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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thursday to Monday: “embers” change from Nov to Dec; Acoustic Americana Music Guide, Nov 29-Dec 3, 2012

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EXTRA!
We've already inserted several "LATE ADDITIONS" (each marked as such) in this edition's chronolgy. But the damn things keep coming, and we don't want you to experience "F.O.M.S."and -- the Fear Of Missing Something. (That malady was first proclaimed by our friend Marilyn Babcock, so we're giving credit where it's due.) Anyway, for the sake of everyone who has been through this edition at least once already, we are adding the following additional "Late Additions" right here, up front:
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Fri-Sun, Nov 30-Dec 2, in South Pasadena:
8 pm* "THE SNOW QUEEN," world premiere of a new stage musical done in the English Panto Style (aka English Vaudeville) by Dale Sandlin & Steve Apostolina, at Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena.
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*Runs Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm, Nov 30 through Dec 23. Tix, $25; students & seniors, $20.
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Presented by Blame the Clown Productions, in association with the Pasadena Arts Council's "Emerge Program," proudly brings this world premiere run.
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"The Snow Queen" follows the misadventures of Widow Twanky and her charges, Kai and Gerda, as they battle the evil Snow Queen and the rather bumbling forces of darkness.
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Loosely based on the fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen, it is a tale of old love, new love, lost love, found love, devils, reindeer, magic mirrors, and snowballs. The theatre calls it, a "hilarious evening of holiday fun and live music for ages 6 to 96."
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About the style: English Panto takes familiar fairy tales and children's stories and injects a bit of music hall (British Vaudeville) sensibility,contemporary references, and audience participation, all to create a raucous, noisy entertainment that's fun for everyone in the family.
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Tix and info, www.FremontCentreTheatre.com,  or call toll free 866-811-4111.
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Sun, Dec 2, in South Pasadena:
4 pm 12th Annual "MESSIAH SING-ALONG CONCERT" is group participation in Handle's "Messiah" at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 1050 Fremont Ave, South Pasadena.
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The concert starts promptly and the always capacity audience is encouraged to arrive early to avoid late-seating delays. It's Calvary's gift to the community and open to the public. A free-will offering is taken. A reception follows the concert.
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Tue, Dec 4, STORYTELLING, in South Pasadena:
7:15 pm "A SEASON OF GIVING" presented by "We Tell Stories," features myths, folktales, and literature for the holiday season, at the Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro St, South Pasadena.
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With an iconic antique steamer trunk on center stage, three "We Tell Stories" actors weave a world of extraordinary tales using everyday items as costumes and props. Audience members participate from their seats, then join the actors to play an integral part in the performance.
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Free.
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Now, here's the rest of the entire current and VERY full edition (as originally published, plus those earlier inserted late additions):
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It’s that time of year, when we must cease and desist (for ten months, anyway) from using that delightful old STAN LAUREL (Laurel & Hardy) recitation of autumn’s calendar: “Septober, Octember, Nowonder…”
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Yep, on to December -- and its load of observances and holidays and implied obligations to spend money on things of dubious value to the recipients. This edition includes the first weekend of December and some nice seasonal events for the cynical and non-cynics alike.
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First, a few bits o’ NEWS…
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a) On Sun, Dec 2, THE PROGRESSIVE magazine celebrates 100 years, with a performance by JACKSON BROWNE, and plenty more. You are invited to celebrate and support THE PROGRESSIVE This Sunday, Dec 2. Schmooze & snack at 2:30 pm; program at 3 pm, at 939 San Vicente Bl, Santa Monica.
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Headliner guests are JIM HIGHTOWER & JACKSON BROWNE.
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Plus, RUTH CONNIFF, political editor of The Progressive (she appears frequently on the Ed Schultz show on MSNBC); MATTHEW ROTHSCHILD, publisher of The Progressive; WILL DURST, stand-up comic; and LORI GRACE, election integrity and environmental activist will be honored.
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Space is limited -- reservations required. $100 donation requested. For details, contact JAN GOODMAN or JERRY MANPEARL at 310-458-7213 or jan-pi@mindspring.com. Online reservations available at www.progressive.org/donate.
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To get motivated, listen to JACKSON BROWNE singing “Doctor My Eyes” and “About My Imagination.” It runs 9-and-a-half delightful minutes at http://youtu.be/sHAP3CwDYTY.
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b) The 31st Annual “LOS ANGELES HOLIDAY CAROLING FESTIVITIES” with many MUSIC STARS is Sun, Dec 2, and YOU are invited to take part! See the full feature with details and a partial list of the music luminaries you can sing with, at the end of this edition!
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Now, here’s what’s up, day-by-day…
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Thursday, November 29
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1) Thursday’s MUSIC ON TV
2) Thursday’s LIVE MUSIC, listening and participatory, throughout Southern California
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1) Thursday’s MUSIC ON TV
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EARLY Thu, Nov 29, on TV:
4-6 am “THE VANISHING AMERICAN” (1925) is a silent movie (which of course means the sound is a carefully choreographed musical soundtrack) about a Native American who fights for his people’s rights in World War I. A very early treatment of the subject of civil rights in America. With Noah Beery and Richard Dix. On TCM.
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EARLY Thu, Nov 29, on TV:
7-7:30 am “GUITAR MADE EASY” is an instructional series by RALPH PAUL. On Comedy Central.
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Thu, Nov 29, on TV:
9 am “CHRISTMAS: THE MOUNTAIN WAY” is a television counterpart to the new CD / DVD that hit stores and web outlets on Nov 13. It airs on several dates from November 28 to December 25.
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The live performance was filmed earlier this year at the Bell Theater in Pineville, Kentucky, showcasing Christmas and its traditions in the Appalachian Mountains. It’s hosted by MIKE SCOTT and includes performances by plenty of today's bluegrass stars. They include 2012 IBMA "Female Vocalist of the Year" DALE ANN BRADLEY; STEVE GULLEY; Grammy winning artist MARTY RAYBON; 2012 IBMA "Male Vocalist of the Year" Nominee AUDIE BLAYLOCK; CUMBERLAND RIVER, COMMON STRINGS; students of the Cumberland River Academy; MIKE SCOTT, BRENDA SCOTT, BRAD GULLEY, DEBBIE GULLEY, DON GULLEY, and more.
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The album, a CD / DVD on Rural Rhythm Records is available for purchase at Amazon, iTunes, Rural Rhythm Records online, and the participating artists’ websites.
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On BlueHighways, on cable and satellite TV.
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Thu, Nov 29, on TV:
1-3:30 pm PAUL SIMON, JOHN FOGERTY, and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN on “Hard Rock Calling,” from the 2012 annual festival in London’s Hyde Park. On VHCRW, cable or satellite.
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Thu, Nov 29, on TV:
2-3 pm “GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL 2011” brings “Hour 1” performances by PAUL SIMON, B.B. KING, and U2. On Palladia.
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Thu, Nov 29, on TV:
5:30 pm (Pacific) BOBBY OSBORNE, legendary “GRAND OLE OPRY” bluegrass star and Rural Rhythm Records recording artist, is the featured artist on the “BEHIND THE DREAM”™ TV show.
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It’s hosted by MIKE SCOTT, joined by featured guest host GLEN DUNCAN. Hear Bobby share many stories about his past and present career that spans over 60 years as one of the most influential singers and mandolin players in the history of bluegrass and country music. During the interview, Bobby reminisces about his early career as a cab driver, to the OSBORNE BROTHERS first appearance on the “Grand Ole Opry” where he sang “Ruby” for the first time on that storied stage. And he talks about hearing BILL MONROE for the first time on the radio, and many more stories that will delight fans.
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Part 1 debuts tonight, with additional air dates to follow. Part 2 will air later in December. (Repeats tonight at 8:30 pm; Dec 1 at 1:30 and 2:30 pm.) On BlueHighways TV, cable and satellite.
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Thu, Nov 29, on TV:
6:45-8:45 pm “SILK STOCKINGS” (1957) has COLE PORTER songs and FRED ASTAIRE in a musical remake of “Ninotchka.” (The 1939 “Ninotchka” with Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas is on later tonight, at 10:30 pm, for all you film buffs.) On TCM.
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Thu, Nov 29, on TV:
7-8:30 pm “CHRISTMAS WITH NATHAN PACHECO” (2012) brings the famous tenor to perform the catalog of holiday standards, plus “Hallelujah” and “Don’t Cry.” On KOCE, aka PBS SoCal.
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Thu, Nov 29, on TV:
8:30-10 pm “ROD STEWART: MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY” is a new 2012 episode of “GREAT PERFORMANCES” that brings Stewart, backed by TROMBONE SHORTY, doing duets with MICHAEL BUBLE and some pop singers, and what may turn out to be a very cool virtual duet with ELLA FITZGERALD. On KOCE, aka PBS SoCal.
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Thu, Nov 29, on TV:
8:30 pm (Pacific) BOBBY OSBORNE, legendary “GRAND OLE OPRY” bluegrass star and Rural Rhythm Records recording artist, is the featured artist on the “BEHIND THE DREAM”™ TV show. See 5:30 pm write-up for full details. On BlueHighways TV, cable and satellite.
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Thu, Nov 29, on TV:
9-11:30 pm “GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET” brings the 2011 Season 5 Premiere. With Donizetti’s comic opera “Don Pasquale.” Repeats Fri, 6-8:30 am and Noon-2:30 pm. On PBSOC.
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Thu, Nov 29, on TV:
11:30 pm-midnight “PLACIDO DOMINGO: GREAT TENOR” is a 2012 interview and discussion of the future of opera. Repeats Fri, 8:30-9 am and 2:30-3 pm. On PBSOC.
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Thu night / Fri AM, Nov 29 / 30, on TV:
Midnight-3 am “GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET” brings a 2010 episode with RENEE FLEMING starring in the title role of Rossini’s “Armida.” Repeats Fri, 9 am-noon and 3-6 pm. On PBSOC.
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Thu night / Fri AM, Nov 29 / 30, on TV:
3:30-5:30 am “MOTOWN: BIG ITS AND MORE” (2012) is a compilation of performances by MARVIN GAYE, MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS, THE TEMPTATIONS, FOUR TOPSM SUPREMES, and MIRACLES. On KOCE, aka PBS SoCal.
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2) Thursday’s LIVE MUSIC in venues, listening and participatory, throughout Southern California
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Thu, Nov 29, in Long Beach:
5 pm Irish balladeer KEN O”MALLEY plays the Auld Dubliner, 71 S Pine Av, Long Beach 90802; 562-437-8300; www.aulddubliner.com. Artist’s info, www.kenomalley.com. “O'Malley entertains with a unique blend of song and story in true traditional Irish bard fashion.” --Irish News.
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Thu, Nov 29, in L.A.:
6 pm Weekly “THURSDAY NIGHT SOFA JAM” at Westwood Music, 1627 Westwood Bl, Los Angeles 90024; 310-478-4251.
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Thu, Nov 29, in Pasadena:
7 pm SALTY SUITES, plus KYLE SHEVLIN opening, at Travis Auditorium, Fuller Theological Seminary, 180 N Oakland Av, Pasadena 91182.
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The Salty Suites bring their own brand of acoustic and vocal magic for a toe-tapping, hand-clapping good time. SCOTT GATES on mandolin and vocals is a wunderkind of mandolin. Talented singer-songwriter CHELSEA WILLIAMS, recently signed to the Interscope record label, performs on vocals and guitar. CHUCK HAILES on bass is the senior member of the band and is likewise a talented songwriter, with a degree in Bass Performance and many years on stage performing live. Opening is Fuller's own KYLE SHEVLIN, a singer-songwriter-guitar player.
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Doors at 6:30 pm. Free for Fuller Students with ID. Tix for all others, all ages, $10.
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Thu, Nov 29, in San Diego:
7 pm “SAN DIEGO OLD TIME FIDDLERS JAM” at New Expression Music, 4434 30th St, San Diego 92116; 619-280-9035.
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Thu, Nov 29, in L.A.:
7:30 pm “REEL TO REEL: BEATLES STORIES” at the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Sound Stage, 800 W Olympic Bl, L.A. 90015; 213-765-6803; www.grammymuseum.org.
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Songwriter SETH SWIRSKY grew up idolizing THE BEATLES. He set out, video camera in hand, to talk to people who had crossed paths with his musical heroes. From Sir BEN KINGSLEY to Sir GEORGE MARTIN to BEACH BOY BRIAN WILSON to astronomer BRIAN SKIFF, Swirsky filmed hundreds of personal recollections from people who knew them well and those who just had an unforgettable encounter.
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“Beatles Stories” provides a fresh and engaging window into the lives of Paul, John, George and Ringo, and we learn something about the Fab Four through the memories of those lucky enough to have met them. Longtime Beatles friend and personal assistant TONY BRAMWELL calls Beatles Stories, “A Magical Mystery Tour De Force!” and CAMERON CROWE called Beatles Stories, "An epic and timeless masterwork".
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This is a special FREE screening of the film, with a panel discussion featuring Swirsky and other special guests. Doors open at 7 pm. Admission is free; reservations required. Members receive priority seating. To reserve your seats, call 213-765-6800 or e-mail programs@grammymuseum.org.
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Thu, Nov 29, in Altadena:
8 pm TALUNA at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; reservations 626-798-6236 (10 am-10 pm); venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. (“The venue named by the Guide's editor, writing in FolkWorks, as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”).
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A common thread runs from Dubrovnik to Vukovar, passing through Belgrade, touching lightly in Tirana and Athens. It's a thread flowing through the sea, touching Brindisi and passing through the Mediterranean, skimming the Andalusia coast. The thread becomes the strngs of guitars and violin chords, rebounding on leather drums, curving on the accordion keys. The lopps and secured Knots of these connections are manifest in Taluna, a band formed by four musicians with different roots and backgrounds, moving their first steps in 2008 in Turin (Italy); an immigrant’s city become a meltin'pot of Central Europe and North Africa cultures.
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GAIA MOBILIJ Calabrian lyre and accordion, MARCO GHEZZO violin, LUCA RUSSO acoustic guitar, PEPPINO LEONE percussions and traditional Southern Italian frame drums are the means of this mental, spatial and musical voyage - between gipsy and sephardic sounds, Balcans syncopated rhythms and the obsessed tarantella. Taluna landing place is a personal sound, their show is a revised traditional repertoire of traditional Italian music arranged in a Balkan key. But the real energy comes their songs written personally, in a mix of styles and genres to which Taluna refers to.The voice is the principal element around that the percussion exprime with the beats balkanic and the violin and guitar approach different languages of improvisation. Refined music and irresistible for the dance.
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Check them out at http://www.taluna.it.
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Thu, Nov 29, in L.A.:
8 pm "BLUES & THE PURSUIT OF FREEDOM" a show by THE MARCUS SHELBY QUINTET at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Bl, L.A. 90049; 310-440-4500; www.skirball.org.
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Thu, Nov 29, in Ventura:
8 pm SHELBY, TIEG & TARA play Zoeys Café, 185 E Santa Clara, Ventura 93001; 805-652-1137.
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Thu, Nov 29, in SFV (Chatsworth):
8 pm J.D. CRAWFORD plays the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166. Preceded by dance lesson at 7 pm. No cover.
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Thu, Nov 29, in L.A., a notable electric rock show:
Time tba “RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT” chronicles the history of rock 'n' roll at the Mayan Theatre, 1038 S Hill St, downtown Los Angeles.
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Tonight is the kick-off that will lead to a nationwide tour in 2013.
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Narrated, sung and acted along with compelling imagery including historical footage, the show transports the audience back to a magical musical journey from 1950 to 1990.
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Traversing the genre's history chronologically through the ’50s, '60s, '70s and '80s, on through to the year 1990, “RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT” features classic anthems from THE WHO, THE DOORS, JIMI HENDRIX, FREE, THE EAGLES, LED ZEPPELIN, BRYAN ADAMS, VAN HALEN, DEEP PURPLE, QUEEN, KISS, ROLLING STONES and more, truly boasting "The Greatest Set List Ever."
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These timeless gems are translated on stage live and loud by an all-star band comprised of HOWARD LEESE on guitar (Heart, The Paul Rodgers Band); JOE LYNN TURNER on vocals (Rainbow, Deep Purple); TRACII GUNS on guitar (LA Guns, Guns n’ Roses); ROBIN McAULEY on vocals (MSG, Survivor); JOHN PAYNE on bass and vocals (Asia), PAUL SHORTINO on vocals (Rough Cutt, Quite Riot); JAY SCHELLEN on drums (Hurricane, Asia); ANDREW FREEMAN on guitars and vocals (Lynch Mob, The Offspring), and MICHAEL T. ROSS on keyboards (Lita Ford, Hardline, Angel).
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In addition, the entire show follows a compelling theatrical narrative told via narration by acclaimed actor RICHARD MALMOS in front of the giant ROCK VAULT on stage. The music, performance, and visuals come together to tell the tale.
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Written by esteemed Grammy Award-winning record producer DAVID KERSHENBAUM (Joe Jackson, Tracy Chapman, Supertramp) and musician, producer and vocalist JOHN PAYNE (Asia), “RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT” was born to give audiences an important history lesson, while encouraging them to rock out as much as possible.
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Payne excitedly comments, "This show will be an extravagant production melding rock and roll, stunning visuals and acting in a never-before-seen form. I am so proud to be part of this and excited to be performing alongside such legendary musicians." Executive producer Sir Harry Cowell (a music industry veteran) adds, "I have worked on the odd rock and roll show in my career, but this is going to be the biggest and most fun of all of them. Bring it on!" Joe Lynn Turner agrees, “’RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT’ is the real deal! Others have tried to attempt a similar show but nothing will be like this! I am honored and proud to be a part of what is soon to be a part of rock and roll history!"
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Thu, Nov 29, in Culver City:
9 pm JASON HEATH & THE GREEDY SOULS, plus actor JOHN HAWKES and director CLEM SAVAGE team-up for a night of American music at the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl (between Washington & Venice), Culver City 90230; 310-390-1328; www.thecinemabar.com; www.myspace.com/thecinemabar; music series hotline 310-250-1317. Venue is 21+, the size of a shoebox, and known as “the world’s smallest honky-tonk.” Barstool seating is competitive. More at www.jasonheathandthegreedysouls.com. No cover.
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Thu, Nov 29, in OC (Costa Mesa):
9:30 pm Weekly “CELTIC CEILI” with MICHAEL KELLY of SLIGO RAGS, playing a wide range of Irish ballads and favorite pub songs in a solo performance, at the Harp Inn Irish Pub, 130 E 17th St, Costa Mesa 92627; 949-646-8855; www.harpinn.com. An invitation from Michael Kelly reads, "Interested in a bit of Celtic Christmas Craic on a Thursday night? Check out my Celtic Ceili this Thursday and every other Thursday at the Harp Inn in Costa Mesa!” More at www.fiddlin4you.com/calendar .
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Friday, November 30
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1) Friday’s MUSIC ON TV
2) Friday’s LIVE MUSIC, listening and participatory, throughout Southern California
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1) Friday’s MUSIC ON TV
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EARLY Fri, Nov 30, on TV:
6-8:30 am “GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET” brings the 2011 Season 5 Premiere. With Donizetti’s comic opera “Don Pasquale.” Repeats Noon-2:30 pm. On PBSOC.
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Fri, Nov 30, on TV:
8:30-9 am “PLACIDO DOMINGO: GREAT TENOR” is a 2012 interview and discussion of the future of opera. Repeats 2:30-3 pm. On PBSOC.
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Fri, Nov 30, on TV:
9 am-noon “GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET” brings a 2010 episode with RENEE FLEMING starring in the title role of Rossini’s “Armida.” Repeats 3-6 pm. On PBSOC.
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Fri, Nov 30, on TV:
Noon-2:30 pm “GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET” brings the 2011 Season 5 Premiere. With Donizetti’s comic opera “Don Pasquale.” On PBSOC.
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Fri, Nov 30, on TV:
2:30-3 pm “PLACIDO DOMINGO: GREAT TENOR” is a 2012 interview and discussion of the future of opera. On PBSOC.
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Fri, Nov 30, on TV:
3-6 pm “GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET” brings a 2010 episode with RENEE FLEMING starring in the title role of Rossini’s “Armida.” On PBSOC.
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Fri, Nov 30, on TV:
4-7 pm BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND in a 2001 film of their June 29 and July 1, 2000 concerts at Madison Square Garden. (Repeats Dec 9, 8:30 am-noon on Palladia). On VHCRW (aka VH1 Classic Rewind) cable or satellite.
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Fri, Nov 30, on TV:
8-8:30 pm “SUN STUDIO SESSIONS” brings a 2010 episode with the RYAN MONTBLEAU BAND, a jazz-rock outfit. On KLCS.
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Fri, Nov 30, on TV:
8:30-9 pm “BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND” brings a 2012 performance from the DEL McCOURY BAND in a concert hall that’s deep in a cavern, 300+ feet underground. On KLCS.
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Fri, Nov 30, on TV:
9-11 pm “DOO WOP DISCOVERIES” (2012) profiles the doo-wop music of the late 1950s and early ’60s, with help from SMOKEY ROBINSON, AARON NEVILLE, NEIL SEDAKA, and others. On KOCE, aka PBS SoCal.
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Fri, Nov 30, on TV:
10-11:45 pm “FIVE MILLION YEARS TO EARTH” (1967). Okay, we really are NOT starting something new. We aren’t. We do too much as it is. BUT, we are letting you in on this film, and it does not have a music dimension: This was a breakthrough sci-fi film, an intelligent chiller about the discovery of an ancient Martian spaceship in a London subway excavation, and all that happens once it’s dug-up. With NASA’s “Curiosity” rover currently looking for signs of ancient life on Mars, traces or fossils from a long-ago time when the red planet was warm and wet, we just couldn’t resist listing this one. On TCM.
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Fri night / Sat AM, Nov 30 / Dec 1, on TV:
1-2:30 am “ROD STEWART: MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY” is a new 2012 episode of “GREAT PERFORMANCES” that brings Stewart, backed by TROMBONE SHORTY, doing duets with MICHAEL BUBLE and some pop singers, and what may turn out to be a very cool virtual duet with ELLA FITZGERALD. On KOCE, aka PBS SoCal.
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2) Friday’s LIVE MUSIC in venues, listening and participatory, throughout Southern California
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Fri, Nov 30, in Long Beach:
6:30-7:30 pm AJ GIBBS plays his weekly Cajun-Zydeco “MR. 1 MAN SHOW” at Shear Rhythm Dance, 4126 Viking Way, Suite #220, Long Beach. Info, 562-528-6626; always subject to change, because he tours with his band.
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Fri, Nov 30, in Redondo Beach:
7-10 pm ANDY & RENEE of the Dylan tribute band HARD RAIN play their originals and folk-rock classics at Delzano's By The Sea, 179 N Harbor Dr, Redondo Beach 90277; 310-374-7525.
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Fri, Nov 30, at USC; not music, but cool:
7 pm screening of “THE INTERRUPTERS,” featuring STEVE JAMES, EDDIE BOCANEGRA and AMEENA MATTHEWS, introduced by JOHN SINGLETON and moderated by MICHAEL RENOV, at Norris Cinema Theatre / Frank Sinatra Hall, on the USC campus in University Park, L.A.
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Admission is free and open to everyone; reservations required. Info and reservations, www.usc.edu/visionsandvoices.
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From award-winning director STEVE JAMES (Hoop Dreams) and best-selling author ALEX KOTLOWITZ, “The Interrupters” is a moving documentary that follows three “violence interrupters” who work to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed themselves.
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The film is an intimate journey into the persistence of violence in our cities and captures a period when Chicago became a national symbol for urban violence. Critically acclaimed director and USC School of Cinematic Arts alum John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood) will introduce the film. Following the screening, USC School of Cinematic Arts Vice Dean MICHAEL RENOV will moderate a fascinating conversation with two of the subjects of the film, violence interrupters EDDIE BOCANEGRA and AMEENA MATTHEWS, along with filmmaker STEVE JAMES. RSVP online right away, as this may reach capacity.
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Fri, Nov 30, in L.A.:
7 pm “FRIDAY NIGHT BLUEGRASS JAM” at Coffee Connection, 3838 Centinela Av, Los Angeles 90066; 310-391-1380.
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Fri, Nov 30, in SFV (Encino):
7:30 pm “FRIDAY OPEN MIC NIGHTS” at the California Traditional Music Society (CTMS) Center for Folk Music, the building in the park at 16953 Ventura Bl, Encino 91316; 818-817-7756.
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Fri, Nov 30, in Altadena, a “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick:
8 pm LOAFER'S GLORY at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; reservations 626-798-6236 (10 am-10 pm); venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. (“The venue named by the Guide's editor, writing in FolkWorks, as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”).
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This ensemble is a talented bunch of genuine legends of pickin' & grinnin', a unique engagement of the finest of bluegrass players. They reliably deliver a memorable show that many will talk about to everyone they know. Their music is a mix of originals and historical fun.
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HERB PEDERSEN does guitar and vocals. Herb is an American musician, guitarist, banjo player, and singer-songwriter who has played a variety of musical styles over the past forty years. Pedersen once members of the Desert Rose Band. Pedersen also fronted his own band called the Laurel Canyon Ramblers. Besides this, Pedersen has also worked with the following musicians and groups: Pine Valley Boys, [1] Earl Scruggs, The Dillards, Smokey Grass Boys, Old and in the Way, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Vassar Clements, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Tony Rice, Dan Fogelberg, Stephen Stills, Linda Ronstadt, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine, Jackson Browne, John Denver, John Jorgenson, and Leland Sklar.
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TOM SAUBER plays his fiddle and banjo and does vocals. A native of Southern California, Tom has helped bring authentic traditional music to the film industry. In 1980, along with Ry Cooder and David Lindley, he played the music for the motion picture The Long Riders. He has also appeared in Bound for Glory, Geronimo, and numerous TV movies and series. PATRICK SAUBER....banjo, mandolin, vocals....and BILL BRYSON, upright bass, vocals.
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PATRICK SAUBER (son of old-time music guru Tom Sauber) has mastered the old-time pre-bluegrass styles on banjo and mandolin, as well as the classic approach to good solid Scruggs- style 5-string banjo and mandolin, i.e. Bill Monroe and more current styles. For such a young player, it will be interesting to see where he carries this talent. He also sings all the needed parts in the good trio and quartet numbers.
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BILL BRYSON comes from a long discography of bluegrass and country music. One of the most skilled of the upright bass players in the business, he's been with such great groups as: The Bluegrass Cardinals, The Country Gazette, The Laurel Canyon Ramblers, The Desert Rose Band, and Bluegrass Etc. He's a wonderful lead singer, and is one of the best baritones in demand today. He also plays guitar and minstrel 5-string banjo.
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Fri, Nov 30, in Santa Monica:
8 pm JERRY RIOPELLE and RUTHANN FRIEDMAN play McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Reclusive roots rocker Jerry Riopelle arrives with special guest Ruthann Friedman (who wrote the iconic pop classic “Windy”).
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There's no mistaking Jerry Riopelle's distinctive brand of hard driving roots rock. Riopelle's music reflects a genuine lyrical honesty with heavy doses of rhythm & blues, rock, and country, flavored with a unique mix of jazz and reggae. He's an artist whose work, both in the studio and on stage, has refused to be categorized. His career has included a stint as drummer for the Hollywood Argyles, as well as writing and producing for We Five, Brewer & Shipley, The Parade, Shango, and many others. His songs have been covered by numerous artists including Herb Alpert, Joan Baez, Leon Russell, Kenny Loggins, Rita Coolidge and Meat Loaf. Jerry's natural ability to draw from different contemporary styles while utilizing wide ranging instrumental ideas and rhythmic variations gives the Riopelle sound a very distinct character. The show will be opened by folk-pop icon Ruthann Friedman, who's best known as the composer or "Windy," and who has delighted more than a few audiences since resurfacing a few years ago.
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Fri, Nov 30, in SFV (NoHo):
8-10 pm MARIE WISE HAWKINS and LARRY SCHALLERT perform together, plus an opening set by MURPHY'S FLAW, at Kulak’s Woodshed, 5230 1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl (between Chandler & Magnolia), North Hollywood 91607.
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Marie Wise Hawkins and Larry Schallert collaborate tonight for a set of original and traditional acoustic songs, accompanied by ERIC SWANSON and other guests. Together and separately, Marie and Larry have won multiple awards and championships for performance and songwriting.
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Recently graduated from Cal Arts and coming off months-long roles playing PATSY CLINE and the lead in “THE WONDERETTES,” Marie is a young, polished singer who can light up a stage with any genre.
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Larry is a lead singer and songwriter for locally-based California band SIERRA HIGHWAY, and his songs and guitar are a fine match for Marie's talent. This is a rare chance to see these two playing together, up close and personal at the intimate and very hip Kulaks Woodshed.
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The show will be simulcast live on the web at http://kulakswoodshed.com/webcast-high.
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All artists donate their performances here. A $10 donation is expected for the venue.
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Fri, Nov 30, in Watts (L.A.):
8 pm Monthly “BONES AND BLUES” concert series features live blues and jazz, music, domino tournaments, and a hearty barbecue dinner, at The Center, 10950 S Central Av, Watts (Los Angeles). Sponsored by Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC); info, 323-563-5639, www.wlcac.org. Tix, $15 advance, $25 door.
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Fri, Nov 30, in SGV (Arcadia):
8 pm CITY BEAT plays the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia 91006; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349. This is a high-energy show / dance band doing popular classic tunes from the ’50s to the present. City Beat is called “a dynamite team of male and female lead vocalists, five blasting horns and a tight rhythm section, which exudes an exciting sound and image to all audiences. These experienced professionals have performed on nationwide tours and on TV shows.”
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Fri, Nov 30, in SGV (Monrovia):
8 pm weekly “MONROVIA STREET FAIR” includes several venues with acoustic music, some impromptu, some more formal, including the KATTYWOMPUS CONCERT and JAM with all comers bearing acoustic instruments – including dulcimer players – at Dollmakers Kattywompus, 412 S Myrtle Av, Monrovia 91016; 626-357-1091. Free.
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Fri, Nov 30, in Venice:
8:30 pm DAVID ZASLOFF, “ONE GUY PLAYING SIX INSTRUMENTS (NOT AT THE SAME TIME) AND BEING VERY FUNNY,” at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Bl, Venice 90291; info, www.beyondbaroque.com; reservations, 310-822-3006. More on this very talented guy who calls himself a “jazz comedian” is at www.davidzasloff.com.
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What the critics have said about David's performances…
“Zasloff’s humor was razor sharp" (Hollywood Gazette)
“Zasloff, a bolt of greased lightning: entertainer par excellence.”(L.A. Weekly)
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Fri, Nov 30, in Ventura:
8:30 pm “POLYNESIAN REVUE” at Hong Kong Inn, 435 E Thompson Bl, Ventura; www.hongkonginn.com; 805-648-3161. Runs Friday & Saturday nights.
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Fri, Nov 30, in SFV (Chatsworth):
9 pm BRIAN LYNN JONES & THE MISFIT COWBOYS play the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166. Preceded by free line dance lesson with Kathy at 7 pm. No cover.
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Fri, Nov 30, in SFV (Van Nuys):
9 pm KEN O’MALLEY brings his authentic and original Irish music to Ireland’s 32, 13721 Burbank Bl, Van Nuys 91401; 818-785-4031.
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Fri, Nov 30, in Santa Monica:
9 pm “LIVE MUSIC” that is sometimes Irish / Celtic, at Sonny McLean's Irish Pub 2615 Wilshire Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 310 449-1811 Venue has 40 taps of beer and cider, nice wine selection, full bar. Live music every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. (Warning: they do karaoke, aka the death of vocal music, on other nights, specifically, on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.) Check their website for details, www.sonnymcleans.com.
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Fri, Nov 30, in SFV (Van Nuys):
9:30 pm-1:30 am ANITA AND THE YANKS bring their raucous and fun Irish music to Ireland's 32, 13721 Burbank Bl, Van Nuys 91401. More at www.anitaandtheyanks.com.
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Fri, Nov 30, in Santa Monica:
9:30 pm THE GUMBO BROTHERS bring their Cajun-zydeco to the Basement Tavern, 2640 Main St, Santa Monica 90405; 310-396-2469.
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Fri, Nov 30, in Culver City:
9:30 pm DAVID SERBY & THE LATEST SCAM (the band of GREG BOAZ, DALE DANIEL, and ED TREE) play the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl (between Washington & Venice), Culver City 90230; 310-390-1328; www.thecinemabar.com; www.myspace.com/thecinemabar; music series hotline 310-250-1317. Venue is 21+, the size of a shoebox, and known as “the world’s smallest honky-tonk.” Barstool seating is competitive.
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David’s clever promo calls this show, “A product demonstration LIVE!” with the following claims:
“Stops your sobbing in seconds…
“Soaks up your sniveling with a flick of the wrist...
“Sweeps your weeping…
“Buffs your bawling…
“Easily removes wailing stains…
“Won’t bruise, contuse, harm or humble, humiliate or lacerate!!
“Machine Washable!!
“Hang-Dry!!
“Lifetime Guarantee!!
“All for the low, low, low price of FREE!!
“Just send yourself in a self-addressed stamped envelope to…
“DAVID SERBY AND THE LATEST SCAM, c/o The Cinema Bar…
“Buy now and you’ll also receive THE RICH MCCULLEY ACT at 9:30 pm.
“Don’t hesitate.”
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Bravo for creativity, David. Oh, and his musical prowess is splendid, as well.
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1) Saturday’s TICKET ALERT
2) Saturday’s MUSIC ON TV
3) Saturday’s LIVE MUSIC, listening and participatory, throughout Southern California
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1) Saturday’s TICKET ALERT:
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Tickets go on sale today for the 25th Annual “LIVE OAK MUSIC FESTIVAL,” which runs June 14, 15, & 16, 2013. Purchase early and save $10 per ticket with the Early Bird Discount, only until March 10, 2013. Need a Gift or Stocking Stuffer? Tickets to the Live Oak Music Festival might just make a perfect holiday gift for that special someone. For a complete listing of ticket prices, to see a short list (just released) of some of the headliners, and for more info, go to www.liveoakfest.org.
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2) Saturday’s MUSIC ON TV
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EARLY Sat, Dec 1, on TV:
5:30-6 am “THE PIANO GUY” brings a 2011 episode teaching how to play the “New York, New York” intro and discusses composing originals with pianist DAVID BENOIT. On KLCS, the L.A. School District PBS station.
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EARLY Sat, Dec 1, on TV:
6-6:30 am “ELTON JOHN, JOHN DENVER” is a llok at singer-songwriters who shaped the music of the 1970s, and includes JIM CROCE and others. On NatGeo.
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1:30 and 2:30 pm (Pacific) BOBBY OSBORNE, legendary “GRAND OLE OPRY” bluegrass star and Rural Rhythm Records recording artist, is the featured artist on the “BEHIND THE DREAM”™ TV show.
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It’s hosted by MIKE SCOTT, joined by featured guest host GLEN DUNCAN. Hear Bobby share many stories about his past and present career that spans over 60 years as one of the most influential singers and mandolin players in the history of bluegrass and country music. During the interview, Bobby reminisces about his early career as a cab driver, to the OSBORNE BROTHERS first appearance on the “Grand Ole Opry” where he sang “Ruby” for the first time on that storied stage. And he talks about hearing BILL MONROE for the first time on the radio, and many more stories that will delight fans.
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Part 1 debuts tonight, with additional air dates to follow. Part 2 will air later in December. (One-hour show, repeats at 2:30 pm.) On BlueHighways TV, cable and satellite.
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Sat, Dec 1, on TV:
3:15-5 pm “ANNIE HALL” (1977) is the brilliant Oscar-winner that follows the ups and downs between a paranoid writer and an aspiring singer. Woody Allen won Best Director, Diane Keaton won Best Actress.
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Sat, Dec 1, on TV:
3:30-5:30 pm “DOO WOP DISCOVERIES” (2012) profiles the doo-wop music of the late 1950s and early ’60s, with help from SMOKEY ROBINSON, AARON NEVILLE, NEIL SEDAKA, and others. On KOCE, aka PBS SoCal.
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5 pm “CHRISTMAS: THE MOUNTAIN WAY” is a television counterpart to the new CD / DVD that hit stores and web outlets on Nov 13. It airs on several dates from November 28 to December 25.
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The live performance was filmed earlier this year at the Bell Theater in Pineville, Kentucky, showcasing Christmas and its traditions in the Appalachian Mountains. It’s hosted by MIKE SCOTT and includes performances by plenty of today's bluegrass stars. They include 2012 IBMA "Female Vocalist of the Year" DALE ANN BRADLEY; STEVE GULLEY; Grammy winning artist MARTY RAYBON; 2012 IBMA "Male Vocalist of the Year" Nominee AUDIE BLAYLOCK; CUMBERLAND RIVER, COMMON STRINGS; students of the Cumberland River Academy; MIKE SCOTT, BRENDA SCOTT, BRAD GULLEY, DEBBIE GULLEY, DON GULLEY, and more.
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The album, a CD / DVD on Rural Rhythm Records is available for purchase at Amazon, iTunes, Rural Rhythm Records online, and the participating artists’ websites.
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Sat, Dec 1, on TV:
5:30-8 pm “MOMENTS TO REMEMBER” is a 1981 show that recalls a previous decade with songs by ROSEMARY CLOONEY, FRANKIE LAINE, PATTI PAGE, TERESA BREWER, and THE FOUR LADS. On KOCE, aka PBS SoCal.
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Sat, Dec 1, on TV:
8-9:30 pm “ROD STEWART: MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY” is a new 2012 episode of “GREAT PERFORMANCES” that brings Stewart, backed by TROMBONE SHORTY, doing duets with MICHAEL BUBLE and some pop singers, and what may turn out to be a very cool virtual duet with ELLA FITZGERALD. On KOCE, aka PBS SoCal.
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Sat, Dec 1, on TV:
9:30-11 pm “MUDDY WATERS & THE ROLLING STONES” (2012) is a new film about a long-ago 1981 jam at Chicago’s Checkerboard Lounge. It’s not JUST the Stones and Muddy waters (as if that wouldn’t be enough, already). Joining in are bluesmen BUDDY GUY, JUNIOR WELLS, and LEFTY DIZZ. On KOCE, aka PBS SoCal.
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Sat, Dec 1, on TV:
11 pm-1 am “ROCK, POP AND DOO WOP” (2010) hosted by SHA NA NA’s JON “BOWZER” BAUMAN and RONNIE SPECTOR of the RONETTES brings a bunch of songs of a bygone era, in live performance and in archival footage from the DICK CLARK vaults. On KOCE, aka PBS SoCal.
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Sat night / Sun AM, Dec 1 / 2, on TV:
3-5 am “BRIGADOON” (1954) The Lerner-Lowe Broadway hit musical gets the film treatment with Gene Kelly giving it an emphasis on dance. It’s the charming tale about a mythical Scottish village that awakens only once every ten years, and what happens when an outsider attempts to interact romantically with a resident. On TCM.
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3) Saturday’s LIVE MUSIC in venues, listening and participatory, throughout Southern California
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Sat, Dec 1, in SGV (City of Industry):
10-11:30 am or 12:30-2 pm Annual “ONCE UPON A TIME AT THE HOMESTEAD” is a celebration of the holidays with storytelling, crafts, and games, at the Homestead Museum, 15415 E Don Julian Rd, City of Industry 91745; www.homesteadmuseum.org; 626-968-8492.
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Celebrate the holidays at the Ho-Ho-Homestead. The story for the day will be “A Creature was Stirring: One Boy's Night Before Christmas,” by Clement Clarke Moore and Carter Goodrich. This event is ideal for children ages 4 to 8.
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The Homestead Museum provides a unique way to look at Southern California's history from the 1840s -- when this land was still part of Mexico -- through the 1920s, when Los Angeles came to be known as a major metropolitan city. This six-acre site features the Workman House, a Victorian-era country home constructed around an 1840s adobe; La Casa Nueva, a 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival mansion noted for its architectural crafts; and El Campo Santo, one of the oldest private cemeteries in Southern California. Through all of its programs, the museum strives to foster a better understanding of the past and people's ability to shape history.
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Admission to today’s event is free, but space is limited and reservations are required. Call 626-968-8492 to make a reservation for either of the two sessions.
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Sat, Dec 1; daily through Jan 14, 2013, in downtown L.A.:
11 am-1 pm “FREE CONCERT SERIES” at Pershing Square’s “DOWNTOWN ON ICE” on the stage adjacent to the outdoor ice rink, at Pershing Square, 532 S Olive St, Downtown Los Angeles; 213-847-4970l www.laparks.org.
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Situated amid the downtown skyscrapers, the rink is opens Nov 15 for ice skating daily, including holidays. There are a variety of free activities, including youth programs, specal events, live music some days (not every day, and not always something you would enjoy, so check), and the “Winter Holiday Festival” from December 12 through 23. Ice rink hours are Monday through Thursday, Noon-9 pm, and Friday through Sunday, 10 am-10 pm. Skating is $8 per hour. Concerts, sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, are free.
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Sat, Dec 1, in Pasadena:
Noon-6 pm “SOUTH LAKE AVENUE HOLIDAY CELEBRATION” is a free event with live music and carolers and plenty more, at 251 S Lake Av, Pasadena.
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Noon-1:30 pm PASADENA SYMPHONY does a Holiday-themed performance.
1:30-6 pm 2AZZ1 does their version of Holiday music, funk, blues and rock.
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It’s all presented by the South Lake Business Association, and offers family-friendly free holiday festivities; prizes; in-store specials and promotions; photos with Santa; live music and carolers; holiday characters; horse and carriage rides; holiday crafts for the kids.
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Free parking provided by Corporate Center Pasadena, at 251 S Lake Av. More at www.southlakeavenue.org. Free event.
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Sat, Dec 1, in SFV (Encino):
1-4 pm “CTMS QUILT SALE” as the California Traditional Music Society continues to divest itself of all its physical resources and belongings, preparing to vacate their longtime headquarters, at the CTMS Center for Folk Music, 16953 Ventura Bl, Encino.
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"Do you remember all the beautiful quilts that adorned the Solstice and Equinox Festivals? CTMS is selling many of those quilts - take home a piece of CTMS history!
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"What a day Thursday was! I, along with Gordon, Tom and Lisa, were wrapped in the warmth of all the wonderfully crafted, colorful and lovingly-made quilts made for the California Traditional Music Society’s Solstice and Equinox Festivals. It was like visiting with old and cherished friends.
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"Many of you were at these Festivals – remember the Swan Lake banner warning you that the swans bite? What about the banner with the bagpipes in 3-D. It’s a beauty! And then there are the ones with dulcimers, autoharps and all manner acoustic instruments, Did you volunteer and receive a T-shirt. We have several banners with various T-shirts. and…well, you’ll just have to come out and see for yourself.
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"These gems are certain to be appreciated as very special holiday gifts – made with love for the ones you love. Don’t forget yourself!. CTMS wants to find homes for these treasurers with prices beginning at only 5 dollars. Many or our quilts showcase children. Perfect for a classroom. Have a dance studio? We’ve got you covered.
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"Ok – so I know I got kinda sappy but, really, that’s what it felt like with the unwrapping of each of the 200 plus quilts.
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Sat, Dec 1, in Marina del Rey:
1-4 pm “FREE OUTDOOR WEEKEND CONCERT” series is year-’round, this weekend with a Holiday-theme; it offersblues, jazz, Latin, pop (artists vary), at Fisherman’s Village in Marina del Rey. Held outdoors, Sat & Sun, so it’s “weather permitting.” More at www.visitmarinadelrey.com/schedule/ongoing-events.
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Sat, Dec 1, in SFV (Northridge):
2 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “NORTHRIDGE SONG CIRCLE” in Northridge. Location and info, www.songmakers.org or NorthCountryHoot@Songmakers.org.
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Sat, Dec 1, in Santa Monica:
2:30-4:30 pm “‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE HANUKKAH: THE MUSICAL BATTLE BETWEEN CHRISTMAS AND THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS at Santa Monica Museum of Art’s “Holiday Shop” celebration, presented by “THE IDELSOHN SOCIETY FOR MUSICAL PRESERVATION,” at Santa Monica Museum of Art’s Bergamot Station Cultural Arts Center, Bldg G-1, 2525 Michigan Av, Santa Monica 90404.
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JOSH KUN and members of The Idelsohn Society will be on hand to sign the Society’s newest project, their 2-CD and digital release exploring the evolving musical role of both Hanukkah and Christmas music in the 20 th Century. The Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation is a critically acclaimed nonprofit dedicated to Jewish history and music. The Society was co-founded by JOSH KUN, writer, curator, and professor in the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, and Resident Collector at Santa Monica Museum of Art.
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“Oy vey! The battle between Christmas and Hanukkah rages on,” says the promo. As you listen to some of the most iconic holiday tunes, Christmas jingles and Hanukkah songs alike, you’ll learn the economic and cultural aspects. Like why the commercialization of Christmas led to a competitive campaign to beef-up Hanukka,h and how that once obscure, minor Jewish holiday grew rapidly in importance. Christmas has one day of presents, but Hanukkah is celebrated for eight glorious nights. Christmas overwhelmed the American psyche, and for reasons of moneymaking, sentimentality, or a simple love of the music, almost every major Jewish performer cut a Christmas track. The result was a truly American phenomenon: a category of Christmas music, as sung by Jews, became a vital part of the holiday tradition.
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Sat, Dec 1, in San Pedro:
5:30-9 pm “HOLIDAY RECEPTION ABOARD THE BATTLESHIP IOWA” docked at 250 S Harbor Bl, San Pedro 90731; 877-446-9261.
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The BATTLESHIP IOWA recently welcomed its 100,000th visitor aboard ship at her berth in San Pedro. That’s quite a milestone, since she just opened there in July as a floating museum.
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The USS IOWA will present Holiday Music and the best view of the L.A. Harbor’s Holiday Boat Parade.
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Along with being one of the key vessels that helped the Allies win World War II, the USS IOWA is the only battleship with a bathtub. That was to accommodate President Franklin Roosevelt, who needed it for water therapy in his battle with the effects of polio. When you go aboard, in addition to exploring the bridge and marveling at the nine giant guns that each fired a projectile sixteen inches in diameter, you can, indeed, see the tub and say “FDR soaked here” on his trip to the Yalta Conference in 1945.
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The Iowa is steadily opening more spaces to visitors, and there’s a four-year plan to create four separate tours.
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Already, the IOWA is a participant in local community events. For the month of October, they sold special tickets to board the ship, with $3 of each ticket donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation. On Saturday, November 10th, the USS IOWA hosted the “Veteran's Appreciation Day Festival,” with presentations by L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilman Joe Buscaino, and over 50 local Veterans groups. If you’ve seen any of the four billboards displayed near the surrounding freeways and advertising the ship’s museum tours, they were donated by Bulletin Displays, a local billboard firm, and the IOWA’s crew thanks them and all the others in Southern California who have lent their support. Another contribution that went unheralded on opening day was the flyover of World War II era aircraft from the Planes of Fame museum in Chino. With aircraft fuel costing much more than what you put in your tank, the flight was an expensive three-minute gift to the ship!
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Anything you contribute to the IOWA is tax-deductible, because its operators / curators are the Pacific Battleship Center, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Sign-up for their free newsletter to keep up with their events at www.pacificbattleship.com. You can tour the ship, 7 days a week, except Christmas Day.
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Sat, Dec 1, in SFV (Mission Hills):
6 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “MISSION HILLS SONG CIRCLE” in Mission Hills 91345. Location and info, www.songmakers.org.
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Sat, Dec 1, in OC (Mission Viejo):
6 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “ORANGE COUNTY HOOT” at the home of David Borger and Ann Carroll in Mission Viejo. Location and info, www.songmakers.org.
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Sat, Dec 1, in Lakewood:
6:30 pm weekly “BLUEGRASS CONCERT” brings a different band each week to Me N Eds Pizza Parlor, 4115 Paramount Bl, Lakewood 90712; 562-421-8908.
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They have a lot of fun every Saturday night. Here's a video of a recent performance there by the band GRASSLANDS:
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMwi-VZ0rwc&feature=em-share_video_user ] Grasslands - "You Are What I Am"
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More on that band at www.grasslandsbluegrass.com.
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Sat, Dec 1, in Santa Monica:
6:30 pm Monthly “SANTA MONICA TRADITIONAL FOLK MUSIC CLUB” session at Sha'Arei Am (Santa Monica Synagogue), 1448 18th St, Santa Monica 90404; 310-453-4276.
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Sat, Dec 1, in VC (Camarillo):
6-9 pm HONEYSUCKLE POSSUMS play a house concert with a potluck dinner and song circle following from 9-11 pm, in Camarillo. Reservations get directions, by calling 805-708-9088 or 805-236-7958.
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Bring your instruments and voices for the song circle.
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The Possum ladies say, "Bring some goodies to share, bring a chair, park on street and see you there!" $20 donation at the door.
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Sat, Dec 1, in Claremont:
7 pm Grammy-winner IAN WHITCOMB leads a Sing-Along, Book Signing, and Discussion on all things Ukulele, at the Folk Music Center, 220 Yale Av, Claremont 91711; www.folkmusiccenter.com. Bring your ukulele and prepare to learn a lot and have fun. This starts PROMPTLY at 7. (Ian also does a UKULELE WORKSHOP here, 4:30-5:30 pm on Sunday; $20 for that one.) Tonight’s event is Free admission.
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Sat, Dec 1, in Altadena:
7 pm ROBERT MORGAN FISHER and BILL BURNETT at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; reservations 626-798-6236 (10 am-10 pm); venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. (“The venue named by the Guide's editor, writing in FolkWorks, as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”).
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ROBERT MORGAN FISHER just won the “Hollywood Music in Media Award” for “Best Folk / Acoustic Song of 2012.”
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His 2012 album, “Notes for a Novel,” had already topped several charts including two weeks as the #1 FOLK ALBUM on Roots Music’s Internet Radio Airplay Folk Chart. The album is currently in the Top 10 for Americana Albums on the APD Global Americana / AAA Chart. His song “Don’t You Wanna Go to Mars?” was named on the Top 6 Folk Songs of 2012 by the Song of the Year Competition. He’s written several Folk Standards such as “A Life in Music” and over a dozen classic story songs with Darryl Purpose including “Mr. Schwinn,” “Oughta Be a Highway” and “Stories That We Tell.”
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"Epic brilliance. Masterful and expansive writing from one of the bravest purveyors of narrative songwriting... His dexterity with fiction has led to some of the most inventive and poignant songs around; the unbound capacity of his imagination is always matched with a tender, human poignancy, and it's in that place, the intersection of boundless imagination and tenderness, that these songs of Robert Morgan Fisher's live. In a time when many artists deliver precious little, he brings more than you'd ever imagine. And then some." -- American Songwriter Magazine.
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(5 stars) "ROBERT MORGAN FISHER is truly one of the best Roots / Americana songwriters to place a pen on paper. His songs have a realness that reaches the inner soul of the listener. Very few songwriters have this ability and even less can bring forth the dynamic vocal expressions to deliver songs as these and give them life with such conviction." -- Robert Bartosh / Roots Music Report.
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"ROBERT MORGAN FISHER was born to write. He is a natural born word man and when he puts his words to music, the songs will grab you with their wonderful use of language. His latest CD contains an all-star cast of contributors and they wouldn't be there if they didn't believe in this man's songs. Give this CD a listen, there's plenty here to enjoy." -- Mary Gauthier.
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BILL BURNETT is a songwriter's songwriter, performing uniquely deep world class tunes as well as ground-breaking folk-funk, hep hop and hilarious hits. His songs and comedy material has been performed by BETTE MIDLER, PATTI LUPONE, TIM CURRY, WAYNE BRADY, DEAN STEVENS, PEBBLES FLINTSTONE, BAMM BAMM RUBBLE and CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST. Bill is the co-creator and Executive Producer of Nickelodeon’s hit cartoon series “ChalkZone,” for which he wrote or edited all the stories and songs. He is currently creative director of his own communications and production company, Stretch Media, and is developing musical features for Sony, Dreamworks, and other Hollywood studios. With all that happening, you can readily asee why it’s rare to catch him doing live solo performance.
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Tix, $18.
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Sat, Dec 1, in Pasadena:
7 pm “HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT” with the PASADENA SYMPHONY playing a “cherished holiday tradition, a joyous concert by candlelight,” in Pasadena's beautiful All Saints Church, 132 N Euclid Av (across from Pasadena City Hall), Pasadena.
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From London's Saint-Martin-in-the-Fields to Notre Dame in Paris, Europeans have long cherished the tradition of hearing fine classical music in a beautiful cathedral setting. The PASADENA SYMPHONY rings-in the holidays in elegant Old-European style in a concert of holiday music, amidst the architecturally exquisite and acoustically sonorous setting of All Saints Church. Soprano LISA VROMAN joins an array of choruses in this festive concert of traditional holiday melodies performed by candlelight, an aural respite to summon the spirit of the season.
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Tix available now, at www.pasadenasymphony-pops.org.
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Sat, Dec 1, in Long Beach:
7-10 pm SPORTIVE TRICKS, a seven-piece Irish Folk acoustic group, plays the Red Leprechaun, 4000 E Anaheim St, Long Beach 90804; www.redleprechaun.com.
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Sat, Dec 1, in Tehachapi:
7 pm Tehachapi's own GARY MAZZOLA and his Musical Friends perform at Fiddler’s Crossing, 206 East F St (at Robinson St), Tehachapi 93561; www.grungehobbit.com; 661-823-9994.
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GARY MAZZOLA has made a name for himself in the arts community as an actor, director, singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist, and videographer. Since his fourth CD was released last July, Mazzola has been collaborating with writer MARK FISHER on a musical, set in the Northern California gold country. He has debuted some of the songs to great acclaim at Fiddler’s Crossing’s Open Mics on Wednesday nights. Tonight’s concert will include songs from both of Mazzola's CDs, and a few from the musical.
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Joining him are long-time musical friends JERRY MULKINS on lead guitar, JOHN KAMPLAIN on bass, KEN LEIBOFF on harmonica, and GREG HAHN on electronic drums. Mazzola has produced several music videos, including "Building Peace," "Train Keeps Rollin' By" (a song about Tehachapi), "Find your River," "Ghosts of my Ancestors," "Days of the 99," and the title track from his latest CD, "Grateful am I." All can be found at www.garymazzola.com.
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Coffee and goodies are included. Doors at 6:30 for the best seats. Tix, $15; credit card purchases at 661-823-9994 and add $1 per ticket.
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Sat, Dec 1, in Palmdale:
7 pm Singer-songwriter CHUCK ROBERTS, plus the NEW LEAF acoustic trio of MIKE MCDANIEL, KRISTA WAITE and MIKE VERNETTI (of The Literary Jam Thang), at Butler's Coffee, 40125 10th St West, Suite I, Palmdale 93551; 661-272-9530; www.butlerscoffee.com/music.html.
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The Guide was just there for a show and enjoyed the music, the ambiance, and the food. Tonight is an evening of rootsy music from some of the venue’s old friends, with the venue’s nice assortment of snacks, sandwiches and coffee drinks in a warm, friendly setting.
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NEW LEAF acoustic trio will “get back to the garden” with Mike McDaniel, Krista Waite and Mike Vernetti (of The Literary Jam Thang), said to deliver soaring vocals, deft guitar interplay and a rock'n'roll heart that may echo back to Woodstock. Butler’s tells us, “They may be stardust, but they're golden!”
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CHUCK ROBERTS is a crowd-pleasing singer-songwriter returning with “some more of that ol' Chuckie magic.” He's “a long-time Butler's favorite, a hard-luck troubadour whose wry sense of humor and keen, unflinching eye combine to deliver a string of raw, homespun and sharply observed stories about kids, dogs, school teachers, exes, coffee houses, cops, depression, women you shouldn't pick up in bars, and other tales from that crazy little thing called life.”
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No cover, just buy something to eat or drink.
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Sat, Dec 1, in West L.A.:
7:30 pm “AN EVENING WITH SINGING POLITICAL SATIRIST ROY ZIMMERMAN” at the “PARLOR PERFORMANCES” series at Cornerstone Music Conservatory, 12121 W Pico Bl (one door W of Bundy), West L.A.; free parking; reservations HIGHLY recommended, contact Jeannine@FrankEntertainment.com or 310-476-6735.
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“Zimmerman displays a lacerating wit and keen awareness of society's foibles that bring to mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer.” -- Los Angeles Times..
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His fans include Tom Lehrer and Joni Mitchell.
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Creator of the popular ’90s satirical quartet THE FOREMEN (Warner-Reprise recording artists), Roy, on his own or with the Foremen, has opened for BILL MAHER and the late GEORGE CARLIN. Series producer JEANNINE FRANK says, “Think Stephen Sondheim meets Stephen Colbert!”
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Roy’s song, “Creation Science 101” has garnered well over a million views. Watch it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIwiPsgRrOs&feature=channel_page. And check-out more of his originals, “Defenders of Marriage” and “Psychedelic Relic” while you're at the YouTube link.
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He’s prolific and always has a witty edge. With just hours to go before the election, Roy and wife Melanie wrote and recorded "I'm In" in Los Alamos. You can watch it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCA6nqC7B20 and share with friends.
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Roy and Melanie just completed their 50-state tour of 49 states and have written and videotaped a new verse to their song "Vote Republican" in each one, plus a verse from DC and a faux aloha from Hawaii. Now, in the grand tradition of the endless folk song, they are asking your help through Kickstarter to create a full-length documentary, “The Roy Zimmerman 50 State Tour DVD.” Check it out at www.kickstarter.com/projects/royzimmerman/roy-zimmerman-fifty-state-tour-dvd.
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Whatever else you do, go see him perform live. He skewers most of the public figures who deserve it, encourages others who need it, and he’s hilarious while doing it.
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Sat, Dec 1, in SFV (Encino):
7:30 pm ROSS ALTMAN, FUR DIXON, TOM CORBETT, and SUSIE GLAZE, a stellar lineup of local folkies, play one of the final concerts ever at the CTMS Center for Folk Music, 16953 Ventura Bl, Encino 91316; 818-817-7756.
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Sat, Dec 1, in Ventura:
7:30 pm COLE CITRENBAUM and GRACE EVERTON play Zoeys Café, 185 E Santa Clara, Ventura 93001; 805-652-1137.
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Sat, Dec 1, in Claremont:
7:30 pm “TRIPPIN’ THE 60’s,” with BARRY McGUIRE and JOHN YORK, play the Gelencser House Concert Series in Claremont.
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Barry McGuire stepped into the public eye in 1963 on the Andy Williams Show as the gravelly voiced lead singer of the New Christy Minstrels. He launched his musical career with the million-sellers "Green, Green" and "Green Back Dollar."
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In 1965, at the heart of the peace movement, McGuire went solo. His growing awareness of social hypocrisy was expressed in his third hit "Eve of Destruction" which echoed around the world as an anthem of the times. Three years later, Barry was cast as the male lead in the original Broadway production of the musical "Hair." Once again his voice was heard proclaiming the ideals of a radical generation. Dick Clark says, “When world events collide with “Rock&Roll” you get Barry McGuire”. Just got a big award at Far West for his gigantic show of music and wit.
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Currently working with Barry McGuire in "Trippin' The Sixties," John York is best known for his work as a member of the world-renowned Folk Rock/Country Rock group, the Byrds. His vocal and instrumental talents have kept him in the company of such musical luminaries as Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, Clarence White, Nicky Hopkins, Mac Rebenack (Dr. John, ) Doug Sahm (The Sir Douglas Quintet, ) The Mamas and Papas, Johnny Rivers, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Rick Danko and Richard Manuel (The Band)……and many others. The TV show “The Place Where I Am Dreaming” featured John’s artistic collaboration with his wife, artist Sumi Foley. Recently, John has composed and recorded music for the lyrics of Kim Fowley on "West Coast Revelation." The duet "Redneck Ninja" highlights John's creative partnership with acclaimed songwriter Patrick Brayer. In 2007, John played concerts in Japan for the third time.
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Reservations get directions at singfolk@yahoo.com or 909-596-1266.
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Sat, Dec 1, in Hermosa Beach:
7:30-11 pm ANDY & RENEE of the Dylan tribute band HARD RAIN play their originals and folk-rock classics at a House Concert at the home of Jean Merl in Hermosa Beach 90254. Doors at 6:30. Dinner included. BYOB. Reservations get directions at Jeanie.merl@gmail.com. $20 donation requested. (Nearly sold-out.)
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Sat, Dec 1, in Santa Clarita (Newhall):
7:30 pm THE GRATEFUL DUDES play their weekly bluegrass residency, often with very notable guests, at Vincenzo's Pizza, 24500 Lyons Av, Newhall 91350.
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Sat, Dec 1, in SFV (NoHo):
7:30 pm “DAVE HARVEY PRESENTS” showcase features SABRINA & CRAIG, MARC PLATT, JOHN STOWERS, TRACY NEWMAN & THE REINFORCEMENTS. and DYLAN BRODY performing some spoken word, at the Cahuenga General Store {formerly Hallenbeck’s), 5510 Cahuenga Bl, North Hollywood 91601. $10 cover, cash at door.
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Sat, Dec 1, in San Diego:
7:30 pm GEORGE COLE and EUROCANA play the “AMSD CONCERT SERIES” at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego 92116; 619-303-8176.
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GEORGE COLE and EUROCANA are a national touring act based out of the SF Bay Area. “Eurocana” is the name of the band, and it describes a music genre: it's 21st century Tin Pan Alley with a hat-tip to Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.
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Joining George in the ensemble are STEPHAN DUDASH on violin and vocals, MATHIAS MINQUET on guitar and vocals, and KAELI EARLE on lead vocals and acoustic upright bass.
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STEPHAN DUDASH, from Nashville, is acclaimed as “America's Swing Violinist.” He's toured with Olivia Newton-John, and performed on the Tonight Show with both Shania Twain and David Lee Roth. Parisian guitarist MATHIAS MINQUET has an impeccable, intuitive musical gift. As a performer, his irresistible French charm and undeniable skill make the crowd beg for more. KAELI EARLE has an energetic, fearless spark that lights up the stage, and her vocals are fresh, yet classic, while her fluid bass lines give the group a solid underpinning.
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"Think of the evergreen songs of George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin heated to a Django Reinhardt swing, and you've got the infectious gist of the music of George Cole." – from the story, “Guitarist swings into DIA with Django-style jazz,” by Lawrence B. Johnson, special to The Detroit News.
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"George Cole has a sound that incorporates some of the finest elements of ’30s-era European and American music. Cole’s excellent Django-style guitar work and his band’s enticing instrumental and vocal harmonies make them a must-see for any fan of vintage jazz.” -- Art Thompson, Senior Editor, Guitar Player Magazine.
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“George Cole and his band puts you in a sexy European dream. Think Paris...and red wine...and new love, lost in a kiss on a wet cobblestone street.” -- Steve Bowman, recording artist (COUNTING CROWS, THIRD EYE BLIND), Nashville, TN.
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Sat, Dec 1, at UCLA:
8 pm World-renowned quartet ANONYMOUS 4 performs the West Coast premiere of “LOVE FAIL,” a unique new vocal work from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer DAVID LANG, written specifically for ANONYMOUS 4; presented by the “CENTER FOR THE ART OF PERFORMANCE” series -- the new name for the former UCLA LIVE! series -- in Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, Westwood; UCLA ticket office, 310-825-2101 or www.cap.ucla.edu.
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The all-new work is inspired by the tragic and oft-retold tale of Tristan and Isolde. Lang scoured literature and extracted anecdotes from several versions. The 12-song cycle includes all new music composed by Lang, who has written lyrics based on works from Gottfried von Strassburg, Marie de France, Contessa de Dia and Richard Wagner. Several songs feature lyrics drawn directly from works of Sir Thomas Malory and contemporary author Lydia Davis.
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“I compiled the oddest incidents from different versions of the Tristan and Isolde story, took out all the names or technological information that would make these texts seem ancient, and put them next to stories by Lydia Davis,” Lang says of the libretto. “These stories are oddly similar to the Tristan stories -- they are also about love, honor and respect between two people, but they are much more recognizable to us.”
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Seating in Royce Hall for this performance will be configured to create extra space around each listener. Every other seat in the hall is remaining unsold, deliberately allowing every audience member to be surrounded by a rich personal acoustic space. CAP UCLA invites concertgoers to embrace the space between companions and enjoy these talented artists and the renowned Royce Hall acoustics in a unique manner.
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Sat, Dec 1, in L.A.:
8 pm THE PUNCH BROTHERS plus THE MILK CARTON KIDS play a double-bill at the Luckman Fine Arts Center, on the campus of Cal-State L.A., at 5151 State College Dr, Los Angeles 90032; 323-343-6600.
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Sat, Dec 1. In San Pedro:
8 pm CLIFF WAGNER & THE OLD #7 plus THE DUSTBOWL REVIVAL! Play The Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731; www.grandvision.org; 310-833-4813; 310-833-6362.
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It's become a tradition for bluegrass / Americana fans, and for San Pedro. For the fifth year in a row, San Pedro's own nationally-recognized bluegrass band strums up a Bluegrass Holiday. They’ll play a full set of Americana, and another with sing-along carols, hot cider, and dessert.
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The Grand Annex and its big sister, San Pedro’s historic Warner Grand, comprise Grand Vision. The nonprofit's mission is to inspire and engage the diverse Los Angeles Harbor / South Bay community through culturally inclusive arts and educational experiences. Grand Vision was founded in 1996 to save the Warner Grand Theatre from being torn down or turned into a swap meet. Significant improvements to the theater have been ongoing, including new seats and stage rigging. It is now a reborn center for arts and entertainment and an anchor for the downtown San Pedro Arts District. The theater presents concerts, stage shows, films and other events and helps artistic presenters grow and share their create works.
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Tix for tonight's annual event are $15 advance, $20 door.
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Sat, Dec 1, in L.A.:
8 pm "MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS FOUNDATION BENEFIT " with headliners MURPHY'S FLAW, plus singer-songwriter GREG FELDEN, and the TALKIN' TREASON trio, at Timewarp Music, 12257 Venice Bl, Los Angeles 90066.
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This wonderful organization gets music and musical instruments into schools across the country, and "the Flaw's" John Bryan jokes they only do it to keep kids from learning banjo. Seriously, it's a worthy cause, and the band says, "We're delighted to be joined by [these other artists] as our co-conspirators."
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Sat, Dec 1, in Culver City:
8 pm LOAFER'S GLORY plays Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; 310- 398-2583.
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This ensemble is a talented bunch of genuine legends of pickin' & grinnin', a unique engagement of the finest of bluegrass players. They reliably deliver a memorable show that many will talk about to everyone they know. Their music is a mix of originals and historical fun.
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HERB PEDERSEN does guitar and vocals. Herb is an American musician, guitarist, banjo player, and singer-songwriter who has played a variety of musical styles over the past forty years. Pedersen once members of the Desert Rose Band. Pedersen also fronted his own band called the Laurel Canyon Ramblers. Besides this, Pedersen has also worked with the following musicians and groups: Pine Valley Boys, [1] Earl Scruggs, The Dillards, Smokey Grass Boys, Old and in the Way, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Vassar Clements, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Tony Rice, Dan Fogelberg, Stephen Stills, Linda Ronstadt, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine, Jackson Browne, John Denver, John Jorgenson, and Leland Sklar.
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TOM SAUBER plays his fiddle and banjo and does vocals. A native of Southern California, Tom has helped bring authentic traditional music to the film industry. In 1980, along with Ry Cooder and David Lindley, he played the music for the motion picture The Long Riders. He has also appeared in Bound for Glory, Geronimo, and numerous TV movies and series. PATRICK SAUBER....banjo, mandolin, vocals....and BILL BRYSON, upright bass, vocals.
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PATRICK SAUBER (son of old-time music guru Tom Sauber) has mastered the old-time pre-bluegrass styles on banjo and mandolin, as well as the classic approach to good solid Scruggs- style 5-string banjo and mandolin, i.e. Bill Monroe and more current styles. For such a young player, it will be interesting to see where he carries this talent. He also sings all the needed parts in the good trio and quartet numbers.
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BILL BRYSON comes from a long discography of bluegrass and country music. One of the most skilled of the upright bass players in the business, he's been with such great groups as: The Bluegrass Cardinals, The Country Gazette, The Laurel Canyon Ramblers, The Desert Rose Band, and Bluegrass Etc. He's a wonderful lead singer, and is one of the best baritones in demand today. He also plays guitar and minstrel 5-string banjo.
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Together, they’re as god as it gets. Go to Tennessee and you can’t find better.
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Sat, Dec 1, in Santa Monica:
8 pm JILL SOBULE plays McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497.
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The beguiling JILL SOBULE arrives for a solo show, and McCabe’s has added the lovely and talented Z BERG of THE LIKE (who was last at McCabe's as the featured vocalist on VAL McCALLUM's solo show in June).
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Sobule delivers music that is at once deeply personal and socially conscious, seriously funny and derisively tragic. Breaking out in 1995 with her crossover hit "I Kissed A Girl," Jill has, over five albums and a decade of recording, tackled such topics as the death penalty, anorexia, shoplifting, reproduction, the French resistance movement, adolescence, and the Christian right. And there’s Love, found, lost, wished-for and taken-away. In the words of New York Times pop music critic Jon Pareles, "Sobule can claim her place among the stellar New York singer-songwriters of the last decade. Topical, funny and more than a little poignant ... grown-up music for an adolescent age."
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Having just added songstress Z. BERG makes this a very strong double bill for folks who like it on the pop side.
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Sat, Dec 1, in downtown L.A.:
8 pm "BEEFSTEAK 2012" benefit event includes music by TRIPLE CHICKEN FOOT, at 214 S Main St, downtown Los Angeles 90012. Ben, of “The Foot,” says, “It's a fancy event to benefit the LA Food Bank.” Details at http://beefsteak2012.com/?utm_source=Triple+Chicken+Foot+Newsletter&utm_campaign=a84ab68e7f-October_Newsletter10_1_2012&utm_medium=email.
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Sat, Dec 1, in Arcadia:
8 pm COREY STEVENS plays the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia 91006; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349.
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In August 2010, Stevens released his 8th album, "The Dreaming Man." He wrote the title track for his late friend, BOON MILLER, an artist and musician who co-wrote "Triple Jack," on the "Bring on The Blues" CD with Stevens. The disc itself features Miller's visual art. Stevens remembers, "I wrote ‘The Dreaming Man’ the day Boon died. It was a weird situation. He died of complications from diabetes. He knew he was going to die. We all knew. I talked to him on the phone the day before he died and we had a great conversation. We talked about the music he loved, like Hendrix. But it was eerie, even though he was upbeat. The next day he was gone and the song wrote itself." Stevens continues to tour with his band and as a solo acoustic performer. His music is played on XM Radio and some FM stations, and is available on iTunes, CD Baby, and in selected stores.
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Dinner is served all evening, Maria offers bar concoctions and they have $3 specials. It’s an all-ages venue. You can enjoy just listening, or listen while shooting pool or playing chess. Venue has free parking, on and off street, and there are two huge parking lots within a block (one is north of Huntington, behind Denny’s, the other west of Santa Anita Av in Santa Anita Park.
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Sat, Dec 1, in Oak Park:
8 pm DOUG INGOLDSBY & FRIENDS play their CD release show at Russ and Julie's House Concerts in Oak Park (in the Agoura Hills / Westlake Village area); reservations get directions at rsvp@houseconcerts.us or 818-707-2179.
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Sat, Dec 1, in SGV (Covina):
8 pm Monthly “OPEN MIC: at the Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina 91723; 626-339-7020. Sign-ups at 7:30 pm.
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Sat, Dec 1, in downtown L.A.:
8 pm Monthly “OPEN MIC” at the Fretted Frog Acoustic Guitar Store, 1200 N Alvarado St, Los Angeles 90026; 213-353-0734.
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Sat, Dec 1, in Ventura:
8:30 pm “POLYNESIAN REVUE” at Hong Kong Inn, 435 E Thompson Bl, Ventura; www.hongkonginn.com; 805-648-3161. Runs Friday & Saturday nights.
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Sat, Dec 1, in SFV (Chatsworth):
9 pm ANTHONY RIVERA & THE RAINING HORSESHOES play the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166. Preceded by dance lesson at 8 pm. No cover.
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1) Sunday’s MUSIC ON TV
2) Sunday’s LIVE MUSIC, listening and participatory, throughout Southern California
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1) Sunday’s MUSIC ON TV
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EARLY Sun, Dec 2, on TV:
4:30-6 am ADELE performs on the 2012 Season 5 Premiere of “LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN,” recorded at a concert at the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club. On PBSOC.
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EARLY Sun, Dec 2, on TV:
5-5:30 am “GUITAR MADE EASY” is an instructional series by RALPH PAUL. On “H,” the History Channel.
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EARLY Sun, Dec 2, on TV:
6-6:30 am “THE PIANO GUY” brings a 2011 episode teaching how to play Latin music. Included is “Oye Como Va.” On KLCS, the L.A. School District PBS station.
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Sun, Dec 2, on TV:
4:30-6 pm “ROD STEWART: MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY” is a new 2012 episode of “GREAT PERFORMANCES” that brings Stewart, backed by TROMBONE SHORTY, doing duets with MICHAEL BUBLE and some pop singers, and what may turn out to be a very cool virtual duet with ELLA FITZGERALD. On KOCE, aka PBS SoCal.
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Sun, Dec 2, on TV:
6-7 pm “MICHAEL FEINSTEIN AMERICAN SONGBOOK” is back with this 2012 Season 2 premiere, “Time Machines.” He opens with an investigation of the role of technology in preserving yesterday’s great songs and singers. The quest takes him yo the Playboy Mansion in L.A., where HUGH HEFNER shares rare footage of cabaret singer-pianist BOBBY SHORT. Repeats tonight, 3-4 am. On PBSOC.
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Sun, Dec 2, on TV:
7-9 pm “ROCK, POP AND DOO WOP” (2010) hosted by SHA NA NA’s JON “BOWZER” BAUMAN and RONNIE SPECTOR of the RONETTES brings a bunch of songs of a bygone era, in live performance and in archival footage from the DICK CLARK vaults. On KOCE, aka PBS SoCal.
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Sun, Dec 2, on TV:
8-9 pm THE WALLFLOWERS perform on a 2012 episode of “LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN.” Repeats Mon, 5-6 am. On PBSOC.
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Sat, Dec 1, on TV:
9:15-11 pm “BARDELYS THE MAGNIFICENT” (1926) is a silent movie (which of course means the sound is a carefully choreographed musical soundtrack). It was long-thought lost, but restored (though missing its third reel). It’s a swashbuckler starring John Gilbert as a braggadocio Casanova from the French Royal Court of Louis XIII. He gets involved with political intrigue, treachery, romance and adventure. On TCM.
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Sun night / Mon AM, Dec 2 / 3, on TV:
1-1:30 am “ROCKY AND HIS FRIENDS” is Rocky the Flying Squirrel (voiced by JUNE FORAY), Bullwinkle Moose, and the whole crew from Frostbite Falls, in their revolutionary-for-the-times 1960s cartoons loaded with social commentary, masterfully narrated and choreographed with minimalist use of orchestral music. Airs most, but not all, weeknights at this time. Any episode of this series is classic. On VHCRW.
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Sun night / Mon AM, Dec 2 / 3, on TV:
2:45-3 am “WHEN IT RAINS” (1995) is a short about a Watts musician trying to raise money to prevent a young mother and her children from being evicted. On TCM.
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Sun night / Mon AM, Dec 2 / 3, on TV:
3-4 am “MICHAEL FEINSTEIN AMERICAN SONGBOOK” is back with this 2012 Season 2 premiere, “Time Machines.” He opens with an investigation of the role of technology in preserving yesterday’s great songs and singers. The quest takes him yo the Playboy Mansion in L.A., where HUGH HEFNER shares rare footage of cabaret singer-pianist BOBBY SHORT. On PBSOC.
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Sun night / Mon AM, Dec 2 / 3, on TV:
4:30-5 am “SUN STUDIO SESSIONS” brings a recorded live performance from the studio in Memphis where blues legends recorded and Elvis started. On PBSOC.
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2) Sunday’s LIVE MUSIC in venues, listening and participatory, throughout Southern California
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Sun, Dec 2, in Pacific Palisades:
10 am-5 pm "POMPEII FESTIVAL" at The Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway Pacific Palisades 90272; 310-440-7300.
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Admission is FREE; an advance, timed-entry ticket is required. Parking is $15.
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It's a daylong kid-friendly festival celebrating the last days of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. Of course, the promo for it says “Have a Blast at this Free Family Festival at the Getty Villa.” Blast. Pompeii. Mt. Vesuvius. Volcano. Pyroclastic flow. Get it?
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Explore how this ancient city lives on in the popular cultural imagination through crafting, performances, and other family-friendly adventures.
• Pose for a family portrait in front of an erupting Mount Vesuvius
• Appear in an art-inspired theatrical production
• Create a flow of volcanic lava to wear on your head
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Music Inspired by The Last Days of Pompeii, with the dublab DJs spinning musical sets inspired by the three themes of the exhibition -- decadence, apocalypse, and resurrection. These curated sets reflect Pompeii and its influence on popular culture and the world psyche. Work with the DJs of dublab to make your own sounds and add them to the mix (uhh, do we have to?).
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Free; reservations required. Call 310-440-7300 or use the "Get Tickets" button on their website.
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Sun, Dec 2, in San Diego:
10 am Weekly “BLUEGRASS BRUNCH” at Urban Solace, 3823 30th St, San Diego 92104; 619-295-6464.
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Sun, Dec 2, in L.A. (atop Sepulveda Pass):
11 am “AMERICANA HANUKKAH” brings the STORY PIRATES a puppeteer & storytelling act, THE MACROONS singing Hanukkah songs, THE MARCUS SHELBY QUINTET doing freedom songs, spirituals and other songs, KALINKA performing klezmer, gypsy tunes, French Café music, and vintage swing, at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Bl, Los Angeles 90049; 310-440-4578. L’Chaim!
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Sun, Dec 2; daily through Jan 14, 2013, in downtown L.A.:
11 am-1 pm “FREE CONCERT SERIES” at Pershing Square’s “DOWNTOWN ON ICE” on the stage adjacent to the outdoor ice rink, at Pershing Square, 532 S Olive St, Downtown Los Angeles; 213-847-4970l www.laparks.org.
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Situated amid the downtown skyscrapers, the rink is opens Nov 15 for ice skating daily, including holidays. There are a variety of free activities, including youth programs, special events, live music some days (not every day, and not always something you would enjoy, so check), and the “Winter Holiday Festival” from December 12 through 23. Ice rink hours are Monday through Thursday, Noon-9 pm, and Friday through Sunday, 10 am-10 pm. Skating is $8 per hour. Concerts, sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, are free.
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Sun, Dec 2, in SFV (Encino):
Noon-3 pm The final monthly “OLD TIME MUSIC JAM” at the CTMS Center for Folk Music, HQ of the California Traditional Music Society until the end of the month, in Encino Community Park, 16953 Ventura Bl, Encino 91396; 818-817-7756; www.ctmsfolkmusic.org.
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Sun, Dec 2, in Marina del Rey:
1-4 pm “FREE OUTDOOR WEEKEND CONCERT” series is year-’round, this weekend with a Holiday-theme; it offers blues, jazz, Latin, pop (artists vary), at Fisherman’s Village in Marina del Rey. Held outdoors, Sat & Sun, so it’s “weather permitting.” More at www.visitmarinadelrey.com/schedule/ongoing-events.
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Sun, Dec 2, in SFV (Granada Hills)
1:30 pm 28th Annual “GRANADA HILLS HOLIDAY PARADE” on Chatsworth St, from Petit Park to Zelzah Av, in Granada Hills. Includes marching bands and other live music. Info, www.granadachamber.com.
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Sun, Dec 2, in OC (Yorba Linda):
2 pm YORBA LINDA SENIOR CHORUS performs at the Nixon Foundation Library in Yorba Linda. Free concert. Info, www.events.nixonfoundation.org/concerts.
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Sun, Dec 2, in Venice:
2 pm Monthly “KLEZMER JAM SESSION & YIDDISH DANCE” at the Talking Stick Coffee House, 1411 Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091.
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Sun, Dec 2, in Santa Monica:
2:30 pm THE PROGRESSIVE magazine celebrates 100 years, with a performance by JACKSON BROWNE, and plenty more. Celebrate and support THE PROGRESSIVE at 939 San Vicente Bl, Santa Monica. (Reservations required; see below.) Schmooze & snack at 2:30 pm; program at 3 pm.
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Headliner guests are JIM HIGHTOWER & JACKSON BROWNE.
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Plus, RUTH CONNIFF, political editor of The Progressive (she appears frequently on the Ed Schultz show on MSNBC); MATTHEW ROTHSCHILD, publisher of The Progressive; WILL DURST, stand-up comic; and LORI GRACE, election integrity and environmental activist will be honored.
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To get motivated, listen to JACKSON BROWNE singing “Doctor My Eyes” and “About My Imagination.” It runs 9-and-a-half delightful minutes at http://youtu.be/sHAP3CwDYTY.
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For details and reservations, contact JAN GOODMAN or JERRY MANPEARL at 310-458-7213 or jan-pi@mindspring.com. Online reservations available at www.progressive.org/donate. Space is limited -- reservations required. It’s an event to “raise cash and consciousness” for The Progressive. $100 donation requested.
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Sun, Dec 2, in Altadena:
3 pm Matinee with STEPHANIE BETTMAN & LUKE HALPIN at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; reservations 626-798-6236 (10 am-10 pm); venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. (“The venue named by the Guide's editor, writing in FolkWorks, as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”).
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Since moving to Colorado, they sell-out every show they play when they return to Southern California.
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“That Stephanie Bettman has reached a level comparable to others like Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez and Alison Krauss so quickly it’s a bit uncanny.” –Country Jukebox, Germany.
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“Bettman jams it up like few others as she leads an ensemble with great imagination.” – Maverick Magazine, UK.
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STEPHANIE BETTMAN is a singer-songwriter-fiddler extraordinaire with inevitable comparisons to Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris. Her partner, multi-instrumentalist LUKE HALPIN, is a fine talent and accomplished musician in his own right. Named by the Guide’s editor, writing in Folkworks Magazine, as one of L.A.’s Top Ten Female Singer-Songwriters, Stephanie’s songs are sometimes sad, sometimes sassy but always stunning. Together, she and Luke have been winners in many local and national competitions, including:
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* Grand Prize Winners in the 2008 So Cal Live Acoustic Music Competition.
* Winners in the 2007 Topanga Banjo • Fiddle contest.
* Folk Works Top Ten Los Angeles based female singer-songwriters of 2008.
* Music Connection’s Top Twenty-Five New Music Critiques of 2008.
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LUKE HALPIN, inspired by the likes of Sam Bush, Tony Rice, and Mark O’Conner, brings perfectly blended harmonies and instrumental expertise. Together with Stephanie’s artistry and performance, this duo delivers a solid and entertaining experience. Tix, $20.
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Sun, Dec 2, in Norwalk:
4-8 pm “SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DULCIMER HERITAGE” annual “HOLIDAY POTLUCK & JAM” at Norwalk American Legion, 11986 Front St, Norwalk 90650. Parking lot on east side of building.
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Bring a potluck dish to share, favorite tunes to share, your instruments, music stand & gear. All acoustic instruments welcome. Donations appreciated, collected at the event for the welfare of all veterans and will be given to the Legion. (The American Legion is not charging rental.) No outside beverages allowed. All beverages, including water, must be purchased on site.
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Flyer available at http://scdh.org/SCDH/Holiday_Jam.html.
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More about Southern California Dulcimer Heritage at 714-534-2855 or www.scdh.org.
Organizers say feel free to send this to anyone who may be interested.
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Sun, Dec 2, in Claremont; WORKSHOP for ARTISTS:
4:30-5:30 pm “HOLIDAY UKULELE WORKSHOP” at the Folk Music Center, 220 Yale Av, Claremont 91711; http://folkmusiccenter.com. Want to learn 5 holiday songs to entertain friends and family? Bring a Uke or borrow one from the good folks at the Folk Music Center. Sign-up right away, while spaces remain. Call 909-624-2928. Workshop fee is $20.
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Sun, Dec 2, in SFV:
4-7:30 pm 31st Annual “LOS ANGELES HOLIDAY CAROLING FESTIVITIES” include many music luminaries, and invite YOU to take part. Activities are very structured and scheduled at five senior care centers with performances from 4 to 7:30 pm.
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It’s a “modular schedule” that allows you to “arrive / depart at your discretion.” All venues are located close together in the West San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, and this event is part of “a nationwide initiative to promote the overall theme of brining happiness and / or enlightenment to the elderly, care-givers, and participants during the holiday season,” says series founder VINCENT LEINEN.
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Immediately following the caroling, participants are invited to socialize and dine at HomeTown Buffet Restaurant in Canoga Park, from 7:30-9:30 pm.
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Vincent says, “The holiday season can be a very challenging time for our friends in senior care centers. Statistics show that, while for many people it’s the most enjoyable time of year, this can be the opposite for seniors residing in care centers because they long to be at their own home and suffer from blues, depression, and even commit suicide. The music, love, compassion, and energy provided by the participants can provide our senior friends much needed mental and spiritual healing power and growth to address this situation.”
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Here’s a sample of the celebrity musician lineup (the folks you’ll sing and / or perform with; there’s a more complete list on the event’s website): CARL VERHEYEN, world-acclaimed guitarist of SUPERTRAMP; ALAN O’DAY, pop singer who recorded the #1 hit “Undercover Angel;” CHRIS ROSS, big-time drummer who performed and / or recorded with many top artist, including KENNY LOGGINS, JOE COCKER, LISA HALEY, and THREE DOG NIGHT; ALEX DEL ZOPPO & FRED HERRERA, band members of SWEETWATER, the band that opened the original Woodstock, and subject of the VH1 movie “Sweetwater: A True Rock Story;” DON PEAK, Musicians Hall of Fame member, guitarist with MARVIN GAYE, EVERLY BROTHERS, RAY CHARLES, JACKSON 5; KEVIN JONES, keyboard player for OZZY OSBOURNE; LISA HALEY, fiddle player and 2008 Grammy nominee in the “Best Zydeco or Cajun Album” category, and she’s performed with BRIAN SETZER, RANDY NEWMAN, and LYLE LOVETT; MIKE PINERA, guitarist for legendary rock groups ALICE COOPER BAND (“Schools Out,” “I’m Eighteen”), BLUES IMAGE (“Ride Captain Ride,” “Pay”), IRON BUTTERFLY (“In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”); PATRICK WASKIELIS, drummer for HAMILTON, JOE FRANK & REYNOLDS, which performed Billboard #1 single “Fallin’ In Love;” PRESCOTT NILES, bassist of THE KNACK, performed #1 hit “My Sharona.”
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Contact Vincent ASAP, and if pertinent, provide authorization to use your name on the invitation, website, press release etc. Disregard that if your status and / or authorization is confirmed. More, including the addresses, complete schedule, and contact info, at www.HolidayMusicMakingADifference.com and / or call Vincent at 818-342-9336.
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Sun, Dec 2, in Torrance:
5 pm ANDY & RENEE of the Dylan tribute band HARD RAIN play their originals and folk-rock classics at a House Concert at the home of Geri Chaudhri, in Torrance 90505. Doors at 5, show at 6 pm. Dinner included, BYOB. $20 donation requested. Reservations get directions from Geri at gchaudhri@aol.com.
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Sun, Dec 2, in Venice:
5-7 pm “OPEN POETRY READINGS” at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Venice. Sign-up at 4:45 pm to participate. Info, www.beyondbaroque.org/events.html. Free.
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Sun, Dec 2, in Santa Monica:
6 pm “KOFFEEHOUSE SUNDAY SESSIONS” presents the “2012 CANADIANS ABROAD HOLIDAY PARTY” featuring of VERONA and JACKSON COOK, at to The Charleston, 2460 Wilshire Bl, Santa Monica; www.charlestonla.com; 310-828-2115.
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Sun, Dec 2, in VC (Thousand Oaks):
6 pm Monthly “FUN-DO-MENTAL MUSIC SONG CIRCLE” at Fun-do-mental Music, 1489 E Thousand Oaks Bl Suite C, Thousand Oaks 91362; 805-778-1000.
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Sun, Dec 2, in Santa Monica:
7 pm JIM LAUDERDALE plays McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Lauderdale remains one of Nashville's “A-List” songwriters, while continuously touring in support of his critically-acclaimed solo records. These include his new, and 20th(!), studio album, “Carolina Moonrise.” Lauderdale has collaborated with legendary artists like RALPH STANLEY and his contemporaries, most recently teaming up with BUDDY MILLER for both a country duets album titled “Buddy & Jim” and as co-host of “The Buddy & Jim Show,” which airs on SiriusXM Outlaw Country. In addition to several Grammy Awards, Lauderdale has been recognized by the Americana Music Association both as “Artist of the Year” and for his songwriting during the organization's celebrated annual awards show, which he has hosted the last ten years.
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Lauderdale has had an unconventional and prolific career. So much so that he’s the subject of a new feature length documentary, “THE KING OF BROKEN HEARTS,” directed by Australian filmmaker JEREMY DYLAN. The film tells Lauderdale's story from his North Carolina roots, being immersed in the country music scenes in both New York City and Los Angeles, to breaking through in Nashville as a songwriter and writing hits for a slew of artists including GEORGE STRAIT, GARY ALLAN, THE DIXIE CHICKS, VINCE GILL, and PATTY LOVELESS. Catch his full concert tonight, and see him again on Dec 11 at the Grammy Museum when the film is screened and Lauderdale will do a Q&A and play a few tunes. Either event represents a rare opportunity to catch him performing in L.A. Both together, within a few days, is almost more than his fans can handle. Get tix promptly.
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Sun, Dec 2, in Altadena:
7 pm GEORGE COLE and EUROCANA at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; reservations 626-798-6236 (10 am-10 pm); venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. (“The venue named by the Guide's editor, writing in FolkWorks, as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”).
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Venue impresario BOB STANE says “This is a master's tour, a huge act and we got lucky and snagged a Sunday night. They are doing very large venues all over the Southland. Masters of all instruments. This is a big deal act. Absolute money back guarantee.”
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GEORGE COLE and EUROCANA are a national touring act based out of the SF Bay Area. Bob Stane says, “You’ll hear them perform new songs and favorites, with a few holiday classics, all delivered in a ‘hot’ style that will leave your ears smiling and your toes tapping. Everyone loves a good song, we crave stories told well. Virtuoso guitarist, vocalist, composer, and lyricist GEORGE COLE's mission is to write another chapter to the Great American Songbook. George is a consummate performer, bringing vast experience and enormous talent to each show and every project he is a part of. His music group, EUROCANA, swings with energy and life delivering all original music with vocal harmonies and world-class musicianship.”
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“Eurocana” is the name of the band, and it describes a musical genre: it's 21st century Tin Pan Alley with a hat-tip to Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.
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Joining George in the ensemble are STEPHAN DUDASH on violin and vocals, MATHIAS MINQUET on guitar and vocals, and KAELI EARLE on lead vocals and acoustic upright bass.
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STEPHAN DUDASH, from Nashville, is acclaimed as “America's Swing Violinist.” He's toured with Olivia Newton-John, and performed on the Tonight Show with both Shania Twain and David Lee Roth. Parisian guitarist MATHIAS MINQUET has an impeccable, intuitive musical gift. As a performer, his irresistible French charm and undeniable skill make the crowd beg for more. KAELI EARLE has an energetic, fearless spark that lights up the stage, and her vocals are fresh, yet classic, while her fluid bass lines give the group a solid underpinning.
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"Think of the evergreen songs of George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin heated to a Django Reinhardt swing, and you've got the infectious gist of the music of George Cole." – from the story, “Guitarist swings into DIA with Django-style jazz,” by Lawrence B. Johnson, special to The Detroit News.
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"George Cole has a sound that incorporates some of the finest elements of ’30s-era European and American music. Cole’s excellent Django-style guitar work and his band’s enticing instrumental and vocal harmonies make them a must-see for any fan of vintage jazz.” -- Art Thompson, Senior Editor, Guitar Player Magazine.
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“George Cole and his band puts you in a sexy European dream. Think Paris...and red wine...and new love, lost in a kiss on a wet cobblestone street.” -- Steve Bowman, recording artist (COUNTING CROWS, THIRD EYE BLIND), Nashville, TN.
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Sun, Dec 2, in VC (Ojai):
7 pm 8 pm “WYNDHAM HILL WINTER SOLSTICE CONCERT,” with BARBARA HIGBIE, LISA LYNNE, ARYEH FRANKFURTER, & GEORGE TORTORELLI, play the “OJAI CONCERT SERIES” at the Ojai Valley Woman's Club, 441 E Ojai Av, Ojai; 805-665-9952; www.ojaiconcertseries.com.
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This quartet of multi-instrumentalists, each on the Wyndham Hill label, combine in a lively, uplifting ensemble to bring lots of fun and humor, and brilliant music instrumentals and vocals. You’ll hear Celtic harp, fiddles, Swedish nyckelharpa, flutes, guitars, mandolins and more. It’s a sublime celebration of unique music for the season, with the classic Wyndham Hill acoustic sound.
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BARBARA HIGBIE is a Grammy nominee. All of LISA LYNNE's recent CDs have reached the top 20 of the Billboard music charts.
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The Wyndham Hill recording label is synonymous with the best of today's acoustic, neo-folk and pop instrumentalists. Their annual holiday show brings some of the labels most celebrated artists to perform a Seasonal concert, with solos, duets and full group performances.
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Sun, Dec 2, in OC (Laguna Beach):
7 pm JOYCE WOODSON, MARK TURNBULL, BETH FITCHET WOOD, JACK PRATHER, and BOB HAWKINS do individual sets, and some of them perform together as "a real band," at BC Space, 235 Forest Av, Laguna Beach.
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Sun, Dec 2, in SFV (Studio City):
7:30 pm DREAM STREET, the band of STAN AYEROFF and LESLIE LASHINSKY, plays their CD release show for “Dream Street Holiday” at Vitello's (Upstairs at Vitello's), 4349 Tujunga Av, Studio City 91604; reservations, 818-769-0905; www.vitellosrestaurant.com. More at www.dreamstreetband.com. Reservations are recommended; their last show sold-out. $20 cover ($18 with a student i.d.), plus $18 min. food / beverage purchase.
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Sun, Dec 2, in SFV (Chatsworth):
7:30 pm COLDWATER CANYON plays the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166. Preceded by dance lesson and the FREE weekly BBQ at 6 pm. The quality of this band and the Sunday goodies make this an especially good night to go! No cover.
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Sun, Dec 2, in Culver City:
8 pm “RICH McCULLEY'S 3rd ORIGINAL ACOUSTIC HOLIDAY SONG CELEBRATION” hosted by Rich McCulley with NICOLE GORDON, THE DAMNGIVERS, and MARK LENNON among more than a dozen special guests performing, at the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl (between Washington & Venice), Culver City 90230; 310-390-1328; www.thecinemabar.com; www.myspace.com/thecinemabar; music series hotline 310-250-1317. Venue is 21+, the size of a shoebox, and known as “the world’s smallest honky-tonk.” Barstool seating is competitive.
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Dec 2, in Los Osos:
Time tba MOLLY'S REVENGE with guest vocalist CHRISTA BURCH, and the award-winning ROSEMARY TURCO IRISH STEP DANCERS, deliver an evening of music, song and dance for the festive season. This Los Osos show is as close as they’ll get to Southern Cal on their ten-date, three-state Christmas show tour. Tix, location, and more info at www.Mollysrevenge.com and www.davidbrewermusic.com.
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The performance includes Christmas songs old and new from many lands, all played with a Celtic 'Mollified' twist. You'll have an opportunity to join-in and sing some of your favorite carols, and the band's dancing guests will set your toes tapping.
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The band’s piper, DAVID BREWER, who has been commuting from the East Coast, will be relocating to the Highlands of Scotland after completing this Molly's Revenge Christmas tour. David will “connect with counterparts of the music, and learn multitudes of new tunes and songs, all the while getting submerged in the Gaelic culture.” David will rejoin Molly's Revenge for their summer tour in 2013. While David's away, John and Stu will stay busy touring with their various side projects, which include the bands LITTLE BLACK TRAIN and STORY ROAD. But if you want to enjoy MOLLY’S REVENGE live anytime soon, make this trek to Los Osos.
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Sun, Dec 2, in Santa Monica:
11 pm Weekly “ACOUSTIC CORDIALE” showcase ends the weekend at 14 Below, 1348 14th St, Santa Monica 90404; 310-451-5040.
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1) Monday’s MUSIC ON TV
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1) Monday’s MUSIC ON TV
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Mon, Dec 3, on TV:
10:30 am-12:30 pm “THE TIME, THE PLACE, THE GIRL” (1946) is a tale about a group of kids bucking the odds to put on a musical. On TCM.
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Mon, Dec 3, on TV:
5-6 am THE WALLFLOWERS perform on a 2012 episode of “LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN.” On PBSOC.
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Mon, Dec 3, on TV:
7:30-8 pm “SUCH IS LIFE” (1924) is a silent movie (which of course means the sound is a carefully choreographed musical soundtrack) and an adaptation of “The Little Match Girl,” about a feisty street urchin trying to make it safely through the winter. On TCM.
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Mon, Dec 3, on TV:
8-8:30 pm “PEG O’ THE MOUNTED” (1924) is a silent movie (which of course means the sound is a carefully choreographed musical soundtrack) about a little girl Mountie who sets out to collar a moonshiner in the Yukon. A nice 12-minute comedy short. On TCM.
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Mon night / Tue AM, Dec 3 / 4, on TV:
4:30-6 am “SUNNY” (1930) is a very early screen musical and elaborately-produced Marilyn Miller vehicle, with sets ranging from an ocean liner to a circus. Some nice dancing. On TCM.
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2) Monday’s LIVE MUSIC in venues, listening and participatory, throughout Southern California
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Mon, Dec 3, in VC (Camarillo):
6:30 pm “ATRIA LOS POSAS SENIOR RESIDENCE SONG CIRCLE” in Camarillo 93010. Location and info, www.songmakers.org.
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Mon, Dec 3, at UCLA:
7 to 11:30 pm 12th Annual “1930s SWING NIGHTS” in Kerckhoff Hall’s Grand Salon, on the UCLA Campus in Westwood. Free event, includes free dance lessons. General public welcome. Info, www.my.calendars.net/HBallroomDance.
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Mon, Dec 3, in L.A.; not music, but cool:
Time tba “BOOK SIGNING & DISCUSSION” with ANTHONY MEINDL, author of “At Left Brain Turn Right,” at MUSE on 8th, 759 S La Brea Av (at 8th St, just S of Wilshire), in mid-city Los Angeles. More at their new website, www.MUSEon8th.com.
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Mon, Dec 3, in SFV (Burbank):
7:30 pm THE BROMBIES play their weekly bluegrass residency at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank 91506; 818-515-4444. Venue has full bar, serves Mexican food. Free parking across the street at Pickwick Bowl (same owners). No cover.
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Mon, Dec 3, in Culver City:
7:30-11 pm “NEW WESTSIDE BLUEGRASS JAM” at Industry Café & Jazz, 6039 Washington Bl, Culver City 90232; 310-202-6633.
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Mon, Dec 3, in SFV (NoHo):
7:30 pm weekly “OPEN MIC” at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood 91607; 818-766-9913. Sign-ups at 7 pm. Officially, it’s no cover, but venue expects a donation. Watch on the web if you can’t go, at www.kulakswoodshed.com.
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Mon, Dec 3, in Ventura:
7:30 pm Twice-monthly “ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC” at Zoey’s Café, 185 E Santa Clara St, Ventura 93001; info, www.zoeyscafe.com; 805-652-1137 or 805-652-0091.
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Mon, Dec 3, in Altadena:
8 pm “WYNDHAM HILL WINTER SOLSTICE CONCERT,” with BARBARA HIGBIE, LISA LYNNE, ARYEH FRANKFURTER, & GEORGE TORTORELLI, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; reservations 626-798-6236 (10 am-10 pm); venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. (“The venue named by the Guide's editor, writing in FolkWorks, as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”).
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This quartet of multi-instrumentalists, each on the Wyndham Hill label, combine in this lively, uplifting ensemble to bring lots of fun and humor, and brilliant music instrumentals and vocals. You’ll hear Celtic harp, fiddles, Swedish nyckelharpa, flutes, guitars, mandolins and more. It’s a sublime celebration of unique music for the season, with the classic Wyndham Hill acoustic sound.
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The Wyndham Hill recording label is synonymous with the best of today's acoustic, neo-folk and pop instrumentalists. Their annual holiday show brings some of the labels most celebrated artists to perform a Seasonal concert, with solos, duets and full group performances.
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Mon, Dec 3, in L.A.:
8 pm Singer-songwriter FAY WOLF at Room 5, 143 N La Brea Bl (2nd Floor, above Amalfi Ristorante), L.A.; 323-938-2504; www.amalfiristorante.com.
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She says, “Git yer sad on www.faywolfmusic.com; Git yer happy on www.faywolf.com. (She’s rather complex. Y’see. Talented and attractive, and -- complex…) $8 cover, venue is 21+.
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Mon, Dec 3, in SFV (Chatsworth):
8 pm weekly “TALENT CONTEST” with CHAD WATSON, who also performs, at the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166. This long-running contest for country / alt country / honky-tonk musicians has great prizes and has opened doors for many of its winners. Plus, the place and this event are always fun. Preceded by free two step dance lessons for beginners and intermediate levels with Ed at 7 pm. No cover.
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Mon, Dec 3, in SFV (NoHo):
8 pm weekly “IRISH CéILí DANCE & IRISH MUSIC SESSION” at the Celtic Arts Center’s shared location at Theatre Unlimited, 10943 Camarillo St, North Hollywood 91602; 818-760-8322; www.celticartscenter.com.
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Mon, Dec 3, in L.A.:
8:30 pm THE LOST BAYOU RAMBLERS plus THE GUMBO BROTHERS bring a Cajun-zydeco night to The Mint, 6010 W Pico Bl, Los Angeles 90035; 323-954-9630.
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Mon, Dec 3, in Culver City:
8:30 pm THE HOT CLUB plays their every-Monday residency at the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl (between Washington & Venice), Culver City 90230; 310-390-1328; www.thecinemabar.com; www.myspace.com/thecinemabar; music series hotline 310-250-1317. Venue is 21+, the size of a shoebox, and known as “the world’s smallest honky-tonk.” Barstool seating is competitive. No cover, bring $ for artists’ tip jar.
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An early Tuesday event, so you can plan…
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Tue, Dec 4, in Anaheim:
9:30 am Annual edition of the monthly "FRIENDS of IRELAND BREAKFAST" open to everyone "with an appreciation of Ireland and All Things Irish" at the Katella Deli, 4470 Katella Av, Los Alamitos 90720. Call for directions if needed; 562 594-8611. Contacts and info, Allene, at alleneb@gmail.com or Pete, at 714 200-7365.
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LOTS MORE COMING UP… ONE THING WON’T WAIT…
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NEWS ITEM and INVITATION to take part…
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Sun, Dec 2, in SFV:
4-7:30 pm 31st Annual “LOS ANGELES HOLIDAY CAROLING FESTIVITIES” include many music luminaries, and invite YOU to take part. Activities are very structured and scheduled at five senior care centers with performances from 4 to 7:30 pm.
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It’s a “modular schedule” that allows you to “arrive / depart at your discretion.” All venues are located close together in the West San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, and this event is part of “a nationwide initiative to promote the overall theme of brining happiness and / or enlightenment to the elderly, care-givers, and participants during the holiday season,” says series founder VINCENT LEINEN.
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Immediately following the caroling, participants are invited to socialize and dine at HomeTown Buffet Restaurant in Canoga Park, from 7:30-9:30 pm.
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Vincent says, “The holiday season can be a very challenging time for our friends in senior care centers. Statistics show that, while for many people it’s the most enjoyable time of year, this can be the opposite for seniors residing in care centers because they long to be at their own home and suffer from blues, depression, and even commit suicide. The music, love, compassion, and energy provided by the participants can provide our senior friends much needed mental and spiritual healing power and growth to address this situation.”
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Here’s a sample of the celebrity musician lineup (the folks you’ll sing and / or perform with; there’s a more complete list on the event’s website): CARL VERHEYEN, world-acclaimed guitarist of SUPERTRAMP; ALAN O’DAY, pop singer who recorded the #1 hit “Undercover Angel;” CHRIS ROSS, big-time drummer who performed and / or recorded with many top artist, including KENNY LOGGINS, JOE COCKER, LISA HALEY, and THREE DOG NIGHT; ALEX DEL ZOPPO & FRED HERRERA, band members of SWEETWATER, the band that opened the original Woodstock, and subject of the VH1 movie “Sweetwater: A True Rock Story;” DON PEAK, Musicians Hall of Fame member, guitarist with MARVIN GAYE, EVERLY BROTHERS, RAY CHARLES, JACKSON 5; KEVIN JONES, keyboard player for OZZY OSBOURNE; LISA HALEY, fiddle player and 2008 Grammy nominee in the “Best Zydeco or Cajun Album” category, and she’s performed with BRIAN SETZER, RANDY NEWMAN, and LYLE LOVETT; MIKE PINERA, guitarist for legendary rock groups ALICE COOPER BAND (“Schools Out,” “I’m Eighteen”), BLUES IMAGE (“Ride Captain Ride,” “Pay”), IRON BUTTERFLY (“In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”); PATRICK WASKIELIS, drummer for HAMILTON, JOE FRANK & REYNOLDS, which performed Billboard #1 single “Fallin’ In Love;” PRESCOTT NILES, bassist of THE KNACK, performed #1 hit “My Sharona.”
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Contact Vincent ASAP, and if pertinent, provide authorization to use your name on the invitation, website, press release etc. Disregard that if your status and / or authorization is confirmed. More, including the addresses, complete schedule, and contact info, at www.HolidayMusicMakingADifference.com and / or call Vincent at 818-342-9336.
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There’s MUCH MORE coming soon (of course there is, there HAS to be, because the aural goodness is unrelenting, and the artists keep creating more, even if the big labels still haven’t caught-on…)
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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am just in awe of this site. I moved here from New York and never expected all this was happening here. Why isn't everyone talking and blogging about all this? It is just amazing! Louisa

Anonymous said...

I thot i had my weekend planned. But no, you had to go and tell me about all this other stuff. Ok. So i will stimulate the economy. Not mine, mind you. Everyone elses. There is far too much for one saturday.

Anonymous said...

This is a shoutout for Robert Morgan Fisher because I want to make sure every body knows he is playing the Bckstage at the Coffee Gallery on Saturday at 7 o'clock!

He just won a big award and his songwriting isTHE BEST!!!

- Larry, the editor said...

The editor says:

We do have a nice write-up in this edition for the show Robert Morgan Fisher is playing with Bill Burnett, Sat at 7.

And I did want folks to know that the promo (just above) was not written by Robert.

No problem that you want to call special notice to it. There is a whooooole lot happening Saturday! - editor

Anonymous said...

I wonder if you can put the tv listings last, or somewhere else entirely.? I dont even have a tv anymore. Even if I did I read this to find out about live music to go hear. I wonder if people with tvs feel the same?
Ray

Anonymous said...

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