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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

NEWS & the Live Music Scene – Dec 10-12, 2013, and waaaay into the future


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In this edition...

NEWS & REVIEWS  
♪  (1) TICKET ALERTS… (three FREE events that require reservations)
♪  (2) JOHN PRINE DOING WELL FOLLOWING CANCER SURGERY, DEC 9
♪  (3) VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE FOLK & ROOTS ALBUMS OF 2013
♪  (4) WIN A FENDER ACOUSTIC GUITAR & TRUETONE AMP
♪  (5) 54th ANNUAL "L.A. COUNTY HOLIDAY CELEBRATION” IS FREE, DEC 24
♪  (6) PERFORMANCE REVIEW:  FRANK FAIRFIELD  –  Side Arm Fiddle Extraordinaire
♪  (7) STORY FROM THE ROAD:  STACEY EARLE
♪  (8) GRAMMY NOMINATIONS; Part 1 of a Series: Best Blues Album Nominee
♪  (9) AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2014 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

LIVE MUSIC LISTINGS  
♪  Tuesday’s WORKSHOPS
♪  Tuesday's LIVE MUSIC SCENE
♪  Wednesday's LIVE MUSIC SCENE
♪  Thursday's LIVE MUSIC SCENE
♪  COMING SOON, OR LATER, OR WAAAAY FAR IN THE FUTURE…
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♪  (1) TICKET ALERTS… (three FREE events that require reservations)

Two of the three events listed here are those “not-music-but-cool” things the Guide includes from time-to-time, because all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. This time around, all three happen at USC, in January.

Ticket Alert #1…

★  “COLLECTING THE COSMOS” – about the search for planets outside our solar system, tied to an on-campus art exhibition -- happens Friday, January 24, at 4 pm on the USC Campus in University Park, L.A.

Admission is free and open to everyone, but reservations are required and you’ll find there’s no room at the inn if you dawdle.

It’s not every day that you hunt for planets inside a library. (It’ll be in the Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall, Doheny Memorial Library 240.) Dramatizing NASA’s search for planets outside our solar system, Dan Goods and David Delgado’s art installation “Hidden Light” simulates the process by which astronomers look for Earth-like objects throughout the galaxy by spotting the dimming of a star’s light as a planet crosses in front of it.

Explore the intersections of scientific knowledge and artistic innovation in a fascinating conversation with Goods and Delgado of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and USC professors Clifford Johnson (Physics and Astronomy) and Holly Willis (Institute for Multimedia Literacy).

Make your reservation online, beginning Tue, Dec 10, at 9 am, at:

www.visionsandvoices.usc.edu
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http://ict.usc.edu/events/collecting-the-cosmos
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Ticket alert #2…

★  “THE MET IN HD: VERDI’S FALSTAFF,” happens Sat, Jan 25, at noon. It includes a “Pre-Opera Discussion.” At 1 pm, it’s the HD opera broadcast. Event is in the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre / Frank Sinatra Hall, on the USC campus in University Park, L.A. Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

Following the pre-opera discussion hosted by Ken Cazan, chair of vocal arts and opera / resident stage director at the USC Thornton School of Music, there is a delayed satellite broadcast of Verdi’s “Falstaff.” In the first new Met production of “Falstaff” since 1964, Robert Carsen directs Ambrogio Maestri as the brilliant and blustery Sir John Falstaff opposite a marvelous ensemble including Angela Meade, Stephanie Blythe, Lisette Oropesa and Franco Vassallo. Music Director James Levine, an undisputed master of Falstaff, conducts.

Make reservations now, at:

www.visionsandvoices.usc.edu.
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Ticket alert #3…

★  “CIVILIZATION IN THE BALANCE: SAVING LOST WARS” is a lecture by Victor Davis Hanson, on Monday, January 27, 7 pm.

It’s a “Visions and Voices Signature Event” with “Town and Gown Reception” and book signing to follow. Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required. Join USC President C. L. Max Nikias for an evening with leading military historian and Stanford University professor Victor Davis Hanson. Hanson’s most recent book, “The Savior Generals,” explores the nature of leadership in a set of brilliantly executed pocket biographies of five generals -- Themistocles, Belisarius, William Tecumseh Sherman, Matthew Ridgway and David Petraeus -- who single-handedly saved their nations from defeat in war. Hanson is also the author of the acclaimed books “The Father of Us All,” “A War Like No Other,” “The Western Way of War,” “Carnage and Culture,” and “Ripples of Battle.” He will discuss his stirring work about leaders who changed the course of war and history. The lecture will be followed by a conversation hosted by Scott Soames, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at USC.

Make reservations online beginning Wed, Dec 11, at 9 am, at:

www.visionsandvoices.usc.edu.
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♪  (2) JOHN PRINE DOING WELL FOLLOWING CANCER SURGERY, DEC 9

John Prine is a true legend of American songwriting. His influence has been felt by hundreds of artists who love and record his songs and by millions of fans who are touched by those songs. Rarely has a performing songwriter reached so far beyond his or her own performances and recordings.

John is no stranger to cancer. He’s beaten it before. But in recent days, he anounced that it was back, and his lung was involved. On Monday, December 9, 2013, John underwent surgery. The initial reports following surgery are very good. Even before the surgery, his doctors expected a full recovery because it was caught early.

Indeed, John made it through Monday’s surgery without incident, and John’s doctor reported to the family that he was very pleased. John was in the recovery room when we received the report late Monday. It is expected that he will be in the hospital about four days.

The Guide’s chief source is Chicago-based Marina Jason, a longtime friend of John Prine and many other legendary folk artists. Marina has been careful and conscientious in reporting on John’s medical condition and she clears everything with John’s family.

*** Late update, Tuesday, after 5 pm, Pacific. Marina Jason reports, "John made an unexpected trip to the hospital gift shop yesterday evening. He had dinner and decided that he wanted to buy the newspapers. Imagine that. Going through surgery and then having the where with all to take yourself down to the hospital gift shop. He had a bit of a stomach upset after that and the doctors ordered him to relax. Hopefully, he is listening. You cannot keep a good man down."

When his family says he’s ready for your get-well cards and wishes, we’ll give you an address. Meantime, the nature of social media as a free-for-all has caused Marina to set some rules that banned “speculating on things” when she provides information.

In return, Marina says, “I promise, I will update all of you with information that will be received directly from the family. I am very protective of John, Billy and the rest of the family.”

Marina added, “There’s a recent and fine article on John Prine by Peter Cooper of the [Nashville] Tennessean newspaper. It's not about John's health but rather, about his life and his career, which are being celebrated with a major exhibit in Nashville.” Read it online at:

www.tennessean.com/article/20131124/PROMO/131124009/Peter-Cooper-Music-John-Prine-s-power-words-tennessean.com
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♪  (3) VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE FOLK & ROOTS ALBUMS OF 2013

Folk Alley, that wonderful 24/7 Folk-Americana web radio site with multiple channels, wants your VOTE for your favorite folk and roots albums of the year. Their promo says, “2013 was another great year for new folk, roots and Americana music, and we want to know what YOU think are the best new releases of 2013.”

You can vote for up to TEN of your favorite albums of the year, at www.FolkAlley.com.

They will accept and tabulate votes until Monday, December 16th, and present the results on the air and on their website on Tuesday, December 17th. A compilation of listenable results of their Listener Poll, along with Folk Alley's staff and program hosts’ picks, will be featured in their year-end “Best of 2013” side stream that will launch shortly after Christmas.

Let your voice be heard. Register and vote (all free) at:

http://www.folkalley.com/surveys/bestof2013
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♪  (4) WIN A FENDER ACOUSTIC GUITAR & TRUETONE AMP

Just in time for Christmas, you can enter to win a Fender acoustic guitar and amplifier from Truetone Music, Fender and Amoeba Music. We dearly love record stores. And they’ve become so rare that it’s a precious pilgrimage to visit one. Amoeba Hollywood is one of the best, and they’re known for in-store concerts, charity auctions, and generating excitement. So, let’s get right to their latest. 

The Fender acoustic is a Kingman SCE guitar, and it’s paired with an Acoustasonic™ 15 amplifier. Yep, it’s acoustic, but Amoeba will tell you, it “totally rocks.”

Everybody needs an acoustic guitar. Or another acoustic guitar, so you can keep it tuned to drop D, or whatever alternate tuning that takes too much time to get while you’re on stage. Enter for your chance to win online (below) or in person at the Amoeba Hollywood store through Dec 13.

The Kingman acoustic guitar features a dreadnought body and Fishman® Presys™ pickup system with active onboard preamp and tuner. Paired with The Acoustasonic™ 15, it is flexible enough for a variety of performance needs and environments.

Sweepstakes Rules:
You must be 18 or older to enter. The contest ends Dec 13, 2013. Contest entries are property of Amoeba Music. One entry per person. No purchase necessary. Enter on Amoeba.com or in the Amoeba Hollywood store. Additional rules are at the entry link:

www.amoeba.com/news-contests/contest-359/index.html?utm_source=112513Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=What's+News&utm_campaign=Fender+Contest
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♪  (5) 54th ANNUAL "L.A. COUNTY HOLIDAY CELEBRATION” IS FREE, DEC 24

Loyalists arrive early and a line forms that disappears around the Mark Taper Forum before it reappears on the other side. On Tuesday, December 24, from 3-6 pm, the 54th Annual "L.A. COUNTY HOLIDAY CELEBRATION" is the best free show in L.A. It’s in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles.

The Guide attended rehearsals on Saturday and saw many of the acts that will perform. In the coming two weeks, we’ll bring you tips for which acts to watch. Meantime, it’s a safe bet this year’s show will maintain the tradition of quality and impressive production.

You can bring the whole family to L.A.'s biggest, Emmy-nominated holiday show, returning on Christmas Eve at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. More than TWENTY choirs, music ensembles and dance companies from the many neighborhoods and cultures of L.A. celebrate the season during this free, three-hour extravaganza. The L.A. County Arts Commission has been presenting the Holiday Celebration on December 24 since 1959, funded by the taxpayers, with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors always giving themselves the credit. So come out and enjoy seeing a small part of your tax dollars at work, and be a part of this most enjoyable L.A. tradition.

ATTENDING IN PERSON:
If you go, plan to arrive VERY early. Last year, over 1200 people could not get into the show. Music Center parking is FREE. Doors open at 2:30 pm. You may come and go throughout the performance, subject to the availability of seating. NO reservations or tickets; it’s first come, first served. The theatre will fill-up quickly, so arrive early and get in line.

Taking photos with your phone and tweeting during the show ARE allowed.

TV AND THE WEB:
A professionally-produced live multi-camera broadcast / webcast is available everywhere in the world on KCET-TV broadcast and cable, and at www.KCET.org 

Only the live broadcast streams on the web, so tell your friends in other time zones to adjust accordingly from Pacific time. In L.A., TV watchers have multiple opportunities to watch, and many use it as a soundtrack while cooking Christmas dinner. L.A. folks can catch it on KCET-TV on December 24, live at 3 pm, or repeated at 8 pm, or on December 25 at Noon, 3 pm and 9 pm.
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♪  (6) PERFORMANCE REVIEW:  FRANK FAIRFIELD  –  Side Arm Fiddle Extraordinaire

by Michele Marotta

All I can say is "WOW, incredible and unbelievable!" Frank Fairfield is a youthful old time folk musician who looks like a young Mark Twain. He plays fiddle, guitar and banjo while singing, dancing and hollering. He is an unbelievable word-of-mouth sensation who channels spirits of another era in his spellbinding live shows.

It’s hard to believe he is originally from California – from the South Central area of Los Angeles. His eclectic sets feature soaring hillbilly ballads, arcane rambling songs, and murder ballads, all delivered in a reedy tenor with that irresistible American Primitive quality. He’s still in his twenties, but steeped in the pre-War Americana of Mississippi John Hurt and Dock Boggs. It doesn’t seem possible that he cut his teeth as a street performer in L.A. Listening to him makes you envision very different geographies. Frank Fairfield has the raw intensity and quick-fingered technique to make your hair stand on end.

Alternating among banjo (five and six string), fiddle and guitar, he performs a different set of traditional songs and originals each night, drawing on his encyclopedic knowledge of the American folk canon. He also plays harmonica, and several other instruments in the pre-war American style.

He was handpicked by Fleet Foxes to open for them on their 2008 US tour. Since then, he has found fans elsewhere, including the likes of Ry Cooder, CW Stoneking, Charlie Parr, and Grammy winning producer Chris King (Charley Patton, “People Take Warning” box set).

Frank Fairfield has released two albums on Tompkins Square -- home label of Michael Chapman and James Blackshaw. Frank’s first was a collection of traditional music on 2009′s “Eponymous” album, followed by “Out on the Open West” in 2010, featuring his own originals and a cast of guest musicians. Both albums brought rave reviews across the board.

Frank is an ardent 78 rpm collector and has compiled a selection of rare and unheralded gramophone recordings from around the world, entitled, “Unheard Ofs & Forgotten Abouts.” Read about or order on the label’s link: www.tompkinssquare.com/frank_fairfield_1.html

Listening to Frank Fairfield is a hoot. But you’ve got to see him for the thrill ride. Take a look, at:

www.youtube.com/watch? v=GoC4jNGAlCg&feature=youtu.be
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=53lDF7edDAw

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♪  (7) STORY FROM THE ROAD:  STACEY EARLE


STACEY EARLE posted this story from the road, near Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on December 6...

“So my good friend Mike Satterwhite gave me some good advice on keeping up with reading glasses. I can't ever seem to find them when I need them which has become all the time now.

“Mike told me to go down to the local dollar store and buy several cheap pairs and place them all over the house.

“So I did . I purchased 7 pairs. I hung one on a handle in the kitchen by the stove. I placed one on the table by my sofa and one by my favorite chair. I placed one on my bedside table. One pair in the bathroom by the sink. I then placed one in my car and finally one in my purse.

“Well, tonight at the venue, I could not find a pair of glasses while selling merch after the show at Godfrey Daniels. I was trying to use my square credit card app with my arm stretched out further then I have ever stretched before – not that it did any good.

“It was very frustrating. But all went well the show was a blast! I had not played a show in seven months. Merch sales were great! And we thanked everyone for risking the weather to come out to the show.

“We made it to our hotel room after the show and I went over to the mirror to start the night routine of getting ready for bed, and what did I find ?

“One pair of glasses hooked on the front of my shirt. One pair of glasses on top of my hat. And when I took my hat off, I found another pair on top of my head that was under my hat .

“Soooo I know one of the pairs belong in my purse and another one belongs in the car. So which pair of glasses are missing from home? Mmmmmmm.”

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♪  (8) GRAMMY NOMINATIONS -- Part 1 of a Series:

BEST BLUES ALBUM NOMINEE

JOE BONAMASSA & BETH HART CELEBRATE GRAMMY NOM FOR BEST BLUES ALBUM

Reaction came from Rotterdam on Monday, Dec 10, from BETH HART about her Grammy nomination with JOE BONAMASSA in the “Best Blues Album” category for their latest collaboration, titled, “SEESAW.”

The Bonamassa / Hart album features a collection of songs made famous by artists including ARETHA FRANKLIN, ETTA JAMES, BILLIE HOLIDAY, DONNIE HATHAWAY, TINA TURNER, and more. “Seesaw” is the follow-up to 2011's “Don’t Explain.”

Produced by Kevin Shirley, the album features Hart's scorching interpretations of eleven songs, with blues guitar icon Bonamassa alongside an all-star band. An EPK featuring footage from the “Seesaw” sessions is available at:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQnZqBgJn_Q#t=157.

Beth Hart, a Mascot Label Group recording artist, shares, "This is awesome. It is like the best day. Joe Bonamassa, Kevin Shirley, all the amazing musicians who played on the record, all the amazing songwriters who wrote all those great classics, my husband Scott, my manager of 20 years David Wolff, Ed at Mascot Label Group, and all of the people that it takes to make a great record are those who should be acknowledged. Being in the Blues category is so cool to me. When it clicked in, I started to cry. It means so much to me to be nominated."

There’s plenty more about this musical collaboration at:

www.hartandbonamassa.com

In addition, Beth Hart was nominated for a Blues Music Award by The Blues Foundation in the category of “Contemporary Blues Female Artist.” With all that happy news, can she still sing the blues? More on the latter award nomination at:

www.blues.org/#ref=index

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♪  (9) AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2014 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Americana Music Association, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, announced the outcome of their annual Board of Directors election on November 25, 2013. The results include both the member-voted and board appointed Directors, for terms to start in January 2014.

The results reflect the rising influence and the creative, independent and progressive characteristics of the Americana genre itself. Musicians Rodney Crowell and Buddy Miller return as artist ambassadors. New board members starting their terms in 2014 include Cliff O’Sullivan (Sugar Hill Records), Scott Goldman (GRAMMY Foundation/MusiCares), Wayne Leeloy (Warner Music Nashville) and Carrie Colliton (Dept. of Record Stores/Record Store Day). Re-elected or appointed for new terms are John Allen (BMG Chrysalis), Jonathan Levine (Paradigm Talent Agency), John Ingrassia (Vector Management) and Kurt Vitolo (KV Financial Group, PC) who will serve once again as Treasurer.

The incoming directors join returning board members current President Holly Lowman (Ramseur Records), 2014 President Elect Mark Moffatt (Independent Producer), Tim Fink (SESAC), Mary Gauthier (artist), Amanda Hale (Vector Management), Al Moss (Al Moss Promotion), Jessie Scott (Music Fog/Hill Country), Shauna de Cartier (Six Shooter Records) and Lynne Sheridan (GRAMMY Museum). Terry Lickona (Austin City Limits) and Ashley Capps (AC Entertainment) will continue to serve as Ex Officio officers of the Association.

Lots of info about the Americana Music Association is on their website, at:

www.americanamusic.org

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♪  TUESDAY’S WORKSHOPS


Tue, Dec 10 & 17 (2 sessions), in Santa Monica:
8-9:30 pm  “BEGINNING FINGER PICKING WORKSHOP” with PETE STEINBERG, at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405;  HYPERLINK http://www.mccabes.com www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497.
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McCabe’s asks, “Tired of just strumming the same old chords and banging away with your flatpick? Ever wondered how fingerpickers play separate bass lines and melodies? Let 2007 Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest Fingerstyle Guitar Champion, 2009 Utah State Fingerstyle Guitar Champion, and 2010 Wyoming State Fingerstyle Guitar Champion PETE STEINBERG show you how it's done. And it's simpler than it looks! You'll learn basic patterns, chord inversions, open string runs, banjo rolls and two finger-picking songs. Impress your friends! Be popular! Earn big pay!”
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♪   TUESDAY through THURSDAY: LIVE MUSIC SCENE – AND WAAAAY BEYOND…
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Tue, Dec 10, in Agoura:
5 pm  SONGMAKERS monthly “AGOURA HILLS SONG CIRCLE & POTLUCK” in Agoura Hills 91301. Info and location at www.songmakers.com
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Tue, Dec 10, in San Diego Co (La Mesa):
5:30 pm  Monthly “BLUEGRASS NIGHT” sponsored by the San Diego Bluegrass Society (SDBS) at Fuddruckers, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr, La Mesa 91942. More at www.socalbluegrass.org
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Tue, Dec 10, in Arcadia:
6 pm  Weekly “SONGWRITERS SERENADE” usually brings a lineup of recording artists and performing host JC HYKE, all playing acoustic; this week, it’s a Christmas carol sing-along, at Matt Denny's Ale House Restaurant & Bar, 145 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia 91006; www.mattdennys.com
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More at http://jchyke.com/songwriter-serenade.html
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Tue, Dec 10, in Signal Hill:
6 pm  Weekly “BLUEGRASS SOUP JAM” at Convert-A-Tape, 2420 Gundry Av, Signal Hill 90755.
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Tue, Dec 10, in L.A.:
7-10 pm  8th Annual “EDUCATION THROUGH MUSIC” is a benefit gala wherein artists unite to keep music education in schools, at the Skirball Cultural Center, in the Ahmanson Ballroom, 2701 N Sepulveda Bl, Los Angeles 90049.
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Ed Helms (The Office, The Hangover Trilogy) hosts this star-studded event, with Mayor Eric Garcetti; Director Rob Cohen (The Fast & The Furious, The Skulls); Ellie Kemper (The Office, Bridesmaids); Tom Shadyac (Director - Bruce Almighty, Liar Liar, The Nutty Professor) Jon Choo (Director - G.I. Joe: Retalliation); Michael Giacchino (Star Trek Into Darkness, Up); Lisbeth Scott (Soundtrack: The Big Wedding, The Last Temptation of Christ), Jon Favreau (Swingers, Iron Man); Gordon Goodwin (Grammy winner, Big Phat Band).
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Education Through Music - Los Angeles hosts its 8th Annual Benefit Gala honoring award-winning composer John Debney and veteran music teacher Christine DeMore. The evening features celebrity presenters, performers, and special surprise guests. Proceeds from the event benefit ETM-LA, a nonprofit organization with the mission to provide music education in underserved schools as part of the core curriculum. Honorary chairs of the gala include music education champions and celebrities including Jon Favreau, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Ellie Kemper, Richard Kraft, Ivan Reitman, Tom Shadyac, Mary Steenburgen, Garry Marshall, and L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.
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Red Carpet arrivals are 6-7 pm.
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Tue, Dec 10, in SFV (Toluca Lake):
7 pm  Weekly “TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION” is a structured jam at Timmy Nolan's Tavern & Grill, 10111 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake 91602; 818-985-3359; www.timmynol ans.net
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Tue, Dec 10, in downtown L.A.:
8 pm  THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA and SAM AMIDON play their “GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS SHOW” in the Walt Disney Concert Hall at the L.A. Music Center, 111 S Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012; 323-850-2000.
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Tix, www.laphil.com
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Tue, Dec 10, in Altadena:
8 pm  TOMMY AND HIS ITALIAN QUARTETTE play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; www.coffeegallery.com; reservations: 626-798-6236.
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IAN WHITCOMB plays ukulele and accordion – Ian, who was a part of “The British Invasion” as a ’60s rocker, brings his ’20s and ’30s sensibility and a ton of humor and personality. As venue impresario Bob Stane says, Ian brings “the best of American and British music halls.”
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DAVE JONES on guitar, and ROBERTO MENAPACE on contra bass, add musical dignity to an otherwise Italian musical street fight. This unlikely ensemble plays originals and traditional  Italian-American tunes, some from a distant era pre-1920.
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They pick, they sing, and they do some strange things with their bodies. Bob Stane says, “Women will faint, men will shout. Small children will wet their liederhosen.”
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Tue, Dec 10, in WeHo:
8 pm SCILLA SIEKMANN plays the Voodoo Lounge (2nd Floor) at the House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Bl, 90069.
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The Guide’s editor met Scilla at the NAMM Show a couple years back, where she was visiting from her native Switzerland as an endorsed artist playing in a big guitar maker’s booth. We were impressed. Plenty of others are, too, as she’s built a fan base in Southern California.
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Here is a little video of her recent show at Witzend:
www.youtube.com/watch?_v=e-x0GWvrO24&feature=youtu.be
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Tue, Dec 10, in Burbank:
8 pm  “JOHN PISANO’S GUITAR NIGHT,” led by the legendary jazz veteran at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr (next to the L.A. Equestrian Center), Burbank.
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It’s another of the Brazilian ''Velas'' events in this quite variable series, with JOHN PISANO on guitar, FRANK ZOTOLLI on keyboards, JOSE MARINO on bass, and ENZO TODESCO on drums.
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No cover. Venue is known for its Mexican food and full bar. Park free across the street at Pickwick Bowl (same owners).
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Tue, Dec 10, in SFV (Chatsworth):
8 pm  DEANNA D'AMICO plays the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166.
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Tue, Dec 10, in WeHo:
8:30 pm  JAMESTOWN REVIVAL, plus THE SILENT COMEDY, and STARSYSTEM, at The Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Bl, West Hollywood 90069; 310-276-6168; www.troubadour.com

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♪   WEDNESDAY'S LIVE MUSIC SCENE…
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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Wed, Dec 11, in Altadena:
Time tba  WHEN PIGS FLY!, a fine acoustic group, plays traditional folk music at the Altadena Farmers' Market, 600 Palm St., Altadena 91001.
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5:30 pm  Twice-monthly “OPEN MIC” at the Talking Stick Coffee Lounge, 1411-C Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net
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Wed, Dec 11, in Burbank:
6 pm  CODIO & THE SWINGING ARMANIS, plus DEBRA PRICE & GUIDO ARMANI’s CLASSICAL HOUR, at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr (next to the L.A. Equestrian Center), Burbank.
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GLEN ROBERTS BIG BAND at 7 pm Recently named “Best Free Big Band Event” in L.A. Weekly’s prestigious “Best of LA” issue. Later, it’s MARTINI'S ROCKABILLY HOP ‘N HANG, with discounted drink specials at the back bar, special guest Vinyl Record Assn. DJs, and more, at 10 pm.
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Wed, Dec 11, in Hermosa Beach:
6 pm  POMPOUS HIGHWAYMEN play the “Bluegrass Happy Hour” at Saint Rocke, 142 Pacific Coast Hwy, Hermosa Beach 90254; 310-372-0035; www.saintrocke.com
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Wed, Dec 11, in South Pasadena:
6 pm  Weekly “WINE & SONG” showcase series brings MARC BLACK as this week’s invited recording artist, and performing host BRAD COLERICK, for acoustic performances at Firefly Bistro, 1009 El Centro St, South Pasadena 91030; 626-441-2443; http://eatatfirefly.com
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Wed, Dec 11, in Culver City:
6:30-9 pm  Monthly “WEST SIDE HAMMERED DULCIMERS” jam session, “Sharing tunes and playing for fun,” at Culver-Palms United Methodist Church, Room 6, 4464 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City 90230. RSVP to Barbara Gershman -bgershman@socal.rr.com
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Wed, Dec 11, in Murrieta:
6:30 pm  “THE SHAM JAM” open mic, hosted by Mike & Kenny, at the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd #145, Murrieta 92563; 951-696-5252; www.theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com
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6:30 pm  SONGMAKERS monthly “SIMI VALLEY HOOT.”Info and location, www.songmakers.org
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7 pm  Monthly “DAVID HARVEY PRESENTS” brings performances by PAUL ZOLLO, MARC PLATT, PIPER-GREY, and ANN-MARIE GARSED, plus, a new Christmas song by JOHN M., and “A Word” with DYLAN BRODY, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; www.coffeegallery.com; no reservations taken for this show.
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David Harvey asks, “Do you love hot harmonies? Folk and Story Songs? Rock with great hooks? Country-Rock, and fun stories and a new Christmas song? Well every one of these wonderful performers is bringing their best...”
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MARC PLATT’s songs weave an undercurrent of The Beatles with a touch of those great themes of social protest songs of the ’70s and ’80s, topped with influences of punk and indie rock. Marc's new CD, “Brand New Day,” is just out and getting good reviews. More at www.cdbaby.com/cd/marcplatt2/from/muzikman and at http://www.marcandtheplattitudes.com/index.html
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7 pm  Weekly “GUITAROLOGY” showcase at Melody Bar & Grill, 9132 S Sepulveda Bl, Los Angeles 90045; 310-670-1994; http://barmelodylax.com
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7:15 pm  WIMBERLEY BLUEGRASS BAND plays "Acoustic Christmas," with Dennis Agajanian and evangelist Will Graham, at Hosanna Christian Fellowship, 16523 Bellflower Bl, Bellflower 90706; 562-925-5093.
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Time tba  CHRIS VALENTI, a very talented and funny singer-songwriter, standup comic, musical comic, and filmmaker, plays Old World German in Huntington Beach.
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Check listings for time  “HOLLYWOOD CHRISTMAS PARADE 2013” gets a two-hour edited airing on the Hallmark Channel.
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8 pm  WATKINS FAMILY HOUR  play their Christmas show at the the Largo at the Coronet, 366 N La Cienega Bl, West Hollywood 90048; 310-855-0350; www.largo-la.com
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Wed, Dec 11, in L.A.:
8 pm  Annual “MESSIAH SING-ALONG” at Walt Disney Concert Hall, L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, L.A. (downtown) 90012; 213-972-7211;  HYPERLINK http://www.musiccenter.org www.musiccenter.org
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Wed, Dec 11, in Santa Barbara:
8 pm  DAWES and BLAKE MILLS play the “Lobero Live” series at the Lobero Theatre, 33 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara 93101; 805-963-0761; www.lobero.com
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Wed, Dec 11, in SFV (Chatsworth):
8 pm  J.D. CRAWFORD plays the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166.
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Wed, Dec 11, in SFV (Studio City):
8 pm  CHRIS STANDRING with special guest KATHRIN SHORR, play their Holiday Concert at Vitelo's Italian Restaurant, 4349 Tujunga, Studio City.
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“Chris Standring is in stellar six string form throughout this highly organic spin on holiday cheer and teams up well with vocalist Kathrin Shorr. Part old school and orchestrated with just a dash of pop gloss for finish, tunes such as the snappy opener ‘Send Me Some Snow’ are done with style, taste and pizazz while backed by some of the finest studio musicians available. As a songwriting team Standring could not have been teamed with a better partner with Shorr’s vocals offering up an intoxicating warmth and inflection few vocalists can be taught much less deliver with such ease. Chris Standring while a virtuoso guitarist opts for the more zen like less is more approach for a real ensemble feel that is infectious as it subtle. So if you are just the least bit toasted by some of the same Christmas music that seems to be as tired and predictable as the tie received each year for Christmas. Send Me Some Snow should go well in any hot rotation! Some old fashioned holiday fun to warm even the heart of this Christmas grinch!” – Brent Black, Jazz Review.
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“To put it bluntly, I was blown away. From the very first song, I was hooked. This is easily the best Christmas CD I have heard in years. If you are tired of hearing the same old songs and you want new music that captures the season, this is the CD to get.” – JJ Biener, www.musesmuse.com
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Wed, Dec 11, in Hollywood:
8 pm-2 am  6th Annual “BABES IN TOYLAND” RED CARPET CHARITY TOY DRIVE at the Station and The Living Room, 6250 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028.
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Hosted by Brande Roderick (Celebrity Apprentice, 2001 Playmate of the Year), Jaclyn Swedberg (Playmate of the Year 2012), Playmates Nikki Leigh, Kristen Nicole, Hiromi Oshima, Stacy Fuson, Tiffany Toth, Irina Voronina, Heather Rene Smith, Tiffany Taylor, Crystal McCahill; Playboy Radio's Jessica Hall & Andrea Lowell, models Carissa Rosario, Khloe Terae, Kyara Tyler, Dani Mathers, Claudia Fijal' Laurie Young, Jessica Cribbon, Emily Sears, Nina Carla, Elizabeth Deo, Caitlin O'Connor, Alexa Sandberg, Jennifer England, Alysson Holt, Kristen Deluca, Melissa Riso, Talor Marion, Kristin Danielle, Jennifer Lyons, Jenae Alt, Michelle Baena, Katrina Darrell, Kourtney Reppert, Jennifer Irene Gonzalez, MoJo Hunter, Alana Curry, Lina Martini and birthday girl Bridgetta Tomarchio.
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Platinum Events, in association with Kandy Magazine (www.KandyMag.com), holds its 6th annual event, benefiting Promises 2 Kids (www.Promises2Kids.org)
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Promises 2 Kids is a leading nonprofit organization originally founded over 30 years ago as the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation of San Diego County. Since 1981, Promises2Kids has responded to the needs of foster children and the fight against child abuse and neglect.
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Wed, Dec 11, in SFV (Sherman Oaks):
8 pm  Weekly “ACOUSTIC CORDIALE” at Café Cordiale, 14015 Ventura Bl, Sherman Oaks 91423; 818-789-1985; www.cafecordiale.com
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Wed, Dec 11, in SFV (Canoga Park):
8:30 pm  SABRINA & CRAIG, winners of the 2011 “Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest” Vocal Competition, play Guitar Merchant, 7305 Topanga Canyon Bl, Canoga Park 91303; 818-884-5905; www.guitarmerchant.com
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Wed, Dec 11, in Hermosa Beach:
8:30 pm  HEAD FOR THE HILLS, plus RUM RUNNERS, and SHAKY FEELIN', play Saint Rocke, 142 Pacific Coast Hwy, Hermosa Beach 90254; 310-372-0035; www.saintrocke.com
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Wed, Dec 11, in Culver City:
9:30 pm. GRANT LANGSTON & THE SUPERMODELS plus DAVID SERBY with ED TREE at the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City 90230.
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FILM EVENT,
in Pasadena:
7 pm  “UNITED NATURES: A UNITED NATIONS OF ALL SPECIES” is this month’s offering in the “Conscientious Projector” series, at The Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N Raymond (across from Memorial Park and the Levitt Pavilion), Old Pasadena.
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Conscientious Projector’s theme this month is “living in harmony with Mother Earth.” Filmmaker Peter Charles Downey (Anima Mundi) gathers some of the world’s foremost environmental activists and philosophers in a loving and beautifully-made meditation on nature, its abundant gifts and humanity’s place in the delicate, interdependent web of life woven by the natural world and now threatened by climate change and human overreach. Witnesses David Holmgren, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Starhawk, John Seed, Rosa Maria Ruiz, Polly Higgins, Cormac Cullinan, Father Bob Maguire and others offer learned insight into the philosophy of permaculture, Gaia theory, sustainability, indigenous wisdom and spirituality. The film also advocates for “The Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth,” which Bolivia has presented to the United Nations for its consideration. The UN is not affiliated with the production. A community discussion follows the film.
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Thu, Dec 12, in Silverlake (L.A.):
7:30 pm  Weekly “HONKYTONK HACIENDA” tonight brings performances by Austin country superstars BRENNEN LEIGH and NOEL McKAY, plus DAN JANISCH opening, at El Cid, 4212 W Sunset Bl, Silverlake. More info at: www.facebook.com/honkytonkhacienda?ref=br_tf
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Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay, the Austin country scene's power couple, journey to Los Angeles for a full show at the new weekly Honky Tonk Hacienda. The Austin-based songwriters’ debut collaboration, “Before the World Was Madespotlights,” brought the celebrated troubadours much recognition. “These are modern day country duets à la George Jones and Melba Montgomery,” producer Gurf Morlix says, “but with very sophisticated songwriting.”
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The singular duo effortlessly balances wit (“Let’s Don’t Get Married”) and whimsy (“Let’s Go to Lubbock on Vacation”) in their live sets as well as on the record. “We kind of set out to make out a record of songs that we were singing together, even if it wasn’t specifically duet songs,” McKay says.
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Legendary songwriter Guy Clark is among their many fans. "Noel and Brennen are great songwriters," says Clark, whose new album, “My Favorite Picture of You,” contains the McKay co-write "El Coyote." "And Brennen plays guitar like a motherf-er," adds Clark.
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You can listen to an interview with Brennen & Noel on GatewayBand.LA. done just in advance of this show. Learn their views on classic country, their songwriting process, growing up, making the record, plus a little taste of tonight’s show. It’s at:
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And, Brennen & Noel will have CHRISTMAS CDs -- their Christmas album, newly mastered for 2013, with handmade packaging. More at www.brennenleigh.net
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Every Thursday in this new series – the work of Suzanne O' Keefe -- bands, songwriters and musical instigators tear it up in outlaw country, roots, old time and Americana territory. Tonight, roots rock powerhouse Dan Janisch opens.
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The show starts at 7:30 and is free until 8:30 pm; after 8:30, it's $5 cover.
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Thu, Dec 12, in downtown L.A.:
7:30 pm “BRAD COLERICK & FRIENDS” kick-off their Thursdays-in-December residency at the historic Biltmore Hotel, across from Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles.
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The Biltmore was the location of the Academy Awards in the early years, and JFK accepted the Democratic nomination for president there in 1960.
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Brad says, “Worth a trip just to check out this Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument —and hopefully you'll enjoy the music as well. Still up in the air as to whether I'll be there on the Dec 26th but for sure Dec 5th, Dec 12th & Dec 19th.”
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Thu, Dec 12, in Arcadia:
Time tba  PCC STUDIO JAZZ SINGERS ALL STAR BAND plays a Vocal Jazz Concert at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia 91006;  HYPERLINK "http://www.arcadiabluesclub.com" www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349.
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Bobby Bluehouse says, “College students work with the pros for one heck of a show.”
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Thu, Dec 12, in SFV (Studio City):
8 pm KATHLEEN GRACE performs duos tonight with JOSH NELSON and TIM YOUNG at Vitello's Supper Club, 4349 Tujunga Ave, Studio City 91604; www.vitellosjazz.com
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Kathleen Grace’s Vitello’s performance will feature duet performances of works from Cole Porter to Tom Waits. As she and her duet partners bring their friendship and love of improvisation to the stage, expect lots of laughs and many surprises in store.
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Kathleen Grace’s pure, bell-like sound infuses all her musical projects from singing American classics to her own original jazz, country and pop compositions. Her performances convey great joy for the act of music-making and a love of storytelling. The Washington Post has declared her work “smart, alluring and evocative” and the LA Times as “imaginative talent on the rise.”
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A native of Southern California, Josh Nelson maintains a busy schedule as a jazz pianist, composer, and recording artist. At 33 years old, he has made a strong impression on the jazz and songwriting scene on the West Coast. Josh has performed with some of the most respected names in music, including Natalie Cole, Ralph Moore, Christian McBride, Anthony Wilson, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Ernie Watts, Tom Scott, Alex Acuna, Abraham Laboriel, Seamus Blake, Matt Wilson, Jack Sheldon, Peter Erskine, Bob Hurst, Queen Latifah, and Sara Gazarek to name a few.
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Tim Young began playing guitar at age 5. He began composing and leading his own bands at age 11. He attended Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, studying jazz performance.
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He has performed and recorded with the following people: David Sylvian, Sam Rivers, Michael White, Julian Priester, Wayne Horvitz, Bill Frisell, Eyvind Kang, Mike Patton, Beck, Fiona Apple, Todd Rundgren, John Legend, De La Soul, Mike Watt, Reggie Watts, Jeff Babko, Matt Chamberlain and many more.
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All ages, tix $15 ($5 for students).
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Thu, Dec 12, in Hollywood:
8 pm  SOMEDAY GIRL, the duo of AMANDA ABIZAID & LINDSAY GILLIS, play their record release show at the M Bar, 1253 Vine St (at Fountain), Hollywood 91602; 323-856-0036.
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Amanda Abizaid - Bio
As a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist piano, guitar, and flute player, Amanda is best known as the captivating vocalist on the theme song "A Place In Time" from Paramount's "The 4400," the featured song "Dreams in Ashes" from Lifetime Television's "Odd Girl Out," as well as other featured songs. Amanda also composed and sang movie theme songs for "3 Below," "13th Alley," and "Facing the Lion," by writer-director Joe Plonsky, and executive producer Scott Spiegel, in which she also stars. In 2009, her CD "This Life" debuted on FMQB.com's "ACQB Adult Contemporary Chart" at "#2 Most Added" on July 27, 2010, beating out Plain White Ts, Heart, and Katy Perry.
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Amanda is a performing artist with the Daniel Pearl Foundation and she has participated in "Daniel Pearl World Music Day" for 5 years. Every year, Amanda dedicates all of her October shows to the organization. She is a 5-year member of the Soka Gakkai International USA -- The Buddhist Association for Peace, Culture and Education (www.sgi-usa.org), and a 2-year member of The American Victory Orchestra (www.facebook.com/AmericanVictoryOrchestra).
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Lindsay Gillis Bio
A musician/guitarist from Echo Park, CA. Lindsay cut his recording chops after hours at El Dorado Studios when it was at Hollywood/Vine. He played gigs at the Starwood, Wong's Chinatown and Sunset Strip haunts and played many sessions for Ron Fair's early productions. Local bands include: The Weeb, Broken Toys, JJ Jackson, Morris Wade, John Garretson. Production credits: Catahoula - "Second Sight, Catahoula"; Porter Hansen - "Porter Hansen"; Morris Wade, soundtrack - "The Shack Sessions."
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Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. Arrive early. There will be a ten-minute theatrical scene by Kelly Kemp and John Klopping before Someday Girl hits the stage.
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Get there at 7 pm to meet Amanda, Lindsay, and the band, and enjoy a meal at this beautiful Old-Hollywood-Style supper club.
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When you arrive you will receive a complimentary digital download card of the new release.
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Amanda says, "Dress in your best 40’s attire." Call the MBar to make your dinner / table reservations ahead of time for the show; it will be sold-out.
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$10 online at: http://m.bpt.me/event/496977
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Thu, Dec 12, in Burbank:
8 pm  BRUCE FORMAN plays Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr (next to the L.A. Equestrian Center), Burbank.
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Thu, Dec 12, in SFV (Chatsworth):
8 pm  COLDWATER CANYON plays the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166.
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Thu, Dec 12, in L.A.:
SOLD OUT: 8 pm  AN EVENING WITH JOHNNY MATHIS” at The GRAMMY Museum, 800 W Olympic Bl Suite A245 (entrance around the corner on Figuroa), Los Angeles 90015; , 213-765-6803; www.grammymuseum.org
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Thu, Dec 12, in Altadena:
8 pm  JOHN DENVER tribute artist JIM CURRY, with ANNE CURRY, brings "A ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS" to the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; www.coffeegallery.com; reservations: 626-798-6236.
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Bob Stane says, “This should fill-up in 36 hours. Call for reservations right now. Do not call unless you can, absolutely, attend. This is rarity and too many will be disappointed when they cannot get reservations.”
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A family holiday tradition comes to life in "A Rocky Mountain Christmas" as Jim Curry and his band perform the music from John Denver's many Christmas television specials and Christmas music collections.
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Memorable melodies that speak to the heart of the holidays like "Silver Bells," "Silent Night," and "O Holy Night," along with John's own, "Noel, Christmas Eve," "Aspenglow," and "Christmas For Cowboys" will all be performed live.
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Enjoy these songs along with John's all-time hits like "Rocky Mountain High," "Sunshine On My Shoulders," and "Country Roads," as Jim Curry and his band "fill up your senses" in his heart-felt seasonal show.
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Thu-Sat, Dec 12-14, in OC (Costa Mesa):
8 pm  PACIFIC SYMPHONY presents Korean pianist JOYCE YANG performing Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” and Bartok's expressive "Concerto for Orchestra," in Segerstrom Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa; 714-556-2787;  HYPERLINK "http://www.ocpac.org" \t "_blank" www.ocpac.org.
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Korean pianist Joyce Yang dazzles from the instantly recognizable introduction of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1. She’s described as "the most gifted young pianist of her generation" with a "million-volt stage presence." Also, Bartok's expressive "Concerto for Orchestra" - perhaps his best-known piece.
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Thu, Dec 12, in Murrieta:
8 pm  MASTER SPLINTER & THE SHREDDERS play the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd #145, Murrieta 92563; 951-696-5252; www.theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com
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Thu, Dec 12, in San Pedro:
Time tba  BARRY ANTHONY & THE WHALERS play the Whale and Ale, 327 W 7th St, San Pedro; 310-832-0363;  HYPERLINK "http://www.whaleandale.com" www.whaleandale.com.
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Thu, Dec 12, in. SW L.A.:
8:45 pm JIMI YAMAGISHI plays a full solo acoustic set at the Good Hurt, 12249 Venice Bl, Los Angeles 90066; 310-390-1076.
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FESTIVAL,
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Annual “MONTEREY COWBOY POETRY & MUSIC FESTIVAL” is a good one, in two nice hotels and the adjacent convention facilities on the beach in Monterey,on the California Central Coast. There are plenty of stage performances and music workshops.
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6:30-8 pm "UKULELE CHRISTMAS ORCHESTRA" at the L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, L.A. (downtown) 90012; 213-972-7211;  HYPERLINK http://www.musiccenter.org www.musiccenter.org
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Mele Kalikimaka as ukuleles strum up some festive cheer with  favorite holiday songs, in one big joyful ukulele orchestra, with participants playing and everyone singing.
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FREE, at Music Center. Info at:
www.musiccenter.org/events/activearts/holidays/ukulele-christmas-orchestra/
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Fri, Dec 13, in Pasadena:
7 pm "NOEL EN FRANCE ET AUTRES PLAISIRS CULINAIRES" by Daniel Brondi includes live music in French as part of a holiday program at Alliance Française de Pasadena, 34 E Union St, old town Pasadena.
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Authentic Bûche de Noel, live musique and "joy, joy, joy" in this program. There's a mini lecture, "Bûche de Noël et traditions culinaires" by Daniel Brondi, who will show you how to throw a true French end-of-the-year party. Enjoy the authentic bûche de Noël paired with a French "Mousseux".
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Live music for the festive occasion by MIGUEL REBOLLEDO, Pasadena Alliance Française member.
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$10 for non-members. Reservations required, at: afdepasadena@earthlink.net
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Fri, Dec 13, in Santa Barbara Co:
7 pm  ALICE WALLACE, a truly fabulous performer, plays a stop on her CD RELEASE TOUR for her new album, "A Thousand Miles From Home," at Cold Spring Tavern, 5995 Stagecoach Rd (near San Marcos Pass), Santa Barbara 93105; Restaurant reservations 805-967-0066;  HYPERLINK http://www.coldspringtavern.com www.coldspringtavern.com
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"A Thousand Miles From Home" is for sale online at http://alicewallacemusic.storenvy.com
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Alice tells us, “And if you're looking for downloadable copies instead of the physical CD (though I highly recommend the physical CDs because the artwork is gorgeous thanks to my friend Yano), you can find it on iTunes, CD Baby and Bandcamp! You can also stream all of the tracks on my Bandcamp site if you just want to get a taste of the album before you buy it! So many options. So little time.”
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Fri, Dec 13, in Santa Monica:
7:30 pm BEAUSOLEIL AVEC MICHAEL DOUCET plays the Broad Stage, 1310 11th St, Santa Monica 90401; 310-434-3200; http://thebroadstage.com
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Grammy award-winning BeauSoleil guarantees a night of legendary bayou flavor. More than any other band, their musical ingenuity catapulted Cajun music to national recognition, with stunning performances led by National Heritage Fellow Michael Doucet. His spellbinding fiddle playing and spirited vocals drive BeauSoleil’s distinctive sound, with roots in blues rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country. and bluegrass. all in a blend that the Boston Globe calls “vibrant, thoughtful fusion.”
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Fri, Dec 13, in SFV (Chatsworth):
8 pm  Start of the venue’s annual “12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS GIVE-A-WAYS,” with COUNTRY GONE AWRY playing tonight, at the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166.
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Fri, Dec 13, in Murrieta:
9 pm  QUEL BORDEL plays the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd #145, Murrieta 92563; 951-696-5252; www.theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com
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Sat, Dec 14, in OC (Orange):
9 am-noon  WIMBERLEY BLUEGRASS BAND plays the Farmers and Artisans Market, 304 N Cypress St (at Palm Av), Old Towne Orange.
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Sat, Dec 14, in Echo Park:
10 am-all day  "5th semi-official 'ECHO PARK SHOP HOP & HOLIDAY PARADE'" on Sunset Bl in Echo Park, sponsored by neighborhood businesses and venues.
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Starting at 10 am, restaurants, bars and retail stores offer discounts, refreshments and good holiday cheer throughout the day.
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Be sure to drop by Stories Books & Cafe, 1716 W Sunset Bl, where we 'spect you'll find live acoustic music out back, and there's hot teas and good gift books inside.
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Details and listings of all participants at DoLA.com, at:
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Sat, Dec 14, in OC (Costa Mesa):
10 & 11:30 am  PACIFIC SYMPHONY presents “NUTCRACKER FOR KIDS” in Segerstrom Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa; 714-556-2787;  HYPERLINK "http://www.ocpac.org" \t "_blank" www.ocpac.org.
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Visions of sugarplums will dance in your head after seeing Tchaikovsky's delightful Christmas ballet — performed in a condensed 45-minute version created just for kids. This seasonal favorite finishes with a grand finale holiday sing-along and is sure to sell out.
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Pacific Symphony's “Family Musical Mornings” are fun and fascinating 45-minute concerts designed especially for children ages 5-11. Enjoy family fun time together while enhancing your child’s (or grandchild's) love of music.
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During the accompanying Musical Carnival, enjoy free hands-on activities for children, who can meet Symphony musicians, sing, dance, play, color, try musical instruments and enjoy themselves in thematic activities related to the concert. Allow time: it starts at 9 am for 10 o’clock concertgoers, and happens at 12:15 pm for 11:30 am concertgoers.
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Sat, Dec 14, in Newhall (Santa Clarita):
3-6 pm  “SANTA CLARITA BLUES SOCIETY” award winners showcase and winter fund-raiser, at Vincenzo's Pizza, 24504 1/2 Lyons Av, Newhall (Santa Clarita) 91321.
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All blues fans are invited to this Winter Fundraiser featuring performances by the winners of the recent Blues Competitions:
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2nd Place SCVBS "Battle of the Bands" – TONI DODD & SOUTHBOUND BLUES, "Best Self Produced CD" Winner - Phil Gates (Live From the Hermosa Saloon).
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1st Place "Battle of the Bands" Winner – MIKEY MO BAND, who will represent the local blues society at the upcoming 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.
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The afternoon includes raffles for a variety of CDs, blues artist/band T-shirts, jewelry, and blues art for sale. Make a kid smile: bring a gift for the annual "Toys For Tots" campaign.
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Admission, $10; kids age 12 & under get in free. All ages event. Doors at 2:30 pm. Music starts at 3 pm. Go early for a good seat and to order your pizza before the rush.
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Sat, Dec 14, in Pasadena:
4 & 7 pm  “HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT CONCERT” at All Saints Church, 132 N Euclid Av, Pasadena 91101.
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The Pasadena Symphony Association produces Pasadena’s most sought-after holiday concert, and it sells-out quickly.
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Greet the holiday season in the architecturally exquisite and acoustically sonorous All Saint’s Church – Pasadena’s equivalent to a classic European cathedral. Soprano LISA VROMAN joins an array of choruses for this festive concert of traditional and diverse holiday melodies performed by candlelight.
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Ding Dong Merrily on High − arr. Luther Henderson; Joy to the World − arr. John Behnke; Deck the Hall − arr. Grant Cooper; O Magnum Mysterium − Morten Lauridsen; O What a Beautiful Morning / What Child is This? − arr. Larry Blank; Away in a Manger − arr. Susan T. Nelson’ There is no Rose of Such Virtue − William Mathias; Lydian Stomp − Michael Joy; Here We Go A Wassailing − arr. Luther Henderson; God Rest You Merry Gentlemen − Ralph Vaughan Williams; What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? − arr. Patrick O’Neill; The Huron Carol − arr. Luther Henderson; Be We Merry in This Feast − William Mathias; All is Well Tonight − Tena Clark; I Saw Three Ships − arr. Luther Henderson; Lullaby, from Hodie − Ralph Vaughan Williams; L’chi Lach − Debbie Friedman; Stille Nacht − arr. Calvin Custer; Go Tell it on the Mountain − arr. Patrick O’Neil.
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Purchase tickets at:
www.pasadenasymphony-pops.org/concerts/holiday-candlelight/
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Sat, Dec 14, in San Pedro:
5:30-8:30 pm  ANDY & RENEE from HARD RAIN play the Cabrillo Yacht Club, 211 W 22nd St, San Pedro 90731.
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Sat, Dec 14, in L.A.:
7 pm  "RANCH PARTY" BENEFIT FOR MARK CHRISTIAN (of Merle Jagger) on the music patio adjacent to EB’s Wine Bar, in the L.A. Farmers Market complex, 6333 3rd (at Fairfax), L.A.; www.farmersmarketla.com. 
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Performers include:
GROOVY REDNECKS
WILDWOOD HIGHWAY
Members of Mark's band MERLE JAGGER
CALICO THE BAND
GARY TWINN
MICHAEL ANN AZOULAI
LOU CASTRO's band OUI' 3
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Special fund raiser "RANCH PARTY" for our buckaroo and “Ranch Party” host Mark Christian, who's been bushwhacked and is too sick to pick up that mean ol' six string so he can pay rent at Miss Kitty's boarding house. Come down and enjoy the music, kick-up some dust and throw down a few bucks to help Mark get back into his cowboy boots.
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Special guest announcements at:
www.facebook.com/events/614434455285858/
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Sat, Dec 14, in Ventura:
7-10 pm KELLY'S LOT plays great blues at Players Casino, inside the restaurant, 6580 Auto Center Dr, Ventura 93003.
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Sat, Dec 14, in Pasadena:
7 pm  "HOLIDAY MUSIC" with the WIMBERLEY BLUEGRASS BAND and THE SALVATION ARMY BAND, at the Urban Homestead Urban Farm, Pasadena.
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Sat, Dec 14, in SFV (Chatsworth):
7 pm  The venue’s annual “12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS GIVE-A-WAYS” continues, with BRANT VOGEL playing tonight, at the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166.
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Sat, Dec 14, in Culver City:
8 pm RICK SHEA & MARY McCASLIN play Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City 90230.
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Sat, Dec 14, in Pasadena:
8 pm  PATRICK BALL, Celtic harper and storyteller extraordinaire, plays his “Christmas Rose” show at the Pasadena Folk Music Society series in Beckman Institute Auditorium (aka “Little Beckman”) on the Caltech campus, 322 S Michigan Av, Pasadena; 626-395-4652, or toll-free 888-2CALTECH (1-888-222-5832);  HYPERLINK "http://www.events.caltech.edu" \t "_blank" www.events.caltech.edu
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Patrick Ball has made numerous appearances at Caltech, each time performing a completely different show, sometimes solo, and sometimes with other musicians, and usually combining his stellar harp playing with dramatic performance, interweaving the music with stories and tales from Ireland. Patrick plays the Celtic harp of centuries ago, solid brass strings and a hardwood maple body. This performance, “Christmas Rose,” is solo and Patrick's own words can best describe it:
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"Some years ago, I recorded a Christmas / Winter season CD and gave it the name of The Christmas Rose because it includes a very beautiful traditional melody that my mother loved and used to sing in her childhood. This recording was awarded the National Association of Independent Record Distributors Indie Award for Best Seasonal Recording of 1991, became a best seller in its own small way, and prompted many requests for a live concert which would feature the pieces on this recording and a selection of beloved Holiday stories.”
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Patrick continues, “So, I stepped into a magical world of English and Irish literature, Celtic legend and traditional folk beliefs and drew out tales such as A Child's Christmas in Wales, chapters from The Wind in the Willows, and passages from Shakespeare, William Butler Yeats, and Thomas Hardy, and mingled them with beloved pieces of seasonal music. All of the stories and all of the music touch on what is, to my way of thinking, the central message of the Christmas/Winter season: hope. Hope for something wondrous. Hope for a light in the darkness."
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See and hear him play the beautiful “Blind Mary” at:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOQB3GM2M94
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Sample his storytelling with an excerpt from “O'Carolan's Farewell to Music” at:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iM55ol0MyY
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Hear one of his medleys from the “Christmas Rose” recording,
The Gloucester Wassail / When Blossoms Flowered Midst The Snow,” at:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3QHc7J2lBs
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More at Patrick's web site, at http://patrickball.com
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Tix, $15 adults, $5 for Caltech students and children. Tickets available Monday through Friday, 9 am-4 pm, from the Caltech Ticket Office at 626-395-4652. Or cash or check at the door for any remaining tickets. Park free in either lot at the S end of Michigan Av, S off Del Mar.
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Sat, Dec 14, in Culver City:
8 pm  “TOP TUNE: THE SONGWRITERS GAME” brings performances by songwriters in a contest format, at the Fanatic Salon, 3815 Sawtelle Bl, Culver City.
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A bottle of Jameson, a bowl of M&Ms, a pot of coffee, a rhyming dictionary and a title for a new song. And 17 minutes. That's what Top Tune gives six of L.A.'s best songwriters.
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Participating / performing are Annie Boxell, Bill Burnett, James Houlahan, Shannon Hurley, Bret Jensen and Fernando Perdomo.
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Tonight’s show is followed by a Christmas party in the theater garden. Backstage passes for everyone in attendance.
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Sat, Dec 14, in VC (Ojai):
9 pm  ALICE WALLACE, a truly fabulous performer, plays the final Southern Cal stop on her CD RELEASE TOUR for her new album, "A Thousand Miles From Home," at the Village Jester in Ojai.

"A Thousand Miles From Home" is for sale online at http://alicewallacemusic.storenvy.com
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Alice tells us, “And if you're looking for downloadable copies instead of the physical CD (though I highly recommend the physical CDs because the artwork is gorgeous thanks to my friend Yano), you can find it on iTunes, CD Baby and Bandcamp! You can also stream all of the tracks on my Bandcamp site if you just want to get a taste of the album before you buy it! So many options. So little time.”
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Sun, Dec 15, in OC (Newport Beach):
2-4 pm THE YOUNG DUBLINERS play the “Courtyard Concert Series” at Muldoon's Irish Pub, 202 Newport Center Dr. Newport Beach; 949-640-4110; www.muldoonspub.com
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Sun, Dec 15, in OC (Costa Mesa):
3 pm  “HANDEL’S GLORIOUS MESSIAH” performed by the PACIFIC SYMPHONY and PACIFIC CHORALE in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa; 714-556-2787;  HYPERLINK "http://www.ocpac.org" \t "_blank" www.ocpac.org.
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It’s an event of joy, reflection and renewal: Thrill to blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and the electrifying, uplifting “Hallelujah!” chorus.
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With evergreen beauty, thrilling choruses and heavenly melodies, Pacific Symphony’s “Handel’s Glorious Messiah” is as fresh and energizing to the senses as a brand new Christmas tree — the perfect way to start the holiday season. Rejoice in the uplifting “Hallelujah” chorus and thundering timpani as English guest conductor Christopher Seaman conducts from the harpsichord, leading the orchestra and esteemed vocal soloists. Pacific Chorale takes the stage, prepared by Robert Istad, assistant conductor and chorus master, and John Alexander,artistic director.
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Sun Dec 15, in Huntington Beach:
3-6 pm  ANITA MANSFIELD & THE MANSFIELD BAND bring Irish music to Gallagher's Pub, 300 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach.
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Sun, Dec 15, in South Pasadena:
5:30 pm "DANA CHARNOFSKY'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SHOW" at Firefly Bistro, 1009 El Centro St, South Pasadena 91030.
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Expect LOTS of singers and performers there, each doing two songs: One original, and one Christmas standard.
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JOHN M says, "I, of course will be performing my song, 'That’s What Christmas Is To Me,' and one standard. This show is always a lot of fun and I look forward to seeing you there."
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Sun, Dec 15, in SFV (Chatsworth):
7 pm  The venue’s annual “12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS GIVE-A-WAYS” continues, with DEBRA LEE & TRIGGER HAPPY playing tonight, at the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166.
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Sun, Dec 15, in Silverlake:
7:30 pm "BILL BERRY'S SONGWRITERS SQUARE" brings performances by BOB MALONE, TOM KELL & EMIKO, and DAVE MORRISON, at the Lyric-Hyperion Theatre+Cafe, 2106 Hyperion Av, Silverlake (Los Angeles) 90027.
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This is an "in-the-round," and Bob Malone is just back from a huge tour, as the keyboard player in John Fogerty's band.
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Bob says, "Great food and beer and wine available at the cafe."
with 3 other fine tunesmiths at Bill Berry's Songwriter's Square at the Lyric Hyperion Theatre & Cafe in .
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Tix, $15; get $3 off, with discount code bob (or another discount code from one of the other performers). Seating is limited, so get 'em in advance, at:
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Mon, Dec 16, in Long Beach:
7-9:30 pm "LONG BEACH SATIRICAL SONGWRITERS" performance at Rebel Bite New American Restaurant-Gastropub, 649 E Broadway, Long Beach 90802.
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Featuring Robby Ravenwood and Geo. McCalip, with special guest, Trough Records recording artist (and he's played Disneyland), Phil Ward. Phil and Robby are professional comedians who also write very funny songs. Phil, among other things, has been a substitute Billy for “Billy Hill and the Hillbillies” at Disneyland since 2008. Robby has opened for both Paula Poundstone and Lily Tomlin. Geo. writes and performs protest songs on ukulele, using humor to point out just how absurd some things are.
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Mon, Dec 16, in SFV (Chatsworth):
CLOSED FOR FILMING TONIGHT: 8 pm  The Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166.
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Tue, Dec 17, in OC (Costa Mesa):
7:30 pm  PACIFIC SYMPHONY presents the annual “HOLIDAY ORGAN SPECTACULAR” in Segerstrom Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa; 714-556-2787;  HYPERLINK "http://www.ocpac.org" \t "_blank" www.ocpac.org.
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Celebrate the season with the king of instruments. Enjoy a magnitude of musical splendors with a world-class organist and a delightful mix of sacred and holiday music. Favorite Christmas carols share the bill with traditional organ works that highlight Segerstrom Hall’s $3.1 million organ.
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Tue, Dec 17, in L.A.:
8 pm  “A JUDY COLLINS CHRISTMAS” at Walt Disney Concert Hall, L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, L.A. (downtown) 90012; 213-972-7211;  HYPERLINK http://www.musiccenter.org www.musiccenter.org
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Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Judy Collins, known for her silvery soprano and eclectic tastes, brings the spirit of hope for Christmas, performing beautiful songs of the season as well as some of her greatest hits.
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Tix & info:
www.laphil.com/tickets/judy-collins-christmas/2013-12-17?utm_source= all&utm_campaign=judycollins1314> LAPhil.com/DeckTheHall
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Thu-Sat, Dec 19-21, in OC (Costa Mesa):
8 pm  “CHRISTMAS WITH LEANN RIMES” in Segerstrom Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa; 714-556-2787;  HYPERLINK "http://www.ocpac.org" \t "_blank" www.ocpac.org.
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It's a heartwarming holiday celebration when two-time Grammy winner LeAnn Rimes shares her authentic charm and her sensational singing with Pacific Symphony audiences. The vocal superstar shares music from her holiday album, "What a Wonderful World," along with some of her best-known hits, including "Blue," "How Do I Live," and "Can't Fight the Moonlight."
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Thu, Dec 19, in Murrieta:
8 pm  “THE SHAMROCK'S FIRST ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION” brings special musical guest MASTER SPLINTER, at the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd #145, Murrieta 92563; 951-696-5252; www.theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com
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Sat, Dec 21, in Fontana:
6:30-9 pm  WIMBERLEY BLUEGRASS BAND plays the "Christmas Concert" at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 7716 Sierra Av, Fontana 92336.
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Sun, Dec 22, in Torrance:
10 am-3 pm STACY ROBIN plays the Torrance Antique Faire.
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Sun, Dec 22, in OC (Buena Park):
6 pm  WIMBERLEY BLUEGRASS BAND plays the "Christmas Concert" at the Bible Church of Buena Park, 8041 Seventh St, Buena Park 90621; 714-521-7763.
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Mon, Dec 23, at UCLA:
8 pm WOODY ALLEN & HIS NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND plays the Center for the Art of Performance (CAP) series in Royce Hall at UCLA.
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Tix, $70.20-$134.80, plus Ticketmaster's usual exorbitant extortion fee.
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Tue, Dec 24,
in downtown L.A.;
attend, or watch on TV on the web:
3-6 pm  54th Annual "L.A. COUNTY HOLIDAY CELEBRATION" in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles.
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This is the best free show in Los Angeles, every year. The Guide attended the rehearsals and saw many of the acts that will perform, and it’s a safe bet this year’s show will maintain the tradition of quality and impressive production.
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You can bring the whole family to L.A.'s biggest, Emmy-nominated holiday show, returning on Christmas Eve at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. More than TWENTY choirs, music ensembles and dance companies from the many neighborhoods and cultures of L.A. celebrate the season during this free, three-hour extravaganza. The L.A. County Arts Commission has been presenting the Holiday Celebration on December 24 since 1959, funded by the taxpayers, with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors always giving themselves the credit. So come out and enjoy seeing a small part of your tax dollars at work, and be a part of this L.A. tradition.
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ATTENDING IN PERSON:
If you go, arrive VERY early. Last year, over 1200 people could not get into the show. Music Center parking is FREE. Doors open at 2:30 pm. You may come and go throughout the performance, subject to the availability of seating. NO reservations or tickets; it’s first come, first served. The theatre will fill-up quickly, so arrive early and get in line.
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Taking photos with your phone and tweeting during the show ARE allowed.
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TV AND THE WEB:
A professionally-produced live multi-camera broadcast / webcast is available everywhere in the world on KCET-TV broadcast and cable / www.KCET.org 
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Only the live broadcast streams on the web. TV watchers can catch it on KCET-TV on December 24 live at 3 pm or the repeat at 8 pm, or on December 25 at Noon, 3 pm and 9 pm.
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Sun, Dec 24, in Santa Monica:
8 pm  TERRY SYLVESTER of The Hollies plus special guests DEBBI PETERSEN (of The Bangles), and JOHN WICKS (of The Records) play McCabe's, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Mon, Dec 25, in San Pedro:
Time tba “CHRISTMAS MENU” served at the Whale and Ale, 327 W 7th St, San Pedro; 310-832-0363;  HYPERLINK "http://www.whaleandale.com" www.whaleandale.com.
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Thu, Dec 26, in Pasadena:
6-9 pm "HOBBIT HOLIDAY FEAST & FESTIVITIES" with "Shire-inspired" live music including pipes & flutes, and foods and games, at the Urban Homestead Urban Farm, 631 Cypress Av, Pasadena 91103.
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“Where there's life there's hope, and need of vittles.”― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings.
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Feasts & Festivities from the shire, featuring a cornucopia of Hobbit-inspired dishes & non-alcoholic drinks.
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Menu includes ~
Merry's mulled cider, chicken & veg pot pie, po-tay-to leek soup, mixed vegetables Meduseld, stuffed pumpkin, chutneys, pies & puddings, salads, and more (menu subject to change).
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Sat, Dec 28, in Altadena:
3 pm  THE MurMURATORS, the Irish music trio of vocalist/guitarist Swan Montgomery, harpist Carol Tatum, and bassist Jim Wootten, play a matinee at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations, 626-798-6236.
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Born in Drogheda, Ireland, vocalist Swan Montgomery is known for his role as “Robert Plant” in the internationally successful tribute band "Led Zepagain." Montgomery has toured the world and performed sold-out shows from Sarajevo to Japan. But in spite of that success, performing well-loved Irish tunes in a modern, even “rebellious” manner, has been a lifelong desire of Swan's -- a dream that comes true with The MurMurators.
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Former Windham Hill recording artist Carol Tatum is harpist for “The MurMurators.” Carol is best known as the founding member of the neoclassical harp / flute / cello band “Angels of Venice” (whose Christmas album is a Guide favorite). Carol is co-writer for three albums by the Led Zeppelin-inspired rock band “Kingdom Come.” In addition, she is a skilled songwriter, arranger and producer, and she collaborated with Swan Montgomery to create The MurMurators new song arrangements.
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Bassist Jim Wootten performs with Swan Montgomery in “Led Zepagain.” Jim is the nephew of Les Paul and Mary Ford. He performs with many bands including “The Long Run”, the world’s premiere Eagles tribute band, and “Four Way Street” (CSNY). Jim is known for his solid, tasteful musicianship, attention to detail, and ability as a multi-instrumentalist.
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Recent reviews of The MurMurators: "Wildly original……(sounds like) songs by Robert Plant if, at the end of the 1960s, he decided to record a few Irish standards... virtually every song carries in itself a huge dose of surprise… well arranged and played…Irish songs inspired by classic rock… ‘No Quarter’ by Led Zeppelin (is) the icing on the cake… ~ Rafa Chojnacki, Folkowa.PL
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More at: www.themurmurators.com
Listen at: www.cdbaby.com/cd/themurmurators
And at: http://themurmurators.bandcamp.com
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Sat, Dec 28, in Pasadena:
7 pm "FOLK MUSIC REVIVAL" with FRANK FAIRFIELD and BLIND BOY PAXTON at the Urban Homestead Urban Farm, 631 Cypress Av, Pasadena 91103.
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See the performance review on FRANK FAIRFIELD in the Dec 10 edition of the Guide.
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Step back in time and enjoy traditional American folk and blues tunes from the last century. Includes FREE refreshments. Doors at 6:30.
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Sat, Dec 28, in Murrieta:
Time tba   THE DUBLIN ROGUES, a sensational duo from Dublin, at the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd #145, Murrieta 92563; 951-696-5252; www.theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com
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Dec 31, in Beverly Hills:
8 pm DON McLEAN, with MICHAEL ANN AZOULAI opening, at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills.
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Michael Ann asks, "Please purchase tickets through me," at michaelannmusic@gmail.com
or, she adds, "I will have a link to my Amazon direct pay... for Don McLean tickets."
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Sat, Jan 11, 2014, in Long Beach:
8 pm JONNY LANG, the Grammy award-winning blues phenomenon, performs at City National Grove of Anaheim.
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Lang hit the scene as a prodigy instrumentalist, topping the Billboard New Artist chart with his first album at age 15. Today he stands as a mature creative force, made more sensitive, yet also toughened by life’s adventures. Lang has learned what it means to rise above hard times and to find meaning where chaos seemed to rule. With his latest release, "Fight For My Soul," he is entering a chapter wherein he has found his true voice.
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This sense of who he wants to be is at the core of the album. Lang says, “The inspiration for the songs on the record vary widely. Some are about personal struggles, some are focused on injustices I have seen. Some are random fictional stories that hopefully can relate to people in some way that is a blessing to them. I’ve wanted to make this album for a long time. Creatively, I think there is a lot more going on inside of me than I’ve been sharing on recordings.”
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This grass roots approach was new to Lang, whose four earlier studio albums were written and crafted under the watch of his previous record labels. He finds it a welcome change. After Lang released his Grammy-winning "Turn Around" in 2007, he made the decision to forego the major label route and became an independent artist. The first result was 2009’s "Live At the Ryman," but "Fight For My Soul," by its nature, is his first fully realized artistic achievement through his own label, SayRai Music.
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Lang's chosen path has brought the opportunity to interact with some of the most respected legends in music. On the way up, he's shared the stage with The Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Aerosmith, Sting, and Buddy Guy -- who he continues to tour with today.
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As a 12-year-old, he began a journey in Fargo, ND, that has brought him to points across the Globe. As he looks on the near-term future, he shares, “With this album, I really look forward to bringing our music to people in places where I’ve never been before. Music is one of the greatest conveyers of ideas and emotions, and in a sense that doesn’t have as much to do with the individual performing, but the power of the connection. One of my goals is the music can be a blessing to the people listening to it in some way. And if Fight For My Soul can help somebody by making them feel better or that they’re not alone, that’s my idea of success for this album."
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Thu-Sun, Jan 23-26, 2014,
MUSIC TRADE SHOW & CONFERENCE,
in OC (Anaheim):
Annual NAMM SHOW at the Anaheim Convention Center and in ALL the meeting and convention facilities and performance spaces of ALL the surrounding hotels, in Anaheim. This event is ENORMOUS, and is THE showcase for new music industry innovations, instruments, sound systems, mics, and anything ’n everything you can think of that’s related to recording and / or performance, teaching and learning music, instrument-making and new technologies for repair, and more.
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The performances at (and surrounding) NAMM are amazing, and VERY inclusive of acoustic and Folk-Americana artists and bands. Plus, the many top artists wo are endorsed by instrument makers are brought by their sponsors to Southern California for the NAMM Show, and they perform at numerous L.A. and OC venues while they’re in town – so everybody benefits when NAMM is in town. (Venue bookers take note, and jump on it before your friendly competition books all of everyone’s available time.)
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The Guide will bring you developments as the date approaches, and full coverage of the NAMM Show itself.
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Jan 24 & Jan 25, 2014:
TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE return to L.A., Jan 24 at the Fonda & Jan 25 at the El Rey. Both shows on sale now; tix at: http://bit.ly/1bciKkf
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Check out the brand new video for "Fire and  Brimstone" from their new CD, "Say That to Say This" - at: http://bit.ly/16RAeF7
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Jan 29-Feb 1,
FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE,
in Northern Nevada:
30th Annual “NATIONAL COWBOY POETRY GATHERING” in Elko, Nevada, fills all the lodgings for a hundred miles, and brings stage performances, showcases, music and poetry, awards, western art exhibitions, and a lot of saddle pal camaraderie.
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Sat & Sun, Feb 8 & 9, in Santa Monica:
8 & 10 pm  HOT TUNA Acoustic plays McCabe's, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Feb 9, 2014, in Long Beach:
8 pm CHICAGO plays the Long Beach Terrace Theatre in Long Beach.
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The multi-platinum, Grammy® award-winning band Chicago will perform at the Long Beach Terrace Theatre on Sunday, February 9. Playing their unforgettable collection of music and most popular hits, such as “Just You ‘n’ Me,” “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day,” “Hard to Say I’m Sorry,” “Old Days,” “25 Or 6 To 4,” “Saturday In The Park,” “You’re The Inspiration” plus many more!

Hailed as one of the “most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era” by former President Bill Clinton, the legendary rock and roll band with horns, Chicago, is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six decades. From the signature sound of the Chicago horns, their iconic Vocalists, and a few dozen of ever-Classic Songs, this band’s concerts are celebrations. The band is now in their 48th consecutive year of touring, without missing a single concert date!

In March of 2013, Chicago’s multi-platinum two-disc bestseller, The Very Best Of Chicago, Only The Beginning charted at #1 on two Billboard charts: the Catalog Chart, and the Digital Catalog chart. In Billboard Magazine’s list of Top 100 artists of all time, Chicago came in at #13, the highest charting American band.

Chicago is currently recording new songs. Fans are being offered clips of works in progress on the band’s website, www.chicagotheband.com. The band is planning on releasing two songs at a time digitally throughout this year and then eventually compiling them into a CD or some other format. One of these songs is a cover of the great Spiral Starecase hit, “More Today Than Yesterday.” The first new Chicago song released was “Somethin’ Comin,’ I Know,” which was recorded on the road. A new studio track, “America,” was released on September 24, 2013. CNN called it the “Shutdown Song.”

Lifetime achievements include a Grammy Award, multiple American Music Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Chicago street dedicated in their honor, and keys to and proclamations from an impressive list of US cities. Record sales top the 100,000,000 mark, and include 21 Top 10 singles, 5 consecutive Number One albums, 11 Number One singles and 5 Gold singles. An incredible 25 of their 34 albums have been certified platinum, and the band has a total of 47 gold and platinum awards.

The line-up includes original band members Robert Lamm on keyboards, vocals, Lee Loughnane on trumpet, James Pankow on trombone and Walt Parazaider on woodwinds, as well as Jason Scheff on bass, vocals, Tris Imboden on drums, Keith Howland on guitar, Lou Pardini on keyboards, vocals and Wally Reyes on percussion.
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Fri-Sun, Apr 25-27,
FESTIVAL,
in Indio:
8th Annual “STAGECOACH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL” at the sprawling former Polo Grounds near Indio, in the south desert.
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Jun 8-14, 2014,
MUSIC CAMP,
in New Orleans:
5th Annual "NEW ORLEANS TRAD JAZZ CAMP" in New Orleans, Louisiana 70175.
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Registration now open at:
www.neworleanstradjazzcamp.com
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Click the registration button on the home page, or call 504-895-0037.
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