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Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday, May 8th, plus this weekend’s FESTIVALS, some news, history, ticket alerts, & more

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Here’s your Friday, May 8th (and this weekend’s FESTIVALS). Included are tonight’s events, some NEWS, today in history, some ticket alerts, and a bit more.

We’ll be along later with ALL THE WEEKEND MUSIC EVENTS. This edition covers things TONIGHT, with an extended look at SOME of what’s ahead – we’ll be back with the Mother’s Day stuff and more.

TICKET ALERTS are here for some key upcoming events – including things that sell-out quickly. We add to that frequently, so check back every day or so.

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Guide to this edition…

1) NEWS Quickies

2) TODAY IN HISTORY

3) TONIGHT’S MUSIC & EVENTS
including Music on TV tonight, Festivals that start early for the weekend (or are only tonight), tonight’s Concerts, Arts Events, etc.

4) TICKET ALERTS…
• FESTIVALS this weekend (with NEW ADDITIONS)
• TOPANGA BANJO•FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL (May 17).
• Concerts & festivals coming up, some with advance discounts, others that’ll just sell-out.

Viva la musica!


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1) NEWS QUICKIES…

BATTLESHIP IOWA OFFERS LIVE MUSIC & SPECIAL TOUR, THIS SATURDAY ONLY

May 9 brings “Music Under the Guns” with River Heights Jazz Band aboard USS Iowa.

Separately, there’s a special “Curator's Tour” of USS Iowa, the WW II battleship that now calls L.A. home. You can join Battleship IOWA's Curator Dave Way for an in-depth look at the Battleship IOWA. This four-and-a-half-hour tour includes a one-hour history presentation, a 1-1/2 hour guided tour to decks that are off limits to the general public, a behind the scenes presentation, a Q&A session, souvenir photo, and a boxed lunch. Designed for adults 18 and over. This tour requires guests to climb multiple levels of ladders/stairs. Discounts are not available for this tour, and it does not access the Engine Room. Package is limited to 20 Guests.

Info on either event at www.LABattleship.com


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2) TODAY IN HISTORY

May 8th, seventy years ago today ...

VE DAY ! – Victory in Europe. The end of World War II brought peace to all of Europe with the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany to Allied forces. The last of the infamous concentration camps were liberated. No more bombs would fall from the sky. No more civilians would be abducted and murdered for hiding Jews. No more 12, 13, & 14 year-old German youths would be put in baggy uniforms and handed weapons to counterattack advancing troops. No more people would see their loved ones killed and their homes destroyed. No more soldiers would shoot each other. It was the cause of great jubilation for most of the planet. But the Imperial Japanese were yet to be defeated in the Pacific.


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3) TONIGHT’S MUSIC & EVENTS

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Friday, May 8
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Music on TV TONIGHT, then Festivals that start early for the weekend (or are only tonight), followed by tonight’s Concerts, Arts Events, etc.

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MUSIC ON TV tonight
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All on KLCS, L.A.’s NPR affiliate that has long been friendly to roots-americana music:

8-8:30 pm “SUN STUDIO SESSIONS” brings its Season 6 (2015) finale with singer-songwriter PAUL THORN.

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8:30-9 pm “BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND” re-airs a 2014 episode with LUCINDA WILLIAMS.

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9-10 pm “AUSTIN CITY LIMITS” re-airs its 2014 Season 40 premiere episode with BECK.

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10-11 pm “FRONT & CENTER” airs a 2015 edition titled “BOB DiPIERO FEATURING BRANDY CLARK” with Songwriters Hall of Famer DiPiero and 2014 CMA Songwriters of the Year Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally, with singer-songwriter Charlie Worsham.



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FESTIVALS TODAY / TONIGHT…
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Thu-Sun, 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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Parkfield is east of Paso Robles and about 3 hours north of Santa Barbara.
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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, with headliners BEAUSOLEIL AVEC MICHAEL DOUCET, BRIAN JACK, THE PINE LEAF BOYS, CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS, and many more, at Spanish Landing Park, North Harbor Dr, San Diego 92101.
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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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www.gatorbythebay.com

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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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Fri, May 8,
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, etc.
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***First up, NOTE this one: 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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Fri, May 8, in Idyllwild:
6:30-9:30 pm DENNIS ROGER REED and his group, LOS TRES AMIGOS with Lenny Hansell, Don and Dennis Reed, play the Idyll Awhile Wine Shoppe Bistro, 54245 N Circle Dr, Unit C-8, Idyllwild; 814-360-7379. Venue offers wine, cheese, food, beer.

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Fri, May 8, in Pasadena:
7 pm “THOMAS MERTON’S CENTENNIAL” Celebrated in Jazz in Sweetland Hall at All Saints Pasadena
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It’s a special celebration of the 100th anniversary of Thomas Merton’s birth, with arrangements of Merton’s poetry by stellar jazz musicians, created and performed by OPEN GATE, featuring Dwight Trible on vocals. Open Gate is dedicated to opening the gates between music, dance, and drama; between cultures; between the unconscious and the conscious; between emotion, mind, and spirit. It’s “both an ensemble and a creative collective, combining image with sound, voice with movement, poetics with light.” Ed Bacon offers a meditation. Free parking; a free-will offering will be accepted. Childcare can be requested by calling 626-583-2781 at least 24 hours in advance.
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Info, Melissa Hayes, 626-583-2725.

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Fri, May 8,
FILM SCREENING,
in San Pedro:
7:30 pm “BOB DYLAN: DON’T LOOK BACK” (1967) screens in the “Reel Rock Films” series at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731; 310-833-4813.
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The film is an intimate glimpse of Dylan's 1965 tour of the UK. There’s an after-Film reception at Post-Future Art, featuring iconic rock images by John Van Hamersveld.

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Fri, May 8, in San Pedro:
7:30-10:30 pm ANDY & RENEE, still reveling in the success of their 25th annual DYLANFEST last weekend, play Ports 'o Call Restaurant, 1200 Nagoya Way, San Pedro.

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Fri, May 8, in Venice:
7:30 pm ASHLEY MAHER with FEDERICO RAMOS at WitzEnd, 1717 Lincoln Bl, Venice.

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Thu, Fri, May 8, in Griffith Park:
“BACH, ROCK & SHAKESPEARE 12,” the twelfth annual edition, at the Greek Theatre. Presented by and as a benefit for Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

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Fri, May 8, in Santa Monica:
8 pm BEAUSOLEIL AVEC MICHAEL DOUCET, the Grammy-winning Cajun band, is in Southern Cal for the huge festival in San Diego. Tonight, they journey north to play the legendary McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497.

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Fri, May 8, in Culver City:
8 pm MIPSO plays a bluegrass concert at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City 90230; 310-398-2583.

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Fri, May 8, in Altadena:
8 pm THE TIZER TRIO plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av., Altadena 92675; reservations, 626-798-6236.
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Bob Stane's comments after seeing them at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in February. Absolutely excellent jazz. Standing ovations during the songs. Crowd loved them. And the crowd went wild ! Oh, Bob. The drummer was on a Grammy CD. Magnificent musicians and an entertaining show with personal patter. Insist the audience come. Back Bob Up. THE TIZER TRIO.... 2011 ‘Jazz Group of the Year’ nominee Tizer Trio made their debut appearance on February 7 at The Coffee Gallery Backstage. This acclaimed world, jazz, fusion powerhouse group features an all-star lineup of musicians. Led by pianist, keyboardist, composer and former ‘Best New Jazz Artist’ nominee, Lao Tizer (Down To The Bone, Special EFX), the trio also features bass legend, Ric Fierabracci (Chick Corea, Yanni, Billy Cobham) and 2x Grammy winning Cuban drum phenom, Raul Pineda (Chucho Valdes, Michel Camilo, Juan Gabriel). TIZER has been proclaimed “A Torchbearer for a new generation of Contemporary Jazz” and has appeared on many premier venues throughout the world including; Levitt Pavilion Pasadena, Pasadena Jazz Fest, Playboy Jazz, Spaghettini Jazz Club, Dubai Jazz Fest, Martinique Jazz Fest, Jarasum International Jazz Fest - S Korea and Newport Beach Jazz Fest to name a few. Tizer Trio will bring their unique blend of original, high-energy jazz to this wonderfully intimate venue for a memorable evening of live jazz not to be missed!”
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Tix, $20.

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Fri, May 8, in San Pedro:
8 pm FRANK UNZUETA'S JAZZ TRIO plays Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th Street, San Pedro, CA 90732; 800-403-3447 for reservations.
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Complimentary coffee, tea, hot cocoa and "Alvas" bottled water are provided. Bring your own food & drinks.
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Tix: $25.

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Fri, May 8, in L.A.:
8 pm “FRIDAY ACOUSTIC MUSIC SERIES” at 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 8, 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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4) TICKET ALERTS…
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• FESTIVALS this coming weekend

• TOPANGA BANJO•FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL (May 17)

• FESTIVALS coming up, some with advance discounts, others that’ll just sell-out

• CONCERTS, etc., coming up, some with advance discounts, others that’ll just sell-out


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FESTIVALS THIS WEEKEND…
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Sat, May 9,
FESTIVAL,
in Bakersfield:
Annual “MUDBUG FESTIVAL” brings Cajun and zydeco to Bakersfield, for all those who can’t get to the giant festival in San Diego. Performers include BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO. Festival is at 9500 Brimhall Rd, #100, Bakersfield 93312; 661-831-1413. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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Sat, May 9,
FESTIVAL,
at Lake Tahoe:
Annual “CABO WABO FESTIVAL” at multiple venues at Lake Tahoe. ANDRE THIERRY performs Cajun music at the cantina in Harvey's Lake Tahoe at 10 pm, after Andre joins SAMMY HAGAR during his set at Harrah's earlier in the evening. In Stateline, NV.
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More at www.andrethierry.com

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Thu-Sun, 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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Parkfield is east of Paso Robles and about 3 hours north of Santa Barbara.
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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, with headliners BEAUSOLEIL AVEC MICHAEL DOUCET, BRIAN JACK, THE PINE LEAF BOYS, CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS, and many more, at Spanish Landing Park, North Harbor Dr, San Diego 92101.
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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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Laissez les bons temps rouler!
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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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www.gatorbythebay.com


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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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www.topangabanjofiddle.org

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MORE UPCOMING FESTIVALS
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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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Sep 18-21,
FESTIVAL,
in Coloma (Northern Cal):
9th annual "AMERICAN RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL" announced its lineup and began offering discounted early bird tickets on May 1. Full info, www.americanrivermusic.org/festival.php


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

LILA DOWNS plays the Hollywood Pantages on September 19. Password-presale tix became available Thu, May 7, 10 am-10 pm. Password: BALAS at
http://m.ticketmaster.com/venue/90160

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Sat, May 9, in Burbank:
7 pm "RONNIE MACK’S 75th BIRTHDAY SALUTE TO RICKY NELSON," with performances by JAMES INTVELD, ROSIE FLORES, ANNIE CHELSEA, BILLY VERA, SKIP HELLER, & more.
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Annie Chelsea says, "What’s your favorite Ricky Nelson song? You’re gonna hear it, I guarantee!"
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Pickwick Garden's Pavillion Showroom 1001 W Riverside Dr, Burbank. Doors at 6:30, Music at 7 pm. Admission fee $12. All ages okay, Full bar. Free parking

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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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http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase? orgid=43949&schedule=list
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Plenty of info on the series at http://folkmusic.caltech.edu and http://pasadenafolkmusicsociety.org.

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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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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 began Fri, May 1, at 10 am, at:
https://www.vendini.com/ticketLine/ITL/?m=241d6077b39728479d58e072170e1c6f&t=tix&theme=mobile

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

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