. On Saturdays & Sundays (after we expand each week’s listings to include all the events), check the listings beginning in the morning, as many shows are listed once, but repeat several times during the day (those other show times are included in our listings.) The Fair is closed on Mondays & Tuesdays, except Labor Day.
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Fri, Oct 1; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm FOY WILLING'S RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE featuring CODY BRYANT perform at the Sherman Oaks Presbyterian Church, 4445 Noble Av, Sherman Oaks; 818-788-3330; www.shermanoakspc.org. More at www.codybryant.com and www.ridersofthepurplesage.com
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7, 8:30, 10, & 11 pm JOHNNY POLANCO Y SU CONJUNTO performs at the L.A. County Fair at Fairplex in Pomona; www.fairplex.com. They’ve got one of the most sought-after bandleaders in the US. Known for contagious With extensive knowlege accumulated during nearly 35 years of professional musicianship, it’s Latin music that’s appreciated by salsa dancers worldwide and influenced the growth and popularity of salsa music for nearly a decade. Polanco is an autodiatic artist with mastery of 13 different instruments. More, www.myspace.com/johnnypolancoysuconjuntoamistad. The world’s largest county Fair runs the month of September and includes dozens of concerts on multiple stages, many of them acoustic, some of them with major national acts. On the Plaza de las Americas Stage.
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7:30 pm LEDWARD KAAPANA plays the “Lord of the Strings” concert series at the Dana Point Community House, 24642 San Juan St, Dana Point; 949-842-2227 or 949-244-6656; www.lordofthestringsconcerts.com.
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7:30 pm DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES perform at the L.A. County Fair at Fairplex in Pomona; www.fairplex.com. Dozens of hits have been recorded and more than 60 million albums sold from the repertoire of this late ‘70s-early ‘80s duo, including “Rich Girl,” “Kiss On My List,” “Maneater,” “Private Eyes,” “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)," “Sara Smile,” “She’s Gone” and “One On One.” The world’s largest county Fair runs the month of September and includes dozens of concerts on multiple stages, many of them acoustic, some of them with major national acts. A limited number of free general admission concert tickets is available the day of the concert, once you’re inside the Fair. Tix, $19.50-$100.
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8 pm BOYD & WAIN at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; 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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BOYD & WAIN are an award winning Anglo American Roots Americana/Folk duo. Their debut album, Ain’t No Fairy Tale debuted at # 36 in the Roots Folk Radio chart in June. The music is pure roots & rhythm and the songs are compelling, home grown tales of everyday life… Katy pokes fun at the media and celebrity as easily as she tells a story of unfulfilled dreams. The sound is original, Katy's vocals are honest and passionate and Benny’s fiddlin’ is just plain brilliant.
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Katy and Benny are playing major European festivals this year, including the Belnash Songwriters Festival, where they shared stage with notable singer songwriter Nanci Griffith in February.
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The album and their live shows are getting brilliant reviews. Check this one, from the July 2010, “Spiral Earth,” a top European folk website and magazine: "With big guitar and rolling fiddle underpinning Katy's honest voice they deliver an album full of toe tapping songs. Both exemplary musicians with a combined spark that makes their Anglo-American fusion a delight to listen to. 4 out of 5 stars!” Tix, $15.
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9:30 pm KEN O'MALLEY plays the Cock N Bull Pub, 2947 Lincoln Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-399-9696; www.cocknbullbritishpub.com. Fresh from his fine performance at the Ford Amphitheatre, he brings his fine baritone voice to traditional and original Irish songs.
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Ken O’Malley's rich, resonant voice and engaging stage presence have delighted audiences for over thirty years. In this unique solo performance, Ken transports his audience to his beloved Ireland through heartfelt singing and vivid storytelling. Find out why the Irish News calls this consummate entertainer “without question, . . .the single most enduring, influential and proficient of all Irish musicians in Southern California..” Don’t miss this magical evening of songs in both English and Irish Gaelic, accompanied by Ken’s remarkable talent on guitar and mandolin. “Dust-free and polished to perfection, each song is performed with authenticity, and the care one might use when handling a valuable family heirloom” – Lisa Elaine Scott, Music Connection Magazine.
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Included are today & tonight’s weekly and monthly residencies, series, showcases, workshops, open mics and other acoustic music events that are scheduled in advance to happen today and tonight, from northern Santa Barbara County to south Orange County, from downtown L.A. to the valleys to the Inland Empire, from the desert to the sea.
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Today in literature: JULES VERNE’s character Phineas Fogg made his bet in 1872 that he could complete a journey around the world in 80 days.
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9 am-10 pm annual “SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA UKULELE FESTIVAL” with featured artists VICTORIA VOX, “D HAWAII” SENIORS, THE JUMPING FLEAS, UNCLE LINCOLN’S UKULELE, HAWAIIAN LEGEND SERENADERS, MELE O'HANA UKULELE GROUP, ALDRINE GUERRERO, FRED THOMPSON and many more, at Cerritos Park East Community Center.
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5-10 pm SMALL POTATOES, CHAUNCY BOWERS, LISA TURNER, ERIC SCHWARTZ, DAVE MORRISON, OLD BULL play the “Topanga Acoustic Music Series” at the Topanga Community House in Topanga Canyon.
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7 pm BORDER RADIO at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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7:30 pm LEDWARD KAAPANA plays the “Lord of the Strings” concert series at the Mission Viejo Civic Center.
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8 pm MARINA V plays a benefit show for the American Cancer Society to celebrate her birthday, “with cake and prizes,” at the Hotel Café in Hollywood.
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8 pm HAYES CARLL plus special guest BONNIE WHITMORE at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica
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8 pm JENNI ALPERT plays her CD release show for “Underneath the Surface” at The Witz End, a new L.A. venue.
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8 pm “VIVA MEXICO! 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION” with acclaimed Spanish-language singers ANGELES OCHOA and PERLA BATALLA joining NATI CANO and MARIACHI LOS CAMPEROS at UCLA Live in Royce Hall on the UCLA campus.
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Annual “HARDLY STRICTLY BLUEGRASS FEST” in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, is a multi-stage extravaganza with many stars of folk-Americana, as well as top bluegrass acts.
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9 am-10 pm annual “SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA UKULELE FESTIVAL” with featured artists VICTORIA VOX, “D HAWAII” SENIORS, THE JUMPING FLEAS, UNCLE LINCOLN’S UKULELE, HAWAIIAN LEGEND SERENADERS, MELE O'HANA UKULELE GROUP, ALDRINE GUERRERO, FRED THOMPSON and many more, at Cerritos Park East Community Center, 13234 E 166th St, Cerritos; 818-522-6066 or 818-322-8026.
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The L.A. COUNTY FAIR runs at Fairplex in Pomona; www.fairplex.com. The world’s largest county Fair runs the month of September and includes dozens of concerts on multiple stages, many of them acoustic, some of them with major national acts. As we do every year, The Guide lists events that we believe will interest our readers. On Saturdays & Sundays (after we expand each week’s listings to include all the events), check the listings beginning in the morning, as many shows are listed once, but repeat several times during the day (those other show times are included in our listings.) The Fair is closed on Mondays & Tuesdays, except Labor Day.
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Sat, Oct 2; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
5-10 pm SMALL POTATOES, CHAUNCY BOWERS, LISA TURNER, ERIC SCHWARTZ, DAVE MORRISON, OLD BULL play the “Topanga Acoustic Music Series” at the Topanga Community House, 1440 Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga 90290. Event info, contact Marilyn at 310-455-2248 or marilynbabcock@mac.com.
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This is a mini-festival in one evening and includes dinner (drinks for purchase). It’s an acoustic music event, with half the proceeds benefiting Topanga Community House, half going to the musicians. A song circle follows. Advance reservations by email are greatly appreciated, so they’ll know how much food to prepare. (No reservations and you may not get to eat!) Tix, $15.
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7 pm BORDER RADIO at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; 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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Border Radio has been a well-loved acoustic band playing in the Los Angeles area since 2000. They return to their stomping grounds at the Coffee Gallery Backstage after a hiatus of a couple of years, ready to charm you with their handwritten songs, soulful folk and bluegrass style tinged with cowboy swing, all backed up with some serious steel and string. Border Radio is Kelly McCune on sweet lead vocals, Mike Stromberg on Dobro and guitar, film score fav Mark Indictor on fiddle, and Robert Staron on bass. Find Border Radio on the web at http://www.border-radio.com, on Facebook, and on MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/kellymccuneborderradio. Then come out and see ‘em play. Tix, $18.
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7, 8:30, 10, & 11 pm JOHNNY POLANCO Y SU CONJUNTO performs at the L.A. County Fair at Fairplex in Pomona; www.fairplex.com. They’ve got one of the most sought-after bandleaders in the US. Known for contagious With extensive knowlege accumulated during nearly 35 years of professional musicianship, it’s Latin music that’s appreciated by salsa dancers worldwide and influenced the growth and popularity of salsa music for nearly a decade. Polanco is an autodiatic artist with mastery of 13 different instruments. More, www.myspace.com/johnnypolancoysuconjuntoamistad. The world’s largest county Fair runs the month of September and includes dozens of concerts on multiple stages, many of them acoustic, some of them with major national acts. On the Plaza de las Americas Stage.
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7:30 pm LEDWARD KAAPANA plays the “Lord of the Strings” concert series at the Mission Viejo Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Dr, Mission Viejo; 949-842-2227 or 949-244-6656; www.lordofthestringsconcerts.com
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HENRY GRIMES & FRIENDS at REDCAT, The Roy & Edna Disney CalArts Theater, at the L.A. Music Center, 631 W 2nd St (at Hope St), inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex, downtown Los Angeles 90012; www.redcat.org; 213-237-2800; Fall sched, www.redcat.org/sites/redcat.org/files/REDCAT_Fall10_Brochure.pdf.
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8 pm MARINA V plays a benefit show to celebrate her birthday, “with cake and prizes,” at the Hotel Café, 1623 N Cahuenga Bl, Hollywood 90028; www.hotelcafe.com; 323-461-2040.
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Marina says, “I'll be donating my ticket proceeds to the American Cancer Society. Fighting cancer is a cause very close to my heart as cancer has really affected my family. Everyone who buys tickets in advance will be entered in a drawing to win some awesome prizes! Musical guests and prizes TBA very soon! If you have a company and would like to donate items (to give away as prizes) - let me know :)” She adds, “We'll have a huge cake and lots of cookies for everyone! Birthday cupcakes by Vinoteque.”
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Marina is on the road so much these days (often playing major venues), and it’s difficult to catch her in L.A. these days. Performing songwriter, wonderful vocalist, classically trained pianist and sometime guitarist MARINA V is a charming Russian emigree. Americans can’t properly pronounce her last name, so she doesn’t use it.
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“Last night I was sitting in my car at a red light in Hollywood, answering an email on my Blackberry. Next thing I know, I hear laughing and the words "Wow, you're typing really fast on that thing." And that's when I noticed two motorcycle cops who pulled-up right next to me and had been watching me type. I still am not sure whether it's legal or not to text/email while stopped at a red light, so I just laughed (nervously) and at that very moment the light changed to green :)”
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RSVP on Facebook at www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=154552341227629&ref=mf. Partial proceeds benefit American Cancer Society. Venue is 21+. $7 advance tickets, $10 at the door.
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8 pm HAYES CARLL plus special guest BONNIE WHITMORE at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $15.
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8 pm JENNI ALPERT plays her CD release show for “Underneath the Surface” at The Witz End, a new L.A. venue that’s currently under construction. The new album is instrumental piano, and produced by BRAD SMITH (Blind Melon, writer of “No Rain”). Jenni says, “There is a chance that the venue will still be under construction in which case it will be on Oct 16. The info will be released within the next two weeks.”
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8 pm KIMBERLY DAHME & JILL KNIGHT play a double-bill at “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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8 pm “VIVA MEXICO! 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION” with acclaimed Spanish-language singers ANGELES OCHOA and PERLA BATALLA joining NATI CANO and MARIACHI LOS CAMPEROS at UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A.; www.uclalive.org; info 310-825-4401; UCLA ticket office 310-825-2101.
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Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano featuring special guests Angeles Ochoa and Perla Batalla: Viva Mexico! 50th Anniversary Celebration — The 2009 Grammy Award-winning MARIACHI LOS CAMPEROS DE NATI CANO commemorates its 50th anniversary and the Bicentennial of Mexico with this special program. Spanish-language songstresses ANGELES OCHOA and PERLA BATALLA will help tell the story of Mexican independence through mariachi favorites “Viva Mexico,” “Mexico Lindo,” “La Bamba,” “Ave Maria” and more. A Los Angeles treasure, Los Camperos have emerged as the driving force of a musical tradition treasured throughout the world. The group is known for its collaboration with LINDA RONDSTADT on her critically acclaimed Spanish-language album, “Canciones de mi Padre.”
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8 pm CALPULLI MEXICAN DANCE COMPANY plays the Caltech Public Events series in Beckman Auditorium (“Big Beckman”) on the Caltech campus, 332 S Michigan Av, Pasadena; 626-395-4652; www.events.caltech.edu. Mention the Caltech Folk Music Series when you buy advance tix and get a discount. More at www.calpullidance.org
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THERE ARE 29 ADDITIONAL EVENTS, TODAY & TONIGHT!
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Included are today & tonight’s weekly and monthly residencies, series, showcases, workshops, open mics and other acoustic music events that are scheduled in advance to happen today and tonight, from northern Santa Barbara County to south Orange County, from downtown L.A. to the valleys to the Inland Empire, from the desert to the sea.
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http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/07/saturday-first-saturday-every-month-in.html
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Happy Birthday, Charlie Brown! Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts” comic strip debuted today in 1950.
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(1) Sunday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks:
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Annual “HARDLY STRICTLY BLUEGRASS FEST” in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, Sat & Sun, Oct 2 & 3.
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CANCELLED: First-ever “AMERICANA MUSIC FEST” sponsored by the Thousand Oaks Kiwanis Charitable Foundation at Paramount Ranch near Agoura Hills.
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7 pm PIETA BROWN at McCabe’s in Santa Monica.
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Sun, Oct 3; Sat & Sun, Oct 2 & 3, in San Francisco; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
Annual “HARDLY STRICTLY BLUEGRASS FEST” in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, is a multi-stage extravaganza with many stars of folk-Americana, as well as top bluegrass acts.
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CANCELLED: All day First ever “AMERICANA MUSIC FEST” sponsored by the Thousand Oaks Kiwanis Charitable 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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The sponsors – the local Kiwanis club – cancelled the festival two weeks before the date, because they were concerned that advance ticket sales were not strong…
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Here’s the information on “what would have been…”
With JOE CRAVEN, SCOTT GATES WITH CHUCK HAILES, JOHN YORK (THE BYRDS), KIRSTEN PROFFIT, BORDER RADIO, SUSIE GLAZE & THE HILONESOME BAND, CATHY-ANNE McCLINTOCK, JOHN BATDORF (BATDORF & RODNEY), ROBERT EARL “ROBBY” LONGLEY, THE STATMEN, SABRINA & CRAIG, TRACY NEWMAN & THE REINFORCEMENTS, BOYD & WAIN, UKULELE BARTT, GARY ALLEGRETTO (HARMONIKIDS), MILES FRANCIS, and more.
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Performances are all acoustic. In addition to headliners, other performers have been chosen from submissions through the spring and summer.
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Includes performances on three stages, workshops, an “Instrument Petting Zoo,” jamming, food, and more. Concert producer CARL GAGE says, “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.”
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This is the inaugural year for what’s already being called “a wonderful event, with multiple stages of scheduled acts, prestigious contests, and all-day jams under the oak trees and on the wooden boardwalks of the buildings in the movie-set old west town.” Yep, if any of that sounds familiar, it is indeed the same site as the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest.
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Sun, Oct 3 (final day):
The L.A. COUNTY FAIR runs at Fairplex in Pomona; www.fairplex.com. The world’s largest county Fair runs the month of September and includes dozens of concerts on multiple stages, many of them acoustic, some of them with major national acts. As we do every year, The Guide lists events that we believe will interest our readers. On Saturdays & Sundays (after we expand each week’s listings to include all the events), check the listings beginning in the morning, as many shows are listed once, but repeat several times during the day (those other show times are included in our listings.) The Fair is closed on Mondays & Tuesdays, except Labor Day.
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Sun, Oct 3:
9:30 am BLUEGRASS BRETHREN GOSPEL BAND perform at the Church of Redondo Hills, 2300 Ralston Ln, Redondo Beach.
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3 & 8 pm MELVEEN LEED plays two shows today at the Ruth Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, 6760 Painter Av, Whittier; 562-907-4203; www.shannoncenter.org. Shows at 3 & 8 pm.
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Sun, Oct 3; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm PIETA BROWN at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Pieta is a Red House Records recording artist and the very musical daughter of musician Greg Brown. She has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” to the delight of listeners. Doors open at 6:30 for the best seats. More at www.pietabrown.com. Tix, $15.
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Sun, Oct 3:
7 pm THE DUO TONES at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; 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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Veteran rock-instrumental masters PAUL JOHNSON & GIL ORR have hit upon a unique and winning idea: by leaving out the drums and bass, they put the focus on their delightful dual-guitar interplay (both acoustic and electric), which lends fresh appeal to the surf-instro genre. (Paul co-founded the pioneer '60s surf band, the Belairs ["Mr. Moto"]; he currently plays with the Surfaris ["Wipeout"]. Gil has been with the Chantays ["Pipeline"] since the '60s.)
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With two popular CDs and a growing visibility (they were a big hit recently on "A Prairie Home Companion"), the Duo-Tones are creating a stir among many music fans who are discovering for the first time just how rich this stuff can be when played with the skill and authority that Paul and Gil bring to it. Always a fave act here. Many encores for a reason.
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ROBERT HENKE: “MOONLAKE LIVE” at REDCAT, The Roy & Edna Disney CalArts Theater, at the L.A. Music Center, 631 W 2nd St (at Hope St), inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex, downtown Los Angeles 90012; www.redcat.org; 213-237-2800; Fall sched, www.redcat.org/sites/redcat.org/files/REDCAT_Fall10_Brochure.pdf.
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The co-creator of the Ableton Live software in a special “Moonlake Live” performance.
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Sun, Oct 3:
8 pm MELVEEN LEED plays two shows today at the Ruth Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, 6760 Painter Av, Whittier; 562-907-4203; www.shannoncenter.org. Shows at 3 & 8 pm.
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THERE ARE 38 ADDITIONAL EVENTS, TODAY & TONIGHT!
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Included are today & tonight’s weekly and monthly residencies, series, showcases, workshops, open mics and other acoustic music events that are scheduled in advance to happen today and tonight, from northern Santa Barbara County to south Orange County, from downtown L.A. to the valleys to the Inland Empire, from the desert to the sea.
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http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/07/sunday-first-sunday-every-month-in-2010.html
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On this day in 1957, SPUTNIK 1 became the earth’s first artificial satellite, when it was launched by the Soviet Union. The size of a basketball, all it did was orbit and beep – and scare the crap out of militarists and scientists everywhere west of the Iron Curtain.
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Oh, yes, it did that, and along the way, it STARTED THE SPACE RACE. And that has given us: communication satellites; talking car-dashboard navigation units (and watches and cell phones) with “we-know-where-you-are” GPS; ever-smaller portable computers; cell phones that let you watch TV on one-inch screens; wall-size flat screens (because who wants to watch anything on a 32-inch TV – though one-inch screens are somehow okay); postage-stamp-size music players with ear buds that make us deaf and antisocial; countless and ubiquitous (and often annoying) digital doodads and gew-gaws; and oh, yeah, it took America to the Moon with six manned landings from 1969 through 1972.
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Alas, it all became nothing but narcissistic consumer electronics that made mass-produced high-tech highly profitable – by exporting all the jobs to slave-labor complexes in China that lock-in as many as 300,000 workers in each fenced-in factory / living unit, where they work 36-hour shifts for $5 a day, and have the highest suicide rate of any workers in the world (as detailed over the past year in the London Daily Mirror and in the current Bloomberg Business News).
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The GENE RODDENBERRY vision of the future, together with that of ARTHUR C. CLARKE in his “2001,” and the long-gone (thrown-away) magic of Apollo – the true pioneering promise and the “Giant leap” for humanity – were all tossed overboard, and have yet to be rediscovered or fulfilled…
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(1) Monday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks:
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7:30 pm show; dinner starts at 7 pm RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE play a potluck dinner-and-a-show night at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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Mon, Oct 4:
7:30 pm show; dinner starts at 7 pm RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE play a potluck dinner-and-a-show night at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; 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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Wild West ragtime piano cocktail and dinner hour with “Fingers” Livingston starts at 7.
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Venue impresario Bob Stane says, “Dinner and swinging cowboy tunes, burning tempos, hot harmonies. Songs that tug at the heart. Songs written with their bare hands mixed with well crooned silver screen classics. All alive and kickin’.”
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These guys are fine multi-instrumentalists, playing drums, guitars, fiddles (two or three parts), upright bass, harmonica, penny whistle, steel guitar, accordion and an occasional sax. They kindle all the warm glowing romance of the west while infusing it with new spirit and fire. They sing the present as well as giving a well tuned nod to the sound born in Hollywood almost 70 years ago. Like the original lineup, they are musicians from studios, clubs, sound stages and concert halls who’ve come together to play a style and sound that remains timeless. An American tradition. Reinvented under the influence of a lot of coffee.
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Foy Willing started the band in Hollywood in 1943. He co-starred in over two dozen westerns and released records on four major labels. He shared the silver screen with Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Gene Autry, Monte Hale and recorded with jazz saxophonist Plas Johnson and Louis Prima. Jerry Garcia named a band after them. Sinatra sang with them. The Andrew Sisters toured with them.
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Today’s Riders croon on with Cody Bryant, Cowboy Mike, Relaxin’ Jackson, Fingers Livingston and the “King of the Cowboy Drummers” Landon McCoy.
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Tix $19.99, OR bring a potluck dish, participate in the potluck dinner, and get in for $14.99.
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Included are today & tonight’s weekly and monthly residencies, series, showcases, workshops, open mics and other acoustic music events that are scheduled in advance to happen today and tonight, from northern Santa Barbara County to south Orange County, from downtown L.A. to the valleys to the Inland Empire, from the desert to the sea.
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http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/07/monday-first-monday-every-month-in-2010.html
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8 pm THE WOODS TEA COMPANY at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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Tue, Oct 5; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm THE WOODS TEA COMPANY at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; 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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After building a solid reputation in New England, WOODS TEA COMPANY started touring on the concert circuit nationwide, eventually playing in all the lower 48 states. Notable performances include New York's Lincoln Center (twice), the Chautauqua Institute (three times), and appearances on PBS and National Public Radio, who labeled them "Vermont's hardest working folk group."
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Folk Music Quarterly described them as "...one of the hottest up and coming acts," saying "...sidestepping pretension and going for the grit, this New England group gives a lusty performance every time."
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A few years ago, the Irish Heritage Foundation honored Woods Tea with their Outstanding Innovation Award, "...in appreciation and recognition for their creative contributions to Irish music." The Woods Tea Co.has been entertaining audiences throughout the US since 1981with a blend of traditional and vintage musical styles which pleases the ear and inspires a smile. The Woods Tea Company is an acoustic trio performing Celtic tunes, Novelty, French-Canadian, and American folk songs with equal ease and skill. All members are fine vocalists, often leaving audiences thrilled by their wonderful harmonies. During a performance the band uses as many as a dozen different instruments! Tix, $20.
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8:15 pm VAN MORRISON plays the Greek Theatre, 2700 N Vermont Ave in Griffith Park, L.A.; Greek Theatre hotline, 323-665-1927; tix, 213-480-3232; www.greektheatrela.com. The venue’s promo says, “The historical show of a lifetime comes to Los Angeles as Van Morrison makes his Greek Theatre debut.”
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Okay, beyond the hype, Van Morrison is a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, author, poet and multi-instrumentalist, who is widely considered an important living artist of our time. He has albums that are ranked “greatest ever” in the rock and roll canon. He has over 150 songs featured in major motion pictures, with the latest in the Scorsese film, "The Departed."
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Morrison has an enormous body of highly-acclaimed musical compositions. His albums consistently list highly on published lists of critically acclaimed Musical work. He is the composer of albums that are considered the Best of All Time. He is also considered one of the most important living artists of our time. On the 1995 MOJO list of "100 Best Albums," Morrison's music tops the list at #2. Rolling Stone Magazine lists Morrison's compositions at #19 on "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" and in 2004 ranked him 42 on their list of “The Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.” VH1 lists Morrison in the Top 50 Greatest Musicians of All Time.
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With a career spanning some four decades, several accolades including being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Morrison's music continues to have that authentic American Blues, Jazz and melodic Folk sound that he loved and listened to as a child. With hit songs such as “Brown Eyed Girl,” “Into the Mystic,” “Moondance,” and “Crazy Love,” among others.
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http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/07/tuesday-first-tuesday-every-month-in.html
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Wed, Oct 6, in OC; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm COLIN HAY plays The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano; 949-496-8927; www.thecoachhouse.com. More at www.colinhay.com
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9 pm CHRISTINE LAVIN plays the Gardenia Restaurant & Lounge, 7066 Santa Monica Bl, West Hollywood, CA 90038; 323-467-7444; www.cabaretwest.org/gardenia.html
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Thu, Oct 7, in San Diego; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm COLIN HAY plays the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros Av, Solano Beach (San Diego); 858-481-9022; www.bellyup.com. More at www.colinhay.com
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Fri-Sun, Oct 8-10, in Lone Pine, CA:
Annual “LONE PINE FILM FESTIVAL” with many events at the museum and around town, interpretive tours of famous movie locations, and more, including a Friday evening concert (2 shows, 7 & 9 pm) with DON EDWARDS & SOURDOUGH SLIM in the Lone Pine High School Auditorium. Schedules, concert tix (it sells-out), info, www.lonepinefilmfestival.org
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Check-out some Sourdough Slim performance videos:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kbdZUDWBM
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HajY_r6RNy0
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Fri, Oct 8; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm MARLEY’S GHOST at the Folk Music Center & Museum, 220 Yale Av, Claremont 91711; 909-624-2928; www.folkmusiccenter.com. info@folkmusiccenter.com. Since forming in the mid-‘80s, Marley's Ghost has built a singular reputation among discerning roots-music lovers for its instrumental virtuosity, ultra-tight four-part harmonies and animated live performances. They blend English folk, Jamaican reggae, Gospel, Country and R&B. Doors at 7 for the best seats. Tix, $15 advance, $18 door.
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6-10 pm annual “ARTNIGHT PASADENA” is FREE at all participating galleries, music venues, museums, and cultural institutions throughout Pasadena, with free admission, restaurant specials, bike tours, and a free bus shuttle between and among nearly all the venues. The Gold Line light rail will get you close to a shuttle stop; check the event’s website. (That free shuttle is a BIG deal, because Pasadena parking fees would eat you alive if you drove and parked at each venue. Shuttles run late enough that you can stay in a venue until it closes at 9 or a few minutes after, and still catch a shuttle back to where you began.) This is a kaleidoscope of arts and some science, a fine free night out, and you should start as early as possible to partake of as much as you can. Info, www.artcenter.edu/artnight
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8 pm “ALOHAFEST! RHYTHM OF THE ISLANDS” at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Bl East, Hollywood 90068; 323-GO1-FORD (323-461-3673); www.FordTheatres.org; box dinner orders available for some shows at 310-652-3797. [Aka Ford Amphitheatre.]
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It’s an evening of music and authentic Hawaiian “meles” (that’s dances, in Hawaiian), featuring award-winning HULA LALAU KEALI’I O NALANI and contemporary Hawaiian music from master musician / singer-songwriter WILLIE K. There’s a “special presentation” from KEALI’I CEBALLOS, kuma hula of one of the few mainland hula schools invited to Hawaii’s premier “Merrie Monarch” hula competition; that part of the show traces the Tahiti-to-Hawaii migration of Pacific Islanders, described through “kahiko” (ancient) and “auana” (modern) hula. Maui native WILLIE K is acclaimed as “an extraordinary guitarist / singer-songwriter” who has performed with or opened for B.B. KING and WILLIE NELSON.
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Free non-stacked parking at the Universal City Red Line Metro Station, with free shuttle to & from the Ford. Come early and bring your picnic at tables & chair in the “leafy entryway” by the waterfalls (you can bring your own wine or other beverage, and grounds open 2 hours before show time for picnicking). Food & drink are available on-site, though they always run out of hot cocoa when it’s chilly. Food & drink are available on-site, though they always run out of hot cocoa when it’s chilly.
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Fri, Oct 8, in San Diego; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm DAVE ALVIN & THE GUILTY WOMEN, plus SARA PETITE, at the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros Av, Solano Beach (San Diego); 858-481-9022; www.bellyup.com.
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This is a wonderful double-bill that’ll feel like a mini-festival. While Dave Alvin’s cast of Guilty Women is somewhat changeable, all are top musicians who dependably play very well together, in a repertoire of Dave’s songs, their own songs and tunes, and some rootsy Americana classics. Sara Petite is a San Diego favorite, an award-winning female singer-songwriter. More at www.davealvin.net and www.sarapetite.com
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Fri, Oct 8; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm BEPPE GAMBETTA plays Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; 310-398-2583; www.boulevardmusic.com.
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Italian acoustic guitar master BEPPE GAMBETTA plays bluegrass and a whole lot more, and he has traveled the world, even crossing the old “Iron Curtain” to dazzle audiences. He is increasingly known as one of the true master innovators of the acoustic guitar. Beppe travels to the US from his home in Italy to play festivals, events and radio shows. He has performed with DAVID GRISMAN, GENE PARSONS, DOC WATSON, NORMAN BLAKE and with the band MEN OF STEEL (DAN CRARY, TONY McMANUS & DON ROSS). In a world dominated by the trends and logic of the market, Gambetta's playing and singing stand out for their intimate emotions, communication, research in tone, sobriety and humor. Doors at 7:30 pm for best seats. More at www.beppegambetta.com.
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Fri, Oct 8; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm JEANNE KUHNS & FRIENDS at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; 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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JEANNE KUHNS, from Door County, Wisconsin, weaves mystical lyrics and intriguing musical patterns into a “bluesy progressive folk” mix. She is sonically and stylistically something of a mix of Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell and an acoustically inclined Bonnie Raitt.” says Crow and Wolf Music. Kuhns has three cd's out; Riverbed, Lost Moth:Found and Ghost Ranch. All are original material.
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Michele McManmon and LA Indie Music Examiner says of Kuhns’ song , “Star People is a well crafted eloquent song that will elevate your soul with elegant vocals.” Kuhns' strength is as an interpretive singer and engaging performer with her throaty alto soaring up to clear falsetto tones. Kuhns won Door County Magazines Best Female Musician Award in 2008. She participates in the writers workshops at Steel Bridge Songfest and Dark Songs Week in Sturgeon Bay, Wi. July 2010 she ranked 6th in the top 10 rated songs by Indie Artists on the WOS Radio Blog at THIS LINK .
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Host of the “Jeanne Kuhns Woodwalk Concert Series” in Egg, Harbor WI, she has been bringing together top rated local and national musicians to fill the art barn with music for 6 summer seasons.
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Kuhns brings together a collection of talented singer/songwriter musicians from LA and San Francisco areas to back her up and share their songs. Joining Kuhns will be, from northern California Chris Irwin on mandolin, guitar and vocals, and bassist Mark Petrella. From the LA area, Adam Mackintosh on guitar and vocals, Anna Sacks on back up vocals, and drummer Scotty Lund on Cajon .
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Kuhns was a guest in Claudia Russell and the Folk Unlimited Orchestra’s show at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in the spring, and she says she is “looking forward to performing her music at this wonderful singer-songwriter performance space.” More at www.jeannekuhns.com. Tix, $15.
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Fri, Oct 8:
8 pm LES SHELLEYS featuring TOM BROSSEAU & ANGELA CORREA at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $12.50.
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Sat & Sun, Oct 9 & 10, in Ventura; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
9 am-5 pm, plus 7:30 pm concert; annual “SEASIDE HIGHLAND GAMES” AND “SCOTTISH FIDDLE COMPETITION” with ALEX BEATON, CELTIC SPRING, THE BROWNE SISTERS & GEORGE CAVANAUGH, BROTHER, and more, at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W Harbor Bl, Ventura 93001; www.venturacountyfair.org; 805-648-3376. Event info, www.seaside-games.com or 818-886-4968.
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This is a splendid event, with multiple music stages, marching competition for pipe and drum bands, exhibitions of massed pipe (that’s bagpipe) bands, food of the British Isles, including haggis, and lots more. In this case, “more” notably includes “large men throwing things,” including the caber toss competition – which is essentially solo competitors throwing telephone poles so that they flip, end-over-end – wherein they compete for distance. They throw boulders, too. Yes, really. The entire weekend is a major Scottish / Celtic event and draws first-rate performers – musicians, and those large men throwing things.
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You can drive (and pay parking at the fairgrounds) or ride Amtrak – directly to the Games – from L.A., OC, or San Diego, or from anywhere farther north up the coast.
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At 7:30 pm Saturday, the PEAT FIRE FLAME CONCERT is in the nearby Pierpont Inn, with Scottish music; tix, $10.
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Sat & Sun, Oct 9 & 10, in Kingston, New York:
Annual “O+ FESTIVAL” in Kingston, NY. Artists include Mike + Ruthy; more at www.mikeandruthy.com and www.myspace.com/mikeandruthy
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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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Sat, Oct 9; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm “KENNY EDWARDS MEMORIAL & BENEFIT CONCERT” with SEVERIN BROWNE, DALE LADUKE, HAROLD PAYNE, REBECCA TROON, STEVE NOONAN, JULIE CHRISTIANSEN, BRITTA LEE SHAIN, RICH PHILLIPS, FLORENCE RIGGS, VINCE CHAFIN, JACKIE MORRIS, RICK SIMON, JAYNEE THORNE, and surprise musical guests, at the “Starlight House Concert” series in North Hills (N SFV). Reservations get directions at 818-895-8414.
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Producer Jaynee Thorne says, “Starlight Concerts will be presenting a very special memorial celebration benefit concert for one of the truly great hearts and legendary heroes of our generation, [the late] Kenny Edwards. If you ever met Kenny or heard him perform, you know what a masterful and talented artist he was.”
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$15 donation is requested. Proceeds go to the Kenny Edwards Foundation. Doors will open at 7 pm for visiting with one another. Show starts at 8 pm. An updated list of added performers is at www.evite.com.
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Jaynee adds, “Please bring drinks and goodies to share at our drink / dessert bar. We will be outside, so dress for possible cool weather.”
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Sun, Oct 9; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm DANIELLE HEBERT, multiple Canadian music award winner, with “SOLE RUSTLER” DUANE THORIN, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; 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”).

DANIELLE HEBERT (pronounced “Ehh-bear’) is a multiple Canadian music award winner, and dazzled when she first performed at the venue. She is something of a phenomenon, as a musician and a traveler. Duane tells us, “She is a Renaissance woman artist singer, with biker tendencies and tenaciousness. You just HAVE to read her wonderful blog... and scroll back through her solo U.S. journey by bike, from the time she was last here, many weeks ago. It is like Route 66 with Martin Milner and no sound track, but chronicled by Lady Hemmingway. Awesome... she could stay on the road and PayPal for a career.” Her blog, with that tale in installments, is at http://daniellehebert.wordpress.com
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More on Danielle and her music is on her website, www.daniellehebert.com.
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DUANE THORIN has performed numerous times at the venue, and at last January’s “Concert for Haiti.” He will do a few classics, some of his own songs, and accompany Danielle for part of her set.
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Sun, Oct 9:
CANCELLED: 7 pm KEN O' MALLEY, The Twilight Lord, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; 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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Sat, Oct 9, in Ventura; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm PEAT FIRE FLAME Scottish music concert, part of the annual “SEASIDE HIGHLAND GAMES” AND “SCOTTISH FIDDLE COMPETITION” with this event at the Pierpont Inn in Ventura. Event info, www.seaside-games.com or 818-886-4968.
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Sat, Oct 9; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm TOM PRASADA-RAO & CARY COOPER play the “SongTree” concert series at 820 N Fairview Av, Goleta; 805-403-2639; www.songtree.org. More at www.tomprasadarao.com and www.carycooper.com
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Sat, Oct 9; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm MARLEY’S GHOST plays the CALTECH FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY series in Beckman Institute Auditorium (“Little Beckman”) on the campus, 322 S Michigan Av, Pasadena; 626-395-4652, or toll-free 888-2CALTECH (1-888-222-5832). More at Caltech Folk Music Series (www.folkmusic.caltech.edu) or Caltech Presents / Caltech Public Events series (www.events.caltech.edu).
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Series bookers Rex Mayreis and Nick Smithy gush, “We finally landed this incredible vocal and instrumental band… These five guys play guitar, mandolin, keyboards, pedal steel, bass, Dobro, drums, bouzouki, a bit of bagpipes and more! More importantly, you get five guys who can all sing lead, and they put together some of the finest harmonies we've ever had at Caltech, which is saying a lot! Their material is as eclectic as can be, including gospel, country & western, traditional folk, blues, and reggae. You just have to hear them to find out how they make this all work, but their music is stirring.”
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Your editor, after wanting to hear them for years, caught up with them at Northwest Folklife in Seattle a few years ago, and they met or exceeded all his expectations. More at www.marleysghostband.com.
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The campus ticket office handles the Folk Music Society’s tickets, takesd credit cards, and is open Noon-5 pm, Mon-Fri; their number is 626-395-4652. Tickets went on sale in early August. This will likely sell-out. Tickets are $15, $5 for children and Caltech students.
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Sat, Oct 9; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm JIM KWESKIN at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. The man who pioneered the popular return of jug band music (back in the ‘60s) is still at it, with a diverse and highly musical repertoire. It’s great fun to see him perform. More, www.jimkweskin.com. Tix, $20.
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Sat, Oct 9; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm DAN NAVARRO (of LOWEN & NAVARRO) plays the “Noble House Concert” series in Van Nuys; reservations get directions at 818-780-5979 or www.jrp-graphics.com/noblehouse. More at www.dannavarro.com
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Sat, Oct 9, in OC; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm DAVE ALVIN and THE GUILTY WOMEN plus THE HULA GIRLS, & WHALEN, at The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano; 949-496-8927; www.thecoachhouse.com.
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This looks to be a truly fun multi-artist bill with plenty of energy. While Dave Alvin’s cast of Guilty Women is somewhat changeable, all are top musicians who dependably play very well together, in a repertoire of Dave’s songs, their own songs and tunes, and some rootsy Americana classics. More at www.davealvin.net
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Sat, Oct 9; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm BEPPE GAMBETTA at The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina; 626-339-7020; frethouse@earthlink.net; www.frethouse.com. Beppe Gambetta has travelled the world, even crossing the old “Iron Curtain” to dazzle audiences. He is increasingly known as one of the true master innovators of the acoustic guitar. Beppe travels to the US from his home in Italy to play festivals, events and radio shows. He has performed with DAVID GRISMAN, GENE PARSONS, DOC WATSON, NORMAN BLAKE and with the band MEN OF STEEL (DAN CRARY, TONY MCMANUS & DON ROSS). In a world dominated by the trends and logic of the market, Gambetta's playing and singing stand out for their intimate emotions, communication, research in tone, sobriety and humour. Doors at 7:30 pm for best seats. Tix, $15. .
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Sat, Oct 9; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm STEVE JAMES plays Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; 310-398-2583; www.boulevardmusic.com. Venue’s website has a helpful local dining guide. Doors at 7:30 pm for the best seats. More at www.stevejames.com
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Sat, Oct 9; world music:
8 pm TAIKO PROJECT brings its artfully booming big drums to a show sponsored by the Long Beach Arts Council in Long Beach. Location & info, www.artslb.org. More at www.taikoproject.com
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Sun, Oct 10; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
10 am-4 pm annual “ORANGE COUNTY ACCORDION FESTIVAL,” aka "The Big Squeeze,” with SLUGGER O'TOOLE, CONJUNTO LOS POCHOS, LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS, and more, at Orange County Marketplace, OC Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa 92626; www.ocmarketplace.com.
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The much-maligned squeezebox gets its due today, in the hands of some top players and bands. LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS are Grammy nominees. CONJUNTO LOS POCHOS brings top Tex-Mex / Norteno / Ranchera accordion player OTONO LUJAN, with songs in English & Spanish. SLUGGER O’TOOLE is a fine, fun, high-energy Irish band that delighted the crowd a year ago at the Ford Amphitheatre. Now, if we could just get a festival this good for the banjo…
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Zydeco, polka, folk, jazz, gypsy, tango, Russian, Tex Mex, Latin, Balkan, rock, and other music styles were all represented in last year’s first annual event, and we expect something similar this year. Accordionists, squeeze box aficionados and other musicians ranging in ages 8 to 91 years, with talent levels and music styles as equally broad ranging, will join together for a common goal at "The Big Squeeze." That goal? To help the accordion get its respect back while showcasing its rich history and cross cultural appeal and adaptability into a variety of music genres, and to have fun.
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"There is nothing else like an accordion and people who think of it just as something they heard on ‘The Lawrence Welk Show’ a long time ago are really missing out on something wonderful," said Alex Lavruk, one of the featured performers at last year’s Festival. Lavruk learned to play as a child in a state-run music school in the former Soviet Union, before immigrating to the United States in 1994.
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"Over the years, the accordion hasn’t gotten much respect, which is too bad because when all is said and done - the accordion is fun. It’s the only musical instrument that will play bass notes, chords, rhythm, and melody all at the same time and still be portable and relatively easy to learn, "said accordionist Jim Gilman of Yorba Linda and a performer at last year’s Festival. "It seems to bring people back to a happier time," he added.
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In addition, there will be free dance lessons and a special section for accordion-related vendors. Restaurants and caterers offering food samplings of international cuisine to parallel the popular “accordion countries” will be featured, too.
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The Accordion Festival will not put a "squeeze" on your wallet. All activities, including entrance to the swap meet, are included in the price of Market Place admission, which is $2 or FREE with a canned food item to help the Orange County Food Bank. Children 12 and under are free. A complete schedule for "The Big Squeeze" is available at the website www.ocmarketplace.com or call 949-723-6660.
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Sun, Oct 10, in Goleta; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
10 am-5 pm 39th annual “SANTA BARBARA OLD TIME FIDDLERS' CONVENTION” featuring LAURIE LEWIS, FOGHORN TRIO, STEVE JAMES, WILD ASPARAGUS, LITTLE BLACK TRAIN, TRIPLE CHICKEN FOOT, and more, at the Stow House at La Patera Ranch, Los Carneros Rd, Goleta 93117; www.stowhouse.com. Event info, 805-450-2243; www.fiddlersconvention.org. Entertainment by Grammy Award winner LAURIE LEWIS & TOM ROZUM, plus SAUSAGE GRINDER, MOLLY'S REVENGE, TRIO GONZALO FEATURING NICK COVENTRY, THE OLD TIME FIDDLERS and more, with lots of jamming & fun. More at www.laurielewis.com. Mary Katherine Aldin, host of radio’s “Alive & Picking,” has been the emcee of this event for over twenty years.
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Situated in Goleta, 10 minutes N of Santa Barbara, on the grounds of the historic Rancho La Patera and Stow House (tours available), the festival is a family friendly celebration of Old Time American music and more. Enjoy contests in Old Time fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, band, and song, plus workshops in Old Time fiddle and acoustic blues guitar, as well as jam sessions in various musical styles, on the grounds, all day.
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Produced by Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise. All profits support the club's local and international community service projects. Gen’l admission $20; srs & teens are less; kids age 12 and under are free. Free parking.
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Sun, Oct 10:
8:30 am and 10:30 am BLUEGRASS BRETHREN GOSPEL BAND performs for two morning church services at Norco Christian Church, 3625 Corona Av, Norco.
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Sun, Oct 10:
4:30-5:30 pm “FAMILY UKULELE WORKSHOP: Beginning Ukulele for kids and parents” at the Folk Music Center & Museum, 220 Yale Av, Claremont 91711; 909-624-2928; www.folkmusiccenter.com. info@folkmusiccenter.com. Fee, $10 per participant.
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Sun, Oct 10; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
5 pm “CAJUN / ZYDECO DANCE SERIES” brings MIGUEL FONTENOT to The Center at Sycamore Plaza, 5000 Clark Av Lakewood. Info, call Sidney at 323-401-8859 or 562-804-4434. Tix, $20, includes free dance lesson.
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Sun, Oct 10; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
6 pm BEPPE GAMBETTA plays the “Fullerton House Concert” series at the home of Kevin & Janny Stevenson; reservations get directions at 714-441-1051; kjrem@roadrunner.com
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Italian acoustic guitar master BEPPE GAMBETTA plays bluegrass and a whole lot more, and he has traveled the world, even crossing the old “Iron Curtain” to dazzle audiences. He is increasingly known as one of the true master innovators of the acoustic guitar. Beppe travels to the US from his home in Italy to play festivals, events and radio shows. He has performed with DAVID GRISMAN, GENE PARSONS, DOC WATSON, NORMAN BLAKE and with the band MEN OF STEEL (DAN CRARY, TONY McMANUS & DON ROSS). In a world dominated by the trends and logic of the market, Gambetta's playing and singing stand out for their intimate emotions, communication, research in tone, sobriety and humor. More at www.beppegambetta.com.
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Sun, Oct 10; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
6:30 pm ”HARVEST MOON DANCE FESTIVAL” holds its season-closing CONTRADANCE with live music by WILD ASPARAGUS, & CLAYFOOT STRUTTERS, at the Carrillo Ballroom, 100 E Carrillo St, Santa Barbara. Event info, www.sbcds.org/hm
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Sun, Oct 10; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm ROY ZIMMERMAN, TERESA TUDURY, & D.C. ANDERSON play what venue impresario Bob Stane calls, “A seriously under-priced feast of musical comedy stars,” at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; 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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D.C. ANDERSON has toured extensively throughout the US and Canada the past 20 years with “THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” as an actor-singer. Along the way, he has taken advantage of any and every opportunity to sing his own collaborations in theaters, concert halls, and music clubs. Recording studios are a favorite haunt, resulting in 10 recordings from “Fool Moon” through to his most recent album, “Close Companions.” Those and many of his other CDs are available on the LML Music label. D.C.’s songwriting and songs have received numerous awards and nominations including the Jeff Matson Award and the Bistro Award and he says he’s “placed in a couple of those Stony Mountain Leafy Forest Rambling River Windy Canyon Songwriting Contests.” D.C. created and produced 2010's multi-artist folk CD “in my room” to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Contributing artists include Catie Curtis, Peter Bradley Adams, Roy Zimmerman, Teresa Tudury, Kat Eggleston, Sally Fingerett, David Roth, Christine Lavin and 12 others.
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TERESA TUDURY started writing songs at age 12 and was performing in San Francisco nightclubs by the time she was 15. She has played on and off in the Bay Area for years, and for almost two decades was based in Los Angeles where in addition to music gigs, she wrote comedy and worked as a character actress on stage and screen.
With a deep, sultry voice that magnetizes audiences, and a scathing comedic wit to match, Teresa sings with power, verve, passion, and disarming humor. Teresa's voice has been described as a cross between Bette Midler and Bonnie Raitt (LA Weekly). Her vocal stylings are perfectly complemented by her bluesy guitar playing.
Teresa has recorded or performed with such greats as Leonard Cohen, Rickie Lee Jones, Lyle Lovett, Taj Mahal, Leo Kottke and Bonnie Bramlett. Now residing in Sonoma County, Teresa continues to perform and write new material. Her new CD, 'Such Fine Things' joins the recently re-released CDs 'Teresa Tudury' and 'River of Life' in retail stores and online music sites.
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ROY ZIMMERMAN is a musical comic songwriting genius. What's funny about war, poverty, ignorance, bigotry, neo-conservatism, homophobia, greed, lust and fear? Ask Roy Zimmerman. He's been writing satirical songs for twenty years. The Los Angeles Times says, "Zimmerman displays a lacerating wit and keen awareness of society's foibles that bring to mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer."
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Tom Lehrer himself says, "I congratulate Roy Zimmerman on reintroducing literacy to comedy songs. And the rhymes actually rhyme, they don't just 'rhyne.'"
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Joni Mitchell says, "Roy's lyrics move beyond poetry and achieve perfection."
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Zimmerman has played clubs across the country, and shared the stage with George Carlin, Bill Maher, Kate Clinton, Dennis Miller, Sandra Tsing Loh, kd lang, Andy Borowitz and Paul Krassner. He's done several shows with The Pixies' Frank Black, swapping songs in a solo acoustic setting. His up-to-the-moment topical songs are featured on American Public Media's syndicated broadcast "Weekend America" and Sirius Radio's "West Coast Live."
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"Faulty Intelligence," his newest CD, contains a lesson in Intelligent Design, "Creation Science 101;" an Elvis sounding love song to the government phone tappers called "Hello, NSA" that's featured on the ACLU web site; and the bawk-along "Chickenhawk," already a Zimmerman classic. He says, "I hope this record gets good reviews, but mostly I hope it gets denied under oath by Karl Rove."
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The Roy Zimmerman CD catalogue also includes the Holiday offering ‘PeaceNick, ‘Homeland’, ‘Security’ and ‘Comic Sutra.’
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Zimmerman founded and wrote all the material for the comedy folk quartet THE FOREMEN, who recorded four albums, two of them for Warner/Reprise Records. He wrote over five hours of satire for the group. "We never did it all at once," he reports, "but we kept it ready in case we had to filibuster.” Roy lives in Marin County with his wife and frequent co-writer Melanie Harby and their two boys.
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This is quite a booking for an intimate venue, with three headliners who can each fill a large venue when booked solo. Don’t dawdle; make reservations early. Tix, $15.
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Sun, Oct 10, in Seattle; a “Best-Out-Of-Town” show:
7-9 pm LUCY KAPLANSKY plays the Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Av, Ballard (Seattle) WA; www.tractortavern.com
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Sun, Oct 10:
7 pm KENNY WHITE at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $15.
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Sun, Oct 10; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm TOM PRASADA-RAO & CARY COOPER with RADISLOV LORKOVIC play the “Bodie House Music Series at the Thousand Oaks Library,” at Grant R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks 91362; 818-621-8309; info, www.BodieHouse.com. More, www.tomprasadarao.com and www.carycooper.com
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Sun, Oct 10:
PADDY’S PIG brings their authentic and original Irish music to the Tam O'Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, L.A.; 323-664-0228. Missy, Mike, Damon and Marty (Paddys Pig) say, “Thanks for listening to and supporting local Irish music!” Contact ‘em at paddys.pig@mailcity.com. More at www.paddyspigla.com and www.myspace.com/paddyspigla
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Mon, Oct 11; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm DAVID OLNEY & SERGIO WEBB, with local musicians NOCTURRA & RIC, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; 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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David Olney & Sergio Webb play “an intense, rockin' duo show.”
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The prolific DAVID OLNEY infuses his live performances with an intensity that converts new listeners into die-hard fans. Mr. Olney's intelligent compositions radiate that same intensity and have earned a place as one of the most respected singer-songwriters in the world today. His songs have been recorded by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury, Lonnie Brooks, James King, Slaid Cleaves, Dale Ann Bradley, Tom Rozum, Ann Rabson, Keiran Kane/Kevin Welch/Fats Kaplin and others. He has released 19 albums over four decades, including five live recordings. He performs worldwide.
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David Olney, "...looked like a FEDORA-SPORTING, fiftysomething HIGH-SCHOOL PRINCIPAL who'd SUDDENLY GONE BERSERK and was using his acoustic guitar like it was a weapon. Love this crazy guy, LOVE THIS RECORD." – Rochester (NY) Democrat & Chronicle.
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No less than the late TOWNES VAN ZANDT said, "Anytime anyone asks me who my favorite music writers are, I say Mozart, Lightnin' Hopkins, Bob Dylan and Dave Olney. Dave Olney is one of the best songwriters I've ever heard – and that's true. I mean that from my heart."
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NOCTURRA & RIC will add, says Bob Stane, “Additional flame & flash.” The two have been combining their talents for more than two years and their unique chemistry, as well as their rapport with the crowd has made them popular wherever they perform. Nocturra has been belly dancing for nine years, specializing in swords and noted for her eclectic choices of choreography and music.
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“Ric” is Ric Sarabia, and he has been playing the African djembe drum since 1984 and was the frontman and lead singer for the 1990's coffeehouse band DigaJiga. When he's not banging out a beat, Ric is an actor. His roles have included a cameo in Clint Eastwood's film, "Changeling," and co-starring in television's "Medium", "CSI: Las Vegas", "Monk" and "Eleventh Hour."
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On stage, Ric makes audiences smile and laugh with his banter and vocal and drum performance of popular and unusual songs. He also provides the backdrop for Nocturra's skillful handling of up to three swords as she dances- complete with shimmies and other surprises. They perform regularly at McGinty's Gallery at the End of the World in Altadena and annually at the Los Angeles County Fair, in addition to a range of other venues.
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In Nocturra's other life, she is an entertainment and features writer for the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group and was the 2007/2008 Occasional Pasadena DOO DAH QUEEN. And, she is a Polynesian/Tahitian dancer. Oughta be quite a night. Tix, $18.
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Thu, Oct 14; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm “THE YES MEN LIVE” at UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A.; www.uclalive.org; info 310-825-4401; UCLA ticket office 310-825-2101.
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Part activist-pranksters, part social-satirists, The Yes Men pull no punches in their shock-and-awe spoken word campaigns of rhetoric, bent on exposing hypocrisy in government officials and multinational corporations. They’ve taken on George W. Bush, Dow Chemical, Exxon Mobile, and others; we expect they’re primed to lambaste BP. Their acclaimed book, “The True Story of the End of the World Trade Organization,” chronicles their bogus WTO website and their subsequent appearances as imposter representatives from the organization. A recently released feature-length film, “The Yes Men Fix the World,” highlights even more of the duo’s confrontational antics. This UCLA Live engagement affords the audience an in-person glimpse inside the minds of these impassioned provocateurs. Tix, $28-43 ($15 for UCLA students).
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Fri & Sat, Oct 15 & 16, in Visalia, CA:
Annual “VISALIA FALL ROUNDUP” with music by SOURDOUGH SLIM and others, authentic western BBQ (durch oven biscuits, etc) by the Cowboy Cultural Committee, and more, at Richie's Barn, Visalia. Schedules, lineup, info, www.visaliacowboys.com
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Check-out some Sourdough Slim performance videos:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kbdZUDWBM
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HajY_r6RNy0
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9NTG6cUj0
www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6aRDawFme4
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Fri, Oct 15; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm DAROL ANGER'S REPUBLIC OF STRINGS plays the “AMSD” Concert series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego; 619-303-8176; www.acousticmusicsandiego.com. The cast varies over time and by what part of the country they’re in, and who’s on tour backing the big name acts. But this is one of the best multi-player ensembles of string musicians that you’ll hear anywhere. More at www.darolanger.com/republicofstrings.html
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Fri, Oct 15; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm ERIC ANDERSEN, accompanied by VAN DYKE PARKS, at McCabe's, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. More at www.ericandersen.com and www.vandykeparks.com. Tix, $22.50.
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Sat, Oct 16; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
2-4 pm SUSIE GLAZE & HILONESOME, with guest LISA BURNS on bass, play a matinee show for the “Thousand Oaks Reads - One City, One Book” project, at the Grant R. Brimhall Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks 91362; 818-621-8309; www.toaks.org/cals/library.asp. Info on the show and series, call 805-449-2660 x 204 or email Library@toaks.org. This award-winning outfit plays "Appalachia to Bluegrass Americana Folk Fusion," and they do it very well, a s they’ve demonstrated several times live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” “Bluegrass Etc,” and other shows. Larry Wines, in his annual “Best of/Top Ten” feature for FolkWorks, named them among the best live acoustic bands in L.A. in 2008. More at www.susieglaze.com
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Sat, Oct 16; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm CLIFF EBERHARDT with CINDY KALMENSON play “THE LIVING TRADITION” concert series at the Downtown Community Center, 250 E Center St, Anaheim. Event & series info, 949-646-1964; www.thelivingtradition.org. More at www.cliffeberhardt.net and www.cindykalmenson.net
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Sat, Oct 16; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm ERIC ANDERSEN plays the “AMSD” Concert series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego; 619-303-8176; www.acousticmusicsandiego.com. More at www.ericandersen.com
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Sat, Oct 16:
8 pm JENNI ALPERT returns to town from her national tour of her new CD, “Underneath the Surface,” to play the Hotel Café, 1623 N Cahuenga Bl, Hollywood 90028; www.hotelcafe.com; 323-461-2040. The new album is instrumental piano, and produced by BRAD SMITH (Blind Melon, writer of “No Rain”).
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Jenni has supported Loudon Wainwright III, Kaki King, Jon Allen, and has shared stages with Regina Spektor and Sara Bareilles among other familiar voices. Recently, her music was featured on the ABC Television show “Castle” as well as the NBC TV series “Lipstick Jungle,” MTV's “The Real World” and the CBS TV series “CSI Miami.” Jenni has independently toured the US and internationally, performing with regularity in over 14 countries.
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Sat, Oct 16, in OC; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm ERIC BIBB, Red House Records recording artist, brings his classic and original blues to the San Juan Capistrano Multicultural Center, 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano; 949-248-7469; www.musicatthelibrary.com. More at www.ericbibb.com
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Sat, Oct 16:
8 pm GAELIC STORM at The Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Bl, West Hollywood; 310-276-6168; www.troubadour.com. More, www.gaelicstorm.com
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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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Sun, Oct 17; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
4 pm CLIFF EBERHARDT with CINDY KALMENSON play the final “Duncan House Concert” series show in Ventura. Reservations get directions at scottd13@roadrunner. Series and show info at www.myspace.com/duncanhouseconcerts. More at www.cliffeberhardt.net and www.cindykalmenson.net
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Sun, Oct 17, in San Diego; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm GAELIC STORM plus SARA WATKINS in a splendid double-bill at Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros Av, Solano Beach (San Diego); 858-481-9022; www.bellyup.com.
More at www.gaelicstorm.com and www.sarawatkins.com
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Mon, Oct 18; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm GAELIC STORM performs at the Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu; tix, 310-506-4522. Show info, www.pepperdine.edu/cfa. More at www.gaelicstorm.com
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Tue, Oct 19; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:45 pm KELLY McCUNE & BORDER RADIO plays this month’s “BLUEGRASS AT BRAEMAR” show, sponsored by the Bluegrass Association of Southern California (BASC) at the Braemar Country Club, 4401 Reseda Bl, Tarzana. Info, call Harley, 818-221-4680 or bascinfo@socalbluegrass.org. Info on BASC, the series, and this show, at www.socalbluegrass.org. More at www.border-radio.com
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Wed, Oct 20:
8 pm RAVI SHANKAR, a true music legend, plays the Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S Grand Av, downtown L.A.; 323-850-2000. Info on this show, www.musiccenter.org/wdch. More at www.ravishankar.org
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Thu-Sun, Oct 21-24:
Annual “FOLK ALLIANCE REGION WEST (FAR-West) MUSIC CONFERENCE” this year in San Jose, CA; www.far-west.org
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Thu-Sat, Oct 21-23, in Live Oak, Florida:
Annual “MAGNOLIA FESTIVAL” in Live Oak, FL. Artists include Mike + Ruthy; more at www.mikeandruthy.com and www.myspace.com/mikeandruthy
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Thu, Oct 21; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm LAURIE ANDERSON: “DELUSION” at UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A.; www.uclalive.org; info 310-825-4401; UCLA ticket office 310-825-2101.
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Combining violin, electronic puppetry, music and visuals, the piece speaks the colorful, poetic and imagistic language that has become Anderson’s trademark.
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UCLA Live presents the Los Angeles premiere of eclectic genre-bending artist Laurie Anderson’s latest work, “Delusion.” Conceived as a series of short mystery plays, Delusion jump-cuts between the everyday and the mythic.
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Inspired by the breadth of Balzac, Ozu and Laurence Sterne, and employing a series of altered voices and imaginary guests, Anderson tells a complex story about longing, memory and identity. At the heart of “Delusion” is the pleasure of language and a terror that the world is made entirely of words. Tix, $33-58 ($15 for UCLA students).
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Fri, Oct 22:
CALIFORNIA E.A.R. UNIT: “CHAMP VITAL (LIFE FIELD)” at REDCAT, The Roy & Edna Disney CalArts Theater, at the L.A. Music Center, 631 W 2nd St (at Hope St), inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex, downtown L.A. 90012; www.redcat.org; 213-237-2800; Fall sched, www.redcat.org/sites/redcat.org/files/REDCAT_Fall10_Brochure.pdf.
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Los Angeles' fearless new music ensemble returns with works by David Rosenboom and E.A.R. Unit members.
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Fri, Oct 22; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm TAJ MAHAL plus special guest VIEUX FARKA TOURÉ at UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A.; www.uclalive.org; info 310-825-4401; UCLA ticket office 310-825-2101.
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In one astounding evening, two artists embody the global spirit of the blues in a magnificent co-bill of TAJ MAHAL and VIEUX FARKA TOURÉ. Opening the night is Touré, son of legendary Malian musician Ali Farka Touré and himself a famed blues guitarist who, with his band, extends traditional Western Saharan rhythms into hypnotic, stinging grooves.
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TAJ MAHAL, perhaps the 20th century’s most influential figure in blues and roots music, closes the night with KESTER SMITH on drums and BILL RICH on bass. Expect a thrilling on-stage collaboration with Taj and Vieux as two generations and two distinct global traditions of the blues collide. Tix, $33-58 ($15 for UCLA students).
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Sat, Oct 23, an “EVENT-OF-THE-WEEK” for ARTISTS:
11 am-1 pm “HOW TO WORK THE MEDIA: A WORKSHOP FOR ARTISTS” by LARRY WINES, one in a series of artists workshops at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; 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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This is the same workshop presented at the Autry National Center (Autry Museum) on July 10, to the acclaim of participants. “The best workshop for artists they’ve ever had there!” – Debbie Berry, musician and marketing professional.
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Larry Wines is a master of effective press/media materials for artists, including one-sheets, bios, and tools that work. He serves on expert panels at music conferences, providing knowledge and skills that artists can use. Larry teaches how to “work the media,” get radio airplay, paid bookings, coverage (print and electronic), television guest spots, and get signed to a label. (Yes, he has helped clients get signed.)
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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. As 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, to talented up-and-comers. He edits the weekly “Acoustic Americana Music Guide” (www.acousticmusic.net) and writes a column and the annual “Best of / Top Ten” for FolkWorks magazine. His focus is developing talented musicians in folk-Americana, cowboy, Cajun, Celtic, bluegrass, blues and other traditions, and today’s innovative “acoustic renaissance.” Larry has emceed the Autry’s annual Christmas show, Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest, and more. Info, tiedtothetracks@hotmail.com
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This workshop is one in a series produced by the Coffee Gallery Backstage, Bob Stane, and Duane Thorin Presents. The series includes workshops on instrument and vocal technique, songwriting, music arranging and more, and each is presented by a top musician or recognized expert.
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Today’s event uses a PowerPoint presentation, includes step-by-step “how-to” examples, a Q&A session, and workshop participants receive take-home materials. Fee, $25.
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Sat, Oct 23; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick; festival:
1-7 pm annual “THUNDERFEST – BLUESAPALOOZA” at The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina; 626-339-7020; frethouse@earthlink.net; www.frethouse.com.
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It’s a tradition here, a once-a-year FREE day of the blues. Here’s the lineup:
* 1 pm - LES JOHNSON BLUES BAND
* 3 pm - BARRY BIG B BRENNER
* 5 pm - STAN WEST
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Sat, Oct 23; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm SLIGO RAGS at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations, 626-794-2424; info, www.coffeegallery.com. More at www.sligorags.com
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Sat, Oct 23, in San Diego:
7 pm BROOKLYN MACINTOSH plays the “San Diego Folk Heritage” series at Templar’s Hall in Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd, Poway (San Diego); 858-566-4040; www.sdfolkheritage.org . More at www.myspace.com/brooklynmack
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Sat, Oct 23; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm JOHN YORK (The BYRDS) plays the “Gelencser House Concert” series in Claremont. Reservations get directions at 909-596-1266 or singfolk@yahoo.com. Series and show info, www.gelencserhouseconcerts.com. More at www.johnyorkmusic.com
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Sat, Oct 23, in San Diego; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
SOLD OUT: 7:30 pm JOHN SEBASTIAN plays the “AMSD Concert” series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego; 619-303-8176; www.acousticmusicsandiego.com. He performs for the series on Sat & Sun, Oct 23 & 24, and both are sold-out. More at www.johnbsebastian.com
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Sat, Oct 23, in OC; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm JUDY COLLINS plus AMY SPEACE at The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano; 949-496-8927; www.thecoachhouse.com.
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The editor says, “We’ve followed the career of AMY SPEACE since we were among the first to give her radio airplay on ‘Tied to the Tracks.’ It is wonderful to see her performing with longtime star JUDY COLLINS. Well worth the trip to south OC.” More at www.judycollins.com.
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Sat, Oct 23; dance:
8 pm HELIOS DANCE THEATER: “BEAUTIFUL MONSTERS” at UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A.; www.uclalive.org; info 310-825-4401; UCLA ticket office 310-825-2101.
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In a one-night-only, world-premiere performance, this haunting dance dreamscape reveals the furious abandon of a body transformed by magic, in a romance that defies human limitations. Brought to life by Los Angeles’ own HELIOS DANCE THEATER, this stunning piece features visual design by acclaimed animator and director CHRIS MILLER and an original score by praised composer PAUL CANTELON (The Diving Bell and The Butterfly). Choreographed by Helios artistic director LAURA GORENSTEIN MILLER, it is a dance born from confrontation of childhood nightmares, where becoming the monster may be the only escape. Tix, $28-63 ($15 for UCLA students).
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Sun, Oct 24; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm KEN O'MALLEY brings his wonderful baritone voice, fine guitar, and authentic and original Irish music to the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations, 626-794-2424; info, www.coffeegallery.com. More at www.kenomalley.com
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Ken O’Malley's rich, resonant voice and engaging stage presence have delighted audiences for over thirty years. In this unique solo performance, Ken transports his audience to his beloved Ireland through heartfelt singing and vivid storytelling. Find out why the Irish News calls this consummate entertainer “without question, . . .the single most enduring, influential and proficient of all Irish musicians in Southern California..” Don’t miss this magical evening of songs in both English and Irish Gaelic, accompanied by Ken’s remarkable talent on guitar and mandolin. “Dust-free and polished to perfection, each song is performed with authenticity, and the care one might use when handling a valuable family heirloom” – Lisa Elaine Scott, Music Connection Magazine.
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Sun, Oct 24, in San Diego; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
SOLD OUT: 7:30 pm JOHN SEBASTIAN plays the “AMSD Concert” series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego; 619-303-8176; www.acousticmusicsandiego.com. He performs for the series on Sat & Sun, Oct 23 & 24, and both are sold-out. More at www.johnbsebastian.com
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Sun, Oct 24, in OC:
8 pm DAVID BROMBERG plays The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano; 949-496-8927; www.thecoachhouse.com.
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Sun, Oct 24, in San Diego; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm JUDY COLLINS plays 4th and B, 345 B St, San Diego 92101; 619-231-4343; www.4thandbevents.com. More at www.judycollins.com
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Thu-Sun, Oct 28-Nov 1, in Denmark; festival:
Annual “WOMEX - THE WORLD MUSIC EXPO,” in Copenhagen, Denmark. It began in Berlin and it’s traveling through Europe. The last edition saw over 2,700 delegates from more than 90 countries, a full conference and a showcase festival presenting 57 acts on 6 stages. More at www.womex.com.
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Thu, Oct 28:
6 pm “OLD TIME JAM” at Casa Di Pizza, 7543 Fallbrook Av, West Hills. Held fourth Thursday of every month, and not yet in our “recurring events."
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Thu, Oct 28; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm RUSSELL MOORE & IIIRD TYME OUT plus LONESOME OTIS playa show sponsored by the Bluegrass Association of Southern California (BASC) at Rancho Cordillero del Norte Theater, 9015 Wilbur Av, Northridge. Show info at www.socalbluegrass.org. More at www.iiirdtymeout.com and www.lonesomeotis.com
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Fri, Oct 29; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm DOUG SMITH & MARK HANSON play the “Lord Of The Strings” Concert Series at Dana Point Community House, 24642 San Juan St, Dana Point; 949-842-2227 or 949-244-6656; www.lordofthestringsconcerts.com. We’ve enjoyed these two guitar masters when they’ve performed at the Coffee Gallery Backstage. If you are a fan of virtuosic guitar playing, go, for sure. More at www.dougsmithguitar.com and www.accentonmusic.com
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Fri, Oct 29; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm PETER MULVEY & JEFFREY FOUCAULT at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $16.
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Fri, Oct 29:
10 pm KEN O'MALLEY brings his wonderful baritone voice, fine guitar, and authentic and original Irish music to the Auld Dubliner, 71 S Pine Av, Long Beach 90802; 562-437-8300; www.aulddubliner.com. More at www.kenomalley.com
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Sat, Oct 30:
3 & 8 pm RAIATEA HELM plays two shows at the Ruth Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, 6760 Painter Av, Whittier; 562-907-4203; www.shannoncenter.org
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Sat, Oct 30; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm DOUG SMITH & MARK HANSON play the “Lord Of The Strings” Concert Series at Dana Point Community House, 24642 San Juan St, Dana Point; 949-842-2227 or 949-244-6656; Mission Viejo Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Dr, Mission Viejo; 949-842-2227 or 949-244-6656; www.lordofthestringsconcerts.com. We’ve enjoyed these two guitar masters when they’ve performed at the Coffee Gallery Backstage. If you are a fan of virtuosic guitar playing, go, for sure. More at www.dougsmithguitar.com and www.accentonmusic.com
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Sat, Oct 30; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm “PHANTOM OF THE OPERA,” the 1925 silent film, with live original score performed by theater organ specialist STEVEN BALL, on the massive pipe organ at UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A.; www.uclalive.org; info 310-825-4401; UCLA ticket office 310-825-2101.
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Wow. Royce Hall’s fabulous Skinner Organ and a classic silent film. The oft-retold tale of “The Phantom of the Opera” in a not-to-be missed evening of silent movie magic and live music performed on Royce Hall’s historic Skinner organ. Eerie and astonishing, this 1925 classic silent film starring LON CHANEY endures as a seminal piece of theatrical horror, from the grand old days when horror wasn’t about grossing you out. Tix, $23-33 ($15 for UCLA students).
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Sat, Oct 30; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm RONNY COX & JACK WILLIAMS play the “Bodie House Music Series at the Thousand Oaks Library,” at Grant R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks 91362; 818-621-8309; info, www.BodieHouse.com. More at www.ronnycox.com and www.jackwilliamsmusic.com
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Sat, Oct 30:
8 pm RAIATEA HELM plays two shows at the Ruth Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, 6760 Painter Av, Whittier; 562-907-4203; www.shannoncenter.org. Shows at 3 & 8 pm.
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Sat, Oct 30, in San Diego:
BLAME SALLY plays the “Live at Rock Valley” series in University City, San Diego. Info from wonderwoman@san.rr.com. More at www.blamesally.com
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Sat, Oct 30:
8 pm “COLEMAN ORCHESTRA CONCERTS” brings the COLBURN SCHOOL ORCHESTRA, JAMES CONLON, conductor, to Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S St John St, Pasadena 91105. Program is Filas’ “There Was a Pathway;” Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 1 in F minor, op. 10;” Stravinsky’s “Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring).” Info, 213-621-2200 or www.colburnschool.edu. Tix, $10, gen’l admission.
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Sun, Oct 31, in Goleta:
3 pm KIM ROBERTSON and LAURIE RASMUSSEN perform “Celtic Harp and Song” at the “SongTree” concert series, 820 N Fairview Av, Goleta; 805-403-2639. Series and show info, www.songtree.org. More at www.kimrobertson.net and www.laurierasmussen.com
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Tue, Nov 2:
WAYNE HORVITZ GRAVITAS QUARTET at REDCAT, The Roy & Edna Disney CalArts Theater, at the L.A. Music Center, 631 W 2nd St (at Hope St), inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex, downtown Los Angeles 90012; www.redcat.org; 213-237-2800; Fall sched, www.redcat.org/sites/redcat.org/files/REDCAT_Fall10_Brochure.pdf.
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Hailed as harbingers of modern music, the quartet explores texture, sonority, rhythm, and ensemble fluidity.
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Wed, Nov 3:
8 pm ORNETTE COLEMAN at UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A.; www.uclalive.org; info 310-825-4401; UCLA ticket office 310-825-2101.
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Free jazz pioneer, Pulitzer Prize winner and peerless saxophonist Ornette Coleman has played a major role in the evolution of American music for more than five decades. At the 2009 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Coleman became the 16th person to receive the prestigious Miles Davis Award, instituted to honor an international jazz musician for his or her complete body of work and influence. Coleman was instrumental in breaking down jazz conventions in the 1960s, becoming the father of free jazz and returning the medium to its daring, revolutionary roots. Joining him on stage are his son Denardo Coleman on drums, Tony Falanga on bass and other special guests. Tix, $43-83 ($15 for UCLA students).
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Thu-Sat, Nov 4-6, in Utah; festival:
Annual “HEBER CITY COWBOY POETRY GATHERING” in Heber City, Utah. Info at www.hebercitycowboypoetry.com.
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Fri-Sun, Nov 4-13, tour to Ireland:
Musician KEN O’MALLEY leads another of his IRELAND TOURS, returning to some old favorite places including Dublin and Westport, and some exciting new places, including Dingle, Killarney, Skibbereen, and Kinsale. For info, write to twlord@sbcglobal.net
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Thu, Nov 4, in San Diego; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm TOM RUSSELL, performing songwriter extraordinaire, plays the “AMSD” concert series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego; 619-303-8176; www.acousticmusicsandiego.com. More at www.tomrussell.com
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Thu, Nov 4, in San Diego; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm MAVIS STAPLES and CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE play at Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros Av, Solano Beach (San Diego); 858-481-9022; www.bellyup.com. More at www.mavisstaples.com and www.rosebudus.com/musselwhite
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Thu, Nov 4:
8 pm MURRAY PERAHIA at UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A.; www.uclalive.org; info 310-825-4401; UCLA ticket office 310-825-2101.
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Known for his lyrical, evocative renditions of classical masterworks, Murray Perahia wields consummate skill rooted in traditional classical music interpretation. Dubbed a “poet of the piano” by The New York Times, the beloved performer returns to Royce Hall for a stunning program of works by Bach, Beethoven and Brahms for solo piano. One of the most cherished pianists of our time, who has performed in all of the major international music centers and with every leading orchestra, he also serves as the Principal Guest Conductor of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, with whom he has toured as conductor and pianist throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and Southeast Asia. Tix, $43-88 ($15 for UCLA students).
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Fri-Sun, Nov 5-7, in San Francisco:
“AES SAN FRANCISCO,” the 129th annual AES Convention, in San Francisco, CA.
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Fri, Nov 5; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm BANSHEE IN THE KITCHEN performs at Sherman Oaks Presbyterian Church, 4445 Noble Av, Sherman Oaks; 818-788-3330; www.shermanoakspc.org. This female trio brings splendid Celtic music and a National Hammer Dulcimer Champ! More at www.bansheeinthekitchen.com
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Fri, Nov 5, in San Diego; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm TOM RUSSELL, performing songwriter extraordinaire, plays the “AMSD” concert series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego; 619-303-8176; www.acousticmusicsandiego.com. More at www.tomrussell.com
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Fri, Nov 5:
“SCREAM FESTIVAL: NOISEFOLD” at REDCAT, The Roy & Edna Disney CalArts Theater, at the L.A. Music Center, 631 W 2nd St (at Hope St), inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex, downtown Los Angeles 90012; www.redcat.org; 213-237-2800; Fall sched, www.redcat.org/sites/redcat.org/files/REDCAT_Fall10_Brochure.pdf.
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This is described as, “A powerful synaesthetic experience where noise, music and image interact on a symphonic scale.” So are we going off the reservation, putting it in the Acoustic Americana Music Guide. Most probably. But, hey, it’s innovative, so we thought you might be interested.
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Fri, Nov 5; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm CHERYL WHEELER plus JILL SOBULE at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. More at www.cherylwheeler.com and www.jillsobule.com. Tix, $26.
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Fri, Nov 5; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm MAVIS STAPLES and BILLY BRAGG at UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A.; www.uclalive.org; info 310-825-4401; UCLA ticket office 310-825-2101.
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Two artists, hailing from different sides of the Atlantic, both bound by the spirit of social justice and activism, come together for a special celebration of music. Mavis Staples blazes a rhythm & blues trail while never relinquishing her gospel roots. The Lifetime Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee was honored as one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of all time. Billy Bragg’s inspiration stems from the socially conscious folk tradition of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. He’s spent more than two decades making an indelible mark on the conscience of music with celebrated solo records and two Grammy-nominated albums with Wilco—Mermaid Avenue (1998) and Mermaid Avenue, Volume II (2000). More at www.mavisstaples.com and www.billybragg.co.uk
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Fri, Nov 5:
9:30 pm KEN O'MALLEY brings his wonderful baritone voice, fine guitar, and authentic and original Irish music to the Cock N Bull Pub, 2947 Lincoln Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-399-9696; www.cocknbullbritishpub.com. More at www.kenomalley.com
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Ken O’Malley's rich, resonant voice and engaging stage presence have delighted audiences for over thirty years. In this unique solo performance, Ken transports his audience to his beloved Ireland through heartfelt singing and vivid storytelling. Find out why the Irish News calls this consummate entertainer “without question, . . .the single most enduring, influential and proficient of all Irish musicians in Southern California..” Don’t miss this magical evening of songs in both English and Irish Gaelic, accompanied by Ken’s remarkable talent on guitar and mandolin. “Dust-free and polished to perfection, each song is performed with authenticity, and the care one might use when handling a valuable family heirloom” – Lisa Elaine Scott, Music Connection Magazine.
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Sat, Nov 6, in San Diego; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm CHERYL WHEELER plays the “AMSD” concert series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego; 619-303-8176; www.acousticmusicsandiego.com. More at www.cherylwheeler.com
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Sat, Nov 6; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm PATRICK BALL: “CELTIC HARP AND STORY” at the CALTECH FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY series in Beckman Institute Auditorium (“Little Beckman”) on the campus, 322 S Michigan Av, Pasadena; 626-395-4652, or toll-free 888-2CALTECH (1-888-222-5832). More at Caltech Folk Music Series (www.folkmusic.caltech.edu) or Caltech Presents / Caltech Public Events series (www.events.caltech.edu).
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PATRICK BALL, the great Celtic harpist and storyteller, is touring his brand-new show in which he brings-alive the rich heritage and culture of Ireland through dialog and music. More at www.patrickball.com.
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The campus ticket office handles the Folk Music Society’s tickets, takesd credit cards, and is open Noon-5 pm, Mon-Fri; their number is 626-395-4652. Tickets went on sale in early August. As the date gets close, this will likely sell-out. Tickets are $15, $5 for children and Caltech students.
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Sat, Nov 6; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm LAURENCE JUBER at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Doors at 7:30 pm for best seats. As a young working musician in London, England in the 1970s, Laurence Juber got an extraordinary, life-changing break when PAUL McCARTNEY picked him to become WINGS’ lead guitarist. Juber spent three years recording and touring with the band. During that time he won a Best Rock Instrumental GRAMMY® for the track "Rockestra" from the Wings album “Back To The Egg.” His instrumental prowess is dazzling. Tix, $20.
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Sun, Nov 7 – DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ends its unusually long season at 2 am Saturday night/Sunday morning (and even in Southern Cal, we must stop pretending it’s still summer…)
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Sun, Nov 7, in the desert; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
2 pm JACK WILLIAMS plays the “Traditional Music At The Russell's” house concert series in Lucerne Valley. Reservations get directions at 760-248-2118 or carolyn@lucernevalley.net. More at www.jackwilliamsmusic.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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Sun, Nov 7; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm RICHARD SHINDELL at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. More at www.richardshindell.com. Tix, $22.50.
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Mon, Nov 8; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm STEPHEN SONDHEIM in a rare speaking engagement in celebration of the American master’s 80th birthday, at UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A.; www.uclalive.org; info 310-825-4401; UCLA ticket office 310-825-2101.
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The greatest Broadway composer and lyricist of his generation, Stephen Sondheim is the true heir to such Broadway masters as Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, and Irving Berlin. After his first big break for “West Side Story,” Sondheim went on to revolutionize musical theater with intricate and emotionally complex works, including “A Little Night Music,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Sun in the Park with George,” and “Into the Woods.” Tix, $43-88 ($15 for UCLA students).
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Wed, Nov 10:
8 pm BUIKA plus LILA DOWNS perform at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S Grand Av, downtown L.A.; 323-850-2000; show info, www.musiccenter.org/wdch. More at www.buika.casalimon.tv and www.liladowns.com
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Thu, Nov 11, in Tehachapi; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm MIKE + RUTHY, from THE MAMMALS, play their CD Release Tour for their new album, "Million To One," at Fiddlers Crossing, 206 East F St, Tehachapi; 661-823-9994 www.events.fiddlerscrossing.com.
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Mike and Ruthy are a musical couple whose love was forged in New York City amidst a swirl of rock, anti-folk, and Americana enthusiasm. They harmonized from the first night they met, bringing smiles to their friends' faces with original songs and layering raspy fiddle over pop-strummed guitar. It was 1999, and their band, Rhinegold, played to pre-trucker-hat hipsters in the East Village and then gathered to play more songs around the cluttered coffeetable at someone's apartment. Richard Buckner played low on the small bedside stereo as these young, nocturnal band-mates got some early morning sleep.
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It's true that Mike was originally recruited by his college to play hockey and Ruth had gone to school for acting, but now they began a new path together, crafting songs and recordings and touring the world. Ten years later, Mike and Ruthy are married and living upstate with their new son, William Puck. With 7 years of touring under their belts with folk band The Mammals, they have begun a new chapter, one that still incorporates the best sounds and textures that old-timey and rock music can offer.
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Mike and Ruthy love writing, recording and playing shows and music festivals as a duo or 4-piece band. The added joy and demands of parenthood have given them a new appreciation for the power of good music and the fine community of people they have connected with across the country and the world. Enjoying the beauty of the moment is their shared goal, and you can hear it in every song they sing.
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In addition to playing a great many famous folk venues, they were stars in summer 2010 on the festival circuit. A few festivals they played included: the sixth annual “Sugar Hill Festival” in Dalton, MA, Aug 22, where Mike + Ruthy performed with The Ladies Auxilary Ukulele Orchestra; then dashed off the same day to play the “Word x Word Festival” in Pittsfield, MA. Autumn brought the first annual “Hudson Valley Green Festival,” Sep 4 in Staatsburg, NY, and the October 10 “O+ Festival” in Kingston, NY, and the October 21-23 “Magnolia Festival” in Live Oak, FL.
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Thu, Nov 11, in San Diego; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm LILA DOWNS plays the House of Blues, 1055 5th Av, San Diego 92101; 619-299-BLUE. Show info, www.hob.com/venues/clubvenues/sandiego. More at www.liladowns.com
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Thu, Nov 11, world music:
8 pm GAMELAN CUDAMANI at UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A.; www.uclalive.org; info 310-825-4401; UCLA ticket office 310-825-2101.
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The exhilarating splendor of Çudamani returns to UCLA Live with its newest innovation, Bamboo to Bronze. The 26-member music and dance ensemble from Bali, Indonesia harnesses movement, music and spectacle to transport audiences into the vibrant world of the treasured gamelan art form. Bamboo to Bronze highlights Balinese contemporary reality by celebrating the intimate and poetic sounds of a small village as well as the virtuosic, dynamic and technically dazzling sound of the brilliant seven-toned gamelan Semarandana. The simple beauty of bamboo and the glorious sheen of bronze continue to coexist in the increasingly complex and sophisticated culture of Bali. Tix, $28-48 ($15 for UCLA students).
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Fri & Sat, Nov 12 & 13, in Florida:
Annual “MIAMI MUSIC FESTIVAL” in Miami, FL.
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Fri, Nov 12; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm CHAD AND JEREMY play the “AMSD” concert series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego; 619-303-8176; www.acousticmusicsandiego.com. More at www.chadandjeremy.net/cj
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Fri, Nov 12; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm MIKE + RUTHY (from THE MAMMALS) play their CD Release Tour for their new album, "Million To One," at the Center for Folk Music, in Encino Community Park, 16953 Ventura Bl, Encino 91316; HQ of the California Traditional Music Society; www.ctmsfolkmusic.org.
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Mike and Ruthy are a musical couple whose love was forged in New York City amidst a swirl of rock, anti-folk, and Americana enthusiasm. They harmonized from the first night they met, bringing smiles to their friends' faces with original songs and layering raspy fiddle over pop-strummed guitar. It was 1999, and their band, Rhinegold, played to pre-trucker-hat hipsters in the East Village and then gathered to play more songs around the cluttered coffeetable at someone's apartment. Richard Buckner played low on the small bedside stereo as these young, nocturnal band-mates got some early morning sleep.
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It's true that Mike was originally recruited by his college to play hockey and Ruth had gone to school for acting, but now they began a new path together, crafting songs and recordings and touring the world. Ten years later, Mike and Ruthy are married and living upstate with their new son, William Puck. With 7 years of touring under their belts with folk band The Mammals, they have begun a new chapter, one that still incorporates the best sounds and textures that old-timey and rock music can offer.
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Mike and Ruthy love writing, recording and playing shows and music festivals as a duo or 4-piece band. The added joy and demands of parenthood have given them a new appreciation for the power of good music and the fine community of people they have connected with across the country and the world. Enjoying the beauty of the moment is their shared goal, and you can hear it in every song they sing.
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In addition to playing a great many famous folk venues, they were stars in summer 2010 on the festival circuit. A few festivals they played included: the sixth annual “Sugar Hill Festival” in Dalton, MA, Aug 22, where Mike + Ruthy performed with The Ladies Auxilary Ukulele Orchestra; then dashed off the same day to play the “Word x Word Festival” in Pittsfield, MA. Autumn brought the first annual “Hudson Valley Green Festival,” Sep 4 in Staatsburg, NY, and the October 10 “O+ Festival” in Kingston, NY, and the October 21-23 “Magnolia Festival” in Live Oak, FL.
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Sat, Nov 13, in Alexandria VA; a “Best-Out-Of-Town” show, for sure!
7:30-10:30 pm JOHN GORKA & LUCY KAPLANSKY play The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Av, Alexandria VA; 703-549-7500; www.birchmere.com
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Sat, Nov 13:
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, Nov 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm CHAD AND JEREMY play the Ruth Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, 6760 Painter Av, Whittier; 562-907-4203; www.shannoncenter.org. More at www.chadandjeremy.net/cj
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Sat, Nov 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm ACOUSTIC EIDOLON play the “Lord Of The Strings” concert series at the Dana Point Community House, 24642 San Juan St, Dana Point; 949-842-2227 or 949-244-6656; www.lordofthestringsconcerts.com. More at www.acousticeidolon.com
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Sat, Nov 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm JUDE JOHNSTONE & MARK GOLDENBERG play the “Bodie House Music Series at the Thousand Oaks Library,” at Grant R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks 91362; 818-621-8309; info, www.BodieHouse.com.
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Sat, Nov 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm LAWRENCE LEBO & HER LITTLE BIG BAND plus LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS in a stellar double bill at The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina; 626-339-7020; frethouse@earthlink.net; www.frethouse.com. Twp of L.A.’s top female artists, backed by their first-rate bands. Lisa Haley is a Grammy nominee, and :awrence Lebo oughta be. Doors at 7:30 pm for best seats. This is absolutely the bargain of the week, with tix for just $15.
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Sat, Nov 13, in San Diego; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm MIKE + RUTHY (from THE MAMMALS) play their CD Release Tour for their new album, "Million To One," at the San Diego Folk Heritage series at San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas; 858-566-4040; www.sdfolkheritage.org.
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Mike and Ruthy are a musical couple whose love was forged in New York City amidst a swirl of rock, anti-folk, and Americana enthusiasm. They harmonized from the first night they met, bringing smiles to their friends' faces with original songs and layering raspy fiddle over pop-strummed guitar. It was 1999, and their band, Rhinegold, played to pre-trucker-hat hipsters in the East Village and then gathered to play more songs around the cluttered coffeetable at someone's apartment. Richard Buckner played low on the small bedside stereo as these young, nocturnal band-mates got some early morning sleep.
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It's true that Mike was originally recruited by his college to play hockey and Ruth had gone to school for acting, but now they began a new path together, crafting songs and recordings and touring the world. Ten years later, Mike and Ruthy are married and living upstate with their new son, William Puck. With 7 years of touring under their belts with folk band The Mammals, they have begun a new chapter, one that still incorporates the best sounds and textures that old-timey and rock music can offer.
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Mike and Ruthy love writing, recording and playing shows and music festivals as a duo or 4-piece band. The added joy and demands of parenthood have given them a new appreciation for the power of good music and the fine community of people they have connected with across the country and the world. Enjoying the beauty of the moment is their shared goal, and you can hear it in every song they sing. More at www.mikeandruthy.com and www.myspace.com/mikeandruthy
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Sat-Sat, Nov 13-20, departing from New Orleans:
“PIRATES OF ZYDECO CRUISE 2010” is a chance to “Get your pirate on and get on a Pirate Cruise,” New Orleans to Key West / Bahamas, on the Carnival “Triumph.” Music featuring GENO DELAFOSE & FRENCH ROCKING BOOGIE BAND with special guest STEVE RILEY. Sponsors say, “We are sailing thehHigh seas with zydeco and Cajun music for our 13th year. [This time] following Captain Jean Lafitte ,famous Pirate of New Orleans (and the subject of the movie, “The Buccaneer”) from New Orleans across the Caribbean dancing under the stars all the way. There will be awesome music, dance lessons, classes for making your Pirate fun things, super shore excursions and the Pirate Costume Ball. Join us for this most unique Zydeco event. Call the Travel Machine to reserve your cabin. Book Early for the best prices me hearties! And a special Zydeco Cruise Boarding Party at the Rocking Bowl Friday before we sail!”
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$250 deposit holds your spot. Call 800-683-9882 or email Kermit@TravelMachine.net, exclusive agent for Zydeco Cruises.
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Sun, Nov 14, in Santa Barbara; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm MIKE + RUTHY (from THE MAMMALS) play their CD Release Tour for their new album, "Million To One," at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St, Santa Barbara 93101; 805-962-7776; www.sohosb.com.
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Mike and Ruthy are a musical couple whose love was forged in New York City amidst a swirl of rock, anti-folk, and Americana enthusiasm. They harmonized from the first night they met, bringing smiles to their friends' faces with original songs and layering raspy fiddle over pop-strummed guitar. It was 1999, and their band, Rhinegold, played to pre-trucker-hat hipsters in the East Village and then gathered to play more songs around the cluttered coffeetable at someone's apartment. Richard Buckner played low on the small bedside stereo as these young, nocturnal band-mates got some early morning sleep.
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It's true that Mike was originally recruited by his college to play hockey and Ruth had gone to school for acting, but now they began a new path together, crafting songs and recordings and touring the world. Ten years later, Mike and Ruthy are married and living upstate with their new son, William Puck. With 7 years of touring under their belts with folk band The Mammals, they have begun a new chapter, one that still incorporates the best sounds and textures that old-timey and rock music can offer.
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Mike and Ruthy love writing, recording and playing shows and music festivals as a duo or 4-piece band. The added joy and demands of parenthood have given them a new appreciation for the power of good music and the fine community of people they have connected with across the country and the world. Enjoying the beauty of the moment is their shared goal, and you can hear it in every song they sing.
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In addition to playing a great many famous folk venues, they were stars in summer 2010 on the festival circuit. A few festivals they played included: the sixth annual “Sugar Hill Festival” in Dalton, MA, Aug 22, where Mike + Ruthy performed with The Ladies Auxilary Ukulele Orchestra; then dashed off the same day to play the “Word x Word Festival” in Pittsfield, MA. Autumn brought the first annual “Hudson Valley Green Festival,” Sep 4 in Staatsburg, NY, and the October 10 “O+ Festival” in Kingston, NY, and the October 21-23 “Magnolia Festival” in Live Oak, FL.
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Thu, Nov 18; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
KATHERINE JENKINS performs at the Wiltern Theatre, 3790 Wilshire Bl, L.A.; 213-380-5005. She’s done a spectacular special for PBS, and her version of Sarah McLaughlin’s “Angel” is the best we’ve heard – and seen, with a dancer - suspended from traveling slings - who takes her aloft then brings her back to earth, mid-song. Her voice, through all of it, is magnificent, as is her choice of songs.
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8 pm RICHARD BERMAN (from Amherst, Massachusetts) and STEVE MECKFESSEL play a double-bill at 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. Sponsored by Pleasant Valley Recreation & Parks District. Produced by Gary & Kathy Lynch.
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8 pm “RICHARD THOMPSON’S CABARET OF SOULS” featuring HARRY SHEARER, JUDITH OWEN, PETE ZORN & special guests at UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A.; www.uclalive.org; info 310-825-4401; UCLA ticket office 310-825-2101.
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Direct from London's Royal Festival Hall, this show marks the West Coast premiere of Richard Thompson's stunning “Cabaret of Souls.” Featuring all-new songs and an original score composed by Thompson himself, “Cabaret of Souls” is a witty musical satire on human foibles, inviting the audience to cross over into darkness for an evening of entertainment staged in the Underworld. Featuring Richard Thompson with musical and theatrical cohorts Harry Shearer, Judith Owen, Pete Zorn, Debra Dobkin, David Piltch and the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra, conducted by Peter Askim. Tix, $28-53 ($15 for UCLA students).
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8 pm CURT SMITH of TEARS FOR FEARS at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $20.
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Sat, Nov 20; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm Grammy-winning guitarist LAURENCE JUBER at The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina; 626-339-7020; frethouse@earthlink.net; www.frethouse.com. Doors at 7:30 pm for best seats. As a young working musician in London, England in the 1970s, Laurence Juber got an extraordinary, life-changing break when PAUL McCARTNEY picked him to become WINGS’ lead guitarist. Juber spent three years recording and touring with the band. During that time he won a Best Rock Instrumental GRAMMY® for the track "Rockestra" from the Wings album “Back To The Egg.” His instrumental prowess is dazzling. Tix, $20.
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8 pm FREEBO & FRIENDS at “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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8 pm MENAHEM PRESSLER and RICHARD STOLTZMAN with THE NEW YORK CHAMBER SOLOISTS ORCHESTRA at UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A.; www.uclalive.org; info 310-825-4401; UCLA ticket office 310-825-2101.
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Two of chamber music’s finest appear for an evening featuring Menahem Pressler performing Piano Concerto No. 17, K. 453 and Richard Stoltzman performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, K. 622. Together the duo will present Brahms’ Sonata No. 2 for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 120.
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7 pm BOBBY KIMMEL & BK SPECIAL at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $15.
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8 pm JOHN McLAUGHLIN & THE 4th DIMENSION at UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A.; www.uclalive.org; info 310-825-4401; UCLA ticket office 310-825-2101.
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Considered by many critics and fans to be one of the greatest guitar players of all time, JOHN McLAUGHLIN has famously performed with MILES DAVIS and also with his own historic bands, THE MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA, SHAKTI, and THE GUITAR TRIO. Through a career spanning four decades, McLaughlin’s reputation and artistry as a virtuoso guitarist and adventurous improviser has remained constant. For the 4th DIMENSION, he has enlisted multi-instrumentalist GARY HUSBAND to play percussion and keyboards along with Jeff Beck drummer MARK MONDESIR. Plus, there’s ETIENNE MBAPPÉ, an extraordinary young bassist from Cameroon, to complete the rhythm section. Tix, $43-83 ($15 for UCLA students).
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Sun, Dec 5:
7 pm “ALICE COLTRANE TRIBUTE” with a host of all-star musicians, to pay tribute to jazz legend Alice Coltrane at UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A.; www.uclalive.org; info 310-825-4401; UCLA ticket office 310-825-2101.
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It’s appropriate this is at UCLA, the site of ALICE COLTRANE’s historic 1976 recording “Transfiguration.” Led by KYP MALONE (TV on the Radio, Rain Machine) and co-curated by famed record producer IAN BRENNAN, the night will feature inspirational and improvisatory music via mini sets and onstage collaborations from legendary saxophonist PHAROAH SANDERS, guitarist NELS CLINE (Wilco), acclaimed Dutch free-improvisation drummer HAN BENNINK, free jazz saxophonist DANIEL CARTER, and others. Lineup subject to change. Tix, $28-48 ($15 for UCLA students).
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Sat, Jan 22, 2011:
8 pm “WALLACE SHAWN: REAL WORLD, FAKE WORLD, DREAM WORLD” is a spoken word performance at UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A.; www.uclalive.org; info 310-825-4401; UCLA ticket office 310-825-2101.
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Writer and actor Wallace Shawn delivers a reading and interpretation from his most recent work, alongside an offering of excerpts from the works of writers and thinkers he admires. Known to stage and film audiences as an extraordinary character actor, Shawn is an Obie Award-winning playwright and best-selling author. His celebrated works include “The Designated Mourner,” and “The Fever,” along with the poignant film “My Dinner with Andre,” which Shawn co-wrote. His most recent work, “Essays,” released in 2009, is a highly personal, often self-deprecating collection of Shawn’s perspective on life, politics, morality and the power of art. Tix, $28-48 ($15 for UCLA students).
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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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Fri-Sun, Jan 28-30, 2011:
“CEAIT FESTIVAL ~ ‘IANNIS XENAKIS: NOW & TOMORROW’” at REDCAT, The Roy & Edna Disney CalArts Theater, at the L.A. Music Center, 631 W 2nd St (at Hope St), inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex, downtown L.A. 90012; www.redcat.org; 213-237-2800; www.redcat.org/sites/redcat.org/files/REDCAT_Fall10_Brochure.pdf.
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Thu, Feb 10, 2011; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm “THE ONION EDITORS” bring their satirical spoken word to UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A.; www.uclalive.org; info 310-825-4401; UCLA ticket office 310-825-2101.
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Deadpan satire and journalistic skill collide in the phenomenon that is “The Onion.” Founded in 1988 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the “fake news” newspaper is the notable precursor to such biting, faux-news programs as "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report." Last year, “The Onion News Network,” an online send-up of 24-hour cable TV news, was named a Peabody Award winner and praised as “hilarious, trenchant and not infrequently hard to distinguish from the real thing.” In their UCLA Live debut, current Onion editor JOE RANDAZZO and fellow staffers present a multimedia discussion on the state of media, politics and pop culture, as they offer insight into how the paper’s culture-skewering stories and hilarious headlines are created. Tix, $28-48 ($15 for UCLA students).
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Feb 11, 2011:
8 pm DANIEL HOPE & JEFFREY KAHANE at UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A.; www.uclalive.org; info 310-825-4401; UCLA ticket office 310-825-2101.
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Britain's versatile violinist DANIEL HOPE, the youngest person ever to perform as part of the prestigious BEAUX ARTS TRIO, is joined on piano by JEFFREY KAHANE, music director of the LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA. The duo appears for a stirring performance of Brahms’ Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78, Regenlied, O. Messiaen’s Théme et Variations, Schulhoff’s Sonata No. 2, Sz. 76 and Franck’s Sonata in A Major.
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DANIEL HOPE is one of the most sought-after violin soloists in music today and has been described by The New York Times as “...a violinist of probing intellect and commanding style.”
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JEFFREY KAHANE is a multitalented conductor and pianist who made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 1983 and regularly appears as a soloist with leading orchestras around the world. Tix, $28-58 ($15 for UCLA students).
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Sat, Feb 19, 2011; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm MAYA ANGELOU at UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A.; www.uclalive.org; info 310-825-4401; UCLA ticket office 310-825-2101.
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Inspiring poet, feminist, author, actress, director and activist Maya Angelou is one of the most recognizable and beloved names in contemporary American literature and one of the most powerful voices in American culture. Her work is vigorous, elegant and wields the power to blur racial and socioeconomic lines. Angelou’s influential “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” is a classic that transcends generations. Her prolific career includes a litany of best-selling works of poetry and prose, and this appearance is a rare chance to celebrate this extraordinary woman in her own notable presence.
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Angelou recited her original poetry at President Bill Clinton’s Inauguration in 1993. Not since John F. Kennedy took office in 1961 was a poet invited to take part. (Kennedy chose Carl Sandberg.) President Barack Obama revived the tradition again at his Inauguration in 2009 (the poet was Elizabeth Alexander, though most people remember that ARETHA FRANKLIN sang, and JOHN WILLIAMS conducted ITZHAK PERLMAN, YO-YO MA, GABRIELA MONTERO, & ANTHONY McGILL). Tix, $33-63 ($15 for UCLA students).
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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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Wed, Feb 23:
8 pm JOHN WATERS: “THIS FILTHY WORLD GOES HOLLYWOOD,” plus opening act ELVIS PERKINS, is an evening of music and one-man theatre at UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A.; www.uclalive.org; info 310-825-4401; UCLA ticket office 310-825-2101.
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As a screenwriter, director, artist, actor, and all-around filth elder, John Waters has become a rotten renaissance man of unprecedented cultural influence. Not only was his movie “Hairspray” turned into a wildly successful Tony Award-winning musical, his recently published memoir, “Role Models,” has been called “alarmingly refined.”
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Waters’ one-man vaudeville act, “This Filthy World Goes Hollywood,” sends up show business, the art world, and his own lunatic career in a rapid-fire performance. Dynamic modern-rock recording artist ELVIS PERKINS opens the show with a solo set, and actor MATTHEW GRAY GUBLER hosts as the evening’s emcee. Tix, $28-48 ($15 for UCLA students).
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Sat, Mar 19, 2011; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
11 am & 2 pm DAN ZANES & FRIENDS make their annual return for two shows at UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A.; www.uclalive.org; info 310-825-4401; UCLA ticket office 310-825-2101.
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Don’t dismiss this as a kids’ show. He has a CD that won a Grammy and got airplay on radio’s “Tied to the Trtacks.”
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UCLA Live favorite Dan Zanes and his band perform exuberant, handmade music for enthusiastic crowds of kids and kids at heart. Filled with irresistible grooves drawn from a wealth of musical traditions, Zanes, his Brooklyn-based band and his surprising and eccentric special guests, create a rollicking Woodstock for kids, including American traditional songs, dance classics, and smart, inventive originals. The audience is invited to sing along with gusto before things heat up and ultimately evolve into an all-ages dance party. Tix, $18-28 ($15 for UCLA students).
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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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Sat, Apr 2, 2011; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
2 pm BILL FRISELL TRIO: “SELECTED WORKS OF BUSTER KEATON” at UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A.; www.uclalive.org; info 310-825-4401; UCLA ticket office 310-825-2101.
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The matinee is family-friendly, and the show tonight takes a different focus. Incomparable guitarist BILL FRISELL, along with his bandmates TONY SCHERR and KENNY WOLLESEN, create a live score to the Buster Keaton classics “Go West,” “The High Sign,” and “One Week.” Rediscover the timeless charm of Keaton’s magic, as re-imagined with live music, in an afternoon of film and music the whole family can enjoy. The trio plays another show here tonight at 8 pm, with an adult focus; it, too is a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick. See listing. Tix, $18-28 ($15 for UCLA students).
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Sat, Apr 2, 2011; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm BILL FRISELL TRIO: “SELECTED WORKS OF BUSTER KEATON, JIM WOODRING AND BILL MORRISON” at UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A.; www.uclalive.org; info 310-825-4401; UCLA ticket office 310-825-2101.
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The show tonight takes a different focus, unlike today’s family-friendly matinee. Geniuses collide as iconic guitarist BILL FRISELL and his bandmates TONY SCHERR and KENNY WOLLESEN play original compositions to a truly fantastic collection of visuals that includes classic slapstick comedy from a trio of Buster Keaton classics, the bold illustrations of Seattle animator JIM WOODRING and selections from avant-garde filmmaker BILL MORRISON’s “The Mesmerist.” Frisell’s trio sets this eclectic footage to music with a thrilling live score. The trio plays a matinee here at 11 am today, with a different focus and cheaper tix, intended for families; it, too is a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick. See listing. Tix, $28-43 ($15 for UCLA students).
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Apr 8-10, 2011; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
“ARLO GUTHRIE - A WEEKEND OF GUTHRIE IN REDLANDS” is a festival, venue tba. Info, www.BodieHouse.com.
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Fri, Apr 8, 2011; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm ARLO GUTHRIE & FRIENDS at UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A.; www.uclalive.org; info 310-825-4401; UCLA ticket office 310-825-2101.
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Son of the illustrious WOODY GUTHRIE and current patriarch of folk music’s most notable family, Arlo Guthrie returns to UCLA Live for an evening of American music tinged with humor, warmth and his endearing and often meandering storytelling style. Guthrie shares timeless tales and unforgettable classic songs as he carries on the Guthrie family legacy. With his singular voice as both a singer-songwriter and social commentator, he has maintained a dedicated fan base that spans the globe. His artistic ventures leave lasting impressions of hope and inspiration, and his inimitable musical ingenuity leaps to new creative heights as he perseveres through the times. Tix, $33-58 ($15 for UCLA students) (310) 825-2101, www.uclalive.org.
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Sun, Apr 10, 2011:
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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Apr 14, 2011:
CANCELLED: Poet SEAMUS HEANEY’S spoken word engagement at UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A.; www.uclalive.org; info 310-825-4401; UCLA ticket office 310-825-2101. Event cancelled due to Visa issues. Full refunds or exchanges are available at the point of purchase to patrons who purchased tickets to this event during UCLA Live’s subscription-sales window.
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Apr 16, 2011; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm JOHN FLYNN & JOHN WORT HANNAM play the “Bodie House Music Series at the Thousand Oaks Library,” at Grant R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks 91362; 818-621-8309; info, www.BodieHouse.com. Canadian singer-songwriter JOHN WORT HANNAM took L.A. by storm when he toured a number of local venue in October, 2009. At home in the Great White North, he’s won just about every acoustic music award there is.
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Sat, Apr 23, 2011; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
2 pm CHRISTOPH BULL performs a stirring BACH ORGAN RECITAL for UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A.; www.uclalive.org; info 310-825-4401; UCLA ticket office 310-825-2101.
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Bull is a UCLA Live favorite. This is a delightful afternoon of classical music on Royce Hall’s glorious Skinner organ from acclaimed organist Christoph Bull, known for his energizing and often eclectic musical interpretation of organ repertoire. Bull will perform a thrilling and ethereal program of Bach on the UCLA campus treasure, which is known as one of the country’s great musical devices of its kind. Tix, $23/28/33 ($15 for UCLA students).
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Sat, Apr 23, 2011:
8 pm BILLY COLLINS and KAY RYAN, two former U.S. Poet Laureates in a spoken word event, at UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A.; www.uclalive.org; info 310-825-4401; UCLA ticket office 310-825-2101.
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The two Poet Laureates share the stage for an evening of readings from their acclaimed work and Q&A with the audience.
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BILLY COLLINS, winner of the 2004 inaugural Mark Twain Prize for Humor in Poetry, served as America’s Poet Laureate from 2001-2003. Beloved for his ironic style, Collins is one of the top-selling modern poets and author of nine collections including “Questions about Angels”,” The Art of Drowning,” and “The Trouble With Poetry and Other Poems.”
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KAY RYAN, California native and UCLA alumna, was U.S. Poet Laureate from 2008-2010 and is revered for her complex and rueful style. Her work includes “The Jam Jar Lifeboat & Other Novelties Exposed,” a delightful collection inspired by stories from “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!,” as well as “Flamingo Watching”, a finalist for both the Lamont Poetry Selection and the Lenore Marshall Prize. In 2004, Ryan was awarded The Ruth Lilly Prize—the Poetry Foundation’s highest honor.
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In conjunction with this event and April’s National Poetry Month, UCLA Live will launch a poetry-writing contest for the Los Angeles community, with winning submissions to be read onstage in Royce Hall. More details will be available closer to the event. Tix, $28-53.
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Thu, May 12, 2011; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND and THE DEL MCCOURY BAND in a stellar double-bill at UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A.; www.uclalive.org; info 310-825-4401; UCLA ticket office 310-825-2101.
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Two pillars of American music from two distinct lineages come together for an unforgettable evening to celebrate the glory of tradition and the power of newfound collaboration. Starting as a sideman for the legendary “father of bluegrass” Bill Monroe nearly 50 years ago, McCoury has broadened the audience for the genre. During that same period, the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band has defined the tradition of New Orleans jazz. Now, they have converged to record and perform an unforgettable mix of bluegrass and traditional jazz. Each band will play individual sets, followed by a soul-stirring joint finale. Tix, $38-63 ($15 for UCLA students).
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May 22, 2011; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
“L.A. ACOUSTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL” returns after a year of hiatus. This year, it’s a one-day event at the Broad Stage Theatre at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St, Santa Monica; 310-434-3200; www.thebroadstage.com; www.events.smc.edu. We do not know the lineup, but we feel comfortable recommending it as a “Show-of-the-Week” pick, given the talent that Renee Bodie booked the first year, and the fact that this is a MUCH more manageable venue where costs can be contained and ticket prices should be kept to reasonable limits. The festival is a benefit for the nonprofit California Acoustic Music Project.
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LA Acoustic Music Festival, www.laacousticmusicfestival.com
California Acoustic Music Project, www.californiaacousticmusicproject.org
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1 comment:

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