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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Major Honors for the Guide’s Founding Editor, and this weekend’s Big FESTIVALS

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Sure, there’s a lot going on out there. But sometimes you just need to celebrate when one of your own makes good.

Of course, you can still see Tuesday’s edition for the write-ups on THREE new CDs and a new book that all hit the streets that day.

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Guide to this edition…

1) 2015 “MUSIC LEGEND” AWARD: AND THE WINNER IS…
• The Guide’s editor, LAWRENCE WINES, 2015 “MUSIC LEGEND” AWARD DESIGNEE!

2) FESTIVALS THIS COMING WEEKEND (Starting Tonight!)
• "10th Ever LOS ANGELES OLD TIME SOCIAL" (May 14-16).
• TOPANGA BANJO•FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL (May 17).
• “DOHENY BLUES FESTIVAL” (May 16 & 17)
• “THE ORIGINAL RENAISSANCE PLEASURE FAIRE” (Sat & Sun, through May 17).

3) TICKET ALERTS…
• NEWLY ON SALE THIS WEEK.
• More FESTIVALS – some of what’s coming after this weekend, some with advance discounts.
• CONCERTS & arts events coming up, some with advance discounts, others that’ll just sell-out.


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1) 2015 “MUSIC LEGEND” AWARD ~ AND THE WINNER IS…
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• The Guide’s editor, LAWRENCE WINES, the 2015 “MUSIC LEGEND” AWARD DESIGNEE!

Everyone associated with the Acoustic Americana Music Guide adds our congratulations to all those already received by email, and to those that will come at the award presentation. We hope you will join us THIS SUNDAY, May 17, at the Topanga Banjo•Contest & Folk Festival at the historic Paramount Ranch (home of countless western movies), operated by the National Park Service, in Agoura Hills, California. (Festival links and details follow in this edition’s next next section.)

Here’s the nice biography, from the TBFC organization’s website, that accompanies the honor and Sunday’s presentation:

LAWRENCE WINES is a longtime photojournalist, consultant to artists and the music industry, and events producer. His "Acoustic Americana Music Guide" has actively promoted thousands of individual artists, bands, tours, and festivals, including Topanga, throughout California and beyond for over 12 years. Reporting “inside music” news, it’s even a "go-to" source for other journalists.

He’s acclaimed for teaching artists how to have successful experiences with the media, a key to getting traction.

He created and hosted the weekly 4-hour broadcast/simulcast radio show "Tied to the Tracks," a multiple-award winner honored among the "Best of L.A.” winners in Los Angeles magazine. Its live interviews, performances and on-air music collaborations featured artists playing upcoming festivals, including TBFC, the Irish Faire, Cowboy Festivals, Cajun & Blues Fests, Huck Finn, Stagecoach, Live Oak, and more. Guest artists played live and talked about a festival or concert before it happened, building its audience.

He pioneered the now familiar terms "acoustic americana" and “acoustic renaissance” back in the 1990s, broadening the genre to bridge gaps between traditional Folk, Americana and younger contemporary acoustic artists, growing the audience appeal for related kinds of music.

As a photojournalist, Lawrence has convinced hardboiled editors to let him cover folk-americana and traditional music and musicians. He’s out there for online and print outlets, promoting, attending and reporting on festivals and music conferences, large and small. He’s met and interviewed iconic figures, and was writing about great bands before they gained fame, including Old Crow Medicine Show, Mumford & Sons, Hot Club of Cowtown, and many more.

He was one of the first journalists to promote Folk Alliance and actually attend and cover it. When the FAR-West Conference came to Woodland Hills, he devoted his entire four-hour radio show to live performances by its artists from all over, gaining exposure for the music and touring / performing artists.

Here at Topanga, he has been an emcee for many years. He says, “Music Legend honoree! All these trailblazers and mentors. People with passion and devotion. Grammy winners. Howard and Roz’s ‘FolkScene.’ My fellow writers at ‘FolkWorks.’ Social justice musician Ross Altman. Grammy winner Richard Greene. Beth Lomax Hawes, whose own Smithsonian music work continued her famous family’s legacy. Sam Hinton and his Library of Congress recordings. Scottish fiddler Jan Tappan, last year’s honoree. Bluegrass pioneer Peter Feldmann. Elaine and Clark, so essential in spreading traditional music in California. Devoted music presenters and guiding lights Bob Stane and Russ and Julie. All the way back to the ones I never knew – Mel Durham, who launched the Old Time Fiddlers, and Dorian and Dalia Keyser, who all of us owe for making Topanga a great event. So many great folks! Such an honor. And now ME?! Wow!”

There’s more that music folks don’t know. He’s climbed mountains, rock and ice walls by new routes, and even frozen waterfalls. He recently completed a “30-states-in-30-days” train odyssey around America. He's restored and run steam locomotives, founded historic preservation projects, and conceived and hosted the first-ever reunion of the crews of the two Freedom Trains – the Bicentennial train from 1975-76 and the original postwar train from 1947-49 that first broke the color barrier in the South (the reunion featured trips on a steam train and a paddlewheel steamboat). He's taught in classrooms, studios and the wilderness, designed and built museum exhibits and authored educational, visitor, and interpretive plans for museums. He’s been involved in progressive politics, chairing the Democratic Coalition, co-founding Latinos for Social Justice, and editing the journal, “Democritus.” He’s written engineering standards, developed industrial processes, and done proposals for industries chasing multi-million dollar contracts. He’s done field geology and investigated ancient trees and climate.

Now, he’s immersed in preserving the only habitat of a critically endangered species in a single and quite beautiful mountain complex where all is slated to be destroyed by surface mining – "gone completely, natural rock arches, scenic beauty, species' habitat, and all. Erased from the face of the Earth and the mind of humankind." Not if he can help it.

You can contact Lawrence about music, music promotion, or pretty much anything else at:
tiedtothetracks@hotmail.com

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Full info on the Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival is at:

www.topangabanjofiddle.org


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2) FESTIVALS THIS COMING WEEKEND
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• "10th Ever LOS ANGELES OLD TIME SOCIAL" (May 14-16).
• TOPANGA BANJO•FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL (May 17).
• “DOHENY BLUES FESTIVAL” (May 16 & 17)
• “THE ORIGINAL RENAISSANCE PLEASURE FAIRE” (Sat & Sun, through May 17).

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Saturday and / or Sunday,
May 16 & 17
(one starts THURSDAY night)
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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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Featured Event…
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 2015 "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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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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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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3) TICKET ALERTS
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• NEWLY ON SALE THIS WEEK.

• FESTIVALS after this coming weekend (THIS weekend is in its own section, above).
Some offer advance discounts, others will just sell-out.

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


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NEWLY ON SALE THIS WEEK…
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Sat, Aug 8, in downtown L.A.:
3-7 pm “BURGERS & BEER FESTIVAL” at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Features Los Angeles’ best burger restaurants serving their signature sliders and the state’s best craft breweries sampling the brews that have made them famous. Confirmed restaurants include Animal, Bouchon Bistro, Grill 'Em All, Ledlow, Pono Burger and many more to come. Confirmed breweries include Angel City Brewery, Bottle Logic Brewing, Ninkasi Brewing, Strand Brewing Company and many more to come.
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LA Weekly offers an exclusive presale / password opportunity to buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public.
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Starts May 12, 10 am, ends May 17, 11:59 pm. Promo Code is BURGERMAIL BUY TICKETS
(Public on-sale is May 18 at 10 am.)



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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.

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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UPCOMING CONCERTS
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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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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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MUCH MORE coming soon.


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