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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Acoustic Americana Music Guide UPDATE, March 24 2012, and onward…

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1) This IS, indeed, Part Two of our weekend events coverage, March 24-25, 2012,
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2) There’s plenty in this edition that happens waaaay beyond that.
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Jeepers! The GUIDE is now mobile device-friendly!
Beyond that, gad-f’ing-zooks there's a LOT going on! Read on, and we’ll PROVE it to ya!
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Nice way to celebrate someone...
A FREE DOWNLOAD to commemorate Sunday, March 25…
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March 25th marks the 6th anniversary of BUCK OWENS' death. In honor of this pioneer of the Bakersfield Sound, STEPHEN DAVID AUSTIN is giving away free mp3 downloads of his original song, "The Day Buck Owens Died." Get yours, free at his web site, www.StephenDavidAustin.com.
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Go the music player at the bottom of the page and click on the "download mp3" button for that song. He'll be offering the free download through the first week in April. STEPHEN DAVID AUSTIN is noteworthy, featured as “Artist of the Week” March 5 at Alternate Root Magazine. His song, “A Bakersfield Dozen” has charted on the California Radio Charts and is at #19 on the Airplay Direct AAA chart. You can read the interview with Matt Munoz, editor of the Bakersfield newspaper, Baktopia, at
www.bakotopia.com/content/stephen-david-austin-bakersfield-his-blood
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So remember to get your free download!
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Here’s a QUICK WEEKEND OVERVIEW… (don’t worry, ALL the deets follow!)
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FESTIVALS:
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One Saturday, one Sunday...
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Saturday:
5 pm-to-waaaay-late “WONDER VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL” returns to The Palms, 83131 Amboy Rd, Wonder Valley, CA; 760-361-2810. Featuring performances by BEN VAUGHN DESERT CLASSIC, THE SIBLEYS, CLIFF WAGNER, SUGAR IN THE GOURD, THE BLUE DOLPHINS, DAN MARCUS, PETER GILSTRAP, AL GARCIA, & JAMIE HAFLER. Free admission, and free camping on-site.
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Sunday:
Annual WISTARIA FESTIVAL in Sierra Madre on Sunday has multiple stages of music, some of it rootsy acoustic, plus an art show in the park, a short shuttle bus ride to the world’s largest wisteria vine, and a variety of food and150 craft vendors. It’s centered around the charming little downtown of Sierra Madre, above the 210 Fwy at Baldwin Ave and Sierra Madre Blvd. In addition to touring the big vine, the historic Pinney House (1887) will also be open this year. The post office even offers a special cancellation for you philatelists. Main streets are closed for the festivities, and it’s park where you can. Better yet, ride the free shuttle (Gateway Coach) from the Sierra Madre Villa Station (end of the Gold Line light rail) from 10 am- 6 pm. More at www.sierramadrechamber.com/wistaria/ and www.sierramadrepatch.com
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SUNDAY MATINEE:
Catch the 3 pm matinee show by the excellent musician-actor RONNY COX, joined by Austin music star KAREN MAL, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena. (Hey, if it really does rain, what better place could you be?)
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FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY EVENINGS:
There are MANY evening shows, at McCabe’s, the Fret House, Boulevard Music, the Coffee Gallery Backstage, the Orpheum Theater, and many other places, and we’ve rounded-up all we can for you, in THIS very edition!
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WEEKEND OUTLOOK:
There’s almost surely an opportunity within minutes of su casa to ENJOY SOME LIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC this weekend, so in the words of the song, “who cares about the clouds…”
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Find it all at www.acousticmusic.net or go straight to the current edition at www.acousticamericana.blogspot.com
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Sat, Mar 24:
9:30 am-2 pm RON ELY brings classic and original folk music to the Upland Farmer’s Market, Euclid Av & Arrow Highway, Upland. Late change, if you were expecting him in Riverside this morning…
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Sat. Mar 24, in Ventura County:
9:30-11:30 am HONEYSUCKLE POSSUMS play the Camarillo Farmers Market; take the 101 to Carmen exit; the market is in old town Camarillo on Ventura Blvd. Free, all ages.
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They are REBECCA TROON, SUSAN MARIE REEVES (previously of the bluegrass band WILD SAGE), NICOLA GORDON, PAT MILLIKEN, RUTH ALPERT, and LISA MACKER. They were a delight at the Santa Barbara Old Time Fiddler’s Festival last fall.
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"The Possums have hearts full of honey. These women clearly love what they're playing. This is true Americana... and they're mighty tight as well. If you could taste the sound, it would be clear country Honeydew Vinewater. Give them a listen! " - Johnny Sacko / Santa Barbara
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Their sound has been compared to Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Ralph Stanley, Carolina Chocolate Drops, and the Carter Family.
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Sat, Mar 24:
1 pm monthly “TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN FIDDLE AND BANJO JAM” at Audubon Nature Center, Debs Park, 4700 N Griffin Av, Highland Park; off the 110 Fwy, Los Angeles 90031; 323-221-2255.
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Sat, Mar 24:
3 pm OWANA SALAZAR and NATHAN AWEAU play the “Aloha Hawaiian Music Series” at Ruth Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, on the campus at Whittier College, 6760 Painter Av, Whittier 90601; 562-907-4203.
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Sat, Mar 24, FESTIVAL, in Wonder Valley (in the desert):
5 pm-to-waaaay-late “WONDER VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL” returns to The Palms, 83131 Amboy Rd, Wonder Valley, CA; 760-361-2810. Featuring performances by BEN VAUGHN DESERT CLASSIC, THE SIBLEYS, CLIFF WAGNER, SUGAR IN THE GOURD, THE BLUE DOLPHINS, DAN MARCUS, PETER GILSTRAP, AL GARCIA, & JAMIE HAFLER. Free admission, and free camping on-site.
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Sat, Mar 24, in Santa Barbara:
6 pm HONEY DEWDROPS play SOHo Restaurant and Music Club, 1221 State St, Santa Barbara 93101; 805-962 7776.
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Sat, Mar 24, in Redlands:
6 pm THEO AND THE ZYDECO PATROL play a Cajun-zydeco dance at the Redlands Elks Lodge, 663 New York St, Redlands. Organizers say, “Join in the fun for a special celebration of our new place to dance!” $15 cover, includes a special Louisiana style meal of homemade gumbo and rice.
Intermediate Lesson - 6 pm - $3
Beginner Lesson - 6:45 pm - free
Band Plays - 7:30 pm
Contact Ronda Conley, at 760 774-8023 or rollinzydeco@gmail.com
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Sat, Mar 24:
6:30 pm weekly “BLUEGRASS CONCERT SERIES” at Me N Eds Pizza Parlor, 4115 Paramount Bl, Lakewood 90712; 562-421-8908.
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Sat, Mar 24:
7 pm INCENDIO at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; reservations, 626-798-6236. This is an acclaimed world-guitar-fusion trio. In both Italian and Spanish their name means “fire,” and it’s fitting for a musical group whose sound is all about energy, exploration, and passion, driven by Spanish guitar. Averaging over 150 concerts a year for the last seven years, INCENDIO’s live show has become an explosive improvisatory journey, garnering tremendous audience response in such diverse venues as the Strawberry Music Fest in Yosemite, the Sundance Film Festival, Verizon Music Festival, Catalina Jazztrax, California World Festival, and many more. Their four previous CDs have enjoyed international radio airplay and critical acclaim. Their live DVD and CD, “Dia Y Noche”, captures a daytime show at the Strawberry Festival 2004 and a nighttime show at the Countrywide Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center. INCENDIO is Jim Stubblefield (guitar), Liza Carbe (bass and guitar), and Jean-Pierre Durand (guitar). Tix, $20.
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Sat, Mar 24:
7 pm ANDY & RENEE (ANDY HILL & RENEE SAFIER of HARD RAIN) play a house concert in Torrance and celebrate Andy's birthday. Doors at 6 pm, show at 7 pm. BYOB, $15 donation requested. Home of Jeff Dykzeul; reservations get directions at velobum@gmail.com
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Sat, Mar 24:
7 pm weekly “RANCH PARTY” show brings John Ramey & the ORCHESTRA to EB’s Wine Bar in L.A. Farmer’s Market, 3rd & Fairfax, L.A. No cover, plenty of eats available. Info, www.reverbnation.com/venue/ranchpartycountrynight
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Sat, Mar 24, in Ojai:
7 pm BILL HARLEY plays a fundraiser for the “OJAI STORYTELLING FESTIVAL” presented by Performances to Grow On, at Oak Grove School Pavilion, 220 West Lomita Av, Ojai 93023.
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Sat, Mar 24:
7 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “WEST VALLEY HOOT” in Woodland Hills; get location and info at their website, www.songmakers.org
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Sat, Mar 24, in Palmdale:
7 pm ELAYNA (formerly of Gypsy People and “Antelope Valley's First Lady of Folk”), plus STATE STREET at Butler’s Coffee, 40125 10th St West, Palmdale 93551; 661-272-9530. It’s billed as “a no muss, no fuss evening of good music, good cheer, good food and great coffee.”
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“The always engaging ELAYNA brings fiery folk to gentle pokes,” and is billed as a “singer-songwriter and guitar player extraordinaire.” She is accompanied by Dave "The Dude" Sprowl on bass, and they’ll play everything from 1920s classics to some "little ditty" she wrote last week.
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STATE STREET is billed as “The Bob and Ted and Carol and Alice of the A.V. music scene.” They bring “slow rocking' and guitars a-talkin,' an easy-rolling groove of good tunes and good times,” and they are Rick and Sue Bell and Joanne and Randy Sibole.
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Sat, Mar 24:
7:30 pm LIZZ WRIGHT plays the Broad Stage, operated off the campus by Santa Monica College in Santa Monica. Tix, $47-$75. Info and map, http://thebroadstage.com/Lizz-Wright
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Sat, Mar 24, in Santa Barbara:
7:30 pm LORI McKENNA and GREGORY ALAN ISAKOV plays the “Sings Like Hell” series at the Lobero Theatre, 33 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara 93101; 805-963-0761.
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Sat, Mar 24:
7:30 pm weekly GRATEFUL DUDES bluegrass session at Vincenzo's Pizza, 24500 Lyons Av, Newhall 91350.
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Sat, Mar 24:
8 pm ANI DiFRANCO and SEAN HAYES play the Orpheum Theatre, 842 S Broadway, Los Angeles 90014; 213-749-5171. Info: www.laorpheum.com. Tix, $35.
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Sat, Mar 24:
8 pm GONZALO BERGARA QUARTET plays Boulevard Music in Culver City. Info, www.boulevardmusic.com.
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Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina Gonzalo is considered one of the best guitar players in America. You will hear a mix of Gypsy Jazz and Latin acoustic music with melodies you will not forget. The music is heavily influenced by Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, with traditional proto-jazz and a hint of Gonzalo’s native Argentina and its Buenos Aires sound.
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After having toured the world extensively next to the JOHN JORGENSON QUINTET, native Argentinian Gonzalo Bergara is presenting his new CD “Porteña Soledad” with glowing reviews all over the world.
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Gonzalo began playing professionally at age 16 in Buenos Aires. By 17 he was already fronting his own blues trio on National Television. He arrived in America in the year 2000 and since then he has performed and recorded with hundreds of artists inlcuding Tim Hausser from Manhattan Transfer, Sylvie Vartan, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, John Jorgenson, Howard Alden and more.
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His CD “Porteña Soledad” was editor’s Pick in Guitar Player magazine, while Vintage Guitar magazine called it “a Masterpiece.” The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet is Gonzalo on lead acoustic guitar, Jeffrey Radaich on rhythm guitar, Rob Hardt on clarinet and tenor saxophone, and David Tranchina on upright bass.
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"Gonzalo Bergara’s music exists in a way that very little music does. He has lavished such care on every phrase, built each arrangement with such lapidary precision and pared away anything extraneous, the music becomes sculpture. It has weight, density, gravity. This is serious. And deeply moving."
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Gonzalo has performed all over the world including Croatia, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Hungary, Argentina, Brazil, England, Scotland and all of the US. Festivals such as The Montreal Jazz Fest, Playboy Jazz Fest, Sweet and Hot Jazz fest, Django Reinhardt Fest in Germany, Suev guitar fest in Italy, Merle Fest, Strawberry Fest, all for the Django Fests in the US and lots lots more. Tix, $15.
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Sat, Mar 24:
8 pm OWANA SALAZAR and NATHAN AWEAU play the “ALOHA HAWAIIAN MUSIC SERIES” at the Ruth Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, on the campus at Whittier College, 6760 Painter Av, Whittier 90601; 562-907-4203.
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Sat, Mar 24:
8 pm RONNY COX plays the Gelencser House Concert series in Claremont 91711; reservations get directions, at 909-596-1266 or singfolk@yahoo.com
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See details about Ronny in the 3 pm Sunday listing.
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Sat, Mar 24:
8 pm JOHN FLYNN plays Russ and Julie’s House Concert series in Oak Park (Agoura Hills/Westlake Village area); reservations get directions at 818-707-2179 or rsvp@houseconcerts.us
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Sat, Mar 24, in OC:
8 pm MICHAEL PETER SMITH at St Matt’s After Dark, 1111 Town and County, Orange 92868; 714-792-3964.
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Sat, Mar 24:
8 pm BELINDA GAIL, bigtime Western music star, plays the Out West Western Boutique and Cultural Center, 24265 Main St, Newhall 91321; 661-255-7087.
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Sat, Mar 24:
8 pm THE PRATIES play their every-Saturday rollickin’ Irish music residency at the Tam O’Shanter in Los Feliz. Info: www.lawrysonline.com/tam-oshanter
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Sat, Mar 24:
8 pm JIM WHITE plays McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497. Tix, $20.
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Sat, Mar 24:
8 pm THE DAVID PRITCHARD GUITAR TRIO play the Fretted Frog Acoustic Guitar Store, 1200 N Alvarado St, Los Angeles 90026; 213-353-0734.
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Sat, Mar 24:
8 pm JOEL RAFAEL at the Fret House, 309 N Citrus, Covina 91723; 626-339-7020. This guy is excellent!
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Sat, Mar 24:
8 pm “LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL FLAMENCO FESTIVAL” with Flamenco Guitarist Vicente Amigo, at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Bl, Redondo Beach 90278; 310-937-6607.
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Sat, Mar 24:
8 pm THE SCREAMING EARWIGS play the “4th SATURDAY CONTRA DANCE” has moved to a new home, the Woman’s Club of South Pasadena, 1424 Fremont Av, South Pasadena 91030. They say, “We had a trial run at the Woman's Club on 2nd Sat last month (courtesy Frannie), and it was "indescribably delicious." There were over 75 dancers, three lines, and room for everyone - even the band!. It feels wonderful to have a real hall again!”
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This Saturday SUSAN MICHAELS is calling with music by the Screaming Earwigs - Tom Sauber on fiddle, Patrick Sauber on guitar, Mike Sauber on bass, and Steve on banjo.
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Dance is 8-11 pm with instruction for new dancers at 7:30. Admission is $10 general, $7 for students w/ID, kids under 12 free. Refreshments at the break.
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Sat, Mar 24:
8 pm RIC FIERABRACCI plays Alva's Showroom, 1417 W. Eighth Street, San Pedro 90732. The band is Ric Fierabracci ~ bass, Mike Miller ~ guitar , Tom Brechtlein ~ drums, George Whitty ~ keys, and they play “Original music with an edge.”
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Sat, Mar 24:
8 pm-midnight GINGER & THE HOOSIER DADDIES at the Hip Kitty in Claremont. Info, www.hipkittyjazz.com. Cover, $5.
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Sat, Mar 24:
VERY BE CAREFUL plays the “Cumbia Machine” at the Prospector in Long Beach. Info, www.prospectorlongbeach.com
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Sat, Mar 24:
MARK HEFFINGTON BAND plays Nick’s Taste of Texas in Covina. Info, www.nickstasteoftexas.com
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Sat, Mar 24:
8:45-11:30 pm the excellent KELLY FITZGERALD plays her residency at La Palapa in Long Beach. Info, www.lapalaparestaurant.com
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Sat, Mar 24:
9-11 pm “JUKE JOINT” show brings FINIS TASBY plus CADILLAC ZAC BAND to the Living Room Cocktail Lounge in L.A. Venue holds only 40 people, so reservations are needed. Reservations and info, CadillacZackBand@aol.com. $15.
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Sat, Mar 24:
10 pm-1:30 am KEN O’MALLEY plays authentic and original Irish music at the Auld Dubliner in Long Beach. Info, www.aulddubliner.com
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Sat, Mar 24:
10 pm KERN RICHARDS plays The Press in Claremont. Info, www.thepressrestaurant.com. No cover.
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Sat, Mar 24:
10 pm THE AMERICANS play Villain’s Tavern in downtown L.A. Info, www.villainstavern.com
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Sat, Mar 24:
10 pm JOHNNY HAWTHORNE BAND plays the Cinema Bar in Culver City. “The world’s smallest honky-tonk” is no cover, but take some bucks for the musicians’ tip jar. Info, www.thecinemabar.com
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Sat, Mar 24:
10 pm REV. MARTINI presents BIG SANDY & HIS FLY-RITE BOYS in Viva Cantina’s Rancho Room in Burbank. Info, www.vivacantina.com
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Sat, Mar 24:
11 pm DUSTBOWL REVIVAL plays a late set at the Del Monte Speakeasy in Venice. Info, www.townhousevenice.com
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March 25th marks the 6th anniversary of BUCK OWENS' death. In honor of this pioneer of the Bakersfield Sound, STEPHEN DAVID AUSTIN is giving away free mp3 downloads of his original song, "The Day Buck Owens Died." Get yours, free at his web site, www.StephenDavidAustin.com. Details in the opening section of this edition.
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Sun, Mar 25, FESTIVAL, in Sierra Madre:
9 am-6 pm Annual “WISTARIA FESTIVAL” in Sierra Madre on Sunday has multiple stages of music, some of it rootsy acoustic, plus an art show in the park, a short shuttle bus ride to the world’s largest wisteria vine, and a variety of food and150 craft vendors. It’s centered around the charming little downtown of Sierra Madre, above the 210 Fwy at Baldwin Ave and Sierra Madre Blvd. In addition to touring the big vine, the historic Pinney House (1887) will also be open this year. The post office even offers a special cancellation for you philatelists. Main streets are closed for the festivities, and it’s park where you can. Better yet, ride the free shuttle (Gateway Coach) from the Sierra Madre Villa Station (end of the Gold Line light rail) from 10 am- 6 pm. More at www.sierramadrechamber.com/wistaria/ and www.sierramadrepatch.com
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Sun, Mar 25:
11 am The SUGAR FREE ALLSTARS play the “Matinee Kids' Show” series at Mccabe’s in santa Monica. Tix, $8, kids under age 2 get in free.
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Sun, Mar 25:
1 pm monthly “BASC BLUEGRASS JAM” at CTMS Center for Folk Music, 16953 Ventura Bl, Encino 91316; 818-817-7756.
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Sun, Mar 25:
1-4 pm THE GET DOWN BOYS with SCOTT GATES on mandolin plays the first of two gigs today, this one at Kings Row Gastro Pub, 20 E Colorado Bl, Pasadena. It’s “an afternoon brunch” gig.
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Sun, Mar 25:
1-3 pm “GOSPEL MUSIC SUNDAY” with LITTLE FAITH at Viva Cantina in Burbank. Info, www.vivacantina.com
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Sun, Mar 25, in the desert:
2 pm HONEY DEWDROPS play the “Traditional Music at the Russells” series in Lucerne Valley 92356; reservations get directions at 760-248-2118 or carolyn@lucernevalley.net
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Sun, Mar 25:
2 pm “DANIEL GLASS PRESENTS ‘THE CENTURY PROJECT’” at Alva's Showroom, 1417 W Eighth Street, San Pedro 90732.
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Daniel Glass is one of today's foremost authorities on classic American drumming. He has been voted one of the top five R&B drummers for two years running by readers of Modern Drummer and DRUM magazine, and his appearances as an educator include the prestigious Modern Drummer Festival.
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For the past 18 years, Daniel has toured the world with the pioneering "retro-swing" group Royal Crown Revue. He has also recorded and performed with a host of top-flight artists like Brian Setzer, Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler, KISS frontman Gene Simmons, and Mike Ness from Social Distortion.
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Daniel's "Century Project" show focuses on the evolution of American popular music as seen through the eyes of the drummer. Using dazzling chops and high energy showmanship, Daniel will take you on a whirlwind journey that covers 100 years of music, starting at the end of the Civil War (1865) and ending with the arrival of the Beatles on America's shores (1965).
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Sun, Mar 25:
2:30-6:30 pm “ACOUSTIC SUNDAY” brings ICY HOT CLUB to the Artisan House in downtown L.A. Info, http://artisanhouse.net/acoustic.html
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Sun, Mar 25:
3 pm matinee brings RONNY COX, the best of the talented singer-songwriter film actors, plus KAREN MAL, Austin music star, to the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; reservations, 626-798-6236.
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Ronny is a talented musician and performer who is best known for his acting career. He has appeared in many classic movies such as Deliverance (Drew Ballinger), Bound For Glory (Ozark Bule), The Onion Field (Det. Sgt. Pierce R. Brooks), Taps (Colonel Kerby), Beverly Hills Cop (Lt. Andrew Bogomil), RoboCop (Dick Jones), and Total Recall (Vilos Cohaagen) to name just a few. He's also appeared on TV countless times including stints on "St. Elsewhere" (Dr. John Gideon) and "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (Captain Edward Jellico).
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But Ronny's real love is music and he spends half of his time performing at folk festivals, concert venues and small intimate theaters. He has performed musically on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Bottom Line in New York with Leon Redbone, National Public Radio's Mountain Stage with Guy Clark, as well as other national stages.
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KAREN MAL has been chosen as a winner or finalist in many songwriting competitions, including -
Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Contest (2006)
Wildflower Music and Arts Festival Songwriting Contest (2006)
Kerrville New Folk (2001, 2002, 2005)
South Florida Folk Festival (2003)
Portland Songwriters Association (2002)
Mountain Valley Arts Festival (2002)
Sisters Folk Festival (2002)
KRCL/Founders Title Folk and Bluegrass Festival (2002)
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When Karen Mal sings, it’s an experience ranging from raw sensuality to shimmering bell-like clarity. Her voice is both tender and powerful, as effortless as a waterfall. There's a river that flows between Karen and her audience. It's about love. The possibility and the unbearable beauty of it. Elusive and abundant at the same time.
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Based in Austin, Texas, Karen has created a name for herself as a captivating singer, instrumentalist and songwriter. Ranging from charming to seductive, impressionistic to philosophical, her songs have brought her nationwide acclaim. Shes won top awards from the Wildflower Arts and Music Festival in Texas, the Tucson Folk Festival and the Portland Songwriters Association and has also been a three time New Folk Finalist at Kerrville, emerging artist at Falcon Ridge and a finalist at the Sisters Folk Festival.
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Karen has released three CDs on Waterbug records, starting with “Mercury's Wings” in 2002. “Karen Mal is riding a musical high,” raved Sing Out! magazine about that debut. “Dark Eyed Sailor” was next, a collection of traditional Celtic songs, and its title cut won the Celtic Radio Music Award for best song in 2006. Her third CD, “The Space Between,” came out in late 2007 and received extensive airplay, reaching #6 on the Folk DJ Chart. Tix, $20.
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Sun, Mar 25:
3 pm “APPALACHIAN VOICES PRESENTATION” with music by JOE WACK and TRIPLE CHICKEN FOOT at the Echo Country Outpost, 1770 Glendale Bl, Los Angeles 90026.
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Sun, Mar 25:
4-7 pm AUSTIN HANKS & THE KALIFORNIA KINGSNAKES play the Piano Bar in Hollywood. Info, www.pianobarhollywood.com. No cover.
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Sun, Mar 25:
4-7 pm “TRADITIONAL IRISH SESSION” at the Auld Dubliner in Long Beach. Info, www.aulddubliner.com
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Sun, Mar 25:
5 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “WEST L.A. HOOT & POTLUCK” in West L.A.; location and info at www.songmakers.org, or contact WestLAHoot@Songmakers.org
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Sun, Mar 25:
6 pm CLIFF WAGNER AND THE OLD #7 at the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City 90230.; 310-390-1328
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Sun, Mar 25:
6:30 pm monthly “FOLK MUSIC CENTER OPEN MIC” at the Folk Music Center & Museum, 220 Yale Ave, Claremont 91711; 909-624- 2928
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Sun, Mar 25:
7 pm JOHN GORKA plus ROSE COUSINS at McCabe’s in Santa Monica. ‏You know about folk star Gorka, so let’s focus on the wonderfully talented artist who is supporting him on this tour.
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ROSE COUSINS' latest album, “We Have Made A Spark,” was released February 28 and has been getting rave reviews (USA Today, WXPN, No Depression, and more). Her CD release shows in Boston & NYC were deemed “a blast.”
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“It’s no wonder Cousins is the object of audience affection.”—Boston Globe
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“Some voices hit you hard from first blush and this is one of them.”—Exclaim!
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Produced by Zachariah Hickman (Josh Ritter) at Q Division Studios, the record brings together performances by EDIE CAREY, AMY CORREIA, LAURA CORTESE, KRIS DELMHORST, ANA EGGE, MARK ERELLI, JENNIFER KIMBALL, AUSTIN NEVINS, ROSE POLENZANI, plus SESSION AMERICANA members BILLY BEARD and DINTY CHILD, and multi-instrumentalists SEAN STAPLES & CHARLIE ROSE. The album’s 11 tracks are all products of these collaborations, though each is anchored by Cousins’ lead vocals and guitar and piano playing.
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In addition to the new album, a short film entitled “If I Should Fall Behind” documents the collaborative recording process and attempts to capture a slice of the rich community in which the record was made. The film takes its title from the BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN song of the same name, a cover of which appears on the album in a duet with MARK ERELLI. “That song really resonates with me,” says Cousins. “The idea that no one gets left behind…That’s really the concept of “We Have Made A Spark.” Making music with friends. Everyone having a turn. It’s about celebrating people as individuals (whether in a couple or a group) and how we can also be strong together.” The single, “If I Should Fall Behind,” is available to stream for free on www.rosecousins.com as well as for purchase on DVD.
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Cousins tours extensively throughout North America, the U.K. and Ireland, playing to a loyal following of listeners. Her many Canadian awards include the 2011 East Coast Music Awards for Female Solo Recording and Songwriter of the Year and the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Awards Contemporary Singer of the Year.
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Plenty of reasons to be at McCabe's Guitar Shop this Sunday, March 25.
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Sun, Mar 25:
7 pm GONZALO BERGARA QUARTET at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; reservations, 626-798-6236. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina Gonzalo is considered one of the best guitar players in America. You will hear a mix of Gypsy Jazz and Latin acoustic music with melodies you will not forget. The music is heavily influenced by Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, with traditional proto-jazz and a hint of Gonzalo’s native Argentina and its Buenos Aires sound.
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“JOHN JORGENSON praised Gonzalo from the stage of the Coffee Gallery Backstage. He did so at length and often. This is an outstanding musical show.” – Bob Stane, CGB impresario.
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After having toured the world extensively next to the JOHN JORGENSON QUINTET, native Argentinian Gonzalo Bergara is presenting his new CD “Porteña Soledad” with glowing reviews all over the world.
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Gonzalo began playing professionally at age 16 in Buenos Aires. By 17 he was already fronting his own blues trio on National Television. He arrived in America in the year 2000 and since then he has performed and recorded with hundreds of artists inlcuding Tim Hausser from Manhattan Transfer, Sylvie Vartan, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, John Jorgenson, Howard Alden and more.
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His CD “Porteña Soledad” was editor’s Pick in Guitar Player magazine, while Vintage Guitar magazine called it “a Masterpiece.” The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet is Gonzalo on lead acoustic guitar, Jeffrey Radaich on rhythm guitar, Rob Hardt on clarinet and tenor saxophone, and David Tranchina on upright bass.
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"Gonzalo Bergara’s music exists in a way that very little music does. He has lavished such care on every phrase, built each arrangement with such lapidary precision and pared away anything extraneous, the music becomes sculpture. It has weight, density, gravity. This is serious. And deeply moving."
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Gonzalo has performed all over the world including Croatia, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Hungary, Argentina, Brazil, England, Scotland and all of the US. Festivals such as The Montreal Jazz Fest, Playboy Jazz Fest, Sweet and Hot Jazz fest, Django Reinhardt Fest in Germany, Suev guitar fest in Italy, Merle Fest, Strawberry Fest, all for the Django Fests in the US and lots lots more. Tix, $20.
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Sun, Mar 25:
7 pm “LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL FLAMENCO FESTIVAL” with Flamenco Theatre featuring CAROLA ZERTUCHE, ADAM DEL MONTE, NINO DE LOS REYES, at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Bl, Redondo Beach 90278; 310-937-6607.
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Sun, Mar 25:
7-11 pm ZEN BOOGIE plays the Hip Kitty in Claremont. Info, www.hipkittyjazz.com
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Sun, Mar 25, in San Diego:
7:30 pm LORI McKENNA and MARK ERELLI play the “AMSD Concert Series” at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego 92116; 619-303-8176.
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Sun, Mar 25, in Lakeside:
7:30 pm MICHAEL PETER SMITH plays the “Dark Thirty House Concert” series in Lakeside 92040; reservations get directions at 619-443-9622.
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Sun, Mar 25:
8 pm GWENDOLYN, plus TRIPLE CHICKEN FOOT’S KELLY MARIE MARTIN, and CIRCE LINK, plus tap class with THE LOVELY MISS SHOES all happen tonight at HM157 Historical Monument and “community creative space” in Lincoln Heights. Info, http://thechurchoffashion.com. $7 suggested donation.
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Sun, Mar 25:
8:30 pm-midnight “BLUES NIGHT” at Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill in Burbank. Info: www.joesgreatbar.com. Cover, $6.
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Sun, Mar 25:
9 pm CLIFF WAGNER & THE SWAMP COOLERS bring their electrified swamp rock to the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City. Yep, it’s roots music fiddler Cliff’s alter ego band. No cover at the “world’s smallest honky-tonk,” bring $ for the musician’s tip jar.
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Sun, Mar 25:
9:30 pm-12:30 am THE GET DOWN BOYS play their weekly residency, this time joined by SCOTT GATES on mandolin; they’re playing the second of two gigs today, this one at Bigfoot West, 10939 Venice Bl, L.A.. No cover.
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Sun, Mar 25:
9:30 pm CAPTAIN JEFFREY & HIS MUSICAL CHUMBUCKETS at Harvelle’s in Long Beach. Info, www.harvelles.com. Cover, $5.
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Sun, Mar 25:
10 pm DOUBLE NAUGHT SPY CAR at the Liquid Kitty in West L.A. Info, www.thekitty.com. No cover.
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Sun, Mar 25:
10 pm MIKE STARR & FRIENDS play their weekly Sunday residency at the Piano Bar in Hollywood. Info: www.thepianobar.com. No cover.
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Sun, Mar 25:
11 pm weekly “ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE” at 14 Below, 1348 14th St, Santa Monica 90404; 310-451-5040.
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Mon, Mar 26:
7 pm LA SANTA CECILIA does a Free in-store performance at Amoeba Records in Hollywood. Info, www.amoeba.com
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Mon, Mar 26:
7:30 pm weekly “KULAK'S WOODSHED OPEN MIC” at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood 9160; 818-766-9913. Famous for its web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com
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Mon, Mar 26:
8 pm BLUE BAYOU, the LINDA RONSTADT tribute show, plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; reservations, 626-798-6236 (10 am-10 pm).
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Mon, Mar 26:
8 pm weekly “CELTIC ARTS CENTER IRISH CéILí DANCE and IRISH MUSIC SESSION” at the Celtic Arts Center’s shared location at Theatre Unlimited, 10943 Camarillo St, North Hollywood 91602; 818-760-8322. Info, www.celticartscenter.com
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Mon, Mar 26:
8 pm “MONDAY SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND” brings BROTHER SAL, SALLY JAYE, SARAH ROBERTS, & JOEL ECKELS with BRIAN MARQUIS, at Room 5 in L.A. Info, www.room5lounge.com. Cover, $8.
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Mon, Mar 26:
CANCELLED: 8 pm “BLUE MONDAY JAM” with BERNIE PEARL BLUES BAND no longer happens at Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, Leimert Park, 4305 Degnan Bl, Los Angeles 90008; info, bmorrblues@aol.com
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Mon, Mar 26:
9-11:30 pm HOT CLUB DE L.A. plays the Cinema Bar in Culver City. No cover, bring $ for the musicians’ tip jar. Info, www.thecinemabar.com
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Tue, Mar 27:
7 pm KATHLEEN EDWARDS & HANNAH GEORGAS play the El Rey in L.A., 7 pm doors, check for show time; info, www.theelrey.com. Tix, $20.
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Tue, Mar 27:
8 pm FAY WOLF, an outstanding singer-songwriter, shares a bill with DANIEL ZAITCHIK at Room 5. There’s a feature story in PASTE magazine’s latest issue on Fay. Venue has full bar and you can order food from the restaurant downstairs. $8 cover.
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Tue, Mar 27:
8 pm MICHAEL P. SMITH, one of folkdom’s greatest songwriters, plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; reservations, 626-798-6236 (10 am-10 pm). He wrote “The Dutchman.” If that means something to you, you’re already reaching for the phone to make a reservation.
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Tue, Mar 27:
9 pm PAUL INMAN at the Cinema Bar in Culver City. No cover, but take $ for the musician’s tip jar.
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FARTHER AHEAD… assorted events worth planning to attend…

Sun, Apr 29; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm “BENEFIT FOR FOLKWORKS” with LISA HALEY, KEN O’MALLEY & THE NEER DUWELS, NEVENKA, and KB SOLOMON, at Santa Monica YWCA, 2019 14th St, Santa Monica 90405.
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FolkWorks is presenting a benefit concert in support of itself, an important e-zine, with a representation of the folk community that FolkWorks promotes / supports (world music and folk-Americana music, dance, storytelling, folk life, folk craft, cultures).
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GRAMMY Nominee LISA HALEY and her trademark blue fiddle were nominated for “Cajun/ Zydeco Album of the Year," and in her live performance, Lisa is "Joyful, exotic... a la the bluesy moans of Janis Joplin..." says the Los Angeles Times. Lisa Haley & the Zydekats are acclaimed as “The most joyful Americana / Cajun / Zydeco act on tour today!” She is fiddler, dancer, vocalist, and songwriter, serving-up heart-moving Louisiana bayou rhythms, traditional stylings and original songs speaking to all ages.
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KEN O’MALLEY & THE NEER DUWELS – KEN, PAT D’ARCY, & BRYAN DOBBS. Ken O’Malley is a musician, singer, writer and producer. The Irish News has called him "the single most enduring, influential and proficient of all Irish musicians in Southern California". Well-known throughout the western United States and Ireland, he's been a member and leader of many musical groups in Los Angeles including Blended Spirits, The Mulligans and The Twilight Lords. He also enjoys a successful career as a solo artist in the bardic tradition of Irish storyteller and musician.
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NEVENKA is the premier Los Angeles-based women's folk chorus that performs songs from Eastern Europe with spellbinding harmonies.
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KB SOLOMON brings “the warm, treacle sounds of Lou Rawls or Barry White stirred into a dark, mouthwatering gateau. Mix in an authentic helping of blues and soul, spiced with a zest of operatic pedigree - and the recipe comes alive.”
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Tickets can be purchased in advance by sending a check for $20 general / $25 for reserved front rows. Send to FolkWorks, PO Box 55051, Sherman Oaks, CA 91413. They tell us, “Online ticketing will be soon.”

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May 1-6:
“HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL” has opened an office in Universal City and is currently recruiting sponsors and exhibitors. More when we know it.

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May 11, 12, 13, in San Diego:
Annual “GATOR-BY-THE-BAY” FESTIVAL on Mother’s Day weekend in San Diego. Reservations are now available at the Sheraton, next door to the festival site, for the Lanai rooms at $119 + tax per night. Check the web site www.gatorbythebay.com for the schedule of bands. Bands will include CHUBBY CARRIER, STEVE RILEY, COMMANDER CODY (of “Hot Rod Lincoln” fame), & BONSOIR CATIN CAJUN BAND. More later.

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Thu-Sat, May 17-19; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
“7th Ever LOS ANGELES OLD TIME SOCIAL” is an annual three days of Old Time music concerts and workshops, ending with a cakewalk, family dance and square dance. Produced by TRIPLE CHICKEN FOOT. Details to come.

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Fri, May 18, in Ventura Co; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm EAGLES songwriter JACK TEMPCHIN plus JENI & BILLY play “THE CAMARILLO CAFÉ CONCERT SERIES,” at the Camarillo Community Center, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo (NE corner, at Carmen).
Although not an actual café, the Camarillo Café is a delightful, intimate coffeehouse-style concert series. More info, 805-523-2682, or www.CamarilloCafe.com.
Info on Jack Tempchin at www.PeacefulEasyFeeling.com and info on Jeni & Billy at www.jeniandbilly.com.

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Sat, May 19; a SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK pick:
Annual “DYLANFEST” at St. Anthony School in El Segundo. It's an all-day cavalcade of fine musicians, with each act doing Dylan covers, and no repeats. The house band alone is always worth the price of admission. More details when we have them, but mark your calendar now.

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Sun, May 20; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
Annual “TOPANGA BANJO FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL” at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills. Details to follow. We proclaim it each year as “The best one-day festival anywhere.”

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Sat & Sun, May 26-27; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
23rd Annual “SIMI VALLEY CAJUN & BLUES MUSIC FESTIVAL” in the park in Simi Valley.
This well-organized festival runs two days of Memorial Day Weekend on an immaculate site, and continues a Southern Cal tradition. It brings music fans a full weekend of nonstop award-winning entertainment, more food choices than you can sample in two days, and activities to keep kids of all ages entertained.
The first stage will feature 9 hours of continuous music each day, featuring international and award winning Cajun, Creole and Zydeco music acts.
The second stage will feature the Delta Groove All-Star Blues Revue on Saturday and world-class blues and roots acts on Sunday.
Both stages feature lots of viewing space plus large dance floors.
In addition, this family-friendly event has a giant kids area featuring bouncers, rock walls, specialty acts, crafts and talent shows. There are also food booths and many crafts and merchandise booths.
Here are a few videos from the 2011 Simi Valley Cajun Blues Festival. Check it out:
ANDRE THIERRY, www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4K-5ftIr7U, and www.youtube.com/watch?v=98NlOnG5pyQ
GREG BENUSA teaching at Simi Valley, www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKPrj4EM0do
PETER OLIVER, KATHY, & BRAD SJOBLOM dancing at Simi Valley 2011, www.youtube.com/watch?v=kk7by1oHbWY
It’s a fine time, every year. More at www.simicajun.org

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We’ll keep covering the world of current acoustic music happenings and bringing you "heads up" notices to buy advance tix for shows likely to sell-out – and lots more.

We’ll continue to tell you what acoustic musicians are doing, in the studio, on the stage, and as activist / artists seeking to improve things for all of us. We’ll tell you about the growing number of radio & TV shows with live acoustic performances (when it’s radio, it’s available mostly on the web, of course, since the Guide is published from acoustic-music-radio-deprived Los Angeles.)

And, as Spring blooms and the 2012 FESTIVAL SEASON progresses, we’ll bring you news and reviews of the many acoustic music festivals happening near and far, hither and yon, here, there and everywhere.

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