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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Guide for Thursday Tunefulness, News, & First Look at Weekend Music


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# 1 news feature...



√ CODY’S VIVA CANTINA, 900 W Riverside Dr, Burbank; ; 818-845-2425.

• Thu, Mar 24, in SFV (Burbank):
7 pm: ★★★ Great Folk-Americana / Country singer-songwriter and "Viva’s good friend," RICK SHEA returns with special guests.

• On the other stage at 7 pm, THE GLEN ROBERTS BIG BAND brings "classic swing from the best in the business!"


Named "Best Country Venue" in the "LA Weekly" 2012 "Best of L.A" issue, their "Huell Howser Cantina Stage" and "Trailside Showroom" have live music seven nights a week, Mexican dining (American food, too), two full bars, and two patios. All shows are free with purchase of food or beverage. All ages, no minimum, acres of free parking across the street at Pickwick Gardens.

And as you can see, tonight is exceptionally good there.


√ THE COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; Phone for reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days), 626-798-6236. Info,

• Thu, Mar 24; 8 pm: The LICATA BROTHERS, plus THORIN, with special guests THE BOHEMIAN SOUL RUSTLERS, and featuring Chad Watson. ★★ The venue's youngest and most raved about discovery, the Licata's, bring their carefully crafted stage show and youthful vitality for a set of music celebrating many decades of the best American tunes, from Cab Calloway, the Everly Brothers, Paul Simon, Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Wills, classic Surf, the Beatles, to Sinatra and even Bowie. They play with full band this time, headed up by bass man CHAD WATSON of "The Byrds and Beyond." Tix, $15.


√ THE FEDERAL BAR, 5303 Lankershim, North Hollywood.

• Thu, Mar 24, in SFV (NoHo):
10 pm DAMNGIVERS play the "Hollowbody L.A." show. Band member Gerry tells us, "Federal Bar is a great location with great food and a great bar. We've got new tunes and would really love to see our Valley friends out there." $10 cover.


# 2 news feature...


Just SOME of what's ahead this weekend & beyond.

NOTE: also see the Guide's TICKET ALERTS sections in recent editions (last ten days or so), because we do not repeat them here.



• Sat, Mar 26, film screening, lecture, more:
12:30 pm ART DECO SOCIETY OF LOS ANGELES ( presents "To Live and Dine in L.A." a lecture on 1920s & '30s L.A. restaurants, and screening of "MILDRED PIERCE," preceded by period-appropriate social time and food, at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028.

Co-sponsored by American Cinematheque and the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.

• 12:30 pm - Fried Chicken & Pie.
• 2 pm - "To Live and Dine in L.A." Lecture.
• 3:30 pm "MILDRED PIERCE" (1945) screening, starring Joan Crawford, dir. by Michael Curtiz.

Info, tix, film trailer:


√ JEFF GOLD'S WEST VALLEY MUSIC CENTER, 24424 Vanowen St, West Hills 91307; 818-992-4142;

• Sat, Mar 26, in SFV (West Hills):
8 pm Monthly "Acoustic Concert Series" brings BRAD COLERICK and ALLAN WACHS to play original songs and tell stories from the heart; two authentically original performers, both exceptional singer-songwriters.

• Allan Wachs is known for his recorded works on True Vine Records, Smithsonian Folkways, and Numero Group. Allan Wachs recounts stories filled with heart, woven with a social conscience.

• Brad Colerick’s stories and songs, both newest and seasoned, are always worth hearing, in part because he makes singing them appear so easy. His warm, sunny, homey tenor brings alive characters, places, and relationships.

Get advance tix (info above).


√ McCABE's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497;

• Fri, Mar 25; 8 pm: BRETT HARRIS plus ELENI MANDELL. Tix, $16. It'll sell-out.

• Sat, Mar 26; 8 pm: DOUG MacLEOD plus LAWRENCE LEBO. A wonderful doubleheader of acoustic blues. McCloud's deep delta sensibilities and National steel guitar (he's an endorsed artist) and Lebo's hot swing jazz sensibilities are a strong combination. Tix, $20. Get 'em in advance.


√ THE FRET HOUSE, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina 91723; 626-339-7020;

• Sat, Mar 26; 8-11 pm: JOAN DOAN, Emmy nominee, performs “Beyond Six Strings – Beyond Borders and the Ordinary” on 20 string harp guitar with brief story telling. 1st half: “Beyond Borders” – music composed from world travels in China, Europe, USA; 2nd half: “Beyond the Ordinary” inspired from performances with John Fahey (Father of the American Fingerstyle Guitar), Burl Ives (Movie Star and Pioneer of Urban folk music), Mason Williams ("Classical Gas"), and more. Tix, $20.


√ KULAK'S WOODSHED in North Hollywood;

• Sat, Mar 26, in SFV (NoHo):
8 pm TRACY NEWMAN & THE REINFORCEMENTS plus SHELBY & TIEG (along with their band) return to Kulak's Woodshed.

Tracy Newman's award-winning children's album "I Can Swing Forever," an 18-track CD that comes with a whimsically illustrated coloring book, will be available at the show. Could be exactly right for a special kid's Easter basket.

Get there early for best seats. Plenty of street parking. Suggested donation of $15 at the door.

There's a possibility of a LIVE WEB SIMULCAST — details at their website (above).


√ THE COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; Phone for reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days), 626-798-6236. Info,

• Sat matinee, Mar 26; 2 pm: THE NE'ER DUWELS ★★ bring their innovative fusion of traditional Irish music and contemporary world sounds. “It’s always exciting to hear musicians as good as this . . . a fresh new slant to traditional music” says Ann Peck McBride of radio's nationally-syndicated "Celtic Music Hour." Led by Ken O’Malley’s fine tenor voice, guitar and mandolin, plus a fine ensemble. Patrick D'Arcy, also from Dublin, is one of the finest uilleann pipers in the United States. Bryan Dobbs, originally from New Mexico, adds the mysterious and the romantic that traverses the musical spectrum, accompanying on the mandolin, the acoustic guitar or the very creative, innovative sounds of his Fender Stratocaster. Tix, $20.

• Sun, Mar 27; 7 pm: JOHN DOAN, ★★★ Emmy nominee, master of the twenty string harp guitar, presents “Beyond Six Strings” featuring his acclaimed music — "Best Celtic Album of the Year" and Billboard's "Editors Choice." Mason Williams ("Classical Gas") says, "John returns audiences to a time when we use to dream before movies did that for us." Doc Watson says, "I have no idea where I have been for the past several minutes! What incredible music you make!" More at: ; Tix, $20.

Mon, Mar 28; 8 pm: KATIE McNALLY AND NEIL PEARLMAN ★★★ bring "The vibrant musical traditions of Scotland and Cape Breton," infused with new life in the hands of Katie McNally, "the new face of Scottish fiddling in America" - Living Tradition. And Neil Pearlman, "a tremendous pianist" - BBC Radio Scotland. Based in Boston, MA, this young musical couple is making waves internationally with their fresh approaches to traditional forms. A member of the cross genre fiddle super-group Childsplay since 2009; in the fall of 2012, she accompanied famed Galician bagpiper Carlos Núñez on his first North American tour. Neil is recognized in many Celtic music circles for his unique approach to the piano, called “a force to be reckoned with” by WGBH’s Brian O’Donovan. Rooted in traditional Cape Breton piano styles, Neil brings in ideas from many other genres. More? ; ; unbelievably, just $5-!

• Tue, Mar 29; 7 pm. "DAVID HARVEY PRESENTS" Showcase of local talent. Always fun and worthwhile. Tickets: $10. Cash or check at the door. No reservations.

• Wed, Mar 30; 8 pm: STRING FEVER. ★★★★ Venue impresario calls them one of the best acts he's ever booked. We concur. Get your tickets before they're gone.


Get tix now...

√ GRAND ANNEX, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro. Tix & info,

• Sat, Apr 2: "SPACE ODDITY," David Brighton's brilliant live re-creation of the music and style of the late David Bowie, praised by Bowie himself.


# 3 news feature...


Discounted early registration for the FAR-West Conference, coming Oct 13-16, in Bellevue, WA, opened Tuesday, March 15.

Folk Alliance Region-West (FAR-West) 2016 Conference offers nice discounts now on merch and swag, too.

Early Bird registration fees are $150 for FAI members and $180 for non-members.

If you're thinking of participating, it's worth reading some detailed particulars:

• If you host a house concert series or host a small venue, or are a DJ or other radio host, you might qualify for a registration discount. Contact Jeanette ( to find out if you qualify.

• Canadian attendees: ignore the FAI / non-FAI options and choose the one that says "Special Code" on the registration page. That gets a discounted rate to help with US / Canadian $ conversion rates. Then enter the Special Code for Canadians.

• Musicians Union Local 1000 members: contact the Local 1000 office to get a code to register at your discounted rate.

• A few things to remember before you jump at going. If you're an FAI member, you'll need your membership number when you register. Members should have received an email last Sunday with directions how to log in to the system (from Login is your first and last name, with no spaces. Having problems? Email Janet Dukes ( and she'll help.

• Also for Folk Alliance members: you can submit a biography for the directory with your registration; get details on their site and prepare your bio before you start registering.

• To help with some promotion costs, there is a special merchandise discount on specific options. Select two or more items (Networking Center tables, tote bag inserts, and certain program book ads) and get a 20% discount on each item. Be sure to enter the code after each item chosen. Purchases must be made at the same time. (They can't make adjustments after the purchases are made.)

• Those ready to register now, go to:

• That url has links for the conference page with all the information, including the registration link, Larman Scholarship, Performance and PGS opportunities, marketing and promotion, Hyatt Regency hotel reservations and get started.

• You can also sign-up for FAI & FAR-WEST social media sites and the FAR-West listserv to stay up to date on the Conference details.


# 4 news feature...


Produced by the same folks who present the annual "New Orleans Trad Jazz Camp," the Dec. 6 -16, 2016, "JazzFest at Sea" has an incredible lineup and emphasizes, "Come sail and play!"

If you just want to listen, the scheduled acts are a who's-who of the great players of early jazz.

In addition to the internationally acclaimed artists, they will once again be offering more than twenty hours of opportunities for amateur and unbooked musicians to get up on stage and jam — both with the pros and in your own "JazzFest Jammer" sessions led by the talented John Skillman and by Mike Evans & Jim Glover. This is in addition to the regular schedule.

But, they make it clear that only those who book with Cruise & Vacation Depot or an approved agency will be allowed to participate.
If you book before the end of March, you can get an Oceanview stateroom for the price of an inside berth, or you can get a balcony for the price of an Oceanview.

You can call their travel agency and ask for Bret. Tell them "Jazz Camp sent you" for the best deal. That's the Bret E. Bradford Cruise & Vacation Depot, 1033 State Rd 436, Suite 201, Casselberry, FL 32707.

Their phone is 407-571-2252 or 800-654-8090. Online info is at

The Musicians on the Cruise:

Allan Vache - Clarinet; Harry Allen - Tenor Sax; Duke Heitger - Trumpet; John Altman - Soprano Sax; Paul Keller - Bass; Banu Gibson - Vocals; Russ Phillips - Trombone; Paolo Alderighi - Piano; Stephanie Trick - Piano; Bob Leary - Guitar/Banjo; Kevin Dorn- Drums; Davey Jones - Cornet; Anne Barnhart -Flute/Vocals; Jeff Barnhart - Piano; Charlie Silva - Bass; Danny Coots - Drums; Terry Blaine - Vocals.

The cruise departs Miami to Cartagena, Columbia, then to Oranjestad, Aruba. Then Willemstad, Curacao, on to Grand Turk, Nassau, Bahamas, and returns to Miami.


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