SEARCH the Guide, by date, band, artist, event, festival, etc. (in addition to the sidebar)

Friday, December 4, 2015

Friday's Live Music Scene, Saturday's Workshop, and We Want YOU to Perform Sunday! Dec 4 edition 2015...

Egads. There is SOOO much live acoustic music this weekend in Southern California! So very much that this edition is ONLY Friday's concerts AND Saturday's workshop for musicians. (We'll be back with Saturday & Sunday and the cornucopia of music in and around L.A., and even in OC, the IE, and San Diego.)

But there is one more thing: we still want YOU to take part in Sunday's CAROLING, with celebrities and music legends, for shut-ins. All the details follow tonight's live event listings, and the info on the Saturday workshop.

And, oh, by the way: this Caroling is NOT some kind of fundamentalist religious thing. We sing the whole catalog of secular holiday songs, Hanukkah songs for the Jewish residents who request them, AND the repertoire of familiar Christmas Carols. And the stage show we do (multiple venues) in the dining halls? It's better'n anything on tv.

Join us. You'll thank yourself.


Fri, Dec 4, in San Diego Co (Fallbrook):
4:30-7 pm "SAN DIEGO'S NORTH COUNTY MOUNTAIN DULCIMERS" plays the Fallbrook Tree Lighting fesrivities, playing on stage and later doing hands-on demos of the mountain dulcimer at their display table, all at the  Fallbrook Community Center, 341 Heald Ln, Fallbrook; 760-728-1671;

Music, food & fun. Info,
Contact: Ellen Hahn at 760-749-3013


Fri, Dec 4, in Echo Park:
7 pm LITERARY EVENING at Stories, 1716 Sunset Bl, Echo Park.

"We Heard You Like Books," publisher of the forthcoming "I HATE THE INTERNET" and "TRUE HOMOSEXUAL EXPERIENCES," in association with Stories Books & Cafe "presents an evening with too many performers and not enough restraint." (

Appearing in no particular order:
• William E. Jones (
• Gabe Durham (
• Geneva Skeen (
• John Tottenham, "Echo Park's Very Own Sweetheart at the Rodeo" (
• Shawn Binder (
• Hillary Jaynes
• Jarett Kobek
• Phillip T. Nails (
• K. Bradford (
And others.

Venue says, "No L.A. bullsh*t -- event starts promptly at 7 pm and ends by 9:45 pm. Drift in, drift out, have coffee, leave, come back, return, disappear, return again, buy some books. Or stay the whole time. Dress warmly. Barring some terrible misfortune, pre-release copies of 'I HATE THE INTERNET' will be on sale."


Fri, Dec 4, in OC (Anaheim):
7 pm The White Buffalo - "Modern Times Tour" presented by Ones to Watch, at the House of Blues Anaheim. Find tickets on Live Nation Concerts.

This guy was a favorite at the late, great Zoey's.


Fri & Sat, Dec 4 & 5, in OC (Orange):
7:30 pm 52nd Annual "CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY WASSAIL" in Memorial Hall on the Chapman campus in Orange. Info & tix, 714-997-6812.

Go early! You can catch BETTER THAN ONE, the duo of Patti Amelotte & Barbara Gershman playing holiday music on two hammered dulcimers, Friday & Saturday, 5:30 -7:30 pm.  They perform during the "Wassail hour" and through dinner in Fish Interfaith Center. Many college musicians perform, too, and the dulcimer duo returns later.


Fri, Dec 4, in San Diego Co (Nat'l City):
7:30 pm  LEFTOVER CUTIES play the "AMSD Concerts" series in the Laura R. Charles Theater at Sweetwater High School, 2900 Highland Av, National City 91950.


★ A Guide "SHOW-of-the-WEEK" pick...
Fri, Dec 4, at UCLA:
8 pm  BOOKER T. JONES, famous bluesman since his days in the '60s with Booker T. & the MGs, plays the Center for the Art of Performance (CAP) series in beautiful Royce Hall on the UCLA Campus in Westwood 90095.  Tix, 310-825-2101 or 310-825-4401.


★ A Guide "SHOW-of-the-WEEK" pick...
Fri, Dec 4, in Culver City:
8 pm  LAURIE LEWIS AND KATHY KALLICK Sing the Songs Of Vern & Ray Boulevard Music 4316 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230 310-398-2583


Fri, Dec 4, in Altadena:
8 pm OTHER MOTHER BROTHER BAND plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001. Reservations, 626-798-6236.

OTHER MOTHER BROTHER BAND is a five-piece eclectic (not electric) instrumental jam band based out of Los Angeles. Consisting of Jesse Selwyn on guitar, Colin Gerowitz on keyboards, Brian Levine on bass, Doug Birmingham on drums and Jonathan Schwartz on mandolin, OMBB weaves together influences from bluegrass, Latin jazz, reggae, rock, funk and classical music to paint sonic landscapes that have delighted audiences from here to Colorado.

With an improvisational format borrowed from the classic jazz tradition, each of their five stellar musicians gets their chance to shine in the spotlight, and no two shows are alike. Bob Stane says, "Warning: side effects may include giggles of joy and spontaneous dancing. Ask your doctor if OMBB is right for you. If you get the all clear, just know that OMBB is collectively thrilled to be making their Coffee Gallery debut. Here's your chance to discover L.A.'s best-kept musical secret in the type of intimate setting that always brings out their best!"

Now with over 200 live performances under their belts, and a brand new self-produced CD (and accompanying promo videos) scheduled for release by the end of the year, OMBB is poised to break big, aiming to conquer the California bluegrass festival circuit in 2016. They have already achieved the near-impossible, earning enough money playing in Los Angeles to finance their own recording despite playing only instrumental music that they have composed or is by some of the other artists that they admire most: Bela Fleck, David Grisman, and Sam Bush, to name a few.

Borrowing classic jazz' improvisational format, OMBB creates a unique and cohesive performance every time they take the stage, and each stellar musician gets his turn in the spotlight. Although their unique style, which weaves together influences from bluegrass, latin jazz, reggae, funk, rock and classical music, currently has no recognized name, it is, above all, new American music that has something exciting to offer to all serious music lovers.

More at:

Tix, $18.


Fri, Dec 4, in SaMo:
8 pm CY CURNIN of The Fixx plays McCabe's, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497;

The Fixx made their mark in the 1980s with hits like "One Thing Leads to Another," and Curnin was one of the band's founding members. The group is still going strong, but lead singer Curnin has been forging a solo career since the release of "Mayfly" in 2005.

In addition to his trademark vocals, he's an accomplished keyboardist and guitarist, and has co-written over a dozen charting songs. In 2012, he released "Cinema For The Blind," an EP of ambient instrumental music that showcased another side of his immense talent.

McCabe's tells us, "We're thrilled to present him here for the very first time. Don't miss him."

Tix, $25.


Fri, Dec 4, in SGV (Monrovia):
8 pm  KATTYWOMPUS CONCERT & acoustic jam happens every Friday in conjunction with the Old Downtown Monrovia Family Festival. Mix some small-business Christmas shopping with delightful live music. It's at Dollmakers Kattywompus , 412 S Myrtle Av, Monrovia 91016; 626-357-1091. More info, call Jennifer Ranger, 626-357-1091.

Live webcast at:


Fri, Dec 4, in SFV (NoHo):
8-10 pm Monthly "FIRST FRIDAY" show brings SEVERIN BROWNE & FRIENDS to Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood 91607; 818-766-9913. It may be live on the web at


★ A Guide "SHOW-of-the-WEEK" pick...
Fri, Dec 4, in Culver City:
8 pm "Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick sing the songs of Vern & Ray" is a stellar show at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City 90230; 310-398-2583. Make a reservation or you won't get in.

Before Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick became the highly respected and successful singers, songwriters, and bluegrass bandleaders they are today, they were founding members of the groundbreaking northern California band, Good Ol’ Persons, and forged a lifelong personal and professional friendship that endures to this day. They recorded a collaborative album, "Together" (Kaleidoscope/1991), on which they performed their wonderful interpretation of the venerable "Little Annie," learned from Vern & Ray.

"This album is respectfully dedicated to Vern Williams and Ray Park, early sources of inspiration for both of us," say the two women music stars.

"This new album, in which the two perform music exclusively drawn from the repertoires of those early mentors, is the latest coming-together of this multi-talented twosome. It is long overdue." - Randy Pitts, from the liner notes.

"Laurie & Kathy Sing the Songs of Vern & Ray" brings together two of the San Francisco Bay Area’s — and the world’s — best bluegrass artists performing the songs of their highly-esteemed California predecessors. Vern Williams and Ray Parks grew up a few miles apart in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, but didn’t meet until they were both living in Stockton in the 1950s. Their hard-core traditional bluegrass in the high lonesome style has found its perfect interpreters in Laurie and Kathy, both of whom learned from and sometimes played with Vern and/or Ray. CD Hotlist calls it a “wonderful tribute album [of] straight-up, meat-and-potatoes bluegrass music of the kind that all too rarely features prominent female vocals."

Laurie and Kathy have each won a Grammy. Each has two International Bluegrass Music Association awards, most recently for their contributions to "True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe," and each has released 20 albums, often to much acclaim. Laurie has twice won the IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year award, and Kathy’s releases consistently top the National Bluegrass Survey.

For an evening of glorious real-deal bluegrass, with vocal and instrumental fireworks, don’t miss Laurie Lewis (fiddle, vocals) and Kathy Kallick (guitar, vocals) with Tom Rozum (mandolin, vocals), Cary Black (bass, vocals), and Patrick Sauber (banjo).

"This is my favorite bluegrass album in years!” - Stephen D. Winick, Huffington Post.


Tix, $20.

(If you can't get in tonight, they play the Pasadena Folk Music Society concert series at Caltech tomorrow night.)


Fri, Dec 4, in the IE (Chino):
8 pm RICK SHEA & THE LOSIN' END and more at Shamrocks Bar and Pub, 4020 Chino Hills Pkwy, Chino Hills 91709.

√ 8 pm - Rick Shea & The Losin End
√ 9 pm - The High Life Trio
√ 10 pm - Hellbound Hayride

Rick tells us, "Presented by Patrick Bacich. Good room, great sound, nice people and close to home and my friends in the Inland Empire."


Fri, Dec 4, in Murrieta:
8 pm QUEL BORDEL plays the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd, Ste 145 Murrieta 92592; 951-696-5252;

If you love Flogging Molly and Mumford you will love this band. They're an acclaimed Gypsy kick-stomp band playing tunes laced with Celtic / bluegrass. Equipped with fiddle and banjo, these San Diego musicians hold their own as rockers, too, always bringing a high energy, highly entertaining show.

Plus: served throughout December is a special holiday dinner, a feast for just $19.95 per person.

No cover.


Fri, Dec 4, in L.A.:
8 pm The Dandy Warhols play the Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles.


Fri, Dec 4, at UCLA:
8 pm Booker T. Jones and Black Joe Lewis team-up at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus in Westwood.

Booker T. Jones is a legend who goes back to the '60s with Booker T. & the MGs.


Fri, Dec 4, in OC (Capistrano):
8 pm "The Venice Christmas Show" at the Coach House, San Juan Capistrano. Find tickets on Ticketweb.

The band Venice are pop-rockers with lots of harmonies, and they've gained popularity with the folkie crowd, even though they're not folk.


Fri, Dec 4, in WeHo:
8 pm Junior Wright plays the Viper Room, West Hollywood. Find tickets on Ticketweb.


Fri, Dec 4, in L.A.:
8:30 pm Rob Hotchkiss with Kit Smith and Tanya Livingstone play Genghis Cohen, Los Angeles. Find tickets on Ticketweb.


Fri, Dec 4, in the IE (Cabazon):
9 pm Montgomery Gentry plays the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa, Cabazon.


Fri, Dec 4, in Agoura:
9 pm PRESTON SMITH, a bigtime act, plays an intimate out-of-the-way show with some new blues, soul and jazz swing at the Twisted Oak Tavern, 30105 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills.

Venue is just off the 101 Freeway at Reyes Adobe exit. Venue has great food, cozy firepits, plenty of free parking. No cover. Award-winning hand crafter beers by Dr. Hops.

"Preston is a singing, guitar and harmonica playing virtuoso of blues and jazz... His stuff is upbeat, intelligent and classy. He's known for his widespread appeal to a variety of audiences and some say his music knows no boundaries. While Smith's songwriting skills have received a big thumbs up from critics all over the map, his live gigs are legendary." — John Sollenberger, July 28th 2006, The Pasadena Weekly.

Preston Smith performed as bandleader For Barbra Streisand's Malibu Wedding, The Soprano's Cast Party, and countless events.

Check him out at:
• v=sIjbhJKcebA&feature=email

Read the feature stories:
• "A Life of Musical Journeys," at:



Sat, Dec 5, in Hollywood; REGISTER by FRIDAY at midnight to be assured of a seat.

Presented by LAWIM, 

"Building & Maximizing the Financial Potential of Your Catalog" with Current Music CEO Maddie Madsen

You've created your music... How do you actually make money with your catalog? Topics include:
• Setting up publishing company(s)
• Registering your works
• Split sheets and musician release forms
• Standard deliverables
• Music aggregators
• Metadata Pitching - What to do and what not to do
• Sub-publishing and foreign territories

One lucky attendee will win a one-hour consultation with Maddie valued at $175.

11 am-2 pm at SAE-LA INSTITUTE, 6700 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038
(The old Eastman Kodak Building.)

PARKING is FREE in the on-site gated lot (off Las Palmas). 

ADMISSION / ADVANCE TICKETS: (guaranteed seating)
• $20 LAWIM Members (current membership verified)
• $25 Student Discount (must present valid student photo i.d. at the door)
• $30 General Public (all are welcome)

TICKETS AT THE DOOR: (Walk-ups only if space permits) $25 LAWIM Members, $30 Student Discount, $35 General Public.

ADVANCE TICKETS thru MIDNIGHT Friday, Dec 4. QUESTIONS? or call 213-243-6440

About the speaker, Maddie Madsen...

A Berklee College of Music graduate with a career encompassing 23 years, MADDIE MADSEN has produced and/or composed songs for NBC Sports, NBC Promos, “Their Eyes Were Watching God” (Oprah Winfrey Presents), “The Men Who Stare At Goats” (George Clooney), “Big Love” (Tom Hanks/The Playtone Company), “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”, “Covert Affairs”, AMC’s “Hell On Wheels” and the current FX hit “The Bridge”.

Additionally, Ms. Madsen has produced sessions with Jaime Ray Newman (Drop Dead Diva, Eureka, Catch Me If You Can, Made Of Honor), Darren Criss (Eastwick, Glee, Imogene), Katharine McPhee (Smash), Scott Speedman (Felicity, Underworld, Citizen Gangster) and Oscar Winner, Octavia Spencer (The Help, Untitled Diablo Cody Project).

She has been Music Supervisor for the All Media versions of 4 seasons of the TV show “Everwood” (Warner Bros.), 2 seasons of “Felicity” (ABC/Touchstone Television), 5 Seasons of “Friday Night Lights” (NBC), 2 seasons of “Life” (NBC) and the premiere season of “The Black Donnelys” (NBC).

In the world of Production Music, Ms. Madsen has produced over 60 albums of Production Music for industry gold standard libraries KPM, Sonoton, 5 Alarm Music, 1 Versatile Underscore and Cinemasounds and was a founder of music library giant 5 Alarm Music.

Her company Current Music has scored commercials, trailers and a series for NBC Sports, created the theme songs for “Mighty Med” on Disney XD, “The Longest Drive” on Golf Channel, “Sports Desk Update” for NBC and sold a song to the show “Austin & Ally” on Disney Channel. Current Music also created the sonic logo and did all of the audio branding for the NBC Universal and Under Armour fitness platform “Radius”. Maddie is also the Managing Partner of the growing indie artist catalog “Ear Parade”, with representation in over 25 countries to date. WEBSITE:



# 1 news feature... (running every day this week)...


This week's BIG participatory music news...


It's your annual opportunity to perform with Grammy winners and other music stars, and to experience the thrill of doing that for the most appreciative audience you'll ever face.

In fact, WHEREVER you are in America, you'll have the opportunity to perform for a similarly grateful audience of shut-ins. (Just go to Vincent's caroling website and join his group when it performs in a city near you! Each year, the star-studded kick-off is in L.A.)

Vincent Leinen's 34th annual national tour of participatory "Caroling" at residential senior facilities kicks-off in L.A. this SUNDAY, Dec. 6, and Southern California musicians (and all who love to sing) are invited to join-in. The Guide partners to recruit for this event every year.

If you join us Dec. 6th, you'll join SUPERTRAMP lead guitarist CARL VERHEYEN, bassist PRESCOTT NILES from THE KNACK, FLORENCE LaRUE from THE FIFTH DIMENSION, JOHN KAYE of STEPPENWOLF, and many MANY others, from Woodstock veterans to piano virtuosos to opera stars to Cajun fiddlers, from the ultra-famous to the not-so-famous, raising our voices in song for grateful audiences who go the entire year without seeing a live musical performance.

Complete details from Vincent follow, including how YOU can register to take part (it's easy!)

See you Sunday! The Guide staff will be there with bells on!



Here are the details, after a word from event producer / series creator Vincent Leinen:

"DECEMBER 6, 2015: Experience the power, magic, and impact of giving music via Santa’s Caroling Team!

"Greetings! You’re extended a special invitation to support, promote, and participate in the 34th Annual Los Angeles Holiday Caroling Festivities on Sunday, December 6th, 2015 at senior care centers.

"Perform 4 pm-7:30 pm on a modular schedule that lets you arrive / depart at your discretion, though we hope you'll take part in the full evening's traveling event. It's all located in the West San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles in a series of locations that are close together. THEN, immediately following the caroling, participants are invited to socialize and dine at HomeTown Buffet Restaurant at VanOwen & Fallbrook in Canoga Park, from 7:30 pm-9:30 pm.

"Overall Mission: In conjunction with a nationwide initiative we promote the overall theme of bringing happiness and/or enlightenment to the elderly in senior care centers, hospital patients, care-givers, and festival participants during the holiday season. This simple act of kindness can make a difference and add true meaning for all involved this holiday season. Your participation is very important since your presence and music promotes the theme and enhances the festivities for ALL who are involved."


Music books & refreshments are provided for all performers. Flowers (if available) are provided for the residents.

The festivities include multiple performances at senior care centers scheduled at concurrent time slots. Yes, we deploy parallel performing casts, to allow us to provide entertainment (read that as happiness and healing) to more needy senior residents AND their hardworking caregivers.

To balance-out the large talent pool and maximize your impact on the senior residents and caregivers, we’re continuing the tradition of forming two separate Holiday Caroling presentation teams that we call Santa’s South Route Caroling team and Santa’s North Route Caroling Team. BOTH teams feature professional musicians that include GRAMMY winners and nominees!

After you register with Vincent, he'll give you the web address to print-out the exact route, with locations and times. It can be very handy during your whirlwind performance schedule.

Whichever route / performing cast you join, you are invited to skedaddle over for the Group Photo at the conclusion, taken with all participants, at Meridian-West Hills in the main dining room, at 6833 Fallbrook Ave., Canoga Park 91307.

Then, it's off to the Post-Caroling Wrap Party to meet and eat and schmooze with your favorite musicians and new friends.

This really does run like clockwork, each year — an impressive feat, given that it's a bunch of musicians!


REGISTER to participate, in any of several ways:
1) online at:
3) call Vincent at 818-342-9336
or (cell) 818-429-1563.

There are abundant details at the above website.

Vincent offers this closing word:

"Experience the power, magic, and impact of giving music!

"All effort given to support, promote, and participate in this heart-warming activity would be appreciated, especially since your contribution, music, and presence would greatly promote the theme and enhance the festivities for all involved Please RSVP ASAP, and if pertinent, provide authorization to use your name on the invitation, website, press release etc. (Please disregard request for RSVP if you’ve already provided me your status.)

"If unable to attend, you’re encouraged to take your own group or individually visit your local senior centers or shut-ins. This simple act of kindness can make a difference and add true meaning for all involved this holiday season.

"Thank you for blessing my life and the lives of others. Happy Holidays!"

— Vincent J. Leinen/Founder-National Director L.A. Holiday Caroling Festivities

More soon, as always.

Direct to the current editions /


editions load quickly at
CONTACT US at / send Questions / Comments to: . Tiedtothetracks (at) Hotmail (dot) com
Contents copyright © 2015, Lawrence Wines & Tied to the Tracks. All rights reserved.
♪ The ACOUSTIC AMERICANA MUSIC GUIDE endeavors to bring you NEWS and views of interest to artists everywhere, more specifically to musicians and the creative community, and music makers and fans of acoustic and Folk-Americana music, both traditional and innovative. From the deepest roots to today’s acoustic renaissance, that’s our beat. We provide a wealth of resources, including a HUGE catalog of acoustic-friendly venues, and schedules and inside info on FESTIVALS and select performances in Southern California, in venues monumentally large and intimately small and cozy. We cover workshops and other events for artists and folks in the music industry, and all kinds o’ things in the world of acoustic and Americana and accessible classical music. From washtub bass to musical spoons to oboe to viola to banjo to squeezebox, from Djangostyle to new-fangled-old-time string band music, from sweet Cajun fiddle to bluegrass and pre-bluegrass Appalachian mountain music to all the roots of the blues and where the music is now.
The Acoustic Americana Music Guide. Thanks for sittin' a spell.

No comments: