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Friday, May 1, 2015

First Weekend of May, Friday to Sunday: Chockfull of Festivals & Concerts

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LATE ADDITIONS !

Here are some late additions, right up front, followed by the full edition as originally published.

LATE ADDITION...
Sun, May 3,
FESTIVAL,
in Torrance:
Noon-8 pm 25th annual "DYLANFEST" with the music of Bob Dylan performed by 70 top musicians, at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center, outside in the Torrino Plaza, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance 90503.
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There are stories on Dylanfest in the current issues of
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The Beach Reporter ( http://m.tbrnews.com/entertainment/bob-dylan-music-all-day-sunday-dylanfest-turns/article_cb73f6aa-ef8f-11e4-87cc-0bdd26c4ea56.html?mode=jqm )
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and the Easy Reader ( http://www.easyreadernews.com/95664/forever-young/ ).
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Read them online or pick up a copy somewhere in the South Bay.
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Andy and Renee have been doing this a long time, growing and improving the annual event, moving up to better and better and better venues. The result is a wonderfully fun day of the music of Bob Dylan, performed by 70 musicians in the beautiful California sunshine (there are shaded areas). You can sit and listen, or dance the day away. Hang out with friends new and old. Eat and drink wonderful food available at the festival (yes, good eats and drinks).
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Plus, it's the 25th Year. Meaning they've pulled out all the stops for extras and fun surprises. Andy & Renee, co-leaders of the award-winning band HARD RAIN, have hosted this since the beginning, steadily drawing top musicians in to play. Even the house band, which backs many of the artists throughout the day, has amazing musicians, including a full horn section and keyboardist Marty Rivkin from Bruce Springsteen's band.
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The hosts add, "We have folks coming to Dylanfest from Canada, Mexico, Washington, Oregon, NoCal, Nevada, Colorado, Illinois, Texas, Tennessee, Wisconsin, New Jersey and Virginia...There's no excuse not to come if you live in So Cal!"
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Save $5 off the door price by going to their website. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Kids are $10. There's also a vip ticket with a lot of nice goodies.
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Full info and tix at:
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www.andyandrenee.com

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Sat, Mar 2,
FESTIVAL,
in L.A.:
Annual "WILD WEST FEST" presented by the L.A. Family School at 2646 Griffith Park, Silverlake.
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MODAL TEASE plays 1-2 pm for the square dance, with Frannie Marr calling the steps. Info, www.modaltease.com

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Sun, May 3, in Burbank:
3-5 pm MURPHY'S FLAW plays the "BLUEGRASS BRUNCH / EARLY DINNER" at Cody's Viva Cantina, 900 W Riverside Dr, Burbank. Free admission if you eat or drink something.

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Sun, May 3, in Santa Barbara:
6:30-9:30 pm  KINDRED HOOFITS plays the contra dance, with Jon Southard calling, in the Carrillo Ballroom, 100 E. Carrillo St, Santa Barbara.


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Now, here's the full edition,
as originally published.
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Yes, there’s music galore. (And big news that we’re celebrating). There are even FREE FESTIVALS on Saturday. (And big news that we’re celebrating). PLUS, this edition includes TICKET ALERTS and some NEWS QUICKIES (including the news that we’re celebrating).

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Guide to this edition…

1) NEWS QUICKIES
Five of ’em. All short.

2) MUSIC ON TV this weekend.

3) WORKSHOPS for Musicians this weekend.

4) WHERE TO GO: This weekend’s festivals, concerts, and events…
• Friday
• Saturday
• Sunday

5) TICKET ALERTS…
• Tickets going on-sale TODAY, Friday, May 1st, for upcoming events.
• NEXT weekend’s festivals, so you can plan.
• TOPANGA BANJO•FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL (May 17).
• Other concerts & festivals coming up, some with advance discounts, others that’ll just sell-out.

Hang on, ’cause awaaaaay we go!


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1) NEWS QUICKIES…

First up ~ We open with BIG NEWS:
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LAWRENCE WINES, the Guide's founding editor, will receive the "MUSIC LEGEND" award in a Main Stage ceremony at the 55th annual “TOPANGA BANJO•FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL” at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills, on Sunday, May 17th. In addition to the festival – which the Guide has celebrated for many years as "The best one-day acoustic music festival anywhere" – this year brings a very special honor to our very humbled founding editor.
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Info on the "MUSIC LEGEND" award and a good bio of honoree LAWRENCE WINES is at:
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http://www.topangabanjofiddle.org/legend_award.html
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Full info on the festival is featured below, in the "TICKET ALERTS" section (deep discounts are offered on advance festival tix).


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2nd News Quickie…

VENUE CLOSING…

Now through Sunday, May 3, in SFV (Sherman Oaks):
CAFÉ CORDIALE closes forever following its day on Sunday. The Guide has listed hundreds of music events held there over the years, from the weekly "ACOUSTIC CORDIALE" showcase to many other dinner concerts. It’s the last chance to enjoy live music at this beloved venue, and your last shot at savoring their cuisine or enjoying their bar. Farewell, Cordiale compadres.


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3rd News Quickie…

BENEFIT FOR A MUSICIAN on SUNDAY

Sun, May 3, in Downey:
1 pm “MUSIC BENEFIT FOR RUSS LEWARK” in his battle against Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) with performances by the DENNIS ROGER REED BAND, FOSSILTONES (MICHAEL R. GARDNER & JEFF NEWELL), and more, at the Epic Lounge, 8239 2nd St, Downey 90241; 323-841-0194.
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Russ has played in a lot of bands, hosted a lot of jams, and is a fun guy to be around. He played live on “Tied on the Tracks” on the radio, and he’s performed raucous acoustic stringband music at some cool venues, like botanical gardens.
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Come out, enjoy some tunes, and lend Russ a helping hand in the face of his health challenges and medical bills.


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4th News Quickie…

"BENEFIT CONCERT FOR NEPAL." Seriously, folks. Just figure you bought a ticket to this big benefit concert for the people of Nepal. Your favorite artists and bands are all playing it. Then send to a relief organization / charity the amount you would have paid for that ticket. There are plenty of good ones working there, on the ground in Nepal. And they need it NOW. Then you can always go watch some YouTube and see music by those bands and solo artists. Really, now. Give. Generously.

One wonderful organization with a great track record is this one: Oxfam:
https://secure2.oxfamamerica.org/page/content/nepal_earthquake


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5th News Quickie…

FILM SCREENING, one-week-only:

Opening May 1, playing for one week.

“GARDENERS OF EDEN” is a wonderful documentary about saving elephants. Actress Kristin Davis tells us, “Everyone in Los Angeles, you can see #GardenersofEden starting tomorrow at Laemmle Theatres Music Hall on Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills. 310-478-3836 for show times. One week ONLY. See, first person, the work of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, from the orphaned baby elephant rescues to the anti-poaching efforts. Please share and tell your friends!”

Friday’s screenings are in Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Bl. At 12 pm | 2 pm | 4 pm | 10 pm.

Advance tix and showtimes each day for the weekend and coming week:
http://www.laemmle.com/films/39330


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2) MUSIC ON TV this weekend

Fri-Sun, May 1-3,
FESTIVAL,
live on TV:
"NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL" live on AXS tv for all those fortunate enough to have it.
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Friday features WILCO, TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND, ALISON KRAUSS & UNION STATION, THE REVIVALISTS, KEITH URBAN, DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND, CHICAGO, and more (all live on tv).
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Saturday includes ALAN TOUSSAINT, IRVIN MAYFIELD & THE NEW ORLEANS ORCHESTRA, RYAN ADAMS, MARCIA BALL, JERRY LEE LEWIS, THE WHO, and many others, live on tv.
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Sunday, it's JON CLEARY & THE ABSOLUTE MONSTER GENTLEMEN, COWBOY MOUTH, JIMMY BUFFETT & THE CORAL REEFER BAND, STEVE WINWOOD, THE RADIATORS, ED SHEERAN, LENNY KRAVITZ, ELTON JOHN, and more, all on tv.


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3) WORKSHOPS for Musicians this weekend

Sat, May 2, WORKSHOP, in SFV (Northridge):
2 pm FIDDLE WORKSHOP with BRUCE MOLSKY, sponsored by the Old Time Tiki Parlour House Concert series in Northridge. Reservations get directions from davidbragger@gmail.com


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4) WHERE TO GO: EVENTS THIS WEEKEND ~

Here’s what’s out there for you!

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Friday, May 1
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FRIDAY’S FESTIVALS…

Fri, May 1,
FESTIVAL,
in VC (Ojai):
Annual “OJAI STORYTELLING FESTIVAL,” presented by the “Performances to Grow On” concert organization, kicks-off its full weekend run at the Ojai Arts Center, 113 S Montgomery St, Ojai 93023.

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Fri, May 1,
FESTIVAL,
in OC (Irvine):
8 pm “NEW WORLD FLAMENCO FESTIVAL” is a special themed concert series this weekend at the Irvine Barclay Theatre in Irvine. Tonight, it’s SOLEDAD BARRIO & NOCHE FLAMENCA. At the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr, Irvine 92697; 949-854-4646.

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Fri, May 1,
PSEUDO-FESTIVAL,
in SGV (Monrovia):
6-10 pm Weekly “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL” is a street fair with music on the corners, on a stage, and in several venues (some that serve food, some with full bars). Of note to folkies is the weekly “KATTYWOMPUS CONCERT / JAM,” at 8 pm, right in the middle of things at Dollmakers Kattywompus, 412 S Myrtle Av, Monrovia 91016; 626-357-1091.


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FRIDAY’S CONCERTS…

Fri, May 1, in Altadena:
5 pm JIM CURRY performs his joyful “TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER” show at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675. Reservations & info, 626-798-6236.
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The 8 pm is SOLD OUT. Jim has so many bookings nationwide, he won’t be back until November.

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Fri, May 1, near LAX:
5:30-8:30 pm Monthly “WESTCHESTER FIRST FRIDAYS” showcase at the Westchester Triangle, 6200 Block of W 87th St, L.A.

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Fri, May 1, in Kern Co (Tehachapi):
7 pm DAN CRARY & THUNDERATION, a top-rated “American Roots Trio,” plays Fiddler's Crossing, 206 East F St, Tehachapi 93561; reservations & info, 661-823-9994.

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Fri, May 1, in Santa Barbara Co (Goleta):
7:30 pm THE SHERPAS plus HONEYSUCKLE POSSUMS team-up for the Cambridge Drive Concert Series, 550 Cambridge Dr, Goleta 93117. Reservations recommended at cambridge.concerts@gmail.com or call 805-964-0436.
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THE SHERPAS are TOM PRASADA-RAO, MICHAEL LILLE, & TOM KIMMEL, and all three have been winners of the prestigious Kerrville “New Folk” competition. They have toured together on both coasts and points between.
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The HONEYSUCKLE POSSUMS are a delightful all-women acoustic stringband from Santa Barbara.
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$10 with reservations. $12 without. Call 805 964-0436 for reservations.

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Fri, May 1, in Altadena:
SOLD OUT: 8 pm JIM CURRY performs his joyful “TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER” show at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675. Reservations & info, 626-798-6236.
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Try for the waiting list, or if you can, the 5 pm show. Jim has so many bookings nationwide, he won’t be back until November.

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Fri, May 1, in San Pedro:
8 pm TADIC / MANRING / GARCIA play Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro 90732; 800-403-3447 for reservations.
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It’s three instrumental virtuosos. Miroslav Tadic on acoustic guitars, Michael Manring on fretted and fretless electric basses, and Chris Garcia on south Indian kanjira, north Indian tabla, mbwata, PAISTE cymbals, and miscellaneous percussion.
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Complimentary coffee, tea, hot cocoa and "Alvas" bottled water are provided. Bring your own food and drinks.
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Tix, $20.

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Fri, May 1, in SFV (NoHo):
8 pm RIC TAYLOR joins SEVERIN BROWNE’s monthly “FIRST FRIDAY” concert series at Kulak’s Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood 91606; 818-766-9913.

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Fri, May 1, in L.A.:
8 pm PHILI VILLALOBOS & FRIENDS play Muse on 8th, 759 S La Brea Av at 8th St, just S of Wilshire Bl, L.A.; www.MUSEon8th.com

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Fri, May 1, in Los Feliz (L.A.):
8-11 pm THE PLOUGHBOYS play their Friday residency at the Tam O' Shanter Ale & Sandwich Bar Lounge, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz 90039; 323-664-0228.

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Fri, May 1, in SFV (Sherman Oaks):
CAFE CORDIALE closes forever following its business day on Sunday. The Guide has listed hundreds of their music events over the years, from the weekly "ACOUSTIC CORDIALE" showcase to many other dinner concerts. This weekend is the last chance to enjoy live music there, and their good cuisine.

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Fri, May 1, in Agoura Hills:
9 pm PRESTON SMITH plays an all-acoustic show of "new blues and old soul" at the Twisted Oak Tavern (formally The Lab Brewing Company), 30105 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills.
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Preston Smith, jazz & blues singer, is a bigtime bandleader in Hollywood, playing for Barbra Streisand's Malibu wedding, for The Soprano's Cast Party, and much more. He's just back from New York.
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Check out his music:
http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=nM_xvwQoip8&feature=related http://travelingboy.com/archive-travel-tim-prestonsmith.html


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SATURDAY’S FESTIVALS…

Sat & Sun, May 3 & 4,
FREE FESTIVAL,
in Sierra Madre:
53rd annual “SIERRA MADRE ART FAIR AND MUSIC FEST” presented by the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library in Memorial Park, Sierra Madre Bl & Hermosa, in downtown Sierra Madre.
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Two stages of music, one very nice, the other quite makeshift but fun, and always a good mix that includes plenty of folk-friendly performances. There are over 75 visual artists, painters, photographers, and sculptors exhibiting and selling their work, plus a plant sale, and a good mix of food vendors.
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Runs 9 am-6 pm Saturday and 9:30 am-5 pm Sunday. A good choice is to catch this one early Saturday, then get over to the South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival.

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Sat, May 2,
FREE FESTIVAL,
in South Pasadena:
2-10 pm 7th annual "SOUTH PASADENA ECLECTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL & ART WALK" is FREE and happens on multiple stages in downtown South Pasadena. Ride the Metro Gold Line light rail to South Pasadena station and you're in the middle of it.
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Of primary interest to folkies: JOHN YORK, RICK SHEA, BRAD COLERICK, THE YUVAL RON ENSEMBLE, ZETZ KLEZMER ENSEMBLE, and KERA & THE LESBIANS (an all-guy band); plus, off the big stages at 8:30 pm in the SPARC Gallery is POWDERCOAT, the duo of KRISTIN MOONEY & CLAIRE HOLLEY.
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RICK SHEA plays a 6 pm concert set in the Carnegie Stage in the South Pasadena Public Library's main hall; arrive early for a seat. Run from stage after that and you'll catch most of the above. (Zetz plays at 4 pm.)
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GARDENS & VILLA, fresh from playing the Coachella Festival, are considered the headliners.
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The Eclectic Music Festival is an annual, multi-venue, day-long event that features a diverse lineup of 30 acts on 5 principal stages from across musical genres and geographical areas. There are outdoor stages and more intimate indoor venues throughout the city. The Festival includes an Art Walk featuring open galleries and studios, food trucks and food courts with beer and wine gardens.
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More you can check-out: The Eclectic Stage, adjacent to 1509 Mission St, hosts the 7 pm show by the YUVAL RON ENSEMBLE. On the Gold Line Stage next to the Metro Gold Line Station at Mission at Meridan St, you’ll find: at 2 pm, Pieces of My Heart; 3 pm, Bones Muhroni; 4 pm, Zetz Klezmer Ensemble; Arron Embry also plays there, and at 7 pm, Holland Belle. Brad Colerick plays at 8 pm on the Emerging Artists Stage at BurkeTriolo Studio, 538 Mission St. At 2 pm, you can catch Kat Roemer, and at 6 pm, Kira and the Lesbians. The main shows of interest to folkies are on the Carnegie Library Stage in the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro. At 6 pm it;s Rick Shea, and at 7 pm, John York. All free.
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Past editions of this festival have featured David Lindley, Dave Alvin, Quetzal, Mark Isham, Joe Purdy, Billy Childs, Wahid, The Young Doubliners, Mexika, Stan Ridgway, Chris Hillman, Moira Smiley and VOCO, Terry Bozio and Don Preston, and many others.
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Download the complete 2015 program (PDF) and get more details at:
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Sat, May 2,
FESTIVAL,
in VC (Ojai):
Annual “OJAI STORYTELLING FESTIVAL,” presented by the “Performances to Grow On” concert organization, shifts its Saturday events to the Libbey Bowl, 201 S Signal St, Ojai 93023; 805-646-2094.

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Sat, May 2,
FESTIVAL,
Not music but interesting, in SFV (NoHo):
First-ever “BLASTOFF COMICSFEST!” at one of the Knitting Factory’s two Southern California gastropubs, the Federal Bar in North Hollywood. It’s “an exciting new festival this week, celebrating national ‘Free Comic Book Day’ with the comic creators from Marvel; Dark Horse; Image; IDW Publishing; DC, and more, as they sign comics, giveaway free sketches and meet one-on-one with fans young and old. There will be a beer garden, food stations, live DJ, costumed hero photo ops, and of course, plenty of free comics.

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Sat, May 2,
FESTIVAL,
in OC (Irvine):
8 pm “NEW WORLD FLAMENCO FESTIVAL” is a special themed concert series this weekend at the Irvine Barclay Theatre in Irvine. Tonight, it’s SOLEDAD BARRIO & NOCHE FLAMENCA. At the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr, Irvine 92697; 949-854-4646.

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Ongoing, weekends,
FESTIVAL,
through May 17:
10 am-7 pm “THE ORIGINAL RENAISSANCE PLEASURE FAIRE” runs Saturdays & Sundays from April 4-May 17, 2015 at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale.
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There is wonderful music here. Some we know:
• Jerry Wheeler plays hammered dulcimers, “very casually at the Ren. Faire.”
• Glenn Morgan plays solo on hammered dulcimer, doing “ancient & traditional tunes;” info, www.glennmorgandulcimers.com
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Tickets & Faire info at www.renfair.com/socal


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SATURDAY’S CONCERTS…

Sat, May 2, in SFV (Northridge):
2-5 pm SONGMAKERS’ monthly “NORTHRIDGE SONG CIRCLE.” Info at www.songmakers.org or email NorthCountryHoot@Songmakers.org

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Sat, May 2, in Culver City:
2-2:45 pm HOLY DULCIMER PROJECT with CHERYL HANDEL, LORI YOUNG, KAY DEENEY, & BARBARA GERSHMAN (4 hammered dulcimers), play at Marycrest Manor, 10664 St. James Dr, Culver City 90230; info, Cheryl Handel, cphandel@gmail.com. The ensemble “Shares tunes at this beautiful skilled nursing center.”

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Sat, May 2, in OC (Mission Viejo):
6 pm SONGMAKERS’ monthly “ORANGE COUNTY HOOT” at Orange County in OC at the home of David Borger and Ann Carroll. Info at www.songmakers.org

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Sat, May 2, in Lakewood:
6:30 pm Weekly “BLUEGRASS CONCERT” series at Me N Eds Pizza Parlor, 4115 Paramount Bl., Lakewood 90712; 562-421-8908.

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Sat, May 2, in Santa Monica:
6:30 pm Monthly “SANTA MONICA TRADITIONAL FOLK MUSIC CLUB” session at Sha'Arei Am (Santa Monica Synagogue), 1448 18th St, Santa Monica 90404; 310-453-4276.

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Sat, May 2, in Altadena:
7 pm INCENDIO, that inspiringly fiery and precise trio of guitarists, plays their last local show until August at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; reservations a must to avoid disappointment, at 626-798-6236.

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Sat, May 2, in SFV (Northridge):
SOLD OUT: 7 pm BRUCE MOLSKY plays the Old Time Tiki Parlour House Concert series in Northridge. He does a WORKSHOP here earlier in the day (see the Guide’s “Workshops” listings). Info, davidbragger@gmail.com

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Sat, May 2, in San Diego Co:
7:30 pm JANIS IAN plays the AMSD Concerts series at Laura R. Charles Theater, on the campus of Sweetwater High School, 2900 Highland Av, National City 91950.

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Sat, May 2, in San Diego Co (Encinitas):
7:30 pm BERKLEY HART & EVE SELIS present “TWANG” at the San Diego Folk Heritage concert series, at San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas 92024; 858-566-4040.

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Sat, May 2, in Claremont:
7:30 pm TRACY NEWMAN & THE REINFORCEMENTS play the Gelencser House Concert series in Claremont 91711. Reservations get directions at 909-596-1266 or email singfolk@yahoo.com

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Sat, May 2, in Newhall (Santa Clarita):
7:30 pm THE GRATEFUL DUDES play their weekly bluegrass residency, sometimes with exciting guests sitting-in, at Vincenzo's Pizza, 24500 Lyons Av, Newhall 91350.

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Sat, May 2, in SFV (Northridge):
8 pm NATALIE MacMASTER & DONNELL LEAHY, two acclaimed masters of the fiddle, she with her simultaneous step-dancing(!), play the Valley Performing Arts Center, on the campus of CSUN, 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge 91330; 818-677-3000.

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Sat, May 2, in Culver City:
8 pm BANSHEE IN THE KITCHEN plus ROCKY NECK BLUEGRASS play the concert series at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City 90230; 310-398-2583.
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Sat, May 2, in San Pedro:
8 pm SCOTT HENDERSON TRIO plays Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro 90732; 800-403-3447 for reservations.
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His impressive work over the years as co-leader of the group TRIBAL TECH, leader of his own ground breaking trio, and sideman to some of the best jazz artists of their generation, including the great Joe Zawinul, has elevated him to the front ranks of both jazz and blues. Besides being a world class player and premier composer, Scott's trademark is his beautiful tone and striking ability to blend Blues, Rock, Funk, and Jazz, creating a soulful and unique voice on the guitar. The trio is Scott Henderson on guitar, Travis Carlton on bass, and Alan Hertz on drums.
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Sat, May 2, in SGV (Covina):
8 pm Monthly “OPEN MIC” at the Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina 91723; 626-339-7020. Call ahead if you want to play.

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Sat, May 2, in SFV (Sherman Oaks):
CAFE CORDIALE closes forever following its business day on Sunday. The Guide has listed hundreds of their music events over the years, from the weekly "ACOUSTIC CORDIALE" showcase to many other dinner concerts. This weekend is the last chance to enjoy live music there, and their good cuisine.


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SUNDAY’S FESTIVALS…

Sun May 3,
FESTIVAL,
in Venice:
Noon-10 pm 1st annual "MAY DAY FESTIVAL" with performances by NEW WEST, MATT CARTSONIS, ELLYN & ROBBIE, THE MOJO MONKEYS, and more, at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Bl, Venice.
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It’s billed as “A full day of music, poetry, comedy and a kids stage.” Info, 818-669-0163.

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Sat & Sun, May 3 & 4,
FREE FESTIVAL,
in Sierra Madre:
53rd annual “SIERRA MADRE ART FAIR AND MUSIC FEST” presented by the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library in Memorial Park, Sierra Madre Bl & Hermosa, in downtown Sierra Madre.
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Two stages of music, one very nice, the other quite makeshift but fun, and always a good mix that includes plenty of folk-friendly performances. There are over 75 visual artists, painters, photographers, and sculptors exhibiting and selling their work, plus a plant sale, and a good mix of food vendors.
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Runs 9 am-6 pm Saturday and 9:30 am-5 pm Sunday.

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Sun, May 3,
FESTIVAL,
in VC (Ojai):
Annual “OJAI STORYTELLING FESTIVAL,” presented by the “Performances to Grow On” concert organization, concludes its full weekend run at the Ojai Arts Center, 113 S Montgomery St, Ojai 93023.

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Sun, May 3,
FESTIVAL,
in OC (Irvine):
4 pm “NEW WORLD FLAMENCO FESTIVAL” is a special themed concert series this weekend at the Irvine Barclay Theatre in Irvine. It concludes today with DIEGO EL CIGALA. At the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr, Irvine 92697; 949-854-4646.

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Ongoing, weekends,
FESTIVAL,
through May 17:
10 am-7 pm “THE ORIGINAL RENAISSANCE PLEASURE FAIRE” runs Saturdays & Sundays from April 4-May 17, 2015 at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale.
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There is wonderful music here. Some we know:
• Jerry Wheeler plays hammered dulcimers, “very casually at the Ren. Faire.”
• Glenn Morgan plays solo on hammered dulcimer, doing “ancient & traditional tunes;” info, www.glennmorgandulcimers.com
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Tickets & Faire info at www.renfair.com/socal


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SUNDAY’S CONCERTS…

Sun, May 3, in Hollywood:
8 am-1 pm THE FAIR MARKET BAND plays acoustic strings every Sunday free at the Hollywood Farmers Market, Ivar Av. & Selma Av, Hollywood 90028.
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Sun, May 3, in Burbank:
11 am-2 pm Monthly “OLD-TIME MUSIC JAM” at Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, next to the L.A. Equestrian Center in Burbank 91506; 818-515-4444.

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Sun, May 3, in the Nat’l Forest, above Arcadia:
Noon-5 pm “MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS” summer series with performances by SANDY ROSS, WUMBLOOZO, and STEVEN BEJARANO, at Adams’ Pack Station, near the end of Chantry Flat Rd; take Santa Anita Av N from the 210 Fwy, and keep going into the mountains. When you get to the gate, tell them you’re there for the music at the pack station. Yes, they have food, usually a BBQ. Info, 626-447-7356.
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The Caltech Folk Music Society says, “For a concert series with real atmosphere (mountains, mules, burros, horses, and hiking), check out the schedule for the Adams' Pack Station in Chantry Flats, above Arcadia in the San Gabriel Mountains at http://adamspackstation.com/home/music.”

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Sun, May 3, in West SFV (Canoga Park):
Noon-3 pm Monthly “BLUEGRASS JAM” in the nice concert hall at Guitar Merchant, 7305 Topanga Bl, Canoga Park 818-884-5905.

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Sun, May 3, in Downey:
1 pm “MUSIC BENEFIT FOR RUSS LEWARK” in his battle against Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) with performances by the DENNIS ROGER REED BAND, FOSSILTONES (MICHAEL R. GARDNER & JEFF NEWELL), and more, at the Epic Lounge, 8239 2nd St, Downey 90241; 323-841-0194.
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Russ has played in a lot of bands, hosted a lot of jams, and is a fun guy to be around. He played live on “Tied on the Tracks” on the radio, and he’s performed raucous acoustic stringband music at some cool venues, like botanical gardens.
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Sun, May 3, in Torrance:
1-3 pm Monthly “BLUEGRASS JAM” at El Camino College, 16007 Crenshaw Bl, Torrance 90506.

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Sun, May 3, in Altadena:
3 pm STORY CHICKS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; reservations, 626-798-6236.
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STORY CHICKS is the storytelling duo of CE Jordan and Terri Martin Lujan, who present another chapter in the saga of “girls at serious play in rural 1950s and ’60s America.” Their newest show, “Natural Disasters: An Ode to Boo-Boos” will debut at The Coffee Gallery Backstage.
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They tell us, “This rollicking new show is a collection of true tales about the trouble we get into, the aches and pains we suffer, simply by being a kid. It is an affectionate look at neighbors, siblings, cousins, Blue Birds, and the numerous scrapes, bruises and busted heads we all get when we play for keeps. These gals find humor and tenderness is almost any kid’s tale, and they stage their epics in ways to delight the eye and tug at the heartstrings (with a wince or two here and there).”
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Both CE (from California) and Terri (from Texas) have backgrounds in dance, theatre, design, writing and teaching. Their collective energy and talent bring audiences back for more of their new and amazing true tales. Other full-length Story Chicks productions are “A Tale of Two Cowgirls: Texas to California,” and “Food For Thought: a delectable journey down memory lane.”
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“With ‘Natural Disasters,’” they tell us, “it wasn’t just TV moms that did housework in their heels and full skirts. Anyone would remember riding your bike or kicking the heck out of a kick ball while skidding on asphalt…in a petticoat-stuffed dress and hard-soled shoes!? Get ready for the folly of fads fifties style and other harrowing tales.”
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Tix, $15.

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Sun, May 3, in downtown L.A.:
3-5:30 pm Weekly “IRISH SESSION” is a structured jam at the Wilde Thistle, 3456 Motor Av, L.A.; 310-730-6208.

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Sun, May 3, in Santa Barbara:
4 pm HONEYSUCKLE POSSUMS play a house concert and potluck in “Lisa's backyard.” Potluck at 4 pm, music at 5 pm. (Google to find it; they didn’t tell us enough.)
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The HONEYSUCKLE POSSUMS are a delightful all-women acoustic stringband from Santa Barbara. They tell us, “Bring a dish to share, and your favorite lawn chair or blanket. LIttle Possums are free. This will be a fun party. We will be raffling off some Parkfield Bluegrass Festival tickets too, so if you'd like to go to Parkfield, be prepared!”
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Advance tix $12 (plus small processing fee) or $15 at the door.

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Sun, May 3, in San Pedro:
4 pm VIO FONIK - HARRY SCORZO plays Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro 90732; 800-403-3447 for reservations.
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Vio-fonik is a string trio consisting of two violins, and cello, and features Scorzo’s writing and improvising. Harry is joined by Jennifer Walton (violin), Alan Mautner (cello), both fine classical instrumentalists and respected educators. Vio-fonik’s repertoire borrows from the harmonic and contrapuntal textures of the mid and late 20th century, and also from mainstream jazz, afro-cuban music, and popular music of the later 20th century. They have been said to sound like “Stravinsky on vacation”. Scorzo’s playing can be heard in the recordings of “Bongo Logic” and “The L.A. Salsa Society”, as well as in the motion picture soundtracks to “Envy”, “Rushmore”, “Welcome To Collinwood”, and “You Kill Me”. His playing is featured in many television programs and commercials, including AMC’s “Mad Men”, and HBO’s upcoming series “Enlightened”.
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Tix, $20.

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Sun, May 3, in Long Beach:
4-7 pm Weekly “TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION” is a structured jam at the Auld Dubliner, 71 S Pine Av, Long Beach 90802; 562-437-8300.

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Sun, May 3, in Echo Park (L.A.):
5:30-9 pm “THE GRAND OLE ECHO” roots / Americana series has resumed its FREE weekly spring-through-fall run, with performances this time by MIPSO, EDDIE BERMAN, BROTHER GRAND, and BURNING HEART BLUEGRASS, at the Echo, 1822 Sunset Bl (where Glendale Bl crosses-under), Echo Park 90026; 213-413-8200.
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Sun, May 3, in T.O.:
6-9 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, May 3, in Hermosa Beach:
7 pm “WAGMAN PRESENTS KJAZZ INDIE BLUES NIGHTS” at St. Rocke in Hermosa Beach. It’s a BLUES SERIES tonight featuring the RESTLESS BLUES BAND, GUITAR JACK WARGO, and BARRY LEVENSON.
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Sun, May 3, in SFV (Northridge):
7 pm BRUCE MOLSKY plays the Old Time Tiki Parlour House Concert series in Northridge. Reservations get directions from davidbragger@gmail.com

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Sun, May 3, in San Diego Co (Clairemont Mesa):
7-9 pm Twice-monthly “SAN DIEGO OLD TIME FIDDLERS JAM” (first & third Sundays) at the Boll Weevil Restaurant, 9330 Clairemont Mesa Bl, San Diego; 858- 571-6225.

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Sun, May 3, in Santa Barbara Co (Carpinteria):
7:30 pm CHRIS HILLMAN & HERB PEDERSEN plus THE AGAPE TRIO play the Santa Barbara Music Foundation concert series at the Plaza Playhouse Theater, 4916 Carpinteria Av, Carpinteria 93013; 805-684-6380.

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Sun, May 3, in Altadena:
7:30 pm TIM WEISBERG returns to the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; reservations, 626-798-6236.
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This is one of the only intimate venues anywhere that you can hear this guy. Too “jazz” for some folky tastes, he is a master of music. Just remember that his album with the late DAN FOGELBERG, “Twin Sons of Different Mothers,” was certified Platinum by RIAA.
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Sun, May 3, in Culver City:
7:30-11 pm FAY ROBERTS & ORQUESTRA CHARANGOA play the Culver Hotel, 9400 Culver Bl, Culver City 90232; 310-558-9400
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Venue offers fine dining and specialty drinks. Music is on the outside patio. Free entry, donations for the musicians are encouraged. Venue has a splendid 1924 hotel lobby, and is the “Infamous Home of Munchkin Debauchery,” a title it earned in 1939 when the Munchkins were filming a certain movie with Judy Garland in the nearby movie studio.

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Sun, May 3, in Santa Monica:
7:30-11 pm Weekly “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” is a structured jam at O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 2226 Wilshire Bl, Santa Monica 90403; 310-829-5303 or email for details, obrienswilshire@aol.com. Note: this is one of TWO locations.

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Sun, May 3, in SFV (Sherman Oaks):
CAFE CORDIALE closes forever following its business day on Sunday. The Guide has listed hundreds of their music events over the years, from the weekly "ACOUSTIC CORDIALE" showcase to many other dinner concerts. It’s the last chance to enjoy live music there, and their good cuisine.

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Sun, May 3, in Santa Monica:
9 pm KEN O'MALLEY plays his weekly residency at O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 2941 Main St, Santa Monica 90405. Note: this is one of TWO locations.


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5) TICKET ALERTS

• Tickets going on-sale TODAY, Friday, May 1st, for upcoming events.
• NEXT weekend’s festivals, so you can plan.
• TOPANGA BANJO•FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL (May 17).
• Other concerts & festivals coming up, some SOON, many with advance discounts, others that’ll sell-out quickly.

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STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES play June 18 at the El Rey Theatre in L.A.; doors at 7 pm. Tix, $45, on sale Fri, May 1, at 10 am at the usual places.

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9th annual "AMERICAN RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL" just announced its lineup, and offers discounted early bird tickets beginning Fri, May 1. The Festival is Sep 18-21, 2015, in Coloma (Northern Cal). Full info, www.americanrivermusic.org/festival.php

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May 21, in L.A.:
7:30 pm IBRAHIM MAALOUF plays Theatre Raymond Kabbaz in L.A.
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From Sting, via Disiz la Peste, Mathieu Chedid, Amadou & Mariam and Vanessa Paradis, trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf has long been one of the most sought-after musicians to accompany famous artists in a wide variety of styles, not only in the studios but also on stage.
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“To mark the 40th anniversary of the loss of Arabic diva Umm Kulthum (Oum Kalthoum), I had a strong desire to cover one of her most successful songs, ‘Alf Leila wa Leila’ (One Thousand and One Nights), undoubtedly her greatest hit, is far more popular and richer in folklore. This piece is [an] all-time classic that is celebrated across the Arab world, and yet it remains virtually unknown in the rest of the world. So this was an opportunity for me to present this symphonic masterpiece which celebrate the voice of the Arab world’s most popular singer.” - IBRAHIM MAALOUF.
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Performing with Frank Woeste (piano), Mark Turner (saxophone), Ira Coleman (bass) and Clarence Penn (drums).
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Tix sales begin Fri, May 1, at 10 am, at:
https://www.vendini.com/ticketLine/ITL/?m=241d6077b39728479d58e072170e1c6f&t=tix&theme=mobile

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May 7-10,
FESTIVAL,
in Parkfield:
Annual “Parkfield Blugrass Festival” in Central California, returning as always for Mother's Day Weekend with a bunch of amazing musicians. Parkfield is east of Paso Robles and about 3 hours north of Santa Barbara. The HONEYSUCKLE POSSUMS will be playing music on the main stage and doing various workshops for the kids, ukulele, harmony, and strumsticks.
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Info, with lineups and schedules: www.parkfieldbluegrass.org
Tix, www.parkfieldbluegrass.org/online-ticketing/

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Thu-Sun, May 7-10,
FESTIVAL,
in San Diego:
14th Annual “GATOR BY THE BAY,” Southern California’s largest Cajun-blues-zydeco and crawfish festival, is a big deal with 85+ performances and 10,000 pounds of crawfish.
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Thursday, 6-10 pm, the opening night headliner is BeauSoleil avec Micheal Doucet.
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Friday, 3:30-10:30 pm, includes “Gator By Night - Bourbon Street Supper Club" with zydeco, blues & swing on three stages.
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Saturday, 10:30 am-8:30 pm, and Sunday, 10:30 am-7:30 pm, is the full festival, “A zesty gumbo of music, food, and joie de vivre with 85+ performances, dance lessons, activities for kids, Cajun cooking demos and Southern culinary delights, including 10,000 pounds of fresh, live crawfish straight from Louisiana.”
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Ticket options include single day tix, 3 & 4 day festival passes, and Saturday Night Dance tickets. Schedules, tix, and full info, at:
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TOPANGA BANJO•FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL, May 17
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Sun, May 17,
FESTIVAL,
in Agoura Hills:
9 am-6 pm 55th annual “TOPANGA BANJO•FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL” at Paramount Ranch, the historic old western town movie set run by the National Park Service, at 2903 Cornell Rd, Agoura Hills 91301; info, 818-382-4819; www.topangabanjofiddle.org.
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This year brings a very special honor...
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LAWRENCE WINES, the Guide's founding editor, will receive the "MUSIC LEGEND" award in a Main Stage ceremony. Info on the award and the honoree, at:
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http://www.topangabanjofiddle.org/legend_award.html
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The Festival’s performances, contests, food, etc...
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There are multiple stages that all vie for your attention. This year brings performances by T-SISTERS, MOLLY’S REVENGE, DUSTBOWL REVIVAL, BLUEGRASS HOPPERS, HOLLOW TREES, SCOTTISH FIDDLERS, REBECCA LOMNICKY & DAVID BREWER, ROSS ALTMAN, MIKE MAHANEY’S COWBOY CORRAL, ROCKY NECK BLUEGRASS, and many more, plus the instrument, band, and vocal contests, AND the “Music Legend” award presentation(!)
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THE MAIN STAGE: Over 100 instrumental and singing contestants, plus performances by The T Sisters, Molly’s Revenge, Dustbowl Revival and the Bluegrass Hoppers.
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DANCE BARN: Band Playoffs, Clogging, Ceilidh, Square and Contra Dancing - with all live music by Bees Knees, and others.
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PAVILION STAGE: Beginning Instrument Competitions, Best of the L.A. Old-Time Social, Rockyneck Bluegrass and Mike Mahaney’s Cowboy Music & Poetry.
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RAILROAD STAGE: Traditional Singing Playoffs, Fiddle Playoffs and other artists TBA.
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EUCALYPTUS GROVE: this year brings new, expanded programs in the grove. Besides the long-running Kid’s Programs and youth-oriented music, there will be organized jams and sing-alongs, beginning at 11 am with The Hollow Trees, the Scottish Fiddlers of L.A., and more.
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Also returning: the ever-popular Arts & Crafts for young children.
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This year brings a new Clogging Workshop.
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JAM WITH YOUR FRIENDS: On Western movie sets and mountain locations - banjos, fiddles, guitars, basses, mandolins, whatever - bring your instruments and play along with other jamming musicians.
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FOLK ART BOOTHS AND VENDOR WARES: Weaving, ceramics, metal craft, leather craft, jewelry, needlework, painting, instruments, straw hats, and more.
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NATIONAL PARK SERVICE ACTIVITIES: Environmental and public service booths provide information and displays of national, state, and local parks, hiking trails, volunteer organizations, environmental groups and native plants. Come see ”L.A.’s National Park!“
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TICKETS: Advanced tickets available on the TBFC site at a DISCOUNT. Tickets also available at the gate on the day of the event. Online ticket prices are deeply discounted, $15 for ages 18-64, $10 for ages 10-17 or over age 65. No charge for children under 10. At the gate, tix are $20 adults, $15 kids and seniors.
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FOOD: you can bring your own picnic, or buy from vendors on site (there's always good food at this festival).
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PARKING: FREE parking for everyone, plus a HANDICAPPED parking lot for those who need it, and shuttle bus service from the parking lots to the main gate. (If you drive your motor home, note that no generators are allowed in the parking area.)
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DIRECTIONS: Take the (101) Ventura Freeway to Kanan Road offramp in Agoura Hills, California. Head south towards the ocean 1/4 mile to Cornell Rd. Turn left on Cornell Rd and continue 2 1/2 miles to the entrance of Paramount Ranch. Signs are posted along the way. There's a "Maps and Directions" page on the TBFC website with more information.
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CAMPING: Paramount Ranch has no camping facilities. However, Malibu Creek State Park has overnight camping in Malibu Canyon. Reserve sites at 818-880-0365.
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Sponsored by the non-profit Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival, Inc. in cooperation with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park Service.
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Discount tix and full info at:
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All coming up, some SOON, many with advance discounts, others that’ll sell-out quickly.

Thu-Sat, May 14-16,
FESTIVAL,
in L.A.:
"10th Ever LOS ANGELES OLD TIME SOCIAL" is Southern California's trademark event for old-time music (essentially, that's pre-bluegrass stringband and vocal music, and it tends to be raucous, danceable, and a whole lot of fun). The event brings evening concerts and dances and a full day on Saturday with workshops and other events.
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Thursday, May 14, at 8 pm, the OLD TIME SOCIAL has a night of music and dancing with Tom Sauber and Tom Carter, Sausage Grinder, and Mr. Joe Fontenot, for the weekly “Honky Tonk Hacienda” series at El Cid Restaurant, 4212 W Sunset Bl, Los Angeles 90029; 323-668-0318.
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Friday, May 15, at 8 pm, the OLD TIME SOCIAL moves for its concert, bringing the Happy Neighbor Club, The Gallus Brothers, Beverly Smith & John Grimm, and Riley Baugus, Sabra Guzman & The Stuart Brothers, for the big show at the Velaslavasay Panorama, 1122 W 24th St, Los Angeles 90007.
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Saturday, beginning at 11 am, events move to the American Legion Hall Post #206, 227 N Avenue 55, Highland Park 90042. Workshops include: Fiddle/Banjo Duets with Travis and Trevor Stuart, OldTime Guitar with Beverly Smith, Early Italian Mandolin/Guitar with Paul Rangell, OldTime Fiddle and Bowing with David Bragger, Buck Dancing with Ruth Alpert and Rebecca Stout, Appalachian Flatfoot Dancing with Charmaine Slaven, Square Dance Calling with Susan Michaels and Charmaine Slaven, Banjo and Fiddle—Lucas Hicks & Devin Champlin, Harmony Singing with Sabra Guzman and Kelly Marie Martin.
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The OLD TIME SOCIAL has become THE KICKOFF event for the annual TOPANGA BANJO FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL on Sunday (May 17), giving you two nights and two full days of delightful music in Southern California.

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Sat & Sun, May 16 & 17,
FESTIVAL, in OC (Dana Point):
Annual “DOHENY BLUES FESTIVAL” with performances by Bonnie Raitt, Paul Rodgers, Boz Scaggs, Beth Hart, The Mavericks, Dave & Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones, and many more, at Doheny State Beach, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point 92629.

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Sat & Sun, May 23-24,
FESTIVAL,
in VC (Simi Valley):
26th annual “SIMI VALLEY CAJUN, BLUES MUSIC FESTIVAL” in Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, 5005 E Los Angeles Av, Simi Valley 93063; www.simicajun.org
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There are two stages, each with a full arena sound package, each with a portable wood dance floor, plus great food vendors and plenty of Louisiana bayou culture. This well-run festival benefits a long list of local charities.
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The Guide will bring you a feature story on the Simi event in the next few days.

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All coming up, some SOON, many with advance discounts, others that’ll sell-out quickly.

NOTE: UNUSUAL TIME. GREAT SHOW:

Fri, May 8, in Altadena:
3 pm National Fiddle Champion AARUN CARTER and American roots artist JONATHAN TRAWICK play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; info, www.coffeegallery.com/showsat.htm; reservations (only available by phone), 626-798-6236.
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Just last year, National Fiddle Champion Aarun Carter and roots artist Jonathan Trawick recorded “Deep End Sessions, Vol. 1,” highlighting their early American fiddle and guitar sound. The album was voted #5 in “Top Ten Albums of 2014” by Northwest Music Scene. Now they return, bringing sounds of early American culture, western swing, Ozark square dance music, hot Texas fiddling, folk music in overdrive, and tales from the road, to the delightfully intimate Coffee Gallery Backstage.
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Check-out this video from their appearance on the nationally syndicated radio program, “The Spud Goodman Show” ~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dBube6qPFg
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Tix, $15. And despite the time of day on a Friday, don’t dawdle calling for a reservation.

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Sat, May 9, in Pasadena:
8 pm RUNA, the great Celtic band, plays the Pasadena Folk Music Society series in “Little Beckman” on the Caltech campus in Pasadena. Park at the end of Michigan Av, S off Del Mar, and walk, following the signs.
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This may sell-out, so get your tix early.
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RUNA is a quintet of very fine musicians from Ireland, the United States, and Canada. Their main singer, Shannon Lambert-Ryan, plays bodhrán and is a very engaging performer with an outstanding voice. Her husband, Fionán de Barra, is an excellent guitarist from Dublin who comes from a musical family. His brother, Cormac, performed at Caltech with Moya Brennan a few years ago. David Curley is a talented multi-instrumentalist (guitar, banjo, mandolin, and bodhrán, among other instruments) from Galway, Ireland, who also sings and step dances along with Shannon. Cheryl Prashker is a versitile percussionist from Montreal who has toured the world and is fun to watch as she tastefully punctuates their music. Their newest member, fiddler Maggie Estes White, is from Kentucky, and though she was steeped in the world of bluegrass, she shows her great flexibilty playing Celtic music.
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Hear RUNA's beautiful version of Gerry O'Beirne's “Holy Ground” at
www.youtube.com/watch? v=GVvxR43hcWQ&list=RDGVvxR43hcWQ
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Get an idea of their many sides in two minutes at
www.youtube.com/watch?v=okSk9HRNMwY.
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You might also try their version of Claudine Langille's “Jealousy” at
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7B5cNh1GCkg.
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Tickets for the show are $20 for adults and $5 for Caltech students and children. Order them at the Caltech Ticket Office, 9 am-4 pm, Monday through Friday at 626-395-4652 or in person (no service charge) at Winnett Student Center on campus.
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You can buy tickets online for this show, as well as their upcoming shows, including the Saturday, May 30 concert with BRYAN BOWERS, great autoharp player and storyteller ($15/$5), and the Saturday, June 13 bluegrass and mountain folk music of SUSIE GLAZE & THE HILONESOME BAND ($15/$5), all at:
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Sat, May 9, in Santa Monica:
8 pm PERLA BATALLA plays The Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St, Santa Monica 90401; www.thebroadstage.com
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Grammy-nominated Perla "Sings for Everybody and their Mother," performing with The Dave Palmer Trio. Direct from her recent European concert tour, Santa Monica native Perla Batalla returns to The Edye for an intimate evening of "Cohen, Classics, and Canciones Romanticas." The Grammy-nominated singer, described by Songtalk Magazine as "an astonishingly rich contralto capable of stratospheric arches of un-adulterated emotion", will wrap her soulful voice around songs that celebrate the redemptive powers of the loving heart, in honor of mothers everywhere.

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The ACOUSTIC AMERICANA MUSIC GUIDE endeavors to bring you NEWS and views of interest to artists everywhere, more specifically to musicians and the creative community, and music makers and fans of acoustic and Folk-Americana music, both traditional and innovative. We provide a wealth of resources, including a HUGE catalog of acoustic-friendly venues, and schedules of performances in Southern California venues large and small. We cover workshops and other events for artists and folks in the music industry, and all kids o’ things in the world of acoustic and Americana and accessible classical music. From washtub bass to musical spoons to oboe to viola to banjo to squeezebox, from Djangostyle to new-fangled-old-time string band music, from sweet Cajun fiddle to pre-bluegrass Appalachian mountain music to proto blues.
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The Acoustic Americana Music Guide. Thanks for sittin' a spell.
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