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Friday, June 23, 2017

Weekenditudinal Adjustments. The Guide's Events Edition, UPDATED. June 23, 2017

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Okay, so there are more festivals this weekend than we previously reported. Including one that really is THIS weekend, and wasn't last weekend (that's what we get for doing that enormous "Encyclopedia Festivanica" months in advance and not zeroing-in again on that particular festival later on... to learn they had moved it, months ago).

So will ya just GO SOMEWHERE, already! Really, go. Not like the "get outta here kid ya bother me" -kinda go. But the go-have-fun-'cause-it's-special kinda go.

CONCERTS, musical theatre, and other local events are in here, too.

A fresh, full edition of MUSIC NEWS will be along soon. Yes, we should ride the goat backwards and wear the hair shirt in penance because we haven't finished it yet. Meantime, here are the EVENTS.

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Contents / In this Edition...

1) FESTIVALS — THIS WEEKEND

2) Festivals after the weekend, through July 4th

3) CONCERTS, club gigs, musical theatre, fun events (incl.) freebies — in Southern Cal through the post-July 4th weekend

Let's get started!


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# 1 events feature...


FESTIVALS — THIS WEEKEND


There are SIX local festivals this weekend in Southern Cal, and two of 'em are FREE. Those that cost are excellent, so you can't lose (unless you stay home).
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✔ 31st annual "LONG BEACH BAYOU" Zydeco, Blues, Creole & Cajun Festival, Sat & Sun, Jun 24-25 (Long Beach, CA) at Rainbow Lagoon Park, E Shoreline Dr, Long Beach, CA 90802; 562-912-4451; www.longbeachbayou.com
Complete info in our special edition for this festival, at:

http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/06/31st-annual-long-beach-bayou-guide-to.html
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✔ 44th annual "SAN DIEGO HIGHLAND GAMES" runs Thursday-Sunday, Jun 22-25 (Vista, CA). Plenty of music, with Highland Way, Mari Black, Wicked Tinkers, Banshee in the Kitchen, more; plus Scottish heavy athletics to watch, other activities for festivarians, at Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, CA 92084; 760-726-3691; https://sdhighlandgames.org
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✔ 6th annual "HOLLYWOOD CARNIVAL PARADE AND FESTIVAL" runs Thu-Sun, Jun 22-25, and takes over multiple venues and includes major FREE outdoor events on Hollywood Boulevard. Evening events begin Thursday, June 22; culmination is the FREE parade & festival on Hollywood Blvd, June 24. See our complete feature coverage in a "festivals, one-by-one" edition, excerpted from the Guide's "Encyclopedia Festivanica," at:

http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/06/seven-hollywood-carnival-events-june-22.html
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✔ "ARROYO SECO WEEKEND" Jun 24 & 25 (Pasadena, CA) with ♪ Alabama Shakes ♪ Dawes ♪ Fitz & The Tantrums ♪ Galactic ♪ Mumford & Sons ♪ The Shins ♪ Alice Smith ♪ Andrew Bird ♪ Andy Grammar ♪ Broken Social Scene ♪ Charles Bradley & The xtraordinaires ♪ Con Brio ♪ David Lindley ♪ Jamtown ♪ Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra ♪ John Mayall ♪ Lettuce ♪ Live ♪ Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real ♪ NK Band ♪ Preservation Hall Jazz Band ♪ Roy Ayers ♪ The Bennie Maupin Ensemble ♪ The Meters ♪ The Mowgli’s ♪ The Revivalists ♪ The Shins ♪ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers ♪ Weezer ♪ William Bell ♪ ZZ Ward. More details are in a "single-festival" edition (from the "Encyclopedia Festivanica") at:

http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/06/arroyo-seco-weekend-festival-is-june-24.html
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✔ "SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL" Jun 25 (FREE at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton, CA) with Big Bad Rooster (American roots music) ♪ Kid Ramos and The Memphis Kings ♪ EMinENt Duo of Moeko Sugiura (Japanese violinist) & Nejc Kuhar (Slovenian guitarist) ♪ Yerak and Klezmer Juice (ethnic instruments with classic Western-hemis. influences) ♪ more. Details are in this edition's events chronology (Sunday listings).
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✔ "HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL" wraps-up this weekend from its Jun 8-25 frolics in 34 venues in Hollywood / L.A., CA. Emphasis is on avant garde stage productions, exhibitions and gallery activities (often with live music); other activities involve performance art, interaction. Details are in the Guide's "single-festival" special edition for "The Fringe," at:

http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/06/hollywood-fringe-fest-guide-to-june-9.html

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♪ *** OUT-OF-TOWN / OUT-OF-STATE festivals, June 23-25 weekend, 2017...
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✔ "SUSANVILLE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL" Jun 23-25 (Susanville, east of the Sierra in Northern Cal) with Jeff Scroggins & Colorado ♪ Blue Highway ♪ Nu-Blu ♪ Snap Jackson & The Knock on Wood Players ♪ One Button Suit ♪ Grassland Road ♪ Blue Js ♪ Sage Creek ♪ more. (Features an optional Jun 21 midweek Bluegrass BBQ dinner w/ limited tix.)
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✔ "NATIONAL OLDTIME FIDDLERS’ CONTEST & FESTIVAL" Jun 14-24 (Weiser, ID) is more about the contestants than the booked acts, but it has both.
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✔ "ROMP FEST" Jun 21-24 (Owensboro, KY) with Yonder Mountain String Band ♪ Los Lobos ♪ Nitty Gritty Dirt Band ♪ Punch Brothers ♪ Rhiannon Giddens ♪ Peter Rowan ♪ The SteelDrivers ♪ Pokey LaFarge ♪ Dailey & Vincent ♪ Becky Buller ♪ more.
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✔ "COUNTRY FEST" Jun 22-25 (Cadott, WI) with Blake Shelton ♪ Thomas Rhett ♪ Eric Church ♪ Alabama ♪ Chris Young ♪ Dan + Shay ♪ Jamey Johnson ♪ Brothers Osborne ♪ Wynonna & The Big Noise ♪ The Oak Ridge Boys, more.
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✔ "WILCO'S SOLID SOUND FESTIVAL" Jun 23-25 (North Adams, MA) with Wilco ♪ Alloy Orchestra ♪ Andy Shauf ♪ The Autumn Defense ♪ Big Thief ♪ Daniel Bachman ♪ Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones ♪ Tweedy, more.
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✔ "MADSUMMER MELTDOWN" Jun 23-25 (Schuylkill Haven, PA) with Woody Brown’s Project ♪ The Ragbirds ♪ The Backroad ♪ The Feens ♪ The Twin Cats ♪ Kyle Morgan ♪ Tomm Dunn ♪ more.
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✔ "LOUISIANA CAJUN-ZYDECO FESTIVAL" Jun 24-25 (New Orleans, Louisiana) with Les Freres Michot ♪ Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band ♪ Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie ♪ Lost Bayou Ramblers ♪ D.L. Menard with the Jambalaya Cajun Band ♪ Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters ♪ Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots ♪ Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers ♪ Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band.
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✔ "HONKY TONK FEST" Jun 25 (Minneapolis, MN) with ♪ Trailer Trash ♪ Leo Rondeau ♪ Katey Bellville and the Sonsabitches ♪ The Beavers ♪ The Hillions ♪ Doug Otto and the Getaways ♪ Country Mike.


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# 2 news feature...


FESTIVALS AFTER THE WEEKEND, THROUGH JULY 4th


First the locals, then the distants. But no dissonance.

♪ *** LOCAL festivals, AFTER this weekend...
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✔ (July 1st) 9th annual "ROADSHOW REVIVAL -- A CELEBRATION OF AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC" (Ventura CA) with Los Lobos ♪ Raging Arb and The Redheads ♪ The Rockin Rebels ♪ The Resistors ♪ Phantom Pomps ♪ Hard Six ♪ Jackass ♪ The Walking Phoenixes ♪ The Iron Outlaws ♪ Inazuma ♪ Abby Girl ♪ The Real Deal, plus the afterparty with ♪ The Delta Bombers ♪ Blazing Haley ♪ The Henchmen. Details from the Guide's "Encyclopedia Festivanica" are in their own single-festival edition at:

http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/06/roadshow-revival-on-july-1-things.html
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✔ (July 4th) "4TH OF JULY BLOCK PARTY" (Los Angeles, CA) with ♪ lineup tba.

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♪ *** OUT-OF-TOWN FESTS, post-weekend, 'til July 4th...
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✔ "SUMMERFEST" Jun 28-Jul 9 (Milwaukee, WI) has over 800 acts and 1,000 performances on 11 stages across 11 days. when your head stops spinning, read on.
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✔ "HIGH SIERRA MUSIC FESTIVAL" Jun 29-Jul 2 (Quincy, CA) with ♪ Trey Anastasio Band ♪
♪ Andrew Bird ♪ Snarky Puppy ♪ Galactic ♪ Mike Gordon ♪ The Greyboy Allstars ♪ Hard Working Americans ♪ Deer Tick ♪ The Travelin’ McCourys ♪ Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel ♪ The Record Company ♪ Jeff Austin Band ♪ Carolyn Wonderland ♪ Aoife O’Donovan ♪ Kat Myers & The Buzzards, more.
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✔ "HIGHBERRY" FESTIVAL Jun 29-Jul 2 (Ozark, AR) with ♪ The Floozies ♪ Dark Star Orchestra ♪ The Nth Power ♪ Aqueous ♪ Jade Cicada ♪ Old Shoe, more.
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✔ 30th annual "WATERFRONT BLUES FESTIVAL" Jun 30-Jul 4 (Portland, OR) with Chris Isaak ♪ Joss Stone ♪ Big Head Blues Club ♪ Big Head Todd & the Monsters ♪ Billy Branch and Ronnie Baker Brooks ♪ Booker T Stax Revue ♪ Elvin Bishop ♪ Canned Heat ♪ JD McPherson ♪ Chubby Carrier ♪ Sonny Landreth ♪ Cedric Burnside Project ♪ Pine Leaf Boys ♪ MarchFourth ♪ Southern Avenue ♪ Greyhounds ♪ The Revelers ♪ Brother Yusef ♪ Dirty Bourbon River Show ♪ Donna Angelle ♪ Dustbowl Revival ♪ Sons of the Soul Revivers ♪ Chris Cain ♪ The Suffers ♪ Duffy Bishop ♪ Big Monti ♪ Cedryl Ballou & TooLoo ♪ Big Monti ♪ Cedryl Ballou & The Zydeco Trendsetters ♪ Christone "Kingfish" Ingram ♪ Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band ♪ Dexter Allen ♪ Donna Angelle and Her Zydeco Posse ♪ Greyhounds ♪ Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys ♪ King Louie's Blues Revue: Larhonda Steele, Andy Stokes, Lisa Mann♪ Lady "True Blue" Kat, ♪ Jeffery Broussard ♪ more.
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✔ "OUTLAW MUSIC FESTIVAL — NEW ORLEANS" Jul 1 (Metairie / New Orleans, LA) with Willie Nelson & Family ♪ The Avett Brothers ♪ Sheryl Crow ♪ Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real ♪ more.
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✔ "OUTLAW MUSIC FESTIVAL — DALLAS" Jul 2 (Dallas, TX) with Willie Nelson & Family ♪ Sheryl Crow ♪ The Avett Brothers ♪ Hayes Carll ♪ Margo Price ♪ Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real ♪ more.
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✔ "COLUMBIA’S GLORIOUS 4th OF JULY CELEBRATION" Jul 4 (Columbia, CA) at Columbia State Historic Park, Main St & State St, Columbia, CA 95310.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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ALL the FESTIVALS of 2017 — LOCAL & OUT-OF-TOWN — are described in the Guide's "Encyclopedia Festivanica" (where things get added and updated through the far end of this year). That's at:

http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html


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# 3 events feature...


CONCERTS, club gigs, musical theatre, fun events (incl.) freebies — in Southern Cal through the post-July 4th weekend


This will be UPDATED again on Saturday morning. As for what's here now? It does contain just a bit more than the midweek edition. After the Saturday AM update, there'll be a whole lot more.
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First, there are the things making MULTIPLE-NIGHT RUNS (like musical theatre and repeating Fringe Fest shows). Then it's the DAY-BY-DAY CHRONOLOGY of one-day / one-night-only events, through the closing flicker of the post-July 4th weekend.

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First, the
MULTIPLE PERFORMANCE EVENTS

including a lot of musical theatre
and major temporary exhibitions.

These run through the dates shown.
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Daily, through July 30:
SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS at the GRAMMY Museum, 800 W Olympic Bl (entrance on Figueroa), Los Angeles, CA 90015; 213-765-6800; www.grammymuseum.org
* The museum has an unusually large number of wonderful current temporary exhibitions.
* The JOHN DENVER exhibit was just extended past a scheduled 6/18 closing. Go see:
✔ "RHYMES & REASONS: THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER" extended through Jul 30.
✔ "FOR THE GOOD TIMES: THE ARTISTRY OF KRIS KRISTOFFERSON" through Sep 10.
✔ "ELLA AT 100: CELEBRATING THE ARTISTRY OF ELLA FITZGERALD" through Sep 10.
✔ "MARTY STUART'S WAY OUT WEST: A COUNTRY MUSIC ODYSSEY" through Sep 24.
✔ "MONTEREY INTERNATIONAL POP FESTIVAL: MUSIC, LOVE, AND FLOWERS, 1967" through Oct 22.
* It's all part of the general admission visitor experience at the GRAMMY Museum, 800 W Olympic Bl (entrance on Figueroa), Los Angeles, CA 90015; 213-765-6800; www.grammymuseum.org
* Hours: Mon–Fri 10:30 am – 6:30 pm; Sat & Sun 10 am–6:30 pm.
Note: The 4th Floor will close at 5 pm on 5/31, and the Museum will close to the general public at 3:30 pm on 6/23.
* Tix: Adults $12.95; College Students $11.95 (18 years & older, valid ID required); Youth $10.95 (6-17 Years); Seniors $11.95 (age 65 & older); Military: $10.95 (valid ID required); Groups $10 per person (10 or more persons; group tours must be booked in advance to receive this rate).
* See the Guide's complete "# 1 feature story" in the May 28th edition. It has details and insights into each of these special exhibits, at:

http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/05/we-found-best-non-festival-destination_28.html
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Saturdays, Jun 3-24:
10 pm "TRUMP IN SPACE" is a "HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL" selection at The Actors Company Let Live Theatre, 916 N Formosa, West Hollywood, CA 90046.
* World Premiere musical.
* "A female starship captain descended from Donald Trump is the adversary of a rebellion leader, the descendant of Sen. Gary Hart."
* Runs Saturdays at 10 pm. Ends June 24.
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Sundays, Jun 4-25:
Noon "TOUGH BROWN LEATHER" is a "HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL" world premiere selection at the Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood, CA 90038.
* "A female football player copes with predatory males."
* Michael Philip Edwards directs Tonya Jones.
* Runs Sundays at Noon. Ends June 24.
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Nightly, Jun 5-25:
7 pm "MOMENTS" is a "HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL" selection at Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre, 5636 Melrose Av, Hollywood, CA 90038.
* "A woman traumatized by a prior sexual assault is unsettled by a road rage incident."
* Performances start Monday, June 5 at 7 pm. Ends June 25.
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Saturdays, through Jul 9:
1 pm "THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG" is a kid-stuff musical for children and their families at Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Bl, West, Los Angeles, CA 90068.
* Note: "NOT the Disney version."
* Runs Saturdays at 1 pm.
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Saturdays & Sundays, through Jul 22:
7 pm "I'M NOT FAMOUS" is a musical with plenty of buzz, and its run was extended at the Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St, Santa Monica, CA 90401.
* It's BARBARA MINKUS' musical memoir of a long life in show business, with songs and anecdotes about the showbiz giants she's worked with, from TONY BENNETT to JERRY LEWIS.
* Runs Saturdays at 7 pm, Sundays at 3 pm. Ends July 22.

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✔ SATURDAY, 6/24
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FESTIVALS that begin Friday or Saturday are mentioned again here and NOT repeated in Sunday's listings; and Festivals that happen ONLY on Sunday are not listed on Saturday. If that's too much for ya, just go to the # 1 events feature and get ALL the weekend festivals there, with full info/links.
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Sat & Sun, Jun 24 & 25, FESTIVAL:
"ARROYO SECO WEEKEND" Jun 24 & 25 (Pasadena, CA) with ♪ Alabama Shakes ♪ Dawes ♪ Fitz & The Tantrums ♪ Galactic ♪ Mumford & Sons ♪ The Shins ♪ Alice Smith ♪ Andrew Bird ♪ Andy Grammar ♪ Broken Social Scene ♪ Charles Bradley & The xtraordinaires ♪ Con Brio ♪ David Lindley ♪ Jamtown ♪ Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra ♪ John Mayall ♪ Lettuce ♪ Live ♪ Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real ♪ NK Band ♪ Preservation Hall Jazz Band ♪ Roy Ayers ♪ The Bennie Maupin Ensemble ♪ The Meters ♪ The Mowgli’s ♪ The Revivalists ♪ The Shins ♪ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers ♪ Weezer ♪ William Bell ♪ ZZ Ward. More details are in a "single-festival" edition (from the "Encyclopedia Festivanica") at:
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/06/arroyo-seco-weekend-festival-is-june-24.html
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Sat & Sun, Jun 24 & 25, FESTIVAL:
31st annual "LONG BEACH BAYOU" Zydeco, Blues, Creole & Cajun Festival, Sat & Sun, Jun 24-25 (Long Beach, CA). Full info from the Guide's "Encyclopedia Festivanica," in its own single-festival edition at:
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/06/31st-annual-long-beach-bayou-guide-to.html
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Sat & Sun, Jun 24 & 25; Thu-Sun, Jun 22-25, FESTIVAL:
44th annual "SAN DIEGO HIGHLAND GAMES" runs Thursday-Sunday, Jun 22-25 (Vista, CA). Plenty of music, with Highland Way, Mari Black, Wicked Tinkers, Banshee in the Kitchen, more; plus Scottish heavy athletics to watch, other activities for festivarians, at Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, CA 92084; 760-726-3691; https://sdhighlandgames.org
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Sat & Sun, Jun 24 & 25; Thu-Sun, Jun 22-25, FESTIVAL:
6th annual "HOLLYWOOD CARNIVAL PARADE AND FESTIVAL" runs Thu-Sun, Jun 22-25, and takes over multiple venues and includes major FREE outdoor events on Hollywood Boulevard. Evening events begin Thursday, June 22; culmination is the FREE parade & festival on Hollywood Blvd, June 24. See our complete feature coverage in a "festivals, one-by-one" edition, excerpted from the Guide's "Encyclopedia Festivanica," at:
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/06/seven-hollywood-carnival-events-june-22.html
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Sat & Sun, Jun 24 & 25; Jun 8-25, FESTIVAL:
"HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL" wraps-up this weekend from its Jun 8-25 frolics in 34 venues in Hollywood / L.A., CA. Emphasis is on avant garde stage productions, exhibitions and gallery activities (often with live music); other activities involve performance art, interaction. Details are in the Guide's "single-festival" special edition for "The Fringe," at:
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/06/hollywood-fringe-fest-guide-to-june-9.html
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Sat, Jun 24:
1 pm "THE BIG SING IN GRAND PARK" is a FREE participatory concert led by MOIRA SMILEY, ERIC WHITACRE, GRANT GERSHON, FRANCESCO NÚÑEZ, & ROLLO DILWORTH, at Grand Park, stretching down the hill from the Music Center to City Hall, in Downtown L.A.; https://www.lamasterchorale.org/showinfo.php?id=61
* Conductors Grant Gershon, Eric Whitacre, Francisco Núñez, Moira Smiley, and Rollo Dilworth will take turns leading the crowd from the Grand Park stage, located in the downtown park between Temple Street and Grand Avenue.
* The five engaging choral conductors will lead participants through a program of popular, well known songs alongside short easy-to-learn choral pieces that the conductors will teach.
* Professional singers from the Los Angeles Master Chorale will perform a short set of music before interspersing amongst the attendees to provide expert encouragement for the main event.
* As a prelude to the musical activities, four of the city’s most popular food trucks will also be in Grand Park near the stage area, serving from 12 noon and people are encouraged to come early and enjoy lunch on the lawn. Food will be available for purchase. Complimentary water will be provided to participants. No choir experience is required to participate.
* Program includes:
SIMON & GARFUNKEL - "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
THE TOKENS - "A-Weema-Weh" ("The Lion Sleeps Tonight")
Arr. HENRY LECK - Siyahamba
BILL WITHERS - "Lean On Me"
ALAN MENKEN - "Be our Guest" ("Beauty and the Beast")
And many more
* Watch Moira leading 1,000 singers at Disney Concert Hall, in singing her original trad-folk song, "Bring Me a Little Water, Sylvie." It's quite amazing to see sooo many singers, including the L.A. MASTER CHORALE in their tuxes and evening gowns, singing and clapping the rhythm with Moira singing and conducting. It works for everyone to watch it (but only ONCE for those of us who refuse to infest our devices with Facebook's insidious spyware): https://www.facebook.com/LAMasterChorale/videos/10154900633899442/
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Sat, Jun 24:
3 pm CIRCUS NO. 9 plays a matinee at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA; phone for reservations, 626-798-6236.
* Traveling from their home base in East Tennessee to show off their national award-winning picking and singing, CIRCUS NO. 9 has the real East Tennessee sound.
* They are a four piece young, progressive acoustic group that embraces the influence of Bluegrass, Americana, and Folk.
* The group has appeared on stage alongside top artists including David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, Larry Keel, and more.
* With awarded musicians Matthew Davis (2016 National Banjo Champion), Thomas Cassell (2016 Rockygrass Mandolin Champion), Johnny Lanehart, and Colin Hotz, Circus No.9 is taking the new acoustic scene by force.
* Both Davis and Cassell are alumni of the 2016 and 2017 Acoustic Music Seminar, a very prestigious event held for young musicians. Led by mandolin legend Mike Marshall, as well as Darrell Scott, Bryan Sutton, Julian Lage, and Aoife O'Donovan, this event has resulted in some of the most innovative musicians on the bluegrass and acoustic scene, including Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers, "A Prairie Home Companion"), Alex Hargreaves (Sarah Jarosz), Brittany Haas ("A Prairie Home Companion"), and more.
* Combined with the songwriting of band member Colin Hotz and the bass playing of Johnny "Calamari" Lanehart, they are a serious musical force, taking a 3,000 mile journey to bring you their music and good times in a delightful afternoon of authentic, but progressive, strings and voice.
* Venue impresario Bob Stane says, "Youth will be served."
* More on the band and their awards at: https://circusnumbernine.com
* Tix, $15.
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Sat, Jun 24:
4:30 pm HIGH STRUNG delights you with more “music your Grandpappy’d like” at Claremont Village’s "BLUES & BREWS FESTIVAL" in Claremont, CA.
* Info at: www.claremontbluesandbrews.com/music.html
* More at band member Belinda Thom's site, www.modaltease.com
* catch a music performance video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBfcHXoL7Pc
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Sat, Jun 24:
7 pm "MUSIC CHANGES AMERICA – MOTOWN / MIRACLE, PART ONE" is part of Caltech's MUSE/IQUE 2017 Summer of Sound on Beckman Mall, on the Caltech campus in Pasadena.
* Part One is tonight.
* Part Two is Jul 22.
* Part Three is Aug 26.
* Complete info: www.muse-ique.com or 626-844-7703.
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Sat, Jun 24:
8 pm THE BAREFOOT MOVEMENT, a Guide trad-newgrass favorite, plays the famed concert hall behind McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com
* This show is a bargain at $16.
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Sat, Jun 24:
8 pm RICK ROBERTS (FLYING BURRITO BROS, FIREFALL) plays "Russ & Julie's House Concerts" series in Oak Park (off the 101, W of Thousand Oaks).
* Reservations (make 'em fast) get directions at: rsvp@houseconcerts.us
* Singer-songwriter Rick Roberts has been awarded two platinum and four gold albums.
* He is renowned for his work in great bands. A 45-year veteran of the music airways, he began his recording career in 1970 with the Flying Burrito Brothers (with Chris Hillman, Bernie Leadon & Michael Clarke) and was a major contributor to their 1971 self-titled album and their 1972 live album, "Last of the Red Hot Burritos."
* He went on to do two solo albums, then formed the well-known band FIREFALL in 1974, with whom he played for seven years during their heyday.
* Rick has also been a member of Stephen Stills’ band and Linda Ronstadt’s band.
* Over 60 of his compositions have been recorded and performed by such artists as The Burritos, Firefall, Stephen Stills, Linda Ronstadt, Barry Manilow, The Dirt Band, and numerous others.
* He is the composer of the hit songs “Just Remember I Love You,” “You Are The Woman,” “Strange Way,” “Colorado,” and several more that graced the Top 40 at one time or another.
* Here are some music video links:
Firefall - "You Are The Woman" (#9 in 1976): https://youtu.be/mCXdZU-ScuM
Firefall - "Just Remember I Love You" (#11 in 1978, #1 Adult Contemporary hit; Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles on backing vocals): https://youtu.be/Lt6lYiKcik8
Firefall - "Strange Way" (#11 in 1978): https://youtu.be/GuULXvBPW4U
The Flying Burrito Brothers - "Colorado" (1971): https://youtu.be/dPpnvNlywP8
Rick Roberts - "Sail Away" (1972): https://youtu.be/Ilr22N6WgyI
* Evening includes potluck style coffee and dessert buffet.
* $20 per person, cash at the door. All the money goes to the performer. Doors at 7:30 pm, no one admitted after the show starts.
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Sat, Jun 24:
8 pm JAMES INTVELD, plus BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND, play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA.
* Fun venue has two stages, full bar, good bar food (generous portions, two can share).
* Bring earplugs. Seriously.
* Adv tix online are substantially discounted, at: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/arcadia-blues-club-red-entertainment-llc-10974346420
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Sat, Jun 24:
8-11:55 pm CRAIC HAUS plays a full evening, no cover, at the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd, #145, Murrieta, CA; 951-696-5252; http://theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com
* "Always a great 'Craic' when this band plays The Shamrock. Great wit, great contemporary tunes and classics with a Shamrockabilly twist. Fantastic entertainment and always a crowd-pleaser come and see what Craic Haus are all about." - the venue's PR.

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✔ SUNDAY, 6/25
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Note that Sunday FESTIVALS that began Friday or Saturday are NUMEROUS, and are listed ONLY on the day they began. So check those two days, above.
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Sun, Jun 25, FESTIVAL:
Noon-4 pm "SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL" is FREE at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Av, Fullerton, CA 92831; 714-738-6595; www.TheMuck.org
✔ TIX: It's free.
✔ CAMPING: No.
✔ THE SCENE: An outdoor festival with free access to the museum galleries. Promo says, "enjoy performances by award winning acts," but none were named by press time. The venue, nicknamed "The Muck," does routinely book Folk-Americana acts for its various series of concerts. We have good info of this one-day event, otherwise: "Celebrate summer with an afternoon filled with live music, food, craft beer and plenty of activities. Enjoy the free children’s art events and play area as well as an arts and crafts fair. Stroll through the galleries inside the Muckenthaler Villa (free admission for the event) and learn about the history of the Muckenthaler Family. Discover local craft breweries in the new OC Beer Alley — featuring Bootlegger's Brewery, Evans Brewing Company, All-American Ale Works, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, and more. Cold brews organized by RYPEN." For more information about summer concerts and performance schedules, galleries, special events, classes, or to purchase tickets to other events at the Muck, call 714-738-6595 or email info@TheMuck.org
✔ 2017 LINEUP:
♪ Big Bad Rooster (American roots music)
♪ Kid Ramos & The Memphis Kings
♪ EMinENt Duo of Moeko Sugiura (Japanese violinist) & Nejc Kuhar (Slovenian guitarist)
♪ Yerak and Klezmer Juice (ethnic instruments with classic Western-hemis. influences

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Sun, Jun 25:
10:30 am DAN CROW plays the "MATINEE KIDS SHOW" series in the famed concert hall behind McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com
* Tix are $10, and kids under age 2 get in free.
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Sun, Jun 25:
2 pm CRAIC IN THE STONE plays the "Brunch and Irish Music" series at Muldoon's Irish Pub, 202 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA; 949-640-4110; www.muldoonspub.com
* This traditional Irish Band was a big hit at the recent "Big Irish Fair" in Long Beach.
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Sun, Jun 25:
4:30-8 pm "GRAND OLE ECHO" Americana music series returns for the summer at The Echo, 1822 W Sunset Bl, Echo Park (Los Angeles).
* Headliners this time are Deception Past, Jenny Don't And The Spurs, and Hayley Thompson-King.
* All-ages. Doors open at 3; Free admission before 5 pm; $5 after 5 pm; $15 after 8 pm when other shows, different music genres, hold sway.
* The FULL SEASON of the 2017 "Grand Ole Echo" run is at: http://www.theecho.com/event/1458479-grand-ole-echo-casper-allen-los-angeles/
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Sun, Jun 25:
5-8 pm PROFESSOR X — ACOUSTIC plays a full early evening, no cover, at the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd, #145, Murrieta, CA; 951-696-5252; http://theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com
* Live music on a Sunday afternoon with PROFESSOR X (aka HUNTER & LARRY). "This duo will perform some great hits and acoustic tunes, from current chart tunes and all the way back to the seventies. Without doubt, HUNTER is one of the best guitarists in the Valley, so come and see a musician at work with a set the whole family can enjoy. Easy listening on a Sunday afternoon and the perfect way to round off the weekend." - the venue's PR.
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Sun, Jun 25:
6 pm CENTER STAGE OPERA presents "AMICI DELLA MUSICA" ("Friends of Music"), a concert & dinner event at Nara Mediterranean Bistro in Encino.
* Opera, Broadway, jazz standards and soft rock sung by CSO Artistic Directors Shira Renee Thomas and Dylan Thomas, and special guest Maggie Valdman (now studying at Julliard).
* Tix, $55, includes entire evening with full-course meal and entertainment, tax and tip (wine available at additional charge).
* Reservations are required; tix at: 818-517-4102.
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Sun, Jun 25:
7 pm I SEE HAWKS IN L.A plus GERRY SPEHAR doing his CD release show, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA; reservations, by phone only (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) at 626-798-6236.
* The Hawks were faves of the Guide since their early days, and they still are.
* Jonny Whiteside, L.A. WEEKLY, says, "These freewheeling lords of California psych country approach their music as if it were a portal, an unseen threshold that, once crossed, promises a wholly unpredictable experience. The Hawks' singular style operates on an epic scale, exploring weird panoramas of hallucinatory metaphor with a sound as much traditional hillbilly as it is acceleratedly sergic-rock spontaneity. Any flight taken with I See Hawks In L.A. assures a view to startling new perspectives. Up, up and away."
* Their website has plenty: www.iseehawks.com
* GERRY SPEHAR would get and deserve top-billing in the Rocky Mountain states. Living the '70s folk rock dream, Gerry and his brother George became prominent on the mountain music circuit, opening for BOZ SCAGGS, IAN & SYLVIA, and TOWNES VAN ZANDT. BILL & BONNY HEARNE and cut Gerry's song "Georgetown" with NANCY GRIFFITH.
* He's won the won the "Regional Wrangler Country Showdown" with partner BOBBY ALLISON, playing the finals at the Grand Ole Opry, landing a publishing deal with the legendary BUZZ CASON and he opened for MERLE HAGGARD.
* Gerry hails from a pioneer Colorado ranching family, grew up cowpunching and mastering fingerpicking guitar.
* See Gerry's website: www.gerryspehar.com
* Tix are a bargain at $18.
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Sun, Jun 25:
8 pm "DEJA VU - THE COMPLETE ALBUM, LIVE IN CONCERT" presented by Keith Putney Productions, featuring JEFF ALAN ROSS, ROB BONFIGLIO, STEVE FEKETE, ADAM DANIEL, CHAD WATSON, and CHRISTOPHER ALLIS, in the famed concert hall behind McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com

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Tue, Jun 27:
6 pm MOIRA SMILEY & VOCO play the 2017 season opener "WORLD RHYTHMS CONCERT" series in Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011; https://www.descansogardens.org/event/world-rhythms-moira-smiley-and-voco/
* Concert is free with paid admission to the Gardens ($9).
* "It's been awhile!" notes Moira, adding, "So great to sing/play with Pilar Diaz & April Guthrie." (Great to hear and see the three of 'em, too.)
* "...genre-bending Moira Smiley & VOCO, bring elegance and grit to folk songs original and ancient."
* Bring a picnic or purchase Patina grill favorites for a family-friendly evening of fun.
* Watch Moira leading 1,000 singers at Disney Concert Hall, in singing her original trad-folk song, "Bring Me a Little Water, Sylvie." It's quite amazing to see sooo many singers, including the L.A. MASTER CHORALE in their tuxes and evening gowns, singing and clapping the rhythm with Moira singing and conducting. It works for everyone to watch it (but only ONCE for those of us who refuse to infest our devices with Facebook's insidious spyware): https://www.facebook.com/LAMasterChorale/videos/10154900633899442/
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Tue, Jun 27:
8 pm "SPOTLIGHT: THE REVIVALISTS" AT THE GRAMMY MUSEUM, 800 W Olympic Bl (entrance on Figueroa), Los Angeles, CA 90015; 213-765-6800; www.grammymuseum.org
* Chart-topping New Orleans seven-piece band The Revivalists do an evening in the museum's Clive Davis Theater, including an intimate conversation on their continuously rising career and a performance. They'll include their No. 1 hit radio single "Wish I Knew You." The evening is hosted by SCOTT GOLDMAN, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum.
* Tix go on sale Jun 1 at noon; AmEx cardholders can buy them before that.

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Wed, Jun 28: Not music, but interesting
7:30 am-11 am "FUTURE FORUM – ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE & ROBOTICS" presented by CSU Dominguez Hills and sponsored by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, happens at ROW DTLA (thirty acres of historic buildings in the heart of Downtown L.A.), at 777 S Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90021; http://laedc.org/event/future-forums
* FUTURE FORUM explores the region’s Artificial Intelligence industry and jobs. As disruptive technologies continue to pervade society, they require people and organizations to adapt to new capabilities. Artificial Intelligence is already having a profound impact on our personal and working lives–and its impact will only increase in the future.
* "Much like the PC disrupted our lives in the 1980s, AI will lay the foundation for future decades of how we interact with technology, and how these new advents in technology will impact our everyday lives. More specifically, how will advanced manufacturing and machine learning affect our workforce in LA County? Will robots replace jobs, or complement and enhance existing roles in the various industries in the LA region? How will the benefits offered by the Internet of Things (IoT) and AI present opportunities for industries including airlines, manufacturing, smart buildings, smart homes, and oil and power?" Those questions and more will be addressed by an impressive lineup of speakers.
* Keynote speaker is MICHAEL KING, VP & General Manager, Global Education Industry, IBM. Panelists are DR. RANDALL W. HILL, Jr., Executive Director, USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies; and TODD HOLLOWAY, Director of Content Science & Algorithms, Netflix. Welcoming remarks by WILLIE J. HAGAN, Ph. D., President, California State University, Dominguez Hills; and BILL ALLEN, CEO, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation.
* The Guide is telling you about this because we absolutely do NOT like the directions being taken by the technocratic corporatocracy. For us humans trying to maintain a decent chance at life, being armed with knowledge is really the only way any of us stand a chance to change it.
* Tix (registration fee): General public $65; Student rate is $40. Register at: http://laedc.org/event/future-forums
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Wed, Jun 28:
6:30-8:30 pm ANDY & RENEE, front duo of the award-winning band HARD RAIN, play the Bottle Inn Riviera, 1700 S Catalina Av (entrance on Avenue I), Redondo Beach, CA 90277; 310-543-6800.
* Andy & Renee & Hard Rain host the annual "Dylanfest," always a Guide top pick, and the duo are recently back after their successful concert tour of Italy in May.
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Wed, Jun 28:
7:30 pm "THE BEATLES SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND MAS2653 MONO" at The GRAMMY Museum, 800 W Olympic Bl (entrance around the corner on Figueroa), Los Angeles CA 90015.
* It's a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of THE BEATLES most innovative album, as "the GRAMMY Museum Presents the Record Theater," hosted and created by MARVIN ETZIONI.
* This program is back at the museum, by popular demand, for the eighth time.
* The evening is hosted by peermusic songwriter, record producer and creator of "The Record Theatre," Marvin Etzioni, and features a panel discussion by special guests BRIAN KEHEW and KEVIN RYAN, co-authors of "Kaleidoscope Eyes: A Day in the Life of Sgt. Pepper," and CHRIS CARTER, host of "Breakfast with the Beatles" on KLOS.
* TIX will sell-out promptly. Get 'em at: https://www.axs.com/events/336918/grammy-museum-presents-the-record-theater-sgt-pepper-s-lonely-hearts-c-tickets
* Also see The Guide's special edition about the influence of this album, "Sgt. Pepper at 50," at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/06/sgt-pepper-at-50-guide-special-edition.html

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✔ THURSDAY, 6/29
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Thu-Sun, Jun 29-Jul 2, FESTIVAL:
"HIGH SIERRA MUSIC FESTIVAL" at the Plumas County Fairgrounds, 204 Fairground Rd, Quincy, CA 95971.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Thu, Jun 29:
8 pm "AN EVENING WITH HENRY KAPONO" at the GRAMMY Museum, 800 W Olympic Bl (entrance on Figueroa), Los Angeles, CA 90015; 213-765-6800; www.grammymuseum.org
* Legendary Hawaiian artist HENRY KAPONO does a performance-interview, a discussion on his extraordinary career, followed by an intimate performance. The evening is hosted by SCOTT GOLDMAN, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum.
* Tix go on sale Jun 1 at noon; AmEx cardholders can buy them before that.
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Thu, Jun 29:
8 pm "PAT WHITEMAN SINGS HARRIET SCHOCK" at the E Spot Lounge, 4349 Tujunga Av, Studio City, CA 91604.
* "Join popular and versatile LA vocalist Pat Whiteman as she explores the songs of Harriet Schock, well known for her Grammy-nominated song recorded by Helen Reddy “Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady.” Schock has also written for a variety of other artists as well as TV and film. The show features special guest Gary Lynn Floyd (flying in from Texas) and Harriet on keys with musicians Joe Lamanno (bass), MB Gordy (percussion), Kelly DeSarla (flute), Brad Blaisdell (harmonica), Eden Livingood (violin/viola) and Andrea Ross-Greene and Barbara Shane (background vocals). "A special music and memory filled evening." BroadwayWorld.com says, "A divine songfest, a DREAM TEAM!"
* Tix, https://tickets.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&w=abe1f9cf62f8a0b9d529f8e560d241c1&vqitq=98c4f29d-38da-424d-855d-4eae42e958c7&vqitp=4ab93519-9593-45c5-a90e-1f977c98e2fa&vqitts=1456159698&vqitc=vendini&vqite=itlwww&vqitrt=Safetynet&vqith=5b1226e8689a36b556e64886a79a3dd3&vqitq=258c2194-4b24-49a9-8512-0caa53be122a&vqitp=bbd94539-9096-4ed8-89e0-c99784908f32&vqitts=1492213739&vqitc=vendini&vqite=itl&vqitrt=Safetynet&vqith=36033fed206dad14fd87ffe5d03f828b
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Thu, Jun 29:
7:30–9:30 pm THE ALLEY CATS play the "Under the Stars" outdoor concert series at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Av, Fullerton, Ca 92831; 714-738-6595; www.TheMuck.org

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✔ FRIDAY, 06/30
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Note that FESTIVALS that began Thursday, June 29, are listed ONLY on the day they began, so also remember to check above.
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Fri, Jun 30 - Sun, Sep 3, 2017: FESTIVAL
"SAWDUST FESTIVAL" returns June 30th for its annual summer run at its permanent festival grounds, 935 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.
* Features daily live music on multiple stages, with at least some acoustic/Americana each day.
* Runs 10 am-10 pm daily (dates shown).
* The Sawdust is a landmark home of fine art and craft for over 200 Laguna Beach artists.
* Visitors enjoy live entertainment, art demonstrations, classes, and outdoor cafes set in a cool eucalyptus grove, and the opportunity to purchase artwork and performers' CDs.
* PERFORMANCE SCHEDULES for each day: http://sawdustartfestival.org/festivals
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Fri, Jun 30:
8 pm THE GET DOWN BOYS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA; reservations, by phone only (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) at 626-798-6236.
* A staple on the Southern California bluegrass scene over the past six years.
* With a recent major lineup change, the band is ready with a fresh, tight approach, bringing ISRAEL PARKER on dobro/tenor out of Ohio, MARK CASSIDY on the banjo of THE HILLBENDERS, original member EVAN WINSOR on bass, and SCOTT GATES of THE SALTY SUITES on guitar and mandolin.
* They've just finished a new EP of original material and personal favorites while remaining true to the spirit of traditional bluegrass.
* Check their site: www.thegetdownboys.com
* Tix, $18.
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Fri, Jun 30:
8-11:55 pm QUEL BORDEL plays a full evening, acoustic & electric, no cover, at the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd, #145, Murrieta, CA; 951-696-5252; http://theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com
* QUEL BORDEL are a high energy Gypsy kick-stomp band, playing tunes laced with Celtic Bluegrass.
* "With fiddle and banjo, these San Diego musicians bring a high energy, highly entertaining show. If you love FLOGGING MOLLY and MUMFORD & SONS, you will love this band. They have built-up an army of followers on previous appearances at the Shamrock so get your dancing shoes and party heads on and come and see what they are all about." - the venue's PR.
* They're back here July 2 with an all-acoustic show. See listing.

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✔ JULY, 2017
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Geez, midsummer already!

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✔ SATURDAY, 7/1
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Note that Saturday FESTIVALS that began Thursday or Friday are listed ONLY on the day they began. Check those two days, above.
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Jul 1, FESTIVAL:
9th annual "ROADSHOW REVIVAL" subtitled "A CELEBRATION OF AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC," at Discovery Ventura, 1888 E Thompson Bl, Ventura CA 93001.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Sat, Jul 1: A Guide focus event...
7 pm "RAISE THE ROOF" — a perfectly-named music benefit for Ugandan Orphans, with performances by LORIN HART, BRAD COLERICK, CORRINA CARTER, BARRETT TAGLIARINO, & DAVE MORRISON, plus "various band-members," in Old Throop Hall at Throop Unitarian Church, 300 S Los Robles, Pasadena, CA.
* THIS is a MUST-READ SECTION: "The last fund-raiser Lorin was involved in was an attempt to raise enough money to buy a house (for the orphans). That proved unsuccessful. But the money raised was used instead, to buy a piece of ground and a whole lot of bricks and mortar. Julius and his volunteers have HAND BUILT an orphanage," reports Dave Morrison.
* More: "It (the orphanage) needs to be finished. The pressing need is for materials to finish the roof and install windows and doors before the rainy season begins in October."
* Still with us? "His organization is called SOT-Uganda. They are a small non-profit — very hands-on — and they provide food staples to a few dozen widow-headed families, do free monthly medical outreaches into the countryside, and support the above-mention kids with community and education."
* Julius Musenero, in Uganda, "is an AIDS-orphan who has grown up to become a father-figure to 150 younger AIDS/HIV orphans."
* "Most of the children are in foster homes, but Julius cares directly for the others — about 35 — who have not found permanent homes. They are currently in a rented house."
* At this special evening, an on-stage song circle will comprise the heart of the program, following brief sets by individual performers, including songs from their individual CDs.
* Bring a dish to share and whatever adult beverage you want; or just come and enjoy.
* "Give whatever you want to the fund" as your admission for the evening.
* This group of local musicians isn't new at this. They report, "Last year we got very person-to-person with Lauren and Rui Mesquita who run MozamBikes, and managed to place 27 sturdy work-horse bicycles with 27 families in rural Mozambique. No middle-man. No money disappearing into advertising and administrative costs."
* If it's hot, bring a small fan if you have one. And c'mon already — YOU'RE worried about going someplace comfortable when you want to help these kids?
* There's also a GoFundMe page for the Ugandan orphanage. "If you can't make it to the show, please drop over there and toss a few bucks into the hat," encourages Dave Morrison.
* Contribute at: https://www.gofundme.com/yae96-raise-the-roof
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Sat, Jul 1:
7:30-10:30 pm ANDY & RENEE, front duo of the award-winning band HARD RAIN, celebrate their return from their successful concert tour of Italy with a full-evening show tonight at Avenue A Bar & Grill, 800 S Pacific Coast Hwy. Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
* Andy & Renee & Hard Rain host the annual "Dylanfest," always a Guide top pick, and the duo did a successful concert tour of Italy in May.
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Sat, Jul 1:
8 pm "BACK WHERE I BELONG! CORI CABLE KIDDER & FRIENDS" is a very notable "special evening of music and song" at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W Sierra Madre Bl, Sierra Madre, CA 91024;
* In 2015, CORI CABLE KIDDER starred in the most successful Sierra Madre Playhouse production ever, "ALWAYS….PATSY CLINE." A darling of critics as well as audiences, she was nominated for the "Ovation Award" for "Best Actress in a Musical."
* This year, she’s been touring with the national company of the hit Broadway show "MAMMA MIA!" Now, for one night only, she’ll be returning to Sierra Madre Playhouse for a special concert event, joined by "Mamma Mia!" cast mate and vocalist LUKE MONDAY, as well as surprise guests. Her Patsy Cline musical director SEAN PAXTON will be back with a five-piece band.
* Cori will perform selections from "ALWAYS….PATSY CLINE" as well as some of the hit songs from "MAMMA MIA!"
* If you missed her in 2015, or if you saw her back then and have to hear her again, you owe it to yourself to see this wonderful evening of song.
* A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to support the continuing cultural activities of Sierra Madre Playhouse, a 501c3 non-profit organization. Your ticket price above the amount of $50 is tax-deductible.
* Reservations, 626-355-4318; online tix at: www.sierramadreplayhouse.org
* Abundant free parking behind the Playhouse.
* Tix, $85 & $100; V.I.P. tix $125 include premium seating, a private cocktail reception, and photo opportunity with Cori and her musical friends.

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Musical stage play opens JULY 1,
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Jul 1-Aug 27, 2017:
"JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS" — the powerful musical revue, revived at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S Sepulveda Bl, West Los Angeles, 90025; reservations and info, 310-477-2055 or www.OdysseyTheatre.com.
* SHOW TIMES: Runs Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm, Jul 1 through Aug 27 (dark Jul 23 & Aug 11; on Sun, Jul 2 only, performance is at 5 pm with no 2 pm matinee). Addt'l 8 pm weeknight performances on Thu, Jul 13; Wed, Jul 19; Thu, Jul 27.
* Tix: $27 on Wednesdays and Thursdays; $32 on Fridays; $36 Saturdays & Sundays. There is one “Tix for $10” performance, Fri, Jul 7.
* "Naughty, funny, dark and romantic... the off-Broadway hit by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman introduced American audiences to the Belgian singer-songwriter known as the 'Bob Dylan of France.'"
* Now, director Dan Fishbach and musical director Anthony Lucca bring it back. Marc Francoeur, Susan Kohler, Miyuki Miyagi and Michael Yapujian star in this powerful and bold theatrical experience that was a sensation when it opened off-Broadway in 1968. A prolific singer-songwriter, actor and director, Brel composed and performed literate, thoughtful and theatrical songs that generated a large, devoted following – initially in Belgium and France, and later throughout the world.
* This revue, conceived by Blau and Shuman FEATURES ENGLISH LYRICS and additional material by the pair and pays tribute to Brel's unique genius. In any language, his songs brim with flair, attitude and European sophistication, retaining their edgy vibe over half a century after they were written. While Brel is no longer either alive or living in Paris, his legendary vision of romance, humor and moral conviction endures. We're looking forward to this freshly revived production.

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✔ SUNDAY, 7/2
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Note that Sunday, Jul 2, FESTIVALS that began Thursday, Friday or Saturday are listed ONLY on the day they began. Check those three days, above.
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Sun, Jul 2:
4:30 pm "THE GRAND OLE ECHO" is ON HIATUS this week, because its home venue is producing an event called "Dirty Penni Fest."
* The FULL SEASON of the 2017 "Grand Ole Echo" run is at: http://www.theecho.com/event/1458479-grand-ole-echo-casper-allen-los-angeles/
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Sun, Jul 2:
5-8 pm QUEL BORDEL — ACOUSTIC, as the band brings a fully acoustic set to the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd, #145, Murrieta, CA; 951-696-5252; http://theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com
* "Shamrock favorites Quel Bordel performing a talent-laden acoustic set for the whole family to enjoy on a Sunday afternoon. This highly rated San Diego band performs a string of great covers and modern tunes as well as some traditional Irish and their own great material. With a fiddle, banjo and guitar, you can be sure of some great foot tapping, hand clapping tunes. Come and see why these guys pack the pub every time they perform on our stage in a laid back Sunday atmosphere." - the venue's PR.
* QUEL BORDEL are a high energy Gypsy kick-stomp band, playing tunes laced with Celtic Bluegrass.
* "With fiddle and banjo, these San Diego musicians bring a high energy, highly entertaining show. If you love FLOGGING MOLLY and MUMFORD & SONS, you will love this band. They have built-up an army of followers on previous appearances at the Shamrock so get your dancing shoes and party heads on and come and see what they are all about." - the venue's PR.
* (If you're reading this way ahead, they're also here Jun 4 with an all-acoustic show. See listing, unless that date has passed.)
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Sun, Jul 2:
6:30-7:30 pm JESSICA FICHOT, an ever-delightful artist, plays the FREE summer concert series at the "LEVITT PAVILION IN MacARTHUR PARK," W 6th St & S Park View St, Los Angeles CA 90057.
* Jessica is bringing her full band of Alex Budman (clarinet, sax), Ippei Ichimaru (upright bass), Adrien Prévost (guitar), Gregory Desgouttes (drums), & Jessica herself on vocals, accordion, and her crowd-pleasing toy piano.
* She's played the Pasadena Levitt a few times, and this will be her first time on this Levitt stage.
* Jessica says, "Stop by for some French chanson, Shanghai jazz and international folk."
* Kids are welcome. Arrive at 5:30 pm and experience the Kidzone with free art activities, games and more.
* Catch music samples at her website: www.jessicasongs.com

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✔ TUESDAY, 7/4
Happy 4th !
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Happy Independence (and Independents) Day!

4th of July events are listed by what starts the earliest, wherever it happens.

(We will be back to add more for the 4th; these are the ones that captured our fancy early enough for this edition...)
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Tue, Jul 4:
11 am-5 pm "4th OF JULY OLD-FASHIONED FAMILY BARN DANCE AND BARBEQUE" at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga, CA 90290. (Midway between Pacific Coast Highway and the 101 Ventura Freeway).
* It's family hoe-down with live music, a barn dance, pie-eating contest, watermelon seed-spitting contest, cake walk, horseshoes, relay races, dunk bucket, family games, and more, under massive sheltering oaks, in the delightful outdoor venue where you can also catch summer thetare productions and concerts and see Woody Guthrie's cabin (yep, he lived there, at his friend Will Geer's place).
* This event is the subject of the # 3 news feature in the Guide's May 30 edition, at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/05/music-news-and-doins-this-week-next.html
* Advance tix and more info: 310-455-3723 or www.theatricum.com
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Jul 4, FESTIVAL:
"COLUMBIA’S GLORIOUS 4th OF JULY CELEBRATION" at Columbia State Historic Park, Main St & State St, Columbia, CA 95310.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Tue, Jul 4th:
2 pm "4th OF JULY PARTY" with ANDY & RENEE and their award-winning band HARD RAIN, is a yard & house party at the Home of Jean Merl in Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.
* Tix, $25, include address and directions, at: http://www.andyandrenee.com/store.php
* Doors at 2 pm, music starts at 3:30 pm.
* In the best 4th of July tradition, it's a potluck. Bring a dish to share and BYOB.
* Andy & Renee & Hard Rain host the annual "Dylanfest," always a Guide top pick, and the duo are recently back after their successful concert tour of Italy, so expect more good tales of the road.
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Tue, Jul 4, FESTIVAL:
"4th OF JULY BLOCK PARTY" is a one-day festival at Grand Park and The Music Center, 200 N Grand Av, downtown Los Angeles, CA 90012
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html

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If your July 4th holiday
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✔ THURSDAY, 7/6
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Thu, Jul 6:
7:30–9:30 pm DIRTY CELLO plays the "Under the Stars" outdoor concert series at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Av, Fullerton, Ca 92831; 714-738-6595; www.TheMuck.org

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✔ FRIDAY, 7/7
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Fri, Jul 7, 2017:
5:30 pm WESTERN STANDARD TIME performs the FREE, all-ages, summer concert series in Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park, 2230 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA.
* Don't expect a cowboy / western band. That's a stoic nope and a modern n'uh-uh.
* Western Standard Time has a longer name that appends the two words, "Ska Orchestra" — it's the world’s premier "Jamaican Jazz Orchestra" — and it's "DUKE ELLINGTON meets Jamaica: the big band jazz arrangements of the 1940s colliding with the sound of early Jamaica." So it's best discribed as a kind of innovative retro jazz — Jamaican jazz. And people are flocking to it, by the thousands.
* There are more than 20 world-class jazz musicians in a “standard” Western Standard Time performance.
* The band's featured performers include Grammy noms and winners, and some have performed on Oscar, Grammy, and Emmy television broadcasts, and/or played with international stars and on major motion picture soundtracks.
* Bring your favorite beverage and tasty snacks. Excepot no alcohol, and they mean it — the cops will bust you outta the clear blue.
* Bring a folding lawn or beach chair. If you sit on a blanket, you will not be able to see.
* Bring a jacket; nights still get chilly near even a small lake.
* Parking free is possible, but requires being innovative and walking several blocks.
* Best to ride the Red / Purple Line light rail to Westlake/MacArthur Park Station, and allow time to walk around the bottom end of the park, through the tunnel and into the side that's isolated by the elevated road; that's how you reach the band shell.
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Fri, Jul 7:
7 pm JIM GUSTIN & TRUTH JONES, plus BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND, play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA.
* Fun venue has two stages, full bar, good bar food (generous portions, two can share).
* Bring earplugs. Seriously.
* Adv tix online are substantially discounted, at: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/arcadia-blues-club-red-entertainment-llc-10974346420

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Sat, Jul 8:
6 pm JIM CURRY performs his "JOHN DENVER TRIBUTE SHOW," plus TAYLOR MADE, the JAMES TAYLOR tribute band, outdoors at the Big Bear Discovery Center, 40971 North Shore Dr, Fawnskin (near Big Bear), CA 92333;
* This is one of Curry's most popular annual shows in California. It's outdoors in the mountains under the pines, the ideal setting for John Denver's music. Curry's full band performs this show.
* Food available for purchase.
* Bring chairs and blankets and jackets; it's summer, but mountain nights get cold.
* This is a benefit concert; proceeds go to reforest our local mountains.
* Consider making a weekend of it. Big Bear Lake has a lot to offer in outdoor recreation. If you wish to spend the weekend, the Curry's recommend their friend's resort: www.bearcreek-resort.com
* Tix: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jim-curry-tribute-to-the-music-of-john-denver-at-music-in-the-mountains-tickets-32832565086
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Sat, Jul 8:
7 pm GENTLEMEN'S BLUES CLUB, with "very special guests," plus BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND, play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA.
* Fun venue has two stages, full bar, good bar food (generous portions, two can share).
* Bring earplugs. Seriously.
* Adv tix online are substantially discounted, at: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/arcadia-blues-club-red-entertainment-llc-10974346420

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✔ SUNDAY, 7/9
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Sun, Jul 9:
3:30–6 pm 2nd annual "SAN PEDRO ARTS DISTRICT SUMMER SOIREE" is a benefit with live music, champagne and food included, at the Art Deco Penthouse, 521 W 8th St, San Pedro, CA 90731.
* Music Sponsors are It’s Showtime and the Whale & Ale, featuring the ALEX SMITH TRIO; there are champagne and food sponsors, too, featuring chef-made foods.
* It's "a fundraiser to raise money so we can paint more murals on our Gaffey Great Street."
* An art sale features four artists in attendance whose work will be auctioned at the conclusion.
* Tix, $55, at 310-732-0010, or online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-soiree-2017-tickets-34699062831#tickets

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As extensive as our recommendations are? That's really just a lil' rundown on bunches o' concerts, festivals and other events in California through the conclusion of the July 4th holiday.

There are HUNDREDS more FESTIVALS happening all over North America, and we describe 'em in the detail you need in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html

But that's it for our concert calendar. You just saw how massively inclusive it, and we just can't keep doing those. So we'll continue to report on events as MUSIC NEWS, and we do maintain the "Encyclopedia Festivanica." But comprehensive day-by-day lists of everything good enough to recommend? We're bidding that bon voyage again, and this time that ship is really sailing.

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Okay, we lied a little. We ARE taking time here — temporarily — to include a select few things (recommendations) after July 4th.

(If the fireworks nuts don't burn Southern California to the ground, these are good places to go.)
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Wed, Jul 12:
8 pm "PEACEFUL EASY FEELING: AN EVENING WITH JACK TEMPCHIN" at the GRAMMY Museum, 800 W Olympic Bl (entrance on Figueroa), Los Angeles, CA 90015; 213-765-6800; www.grammymuseum.org
* Singer-songwriter Jack Tempchin wrote several hit songs for the Eagles and for that quintessential California roots band's individual members.
* It's an evening of performance-interview in the museum's Clive Davis Theater, with a discussion of Jack's extraordinary career and upcoming solo album, "Peaceful Easy Feeling - The Songs Of Jack Tempchin," followed by a performance.
* The evening is hosted by Scott Goldman, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum.
* General tix go on sale June 22 at noon; AmEx card holders get a jump on that.
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The essence of "Accessible Classical"...

Thu, Jul 13, 2017:
8 pm "BEETHOVEN'S NINTH with L.A. PHILHARMONIC and LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE" at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood, CA.
* There are few experiences more quintessentially Los Angeles than spending a summer evening under the stars while catching a concert at the Hollywood Bowl. The historic amphitheater is one of the most famous venues in the world.
* This magical night features conductor GUSTAVO DUDAMEL and the LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC performing with the LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE. They bring BEETHOVEN's beloved "Ninth Symphony (Chorale)," and from AARON COPLAND, who was renowned for decades before his death as the "dean of American composers," his iconic and powerful short piece that is especially relevant in our era of the struggling 99%, "Fanfare for the Common Man."
* The Beethoven selection is widely and globally considered, across many cultures, to be the greatest piece of music ever written. The epic, world-changing Ninth was the subject of a worldwide performance video with 10,000 people singing. It took years to make, and it's one of the most fun and moving things you can find on YouTube. It's at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBlQZyTF_LY
* Meetup offers a "sit together" joint event of numerous Meetup groups, and that is restricted to age 21 and over (okay to come by yourself and meet others). Their tix are $30 plus processing fee. Info on that is at: https://www.meetup.com/losangelesfrugalconcerts/events/237865437/
* Bring a picnic dinner and wine, champagne or your favorite beverage.
✔ PROGRAM:
♪ Copland ........................ Fanfare for the Common Man
♪ Beethoven ..................... Symphony No. 9
Featured artists:
♪ Amanda Majeski, soprano
♪ J'Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano
♪ Issachah Savage, tenor
♪ Ryan Speedo Green, bass
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Sat, Jul 15:
3-7 pm 1st annual "CAJUN FOOD & MUSIC CELEBRATION" in Mile Square Park at Fountain Valley Recreation Center & Sports Park, Field D, 16400 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708; www.ocfoodbank.org/Cajun
* TIX include taste samples of food and beverages from vendors: General admission $50; Early-Bird (through June 15) $35; Veterans or current members of US armed forces $30; Non-Drinking Ticket (Designated Driver or Ages 6-20) $25; Early-Bird Non-Drinking Ticket $15; Ages 5 and under, Free.
* CAMPING: No.
* THE SCENE: It's a "Community Action Partnership" fundraiser and helps the OC Foodbank. "The first ever OC Cajun Food and Music Celebration will host a variety of local restaurants, wineries, and breweries highlighting their signature dishes and drinks, all celebrating the amazing cross cultural influences of Louisiana and Orange County. All attendees will have the opportunity to taste samples of food and beverages from vendors, which is all included in the one admission price of your ticket. The event will also feature live zydeco/Cajun bands to create an unforgettable family-friendly experience."
* 2017 LINEUP:
* DENNIS G & THE ZYDECO TRAILRIDERS (opening act).
* LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS headline, starting at 5 pm.
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Sat & Sun, Jul 15 & 16:
"BILL PICKETT RODEO — 33 Years of the Greatest Show on Dirt," at the Industry Hills Expo Center, 16200 Temple Av, City of Industry, CA 91744;
* African American cowboys, cowgirls and youngsters will choke dust as fans and novice spectators cheer for hard riding competitors as they battle to be named the best after a season of competition. Spectators cheer for their favorite competitors during thrilling Calf Ropin', exhilarating Bareback Ridin', Bull Doggin, Ladies Barrel Racin', Junior Barrel Racin', Ladies Steer Undecoratin', and gripping Bull Ridin.'
* TIX range from $20-$40; contact Los Angeles Rodeo Coordinator Margo Wade LaDrew at mladrew@billpickettrodeo.com 310.674.6700
* More info: www.BILLPICKETTRODEO.COM


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Ahead in the Guide...

THE COMING SUMMER...

We'll keep you updated on MUSIC NEWS, all the festivals that feature Folk-Americana and/or acoustic music, and we'll bring you plenty of feature stories on whose in the studio, who's collaborating or touring with who, and what they're working on. And we'll continue to bring you news of special events, along with some previews, reviews and select "picks" (the recommendations kind, not the kind you use on strings; we've never had any of those printed with our logo, though we would if someone wanted to sponsor that.)

That said... contrary to appearances the last month or so, we're really NOT going back into the daily music calendar bid'ness. But there is SUCH an irresistible bridge of tunefulness from all the spring weekends of festivals until summer heat abates them, so we ARE doing full-blown music calendars through the end of the July 4th holiday.

We all know that if you rely on corporate mainstream media for your supposed news, you'd miss all these things.

Along with 'purt near everything else we bring you.

It certainly does seem like Big Corporate Media only promotes and reports on soundalike pop pablum with incongruously unnecessary vocal gymnastics... we don't do that, and we wouldn't cover that stuff even if they didn't.

But the point is, big corporate media just plain refuses things and then claims those things are "non-commercial." (Which might explain why cable news, exclusively sponsored by Big Pharma ads, is so bad.) Big media certainly refuses to cover real organic acoustic music made without loops of electrocution sound effects — from Frankenstein's lightning storm or wherever they find that annoying stuff.

So just hit the mute button on them and turn here. We cover all kinds 'o real acoustic music and offer plenty of links to hear it in our news and reviews features. And, yes, we'll feature some select picks of concerts, etc., as NEWS FEATURES, as we navigate the summer together.
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As always, we invite you to join us and to let us know what YOU are listening to, and what artists or bands just sent you swooning and need to be shared with others.

That's your part, so you'll know that a whole lot more is always coming soon — including fresh MUSIC NEWS, PREVIEWS & REVIEWS, and more additions to our massive guide to the MUSIC FESTIVALS of 2017.

Meantime, with everything happening through these festival-packed, arrival-of-summer weekends? Go get tuneful!


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

MID-WEEK goes FREE MUSIC in surround-sound! Plus, updates on festivals, concerts, club gigs, musical theatre, more, through the end of July 4th's closing weekend - June 20 2017 edition

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If you're here to plan your weekend, this edition was rendered OBSOLETE by a newer one published late Friday, June 23. That one is at:

http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/06/weekenditudinal-adjustments-guides.html
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Now, here's this full edition as originally published, as an archived reference source...
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THAT's different. We don't get to say "Where ELSE but in L.A." this time. That's because the French "Fete de la Musique" went global and L.A. is ONE of the many places, worldwide, that has enthusiastically adopted it. Here, it's brought home to the streets, corners, courtyards, nook, crannies, and venues of the City of Angels as "MAKE MUSIC LOS ANGELES!" Then, hot on its heels, comes another big festival, a full-spectrum cultural/musical fest that runs Thursday through Sunday and has its biggest activities FREE on Hollywood Boulevard.

ALL the CONCERTS, musical theatre, and other local events are in this edition, too.

In addition to what you're getting being here now? A fresh, full edition of MUSIC NEWS with previews and reviews and all kinds o' things is being wrangled from the pasture into the starting gate and will be along very soon.

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EDITORIAL...


June 20th is a day worth noting, commemorated worldwide


by Larry Wines

Today the real world intrudes on our realm of tuneful times, as we complain about it getting hot before the next round of festivals, and wonder how bad the traffic and parking will be "just because I want to go there."

Set that aside a moment. Because today, Tuesday, June 20, is the global "World Refugee Day." It was first declared in 2001, and the irony of that timing is astounding.

Today, 65.6 million human beings are refugees. That number is greater, by far, than at any time since World War II, when new nations and massive rebuilding programs had to be created to accommodate them. Today we have "austerity" instead of infrastructure building or even maintenance and repair programs to maintain what we inherited. That's sadly true throughout America and the Western world. Instead of things we can use to grow our economy, in the US, we have billions proposed for border walls. In France, we see public funding for periodic bulldozing of refugee camps that assures a permanent nomadic class whose kids are not being educated and will grow-up to be unemployable, regardless where they end-up.

Obviously the world is not doing all that well, either in (a) assuring stability for native-born populations or (b) making things better for these millions of refugees. And it's time to realize that refugees become refugees because of the economic and foreign and military policies of the US and our various ad hoc "coalitions of the willing," to use a 21st century euphemism for getting together to blow-up somebody else's cities. But rhetoric is one thing. Numbers are another. And they prove that it's worse than you can imagine.

A total of 189,300 refugees were resettled in 2016 out of more than 65 million. Period. Worldwide.

Europe takes in 17% of the world's refugees. Yet not everyone takes part. The Czech Republic has admitted 12 individual refugees. Some EU member states took none.

Africa takes-in more than anyone else.

The US admits almost NO refugees, despite the FACT that the overwhelming number of global refugees — all of them human beings, many of them minor children — have been sent fleeing for their lives by the direct effects of US policy.

Specifically, refugees exist in such overwhelming numbers because US foreign policy is dominated by militaristic aims and goals, together with the corporacratic desire to dominate oil. American foreign policy is tightly aligned with Wall Street's paradigm of maximizing profits regardless of what problems that causes. (London's, and especially Frankfurt's, banksters are part of that same paradigm, creating a nearly homogenized mosaic.) Thus we conduct proxy wars and sell record amounts of arms, armaments, military accoutrements, and both cyber-sophisticated and simply explosive hardware and ordnance. We sell these instruments of maim and burns and blood and death, mostly in places that are already in conflict — or places that have quickly proven, as a result of arms sales from US companies — to be readily convertible into blood-soaked flashpoints once massive amounts of weapons are introduced.

Even Qatar -- home to the largest US military base in the world outside of the US (and a massive British military base, as well) -- is suddenly being blockaded by a Saudi-led Arab coalition. While we continue to sell record amounts of arms to the Saudis, they use them to create refugees from Yemen, the poorest nation in the Middle East. And how long before rich Qataris become refugees because their food supply is cut-off by the Saudis? We should understand naval blockades to starve populations in their own countries, because a US Naval blockade surround Yemen's coast, in cooperation with the Saudi bombing of Yemen's people.

You can't dismiss it as the law of unintended consequences. We've been doing this stuff for the past sixteen years, sending streams of refugees into the Mediterranean and beyond, and we haven't learned a damn thing. Because it's profitable (arms sales) and gains geopolitical advantage (control of oil regions), we aren't likely to stop.

The insanity reaches everywhere. Ancient archaeological monuments are destroyed and looted, their treasures marketed to rich collectors, the money going to finance arms purchases by those who oppose US aims. Entire functioning societies are blown apart, their populations sent fleeing, as in the fragmentation of Iraq and the fractured factionalism of Syria.

And it is reliably simplified for the nation of the short attention span.

The reality of perpetual war is as lost in mainstream media's poster-child hyperventilated hyperbole (remember the boy in the back of the ambulance?) as it is buried in arms merchants' balance sheets. So long as everything is obfuscated and we are distracted from the malevolently exploitive political aims used to eclipse what should be the important point, we lose the human point -- refugees are people. They have kids, hopes, dreams, desires, aspirations, creativity, and everything else that makes us all human. Whether or not that is politically, culturally, or economically inconvenient.

One wonders how long it will be before our allies and friends around the world stop accepting all the refugees that we keep creating. Especially when they're beginning to see that we won't take any of those refugees, ourselves, and we have a knack for making more of them.

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Contents / In this Edition...

* Editorial on World Refugee Day

1) MIDWEEK MUSIC FESTIVALS in L.A. — starting June 21

2) FESTIVALS — this COMING WEEKEND through July 4th, local 'n elsewhere

3) CONCERTS, ETC. — updates! — CLUB GIGS, MUSICAL THEATRE, FUN EVENTS (incl.) FREEBIES — IN SOUTHERN CAL THROUGH JULY 4th WEEKEND

Let's get started!


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# 1 events feature...


MIDWEEK MUSIC FESTIVALS in L.A. — starting June 21


✔ 6th annual "MAKE MUSIC LOS ANGELES" (MMLA) is June 21st, bringing "eleven hours of musical creativity!" It's FREE, as the enormous local expression of "MAKE MUSIC DAY," a citywide festival; but it's much bigger than L.A. — It's grown to global proportions in a very short time from its start in one country in Europe. Now, it happens every June 21st (regardless of the day of the week) in MORE THAN 800 CITIES in 130 COUNTRIES around the world. Local fest partic'lars and info on "MMLA" events all received their own separate "one-by-one" edition of the Guide a few agos. But no need to go find it. COMPLETE COVERAGE is in the Guide's "single-festival" edition focus on MMLA, at:

http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/06/make-music-los-angeles-aka-mmla-is.html
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✔ "MAKE MUSIC PASADENA" is on hiatus in 2017. So see "MMLA" just above.
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✔ 6th annual "HOLLYWOOD CARNIVAL PARADE AND FESTIVAL" runs Thu-Sun, Jun 22-25, and takes over multiple venues and includes major FREE outdoor events on Hollywood Boulevard. Evening events begin Thursday, June 22; culmination is the FREE parade & festival on Hollywood Blvd, June 24. See our complete feature coverage in a "festivals, one-by-one" edition, excerpted from the Guide's "Encyclopedia Festivanica," at:

http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/06/seven-hollywood-carnival-events-june-22.html
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✔ "HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL" Jun 8-25 (34 venues in Hollywood / L.A., CA) runs some weekdays and weeknights with emphasis on weekend shows, avant garde stage productions, exhibitions and gallery activities (often with live music), other activities. Details are in the Guide's "single-festival" special edition for "The Fringe," at:

http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/06/hollywood-fringe-fest-guide-to-june-9.html


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FESTIVALS — this COMING WEEKEND through July 4th, local 'n elsewhere


First the locals, then the distants. But no dissonance.

♪ *** LOCAL festivals, THIS COMING WEEKEND, June 23-25, 2017...
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✔ "ARROYO SECO WEEKEND" Jun 24 & 25 (Pasadena, CA) with ♪ Alabama Shakes ♪ Dawes ♪ Fitz & The Tantrums ♪ Galactic ♪ Mumford & Sons ♪ The Shins ♪ Alice Smith ♪ Andrew Bird ♪ Andy Grammar ♪ Broken Social Scene ♪ Charles Bradley & The xtraordinaires ♪ Con Brio ♪ David Lindley ♪ Jamtown ♪ Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra ♪ John Mayall ♪ Lettuce ♪ Live ♪ Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real ♪ NK Band ♪ Preservation Hall Jazz Band ♪ Roy Ayers ♪ The Bennie Maupin Ensemble ♪ The Meters ♪ The Mowgli’s ♪ The Revivalists ♪ The Shins ♪ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers ♪ Weezer ♪ William Bell ♪ ZZ Ward. More details are in a "single-festival" edition (from the "Encyclopedia Festivanica") at:

http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/06/arroyo-seco-weekend-festival-is-june-24.html
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✔ "SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL" Jun 25 (FREE at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton, CA) with Big Bad Rooster (American roots music) ♪ Kid Ramos and The Memphis Kings ♪ EMinENt Duo of Moeko Sugiura (Japanese violinist) & Nejc Kuhar (Slovenian guitarist) ♪ Yerak and Klezmer Juice (ethnic instruments with classic Western-hemis. influences) ♪ more. Details are in this edition's events chronology.
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✔ "HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL" Jun 8-25 (34 venues in Hollywood / L.A., CA) runs some weekdays and weeknights with emphasis on weekend shows, avant garde stage productions, exhibitions and gallery activities (often with live music), other activities. Details are in their own single-festival edition at:

http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/06/hollywood-fringe-fest-guide-to-june-9.html
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✔ 9th annual "ROADSHOW REVIVAL" ("A CELEBRATION OF AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC") Jul 1 (Ventura CA) with Los Lobos ♪ Raging Arb and The Redheads ♪ The Rockin Rebels ♪ The Resistors ♪ Phantom Pomps ♪ Hard Six ♪ Jackass ♪ The Walking Phoenixes ♪ The Iron Outlaws ♪ Inazuma ♪ Abby Girl ♪ The Real Deal, plus the afterparty with ♪ The Delta Bombers ♪ Blazing Haley ♪ The Henchmen. Details from the Guide's "Encyclopedia Festivanica" are in their own single-festival edition at:

http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/06/roadshow-revival-on-july-1-things.html
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✔ "4TH OF JULY BLOCK PARTY" Jul 4 (Los Angeles, CA) with ♪ lineup tba.


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♪ *** OUT-OF-TOWN / OUT-OF-STATE festivals, June 23-25 weekend, 2017...
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✔ "SUSANVILLE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL" Jun 23-25 (Susanville, east of the Sierra in Northern Cal) with Jeff Scroggins & Colorado ♪ Blue Highway ♪ Nu-Blu ♪ Snap Jackson & The Knock on Wood Players ♪ One Button Suit ♪ Grassland Road ♪ Blue Js ♪ Sage Creek ♪ more. (Features an optional Jun 21 midweek Bluegrass BBQ dinner w/ limited tix.)
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✔ "NATIONAL OLDTIME FIDDLERS’ CONTEST & FESTIVAL" Jun 14-24 (Weiser, ID) is more about the contestants than the booked acts, but it has both.
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✔ "ROMP FEST" Jun 21-24 (Owensboro, KY) with Yonder Mountain String Band ♪ Los Lobos ♪ Nitty Gritty Dirt Band ♪ Punch Brothers ♪ Rhiannon Giddens ♪ Peter Rowan ♪ The SteelDrivers ♪ Pokey LaFarge ♪ Dailey & Vincent ♪ Becky Buller ♪ more.
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✔ "COUNTRY FEST" Jun 22-25 (Cadott, WI) with Blake Shelton ♪ Thomas Rhett ♪ Eric Church ♪ Alabama ♪ Chris Young ♪ Dan + Shay ♪ Jamey Johnson ♪ Brothers Osborne ♪ Wynonna & The Big Noise ♪ The Oak Ridge Boys, more.
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✔ "WILCO'S SOLID SOUND FESTIVAL" Jun 23-25 (North Adams, MA) with Wilco ♪ Alloy Orchestra ♪ Andy Shauf ♪ The Autumn Defense ♪ Big Thief ♪ Daniel Bachman ♪ Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones ♪ Tweedy, more.
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✔ "MADSUMMER MELTDOWN" Jun 23-25 (Schuylkill Haven, PA) with Woody Brown’s Project ♪ The Ragbirds ♪ The Backroad ♪ The Feens ♪ The Twin Cats ♪ Kyle Morgan ♪ Tomm Dunn ♪ more.
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✔ "LOUISIANA CAJUN-ZYDECO FESTIVAL" Jun 24-25 (New Orleans, Louisiana) with Les Freres Michot ♪ Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band ♪ Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie ♪ Lost Bayou Ramblers ♪ D.L. Menard with the Jambalaya Cajun Band ♪ Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters ♪ Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots ♪ Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers ♪ Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band.
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✔ "HONKY TONK FEST" Jun 25 (Minneapolis, MN) with ♪ Trailer Trash ♪ Leo Rondeau ♪ Katey Bellville and the Sonsabitches ♪ The Beavers ♪ The Hillions ♪ Doug Otto and the Getaways ♪ Country Mike.
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A lil' farther down the road, 'til July 4th...
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✔ "SUMMERFEST" Jun 28-Jul 9 (Milwaukee, WI) has over 800 acts and 1,000 performances on 11 stages across 11 days. when your head stops spinning, read on.
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✔ "HIGH SIERRA MUSIC FESTIVAL" Jun 29-Jul 2 (Quincy, CA) with ♪ Trey Anastasio Band ♪
♪ Andrew Bird ♪ Snarky Puppy ♪ Galactic ♪ Mike Gordon ♪ The Greyboy Allstars ♪ Hard Working Americans ♪ Deer Tick ♪ The Travelin’ McCourys ♪ Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel ♪ The Record Company ♪ Jeff Austin Band ♪ Carolyn Wonderland ♪ Aoife O’Donovan ♪ Kat Myers & The Buzzards, more.
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✔ "HIGHBERRY" FESTIVAL Jun 29-Jul 2 (Ozark, AR) with ♪ The Floozies ♪ Dark Star Orchestra ♪ The Nth Power ♪ Aqueous ♪ Jade Cicada ♪ Old Shoe, more.
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✔ 30th annual "WATERFRONT BLUES FESTIVAL" Jun 30-Jul 4 (Portland, OR) with Chris Isaak ♪ Joss Stone ♪ Big Head Blues Club ♪ Big Head Todd & the Monsters ♪ Billy Branch and Ronnie Baker Brooks ♪ Booker T Stax Revue ♪ Elvin Bishop ♪ Canned Heat ♪ JD McPherson ♪ Chubby Carrier ♪ Sonny Landreth ♪ Cedric Burnside Project ♪ Pine Leaf Boys ♪ MarchFourth ♪ Southern Avenue ♪ Greyhounds ♪ The Revelers ♪ Brother Yusef ♪ Dirty Bourbon River Show ♪ Donna Angelle ♪ Dustbowl Revival ♪ Sons of the Soul Revivers ♪ Chris Cain ♪ The Suffers ♪ Duffy Bishop ♪ Big Monti ♪ Cedryl Ballou & TooLoo ♪ Big Monti ♪ Cedryl Ballou & The Zydeco Trendsetters ♪ Christone "Kingfish" Ingram ♪ Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band ♪ Dexter Allen ♪ Donna Angelle and Her Zydeco Posse ♪ Greyhounds ♪ Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys ♪ King Louie's Blues Revue: Larhonda Steele, Andy Stokes, Lisa Mann♪ Lady "True Blue" Kat, ♪ Jeffery Broussard ♪ more.
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✔ "OUTLAW MUSIC FESTIVAL — NEW ORLEANS" Jul 1 (Metairie / New Orleans, LA) with Willie Nelson & Family ♪ The Avett Brothers ♪ Sheryl Crow ♪ Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real ♪ more.
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✔ "OUTLAW MUSIC FESTIVAL — DALLAS" Jul 2 (Dallas, TX) with Willie Nelson & Family ♪ Sheryl Crow ♪ The Avett Brothers ♪ Hayes Carll ♪ Margo Price ♪ Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real ♪ more.
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ALL the FESTIVALS of 2017 — LOCAL & OUT-OF-TOWN — are described in the Guide's "Encyclopedia Festivanica" (where things get added and updated through the far end of this year). That's at:

http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html


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# 3 events feature...


CONCERTS, ETC. — updates! — CLUB GIGS, MUSICAL THEATRE, FUN EVENTS (incl.) FREEBIES — IN SOUTHERN CAL THROUGH JULY 4th WEEKEND


Those two mid-week festivals get their own section, but what about everything else? Here ya go. Things making MULTIPLE-NIGHT RUNS (like musical theatre and repeating Fringe Fest shows) are listed first, then it's the DAY-BY-DAY CHRONOLOGY of one-day / one-night-only events, through the closing flicker of the post-July 4th weekend.

An' yep, we're still adding some good FREE stuff to keep ya from goin' broke.

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First, the
MULTIPLE PERFORMANCE EVENTS

including a lot of musical theatre
and major temporary exhibitions.

These run through the dates shown.
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Daily, through July 30:
SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS at the GRAMMY Museum, 800 W Olympic Bl (entrance on Figueroa), Los Angeles, CA 90015; 213-765-6800; www.grammymuseum.org
* The museum has an unusually large number of wonderful current temporary exhibitions.
* The JOHN DENVER exhibit was just extended past a scheduled 6/18 closing. Go see:
✔ "RHYMES & REASONS: THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER" extended through Jul 30.
✔ "FOR THE GOOD TIMES: THE ARTISTRY OF KRIS KRISTOFFERSON" through Sep 10.
✔ "ELLA AT 100: CELEBRATING THE ARTISTRY OF ELLA FITZGERALD" through Sep 10.
✔ "MARTY STUART'S WAY OUT WEST: A COUNTRY MUSIC ODYSSEY" through Sep 24.
✔ "MONTEREY INTERNATIONAL POP FESTIVAL: MUSIC, LOVE, AND FLOWERS, 1967" through Oct 22.
* It's all part of the general admission visitor experience at the GRAMMY Museum, 800 W Olympic Bl (entrance on Figueroa), Los Angeles, CA 90015; 213-765-6800; www.grammymuseum.org
* Hours: Mon–Fri 10:30 am – 6:30 pm; Sat & Sun 10 am–6:30 pm.
Note: The 4th Floor will close at 5 pm on 5/31, and the Museum will close to the general public at 3:30 pm on 6/23.
* Tix: Adults $12.95; College Students $11.95 (18 years & older, valid ID required); Youth $10.95 (6-17 Years); Seniors $11.95 (age 65 & older); Military: $10.95 (valid ID required); Groups $10 per person (10 or more persons; group tours must be booked in advance to receive this rate).
* See the Guide's complete "# 1 feature story" in the May 28th edition. It has details and insights into each of these special exhibits, at:

http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/05/we-found-best-non-festival-destination_28.html
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Saturdays, Jun 3-24:
10 pm "TRUMP IN SPACE" is a "HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL" selection at The Actors Company Let Live Theatre, 916 N Formosa, West Hollywood, CA 90046.
* World Premiere musical.
* "A female starship captain descended from Donald Trump is the adversary of a rebellion leader, the descendant of Sen. Gary Hart."
* Runs Saturdays at 10 pm. Ends June 24.
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Sundays, Jun 4-25:
Noon "TOUGH BROWN LEATHER" is a "HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL" world premiere selection at the Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood, CA 90038.
* "A female football player copes with predatory males."
* Michael Philip Edwards directs Tonya Jones.
* Runs Sundays at Noon. Ends June 24.
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Nightly, Jun 5-25:
7 pm "MOMENTS" is a "HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL" selection at Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre, 5636 Melrose Av, Hollywood, CA 90038.
* "A woman traumatized by a prior sexual assault is unsettled by a road rage incident."
* Performances start Monday, June 5 at 7 pm. Ends June 25.
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Fridays through Sundays, through Jun 18:
8 pm "LONG WAY DOWN" in its West Coast premiere at the Sherry Theatre, 11052 Magnolia Bl, North Hollywood, CA 91601.
* "A religiously-inspired pair of women kidnaps babies from undeserving parents. Things spiral downward from there."
* Written by Nate Eppler, 2017 winner of the "Osborn Award" for an emerging playwright from the American Theater Critics Association (for "The Ice Treatment").
* Runs Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 7 pm.
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Thursdays through Sundays, through Jun 18:
8 pm "SEPARATE TABLES" is being staged at Theatre 40, 241 S Moreno Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.
* Sir Terence Rattigan's classic comedy-drama deals with a pair of couples facing romantic challenges while residing at a British residential hotel in the postwar years.
* Jules Aaron directs.
* Runs Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm.
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Saturdays, through Jul 9:
1 pm "THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG" is a kid-stuff musical for children and their families at Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Bl, West, Los Angeles, CA 90068.
* Note: "NOT the Disney version."
* Runs Saturdays at 1 pm.
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Saturdays & Sundays, through Jul 22:
7 pm "I'M NOT FAMOUS" is a musical with plenty of buzz, and its run was extended at the Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St, Santa Monica, CA 90401.
* It's BARBARA MINKUS' musical memoir of a long life in show business, with songs and anecdotes about the showbiz giants she's worked with, from TONY BENNETT to JERRY LEWIS.
* Runs Saturdays at 7 pm, Sundays at 3 pm. Ends July 22.

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✔ TUESDAY, 6/20
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Tue, Jun 20:
8 pm MELODY GUY plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA; reservations, by phone only (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) at 626-798-6236.
* "...The Bernadette Peters of Americana Music." - Peter Shockey Writer/Producer.
* Bob Stane, the venue's impresario, says, "The complexity of her writing, her singing, her playing, her stage presence isn't a persona or an act, those things are extensions of who and what she is as a human being. A big time night of music & wit. Join us on Tuesday. Think outside the van."
* Tix, $18.

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✔ WEDNESDAY, 6/21
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Wed, Jun 21, 2017: FESTIVAL
All-day 6th annual "MAKE MUSIC LOS ANGELES" (MMLA), "eleven hours of musical creativity," is FREE and the enormous. It's the detailed subject of our "# 3 events feature" in this edition (scroll down).
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Wed, Jun 21 & Wed, Jun 28:
6:30-8:30 pm ANDY & RENEE, front duo of the award-winning band HARD RAIN, play the Bottle Inn Riviera, 1700 S Catalina Av (entrance on Avenue I), Redondo Beach, CA 90277; 310-543-6800.
* Andy & Renee & Hard Rain host the annual "Dylanfest," always a Guide top pick, and the duo are recently back after their successful concert tour of Italy in May.
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Wed, Jun 21:
8 pm THE HOT TEXAS SWING BAND plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA; reservations, by phone only (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) at 626-798-6236.
* Bob Stane, the venue's impresario, says, "THE HOT TEXAS SWING BAND… has one boot in Cowboy music and the other in Swing, following the trail previously blazed by bands like Bob Wills and Asleep at the Wheel. This 5 piece band out of Austin, Texas plays hard drivin’ Western Swing and mixes in original material and fresh Rockabilly and Latin beats that have fans and critics raving. Even for Texas this is a hot act. This is a “shoot the lights out on a Saturday night band.” We do not get many like this rousing ensemble. This may be our next big Texas hit like The Quebe Sisters."
* Check out the band's website and music, at: www.HotTexasSwingBand.com
* Tix, $18.
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Wed, Jun 21:
8 pm GORDON LIGHTFOOT plays the City National Grove Of Anaheim, 2200 E Katella Av, Anaheim, CA 92806.

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✔ THURSDAY, 6/22
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Thu, Jun 22:
8 pm "LUX AETERNA (Choir Night)" with the LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE plus guests MOIRA SMILEY, Eric Whitacre, and more, perform a program of modern originals at the Walt Disney Concert Hall at the L.A. Music Center, Grand Ave & First St, Los Angeles.
* THIS INCLUDES the participatory(!) "PRE-CONCERT GROUP SING" With Eric Whitacre and Moira Smiley, FREE for all ticket holders, 7-7:40 pm.
* Get your SHEET MUSIC FOR LUX AETERNA CHOIR NIGHT by US mail (after you have purchased a ticket). It's at: https://lamc.formstack.com/forms/sleep_score
* There are two other performances of the full program: (1) at the pricey "LUX AETERNA (GALA)" at 6 pm Sunday, June 18; and (2) the "LUX AETERNA (20th Anniversary)" at 2 pm on June 17.
* Tix & more info: 213-972-7282; https://www.lamasterchorale.org/showinfo.php?id=59; NOTE: "Orchestra East" and "Orchestra west" sections have the cheapest tix, at $29.
* Program:
MORTEN LAURIDSEN - "Lux Aeterna" (20th Anniversary)
ERIC WHITACRE - "Child of Wonder" (US Premiere)
BILLY CHILDS - "In Gratitude" (World Premiere)
MOIRA SMILEY - "Time in Our Voices" (World Premiere)
ESA-PEKKA SALONEN - "Iri da iri"
SHAWN KIRCHNER - "Heavenly Home
* Watch Moira leading 1,000 singers at Disney Concert Hall, in singing her original trad-folk song, "Bring Me a Little Water, Sylvie." It's quite amazing to see sooo many singers, including the L.A. MASTER CHORALE in their tuxes and evening gowns, singing and clapping the rhythm with Moira singing and conducting. It works for everyone to watch it (but only ONCE for those of us who refuse to infest our devices with Facebook's insidious spyware): https://www.facebook.com/LAMasterChorale/videos/10154900633899442/
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Thu, Jun 22:
8 pm MARI BLACK plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA; reservations, by phone only (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) at 626-798-6236.
* Bob Stane, the venue's impresario, says, "I cannot overstate the quality and showmanship of MARI BLACK. To miss her would be a rotten shame. Tell violin fans about this date and get all of the violin students here. We get her only once per year. ONCE PER YEAR."
* “Superb, inspiring, and unforgettable! Her magic is such that she sweeps audiences along with the sounds she and her instrument make.”
Willie Ruff, Director of the Ellington Fellowship Jazz Series, Yale University.
* FIDDLE AND A BOW MAGIC. SHE IS ALSO CHARMING. SHE GLITTERS.
* Lots to impress on her webpage: www.MariBlack.com
* Tix, $20.
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Thu, Jun 22: Not music, but cool...
8 pm "LIFE IN A BLENDER: A SOCIAL MEDIA QUENCHER" at the E Spot Lounge, 4349 Tujunga Av, Studio City, CA 91604.
* Adults-only show. "Today's society is saturated with social media. Surely a majority of us can admit that it absorbs a good chunk of our time on a daily basis. We're blending together a delicious social media quencher for you! The ingredients? Dance, comedy sketches, music fest fashion, and social media madness to help you dive out of reality into, well.. reality! We encourage you to use your smart phone throughout the show during various interactive moments. You'll be sure to have plenty of material to post..."
* Tix, https://tickets.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&w=abe1f9cf62f8a0b9d529f8e560d241c1&vqitq=98c4f29d-38da-424d-855d-4eae42e958c7&vqitp=4ab93519-9593-45c5-a90e-1f977c98e2fa&vqitts=1456159698&vqitc=vendini&vqite=itlwww&vqitrt=Safetynet&vqith=5b1226e8689a36b556e64886a79a3dd3&vqitq=258c2194-4b24-49a9-8512-0caa53be122a&vqitp=bbd94539-9096-4ed8-89e0-c99784908f32&vqitts=1492213739&vqitc=vendini&vqite=itl&vqitrt=Safetynet&vqith=36033fed206dad14fd87ffe5d03f828b

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✔ FRIDAY, 6/23
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Jun 23-25, 2017:
"SUSANVILLE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL" in Susanville, east of the Sierra in Northern Cal.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Fri, Jun 23 (and Jul 29, Aug 26, & Sep 16)
6-10 pm "ROARING NIGHTS SUMMER MUSIC SERIES" returns with "‘60s SUMMER SAFARI," the series ONLY all-ages event, for the 2017 season at the L.A. Zoo, 5333 Zoo Dr, in Griffith Park, Los Angeles.
* The series welcomes you to explore the Zoo after hours. This year’s festivities are expanded to four musical Friday nights: June 24, July 29, August 26, and September 16.
* Our readers will appreciate this one of the three stages: "WOODIE AND THE LONGBOARDS, delivering surf sounds that will have you screaming 'cowabunga!'"
* The other two stages offer "THE DETROIT NIGHTS, serving up Motown and ‘60s pop classics with style," and D.J. JOHNNY HAWKES, spinning fun, eclectic sets with tiki tracks, 'island riddims,' '60s rock hits, and more."
* In addition to live performances, the four nighttime events bring you animal keeper talks, animal feedings, food trucks, art stations, "dance-worthy DJ sets," and more.
* Thus, as their slogan proclaims, "A different kind of wildlife takes over the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens."
* Plentiful free parking is available.
* Admission to all the "Roaring Nights at the L.A. Zoo" — except the June 23, all-ages event — is restricted to guests age 18 and older. Valid I.D. is required. Schedule is:
Jul 21, "Country Night"; Aug 26, tba; Sep 15, "'80s vs. '90s Night."
* We recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance in order to avoid waiting in line. Online ticketing closes at 5 pm on the day of the concert.
* Tix & info; each evening requires a separate $25 admission ticket (discounts for GLAZA zoo supporters); adv tix available at: www.lazoo.org/roaringnights/
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Fri, Jun 23:
7 pm RICKY Z, plus BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND, play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA.
* Fun venue has two stages, full bar, good bar food (generous portions, two can share).
* Bring earplugs. Seriously.
* Adv tix online are substantially discounted, at: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/arcadia-blues-club-red-entertainment-llc-10974346420
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Fri, Jun 23, 2017:
7-11 pm "DANCE DOWNTOWN: CUMBIA" with the band SONORA TROPICANA is FREE at Grand Park, 200 N Grand Av, Los Angeles, CA.
* Back for the 13th year, The Music Center’s "Dance Downtown" series brings evenings of dancing under the stars in the summer months where participants can learn new dance moves and then dance the night away.
* Organizers say, "It's okay to come by yourself, we'll find a dance partner for you!"
* Open air dance floor "with one of the best Latin bands in L.A." Last year, Sonora Tropicana took the stage and kept the dance floor packed all night.
* Free beginner dance lessons by top LA dance instructors.
* Food & cocktails available for purchase on site.
* Ride the Metro Red or Purple Line subway to Civic Center/Grand Park station, or parking is $9 in The Music Center parking lot located directly under The Music Center Plaza, top of the long terraced sloping hill that is Grand Park.
* Gather in Grand Park in front of the dance instructor at 7 pm, and be on time ifyou want access to lessons and partners.
* Event is free. Just show up, join the crowd, and dance.
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Fri, Jun 23, 2017:
7:15 pm "GRAND PERFORMANCES" FREE summer concert series presents the LONG BEACH OPERA production of "FRIDA" at California Plaza Fountain Court, atop Bunker Hill in Downtown L.A.
* The prestigious Long Beach Opera presents the Southern California premiere of "Frida."
* With musical expressions of pain and passion painted in vibrant colors, the life and art of FRIDA KAHLO’s complex story take the stage.
* Composer ROBERT XAVIER RODRÍGUEZ combines Mariachi-style orchestration with his interpretations of ragtime, zarzueta and ‘30s jazz.
* When Angelinos think of free public concerts, they think of Grand Performances. GP connects cultures, artists, and audiences—and for nearly three decades GP has filled L.A.'s summers with inspiring music, theatre, dance and films, making GP a local treasure.
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Fri, Jun 23: FILM SCREENING
7:30 pm "MONTEREY POP" screens one-night-only at the Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Av, Santa Monica, CA 90403; 310-260-1528.
* It's a new 4K restortion of "MONTEREY POP" 50 years after the epochal salute to the 1967 "Monterey International Pop Festival" the key event of the "Summer of Love," featuring the likes of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, The Who and others.
* Theatre has digital projection, listening devices, stadium seating, and is wheelchair accessible.
* Tix: $12 General Admission and $8 for American Cinematheque Members.
* Tix at: http://www.fandango.com/americancinemathequeattheaerotheatre_aacpd/theaterpage or http://click.fc.enewsaxs.com/
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Fri, Jun 23:
8 pm GORDON LIGHTFOOT plays "Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay," 2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106.
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Fri, Jun 23:
8 pm THE PAGE TURNERS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA; reservations, by phone only (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) at 626-798-6236.
* Named the 2016 "Freshgrass Best Duo," Carolyn Kendrick and Jake Howard added being an award-winning group to their already impressive credits and strong foothold in the acoustic music scene.
* Musical friends as students of Berklee College of Music, they started playing together, professionally, through the Berklee American Roots Program.
* Jake studies "Mandolin performance" and "American Roots Music," at Berkeley.
* He is mentored by greats such as Joe Walsh, Maeve Gilchrist, David Wallace, and Matt Glaser.
* Jake plays regularly at festivals, including "Grey Fox," 'Freshgrass," and the "Three Sisters Festival," with groups The Page Turners and Wrong is Right.
* Bruce Molsky says, "The Page Turners harness the best and deepest parts of bluegrass and old-time sounds as their own unique springboard for some wonderful new music. I love what Carolyn and Jake are doing and can’t wait to hear more!”
* Webpage: www.pageturnersmusic.com
* Tix, $20.
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Fri, Jun 23:
8 pm THE MASTERSONS & FRIENDS play a "Special CD Release Concert" in the famed concert hall behind McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com
* This show is a bargain at $16.
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Fri, Jun 23:
8-11:55 pm THE CLINT WESTWOOD BAND plays a full evening, no-cover, at the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd, #145, Murrieta, CA; 951-696-5252; http://theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com
* "The Shamrock loves to bring new talent to our stage and we know you are going to love The Clint Westwood Band. This San Diego outfit put on an amazing show and so many people have been waiting for their return. The CW band will take you on a musical journey with a little "country fried" rock and roll twist as well as dirtying up some old classic cover songs. We can't wait to see this band perform and with a great fiddle player in the mix it's another Friday 'live' great night at your favorite Irish pub." - the venue's PR.

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✔ SATURDAY, 6/24
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Note that Saturday FESTIVALS that began Friday are listed ONLY on the day they begin, so check above.
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Sat & Sun, Jun 24 & 25, FESTIVAL:
"ARROYO SECO WEEKEND" festival in Pasadena, CA.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Sat, Jun 24:
1 pm "THE BIG SING IN GRAND PARK" is a FREE participatory concert led by MOIRA SMILEY, ERIC WHITACRE, GRANT GERSHON, FRANCESCO NÚÑEZ, & ROLLO DILWORTH, at Grand Park, stretching down the hill from the Music Center to City Hall, in Downtown L.A.; https://www.lamasterchorale.org/showinfo.php?id=61
* Conductors Grant Gershon, Eric Whitacre, Francisco Núñez, Moira Smiley, and Rollo Dilworth will take turns leading the crowd from the Grand Park stage, located in the downtown park between Temple Street and Grand Avenue.
* The five engaging choral conductors will lead participants through a program of popular, well known songs alongside short easy-to-learn choral pieces that the conductors will teach.
* Professional singers from the Los Angeles Master Chorale will perform a short set of music before interspersing amongst the attendees to provide expert encouragement for the main event.
* As a prelude to the musical activities, four of the city’s most popular food trucks will also be in Grand Park near the stage area, serving from 12 noon and people are encouraged to come early and enjoy lunch on the lawn. Food will be available for purchase. Complimentary water will be provided to participants. No choir experience is required to participate.
* Program includes:
SIMON & GARFUNKEL - "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
THE TOKENS - "A-Weema-Weh" ("The Lion Sleeps Tonight")
Arr. HENRY LECK - Siyahamba
BILL WITHERS - "Lean On Me"
ALAN MENKEN - "Be our Guest" ("Beauty and the Beast")
And many more
* Watch Moira leading 1,000 singers at Disney Concert Hall, in singing her original trad-folk song, "Bring Me a Little Water, Sylvie." It's quite amazing to see sooo many singers, including the L.A. MASTER CHORALE in their tuxes and evening gowns, singing and clapping the rhythm with Moira singing and conducting. It works for everyone to watch it (but only ONCE for those of us who refuse to infest our devices with Facebook's insidious spyware): https://www.facebook.com/LAMasterChorale/videos/10154900633899442/
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Sat, Jun 24:
3 pm CIRCUS NO. 9 plays a matinee at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA; phone for reservations, 626-798-6236.
* Traveling from their home base in East Tennessee to show off their national award-winning picking and singing, CIRCUS NO. 9 has the real East Tennessee sound.
* They are a four piece young, progressive acoustic group that embraces the influence of Bluegrass, Americana, and Folk.
* The group has appeared on stage alongside top artists including David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, Larry Keel, and more.
* With awarded musicians Matthew Davis (2016 National Banjo Champion), Thomas Cassell (2016 Rockygrass Mandolin Champion), Johnny Lanehart, and Colin Hotz, Circus No.9 is taking the new acoustic scene by force.
* Both Davis and Cassell are alumni of the 2016 and 2017 Acoustic Music Seminar, a very prestigious event held for young musicians. Led by mandolin legend Mike Marshall, as well as Darrell Scott, Bryan Sutton, Julian Lage, and Aoife O'Donovan, this event has resulted in some of the most innovative musicians on the bluegrass and acoustic scene, including Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers, "A Prairie Home Companion"), Alex Hargreaves (Sarah Jarosz), Brittany Haas ("A Prairie Home Companion"), and more.
* Combined with the songwriting of band member Colin Hotz and the bass playing of Johnny "Calamari" Lanehart, they are a serious musical force, taking a 3,000 mile journey to bring you their music and good times in a delightful afternoon of authentic, but progressive, strings and voice.
* Venue impresario Bob Stane says, "Youth will be served."
* More on the band and their awards at: https://circusnumbernine.com
* Tix, $15.
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Sat, Jun 24:
4:30 pm HIGH STRUNG delights you with more “music your Grandpappy’d like” at Claremont Village’s "BLUES & BREWS FESTIVAL" in Claremont, CA.
* Info at: www.claremontbluesandbrews.com/music.html
* More at band member Belinda Thom's site, www.modaltease.com
* catch a music performance video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBfcHXoL7Pc
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Sat, Jun 24:
7 pm "MUSIC CHANGES AMERICA – MOTOWN / MIRACLE, PART ONE" is part of Caltech's MUSE/IQUE 2017 Summer of Sound on Beckman Mall, on the Caltech campus in Pasadena.
* Part One is tonight.
* Part Two is Jul 22.
* Part Three is Aug 26.
* Complete info: www.muse-ique.com or 626-844-7703.
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Sat, Jun 24:
8 pm THE BAREFOOT MOVEMENT, a Guide favorite, plays the famed concert hall behind McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com
* This show is a bargain at $16.
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Sat, Jun 24:
8 pm RICK ROBERTS (FLYING BURRITO BROS, FIREFALL) plays "Russ & Julie's House Concerts" series in Oak Park (off the 101, W of Thousand Oaks).
* Reservations (make 'em fast) get directions at: rsvp@houseconcerts.us
* Singer-songwriter Rick Roberts has been awarded two platinum and four gold albums.
* He is renowned for his work in great bands. A 45-year veteran of the music airways, he began his recording career in 1970 with the Flying Burrito Brothers (with Chris Hillman, Bernie Leadon & Michael Clarke) and was a major contributor to their 1971 self-titled album and their 1972 live album, "Last of the Red Hot Burritos."
* He went on to do two solo albums, then formed the well-known band FIREFALL in 1974, with whom he played for seven years during their heyday.
* Rick has also been a member of Stephen Stills’ band and Linda Ronstadt’s band.
* Over 60 of his compositions have been recorded and performed by such artists as The Burritos, Firefall, Stephen Stills, Linda Ronstadt, Barry Manilow, The Dirt Band, and numerous others.
* He is the composer of the hit songs “Just Remember I Love You,” “You Are The Woman,” “Strange Way,” “Colorado,” and several more that graced the Top 40 at one time or another.
* Here are some music video links:
Firefall - "You Are The Woman" (#9 in 1976): https://youtu.be/mCXdZU-ScuM
Firefall - "Just Remember I Love You" (#11 in 1978, #1 Adult Contemporary hit; Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles on backing vocals): https://youtu.be/Lt6lYiKcik8
Firefall - "Strange Way" (#11 in 1978): https://youtu.be/GuULXvBPW4U
The Flying Burrito Brothers - "Colorado" (1971): https://youtu.be/dPpnvNlywP8
Rick Roberts - "Sail Away" (1972): https://youtu.be/Ilr22N6WgyI
* Evening includes potluck style coffee and dessert buffet.
* $20 per person, cash at the door. All the money goes to the performer. Doors at 7:30 pm, no one admitted after the show starts.
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Sat, Jun 24:
8 pm JAMES INTVELD, plus BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND, play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA.
* Fun venue has two stages, full bar, good bar food (generous portions, two can share).
* Bring earplugs. Seriously.
* Adv tix online are substantially discounted, at: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/arcadia-blues-club-red-entertainment-llc-10974346420
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Sat, Jun 24:
8-11:55 pm CRAIC HAUS plays a full evening, no cover, at the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd, #145, Murrieta, CA; 951-696-5252; http://theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com
* "Always a great 'Craic' when this band plays The Shamrock. Great wit, great contemporary tunes and classics with a Shamrockabilly twist. Fantastic entertainment and always a crowd-pleaser come and see what Craic Haus are all about." - the venue's PR.

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✔ SUNDAY, 6/25
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Note that Sunday FESTIVALS that began Friday or Saturday are NUMEROUS, and are listed ONLY on the day they began. So check those two days, above.
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Sun, Jun 25, FESTIVAL:
Noon-4 pm "SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL" is FREE at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Av, Fullerton, CA 92831; 714-738-6595; www.TheMuck.org
✔ TIX: It's free.
✔ CAMPING: No.
✔ THE SCENE: An outdoor festival with free access to the museum galleries. Promo says, "enjoy performances by award winning acts," but none were named by press time. The venue, nicknamed "The Muck," does routinely book Folk-Americana acts for its various series of concerts. We have good info of this one-day event, otherwise: "Celebrate summer with an afternoon filled with live music, food, craft beer and plenty of activities. Enjoy the free children’s art events and play area as well as an arts and crafts fair. Stroll through the galleries inside the Muckenthaler Villa (free admission for the event) and learn about the history of the Muckenthaler Family. Discover local craft breweries in the new OC Beer Alley — featuring Bootlegger's Brewery, Evans Brewing Company, All-American Ale Works, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, and more. Cold brews organized by RYPEN." For more information about summer concerts and performance schedules, galleries, special events, classes, or to purchase tickets to other events at the Muck, call 714-738-6595 or email info@TheMuck.org
✔ 2017 LINEUP:
♪ Big Bad Rooster (American roots music)
♪ Kid Ramos & The Memphis Kings
♪ EMinENt Duo of Moeko Sugiura (Japanese violinist) & Nejc Kuhar (Slovenian guitarist)
♪ Yerak and Klezmer Juice (ethnic instruments with classic Western-hemis. influences

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Sun, Jun 25:
10:30 am DAN CROW plays the "MATINEE KIDS SHOW" series in the famed concert hall behind McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com
* Tix are $10, and kids under age 2 get in free.
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Sun, Jun 25:
2 pm CRAIC IN THE STONE plays the "Brunch and Irish Music" series at Muldoon's Irish Pub, 202 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA; 949-640-4110; www.muldoonspub.com
* This traditional Irish Band was a big hit at the recent "Big Irish Fair" in Long Beach.
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Sun, Jun 25:
4:30-8 pm "GRAND OLE ECHO" Americana music series returns for the summer at The Echo, 1822 W Sunset Bl, Echo Park (Los Angeles).
* Headliners this time are Deception Past, Jenny Don't And The Spurs, and Hayley Thompson-King.
* All-ages. Doors open at 3; Free admission before 5 pm; $5 after 5 pm; $15 after 8 pm when other shows, different music genres, hold sway.
* The FULL SEASON of the 2017 "Grand Ole Echo" run is at: http://www.theecho.com/event/1458479-grand-ole-echo-casper-allen-los-angeles/
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Sun, Jun 25:
5-8 pm PROFESSOR X — ACOUSTIC plays a full early evening, no cover, at the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd, #145, Murrieta, CA; 951-696-5252; http://theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com
* Live music on a Sunday afternoon with PROFESSOR X (aka HUNTER & LARRY). "This duo will perform some great hits and acoustic tunes, from current chart tunes and all the way back to the seventies. Without doubt, HUNTER is one of the best guitarists in the Valley, so come and see a musician at work with a set the whole family can enjoy. Easy listening on a Sunday afternoon and the perfect way to round off the weekend." - the venue's PR.
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Sun, Jun 25:
6 pm CENTER STAGE OPERA presents "AMICI DELLA MUSICA" ("Friends of Music"), a concert & dinner event at Nara Mediterranean Bistro in Encino.
* Opera, Broadway, jazz standards and soft rock sung by CSO Artistic Directors Shira Renee Thomas and Dylan Thomas, and special guest Maggie Valdman (now studying at Julliard).
* Tix, $55, includes entire evening with full-course meal and entertainment, tax and tip (wine available at additional charge).
* Reservations are required; tix at: 818-517-4102.
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Sun, Jun 25:
7 pm I SEE HAWKS IN L.A plus GERRY SPEHAR doing his CD release show, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA; reservations, by phone only (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) at 626-798-6236.
* The Hawks were faves of the Guide since their early days, and they still are.
* Jonny Whiteside, L.A. WEEKLY, says, "These freewheeling lords of California psych country approach their music as if it were a portal, an unseen threshold that, once crossed, promises a wholly unpredictable experience. The Hawks' singular style operates on an epic scale, exploring weird panoramas of hallucinatory metaphor with a sound as much traditional hillbilly as it is acceleratedly sergic-rock spontaneity. Any flight taken with I See Hawks In L.A. assures a view to startling new perspectives. Up, up and away."
* Their website has plenty: www.iseehawks.com
* GERRY SPEHAR would get and deserve top-billing in the Rocky Mountain states. Living the '70s folk rock dream, Gerry and his brother George became prominent on the mountain music circuit, opening for BOZ SCAGGS, IAN & SYLVIA, and TOWNES VAN ZANDT. BILL & BONNY HEARNE and cut Gerry's song "Georgetown" with NANCY GRIFFITH.
* He's won the won the "Regional Wrangler Country Showdown" with partner BOBBY ALLISON, playing the finals at the Grand Ole Opry, landing a publishing deal with the legendary BUZZ CASON and he opened for MERLE HAGGARD.
* Gerry hails from a pioneer Colorado ranching family, grew up cowpunching and mastering fingerpicking guitar.
* See Gerry's website: www.gerryspehar.com
* Tix are a bargain at $18.
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Sun, Jun 25:
8 pm "DEJA VU - THE COMPLETE ALBUM, LIVE IN CONCERT" presented by Keith Putney Productions, featuring JEFF ALAN ROSS, ROB BONFIGLIO, STEVE FEKETE, ADAM DANIEL, CHAD WATSON, and CHRISTOPHER ALLIS, in the famed concert hall behind McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com

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✔ TUESDAY, 06/27
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Tue, Jun 27:
6 pm MOIRA SMILEY & VOCO play the 2017 season opener "WORLD RHYTHMS CONCERT" series in Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011; https://www.descansogardens.org/event/world-rhythms-moira-smiley-and-voco/
* Concert is free with paid admission to the Gardens ($9).
* "It's been awhile!" notes Moira, adding, "So great to sing/play with Pilar Diaz & April Guthrie." (Great to hear and see the three of 'em, too.)
* "...genre-bending Moira Smiley & VOCO, bring elegance and grit to folk songs original and ancient."
* Bring a picnic or purchase Patina grill favorites for a family-friendly evening of fun.
* Watch Moira leading 1,000 singers at Disney Concert Hall, in singing her original trad-folk song, "Bring Me a Little Water, Sylvie." It's quite amazing to see sooo many singers, including the L.A. MASTER CHORALE in their tuxes and evening gowns, singing and clapping the rhythm with Moira singing and conducting. It works for everyone to watch it (but only ONCE for those of us who refuse to infest our devices with Facebook's insidious spyware): https://www.facebook.com/LAMasterChorale/videos/10154900633899442/
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Tue, Jun 27:
8 pm "SPOTLIGHT: THE REVIVALISTS" AT THE GRAMMY MUSEUM, 800 W Olympic Bl (entrance on Figueroa), Los Angeles, CA 90015; 213-765-6800; www.grammymuseum.org
* Chart-topping New Orleans seven-piece band The Revivalists do an evening in the museum's Clive Davis Theater, including an intimate conversation on their continuously rising career and a performance. They'll include their No. 1 hit radio single "Wish I Knew You." The evening is hosted by SCOTT GOLDMAN, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum.
* Tix go on sale Jun 1 at noon; AmEx cardholders can buy them before that.

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✔ WEDNESDAY, 06/28
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Wed, Jun 28: Not music, but interesting
7:30 am-11 am "FUTURE FORUM – ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE & ROBOTICS" presented by CSU Dominguez Hills and sponsored by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, happens at ROW DTLA (thirty acres of historic buildings in the heart of Downtown L.A.), at 777 S Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90021; http://laedc.org/event/future-forums
* FUTURE FORUM explores the region’s Artificial Intelligence industry and jobs. As disruptive technologies continue to pervade society, they require people and organizations to adapt to new capabilities. Artificial Intelligence is already having a profound impact on our personal and working lives–and its impact will only increase in the future.
* "Much like the PC disrupted our lives in the 1980s, AI will lay the foundation for future decades of how we interact with technology, and how these new advents in technology will impact our everyday lives. More specifically, how will advanced manufacturing and machine learning affect our workforce in LA County? Will robots replace jobs, or complement and enhance existing roles in the various industries in the LA region? How will the benefits offered by the Internet of Things (IoT) and AI present opportunities for industries including airlines, manufacturing, smart buildings, smart homes, and oil and power?" Those questions and more will be addressed by an impressive lineup of speakers.
* Keynote speaker is MICHAEL KING, VP & General Manager, Global Education Industry, IBM. Panelists are DR. RANDALL W. HILL, Jr., Executive Director, USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies; and TODD HOLLOWAY, Director of Content Science & Algorithms, Netflix. Welcoming remarks by WILLIE J. HAGAN, Ph. D., President, California State University, Dominguez Hills; and BILL ALLEN, CEO, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation.
* The Guide is telling you about this because we absolutely do NOT like the directions being taken by the technocratic corporatocracy. For us humans trying to maintain a decent chance at life, being armed with knowledge is really the only way any of us stand a chance to change it.
* Tix (registration fee): General public $65; Student rate is $40. Register at: http://laedc.org/event/future-forums
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Wed, Jun 28:
6:30-8:30 pm ANDY & RENEE, front duo of the award-winning band HARD RAIN, play the Bottle Inn Riviera, 1700 S Catalina Av (entrance on Avenue I), Redondo Beach, CA 90277; 310-543-6800.
* Andy & Renee & Hard Rain host the annual "Dylanfest," always a Guide top pick, and the duo are recently back after their successful concert tour of Italy in May.
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Wed, Jun 28:
7:30 pm "THE BEATLES SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND MAS2653 MONO" at The GRAMMY Museum, 800 W Olympic Bl (entrance around the corner on Figueroa), Los Angeles CA 90015.
* It's a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of THE BEATLES most innovative album, as "the GRAMMY Museum Presents the Record Theater," hosted and created by MARVIN ETZIONI.
* This program is back at the museum, by popular demand, for the eighth time.
* The evening is hosted by peermusic songwriter, record producer and creator of "The Record Theatre," Marvin Etzioni, and features a panel discussion by special guests BRIAN KEHEW and KEVIN RYAN, co-authors of "Kaleidoscope Eyes: A Day in the Life of Sgt. Pepper," and CHRIS CARTER, host of "Breakfast with the Beatles" on KLOS.
* TIX will sell-out promptly. Get 'em at: https://www.axs.com/events/336918/grammy-museum-presents-the-record-theater-sgt-pepper-s-lonely-hearts-c-tickets
* Also see The Guide's special edition about the influence of this album, "Sgt. Pepper at 50," at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/06/sgt-pepper-at-50-guide-special-edition.html

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✔ THURSDAY, 6/29
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Thu-Sun, Jun 29-Jul 2, FESTIVAL:
"HIGH SIERRA MUSIC FESTIVAL" at the Plumas County Fairgrounds, 204 Fairground Rd, Quincy, CA 95971.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Thu, Jun 29:
8 pm "AN EVENING WITH HENRY KAPONO" at the GRAMMY Museum, 800 W Olympic Bl (entrance on Figueroa), Los Angeles, CA 90015; 213-765-6800; www.grammymuseum.org
* Legendary Hawaiian artist HENRY KAPONO does a performance-interview, a discussion on his extraordinary career, followed by an intimate performance. The evening is hosted by SCOTT GOLDMAN, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum.
* Tix go on sale Jun 1 at noon; AmEx cardholders can buy them before that.
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Thu, Jun 29:
8 pm "PAT WHITEMAN SINGS HARRIET SCHOCK" at the E Spot Lounge, 4349 Tujunga Av, Studio City, CA 91604.
* "Join popular and versatile LA vocalist Pat Whiteman as she explores the songs of Harriet Schock, well known for her Grammy-nominated song recorded by Helen Reddy “Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady.” Schock has also written for a variety of other artists as well as TV and film. The show features special guest Gary Lynn Floyd (flying in from Texas) and Harriet on keys with musicians Joe Lamanno (bass), MB Gordy (percussion), Kelly DeSarla (flute), Brad Blaisdell (harmonica), Eden Livingood (violin/viola) and Andrea Ross-Greene and Barbara Shane (background vocals). "A special music and memory filled evening." BroadwayWorld.com says, "A divine songfest, a DREAM TEAM!"
* Tix, https://tickets.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&w=abe1f9cf62f8a0b9d529f8e560d241c1&vqitq=98c4f29d-38da-424d-855d-4eae42e958c7&vqitp=4ab93519-9593-45c5-a90e-1f977c98e2fa&vqitts=1456159698&vqitc=vendini&vqite=itlwww&vqitrt=Safetynet&vqith=5b1226e8689a36b556e64886a79a3dd3&vqitq=258c2194-4b24-49a9-8512-0caa53be122a&vqitp=bbd94539-9096-4ed8-89e0-c99784908f32&vqitts=1492213739&vqitc=vendini&vqite=itl&vqitrt=Safetynet&vqith=36033fed206dad14fd87ffe5d03f828b
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Thu, Jun 29:
7:30–9:30 pm THE ALLEY CATS play the "Under the Stars" outdoor concert series at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Av, Fullerton, Ca 92831; 714-738-6595; www.TheMuck.org

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✔ FRIDAY, 06/30
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Note that FESTIVALS that began Thursday, June 29, are listed ONLY on the day they began, so also remember to check above.
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Fri, Jun 30 - Sun, Sep 3, 2017: FESTIVAL
"SAWDUST FESTIVAL" returns June 30th for its annual summer run at its permanent festival grounds, 935 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.
* Features daily live music on multiple stages, with at least some acoustic/Americana each day.
* Runs 10 am-10 pm daily (dates shown).
* The Sawdust is a landmark home of fine art and craft for over 200 Laguna Beach artists.
* Visitors enjoy live entertainment, art demonstrations, classes, and outdoor cafes set in a cool eucalyptus grove, and the opportunity to purchase artwork and performers' CDs.
* PERFORMANCE SCHEDULES for each day: http://sawdustartfestival.org/festivals
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Fri, Jun 30:
8 pm THE GET DOWN BOYS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA; reservations, by phone only (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) at 626-798-6236.
* A staple on the Southern California bluegrass scene over the past six years.
* With a recent major lineup change, the band is ready with a fresh, tight approach, bringing ISRAEL PARKER on dobro/tenor out of Ohio, MARK CASSIDY on the banjo of THE HILLBENDERS, original member EVAN WINSOR on bass, and SCOTT GATES of THE SALTY SUITES on guitar and mandolin.
* They've just finished a new EP of original material and personal favorites while remaining true to the spirit of traditional bluegrass.
* Check their site: www.thegetdownboys.com
* Tix, $18.
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Fri, Jun 30:
8-11:55 pm QUEL BORDEL plays a full evening, acoustic & electric, no cover, at the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd, #145, Murrieta, CA; 951-696-5252; http://theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com
* QUEL BORDEL are a high energy Gypsy kick-stomp band, playing tunes laced with Celtic Bluegrass.
* "With fiddle and banjo, these San Diego musicians bring a high energy, highly entertaining show. If you love FLOGGING MOLLY and MUMFORD & SONS, you will love this band. They have built-up an army of followers on previous appearances at the Shamrock so get your dancing shoes and party heads on and come and see what they are all about." - the venue's PR.
* They're back here July 2 with an all-acoustic show. See listing.

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✔ JULY, 2017
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Geez, midsummer already!

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✔ SATURDAY, 7/1
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Note that Saturday FESTIVALS that began Thursday or Friday are listed ONLY on the day they began. Check those two days, above.
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Jul 1, FESTIVAL:
9th annual "ROADSHOW REVIVAL" subtitled "A CELEBRATION OF AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC," at Discovery Ventura, 1888 E Thompson Bl, Ventura CA 93001.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Sat, Jul 1: A Guide focus event...
7 pm "RAISE THE ROOF" — a perfectly-named music benefit for Ugandan Orphans, with performances by LORIN HART, BRAD COLERICK, CORRINA CARTER, BARRETT TAGLIARINO, & DAVE MORRISON, plus "various band-members," in Old Throop Hall at Throop Unitarian Church, 300 S Los Robles, Pasadena, CA.
* THIS is a MUST-READ SECTION: "The last fund-raiser Lorin was involved in was an attempt to raise enough money to buy a house (for the orphans). That proved unsuccessful. But the money raised was used instead, to buy a piece of ground and a whole lot of bricks and mortar. Julius and his volunteers have HAND BUILT an orphanage," reports Dave Morrison.
* More: "It (the orphanage) needs to be finished. The pressing need is for materials to finish the roof and install windows and doors before the rainy season begins in October."
* Still with us? "His organization is called SOT-Uganda. They are a small non-profit — very hands-on — and they provide food staples to a few dozen widow-headed families, do free monthly medical outreaches into the countryside, and support the above-mention kids with community and education."
* Julius Musenero, in Uganda, "is an AIDS-orphan who has grown up to become a father-figure to 150 younger AIDS/HIV orphans."
* "Most of the children are in foster homes, but Julius cares directly for the others — about 35 — who have not found permanent homes. They are currently in a rented house."
* At this special evening, an on-stage song circle will comprise the heart of the program, following brief sets by individual performers, including songs from their individual CDs.
* Bring a dish to share and whatever adult beverage you want; or just come and enjoy.
* "Give whatever you want to the fund" as your admission for the evening.
* This group of local musicians isn't new at this. They report, "Last year we got very person-to-person with Lauren and Rui Mesquita who run MozamBikes, and managed to place 27 sturdy work-horse bicycles with 27 families in rural Mozambique. No middle-man. No money disappearing into advertising and administrative costs."
* If it's hot, bring a small fan if you have one. And c'mon already — YOU'RE worried about going someplace comfortable when you want to help these kids?
* There's also a GoFundMe page for the Ugandan orphanage. "If you can't make it to the show, please drop over there and toss a few bucks into the hat," encourages Dave Morrison.
* Contribute at: https://www.gofundme.com/yae96-raise-the-roof
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Sat, Jul 1:
7:30-10:30 pm ANDY & RENEE, front duo of the award-winning band HARD RAIN, celebrate their return from their successful concert tour of Italy with a full-evening show tonight at Avenue A Bar & Grill, 800 S Pacific Coast Hwy. Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
* Andy & Renee & Hard Rain host the annual "Dylanfest," always a Guide top pick, and the duo did a successful concert tour of Italy in May.
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Sat, Jul 1:
8 pm "BACK WHERE I BELONG! CORI CABLE KIDDER & FRIENDS" is a very notable "special evening of music and song" at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W Sierra Madre Bl, Sierra Madre, CA 91024;
* In 2015, CORI CABLE KIDDER starred in the most successful Sierra Madre Playhouse production ever, "ALWAYS….PATSY CLINE." A darling of critics as well as audiences, she was nominated for the "Ovation Award" for "Best Actress in a Musical."
* This year, she’s been touring with the national company of the hit Broadway show "MAMMA MIA!" Now, for one night only, she’ll be returning to Sierra Madre Playhouse for a special concert event, joined by "Mamma Mia!" cast mate and vocalist LUKE MONDAY, as well as surprise guests. Her Patsy Cline musical director SEAN PAXTON will be back with a five-piece band.
* Cori will perform selections from "ALWAYS….PATSY CLINE" as well as some of the hit songs from "MAMMA MIA!"
* If you missed her in 2015, or if you saw her back then and have to hear her again, you owe it to yourself to see this wonderful evening of song.
* A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to support the continuing cultural activities of Sierra Madre Playhouse, a 501c3 non-profit organization. Your ticket price above the amount of $50 is tax-deductible.
* Reservations, 626-355-4318; online tix at: www.sierramadreplayhouse.org
* Abundant free parking behind the Playhouse.
* Tix, $85 & $100; V.I.P. tix $125 include premium seating, a private cocktail reception, and photo opportunity with Cori and her musical friends.

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Musical stage play opens JULY 1,
runs through AUGUST 27
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Jul 1-Aug 27, 2017:
"JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS" — the powerful musical revue, revived at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S Sepulveda Bl, West Los Angeles, 90025; reservations and info, 310-477-2055 or www.OdysseyTheatre.com.
* SHOW TIMES: Runs Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm, Jul 1 through Aug 27 (dark Jul 23 & Aug 11; on Sun, Jul 2 only, performance is at 5 pm with no 2 pm matinee). Addt'l 8 pm weeknight performances on Thu, Jul 13; Wed, Jul 19; Thu, Jul 27.
* Tix: $27 on Wednesdays and Thursdays; $32 on Fridays; $36 Saturdays & Sundays. There is one “Tix for $10” performance, Fri, Jul 7.
* "Naughty, funny, dark and romantic... the off-Broadway hit by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman introduced American audiences to the Belgian singer-songwriter known as the 'Bob Dylan of France.'"
* Now, director Dan Fishbach and musical director Anthony Lucca bring it back. Marc Francoeur, Susan Kohler, Miyuki Miyagi and Michael Yapujian star in this powerful and bold theatrical experience that was a sensation when it opened off-Broadway in 1968. A prolific singer-songwriter, actor and director, Brel composed and performed literate, thoughtful and theatrical songs that generated a large, devoted following – initially in Belgium and France, and later throughout the world.
* This revue, conceived by Blau and Shuman FEATURES ENGLISH LYRICS and additional material by the pair and pays tribute to Brel's unique genius. In any language, his songs brim with flair, attitude and European sophistication, retaining their edgy vibe over half a century after they were written. While Brel is no longer either alive or living in Paris, his legendary vision of romance, humor and moral conviction endures. We're looking forward to this freshly revived production.

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✔ SUNDAY, 7/2
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Note that Sunday, Jul 2, FESTIVALS that began Thursday, Friday or Saturday are listed ONLY on the day they began. Check those three days, above.
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Sun, Jul 2:
4:30 pm "THE GRAND OLE ECHO" is ON HIATUS this week, because its home venue is producing an event called "Dirty Penni Fest."
* The FULL SEASON of the 2017 "Grand Ole Echo" run is at: http://www.theecho.com/event/1458479-grand-ole-echo-casper-allen-los-angeles/
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Sun, Jul 2:
5-8 pm QUEL BORDEL — ACOUSTIC, as the band brings a fully acoustic set to the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd, #145, Murrieta, CA; 951-696-5252; http://theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com
* "Shamrock favorites Quel Bordel performing a talent-laden acoustic set for the whole family to enjoy on a Sunday afternoon. This highly rated San Diego band performs a string of great covers and modern tunes as well as some traditional Irish and their own great material. With a fiddle, banjo and guitar, you can be sure of some great foot tapping, hand clapping tunes. Come and see why these guys pack the pub every time they perform on our stage in a laid back Sunday atmosphere." - the venue's PR.
* QUEL BORDEL are a high energy Gypsy kick-stomp band, playing tunes laced with Celtic Bluegrass.
* "With fiddle and banjo, these San Diego musicians bring a high energy, highly entertaining show. If you love FLOGGING MOLLY and MUMFORD & SONS, you will love this band. They have built-up an army of followers on previous appearances at the Shamrock so get your dancing shoes and party heads on and come and see what they are all about." - the venue's PR.
* (If you're reading this way ahead, they're also here Jun 4 with an all-acoustic show. See listing, unless that date has passed.)
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Sun, Jul 2:
6:30-7:30 pm JESSICA FICHOT, an ever-delightful artist, plays the FREE summer concert series at the "LEVITT PAVILION IN MacARTHUR PARK," W 6th St & S Park View St, Los Angeles CA 90057.
* Jessica is bringing her full band of Alex Budman (clarinet, sax), Ippei Ichimaru (upright bass), Adrien Prévost (guitar), Gregory Desgouttes (drums), & Jessica herself on vocals, accordion, and her crowd-pleasing toy piano.
* She's played the Pasadena Levitt a few times, and this will be her first time on this Levitt stage.
* Jessica says, "Stop by for some French chanson, Shanghai jazz and international folk."
* Kids are welcome. Arrive at 5:30 pm and experience the Kidzone with free art activities, games and more.
* Catch music samples at her website: www.jessicasongs.com

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✔ TUESDAY, 7/4
Happy 4th !
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Happy Independence (and Independents) Day!

4th of July events are listed by what starts the earliest, wherever it happens.

(We will be back to add more for the 4th; these are the ones that captured our fancy early enough for this edition...)
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Tue, Jul 4:
11 am-5 pm "4th OF JULY OLD-FASHIONED FAMILY BARN DANCE AND BARBEQUE" at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga, CA 90290. (Midway between Pacific Coast Highway and the 101 Ventura Freeway).
* It's family hoe-down with live music, a barn dance, pie-eating contest, watermelon seed-spitting contest, cake walk, horseshoes, relay races, dunk bucket, family games, and more, under massive sheltering oaks, in the delightful outdoor venue where you can also catch summer thetare productions and concerts and see Woody Guthrie's cabin (yep, he lived there, at his friend Will Geer's place).
* This event is the subject of the # 3 news feature in the Guide's May 30 edition, at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/05/music-news-and-doins-this-week-next.html
* Advance tix and more info: 310-455-3723 or www.theatricum.com
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Jul 4, FESTIVAL:
"COLUMBIA’S GLORIOUS 4th OF JULY CELEBRATION" at Columbia State Historic Park, Main St & State St, Columbia, CA 95310.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Tue, Jul 4th:
2 pm "4TH OF JULY PARTY" with ANDY & RENEE and their award-winning band HARD RAIN, is a yard & house party at the Home of Jean Merl in Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.
* Tix, $25, include address and directions, at: http://www.andyandrenee.com/store.php
* Doors at 2 pm, music starts at 3:30 pm.
* In the best 4th of July tradition, it's a potluck. Bring a dish to share and BYOB.
* Andy & Renee & Hard Rain host the annual "Dylanfest," always a Guide top pick, and the duo are recently back after their successful concert tour of Italy, so expect more good tales of the road.
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Tue, Jul 4, FESTIVAL:
"4TH OF JULY BLOCK PARTY" is a one-day festival at Grand Park and The Music Center, 200 N Grand Av, downtown Los Angeles, CA 90012
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html

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If your July 4th holiday
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✔ THURSDAY, 7/6
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Thu, Jul 6:
7:30–9:30 pm DIRTY CELLO plays the "Under the Stars" outdoor concert series at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Av, Fullerton, Ca 92831; 714-738-6595; www.TheMuck.org

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Fri, Jul 7, 2017:
5:30 pm WESTERN STANDARD TIME performs the FREE, all-ages, summer concert series in Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park, 2230 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA.
* Don't expect a cowboy / western band. That's a stoic nope and a modern n'uh-uh.
* Western Standard Time has a longer name that appends the two words, "Ska Orchestra" — it's the world’s premier "Jamaican Jazz Orchestra" — and it's "DUKE ELLINGTON meets Jamaica: the big band jazz arrangements of the 1940s colliding with the sound of early Jamaica." So it's best discribed as a kind of innovative retro jazz — Jamaican jazz. And people are flocking to it, by the thousands.
* There are more than 20 world-class jazz musicians in a “standard” Western Standard Time performance.
* The band's featured performers include Grammy noms and winners, and some have performed on Oscar, Grammy, and Emmy television broadcasts, and/or played with international stars and on major motion picture soundtracks.
* Bring your favorite beverage and tasty snacks. Excepot no alcohol, and they mean it — the cops will bust you outta the clear blue.
* Bring a folding lawn or beach chair. If you sit on a blanket, you will not be able to see.
* Bring a jacket; nights still get chilly near even a small lake.
* Parking free is possible, but requires being innovative and walking several blocks.
* Best to ride the Red / Purple Line light rail to Westlake/MacArthur Park Station, and allow time to walk around the bottom end of the park, through the tunnel and into the side that's isolated by the elevated road; that's how you reach the band shell.
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Fri, Jul 7:
7 pm JIM GUSTIN & TRUTH JONES, plus BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND, play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA.
* Fun venue has two stages, full bar, good bar food (generous portions, two can share).
* Bring earplugs. Seriously.
* Adv tix online are substantially discounted, at: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/arcadia-blues-club-red-entertainment-llc-10974346420

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Sat, Jul 8:
6 pm JIM CURRY performs his "JOHN DENVER TRIBUTE SHOW," plus TAYLOR MADE, the JAMES TAYLOR tribute band, outdoors at the Big Bear Discovery Center, 40971 North Shore Dr, Fawnskin (near Big Bear), CA 92333;
* This is one of Curry's most popular annual shows in California. It's outdoors in the mountains under the pines, the ideal setting for John Denver's music. Curry's full band performs this show.
* Food available for purchase.
* Bring chairs and blankets and jackets; it's summer, but mountain nights get cold.
* This is a benefit concert; proceeds go to reforest our local mountains.
* Consider making a weekend of it. Big Bear Lake has a lot to offer in outdoor recreation. If you wish to spend the weekend, the Curry's recommend their friend's resort: www.bearcreek-resort.com
* Tix: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jim-curry-tribute-to-the-music-of-john-denver-at-music-in-the-mountains-tickets-32832565086
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Sat, Jul 8:
7 pm GENTLEMEN'S BLUES CLUB, with "very special guests," plus BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND, play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA.
* Fun venue has two stages, full bar, good bar food (generous portions, two can share).
* Bring earplugs. Seriously.
* Adv tix online are substantially discounted, at: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/arcadia-blues-club-red-entertainment-llc-10974346420

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Sun, Jul 9:
3:30–6 pm 2nd annual "SAN PEDRO ARTS DISTRICT SUMMER SOIREE" is a benefit with live music, champagne and food included, at the Art Deco Penthouse, 521 W 8th St, San Pedro, CA 90731.
* Music Sponsors are It’s Showtime and the Whale & Ale, featuring the ALEX SMITH TRIO; there are champagne and food sponsors, too, featuring chef-made foods.
* It's "a fundraiser to raise money so we can paint more murals on our Gaffey Great Street."
* An art sale features four artists in attendance whose work will be auctioned at the conclusion.
* Tix, $55, at 310-732-0010, or online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-soiree-2017-tickets-34699062831#tickets

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As extensive as our recommendations are? That's really just a lil' rundown on bunches o' concerts, festivals and other events in California through the conclusion of the July 4th holiday.

There are HUNDREDS more FESTIVALS happening all over North America, and we describe 'em in the detail you need in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html

But that's it for our concert calendar. You just saw how massively inclusive it, and we just can't keep doing those. So we'll continue to report on events as MUSIC NEWS, and we do maintain the "Encyclopedia Festivanica." But comprehensive day-by-day lists of everything good enough to recommend? We're bidding that bon voyage again, and this time that ship is really sailing.

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Okay, we lied a little. We ARE taking time here — temporarily — to include a select few things (recommendations) after July 4th.

(If the fireworks nuts don't burn Southern California to the ground, these are good places to go.)
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Wed, Jul 12:
8 pm "PEACEFUL EASY FEELING: AN EVENING WITH JACK TEMPCHIN" at the GRAMMY Museum, 800 W Olympic Bl (entrance on Figueroa), Los Angeles, CA 90015; 213-765-6800; www.grammymuseum.org
* Singer-songwriter Jack Tempchin wrote several hit songs for the Eagles and for that quintessential California roots band's individual members.
* It's an evening of performance-interview in the museum's Clive Davis Theater, with a discussion of Jack's extraordinary career and upcoming solo album, "Peaceful Easy Feeling - The Songs Of Jack Tempchin," followed by a performance.
* The evening is hosted by Scott Goldman, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum.
* General tix go on sale June 22 at noon; AmEx card holders get a jump on that.
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The essence of "Accessible Classical"...

Thu, Jul 13, 2017:
8 pm "BEETHOVEN'S NINTH with L.A. PHILHARMONIC and LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE" at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood, CA.
* There are few experiences more quintessentially Los Angeles than spending a summer evening under the stars while catching a concert at the Hollywood Bowl. The historic amphitheater is one of the most famous venues in the world.
* This magical night features conductor GUSTAVO DUDAMEL and the LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC performing with the LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE. They bring BEETHOVEN's beloved "Ninth Symphony (Chorale)," and from AARON COPLAND, who was renowned for decades before his death as the "dean of American composers," his iconic and powerful short piece that is especially relevant in our era of the struggling 99%, "Fanfare for the Common Man."
* The Beethoven selection is widely and globally considered, across many cultures, to be the greatest piece of music ever written. The epic, world-changing Ninth was the subject of a worldwide performance video with 10,000 people singing. It took years to make, and it's one of the most fun and moving things you can find on YouTube. It's at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBlQZyTF_LY
* Meetup offers a "sit together" joint event of numerous Meetup groups, and that is restricted to age 21 and over (okay to come by yourself and meet others). Their tix are $30 plus processing fee. Info on that is at: https://www.meetup.com/losangelesfrugalconcerts/events/237865437/
* Bring a picnic dinner and wine, champagne or your favorite beverage.
✔ PROGRAM:
♪ Copland ........................ Fanfare for the Common Man
♪ Beethoven ..................... Symphony No. 9
Featured artists:
♪ Amanda Majeski, soprano
♪ J'Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano
♪ Issachah Savage, tenor
♪ Ryan Speedo Green, bass
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Sat, Jul 15:
3-7 pm 1st annual "CAJUN FOOD & MUSIC CELEBRATION" in Mile Square Park at Fountain Valley Recreation Center & Sports Park, Field D, 16400 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708; www.ocfoodbank.org/Cajun
* TIX include taste samples of food and beverages from vendors: General admission $50; Early-Bird (through June 15) $35; Veterans or current members of US armed forces $30; Non-Drinking Ticket (Designated Driver or Ages 6-20) $25; Early-Bird Non-Drinking Ticket $15; Ages 5 and under, Free.
* CAMPING: No.
* THE SCENE: It's a "Community Action Partnership" fundraiser and helps the OC Foodbank. "The first ever OC Cajun Food and Music Celebration will host a variety of local restaurants, wineries, and breweries highlighting their signature dishes and drinks, all celebrating the amazing cross cultural influences of Louisiana and Orange County. All attendees will have the opportunity to taste samples of food and beverages from vendors, which is all included in the one admission price of your ticket. The event will also feature live zydeco/Cajun bands to create an unforgettable family-friendly experience."
* 2017 LINEUP:
* DENNIS G & THE ZYDECO TRAILRIDERS (opening act).
* LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS headline, starting at 5 pm.
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Sat & Sun, Jul 15 & 16:
"BILL PICKETT RODEO — 33 Years of the Greatest Show on Dirt," at the Industry Hills Expo Center, 16200 Temple Av, City of Industry, CA 91744;
* African American cowboys, cowgirls and youngsters will choke dust as fans and novice spectators cheer for hard riding competitors as they battle to be named the best after a season of competition. Spectators cheer for their favorite competitors during thrilling Calf Ropin', exhilarating Bareback Ridin', Bull Doggin, Ladies Barrel Racin', Junior Barrel Racin', Ladies Steer Undecoratin', and gripping Bull Ridin.'
* TIX range from $20-$40; contact Los Angeles Rodeo Coordinator Margo Wade LaDrew at mladrew@billpickettrodeo.com 310.674.6700
* More info: www.BILLPICKETTRODEO.COM


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Ahead in the Guide...

THE COMING SUMMER...

We'll keep you updated on MUSIC NEWS, all the festivals that feature Folk-Americana and/or acoustic music, and we'll bring you plenty of feature stories on whose in the studio, who's collaborating or touring with who, and what they're working on. And we'll continue to bring you news of special events, along with some previews, reviews and select "picks" (the recommendations kind, not the kind you use on strings; we've never had any of those printed with our logo, though we would if someone wanted to sponsor that.)

That said... contrary to appearances the last month or so, we're really NOT going back into the daily music calendar bid'ness. But there is SUCH an irresistible bridge of tunefulness from all the spring weekends of festivals until summer heat abates them, so we ARE doing full-blown music calendars through the end of the July 4th holiday.

We all know that if you rely on corporate mainstream media for your supposed news, you'd miss all these things.

Along with 'purt near everything else we bring you.

It certainly does seem like Big Corporate Media only promotes and reports on soundalike pop pablum with incongruously unnecessary vocal gymnastics... we don't do that, and we wouldn't cover that stuff even if they didn't.

But the point is, big corporate media just plain refuses things and then claims those things are "non-commercial." (Which might explain why cable news, exclusively sponsored by Big Pharma ads, is so bad.) Big media certainly refuses to cover real organic acoustic music made without loops of electrocution sound effects — from Frankenstein's lightning storm or wherever they find that annoying stuff.

So just hit the mute button on them and turn here. We cover all kinds 'o real acoustic music and offer plenty of links to hear it in our news and reviews features. And, yes, we'll feature some select picks of concerts, etc., as NEWS FEATURES, as we navigate the summer together.
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As always, we invite you to join us and to let us know what YOU are listening to, and what artists or bands just sent you swooning and need to be shared with others.

That's your part, so you'll know that a whole lot more is always coming soon — including fresh MUSIC NEWS, PREVIEWS & REVIEWS, and more additions to our massive guide to the MUSIC FESTIVALS of 2017.

Meantime, with everything happening through these festival-packed, arrival-of-summer weekends? Go get tuneful!


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