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Friday, March 1, 2013

LIVE MUSIC EVENTS, March! through Mid-month, and BEYOND, 2013

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Some LATE ADDITIONS have been added (all details in the chronological listings)...
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•>> Sat, Mar 2, in Arcadia:
Noon-5 pm Annual "SANTA ANITA HANDICAP" includes live music before and between 11 races with the thoroughbreds, at beautiful Santa Anita Park.
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•>> Sat, Mar 2, in South Pasadena:
Noon-9 pm "ART CRAWL" has added more free music performances, starting at NOON, and another free indoor evening music venue, starting at 5 pm. (Full details in 5 pm write-up; original start time.)
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•>> Sun, Mar 3, in Burbank:
11 am-2 pm "1st SUNDAY ACOUSTIC MUSIC JAM" returns, but at a new home venue.
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•>>  Sun, Mar 3, in Ventura:
7 pm  TOM CORBETT, CHI McCLEAN, and COLE CITRENBAUM play a "Last-minute songwriter show" at Zoey's Cafe.
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•>>  Sat & Sun, Mar 8 & 9, in Ventura Co (Oxnard):
8 pm Sat, 2 pm Sun,  "THE WORLD BELOVED: A BLUEGRASS MASS," with the TOM CORBETT BAND & guests, plus THE GOLD COAST CONCERT CHORUS.
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•>> Sun, Mar 17, in L.A.
2 pm DEBUT CONCERT -- STAGED READING of BILL BURNETT's new full-length “Broadway-friendly musical.”
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•>> Sat & Sun, Mar 16 & 17, Free FESTIVAL, in Temecula:
10 am-5 pm* Annual “OLD TOWN TEMECULA BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” brings Grammy nominee SPECIAL CONSENSUS, plus BLUEGRASS ETC., SLIGO RAGS, SILVERADO BLUEGRASS BAND, SCOTT GATES & SALTY SUITES, NEXT GENERATION, THE WIMBERLYS, SWEET TIDINGS, TAIL DRAGGERS, BLUEGRASS BRETHREN, AND OLDE HAYWIRE¸ BLUEGRASS ETC., SLIGO RAGS, SILVERADO BLUEGRASS BAND, SCOTT GATES & SALTY SUITES, NEXT GENERATION, THE WIMBERLYS, SWEET TIDINGS, TAIL DRAGGERS, BLUEGRASS BRETHREN, and OLDE HAYWIRE. scheduled bands and dozens of impromptu performances throughout the six blocks of Old Town Temecula.
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Here's the full edition, as originally published, plus those LATE ADDITIONS...
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The Acoustic Americana Music Guide has surpassed 200,000 page views since January, 2012! Hip-hip-hooray, huz-zaah an’ hoopity-doo! Thanks to our readers for looking here for your music performance news and info needs!
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Here’s a brand-new and very FULL edition, jam-packed (but nicely organized), with all the acoustic and folk-Americana LIVE EVENTS that we can find for you, happening in all the likely and some rather unlikely places throughout Southern California.
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The Guide has even MORE, with additional brand-new FULL editions almost ready to accompany this one! Here, and soon, in separate clicks (or by scrolling), you’ll find NEW EDITIONS of Live Events, News & Reviews, and Tuneful TeeVee.
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Egads, Spring MUSIC FESTIVAL SEASON arrives next weekend! We’ve got that covered for you, as well. Spring isn’t that far off, and Daylight Savings Time returns in just over a week. Get used to it: you’ll be tempted by something tuneful every weekend from here ’til whenever (as if you weren’t, already). And for those not ready to quit winter, we even list a music festival in MAMMOTH this weekend. It’s all here, indoors and out, concerts, club gigs, coffee house performances, showcases, and everyplace else where acoustic and Americana music is made.
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Ahh, the happy anticipation of FESTIVAL SEASON! Put the shine-on those dancin’ shoes, wash-out the ice chest, dust the cobwebs off the fold-up chairs... And we list PLENTY of indoor shows to enjoy in the meantime.
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HERE’s a fresh update of LIVE MUSIC EVENTS, including concerts, workshops for artists, and LOTS more…
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With separate clicks*, you’ll find:
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• LIVE EVENTS is the Guide’s annotated catalog that’s more-inclusive-than-anybody-else’s mere calendar.
• TUNEFUL TEEVEE, our unique Music-on-TV listings…
• NEWS & REVIEWS -- here as a single-review, but FRESH special edition; a comprehensive edition with news of the acoustic and Americana musicscape and industry news, is due soon.
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* - “at separate clicks” available just below or in sidebar at left, depending on where you are reading this…
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HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING…
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Friday’s Sections:
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1) Friday’s MUSIC-on-TV and WEB RADIO
2) Friday’s TICKET ALERTS
3) Friday’s FESTIVALS & MUSIC CAMPS
4) Friday’s CONCERTS, CLUB GIGS, SHOWCASES, & other LIVE events
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1) Friday’s MUSIC-on-TV and WEB RADIO:
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These listings are now in a separate edition. It’s available just below, or in the sidebar at left, depending on where you are reading this.
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2) Friday’s TICKET ALERTS
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Tix sales start Fri, Mar 1:
RODRIGUEZ, the musician profiled in the OSCAR-winning film, “SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN,” plays his only L.A. show on Tue, Apr 16, 8 pm, at The Orpheum Theatre in L.A. Yes, he can still sing and play guitar, and stir the longings of the soul. Tix, $45- $65, plus service fee. TIX GO ON SALE FRI, MARCH 1 at 10 am, at www.goldenvoice.com. Two ticket limit.
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Tix sales start Fri, Mar 1:
DROPKICK MURPHYS with SKINNY LISTER and THE INSURGENCE play Wed, Apr 17, 8:30 pm, at Club Nokia in downtown L.A.; Tix, $30.50-$36, advance, plus service fee. TIX GO ON SALE FRI, MARCH 1 at 10 am, at www.goldenvoice.com.
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Fri & Sat, Mar 1 & 2, FESTIVAL, in the Eastern Sierra (Mammoth Lakes):
Times tba “RAFTERS MARDI GRAS” includes a 9 pm concert / dance both nights by LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS at 202 Old Mammoth Rd, Mammoth Lakes 93546; . www.therafters.com. Call for special “Club Zydecosis” hotel rates at nearby Sierra Nevada Lodge, 164 Old Mammoth Rd, Mammoth Lakes 93546; www.Sierranevadalodge.com; 760-934-2515.
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Fri, Mar 1, in L.A.:
NO LONGER HAPPENING: 5 pm monthly “OLD-TIME JAM” at the Fretted Frog Acoustic Guitar Store, 1200 N Alvarado St, Los Angeles 90026; 213-353-0734.
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Fri, Mar 1, near LAX:
6 pm “WESTCHESTER FIRST FRIDAYS” series sometimes brings folky-rootsy music; in the 6200 block of W 87th St, Westchester 90045.
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Fri, Mar 1, in Tehachapi:
6-8 pm “APPLE SHED LIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC,” a Friday and Saturday night series at the Apple Shed, 333 E Tehachapi Bl, Tehachapi 93561; 661-823-8333.
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They have a regular schedule of performers:
1st Friday - WILL JAMES - Celtic, Americana, gospel, & folk
1st Saturday - JO STONE - piano music
2nd Friday - THE GEEZERS - folk music
2nd Saturday - ART LARSON - clarinet
3rd Friday – “Country Music night” (was the late Cowboy / Western artist TONY VICE)
3rd Saturday - MOUNTAIN PASS - oldies
4th Friday - MAX VALENTINO - acoustic guitar
4th Saturday - PAT STRONG – country / ballads music
5th Saturday - CRAIG SHAW
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Check their website for the latest, www.appleshedonline.com .
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Fri, Mar 1, in Tehachapi:
Time tba “LIVE MUSIC AT LA BELLE AMORE,” a Friday and Saturday series at La Belle Amore Italian Bistro, 209 S Green St, Tehachapi; 661-822-7419. Recommended by locals who tell the Guide, “Great live music can be heard” at this Italian Bistro, located next to the Hitching Post Theater.
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Here’s the usual monthly schedule:
STEVE HEPNER & LAUREN ALEXANDER - 1st Friday
TERRY ASHER & FRIENDS - 1st Saturday
THE GEEZERS - folk music - 2nd & 5th Saturday
CRAIG SHAW - 2nd & 4th Friday
PETER CUTLER & DEBBY HAND as a folk duo - 3rd Friday
MARIA & CHARLY “folk & more” duo of CHARLY WALLMO & MARIA WEIR WERTH - 3rd Sat
DAVE OGDEN, Celtic fingerstyle guitar - 4th Saturday
GARY MAZOLLA - 5th Friday
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Fri, Mar 1, 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, Mar 1, in Redondo Beach:
7-10 pm ANDY & RENEE of the Dylan tribute band HARD RAIN play their weekly residency with 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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ANDY & RENEE are Finalists in the “International Acoustic Music Awards” for “Best Duo/Group” for their original song, "Dream It All Away." More at www.inacoustic.com/winners.html .
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Fri, Mar 1, in Long Beach:
7-10 pm CARL O'CALLAGHAN brings live Irish music at the Red Leprechaun, 4000 E Anaheim St, Long Beach 90804; call for music schedules, 562-494-8726; www.redleprechaun.com. Venue is Long Beach and South Bay's newest Irish American pub.
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Fri, Mar 1, in Ventura Co:
7 pm SONGMAKERS’ monthly “PENNY LANE SING CIRCLE” in Port Hueneme 93041. Info and location at www.songmakers.org.
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Fri, Mar 1, in Santa Monica:
Time tba “LIVE BANDS EVERY FRIDAY, NO COVER” at Sonny McLean's Irish Pub, 2615 Wilshire Bl, Santa Monica; 310-449-1811; www.sonnymcleans.com.
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Fri, Mar 1, in Claremont:
7:30 pm STEVE GILLETTE & CINDY MANGSEN play the “GELENCSER HOUSE CONCERT” Series in Claremont. Reservations get directions at 909-596-1266.
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Fri, Mar 1, in SFV (NoHo):
7:30 pm SEVERIN BROWNE’S monthly “FIRST FRIDAY SHOW,” with the all-star FIRST FRIDAY BAND, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info and live webcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com. Officially, it’s no cover, but all artists donate their performances and venue expects a donation in the neighborhood of $10 from each patron. You can probably watch live on the web at www.kulakswoodshed.com, but check early to see the status of that feed.
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Fri, Mar 1, in Santa Monica:
8 & 10 pm DAN HICKS & THE HOT LICKS play two shows tonight at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $26.50.
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Dan Hicks' unique songwriting, masterful folk-swing guitar playing, and unmistakable sense of humor have made him a cultural icon, landing him on the cover of Rolling Stone twice, and provoking Tom Waits to say, "Dan Hicks is fly, sly, wily and dry," while Elvis Costello proclaimed him "an American treasure." This show is the latest in a series of Hicks-created musical productions that have previously paid homage to the Singing Cowboys, saluted the Folk Years, and honored Swing Noir. Dan now pays tribute to the composers and artists he most admires including Duke Ellington, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Richard Rodgers, Paul Simon, and, of course, himself. Professor Hicks and The Licks will illuminate eager pupils to some music history, as well as a variety of musical styles. Just listen and learn!
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The 8 pm show is sold out, and just a few seats remain for the 10 pm performance.
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Fri, Mar 1, in Altadena:
8 pm MICHAEL McGINNIS and FRIENDS play 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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MICHAEL McGINNIS is an inductee in the FOLK MUSIC HALL OF FAME. He is a singer, songwriter, poet, actor, story teller, member of the original New Christy Minstrels, YMCA Camp Director / Chaplain, (“the chaplain part is humorous,” he says) along with his claim of “Winner of several beauty contests, (not recently however), Attention Deficit Survivor, (what?), and otherwise pretty good guy.” He has played for presidents, queens, and other assorted heads of state, is the honorary “Duke” of Peoria Illinois, and puts on a very entertaining show.
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The “FRIENDS” are STEPHEN GEYER, fine guitar player who has penned a number of chart breaking songs; and DAVID P. JACKSON, “legendary player of most instruments, hilariously funny, and a really good guy to have on your side when you're trying to win over an audience.”
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Michael plays his annual birthday show – a tradition for him at the venue – and he performs tonight with STEPHEN GEYER and DAVID P JACKSON “along with a few surprise guests.” He says, “’The Ballad of John Henry’ and the legendary ‘Buck Dance’ may or may not happen, but be among the first to hear me read from my new volume of Poetry, ‘The House On Hartsook Street.’ Don't forget to call for reservations, (last year we turned too many away). It is a small club, and will probably sell out.”
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Fri, Mar 1, in SGV (Arcadia):
8 pm BB CHUNG KING plus the BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND opening, play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia 91006; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349. Venue serves dinner with generous portions, has full bar and nightly specials. Take earplugs. Seriously. Advance tix on their website; higher at the door, but always very affordable.
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Fri, Mar 1, in SFV (Burbank):
8 pm “AMERICANA / ALT-COUNTRY / HONKY-TONK” music on two separate stages at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr (next to L.A. Equestrian Center), Burbank; 818-845-2425 or 818-515-4444; www.vivacantina.com. Okay to park free across the street at Pickwick Bowl (free, nearly unlimited parking for Viva patrons). Two stages, one in the Front Room is always no cover, the other, the Riverside Rancho stage, may charge cover. Venue has full bar, serves good Mexican food, all ages.
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Fri, Mar 1, in SGV (Monrovia):
8 pm weekly “MONROVIA STREET FAIR” includes several venues with acoustic music, some impromptu, some more formal, including the acoustic KATTYWOMPUS CONCERT and JAM with all comers – featuring dulcimer players – at Dollmakers Kattywompus, 412 S Myrtle Av, Monrovia 91016; 626-357-1091. Free.
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Fri, Mar 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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Fri, Mar 1, in Van Nuys:
9 pm KEN O’MALLEY plays his weekly gig at Ireland’s 32, 13721 Burbank Bl, Van Nuys 91401; 818-785-4031.
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Fri, Mar 1, in Culver City:
9 pm New “FIRST FRIDAYS AT THE CINEMA” series with hosts I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. and performing guests to play "The World's Smallest Honky-Tonk," 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.
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The Hawks’ “Sacramento pal” RICHIE LAWRENCE opens tonight’s show, “and will add delicious flavors to the I See Hawks In L.A. set, as well.”
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Venue is 21+, the size of a shoebox. Barstool seating is competitive. No cover, but bring $ for artists’ tip jar.
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Fri, Mar 1, in Murietta:
9 pm DUBLIN PUBLIC plays the Shamrock Irish Pub, 39252 Winchester Rd, Murrieta; 951 696-5252; www.theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com.
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Fri, Mar 1, in SFV (Chatsworth):
9 pm COUNTRY GONE AWRY plays the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166. A real, live, fun honky-tonk scene with live music nightly. Preceded by free line dance lesson with Kathy at 7 pm. No cover.
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Fri, Mar 1, in OC (Huntington Beach):
9 pm “FRIDAYS IN MARCH, LIVE BANDS, NO COVER” at Gallagher's Irish Pub, 300 Walnut (parallel to PCH, 1 block inland.), Huntington Beach; 714-536-2422; www.gallagherspub.com.
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Fri, Mar 1, 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, Mar 1, in Santa Monica:
10 pm DAN HICKS & THE HOT LICKS play the second of two shows tonight at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $26.50.
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Dan Hicks' unique songwriting, masterful folk-swing guitar playing, and unmistakable sense of humor have made him a cultural icon, landing him on the cover of Rolling Stone twice, and provoking Tom Waits to say, "Dan Hicks is fly, sly, wily and dry," while Elvis Costello proclaimed him "an American treasure." This show is the latest in a series of Hicks-created musical productions that have previously paid homage to the Singing Cowboys, saluted the Folk Years, and honored Swing Noir. Dan now pays tribute to the composers and artists he most admires including Duke Ellington, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Richard Rodgers, Paul Simon, and, of course, himself. Professor Hicks and The Licks will illuminate eager pupils to some music history, as well as a variety of musical styles. Just listen and learn!
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Fri, Mar 1, in Long Beach:
10 pm IRISH MUSIC at The Auld Dubliner, 71 Pine St, Long Beach; 562-437-8300; www.aulddubliner.com.
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Fridays are “FISH FRY FRIDAYS,” with all-you-can-eat Fish & Chips for $9 per person.
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2) Saturday’s FESTIVALS
3) Saturday’s WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS and other events for ARTISTS
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Sat, Mar 2; every Sat, on broadcast / web / podcast RADIO:
9-10 am “AROUND THE BARN” is an almost-in-L.A. WESTERN MUSIC radio show, live on from Santa Clarita on KHTS 1220 AM, simulcast live at www.hometownstation.com; click “Radio Show” for podcasts and guest schedules. Host is Nancy Pitchford Zhe, founder and director of the local therapeutic riding program “Heads Up Therapy on Horseback,” and her co-hosts Julie Pomilia, granddaughter of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, and Bobbi Jean Bell, of OutWest (western boutique and concert venue). Engineer Mike Dowler adds playful banter.
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The Guide’s Music-on-TV listings are now in a separate edition, “TUNEFUL TEEVEE.” It’s available just below, or in the sidebar at left, depending on where you are reading this.
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Sat, Mar 2, FESTIVAL, in VC (Ojai):
23rd Annual "OJAI MARDI GRAS" has a theme this year of "Burning Desire," a tribute to Burning Man and other flaming passions. Info at www.ojaimardigras.com.
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Sat, Mar 2; Fri & Sat, Mar 1 & 2, FESTIVAL,
in the Eastern Sierra (Mammoth Lakes):
Times tba “RAFTERS MARDI GRAS” includes a 9 pm concert / dance both nights by LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS at 202 Old Mammoth Rd, Mammoth Lakes 93546; . www.therafters.com. Call for special “Club Zydecosis” hotel rates at nearby Sierra Nevada Lodge, 164 Old Mammoth Rd, Mammoth Lakes 93546; www.Sierranevadalodge.com; 760-934-2515.
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Sat & Sun, Mar 2 & 3, WORKSHOP for ARTISTS, in Malibu:
11 am-noon & 2-3 pm MUSICàNTICA duo’s ROBERTO CATALANO and ENZO FINApresent “ANCIENT ORAL TRADITIONS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN,” an interactive workshop where you’ll learn how to make and play modern versions of ancient instruments, on the Education Court at the The Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu; 310-440-7300; parking, $10. Workshop tickets available online or by phone at 310-440-7300. More at www.getty.edu/visit/calendar/days/02232013.html, and www.musicantica.org.
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Sat, Mar 2, WORKSHOP for ARTISTS, in Pasadena:
11 am-3 pm “CAREER STRATEGIES FOR THE MUSIC INDUSTRY: BOOKING, PROMOTING AND TOURING YOUR ACT IN TODAY'S MARKET” is a Workshop / Seminar presented by agent, manager, instructor, career coach BARBARA COLLIN, at a Pasadena location.
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Session covers:
* polishing your act for the market place: important do's and don'ts
* how to identify your brand and target your specific market
* how to put together a killer press kit/value of an EPK
* step by step practical booking procedures
* what Agents, Managers and Promoters are looking for
* how to find, establish and maintain relationships with the team that's right for you
* taking your act to the next level
* touring your act and getting gigs in today's economy
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Session includes a lunch break. Reservations and info, 323-467-4702 or collinartists@gmail.com. $95 advance registration or $110 on the day (student discount available).
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Sat, Mar 2, in OC (San Juan Capistrano):
10 am-noon “BLUEGRASS & OLD TIME JAM SESSION,” all levels welcome, at C. Russell Cook Park, near the corner of Calle Arroyo & Calle del Campo, San Juan Capistrano; 949-498-5871.
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Sat & Sun, Mar 2 & 3, in Marina del Rey:
1-4 pm “FREE OUTDOOR WEEKEND CONCERT SERIES” features Blues, Jazz, Latin, or Pop at Fisherman’s Village in Marina del Rey (weather permitting). Info and schedules, www.visitmarinadelrey.com/schedule/ongoing-events.
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Sat, Mar 2, in Ventura:
2 & 5 pm ROBERT EARL “ROBBIE” LONGLEY, a must-see acoustic guitar showman extraordinaire, plays two shows today at a new venue, The Winery, 4517 Market St, Ventura; www.concertartshow.com.
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Sat, Mar 2, in San Pedro:
2-5:30 pm BERNIE PEARL plays his blues residency at CRAFTED, a new arts venue in the Port of Los Angeles, at 110 E 22nd St, San Pedro 90731; 310-732-1270; www.CRAFTEDportla.com; www.facebook.com/Craftedportla.
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TODAY’S SHOW was rescheduled from March 10, and that change was announced Thu, Feb 27. The changed date enables longtime sideman, bassist MIKE BARRY, to take part today. (Bernie will not perform here Mar 10, but will return here Apr 14.)
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His previous gigs at CRAFTED – including one that opened the venue -- went so well that Bernie was offered a monthly residency, second Sunday of each month through April.
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Bernie says of this new venue, "It's a great place to hear some acoustic Blues and to see what dozens of crafters are working on. Food and beverages are available. Parking and admission are free. I perform in the lounge area, where there are tables and chairs, and the live music is piped throughout the building. Take a Sunday drive to the scenic Port of L.A. and hang out for a while. I bet you'll enjoy it." Bernie returns here Apr 14.
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The Guide adds that you can go in the morning and tour the Battleship Iowa or the Victory ship, both anchored on display in San Pedro, then go for lunch and great live blues music with Bernie at CRAFTED.
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Sat, Mar 2, in SFV (Northridge):
2 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “NORTHRIDGE SONG CIRCLE.” Info and location at NorthCountryHoot@Songmakers.org.
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Sat, Mar 2, in Bakersfield:
2-5 pm Weekly “BLUEGRASS JAM” at Dagney's Coffee Shop. “Come on down for some coffee, stir in some music, and you get a good time,” says host Jeff Russinsky; info, 661-364-1553 or 661-324-7504.
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Sat, Mar 2, a FREE EVENT of the WEEK,
in South Pasadena:
5-9 pm “SOUTH PASADENA ARTS CRAWL” presented by SPARC, the South Pasadena Arts Council, includes LIVE MUSIC IN MULTIPLE VENUES, from Contra Dance (music and dancing), to a Civil War-era reenactment band, to Mexican Son Jaroco, to string chamber music, to jazz, to indie rock, in various venues radiating for a few blocks around the Gold Line light rail station at Mission and Meridian in South Pasadena.
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• The CAMP CARLETON CORNET BAND, a Civil War reenactment band, kicks-off the evening by marching from Gus's Barbeque on Fair Oaks Ave, to the Iron Works Museum, next to the Gold Line light rail Station on Mission Street. There, a TIME CAPSULE DEDICATION will be made, followed by a theatrical historic reenactment, a costume contest and the pickin' and fiddlin' of a contra dance band and dancers. The Iron Works Museum will be open, and Sew Cranky will be on hand with its antique, hand-cranked sewing machines.
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• The South Pasadena Music Center hosts a full evening of live music including its JAZZ LAB BAND and STRING CHAMBER ENSEMBLE, the indie rock group LEAVE IT ALONE, and the introduction of its new BEATLES PROJECT.
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• Other FREE LIVE MUSIC performances will happen at Buster's Coffee, SOPA Studios, and the newest café, La Monarca, where a group of musicians performing Son Jarocho, a Mexican folk style music, will play. More than thirty participating businesses will offer open houses, special discount sales, and giveaways to celebrate the arts and the City of South Pasadena's history.
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It’s all part of a special event in conjunction with South Pasadena's 125th birthday celebration. The Chamber of Commerce and South Pasadena Preservation Foundation are presenting an evening celebrating the centennial-and-a-quarter with both a look back in time and a wish for the future. The Arts Crawl is free, open to the public and takes place in the historic business district in South Pasadena.
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An artists / art lovers’ mixer and free sneak preview of the film "VOICES FOR THE ARTS" (previews at 5:30 & 6:30 pm) is at SoPas Gallery, 1121 Mission St, South Pasadena. The film features local citizens, artists, performers and musicians sharing their first memories of the arts. There will be plenty of time to mix, mingle and meet and enjoy artist HOWARD DEAN SPECOR's exhibition of ColorScapes.
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•  Noon-all day, LIVE MUSIC STAGE near the South Pasadena library; BRAD COLERICK plays noon-1 pm "with Steve, Guillermo Guzman, Jamison Hollister, and Tom Walsh." Brad says, "I don't often play with a 5-piece band so this will be a treat for me."
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•  At 5 pm  "AN EVENING OF MUSIC" at SOPA Studios with DAVE GLEASON, SEVERIN BROWNE, CHAUNCEY BOWERS, LISA TURNER, and STEVE HANSON, hosted by BRAD COLERICK, who shares a closing set about 8 pm. Brad adds, "There's a raffle and great art for you to enjoy and it's free."
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• 2-9 pm, during ARTS CRAWL, the visitor-created “ONE TO GROW ON -- A COMMUNITY WISHES FOR THE FUTURE” happens at Mission Street & Fremont Av, presented by SPACE (with more in its gallery at 1506 Mission St) It’s a look into the future through an interactive public art installation designed by MARIE SWITZER MILLER. It will be created in real time by passersby and event-goers. The colorful display of bamboo poles and cloth swatches with individual hand-lettered hopes, dreams and wishes will adorn the fence at the corner of Mission Street and Fremont Ave. The artwork will represent what the city might become as envisioned by its citizens. More at www.spaceartscenter.com.
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• 5-9 pm during ARTS CRAWL,” Marbling Demo” by artist BARB SKOOG, demonstrating the beautiful art of paper marbling; includes a give-away, at Book'em Mysteries Bookstore, 1118 Mission St (next to Mission Wines), South Pasadena.
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• At 8 pm, the only event that isn’t free for ARTS CRAWL, is the evening’s theatrical production of “VON BACH,” and it offers special discount tickets. It’s at the Fremont Centre Theatre, 1000 Fremont Av; all tix will be $15 (that's $10 off the regular ticket price). Enter code "ARTS" when ordering online, or mention code at the door. Valid only on March 2 at 8pm during the Arts Crawl, or call toll-free, 866-811-4111. “VON BACH” is "[A] clever and somewhat outrageous send-up of Hollywood movie-making... [a] very funny satire...[i]t's all a lot of fun." -- Frances Baum Nicholson, The Stage Struck Review and Pasadena Star News. "Von Bach attempts to point out the hilarious predictability and futility of these constant Hollywood horror revamps, and it succeeds beautifully in doing so. I've seen many shows try to incorporate film projections or image slides during a show, but I've never seen the two concepts integrated as well as this." - Melissa Gordon, Playwriting in the City.
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• New artwork by a variety of artists is presented in the surrounding galleries and art spaces of South Pasadena Mercantile Co., Fremont Gallery, Laurie Hendricks Gallery, SOPA Studios, Tah Gallery, and SPACE. And there’s more. Inside some of the alternative venues, including Lillyʼs, visitors will find the timely "The Art of the Foreclosure," and inside Duncan Taylor, in addition to seeing Spent Whiskey Cask Artisan Furniture, there will be a sale on Scottish Artist IAN GRAYʼs large prints.
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Arts Crawl is organized by the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce to provide a showcase for artists and musicians and to highlight the city's unique business district. All attractions are within a few blocks so patrons can easily park and walk to each spot. South Pasadena is easily reached via the Metro Gold Line at Mission Station. A wide variety of restaurants are open, and food trucks including Dosatruck, Paradise Cookies, Rolling Burger Barns and others will be on the streets.
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More info at www.SouthPasadena.net . Visitors are encouraged to use Metro Gold Line, exit at Mission Station in the heart of the City.
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About the South Pasadena Arts Council: SPARC is open to artists, actors, musicians, playwrights, directors, producers, set designers, costume designers, dancers, singers, storytellers, writers, art lovers, art patrons and all others who would like to help the arts survive and thrive in South Pasadena. To receive the next SPARC member-event email blast, or to ask about membership, email sharonfrayer@hotmail.com. More at www. SoPasArtsCouncil.com.
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Sat, Mar 2, in Ventura:
5 pm ROBERT EARL “ROBBIE” LONGLEY, a must-see acoustic guitar showman extraordinaire, plays the second of two shows today at a new venue, The Winery, 4517 Market St, Ventura; www.concertartshow.com.
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Sat, Mar 2, in San Pedro:
6 pm SANDI THOM plays a “blues-rock raunch” show at Alva’s Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, Weymouth Corners, San Pedro 90732; www.alvasshowroom.com; 800-403-3447 or 310-519-1314. You can bring your own food and drinks into this venue and just pay the cover. Plenty of free parking.
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She recently played Royal Albert Hall in London with BRIAN AUGER. If you wonder about the characterization of the performance she is set to bring, read on.
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The venue sent us a piece written by renowned rock journalist and author MICK WALL, who says, “Sandi Thom is not who you think she is. For a while most people still recalled her as the precocious next-generation talent that produced one of the defining hits of the internet age, ‘I Wish I Was A Punk Rock (With Flowers In My Hair)’, this talented singer-songwriter has come a long way in the years since then. As Sandi now says, ‘The strange thing about having the kind of success I had, people think they know you. In fact, people don’t know me at all.’”
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“That is all about to change, however, with the release of Sandi’s superb new album, ‘Flesh and Blood.’ Recorded at Nashville’s legendary 16 Tons studio, with celebrated BLACK CROWES guitarist RICH ROBINSON in the production hot seat, the fourth Sandi Thom album is, she says, ‘the first album I’ve made that is really all about me.’”
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“Describing it as ‘a new chapter’ in her story, personally and professionally, she adds: ‘I never liked to pigeonhole myself. I feel like my sound and voice have been naturally developing since I was 14-years-old, and that it’s only now I’ve finally hit upon what I really sound like.’”
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“It’s a sound that combines the blues-rock raunch of belting opening track ‘Help Me’ with the balladic, country-flavoured charm of ‘In The Pines’; that shows how to funk it up, as on the strutting, clavinet-led ‘Stormy Weather’; and that knows how to break your heart, as with the movingly climactic finale track, ‘Lay Your Burden Down’.”
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This is the first of two different shows here this evening; see 8:30 pm for the other one.
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Admission, $20.
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Sat, Mar 2, in Tehachapi:
6-8 pm “APPLE SHED LIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC,” a Friday and Saturday night series at the Apple Shed, 333 E Tehachapi Bl, Tehachapi 93561; 661-823-8333.
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They have a regular schedule of performers:
1st Friday - WILL JAMES - Celtic, Americana, gospel, & folk
1st Saturday - JO STONE - piano music
2nd Friday - THE GEEZERS - folk music
2nd Saturday - ART LARSON - clarinet
3rd Friday – “Country Music night” (was the late Cowboy / Western artist TONY VICE)
3rd Saturday - MOUNTAIN PASS - oldies
4th Friday - MAX VALENTINO - acoustic guitar
4th Saturday - PAT STRONG – country / ballads music
5th Saturday - CRAIG SHAW
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Sat, Mar 2, in Tehachapi:
Time tba “LIVE MUSIC AT LA BELLE AMORE,” a Friday and Saturday series at La Belle Amore Italian Bistro, 209 S Green St, Tehachapi; 661-822-7419. Recommended by locals who tell the Guide, “Great live music can be heard” at this Italian Bistro, located next to the Hitching Post Theater.
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Here’s the usual monthly schedule:
STEVE HEPNER & LAUREN ALEXANDER - 1st Friday
TERRY ASHER & FRIENDS - 1st Saturday
THE GEEZERS - folk music - 2nd & 5th Saturday
CRAIG SHAW - 2nd & 4th Friday
PETER CUTLER & DEBBY HAND as a folk duo - 3rd Friday
MARIA & CHARLY “folk & more” duo of CHARLY WALLMO & MARIA WEIR WERTH - 3rd Sat
DAVE OGDEN, Celtic fingerstyle guitar - 4th Saturday
GARY MAZOLLA - 5th Friday
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Sat, Mar 2, in SFV (Mission Hills):
6 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “MISSION HILLS SONG CIRCLE” in Mission Hills 91345. Info and location at www.songmakers.org.
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Sat, Mar 2, in OC (Mission Viejo):
6 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “ORANGE COUNTY HOOT” at the home of David Borger and Ann Carroll in Mission Viejo. Info and location at www.songmakers.org.
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Sat, Mar 2, 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. They have a lot of fun every Saturday night. Here's a video of a recent performance there by the band GRASSLANDS: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMwi-VZ0rwc&feature=em-share_video_user ] Grasslands - "You Are What I Am." More on that band at www.grasslandsbluegrass.com.
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Sat, Mar 2, in Santa Monica:
6:30 pm monthly “SANTA MONICA TRADITIONAL FOLK MUSIC CLUB” music session at Sha'Arei Am (Santa Monica Synagogue), 1448 18th St, Santa Monica 90404; 310-453-4276.
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Sat, Mar 2, in Lakewood:
6:30 pm weekly “BLUEGRASS CONCERT” at Me N Eds Pizza Parlor, 4115 Paramount Bl, Lakewood 90712; 562-421-8908.
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Sat, Mar 2, in Santa Monica:
7 pm THE CHAPIN SISTERS play McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497.
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It’s an evening with ex-local faves, now NYC darlings. Boasting an iconic musical lineage, thanks to father Tom Chapin and their late uncle Harry Chapin, Abigail and Lily Chapin (sometimes joined in performances by sister Jessica Craven) released two hauntingly beautiful albums drawing upon their perfect sibling harmonies, drawing wide critical praise, and shock of shocks, much airplay on KCRW, which isn’t exactly known for playing folk-Americana music.
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After spending a year backing up M WARD and ZOOEY DESCHANEL's “She & Him” project (probably where they acquired the appearance of hipness that got KCRW interested), the Chapins relocated to New York and have just released an album of classic EVERLY BROTHERS and vintage country pop. Debuting their new sound in a now rare L.A. appearance, “The Chapin Sisters Croon Country Classics” is a show that promises to be a dandy.
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Sat, Mar 2, in Altadena:
7 pm DOOZY brings their “Lush & Loopy Prohibition Pop and Depression Era Cheer” and vast array of acoustic instruments to 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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DOOZY sounds like a band you once might’ve heard in a shady downtown bar, on a Parisian sidewalk, or wafting from a Philco wireless on a hot summer evening: dreamy and quirky original music peppered with jazz age standards and novelty songs; intoxicating arrangements in a lush and loopy style; sublime lyrics and vocals backed by an eccentric blend of accordion and woodwinds, guitars and ukulele, upright bass and a pink cocktail drum.
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The mood is sultry but sweet, wry but not jaded, frequently amusing. The look is a little bit Speakeasy, a little bit Weimar cabaret with a dash of Marahesh hookah bar, English Music Hall, and Borscht Belt Vaudeville. Doozy transports you to another time but the themes are timeless: the pursuit of love, liquor, and happiness, which rarely seem to come in the right amounts.
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DOOZY grew out of singer CHRISTIE MELLOR’s lifelong fondness for the music of the 1920s and ‘30s and her penchant for memorizing every record she could find by the Boswell Sisters, Ruth Etting, Bing Crosby, and Annette Hanshaw. In her other life, she’s a published author, actor, and illustrator, but a band was born when she and her neighbor, documentary producer and guitarist DOUG FREEMAN, another fan of early jazz and popular music, started playing together. They roped in three long-time friends and DOOZY was complete: first to join was artist, filmmaker, and fez-wearer JOHN ALLEN on clarinet and baritone sax; then writer, director, and arranger PETER HASTINGS on upright bass; and finally jazz and classical pianist HENRY SPURGEON on accordion. CAROL CHAIKIN fills-in the holes with grace and fury on clarinet and soprano saxophone.
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DOOZY released their first CD of original music, “Heavy Sugar,” in 2012, and they'll put out their next collection of recordings, "Pink Cashmere On The High Seas," sometime in 2013.
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Sat, Mar 2, in Palmdale:
7 pm “LIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC” at Butler's Coffee, 40125 10th St West, Suite I, Palmdale 93551; 661-272-9530; www.butlerscoffee.com/music.html.
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Sat, Mar 2, in Claremont:
7:30 pm NELS ANDREWS & ADAM LEVY play the Folk Music Center, 220 Yale Av, Claremont 91711; 909-624-2928; www.folkmusiccenter.com. info@folkmusiccenter.com
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NELS ANDREWS has struck a nerve, earning songwriting awards from prestigious US festivals such as Kerrville, Telluride, and Mountain Stage. More at http://nelsandrews.com/
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ADAM LEVY is an accomplished jazz guitarist and singer-songwriter. Levy has recorded with NORAH JONES, TRACY CHAPMAN, and AMOS LEE. He has released several solo albums, including his latest, “The Heart Collector.” More at www.adamlevy.com.
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Sat, Mar 2, in SFV (Van Nuys):
7:30 pm STEVE GILLETTE & CINDY MANGSEN play the “NOBLE HOUSE CONCERT” series in Van Nuys. Reservations get directions at 818-780-5970.
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Sat, Mar 2, in Newhall (Santa Clarita):
7:30 pm GRATEFUL DUDES BLUEGRASS residency, sometimes with very impressive guest players, at Vincenzo's Pizza, 24500 Lyons Av, Newhall 91350.
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Sat, Mar 2, in San Pedro:
8 pm OVERSTREET NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND plays The Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731; www.grandvision.org; 310-833-4813.
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VAUD OVERSTREET brings his ten-piece band to the Annex for a danceable, rousing reincarnation of a 1930s New Orleans Preservation Hall / Zydeco / Gospel experience. Spot-on harmonies, wailin' horns, fiddle, bass, and drum, and more. Tix, 20 advance, $25 day of show; $30 VIP seats.
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Sat, Mar 2, in Newhall (Santa Clarita):
8 pm “AN EVENING WITH COW BOP” at the “OUTWEST CONCERT SERIES” at Out West Western Boutique & Cultural Center, 24265 Main St (aka San Fernando Rd on older maps), Newhall 91321; www.scvoutwest.com; reservations (limited seating), 661-255-7087.
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Presented by SCVTV, the WMA California Chapter, and OutWest. Apart from the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, this concert series has become the most prolific presenter of western music in recent years. Upcoming OutWest Concerts are:
• March 30, “An Evening with TUMBLEWEED ROB & THE SOUTHWEST JUNCTION”
• April 19, “An Evening of POETRY, STORYTELLING, & LIVE MUSIC”
• May 18, “An Evening with JASON "BUCK" CORBETT & FRIENDS”
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More on the “Live Music” tab at www.scvoutwest.com, including info on upcoming and past “SCVTV Concerts.”
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Doors at 7:30 pm for the best seats, concert at 8 pm. Light refreshments included. Tix are a “suggested donation” of $15.
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Sat, Mar 2, in SGV (Arcadia):
8 pm LAURIE MORVAN plus the BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND opening, play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia 91006; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349. Venue serves dinner with generous portions, has full bar and nightly specials. Take earplugs. Seriously. Advance tix on their website; higher at the door, but always very affordable.
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Sat, Mar 2, in Downey:
8-10 pm WHEN PIGS FLY! brings their dulcimer-based “toe-tapping, knee-slapping, Irish jigs and reels” and more, at Mambo Grill, 11018 Downey Ave.,Downey 90241; www.yelp.com/biz/mambo-grill-downey. Venue is family-friendly, with good food and good drinks.
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Band is BEA ROMANO on hammered dulcimer, MARIANNE SCANLON on hammered dulcimer and fretted dulcimer, JIM ROMANO on fretted dulcimer, bodhran, and guitar, and JIM COPE on fiddle, bouzouki, guitar, and bodhran. More at www.WhenPigsFlyMusic.com
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Sat, Mar 2, in L.A.:
8 pm “A NIGHT OF L.A.-BREWED AMERICANA BANDS” brings BRIAN SPENCE & THE
CHRIS LATERZO & BUFFALO ROBE, BOBBY JOYNER, DEVON & THE CRAZY HEARTS, and TRANSCENDENT HULA HOOP, to The Mint, 6010 W Pico Bl, L.A. 90035; 323-954-9400 or 323-954-9630; www.themintla.com.
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Schedule:
BRIAN SPENCE & THE TRANSCENDENT HULA HOOP at 8 pm
DEVON & THE CRAZY HEARTS at 9 pm
CHRIS LATERZO & BUFFALO ROBE at 10 pm
BOBBY JOYNER at 11 pm
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Four home-brewed L.A. bands. More at www.themintla.com, and www.chrislaterzo.com. Arrive at the beginning and have dinner there, but be sure to make reservations.
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Advance tix online at http://themintla.com/enhancedCalendarWithPrice.cfm?date=03/25/13&showroom=0
Tix, $10, but CHEAPER if you bring a friend / partner in crime / charm the door / you name it, all will walk-in for $5 each.
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Sat, Mar 2, in WeHo:
8 pm PHOEBE BRIDGERS, talented and rapidly rising young singer-songwriter, plays The Roxy, 9009 Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; www.theroxyonsunset.com; 310-276-2222.
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Check out Phoebe’s new acoustic guitar & vocal music video for her song, “Waiting Room,” at www.youtube.com/watch?v=SksWmgJFgDQ
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Will she dress dapper in her velvet-lapelled tuxedo for this performance? The line-up: PHOEBE plays at 8:15; ROOM 8 at 9 pm; BLONDFIRE at 9:45; KITTEN at 10:30 pm. All ages show. Tix, $8.50
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Sat, Mar 2, in Venice:
8 pm Monthly “JUKE JOINT GANG” showcase at The Talking Stick, 1411 Lincoln Bl, Venice 90291. It’s free with one purchase of food or drink.
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Ernest Troost's Juke Joint Gang is a dependable event with accomplished performers. Performing host ERNEST TROOST is a Kerrville New Folk winner, and has received a bunch of Music Emmys. Each month, he delivers a lineup of accomplished musicians playing acoustic.
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Sat, Mar 2, in SFV (Burbank):
8 pm “AMERICANA / ALT-COUNTRY / HONKY-TONK” music on two separate stages at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr (next to L.A. Equestrian Center), Burbank; 818-845-2425 or 818-515-4444; www.vivacantina.com. Okay to park free across the street at Pickwick Bowl (free, nearly unlimited parking for Viva patrons). Two stages, one in the Front Room is always no cover, the other, the Riverside Rancho stage, may charge cover. Venue has full bar, serves good Mexican food, all ages.
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Sat, Mar 2, in SFV (Chatsworth):
8 pm BRIAN LYNN JONES plays the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166. A real, live, fun honky-t
onk scene with live music nightly. Preceded by free dance lessons at 7 pm. No cover.
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Sun, Mar 3, in Ventura:
7 pm  TOM CORBETT, CHI McCLEAN, and COLE CITRENBAUM play a "Last-minute songwriter show" at Zoey's Cafe, 185 E Santa Clara St,Ventura 93001; 805-652-1137.
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Info on the performers:
Cole Citrenbaum: www.colecitrenbaum.com
Tom Corbett: www.tomcorbett.net
Chi McClean: www.chimcclean.com
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Sat, Mar 2, in SGV (Covina):
8 pm Monthly “OPEN MIC” at the Fret House, 309 N Citrus, Covina 91723; 626-339-7020. Signups at 7:30 pm.
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Sat, Mar 2, in 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, Mar 2, in San Pedro:
8:30 pm DIRK HAMILTON plays Alva’s Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, Weymouth Corners, San Pedro 90732; www.alvasshowroom.com; 800-403-3447 or 310-519-1314. You can bring your own food and drinks into this venue and just pay the cover. Plenty of free parking.
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Singer-songwriter Dirk Hamilton is a poet and musician known for his uniquely intelligent lyrics and passionate performance style, Hamilton creates music that can't be pigeon-holed into one genre or another, so indie rock, alt-rock, roots music, Americana and folk-rock are often used. For his lyrics and performance style he is most often compared to Dylan, Van Morrison, and John Hiatt.
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Hamilton was born in Indiana and raised in Northern California. He picked up a guitar as a youth and was writing songs and doing live performances by the time he was in high school. He moved to Los Angeles in the late ’70s and recorded four critically acclaimed albums, two while at ABC Records, and two while at Elektra/Asylum Records.
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This is the second of two different shows here this evening; see 6 pm for the other one.
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Sat, Mar 2, 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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The Guide’s Music-on-TV listings are now in a separate edition, “TUNEFUL TEEVEE.” It’s available just below, or in the sidebar at left, depending on where you are reading this.
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Sun, Mar 3, FESTIVAL, in Hollywood:
All Day “ST. DAVID'S DAY WELSH FESTIVAL & GRAND CONCERT” brings live music, entertainment, food, vendors, and a Celebration of Wales and Welsh culture, at Barnstable Art Park & Gallery Theatre, 4800 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood.
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SIOBHAN OWENS, renowned Celtic harpist, is the headliner. Presented by A Raven Above Press; more info at www.aravenabovepress.com.
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Sun, Mar 3; Sat & Sun, Mar 2 & 3, WORKSHOP for ARTISTS, in Malibu:
11 am-noon & 2-3 pm MUSICàNTICA duo’s ROBERTO CATALANO and ENZO FINApresent “ANCIENT ORAL TRADITIONS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN,” an interactive workshop where you’ll learn how to make and play modern versions of ancient instruments, on the Education Court at the The Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu; 310-440-7300; parking, $10. Workshop tickets available online or by phone at 310-440-7300. More at www.getty.edu/visit/calendar/days/02232013.html, and www.musicantica.org.
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Sun, Mar 3, WORKSHOP for ARTISTS, in Claremont:
4:30-6 pm “BEGINNING UKULELE: AND THEN SOME” with Jerry and Ellen, at the Folk Music Center, 220 Yale Av, Claremont 91711; 909-624-2928; www.folkmusiccenter.com. info@folkmusiccenter.com
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Beyond learning how to tune, hold, and strum the ukulele, you'll learn more left and right hand techniques. Within minutes you'll be playing and singing lots of songs. Bring a GCEA tuned uke or borrow one from the venue and be prepared to have a lot of fun, because, as they say, Uke Can! More info, call the Folk Music Center, 909-624-2928.
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Sun, Mar 3, 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, Mar 3, in South Pasadena:
11 am-2 pm Weekly “SUNDAY BLUES BRUNCH” with BARRY "BIG B" BRENNER on guitar & vocals at the Firefly Bistro, 1009 El Centro St, South Pasadena; 626-441-2443. “Big B” Brenner performs “The Real Folk Blues.” Features seasonal Brunch menu, mimosas, sangria and Bloody Marys. BIG B sings a mellow compilation of acoustic blues. No cover.
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Sun, Mar 3, in Santa Monica:
11 am “MATINEE KIDS' SHOW” with RANDY KAPLAN at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $8; kids under age 2 get in free.
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Sun, Mar 3, in Burbank:
11 am-2 pm "1st SUNDAY ACOUSTIC MUSIC JAM" returns, but at a new home venue, Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank 91506. Park free across the street at Pickwick Bowl (same owners).
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This is the long-running jam that was held at the now-defunct CTMS Center for Folk Music in Encino. Steve, the jam's organizer, says the jam "will be outside on the front patio -- a good spot. I really enjoy playing where passersby might happen on it, stop [and] listen for a bit. The restaurant will be open for business, so if you're hungry, thirsty, whatever, relief is a few steps away. And they'll bring it out [to you]. Hope you'll come out and play some tunes with us!"
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Sun, Mar 3, in Murrieta:
All afternoon “FAMILY SUNDAY FUNDAY” brings TRADITIONAL IRISH SESSION and IRISH DANCING by the Claddagh Scool, at Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd (in the Albertson's Center), Murrieta; 951-696-5252; www.theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com. Go early for a good seat and the ambiance, food and libations at this new family-friendly Sunday venue.
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Sun, Mar 3, in Marina del Rey:
1-4 pm “FREE OUTDOOR WEEKEND CONCERT SERIES” features Blues, Jazz, Latin, or Pop at Fisherman’s Village in Marina del Rey (weather permitting). Info and schedules, www.visitmarinadelrey.com/schedule/ongoing-events.
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Sun, Mar 3, in OC (Newport Beach):
2 pm Annual “SEXY KILT CONTEST” with bagpiper and humorist ANDY SCOTT as the emcee, at Muldoon's Pub & Celtic Bar, 202 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach; 949-641-4110; www.muldoonspub.com. Interested in being a contestant? Call the pub for details. Prizes, fun and an appreciative crowd.
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Sun, Mar 3, in Venice:
2 pm Monthly “KLEZMER JAM SESSION” at The Talking Stick, 1411c Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net; 310-450-6052.
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Sun, Mar 3, in Altadena:
3 pm “HERBIE KATZ BENEFIT” with a cavalcade of talented musicians performing for one of their own, 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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Bob Stane says, “This is an orgy of pickers, players and singers who, for a mere $15, will amuse you for 2 hours and a few minutes plus. All good folks and worth the trip. Join us on Sunday for a good cause. Herbie needs you and I want you. 100% goes to Herbie, aka ‘DOCTOR FUN.’” – Bob.
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HERBIE KATZ, aka DOCTOR FUN, is a harmonica player extraordinaire who has been battling cancer. He is bringing five of his favorite acoustic acts to the Coffee Gallery Backstage for two hours of spellbinding music:
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NANCY NEVINS is one of the first five females to front a Rock & Roll band in the ’60s, and Nancy and that band -- her band -- "Sweetwater," OPENED the legendary “Woodstock” in 1969.
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JANNEL RAP is an amazing human, a singer-songwriter-pianist, band leader of the CLEMENTINE BAND and founder of “GINA for Missing Persons” and that organization’s “Squeaky Wheel Tour” that has helped families reunite with missing loved ones. Herbie adds, “But I love her best when she is performing solo at the piano.”
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WUMBLOOZO UNPLUGGED brings exactly what they claim: "Blues Like it Oughta Be." They are a three-piece Delta blues act featuring MICHAEL RICHARD on vocals and guitar, GREG KRUEGER on mandolin, National Steel guitar, Dobro, and whatever else he brings with him, and HERBIE “DOCTOR FUN” KATZ on harmonica.
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BULLFISH, aka BARBARA PAUL and JOE BULL, write, sing and play original R&B and Blues music that will make you feel warm inside and put a smile on your face. JED BLACKBURN adds some wonderful bass notes and backup vocals
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LAURA TOYNE is a talent who has been writing and performing her original songs on ukelele and guitar since she was fourteen.
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Donation $15; 100% goes to Herbie, aka “DOCTOR FUN.”
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Sun, Mar 3, in OC (Costa Mesa):
3 pm PACIFIC SYMPHONY YOUTH WIND ENSEMBLE (PSYWE) have the rare first-time experience of performing with the magnificent 4,322 pipes of the William J. Gillespie Concert Organ in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall for their “Spring Concert,” at Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa; 714-556-2787; www.ocpac.org.
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Composed for wind ensemble, soprano soloist and organ, FRANK TICHELI’s “Angels in the Architecture” becomes the centerpiece of the program and features 11-year-old vocalist MAX UEHARA and organist KRISTEN LAWRENCE. A fifth-grade stage hound, Uehara has studied and performed with LORI LOFTUS' SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHILDREN'S CHORUS for the last five years.
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JACKIE EVANCHO was accompanied by Uehara and a select group from the SCCC at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for the 2011 “American Giving Awards” in Los Angles.
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The concert opens with a movement from LEONARD BERNSTEIN’s “Profanation” from his first symphony, “Jeremiah,” written shortly after the composer’s first conducting engagement with the New York Philharmonic. The ensemble then travels to Europe for English composer MALCOLM ARNOLD’s “Four Scottish Dances,” before playing MARTINU’s heartbreaking “Memorial to Lidice.” Led by Music Director JOSHUA ROACH, this is PSYWE’s second concert of the season.
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Sun, Mar 3, in OC (Huntington Beach):
3-7 pm “IRISH MUSIC SUNDAYS” at Gallagher's Irish Pub & Grill, 300 PCH (pub entrance is on Walnut), Huntington Beach; 714-536-2422. Nominally, this series begins at 4 pm. All Irish Dishes on the menu are only $10 when the Irish musicians are on stage.
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Sun, Mar 3, in San Pedro:
4 pm Guitarist DIRK K plays Alva’s Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, Weymouth Corners, San Pedro 90732; www.alvasshowroom.com; 800-403-3447 or 310-519-1314. You can bring your own food and drinks into this venue and just pay the cover. Plenty of free parking.
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Dirk K. is a nylon string guitarist originally from Germany. He has traveled the world and his music showcases his experiences. He’s worked with some of the biggest names in Jazz, included PETER ERSKINE, TOOTS THILEMANS, RANDY BRECKER, DAVE WECKL, and more, while releasing 22 CDs of his own.
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Dirk K will be performing material from his new solo guitar CD, "Timeline," which features 15 original compositions. This recording, despite being preceded by 21 others, is his first solo guitar album, and the style of music is a blend of Flamenco, Brazilian, and Jazz. This is his only L.A. appearance.
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Sun, Mar 3, in Long Beach:
4 pm “IRISH SESSION” runs through late afternoon, into the evening, at Auld Dubliner, 71 S Pine Av, Long Beach 90802; 562-437-8300. We’re told, “Delightful Irish music, good Craic, friendly staff.”
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Sun, Mar 3, in Santa Monica:
6 pm Weekly "KOFFEEHOUSE SUNDAY SESSIONS" brings a full lineup of singer-songwriters, playing acoustic, to The Charleston, 2460 Wilshire Bl, Santa Monica; www.charlestonla.com; 310-828-2115. Each week, it’s preceded by a jam session at 6 pm. Tix $7.50 advance, $10 door.
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Sun, Mar 3, in 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, Mar 3, in Santa Monica:
7 pm SUSIE GLAZE & THE HILONESOME BAND play their CD RELEASE CONCERT for “White Swan,” at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4497.
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"White Swan," the new studio album debuting tonight, follows their most recent recording, "Live at the Freight & Salvage," released in 2011 and featuring guest banjo virtuoso BILL EVANS. The band’s regular line-up is quite formidable on its own, and the new CD is a gem.
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The Guide’s editor, writing the annual “Best of / Top Ten” for FolkWorks, named them among the best acoustic bands in Southern California. And that’s far from the only coverage they’ve gotten, being one of the most-written-about bands in the Acoustic Americana Music Guide.
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Another FolkWorks writer calls them, "The best in lush newgrass Americana folk roots fusion, gorgeous eclectic blends of mountain folk and exciting new bluegrass and Celtic-inspired originals, all with the remarkable voice of Susie Glaze."
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Winner of the "Just Plain Folks 2006 Music Award" for "Best Roots Album," and named by the Guide's editor as FolkWorks Magazine’s Pick for "Best Bluegrass Album of 2005" for the band’s debut album, "Blue Eyed Darlin'."
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SUSIE GLAZE & THE HILONESOME BAND have appeared at the Hollywood Bowl, The Broad Stage, CalTech Folk Society, The Freight & Salvage Coffee House, on RICH WARREN's WFMT radio show “Folkstage,” and at numerous nationally-known festivals, including the Grass Valley Bluegrass Festival, San Francisco Bluegrass & Old Time Festival, and at top venues, including Don Quixote’s International Music Hall.
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They've done the coveted hour-long performance-interview on radio's "FolkScene" with Howard and Roz Larman, after their live radio debut on "Tied to the Tracks" back in the mid-’00s, and are Southern California live-concert favorites at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, Skirball Cultural Center, the Coffee Gallery Backstage, Boulevard Music, the Fret House, the Folk Music Center in Claremont, and in various festival and concert settings for the California Traditional Music Society.
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This concert will include new songs that are on the new CD, together with fan favorites and traditional Appalachian mountain music.
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Hear them at their Soundcloud link: listen to the songs, "Little Rabbit," "Evangeline," and "White Swan," at https://soundcloud.com/kg-music-press/sets/susie-glaze-the-hilonesome/s-JgMSj. Their Soundcloud performance of the Ernest Troost song, "Evangeline," was recorded live at McCabe’s the last time they played there: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHsOPYhe7HI.
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Sat, Mar 3, in Altadena:
7 pm BEPPE GAMBETTA & PETER OSTROUSHKO bring “American Roots with European Passion” to 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 Ukranian American meets an Italian in love with American music for a magical musical stew of roots, jazz and folk. With the horizon's line as a challenge and attraction, Beppe Gambetta is continually composing his personal mosaic of sounds and flavours. From his unique background as an Italian musician in love with both American roots music as well as the music of his native country, Beppe has travelled the world and even crossed the “Iron Curtain” to dazzle and charm music enthusiasts everywhere. In a world dominated by the trends and logic of the market Gambetta's playing and singing stand out for their intimate emotions, communication, research in tone, sobriety and humour. An inspired music that modestly avoids relying solely on his high level of technical excellence, but also reveals the innermost feelings of a brilliant, playful mind that is always exploring and innovating while staying firmly routed in tradition.
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Growing up in the Ukrainian community of northeast Minneapolis, PETER OSTROUSHKO heard mandolin, balalaika and bandura tunes played by his father and family friends at get-togethers in their home and in church. It's the music that still echoes in Peter's memory and provides the basis for many of his compositions. Peter has spent more than 35 years as a frequent performer on "A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION," and for a few seasons, he did a stint as Music Director for the popular radio show. You may have caught Peter on TV, too. He's appeared on "Austin City Limits", "Late Night with David Letterman", even "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood".
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Sun, Mar 3, in SFV (Chatsworth):
7 pm SOUTHERN CALIBOR plays the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166. A real, live, fun honky-tonk scene with live music nightly. Go early for their free weekly BBQ at 5 pm and free dance lessons at 6 pm. No cover.
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Sun, Mar 3, in Malibu:
8 pm PETER YARROW of PETER, PAUL & MARY, plays Pepperdine University Center for the Arts, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu; 310-506-4522.
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Sun, Mar 3, in SFV (Burbank):
8 pm “AMERICANA / ALT-COUNTRY / HONKY-TONK” music on two separate stages at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr (next to L.A. Equestrian Center), Burbank; 818-845-2425 or 818-515-4444; www.vivacantina.com. Okay to park free across the street at Pickwick Bowl (free, nearly unlimited parking for Viva patrons). Two stages, one in the Front Room is always no cover, the other, the Riverside Rancho stage, may charge cover. Venue has full bar, serves good Mexican food, all ages.
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Sun, Mar 3, in Glendale:
8:30-11:30 pm “OPEN MIC NIGHT and SUNDAY NIGHT JAM” hosted by BILL McGARRY at Left Coast Wine Bar & Gallery, 117 E Harvard, Glendale 91205; 818-507-7011; www.leftcoastwinebar.com.
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Sun, Mar 3, in Santa Monica:
11 pm weekly “ACOUSTIC CORDIALE” closes-out the weekend at 14 Below, 1348 14th St, Santa Monica 90404; 310-451-5040.
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Mon, Mar 4, in Downey:
3:45-4:45 pm LEGACY plays the Harriet Paine Event Center at Downey Adult School, 12340 Woodruff Av, Downey 90242. Info., Patty McCollom mccollomp@sbcglobal.net.
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Mon, Mar 4, in Bakersfield:
6-9 pm Monthly “BLUEGRASS JAM” at Rusty's Pizza, 5430 Olive Dr (in the Vons center), Bakersfield. First Monday, every month. “Come on down and bring a couple of songs,” says host Kelvin Gregory; info. kelvin@gregspetro.com or 661-392-7973 (h) / 661-428-7044 (c).
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Mon, Mar 4, in VC (Camarillo):
6:30 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “ATRIA LOS POSAS SENIOR RESIDENCE SONG CIRCLE” in Camarillo 93010. Info and location at http://www.songmakers.org.
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Mon, Mar 4, 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 good Mexican food, full bar. Park free across the street at Pickwick Bowl. No cover.
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Mon, Mar 4, in Culver City:
7:30 pm “NEW WESTSIDE BLUEGRASS JAM” at Industry Café & Jazz, 6039 Washington Bl, Culver City 90232.
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Mon, Mar 4, Mar 4 in Ventura:
7:30 pm “ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC” at Zoey’s Café, 185 E Santa Clara St, Ventura 93001, Ventura; info, www.zoeyscafe.com; 805-652-1137 or 805-652-0091.
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Mon, Mar 4, 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. Officially, it’s “no cover,” but venue expects a donation. If you can’t go, you may be able to watch online, at www.kulakswoodshed.com.
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Mon, Mar 4, 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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Tue, Mar 5, in OC (Huntington Beach):
6-9 pm Monthly “OC HAMMERED DULCIMERS” meet, sharing tunes and playing for fun, in Huntington Beach. Contact them to get address: bgershman@socal.rr.com
More on dulcimer-based bands and dulcimer-related events at www.scdh.org.
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Tue, Mar 5, in SGV (Arcadia):
7 pm Weekly “SONGWRITER SERENADE” with performing host JC HYKE and a lineup of recording artists / singer-songwriters, all playing acoustic, on the heated patio at Matt Denny's Ale House Restaurant & Bar, 145 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia 91006.
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Tue, Mar 5, in Signal Hill:
7 pm Weekly “BLUEGRASS SOUP JAM” at Convert-A-Tape, 2420 Gundry Av, Signal Hill 90755.
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Tue, Mar 5, in San Diego Co (Escondido):
7 pm Monthly “NORTH COUNTY BLUEGRASS & FOLK CLUB” at Round Table Pizza, 1161 E Washington Av (at Ash), Escondido 92025.
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Tue, Mar 5, in OC (Anaheim):
8 pm GREAT BIG SEA, the phenomenal Canadian Folk-rock Celtic band, play The Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E Katella Av, Anaheim 92806; info & tix, www.greatbigsea.com, or www.thegroveofanaheim.com.
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Best known for their lively renditions of traditional tunes and sea shanties played with their own masterful and distinct rock sound, GREAT BIG SEA members are from Newfoundland and Labrador. They draw on and are inspired by the islands' 500-year-old Irish, Scottish, and French heritage.
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Tue, Mar 5, in Altadena:
8 pm NATHAN McEUEN plus opening act Plus NICK LAMAIRE play 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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NATHAN McEUEN is fresh from the Grand Ole Opry, where he opened for CARRIE UNDERWOOD and BRAD PAISLEY. And, he has become a “featured artist” on Yahoo.com, WSM Nashville, “Woodsongs,” Voice of America Radio, XM/Sirius satellite radio, iTunes, “Music City Roots,” and at The STAGECOACH FESTIVAL in Indio, CA… AND he has recently charted at #6 in sales, with “For All The Good - The McEuen Sessions,” on Amazon.com's Alt-Country chart. Clearly, the past year has been a productive one for NATHAN McEUEN.
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In the past 8 years, he has written and produced five full length CDs, starting with “Grand Design” (in 2005, which debuted on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks”), “Festival” (2007), “Scrapbook” (2010), “Nathan McEuen” (2012), “The McEuen Sessions,” with his father JOHN McEUEN and brother JONATHAN McEUEN (2012), and in that time he has preformed on “American Idol” Season Finale 8 with THE STEVE MARTIN BAND, Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” with HANNA-McEUEN, and The Grand Ole Opry -- 3 times.
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His other career highlights include working with JIM MESSINA, CHRIS HILLMAN, GRAHAM NASH, DAVE MASON, STEVE MARTIN, DWIGHT YOAKAM, THE AVETT BROTHERS, LEON RUSSELL, KENNY LOGGINS, DAVID CROSBY, DAVID GRISMAN QUINTET, VASSAR CLEMENTS, HERB PETERSON, THE GRASCALS, LYLE LOVETT, KEVIN NEALON, WILLIE NELSON, JOHN DENVER, BOB SCHNEIDER, CHRIS ISAAK, SARA WATKINS, BRETT DENNEN, RIDERS IN THE SKY, CHELSEA WILLIAMS, JAKE OWEN, CROSBY LOGGINS, THE DILLARDS, NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND, and more.
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With thousands of live performances across 20 years, six albums / CDs, 60 original songs penned, and 50,000 CDs sold;Nathan's heritage, passion for music, entertaining and performing shines through and can only best be experienced in person. Huffington Post calls his latest CD,"A truly luminous effort.” David Wild, contributing editor, Rolling Stone, says, “Outstanding originals... Too many highlights to mention."
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“Nathan McEuen's light is shining bright. A fine singer, guitarist and an excellent songwriter. There is hope on the horizon.” -- Chris Hillman (The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Bros.)
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"...This record soars with history and talent.” -- Steve Martin (actor/writer/comedian/musician)
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Nathan will be joined by JESSE OLEMA, one of LA's top emerging fiddlers. “His soulful style lends itself to every recording and group he gets to be a part of. His light and musical touch interweaves with vocalists, while his solos have a full, bluesy sound. Whether it be a barn dance bluegrass jam, a jazz nightclub, or a rock and roll stage show, Jesse has a gift of fitting the fiddle in perfectly. Jesse began to play at the age of five in Humboldt County California. Now at twenty-seven, he works as a session musician, and live performing artist in Los Angeles, California.” -- Crystal Gayle (CMA/AMA & Grammy Award winning singer)
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NICK LeMAIRE, founder of the Wisconsin band GREYLEAF, a 2008 WAMI runner up "Best New Band." Residing the past two years in L.A. recording his debut solo album "Roadside Carnival," playing gigs at The Viper Room and building a following with his upbeat style and sound, Nick was inspired by Tim Reynolds, Jack Johnson and Dave Matthews. LeMaire's genres of music range from rock, blues, jazz, and groove. Whether its the uniqueness of his voice, energetic guitar riffs or rocking the harmonica; LeMaire's presence and love for music is felt when you listen to the likes of "Why Can't I Sleep at Night," "All Night Long" and many others. With over 30 original songs and many more covers, LeMaire's portfolio is diverse and offers something for everyone.
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Tue, Mar 5, in OC (Laguna Beach):
8-11 pm Weekly “SONGWRITER'S SHOWCASE” with performing host BETH FITCHET WOOD, and a lineup of performing songwriters and some recording artists “with many different musical talents” at the Marine Room, 214 Ocean Av, Laguna Beach.
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Western music award winner JOYCE WOODSON, who played there recently, says, “Some have a great deal of professional experience and some are working up to that. Beth plays a 45 minute set first, (because she can) and then there are 3 or 4 other acts who do short sets. It's a very intimate setting, and all experiment with their new stuff. The audience is of the highest quality and the performers love playing for them.” No cover.
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Tue, Mar 5, in SFV (Toluca Lake):
8 pm Weekly “TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION” at Timmy Nolan's Tavern & Grill, 10111 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake 91602; 818-985-3359.
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Tue, Mar 5, in SFV (Chatsworth):
8 pm An AMERICANA / ALT-COUNTRY / HONKY-TONK BAND plays the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166. A real, live, fun honky-tonk scene with live music nightly. Preceded by free dance lessons at 7 pm. No cover.
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Tue, Mar 5, in SFV (Burbank):
8 pm “AMERICANA / ALT-COUNTRY / HONKY-TONK” music on two separate stages at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr (next to L.A. Equestrian Center), Burbank; 818-845-2425 or 818-515-4444; www.vivacantina.com. Okay to park free across the street at Pickwick Bowl (free, nearly unlimited parking for Viva patrons). Two stages, one in the Front Room is always no cover, the other, the Riverside Rancho stage, may charge cover. Venue has full bar, serves good Mexican food, all ages.
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Tue, Mar 5, in Santa Monica:
9 pm KEN O’MALLEY brings his authentic and original Irish music to Finn McCool’s, 2702 Main St, Santa Monica 90405; 310-452-1734.
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Tue, Mar 5, in Santa Monica:
9 pm “LIVE MUSIC NIGHT” at Sonny McLean's Irish Pub, 2615 Wilshire Bl, Santa Monica; 310-449-1811. They boast “40 taps of great beer and cider, a nice wine selection and now a full bar.” Live music every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and sometimes it’s traditional Irish music. But be careful when you go, because they do Karaoke (aka the death of vocal music) on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays starting about 9 pm. Check their website to see who and what they’re booking, at www.sonnymcleans.com.
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Wed, Mar 6, in the southern desert (Coachella):
11 am “A VISIT WITH MOTECUHZOMA” presented by MICHAEL HERALDA, featuring an Aztec musical performance on vast assortment of indigenous instruments as part of his ongoing “Aztec Stories” series, at Coachella Chapel, Forest Lawn. Coachella.
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Wed, Mar 6, in Santa Barbara:
5:30 pm Weekly “GLENDESSARY JAM” of players of old-time music at Alice Keck Park (summers) and indoors (winter) on Glendessary Lane, in Santa Barbara.
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Wed, Mar 6, in Paso Robles:
6-8 pm Weekly “OPEN JAM” is mostly bluegrass, some folk, at Matts Music, 617 12th St, Paso Robles. Details, 805-237-0054, or www.mattsmusicinpaso.com.
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Wed, Mar 6, in South Pasadena:
7-9:30 pm Weekly "WINE & SONG CONCERT SERIES" brings performing host BRAD COLERICK and two guest recording artists to the Firefly Bistro, 1009 El Centro St, South Pasadena; 626-441-2443.
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Wed, Mar 6, in L.A.:
7-8:30 pm Weekly “SONG PRESERVATION SOCIETY” and friends is “an evening of music, harmonies and stories” at Stories Books & Café, 1716 West Sunset Bl, Los Angeles 90026. All events are on the outdoor patio. Info, http://songpreservationsociety.com.
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Wed, Mar 6, in VC (Simi):
7:30 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “SIMI VALLEY HOOT.” Info and location at www.songmakers.org.
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Wed, Mar 6, in Altadena:
8 pm GONZALO BERAGA QUARTET plays 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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The all-acoustic Gonzalo Bergara Quartet is currently touring their latest CD, “Walking Home," chosen in the top 10 albums of the year by Acoustic Guitar Magazine.
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They play a modern variant of 1930s DJANGO REINHARDT-inspired gypsy swing-jazz. Composer and lead guitarist Gonzalo Bergara mixes a cascade of arpeggios with the sounds of Paris and his native Argentina. His first CD, Porteña Soledad, was Editor's Pick in Guitar Player Magazine, and Vintage Guitar Magazine called it a "masterpiece."
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The quartet is GONZALO BERGARA on lead guitar, JEFFREY RADAICH on rhythm guitar, LEAH ZEGER on violin, and BRIAN NETZLEY on upright bass. The music is heavily influenced by DJANGO REINHARDT and the HOT CLUB OF FRANCE, as well as the traditional jazz and music of Bergara's true home, Buenos Aires.
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"Gonzalo Bergara's music exists in a way that very little music does. He has lavished such care on every phrase, built each arrangement with such lapidary precision and pared away anything extraneous, the music becomes sculpture. It has weight, density, gravity. This is serious and deeply moving,” wrote one reviewer.
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Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina Gonzalo is considered one of the best guitar players in America. You will hear a mix of Gypsy Jazz and Latin acoustic music with melodies you will not forget. Passionate, virtuoso guitar, incredible clarinet player Rob Hardt, and a pumping rhtyhm section. After having toured the world extensively next to the John Jorgenson Quintet, native argentinian Gonzalo Bergara’s CD “Porteña Soledad” has treceived glowing reviews all over the world.
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Gonzalo began playing professionally at age 16 in Buenos Aires. By 17 he was already fronting his own blues trio on Argentine National Television. He arrived in America in the year 2000 and since then he has performed and recorded with hundreds of artists inlcuding Tim Hausser from Manhattan Transfer, Sylvie Vartan, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, John Jorgenson, Howard Alden and more. His new CD Porteña Soledad was editor’s Pick on Guitar Player Magazine, and Vintage Guitar Magazine called it a Masterpiece.
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Wed, Mar 6, in SFV (Chatsworth):
8 pm An AMERICANA / ALT-COUNTRY / HONKY-TONK BAND plays the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166. A real, live, fun honky-tonk scene with live music nightly. Preceded by free dance lessons at 7 pm. No cover.
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Wed, Mar 6, in L.A.:
8 pm Weekly “GUITAROLOGY” showcase at Melody Bar & Grill, 9132 S Sepulveda Bl, Los Angeles 90045; 310-670-1994.
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Wed, Mar 6, in SFV (Sherman Oaks):
9 pm Weekly “ACOUSTIC CORDIALE,” the long-running series booked by DONOVAN LYMAN at Café Cordiale, 14015 Ventura Bl, Sherman Oaks 91423; 818-789-1985.
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Thu, Mar 7, in Altadena:
8 pm 8 BALL AITKEN, Nashville-based Australian musician on a US tour, plays 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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8 Ball’s song 'Yellow Moon' was recently part of the soundtrack on the hit USA television show, “Justified.” He has won numerous awards and had Top Ten country hits in Australia. He is a touring animal, playing 200 gigs a year.
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By all accounts, 8 Ball Aitken puts on a highly entertaining and original swamp-blues / Americana / alt. country show. 8 Ball Aitken is the Australian redneck preacher at the shotgun wedding between country and blues. It doesn’t matter which part of the family you’re from -- what does matter is the funky, foot-stomping hullaballoo at the all-night party afterwards. Originally hailing from Far North Queensland, Australia, he grew up as a teenager in a run-down tobacco shed, making a living picking tropical fruits by day, and picking guitars by night. 8 Ball’s first break came when he was hired to play nightly at the infamous Johno’s Blues Bar in Cairns, a rough-neck haunt of bikers and shrimp trawler-men. He had to keep the funky swamp music pumping and the party percolating until dawn each day, in order to keep the patrons from killing each other, with the beer flowing instead of blood.
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8 Ball Aitken is authentic -- a real-deal character who rattles the roof, stomps the planks, and gets his audiences whooping and hollering along in a frenzy of pure exuberance. He started work as a farm laborer aged fifteen, doing back-breakingly hard work on the mango and banana plantations of the Atherton Tablelands, a man's work for a boy's pay. A life-changing conversation with an Aboriginal elder, who told him he should pursue a career in music, convinced 8 Ball to pack his bags, grab his guitar, and leave the farm to meet his destiny.
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8 Ball Aitken is currently touring his live album, “Alive In Tamworth.” It’s recorded with his trademark electri-fried slide guitar, sense of humor, interactive 3-D audience participation and deep swamp antics.
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8 Ball has performed at festivals and clubs throughout the USA, Canada, Australia, and Europe. He’s toured in Japan four times, where he headlined the “Rokko Sun Music Festival.” He has also played extensively in Germany, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Singapore, Fiji, and the UK. And now, he's taken-on America.
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"One listen to ‘Alive In Tamworth’ has you living the blues, feeling it, understanding the primal grooves raining down in spades. This is blues from the swamp, and you need to get on board." -- Samuel J. Fell (Rhythms Magazine / Rolling Stone)
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Check out 8 Ball's award-winning song “Outback Booty Call” at www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RYcXmuZqDY. We’re told it’s “All the excitement of a beer-fueled romantic night out in the Australian Outback.” There’s more available at www.youtube.com/8ballaitken.
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Thu, Mar 7, in SFV (Chatsworth):
8 pm An AMERICANA / ALT-COUNTRY / HONKY-TONK BAND plays the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166. A real, live, fun honky-tonk scene with live music nightly. Preceded by free dance lessons at 7 pm. No cover.
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Thu, Mar 7, in SFV (Studio City):
9:15 pm IRISH MUSIC by PETER MCGOWAN, MARTA COLLIER, & SUMAN KIRBY, at Rocco's Tavern, 12514 Ventura Bl, Studio City 91604; 818-985-9876. Free parking.
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Peter McGowan on vocals and Irish Bouzouki, Marta Collier on pennywhistle and Bodhran, Suman Kirby on vocals and percussion. No cover.
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Fri, Mar 8; Fri-Sun, Mar 8-10, FESTIVAL, in Pomona:
8 pm 11th Annual “L.A. COUNTY IRISH FAIR & CELTIC ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL” begins with the festival’s FIRST EVER Friday Night opening celebration “IRISH CEILI,” an Irish social, music & dance, Irish whiskey tasting, at the Sheraton Suites Hotel, Pomona at 8 pm.
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The WEEKEND, at the L.A. County Fairgrounds – Fairplex, 1101 W McKinley Av, Pomona 91768 (www.fairplex.com) includes music by these headliners:
THE MULLIGANS, KRIS COLT & THE BLACK ROSE BAND, THE LACEMAKERS, KEN O'MALLEY & THE TWILIGHT LORDS, and more, plus IRISH DANCING by the CLEARY SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCE (shows throughout both days), and new this year, no-cost introductory dance lessons for all ages.
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Plus, LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS perform, “bringing the best of French Celtic to the Irish Fair!”
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Produced by Pageantry Productions & Friends of the Irish. Go to the Irish Fair and learn a jig! More at www.la-irishfair.com.
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Stay up to date on stages, talent, performance schedules and special discount ticket offers, plus more, at the festival website. You can sign-up to receive the L.A. County Irish Fair & Celtic Roots Music E-Newsletter by sending your email address to irishmissive@gmail.com. (Tell ’em the Acoustic Americana Music Guide sent you!)
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Fri, Mar 8, a FREE EVENT of the week, in Pasadena:
6-10 pm “ARTNIGHT PASADENA” makes its semiannual return, with FREE admission to performances, art galleries, museums, and more, throughout Pasadena. Free shuttle buses connect all the venues and events. You can ride-in on the Gold Line light rail then catch the free shuttles and have no worries of wasting time looking for parking around each venue.
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One note: Shumei Arts Council is providing MAKOTO TAIKO drumming performances, and THAT is a very exciting thing to experience.
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A flyer with preliminary schedules, addresses, routes of the free shuttle buses, and other details, is available for download at
http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1104335014636-189/ArtNight_March_2013.pdf
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Many venues have some of L.A.’s favorite food trucks parked out front, so you can gnosh between immersions in your self-selected cavalcade of arts. All entrance fees are waived for the evening, and all events are FREE.
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Fri, Mar 8, in Tehachapi:
6-8 pm “APPLE SHED LIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC,” a Friday and Saturday night series at the Apple Shed, 333 E Tehachapi Bl, Tehachapi 93561; 661-823-8333.
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1st Friday - WILL JAMES - Celtic, Americana, gospel, & folk
1st Saturday - JO STONE - piano music
2nd Friday - THE GEEZERS - folk music
2nd Saturday - ART LARSON - clarinet
3rd Friday – “Country Music night” (was the late Cowboy / Western artist TONY VICE)
3rd Saturday - MOUNTAIN PASS - oldies
4th Friday - MAX VALENTINO - acoustic guitar
4th Saturday - PAT STRONG – country / ballads music
5th Saturday - CRAIG SHAW
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Fri, Mar 8, in Tehachapi:
7 pm KRAY VAN KIRK, Alaskan singer-songwriter, shares his musical view from the Far North at Fiddler’s Crossing, 206 East F St (at Robinson St), Tehachapi 93561; www.grungehobbit.com; 661-823-9994.
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Van Kirk sings in the straight-ahead folk ballad tradition of such north-of-the-border legends as STAN ROGERS, IAN TYSON and GORDON LIGHTFOOT. He accompanies himself on 12- and 6-string RainSong graphite guitars.
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It might seem odd, and hard, to be a touring musician while living in Alaska as a single parent, in a town with no road access -- the only way in or out for him is by air or water. But Van Kirk draws his inspiration from this life.
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"A friend of mine once said I do everything the hard way," he said, "and he might be right. But all this last winter, I listened to a number of interviews with musicians, actors, comedians and such, and the one thing that came through was that many, if not most, of them were successful because they were able to take what was generally viewed as a weakness or obstacle and make it their strength. I'm not quite sure how that might apply in my situation, but it's encouraging and I'm sure not going to stop!"
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His lifestyle in Alaska has also given him a different perspective on the "marketing" of his music-making. He calls his approach to writing and performing "Music without borders or cost." He no longer records or sells CDs, because he says, "we've got enough things headed for the landfills, and more than enough `stuff'." He said he used to be so focused on CD sales and the business end of things that it took away from the point of creating music that nourishes and expresses the soul. Instead, he freely gives his songs away over his website as "a deliberate movement away from the bottom line that seems to govern so much of our daily lives."
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Now, he says, "Every time I finish a new song, I let it sit for a bit, and then it gets recorded and given a home on the music page [of his website] with all the other little digital penguins, waiting to waddle their way across the world, leaving no footprints in the snow."
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Van Kirk recently completed his work for a PhD, and he is an avid Calvin and Hobbs fan. Somethow, that makes perfect sense.
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Doors at 6:30 pm for the best seats. Advance tix available by phone (credit card) at 661-823-9994. In Tehachapi, get them at Mountain Music, or at The Apple Shed. Tix, $15, and coffee and goodies are included.
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Producers add, “Please note: our brochure has a Saturday date for this concert but it has been changed to Friday, March 8.”
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Fri, Mar 8, in Tehachapi:
Time tba “LIVE MUSIC AT LA BELLE AMORE,” a Friday and Saturday series at La Belle Amore Italian Bistro, 209 S Green St, Tehachapi; 661-822-7419. Recommended by locals who tell the Guide, “Great live music can be heard” at this Italian Bistro, located next to the Hitching Post Theater.
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Here’s the usual monthly schedule:
STEVE HEPNER & LAUREN ALEXANDER - 1st Friday
TERRY ASHER & FRIENDS - 1st Saturday
THE GEEZERS - folk music - 2nd & 5th Saturday
CRAIG SHAW - 2nd & 4th Friday
PETER CUTLER & DEBBY HAND as a folk duo - 3rd Friday
MARIA & CHARLY “folk & more” duo of CHARLY WALLMO & MARIA WEIR WERTH - 3rd Sat
DAVE OGDEN, Celtic fingerstyle guitar - 4th Saturday
GARY MAZOLLA - 5th Friday
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Fri, Mar 8, 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, Mar 8, in Tehachapi:
7 pm KRAY VAN KIRK, Alaskan singer-songwriter, shares his musical view from the Far North at Fiddler’s Crossing, 206 East F St (at Robinson St), Tehachapi 93561; www.grungehobbit.com; 661-823-9994.
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Van Kirk sings in the straight-ahead folk ballad tradition of such north-of-the-border legends as STAN ROGERS, IAN TYSON and GORDON LIGHTFOOT. He accompanies himself on 12- and 6-string RainSong graphite guitars.
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It might seem odd, and hard, to be a touring musician while living in Alaska as a single parent, in a town with no road access -- the only way in or out for him is by air or water. But Van Kirk draws his inspiration from this life.
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"A friend of mine once said I do everything the hard way," he said, "and he might be right. But all this last winter, I listened to a number of interviews with musicians, actors, comedians and such, and the one thing that came through was that many, if not most, of them were successful because they were able to take what was generally viewed as a weakness or obstacle and make it their strength. I'm not quite sure how that might apply in my situation, but it's encouraging and I'm sure not going to stop!"
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His lifestyle in Alaska has also given him a different perspective on the "marketing" of his music-making. He calls his approach to writing and performing "Music without borders or cost." He no longer records or sells CDs, because he says, "we've got enough things headed for the landfills, and more than enough `stuff'." He said he used to be so focused on CD sales and the business end of things that it took away from the point of creating music that nourishes and expresses the soul. Instead, he freely gives his songs away over his website as "a deliberate movement away from the bottom line that seems to govern so much of our daily lives."
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Now, he says, "Every time I finish a new song, I let it sit for a bit, and then it gets recorded and given a home on the music page [of his website] with all the other little digital penguins, waiting to waddle their way across the world, leaving no footprints in the snow."
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Van Kirk recently completed his work for a PhD, and he is an avid Calvin and Hobbs fan. Somethow, that makes perfect sense.
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Doors at 6:30 pm for the best seats. Advance tix available by phone (credit card) at 661-823-9994. In Tehachapi, get them at Mountain Music, or at The Apple Shed. Tix, $15, and coffee and goodies are included.
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Producers add, “Please note: our brochure has a Saturday date for this concert but it has been changed to Friday, March 8.”
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Fri, Mar 8, in Redondo Beach:
7-10 pm ANDY & RENEE of the Dylan tribute band HARD RAIN play their weekly residency with 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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ANDY & RENEE are Finalists in the “International Acoustic Music Awards” for “Best Duo/Group” for their original song, "Dream It All Away." More at www.inacoustic.com/winners.html .
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Fri, Mar 8, in L.A.:
7 pm “FRIDAY NIGHT BLUEGRASS JAM” at the Coffee Connection, 3838 Centinela Av, Los Angeles 90066; 310-391-1380.
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Fri, Mar 8, in OC (Anaheim):
Time tba KATHLEEN MADIGAN plays the City National Grove of Anaheim.
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Fri, Mar 8, in T.O.:
Time tba GRIFFIN HOUSE plays the “Bodie House Music / Library Director's Choice” Concert series at the, Grant R. Brimhall Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks 91362; 818-621-8309; info, www.griffinhousemusic.com.
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Griffin turned down a golf scholarship at age 18 to pursue a career in music. He taught himself guitar and began to write songs. Now, at age 32, his intelligent and heart-felt lyrics and melodies in such songs as “The Guy Who Says Goodbye to You Is Out of His Mind,” and “Better Than Love,” have garnered commercial and critical acclaim alike. From being featured on NPR to touring with the likes of JOHN MELLENCAMP, PATTI SCIALFA, and THE CRANBERRIES, House continues to gain national recognition and currently is headlining his own tour across the U.S.
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House was featured on the CBS “Sunday Morning” show where music journalist Bill Flanagan (MTV/VH1) raved about “Lost and Found,” House's first nationally-released record, putting the newcomer on his short list of the best emerging songwriters in the U.S. “I bought House’s CD after a show in New York City,” said Flanagan, “and this never happens: I took it home and must have listened to it 20 times that weekend. I was knocked out."
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Fri, Mar 8, in Altadena:
8 pm MELODY WALKER & JACOB GROOPMAN, the Bay Area-based acoustic "Americali" duo, plus an opening set by HOMESICK ELEPHANT, 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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Fresh off winter shows with DAVID BROMBERG and LAURIE LEWIS, and 120+ dates last year, MELODY WALKER & JACOB GROOPMAN are redefining the "folk duo." They bring grassy roots with a tinge of blue, and great original songwriting without pretense. Their 2012 debut album “Gold Rush Goddess” received national radio airplay, critical acclaim, and was named one of No Depression's top 50 albums of 2012. Walker & Groopman are also leading members of the 2012 RockyGrass band competition winner, FRONT COUNTRY.
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MELODY WALKER describes their music as acoustic americana bluegrass indie-folkpop. They often call their brand of acoustic folkpop "Americali", or Americana with a California twist. That twist could be the San Francisco Bay Area-based duo’s eclectic roots, from bluegrass and old-time music to Afrobeat and samba, or their open-hearted, unconventional approach to songwriting, setting them apart from their peers in the folk duo world. This performance marks their fifth time playing the Los Angeles area, with previous performances that include the Hotel Cafe and the Cinema Bar. More at www.melodywalkermusic.com/epk.
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Fri, Mar 8, in Santa Monica:
8 pm ERIN McKEOWN, plus HOLCOMBE WALLER, at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, &16.
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Fri, Mar 8, in Ventura:
8 pm “VENTURA TARDY MARDI GRAS” with LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS at Yolie’s, 138 W Main St, Ventura 93001; www.hihatentertainment.com.
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Fri, Mar 8; Fri-Sun, Mar 8-10, FESTIVAL, in Pomona:
8 pm 11th Annual “L.A. COUNTY IRISH FAIR & CELTIC ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL” begins with the festival’s FIRST EVER Friday Night opening celebration “IRISH CEILI,” an Irish social, music & dance, Irish whiskey tasting, at the Sheraton Suites Hotel, Pomona at 8 pm.
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The WEEKEND, at the L.A. County Fairgrounds – Fairplex, 1101 W McKinley Av, Pomona 91768 (www.fairplex.com) includes music by these headliners:
THE MULLIGANS, KRIS COLT & THE BLACK ROSE BAND, THE LACEMAKERS, KEN O'MALLEY & THE TWILIGHT LORDS, and more, plus IRISH DANCING by the CLEARY SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCE (shows throughout both days), and new this year, no-cost introductory dance lessons for all ages.
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Plus, LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS perform, “bringing the best of French Celtic to the Irish Fair!”
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Produced by Pageantry Productions & Friends of the Irish. Go to the Irish Fair and learn a jig! More at www.la-irishfair.com.
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Stay up to date on stages, talent, performance schedules and special discount ticket offers, plus more, at the festival website. You can sign-up to receive the L.A. County Irish Fair & Celtic Roots Music E-Newsletter by sending your email address to irishmissive@gmail.com. (Tell ’em the Acoustic Americana Music Guide sent you!)
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Fri, Mar 8, in SFV (Burbank):
8 pm “AMERICANA / ALT-COUNTRY / HONKY-TONK” music on two separate stages at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr (next to L.A. Equestrian Center), Burbank; 818-845-2425 or 818-515-4444; www.vivacantina.com. Okay to park free across the street at Pickwick Bowl (free, nearly unlimited parking for Viva patrons). Two stages, one in the Front Room is always no cover, the other, the Riverside Rancho stage, may charge cover. Venue has full bar, serves good Mexican food, all ages.
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Fri, Mar 8, in SGV (Monrovia):
8 pm weekly “MONROVIA STREET FAIR” includes several venues with acoustic music, some impromptu, some more formal, including the acoustic KATTYWOMPUS CONCERT and JAM with all comers – featuring dulcimer players – at Dollmakers Kattywompus, 412 S Myrtle Av, Monrovia 91016; 626-357-1091. Free.
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Fri, Mar 8, 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, Mar 8, in Van Nuys:
9 pm KEN O’MALLEY plays his weekly gig at Ireland’s 32, 13721 Burbank Bl, Van Nuys 91401; 818-785-4031.
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Fri, Mar 8, in OC (Newport Beach):
9 pm DUBLIN PUBLIC plays Muldoon's Pub & Celtic Bar, 202 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach; 949-641-4110; www.muldoonspub.com.
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Fri, Mar 8, in SFV (Chatsworth):
9 pm An AMERICANA / ALT-COUNTRY / HONKY-TONK BAND plays the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166. A real, live, fun honky-tonk scene with live music nightly. Preceded by free line dance lesson with Kathy at 7 pm. No cover.
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Fri, Mar 8, in OC (Huntington Beach):
9 pm “LIVE BAND, NO COVER” at Gallagher's Irish Pub, 300 Walnut (parallel to PCH. 1 block inland), Huntington Beach; 714-536-2422; www.gallagherspub.com. Venue is “an authentic Irish Pub [with] fantastic food and libations, proper pours on Guinness, nice ambiance and friendly dedicated staff.”
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Fri, Mar 8, in Long Beach:
10 pm IRISH MUSIC at The Auld Dubliner, 71 Pine St, Long Beach; 562-437-8300; www.aulddubliner.com.
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1) Saturday’s MUSIC-on-TV and WEB RADIO:
2) Saturday’s TICKET ALERT
3) Saturday’s FESTIVALS & MUSIC CAMPS
4) Saturday’s WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS and other events for ARTISTS
5) Saturday’s CONCERTS, CLUB GIGS, SHOWCASES, & other LIVE events
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The 25th Annual “LIVE OAK MUSIC FESTIVAL” happens Fri-Sun, Jun 14-16, in Santa Barbara Co., and you can SAVE $10 off each adult full-festival pass if you order your tickets by SUNDAY MARCH 10th at www.liveoakfest.org, or 805-781-3030 (Mon-Fri, 8 am-5 pm).
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Sat & Sun, Mar 9 & 10; Fri-Sun, Mar 8-10, FESTIVAL, in Pomona:
11th Annual “L.A. COUNTY IRISH FAIR & CELTIC ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL” at the L.A. County Fairgrounds – Fairplex – in Pomona; www.fairplex.com.
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This year brings the FIRST EVER Friday Night opening celebration “IRISH CEILI” at the Sheraton Suites Hotel at 8 pm.
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The weekend includes music by these headliners:
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Come to the Irish Fair and learn a jig! More at www.la-irishfair.com.
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Stay up to date on stages, talent, performance schedules and special discount ticket offers, plus more, at the festival website. You can sign-up to receive the L.A. County Irish Fair & Celtic Roots Music E-Newsletter by sending your email address to irishmissive@gmail.com. (Tell ’em the Acoustic Americana Music Guide sent you!)
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Sat, Mar 9, in Glendale:
10 am PORTERHOUSE BOB & DOWN TO THE BONE play the “ANTIQUES, OBJECTS & ARTS” show at Glendale Civic Auditorium, 1401 N Verdugo Rd, Glendale 91208.
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Sat & Sun, Mar 9 & 10, in Marina del Rey:
1-4 pm “FREE OUTDOOR WEEKEND CONCERT SERIES” features Blues, Jazz, Latin, or Pop at Fisherman’s Village in Marina del Rey (weather permitting). Info and schedules, www.visitmarinadelrey.com/schedule/ongoing-events.
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Sat, Mar 9, in Burbank:
2-9 pm “BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR RED SIMPSON,” the “Legendary Bard of Bakersfield” and its “Bakersfield Sound” of alt / trad country, will perform and be feted by a bevy of top musicians in a very special all-day music party, with performances by THE FREIGHT SHAKERS, GROOVY REDNECKS, RONNIE MACK, DAVE GLEASON, BRETT & SILVIA NEAL, CODY BRYANT, JIM LESLIE, JD BENDER, and more than a few very Heavy Duty can't-name-them-here guest performers, at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr (next to L.A. Equestrian Center), Burbank; 818-845-2425 or 818-515-4444; www.vivacantina.com. Okay to park free across the street at Pickwick Bowl (free, nearly unlimited parking for Viva patrons).
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It’s Red Simpson’s 78th birthday celebration, featuring free Simpson CD giveaways to the first 100 attendees, general hootin; hoopla, and sets from local alt-country stalwarts. Venue serves good Mexican food, has full bar, noi cover, and asks that we let you know this is a FREE event.
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Sat, Mar 9, in Green Valley Lake:
2 pm “MOUNTAIN AREA ACOUSTIC JAM / CELTIC & TRADITIONAL MUSIC JAM” at the Lake Inn Restaurant, 33241 Green Valley Lake Rd, Green Valley Lake 92341.
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Sat, Mar 9, in Bakersfield:
2-5 pm Weekly “BLUEGRASS JAM” at Dagney's Coffee Shop. “Come on down for some coffee, stir in some music, and you get a good time,” says host Jeff Russinsky; info, 661-364-1553 or 661-324-7504.
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Sat, Mar 9, in San Diego Co. (Julian):
6-9 pm SABRINA & CRAIG play a dinner show at Wynola’s Red Barn Express in Julian. Gig info, www.sabrinaandcraig.com/#/schedule/4538274688. More at www.SabrinaandCraig.com, and www.Facebook.com/SabrinaandCraig.
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Sat, Mar 9, in Tehachapi:
6-8 pm “APPLE SHED LIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC,” a Friday and Saturday night series at the Apple Shed, 333 E Tehachapi Bl, Tehachapi 93561; 661-823-8333.
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They have a regular schedule of performers:
1st Friday - WILL JAMES - Celtic, Americana, gospel, & folk
1st Saturday - JO STONE - piano music
2nd Friday - THE GEEZERS - folk music
2nd Saturday - ART LARSON - clarinet
3rd Friday – “Country Music night” (was the late Cowboy / Western artist TONY VICE)
3rd Saturday - MOUNTAIN PASS - oldies
4th Friday - MAX VALENTINO - acoustic guitar
4th Saturday - PAT STRONG – country / ballads music
5th Saturday - CRAIG SHAW
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Sat, Mar 9, in Tehachapi:
Time tba “LIVE MUSIC AT LA BELLE AMORE,” a Friday and Saturday series at La Belle Amore Italian Bistro, 209 S Green St, Tehachapi; 661-822-7419. Recommended by locals who tell the Guide, “Great live music can be heard” at this Italian Bistro, located next to the Hitching Post Theater.
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Here’s the usual monthly schedule:
STEVE HEPNER & LAUREN ALEXANDER - 1st Friday
TERRY ASHER & FRIENDS - 1st Saturday
THE GEEZERS - folk music - 2nd & 5th Saturday
CRAIG SHAW - 2nd & 4th Friday
PETER CUTLER & DEBBY HAND as a folk duo - 3rd Friday
MARIA & CHARLY “folk & more” duo of CHARLY WALLMO & MARIA WEIR WERTH - 3rd Sat
DAVE OGDEN, Celtic fingerstyle guitar - 4th Saturday
GARY MAZOLLA - 5th Friday
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Sat, Mar 9, 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. They have a lot of fun every Saturday night. Here's a video of a recent performance there by the band GRASSLANDS: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMwi-VZ0rwc&feature=em-share_video_user ] Grasslands - "You Are What I Am." More on that band at www.grasslandsbluegrass.com.
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Sat, Mar 9, in OC (Anaheim):
Time tba 2013 “OC MUSIC AWARDS” at the City National Grove of Anaheim includes plenty of live performances across many genres.
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Sat, Mar 9, in Altadena:
7 pm JILL FREEMAN and KEVIN FISHER, plus opening act TARA SITSER, play 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 in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”).
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She has been a singer-songwriter for a very long time. Her solo album, “Songs about Sex and Depression,” released on Magic Records, received rave reviews and resulted in placement of her songs in several motion pictures. Jill’s songs and singing voice have also been featured on television on such shows as Raising Hope, Jay Leno, Chelsea Lately, among many others. She returns to her favorite L.A. venue and is delighted to be sharing this evening with three of her favorite singer/songwriters, Kevin, Tara, and her husband, songwriter/ producer JOEL WACHBRIT.
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KEVIN FISHER is a multi-platinum selling songwriter. Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans, Uncle Kracker and many others have recorded his songs. His song Crazy Life hit the top 40 for Tim Rushlow. TV shows like True Blood, Pretty Little Liars, Brotherhood, and America’s Funniest Home Videos have featured his music. He’s written two touring musicals and a cartoon. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
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TARA SITSER -- After a childhood spent as a classical ballerina followed by a 15-year career in musical theater, no one was more surprised than Tara when John Zipperer invited her to join his folk/rock band, John Zipperer & Friends. After many confused stares and a great deal of encouragement, Tara dove in and has been delighted by the expanding musical horizons the band experience has brought. She has shared the stage with some of the best in the Los Angeles Folk/Americana community including Dave Morrison, Lauren Adams, Nick Kirgo, Debra Davis, Mark “Pocket” Goldberg., J.C. Hyke, John M, Severin Browne and, much to her delight, her college roommate, the lovely, multi-talented Jill Freeman.
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Sat, Mar 9 through Sat, Mar 30, in downtown L.A.:
Times tba L.A. OPERA PRESENTS: “THE FLYING DUTCHMAN” at the L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, L.A. (downtown) 90012; 213-972-7211; www.musiccenter.org.
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Conducted by JAMES CONLON, one of the foremost Wagner interpreters of our time, and starring TOMAS TOMASSON, ELISABETE MATOS and COREY BIX. The legend of the ghostly ship condemned to wander the oceans forever has fascinated opera lovers for hundreds of years -- and more recently, movie lovers. An enthralling score, illuminated by striking stage imagery, powers a thrilling journey into an unsettling, mythic world where a tormented spirit seeks true love as his redemption.
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Conlon leads a world-class cast in a mesmerizing production, new to Los Angeles, staged by the brilliant NIKOLAUS LEHNHOFF. Production from Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Francisco Opera.
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Best seats and pricing available for the Mar 9, Mar 17, and Mar 27 performances. Tix at www.laopera.com/season/Season-at-a-Glance/The-Flying-Dutchman.
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Sat, Mar 9, in Hermosa Beach:
7:30 pm 32nd Annual “SCOTTISH FIDDLERS SPRING CONCERT” with headliner ANDREA BEATON and accompanist BETTY LOU BEATON at the Hermosa Beach Playhouse, 710 Pier Av, Hermosa Beach.
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Cape Breton fiddler ANDREA BEATON is accompanied on piano by BETTY LOU BEATON. Concert features singer CHRISTINA TAPPAN FORST, pianist SHAUNA PICKETT-GORDON, and piper ROBERT HACKNEY.
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ANDREA BEATON's lively Cape Breton music is characterized by her powerful bow, the drive and swing of her timing and the crispness of her attack. Andrea is in demand at music camps, dances and concerts across the United States and Canada, and she has won a number of East Coast Music Awards for her traditional Cape Breton fiddle recordings. Listening to Andrea's music is overwhelmingly uplifting, and she delights audiences wherever she plays.
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BETTY LOU BEATON is in demand as a Cape Breton style piano accompanist and solo player. She plays for dances in Cape Breton year ’round and has played piano on numerous Cape Breton recordings.
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Check-out ANDREA BEATON’s amazing fiddle style at www.andreabeaton.com. Hear singer CHRISTINE TAPPAN FORST at www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnukNHR4kLc. For a review of last year’s 2012 Spring Concert, go to www.easyreadernews.com/48617/scottish-fiddlers-concert. More at www.scottishfiddlers.org.
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There are additional events on Sunday. Andrea does a WORKSHOP for ARTISTS at 2 pm, and Andrea and Betty Lou perform a House Concert at 5 pm, both in Hancock Park (L.A.); see listings.
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General $10 general admission tix are available online, and remaining tix at the door. Kids under age 13 are free. Preferred $20 tickets (front rows) are available by advance purchase only. Online sales at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/309758.
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Sat, Mar 9, in Ventura:
7:30 pm BRIAN TRAVIS BAND plays their “official” CD Release Show for their new album, “The Coyote & The Crow,” at Zoey's Café, 185 E Santa Clara, Ventura 93001.
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Openers are “AEB and her fantastic band” (at 7:30 pm); BRIAN TRAVIS BAND with special guests take the stage at 8:15 and will play “The Coyote & The Crow” live in its entirety.
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Check out a video of the BRIAN TRAVIS BAND in the recording studio with their producer GEORGE LANDRESS making the new CD. Brian gushes, “George compares us to Fleetwood Mac, REM and Neil Young in his voice-over.” It’s at www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIauBKXE_ms&list=UUuD54Hzraq0l6S5Odd9A7Lw&index=3.
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Sat, Mar 9, in San Pedro:
7:30 pm Cajun blues band PORTERHOUSE BOB & DOWN TO THE BONE plays Alva’s Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, Weymouth Corners, San Pedro 90732; www.alvasshowroom.com; 800-403-3447 or 310-519-1314. You can bring your own food and drinks into this venue and just pay the cover. Plenty of free parking.
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Bob adds, “This amazing soundstage places members of the audience (60 max) on the stage with the band and an amazing sound system, lighting and Steinway grand piano. Guests may select to bring their own bottle of wine. Please call for reservations -- the stage seating holds 60 people maximum.”
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Sat, Mar 9, in Santa Barbara Co (Goleta):
7:30 pm STEVE GILLETTE & CINDY MANGSEN play the “SONGTREE CONCERT SERIES” at Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church, 820 N Fairview Av, Goleta; 805-403-2639.
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Sat, Mar 9, in L.A.:
7:30-11:30 pm “IN MEMORY OF JOE CARSON,” with performances by musicians who knew him, at Café Aman, in The Pacific Arts Center, 10469 Santa Monica Bl, Los Angeles 90025.
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IAN PRICE says, “Although we are not having a featured band in March at Cafe Aman, we will devote part of the evening to the memory of JOE CARSON who passed away in January, and a few musicians who used to play with Joe will play some Greek dance pieces that were his particular favorites (probably around 9 pm). They will play between the recorded music sections of the evening.There will also be some time for people to get up and say a few words about Joe. We will continue with a review of dances taught in the past 6 months. Additions to our food table are always welcome! Parking on both sides of Santa Monica Bl and on side streets.”
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Sat, Mar 9, in Newhall (Santa Clarita):
7:30 pm GRATEFUL DUDES BLUEGRASS residency, sometimes with very impressive guest players, at Vincenzo's Pizza, 24500 Lyons Av, Newhall 91350.
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Sat, Mar 9, in Pasadena:
8 pm DAVID MALLETT plays the “CALTECH FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY” series in Beckman Institute Auditorium (aka “Little Beckman”) on the Caltech campus in Pasadena; 626-395-4652. Park in either of two lots at the end of Michigan Av, south off Del Mar.
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Sat, Mar 9, in Santa Monica:
8 pm PETER CASE at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Former PLIMSOULS leader and long a formidable singer-songwriter with great original material, he was honored by numerous musicians with “A Case for Case,” a boxed set of others covering his material. Tix, $20.
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Sat, Mar 9, in San Pedro:
8 pm FISHTANK ENSEMBLE plays The Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731; www.grandvision.org; 310-833-4813.
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LA Weekly calls them "cross pollinated gypsy music...one of the most thrilling young acts on the planet." FISHTANK includes two explosive violins, slap bass, musical saw, flamenco and gypsy jazz guitar, opera, jazz and gypsy vocals, and one little banjolele. Everything from French hot jazz to wild gypsy anthems, Flamenco, and oddball originals.
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Sat, Mar 9, in SGV (Covina):
8 pm The DUO TONES bring their "Surf Rock Acoustic" to The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina 91723; 626-339-7020; frethouse@earthlink.net; www.frethouse.com. Doors at 7:30 for the best seats. More at www.pjmoto.com/specialty/duo_tones.php. Tix, $15.
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Sat, Mar 9, in Santa Clarita:
8 pm-midnight HENRY BECKER accompanied by PAUL MARSHALL, at “the famed” VFW post 6885 in Santa Clarita. Paul (I See Hawks in L.A.) tells us, “I play bass behind the song stylings of Henry, and sing a couple of tunes here and there.”
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Sat, Mar 9, in SFV (Burbank):
8 pm “AMERICANA / ALT-COUNTRY / HONKY-TONK” music on two separate stages at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr (next to L.A. Equestrian Center), Burbank; 818-845-2425 or 818-515-4444; www.vivacantina.com. Okay to park free across the street at Pickwick Bowl (free, nearly unlimited parking for Viva patrons). Two stages, one in the Front Room is always no cover, the other, the Riverside Rancho stage, may charge cover. Venue has full bar, serves good Mexican food, all ages.
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Sat, Mar 9, in SFV (Chatsworth):
8 pm An AMERICANA / ALT-COUNTRY / HONKY-TONK BAND plays the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166. A real, live, fun honky-tonk scene with live music nightly. Preceded by free dance lessons at 7 pm. No cover.
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Sat, Mar 9, 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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1) Sunday’s MUSIC-on-TV and WEB RADIO:
2) Sunday’s FESTIVALS
3) Sunday’s WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS and other events for ARTISTS
4) Sunday’s CONCERTS, CLUB GIGS, SHOWCASES, & other LIVE events
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These listings are now in a separate edition. It’s available just below, or in the sidebar at left, depending on where you are reading this.
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2) Sunday’s FESTIVALS:
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Sun, Mar 10; Fri-Sun, Mar 8-10, FESTIVAL, in Pomona:
11th Annual “L.A. COUNTY IRISH FAIR & CELTIC ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL” at the L.A. County Fairgrounds – Fairplex – in Pomona; www.fairplex.com.
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This year brings the FIRST EVER Friday Night opening celebration “IRISH CEILI” at the Sheraton Suites Hotel at 8 pm.
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The weekend includes music by these headliners:
THE MULLIGANS, KRIS COLT & THE BLACK ROSE BAND, THE LACEMAKERS, and more, plus IRISH DANCING by the CLEARY SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCE (shows throughout both days), and new this year, no-cost introductory dance lessons for all ages.
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Come to the Irish Fair and learn a jig! More at www.la-irishfair.com.
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Stay up to date on stages, talent, performance schedules and special discount ticket offers, plus more, at the festival website. You can sign-up to receive the L.A. County Irish Fair & Celtic Roots Music E-Newsletter by sending your email address to irishmissive@gmail.com. (Tell ’em the Acoustic Americana Music Guide sent you!)
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Fri-Sun, May 10-12, FESTIVAL, in San Diego:
Annual “GATOR BY THE BAY” held in San Diego is the region’s yearly celebration of zydeco blues music and incredible Louisiana food. Top names in Cajun and zydeco music play this festival, this year including GENO DELAFOSE & FRENCH ROCKIN’ BOOGIE, ANDRE THIERRY & ZYDECO MAGIC, LIL’ WAYNE & SAME OL’ 2-STEP, and LAFAYETTE RHYTHM DEVILS. Whether you go for the blues or the crawfish, you must hit the dance floor. Book a hotel room soon at the Sheraton next to the festival to get the $119 + tax/night rate. Go to www.sandiegofestival.com for all the info and schedules.
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3) Sunday’s WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS and other events for ARTISTS:
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Sun, Mar 10, WORKSHOP for ARTISTS in Hancock Park (L.A.):
2-4 pm ANDREA BEATON does a Cape Breton style “FIDDLE WORKSHOP” in Hermosa Beach. Reservations get directions via email to danae@fastmail.fm, or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/322640.
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Workshop covers playing in the Cape Breton music tradition. It is followed at 5 pm by a “SCOTTISH FIDDLERS HOUSE CONCERT” with headliner Cape Breton fiddler ANDREA BEATON accompanied on piano by BETTY LOU BEATON. (See separate listing in “Concerts” section, or keep reading this paragraph.) Concert requires a separate ticket ($20) available at the same email address OR at a separate url, different from the workshop link: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/322636.
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ANDREA BEATON's lively Cape Breton music is characterized by her powerful bow, the drive and swing of her timing and the crispness of her attack. Andrea is in demand at music camps, dances and concerts across the United States and Canada, and she has won a number of East Coast Music Awards for her traditional Cape Breton fiddle recordings. Listening to Andrea's music is overwhelmingly uplifting, and she delights audiences wherever she plays.
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Check-out ANDREA BEATON’s amazing fiddle style at www.andreabeaton.com. More at www.scottishfiddlers.org.
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FIDDLE WORKSHOP fee is $20. Reservations required. See above.
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Sun, Mar 10, 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, Mar 10, in San Diego Co (Poway):
11 am-2 pm “POWAY HAMMERED DULCIMER & MOUNTAIN DULCIMER GATHERING” welcomes players of all levels at Poinsettia Sr. MHP Clubhouse, 13648 Edgemoor St, PowayA 92064. Doors open at 10:30 am for tuning and set up. Make a reservation with Patricia Olson, at pjolsonp@gmail.com, or 951-929-8818. More at https://plus.google.com/102905811520134153764/about?gl=us&hl=en. More on dulcimer-based bands and dulcimer-related events at www.scdh.org.
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Sun, Mar 10, in South Pasadena:
11 am-2 pm Weekly “SUNDAY BLUES BRUNCH” with BARRY "BIG B" BRENNER on guitar & vocals at the Firefly Bistro, 1009 El Centro St, South Pasadena; 626-441-2443. “Big B” Brenner performs “The Real Folk Blues.” Features seasonal Brunch menu, mimosas, sangria and Bloody Marys. BIG B sings a mellow compilation of acoustic blues. No cover.
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Sun, Mar 10, in Altadena:
12:30 pm Monthly “BLUEGRASS JAM SESSION” at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; 626-398-7917. Free to participate or to listen.
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Sun, Mar 10, in Marina del Rey:
1-4 pm “FREE OUTDOOR WEEKEND CONCERT SERIES” features Blues, Jazz, Latin, or Pop at Fisherman’s Village in Marina del Rey (weather permitting). Info and schedules, www.visitmarinadelrey.com/schedule/ongoing-events.
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Sun, Mar 10, in San Diego Co. (El Cajon):
2-3 pm SABRINA & CRAIG play a free afternoon show at the El Cajon Library, 201 E Douglas Av, El Cajon 90202. Gig info, www.sabrinaandcraig.com/#/schedule/4538274688. More at www.SabrinaandCraig.com, and www.Facebook.com/SabrinaandCraig.
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Sun, Mar 10, in San Pedro:
DATE CHANGE: happens again Apr 14 (March gig was Mar 2); 2-5:30 pm BERNIE PEARL plays his blues residency at CRAFTED, a new arts venue in the Port of Los Angeles, at 110 E 22nd St, San Pedro 90731; 310-732-1270; www.CRAFTEDportla.com; www.facebook.com/Craftedportla.
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The Guide adds that you can go in the morning and tour the Battleship Iowa or the Victory ship, both anchored on display in San Pedro, then go for lunch and great live blues music with Bernie at CRAFTED.
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Sun, Mar 10, in Long Beach:
2 pm “IRISH SESSION” all afternoon, with “delightful Irish music; the good Craic and friendly staff” at Auld Dubliner, 71 S Pine Av, Long Beach 90802; 562-437-8300.
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Sun, Mar 10, in Santa Monica:
ON HIATUS: 2 pm Monthly “SONGWRITER SANCTUM” singer-songwriter acoustic showcase at the Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St, Santa Monica 90405; 310-399-1631.
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Sun, Mar 10, in Altadena:
3 pm Matinee “ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE”: GOOD NEWS SET TO MUSIC” performed as a “Songwriters-in-the-Round” 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 in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”).
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Good News feels like a rare commodity these days. Wouldn’t it be nice to hear nothing but Good News – set to provocative music – for two hours straight? It’s possible… and more than likely when four top-notch singer-songwriters join in concert to “Accentuate the Positive.”
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JEANNIE WILLETS, an award-winning singer/songwriter and recording artist, has shared her music with audiences of all ages for over two decades. Her songs have appeared on children's CDs, compilation discs of holiday music and of acoustic guitar music, as well as on her own debut CD entitled, "Anywhere I Go," released in 2005. Jeannie's distinctive soft rock sound and adult contemporary songwriting style has flavors of folk, pop, rock, country, and jazz. Her fans say that her memorable songs touch and uplift them and that her unique guitar-picking style and soft velvet vocals blend well and have a soothing effect. Good "soul food" if you're hungry for "the real thing". Jeannie delivers nothing less. More at www.facebook.com/JeannieWilletsFanPage www.jeanniewillets.com
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JIMI YAMAGISHI is a producer, sideman, recording engineer, and more, and not just another singer-songwriter. As the current director of the Songwriter’s Network – SongNet -- Jimi brings over three decades in the music industry, helping other songwriters make connections while actively playing the circuit to keep current. A veteran session musician with a wide variety of genres in his pockets, his solo material features lyrical wit similar to Michael Franks, smooth guitar lines, and a lil’ spritual sauce on the side. More at www.jimiyamagishi.com
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SHANNA O’BRIEN is a self-taught singer-songwriter who began her musical career in San Francisco. After several years on the college circuit accompanying herself on guitar in coffee houses and small clubs, she recorded her original projects with veteran musicians in the Bay Area including members of Huey Lewis and the News and the Steve Miller Band. Shanna released her first album of original music entitled, “Timeless,” in 2005 and is currently working on her second album. More at http://cdbaby.com/cd/shanna05
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TOM FAIR, a published songwriter since 1966 when he toured with and wrote for pop group The Left Banke, is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and event producer. He has been teaching music in private schools and homes in the L.A. area for the past 21 years. Tom has written in all styles including folk, pop, show tunes, gospel, rock and rap, but admits that his favorite type of song is one that expresses a positive, encouraging outlook on life.
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Sun, Mar 10, in Murrieta:
3 pm “SUNDAY FAMILY FUNDAY” brings a TRADITIONAL IRISH SESSION and IRISH DANCING by the Claddagh School to Shamrock Irish Pub and Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd, Murrieta; 951 696-5252. Enjoy the ambiance, food and libations at this new family-friendly Sunday venue.
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Sun, Mar 10, in OC (Huntington Beach):
3-7 pm “IRISH MUSIC SUNDAYS” at Gallagher's Irish Pub & Grill, 300 PCH (pub entrance is on Walnut), Huntington Beach; 714-536-2422. Nominally, this series begins at 4 pm. All Irish Dishes on the menu are only $10 when the Irish musicians are on stage.
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Sun, Mar 10, in San Pedro:
4 pm THE TONY WHITE PROJECT plays Alva’s Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, Weymouth Corners, San Pedro 90732; www.alvasshowroom.com; 800-403-3447 or 310-519-1314. You can bring your own food and drinks into this venue and just pay the cover. Plenty of free parking.
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Sun, Mar 10, in Hancock Park (L.A.):
5 pm “SCOTTISH FIDDLERS HOUSE CONCERT” with headliner ANDREA BEATON and accompanist BETTY LOU BEATON, and “FIDDLE WORKSHOP,” both in Hermosa Beach. Concert is a house concert, and Reservations get directions via email to danae@fastmail.fm. Tix also available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/322636.
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ANDREA BEATON's lively Cape Breton music is characterized by her powerful bow, the drive and swing of her timing and the crispness of her attack. Andrea is in demand at music camps, dances and concerts across the United States and Canada, and she has won a number of East Coast Music Awards for her traditional Cape Breton fiddle recordings. Listening to Andrea's music is overwhelmingly uplifting, and she delights audiences wherever she plays.
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BETTY LOU BEATON is in demand as a Cape Breton style piano accompanist and solo player. She plays for dances in Cape Breton year ’round and has played piano on numerous Cape Breton recordings.
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Check-out ANDREA BEATON’s amazing fiddle style at www.andreabeaton.com. More at www.scottishfiddlers.org.
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House concert includes a potluck. Feel free to bring a covered dish or a beverage to share. Reservations get address and directions. Seats are limited and this show will sell out. Go to www.brownpapertickets.com/event/322636, or email danae@fastmail.fm for tickets.
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NOTE: ANDREA BEATON does a Fiddle Workshop from 2-4 pm, that covers playing in the Cape Breton music tradition. Reservations required. See 2 pm “Workshops” section’s listing.
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Sun, Mar 10, in Santa Monica:
6 pm Weekly "KOFFEEHOUSE SUNDAY SESSIONS" brings a lineup of acoustic singer-songwriters to The Charleston, 2460 Wilshire Bl, Santa Monica; www.charlestonla.com; 310-828-2115.
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Sat, Mar 10, in Santa Monica:
7 PM BEAUSOLEIL avec MICHAEL DOUCET plays McCabe's, 3101 W Pico Bl, Santa Monica; 310-828-4403 or 310-828-4497. Widely acclaimed as the greatest Cajun band in the world, they don’t get to Southern California very often to perform.
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Since becoming the first Cajun band to win a GRAMMY (before there was a Cajun-Zydeco GRAMMY) with “L’amour Ou La Folie” (Traditional Folk Album – 1998) and then a second Grammy in 2010, “Live at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival,” BeauSoleil has garnered many accolades, including twelve GRAMMY nominations, the latest for their 2009 release “Alligator Purse.” They are regular guests on Garrison Keillor’s National Public Radio show “A Prairie Home Companion,” where Keillor has dubbed them as “the best Cajun band in the world.” Their music is so integral to Cajun culture that they have been featured on the New Orleans–based hit HBO program, “Treme.” Look for an on-camera performance from the band this year during the final season of the show. Critics everywhere acclaim their music, and the New York Times says, it is “bon temps, every time they play.”
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Their only Southern Cal performance is this one, at McCabe’s in Santa Monica. Get tickets early. This will sell-out, so don’t dawdle. Tix, $24.50.
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Sun, Mar 10, in Altadena:
7 pm THE LOVE LEIGHS play 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 in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”).
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They play "new-timey" 20th Century roots music, featuring tightly threaded two- and three-part harmonies and lively grooves. With ukulele, clarinet, dazzling guitar riffs and a driving upright bass, this quartet brings you twisted, delightful, sassy and sizzling songs.
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The Love Leighs combine the ukulele strums and stunning voices of RAINA LEIGH and JESSICA LEIGH, at times angelic and sultry, with the side-man stylings of their guitar star JIMMIE DREAMS and the formidable JOSH FLOWERS' on upright bass to play award-winning, "new-timey" 20th Century American roots music. You'll think you've heard their songs before, though they are as fresh as the band's on-stage banter. Their Vaudevillian flair has been featured in worldwide syndication on the “Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour,” and on the foremost uke-centric web hub, UkuleleHunt.com. More at www.theloveleighs.com
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Sun, Mar 10, in SFV (Chatsworth):
7 pm An AMERICANA / ALT-COUNTRY / HONKY-TONK BAND plays the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166. A real, live, fun honky-tonk scene with live music nightly. Go early for their free weekly BBQ at 5 pm and free dance lessons at 6 pm. No cover.
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Sun, Mar 10, not music, but cool, in T.O.:
Time tba ED ASNER performs his one-man show as PRESIDENT FRANKLIN ROOSEVENT at Countrywide Performing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E Thousand Oaks Bl, Thousand Oaks; www.CivicArtsPlaza.com; 805-449-ARTS (2787).
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Mar 10, in Santa Barbara:
Time tba WYNTON MARSALIS & THE JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA play The Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara.
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Sun, Mar 10, in OC (Costa Mesa):
7:30 pm PACIFIC SYMPHONY’s “PEDALS AND PIPES” series brings the 1925 classic horror film, “THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA,” with live Concert Organ accompaniment, in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa; 714-556-2787; www.ocpac.org.
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With its haunting depths, eerie chords and funereal power, the $3.1-million WILLIAM J. GILLESPIE CONCERT ORGAN provides a chilling soundtrack to the 1925 classic horror film, “THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.” The event initiates the second concert the season in Pacific Symphony’s “Pedals and Pipes” series.
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The one-of-a-kind WILLIAM J. GILLESPIE CONCERT ORGAN, built from steel, tin, oak, poplar, maple, lead and carbon fiber, with 4,322 pipes, premiered at the first concert of Pacific Symphony’s 2008-09 season, after three years and 42,000 hours of labor by a team of organ builders at C.B. Fisk.
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Notable organist DENNIS JAMES, considered by many to be the foremost scholar and performer of silent film accompaniment, recreates for the third time the live musical experience heard in movie palaces of the 1920s. Last October, James performed the soundtrack for “Jekyll and Hyde” and, in April 2009, for “The Phantom of the Opera,” accompanied by the orchestra.
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His new arrangement of the original score by GUSTAV HINRICHS intricately conveys the fear and emotions of the actors on screen. The film stars “the man of a thousand faces,” LON CHANEY, SR., as Erik, a mysterious phantom who threatens the diva Carlotta and forces her to give up the leading role in the opera for his love, Christine Daaé. (Yes, Shakespeare’s “play-within-a-play” has had many applications since hthe Bard used it in Hamlet.)
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For organ, opera and classic film fans alike, this is a true musical event, and it takes place one night only.
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Of James’ silent film scoring, Dr. Ed Mullins wrote, “James’ accompaniment was one of the finest backgrounds I have ever heard to a silent film. His performance was flawless. Its sensitivity to the action on the screen was an emotional experience bringing lumps to the throat and tears glistening in the eyes of an awestruck audience. It was superb.”
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James adds, “Silent films were never meant to be presented silently. From the beginning of the motion picture era at the turn of the 20th-century, music was an expected element of the presentation, whether supplied by pianist, organist or band… When applied appropriately to emotional development, descriptive background, comedy support or stimulating action, the music assumes a position of importance in music history equal to that of music of other periods produced for specific events or purposes.”
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The film’s story, an adaptation of the gothic French horror novel of the same name written by GASTON LEROUX, captivated and terrorized audiences of its day with its cutting-edge special effects and horrific makeup designed by Chaney himself -- which the studio kept secret before the premiere, causing screaming and fainting when the film was first shown. The story revolves around rehearsals and performances of the most popular opera of the day, “Faust,” at the Paris Opera House. Opera lovers may take special interest in hearing how James works many of the familiar melodies from “Faust” into his dramatic accompaniment.
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Tickets are $20-44. Info and tix purchase at 714-755-5799, or www.PacificSymphony.org.
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Sun, Mar 10, in SFV (Burbank):
8 pm “AMERICANA / ALT-COUNTRY / HONKY-TONK” music on two separate stages at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr (next to L.A. Equestrian Center), Burbank; 818-845-2425 or 818-515-4444; www.vivacantina.com. Okay to park free across the street at Pickwick Bowl (free, nearly unlimited parking for Viva patrons). Two stages, one in the Front Room is always no cover, the other, the Riverside Rancho stage, may charge cover. Venue has full bar, serves good Mexican food, all ages.
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Sun, Mar 10, FILM SCREENING WITH LIVE MUSIC, in L.A.:
8:45 pm THOMAS DOLBY’s “THE INVISIBLE LIGHTHOUSE” just won big at the D.I.Y. Film Festival Awards, and that brings him for a live “transmedia experience,” performing the score LIVE and doing LIVE narration, in his one-performance-of-its-kind in the U.S., at the American Film Institute’s Mark Goodson Screening Room, 2021 N Western Av, L.A.
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THOMAS DOLBY’s directorial debut won two awards at the “LOS ANGELES D.I.Y. FILM FEST.” Legendary musician scoops prizes for “Best Director” and “Best Documentary Short” with his “cinematic tone poem,” “The Invisible Lighthouse.” The original electronic music icon, decadesd before “electronica” became a synonym for annoying, THOMAS DOLBY first shot to fame in 1982 with his self-directed MTV video hit “She Blinded Me With Science.” He’s waited nearly thirty years to attempt the leap to full-fledged film director, but it seems at last, his wait was worth it.
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This week, his 30-minute debut film “The Invisible Lighthouse,” won two top awards at the Los Angeles DIY Film Festival. Dolby is flying-in from his home in the UK to attend the gala award ceremony at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on March 8, and the evening will climax with a screening of the film in its entirety, as Dolby performs the evocative score and does the narration live on stage.
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“’The Invisible Lighthouse’ is a romantic and hypnotic piece of filmmaking. As a fan of Thomas’ music, I am excited to see him make such an excellent, Dolbyesque film debut!” -- J.J. ABRAMS, “Star Trek Into Darkness” director, himself no stranger to the allure of DIY filmmaking (Cloverfield, Super 8.)
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Dolby’s film charts the imminent closure of an historic lighthouse on the tip of a mysterious island near his home on the coast of Suffolk, formerly used as a testing zone for experimental weapons. The lighthouse figures heavily in the as-yet-unsolved “Rendlesham UFO incident,” widely referred to as “the British Roswell.” Since the island is closed to the public -- due to the presence of unexploded bombs -- Dolby executed several clandestine commando-like raids in his RIB, cameras rolling.
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Dolby wrote and shot “The Invisible Lighthouse” entirely by himself, over the course of a year, using consumer cameras including the GoPro Hero2 and an iPhone-controlled ARParrot quadrocopter. He taught himself to edit in Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) Final Cut Pro X using video tutorials on Lynda.com, and cut the film in his wind- and solar-powered lifeboat studio on the East Anglian coast.
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“Whenever new technology comes along that puts professional techniques in the hands of inspired amateurs, I turn into a kid in a candy store!” said Dolby. “It’s like in the ’80s when electronic music arrived, I leapt at the chance to make entire records in my back room. Now for a few hundred bucks, I can pick up a camera rig and software capable of making a hi-res movie, and get creative with a personal story that the whole world can watch on the Web.”
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Dolby hurriedly learned basic CGI and green screen compositing techniques, and helped himself to low-priced HD stock footage from Shutterstock.com and green screen SFX from sites like FootageIsland. The eye-popping results caught the attention of the judges at the annual DIY Film festival in Los Angeles, California, where Dolby entered his film in the Documentary Short category; he took first prize in that category, and went on to win the Best Director award as well.
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Richard Martini, the programming director of the DIY Film Festival, said: "Thomas Dolby’s first effort as a director embodies everything that the DIY Film Fest aspires to — it pushes the envelope of creativity using tools available to everyone. Our founding motto is from avant-garde filmmaker Jean Cocteau: ‘When the cost of filmmaking is as much as a pencil and a piece of paper, then you'll find true art.’ Dolby's film is a perfect example of that belief.”
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Continuing in the vein of his critically acclaimed album “A Map of the Floating City” and the groundbreaking FloatingCity.com transmedia game, Dolby plans to embark on a theater tour of the USA later in 2013 with live performances of “The Invisible Lighthouse.” The film provides a context to the music on his new album, and carries on a tradition for innovation that has been Dolby’s hallmark for over thirty years, since the halcyon days of MTV. In the early ’90s, Dolby began distributing music on the Internet via his tech company, Beatnik Inc. A few years after that, he switched over to mobile phones as a mass-market platform, co-inventing the tiny synthesizer that powered millions of Nokia (NASDAQ:NOK) cell phones. Now he says it’s the film industry’s turn to experience the sea change that comes with technical innovation.
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“Suddenly you don’t need a fat wallet and a big crew to shoot a movie,” said Dolby. “All those impoverished writers, actors, directors — now they can quit waiting table and go make their own films, and distribute them via Netflix and iTunes. Okay, there will be a lot of crap! But in amongst it all, there will be brilliant fresh talent, people telling human stories that would never have seen the light of day.”
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Dolby may shortly announce an open-to-the-public show in Los Angeles. Stay tuned. More at www.thomasdolby.com/tixstore.
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Tix for tonight’s event, $20 at the above weblink.
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Sun, Mar 10, in Santa Monica:
11 pm Weekly “ACOUSTIC CORDIALE” showcase closes-out the weekend, at 14 Below, 1348 14th St, Santa Monica 90404; 310-451-5040.
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UPCOMING EVENTS, further on down the road…
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Mon, Mar 11, in Burbank:
Time tba KEN O’MALLEY brings his authentic and original Irish music, fabulous voice, and multi-instrumental prowess, to an early ST. PATRICK’S DAY solo performance at the Burbank Central Library, 110 N Glenoaks Bl, Burbank; www.burbank.lib.ca.us.
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Mon, Mar 11, in L.A.:
8 pm “GREAT GUITARS: ORIANTHI” 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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From writing her first song at the age of six, to being discovered and playing alongside her idols CARLOS SANTANA and STEVE VAI early in her career, ORIANTHI has made an enduring mark on the music industry.
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While many were introduced to this gifted guitar goddess when she played the GRAMMY Awards in 2009 as part of CARRIE UNDERWOOD's band, it was being selected for MICHAEL JACKSON's ill-fated “This Is It” Tour that exposed her to mainstream audiences.
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In the Fall of 2009, Orianthi released “According To You,” her first solo single, which went platinum in the U.S. and abroad. More than just a phenomenal guitarist, this success showed she had serious vocal chops as well.
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Tonight’s event comes on the eve of her new album release, the DAVE STEWART produced, “Heaven In This Hell,” as Orianthi visits the Clive Davis Theater for the latest installment of the GRAMMY Museum’s “Great Guitars” series. Hear Orianthi discuss her musical influences, how she developed her craft and what's next in her already-impressive career. After the interview, Orianthi will take audience questions and perform a selection of songs. The event is moderated by Vice President of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares SCOTT GOLDMAN, a great guitarist himself.
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Doors open at 7:30 pm for the best seats. Advance tix, $20. All proceeds benefit the GRAMMY Museum. More info at 213-765-6803.
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Tue, Mar 12, in Downey:
6:30-9 pm Monthly “DOWNEY DULCI-DIDDLES HAMMERED DULCIMER PRACTICE GROUP” welcomes all levels of players for casual music playing, practicing, and sharing tunes. Contact them for location: Bea Romano, 562-861-7049. More at www.Celticana.net. More on dulcimer-based bands and dulcimer-related events at www.scdh.org.
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Tue, Mar 12, in L.A.:
Time tba WYNTON MARSALIS & THE JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA play the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
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Wed, Mar 13, in L.A.:
9:30 & 11 am “A VISIT WITH MOTECUHZOMA” presented by MICHAEL HERALDA, featuring an Aztec musical performance on vast assortment of indigenous instruments as part of his ongoing “Aztec Stories” series, at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, in the Plaza of Mesoamerican Heritage.
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Forest Lawn's “A Visit with Motecuhzoma” is an educational program that consists of one of North America’s most studied historical figures, Motecuhzoma Xocoyotzin (also known as Montezuma II), one of the last great rulers of the Aztec people. The program engages the audience in an interactive discussion on the history, culture, and lifestyle of the Aztecs prior to the Spanish conquest of Mexico in AD 1521. More at www.aztecstories.com.
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There will be a question and answer segment for the audience. It’s entertaining, educational, and FREE.
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Wed, Mar 13, in SGV (South El Monte):
6:30 pm WHEN PIGS FLY! play a free show in the South El Monte Library, 1430 N Central Av, South El Monte 91733; 626-443-4158. Event info, www.colapublib.org/libs/selmonte/index.php, and band info, www.WhenPigsFlyMusic.com. Band is Bea Romano (hammered dulcimer), Marianne Scanlon (hammered and fretted dulcimers), Jim Romano (fretted dulcimers, bodhran, guitar), Jim Cope (fiddle, bouzouki, guitar, bodhran).
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Wed, Mar 13, in Culver City:
6:30-9 pm “WEST SIDE HAMMERED DULCIMERS” meet for sharing tunes and playing for fun, at Culver-Palms United Methodist Church, Room 6, 4464 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City 90230. Make a reservation with Barbara Gershman, at bgershman@socal.rr.com. More on dulcimer-based bands and dulcimer-related events at www.scdh.org.
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Wed, Mar 13, in L.A.
Time tba L.A. PHIL PRESENTS: “TAFELMUSIK: HOUSE OF DREAMS” at the L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, L.A. (downtown) 90012; 213-972-7211; www.musiccenter.org.
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With its multimedia project “House of Dreams,” the Canadian period ensemble TAFELMUSIK takes us on a journey with exquisite music by Bach, Handel, Purcell, Telemann, Vivaldi and more, played against a backdrop of paintings by Vermeer, Canaletto and Watteau.
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Tafelmusik astonished L.A. audiences in 2010 with its multimedia “Galileo Project.” The group returns with another theatrical multimedia event, taking us on a magical journey to five European homes where exquisite works by Bach, Handel, Purcell, Telemann, Vivaldi, and others were played against a backdrop of paintings by Vermeer, Canaletto, and Watteau.
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It’s “Spectacular music and art in a powerfully imagined combination.” More at www.laphil.com/tickets/tafelmusik-house-of-dreams/2013-03-13?utm_source=musiccenter&utm_campaign=tafelmusik
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Wed, Mar 13, in Altadena:
8 pm JIM CURRY'S TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER 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 in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”).
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Husband and wife team Jim and Anne Curry deliver the multi-platinum hits of the great John Denver in a fun-filled evening of singing and stories. Many of the members of John Denver’s own band, including his orchestra leader, have performed with Jim.
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Tribute artist Jim Curry's voice was heard in the CBS-TV movie “Take Me Home: The John Denver Story.” He has performed Denver's music in sold-out shows throughout the country and has emerged as today's top performer of Denver's vast legacy of multi-platinum hits. Jim's uncanny ability to mirror John's voice and clean-cut look takes you back to the time when "Rocky Mountain High" "Sunshine" "Calypso" and "Annie's Song" topped the charts, and his popular music had the heartfelt message of caring for the earth and caring for each other.
Denver's message is worth repeating: "Be kind to the Earth and to each other. "
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Tix, $18.
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AT SXSW…
Thu, Mar 14, at SXSW in Austin, Texas:
11 am-9 pm “Unofficial SXSW ‘GRAND OLE AUSTIN’ Showcase” brings Americana music from Austin, Nashville and L.A. In collaboration with Carolina Chickadee Presents, Matt Farber Productions, KG Music Press and The Grand Ole Echo, this musical “day party” happens at Maria’s Taco Express, 2529 S Lamar Bl, Austin, TX 78704.
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KIM GRANT says, “This is our first showcase celebrating Americana music from Nashville, Los Angeles and Austin! The event is free, no wristband or badge required.”
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Performers are:
RONEE BLAKLEY, (Los Angeles, CA) www.roneeblakley.com/
JON BYRD, (Nashville, TN) www.jonbyrd.com/
THE CARPER FAMILY, (Austin, TX) www.carperfamilyband.com/
JIMBO MATHUS & THE TRI-STATE COALITION, www.jimbomathus.com/
CHRIS SHIFLETT & THE DEAD PEASANTS, (Los Angeles, CA) chrisshiflettmusic.com/
BRENNEN LEIGH & NOEL McKAY, (Austin, TX) www.brennenleigh.net
JESSE & NOAH, (Nashville, TN) www.jesseandnoah.com
ROD MELANCON, (Los Angeles, CA) www.rodmelancon.com/
OTIS GIBBS, (Nashville, TN) www.otisgibbs.com/
TED RUSSELL KAMP, (Los Angeles, CA) www.tedrussellkamp.com
KEVIN GORDON, (Nashville, TN) kg.kevingordon.net/
THE RECORD COMPANY, (Los Angeles, CA) therecordcompany.net/
MIKE & THE MOONPIES, (Austin, TX) www.themoonpies.com/
JOHN EVANS BAND, (Austin, TX) www.thejebsite.com
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If you’re going to SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST, (SXSW) you may RSVP on facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/events/325749944208980/?ref=ts&fref=ts.
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Lineup and set times at http://thegrandoleecho.com/sxsw. Schedule subject to change, so check the website for updates.
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Thu, Mar 14, in Downey:
2-4 pm Monthly “PAT’S JAM” at Mambo Grill, 1118 Downey Av, Downey 90241. Organizers say, “We play all types of tunes on all kinds of instruments. All levels welcome.” Info, www.folkjam.org/recurring-jam/us/ca/downey/pats-folk-jam. Reserve your spot by calling Pat, at 562-858-9003.
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Thu, Mar 14, in Altadena:
8 pm THE LIMELITERS with special guests, The Honey-Lulus, play 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 in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”).
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This is a rare occurrence and one you should snap right up. THE LIMELITERS grace the stage at The Coffee Gallery Backstage only about once every 5 years to get sharp for a national tour and do something nice for Bob Stane, the venue’s impresario and long-suffering show biz guru. Whatever the reason, Bob says, “We are ready to entertain you so don't call for reservations unless you can really come. We have to fill every seat for acts like this one. Only a $20 ticket for a wonderful night of music and comedy.”
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The Limeliters launched their career in 1959 at San Francisco’s famous "Hungry i" and, before long, founding members Alex Hassilev, Lou Gottlieb and Glenn Yarbrough emerged as one of the dominant voices of the early 1960′s folk music scene. A string of best selling albums for RCA Records and frequent appearances on TV quickly made them a household name.
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Time Magazine summed up their appeal with the following memorable quote: “If the button-down, scrubbed-looking Kingston Trio are the undergraduates of big-time folk singing, The Limeliters are the faculty.”
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Over the past 50 years the lineup of the group has featured several spectacularly talented new members, but The Limeliters have never deviated from the integrity of the fabulous sound that they pioneered.
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With their energy and enthusiasm undiminished and undaunted, current members Andy Corwin, Gaylan Taylor and Don Marovich remain as exciting an act as the genre has produced. Now, more than ever, the surging vocals, thrilling harmony and whacked out sense of humor of this unique trio continue to earn them their title as “The Fabulous Limeliters”.
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THE HONEY LU-LUS.....are Kate Friedricks, Christina Linhardt and Justeen Ward, enchanting wahines who perform vintage Tiki song and dance. They promise to drive away your winter blues by conjuring up balmy breezes, fragrant flowers, and sunny shores. Yes, there will be ukuleles... Aloha!
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Kate Friedricks has performed at Disneyland, Universal Studios and the Renaissance Pleasure Faire. She teaches ukulele locally, and globally via Skype. Christina Linhardt is well known for melding vaudeville and opera in a combination that has made her popular in Europe as well as the United States. She brings her musical flair to The Honey-Lulus in between her European engagements. Justeen Ward is the queen of singing telegrams in the Los Angeles area. She has spent years designing and performing celebrity impersonations and doing comedy for children and adults. She has also traveled to Europe and Japan singing and doing comedy improv."
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Fri, Mar 15, in OC (Anaheim):
3-3:45 pm LEGACY plays the Emerald Court of Anaheim, 1731 Medical Center Dr, Anaheim 92801. For info, contact Patty McCollom at mccollomp@sbcglobal.net
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The band is Barbara Gershman (hammered dulcimer & accordion), Patty McCollom (banjo, whistle, fiddle, vocals), and Lee Otterholt, Irish dancer.

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Fri Mar 15, in VC (Santa Paula):
Time tba RESTLESS HILLFILLIES play the Ventura County Agricultural Museum in Santa Paula; 805-525-3100.
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Fri, Mar 15, in San Diego Co (Escondido):
7:30 pm “AN IRISH HOOLEY WITH SLUGGER O'TOOLE” presented by Kerry Records, at Escondido Center for the Arts, 340 N Escondido Bl, Escondido; Box Office, 800-988-4253; www.artcenter.org.
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Fri, Mar 15, in Santa Monica:
8 pm ANAIS MITCHELL and JEFFERSON HAMER, plus old-time banjo guru FRANK FAIRFIELD as a special guest, at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $16.
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Fri, Mar 15, in VC (Camarillo):
8 pm CLAUDE BOURBON and LILY WILSON play a double-bill at the “CAMARILLO CAFÉ CONCERT SERIES,” at Camarillo Community Center, 1605 E Burnley St (NE corner, Carmen & Burnley), Camarillo.
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Check-out these two superbly talented artists:
CLAUDE BOURBON, www.ClaudeBourbon.org
and LILY WILSON, www.LilyWilson.com
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An Open Mic precedes the featured acts (signups start at 7:30). Series and event info at www.CamarilloCafe.com, or call 805-907-8318, or email WhatsHappening@CamarilloCafe.com. Sponsored by Pleasant Valley Recreation & Parks District. Hosted by Gary & Kathy Lynch.
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Fri, Mar 15, in Altadena:
8 pm INCENDIO plays 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 in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”).
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They are an acclaimed world-guitar-fusion trio. In both Italian and Spanish their name means “fire” and it’s fitting for a musical group whose sound is all about energy, exploration, and passion. At the heart of INCENDIO’s sound is the Latin or Spanish guitar which can conjure up romantic as well as powerful and bold images – they refer to their style as “Latin Guitar World Fusion”. Averaging over 150 concerts a year for the last four years, INCENDIO’s live show has become an explosive improvisatory journey, garnering tremendous audience response in such diverse venues as the Strawberry Music Fest in Yosemite, the Sundance Film Festival, Verizon Music Festival, Catalina Jazztrax, California World Festival, and many more.
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Their four previous CDs have enjoyed international radio airplay and critical acclaim. Their live DVD and CD, “Dia Y Noche,” captures a daytime show at the Strawberry Festival 2004 and a nighttime show at the Countrywide Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center. INCENDIO is Jim Stubblefield (guitar), Liza Carbe (bass and guitar), and Jean-Pierre Durand (guitar).
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LATE ADDITION:
Sat & Sun, Mar 16 & 17, Free FESTIVAL, in Temecula:
10 am-5 pm* Annual “OLD TOWN TEMECULA BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” brings Grammy nominee SPECIAL CONSENSUS, plus BLUEGRASS ETC., SLIGO RAGS, SILVERADO BLUEGRASS BAND, SCOTT GATES & SALTY SUITES, NEXT GENERATION, THE WIMBERLYS, SWEET TIDINGS, TAIL DRAGGERS, BLUEGRASS BRETHREN, AND OLDE HAYWIRE¸ BLUEGRASS ETC., SLIGO RAGS, SILVERADO BLUEGRASS BAND, SCOTT GATES & SALTY SUITES, NEXT GENERATION, THE WIMBERLYS, SWEET TIDINGS, TAIL DRAGGERS, BLUEGRASS BRETHREN, and OLDE HAYWIRE. scheduled bands and dozens of impromptu performances throughout the six blocks of Old Town Temecula, centered at 42051 Main St, Temecula. Info, www.temeculacalifornia.com, or 951-757-5055.
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DAYTIME EVENTS, Sat & Sun:
Organizers say, “We are shaping-up to have the best festival yet! Known as the ‘Best Free Festival’ on the West Coast by bluegrass music fans, this year's Festival features Grammy nominees THE SPECIAL CONSENSUS, headlining the Festival. Their album, ‘Scratch Gravel Road,’ received a GRAMMY nomination for the 2012 ‘Bluegrass Album of the Year.’ FREE SHOWS and WORKSHOPS are held Saturday & Sunday from 10 am until 5 pm. The bands will be playing at the Town Hall Square and at the Old Town Temecula Theater. Workshops are held in the Mercantile. The Mercantile is located on Main Street in front of the Old Town Theater.”
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SATURDAY NIGHT CONCERT:
Featuring THE SPECIAL CONSENSUS, BLUEGRASS ETC, and SILVERADO is at 7 pm indoors on the fine stage with good sound in the Old Town Temecula Community Theater. The evening concert has sold-out every year, so order tix promptly. Tix, $15 and $20, depending on seating location; available at www.temeculatheater.org.
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WORKSHOPS:
Dennis Caplinger - Fiddle
Steve Spurgin – Songwriting
Greg Cahill – Banjo
John Moore – Guitar
Scott Gates – Mandolin
Old Haywire - Slow Jam
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CAMPING / CAMPGROUND JAM:
Jamming in the campgrounds is permitted all night long. Limited Dry Camping is available for the weekend; make reservations early by calling Vickie at 951-757-5054. Friday and Saturday nights, $25. Optional extensions, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday nights are an additional $12.50 per night.
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The Guide highly recommends this festival. The entire community of Temecula gets behind it, and it is well-organized, lots of fun, and FREE, including performances in the Temecula Community Theater (except for the ticketed Saturday night concert). Old Town Temecula is charming , with plenty of curio and specialty shops and lots of places to eat. When it’s rained on the festival (as it has the past two years) they quickly adapt and move things indoors. It’s a fine time with great bluegrass performances, and it gets better each year.
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Sat & Sun, Mar 16 & 17, FESTIVAL, in Central Cal:
Annual “DANDELION DAYS” festival in the Mother Lode Country of the Sierra foothills in Jackson, CA, includes performances by top cowboy singer and multi-instrumentalist SOURDOUGH SLIM. More at www.sourdoughslim.com.
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Sat, Mar 16, in Altadena:
7 pm JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOR BOYS, gems of musical fun of yesteryear, play 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 in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”).
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Naughty, lovely, and obscure musical gems of the 1910's, 20's and 30's performed with uncommon authenticity by the enchanting Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys. An all star cast of musicians and wits. The fun never stops with Ukulele Chanteuse JANET KLEIN and her Parlour Boys. They deliver a rollicking feast of music from a simpler age. Janet and her distinctive musician pals bring to life "Obscure, Naughty and Lovely tunes of the 1910s, 20s & 30s,” including a bundle of spirited and inspired renditions of cleverly fun but forgotten Tin Pan Alley, early hot jazz, saucy bits and late ragtime gems. Adding to the band's already extensive repertoire these merrymakers zestfully branch into obscure vaudeville and Vitaphone numbers, Hawaiian, Yiddish novelty tunes, French and Italian knock-out ballads. With a bevy of hot musicians on Hawaiian lapsteel guitar, washboard, violin, upright piano, cornet etcetera. Watch our for the Charming and Alarming Ms. Klein! Ho Do Dee Do! Hotsy Totsy.
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Sat, Mar 16, in NoHo:
7:30 pm BRIAN TRAVIS BAND plays their CD release show (#3 of 3), plus ANNIE BOXELL opening, at Skinny's Lounge in North Hollywood. The lovely and talented Annie opens the show and the BTB follow her set, at around 8:15 pm.
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Check out a video of the BRIAN TRAVIS BAND in the recording studio with their producer GEORGE LANDRESS making the new CD. Brian gushes, “George compares us to Fleetwood Mac, REM and Neil Young in his voice-over.” It’s at www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIauBKXE_ms&list=UUuD54Hzraq0l6S5Odd9A7Lw&index=3.
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Admission, $10.
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Sat, Mar 16, in SGV (Covina):
8 pm STEVE TROVATO & CARL VERHEYEN, "Blazing Studio Instrumentalists" with stunning musical pedigrees, play The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina 91723; 626-339-7020; frethouse@earthlink.net; www.frethouse.com. Doors at 7:30 for the best seats. More at www.carlverheyen.com. Tix, $15.
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Sat, Mar 16, in Santa Monica:
8 pm BLACK PRAIRIE plays McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $15,
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Sat, Mar 16, in Culver City:
8-10 pm BERNIE PEARL & MIKE BARRY play a blues concert at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; www.boulevardmusic.com; 310-398-2583. Venue’s web site has a helpful local dining guide.
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Bernie says, "Our latest recording, 'Sittin' On the Right Side of the Blues,' recorded live at Boulevard Music in 2011, received great reviews and airplay, as well as a nomination for 'Best Traditional Blues Recording' by the Blues Blast Music Awards. This is home for us. Always a good turnout, and I always plan on presenting my best material as well something new to the discriminating and informed Boulevard audience." Bernie on guitar and vocals, his longtime sideman Mike on bass.
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Advance tix strongly recommended, at 310-398-2583. Doors at 7:30 pm; advance ticket holders enter first; seating on a first-come basis.
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Tix, $15.
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Sat, Mar 16, in Agoura Hills:
8 pm TERRY HOLDER with JERRY HOLDER, plus opening act JOHN ZIPPERER & FRIENDS, play “RUSS AND JULIE'S HOUSE CONCERT” series in Oak Park (in the Agoura Hills / Westlake Village area). Reservations get directions at 818-707-2179, or rsvp@houseconcerts.us.
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TERRY HOLDER is gifted with a voice to break your heart. Her live performances have the undeniable ability to charm and connect with her listeners. Her soulful songs draw you in. Recognized for her talent as a songwriter, she was selected as a “Kerrville New Folk Finalist” in 2008, 2010 and again in 2011. Terry was also selected as 2011 finalist for the “Wildflower” songwriting competition.
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Her third studio CD, “Ticket to the Moment,” has received national and international radio airplay, delivering her emotionally-driven songs around lyrics that take you on a journey with flashes of love, abandon, heartbreak, and social self-awareness. On this CD, Terry was joined in the studio by veteran musicians FREEBO (BONNIE RAITT), JOEL TEPP (LITTLE FEAT), GAREY SHELTON (JESSE COLIN YOUNG), BEN SMITH (HEART), JERRY HOLDER, JOHN NYMAN, JOHN MORTON, and CYNTHIA MORROW. She is now recording her fourth CD to be released later in 2013. Terry tours regularly with her guitarist husband JERRY HOLDER, performing around the country as a duo, while building a very loyal following.
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Check-out the interview and music video with TERRY & JERRY HOLDER at www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDnkkWfHH-M.
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JOHN ZIPPERER is a real entertainer, and if you attend his performance, you enjoy yourself. John believes the purpose of music is to make us feel good. Though he doesn’t limit himself to happy, joyful songs. John, a graduate of the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, understands the importance of variety and dynamics in musical performance.
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John’s musical ride includes smiles, laughs, foot stomping, hand clapping, singing along, plus a few serious and thoughtful moments, and maybe a couple of tears. His band of “Friends” includes BARRETT TAGLIARINO on guitar & vocals, TARA SITSER on keys & vocals, and JIME VAN BOOVEN on bass & vocals.
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Check-out a JOHN ZIPPERER & FRIENDS music video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3KXEJFsrXQ
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Admission is by suggested donation, $20 per person, payable in cash at the door. All the money goes to the performers. Event includes a potluck-style coffee and dessert buffet. Doors at 7:30 pm.
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Sat, Mar 16, in San Pedro:
8 pm THE CHUCK ALVAREZ BAND plays Alva’s Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, Weymouth Corners, San Pedro 90732; www.alvasshowroom.com; 800-403-3447 or 310-519-1314. You can bring your own food and drinks into this venue and just pay the cover. Plenty of free parking.
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Sat, Mar 16, in Santa Barbara:
8 pm “AMERICANA MUSIC CONCERT” brings PETER FELDMANN, TOM LEE, and DAVID WEST performing at Presidio Chapel, 123 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara. Info, 805-688-9894.
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It’s an intimate, candlelight concert of classic American bluegrass, folk, and early country music at Santa Barbara's historic Presidio Chapel. PETER FELDMANN, TOM LEE, and DAVID WEST will feature material covering a wide span of country music history and styles, from the original Carter Family and the Delmore Brothers to Jimmie Rodgers and the bluegrass music of Bill Monroe. The songs and tunes are performed in a variety of combinations, featuring bass, mandolins, banjos, and guitars.
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Peter Feldmann, long a a musical mainstay in Santa Barbara and Southern California will be joined by guitarist / banjoist DAVID WEST and bassist TOM LEE for a program of acoustic country music. Their repertoire ranges from early blues and ballads, old time fiddle tunes, country heart songs to bluegrass classics.
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Cosponsored by the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, 805-966-9719. Doors at 7:30 for the best seats. Tix, $15; $12 for Trust members. Advance tix on-line at www.BlueGrassWest.com.
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Sat, Mar 16, in WeHo:
Time tba GREEN SKY BLUEGRASS at The Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Bl, West Hollywood 90069; www.troubadour.com; 310-276-6168.
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Sat, Mar 16, in Burbank:
9:30 pm THE WRATH OF McGRATH makes a “Special Appearance” to perform at Joe's Great American Bar, 4311 W Magnolia Bl, Burbank; 818-729-0805. More at www.wrathofmcgrath.net. This favorite Americana music venue has a history: it was Des Regan’s Old Pub.
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Sun, Mar 17: HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!
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Sun, Mar 17, in Riverside:
10 am-2 pm WAKE THE BARD plays Killarney's Pub in Riverside. Info at www.wakethebard.com
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Sun, Mar 17, pseudo FESTIVAL, in L.A.:
11 am-5 pm Annual “CITY OF L.A. ST. PATRICK'S DAY EVENTS” at L.A. Live, 777 Chick Hearn Ct, downtown Los Angeles 90015; info 213-763-6030.
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Irish musician KEN O'MALLEY is Master of Ceremonies and THE TWILIGHT LORDS are among the music performers (set times tba). The show will also feature the L.A. POLICE EMERALD SOCIETY PIPES AND DRUMS, the BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES, and IRISH DANCERS. LA Live is located downtown across the street from Staples Center and the Festival takes place outdoors on the plaza. Always fun, the Laker Girls are regulars, signing photos, and it’s all FREE.
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Sun, Mar 17, in Santa Monica:
11 am “MATINEE KIDS' SHOW” with GUSTAFER YELLOWGOLD at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $8; kids under age 2 get in free.
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LATE ADDITION...
Sun, Mar 17, in L.A.:
2 pm DEBUT CONCERT -- STAGED READING of BILL BURNETT's new full-length "Broadway-friendly musical," at Adat Ari El,12020 Burbank Bl, L.A. 91607.
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Bill says it's a "rockin, irreverent retelling of the great escape from Egypt [that] turns the story upside down and tells it from the point of view of the slaves in the streets. You know, the 99%."
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Bill adds, "I want YOU to be among the first to see and hear it at this special reading." It stars GINGER SMITH, ERIC SCHWARTZ, ANDREW KELSEY, GREG MARKLES, JULIA POSTOLOV, ROBERT CAIT, ELLEN KENNEDY, JENNY LERNER, ANDY WOLF, DAN SPECTER, ARLYNN PAGE, MARK STRUNIN, KAHLIL SABBAGH, GEOFF LEVIN, and YALI BITAN.
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It's free, but there is “a $10 suggested donation."
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Sun, Mar 17, in Altadena:
3 pm SABRINA & CRAIG, plus San Diego-based duo THE LOVEBIRDS, play 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”). More at www.SabrinaandCraig.com, and www.Facebook.com/SabrinaandCraig.
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Info on THE LOVEBIRDS, of whom, Sabrina says, “These gals are good!” at http://lindsaywhitemusic.com/side-projects/the-lovebirds
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Tix, $18.
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Sun, Mar 17, in San Pedro:
4 pm Acoustic guitar wiz CLAUDE BOURBON plays Alva’s Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, Weymouth Corners, San Pedro 90732; www.alvasshowroom.com; 800-403-3447 or 310-519-1314. You can bring your own food and drinks into this venue and just pay the cover. Plenty of free parking.
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Sun, Mar 17, in downtown L.A.:
4 pm “LE SALON DE MUSIQUES” monthly CHAMBER CONCERT SERIES in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 5th Floor, L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, L.A. (downtown) 90012; 213-972-7211; www.musiccenter.org.
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“Le Salon's” series of eight concerts run every third Sunday through May 19, 2013.
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Sun, Mar 17, in Altadena:
7 pm JIM "KIMO" WEST brings his renowned Hawaiian Slack Key guitar and original compositions to 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 in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”).
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Jim Kimo West is an award-winning Hawaiian "slack key" guitarist and a veteran of Hawaii's famed slack key festivals where he has performed alongside noted players such as Ledward Kaapana, Cyril Pahinui, Ozzie Kotani, Makana, George Kahumoku and many others. He is known not only for his exciting live performances but also for his many original instrumental slack key compositions as represented in his catalog of five solo CD's.
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Featured in the Oscar-winning film “The Descendants," or ki ho'alu, as it is known in Hawaii, is based on retuning or "slacking" the strings to create new tunings, of which there are many. Kimo has developed a number of his own tunings that give his instrumentals his own unique sound.
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He is a recent winner of the Hawaii Music Awards, a Na Hoku Hanohano (the Hawaiian Grammy) nominee, and a two time winner of the LA Treasures Award. His compositions have been featured in films, documentaries and national TV commercials. He splits his time between Hawaii and Los Angeles where he also works as a composer for film and TV, and as a producer for other artists.
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Joining Kimo is Mountain Apple Company recording artist KAPO KU and slack key guitarist CHARLEY "KALEO" OYAMA, formerly of the 70's folk group TRAVELERS THREE, along with a special guest hula dancer.
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Tix, $18.
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Sun, Mar 17, in El Segundo:
7:30 pm THE TOM CORBETT BAND, with BILL KNOPF & DAVID FERGUSON, plays the Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St, El Segundo; reservations & info, 310-322-2592; www.otmh.org.
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Sun, Mar 17, in OC (Anaheim):
8 pm THE FENIANS headline, with special guests CITIZEN JOE and SPORTIVE TRICKS,
at The Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E Katella Av, Anaheim 92806; 714-712-2700; www.thegroveofanaheim.com. More on “the favorite Irish sons of Orange County” at www.thefenians.com. This will probably sell out; purchase advance tix online at the venue’s site.
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Mon, Mar 18, in Marina del Rey:
6:30 pm Annual “ST. PATRICK'S DAY DINNER” with music by KRIS COLT & THE BLACK ROSE BAND at Marina City Club, 4333 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey 90292; 310-822-0611; marinacityclub.com.
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No cover, aside from what you pay for dinner and drinks. No host bar. Public is invited. More at www.kriscolt.com.
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Tue, Mar 19, in Beverly Hills:
7 pm DEB FILLER, terrifically talented New Zealand-born musical comic-raconteur (think Lily Tomlin meets Tracy Ullman meets Gertrude Berg) does a dinner show for the “PARLOR PERFORMANCES” series, at ARAM Persian Restaurant in Beverly Hills.
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It’s a night of food & fun, humor, humus, and more, including her BEATLES medley in perfect Yiddish.
"Magnificent... to miss her would be madness." -- New Zealand Herald
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"Consistently clever...extraordinary...tour de force." -- Philadelphia Enquirer
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"I was laughing, crying, thinking, feeling...magnificent!" -- Boston Globe
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"She has turned to theatre, to writing, to art, in an effort to sort through the experience of growing up in a family with memories too terrible to speak of." -- New York Times.
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Described alternatively as warm, gifted, a consummate performer and a complete chameleon, Deb's comedic genius should leave no fan of Tracy Ullman or Lily Tomlin disappointed.
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Show with dinner $45 (advance) and $50 (door, space permitting). Includes a dinner with a variety of entrees, appetizers, dessert, beverages, tax & tip. (Full bar available but not included.) Series producer says, “I've worked with ARAM very successfully over the years on a number of special events.”
Info, www.FrankEntertainment.com. Reservations, contact Jeannine Frank at 310-666-9066 or 310-476-6735 or Jeannine@FrankEntertainment.com.
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Tue, Mar 19, in Altadena:
8 pm LOAFER'S GLORY plays 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 in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”).
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This is a roots-music supergroup, featuring legends of pickin' & grinnin'. A unique engagement of the finest of bluegrass players. It’s a show that you’ll talk about for a long time.
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HERB PEDERSEN on guitar and vocals is is an American musician, guitarist, banjo player, and singer-songwriter who has played a variety of musical styles over the past forty years. Pedersen is a member of the DESERT ROSE BAND. He fronted his own band called the LAUREL CANYON RAMBLERS. And, he has worked with the likes of the PINE VALLEY BOYS, 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, on fiddle, banjo, and vocals, is a native of Southern California, and he helped bring authentic traditional music to the film industry. As far back as 1980, along with RY COODER and DAVID LINDLEY, Tom 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.
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PATRICK SAUBER, on banjo, mandolin, and vocals, is the son of old time player Tom Sauber. Patrick 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, BILL BRYSON, on upright bass and vocals, 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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This show always sells-out, so get your tix early.
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Fri-Sun, Mar 22-24, FESTIVAL, in Arizona:
Annual “OLD WEST DAYS” Festival at Old Tucson Studios, Tucson, AZ, includes performances by top cowboy singer and multi-instrumentalist SOURDOUGH SLIM. More at www.sourdoughslim.com.
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Fri, Mar 22, in OC (Anaheim):
8 pm GORDON LIGHTFOOT plays the City National Grove of Anaheim, 2200 East Katella Av, Anaheim 92806.
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Fri, Mar 22, in Culver City:
8 pm ROBIN & LINDA WILLIAMS, members of the “A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION” radio cast and Red House Records recording artists, bring their national tour of their latest release “These Old Dark Hills” to play Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; www.boulevardmusic.com; 310-398-2583. Venue’s web site has a helpful local dining guide.
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As they approach their 40th anniversary of playing together, the hot-pickin’ duo proves that their music is more dynamic than ever with fresh new songs and beautifully rich harmonies. Kicking ass and taking names as they do at every one of their live shows, Robin & Linda’s energy and passion is simply electric on this -- their most innovative and compelling album to date.
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Recorded in Nashville and produced by Grammy winner JIM ROONEY, “These Old Dark Hills” evokes the timeless sounds of his award-winning projects with NANCY GRIFFITH, JOHN PRINE and IRIS DEMENT. Reflecting Robin & Linda’s recent artistic renaissance, the album is a vibrant collection of mostly original folk and bluegrass tunes brought to life by an all-star cast of musicians that includes bassist TODD PHILLIPS (David Grisman Quartet, Tony Rice Unit), Dobro / pedal steel player AL PERKINS (Flying Burrito Brothers, Emmylou Harris & the Nash Ramblers), GARRISON KEILLOR and regular band members CHRIS BRASHEAR and JIM WATSON.
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Real Americana music, Robin & Linda’s new album features songwriting they tout as some of the finest of their career, from the haunting title track to poignant story songs like “Lonesome,” “Arizona,” and “Looking for Love,” to humorous tunes like “Tessie Mae” about their newly-adopted dog. Other highlights include their fresh covers of the country classic “Storms Never Last,” BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’s “My Lucky Day,” and the moving a capella number “World Wide Peace.” Woven with their originals, Robin & Linda create a collection that speaks to love and hope, even in the darkest of days.
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Fri, Mar 22, in Santa Monica:
8 pm LAWRENCE LEBO, blues-Americana vocalist with a fine repertoire of originals and classics from the American songbook, at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $15.
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Sat, Mar 23, FESTIVAL, in Bakersfield:
9 am-5 pm 18th Annual “BAKERSFIELD HIGHLAND GAMES” is a “Gatherine & Games & Ceilidh” with bagpipers, sanctioned Highland Games, plenty of Celtic music, and more, at Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 South P St, Bakersfield. Sponsored by Kern County Scottish Society. More at kernscott.com.
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Evening Ceilidh begins at 6 pm. Performers include KRIS COLT & THE BLACK ROSE BAND
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Sat & Sun, Mar 23 & 24, in Ventura:
7:30 pm MILK CARTON KIDS return to Zoey’s Café, 185 E Santa Clara St, Ventura 93001, Ventura; advance tix & info, www.zoeyscafe.com; 805-652-1137 or 805-652-0091.
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They’ve become major headliners all over the country since they began playing the smaller room at Zoey’s, and their homecomings – in the venue’s larger “Kenny Edwards Hall,” are big deals that sell-out quickly. One music lover characterizes them as “like young Everly Brothers, but contemporary.”
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Sat, Mar 23, in Pasadena:
8 pm JANIS IAN, who just won a GRAMMY, plays the “CALTECH FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY” series in Beckman Institute Auditorium (aka “Little Beckman”) on the Caltech campus in Pasadena; 626-395-4652. Park in either of two lots at the end of Michigan Av, south off Del Mar. Get tix well in advance, as this will sell-out.
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Sat, Mar 23, in Santa Monica:
8 pm MICHELLE SHOCKED brings PETE ANDERSON to musically celebrate her “Short Sharp Shocked 25th Anniversary Show,” celebrating the watershed album of that name, at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $25. Get ’em well in advance, as this will sell-out.
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Sat, Mar 23, in SGV (Covina):
8 pm JERRY BURGAN (WE FIVE), DEBBIE BURGAN, & THOLOW CHAN bring their storied "Songs and Stories" from the days of WE FIVE and beyond, to The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina 91723; 626-339-7020; frethouse@earthlink.net; www.frethouse.com. Doors at 7:30 for the best seats. More at www.officialwefive.com/bioscombined.html. Tix, $20.
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Sat, Mar 23, in San Pedro:
8 pm APOSTOLIS ANTHIMOS TRIO plays Alva’s Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, Weymouth Corners, San Pedro 90732; www.alvasshowroom.com; 800-403-3447 or 310-519-1314. You can bring your own food and drinks into this venue and just pay the cover. Plenty of free parking.
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Sun, Mar 24, in Torrance:
4 pm “A JOYOUS CELEBRATION OF AMERICAN DIVERSITY IN MUSIC” with Grammy Award-winning Banjo artist and singer CATHY FINK, and Bluegrass Fiddlers PHIL SALAZAR and LAUREN DONAHUE, and SIMEON PILLICH on Bass, together with THE SOUTH BAY CHILDREN’S CHOIR singing a collection of “Homegrown” Music, plus THE ALBERT MCNEIL JUBILEE SINGERS of Los Angeles performing Spirituals with choreography, at Marsee Auditorium, El Camino College, Torrance.
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One performance only. Tix on sale now at El Camino College Box Office; charge by phone, 310-329-5345 or purchase online at www.centerforthearts.org. Advance purchase reserved-seat ticket prices, $30, $20 & $10; additional service charge for phone and online orders; tix prices higher on day of performance.
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Sun, Mar 24, in Ventura:
7:30 pm MILK CARTON KIDS return to Zoey’s Café, 185 E Santa Clara St, Ventura 93001, Ventura; advance tix & info, www.zoeyscafe.com; 805-652-1137 or 805-652-0091.
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It’s their second of two nights here. They’ve become major headliners all over the country since they began playing the smaller room at Zoey’s, and their homecomings – in the venue’s larger “Kenny Edwards Hall,” are big deals that sell-out quickly. One music lover characterizes them as “like young Everly Brothers, but contemporary.”
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Sun, Mar 24, in Agoura Hills:
Time tba MIKE NESMITH at the Canyon Club, 28912 Roadside Dr, Agoura Hills; www.canyonclub.net; 818-879-5016.
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Tue, Mar 26, in L.A.:
Time tba THE MAVERICKS play the El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Bl, L.A.; 323-936-4790; www.theelrey.com.
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Wed, Mar 27, in Ojai:
7 pm BATTLEFIELD BAND, one of Celtic music’s landmark groups, plays the Ojai Concert Series, Ojai Valley Woman's Club, 441 E Ojai Av, Ojai; 805-665-9952; www.ojaiconcertseries.com.
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Scotland’s great flagship band are musicians that others measure themselves against, and their new album ‘Line-up’ finds them fresh and invigorated, illustrating once again that they are among the most relevant contemporary composers and interpreters of Celtic music today.
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Under their banner 'Forward with Scotland’s Past', Battlefield Band have been a bedrock of talent for over four decades, and continue to lead the way for Scotland with their inspired fusion of ancient and modern traditional music and song.
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Founded by a group of friends in 1969 and named after the ‘Battlefield’ area of Glasgow, the band have now been touring and performing throughout the world for over forty years, playing to audiences in Europe,Australia & New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East, and Canada, as well as more than 60 cities annually in the United States.
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Ever evolving, over the years new members have brought with them new ideas, music, instruments, attitudes and influences, leading to continued creativity, freshness and enthusiasm. The new line-up includes young multi-instrumentalist Ewen Henderson, and has been received with great acclaim on their US, Canadian, and UK tours, as the group moves to a new, exciting period in their musical development.
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More at www.battlefieldband.co.uk
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More info on this event and online tickets at www.ojaiconcertseries.com or call Shane Butler at 805-665-8852.
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Tix, $25 advance, $28 at door; under age 15, half price at door. (Show may sell-out; advance purchase recommended.)
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Thu, Mar 28, in L.A.:
7 pm “GILLI MOON AND SONGSALIVE! ARTISTS SHOWCASE” at the Mint, 6010 W Pico Bl (just E of Crescent Heights), Los Angeles 90035.
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GILLI MOON is a Hollywood-based Australian and self-described “poly-media artist” who delivers conscious music, art, films and self-expression in her energetic and expressive performances, media and prose. She is a singer-songwriter, recording artist, actor, author, motivational speaker and painter, a renaissance woman. Gilli (pronounced as with a "J") has created multifaceted music albums and live shows with an edge. iTunes has been unable to classify her music. More at www.gillimoon.com. The night is also Gilli’s birthday, so you can help her eat cake.
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Songsalive! is a non-profit organization supporting, promoting and educating songwriters and composers worldwide. A showcase precedes Gilli’s set, with several acoustic performances.
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Songsalive! performing songwriter artists are:
BRITTANY PEARL, www.brittanypearl.com
DANIELLE W CARTER, www.daniellewcarter.com
JONIE BLINMAN, www.reverbnation.com/jonieblinman
JULIA JUICE, www.reverberation.com/juicebandrocks
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More at www.songsalive.org/group/losangeles.
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Tix, $5 advance purchase at www.themintla.com/show.cfm?cart&id=90945. Any remaining tix available at door. Book a table for dinner by calling 323-954-9400. Seats may go fast. Bar standing room available.
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Sat, Mar 30, in T.O.:
Time tba SISTERS EASTER CHATECHISM brings very funny comedy at Countrywide Performing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E Thousand Oaks Bl, Thousand Oaks; www.CivicArtsPlaza.com; 805-449-ARTS (2787).
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Sat, Mar 30, in OC (Anaheim):
Time tba Guitarist JESSE COOK plays the City National Grove of Anaheim, 2200 East Katella Av, Anaheim; 714-712-2700; www.thegroveofanaheim.com.
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Sat, Mar 30, in Newhall (Santa Clarita):
8 pm “AN EVENING WITH TUMBLEWEED ROB & THE SOUTHWEST JUNCTION” at the “OUTWEST CONCERT SERIES” at Out West Western Boutique & Cultural Center, 24265 Main St (aka San Fernando Rd on older maps), Newhall 91321; www.scvoutwest.com; reservations (limited seating), 661-255-7087.
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Presented by SCVTV, the WMA California Chapter, and OutWest. Apart from the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, this concert series has become the most prolific presenter of western music in recent years. Upcoming OutWest Concerts are:
• April 19, “An Evening of POETRY, STORYTELLING, & LIVE MUSIC”
• May 18, “An Evening with JASON "BUCK" CORBETT & FRIENDS”
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More on the “Live Music” tab at www.scvoutwest.com, including info on upcoming and past “SCVTV Concerts.”
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Doors at 7:30 pm for the best seats, concert at 8 pm. Light refreshments included. Tix are a “suggested donation” of $15.
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Sat, Mar 30, in Santa Monica:
8 & 10 pm VAN DYKE PARKS, plus special guest TOM McDERMOTT, at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497.
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VAN DYKE PARKS, a remarkable musician, composer, arranger, and producer, is probably best known for his collaborations with BRIAN WILSON and THE BEACH BOYS, including the famed SMiLE album. Van Dyke has worked with such artists as U2, THE BYRDS, RUFUS WAINWRIGHT, HARRY NILSSON, RY COODER, BONNIE RAITT, FRANK ZAPPA, and RINGO STARR. He is also an extraordinary solo artist who has released seven acclaimed solo albums.
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Sat, Mar 30, in Lancaster, a “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick:
8 pm CRAICMORE at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W Lancaster Bl, Lancaster 93534; www.lpac.org; 661-723-5950. Tix $32 & $27.
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Sun, Mar 31, in Santa Monica:
11 am “MATINEE KIDS' SHOW” with GROOVY DAVID at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $8; kids under age 2 get in free.
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Mon, Apr 2, in Santa Barbara:
Time tba Guitarist JESSE COOK plays the Lobero Theatre, 33 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara; 805-963-0761; www.lobero.com.
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Sat, Apr 6, in San Pedro:
8 pm Acoustic guitar virtuoso TOULOUSE ENGELHARDT and special guest JOHN YORK play Alva’s Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, Weymouth Corners, San Pedro 90732; www.alvasshowroom.com; 800-403-3447 or 310-519-1314. You can bring your own food and drinks into this venue and just pay the cover. Plenty of free parking.
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Sat, Apr 6, in Agoura Hills:
8 pm JOHN WORT HANNAM with SCOTT DUNCAN play “RUSS AND JULIE'S HOUSE CONCERT” series in Oak Park (in the Agoura Hills / Westlake Village area); 818-707-2179.
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Sun, Apr 7, in Santa Monica:
7 pm DAVID WILCOX at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $24.50.
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Fri, Apr 12, in SGV (Covina):
8 pm RICHARD SMITH & JULIE ADAMS bring their highly acclaimed “Fingerstyle Guitar & Cello” concert to The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina 91723; 626-339-7020; frethouse@earthlink.net; www.frethouse.com. Doors at 7:30 for the best seats. More at www.richardsmithmusic.com. Tix, $15.
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Fri, Apr 12, in Santa Monica:
8 & 10 pm VENICE plays a pair of “special acoustic shows” tonight at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $24.50.
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Fri, Apr 12, in Ventura:
8 pm I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. play Yolie’s, 138 W Main St, Ventura; www.HiHatEntertainment.com; 805-652-0338.
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Fri, Apr 12, in Santa Monica:
10 pm VENICE plays the second of two “special acoustic shows” tonight at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $24.50.
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Sat, Apr 13, in SFV (Van Nuys):
7:30 pm PAUL KAMM & ELEANOR MacDONALD play the “NOBLE HOUSE CONCERT” series in Van Nuys. Reservations get directions at 818-780-5970.
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Sun, Apr 14, in San Pedro:
2-5:30 pm BERNIE PEARL concludes his blues residency at CRAFTED, a new arts venue in the Port of Los Angeles, at 110 E 22nd St, San Pedro 90731; 310-732-1270; www.CRAFTEDportla.com; www.facebook.com/Craftedportla.
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His two gigs here – including one that opened the venue -- went so well that Bernie was offered a monthly residency, second Sunday of each month through April.
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Bernie says of this new venue, "It's a great place to hear some acoustic Blues and to see what dozens of crafters are working on. Food and beverages are available. Parking and admission are free. I perform in the lounge area, where there are tables and chairs, and the live music is piped throughout the building. Take a Sunday drive to the scenic Port of L.A. and hang out for a while. I bet you'll enjoy it."
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The Guide adds that you can go in the morning and tour the Battleship Iowa or the Victory ship, both anchored on display in San Pedro, then go for lunch and great live blues music with Bernie at CRAFTED.
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Sun, Apr 14, in Lancaster, a “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick:
3 & 7 pm (two shows) MICHAEL FLATLEY’S LORD OF THE DANCE at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W Lancaster Bl, Lancaster 93534; www.lpac.org; 661-723-5950. Tix $52 & $47.
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Sun, Apr 14, in Santa Monica:
7 pm STEPHANIE BETTMAN & LUKE HALPIN return from Colorado to Southern Cal for a show at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $20.
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Sun, Apr 14, in the SF Bay Area:
8-11 pm "PEACEFUL EASY FEELING 40th ANNIVERSARY TOUR" with performing songwriter JACK TEMPCHIN, writer of that and many other EAGLES hits, plus TRACY NEWMAN & THE REINFORCEMENTS, at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley.
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Tix, $22.50 advance, $24.50 door. In an innovative move, those age 25 and under admitted at half-price. Senior discount is $2. More, and adv tix at www.nodepression.com/events/event/show? id=2342817%3AEvent%3A887715&xgi=5anUGMOPkCyHxq&xg_source=msg_invite_event.
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Mon, Apr 15, in Santa Barbara:
Time tba ARLO GUTHRIE plays the Lobero Theatre, 33 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara; 805-963-0761; www.lobero.com.
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Tue, Apr 16, in L.A.:
8 pm RODRIGUEZ performs at The Orpheum Theatre, 842 S Broadway, L.A.; 213-749-5171. Yes, it’s the musician profiled in the OSCAR-winning film, “SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN,” playing his only L.A. show. Yes, he can still sing and play guitar, and stir the longings of the soul.
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On OSCAR night, “Searching for Sugar Man,” the riveting music biopic and investigative journey of discovery by filmmaker MALIK BENDJELLOUL, won “Best Documentary Film.” It is the story of rejection, unknown fame for an artist living in obscurity, and remarkable rediscovery. It’s the story (so far) of remarkable singer-songwriter SIXTO RODRIGUEZ, a man for whom acclaim was delayed, but ultimately not denied. It’s a film about hope, inspiration and the resonating power of music.
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On February 6, the Guide’s editor attended a special “Reel Talk” screening of “Searching for Sugar Man” that included a Q & A with director Bendjelloul. (The Guide ran a “News Extra” edition on February 5, alerting readers of the chance to attend that special screening.) The film had just won at the Director's Guild of America (DGA) the previous Friday night, capturing the “Best Feature Award” at the International Documentary Association's 2012 “IDA Documentary Awards” at DGA.
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Musically, ithe film won the “Creative Recognition Award” for “Best Music” for RODRIGUEZ's original songs and BENDJELLOUL's additional score.
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RODRIGUEZ’s story remains one of the music world’s most unusual tales, reaching back to the 1970s. An obscure debut LP by a Detroit singer-songwriter becomes a source of hope and inspiration to the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa. Now, the story of Rodriguez and his oft-bootlegged cult album “Cold Fact” is the basis for “Searching for Sugar Man,” the riveting new documentary by filmmaker MALIK BENDJELLOUL. Light In The Attic Records, in partnership with Sony Legacy, are honored to announce the release of the original motion picture soundtrack, comprising tracks from “Cold Fact” and its 1971 follow-up “Coming From Reality” – reissued in 2008 and 2009, respectively, by the Light In The Attic label.
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The story of RODRIGUEZ the musician begins back in the late ‘60s, when he was discovered in a Detroit bar by renowned producers DENNIS COFFEY and MIKE THEODORE. They recorded a 1970 album that they believed was going to secure his reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. Instead, that record, “Cold Fact,” bombed, and despite the release of a second LP, entitled “Coming From Reality,” produced by STEVE ROWLAND, fame eluded Rodriguez. So he drifted into obscurity, not knowing he was becoming the subject to some fantastic rumors of a dramatic onstage death.
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He was widely rumored to have died in bizarre ways, including a widely-believed version that had set himself on fire at the end of a performance for an audience that taked louder and louder over his singing. That was after he had faded into obscurity in the U.S. as just another singer-songwriter who failed to catch-on.
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But, unknown to RODRIGUEZ, “Cold Fact” took on a life of its own when a bootleg recording found its way into the repressive apartheid-era South Africa, where everyone – not just black citizens – were subjected to curfews, bans against public gatherings, and strict regulation of what they could see, read, or hear on radio and television. “Cold Fact” was banned by the government, and that set then stage for the album to become a national phenomenon that transcended generations over the next two decades. It was the soundtrack for a resistance movement of liberal South African youth.
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Meanwhile, back in Detroit, Rodriguez was working in construction and renovation, and disgusted with what he saw of government officials’ neglect of the poor and of deteriorating infrastructure, he even ran for mayor. All the while, Rodriguez remained totally unaware that he was not just a local folk hero, but had become an iconic household name – thousands of miles away, across an expanse of ocean.
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Decades passed. Then, two South African fans, STEPHEN ‘SUGAR’ SEGERMAN and CRAIG BARTHOLOMEW-STRYDOM, set out to learn, once and for all, what had really happened to their hero. Their investigation led them to a story more extraordinary than any of the many myths they’d heard. Their story forms the basis of “Searching for Sugar Man.”
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Thanks to two obsessed fans who simply set out to learn the man's true fate, we have an OSCAR-winning, acclaimed chronicle about the rediscovery of Sixto Rodriguez, and a context for rediscovering a remarkable artist in the man himself.

Rodriguez said recently, “I describe myself as ‘musico-politico’,” adding, “I was born and bred in Detroit, four blocks from the city center. Back then, I was influenced by the urban sounds that were going on around me all the time.”
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His artist’s perspective is undiminished. That is evident as he continues, “Music is art and art is a cultural force. As far as my work from Detroit comparing to the South African Apartheid, the similarities echo. The placards of the 1970s in the United States read things like ‘We Want Jobs,’ and ‘Stop the War’ – I was looking at the music from a working class perspective that was relevant, as it turns out, to the kids in South Africa."
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Doors at 7 pm. Tix: Balcony, $45; Orchestra / mezzanine / loge, $55; Gold Circle, $65. Tix go on sale Fri, March 1 at 10 am, at www.goldenvoice.com. Two ticket limit. Tix, $45- $65, plus service / handling fee.
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Wed, Apr 17, in L.A.:
8:30 pm DROPKICK MURPHYS with SKINNY LISTER and THE INSURGENCE play Club Nokia, 777 Chick Hearn Ct, downtown L.A. 90015; www.nokiatheatrelalive.com. Doors at 7:30 pm. Tix: Gen’l adm, $30.50 advance, $36 at door (if any remain); VIP Balcony / Pit, $36 advance only. Tix go on sale Fri, March 1 at 10 am, at www.goldenvoice.com.
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Thu, Apr 18, in Hollywood:
Time tba Annual “ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS” include HEART, the great sister duo of ANN & NANCY WILSON, who supplied mainstream rock with a steady and top-notch supply of acoustic hits from the mid ’70s through the ’80s, will be inducted, together with STEVE FOSSEN, MIKE DEROSIER, HOWARD LEESE AND ROGER FISHER, each honored for their contributions with the great music they created. MIKE FLICKER, HEART’s original producer, and singer-songwriter LISA NEMZO will be present at the Nokia Theatre in Hollywood celebrating with them. More at www.rockhall.com.
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Thu, Apr 18, in Lancaster:
8 pm TWO CELLOS at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W Lancaster Bl, Lancaster 93534; www.lpac.org; 661-723-5950. Tix $29 & $19.
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Sat, Apr 19, in Newhall (Santa Clarita):
8 pm “AN EVENING OF [WESTERN] POETRY, STORYTELLING, & LIVE MUSIC” at the “OUTWEST CONCERT SERIES” at Out West Western Boutique & Cultural Center, 24265 Main St (aka San Fernando Rd on older maps), Newhall 91321; www.scvoutwest.com; reservations (limited seating), 661-255-7087.
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Presented by SCVTV, the WMA California Chapter, and OutWest. Apart from the “Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival,” which begins Saturday morning after this event, this concert series has become the most prolific presenter of western music in recent years. OutWest Concerts are ’purt near monthly, but at press time, we only know of one more past this April event:
• May 18, “An Evening with JASON "BUCK" CORBETT & FRIENDS” (and more to come).
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More on the “Live Music” tab at www.scvoutwest.com, including info on upcoming and past “SCVTV Concerts.”
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Doors at 7:30 pm for the best seats, concert at 8 pm. Light refreshments included. Tix are a “suggested donation” of $15.
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Sat & Sun, Apr 20-21, FESTIVAL, in Newhall (Santa Clarita):
Annual “SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL” brings top western music, traditional cowboy music, and western swing stars, plus the cowboy poetry that started it all, to Melody Ranch
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Sat, Apr 20, in VC (Moorpark):
Annual “VENTURA COUNTY BLUES FESTIVAL,” which was the “SIMI VALLEY BLUES FESTIVAL,” happens at its new venue, on the campus at Moorpark College.
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Sat & Sun, Apr 20-21, FESTIVAL, in T.O.:
Annual “SCANDANAVIAN FESTIVAL” with performances by ABBA GIRLZ and many others, plus dance, food, and culture, happens at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.
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Sat, Apr 20, in Santa Monica:
8 pm STEVE FORBERT, that famous folkie from Mississippi, plays McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $20.
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Sat, Apr 20, in SGV (Covina):
8 pm SLIGO RAGS, one of Southern California’s top acoustic bands, brings their "Trad and Contemp Irish and Celtic" to The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina 91723; 626-339-7020; frethouse@earthlink.net; www.frethouse.com. Doors at 7:30 for the best seats. More at www.sligorags.com/home.cfm. Tix, $15.
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Sun, Apr 21, pseudo FESTIVAL, in Torrance:
Noon to 6 pm “TRIPLE B STOMP & ROMP” special event, and Cajun blues band PORTERHOUSE BOB & DOWN TO THE BONE play 4-6 pm, at the Depot Restaurant, 1250 Cabrillo Av, Torrance 90501.
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Sun, Apr 21, in downtown L.A.:
4 pm “LE SALON DE MUSIQUES” monthly CHAMBER CONCERT SERIES in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 5th Floor, L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, L.A. (downtown) 90012; 213-972-7211; www.musiccenter.org.
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“Le Salon's” series of eight concerts run every third Sunday through May 19, 2013.
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Wed, Apr 24 through Sun, May 19, in Ventura:
“LONESOME TRAVELER” returns for a 2013 run at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura. It’s a musical event that takes audiences on a journey down the rivers and streams of American Folk Music -- from the hills of Appalachia to the nightclubs of San Francisco and New York; from the 1920s to the 1960s. Written and directed by Rubicon’s Artistic Director James O’Neil, with Musical Direction and Arrangements by Dan Wheetman
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"Tom Dooley," "Goodnight Irene," "Puff, the Magic Dragon," "Blowin' in the Wind," and "This Land is Your Land." These songs remind us of a time when music brought us together; when it changed us. Lonesome Traveler is a World Premier theatrical event that takes us from the backwoods of Appalachia to the nightclubs of New York and San Francisco; from the mid 1920s to the mid 1960s. Experience the music that made history and the history that made music. Rubicon Artistic Director James O'Neil directs a seven-person cast of singer/instrumentalists. More when we know it.
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Fri-Sun, Apr 26-28, FESTIVAL, in Indio:
“STAGECOACH FESTIVAL” 2013 at the Empire Polo Club, 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio 92201. Festival info, www.stagecoachfestival.com.
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Once again, this mega-festival has an astonishing lineup. Folk-Americana, Western, Bluegrass and Classic Country artists include OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW, MARTY STUART, DWIGHT YOAKAM, RIDERS IN THE SKY, CHARLEY PRIDE, COMMANDER CODY, CONNIE SMITH, HAYES CARLL, JEFF BRIDGES & THE ABIDERS, JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE, LONESTAR, ROGER McGUINN, SONS AND BROTHERS, SUZY BOGGUSS, TANYA TUCKER, THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND, THE HONKYTONK ANGELS BAND, THE WESTBOUND RANGERS, THOMPSON SQUARE, WADDIE MITCHELL, WYLIE AND THE WILD WEST, AND THE ZAC BROWN BAND.
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Of course, the FULL lineup is much more extensive, Here it is, all performers, alphabetically by artist’s first name / first word of band name:
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Alissa Griffith
Becky Stark
Blue Sky Riders
Brown Bird
Charley Pride
Chris Shiflett and the Dead...
Commander Cody
Connie Smith
Darius Rucker
Dierks Bentley
Don Williams
Dwight Yoakam
Florida Georgia Line
Gabriel Kelley
Hank Williams Jr.
Haunted Windchimes
Hayes Carll
Jana Kramer
Jeff Bridges & The Abiders
Joe Nichols
John Anderson
John Reilly and Friends
Justin Townes Earle
Lady Antebellum
Lonestar
Maggie Rose
Marty Stuart
Nick 13
Old Crow Medicine Show
Phil Vassar
Riders in the Sky
Robert Ellis
Rodney Atkins
Roger McGuinn
Sons and Brothers
Suzy Bogguss
Tanya Tucker
The Charlie Daniels Band
The Honkytonk Angels Band
The Little Willies
The Steel Wheels
The Westbound Rangers
Thompson Square
Toby Keith
Trace Adkins
Waddie Mitchell
Wylie and the Wild West
Zac Brown Band
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The Acoustic Americana Music Guide has consistently celebrated the inclusive booking policies of this event. Sure, the Nashville pop-country award-winners are there, BUT, there is always a fine representation from the best of the Folk-Americana, Bluegrass, Western Music, and Alt-Country / Honky-Tonk world. With “country” radio so embedded in pop-country, this festival is a joy for Traditional Country and Folk-Americana fans alike, and with multiple stages, you can find your niche and ensconce yourself, or wander and explore other auditory horizons.
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STAGECOACH has come a long way in a few short years. There are “Buy Now” and layaway options for tickets, and Stagecoach now has a BBQ Competition, an RV Resort, campgrounds with jamming and organized karaoke, money-saving “family passes” to the festival, and plenty more.
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Beyond the jam packed musical lineup, there are other ACTIVITIES and fun things to do and see while at the festival. Inside the venue, you’ll find a FERRIS WHEEL, with fabulous views of the festival - additional cost may apply. A WIFI CENTER will offer web access with computers and printers available. In the festival’s Campgrounds, they organize karaoke in the camping activities tent, and there is a “STAGECOACH KARAOKE STATION.” If hearing all that nonprofessional catterwalling stresses you, they offer sanctioned professional MASSAGE ($1 per minute, chair massage). Even without The Who, you can show your prowess at Pinball and win daily VIP upgrades & merch. In addition to the live music, Country DJs offer tunes on the dance floor. Campers will have free SUPERMARKET SHUTTLES for anything you “can't find at the general store or the farmers market.”
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In addition, there are FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES for the kids, and a WORLD RENOWNED BBQ, with 30 national BBQ teams cooking 24/7 in the hopes of being picked as Grand Champion in the BARBEQUE CONTEST.
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The festival website offers organized carpooling and a CARPOOL CONVOY signup. Once you’re there, their RECYCLING PROGRAM has an economic incentive, letting you earn free water, wristband upgrades and more by participating.
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Tickets for STAGECOACH are “All-in pricing,” with a “What-you-see-is-what-you-pay,” no surprises policy that others need to emulate. Prices include all fees & shipping:
General Admission, $239 (limit of 6 per household)
Package P1, $1099 (limit of 2 per household)
Package P2, $799 (limit of 6 per household)
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Add-on VIP Parking is $100, for those who don’t want to face the walk from the far-flung parking lots. The festival notes, “ADA reserved seats will be an option at purchase while supplies last.”
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To order festival passes by phone, call 888-512-SHOW. Festival info and tix on the web at www.stagecoachfestival.com.
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Sat, Apr 27, FESTIVAL, in VC (Moorpark):
Noon-all day Annual “VENTURA BLUES FESTIVAL” with JOHNNIE RIVERS, PRESTON SMITH & THE CROCODILES, Winners Of the “Ventura County Blues Society Band Challenge,” and many more, at Moorpark College in Moorpark. Info, www.venturabluessociety.org.
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Sat, Apr 27, in San Pedro:
7:30 pm TIM WEISBERG, a true Folk-Americana music legend, plays Alva’s Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, Weymouth Corners, San Pedro 90732; www.alvasshowroom.com; 800-403-3447 or 310-519-1314. You can bring your own food and drinks into this venue and just pay the cover. Plenty of free parking.
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Sat, Apr 27, in Lancaster, a “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick:
8 pm BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W Lancaster Bl, Lancaster 93534; www.lpac.org; 661-723-5950. Tix $47 & $42.
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Sat, Apr 27, in SGV (Covina):
8 pm BERNIE PEARL, one of L.A.’s top resident acoustic Blues masters, backed by his longtime sideman MIKE BARRY, does a concert tonight and a workshop tomorrow at The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina 91723; 626-339-7020; frethouse@earthlink.net; www.frethouse.com.
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Bernie on guitar and vocals, Mike on bass. Bernie says, "Been a little while since we have been there, but the renowned Covina guitar shop provides a wonderful intimate space for players and audience, and we love playing there." Doors at 7:30 for the best seats. More at www.berniepearl.com. Tix, $15.
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Sat, Apr 27, in Santa Monica:
SOLD OUT: 8 pm THE PROCLAIMERS at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $24.50.
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Sun, Apr 28, two WORKSHOPS for ARTISTS, in SGV (Covina):
2 & 3:30 pm BERNIE PEARL, one of L.A.’s top resident acoustic Blues masters, conducts a "GUITAR CLINIC" followed by a "HOW TO JAM" workshop, at the Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina 91723; 626-339-7020 / 800-BET-FRET; www.frethouse.com.
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GUITAR CLINIC at 2 pm, "HOW TO JAM" workshop at 3:30 pm. More at www.berniepearl.com.
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Each session is $25, enrollment limited. Contact venue to the reserve your spot.
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May, 2013
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Fri, May 3, in T.O.:
Time tba The GRAMMY-winning MARIACHI DIVAS play the Countrywide Performing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E Thousand Oaks Bl, Thousand Oaks; www.CivicArtsPlaza.com; 805-449-ARTS (2787).
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Sat & Sun, May 4 & 5, FESTIVAL, in SGV (Sierra Madre):
51st Annual “SIERRA MADRE ART FAIR” with two stages of music, lots of it folk-Americana / acoustic renaissance, and many painters, sculptors, photographers, and others exhibiting and selling their work, plus an indoor plant sale, a good variety of food vendors, and much more, sponsored by the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library, in Memorial Park, on Sierra Madre Bl at Hermosa Av, Sierra Madre. Free, all day, both days.
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Sat, May 4, in Santa Monica:
8 pm THE CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $20.
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Sat, May 4, in Lancaster:
8 pm “BIG BAND BLOWOUT” at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W Lancaster Bl, Lancaster 93534; www.lpac.org; 661-723-5950. Tix $24 & $19.
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Sun, May 5, in OC (Costa Mesa):
3 pm PACIFIC SYMPHONY YOUTH WIND ENSEMBLE (PSYWE) plays a free concert and joint performance with the U.S. AIR FORCE BAND OF THE GOLDEN WEST in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall for their “Spring Concert,” at Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa; 714-556-2787; www.ocpac.org.
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It’s PSYWE’s “Season Finale” concert. Established in 2007, PSYWE has quickly gained recognition for being at the forefront of wind ensemble development in the country. Representing 23 schools in and beyond Orange County, PSYWE offers performance opportunities to instrumentalists in grades 8 through 12, providing members with a high quality and innovative artistic experience. Under the direction and enthusiasm of Music Director JOSHUA ROACH from USC’s Thornton School of Music, and with the artistic direction of Pacific Symphony’s renowned Music Director CARL ST.CLAIR, the ensemble strives to encourage musical and personal growth through the art of performance. Students receive regular interaction and guidance from Symphony musicians, guest artists and Maestro St.Clair.
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FREE admission. Info 714-755-5799 or www.PacificSymphony.org.
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Fri-Sun, May 10-12, FESTIVAL, in San Diego:
Annual “GATOR BY THE BAY FESTIVAL” with a Cajun and Zydeco live music lineup that includes GENO DELAFOSE & FRENCH ROCKIN’ BOOGIE, ANDRE THIERRY & ZYDECO MAGIC, LIL’ WAYNE & SAME OL’ 2-STEP, & LAFAYETTE RHYTHM DEVILS. It’s San Diego’s yearly celebration of zydeco blues music and incredible Louisiana food. With top musicians performing, whether you go for the dancing, the blues, or the crawfish, it’s a fun time. Book your room early at the Sheraton next to the festival to get the $119 + tax per-night rate. Go to www.sandiegofestival.com for details.
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Fri, May 10, in San Pedro:
8 pm KRISTIN KORB, that beautifully voiced and stunningly beautiful upright bass player who stretches jazz into Americana, returns from Europe to play Alva’s Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, Weymouth Corners, San Pedro 90732; www.alvasshowroom.com; 800-403-3447 or 310-519-1314. You can bring your own food and drinks into this venue and just pay the cover. Plenty of free parking.
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Sat, May 11, in Agoura Hills:
Time tba JUDY COLLINS plays the Canyon Club, 28912 Roadside Dr, Agoura Hills; www.canyonclub.net; 818-879-5016.
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Sat, May 11, in Santa Monica:
8 pm ROLAND WHITE, a true bluegrass legend, at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $20.
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Sat, May 11, in Pasadena:
8 pm SUSIE GLAZE & THE HILONESOME BAND play the “CALTECH FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY” series in Beckman Institute Auditorium (aka “Little Beckman”) on the Caltech campus in Pasadena; 626-395-4652. Park in either of two lots at the end of Michigan Av, south off Del Mar.
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Sat, May 11, in SGV (Covina):
8 pm BRIAN BOWERS, the most acclaimed "Autoharp Master" of our time, journeys to the West Coast and plays The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina 91723; 626-339-7020; frethouse@earthlink.net; www.frethouse.com. Doors at 7:30 for the best seats. More at www.bryanbowers.com. Tix, $15.
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Sun, May 12, in Santa Monica:
8 pm CATIE CURTIS at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $17.50.
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Fri-Sun, May 17-19, FESTIVAL, in Nevada:
1st Annual “HENDERSON CRAWFISH FESTIVAL” in Henderson, Nevada, between Las Vegas and Lake Mead, is a new one, produced by the same folks who produce the mid-summer “LONG BEACH CRAWFISH FESTIVAL.” More, soon.
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May 17, in OC (Laguna Beach):
Time tba LISA NEMZO plays the “SUNSET SERENADES” outdoor series in Heisler Park Amphitheater, Laguna Beach.
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Fri, May 17, in Santa Monica:
8 & 10 pm TOM RUSH plays two shows tonight at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $28.50.
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Sat, May 18, in Newhall (Santa Clarita):
8 pm “AN EVENING WITH JASON "BUCK" CORBETT & FRIENDS” at the “OUTWEST CONCERT SERIES” at Out West Western Boutique & Cultural Center, 24265 Main St (aka San Fernando Rd on older maps), Newhall 91321; www.scvoutwest.com; reservations (limited seating), 661-255-7087.
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Presented by SCVTV, the WMA California Chapter, and OutWest. Apart from the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, this concert series has become the most prolific presenter of western music in recent years. More on the “Live Music” tab at www.scvoutwest.com, including info on upcoming and past “SCVTV Concerts.”
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Doors at 7:30 pm for the best seats, concert at 8 pm. Light refreshments included. Tix are a “suggested donation” of $15.
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Sun, May 19, in downtown L.A.:
4 pm “LE SALON DE MUSIQUES” monthly CHAMBER CONCERT SERIES concludes today in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 5th Floor, L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, L.A. (downtown) 90012; 213-972-7211; www.musiccenter.org.
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Sat & Sun, May 25 & 26, FESTIVAL, in Simi Valley:
24th Annual “SIMI VALLEY CAJUN & BLUES FESTIVAL,” formerly “SIMI CAJUN-CREOLE MUSIC FESTIVAL,” brings performances by STEVE RILEY & THE MAMOU PLAYBOYS, ANDRE THIERRY & ZYDECO MAGIC, BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO, J PAUL JR. & THE ZYDECO NUBREEDS, ACADIANA with THERESA RUSSELL, LEROY THOMAS & THE ZYDECO ROADRUNNERS, DAVID SOUSA & THE ZYDECO MUDBUGS, LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS, and an additional lineup of blues artists, at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, 5005 E Los Angeles Av, Simi Valley 93063. Info, 805-517-9000; www.simicajun.org.
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A fine, well-run event, sponsored by the local Rotary Club, with profits going to numerous local charities and community organizations, this festival is held on a sprawling outdoor site, with tents over large dance floors at each of two main stages and tents for seated shade, and over rows of tables for eating. Shuttle buses from remote parking when the nearby lots fill-up.
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Here are some videos from the 2011 Simi Valley Cajun Blues Festival, courtesy of Brad Sjoblum: ANDRE THIERRY performing, www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4K-5ftIr7U and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98NlOnG5pyQ; GREG BENUSA teaching zydeco dance, www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKPrj4EM0do; dancers, www.youtube.com/watch?v=kk7by1oHbWY; 97-year-old zydeco dancer Bernice Sjoblom, dancing and eating alligator, and proving you are never too old to try something new, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0ipnZhDntM.
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June, 2013
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Jun 1, in Lancaster:
8 pm JUICE NEWTON plays the 2013 season’s closing show at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W Lancaster Bl, Lancaster 93534; www.lpac.org; 661-723-5950. Tix $32 & $27.
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Thu-Sun, Jun 6-9, FESTIVAL, in Connecticut:
Annual “STRAWBERRY PARK CAJUN ZYDECO FESTIVAL” Preston, CT, has a Cajun-zydeco lineup that includes CURLEY TAYLOR & ZYDECO TROUBLE, GENO DELAFOSE & FRENCH ROCKIN’ BOOGIE, STEVE RILEY & THE MAMOU PLAYBOYS, THE PINE LEAF BOYS, LIL’ WAYNE & SAME OL’ 2-STEP, SAVOY FAMILY BAND, JESSE LEGE,JIMMY JO, & PLANET ZYDECO. Go to www.strawberrypark.net/festivals/cajun-zydecofestival for details.
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Thu, Jun 13, in SGV (Covina):
8 pm THOM BRESH, “Merle Travis-Style Guitar Master,” plays The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina 91723; 626-339-7020; frethouse@earthlink.net; www.frethouse.com. Doors at 7:30 for the best seats. More at www.bresh.com. Tix, $15.
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Fri-Sun, Jun 14-16, FESTIVAL, in Ontario:
37th Annual “HUCK FINN'S JUBILEE,” the national award-winning Father's Day Weekend event, changes towns this year, moving to Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park, 800 N Archibald Av, Ontario 91764.
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The popular bluegrass-themed festival is moving from its original location at Mojave Narrows Regional Park in a bittersweet decision for the family of event founder DON TUCKER, who passed away after suffering a stroke in October. The Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park is a 150-acre venue with green grass stage area, bountiful trees and two stocked lakes for fishing. The park is surrounded by a variety of hotels and offers quick and easy access from the I-10 freeway. Check out the festival video at www.promo.huckfinn.com and get all the details, including early-bird discount tix, camping, etc, at www.huckfinn.com.
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Fri-Sun, Jun 14-16, FESTIVAL, in Santa Barbara Co.:
Annual “LIVE OAK MUSIC FESTIVAL” at Live Oak Camp, in the Coast Range, NW of Santa Barbara.
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The line up is almost complete and they brag (with real justification) “we have some amazing acts coming your way for the 25th Annual Live Oak Music Festival Father's Day Weekend!”
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Performers include:
• JERRY DOUGLAS, 13-time Grammy winner, three-time CMA Musician of the Year and "The King of the Dobro."
• ROBERT EARL KEEN, Texas singer-songwriter and called "One of our nation's finest musical storytellers."
• STOOGES BRASS BAND, winners of the 2010 New Orleans Street Kings competition and Best Contemporary Brass Band at the 2011 Big Easy Music Awards
• RUTHIE FOSTER, rootsy rhythm, soul, rock & blues powerhouse who has also recorded a roots-of-bluegrass album.
• RUPA & THE APRIL FISHES
• DEAD WINTER CARPENTERS
• JOE CRAVEN TRIO
• RANCHERS FOR PEACE
• LA SANTA CECELIA
• TOM BALL & KENNY SULTAN
• INGA SWEARINGEN
• PHIL SALAZAR & THE KIN FOLK
and still more to come.
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Save $10 off each adult full-festival pass if you order your tickets by SUNDAY MARCH 10th at www.liveoakfest.org, or 805-781-3030 (Mon-Fri, 8 am-5 pm).
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Fri, Jun 14, in VC (Newbury Park):
8 pm “FIRESIDE CONCERT SERIES” brings KEN O’MALLEY with his authentic and original Irish music, fabulous voice, and multi-instrumental prowess, for a solo performance; plus, another act, tba, at Borchard Community Center,190 N Reino Rd, Newbury Park 91320; more online at www.crpd.org/parkfac/borchard/fireside_concerts.asp. Hosted by Bob Kroll, sponsored by Conejo Recreation & Park District. Info, contact Bob at 805-499-2930 or folksgr1@aol.com. A good series; adults only, no children. Arrive early for a good seat. $9 at the door.
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Sat, Jun 15, FESTIVAL, in Claremont:
10 am-10 pm “CLAREMONT FOLK FESTIVAL” returns after a three-year hiatus, at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens, Foothill & College, Claremont; 909-624-2928.
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Sat, Jun 15, in OC (Anaheim):
7:30 pm FREEBO and SEVERIN BROWNE play a co-bill at the Living Tradition Concert Series at the Anaheim Downtown Community Center, 250 E Center St, Anaheim; www.thelivingtradition.org; reservations 949-646-1964.
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Admission, $16 ($13 for Living Tradition members); one child under age 18 is free with each paid adult.
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Sat, Jun 29, in San Diego Co (Encinitas):
7 pm KEN O’MALLEY brings his authentic and original Irish music, fabulous voice, and multi-instrumental prowess, for a solo performance at the “SAN DIEGO FOLK HERITAGE” series at San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas; www.sdfolkheritage.org.
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July, 2013
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Jul 4-7, FESTIVAL, in Oregon:
Annual “Waterfront Blues Fest” in Portland, Oregon brings 75 bands, from blues to swing and a Zydeco lineup includes CHUBBY CARRIER & THE BAYOU SWAMP BAND, LIL’ WAYNE & SAME OL’ 2-STEP, THE PINE LEAF BOYS, HORACE TRAHAN & THE OSSUN EXPRESS, TOOLOOSE, & ATOMIC GUMBO. Most of the 75 blues & swing bands had yet to be posted at press time. The fest is in Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, and brings over 20,000 attendees each day.
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Our Cajun-zydeco dance friends tell us, “If flying in, best to avoid a rental car & parking fees in downtown. Options for rooms include www.hotwire.com for a 3-star hotel ($68) at the airport (with shuttle from terminal) within walking distance to the Cascade light rail station. To / from downtown takes 45 minutes, and drops you 4 short blocks from the fest. [Another option is the] University Place Hotel (www.uplacehotel.com) for $113 / night, including tax & breakfast, ten blocks from the fest.” They also suggest the PSU campus dorm rooms with bath & amenities, $56 to $66 / night, 12 blocks from the fest; www.pdx.edu/conferences/stay-us, where you can click on “individual stay contract” for details.
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Hotels across the street from the fest include the Marriott and Hotel 50. Both are over $150 / night. The Hilton Hotel (6 blocks away) may be willing to bargain if you arrive without reservations and they have empty rooms.
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Sat, Jul 20, FESTIVAL, in New Mexico:
Annual “WILDLIFE WEST FEST” includes performances by LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS
at 3 & 8 pm, plus workshops, at Wildlife West Nature Park, 87 N Frontage Rd, Edgewood, NM 87015. This festival benefits a charity for injured wild animals. More at www.wildlifewest.org/bluegrass.html.
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Sat & Sun, Jul 27 & 28, FESTIVAL, in Long Beach:
Annual "LONG BEACH CRAWFISH FESTIVAL" brings Cajun & zydeco and blues, including top bands from Louisiana, at Rainbow Lagoon Events Park, 400 E Shoreline Dr (between Shoreline Village Dr & Linden Av), Long Beach 90802. More, soon.
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August, 2013
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Sat, Aug 17, in Santa Clarita:
7 pm LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS play the “SANTA CLARITA SUMMER CONCERT SERIES” in the park at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita 91351; http://arts.santa-clarita.com/Index.aspx?page=42.
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Sat, Aug 24, in Ventura:
7:30 pm Cajun blues band PORTERHOUSE BOB & DOWN TO THE BONE play the “MUSIC UNDER THE STARS” series at historic Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Dr, Ventura; www.cityofventura.net/mus. Reservations recommended, these events always sell-out.
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Aug 30-Sep 1, FESTIVAL, in Rhode Island:
Annual “RHYTHM & ROOTS FEST” in Ninigret State Park, RI. Go to www.rhythmandroots.com for info.
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September, 2013
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Sat, Sep 7, in Ventura:
7:30 pm LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS play the “MUSIC UNDER THE STARS” series at historic Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Dr, Ventura; www.cityofventura.net/mus. Reservations recommended, these events always sell-out.
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October, 2013
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Sat & Sun, Oct 5 & 6, FESTIVAL, in Culver City:
Annual “HARVEST FESTIVAL OF DULCIMERS” sponsored by Southern California Dulcimer Heritage. Details when we get them. More on dulcimer-based bands and dulcimer-related events, throughout the year, at that organization’s site, www.scdh.org.
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Sat, Oct 5, in Pasadena:
8 pm CHRIS PROCTOR plays the “CALTECH FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY” series in Beckman Institute Auditorium (aka “Little Beckman”) on the Caltech campus in Pasadena; 626-395-4652. Park in either of two lots at the end of Michigan Av, south off Del Mar.
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