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Friday, June 30, 2017

Mega Mondo 4th of July extended weekend edition — chockfull of events, July 2017

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With the 4th coming midweek, many are playing the holiday weekend both ways — before and after. Whatever you can get away with, do it. Escape the imposed drudgery whilst ya can. After all, it IS called "Independence Day," isn't it?

(And for indie artists, "Independents Day"-!)

Geez, Louise, so much is happening, you'd need 48 pages to print this out!

Whether you're barbecuein', giggin', listenenin', pickin' or jus' grinnin', please be FIRE SAFE, and watch the drunken dummies who don't care about anyone but themselves.

And please remember that pets are absolutely terrified of all the bangs and booms. (As are far too many military veterans for whom explosions did not mean anything pleasant.) So be mindful and minimize your impact, okay?

Now, don't think we were befuddled when we did listings for the 4th of July and all the flashes and bangs. Note that many events with fireworks shows happen this weekend, and you can find them on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday — making it possible to catch four consecutive nights of fireworks hoopla, if you're so inclined. We list events of that kind on all four dates.

ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAY(s)!

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From the EXCELLENT AN' EXEMPLARY to the EXCEPTIONAL AN' ENTICING,
HERE ARE THE EEEEEEEE-VENTS!


Yeppers. The concerts, club gigs, free gigs, "Fourth" gigs, festivals, and tuneful situations for the next TEN DAYS, now through the Sunday after the Fourth. Neatly organized for you, of course.

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Contents / In this Edition...

1) FESTIVALS — THIS WEEKEND

2) JULY'S FESTIVAL SCENE, AFTER THE EXTENDED JULY 4th WEEKEND

3) CONCERTS, CLUB GIGS, MUSICAL THEATRE, FREE CONCERTS-IN-THE-PARK, 4th OF JULY STUFF, AND MORE


Let's get started!

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# 1 events feature...


FESTIVALS — THIS WEEKEND


We sorted things into three sections for you:
♪ Local;
♪ Northern California;
♪ Out-of-State Festivals.

As Dana Carvey's Church Lady used to say, "How con-veeeeeee-nie-ent!"
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♪ *** LOCAL festivals, now through July 9th...
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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 in this edition's events listings. Plus, THIS ONE GETS ITS OWN SINGLE-FESTIVAL SPECIAL EDITION (details from the Guide's "Encyclopedia Festivanica") 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) is a one-day festival at Grand Park and the L.A. Music Center, 200 N Grand Av, downtown Los Angeles, CA 90012. Details in this edition's events listings.

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♪ *** OUT-OF-TOWN FESTS, betwixt now and July 9th...
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♪ Northern Cal fests...

✔ "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. Details: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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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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♪ Out-of-state fests...

✔ "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 all the details at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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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. Details: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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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. Details: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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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. Details: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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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. Details: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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✔ "OUTLAW MUSIC FESTIVAL — ARKANSAS" Jul 6 (Rogers, AR) with ♪ Willie Nelson & Family ♪ Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit ♪ Sheryl Crow ♪ Margo Price ♪ Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real ♪ other artists tba. Details: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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✔ "COMMON GROUND MUSIC FESTIVAL" Jul 6-9 (Lansing, MI) with ♪ Toby Keith ♪ Big Sean ♪ Alessia Cara ♪ Fetty Wap ♪ Kyle ♪ Locash ♪ AJR ♪ James Arthur ♪ Phoebe Ryan ♪ Aileeah Colgan ♪ Drew Hale ♪ DJ Jay Vee ♪ Lisa Mary ♪ Olivia Millerschin. Details: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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✔ 13th annual "BIG HORN MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL" Jul 7-9 (Buffalo, Wyoming) with ♪ Dale Ann Bradley ♪ Horseshoes & Hand Grenades ♪ The Jalan Crossland Band ♪ Jeff Troxel & Brian Wicklund ♪ John Roberts y Pan Blanco ♪ The Two Tracks ♪ The Craft Brothers ♪ Prairie Wildfire. Details: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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✔ "OUTLAW MUSIC FESTIVAL — DETROIT" Jul 8 (Detroit, MI) with ♪ Willie Nelson & Family ♪ Bob Dylan and His Band ♪ Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit ♪ Sheryl Crow ♪ Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real ♪ other artists tba. Details: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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✔ "OUTLAW MUSIC FESTIVAL — SUMMERFEST" Jul 9 (Milwaukee, WI) is just a little part of "Summerfest," the giant, multi-day festival in Milwaukee. This particular Jul 9 event includes ♪ Willie Nelson & Family ♪ Bob Dylan and His Band ♪ Sheryl Crow ♪ Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit ♪ Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats ♪ Margo Price ♪ Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real ♪ other artists tba. Details of this event AND info links on the full run of "Summerfest" (Jun 28-Jul 9, with over 800 acts and 1,000 performances on 11 stages across 11 days) are at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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✔ "CAJUN-CREOLE WEEK AT AUGUSTA HERITAGE CENTER" Jul 9-14 (Augusta, West Virginia). Check their site for lineup: https://augustaheritagecenter.org/augusta-schedule/cajuncreole
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ALL the FESTIVALS throughout 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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JULY'S FESTIVAL SCENE, AFTER THE EXTENDED JULY 4th WEEKEND


Used to be that festivals took the middle of summer off, and returned with vigor in the fall. Maybe year-arond school schedules changed everything so that people really aren't gone for the summer anymore. Or maybe too many years of Big Oil extortion ruined the idea of being away on a summer vacation at all. Or maybe the music itself became "destination tourism." Whatever it is? Nowadays, the festival momentum just keeps rollin' along.
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♪ *** LOCAL FESTIVALS, COMING LATER IN JULY...

✔ "THE CLASSIC WEST" Jul 15 & 16 (Los Angeles, CA). It's a two-night pseudo festival / mega-concert in Dodger Stadium, two nights, one ticket, with (on Sat) ♪ The Eagles ♪ Steely Dan ♪ The Doobie Brothers; (on Sun) ♪ Fleetwood Mac ♪ Journey ♪ Earth Wind & Fire. Details: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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✔ "NATIONAL DAY OF THE AMERICAN COWBOY" Jul 22 (Norco, CA). The only publicized local expression of this celebratory day, proclaimed in multiple US states and Canadian provinces. Details: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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✔ 7th Annual "GUITARFISH FESTIVAL" Jul 27-30 (Joshua Tree, CA) with ♪ lineup not yet announced when the Guide's "Encyclopedia Festivanica" went to press. See the event's website: http://joshuatreemusicfestival.com/index.html
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MORE LOCAL FESTIVALS happening in August and beyond are in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" (updated regularly) at:

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

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♪ *** FESTIVALS ELSEWHERE, COMING LATER IN JULY...

✔ "NORTHWEST STRING SUMMIT" Jul 13-16 (North Plains, OR) with ♪ Yonder Mountain String Band ♪ Greensky Bluegrass ♪ Elephant Revival ♪ Fruition ♪ Shook Twins ♪ California Honeydrops ♪ Chatham County Line ♪ Horseshoes & Hand Grenades ♪ The Del McCoury Band ♪ JJ Grey & Mofro ♪ Turkuaz ♪ Travelin’ McCourys ♪ Blitzen Trapper ♪ Dead Man Winter ♪ Danny Barnes ♪ The Lil’ Smokies ♪ Scott Law & Ross James’ Cosmic Twang ♪ Charlie Parr ♪ Todd Snider & Great American Taxi ♪ Dave Simonett ♪ Sierra Hull ♪ Split Lip Rayfield ♪ Noam Pikelny ♪ Darol Anger ♪ Benny “Burle” Galloway ♪ Sally Van Meter ♪ Sideboob ♪ Rushad Eggleston ♪ Left Coast Country ♪ Asher Fulero Band ♪ The Grant Farm ♪ John Craigie ♪ Alder Street ♪ The Copper Children ♪ Jonathan Warren and The Billy Goats ♪ The Riverside. Details: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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✔ "GREAT SOUTH BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL" Jul 13-16 (Patchogue, NY) with ♪ Gov’t Mule ♪ G. Love and Special Sauce ♪ Rusted Root ♪ and 43 more acts announced after the Guide's "Encyclopedia Festivanica" went to press. Details: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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✔ "COUNTRY THUNDER WISCONSIN" Jul 13-16 (Twin Lakes, WI) with ♪ Jason Aldean ♪ Keith Urban ♪ Thomas Rhett ♪ Billy Currington ♪ Big & Rich ♪ Old Dominion ♪ Maddie & Tae ♪ Dan + Shay ♪ Tracy Lawrence ♪ Restless Heart ♪ Chase Bryant ♪ Cam ♪ Tucker Beathard ♪ Runaway June ♪ Frankie Ballard ♪ High Valley ♪ Brandon Ray ♪ Dallas Smith ♪ William Michael Morgan ♪ Ryan Hurd ♪ Michael Ray ♪ Dorado Dorado. Details: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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✔ 15th annual "GRAND ENCAMPMENT COWBOY GATHERING" Jul 14-16 (Encampment, WY) with ♪ Cowboy Poet Chuck Larsen ♪ Cowboy Singers Mike Blakely and Almeda Bradshaw ♪ Presentation of Pioneer Award ♪ Campfire Jam Session featuring all entertainers ♪ and more. Details: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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✔ "OUTLAW MUSIC FESTIVAL — SYRACUSE" Jul 16 (Syracuse, NY) with ♪ Willie Nelson & Family ♪ My Morning Jacket ♪ Sheryl Crow ♪ Margo Price ♪ plus other artists tba. Details: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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✔ "WANDERLUST SQUAW VALLEY" Jul 20-23 (Squaw Valley, CA). ♪ Lineup not yet announced when the Guide's "Encyclopedia Festivanica" went to press. Check their website: http://squaw.wanderlustfestival.com
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✔ "COUNTRY JAM USA" Jul 20-22 (Eau Claire, WI) with ♪ Dierks Bentley ♪ Cole Swindell ♪ Locash ♪ Kane Brown ♪ Carly Pearce ♪ Miranda Lambert ♪ Gary Allan ♪ Old Dominion ♪ Jana Kramer ♪ Tim Sigler ♪ Luke Bryan ♪ Brett Eldredge ♪ Trace Adkins ♪ High Valley ♪ Cody Johnson. Details: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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✔ "SOMERSET FOLK HARP FESTIVAL" Jul 20-23 (Parsippany, NJ) with ♪ Bedside Harp Ensemble directed by Leslie Stickley ♪ Dominique Dodge ♪ Kim Robertson ♪ Alfredo ♪ Martha Gallagher; evening concerts headliners to be announced in June, 2017. Details: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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✔ "EDGEWOOD ARTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL" Jul 26-29 (Edgewood, NM) with ♪ Colorado Blue Canyon Boys ♪ Hot Texas Swing Band (they played the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena, in June) ♪ JeeZ LaWeeZ ♪ and 10 more bands on 2 stages. Details: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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✔ "FLOYDFEST" Jul 26-30 (Floyd, VA) with ♪ Thievery Corporation ♪ Michael Franti & Spearhead ♪ St. Paul & The Broken Bones ♪ Leftover Salmon ♪ Railroad Earth ♪ Steel Pulse ♪ Shovels & Rope ♪ Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives ♪ White Denim ♪ Turkuaz ♪ Fruition ♪ The Hip Abduction ♪ Larry Keel Experience ♪ Nicola Cruz ♪ Keller Williams/Keller Williams’ KWahtro/Keller & The Keels ♪ Tauk ♪ The Steel Wheels ♪ HoneyHoney ♪ Big Something ♪ Shook Twins ♪ Baskery ♪ Aaron Lee Tasjan ♪ Zach Deputy ♪ That 1 Guy ♪ Jack Broadbent ♪ Davy Knowles ♪ Trae Pierce & The T-Stones ♪ The Lil’ Smokies ♪ People’s Blues Of Richmond ♪ Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey ♪ Hillbilly Casino ♪ Urban Soil ♪ T Sisters ♪ Banditos ♪ Jon Stickley Trio ♪ The Tillers ♪ Alanna Royale ♪ The Stash! Band ♪ Strange Americans ♪ Whiskerman ♪ The Brother Brothers ♪ Honey Island Swamp Band ♪ The Mantras ♪ Edward David Anderson ♪ Dead 27s ♪ McLovins ♪ Hayley Jane & The Primates ♪ The Drunken Hearts ♪ Strange Machines ♪ Kansas Bible Company ♪ Liver Down The River ♪ Broccoli Samurai ♪ Howard Falco ♪ Dixon’s Violin ♪ Oakley The Greenman. Details: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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✔ "NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL" Jul 28-30 (Newport, RI) with ♪ Fleet Foxes ♪ Aaron Lee Tasjan ♪ Seratones ♪ Big Thief ♪ Drive-By Truckers ♪ Angel Olsen ♪ Marlon Williams ♪ Rhiannon Giddens ♪ Margaret Glaspy ♪ Choir! Choir! Choir! ♪ Punch Brothers ♪ I’m With Her ♪ Julian Lage ♪ John Prine. Details: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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✔ "ROCKYGRASS FESTIVAL" Jul 28-30 (Lyons, CO) with ♪ Sam Bush Bluegrass Band ♪ The Del McCoury Band ♪ Earls of Leicester featuring Jerry Douglas ♪ The Infamous Stringdusters ♪ Tim O’Brien Band ♪ Darrell Scott Bluegrass Band ♪ Peter Rowan ♪ Kruger Brothers with the Kontras Quartet ♪ Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands ♪ Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen ♪ Becky Buller ♪ Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley ♪ Molsky’s Mountain Drifters ♪ Sister Sadie ♪ Front Country ♪ The Lil’ Smokies ♪ Trout Steak Revival ♪ The Lonely Heartstring Band ♪ The Wooks. Details: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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✔ "WATERSHED FESTIVAL" Jul 28-30 (George, WA) with ♪ Bailey Bryan ♪ Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots ♪ Chase Rice ♪ Chris Stapleton ♪ Darius Rucker ♪ Eric Paslay ♪ High Valley ♪ Josh Abbott Band ♪ Lauren Alaina ♪ Lee Brice ♪ Luke Bryan ♪ Maddie And Tae ♪ Michael Ray ♪ Old Dominion ♪ Randy Houser ♪ The Cadillac Three ♪ William Michael Morgan. Details: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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MANY MORE FESTIVALS happen all over North America (including Southern Cal) in August, Septober, Octember, Nowonder, beyond (we love that old Stan Laurel joke). See the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" (updated regularly) for many more options on tuneful destinations (and remember, festivals give you the best bang for your buck, oftentimes even with travel figured-in). The whoooole enchilada is at:

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


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CONCERTS, CLUB GIGS, MUSICAL THEATRE, FREE CONCERTS-IN-THE-PARK, 4th OF JULY STUFF, AND MORE


The listings for the 4th of July note that many events with fireworks shows happen early, and you can start catching 'em in multitudinous oodles on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday — making it possible to partake of four consecutive nights of fireworks hoopla, if you're so inclined. We list bunches of events of that kind on all four days and nights so's you can get all starry eyed and stripe-idy.
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And that means the future is upon us...

This marks the finale for the Guide's "return engagement" with a comprehensive, day-by-day, annotated music events calendar. We won't tell you that you're on your own after this, because not having to do this enormous guide to every day 'n night means that our MUSIC NEWS editions will be much more frequent — and we will preview and profile some upcoming events there. But this lil' lark was an indulgence that is rather indistinguishable from an obsession (yeah, we did tell ya those things, going in, this spring).

So we hope you have enjoyed and found this valuable, by partaking of events and learning about artists and bands you didn't know before. As for making some of you feel stranded? Well, we DID say we were making only a temporary return to all-things-calendarish, specifically to connect the big events of festival season. Really, we felt like we had to do it, after publishing that enormous "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA." Because (a) we didn't want our music venue friends to feel neglected or to risk starving because everybody was only thinking about festivals; and (b) we didn't want YOU to kick yourself (or us) because you missed an all-time fave in concert while you were eating festival food under a tree somewhere.

So we're declaring it "mission accomplished" and moving onward.

We are considering retaining a set of announcements as a NEWS FEATURE to cover all the MUSICAL THEATRE OFFERINGS on a semi-regular basis. It's 'cause nobody else does that, and we hear from readers that they like it and they go because they learned about a great show in our cyberian pages. (And yep, musical theatre is still a happily active and energetic scene, even with "Fringefest" over for 2017). It'll come down to a question of who tells us what they enjoy reading, because reader interest drives how we use our available time around here. So email us your thoughts on content and what you'd most like to see.
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With that, voilà. (No, not viola. Or violin. C'est voilà, n'est-ce pas?)

Here's our presentation of events, day-by-day (swan song edition). We are proud to go out with a bang, with monda mega coverage of Fourth of July events that start happening July 1st, but include fireworks and all kindsa things...

See ya soon in the MUSIC NEWS editions!

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✔ FRIDAY, 06/30
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Note that FESTIVALS that begin Thursday or Friday here, but those starting Saturday or Sunday appear only on the day they start.
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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:
5-10 pm "CARS AND STRIPES FOREVER" is a FREE pseudo-festival with live music, "dancing waters shows" at the Fanfare Fountains, more than 100 classic cars and motorcycles on display, food trucks and a beer garden, and fireworks (at 9:15 pm), near the Battleship Iowa and cruise ship terminal at Harbor Bl and the Vincent Thomas Bridge, San Pedro / Wilmington, CA; info, 562-732-3508; www.lawaterfront.org or www.portoflosangeles.org
* Bands are: Main Stage - Identity Crisis at 5 pm, In Contempt at 6:30 pm, and Radio Active at 8 pm; Promenade Stage - Riptides (Surf) at 5 pm, Midlife Crisis at 6:30 pm, and DaddyOs at 8 pm.
* You can ride a free shuttle to/from downtown San Pedro during the event.
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Fri, Jun 30:
6-9 pm "CLAREMONT FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE" Friday night FREE concert series, through October, at locations in Claremont Village. Venues are the Public Plaza (PP), 101 N Indian Hill Bl; the Claremont Chamber of Commerce (CC), 205 Yale Av (at 2nd St); Shelton Park (Bonita/Harvard); and the City Hall/Council Chambers (CH, Harvard/2nd St); all in Claremont, CA.
* Seating for most performances is not provided; lawn chairs are welcome.
* Tonight's performance is artists TBA, but we want you to put the series on your radar.
* Info, 909-624-1681; www.claremontchamber.org or www.ci.claremont.ca.us
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Fri, Jun 30:
6 pm "SOUTH GATE SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE PARK" is a FREE series, tonight with MARIACHI ESPECTACULAR at the South Gate Park bandstand, 4900 Southern Av, South Gate, CA.
* Bring lawn chairs/blanket.
* Series info / schedule for the summer: 323-563-5479; www.cityofsouthgate.org
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Fri, Jun 30:
6-8 pm "PERFORMANCES AT BELLA TERRA" is a FREE series that tonight brings MOSES TOTH at the Bella Terra Center, 7777 Edinger Av, Huntington Beach, CA; 714-897-2534; www.bellaterra-hb.com
* Performances take place in the amphitheater outside the Century Theaters.
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Fri, Jun 30:
6-8 pm "JAZZ AT LACMA" is a FREE summer series, tonight presenting ANGIE WELLS in the BP Grand Entrance of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wishire Bl, Los Angeles, CA.
* Okay, so jazz is its own thing and it doesn't like to be included in Acoustic Americana, unless its gypsy jazz or roots jazz. But we thought you'd like to put the series on your summer radar.
* Jazz at LACMA concert series info / schedule: 323-857-6115; www.lacma.org
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Fri, Jun 30:
6-10 pm "LA PUENTE LIVE" is a FREE series that tonight features REBELLION DE GUERRERO in the open-air market, downtown on Main Street, La Puente, CA.
* Series runs every Friday and includes produce sales and live entertainment.
* Series schedule / info, 562-375-0888; www.lapuentelive.com or www.facebook.com/lapuentelive
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Fri, Jun 30:
6:30-8:30 pm "TUSTIN RANCH GOLF CLUB SUMMER CONCERTS" is a FREE series, tonight presenting WHO'S NEXT (Who Tribute) on the Golf Club's greenside patio, 12442 Tustin Ranch Rd, Tustin, CA.
* Concerts are open to the public, but the golf club parking fee is $10.
* No dogs or outside food/beverages, and no chairs on the green.
* Doors and concession stands open at 5 pm.
* Info / schedule for the series: 714-730-1611; www.tustinranchgolf.com
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Fri, Jun 30:
6:30-9:30 pm "METRO POINTE ENTERTAINMENT SERIES," a FREE summer concert series, presents TINI GREY AND THE SHADE (Tropical Soul/Pop), at Metro Pointe at South Coast, 901 South Coast Dr, Costa Mesa, CA.
* Performances with different acts are Friday and Saturday evenings, 6:30-9:30 pm, and Sundays from 6-9 pm.
* Stage is outdoors facing the restaurants. No lawn chairs. Info, 714-481-5009 or www.metropointe.com.
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Fri, Jun 30:
6:30-8:30 pm "PERFORMANCES AT THE CHINO SPECTRUM" is a FREE series that tonight brings REGGIE ASHLEY AND BILL HORN (Pop), at the Chino Spectrum, 3801-4097 Grand Av, at the 71 Fwy, Chino, CA; 714-259-1046; www.shopchinospectrum.com
* The Chino Spectrum presents live music on Friday nights from 6:30-8:30 pm. Note it for your summer.
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Fri, Jun 30:
6:30-8:30 pm "LAKE ARROWHEAD VILLAGE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES" is a FREE series that tonight offers CATCH A WAVE (Beach Boys Tribute), at Lake Arrowhead Village, 28200 Highway 189, Lake Arrowhead, CA.
* All performances (unless otherwise noted) are free, with ticketed reserved seating available for purchase; free open festival seating is in area behind tables.
* Festival seating area opens at 10 am on morning of the concerts. Beach chairs and/or blankets are allowed in the festival seating area but not coolers.
* Info, season schedule: 909-337-2533; www.thelakearrowheadvillage.com or www.lakearrowheadvillage.co/events.html
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Fri, Jun 30:
7-9 pm "LOS ANGELES FARMERS MARKET SUMMER CONCERTS" is a FREE series, tonight presenting Floyd and the Flyboys (R&B/Blues), on the West Patio of the Los Angeles Farmers Market, 6333 W 3rd at Fairfax, Los Angeles (Mid-Wilshire/Museum District), CA.
* Series info / schedules: 323-933-9211; www.farmersmarketla.com
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Fri, Jun 30:
7-9 pm "LOCAL HISTORY CULTURAL ARTS NIGHT" features live music, entertainment, crafts for kids, and more, FREE at the Biane Library, 12505 Cultural Center Dr, at Victoria Gardens, Rancho Cucamonga, CA.
* The Rancho Cucamonga library is celebrating the community's heritage tonight with a special cultural arts night focusing on local history.
* There is a concurrent summer kickoff for the Big Read program.
* Admission is free but a ticket is required. Tickets available at both Rancho Cucamonga libraries. Info: 909-477-2720; www.rcpl.lib.ca.us
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Fri, Jun 30:
7 pm "GLENDALE - BRAND LIBRARY PLAZA CONCERT SERIES" presents "TANGOTICO" (Argentinian Tango) on the Brand Library & Art Center Plaza, 1601 W Mountain St, Glendale; 818-937-7888 or 818-548-2051; www.brandlibrary.org
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Fri, Jun 30:
7-9 pm "PERFORMANCES AT THE PACKING HOUSE" is a FREE series that tonight brings M OHS (Classic Rock) at the Anaheim Packing District, 440 S. Anaheim Bl, Anaheim, CA.
* Weekly performances at the Packing House on the mezzanine stage vary. The Packing House offers free performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (unless otherwise noted).
* When multiple acts are booked on Saturday nights, generally one act is on the mezzanine stage at the Packing House and the other(s) are at the Unsung Brewery in the MAKE Building and/or at the Anaheim Brewery.
* Weekly schedules (for you to note for the summer) are at: www.anaheimpackingdistrict.com
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Fri, Jun 30:
7:30-9 pm "65TH STREET LIVE!" CONCERTS, a FREE summer series, presents MARK WOOD & THE PARROTHEAD BAND (Jimmy Buffet Tribute) at Harada Heritage Park, 3099 65th St, Eastvale, CA; 951-727-3524; www.parks.jcsd.us or www.eastvaleca.gov
* Food available for purchase; bring blankets or beach chairs.
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Fri, Jun 30:
7:30 pm "LEVITT PAVILION LOS ANGELES FREE SUMMER CONCERTS" tonight presents VIEUX FARKA TOURE (Malian) at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park, in the NW corner of the park near the intersection of W 6th Street & S Park View St, just west of downtown Los Angeles, CA.
* FREE summer series presents concerts Thursday through Sunday nights. The Thu-Sat concerts begin at 7:30 pm; Sunday concerts begin at 6:30 pm (unless otherwise noted).
* Info / season schedule: 213-201-6111; www.levittla.org.
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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 pm "REDLANDS BOWL SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017" kicks off tonight with a FREE performance by the SAN BERNARDINO SYMPHONY, conducted by FRANK PAUL FETTA, at the Redlands Bowl, 25 Grant St (Eureka/Citrus Av), Redlands, CA.
* Program includes "76 Trombones and More."
* Concert presented in collaboration with the "INTERNATIONAL TROMBONE FESTIVAL," hosted by the University of Redlands.
* Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival programs take place on Tuesday and Friday evenings through August (unless otherwise noted). All programs begin at 8 pm. Venue website (or phone) for directions and series info and schedules: 909-793-7316; www.redlandsbowl.org
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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 Friday. So check above, too.
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Jul 1, FESTIVAL: a Guide FOCUS EVENT...
9th annual "ROADSHOW REVIVAL" subtitled "A CELEBRATION OF AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC," at Discovery Ventura, 1888 E Thompson Bl, Ventura CA 93001.
* Complete info is in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at:
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Sat & Sun, Jul 1 & 2: FESTIVAL
10 am "LONG BEACH - PIRATE INVASION" plus the "MERMAID FESTIVAL" is FREE at Shoreline Aquatic Park, 200 Aquarium Way, between the Long Beach Arena & Downtown Shoreline Marina, Long Beach, CA.
* Hundreds of costumed pirates and pirate ships will descend on the Shoreline Aquatic Park
* Runs 10 am-9 pm on July 1 and 10 am- 6 pm on July 2.
* There are sword fights and cannon and musket battles, a treasure hunt, adult and children's costume contests, a living history pirate encampment, food vendors, live pirate bands, DJ entertainment, plus a Mermaid Festival.
* Info, 562-477-6820; www.alfredosbeachclub.com.
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Sat, Jul 1:
Noon-1 pm "EDENDALE UP CLOSE CONCERTS" is a FREE summer series, today bringing ENDENDALE ENSEMBLE and "JULY CLARINET FESTIVAL CONCERT # 1, STRING QUARTETS BY MOZART AND OTHERS," at the Edendale Branch Library, 2011 W Sunset Bl, Los Angeles (near Echo Park), CA.
* Info / schedule for the summer: 213-207-3000; http://www.edendaleupclose.blogspot.com
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Sat, Jul 1:
2-5 pm "FISHERMAN'S VILLAGE CONCERT SERIES" is a FREE outdoor series, weather permitting, at Fisherman's Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey, CA.
* Series runs every Saturday and Sunday.
* Parking available for two hours with validation.
* Visitor information, 310-305-9545.
* Info / schedule / lineup for the summer: www.visitmarinadelrey.com.
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Sat, Jul 1:
3-10 pm "CHINO FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR" at Ruben S. Ayala Park, 14225 Central Av, Chino, CA.
* This is one of those 4th of July events that's not on the 4th of July. Fireworks aficionados may get excited.
* Gates open at 3 pm with community booths and carnival rides/games (fee).
* Live music by TIME BOMB (70s-80s hits) begins at 5 pm and continues until the fireworks
* Fireworks at 9 pm.
* Military recognition at 7 pm. No personal fireworks allowed.
* Info, 909-334-3258; www.cityofchino.org/events
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Sat, Jul 1:
4-10 pm "CORONA INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION" at Santana Park, 598 Santana Way, Corona, CA.
* Another chance to see 4th of July fireworks before the 4th of July.
* The related Independence Day parade takes place at 9 am along Main Street from Ontario to Olive St, in Corona.
* The July 4th Festival is 4-10 pm. Limited parking at Crossroads Church, enter at Ontario/Fullerton. The park opens at 4 pm and the event features games, food vendors and entertainment. Entertainment begins at 6 pm, followed by a formal program and tribute to the military at 8:30 pm and fireworks at 9 pm.
* Pets, smoking and alcohol are not allowed in the park.
* Info, 951)-36-2241; www.discovercorona.com
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Sat, Jul 1:
5-8 pm "PERFORMANCES AT THE SHOPPES AT CHINO HILLS" is a FREE summer concert series, tonight bringing DUDE'S GOT BLUES, at the Shoppes at Chino Hills, 13920 City Center Dr, Chino, CA.
* Info / series schedule: 866-909-0305; www.shoppesatchinohills.com
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Sat, Jul 1:
5-7 pm "LATIN SOUNDS CONCERT SERIES AT LACMA" is a FREE outdoor summer series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wishire Bl, Los Angeles (Mid-Wilshire/Museum District), CA.
* Series presents performances of a variety of styles of Latin music at LACMA, in the Hancock Park area, on Saturdays.
* Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and picnics.
* Info / schedules for the summer: 323-857-6000, 323-857-6115; www.lacma.org
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Sat, Jul 1:
5 pm-midnight "CHINATOWN SUMMER NIGHTS" is a FREE summer series in the Chinatown Central and West Plazas, 943-951 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA.
* This series is co-presented by L.A. Chinatown and KCRW, so beware the latter's idea of "eclectic."
* The events include an LA Weekly live music stage, KCRW main stage featuring KCRW DJs, a craft beer garden, food trucks, a photo booth, artisan demonstrations and art activities, a culinary stage and more.
* Info / summer series schedule: 213-680-0243; www.chinatownsummernights.com or http://www.chinatownla.com
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Sat, Jul 1:
5 pm "INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION AND FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR" at El Rancho High School Stadium, 6501 S Passons, Pico Rivera, CA.
* The city of Pico Rivera celebrates the 4th of July on the 1st. Gates open at 5 pm with activities and live entertainment by the bands BUMPTOWN (Variety) and KNYGHT RYDER (80s).
* Fireworks at 9 pm.
* Admission and entertainment are free; fee for games, rides, food vendors, etc.
* Bring your own chair. No alcohol, personal fireworks, barbecue grills or open flames allowed. * Info: 562-801-4430; www.pico-rivera.org.
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Sat, Jul 1:
6 pm "CYPRESS 2017 CONCERTS ON THE GREEN" is a FREE series, tonight with BOYS OF SUMMER (Eagles Tribute) on the Cypress Civic Center Green, 5275 Orange at Grindlay, Cypress, CA.
* Festival seating; picnics and lawn chairs welcome. Light refreshments available for purchase, no alcohol allowed.
* No seating set-up prior to 2 pm on Friday.
* Arts/crafts for children beginning at 5:30 pm.
* Info / schedule for the summer: 714-229-6780; www.cypressrec.org or http://www.ci.cypress.ca.us
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Sat, Jul 1:
6-8 pm "REDONDO PIER SUMMER CONCERTS" is a FREE series that tonight brings MAYAZTEK (Reggae/Cumbia) at the Redondo Beach Pier, Redondo Beach, CA.
* FREE concerts are Thursdays and Saturdays at the West End of the pier, except for the 1st and 3rd Thursdays when they are at the Octagon, where the pier meets the Boardwalk below Kincaid's.
* Bring a beach chair or blanket.
* Info / schedule for the summer: www.redondopier.com; www.facebook.com/redondopier
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Sat, Jul 1:
6-8 pm "LONG BEACH TOWNE CENTER CONCERTS" is a FREE summer series, with tonights artists tba, at Long Beach Towne Center in the Promenade area, 7575 Carson Bl, Long Beach, CA.
* Series runs Saturday nights.
* Info / summer schedule: www.longbeachtownecenter.net
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Sat, Jul 1:
6-9 pm "METRO POINTE ENTERTAINMENT SERIES" is a FREE summer series, tonight bringing BLUES RACKET BAND at Metro Pointe at South Coast, 901 South Coast Dr, Costa Mesa, CA.
* Series runs Friday and Saturday evenings, 6:30-9:30 pm, and Sundays 6-9 pm (unless noted).
* Stage is outdoors facing the restaurants. No lawn chairs.
* Info / schedule for the summer: 714-481-5009; www.metropointe.com
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Sat, Jul 1:
6:30-8:30 pm "LAKE ARROWHEAD VILLAGE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES" is a FREE series, tonight with PAPERBACK WRITER (Beatles Tribute), at Lake Arrowhead Village, 28200 Highway 189, Lake Arrowhead, CA.
* Reserved seating available for purchase; free open festival seating is in area behind tables. * Festival seating area opens at 10 am, morning of concert. Beach chairs and/or blankets are allowed in the festival seating area but not coolers.
* Info / schedule for the summer: 909-337-2533; www.thelakearrowheadvillage.com or www.lakearrowheadvillage.co/events.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 pm KIMO WILLIAMS plays a benefit at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA; phone for reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
* It's "An evening of Hawaiian music, slack-key guitar and hula featuring the dancing skills of KUMU hula MAHEALANI HARDER."
* "Sandwich Islands Network is proud to present a very special evening featuring Hawaii's own Kimo Williams for an evening of Hawaiian music, slack-key guitar and hula. All going to support the valuable programming and contributions of V93 FM.com The Sandwich Islands Network, a non profit internet radio station."
* Check out the music of the islands at: http://www.V93FM.com
* Tix, $20.
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Sat, Jul 1:
7 pm "LEVITT PAVILION LOS ANGELES FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES" tonight brings CHICO (Latin/Big Band), plus a FIREWORKS show, at Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park, located in the NW corner of the park near the intersection of West 6th St and S Park View St (just west of downtown), Los Angeles, CA.
* The series presents FREE concerts Thursday through Sunday nights. Thu-Saturday, concerts begin at 7:30 pm. Sunday concerts begin at 6:30 pm (unless otherwise noted).
* Info / schedule for the summer: 213-201-6111; www.levittla.org
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Sat, Jul 1:
7-9 pm "PERFORMANCES AT THE PACKING HOUSE" is a FREE series at the Anaheim Packing District, 440 S. Anaheim Bl, Anaheim, CA.
* Weekly performances at the Packing House on the mezzanine stage vary. The Packing House offers free performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (unless otherwise noted).
* When multiple acts are booked on Saturday nights, generally one act is on the mezzanine stage at the Packing House and the other(s) are at the Unsung Brewery in the MAKE Building and/or at the Anaheim Brewery.
* Weekly schedules (for you to note for the summer) are at: www.anaheimpackingdistrict.com
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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:
7:30 pm TYCHO plus TODD TERJE & THE OLSENS, with special guest JAGA JAZZIST, at the Greek Theatre, 2700 N Vermont Av, Los Angeles, CA 90027; 844-524-7335.
* This is a big-deal show in a genre being called "ambient." To our ears (and in this case, anyway) that's what happens when acoustic music meets keys with sustained notes, gets into loops, and takes on characteristics of new age and trance music.
* You'll know right away whether you like it or not, by sampling any of the several audio tracks at: http://ghostly.com/artists/tycho
* It's real "KCRW-ish," if that helps.
* The "DoLA" site has tix and a ticket giveaway at: http://dola.com/events/2017/7/1/tycho-todd-terje-the-olsens
* Tix still available. All ages, doors at 6 pm.
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Sat, Jul 1: a Guide FOCUS EVENT...
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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Sat, Jul 1:
8 pm "GRAND PERFORMANCES" is the landmark FREE summer series of music and theatre performances in downtown L.A., at the Watercourt of California Plaza, on Grand Av between 4th St and the Museum of Contemporary Art, downtown Los Angeles, CA.
* Tonight is a show we ordinarily would not list, were it not for this being our chance to remind you of the series that runs through the summer. Tonight is "Hip Hop: First Peoples New Voices," in its L.A. Premiere. It is billed as "Music/Dance/Poetry by indigenous artists."
* Series info / schedule for the summer: 213-687-2159; www.grandperformances.org

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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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Note that Sunday FESTIVALS that began Thursday, Friday or Saturday are listed ONLY on the day they began. Check those days, above, too.
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Sun, Jul 2: FESTIVAL
11 am-4 pm "FAMILY FESTIVAL AT THE BOWERS MUSEUM" series is FREE, and today it presents "AMERICANA 4th OF JULY FESTIVAL" in the courtyard at The Bowers Museum, 2002 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA.
* These "Family Festivals" are a summer event series on the first Sunday of the month, and each includes live music and dance performances, arts and crafts and other activities.
* Note: the festivals no longer include complimentary admission to the museum.
* Info on the museum, its programs, the festival series and its music series: 714-567-3600; www.bowers.org
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Sun, Jul 2:
9 am-1 pm "MUSIC AT THE BEVERLY HILLS FARMERS MARKET" is a FREE summer series on Sundays at the The Beverly Hills Farmers Market, in the 9300 block of Civic Center Dr, Beverly Hills, CA.
* Live music from 10 am- 12:30 pm.
* Info / summer series schedule: 310-285-6830; www.beverlyhills.org ( go to exploring and Farmers Market).
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Sun, Jul 2:
Noon-5 pm "MUSIC BY THE SEA" is a FREE summer concert series at Point Fermin Park, 807 West Paseo del Mar (at Gaffey), San Pedro, CA.
* Three acts perform each Sunday. First band is at noon, second at 1:45 pm, third from 3-5 pm.
* The bands scheduled today may not interest you, but be sure you note the series for reference this summer: the setting is pure delight, on the cliffs above the sea.
* Bands performing Jul 2 are Divine Intervention, FR3QU3NC3, and Down the Hatch.
* Coolers and other items being brought into the park are subject to search, and alcohol is not allowed (either in open or closed containers).
* Info / schedule for the summer: 310-388-7078; www.musicbythesea.org
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Sun, Jul 2:
Noon-2 pm "SUNDAY SOUNDS AT THE CAMP" is a FREE summer concert series at The Camp, 2937 Bristol, Costa Mesa, CA.
* Info / schedule for the summer: 714-966-6661; www.thecampsite.com
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Sun, Jul 2:
12:30 pm "NIXON LIBRARY FAMILY CONCERT SERIES" brings its FREE "FOURTH OF JULY CONCERT" with the HUNTINGTON BEACH CONCERT BAND in the East Room at the Nixon Library, 18001 Yorba Linda Bl (near Imperial Hwy), Yorba Linda, CA.
* This series of music performances (unless otherwise indicated) is usually at 2 pm, with doors at 1:15 pm. \
* Info / schedule for the summer: 714-993-5075; 714-993-3393; www.nixonfoundation.org
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Sun, Jul 2:
2-5 pm "FISHERMAN'S VILLAGE CONCERT SERIES" is a FREE outdoor series, weather permitting, at Fisherman's Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey, CA.
* Series runs every Saturday and Sunday.
* Parking available for two hours with validation.
* Visitor information, 310-305-9545.
* Info / schedule / lineup for the summer: www.visitmarinadelrey.com.
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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" (and we are not covering that Jul 2nd event).
* The FULL SEASON of the 2017 "Grand Ole Echo" run, with lineups each week, 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:
5 pm "HUNTINGTON BEACH CONCERT BAND CENTRAL PARK CONCERT SERIES" is FREE, tonight bringing NIGHT BLOOMING JAZZMEN (Dixieland Jazz) in Central Park, 7111 Talbert at Golden West (behind the Huntington Beach main library), Huntington Beach, CA.
* Concerts begin at 5 pm.
* Info / schedule for the summer: 714-402-7158; 714-891-6856; www.hbconcertband.org, or www.ci.huntington-beach.ca.us
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Sun, Jul 2: a Guide FOCUS EVENT...
6-8 pm "SIERRA MADRE CONCERTS IN THE PARK" is a FREE summer series, tonight presenting "CORI CABLE KIDDER AS PATSY CLINE" in the Memorial Park Band Shell, 222 W Sierra Madre Bl, Sierra Madre, CA.
* This is a real WOW! Read the Sat, Jul 1, 8 pm listing — also a Guide FOCUS EVENT — where the tickets are $85-$100 to see her do this show, and tonight, here, it is FREEEEEE.
* Bring blankets/lawn chairs; alcohol prohibited.
* Info / schedule for the summer: 626-355-5278; www.cityofsierramadre.com
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Sun, Jul 2:
6-9 pm "METRO POINTE ENTERTAINMENT SERIES" is a FREE summer series, tonight with THE KALAMA BROTHERS (Tropical Soul), at Metro Pointe at South Coast, 901 S Coast Dr, Costa Mesa, CA.
* Series runs Fri & Sat, 6:30-9:30 pm; Sun, 6-9 pm.
* Stage is outdoors facing the restaurants. No lawn chairs.
* Info / schedule for the summer: 714-481-5009; www.metropointe.com
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Sun, Jul 2:
6-8 pm "LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE 2017 SUMMER MUSIC IN THE PARK" is a FREE Sunday series, tonight with LIVE FROM EARTH (Pat Benatar Tribute), in Memorial Park, 1301 Foothill Bl, La Canada Flintridge, CA.
* Info / schedule for the summer: 818-790-8880; www.lcf.ca.gov
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Sun, Jul 2: a Guide FOCUS EVENT...
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 the L.A. 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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Sun, Jul 2:
6:30 pm "LA VERNE 2017 CONCERTS IN THE PARK" is a FREE summer series, tonight with PETTY OR NOT (Tom Petty Tribute), in Heritage Park, 5001 Via De Mansion (at Wheeler), La Verne, CA.
* Info / schedule for the summer: 909-293-9005; 909-596-8700; www.laverneheritage.org; or www.ci.la-verne.ca.us
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Sun, Jul 2:
7 pm "LATIN GUITAR 2" with CARBE & DURAND from INCENDIO, joining forces with LUIS VILLEGAS and DAN SISTOS at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA; phone for reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
* It's the second installment of the LATIN GUITAR series showcases some of L.A.'s finest nylon-string players jamming together.
* Tix, $20.
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Sun, Jul 2:
7-9 pm "PERFORMANCES AT THE PACKING HOUSE" is a FREE series at the Anaheim Packing District, 440 S. Anaheim Bl, Anaheim, CA.
* Weekly performances at the Packing House on the mezzanine stage vary. The Packing House offers free performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (unless otherwise noted).
* When multiple acts are booked on Saturday nights, generally one act is on the mezzanine stage at the Packing House and the other(s) are at the Unsung Brewery in the MAKE Building and/or at the Anaheim Brewery.
* Weekly schedules (for you to note for the summer) are at: www.anaheimpackingdistrict.com
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Sun, Jul 2: (late addition to the Jun 30 Guide)
7:30 pm Annual multi-night "4th OF JULY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR" with the L.A. PHILHARMONIC brings PENTATONIX to the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA.
* Tix still available for all three nights, Jul 2, 3, 4, at: https://hollywood-bowl.tickets-center.com/search/hollywood-bowl-tickets/

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✔ MONDAY, 7/3
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Mon, Jul 3:
3-10 pm "SANTA FE SPRINGS - 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION" at Los Nietos Park, 11143 Charlesworth, Santa Fe Springs, CA.
* The City of Santa Fe Springs celebrates Independence Day on the 3rd.
* Food and beverage sales from 3-9 pm.
* Live music by the bands STONE SOUL (Motown/Soul) from 4-6 pm, and RETRO SOUL from 7-9 pm.
* Fireworks at 9 pm.
* Info: 562-863-4896; www.santafesprings.org
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Mon, Jul 3:
4-9 pm "LA MIRADA INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION" is FREE in La Mirada Regional Park, 13701 Adelfa (at Foster), La Mirada, CA.
* Activities include food vendors and live entertainment.
* Live music by LAD ZEP (Led Zeppelin Tribute) and HIT ME 90s (90s).
* Patriotic program at 9 pm with fireworks immediately following.
* Food available for purchase from local community groups.
* Info, 562-943-7277; www.cityoflamirada.org
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Mon, Jul 3:
6-9 pm "INDEPENDENCE DAY PAGEANT" is FREE at the Norwalk Civic Center / City Hall Lawn, 12700 Norwalk Bl, Norwalk, CA.
* Fireworks at 9 pm.
* Food booth, games, entertainment begin at 6 pm.
* Info: 562-929-5702; www.norwalkca.gov ;www.ci.norwalk.ca.us
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Mon, Jul 3:
6:30-8:30 pm "LAKE ARROWHEAD VILLAGE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES" continues its FREE summer run, tonight with a "WOMEN WHO ROCK" double-bill, HEART TO HEART (Heart Tribute) and CRIMES OF PASSION (Pat Benatar Tribute), at Lake Arrowhead Village, 28200 Highway 189, Lake Arrowhead, CA.
* Reserved seating available for purchase; free open festival seating is in area behind tables.
* Festival seating area opens at 10 am, morning of the concerts. Beach chairs and/or blankets are allowed in the festival seating area but not coolers.
* Info / summer series schedule: 909-337-2533; www.thelakearrowheadvillage.com; www.lakearrowheadvillage.co/events.html
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Mon, Jul 3: (late addition to the Jun 30 Guide)
7 pm The BEATUNES open the 2017 season at "Stardust Concerts," the outdoor house concert series in North Hills (SFV), CA 91343.
* Reservations get directions.
* $20 donation, money goes to the artists, with 10% of the proceeds will be donated to SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA KEESHOND RESCUE, the favorite non-profit of Stardust Concerts.
* STARDUST HOUSE CONCERTS "is a magical place to see the best of talented songwriters and musicians, OUTSIDE AND UNDER THE STARS. After a year hiatus, Stardust opens with THE BEATUNES just in time for for the July 4th holiday weekend. Come dance and sing with band members Dale LaDuke, Berington Van Campen, Michael Bradley, and Matt Garrett, as they perform the best of the BEATLES, record perfect!"
* Presented in a backyard environment. Potluck drinks and snacks are welcome and appreciated.
* It's a dog-friendly environment.
* Doors at 6:30 pm, show is promptly at 7, and house concert ettiquette says you cannot arrive late.
* Reservations by email to: stardustconcerts@gmail.com
* Questions, call 818-895-8414.
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Mon, Jul 3: (late addition to the Jun 30 Guide)
7:30 pm Annual multi-night "4th OF JULY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR" with the L.A. PHILHARMONIC brings PENTATONIX to the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA.
* Tix still available for all three nights, Jul 2, 3, 4, at: https://hollywood-bowl.tickets-center.com/search/hollywood-bowl-tickets/
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Mon, Jul 3:
7:30 pm PETER FEDMANN & MOTHER'S BOYS play their CD RELEASE SHOW at SoHo Restaurant, 1221 State St, Santa Barbara, CA; 805-962-7776.


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

FIREWORKS GUIDANCE...

There are over 100 fireworks shows in Southern California. Curiously, not all of them happen on July 4th. Some are on July 1st, 2nd or 3rd (see those days listings, above). Most "4th" events, whatever day they happen, feature canned music programs of trad and modern patriotic pop, supposedly timed to the fireworks. Some feature Sousa and rousing military march music. Some forsake tradition and subject fireworks audiences to garage band rock or something even more obnoxious.

We looked at trying to prepare a comprehensive guide for our readers. It's too complex and the required time was overwhelming, with questionable value for you. So we list only a smattering of, like, 28 or so. We advise to check your local city hall website and see what your community is doing, and what night it happens.

WE HAVE FOUR "PICKS" FOR THE FOURTH:

(1) For those wanting the biggest bang, go to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. There is an all-day pseudo fest on the grounds, with kids bounce houses, loud pop/urban stuff emanating from radio-station-sponsored stages, and lots of food trucks. If you drive in and park on the golf course (same place as football game parking), that costs. If you want a ticket inside the Rose Bowl, that costs. It's how they pay for the fireworks show and hoopla which they call "Americafest." You can park free, a mile or two away on Pasadena residential streets, and walk in. Thousands do that. There is no charge to be on the grounds outside the Rose Bowl, and you'll see about 70% of the show in the skies above the Bowl. You can even position yourself to see (and photograph) the famous, huge neon Rose Bowl logo below the sky display — though outside the Bowl on that end, you may be tormented by the incessant banging on the pop stage that won't shut-up. If you can afford it, get a ticket inside the Rose Bowl. It comes with a seat and a full view and good sound for the program, featuring some live music on the field.

Our other thoughts for something innovative that won't get you trapped in traffic when it's over?

(2) Do the daytime (11 am-5 pm) event at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. (it's written-up in the day's events, just below.)

(3) Ride the light rail (Red / Purple Line) to Grand Park in downtown L.A. and enjoy the free festivities and fireworks show there (It's written-up with a link, below). Or,

(4) Find a hilltop and watch multiple shows' flashes from too far away to hear the booms. You can even drive to the top of Mt. Wilson for that experience, or do an afternoon up, night hike down (4.5 miles each way) to the top of 9,400-foot-high Mt. Baden Powell (park in the paved lot at Vincent Gap, about 10 miles west of Wrightwood, on Hwy 2).
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Whatever you choose to do? Please be FIRE SAFE, and watch the drunken dummies who don't care about anyone but themselves. And please remember that pets are absolutely terrified of all the bangs and booms. (As are far too many military veterans for whom explosions did not mean anything pleasant.) So be mindful and minimize your impact, okay?

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4th OF JULY EVENTS are listed by what starts the earliest, wherever it happens.
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Tue, Jul 4:
8:45-10 am "COVINA CONCERT BAND 4th OF JULY BREAKFAST CONCERT" at the bandshell at Covina Park, 301 N Fourth St, Covina, CA.
* A pancake breakfast is available for purchase from 8:30-10:30 am.
* Info from the band, 626-332-0020; www.covinaconcertband.org; or City of Covina, 626-384-5340; http://www.covinaca.gov
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Tue, Jul 4:
9 am-3 pm "38th ANNUAL COUNTRY FAIR" is the City of Brea's FREE 4th of July event, in City Hall Park, 401 S Brea Bl, Brea, CA.
* You can go earlier for a pancake breakfast (with a fee) beginning at 7 am.
* Live entertainment tba.
* There's a kiddie parade, food vendors, games, a car show, a craft area, children's and teen area, bubble rollers, contests, swimming at the Plunge from noon-3 pm, and more. \
* Info, 714-990-7771; www.breaspecialevents.com; www.cityofbrea.net
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Tue, Jul 4:
9 am-10 pm "ONTARIO INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION" has multiple facets in various locataions in Ontario, CA.
* The Ontario Independence Day Parade starts at 9 am downtown on Euclid Street.
* The "Blast at Ontario Town Square" at 10:30 am features the ONTARIO/CHAFFEY COMMUNITY SHOW BAND and the All-States picnic (bring your own picnic).
* Afternoon events are in Westwind Park, 2455 E Riverside Dr (south of the 60 Freeway between Archibald and Vineyard), Ontario; it features family activities with rides and games at minimal cost; admission and entertainment are free. Festival runs 5-9 pm.
* Fireworks at 9 pm.
* Info, 909-395-2020; www.ci.ontario.ca.us
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Tue, Jul 4:
10 am-2 pm "LA VERNE - FOURTH OF JULY PARADE AND FESTIVITIES" in old town La Verne, CA.
* The parade begins at 10 am with a 9:40 am pre-parade patriotic Harley ride.
* Parade starts at the corner of 10th St & "D" St and winds through the streets of the city's Old Town, with marching bands, floats, equestrian units, classic cars, decorated bicycles and more. * This year's theme is "American Proud."
* There is a country fair from 11 am-2 pm at Roynon Elementary School, D & 8th Streets, La Verne, including free watermelon from the La Verne Rotary (fee for rides). \
* The Aquatics Center offers free swimming, noon- 4 pm.
* Info and full listing of events, 909-596-8794; www.ci.la-verne.ca.us
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Tue, Jul 4:
10 am "CLAREMONT - INDEPENDENCE DAY FESTIVAL" is a daytime event at Memorial Park, 840 N Indian Hill, Claremont, CA.
* The festival, games and entertainment begin at 10 am with a flag-raising ceremony.
* A pancake breakfast is offered for a fee from 7-10 am.
* Activities include game booths, a speakers corner, entertainment, until 2 pm.
* 4th of July parade begins at 3 pm, on the corner of Indian Hill Bl and 10th St, travels S on Indian Hill to Harrison, and west to Mountain Av, ending at Larkin Park.
* Info, 909-399-5460; www.ci.claremont.ca.us; www.claremont4th.org
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Tue, Jul 4:
10 am "NORCO 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION" includes a noon-3 pm picnic at Pikes Peak Park, 97 Sixth St, Norco, CA.
* Day begins with a PATRIOTIC EQUESTRIAN TRAIL RIDE, 10 am-noon, starting at the Ingalls Equestrian Center parking lot. Dress in red, white and blue, and prizes will be awarded for the most patriotic horse and rider. Helmets and saddles required, and no stallions.
* PICNIC is at Pikes Peak Park, 97 Sixth St, Norco, is noon-3 pm, with food vendors, family games, a horseshoe tournament, live music, and crafts for kids.
* Bring your picnic. No alcohol; ice chests/coolers subject to search.
* Food available for purchase.
* Info, 951-270-5632; www.norco.ca.us
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Tue, Jul 4:
10 am-10 pm "TEMECULA 4th OF JULY STAR SPANGLED PARADE & CELEBRATION" mostly in Ronald Reagan Sports Park, 30875 Rancho Vista Rd, Temecula, CA.
* Parade kicks off at 10 am on Old Town Front Street in Old Town Temecula, and the street will be closed from 9 am until about noon.
* Celebration continues 2-10 pm in Ronald Reagan Sports Park (the park opens at 8 am). Food vendors, live music and a fun zone (fee) for kids.
* Fireworks at 9 pm.
* Info, 951-694-6480; www.temeculaevents.org; www.cityoftemecula.org
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Tue, Jul 4:
10 am "LAKE FOREST 4TH OF JULY PARADE" is FREE, with this year's theme of "Let Freedom Ring!" running from the corner of Toledo Way and Ridge Route Dr (in front of El Toro High School), to an end on Serrano Rd at Dayton, Lake Forest, CA.
* Info, 949-461-3457; www.lakeforestparade.com; www.lakeforestca.gov
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Tue, Jul 4: a Guide FOCUS EVENT (and pick)...
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" is a six-hour drive to 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 4:
11 am-1 pm "SAN GABRIEL - KIDS' DAY AND 4th OF JULY PARADE" at Smith Park, San Gabriel, CA.
* Smith Park is the base, with food and activities.
* Free Kids' Day activities at Smith Park includes a barbeque, watermelon eating contest, entertainment, a game area, and swimming at the Smith Park pool from 11 am-1 pm (admission limited).
* Parade begins at Plaza Park and heads through the Mission District to Smith Park. Parade made up of community groups, musicians, push floats and families.
* Info, 626-308-2875; www.sangabrielcity.com
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Tue, Jul 4:
Noon-10 pm "MISSION VIEJO - 4th OF JULY STREET FAIRE & FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR" on Olympiad Rd between Marguerite Pkwy and Melinda Rd, Mission Viejo, CA.
* Ongoing entertainment on two stages; games and rides (fee), food, craft and merchandise booths, and more.
* Entertainment on the main stage includes: A BAND (Rock); BILLY LYMPERIS AND THE TRUTH (Blues); CLAPTON ROAD (Eric Clapton Tribute). The Freedom Stage features the youth bands COREY ANGELI, MERISSA MACCHIOROLA, TAYLOR HOPPER, PURE ATOMA and others. KEITH COMER performs 2-6 pm at the lake entrance.
* Fireworks at 9 pm.
* Pets, skateboards, rollerblades, bicycles and barbeques are prohibited.
* Event website has shuttle and other info; 949-830-7066; www.mvactivities.com; www.cityofmissionviejo.org
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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:
2-5 pm Annual "Fourth of July ICE CREAM SOCIAL" at the Learning Garden, located at Venice High School, 13000 Venice Bl (at Walgrove Av), Los Angeles, CA 90066; 310-722-3656; learninggardenmaster@yahoo.com
* One of the best kept secrets in town, at the home base of the Los Angeles Seed Library and the Learning Garden.
* You can taste "the most delicious homemade ice cream, made from our local harvest at the garden and local gardeners. This year, we are planning some of the old favorites like Chocolate Mint, Meyer Lemon, and Lavender Honey. And a few surprise ones this year."
* It's a fundraiser for the garden, so they ask a donation of $10 for adults, $5 for children under age 12. You will get to taste all the flavors.
* "AND, If you bring a homemade pie, crumble, brownies, cookies, you will receive a free plant, and enjoy an array of pie a la modes."
* This is intended as a zero waste event; bring your own bowl and spoon.
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Tue, Jul 4:
2-10 pm "APPLE VALLEY FREEDOM FESTIVAL." at the Lenny Brewster Sports Center, 21024 Otoe Rd (at Dale Evans Parkway, 1.5 miles N of Hwy 18), Apple Valley, CA.
* Family activities, vendors, a beer garden and music.
* Bands are BADWATER JUNCTION, A PENNY A KISS, and DIAMOND IS FOREVER (Neil Diamond Tribute).
* Info, 760-240-7000 x7071; www.applevalley.org; www.applevalleyevents.org
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Tue, Jul 4:
2-4 pm "LAKE ARROWHEAD VILLAGE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES" is FREE, today with ECHO LOVE CHAMBER (40 Years of Hits), at Lake Arrowhead Village, 28200 Hwy 189, Lake Arrowhead, CA.
* Performances in this FREE series (unless otherwise noted) usually take place 6:30-8:30 pm.
* Reserved seating available for purchase; free open festival seating is in area behind tables.
* Festival seating area opens at 10 am the morning of the concerts. Beach chairs and/or blankets are allowed in the festival seating area but not coolers.
Info: 909-337-2533; www.thelakearrowheadvillage.com; www.lakearrowheadvillage.co/events.html
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Tue, Jul 4, FESTIVAL: (a pick)
"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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Tue, Jul 4:
3-10 pm "ALHAMBRA - FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION" at Alamansor Park, 800 S Alamansor St, Alhambra, CA.
* Food booths, picnic games and a small carnival (nominal fee) opens at 3 pm.
* Music by THE BAND FRESH (Variety) begins at 3:30 pm, followed by the DONS OF DISTINCTION at 7 pm.
* Fireworks at 9 pm.
* Pets, personal fireworks, smoking and alcohol are not allowed.
* Info: 626-570-3242; 626-570-5044; www.cityofalhambra.org; www.alhambrachamber.org
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Tue, Jul 4:
3-10 pm "ANAHEIM - FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION" at Peralta Park, 15 N Pinney, Anaheim, CA.
* Food/game booths run 3- 8:45 pm.
* Fireworks at 9 pm.
* Live entertainment.
* The annual parade begins at 1 pm, prior to the festival, on route from Canyon High School, north on Imperial Highway, turning right on Santa Ana Canyon Road, ending at Quintana Road near Eucalyptus Park.
* See their websites for info on related activities: www.anaheimhillscommunitycouncil.org; www.anaheim.net
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Tue, Jul 4:
4-9 pm "CERRITOS - LET FREEDOM RING CELEBRATION" at the Cerritos Civic Center, Bloomfield & 183rd St, Cerritos, CA.
* Includes food and game booths and small carnival rides (fee), entertainment, a bell-ringing ceremony and fireworks.
* Fireworks show from Cerritos High School (across the street) concludes the event, starting at 9 pm.
* Bring blankets/chairs for fireworks viewing, but no picnics or BBQs are allowed.
* Info, 562-916-1254; www.cerritos.us
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Tue, Jul 4:
4-10 pm "LOS ALAMITOS - FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR" at the Joint Forces Training Base , Farquhar & Bloomfield, Los Alamitos, CA.
* Gates open at 4 pm. Event includes a food court, sponsor booths, kids fun zone (nominal fees for some activities), entertainment.
* Fireworks at 9 pm.
* Due to security regulations, you must bring a valid ID. (Adults must have ID and those without ID must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.)
* Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged and there is no bleacher seating.
* Motor homes, alcohol, dogs and personal fireworks are not permitted.
* Parking is $5 per vehicle.
* Info, 562-430-1073; www.ci.los-alamitos.ca.us
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Tue, Jul 4:
5-10 pm "DIAMOND BAR - 4TH OF JULY BLAST" at Diamond Bar High School, 21400 Pathfinder Rd, Diamond Bar, CA.
* Music by the band STONE SOUL (Motown/Soul).
* Fireworks at 9 pm.
* There is only grass seating, so bring a chair or blanket.
* You can bring a picnic dinner to this one (no alcohol).
* Info, 909-839-7070; www.diamondbarca.gov
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Tue, Jul 4:
5-10 pm "RIALTO - INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION" is FREE at Jerry Eaves Park, 1485 N. Ayala Dr, Rialto, CA.
* Carnival games (fee), activities, contests, live entertainment.
* Fireworks at 9 pm.
* Info, 909-877-9706; www.rialtoca.gov
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Tue, Jul 4:
5-10 pm "FULLERTON - FOURTH OF JULY COMMUNITY FESTIVAL & FIREWORKS SHOW" at the Fullerton Union High School Softball Fields, located on Lemon Street between Berkeley and Chapman, Fullerton, CA.
* Gates at 5 pm for the annual festival, but note the location has changed for 2017.
* No stadium seating this year.
* Live music by SOUNDBYTES (Variety), children's activities, food vendors and more.
* Fireworks at 9 pm.
* No alcohol, animals, umbrellas, glass or personal fireworks allowed.
* Info, 714-738-6545; www.cityoffullerton.com
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Tue, Jul 4:
5-9 pm "YORBA LINDA - 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 4th OF JULY SPECTACULAR" at Veterans Park, 4756 Valley View Av, and at Yorba Linda Middle School, 4777 Casa Loma Av, both in Yorba Linda, CA.
* Food vendors, family activities, a live band, and a Kids Fun Zone from 5-8 pm (most activities free; fee for the inflatable obstacle course).
* No alcohol, personal fireworks, or tarps on grass; bringing animals is not recommended.
* Info, 714-961-7160; www.ci.yorba-linda.ca.us
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Tue, Jul 4:
5:30-9:30 pm "WALNUT - FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION" in Suzanne Park, 625 Suzanne Rd, Walnut, CA.
* Live music 6- 9 pm.
* Food for purchase, a pooch parade, contests and more.
* Picnics are welcome, but no BBQs, grills or other cooking appliances allowed in the park, nor is alcohol.
* Fireworks at 9 pm.
* Info, 909-598-5605; www.ci.walnut.ca.us
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Tue, Jul 4:
6-10 pm "WOODLAND HILLS - VALLEY CULTURAL CENTER CONCERTS ON THE GREEN" brings the FREE "4th of July Spectacular" with the SAN FERNANDO VALLEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA and fireworks, at at Warner Center Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Bl, Woodland Hills, CA.
* Fireworks at 9 pm.
* Concerts in this series usually take place Sundays from 6-8 pm (unless otherwise noted). No alcohol; note that tents/canopies/umbrellas are permitted, but only until concert starts, then they must be removed.
* Info, 818-704-1358; www.valleycultural.org
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Tue, Jul 4:
6-8 pm "LAGUNA NIGUEL SUMMER CONCERT SERIES" is a FREE series, with the theme tonight of "DANCING THROUGH THE DECADES", at Crown Valley Community Park, 29751 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA.
* Band is MIRAGE (Fleetwood Mac Tribute - 70s).
* After the concert, audience members may attend the walk to Laguna Niguel Regional Park (3/4 mile each way) to watch the fireworks.
* Fireworks at 9 pm.
* Parking for the shuttle is available at City Hall, 30111 Crown Valley Parkway, and the shuttle runs 4-10:30 pm.
* Concerts in this series are 6:30-8:30 pm. at Crown Valley Community Park unless otherwise noted.
* Free shuttle service on regular concert nights runs 5:30-9:15 pm from the City Hall parking lot at 30111 Crown Valley Parkway.
* No pets, smoking or alcohol permitted at concerts.
* Info on the event and the summer schedule: 949-425-5100; 949-362-4351; www.ci.laguna-niguel.ca.us
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Tue, Jul 4:
6:30-10 pm "TUSTIN - FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION" is FREE at the Tustin High School Football Stadium, 1171 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA.
* Gates open at 6:30 pm.
* Live music by the band GARAGE SALE (Variety).
* Fireworks at 9 pm.
* Seating is on the grass or in the stadium.
* Picnics are welcome; no alcohol.
* There is no charge for stadium seating.
* Refreshments available for purchase.
* Info, 714-573-3326; www.tustinca.org
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Tue, Jul 4:
7-10 pm "MONROVIA - MONROVIA FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION" is FREE in Library Park, 321 S Myrtle Av (at Palm Av), Monrovia, CA.
* Concert features the band NIGHT OWL (Big Band) 7- :30 pm.
* Fireworks at 9 pm.
* A maximum space of 10x10 feet may be held at the park, but someone must be present at all times.
* Info, 626-256-8246; www.cityofmonrovia.org
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Tue, Jul 4: (late addition to the Jun 30 Guide)
7:30 pm "4th OF JULY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR," the annual multi-night bang-boom concert with the L.A. PHILHARMONIC, brings PENTATONIX to the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA.
* Tix still available for all three nights, Jul 2, 3, 4, at: https://hollywood-bowl.tickets-center.com/search/hollywood-bowl-tickets/
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Tue, Jul 4; CONCERT with FIREWORKS: (late addition to the Jun 30 Guide)
8 pm "MUSIC OF SPRINGSTEEN" with FIREWORKS and the PACIFIC SYMPHONY, guest performers MATT RYAN & THE AMERICAN DREAM, and the ORANGE COUNTY WIND ENSEMBLE, opens "New SummerFest at OC Fair" at the Pacific Amphitheatre @ the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
Born in the USA! Pacific Symphony is about to begin a new chapter, as the orchestra settles into its new summer home at the OC Fair and Event Center in the heart of Costa Mesa. The Symphony's very first SummerFest launches on July 4 in the Pacific Amphitheatre with a program featuring the heart-thumping, spine-tingling music of Bruce Springsteen, a 40th anniversary tribute to "Star Wars," a salute to the Armed Forces and a brilliant fireworks finale!
* This year, the program features a high-energy tribute to BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, “The Boss,” America’s most iconic singer-songwriter.
* The Guide attended this July 4th event a few years ago when it was an EAGLES tribute, and this is a highly recommended, well-done evening with a very full fireworks display.
* Main program: RICHARD KAUFMAN, conductor, PACIFIC SYMPHONY; plus MATT RYAN & THE AMERICAN DREAM, "a note-perfect and visually accurate recreation of a Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band."
* The symphony performs a 40th anniversary tribute to "STAR WARS" with the iconic music of JOHN WILLIAMS.
* The Symphony's traditional salute to the U.S. Armed Forces and patriotic favorites closes with a brilliant fireworks finale.
* Pre-concert entertainment by the ORANGE COUNTY WIND ENSEMBLE from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Plaza Pacifica entrance.
* Fireworks -- Pacific Symphony's annual July 4th spectacular -- completes the program of live music.
* Unlike previous seasons, you will be able to leave the venue immediately after the fireworks show. Fireworks will be shot from a secure location that will not interfere with patrons needing to exit early.
* The gates open at 6 pm for picnicking. Picnic tables are available at the Plaza Pacifica entrance. Or, if you prefer, picnic at your seats (but read the notes below).
* Bring your own food, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages onto the premises, but note that inside the amphitheater itself, glass containers and glassware are not permitted. Outside beer is not allowed anywhere; beer is available for purchase from several onsite vendors.
* Additional food and beverages may be purchased at the concession stands inside the amphitheater.
* Tix: Box office, 714-755-5799; www.PacificSymphony.org; note: PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE through Ticketmaster; the Pacific Amphitheatre box office opens at 10 am on July 4.
* $8 general parking, handicap parking available.
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The Guide was able to include a number of 4th of July events after finding them at "Dorothy's Website." Check it out (you'll want to bookmark it):

http://www.dorothyswebsite.org

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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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Thu, Jul 6: (late addition to the Jun 30 Guide)
8 pm L.A. PHILHARMONIC presents "HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS," continuing their series from the wizardy children's films with the symphonic soundtracks, at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
* Tix: https://hollywood-bowl.tickets-center.com/search/hollywood-bowl-tickets/

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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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Fri, Jul 7:
8 pm THE JANGLE BROTHERS is the ensemble of JOHN YORK, BILLY DARNELL, & CHAD WATSON, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA; phone for reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
* Venue impresario Bob Stane calls them "The best music this side of Bob Dylan and the Band. Guitar heaven with former members of the BYRDS." The Guide takes no issue with that description.
* JOHN YORK is a former member of the legendary Byrds, and currently touring with Barry McGuire. He has played with P.F. Sloan, The Mamas and the Papas, Dr. John, Johnny Rivers, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, The Sir Douglas Quintet, Nicky Hopkins, and Blues legend Lightnin' Hopkins.
* BILLY DARNELL played guitar for the Gene Clark Byrds, The Everly Brothers, Dr. John, Doug Kershaw, and Roger McGuinn.
* CHAD WATSON is amazing, bass player for Janis Ian, Delaney Bramlett, Charlie Rich, Freddy Fender and countless other artists.
* Tix, $20.
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Fri, Jul 7: (late addition to the Jun 30 Guide)
8 pm L.A. PHILHARMONIC presents "HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN," continuing their series from the wizardy children's films with the symphonic soundtracks, at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
* Tix: https://hollywood-bowl.tickets-center.com/search/hollywood-bowl-tickets/

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✔ SATURDAY, 7/8
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Sat, Jul 8: a Guide FOCUS EVENT...
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:
7-10 pm GREGORY PAGE plus PETE MOLINARI, and REV JEFF, play the "SOLSTICE SKYLINE" outdoor house concert series in Pasadena, CA 91103 (location provided upon RSVP or advance ticket purchase); RSVP@SolsticeSkyline.com
* Tix $15 at door w/reservation if not sold-out; kids under age 12 are free; $11.50 online advance purchase at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/solstice-skyline-pete-molinari-gregory-page-rev-jeff-tickets-35296972194
* Links to listen to songs are at Eventbrite url, just above.
* "A portion of proceeds (33%) from the entire 2017 Solstice Skyline series will go to 10 non-profits."
* Solstice Skyline, presented by Heyday Media Group, is "an intimate outdoor music series celebrating nature, creativity, and people coming together while fundraising for various charities that make our world a better place."
* Coming up at the Solstice Skyline series (make a note / reserve now):
♪ Sat, Aug 12th: The JIM REYNOLDS BAND + LAUREN TURK + CLINTON ROSS DAVIS.
♪ Sat, Sep 23rd: G BURNS JUG BAND plus FANNY AND THE ATTA BOYS (that'll be a very fun show; check out the latter's music at: https://www.heydaymediagroup.com).
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Sat, Jul 8: a Guide FOCUS EVENT...
7 pm ANDY CORWIN’S BABYBOOMERAMA TIKI PARTY plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA; phone for reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
* ANDY CORWIN (of THE LIMELITERS) teams up with THE HONEY-LULUS (KATE FRIEDRICKS, JUSTEEN WARD, & CHRISTINA LINHARDT) to take the audience on a nostalgic comic journey. Embracing many of the cultural touchstones that define the Baby Boomer Generation, combined with the "retro-tiki" Hawaiian stylings of THE HONEY-LULUS.
* Combining songs, comedy and audience participation, Andy gets to revisit his legendary comedic talents, accompanied by a bevy of lovely songbirds.
* Tix, $15.
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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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Sat, Jul 8: (late addition to the Jun 30 Guide)
8 pm L.A. PHILHARMONIC presents "HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN," continuing their series from the wizardy children's films with the symphonic soundtracks, at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
* Tix: https://hollywood-bowl.tickets-center.com/search/hollywood-bowl-tickets/
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Sat, Jul 8: a Guide FOCUS EVENT...
8 pm PETER CASE plays the famous concert hall behind McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 W Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA; 310-828-4497.
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Sat, Jul 8: a Guide FOCUS EVENT...
8 pm DOUG MacLEOD, the great acoustic bluesman and endorsed National Steel Guityar artist, plays the Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina, CA; 626-339-7020.

Sat, Jul 8: a Guide FOCUS EVENT...
8 pm THE RECOLLECTIVE plays the "Pasadena Folk Music Society" concert series in Beckman Institute Auditorium (aka "Little Beckman"), on the campus at Caltech, 400 S Wilson Av, Pasadena, CA; 626-395-4652.
* Park free in the evenings and ignore the "reserved" signs in either lot at the S end of Michigan Av, off Del Mar. walk and follow the paper flyer signs.


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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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Sun, Jul 9:
4:30-7:30 pm RUSTY METOYER & ZYDECO KRUSH play the Cajun-Zydeco Dance series at the PCH Club, Golden Sails Hotel, 6285 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA; info: David 909-627-0926; or davidsousa@verizon.net
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Sun, Jul 9:
7 pm BIFFLE & SHOOSTER with THE SKID ROW SOCIETY ORCHESTRA, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA; phone for reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
* It's a live music look back at… well, comedy and music of another era. WILL RYAN, for one, is a master of the voiceover and renowned for his all-around talents. Unusual, fun and very fine voices and instrumentals.
* Bob Stane says, "At last! Here's a chance to see the classic comedy team Biffle & Shooster IN PERSON – with favorite songs and routines - and NEW material, too. And yes, they WILL be doing their 'Tribute to William Frawley'... and the ukulele bit!"
* Tix, $20.
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Sun, Jul 9:
8 pm NRBQ plays the famous concert hall behind McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 W Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA; 310-828-4497.


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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 these things. So we're returning the emphasis to MUSIC NEWS, and as part of what we cover, reporting on some select events. And yes, 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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Wed, Jul 12:
5 pm & 8 pm JOHN JORGENSON BLUEGRASS BAND plays two shows at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA; phone for reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
* Formed 5 years ago by Grammy-winning musician JOHN JORGENSON, The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band (also known as J2B2) has quickly developed a reputation for unique material, exquisite vocal harmonies and dynamic arrangements that stretch the boundaries while respecting the traditions of bluegrass.
* In this short time the group has had multiple appearances on the Grand Old Opry, Mountain Stage, Rockygrass, and many other prestigious festivals and venues worldwide.
* Featuring Jorgenson's longtime friend and colleague, legendary vocalist and banjo player HERB PEDERSEN, multiple Grammy-winning bassist and producer MARK FAIN, and multi-instrumental whiz PATRICK SAUBER on guitar, with Jorgenson primarily on mandolin, virtuosic instrumental prowess is expected.
* What surprises most audiences new to the group is the unique quality of the vocal blend and dynamic trio harmonies featured.
* Longtime supporters of the Coffee Gallery will be familiar with John, Herb and Patrick as they've played many times before in various groups, but it's a rare opportunity to see them all together with Mark Fain as this is the first Southern California appearance for this esteemed group.
* This'll sell-out VERY quickly, so don't dawdle.
* Tix, $30 per person.
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Jul 12: (late addition to the Jun 30 Guide)
8 pm KENNY LOGGINS joins the PACIFIC SYMPHONY at Pacific Amphitheatre @ the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
* Albert-George Schram conducts Pacific Symphony for the night.
* Co-presented by Pacific Symphony and the OC Fair & Event Center, it's a night to “Lose your blues, everybody cut footloose.”
* For more than four remarkable decades, Loggins' smash songs have catapulted the dynamic singer-songwriter to the top of the charts, making him the toast of the Grammys.
* From “Danny’s Song” and “Return to Pooh Corner” to “Celebrate Me Home,” “This Is It,” “Whenever I Call You Friend” and the blockbuster “Footloose,” Kenny Loggins’ songs have been the quintessential feel-good soundtrack for more than a generation.
* Tix: Box office, 714-755-5799; www.PacificSymphony.org
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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 & 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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Sat morning, Jul 15:
11 am TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA and THE GLORIOUS BIRDS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA; phone for reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
* Yep, you read that right.
* Venue impresario Bob Stane enthusiastically crows about this show,”I have been waiting for years to book TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA! This is a very big time act that has been limiting their activities to the Southern and Eastern Seaboard and, now, they have a reason to Go West. This is a major booking for any venue and now they are sweeting the pot by bringing in an extra, larger group to open the show. THE GLORIOUS BIRDS. Two outstanding, national touring acts for only $20. We could only get them for a morning show so the morning to matinee extravaganza will begin at 11 am, and end around 1 pm.”
* This'll sell-out VERY quickly, so don't dawdle.
* Tix, $20.
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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, Jul 15:
7 pm JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOR BOYS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA; phone for reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
* Deservedly klnown as "MERRYMAKERS OF WHOOPEE," the enchanting and effervescent chanteuse Janet Klein with her four-member band, The Parlor Boys, entertain in a lively Speakeasy Jazz Revue style.
* This dapper, multi-talented troupe performs scintillating early hot jazz tunes from the 1920s and '30s with authenticity and verve. Between songs, the band peppers the entertainment with musical and local historical folklore tidbits.
* Tix, $20.
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Jul 16; FREE: (late addition to the Jun 30 Guide)
7 pm PACIFIC SYMPHONY performs one of its annual FREE concerts for the "SYMPHONY IN THE CITIES" series, this one in Newport Beach, at the Civic Center / Newport Beach Public Library,
* The program for the series is a delightful excursion:
♪ KEY: The Star Spangled Banner
♪ BERNSTEIN: Overture to Candide
♪ BERNSTEIN: Mambo from West Side Story
♪ MASCAGNI: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
♪ SOUSA: Hands Across the Sea
♪ BRAHMS: Hungarian Dance No. 5
♪ J. STRAUSS: Thunder and Lightning Polka
♪ J. STRAUSS: Blue Danube Waltz
♪ BACH: Air on a G String
♪ BACH: Vivace from Concerto for 2 Violins
♪ WILLIAMS: Superman March
♪ WILLIAMS: E. T. The Extra Terrestrial: Flying Theme
♪ VARIOUS: Armed Forces Salute
♪ WARD: America the Beautiful
♪ BERLIN: God Bless America
♪ SOUSA: Stars and Stripes Forever
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* The night brings quite a lineup, with Carl St. Clair conducting the Pacific Symphony; Danielle and Sarah Liu, violin; Yaya Dance Academy — Yaya Zhang, artistic director; and the Southern California Children’s Chorus.
* The symphony tells us, "It's the perfect way to end a lazy summer day. Grab a lawn chair or blanket and join us for FREE music and family fun! Kick back, relax, crack open a picnic basket and enjoy a warm summer evening with family and friends, as Pacific Symphony sends a swirl of glorious music into the air for 'Symphony in the Cities'!"
* LOCAL MUSIC ACTS and family activities begin at 5:30 pm, so plan to get there early to plant your chair or blanket.
* Pacific Symphony concert starts at 7 pm.
* This performance is supported in large part by the City of Newport Beach.
* "Each summer, the Symphony, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, takes the opportunity to express its gratitude by traveling throughout Orange County to deliver a little fun and inspirational music to old friends and new." Tonight, it's Newport Beach's turn.
* Tix: IT'S FREE. Info, 714-755-5799; www.PacificSymphony.org

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JULY 20th... in any other country -- if they had accomplished what the US did on July 20th -- THIS would be a national holiday. It's the day in 1969 that humans first set foot on the Moon. It should be "National Space & Exploration Day," but the corporatists are too cheap to allow our government to declare any more holidays. They claim it costs them too much money in "lost productivity," even though consumer spending is through the roof on any holiday when the stores and amusement parks and eateries are open. We have always been BIG advocates of making July 20th a holiday. Really now, how many times have humans set foot on a world other than our own? Yeah. So today we'll think of you, Buzz Aldrin, and all your Apollo astronaut colleagues, and Buzz, of your continuing advocacy for returning to a robust space program that GOES somewhere! So "Happy Space & Exploration Day" everybody, even if we are subversives for saying it!

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Jul 20: (late addition to the Jun 30 Guide)
8:15 pm THE B-52s with PACIFIC SYMPHONY, play the Pacific Amphitheatre @ the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
* Pacific Symphony provides another way to have an exciting musical experience this summer when the orchestra delivers a blast from the past and rocks out with what is known in some quarters as "The World's Greatest Party Band." The B-52s remain one of rock music's most enduring bands.
* Tix: Box office, 714-755-5799; www.PacificSymphony.org
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Jul 22; FREE: (late addition to the Jun 30 Guide)
7 pm PACIFIC SYMPHONY performs one of its annual FREE concerts for the "SYMPHONY IN THE CITIES" series, this one in Mission Viejo, at the Norman P. Murray Community & Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA.
* The program for the series is a delightful excursion:
♪ KEY: The Star Spangled Banner
♪ BERNSTEIN: Overture to Candide
♪ BERNSTEIN: Mambo from West Side Story
♪ MASCAGNI: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
♪ SOUSA: Hands Across the Sea
♪ BRAHMS: Hungarian Dance No. 5
♪ J. STRAUSS: Thunder and Lightning Polka
♪ J. STRAUSS: Blue Danube Waltz
♪ BACH: Air on a G String
♪ BACH: Vivace from Concerto for 2 Violins
♪ WILLIAMS: Superman March
♪ WILLIAMS: E. T. The Extra Terrestrial: Flying Theme
♪ VARIOUS: Armed Forces Salute
♪ WARD: America the Beautiful
♪ BERLIN: God Bless America
♪ SOUSA: Stars and Stripes Forever
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* The night brings quite a lineup, with Carl St. Clair conducting the Pacific Symphony; Danielle and Sarah Liu, violin; Yaya Dance Academy — Yaya Zhang, artistic director; and the Southern California Children’s Chorus.
* The symphony tells us, "It's the perfect way to end a lazy summer day. Grab a lawn chair or blanket and join us for FREE music and family fun! Kick back, relax, crack open a picnic basket and enjoy a warm summer evening with family and friends, as Pacific Symphony sends a swirl of glorious music into the air for 'Symphony in the Cities'!"
* Features a "MUSICAL PLAYGROUND FOR CHILDREN" and "Prelude in the Park" at 4 pm, so plan to get there early to plant your chair or blanket.
* Concert featuring Pacific Symphony begins at 7 pm.
* This performance is supported in large part by the City of Mission Viejo.
* "Each summer, the Symphony, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, takes the opportunity to express its gratitude by traveling throughout Orange County to deliver a little fun and inspirational music to old friends and new." Tonight, it's Mission Viejo's turn.
* Tix: IT'S FREE. Info, 714-755-5799; www.PacificSymphony.org
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Jul 23; FREE: (late addition to the Jun 30 Guide)
7 pm PACIFIC SYMPHONY performs one of its annual FREE concerts for the "SYMPHONY IN THE CITIES" series, this one in Irvine, at the Mike Ward Community Park Woodbridge, 20 Lake Rd, Irvine, CA.
* The program for the series is a delightful excursion:
♪ KEY: The Star Spangled Banner
♪ BERNSTEIN: Overture to Candide
♪ BERNSTEIN: Mambo from West Side Story
♪ MASCAGNI: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
♪ SOUSA: Hands Across the Sea
♪ BRAHMS: Hungarian Dance No. 5
♪ J. STRAUSS: Thunder and Lightning Polka
♪ J. STRAUSS: Blue Danube Waltz
♪ BACH: Air on a G String
♪ BACH: Vivace from Concerto for 2 Violins
♪ WILLIAMS: Superman March
♪ WILLIAMS: E. T. The Extra Terrestrial: Flying Theme
♪ VARIOUS: Armed Forces Salute
♪ WARD: America the Beautiful
♪ BERLIN: God Bless America
♪ SOUSA: Stars and Stripes Forever
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* The night brings quite a lineup, with Carl St. Clair conducting the Pacific Symphony; Danielle and Sarah Liu, violin; Yaya Dance Academy — Yaya Zhang, artistic director; and the Southern California Children’s Chorus.
* The symphony tells us, "It's the perfect way to end a lazy summer day. Grab a lawn chair or blanket and join us for FREE music and family fun! Kick back, relax, crack open a picnic basket and enjoy a warm summer evening with family and friends, as Pacific Symphony sends a swirl of glorious music into the air for 'Symphony in the Cities'!"
* LOCAL MUSIC ACTS and family activities begin at 5:30 pm, so plan to get there early to plant your chair or blanket.
* Pacific Symphony concert starts at 7 pm.
* This performance is supported in large part by the City of Irvine.
* "Each summer, the Symphony, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, takes the opportunity to express its gratitude by traveling throughout Orange County to deliver a little fun and inspirational music to old friends and new." Tonight, it's Mission Viejo's turn.
* Tix: IT'S FREE. Info, 714-755-5799; www.PacificSymphony.org
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Aug 19; CONCERT & SCREENING: (late addition to the Jun 30 Guide)
8 pm PACIFIC SYMPHONY performs "JURASSIC PARK," the iconic music of JOHN WILLIAMS, in "A soundtrack 65 million years in the making," as part of "New SummerFest at OC Fair" at the Pacific Amphitheatre @ the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
* Experience the classic film while Pacific Symphony performs John Williams’ thrilling score live.
* The film, masterfully directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the novel by Michael Crichton, transports you to a secluded island where scientists have succeeded in reviving the age of dinosaurs. Until we discover that, as Jeff Goldblum's character says, "Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should."
* Richard Kaufman conducts the Pacific Symphony for the main program.
* Pre-concert entertainment by the ORANGE COUNTY WIND ENSEMBLE from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Plaza Pacifica entrance.
* The gates open at 6 pm for picnicking. Picnic tables are available at the Plaza Pacifica entrance. Or, if you prefer, picnic at your seats (but read the notes below).
* Bring your own food, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages onto the premises, but note that inside the amphitheater itself, glass containers and glassware are not permitted. Outside beer is not allowed anywhere; beer is available for purchase from several onsite vendors.
* The symphony's website offers a "Pre-Order Picnic Menu." Additional food and beverages may be purchased at the concession stands inside the amphitheater.
* $8 general parking, handicap parking available.
* Tix: Box office, 714-755-5799; www.PacificSymphony.org
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Sep 2: (late addition to the Jun 30 Guide)
8 pm PACIFIC SYMPHONY performs "HAIL TO THE HEROES" at the new FivePoint Amphitheatre near the OC Great Park in Irvine, CA
* Tix for this concert can be purchased now by phone from the venue, at 714-755-5799.
* "Music has the unique power to unite, to heal and to celebrate. Enjoy timeless classics evoking the best of the human spirit when Pacific Symphony and all of Orange County join for a concert that celebrates U.S. veterans, the heroes who make our community and our country great!"
* Tickets to Pacific Symphony's inaugural concert in the new FivePoint Amphitheatre near the OC Great Park in Irvine may go quickly, because our society values new as novel and desirable. Tix are only available by phone, above.
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Sep 9; CONCERT with FIREWORKS: (late addition to the Jun 30 Guide)
8 pm PACIFIC SYMPHONY performs the "TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR," also with RACHMANINOFF and FIREWORKS, as the closiing performance of "New SummerFest at OC Fair" at the Pacific Amphitheatre @ the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
* Famous romantic composer Tchaikovsky's greatest hits are on the program, along with Rachmaninoff’s lush "Second Piano Concerto" performed by the freshly minted medal winner of this year’s Van Cliburn Competition. Concluding the evening is Tchaikovsky's electrifying “1812 Overture,” complete with live cannons and brilliant fireworks.
* Carl St. Clair conducts the Pacific Symphony tonight. The program features the 2017 "Van Cliburn Competition" winner on piano.
* Pre-concert entertainment by the Huntington Beach Concert Band from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Plaza Pacifica entrance.
* The gates open at 6 pm for picnicking. Picnic tables are available at the Plaza Pacifica entrance. Or, if you prefer, picnic at your seats (but read the notes below).
* Bring your own food, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages onto the premises, but note that inside the amphitheater itself, glass containers and glassware are not permitted. Outside beer is not allowed anywhere; beer is available for purchase from several onsite vendors.
* The symphony's website offers a "Pre-Order Picnic Menu." Additional food and beverages may be purchased at the concession stands inside the amphitheater.
* Fireworks -- Pacific Symphony's annual season-closing bang 'n boom spectacular -- completes the program of live music, timed to the "1812 Overture."
* Unlike previous seasons, you will be able to leave the venue immediately after the fireworks show. Fireworks will be shot from a secure location that will not interfere with patrons needing to exit early.
* $8 general parking, handicap parking available.
* Tix: Box office, 714-755-5799; www.PacificSymphony.org
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COMING UP in the 2017-2018 PACIFIC SYMPHONY Season, with tix / season tix / custom pkg series tix / all now available:
♪ "Beethoven's Fifth," Sep 14–16, 2017, 8 pm.
♪ "Beethoven's Fifth Revealed," Sep 17, 2017, 3 pm.
♪ "An Evening with Joshua Bell," Sep 23, 2017, 8 pm.
♪ "Beethoven & Schubert," Oct 8, 2017, 3 pm.
♪ "David Foster with special guests," Oct 13–14, 2017, 8 pm.
♪ "Mozart & Rachmaninoff," Oct 19–21, 2017, 8 pm.
♪ "Halloween Goes Hollywood," Oct 21, 2017, 10 am & 11:30 am.
♪ "Tribute to Ella," Nov 3–4, 2017, 8 pm.
♪ "Cathedrals of Sound," Nov 9–11, 2017, 8 pm.
♪ "Mozart - The Final Concertos," Nov 12, 2017, 3 pm.
♪ "Gershwin's Concerto," Nov 30–Dec 2, 2017, 8 pm.
♪ "Nutcracker for Kids!" Dec 2, 2017, 10 am & 11:30 am.
♪ "Handel's Glorious Messiah," Dec 3, 2017, 3 pm.
♪ "Celebrate the Holidays with Seth MacFarlane," Dec 22 & 23, 2017, 8 pm.
♪ "Beethoven's Violin Concerto," Jan 11–13, 2018, 8 pm.
♪ "Vivaldi's Four Seasons," Jan 21, 2018, 3 pm.
♪ "Brahms & Prokofiev," Feb 1–3, 2018, 8 pm.
♪ "Fledermaus: The Bat-Man's Revenge - Opera for Kids!" Feb 3, 2018, 10 am & 11:30 am.
♪ "Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2," Feb 4, 2018, 3 pm.
♪ "Chinese New Year -- Year of the Dog," Feb 10, 2018, 8 pm.
♪ "Happy Birthday, Bernstein," Feb 11, 2018, 3 pm.
♪ "Christopher Cross," Feb 16 & 17, 2018, 8 pm.
♪ "The Magic Flute," Feb 22–27, 2018, 8 pm.
♪ "Pinchas Zukerman," Mar 15–17, 2018, 8 pm.
♪ "Video Game Odyssey," Mar 17, 2018, 10 am & 11:30 am.
♪ "Zukerman Plays Bruch," Mar 18, 2018, 3 pm.
♪ "A Night at the Copa," Mar 23 & 24, 2018, 8 pm.
♪ "Cirque de la Symphonie," Apr 6 & 7, 2018, 8 pm.
♪ "Cirque for Kids!" Apr 7, 2018, 10 am & 11:30 am.
♪ "Glass & Shankar," Apr 12–14, 2018, 8 pm.
♪ "Beethoven's Ninth," Apr 15, 2018, 3 pm.
♪ "Bach & Fauré," Apr 29, 2018, 3 pm.
♪ "Watts Plays Beethoven," May 3–5, 2018, 8 pm.
♪ "Rach 2," May 31–Jun 2, 2018, 8 pm.
♪ "Saturday Night Fever - Music of the Bee Gees," Jun 8 & 9, 2018, 8 pm.
♪ "Sounds of Hollywood," Jun 14–16, 2018, 8 pm.
♪ "Cinematic Violin," Jun 17, 2018, 3 pm.
* Tix / season tix / custom pkg series tix / now available: Box office, 714-755-5799; www.PacificSymphony.org



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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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♪ The ACOUSTIC AMERICANA MUSIC GUIDE endeavors to bring you NEWS — and views of interest to artists everywhere — more specifically to musicians and the creative community and music makers and fans of acoustic and Folk-Americana music. That includes both traditional and innovative forms. From the deepest roots to today’s acoustic renaissance, that’s our beat. We provide a wealth of resources, including a HUGE catalog of acoustic-friendly venues (now undergoing a major update), and inside info on FESTIVALS and select performances in Southern California in venues from the monumentally large to the intimately small and cozy. We cover workshops, conferences, and other events for artists and folks in the music industry, and all kinds o’ things in the world of acoustic and Americana and accessible classical music. From washtub bass to musical spoons to oboe to viola to banjo to squeezebox, from Djangostyle to new-fangled-old-time string band music, from sweet Cajun fiddle to bluegrass and pre-bluegrass Appalachian mountain music to all the swamp water roots of the blues and the bright lights of where the music is headed now.
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