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Friday, March 18, 2016

WEEKEND News & Events, with Two Festivals, a Workshop, Concerts, MORE Irish Music, and, oh, go look...


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More added, Sunday morning: LATE ADDITIONS... there are more noteworthy weekend events, added late... right up-front where you can find 'em, since you prob'ly already read the full edition:


Late news item...


Officially proclaimed by the United Nations, is Sunday, March 20. In case you're wondering, there IS a survey of citizens of each country to produce an "Index of Happiness" rating. Denmark is # 1, closely followed by Switzerland. Canada, New Zealand, and Australia join European nations to complete the top 10.

The US is number 13. And hey, that's based on our stagnant wages, high portion of earnings consumed by rent, lack of access to needed health care, obesity, lack of upward mobility, educational standards, crumbling infrastructure that we won't fix, lack of vacation time, multiple part-time jobs with no benefits instead of careers with ever-declining benefits, and other defining, depressing characteristics of American life. No wonder we need our artists to inspire us. Our smiling, starving artists. At least they seem to find fulfillment in sacrifice and devotion. :)


Great Stuff on AXS tv...

For those fortunate enough to have it, or can access AXS on the web, Sunday offers two wowsa premieres in one night.

First: THE NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND in concert from the band's induction in the Colorado Musical Hall of Fame, with FIREFALL, POCO, and a tribute to STEPHEN STILLS & MANASSAS. Premieres at 2 pm PDT.

Second: DR. JOHN brings his New Orleans piano-based musical mojo with special guests BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, JOHN FOGERTY, & MAVIS STAPLES. At 5 pm PDT, immediately following the first concert.

Find AXS TV in your area at:



Irish Rebellion Remembered on TV

"1916: THE IRISH REBELLION" is a new, three-part, 2016 look at the causes and struggle of the Irish people to end 300 years of oppressive British rule.

Part 1 airs 7-8 pm Sunday on KLCS.

Part 1 repeats Monday night in a block with parts 2 & 3, all of that on the PBS World channel:

Mon, Mar 21, on PBS World:
9-10 pm Part 1
10-11 pm Part 2
11 pm-midnight Part 3


Additional LIVE shows in the venues, out 'n about...

√  Sat, Mar 19; 7 pm: ELAYNA and RANDALL KIRBY play Butler's Coffee, 40125 10th St W, Palmdale 93551; menu, etc.: ; scheduled act MAYDE IN IRELAND had to cancel due to a death in the family. Singer-songwriters ELAYNA and RANDALL KIRBY, "and possibly a few other members of the Butler's Coffee Emergency Guild," stepped in to serve-up a little feistiness and chutzpah with your beverage of choice. Free, one-menu-item cover.


Yikes! One entire venue's schedule got left-out!

And plan now: you're spending your whole evening there on March 24th. Check-out their schedule...

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

• Sat matinee, Mar 19; Noon-2 pm: cowboy singer BOB THOMAS.

• Sat, Mar 19; 8 pm: THE CODY BRYANT EXPERIENCE, an exhilaratingly eclectic, musically masterful, country-surf-rock-Italian session when "Fearless Leader" Cody and his outstanding band storm the stage.
• Then, at 9 pm, the high voltage rock & roll of '50s Bop Cat JIMMY ANGEL.
• Also — starting at 8 pm, in the Trailside Showroom: Psychedelic pop band THE RUNNING JUMPS returns, plus Americana all-stars GospelbeacH (featuring members of Beachwood Sparks, Everest and Ryan Adams’ Cardinals), and special guest Sie Sie Benhoff, with pedal steel genius Tim Walker.

• Sun matinees, Mar 20; 12 & 2 pm.
First, 12 to 2 pm: BLUEGRASS GHOSTS plus MURPHY'S FLAW return to play "Bluegrass Brunch." The Flaw is back, says the band, "Because they forgot to change the locks."
• Then, at 2 pm, BLUE MONDAY plays the Trailside Showroom.

• Sun, Mar 20; 6 pm: On onr stage, the monthly "MESSAROUND" brings a "War of the Wild, Wild Women" musicians, featuring a rockin’ Battle Royale with stone country siren TRACY DAWN, Calibama Outlaw bombshell TONYA WATTS, thunderous punk princess SUZI MOON & TURBULENT HEARTS, and trash rock vixen supreme PAIGE DARLING & INGRATES.
• On the other stage (Trailside Showroom), also at 6 pm: Favorite country singing sensation DEBRA LEE and her wonderful TRIGGER HAPPY band (big hits at the late, great Cowboy Palace for the last few years before it closed in January), plus Debra brings her special guests, the venue serves-up giant margaritas, and they have free dance lessons! Be on-time at 6 pm for the latter.

COMING UP at Viva...

• Mon, Mar 21; 7:30 pm: "Bluegrass Night" with the excellent band THE BROMBIES.

• Tue, Mar 22; 7:30 pm: On one stage, "JOHN PISANO’S GUITAR NIGHT" with Brad Rabuchin, John Pisano, guitars, plus Chris Conner, bass, Tim Pleasant, drums.
• On the other stage (Trailside Showroom) also at 7:30 pm: Swing with THE FLIGHT 584 BIG BAND, 7:30 pm.

• Wed, Mar 23; 7 pm:
On one stage, first rate, kickin’ California country, courtesy of CODY BRYANT, JIMMYLEE HARRIS, JOHN PALMER, CARMINE & BUDDY SARDO, JIMMYANGEL.
• On the other stage (Trailside Showroom) at 7:30 pm: "THIS AIN'T YOUR DADDY'S BIG BAND!" A wild "Big Band Rock Party" featuring two slamming sets from an "amazingly great outfit featuring members of the bands of Buddy Rich, Brian Setzer, Manhattan Transfer, Tower of Power, The Captain & Tennille, Rod Stewart, and more!"

• Thu, Mar 24; 7 pm: In the Cantina at 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!"

(Of course, MANY other
venues & shows ARE in
this edition, too.)

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Here's the full edition
as originally published.

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(GUIDE BlogSpot edition no. 1,528.)

In this edition:

1) WEEKEND FESTIVALS... (2 of 'em)

2) WEEKEND CONCERTS plus upcoming at the best venues...








Here are all those features and event recommendations. Let's get started!


# 1 news feature...


We hope all your green duds aren't in the laundry after Thursday. You'll need them this weekend.

Sat & Sun, Mar 19-20,
in Pomona:
10 am-6 pm Annual "CELTIC FAIRE" at Fairplex, the L.A. County Fairgrounds in Pomona.

• Trad Celtic & Irish music.
• Irish rock.
• Trad dancing.
• Jousting.
• Sheepherding demonstrations.
• Family & kids activities.
• Rich Celtic traditions.
• Food, pubs, vendors.

The Fairplex folks produced the first one themselves a couple years back, when the long-running "Irish Faire" suddenly cancelled and left holes in both the schedule and the Fairplex revenue stream. Things went well — so well that the event has continued ever since.

Lineup & schedule:

Tix are cheap! $10 adult, $5 ages 6-12, free age 5 & under with paying adult.

Note that parking does cost, in addition to gate admission.


Sat, Mar 19,
in San Diego Co (Encinitas):
10 am-6 pm Annual "SAN DIEGO STORYTELLING FESTIVAL" at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Dr, Encinitas 92024; 760-753-7376. Produced by the Storytellers of San Diego.


# 2 news feature...

WEEKEND CONCERTS plus upcoming at the best venues...

√ MCCABE'S GUITAR SHOP, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497;

• Fri, Mar 18; 8 pm: CARLA OLSON & JOHN YORK, with friends Scott Kempner (The Del-Lords), Rob Waller (I See Hawks In L.A.), with and introducing Lael Neale, play an all-acoustic evening. Tix, $16.

• Sat, Mar 19; 8 pm: WILLY PORTER. Tix, $24.50.

• Sun, Mar 20; 11 am: "Matinee Kids' Show" with JAZZY ASH. Tix. $10 (kids under 2 are free).

• Sun, Mar 20; 8 pm: DENNY LAINE plays "Band On The Run," plus special guests BROKEN SKY (feat. The Records' John Wicks, and Debbie Peterson of The Bangles). Tix, $26.50.


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

• Fri, Mar 18, : PADDY'S PIG, Irish festival veterans and a So Cal-based quartet, play lively acoustic renditions of traditional and new Irish & Celtic music. Adv. tix sales closed; seats available: $20 at door.


• Wed, Mar 23; 8 pm: SIERRA HULL. A protege of Alison Krauss, Hull came to bluegrass at the early age of 11, playing the Grand Ole Opry stage with Krauss herself. Now at the ripe old age of 22, Hull is making her mark as a remarkable mandolin player, vocalist, and a recording artist of high order. Her new album, "Weighted Mind," was produced by Bela Fleck and features Fleck’s banjo with enchanting harmonies by the ensemble of Krauss, Abigail Washburn, and Rhiannon Giddens — aka the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

• 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.


√ COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena. Reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days), 626-798-6236; info:

• Fri, Mar 18; 8 pm: SUSIE GLAZE & THE HILONSOME TRIO, plus JOHN PICKOW and JOEELLEN LAPIDUS. ★★★ "A Night of Appalachian Folk." Jean Ritchie tribute artists all: Susie Glaze & the Hilonesome Trio with Ritchie's son Jon Pickow and Southern California dulcimer virtuoso Joellen Lapidus. This'll be great. Tix, $20.

• Sat, Mar 19; 7 pm: THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, ★★ ten-piece all-female Celtic and folk band based in Pasadena. "The Wives' harmonies are exquisite!" — Music Connection Magazine. Blending four- and five-part vocal harmonies with acoustic folk instruments, they've played the El Rey, The Galaxy Theatre, and Renaissance Faires across the country. More at: Tix, $20.

• Sun matinee, Mar 20; 3 pm: THE SOUND ACCORD ★★ brings "multiple cellos, multiple violins, infinite talent, music and show. A wow afternoon," says Bob Stane. Irish and American influences. The musicians say, "As a chamber-folk string sextet, we draw upon our eclectic strengths and skills to create innovative arrangements of melodies both old and new. Why can't you have a band with 3 cellists?" More at: ; Tix, $15.

• Sun, Mar 20; 7 pm: JIM "KIMO" WEST and KEN EMERSON play "A HAWAIIAN FANDANGO" ★★★ with slack key, singing, & hula dancing. Grammy Award folks, both living legends in the world of Hawaiian slack key and acoustic steel guitar. "Emerson writes pieces that update the classic sounds of Hawaiian Slack Key guitar. His unaccompanied songs have an open, relaxing quality to them, moving forward in a gentle rhythm.." — Jessy Terry, Rolling Stone. Tix, $20.


• Mon, Mar 21; 8 pm: MOOD INDIGO.... "MOVIES, RECORDS & WORLD TOURS." ★★★ This is truly a great swing trio: Casey MacGill (lead vocals, ukelele), John Reynolds (vocals, National Resophonic guitar), & David Jackson (vocals, bass). They reunite for an evening of merriment and frolicking, being the musicians who brought swing music back to Southern California in the '80s and reunited after twenty-something years for a few special performances in 2015. And proving to be just as talented and swingin’ as before. They shared many wild adventures throughout the 80’s, including touring in Australia, Japan and Hawaii, and can be spotted in Hollywood feature films, including "Frances" (1981) and "Swing Shift" (1983). Tix, $18, while they last.

• Wed, Mar 23; 8 pm: THE GENE BUTLER BAND, ★★ with Gene Butler, Brantley Kearns, Al "Shotgun" Weiss, and Patrick Gilham, play what Butler has coined as 'Concrete Americana.' It's a mixture of Blue Grass, Rock-A-Billy, Blues, and Old School Country ..and all original. Tix, $15.

• 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.

• 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.


√ ARCADIA BLUES CLUB, 16 E Huntington Dr (Santa Anita Av exit, S off 210 Fwy), Arcadia.

• Fri, Mar 18: Jacob Huffman Band, plus Bobby Bluehouse

• Sat, Mar 19: Johnny Rawls, plus Bobby Bluehouse

Great food, generous portions, befitting a real blues club. Full bar with specials (ask). Two stages, opposite ends of the house, so there's no dead time. Fun place. But bring earplugs — seriously.

Coming up at ABC:
• Fri, Apr 1: Preston Smith and the Crocodiles
• Sat, Apr 2: Delgado Brothers

Advance tix get substantial discounts (all shows), at:


√ ALVAS SHOWROOM, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro 90732; venue provides complimentary hot coffee, tea, cocoa, and a filtered water from the fountain. Bring your own food & drinks.

Sat, Mar 19; 8 pm: "C&C" Candi Sosa - Cristina Rebull. Powerhouse Cuban songstresses blend their voices to a Cuban Danzon, an Argentine Tango, some classic American Songbook ballads, and more. Tix: $30. Waiting list is all that's left, at: 310-519-1314
Sun, Mar 20; 4 pm: Nite at the Puppet Asylum. They explore the outer edges of puppetry with inventive, absurdly funny and wicked acts of puppetry, independently produced for an adult-only audience. Due to adult subject material, no one under the age of 18 will be admitted. Tix: $12.


√ BOSTON COURT THEATRE, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena; box office, 626-683-6883 (11 am-5 pm Tue-Sat);

• Fri, Mar 18; 8 pm: ★★★ "Music at Boston Court" performance is something special tonight at Boston Court Theatre.

Not only is the beautiful music being played by Robert Thies and Damjan Krajacic (on piano and flute), but video artist J-Walt is accompanying them with a live animation, which can best be described as magic. The theatre manager says, "I took a short video of their rehearsal just to give the tiniest taste."

It's available at:

Everything else is on the venue's site, where you can get tix:

• Sat, Mar 19; 8 pm: ★★★ This is the season's FINAL "Music at Boston Court" concert. They present cellist John Walz with Edith Orloff and friends. These masterful musicians will perform a concert of Schumann cello masterworks including the A minor Cello Concerto arranged for string quartet. Tix,


√ Sat, Mar 19, in Pasadena:
7 pm LIVE RECORDING NIGHT at the concert with Brad Swanson & Frequencies and The Quarter-Moon All-Stars, at Old Throop Hall, adjacent to Throop Unitarian, 300 S Los Robles Av, Pasadena.
$15 donation includes dinner and goodies. Your potluck of Desserts to share is accepted. The series' other trademark, a Song Circle, follows the show.
RSVPs appreciated at:
More at:


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

• Sat, Mar 19; 8-11 pm: JIM KIMO WEST AND KEN EMERSON, both living legends in the world of Hawaiian slack key and acoustic steel guitar, and GRAMMY winners. They strive for freshness and spontaneity in there duet shows, often performing without a set list or any idea of what comes next. Tix, $20.


• 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.


√ BOULEVARD MUSIC, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City 90230; 310-398-2583;

• Sat, Mar 19; 8 pm: LEFTOVER CUTIES – Shirli McAllen (lead vocals, ukulele), Austin Nicholsen (bass, vocals), Mike Bolger (brass, keys, accordion, vocals ) and Stuart Johnson (drums, percussion, vocals) – have sparked a fire with music lovers with a timeless jazz-tinged sound, combining sultry vocals, pop-perfect songwriting, and seasoned musicianship. Their spellbinding first album “Places to Go” won raves from critics. Their impeccable and atmospheric live performances draw ever-growing and increasingly passionate crowds in the clubs and cabarets of their hometown Los Angeles. A string of impressive licensing placements has won them fans the world over. Among those big spots: the theme for the Showtime series “The Big C” and an ad for Samsung that aired over and over (and over and over…) during the 2012 Olympics, generating more than 3 million YouTube views. Tickets $17.50

• Sun, Mar 20; 7-9 pm: UKULELE KANIKAPILA WITH CALI ROSE. Bring your ukulele, music stand and a great big smile to Boulevard's second “Ukulele Kanikapila with Cali Rose.” Also known as The Force of the Ukulele Awakens. That means participants sing, play and make music together. Cali hands out the songs and you get to make happy. There is an “open mic” segment later in the evening for those who would like to participate. Each participant who would like to, will perform one song in keeping with the “ukulele only” theme. Five sign-ups. Do it or review it, please contact Boulevard Music. Singers, ukulele, and music lovers are welcome, and please note this evening is a uke instrument only event. No tubas. ; the venue notes, " Variety Nite returns next month." Tickets for tonight, $12.


Miscellaneous venues with great shows...

√ ★★★ Sun, Mar 20, in OC (Costa Mesa):
3 pm ACOUSTIC EIDOLON plays the "Lord Of The Strings Concert Series" at LCA Wine at SOCO Center, 3303 Hyland Av, Costa Mesa 92626.


√ ★★★ Sun, Mar 20, in L.A.:
4 pm LISA HALEY & THE ZYDECATS plus the NEW ASHGROVE PLAYERS play the "Ash Grove at the Improv" concert series at the Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Av, Los Angeles 90048.


√ ★★★ Sun, Mar 20, in Venice:
5 pm ROSS ALTMAN performs his "Voice in the Well Production," "Chimes of Freedom Flashing," with spoken word artists at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Bl, Venice 90291; 310-822-3006.


√ Sun, Mar 20, in Malibu:
4 pm SIERRA HIGHWAY plays Rosenthal Wine Bar & Patio, 18741 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. See the band outside under the palms with the ocean breeze and warm spring afternoon. You can drink fine Rosenthal Wine and bring a picnic lunch, or a food truck is available. Major Label Music is providing sound engineering. Band spokesman Larry Schallert says, "This is a great venue to see the band and bring friends and family."


Next week...

√ Tue, Mar 22, in Malibu:
8 pm CHERISH THE LADIES in concert with Irish Dancers and THE ENNIS SISTERS, at Pepperdine Center for the Arts, Smothers Theater, 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu 90263; ; Tix from $20.


# 3 news feature...


"Confessions of a Serial Songwriter" happens Saturday, March 19, in Hollywood, 11 am-1 pm, with multi-platinum GRAMMY nominated songwriter SHELLY PEIKEN, presented by Los Angeles Women in Music (LAWIM) at SAE-LA Institute, 6700 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038.

"I don't know what I'm doing and maybe that's a good thing!" says SHELLY PEIKEN, the author of "Confessions of a Serial Songwriter."

In this special interview, she discusses the creative process of songwriting, humorous stories, personal conflicts, and more. It's a candid commentary about her unique perspective on the music business and how to navigate the changes ("even when you're not so young anymore!" adds LAWIM). She'll dive into "Ideas are all around us… even at Ralph's; Writer’s block: either be its bitch or do not dignify it with your attention; Co-writing: finding suitable collaborators; Daring to Suck; Technology has changed the game; The single vs. the album cut; umm, what’s an album cut?; Getting (or not getting) paid in a digital world; Combining a creative career and a family; Dealing with rejection (even after success); Keeping a sense of humor." One lucky attendee will win a signed copy of Shelly's book.

Parking is free in the on-site gated parking lot (enter off Las Palmas).

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).

Advance tix required for a guaranteed seat; available thru midnight Friday, at: or by phone at 213-243-6440.

Tix at door, space permiting, $25 LAWIM members, $30 student discount, $35 general public.


# 4 news feature...


We're calling it "IRISH SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2016." Because it's not just that St. Patrick's day fell on Thursday, when you couldn't indulge in a lot of Irish music and culture. It's just "a gimme," because there is so MUCH Irish music (and even and Irish Festival!) happening this weekend.

Here's the scene.

Irish Sunday FESTIVAL, Mar 20, in Pomona:
10 am-6 pm Annual "POMONA CELTIC FAIRE" is a St. Patrick-season festival with Patti Amelotte, Brand McFarland, Whiskey Sunday, The McClouds, Galway Hooker Band, and more, at Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W McKinley Av, Pomona 91768; 909-623-3111;


Irish Sunday, Mar 20, in Van Nuys:
8 pm STEVE GILLETTE & CINDY MANGSEN play the Noble House Concerts series in Van Nuys 91411. Their trad folk-americana repertoire is inclusive of Irish music. Reservations get directions at 818-780-5979, or by email to


Western-Irish Sunday, Mar 20, in Griffith Park:
Noon-2 pm Monthly "WESTERN MUSIC JAM" will emphasize the many cowboy songs with Irish roots, at the Autry National Center / Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, Los Angeles 90027; 323-667-2000. If you come to make music, or you're a member of the Western Music Association, you get in free at this event. Regular museum admission applies for all others.


Irish Sunday, Mar 20, in L.A.:
3-5:30 pm "WILDE THISTLE WEEKLY IRISH SESSION" where you can peruse the art gallery and listen or make music, at thr Wilde Thistle, 3456 Motor Av, Los Angeles; 310-730-6208;


Irish Sunday, Mar 20, in Long Beach:
4-7 pm "TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC WEEKLY SESSION" at the Auld Dubliner, 71 S Pine Av, Long Beach 90802; 562-437-8300.


Irish Sunday, Mar 20, in SaMo:
7:30-11 pm "IRISH MUSIC WEEKLY SESSION" at one of two O'Brien's Irish Pub and Restaurant locations, this one at 2226 Wilshire Bl, Santa Monica 90403; 310-829-5303.


Irish Sunday, Mar 20, in SaMo:
9 pm KEN O'MALLEY, the wonderful Irish singer-songwriter & acoustic multi-instrumentslist, plays his every-Sunday gig at at one of two O'Brien's Irish Pub and Restaurant locations, this one at 2941 Main St, Santa Monica 90405.


# 5 news feature...


First, on March 24...


Thursday, March 24th, at 7:30 pm, author-journalist-photographer CHRIS MORRIS — just in the national news for being taken-down while covering a Donald Trump rally for TIME magazine — will find a happier reception here.

Chris presents "Los Lobos: Dream in Blue," his newest book and the first comprehensive treatise on the storied band.

Los Lobos leaped into the national spotlight in 1987, when their cover of “La Bamba” became a No. 1 hit. But what looked like an overnight achievement to the band’s new fans was actually a way station in a long musical journey that began in East Los Angeles in 1973 and is still going strong. Across four decades, Los Lobos (Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano, David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, and Steve Berlin) have ranged through virtually the entire breadth of American vernacular music, from rockabilly to primal punk rock, R&B to country and folk, Mexican “son jarocho” to Tex-Mex “conjunto” and Latin American “cumbia.”

Their “sui generis” sound has sold millions of albums and won acclaim from fans and critics alike, including three Grammy Awards.

"Los Lobos," the first book on this unique band, traces the entire arc of the band’s career. Music journalist Chris Morris draws on new interviews with Los Lobos members and their principal collaborators, as well as his own reporting since the early 1980s, to recount the evolution of Los Lobos’ music. He describes the creation of every album, lingering over highlights such as “How Will the Wolf Survive?,” “La Pistola y El Corazon,” and “Kiko,” while following the band’s trajectory from playing Mexican folk music at weddings and dances in East L.A. to international stardom and major-label success, as well as their independent work in the new millennium.

"Giving one of the longest-lived and most-honored American rock bands its due, 'Los Lobos' celebrates the expansive reach and creative experimentalism that few other bands can match.” — Kim Grant.

“Morris is the ideal teller of this tale, drawing on decades of his own fandom and reportage and a wealth of experience in both consumer and trade journalism (including long, distinguished runs at 'The Reader,' the 'Hollywood Reporter,' and 'Billboard’). . . . Morris writes with care and insight about each Los Lobos record, providing rich geographical, cultural, and historical context along the way.” – Michael Sigman, The Huffington Post.

“Los Lobos is a slice of pure East L.A. that I never even knew existed. Chris Morris is a wildass ethnomusicologist, social critic, raconteur, and L.A. music bon vivant for the new millennium. Viva Chris — El Gato de East Los.” – James Ellroy, author of "L.A. Confidential."

Chris Morris is a music journalist and disc jockey. He was music editor of the "Hollywood Reporter" from 2004–2007, and senior writer for "Billboard" from 1986–2004. His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, "Rolling Stone," "Spin," "Musician," "Mojo, "LA Weekly," the "Chicago Reader," "Variety," and other publications.


Then, on March 28...


Monday, March 28th, at 6:30 pm, immerse yourself in a surprisingly large covey of award-winning published poets in a fun atmosphere. All were gathered by RED HEN PRESS and, since St. Patrick's is just past, it's worth noting all have special connections to IRELAND.

It's an evening with:
• Brendan Constatine
• Nicelle Davis
• Anne-Marie Fyfe
• C.L. Dallat

You're invited to "Bring out your own ire or Irishness."

Here's a bit about each:

His first book, "Letters To Guns," is now taught extensively in schools across the nation. His most recent collection is "Dementia, My Darling," forthcoming in April 2016. His work has inspired artists in a variety of other mediums, from the canvas to the concert hall, and he has received grants and commissions from the Getty Museum, James Irvine Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. A popular performer, he has presented his work to audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe, also appearing on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and KPFK’s “Inspiration House.” In 2014, he headlined at the Dodge Poetry Festival with many of the nation’s most celebrated authors. He currently teaches poetry at the Windward School in Los Angeles, and regularly conducts workshops for hospitals, foster homes, and with the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project.

She's a California poet, collaborator, and performance artist who walks the desert with her son J.J. in search of owl pellets and rattlesnake skins. Her poetry collections include "The Walled Wife" (Red Hen Press, forthcoming Spring 2016), "In the Circus of You" (Rose Metal Press, 2015), "Becoming Judas" (Red Hen Press, 2013), and "Circe" (Lowbrow Press, 2011). Her poetry film collaborations with Cheryl Gross have been shown across the world. She has taught poetry at Youth for Positive Change, an organization that promotes success for youth in secondary schools, at MHA, at Volunteers of America in their Homeless Youth Center, and with Red Hen’s WITS program. Recipient of the 2013 "AROHO retreat 9 3/4 Fellowship," she is honored to work as a consultant for this important feminist organization. She currently teaches at Paraclete High School.

Her fifth poetry collection, "House of Small Absences" (Seren Books) has just been published. Born in Cushendall, County Antrim, Ireland, Anne-Marie now lives in London where she works as an arts organiser. She has won the Academi Cardiff International Poetry Prize, has run Coffee-House Poetry’s readings & classes at London’s leading live literature venue, the Troubadour, since 1997; is Poetry Co-ordinator for the annual John Hewitt International Summer School in Armagh City; and is a former chair of the UK’s Poetry Society. More at:

Is poet, musician and critic, (b. Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, Ireland) and now lives in London where he reviews literature and the arts for the TLS and Guardian among others. Also, he continues as a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s weekly "Saturday Review" since 1998. His first poetry collection, "Morning Star," was published in 1998. He won the Strokestown International Poetry Competition in 2006, and his latest collection is "The Year of Not Dancing" (Blackstaff Press, 2009). More at:


# 6 news feature...


THE BBB FEATURING BERNIE DRESEL brings 18 original swingin' arrangements from a whole passel of players with more'n enough brass to be taken seriously. Thursday, March 24, catch 'em at Joe's Great American Bar & Grill, 4311 W Magnolia Bl, Burbank 91505.

They play the full evening, 8:30-11:15 pm. There's NO COVER CHARGE and no reservations necessary. But we do advise supporting the venue with food & drink purchases and tending to the musicians' tip jar.

The band is — deep breath to get through this big Big Band lineup: Bernie Dresel-drums; Johnny "Spazz" Hatton-upright slap bass; Andrew Synowiec-guitar; Jamie Hovorka-trumpet; Tony Bonsera-trumpet; Carl Saunders-trumpet; Jeff Bunnell-trumpet; Brian Scanlon- alto sax, soprano sax, clarinet, flute; Kirsten Edkins-alto sax, flute; Rob Lockart-tenor sax, piccolo & alto flutes; Scheila Gonzalez-tenor sax, flute; Brian Williams-bari sax, piccolo & alto flutes; Alan Kaplan-trombone; Ryan Dragon-trombone; Jim McMillen-trombone; Juliane Gralle-bass trombone.


# 7 news feature...


Yep, Sweet Baby James himself. Organizing for Action, a progressive political organization that evolved from the 2008 Obama for President campaign, is sponsoring this contest.

No purchase, payment, pledge, or contribution is necessary to enter to win. Void where prohibited. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 31, 2016. One Grand Prize winner will receive the following prize package: round trip tickets for winner and one guest from within the fifty United States, DC or Puerto Rico to Chicago, IL; two night's hotel accommodations for winner and one guest; tickets for winner and guest to James Taylor concert at Wrigley Field on June 30, 2016 (approximate retail value of Grand Prize: $2,200.00). Five second prize winners will receive a signed vinyl copy of James Taylor's latest album (approximate retail value: $25.00) Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Promotion open to all U.S. citizens, or lawful permanent U.S. residents who are legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia and 18 or older (or of majority under applicable law). Promotion subject to Official Rules and additional restrictions on eligibility.

Enter with or without making a contribution to the sponsoring organization, Organizing for Action. Enter and contribute or enter without making a contribution, either way, at:

Sponsor: Organizing for Action, P.O. Box 618120, Chicago, IL 60661.


# 8 news feature...


It happens Sunday, May 15, 2016, from 9 am-5 pm. It's the best annual one-day festival anywhere. And, oh-by-the-way, it's also a VERY prestigious competition for folk and traditional musicians.

It all happens out there in YOUR protected public land run by the National Park Service, at Paramount Ranch, 2903 Cornell Rd, Agoura Hills 91301.

Here's more you should know:

√ Along with many instrument categories and levels, there are vocal and band competitions, and new this year, FLATFOOT Dancing is added as a competitive category.

√ Contestant Registration is open through April 15, 2016. NEW, ON-LINE registration is available; no need to print and mail those forms any more.

√ Available space filling up fast! Don’t wait until it’s too late and there is no longer room in your chosen field of artistic endeavor.

√ There are NEW RULES for Intermediate Level Instrument Contestants, on the website under "Contestant FAQ’s."

√ Advance Ticket Purchase is available. Save money and avoid long lines getting-in.

√ You can sign-up for the TBFC email list, using the link on their Home Page.

√ Sign-up to Volunteer and enjoy a FREE Admission.

√ Want to distribute “Save the Date” Postcards? Contact Joy Felt at the e-address below.

√ Like TBFC on Facebook:

√ Follow TBFC on Twitter:

All the event's info may be found on the TBFC website, at:

√ Call the hotline, 818-382-4819, or email JOY FELT at to VOLUNTEER, or with questions.


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