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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Saturday & Sunday May 8 & 9, FESTIVALS, concerts, ticket alerts, a lil’ history, & somethin’ for a musical Mother’s Day

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We have some May 10th
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Sun, May 10, in SFV (Woodland Hills):
4-6 pm  FREE Monthly "SUNDAY AT THE BOOKSTORE CONCERT SERIES" brings acoustic performances by recording artists BRAD COLERICK and GARY STOCKDALE, at Ron Sarfaty's series at Crown Books & Costumes, in the mall at 6100 Topanga Canyon Bl, Woodland Hills 91367.
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It's a SPECIAL Mother's Day Concert featuring outstanding performers Brad Colerick and Gary Stockdale. These two are 'local' only in that they live here Los Angeles. Both have toured extensively and their music is known worldwide. Bring your mom. Go in the Book Store early and get a 10% off coupon for Corner Bakery (also in the mall) - smart to do that before purchasing any food/beverage for the show.

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Sun, May 10, in Pasadena:
7 pm  "MOTHER'S DAY SUPPER & SONG" at the Urban Homestead, 631 Cypress Av, Pasadena 91103; www.urbanhomesteadsupply.com
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The duo of Duane Thorin and Lina Bird, the ThorinBirds, will share an eclectic mix of Celtic, old time, and American standards. With Lina Bird on flute and and 5-string banjo and Duane Thorin on guitar and vocals, the duo alternates well known popular songs with lively instrumentals.
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Four course (vegetarian) homegrown/homemade supper featuring local foods, farmers & food artisans. You may bring your own wine bottle.
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$45 person / $85 couple / $20 child (12 and under).
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Spaces are limited, reservations or pre-purchase is highly recommended. Call 626-765-5704.

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Here are all the weekend’s FESTIVALS, plus concerts and other events, ticket alerts, a look at NEXT WEEKEND’S FESITIVAL SCENE, and a bit more.

We add to our TICKET ALERTS frequently, so check back every day or so. Many of these things sell-out quickly.

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Guide to this edition…

1) NEWS FEATURE:
The festival that isn’t happening, and it’s a damn shame

2) ONLINE, ON-DEMAND, for MOTHER’S DAY

3) FESTIVALS THIS WEEKEND

4) WORKSHOPS for ARTISTS this weekend

5) SATURDAY’S CONCERTS & OTHER EVENTS

6) SUNDAY’S CONCERTS & OTHER EVENTS

7) TICKET ALERTS…

• FESTIVALS next weekend and beyond
• TOPANGA BANJO•FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL (May 17).
• More FESTIVALS coming up, some with advance discounts
• CONCERTS & arts events coming up, some with advance discounts, others that’ll just sell-out.


Grab yer shawl, maw! We’s catchin’ some TUNES for Mother’s Day!


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1) NEWS FEATURE…

MAY 10th. ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DATES IN U.S. HISTORY

In addition to being Mother’s Day, Sunday should be the day of what was rapidly becoming a big festival in L.A. and numerous other cities. Instead, the only revelry will be celebrated in a remote fringe of northern Utah, where a crowd will gather to watch a troupe of re-enactors, historians, and costumed actors play-out the events of 145 years ago, where they happened.

May 10 marks the driving of the Golden Spike, and the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869. It was a 19th century event comparable with the first lunar landing, 100 years later. It was the culmination of the industrial age and the beginning of the end of the American frontier. And this year, nobody will remember it.

In recent years, Los Angeles Union Station had been one of the biggest and best sites for the nationwide observance of the “National Day of the Train,” and it came with plenty of live music and much more.

Then Amtrak quietly took over the event – all the events, it seems – and shortened it to “National Train Day.” But all the other participants, and there were plenty of them, continued to make lots of things happen for kids and adults alike, as tourist railroads, commuter railroads, owners of luxurious private railroad cars available for charter – even towns seeking attract tourists riding Amtrak, wanting them to get off the train to enjoy local amenities – provided a fun day.

Until this year. Suddenly, in February, Amtrak announced they were making the event “even bigger and better” by re-naming it “National Amtrak Day” and cancelling it.

They have launched a little three-car traveling exhibit train “on the history of the company” – Amtrak, not the Golden Spike, not America’s railroad industry, not educating anyone that freight trains are THE most energy-efficient / non-polluting transportation, PERIOD, unless you can use a barge on calm water.

And of course, their little exhibit train isn’t visiting Los Angeles. At all. So, one of the best free festivals in town for the past few years is gone. Hijacked by some boob with no sense of history, or fun, and no vision. And that’s a damn shame. Because it was getting better and better every year, it was free, and it was fun.

So, hit YouTube for "Driving the Last Spike," or for some authentic songs of the event itself. We recommend, "Drill Ye Tarriers Drill."



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2) ONLINE, ON-DEMAND, for MOTHER’S DAY
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Online, on-demand:
"SONGS FOR MAMA" have been assembled by WSM radio, home of "The Grand Ole Opry" broadcast since Lassie was a lil' bitty puppy dog.
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WSM says, "According to David Allan Coe, the perfect country song has to mention Mama. Mother's Day is Sunday, May 10 and we've put together a list of country songs that will help you pay tribute to Mama. From fun to heartfelt and classic to current, we've tried to include a little something for everyone!"
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www.wsmonline.com/blog/songs-for-mama


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3) FESTIVALS THIS WEEKEND…
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Saturday & Sunday, May 9 & 10
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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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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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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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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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Sun, May 10, in Culver City:
5 pm FINGERSTYLE GUITAR WORKSHOP presented by TONY McMANUS at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City 90230. Call to reserve your spot: 310-398-2583.


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5) Saturday’s CONCERTS & Arts Events
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Sat, May 9, in San Pedro:
BATTLESHIP IOWA OFFERS LIVE MUSIC & SPECIAL TOUR, THIS SATURDAY ONLY; “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.
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Info on either event at www.LABattleship.com

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Sat, May 9, in OC (Orange):
9 am-1 pm WIMBERLEY BLUEGRASS BAND plays four hours of good bluegrass music to celebrate the Four Year Anniversary of “Orange Home Grown Farmers & Artisans Market,” 304 N Cypress, Orange 92866.

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Sat, May 9, in Altadena:
9:30 am-5 pm “ART ON PALM” street fair with live music by WILD MOUNTAIN MYSTICS, 1421 E Palm St, Altadena 91001.
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Catch some of this for free, and the 3 pm matinee at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena (see listing).

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Sat, May 9, in Hemet:
1 pm SUSIE GLAZE & THE HILONESOME BAND bring their “bluegrass and beyond to the “Music at the Library Hemet Public Library” series, 300 E Latham Av, Hemet 92543.

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Sat, May 9, in Hermosa Beach:
1-5 pm Monthly “HERMOSA BEACH OLD-TIME MUSIC JAM” at 657 Porter Ln, Hermosa Beach 90254.

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Sat, May 9, in Marina del Rey:
2-5 pm SOUL DOGS with special guest JOHN KITO on keyboards returns to Fisherman's Village, in The Plaza, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey 90292. Two hours free parking with validation, or park at Dock 52 which is free all day. More at www.visitmarinadelrey.com/events/events-listing

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Sat, May 9, in Altadena:
3 pm ALEX DePUE & MIGUEL DeHOYA play a matinee at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; 626-798-6236. Absolutely amazing stuff.
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Venue impresario Bob Stane says, “‘THE FIDDLER’ - ALEX DEPUE, and MIGUEL DeHOYA are beyond anything you would imagine. All I can do is give you my comments after his last (of 2 appearances) on the stage of The Coffee Gallery Backstage. ‘AS I RECALL HE PERFORMED AT CARNEGIE HALL AT AGE 14. Beyond Fantastic. From all over the world to absolutely stun you. They get an encore when they take an intermission. What !!!! Standing encores. The audience just will not let them off the stage. This is an amazing, witty show of extreme instrumental talent. Oh, yes it is a 3 pm show start this time. Call now. One of the best shows you will ever see for $30. It should be triple that price. This is more than a show. It is an event. This is their third time in. I would have them once per week if we could arrange it. Fabulous fiddle and guitar work. Bring students to show how it is to be done on stage. MIGUEL has to be the best guitarist in Mexico. From patrons who witnessed one of the shows: ‘Hi Bob. Just had to give input on last night’s amazing show. I can’t recall the last time I saw a show with such diversity. And from just two individuals. Gentle tunes that could bring a tear to the most hardened heart. Virtuoso playing. Varied genres and styles. And with such animation and humor. It was by far the best musical value my wife and I have had in…I don’t know, maybe ever.’”
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Sat, May 9, in OC (San Clemente):
3-8 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “SAN CLEMENTE SONG CIRCLE & BBQ / POTLUCK” in San Clemente 92672. Info and location, www.songmakers.org

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Sat, May 9, in Santa Paula:
4 pm RILEY BAUGUS, SABRA GUZMAN, and THE STUART BROS. bring Old Time Music to the Deep End Sessions concert series at Deep End Ranch in Santa Paula. Reservations get directions from David Bunn at david.bunn@mac.com

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Sat, May 9, in VC (Somis):
6 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “SOMIS SONG CIRCLE & POTLUCK in Somis 93066. Info and location, www.songmakers.org

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Sat, May 9,
BENEFIT CONCERT,
in Manhattan Beach:
6:30 pm ANDY & RENEE and Springsteen band member MARTY RIFKIN, fresh from their 25th annual “DYLANFEST” last weekend, play a “BENEFIT FOR THE MARINE MAMMAL CARE CENTER.”
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Andy & Renee’s Bob Dylan tribute band, HARD RAIN, won honors as “Best Band” in the South Bay in 2014.
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http://marinemammalcare.org/events/
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A $50 tax-deductible donation helps the center and gets you an evening of music, libations and appetizers. At the home of Jen and Jeff Wallin in Manhattan Beach 90266.


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Sat, May 9, in SFV (Mission Hills):
6:30-10 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “MISSION HILLS SONG CIRCLE” somewhere in Mission Hills 91345. Info and location, www.songmakers.org

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Sat, May 9, in Lakewood:
6:30 pm Weekly “BLUEGRASS CONCERT” brings a different band most every week at Me N Eds Pizza Parlor, 4115 Paramount Bl, Lakewood 90712; 562-421-8908.

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Sat, May 9, in L.A.:
7-10 pm THE PRATIES play Irish music, and a few nautical tunes, at the Wilde Thistle Celtic Cafe, 3456 Motor Av, Los Angeles 90034; 310-730-6208; www.thewildethistle.com

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Sat, May 9, in Echo Park (L.A.):
7-10 pm Monthly “GRASSROOTS ACOUSTICA” concert series for charity is always a fun showcase of recording artists playing fully acoustic. At the Echo Park Film Center, 1200 Alvarado St, Echo Park 90026.

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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 Altadena:
7 pm THE BURGANS & THOLO CHAN with special guest MELISSA THATCHER play the evening show at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; 626-798-6236.
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Fifty years ago, the San Gabriel Valley folk group recently renamed WE FIVE went into the Kingston Trio's new studio in San Francisco to record several tracks for their first album. One of the songs, “YOU WERE ON MY MIND,” became the title track and went to the top of the charts across the country finishing 1965 at #4 on the Billboard top 100 -- between "Satisfaction" and "You've Lost That Loving Feeling."
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Jerry was a co-founder of We Five, and more recently, author of "Wounds to Bind- A Memoir of the Folk Rock Revolution" about the remarkable ride they took as the song became an icon of that musical era. Along with We Five alums, Debbie Burgan and Tholow Chan, they bring their “Songs & Stories” show once again to the Coffee Gallery Backstage.
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Bob Stane says, “It is totally engaging and entertaining experience that takes the audience back to those days of the classic folk era with some memorable tunes that trigger an immediate sing along response, blended perfectly with some new or little known gems that leave everyone wanting more. Nobody does it better.”
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More at www.jerryburgan.com
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Sat, May 9, in Newhall (Santa Clarita):
7:30 pm Weekly GRATEFUL DUDES BLUEGRASS residency, sometimes with very interesting guests sitting-in, at Vincenzo's Pizza, 24500 Lyons Av, Newhall 91350.

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Sat, May 9, in L.A.:
7:30 pm Monthly “LOS ANGELES MENSA FOLKSONG SING” somewhere in Los Angeles. Call Alan Stillson for info, at 818-884-4284.

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Sat, May 9, in Pasadena:
8 pm RUNA, that wonderful Celtic ensemble, plays the Pasadena Folk Music Society series at Caltech, in Beckman Institute Auditorium (aka “Little Beckman”), on the campus in Pasadena 91106; 626-395-4652. Park at the end of Michigan Av, S off Del Mar, and walk, following the signs.
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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
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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
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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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Plenty of info on the series at http://folkmusic.caltech.edu and http://pasadenafolkmusicsociety.org.

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Sat, May 9, in Oak Park (T.O. area):
8 pm The RONNY COX TRIO plays Russ & Julie’s House Concert series in Oak Park (Agoura Hills / Westlake Village / T.O. area). Reservations get directions at 818-707-2179 or rsvp@houseconcerts.us
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Distinguished actor RONNY COX is also a fine roots-folk-americana musician. He tells us, “I'll have the incredible PHIL PARLAPIANO with me playing piano and accordion and amazing fiddle / mandolin player T. BRUCE BOWERS from Wisconsin. I promise you, one of the best you will ever hear.”

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Sat, May 9, in L.A.:
8 pm JOAN ARMATRADING plays the Orpheum Theatre, 842 S Broadway, Los Angeles 90014; 213-749-5171.

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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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Sat, May 9, in SGV (Covina):
8 pm JEFF LINSKY & ABE LAGRIMAS play their “UKULELE MAGIC” show at the Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina 91723; 626-339-7020.

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Sat, May 9, in SGV (Arcadia):
8 pm BB CHUNGKING & THE BUDDAHEADS play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia. Discounted online tix at www.arcadiabluesclub.com
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Sat, May 9, in Pasadena:
8 pm THE USC COLLABORATIVE presents “ORDINARY HEARTS / EXTRAORDINARY SONGS FROM THE OPERA AMERICA SONGBOOK” at Boston Court Theatre, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena 91106; 626-683-6883; www.bostoncourt.org
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USC's Thornton School of Music graduate vocal arts majors bring to life fifteen songs from the Opera America Songbook. Each composition is a West Coast premiere that throughout the evening, takes us deep into the world of opera behind the scenes, with a special emphasis on what happens before the drama hits the stage. Directed by doctoral candidate, Ryan Reithmeier, these very eclectic and unusual songs are woven into a riotous story about young artists coming together to begin a summer music festival, and the ensuing intrigues, attractions, jealousy, and thwarted expectations on a truly operatic scale.
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Sat, May 9, in Culver City:
8 pm SONORAN DOGS bring their bluegrass to Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City 90230; 310-398-2583.

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Sat, May 9, in Agoura Hills:
8 pm MARINA V plays the opening set for HOWARD JONES at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. He’s the headliner. She’s fabulous.

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Sat, May 9, in San Pedro:
8 pm CJS QUINTET plays their 15th Anniversary Performance at Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro 90732; 800-403-3447 for reservations.
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CJS Quintet is recognized for bringing back the soul that is missing in much of today's modern mainstream material. Winners of the Chuck Niles Jazz Music Award, CJS Quintet synthesizes the hard bop east coast aesthetic with their unique west coast musical experiences to create a distinctive voice: a cohesive and unyielding approach that spins heartfelt tales with passion. The five artists come together to give listeners their joy in performing a melting pot of classic jazz while striving always to uplift the human spirit. Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times, describes the CJS Quintet sound as: "Hard driving bebop...leavened with soulful blues."
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Complimentary coffee, tea, hot cocoa and "Alvas" bottled water are provided. Bring your own food & drinks.
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Sat, May 9, in San Pedro:
8 pm JOSH NELSON performs “THE DISCOVERY PROJECT” at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731; 310-833-4813.
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Award winning pianist Josh Nelson presents an original production which combines live music with early science fiction film imagery.

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Sat, May 9, in L.A.:
9 pm RHIANNON GIDDENS plus BHI BHIMAN play the El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Bl, L.A. 90036; 323-936-6400.


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Sun, May 10, in Hollywood:
8 am-1 pm Weekly “HOLLYWOOD FARMERS MARKET” with live music by the FAIR MARKET BAND, at Ivar & Selma Aves, Hollywood 90028.

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Sun, May 10, above Arcadia:
Noon-5 pm “TERRY OKEY’S CACTUS JAM” at Adams’ Pack Station, on Chantry Flat Rd, in the Nat’l Forest above Arcadia 91006; 626-447-7356. Take Santa Anita Av N from the 210 Fwy, up into the mountains. When you reach the gate near the end of the road, tell them you’re there for the music.

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Sun, May 10, in Altadena:
12:30 pm Monthly “BLUEGRASS JAM SESSION” at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; 626-398-7917. Free to participate or to listen.

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Sun, May 10, in Agoura Hills:
2:30-5 pm ALAN BOLVIN BAND aka THE HANDYMEN, play a FREE MOTHER’S DAY CONCERT to kick-off the National Park Service's summer concert series, at Peter Strauss Ranch in Santa Monica Mtns Nat’l Rec. Area, corner of Mulholland Hwy and Troutdale Road, Agoura Hills.
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Scott King says, “Bring everybody, kids and all, and we'll see you there. Afterwards you can visit The Old Place, right across the street, if that suits your fancy.”
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Sun, May 10, in Pasadena:
3 pm JUDE JOHNSTONE plus HOMESICK ELEPHANT play the “Cellar Sessions” hosted by Brad Colerick at the Old Oak Cellars, 2620 E Foothill Bl, Pasadena 91107; 626-794-1244.

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Sun, May 10, in downtown L.A.:
3-5:30 pm Weekly “WILDE THISTLE IRISH SESSION” is a structured jam at the Wilde Thistle, 3456 Motor Av, Los Angeles; 310-730-6208; www.thewildethistle.com

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Sun, May 10, 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 10, in Bev Hills:
5-9 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “BEVERLY HILLS-BILLY SONG CIRCLE & POTLUCK” happens somewhere in Beverly Hills. Info and location at www.songmakers.org

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Sun, May 10, in Echo Park (L.A.):
3-8 pm Weekly “GRAND OLE ECHO” brings performances this time by OLIN & THE MOON, MATT LaROCCA, PHOEBE BRIDGERS, and JOSHUA PICKARD, at The Echo, 1822 Sunset Bl, Echo Park 90026; 213-413-8200.
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This multi-artist roots-Americana-honky-tonk FREE weekly series has returned for its spring through fall run. It’s always fun.
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JOSHUA PICKARD talks about playing on Olin & The Moon's New Record: "On their latest record, ‘Every One You Know’ (the first of two this year), they frame a concise narrative of connecting stories about growing up and how this development can help put each hurt and joyous moment in their proper context. Every event and experience make up the sum total of our lives and personalities, and through a collection of country rock tendencies and pop-centric melodies, they prove that a genre is only as flexible as you're willing to allow it to be."
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PHOEBE BRIDGERS has played her own brand of alternative folk all over Los Angeles, including the Troubadour, the El Rey, the Roxy, Genghis Cohen, Hotel Café, The Coffee Gallery Backstage, the Claremont Folk Festival and the Grand Ole Echo. According to LA-Underground, “Phoebe Bridgers’ “Waiting Room” was the heartbreaker tune of the year. It’s brilliant. She’s something special.” Music blog American Pancake says, “Phoebe’s tender performance mildly freaks you out and breaks your heart at the same time…utterly beautiful.”
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Sun, May 10, in Altadena:
7 pm MATT LAX with PAUL & ANTHONY LACQUES, plus KIRSTEN PROFFIT & MANDA MOSHER OF CALICO, play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; 626-798-6236.

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Sun, May 10, 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. Note: this is one of TWO O’Brien’s locations with music tonight.

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Sun, May 10, in San Diego Co (National City):
7:30 pm RUNA, the wonderful Celtic ensemble, plays the AMSD Concerts series in the Laura R. Charles Theater at Sweetwater High School, 2900 Highland Av, National City 91950.

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Sun, May 10, in Lakeside:
8 pm The RONNY COX TRIO plays the Dark Thirty House Concert series in Lakeside 92040. Reservations get directions at 619-443-9622.

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Sun, May 10, in Santa Monica:
8 pm GRANT LEE PHILLIPS and STEVE POLTZ play McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497.

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Sun, May 10, in Santa Monica:
9 pm KEN O'MALLEY plays his weekly residency of authentic and original Irish music at O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 2941 Main St, Santa Monica 90405. Note: this is one of TWO O’Brien’s locations with music tonight.



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6) 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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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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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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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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