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Saturday, September 3, 2016

LABOR DAY WEEKEND'S MUSIC & EVENTS 2016

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Yes, LABOR DAY is too easily taken for granted, when American workers actually fought against slavery and de facto slavery and conditions of servitude for at least a hundred and fifty years before winning all the things we took for granted, until we began to lose them again: five-day, 40-hour work weeks, eight-hour days, paid vacations, jobs with benefit packages, retirement benefits, and all the things we continue to lose to the oligarchs, Wall Street banksters, and this ongoing 21st century return of the Robber Barons.

There is one Labor Day music event that's really about Labor Day and the history and culture of the American labor movement. It's a special performance by Music Legend Award honoree ROSS ALTMAN, and it's Sunday morning, September 4, at 10:15 am in Santa Monica. It's in our weekend "things to do" section.

Whatever you choose to do, be happy, be safe, be tuneful, be mindful of all you do and can do for others, and TRY to forget about that damned election for a little while!


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CONTENTS / IN THIS EDITION...

1) Labor Day Weekend Music & Things to Do

2) L.A. FLEET WEEK™ Sep 2-5, Brings Concerts, Ship Tours, Aircraft Flyovers

3) BETTMAN & HALPIN Perform this Weekend & Coming Week in California

4) Music & Events After this Weekend, into the Fall & Beyond...

5) AMERICAN RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL: September in The Mother Lode

6) "A Star Shines For Survivors:" Worthy & Star-Studded, September 25

7) GRAMMY MUSEUM Announces Events; Tix Available Now

8) EDITH PIAF Tribute Sparks New Season at THEATRE RAYMOND KABBAZ

9) Whatever Happened to FUR DIXON?

Let's get started!


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# 1 news feature


LABOR DAY WEEKEND MUSIC & THINGS TO DO


From a blues festival to bunches of concerts, you can see the summer out tunefully.

WEEKEND MUSIC FESTIVALS

Sat & Sun, Sep 3 & 4, FESTIVAL:
Annual "NEW BLUES FESTIVAL" 3rd edition sponsored by the Long Beach Blues Society, at El Dorado Park, Area III Golden Grove, Long Beach 90815. The lineup and most info is online in a format we cannot copy. Use the link at the bottom of the listing.
*** SPECIL NOTE: Arcadia Blues Club says "Keep your wristband. Anyone who brings their NBR wristband to ABC next week will get a free beer or soft drink when they come to see Chris Cain or Philip Sayce live in concert. Arcadia Blues Club is dark this weekend in support.
** Tix, $30 either day, $50 for a weekend pass, ages 12 and under are free, $8/day parking. Info, complete list of performers, map, list of recommended and prohibited items, more, at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-blues-festival-september-3-4-2016-tickets-26829089529?ref=elink
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PLUS...
See the Feature Story on FLEET WEEK in San Pedro, which runs through the weekend and includes concerts in its extensive itinerary.



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CONCERTS, ETC.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
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Sat, Sep 3:
6:30-11 pm Monthly "SANTA MONICA TRADITIONAL FOLK MUSIC CLUB" session at Sha'Arei Am (Santa Monica Synagogue), 1448 18th St, Santa Monica 90404; 310-453-4276. Info, April Wayland, 310-376-8760 or Aprilstory@aol.com
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Sat, Sep 3:
6:30-10:30 pm Free weekly BLUEGRASS CONCERT SERIES at Me 'N Eds Pizza Parlor, 4115 Paramount Bl, Lakewood 90712; 562-421-8908.
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Sat, Sep 3:
7 pm JILL FREEMAN and ELLIE BAER play a CD Release Show for "A Handmade Life" at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675. Reservations, 626-798-6236.
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Sat, Sep 3:
7:30 pm LISA HALEY & THE ZYDECATS play their annual gig presented by the City of Ventura at the very nice, very historic, Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Dr, Ventura 92002.
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Sat, Sep 3:
7:30 pm BETTMAN & HALPIN play the "South Bay Community Concerts" series. Info at: www.bettmanandhalpin.com
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Sat, Sep 3:
8 pm Grammy-winning MARIACHI DIVAS play the FREE summer series at Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Memorial Park, 85 E Holly St, Pasadena 91103; 626-683-3230.
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Sat, Sep 3:
8 pm Monthly FRET HOUSE OPEN MIC at the Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina 91723; 626-339-7020.
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CONCERTS, ETC.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
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Sun, Sep 4:
9:30 am-2:30 pm Weekly BLUEGRASS BRUNCH at Urban Solace, 3823 30th St, San Diego 92104; 619-295-6464.
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Sun, Sep 4:
10:15 am ROSS ALTMAN performs "A LABOR DAY CELEBRATION OF MUSIC AND HISTORY OF WORKING PEOPLE" at the Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St, Santa Monica 90405; 310-399-1631. ANY time Ross does one of his thematic shows, it's a treat. He tends never to repeat the same thing twice -- ever(!) when he does one of these, regardless of topic, and he always includes plenty that's special to the theme at hand.
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Sun, Sep 4:
11 am-2 pm Monthly OLD-TIME MUSIC JAM at Cody's Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank 91506; 818-515-4444. Contact for info, Steve Lewis, 661-753-3499 or steve@urbanoldtime.com
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Sun, Sep 4:
Noon & 2 pm NATHALIA PALIS performs bilingual kids music for the summer weekend concert series at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Bl, Los Angeles 90049; 310-440-4578. Included with museum admission.
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Sun, Sep 4:
1-3 pm Monthly EL CAMINO COLLEGE BLUEGRASS JAM at El Camino College, 16007 Crenshaw Bl, Torrance 90506. Info, Steve Barilovits, 310-367-8975 or SteveBarilovits@gmail.com
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Sun, Sep 4:
2 pm & 7 pm BETTMAN & HALPIN play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675. Reservations, 626-798-6236. More info at: www.bettmanandhalpin.com
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Sun, Sep 4:
4:30-7:30 pm Weekly SANTA BARBARA IRISH SESSION at La Arcada Bistro, 1112 State St, Santa Barbara. Info, Willie Quinn, 805-965-5742.
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Sun, Sep 4:
7 pm BETTMAN & HALPIN play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675. Reservations, 626-798-6236. More info at: www.bettmanandhalpin.com
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Sun, Sep 4:
7-10 pm Weekly O'BRIEN'S IRISH TRAD SESSION is one of the two at different O'Brien's locations, this one at O'Brien's Irish Pub on Main St, 2941 Main St, Santa Monica 90405
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Sun, Sep 4:
7:30-11 pm Weekly O'BRIEN'S IRISH MUSIC SESSION is one of the two at different O'Brien's locations, this one at O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 2226 Wilshire Bl, Santa Monica 90403; 310-829-5303.
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Sun, Sep 4:
7:30 pm WE THE FOLK play their weekly residency at the historic Culver Hotel, 9400 Culver Bl, Culver City; 310-558-9400. Info, Sean O'Hara, 925-216 8993 or wethefolkmusic@gmail.com
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CONCERTS, ETC.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
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Mon, Sep 5:
7-9 pm Twice-monthly GLENDALE BLUEGRASS JAM, 1st & 3rd Monday, at the Music Hall in Glendale.
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Mon, Sep 5:
7:30 pm Weekly OPEN MIC with web simulcast and multi-camera video recording, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood 91607; 818-766-9913; www.kulakswoodshed.com
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Mon, Sep 5:
7:30 pm THE BROMBIES play their long-running weekly BLUEGRASS residency at Cody's Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank 91506; 818-515-4444.
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Mon, Sep 5:
9-11 pm Weekly CELTIC ARTS CENTER IRISH MUSIC SESSION at the The Mayflower Club, 4843 Laurel Canyon Bl, Studio City; 818-760-8322.
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# 2 news feature


L.A. FLEET WEEK™ SEP 2-5, BRINGS CONCERTS, SHIP TOURS, AIRCRAFT FLYOVERS


LA Fleet Week™ is Los Angeles' new end-of-summer tradition on the LA Waterfront. Held over Labor Day Weekend, the free event features public ship tours, aerial demonstrations, live music and entertainment, food trucks, exhibits, along with a STEM expo and Veterans Village.
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ON THE STAGES

JEFFERSON STARSHIP is the headline music act, playing a FREE concert saturday, Sep. 3, at 8 pm. The opening acts begin at 6:30 pm.

In addition...

Friday, September 2
8:30 a.m. Event opens to the public
1-2 p.m. FANTASTIC PATRICK (one-man circus) on the outdoor stage
3-4 p.m. THE TOPICS (classic hits, Latin) on the outdoor stage

Saturday, September 3
10-10:20 a.m. BOB HOPE USO TROUPE (patriotic)
11 a.m.-6 p.m. "SAILORS BAR" open on Battleship IOWA (feat. SAILOR JERRY GIRLS and BUDWEISER GIRLS)
1-2 p.m. GEORGE THOMAS (Elvis impersonator) on the outdoor stage
3-4 p.m. PURPLE SUGAR (rock) on the outdoor stage
4 p.m. Event closed at main site
6:30 p.m. "Mayor’s LA Fleet Week™ Concert" featuring JEFFERSON STARSHIP, with opening performances by BOB HOPE USO TROUPE and ONE TEN SOUTH, presented by Annenberg Foundation aboard Battleship IOWA, is FREE until capacity is reached
7 p.m. "SWING PEEDRO!" Swing Dance at People’s Place in Downtown San Pedro (free admission to active military, veterans and cadets)
9:45 p.m. FIREWORKS SHOW presented by Farmers & Merchants Bank (best viewing locations are aboard Battleship IOWA and at Downtown Harbor)

Sunday, September 4
8:30 a.m. Event opens to the public
10-10:20 a.m. BOB HOPE USO TROUPE (patriotic)
11 a.m.-6 p.m. "SAILORS BAR" open on Battleship IOWA (feat. SAILOR JERRY GIRLS)
11 a.m.-noon JUMPIN’ JOZ BAND (swing) on the outdoor stage
1-2 p.m. DANGEROUS CARGO/LOS ANGELES PORT POLICE ('80s Covers) outdoor stage
3-4 p.m. THE SMOKIN’ COBRAS (classic rock) on the outdoor stage
4 p.m. Event closed at main site
6 p.m. "BOB HOPE USO HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN" presented by Farmers & Merchants Bank aboard Battleship IOWA (ticket required)

Monday, September 5
7-10 a.m. "Conquer the Bridge 8," a 5.3-mile race and fun walk/run over the Vincent Thomas Bridge
11 a.m. Event opens to the public
11 a.m.-6 p.m. "SAILORS BAR" open on Battleship IOWA (feat. SAILOR JERRY GIRLS)
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. 32nd STREET BRASS BAND (Mardi Gras) on the outdoor stage
1-2 p.m. THE SATIN DOLLZ (‘40s) on the outdoor stage
3-4 p.m. RENOWN MUZIC BAND (‘60s-‘90s) on the outdoor stage

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IN THE SKIES

Hourly flyovers are planned along the L.A. Waterfront; highlights include historic WWII aircraft, to fighter jets. Just announced August 26, LA Fleet Week™ organizers released the line-up for the event’s planned aircraft flyovers this upcoming Labor Day Weekend, September 2-5. The schedule features a wide range of military aircraft that will be “spreading their wings” for the thousands of visitors expected for the multi-day event over the holiday weekend.

Aerial demonstrations kick off with a U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue Demonstration on Friday, at 1 pm, with hourly flyovers by Dunbar Airshows, sponsored by Clyde & Co., starting at 10 am over the Los Angeles Main Channel, each day, Saturday through Monday. The featured aircraft and daily aerial demo schedule are at:

https://www.portoflosangeles.org/pdf/la-fleet-week-aerial-demos.pdf

On Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm and Monday at noon, a plane towing a giant American flag will make its way along the L.A. Waterfront in a show of support and patriotism for the military personnel visiting as part of LA Fleet Week™.

Notable among the numerous performing aircraft are:

• US NAVY F/A-18E SUPER HORNET. A formation of these aircraft-carrier-capable planes will fly over on Sat & Mon at 3 pm, and an individual aircraft will do a demonstration on Sun at 2 pm. This aircraft serves as the Navy’s frontline attack fighter. The LA Fleet Week™ flyover will feature a three-aircraft Super Hornet formation. Pilots and aircraft will be from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 “Stingers” based in Lemoore, CA.

• VULTEE BT-13 VALIANT is a rare WWII aircraft-carrier-based dive bomber. It will fly over at 4 pm Sat & Sun and at 1 pm on Mon. Nicknamed the “Vultee Vibrator” by pilot trainees, this mono-wing airplane was flown by the U.S. Navy as the “SNV” during WWII. The plane was important in the battle of the Coral Sea that turned-back a Japanese invasion of Australia. In the pivotal Battle of Midway, the turning point of WWII in the Pacific, the pilots of squadrons of these outclassed aircraft and its successor, the Douglas SBD, largely sacrificed themselves against the far larger Japanese fleet that was nonetheless defeated by US naval air power.

• COAST GUARD HELICOPTERS will perform a search and rescue demonstration Fri, Sat, & Sun, at 1 pm.

• USCG MH-60T Jayhawk is a multi-mission, twin-engine, medium-range helicopter operated by the U.S. Coast Guard for search and rescue, law enforcement, military readiness and marine environmental protection missions. The MH-60T is a member of the Sikorsky S-70 family of helicopters and is based on the U.S. Navy SH-60 Seahawk helicopter.
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• USCG MH-65 Dolphin. The U.S. Coast Guard's primary rescue helicopter, the Dolphin is certified for operation in all-weather and night-time operations, with the exception of icing conditions. The H-65 is the primary Coast Guard aircraft used aboard certified cutters during deployments.

“Aircraft flyovers are always a crowd favorite,” said Rear Admiral Mike Shatynski, USN (ret.), an LA Fleet Week™ Foundation Board Member. He continued, “Against the backdrop of the Vincent Thomas Bridge and down the main channel of 'America’s Port,' the aircraft and Coast Guard demonstrations will be a great enhancement to LA’s inaugural Fleet Week.”
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ON THE WATER

Military vessels featured at the event will include the CGC (Coast Guard Cutter) "ACTIVE," a Reliance-class cutter; the USS "AMERICA" amphibious assault ship; USS "CHAMPION," an Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship; and the USS "WAYNE E MEYER" guided missile destroyer.
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LA FLEET WEEK, BASIC SCHEDULE OF EVENTS...

There's an action-packed calendar of events, with something for everyone.

• Thursday, September 1, 6-9 pm. San Pedro's monthly "First Thursday Art Walk" expands to the "LA Fleet Week™ Welcome Celebration." The San Pedro Historic Business District welcomes everyone to downtown San Pedro for the music, visual, and performing arts of Art Walk and a Welcome Party. Enjoy an evening of food, culture, entertainment, community and military camaraderie.

• Friday, September 2 through Monday, September 5 are the public tour days aboard the ACTIVE military ships. (The battleship USS "IOWA" and WWII ship SS "LANE VICTORY" are museum ships open for tours each day, and tix can be purchased for either or both of these.)

Each day of Fleet Week, you can enjoy:

• Free U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard ship tours (Reserve your tour online, or come "day of" and take your chances. First-come, first served.)
• Great photo opportunities.
• Aerial demonstrations throughout the weekend.
• Special dockside tours for the elderly and special needs guests.
• STEM Expo with hands-on exhibits and displays.
• Military, fire, police and other emergency vehicles and equipment.
• U.S. Bank Veterans Village with services and resources for active and retired military.
• Discounted tours to Battleship IOWA (free admission to veterans and active military) and S.S. Lane Victory (free admission to active military)
• Great local dining + popular food trucks and beverages
• Live entertainment
• Free parking shuttle and Downtown Red Car Trolley service
• Lots of shopping, dining, and fun all around the LA Waterfront and LA Harbor

For a COMPLETE LIST OF ACTIVITIES, check the website at:

http://www.lafleetweek.com/visiting-ships/schedule-of-events/.
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LA Fleet Week™ is made possible with the generous support of sponsors, including the Annenberg Foundation, Comcast NBCUniversal, The Ahmanson Foundation, Bob Hope USO, Farmers & Merchants Bank, LA County Supervisor Don Knabe, Tesoro, U.S. Bank, Clyde & Co, Farmers Insurance, Providence Health & Services, Sailor Jerry, Southern California Ford Dealers, Haynes and Boone, Rancho LPG Holdings LLC, Roadium, and Time Warner Cable SportsNet.



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# 3 news feature


BETTMAN & HALPIN PERFORM THIS WEEKEND & COMING WEEK IN CALIFORNIA


Since they moved to Colorado, we don't see all that much of Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin. They came out to the left coast to attend and perform at the Western Arts Alliance, Aug 29-Sep 1st and play some additional gigs while they're here. Mostly, they're busy playing festivals and gigs all over the country.

Stephanie checked-in to tell us, "From one coast to the next! It's a busy month. Luke and I sang our hearts out for all of ten minutes at the Falcon Ridge Folk Fest in New York. This was just last week. We were honored to be chosen among this year's 'Emerging Artists.' We wait to hear the results of the audience ballots for 'Most Wanted To Return.' Our fingers are crossed."

Stephanie wasted no time saying, "We are super excited to be bringing out the full band for four - count 'em - FOUR shows in three days in SoCal."

September 2nd - Huntington Beach Arts Center
September 3rd - South Bay Community Concerts
September 4th - The Coffee Gallery Backstage - 2 pm & 7 pm

Then Stephanie & Luke head north to Berkeley and Fremont for two more shows:

September 9th - The Back Room, Berkeley CA
September 11th - LEAF Harvest Garden Fest, Fremont CA

Stephanie tells us, "We have some new material, and of course, some old faves. And we can't wait to share it all with you. As always, tell your friends, bring them, bring family, long lost relatives, neighbors, people you owe money to....the more the merrier!"

Info at: www.bettmanandhalpin.com



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# 4 news feature


MUSIC & EVENTS AFTER THIS WEEKEND, INTO THE FALL & BEYOND...


Chronologically...

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
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Tue, Sep 6:
8 pm STEVE EARLE and SHAWN COLVIN team-up for a wowsa of a show presented by Lobero Live at the Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara 93101; 805-963-0761.
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
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Wed, Sep 7, 8 pm: "HOMEGROWN: THE RECORD COMPANY." The GRAMMY Museum welcomes Los Angeles-based rock/soul trio THE RECORD COMPANY to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate performance-interview with a conversation on their rising career and Los Angeles roots, moderated by Scott Goldman, Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares.
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Wed, Sep 7, FILM EVENT, BAY AREA:
GREG PALAST, writer for "Rolling Stone," will hold the Bay Area Premiere of his new movie:
"THE BEST DEMOCRACY MONEY CAN BUY"
at the Grand Lake Theater, Oakland, CA, with all proceeds going to the cost of creating this important film. There will be a Q & A with Greg Palast, in person, after the screening.
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
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Thu Sep 8:
7:30 pm DANA COOPER, an especially fine traveling singer-songwriter, plays the Guitar Merchant, 7305 Topanga Bl, Canoga Park 91303; 818-884-5905.
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Thu, Sep 8:
8 pm LITTLE FAITH brings their roots, gospel and old school R&B to the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga 90290; 310-455-3723.
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Thu, Sep 8:
8 pm DAVID STARR and the SALTY SUITES play a double bill at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; reservations, 626-798-6236.
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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
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Fri-Sun, Sep 9-11: 32nd Annual "TALL SHIPS FESTIVAL" happens at sea and aboard docked vessels and in the friendly land-based facilities of the Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point 92629; 949-496-2274. Most events, including plenty of maritime music, sea chanteys, and the like, happen September 10 & 11, 2016, from 10 am-5 pm. Beyond that, there are plenty of specifics -- starting Fri, Sep 9 -- that require advance planning, and some of those need extra tickets that sell-out well in advance. Complete info in the Guide's # 3 feature story in our Aug 12 edition (http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2016/08/mid-august-musicality-this-weekend-in.html ). Advance online tix for Tall Ships Festival, ocean sails & special events, available now at: www.ocean-institute.org/tall-ships-festival-tickets
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Fri, Sep 9, 6:30 pm: THE LEFTOVER CUTIES presented by "Levitt on the Lawn" and "Scripps Presents" FREE at Scripps College, 1030 Columbia Av, Claremont 91711. Info at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/levitt-on-the-lawn-the-leftover-cuties-tickets-26833504735?aff=erellivmlt. “Jazz-pop that’s sweet as pie, but strong as whiskey.” —Buzzbands.la. Featuring the sultry vocals and lilting ukulele of Shirli McAllen, this Los Angeles–based quartet is beloved for its retro-infused tunes backed by upright bass, horns, and the occasional accordion. Picnic on the lawn with local food truck fare and end-of-summertime treats and then make your way to the dance floor.
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AFTER THIS COMING WEEK...
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Thu, Sep 15: GAVIN DeGRAW & ANDY GRAMMER team up to play the Greek Theatre in Griffith Park, L.A., 2700 N Vermont, Los Angeles 90027; 213-480-3232.
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Fri, Sep 16, 11 am-8 pm: CORKY SIEGEL and JAMES LEE STANLEY play the Four Friends Gallery, 1414 E Thousand Oaks Bl, Thousand Oaks 91362. Tix, 358-4970 or by email at brogdenbay@gmail.com.
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CORKY SIEGEL is known internationally as one of the world’s great blues harmonica players, and is a celebrated composer, blues pianist, singer, songwriter, band leader and author.
“Corky Siegel is a phenomenon.” - Washington Post.
“They Love Corky Siegel in Lincoln Center” - New York Times.
Along with the likes of John Cage, Steve Reich, Phillip Glass, and Meredith Monk, he is the recipient of a Meet the Composer/Reader’s Digest Commissioning Program for New American Music grant for chamber music composition resulting in his Chamber Blues ensemble’s popular Aunt Lila’s Suite; he has also been honored with the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award for Music Composition, the Chicago Music Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award, and induction into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame.
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"JAMES LEE STANLEY," says Steve Brogden, "Last November, at the last minute... opened our ALBERT LEE concert so that Albert and his band could attend a recording session in Santa Monica with EMMYLOU HARRIS. James Lee wowed the audience and Albert Lee as well. In fact, James Lee was later asked to open for Albert at another gig. Well, James is coming back to the Four Friends Gallery along with Corky Siegel, his friend for nearly three decades! This will be a killer show!" Tom Robbins, author of "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues," says, “So where have they been hiding James Lee Stanley? We could say that James Lee Stanley is probably the last great undiscovered singer-songwriter in America. But true as that may be let’s say something else. Let’s say that a diamond has been smuggled into the wasteland… and here is where the wasteland ends.”
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Fri, Sep 16: THE MONKEES play the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.
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Fri, Sep 16: LOCAL NATIVES play the Greek Theatre in Griffith Park, L.A., 2700 N Vermont, Los Angeles 90027; 213-480-3232.
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Sat, Sep 17, 5-8 pm: "AN EVENING ON BROADWAY" presented as a benefit for the Ocean Institute by the Sand Dollar Guild, at Mission Viejo Country Club (OC). Enjoy dinner and favorite Broadway hits performed by Broadway stars IVAN RUTHERFORD, SHANNON BRENNAN, & ROBERT MEFFE. This special concert is in cabaret setting. Doors at 5 pm. Tix $75 in advance. A special menu and full no-host bar available. Silent auction and 'opportunity drawing" for a fabulous grand prize. Seating is limited and premium table seating is first-come-first-served. Make reservations promptly. Your support of this event benefits the Ocean Institute’s exhibits and outreach programs. Tickets by phone or email from Cathy Nelson, 949-322-9766, or cathynelson92624@gmail.com
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Thu, Sep 22: GLORIA TREVI plays the Arlington Theatre in L.A.
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Sat & Sun, Sep 24 & 25, all day: Annual "IRVINE GLOBAL VILLAGE FESTIVAL" features many bands, and it's all FREE, at Col. Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park, 4 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine 92606; www.cityofirvine.org/globalvillage. LISA HALEY & THE ZYDECATS play Saturday.
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Sat & Sun, Sep 24 & 25, all day: Annual "ADAMS AVENUE STREET FAIR" brings multiple acoustic genres on multiple stages all along Adams Av in San Diego. On Sunday, LISA HALEY & THE ZYDECATS are a featured act on the Blues Stage at Hawley Bl & Adams Av. Complete info on the event at: www.adamsaveonline.com/StreetFair/default.htm.
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Wed, Sep 28: ALLEN STONE plays the Majestic Ventura Theater in Ventura.
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Thu, Sep 29, 8-10 pm: VINTAGE JAM TRIO debuts its new five-piece band, videoing a concert live at Kulak's Woodshed in Valley Village. First part: Vintage JAM Trio - plenty of period music from the Golden Age of Tin Pan Alley, including Samantha Elin's dance steps. part two is "an explosive new sound based on rhythm & blues and a generous helping of original tunes." $15 per person / $20 per couple.
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Sat & Sun, Oct 1 & 2, 3-7 pm: Annual "TICKET TO THE TWENTIES" FESTIVAL" at the Homestead Museum, 15415 E Don Julian Rd, City of Industry 91745; 626-968-8492; www.homesteadmuseum.org. It's FREE admission and free parking. And if so few hours seem like it can't possibly be much, then you just don't know how to 23 skidoo. It's a weekend of great fun, where you'll celebrate the Roaring Twenties as you enjoy charming live music, dancing to the Charleston (or your best facsimile, off to the side of the ones who really know how), silent films, crafts, historic house tours (the museum has two big ones), games, demonstrations, old car and machinery displays, activities by the L.A. Art Deco Society, and more. They really know how to do this right. So polish-up your Stutz Bearcat. The Guide staff are big fans of this FREE annual event.
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Sat, Oct 8, all day: 1st Annual "FOLKWORKS FOLK/ROOTS FESTIVAL" in Santa Monica is coming together nicely! It'll feature top-notch Folk-Americana, roots, plus the "world music" that the FolkWorks crew loves so much. Tix are now available at: www.fwfolkrootsfestival.com
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Sun, Oct 16, 7 pm-1 am: "ROARING '20s PROHIBITION SPEAKEASY RED CARPET GALA" is FREE with tix, at the Reserve, 650 S Spring St, downtown Los Angeles 90014. Eugene Sidney Entertainment hosts its annual “Roaring 20's Gala” complete with red carpet, '20s style decor, and all of the entertainment & networking you expect. Invitees include celebrities and friends joining in this historic event, Speakeasy Party style. During the time of Prohibition, the Speakeasy was born and all levels of society began to party behind closed doors. This takes you back to the Roaring '20s and re-creates the feeling of days gone by. In an historic building in downtown Los Angeles, this event features beautiful '20s-style Deco decor, specialty cocktails, music, dancing and a few surprises. DRESS CODE: Feel free to dress in theme for this event as costumes are encouraged (but not required); since this event represents the 1920s, special guests are dressed in the styles of this era. However, a lovely dress for the lady and outstanding suit for the gentleman should also do the job. Tix (they're free, but limited) and info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/roaring-20s-prohibition-speakeasy-red-carpet-gala-tickets-27334979660?aff=erellivmlt
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Tue, Oct 18: WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY play the Pantages Theatre
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Sat, Dec 3, 9 pm: THE COUNT BASIE SEPTET, presented by The World Stage Performance Gallery on The World Stage, 4321 Degnan, Leimert ParK (Los Angeles). Tix $15-$20. The Count Basie Orchestra, founded over 80 years ago, is widely regarded as the greatest jazz orchestra in the world. The orchestra continues to tour the world spreading its unique brand of swing. In early December The Count Basie Orchestra will be in Los Angeles to record its latest collection of music. During their stint at Capitol Records several of the band members will break from the recording to "stretch out" at the venerable World Stage Performance Gallery co-founded by master drummer Billy Higgins and consummate poet Kamau Daaood. This is a historic, limited engagement. One night only. Presale tickets are $15, available before Nov 1.
General Admission tix are $20 thru Dec 2, 2016.
Tickets at the door, subject to availability.
Because seating for this historic, limited engagement is limited, patrons are advised to purchase tickets in advance, at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-count-basie-septet-the-world-stage-tickets-27344172155?aff=erellivmlt
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# 5 news feature


AMERICAN RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL: SEPTEMBER IN THE MOTHER LODE

"The Spell of Music and Moving Water" is Two Weeks Away in California's Mother Lode Contry, in Coloma.


Main Stage Performers
The Dustbowl Revival, Arden Park Roots, Achilles Wheel, Birds of Chicago, T Sisters, Bryan Elijah Smith & The Wild Hearts, Keith Greeninger, Nick Drummond of the Senate, Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer, Gun Hill Royals

Additional Fest Performers
Laurie Lewis, Red Dirt Ruckus, Dan Weber, Island of Black and White, Michael McNevin, Ranell Carpenter Band, Greg Lamboy, Troubledoors, Karyn Ann, The Heifer Belles,
Lumadae, The Sweet Potatoes, Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen, Tamra Godey, AND the "Friday Night Showcase" hosted by Michael Gaither

Riverfront Camping, Music in the Campgrounds, Riverfront Main Stage, Swimming, Floating, Jams, Dancing, Artisan Market, Showcase Night, Tweeners, Fine Food, Local Wine, Craft Beer, Kid's Activities Center, Hot Spots each evening, Free Parking, Free Shuttles

Tix & info (don't dawdle, as things sell-out!):

www.americanrivermusic.org



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# 6 news feature


"A STAR SHINES FOR SURVIVORS:" WORTHY & STAR-STUDDED, SEPTEMBER 25


Sunday, September 25, from 1-5 pm, you can take part in something meaningful and help some very special people you probably never knew were in immediate great need. Many survivors of the Holocaust live in Eastern Europe, where the general economic situation is often poor for everyone of all ages. These Holocaust survivors are now aged, many in their 80s and 90s, and after surviving unspeakable Nazi atrocities -- some, miraculously surviving until liberation at the end of World War II -- many of those still on this Earth are in dire straits financially, and with health needs that go back to what happened to their bodies to seven decades ago, when they were starved, tortured, and had chemical experiments conducted on them.

The event's host committee includes MAYIM BIALIK, VALERIE HARPER, FRANCES FISHER, ELLIOTT GOULD, “MILLION DOLLAR LISTING’S” JOSH FLAGG, and more

The event happens at the Dominique Cohen Boutique, 9513 S Santa Monica Bl, Beverly Hills 90210.

The organizing force is "The Survivor Mitzvah Project," an urgent humanitarian effort aiding Holocaust survivors in desperate need, and the project is hosting this special event in Beverly Hills on September 25.

"A Star Shines for Survivors" is an afternoon of luxury jewelry, compassionate celebrities, sweets and libations. Importantly, it launches the “Survivor Bracelet,” an exclusive, limited edition unisex bracelet created by luxury jewelry designer Dominique Cohen. “Designing this special piece was a labor of love,” says Cohen. “We are thrilled that the funds raised will help sustain and save the lives of Holocaust survivors in Eastern Europe.”

WEAR A BRACELET – SAVE A LIFE

The Survivor Bracelet symbolizes the ideal of harmonious coexistence between all peoples.

Two diamond accents represent the triumph of good over evil through the power of compassion. The name of a survivor will be engraved on each bracelet as a symbol of universal connectivity. No two bracelets will have the same name.

CNN "Hero" ZANE BUZBY, SMP’s founder, explains “These men and women, now in their 80s and 90s, are ill, isolated, and lack the means to buy food, medicine, heat and shelter. They are in urgent need. We thank Dominique and all those who generously give to The Survivor Mitzvah Project so that we can write a more hopeful final chapter to the Holocaust, one of kindness and compassion.”

Fashion meets Philanthropy as celebrities and influencers join forces to benefit elderly and impoverished Holocaust survivors in Eastern Europe. The public is invited to enjoy an afternoon of Ms. Cohen’s handcrafted, one-of-a-kind work in an atmosphere of philanthropic compassion. A star-studded host committee including Mayim Bialik, Valerie Harper, Frances Fisher, Elliott Gould, “Million Dollar Listing’s” Josh Flagg, and television personality Shaun Robinson support A STAR SHINES FOR SURVIVORS initiative.

Learn more about The Survivor Mitzvah Project (a 501c3 non-profit public charity) at survivormitzvah.org, and about Dominique Cohen at dominiquecohen.com.



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# 7 news feature


GRAMMY MUSEUM ANNOUNCES EVENTS; TIX AVAILABLE NOW

In the "Homegrown" series, the museum brings a performance-interview by THE RECORD COMPANY, Wednesday, Sep 7, 8 pm. The Los Angeles-based rock/soul trio The Record Company in the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate conversation on their rising career and Los Angeles roots, moderated by Scott Goldman, Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares. The discussion will be followed by a performance.
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"History Of Reggae: From The Roots to The Seminal Artists and Beyond," With Ziggy Marley, Ras Michael, Lloyd "Bread" McDonald, and Carlton "Santa" Davis, Tuesday, Sep 13, 8 pm. Scott Goldman, Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares, explores the history of reggae through a panel discussion featuring GRAMMY-winning reggae artist Ziggy Marley, Ras Michael, Lloyd "Bread" McDonald of The Wailing Souls, and Carlton "Santa" Davis, who played drums for Bob Marley & The Wailers.
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Several additional events happen there in September, but those are all sold-out.
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Tix, info, The Grammy Museum, 800 W Olympic Bl, Los Angeles 90015; 213-765-6800; www.grammymuseum.com


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# 8 news feature


EDITH PIAF TRIBUTE SPARKS NEW SEASON AT THEATRE RAYMOND KABBAZ


C'est francais, and you've gotta say Edith Piaf. A two-night tribute concert to the music legend is included in this fall's offerings from Theatre Raymond Kabbaz, 10361 W Pico Bl, Los Angeles 90064. Here's the schedule, into 2017.

Tix for all the following shows are available at the incredibly long url (shortening it doesn't work):

www.lycee.org; tix, https://apps.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?m=241d6077b39728479d58e072170e1c6f&t=tix&vqitq=5e42ca11-f8d9-4be8-8d4f-f3fcab837d03&vqitp=fc993609-9598-473e-a9b6-b896ab915858&vqitts=1472859907&vqitc=vendini&vqite=itlwww&vqitrt=Safetynet&vqith=2bb3ea348c90575d944675038515ae38
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Thu, Sep 29, 7:30 pm: LOS ANGELES VIRTUOSI ORCHESTRA - Sensational Strings. The theatre's 2016 Season Opening show. CARLO PONTI and LAV Orchestra return at TRK with an emotional performance featuring orchestral masterpieces by GABRIEL FAURÉ, ANTONIN DVORAK and the anticipated L.A. premiere of FRANK MARTIN’s "Petite Symphonie Concertante."
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Wed, Oct 5, 7:30 pm: LUX AETERNA DANCE COMPANY.
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Sun & Mon, Oct 23 & 24, 7:30 pm: "PIAF! THE SHOW." Inspired by the internationally-successful award-winning movie 'La Vie en Rose', PIAF ! THE SHOW tells the amazing story of the life and career of Edith Piaf through all her hit songs with the amazing voice of ANNE CARRĂˆRE. The audience is taken on a journey through the streets of Montmartre and Olympia Hall during the time of Paris in the 1950s and "La Vie en Rose".
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Fri, Nov 4, 7:30 pm: COLLECTIF9.
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Fri & Sat, Dec 2 & 3, 7:30 pm: "D'UN COMMUN ACCORD" - FRANCIS LALANNE.
On sale Fri, Sep 16, at 10 am.
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Tue, Dec 6, 6:30 pm: TEARS OF JOY THEATER: "JUNGLE BOOK."
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Thu, Jan 12, 2017, 7:30 pm: JAMIE ADKINS: CIRCUS INCOGNITUS.
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Thu, May 25, 2017, 7:30 pm: LOS ANGELES VIRTUOSI ORCHESTRA: "BEETHOVEN’S FOURTH."
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# 9 news feature


WHATEVER HAPPENED TO FUR DIXON?


Of course everyone remembers that musical duo with the amazing songwriting on the parts of both its members, and the stunningly great harmonies. Well, since the breakup of roots-acoustic duo FUR & STEVE, we just don't hear, or hear from, either one of 'em nearly often enough.

But Fur recently checked-in. She tells us, "I am recording a new rock & roll album with my new band, WTFUKUSHIMA!! (Pronounced: What the Fukushima!!)"

"The new WTFUKUSHIMA!! album is now available for pre-order. I am asking for your help to fund its completion. Every pre-order or premium purchase will get us closer to our goal of raising $10,000.00."

Fur sent us the bullet-pointed stuff, as follows:

• "I'm doing this project on my own; getting the band up and running, paying the musicians, paying for studio time, graphic design & photos, plus all manufacturing costs."

• "I'm fundraising through my own website rather than using a corporate site like Kickstarter (they charge an 8-15% fee)."

She revealed the band's personnel, and there are recognizable L.A. music sceners:
Dusty Watson (The Sonics) on drums,
Dave Provost (Dream Syndicate) on bass guitar,
Paul Roessler (Screamers, 45 Grave) co-production and keyboards
Dave Wronski, mega surf guitarist

Fur asks, "Would you please consider pre-ordering an autographed copy or a digital download of my upcoming CD? The release date is slated for pre-Christmas 2016. Premiums include: Autographed memorabilia (from my time in The Cramps and the Hollywood Hilbillys) my original artwork, a house concert by yours truly, a tell-all Skype session, and more."

Fur's "fundraising store" link is:

http://www.furdixon.com/#!shop/sv2xi

You can check out some song samples (rock & roll!) at:
https://soundcloud.com/fur-dixon/sets/wtfukushima-new-album-sampler



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