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Friday, October 8, 2010

Acoustic Americana Music Guide, Oct 7 to 15 (plus lots more, into 2011)

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Yep, even in the land of acoustica, October is called Rocktober for GOOD REASON. There’s an astonishing abundance of music indoors and out throughout the month, and especially THIS WEEKEND!
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Our SONGWRITER’S CONTEST nears the DEADLINE (October 12!) and we have additional stuff for you in this week’s News Features.
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And, WOW, we’re already deep into FALL FESTIVAL season, and waaay too many fine ones happen this weekend. (We warned you, last edition, that this Saturday & Sunday are especially crazy) so get ready to take the hammer to the piggybank – and (yikes!) we’ve added even MORE festivals and other gigs to this weekend’s overabundance of opportunities for overindulgence in cultural immersion (just bring a snorkel and you can float or swim after you dive-in).
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It’s all here in the Guide, sooooo much REAL music that you can see and hear LIVE, without embellished studio overproduction, soulless drum machines, pitch correction software, or other treatless tricks from Big Music’s bag of nonmusical fakery.
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Oh the tension of soooo many decisions where to go, and how to get from two or three early events to a couple of late ones.
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OCTOBER 7 through 15 edition (plus lots more, into 2011)
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* QUICKIE “TIME SAVER” – our new FAST ACCESS LIST to THIS WEEKEND’S “Show-of-the-Week” picks – the best concerts, festivals, club gigs, free shows, and more! It’s the #1 News Feature, just below…
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* QUICK LINKS to our updated feature…
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* “FALL FESTIVALS ALMANAC” – UPDATED at
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/09/fall-festivals-almanac-summers-last.html
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NEWS FEATURES
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…in this edition:
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1) FAST ACCESS – THIS WEEKEND’S “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” PICKS…
2) “EVENTS-OF-THE-WEEK” FOR ARTISTS, SATURDAY & MONDAY…
3) THIS WEEKEND IS FESTIVAL-CRAZY!
4) DEADLINE NEARS: SONGWRITERS, ENTER YOUR “FIRE SONGS”
5) WE’D LIKE YOU TO MEET… DANIELLE HEBERT (she plays in L.A. Sat, Oct 9)
6) COLUMBUS DAY, INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY, ARTS AND MUSIC…
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1) FAST ACCESS – THIS WEEKEND’S “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” PICKS…
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Full write-ups are in the events and festivals sections each day. Here’s a quickie:
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks:
* 6-10 pm annual “ART NIGHT PASADENA” is FREE at a14 participating galleries, museums, and cultural institutions throughout Pasadena.
* 7:30 pm MARLEY’S GHOST plays the Folk Music Center & Museum in Claremont.
* 8 pm “ALOHAFEST! RHYTHM OF THE ISLANDS” is tonight at the Ford Amphitheatre, Hollywood.
* 8 pm BEPPE GAMBETTA plays Boulevard Music in Culver City.
* 8 pm JEANNE KUHNS & FRIENDS at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
* 8 pm DAVE ALVIN & THE GUILTY WOMEN, plus SARA PETITE, at the Belly Up Tavern in Solano Beach (San Diego).
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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks:
* 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 am-5:30 pm the 13th annual “UNDERWOOD FAMILY FARMS FOLK FESTIVAL” with FUR DIXON & STEVE WERNER plus BRANTLEY KEARNS, PHIL SALAZAR & THE KINFOLK, MERLIN SNYDER & FRIENDS, THE SALTY SUITES featuring SCOTT GATES & CHUCK HAILES, THE CATTERWAILERS, THE SIDESHOW PREACHERS, RIC TAYLOR, & RANDALL LAMB, as part of the month-long “FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL” (different theme each weekend) at Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark. Lineups & schedules, www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com.
* 4 pm ”2nd ANNUAL WHISTLE STOP RANCH FALL COWBOY ROUNDUP” with DAVE STAMEY, GARY ROBERTSON, and MICHAEL TCHERKASSKY, at Whistle Stop Ranch in Acton.
* 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 (north SFV).
* 7 pm DANIELLE HEBERT, multiple Canadian music award winner, with “SOLE RUSTLER” DUANE THORIN, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
* 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.
* 7:30 pm TOM PRASADA-RAO & CARY COOPER play the “SongTree” concert series in Goleta.
* 8 pm MARLEY’S GHOST plays the Caltech Folk Music Society series in Beckman Institute Auditorium (“Little Beckman”) on the campus in Pasadena.
* 8 pm JIM KWESKIN, the jug band revival pioneer, at McCabe’s in Santa Monica.
* 8 pm DAN NAVARRO (of LOWEN & NAVARRO) plays the “Noble House Concert” series in Van Nuys.
* 8 pm DAVE ALVIN & THE GUILTY WOMEN plus THE HULA GIRLS, & WHALEN, at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano.
* 8 pm BEPPE GAMBETTA at The Fret House in Covina.
* 8 pm STEVE JAMES plays Boulevard Music in Culver City.
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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks:
* 9 am-5 pm 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 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 in Costa Mesa.
* 10 am-5 pm 39th annual “SANTA BARBARA OLD TIME FIDDLERS' CONVENTION” featuring Grammy Award winner LAURIE LEWIS & TOM ROZUM, FOGHORN TRIO, SAUSAGE GRINDER, MOLLY'S REVENGE, STEVE JAMES, WILD ASPARAGUS, LITTLE BLACK TRAIN, TRIPLE CHICKEN FOOT, TRIO GONZALO FEATURING NICK COVENTRY, THE OLD TIME FIDDLERS and more, with lots of jamming & fun, at the Stow House at La Patera Ranch, Goleta.
* 10 am-5:30 pm the 13th annual “UNDERWOOD FAMILY FARMS FOLK FESTIVAL” with FUR DIXON & STEVE WERNER plus BRANTLEY KEARNS, PHIL SALAZAR & THE KINFOLK, MERLIN SNYDER & FRIENDS, THE SALTY SUITES featuring SCOTT GATES & CHUCK HAILES, THE CATTERWAILERS, THE SIDESHOW PREACHERS, RIC TAYLOR, & RANDALL LAMB, as part of the month-long “FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL” (different theme each weekend) at Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark. Lineups & schedules, www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com.
* 5 pm “CAJUN / ZYDECO DANCE SERIES” brings MIGUEL FONTENOT to The Center at Sycamore Plaza in Lakewood.
* 6 pm BEPPE GAMBETTA plays the “Fullerton House Concert” series.
* 6:30 pm ”HARVEST MOON DANCE FESTIVAL” holds its season-closing contra dance with live music by WILD ASPARAGUS, & CLAYFOOT STRUTTERS, at the Carrillo Ballroom in Santa Barbara.
* 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 in Altadena.
* 8 pm TOM PRASADA-RAO & CARY COOPER with RADISLOV LORKOVIC play the “Bodie House Music Series at the Thousand Oaks Library.”
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See the Guide’s complete EVENTS listings for all the details.
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2) “EVENTS-OF-THE-WEEK” FOR ARTISTS, SATURDAY & MONDAY…
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Saturday, October 9, at 4 pm. STEVE JAMES does a daytime fingerpicking and slide guitar workshop at Boulevard Music in Culver City, before his concert there tonight at 8 pm. Call venue for details, at 310-398-2583 or check www.boulevardmusic.com
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Monday, October 11, at 8 pm, DAVID OLNEY performs locally. 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." We’ve seen him perform, too, and that quote qualifies this as a recommendation to artists. David plays this show with SERGIO WEBB and opening act NOCTURNA & 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”). Tix, $18.
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3) THIS WEEKEND IS FESTIVAL-CRAZY!
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Whoa, Nellie! You can get hard-core festivaled from Friday evening through Sunday, from Santa Barbara to O.C., with music and culture all the way from Hawai’i to Scotland!
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FRIDAY’S FESTIVALS…
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* 6-10 pm annual “ART NIGHT PASADENA” is FREE at a14 participating galleries, 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. A Guide “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick. 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.] 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. Tix are reserved seats; students & children $12; adults $25 advance before Oct 1; $30 thereafter. A Guide “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick. More info in the Guide’s “events” section for Friday…
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* 9 am-5 pm, Sat & Sun, plus 7:30 pm concert, Sat; 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; 805-648-3376; www.venturacountyfair.org. Event info, www.seaside-games.com or 818-886-4968. This is a splendid event, the premiere Scottish event on the California Central Coast, with multiple stages of music ranging from the very traditional to marching competitions for pipe and drum bands, exhibitions of massed pipe (that’s bagpipe) bands, to Celtic rock. New this year is the festival’s inclusion of the “SCOTTISH FIDDLE COMPETITION.” There’s food of the British Isles – including haggis, Scotland’s national dish – 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 games themselves are a hoot! The entire weekend is a major Scottish / Celtic event and draws first-rate performers – musicians, and those large men throwing things. You can drive (and pay parking at the fairgrounds) or ride Amtrak – directly to the Games – from L.A., OC, SFV, or San Diego, or from anywhere farther north up the coast. Plus, at 7:30 pm Saturday, the festival’s evening concert with PEAT FIRE FLAME is in the nearby Pierpont Inn, with Scottish music. It’s a separate ticket, $10. Advance tix, whether two-day passes or single day tix, are cheaper than buying them at the gate. See the event’s website. A Guide “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick.
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* 10 am-5:30 pm, Sat & Sun; 13th annual “UNDERWOOD FAMILY FARMS FOLK FESTIVAL” continues as part of the season’s “FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL” at Underwood Family Farms, 3370 Sunset Valley Rd, Moorpark 93021; www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com; 805-529-3690.
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Saturday’s lineup:
> 10:30-19:55 am STEVE WERNER does a rare solo set, without usual dup partner Fur Dixon (Fur & Steve)
> 11 am-noon RANDALL LAMB, California-based folksinger
> 12:20-1:20 pm MERLIN SNYDER & FRIENDS, Ventura County-based musicians, are billed as “Newbury Park’s Secret Weapons.”
> 1:20-2:15 break for lunch; get hopelessly lost in the cornfield maze, etc.
> 2:15-3 pm RIC TAYLOR, “Music 2 Life” finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival.
> 3:15-4:10 pm FUR DIXON & STEVE WERNER, joined by fiddle legend BRANTLEY KEARNS
> 4:30-5:30 pm THE SALTY SUITES featuring SCOTT GATES & CHUCK HAILES
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Sunday’s lineup:
10:30 am-noon THE CATTERWAILERS are billed as “the funniest bluegrass outfit in the whole dang 805.”
> 12:20-1:20 pm THE SIDESHOW PREACHERS bring “genuine country folk.”
> 1:20-2:15 break for lunch; get hopelessly lost in the cornfield maze, etc.
> 2:15-3 pm RICK SHEA, nationally-renowned country / alt country singer-songwriter.
> 3:15-4:10 pm FUR DIXON & STEVE WERNER, joined by fiddle legend BRANTLEY KEARNS
> 4:30-5:30 pm PHIL SALAZAR & THE KINFOLK are Ventura’s fiddle kingpin and his all-star band.
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Underwood Farms “FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL” runs all month, and each weekend has a different theme, including the Folk Festival, a Bluegrass Festival, and Cowboy/Western Music Festival. Admission is $12, though you can get discount coupons online and in various local newspapers. A Guide “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick.
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* 9 am-5 pm annual “HARVEST FESTIVAL” in the SFV at Forneris Farms, 15200 Rinaldi St, Mission Hills 91345; 818-361-0714 Farm Market; www.fornerisfarms.com; 818-730-7709. Live music on weekends; weekdays, the festival runs 2-5 pm. Features a refreshment stand on weekends with fresh roasted corn and more; a Farm Market with fall decorations and farm grown produce; a farm grown Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze Adventure (the editor can tell you that getting lost in one of these corn “maizes” is a distinct possibility); Tractor-pulled Train Ride – take a narrated ride around the farm; Farm Frolic Area for Kids - mini maze, giant hay pyramid, the Great Pumpkin jumper. Attractions have a fee, cash only (prices on their website). No pets. Free parking, free admission. Runs Sat & Sun, Oct 1-31.
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* 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. A Guide “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick.
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* Sat, Oct 9, in N San Diego County; festival; a ‘SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
10 am-4:30 pm 13th annual “TRAIN SONGS FESTIVAL” in Old Poway Park, Poway Poway (North San Diego County); sponsored by San Diego Folk Heritage, www.sdfolkheritage.org
Hear the sweet sounds of train songs and the steam train whistle. It's cosponsored by the City of Poway and San Diego Folk Heritage.
MUSIC SCHEDULE
Emcee./ performer: KEN GRAYDON
TANYA ROSE STAGE (GAZEBO)
10:15 am KEN GRAYDON
11-11:45 am JOE RATHBURN
11:50 am-12:35 pm SHAWN ROLF (7TH DAY BUSKERS)
12:40-1:25 pm JEFF MORIN
1:30-2:15 pm DAVE DECKER
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* Sat & Sun Oct 9 & 10, in the desert:
5th annual “JOSHUA TREE ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL” is in the desert all weekend, with a good Americana lineup. Info, www.joshuatreemusicfestival.com
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* Fri-Sun, Oct 8-10:
Annual “SANTA ANA FALL FESTIVAL” at Centennial Park in Santa Ana. Has one stage of music.
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* Sat, Oct 9, in Santa Barbara:
Annual “SANTA BARBARA HARBOR & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL” in Santa Barbara Harbor.
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* Sat, Oct 9, in OC:
Annual “PLACENTIA HERITAGE FESTIVAL AND PARADE” centers in Tri-City Park in Placentia.
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* Sat, Oct 9:
Annual “GOOD ENERGY FESTIVAL” on the Santa Monica Promenade, downtown Santa Monica.
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* Sat & Sun, Oct 9 & 10:
Annual “CELEBRATE THE ARTS FESTIVAL OF FINE ARTS” includes music stages (it’s been very folk-friendly in past years) in Monrovia Library Park, downtown Monrovia. It happens in that charming San Gabriel Valley burg, with multiple music stages, all weekend, and it’s free.
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* Sat & Sun, Oct 9 & 10:
Annual “FALL OCTOBER ART FESTIVAL” in Moorpark Park, Studio City.
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* Sat & Sun, Oct 9 & 10, in the desert:
Annual “JOSHUA TREE ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL” at Joshua Tree Lake Campground, Joshua Tree.
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* Sat, Oct 9 to Sat, Oct 17, in Perris:
Annual “SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FAIR” at Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris.



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ROAD TRIP FESTIVAL…
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* 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. A Guide “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick. Runs Fri-Sun, Oct 8-10, in Lone Pine, CA.
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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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SUNDAY’S FESTIVALS…
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Wow, BUNCHES to choose from today!
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* 10 am-5 pm 39th annual “SANTA BARBARA OLD TIME FIDDLERS' CONVENTION” featuring Grammy Award winner LAURIE LEWIS & TOM ROZUM, FOGHORN TRIO, SAUSAGE GRINDER, MOLLY'S REVENGE, STEVE JAMES, WILD ASPARAGUS, LITTLE BLACK TRAIN, TRIPLE CHICKEN FOOT, TRIO GONZALO FEATURING NICK COVENTRY, THE OLD TIME FIDDLERS and more, with lots of jamming & fun, at the Stow House at La Patera Ranch, Los Carneros Rd, Goleta 93117; www.stowhouse.com. Event info, 805-450-2243; www.fiddlersconvention.org. 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. 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. 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. A Guide “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick.
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* 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. 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…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. Much more in the Guide’s “events” section for Sunday. A Guide “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick.
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* 9 am-5 pm Annual “SEASIDE HIGHLAND GAMES” AND “SCOTTISH FIDDLE COMPETITION” with ALEX BEATON, CELTIC SPRING, THE BROWNE SISTERS & GEORGE CAVANAUGH, BROTHER, and more, concludes today at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura. See Saturday’s write-up, above, for details.
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* 10 am-5:30 pm the 13th annual “UNDERWOOD FAMILY FARMS FOLK FESTIVAL” concludes today as part of the season’s “FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL” at Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark. See Saturday’s write-up, above, for details.
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* Annual “LARC RANCH WESTERN ROUNDUP” includes a performance by the CROSS TOWN COWBOYS. For venue, details, & times, Google it…
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Much more in the Guide’s annual FALL FESTIVALS ALMANAC at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/09/fall-festivals-almanac-summers-last.html
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* CANCELLED: the annual “TASTE OF FOLK MUSIC / TASTE OF ENCINO” has, for a number of years, centered-on several free folk & bluegrass music stages in Encino Park, sponsored by the California Traditional Music Society (CTMS) as L.A.’s part in the international celebration of “DANIEL PEARL WORLD MUSIC DAY.” (Pearl grew-up nearby, in the SFV.) The event would have been this Sunday, but it’s a victim of L.A. City budget cuts…
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4) DEADLINE NEARS: SONGWRITERS, ENTER YOUR “FIRE SONGS”
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Time is running out to enter your original songs in the Guide’s “Fire Song” contest. The deadline was extended (last week) until October 12.
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OUR CHALLENGE FOR ALL YOU SONGWRITERS is designed to get your original songs exposure right away, and bring you a chance to win a prize late in October.
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YOU CAN ENTER AS MANY SONGS AS YOU LIKE, FOR FREE! Each song must deal with “fire” or firefighters” in some way. To enter, send us the url of a place that everyone can see (or simply hear) your “fire song(s)” someplace on the web. Yep, either a music video, or audio-only, both forms are accepted.
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Along with each url, be sure to include the NAME of the song, the GENRE, the names of the SONGWRITER(s) and the MUSICIAN(s) performing the song. ALL GENRES are welcome for this one, but you need to tell us the genre(s) of your song(s).
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We’ll post it in a special section that’ll run through the ENTIRE Southern California fire watch season.
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Send us the complete info, and make the subject of your email “FIRE SONG” - and send the info to us at tiedtothetracks@hotmail.com
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You can send separate urls (each with its info) for AS MANY OF YOUR ORIGINAL “FIRE SONGS” AS YOU WANT. It’s FREE to enter!
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We’ll soon announce our GUIDE READER’S CONTEST TO PICK THE TOP THREE SONGS, with PRIZES and nifty “winner” certificates for the three top-rated songs! So get busy, get the recorded performances of your songs posted someplace accessible, and send us the stuff, so everyone can start hearing (or watching) YOUR song(s)!
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We’re doing this for “National Fire Prevention Week.”
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And none of us wants to see a repeat of that shameful episode last week, wherein a family’s house burned down with firefighters watching and taking no action because he hadn’t paid his individual “fire assessment” fee. (Isn’t there a song in there, someplace?)
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All of us 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 who came from everywhere in its long and painful 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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The deadline looms (October 12). Enter your “fire song(s)” to get exposure, recognition, and a shot at prizes in the Guide’s contest!
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5) WE’D LIKE YOU TO MEET… DANIELLE HEBERT (she plays in L.A. Sat, Oct 9)
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If you watched the Vancouver Olympics and caught the Olympic Torch Relay, you may have caught her soaring vocals as she sang the Canadian national anthem before an audience of 30,000 people. She has enjoyed a kinetic musical career in Canada, including Western Canadian Music Awards.
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But after the Olympics were over, multiple award-winning Canadian recording artist and chanteuse DANIELLE HEBERT (pronounced “Ehh-bear’) let her wanderlust take over. She’s been riding solo on a sport motorbike (not a freeway cruiser, mind you) and caroming from one end of the North American continent to another, finding new routes and venues, and returning to others. Her adventures, both harrowing and beautiful, have been chronicled (almost) daily on her blog at: http://daniellehebert.wordpress.com. It is a worthy read.
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She is something of a phenomenon, as a musician and a traveler. She hit L.A. in August and played to a delighted packed house on the new Front Stage at The Coffee Gallery in Altadena, after the “Altadena All-Stars” opened for her (we let you know beforehand, in the Guide). Musician and promoter DUANE THORIN happily reported that she delivered “The best show we’ve ever had on the Front Stage,” and world-famous Coffee Gallery BACKSTAGE impresario BOB STANE added, “I caught only part of her show, and that was enough to show me she is better than some of the acts we’ve had in the Backstage.”
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Danielle had last visited the Altadena arts mecca in the middle of June, this year. But that was thousands of miles ago on her two-wheeler. Her blog entry for that first impression is at http://daniellehebert.wordpress.com/2010/06/17/sing-along-home-of-lamas-flirtation-at-the-laundromat
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Since then, she’s posted many more adventures at www.daniellehebert.wordpress.com
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Danielle Hebert is a versatile artist with great vocal chops. She handles everything from folk-rock to pop-rock, and brings her own French Canadian flavor.
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Duane enthusiastically adds, “Amazing talent, if you have read her blog.... Lady Hemingway on Wheels, with the musical and sculpting skills of Joni Mitchell. 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. Danielle still seems to be mulling-over what turns she intends to take next. If she ever wanted to quit music, she could become a writer. Awesome... she could stay on the road and PayPal for a career. Her blog posts are that good.”
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Before we knew it, Danielle had hit the road again – to Montana – then she returned to play a well-attended and acclaimed show at the Coffee Gallery BACKSTAGE on September 12, on just two day’s notice (filling a rare cancellation in a schedule that books-up months in advance). Then she was off, again, to record a new album in Nashville.
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Danielle, still aboard her motorbike, returns to L.A. for a show Saturday, October 9, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage – her new L.A. haunt. Joining her are DUANE THORIN on guitar and vocals, bass player BO ASTRUP from Denmark, and pro percussionist FORREST ROBINSON. Duane, aka the “SOLE RUSTLER” of the late BOHEMIAN SOUL RUSTLERS, brings his operatic voice and guitar skills for an opening set before joining Danielle; Duane has performed numerous times at the venue, is a sibling vocalist with THE SWINGING ARMANI BROTHERS, and was part of the stellar lineup 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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Catch Danielle Hebert. No telling where she’ll land before the Canadian snows fly, and how long before she’ll get back to California. As you can see, she does indeed have a very kinetic music career. We promised, previously, that we’d keep you posted, not knowing if that would be soon or next year. We’re happy to fulfill that promise for her show on Saturday, October 9: It’s at 7 pm at the Coffee Gallery Backstage (the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room), 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; reservations 626-794-2424; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. Tix are $15.
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6) COLUMBUS DAY, INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY, ARTS AND MUSIC…
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Saturday, October 9, marks the annual LEIF ERIKSON DAY, first celebrated in 1964. It upstages COLUMBUS DAY, since the Vikings arrived in America at least 492 years before the guy with the better publicist.
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October 11 is when the powers-that-be decided we would observe COLUMBUS DAY this year. It’s a change of dates to make it a three-day weekend. But it appears rather inscrutable, since nobody gets the three-day weekend off, anyway. That aside, it recognizes the anniversary of the day in 1492 – which was October 12 – that the Italian explorer, Christoforo Columbo, first landed in the Americas (on San Salvador Island, in the Caribbean). Yes, he was an Italian, sailing under the flag of his Spanish monarch sponsors.
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Much has been obfuscated since then, and there are still efforts to do that, now. A big 500th anniversary celebration, planned for 1992, never happened because of protests over too many aspects of what everyone from Europe did to the New World, following Columbus.
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The “back story” is that Spain in 1492 had recently ejected its longtime occupiers, the Moors – Muslim conquerors from North Africa. Spanish Catholic monarchs Ferdinand and Isabela were looking for a way to reassert Christian Spain as a major presence. They (or Isabela, really) believed they could do that by getting the upper hand on their European rivals with a shortcut trade route to the riches of the Indies.
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Isabella had reason to expect it was possible – if Columbus was right about sailing West to go East. (Think about that for a moment and it’ll make sense – or it would have, except that the continents of North and South America are in the way, and the earth is much bigger around than Columbus thought. The ancient Egyptians had, of course, accurately calculated the earth’s diameter, but their culture had long since succumbed to Rome, which had collapsed, and taken ancient knowledge with it. Hence, Columbus had to discover how big around it is, for himself. Ahem, ah, let’s continue.)
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In recent years, there has been a counter-demonstration observance to Columbus Day. It’s called “Indigenous Peoples Day,” and, when done well, it pays homage to the pre-Columbian cultures of the Americas. And when done poorly, it vilifies the entire idea of European contact (as if very many of us would be on the planet unless it had happened – attractive idea in the abstract – but not so much, if it came to who would need to volunteer not to have been born).
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Still, we like to view COLUMBUS DAY as an opportunity to look at all of the history of all the peoples in the Americas, now, historically, and prehistorically, back to the culture that invented the Clovis point – the life ways before and after the native peoples had the horse; the migrations; settlements; kindnesses; betrayals; daring explorations; brutalities; adaptations; ingenuity; innovations; inventions; developments; exploitations; greed; destructions; extinctions; fears; braveries; cowardices; altruisms; lies; generosities; and ultimately, the late (hopefully not too late) realizations, by enough of us (hopefully enough of us), of what some of America’s native peoples knew all along – that this is a very special place that must be honored and protected for the well-being of future generations and for all the parts of the grand design, including inhabitants other than ourselves.
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“She came from Providence, the one in Rhode Island
Where the old world shadows hang, heavy in the air
She packed her hopes and dreams, like a refugee
Just as her father did, across the sea
She heard about a place, we both were smilin’
Spoke about the red man’s ways, and how they loved the land
They came from everywhere, to the Great Divide
Seekin’ a place to stand, or a place to hide
Down in the crowded bars, out for the good times
Can’t wait to tell you all, what it’s like up there
They call it paradise, I don’t know why
Somebody laid the mountains low, while the time got high

Then the chilly winds blew down, across the desert
Through the canyons of the coast, to the Malibu
Where the pretty people played, hungry for power
To light their neon way, they had things to do
Some rich men came and raped the land, nobody caught ’em
Put up a bunch of ugly boxes, and Jesus, people bought ’em
They called it paradise, the place to be
They watched the hazy sun sinking in the sea

We can leave it all behind, and sail to Lahaina
Just like the missionaries did, so many years ago
They even brought a neon sign that said, ‘Jesus is coming’
Brought the white man’s burden down, brought the white man’s reign
Who will provide the grand design, what is yours and what is mine
’Cause there is no more new frontier, we have got to make it here
To satisfy our endless needs, to justify our bloody deeds
In the name of destiny, and in the name of God
And you can see them there, on Sunday morning
So stand up and sing about, what it’s like out there
And they call it paradise, I don’t know why
You call someplace paradise, kiss it goodbye.”

- Don Henley & Glenn Frey, “The Last Resort.”
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October 1 edition’s News Features are available at:
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The topics are…
1) Fast Access List: this Weekend’s “Show-Of-The-Week” Picks…
2) Enter Our “Songwriter’s Challenge” for Fire Prevention Week
3) We’d Like You to Meet… JOE CRAVEN (matinee show in L.A., Sun, Oct 3)
4) 50th Anniversary of the Ice House - and Folk Music is Back! Sun, Oct 3
5) A Festival-Rich Environment in Early October (starting Saturday!)
6) Fructose Corn Syrup; Drinking Soft Drinks Onstage, or at a Gig?
7) KENNY EDWARDS Memorial & Benefit Concert, October 9
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The topics are…
1) Hot, Fresh, and Added Quick Notes:
> PO GIRL & DRUHA TRAVA in Town;
> Annual “SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA UKULELE FESTIVAL” Coming Saturday (Oct 2);
> Touring Act SMALL POTATOES Heads Lineup with Talented Locals
on Saturday (Oct 2);
> JOE CRAVEN Here for a 1 pm Sunday Matinee.
2) Time-Saver: Updated “Show-Of-The-Week” Picks, Tuesday, Sep 28, through Sunday, Oct 3. [All those early October “Picks” are included in this edition.]
3) Time-Saver Quick Links to Our Fall Festival Season Detailed Features:
> “Fall Festivals Almanac”
> “Annual Guide to Music at the L.A. County Fair,” Through October 3. [Both are freshly updated, with links in THIS edition.]
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The topics are…
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” Honors 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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The topics are…
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
7) We’d Like You to Meet… ELIZA GILKYSON (she has local gigs this month)
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THE LATEST FULL EDITION of the Acoustic Americana Music Guide is always available at
www.acousticmusic.net or at
www.acousticamericana.blogspot.com or by links from the News-only edition at www.nodepression.com/profile/TiedtotheTracks
or by following any of MANY links on the web to get to one of those sites.
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Updated October 7, 2010 with MORE EVENTS ADDED; all “recurring events” are included in this edition through October 15, with MANY additional listings of upcoming events through the rest of 2010 and into 2011.
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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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(1) Friday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks:
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6-10 pm annual “ART NIGHT PASADENA” is FREE at a14 participating galleries, museums, and cultural institutions throughout Pasadena.
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7:30 pm MARLEY’S GHOST plays the Folk Music Center & Museum in Claremont.
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8 pm “ALOHAFEST! RHYTHM OF THE ISLANDS” is tonight at the Ford Amphitheatre, Hollywood.
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8 pm BEPPE GAMBETTA plays Boulevard Music in Culver City.
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8 pm JEANNE KUHNS & FRIENDS at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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8 pm DAVE ALVIN & THE GUILTY WOMEN, plus SARA PETITE, at the Belly Up Tavern in Solano Beach (San Diego).
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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
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9NTG6cUj0
www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6aRDawFme4
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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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8-10:30 pm “NORTHWEST SEAPORT CHANTEY SING” aboard the historic steamship “Virginia V” at Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109. Monthly installment of the 2009 Northwest Seaport Chantey Sing series, a sing-a-long with authentic chanteys and songs of the sea, hosted by Wayne Palsson. A recording artist is always on board as song leader to keep the music rolling, with opportunity for anyone to lead a song or just join in the chorus. Chanteys are work songs and foc’s’le ditties with great choruses that join present-day maritime traditions and lore with those of the past. Come and lead a song of the sea or just join in on the chorus. Chanteys and sea songs are easy to learn and fun to sing. The historic passenger ferry “Virginia V,” last of the Puget Sound mosquito fleet, will be docked at the Historic Ships Wharf during the sing. Refreshments & maritime CDs available. More at 206-447-9800 or www.nwseaport.org/programs.html. Free, donations welcome.
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Fri, Oct 8; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
6-10 pm annual “ART NIGHT PASADENA” is FREE at a14 participating galleries, 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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Fri, Oct 8; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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.] Much more in today’s events listing, below.
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Fri, Oct 8; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
6-10 pm annual “ART NIGHT PASADENA” is FREE at 14 participating galleries, music venues, museums, and cultural institutions throughout Pasadena, with free admission, and more; see today’s “Local Festivals” listing (above) for more.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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10 am-5:30 pm the 13th annual “UNDERWOOD FAMILY FARMS FOLK FESTIVAL” with FUR DIXON & STEVE WERNER plus BRANTLEY KEARNS, PHIL SALAZAR & THE KINFOLK, MERLIN SNYDER & FRIENDS, THE SALTY SUITES featuring SCOTT GATES & CHUCK HAILES, THE CATTERWAILERS, THE SIDESHOW PREACHERS, RIC TAYLOR, & RANDALL LAMB, as part of the month-long “FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL” (different theme each weekend) at Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark. Lineups & schedules, www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com.
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4 pm ”2nd ANNUAL WHISTLE STOP RANCH FALL COWBOY ROUNDUP” with DAVE STAMEY, GARY ROBERTSON, and MICHAEL TCHERKASSKY, at Whistle Stop Ranch in Acton.
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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 (north SFV).
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7 pm DANIELLE HEBERT, multiple Canadian music award winner, with “SOLE RUSTLER” DUANE THORIN, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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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.
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7:30 pm TOM PRASADA-RAO & CARY COOPER play the “SongTree” concert series in Goleta.
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8 pm MARLEY’S GHOST plays the Caltech Folk Music Society series in Beckman Institute Auditorium (“Little Beckman”) on the campus in Pasadena.
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8 pm JIM KWESKIN, the jug band revival pioneer, at McCabe’s in Santa Monica.
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8 pm DAN NAVARRO (of LOWEN & NAVARRO) plays the “Noble House Concert” series in Van Nuys.
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8 pm DAVE ALVIN & THE GUILTY WOMEN plus THE HULA GIRLS, & WHALEN, at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano.
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8 pm BEPPE GAMBETTA at The Fret House in Covina.
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8 pm STEVE JAMES plays Boulevard Music in Culver City.
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4 pm STEVE JAMES does a daytime fingerpicking and slide guitar workshop at Bouylevard Music in Culver City, before his concert there tonight at 8 pm. Call venue for details, at 310-398-2583.
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Sat, Oct 9; 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
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9NTG6cUj0
www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6aRDawFme4
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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 & 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, the premiere Scottish event on the California Central Coast, with multiple stages of music ranging from the very traditional to marching competitions for pipe and drum bands, exhibitions of massed pipe (that’s bagpipe) bands, to Celtic rock. New this year is the festival’s inclusion of the “SCOTTISH FIDDLE COMPETITION.”
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There’s food of the British Isles – including haggis, Scotland’s national dish – 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 games themselves are a hoot! 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, SFV, 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. It’s a separate ticket, $10.
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Advance tix, whether two-day passes or single day tix, are cheaper than buying them at the gate. See the event website.
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Sat & Sun, Oct 9 & 10, in Moorpark; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
10 am-5:30 pm the 13th annual “UNDERWOOD FAMILY FARMS FOLK FESTIVAL” continues as part of the season’s “FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL” at Underwood Family Farms, 3370 Sunset Valley Rd, Moorpark 93021; www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com; 805-529-3690.
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Today’s lineup:
> 10:30-19:55 am STEVE WERNER does a rare solo set, without usual dup partner Fur Dixon (Fur & Steve)
> 11 am-noon RANDALL LAMB, California-based folksinger
> 12:20-1:20 pm MERLIN SNYDER & FRIENDS, Ventura County-based musicians, are billed as “Newbury Park’s Secret Weapons.”
> 1:20-2:15 break for lunch; get hopelessly lost in the cornfield maze, etc.
> 2:15-3 pm RIC TAYLOR, “Music 2 Life” finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival.
> 3:15-4:10 pm FUR DIXON & STEVE WERNER, joined by fiddle legend BRANTLEY KEARNS
> 4:30-5:30 pm THE SALTY SUITES featuring SCOTT GATES & CHUCK HAILES
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Sunday’s lineup:
10:30 am-noon THE CATTERWAILERS are billed as “the funniest bluegrass outfit in the whole dang 805.”
> 12:20-1:20 pm THE SIDESHOW PREACHERS bring “genuine country folk.”
> 1:20-2:15 break for lunch; get hopelessly lost in the cornfield maze, etc.
> 2:15-3 pm RICK SHEA, nationally-renowned country / alt country singer-songwriter.
> 3:15-4:10 pm FUR DIXON & STEVE WERNER, joined by fiddle legend BRANTLEY KEARNS
> 4:30-5:30 pm PHIL SALAZAR & THE KINFOLK are Ventura’s fiddle kingpin and his all-star band.
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Underwood Farms “FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL” runs all month, and each weekend has a different theme, including the Folk Festival, a Bluegrass Festival, and Cowboy/Western Music Festival. Admission is $12, though you can get discount coupons online and in various local newspapers.
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Sat, Oct 9; Sat & Sun, Oct 1-31:
9 am-5 pm annual “HARVEST FESTIVAL” in the SFV at Forneris Farms, 15200 Rinaldi St, Mission Hills 91345; 818-361-0714 Farm Market; www.fornerisfarms.com; 818-730-7709. Live music on weekends; weekdays, the festival runs 2-5 pm. Features a refreshment stand on weekends with fresh roasted corn and more; a Farm Market with fall decorations and farm grown produce; a farm grown Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze Adventure (the editor can tell you that getting lost in one of these corn “maizes” is a distinct possibility); Tractor-pulled Train Ride – take a narrated ride around the farm; Farm Frolic Area for Kids - mini maze, giant hay pyramid, the Great Pumpkin jumper. Attractions have a fee, cash only (prices on their website). No pets. Free parking, free admission.
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Sat, Oct 9; festival; 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.
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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” at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura; see today’s “Local Festivals” write-up for details.
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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; an “EVENT-OF-THE-WEEK” for Artists:
4 pm STEVE JAMES does a fingerstyle and slide guitar workshop at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; 310-398-2583; www.boulevardmusic.com.
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“Flawless fingerpicking and slide guitar paired with an idiosyncratic writing style and an exuberant performance persona makes Steve James come on like a full band.” – Dirty Linen.
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His instrumental versatility has lead to appearances on radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and other shows, worldwide.
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Steve does a workshop at 4 pm and a concert tonight at 8 pm, both at the venue; call for details. 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; 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 (north 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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Jaynee adds, “Please bring drinks and goodies to share at our drink / dessert bar. We will be outside, so dress for possible cool weather.” A list of added performers is updated frequently at www.evite.com.
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Doors open at 7 pm for visiting with one another, and to get the best seats. Show starts at 8 pm. Proceeds go to the “Kenny Edwards Foundation.” $15 donation is requested.
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Sat, Oct 9; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm DANIELLE HEBERT, multiple Canadian music award winner, with “SOLE RUSTLER” DUANE THORIN, Danish Bassist BO ASTRUP, and pro percussionist FORREST ROBINSON on percussion and vocals, 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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See this week’s “WE’D LIKE YOU TO MEET… DANIELLE HEBERT” in our News Features (at the beginning of this edition) for much more. Here’s a quick bit on her:
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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, and much more current tales, is at http://daniellehebert.wordpress.com. Plus, there’s more on Danielle and her music on her website, www.daniellehebert.com.
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Joining her tonight are DUANE THORIN on guitar and vocals, bass player BO ASTRUP from Denmark, and pro percussionist FORREST ROBINSON. Duane, aka the “SOLE RUSTLER” of the late BOHEMIAN SOUL RUSTLERS, brings his operatic voice and guitar skills for an opening set before joining Danielle; Duane has performed numerous times at the venue, is a sibling vocalist with THE SWINGING ARMANI BROTHERS, and was part of the stellar lineup 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. Tix, $15.
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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 & 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.
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“Flawless fingerpicking and slide guitar paired with an idiosyncratic writing style and an exuberant performance persona makes Steve James come on like a full band.” – Dirty Linen.
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His instrumental versatility has lead to appearances on radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and other shows, worldwide.
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Steve does a workshop for artists today at 4 pm at the venue; call for details. Venue’s website has a helpful local dining guide. Doors at 7:30 pm for the best seats. More at www.stevejames.com. Tix, $15.
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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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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/2010/08/saturday-second-saturday-every-month.html
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9 am-5 pm 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.
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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 in Costa Mesa.
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10 am-5 pm 39th annual “SANTA BARBARA OLD TIME FIDDLERS' CONVENTION” featuring Grammy Award winner LAURIE LEWIS & TOM ROZUM, FOGHORN TRIO, SAUSAGE GRINDER, MOLLY'S REVENGE, STEVE JAMES, WILD ASPARAGUS, LITTLE BLACK TRAIN, TRIPLE CHICKEN FOOT, TRIO GONZALO FEATURING NICK COVENTRY, THE OLD TIME FIDDLERS and more, with lots of jamming & fun, at the Stow House at La Patera Ranch, Goleta.
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10 am-5:30 pm the 13th annual “UNDERWOOD FAMILY FARMS FOLK FESTIVAL” with FUR DIXON & STEVE WERNER plus BRANTLEY KEARNS, PHIL SALAZAR & THE KINFOLK, MERLIN SNYDER & FRIENDS, THE SALTY SUITES featuring SCOTT GATES & CHUCK HAILES, THE CATTERWAILERS, THE SIDESHOW PREACHERS, RIC TAYLOR, & RANDALL LAMB, as part of the month-long “FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL” (different theme each weekend) at Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark. Lineups & schedules, www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com.
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5 pm “CAJUN / ZYDECO DANCE SERIES” brings MIGUEL FONTENOT to The Center at Sycamore Plaza in Lakewood.
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6 pm BEPPE GAMBETTA plays the “Fullerton House Concert” series.
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6:30 pm ”HARVEST MOON DANCE FESTIVAL” holds its season-closing contra dance with live music by WILD ASPARAGUS, & CLAYFOOT STRUTTERS, at the Carrillo Ballroom in Santa Barbara.
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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 in Altadena.
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8 pm TOM PRASADA-RAO & CARY COOPER with RADISLOV LORKOVIC play the “Bodie House Music Series at the Thousand Oaks Library.”
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http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/03/sundays-radio-web-radio-tv-acoustic.html
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Sun, Oct 10; Fri-Sun, Oct 8-10, festival, 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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Whether or not you go, 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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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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Annual “O+ FESTIVAL” in Kingston, NY. Artists include MIKE + RUTHY (from the MAMMALS); more at www.mikeandruthy.com and www.myspace.com/mikeandruthy
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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 Grammy Award winner LAURIE LEWIS & TOM ROZUM, FOGHORN TRIO, SAUSAGE GRINDER, MOLLY'S REVENGE, STEVE JAMES, WILD ASPARAGUS, LITTLE BLACK TRAIN, TRIPLE CHICKEN FOOT, TRIO GONZALO FEATURING NICK COVENTRY, THE OLD TIME FIDDLERS and more, with lots of jamming & fun, at the Stow House at La Patera Ranch, Los Carneros Rd, Goleta 93117; www.stowhouse.com. Event info, 805-450-2243; www.fiddlersconvention.org. 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; 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.
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; 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, the premiere Scottish event on the California Central Coast, with multiple stages of music ranging from the very traditional to marching competitions for pipe and drum bands, exhibitions of massed pipe (that’s bagpipe) bands, to Celtic rock. New this year is the festival’s inclusion of the “SCOTTISH FIDDLE COMPETITION.”
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There’s food of the British Isles – including haggis, Scotland’s national dish – 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 games themselves are a hoot! 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, SFV, 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. It’s a separate ticket, $10.
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Advance tix, whether two-day passes or single day tix, are cheaper than buying them at the gate. See the event website.
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Sun, Oct 10, in Moorpark; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
10 am-5:30 pm the 13th annual “UNDERWOOD FAMILY FARMS FOLK FESTIVAL” continues as part of the season’s “FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL” at Underwood Family Farms, 3370 Sunset Valley Rd, Moorpark 93021; www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com; 805-529-3690.
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Sunday’s lineup:
10:30 am-noon THE CATTERWAILERS are billed as “the funniest bluegrass outfit in the whole dang 805.”
> 12:20-1:20 pm THE SIDESHOW PREACHERS bring “genuine country folk.”
> 1:20-2:15 break for lunch; get hopelessly lost in the cornfield maze, etc.
> 2:15-3 pm RICK SHEA, nationally-renowned country / alt country singer-songwriter.
> 3:15-4:10 pm FUR DIXON & STEVE WERNER, joined by fiddle legend BRANTLEY KEARNS
> 4:30-5:30 pm PHIL SALAZAR & THE KINFOLK are Ventura’s fiddle kingpin and his all-star band.
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Underwood Farms “FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL” runs all month, and each weekend has a different theme, including the Folk Festival, a Bluegrass Festival, and Cowboy/Western Music Festival. Admission is $12, though you can get discount coupons online and in various local newspapers.
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Sun, Oct 10, in Saugus:
Annual “LARC RANCH WESTERN ROUNDUP” includes a performance by the CROSS TOWN COWBOYS. For venue, details, & times, Google it…
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CANCELLED: the annual “TASTE OF FOLK MUSIC / TASTE OF ENCINO” has, for a number of years, centered-on several free folk & bluegrass music stages in Encino Park, sponsored by the California Traditional Music Society (CTMS) as L.A.’s part in the international celebration of “DANIEL PEARL WORLD MUSIC DAY.” (Pearl grew-up nearby, in the SFV.) The event would have been this Sunday, but it’s a victim of L.A. City budget cuts…

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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; 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” at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura; see today’s “Local Festivals” write-up for details.
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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,” at Orange County Marketplace, OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa; see today’s “Local Festivals” write-up for details.
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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” at the Stow House at La Patera Ranch in Goleta; see today’s “Local Festivals” write-up for details.
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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:
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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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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(5b) Sunday’s RECURRING
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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-second-sunday-every-month-in.html
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Today is when the powers-that-be decided we would observe COLUMBUS DAY. It recognizes the anniversary of the day in 1492 – which was October 12 – that the Italian explorer, Christoforo Columbo, first landed in the Americas (on San Salvador Island, in the Caribbean). Yes, he was an Italian, sailing under the flag of his Spanish monarch sponsors.
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Much has been obfuscated since then, and there are still efforts to do that, now.
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The “back story” is that Spain in 1492 had recently ejected its longtime occupiers, the Moors – Muslim conquerors from North Africa. Spanish Catholic monarchs Ferdinand and Isabela were looking for a way to reassert Christian Spain as a major presence. They (or Isabela, really) believed they could do that by getting the upper hand with a shortcut trade route to the riches of the Indies.
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Isabella had reason to expect it was possible – if Columbus was right about sailing West to go East. (Think about that for a moment and it’ll make sense – or it would have, except that the continents of North and South America are in the way, and the earth is much bigger around than Columbus thought. The ancient Egyptians had, of course, accurately calculated the earth’s diameter, but their culture had long since succumbed to Rome, which had collapsed, and taken ancient knowledge with it. Hence, Columbus had to discover how big around it is, for himself. Ahem, ah, let’s continue.)
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In recent years, there has been a counter-demonstration observance to Columbus Day. It’s called “Indigenous Peoples Day,” and, when done well, it pays homage to the pre-Columbian cultures of the Americas. And when done poorly, it vilifies the entire idea of European contact (as if very many of us would be on the planet unless it had happened – attractive idea in the abstract – but not so much, if it came to who would need to volunteer not to have been born).
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To be sure, entire societies and their long legacies of languages, arts, folkways, stories, legends, spirituality, and things we will never know or understand, have been lost to the hegemony of the firearms of “dominant” European-derived culture.
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Still, we like to view COLUMBUS DAY as an opportunity to look at all of the history of all the peoples in the Americas, now, historically, and prehistorically, back to the culture that invented the Clovis point – the life ways before and after the native peoples had the horse; the migrations; settlements; kindnesses; betrayals; daring explorations; brutalities; adaptations; ingenuity; innovations; inventions; developments; exploitations; greed; destructions; extinctions; fears; braveries; cowardices; altruisms; lies; generosities; and ultimately, the late (hopefully not too late) realizations, by enough of us (hopefully enough of us), of what some of America’s native peoples knew all along – that this is a very special place that must be honored and protected for the well-being of future generations and for all the parts of the grand design, including inhabitants other than ourselves.
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“She came from Providence, the one in Rhode Island
Where the old world shadows hang, heavy in the air
She packed her hopes and dreams, like a refugee
Just as her father did, across the sea
She heard about a place, we both were smilin’
Spoke about the red man’s ways, and how they loved the land
They came from everywhere, to the Great Divide
Seekin’ a place to stand, or a place to hide
Down in the crowded bars, out for the good times
Can’t wait to tell you all, what it’s like up there
They call it paradise, I don’t know why
Somebody laid the mountains low, while the time got high

Then the chilly winds blew down, across the desert
Through the canyons of the coast, to the Malibu
Where the pretty people played, hungry for power
To light their neon way, they had things to do
Some rich men came and raped the land, nobody caught ’em
Put up a bunch of ugly boxes, and Jesus, people bought ’em
They called it paradise, the place to be
They watched the hazy sun sinking in the sea

We can leave it all behind, and sail to Lahaina
Just like the missionaries did, so many years ago
They even brought a neon sign that said, ‘Jesus is coming’
Brought the white man’s burden down, brought the white man’s reign
Who will provide the grand design, what is yours and what is mine
’Cause there is no more new frontier, we have got to make it here
To satisfy our endless needs, to justify our bloody deeds
In the name of destiny, and in the name of God
And you can see them there, on Sunday morning
So stand up and sing about, what it’s like out there
And they call it paradise, I don’t know why
You call someplace paradise, kiss it goodbye.”

- Don Henley & Glenn Frey, “The Last Resort.”
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8 pm DAVID OLNEY & SERGIO WEBB, with local musicians NOCTURRA & RIC, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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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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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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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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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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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-second-monday-every-month-in.html
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http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/07/tuesday-second-tuesday-every-month-in.html
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8 pm SURFIN SAFARI 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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SURFIN SAFARI is a faithful recreation of what it would have been like to see The Beach Boys live, in concert, in their prime. Venue impresario and surf music aficionado Bob Stane says, “This five-member lineup is unrivaled in their sound, presentation, and professionalism. There are NO BACKING TRACKS or extra musicians playing off-stage! SURFIN SAFARI is as close as you will ever get to seeing the original five-member line up of the Beach Boys. The incomparable beauty of their vocal harmonies, the crashing back beat of Dennis Wilson's drums, the soaring surf guitar of Carl Wilson, and the genius of Brian Wilson's music is all here. The uniband choreography, the Fender guitar lineup, the famous custom striped shirts, right down to the black suede Beach Boy boots, it's all here. SURFIN' SAFARI provides you with a great show, a great time, and fun, fun, fun till our Daddy takes the T-Bird away!” Tix, $18.
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http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/07/wednesday-second-wednesday-every-month.html
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8 pm STEVE GILLETTE & CINDY MANGSEN at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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8 pm STEVE GILLETTE & CINDY MANGSEN 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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Steve and Cindy return like the swallows for their annual late-winter California tour. Steve spent his early years in Southern California, and he remains a favorite here. He's the composer of "Darcy Farrow" and hundreds of other great songs, and one of the best guitarists and singers you'll ever see. His wife Cindy Mangsen favors traditional ballads and story-songs of all kinds, and she writes some unique originals (ask about the saga of Rudy the cat and the garbage disposal). She's a virtuoso on the English concertina, besides playing guitar. You won't find a better duo, with a focus on great songs.
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"Steve's latest CD, "The Man," is receiving a lot of praise. It's a story and song project celebrating the music of his father's generation. Read and listen at www.abouttheman.com. Tix, $20.
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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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7:30 pm DAROL ANGER'S REPUBLIC OF STRINGS plays the “AMSD” Concert series in San Diego.
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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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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
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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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http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/08/friday-third-friday-every-month.html
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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
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9 am-6 pm The 13th annual “UNDERWOOD FAMILY FARM FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL” continues at Underwood Family Farms, 3370 Sunset Valley Rd, Moorpark 93021; www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com; 805-529-3690. Runs all month, and each weekend has a different theme, including a Folk Festival, Bluegrass Festival, and Cowboy/Western Music Festival.
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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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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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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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8 pm IAN WHITCOMB & FRED SOKOLOW play a show at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; www.boulevardmusic.com; 310-398-2583. Venue’s web site has a helpful local dining guide. More info later. Tix, $15.
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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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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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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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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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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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7 pm HOUSTON JONES 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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HOUSTON JONES is a California based high octane Americana quintet. Formed in 2001, the band performs a mostly original repertoire that ranges from bluegrass and folk to blues and gospel. The band features Glenn Houston (lead guitar), Travis Jones (lead vocal, rhythm guitar), Henry Salvia (keyboard, accordion), Chris Kee (standup bass, cello, acoustic guitar), and Peter Tucker (drums).
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“A wonderful gem of a band…truly exceptional music…wonderful original tunes…some brought tears to our eyes. These guys are a rare treat!” – Billboard.com
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"No one delivers the goods quite like HOUSTON JONES....HOUSTON JONES remains one of the West Coast's most talented and entertaining bands." - Dirty Linen Magazine
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It's worth noting that Chris, Peter and Glenn are all alumni of the Waybacks. The band was voted as “best discovery” and Travis Jones voted as “best vocalist” of the Fall 2005 Strawberry Music Festival. Glenn has been given the award "Best Guitarist” for 2009 by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.
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A quote from Peggy, a venue regular active with Folk Alliance: “As for HOUSTON JONES, they… run the range from blues to jazz to rock to bluegrass to folk to heart-jamming rhythm – I was bouncing throughout their entire set! I love 'em - first saw 'em at your place and then saw them at FAR-West Folk Alliance - their harmonies are creative and tight, their musicianship is stellar, they're funny, and I loved 'em. Cheers” – Peggy. Tix, $18.
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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.
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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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8 pm JAMIE LAVAL, U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champ, 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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“One of the hottest fiddlers out there” (Asheville Citizen-Times), Jamie Laval creates rapt audiences with his passionate performances of traditional music of Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Quebec, rendered with the superlative tone and depth of expression formerly associated with classical virtuosi. Winner of the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship (2002),
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fri, Oct 22:
8 pm LIT BY FIREFLIES featuring JAMES RAYMOND 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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LIT BY FIREFLIES is an adventurous jazz quartet (saxophone, piano, bass, drums) comprised of four musicians with backgrounds in jazz, rock, pop, world music, film music and electronica. In addition to original compositions, they play an eclectic selection of songs from different genres, interpreting the songs with unique and surprising arrangements. Although this is a new incarnation of the band, the musical collaboration between these four talented musicians started more than twenty years ago.
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STEVE Di STANISLAO plays drums/percussion. “ Stevie D,” as he is known worldwide, is a much in demand studio and touring drummer of great musicality and passion. Stevie has toured and recorded with David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Don Felder (Eagles), David Crosby, Crosby/Nash, Chris Robinson (Black Crowes) CPR, and many others.
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STEVE TAVAGLIONE plays saxophones/woodwinds. He started playing jazz gigs at 18, frequently sitting in with a jazz trio that was a nightly fixture at his uncle’s bowling alley. In 1974, Tavaglione joined Sly and the Family Stone for a year, before co-forming the Latin jazz group Caldera. Tavaglione subsequently toured with George Benson for eight years, after which he became a regular in the L.A. studio scene. He eventually meet up with film composer Thomas Newman (Wall-E, Shawshank Redemption), and has worked steadily with Newman for many years. Steve has worked on films like Road to Perdition, American Beauty, Ocean’s Eleven and Wall-E and has recorded with Whitney Houston, Patty Austin, Diane Reeves, Air Supply, Randy Newman, Stevie Winwood, Bonnie Raitt, Michael Jackson, Sergio Mendez, Roger Waters(Pink Floyd), Walter Becker (Steely Dan), Joni Mitchell, Lionel Richie, Lee Ritenour, Diana Ross, Bill Ward (Black Sabbath), Strunz and Farah, Luis Conte, Peebo Bryson, David Holmes, Andre Crouch, The Winans, Tulku, Michael Bolton, Gary Willis, Vinnie Colaiuta, Mark Isham, Dave Weckl, John Patitucci, John Beasley, Jimmy Haslip, Robben Ford and many others.
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ANDREW FORD plays bass. He recently produced a critically acclaimed album by jazz songstress Lynne Fiddmont featuring the songs of Billie Holiday. Andrew has toured and recorded with Gladys Knight, Al Jarreau, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, David Crosby, Graham Nash, CPR, Robben Ford, Kirk Whalum, Everette Harp, Boney James, The Emotions, Patti Austin, Phil Perry, James Ingram and many others.
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JAMES RAYMOND plays piano. He recently finished scoring the feature film "That's What I Am" starring Ed Harris and Amy Madigan which will be premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. He also just completed a summer long concert tour in U.S. and Europe with Crosby Stills & Nash. James has toured and recorded with CSNY, CSN, Crosby/Nash, Graham Nash, David Crosby, CPR (Crosby/Pevar/Raymond) Ronnie Laws, Kirk Whalum, Everette Harp,Take 6, Oleta Adams, Phil Upchurch and many others.
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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 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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Named among the top acoustic bands in L.A. by Larry Wines in his annual “Best of / Top Ten” for Folkworks Magazine, and two-time winners of the Orange County Music Award for Best Folk Band, this oh-so-musical ensemble presents Irish Folk with a decidedly bluegrass attitude. SLIGO RAGS is taking the local and not-so-local Folk and Irish music scenes by storm with a unique blend of eclectic musical influences.
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Dan Miller of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine says, “These guys have it all – great vocals, lots of energy, captivating songs, well executed arrangements, and tasteful solos.”
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Their debut studio recording, "The Night Before the Morning After," was called "the best I've heard from a stateside band" by Celtic Beat Magazine, while their sophomore effort, “The Whiskey Never Lies,” was called “the best from the West Coast Celts in many years” by Shay Clark of the Irish-American News.
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That album was named one of the Top 10 of 2007 by Folkworks. Don’t be surprised if elements of country, gypsy jazz and swing manage to sneak their way into the act as well. Award-winning flatpicking and fingerstyle guitarist David Burns (recently featured in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine), fiddler extraordinaire Michael Kelly, world-renowned bassist Gordon Rustvold, and percussion whiz-kid Jonathan Baer, who grew up in Ireland, surrounded by musicians, are guaranteed to fill the room and your lives with electricity. They may give you a good laugh or two along the way as well.
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"SLIGO RAGS" have mastered the ability to take songs from a time gone by and make them fresh and relevant for a modern audience. Their passion for the music and their willingness to take risks combine for an outstanding live show."--Music Connection "
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Music journalist Larry Wines says, “Some bands, no matter how dependable they are in any situation, shine their best in certain venues. That’s always true of these guys, playing here.”
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“A ‘money back, no questions asked if you are not thrilled’ act. Bring friends. Dynamic, up tempo, multi-talented. A fusion that just crackles." – Bob Stane, venue impresario, The Coffee Gallery Backstage. More at www.sligorags.com. Tix, $18.
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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, in OC; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm BILL BURNETTE & THE BACKBONERS at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; www.boulevardmusic.com; 310-398-2583. Venue’s web site has a helpful local dining guide. The group features SUZY WILLIAMS, too. More info later. Tix, $15.
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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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Mon, Oct 25:
8 pm An eclectic night, as FRANKIE McDEE delivers “JAZZ STANDARDS SERVED FRESH,” plus opening act TIM MOYNAHAN & FRIENDS with Irish folk tunes, 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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Join Frankie McDee as he takes you back to a world of smoky lounges, tinkling glasses, and intoxicating laughter. Frankie sings the standards with subtlety, power and range; they way they had to be to grab the attention of the cocktail soaked audiences of the 50’s and 60’s. Smooth as glass jazz pianist Mike Bolger will accompany Frankie.
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During the day, Frankie McDee (AKA Frank McDonough), is a botanist at a local botanic garden and he also hosted a popular live gardening T.V. show in L.A., Frankie got his start when he took voice lessons in order to help him polish a ballad he wrote for a requested performance at an international conference of cave explorers (Frankie's hobby). The lessons paid off; he received a standing ovation. Hooked, he started performing Sinatra songs in front of strangers at karaoke bars around L.A, performing in the street, and singing wherever he could. He then went on to perform at an L.A. County talent show; although he didn't win first his performance resulted in an invitation to sing at a large county Christmas party in front of nearly 300 people. He has since performed at several more large gigs -each time receiving thunderous applause.
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To contrast McDee's jazzy smoothness, there’s opening act TIM MOYNAHAN & FRIENDS. Tim is a member of local bands THE UNTOUCHABLES and SLUGGER O' TOOLE. They’ll play Irish folk tunes in rousing, hard hitting style. Tix, $20.
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Tue, Oct 26; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm MARC BLACK, “Folk Artist of the Year,” with accompanist JEN CONDOS, 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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Kerrville Folk Festival “New Folk” finalist and Winner of “Folk Artist of the Year” honors from Fame Games, Marc Black is a unique presence. His music is as soulful as it is timely. His current CD, “Pictures of the Highway,” has been a fixture at the top of Folk DJ & Roots Rock charts for the last several months and the single “Ooh I Love My Coffee” has reached #6 on the National Folk DJ Chart. He's recorded more than a dozen albums, including a “Pick Hit” in Billboard Magazine, and another recognized as a “minor masterpiece” by famed music producer John Hammond Sr.
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Joining Marc for the show at The Coffee Gallery Backstage is JEN CONDOS, bass player and co-producer of “Picture of the Highway.” Jen is an accomplished player who’s played with a wide range of musicians from Stevie Nicks to her current gig with Ray LaMontagne. Tix, $15.
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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:
7 pm STEVE MECKFESSEL & CHRIS KOKESH, with special guest PETER ANDREWS, 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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There’s magic when Steve Meckfessel and Chris Kokesh come together. Steve is one of those under the radar songwriters that when you ‘discover’ him, you think “Lucky me!” Steve’s music is often compared with that of James Taylor, Jackson Browne and Cat Stevens. Chris toured for ten years with the iconic Misty River band. Her first solo CD, “October Valentine” is turning heads and hearts and is currently number 20 nationwide on the Folk DJ charts. Don’t miss them!
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In the words of songwriter Claudia Russell, “Steve is one of those under the radar songwriters that when you ‘discover’ him, you think “lucky me!” Everyone should know his beautiful songs. ‘As Long as He’s Gone’ is one of the most compelling songs I’ve ever heard….a song that reaches across time, like the Big Muddy, His songs feature distinctive chord voicings and evocative melodies, but mostly they tell stories. Steve can also change it up; one song brings tears and the next one has the audience in stitches. Last year, Steve released his CD, “Under Beautiful Skies” to a sold-out crowd at the venerable Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. Of his CD, one reviewer wrote: “The folk world has just been handed some of the best music it will hear in 2009 and beyond!”
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Chris Kokesh is a veteran of festival and performing arts center stages with the all-woman Americana band Misty River. With the 2010 release of her solo CD October Valentine, her stunning songwriting, alluring vocals, tasty fiddle, and solid guitar distinguished her as a stand-alone talent. Onstage Chris brings her songs to life with a transparency that draws audiences in and reveals the inner workings of her heart with grace and humor. She is real. Folks are taking notice of Chris’s solo performances as well as her fiddle and harmony singing. October Valentine debuted at #20 on the FolkDJ Charts in July 2010, and she has performed across the country with such well-loved artists as Jonathan Byrd, Tom Prasada-Rao, and Johnsmith. Chris and Steve will be accompanied by Peter Andrews, an L.A. based guitarist/composer with extensive film, TV and recording credits. Peter and Steve played together in the legendary teen rock band, “Size Five”, growing up in Sacramento. Tix, $18.
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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 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Coffee Gallery Backstage impresario BOB STANE!
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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 BLAME SALLY at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; www.boulevardmusic.com; 310-398-2583. Venue’s web site has a helpful local dining guide. More info later. Tix go on sale Oct 15; $15.
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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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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, 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.
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Sat, Oct 30; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm KENNY BLACKWELL plus the DORIAN MICHAEL QUARTET at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; www.boulevardmusic.com; 310-398-2583. Venue’s web site has a helpful local dining guide. More info later. Tix go on sale Oct 16; $15.
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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, world music:
2 pm matinee, as SHIR BA'IR (Hebrew for "Song in the City") performs 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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SHIR BA'IR is an a cappella group of young professionals singing traditional and original Jewish-themed music, with most of the songs sung in Hebrew. The ensemble is an energetic mix of semi-professional singers, composers, pre-cantorial students, and others who have been singing together since 2005. Various members of the group write original songs and arrange traditional favorites. We have brought our new Jewish sound and lively performances to venues throughout Los Angeles." Tix, $12.
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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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Tix, $33-58 ($15 for UCLA students) (310).
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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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Sat, Nov 6; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm JACK WILLIAMS at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; www.boulevardmusic.com; 310-398-2583. Venue’s web site has a helpful local dining guide. More info later. Tix go on sale Oct 23; $15.
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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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More at www.mikeandruthy.com and www.myspace.com/mikeandruthy
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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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More at www.mikeandruthy.com and www.myspace.com/mikeandruthy
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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, 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; 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 COSY SHERIDAN plus TR RITCHIE play the “SongTree” Concert series at 820 N Fairview Av, Goleta; 805-403-2639. Series info, www.songtree.org. More at www.cosysheridan.com and www.trritchie.com
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Sat, Nov 13, in OC; 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; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm Grammy winners MARK HANSON & DOUG SMITH at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; www.boulevardmusic.com; 310-398-2583. Venue’s web site has a helpful local dining guide. More info later. Tix go on sale Oct 30; $17.50.
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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 OC; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm ACOUSTIC EIDOLON 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. More at www.acousticeidolon.com
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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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More at www.mikeandruthy.com and www.myspace.com/mikeandruthy
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Tue, Nov 16; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm ROCKY NECK BLUEGRASS plays the “Bluegrass at Braemar” series sponsored by the by Bluegrass Association of Southern California (BASC) at Braemar Country Club, 4401 Reseda Bl, Tarzana. Info, call Harley 818-221-4680; bascinfo@socalbluegrass.org. series info, www.socalbluegrass.org. More at www.myspace.com/rockyneckbluegrass
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Tue, Nov 16, in Ojai; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm COSY SHERIDAN plus TR RITCHIE play the “Ojai Concert Series” at Ojai Valley Woman's Club, 441 E Ojai Av, Ojai; 805-649-5189; www.ojaiconcertseries.com. More at www.cosysheridan.com and www.trritchie.com
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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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Fri, Nov 19; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm DAVID MALLETT plays the Gelencser House Concert series in Claremont; reservations get directions at 909-596-1266.
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Fri, Nov 19; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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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Schedule:
7:30 pm - doors open - open mic signups begin
8 pm – open mic
8:40 pm – first headliner.
9:15 pm – break (refreshments and snacks available)
9:40 pm – second headliner.
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Fri, Nov 19; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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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Fri, Nov 19:
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:
7:30 pm DAVID MALLETT & PHIL CHRISTIE play the The Living Tradition concert series at the Anaheim Downtown Community Center, 250 E Center St, Anaheim; 714-955-3807.
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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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Sat, Nov 20:
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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Sat, Nov 20; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm SLIGO RAGS at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; www.boulevardmusic.com; 310-398-2583. Venue’s web site has a helpful local dining guide. More info later. Tix go on sale Nov 6; $15.
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Sat, Nov 20:
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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MENAHEM PRESSLER, one of classical music’s most distinguished and honored pianists, was co-founder of the revered BEAUX ARTS TRIO.
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RICHARD STOLTZMAN, a two-time Grammy winner, is considered one of the world’s foremost clarinetists and is known for bringing the instrument to the forefront of modern classical music. Tix, $38-68 ($15 for UCLA students).
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Sun, Nov 21; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm DAVID MALLETT plays the Noble House Concerts, 5705 Noble Av, Sherman Oaks; 818-780-5979.
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Sun, Nov 28:
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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Wed, Dec 1; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm “AN IRISH CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA” at the “AMSD” concert series, 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego; 619-303-8176.
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Wed, Dec 1:
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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Fri, Dec 3; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm RONNY COX plays the Sherman Oaks Presbyterian Church concert series, at 4445 Noble Av, Sherman Oaks; 818-788-3330.
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Sat, Dec 4; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm JAMES LEE STANLEY at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; www.boulevardmusic.com; 310-398-2583. Venue’s web site has a helpful local dining guide. More info later. Tix go on sale Nov 20; $15.
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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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Tue, Dec 21; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm SCOTT GATES & NATHAN McEUEN play the “BLUEGRASS AT THE BRAEMAR” series sponsored by the Bluegrass Association of Southern California (BASC) at Braemar Country Club, 4001 Reseda Bl, Tarzana; 818-705-8870.
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Fri, Jan 14, 2011:
7:30 pm DOYLE DYKES plays the Grace First Presbyterian Church concert series, at 3955 Studebaker Rd, Long Beach; 562-420-3393.
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Sat, Jan 15, 2011:
8 pm JEFF LARSON & FRIENDS play “Russ and Julie's House Concert” series in Oak Park (in the Agoura Hills/Westlake Village area); Reservations get directions at 818-707-2179.
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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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This is described as “Three scintillating concerts by the legendary pioneer of music and architecture and composers he inspired.”
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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 12, 2011:
8 pm “COLEMAN ORCHESTRA CONCERTS” brings the COLBURN SCHOOL ORCHESTRA, SIR NEVILLE MARRINER, conductor, to Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S St John St, Pasadena 91105. Program is Ravel’s “Suite from Ma Mer l’Oye (Mother Goose);” Korngold’s “Violin Concerto;” Bartok’s “Concerto for Orchestra.” Info, 213-621-2200 or www.colburnschool.edu. Tix, $10, gen’l admission.
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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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Sun, Feb 27, 2011:
2 pm WOVEN IMAGE plays the Grace First Presbyterian Church concert series, at 3955 Studebaker Rd, Long Beach; 562-420-3393.
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Fri, Mar 4, 2011; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm NOEL PAUL STOOKEY (of Peter, Paul & Mary) plays McCabe's, 3101 W Pico Bl, Santa Monica; 310-828-4403 or 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com
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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 series 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, Mar 23, 2011; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm SLIGO RAGS plays the Grace First Presbyterian Church concert series, at 3955 Studebaker Rd, Long Beach; 562-420-3393.
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Sat, Apr 2, 2011; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
2 pm BILL FRISELL TRIO: “SELECTED WORKS OF BUSTER KEATON” plays the first of two different shows today 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” is the second of Frisell’s two different shows today 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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Sat, Apr 2, 2011; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm RONNY COX & JACK WILLIAMS play “Russ and Julie's House Concert” series in Oak Park (in the Agoura Hills/Westlake Village area); Reservations get directions at 818-707-2179.
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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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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, with ELLIS PAUL, ELIZA GILKYSON, JIMMY LaFAVE, SARAH LEE GUTHRIE & JOHNNY IRION. 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. Even before we knew the lineup, we were 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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More info:
LA Acoustic Music Festival, www.laacousticmusicfestival.com
California Acoustic Music Project, www.californiaacousticmusicproject.org
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Jun 12-16, 2011:
22nd annual “NORTH AMERICAN JAMES JOYCE CONFERENCE” at the Hintington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, and at Caltech in Pasadena. This event takes place in a difference locale each year, and this year, Southern Cal fans of James Joyce have it right here at home. Info, www.joyceconference2011.com.
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