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Thursday, September 21, 2017

BIG EDITION -- Music News, Features on Events, Tours, Albums, More! - Sep 21 2017

Finally, we're back to publishing an edition where we got everything in here that we wanted to include. So we were ready to tell you that this edition marks a return to uhh, "normalcy" for the Guide. You might remember what we mean by that, based on what we always delivered... before our recent encounters with too many other priorities and being called upon unexpectedly by folks in need. So, yeah, we were ready for a celebratory sigh-of-relief and satisfied smile, because this edition IS a return to plenty of music news and coverage that gets back to spanning all of today's acoustic music scene... as well as features on events you can attend... and previews of upcoming tours and new releases... with musician profiles... and that ever-elusive word, "more."

Yep, all that IS here. But as good as it is, it's hard to feel celebratory, because of some of what's in the news of the big wide world.

To wit...

a) Another major hurricane, this one named Maria, just took-down the entire electrical grid for all of our fellow American citizens in Puerto Rico. And if it seems crass to talk about utilities instead of human lives and suffering, it's really because we can all understand "no electricity," and the reports from the scene aren't all that informative yet, anyway.

b) The second major earthquake in two weeks just hit our neighbors to the south in Mexico. It struck September 20th, the anniversary day of the terrible quake that struck there in 1985. In fact, earlier in the day, a nationwide earthquake drill was held because it was the anniversary of the '85 Quake. Then, two hours later, the real thing happened. Again.

c) Fellow Californians are still recovering from devastating wildfires. And all Californians are aware that any report of any major earthquake, anywhere, could be us next time.

d) People in Texas and Florida are confronting how they will rebuild their lives after two separate major hurricanes flattened and flooded the southern corners of America's Gulf states.

e) And we all know that global climate change assures much more awaits us under the headings of damage, loss, suffering, and need for our national treasure to be diverted to rebuilding. (That is, of course, probably rebuilding right back in the same places that will be destroyed all over again). And, as long as the rich think they shouldn't pay taxes anymore, and a cadre of powerful politicians are fixated on "austerity," it's a sure bet that there won't be enough money to help disaster victims as fast as new disasters arrive. (But there will be money for "Disaster Capitalism" to privatize public assets for private corporate gain, as we saw after Katrina.) And an outcome of what that means is, we can throw-in the towel on everything we thought would characterize the 21st century as "the future." Because there won't be any money to go to Mars or build transcontinental high-speed rail, or regulate Big Pharma or Big Ag or any other part of the Big Corporatocracy that, more and more, sucks the financial lifeblood out of everything and channels it all to the entitled class of fat cats.

f) Our time, which is mostly characterized by stupid, pointless, hideously expensive and endless wars, seems to be spawning more of them.

g) If we weren't already wondering how we were going to ignore all those things so we could get all giddy talking about the arts and music? We were just clobbered, and this one feels personal. Word arrived at our intended press time -- word that we have all lost a real jewel of a human being. Her name is Mara Cantello, and if you didn't know her, you'll want to learn about what she did. So while we do not include reports on any of those other overwhelmingly awful points of sorrow or outrage, we DO include a feature to remember a late, great, truly wonderful person from whom we can all learn and take inspiration.

Thing is, there really IS a lot happening that is WELCOME and NEEDED GOOD NEWS in the world of performing arts and music – and gads, do we EVER need that now!

That's what this edition is about, and, doggone it, it's WHY we do this, in the face of sooooo much else that is sooooo in need of attention.

Let's get started!



1) The World Has Lost Mara, Selfless Presence Behind "Mara's Tender Loving Christmas"

2) "youbloomLA Music Summit & Festival" Arrives September 21-23

3) "FARM AID '17" – Musicians Again Raise Money for Struggling Family Farms

4) Bluegrass Report : Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle's 3rd Album, “Time Won’t Wait”

5) Battleship Iowa & American Red Cross Team-Up this Sunday for Blood Drive, Offer Rewards to Participants

6) Free "End of Summer Concert" Sep 28: Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps

7) End-of-Season Ticket Special THIS WEEKEND at Theatricum Botanicum

8) Prohibition-Era '20s & '30s Hot Jazz & Blues Coming to Discovery Ventura

9) 3 Songs that Break Music Theory Rules – and Are Better for It

10) Music Fundraisers Coming Up... All for Worthy Causes

11) Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards' "California Calling" Tour Hits L.A. Oct 29th

12) Classical: "Beethoven, Bagels & Banter" at the Broad Stage, October 15

13) Theatre: Lillian Hellman's Political Thriller "Watch on the Rhine" Comes to L.A. in October

14) Music Promotes Mental Health, so Help Out for "World Alzheimer’s Month"

15) Late Additions – Cajun-Zydeco Stuff Happening

16) HAPPENING THIS WEEK, or Imminently – Previously Reported, Necessarily Revisited


# 1 news feature...


There just isn't another MARA CANTELLO out there, and we are all poorer as a result. L.A. musicians were just getting involved last year, as performers and as volunteers on the many, meticulously organized lines of food serving tables, and everyone was committing to return in 2017, to the astonishingly wonderful event she had produced every year, for decades, for an entire community.

In 2016, the Guide recruited volunteers for Mara, and we were among them, ourselves. That was because of the ripple-in-the-pond effect – thanks, specifically, to the magic this very special lady had worked on our friend, the incomparable musician DUANE THORIN. Now, MARA CANTELLO and Duane have both left the stage of Earthly existence. And as the inescapable result, all of us are, in the words of 13th century poet John Donne, "diminished" by their passing.

We just received the word at press time that Mara had left us and we were shocked. It came from STEVE LICATA, patriarch of the clan that gives us the brilliant music duo, THE LICATA BROTHERS. Steve's message is both informative and expressive of Mara, the special soul that has departed us. So we are sharing it with you as Steve wrote it, including the link at the end to the newspaper obituary.

Steve writes:

"Many of you may have met or known about a remarkable lady, Ms. Mara Cantelo of Joshua Tree, who passed away last week.

"I just received a phone call from her friend Shirley who worked at the local radio station but who was also one of the "lieutenants" for Mara's famous "Tender Loving Christmas" events for the past 34 years that served the entire Morongo Basin.

"Our family was so blessed to be able to participate for the three days around Christmas last year - thanks to our friend Duane Thorin getting to know about this wonderful event. The boys played music and our whole family helped out for three days as Mara and her all-volunteer army provided food (lots of it), fellowship, joy, entertainment and (for the kinds) many gifts and presents for well over 3,400 fellow souls that passed through the Yucca Valley Community Center.

"These days it is rare to see such selfless devotion, just to make a whole set of communities feel wanted, loved and united. It was a privilege to know her and help share her dream of community in the high desert.

"For those who can make it, there will be a celebration of Mara's life on Friday September 29 around 6:00 PM at the Yucca Valley Community Center. If you cannot attend please keep her n your prayers as a person who literally and directly made a difference in the lives of thousands of people.

"Here is the recent news story of her passing:


- Steve Licata"

A quick closing word from the Guide. We were already making our December plans to accompany Mara to purchase the dozens of turkeys for this year's feast. We will share word of what will happen in 2017 when we know. But WHAT a legacy she has left us – a legacy that speaks and sings and instructs in volumes that we can all be part of a better way, a more loving and caring way. Thank you, Mara, for the opportunity to have known you, however briefly.


# 2 news feature...


It's been featured in the Guide's "Encyclopedia Festivanica" since April, and it's not too late to grab your tickets for the youbloomLA Music Summit. It happens September 22-23 in Los Angeles, following the pattern of successful YouBloom summits in Ireland, and three previous ones in L.A.

Tickets for the Summit (the conference and centerpiece of the event) – discounted 20% from now until the start of the summit – are available using the promo code below. You can join an intense two days of music industry networking, featuring a keynote by industry legend Andy Gould (bio below), and industry panels and masterclasses featuring Ted Cohen (bio below). This event will appeal to seasoned music executives, artists, and students.

In addition, from September 21-23rd, there are nightly showcases, and organizers boast they are "some of the best musical acts from Los Angeles and all around the world."

Now in its 4th year, youbloomLA is the sister event to youbloomDublin.

Go to the link below and use the promo code YBLA17SPEAK to get your discounted youbloomLA Summit tickets.

Featured Music Summit Speakers:

* Andy Gould started his career as a “tea boy” at George Martin’s famous AIR London Studios, He eventually transitioned into the world of music publishing, before rising in the ranks to become a prolific artist manager, overseeing the careers of some of the biggest names in rock. His music partnership with Rob Zombie has yielded over 15 million in sales and 7 Grammy nominations. Over the years he’s managed or co-managed such acts as Pantera, Linkin Park, Lionel Richie, and Guns N’ Roses. In 2013, he also established his own label, in partnership with Universal Music Enterprises called T-Boy Records, which signed such acts as Megadeth, POD, and Eagles of Death Metal.

After establishing himself as a legend of the music industry, by both achievement and charisma, Andy Gould seamlessly segued himself into the role of film producer.

* Ted Cohen is Managing Partner of TAG Strategic. In an industry that’s been slow to embrace change, Ted was the exception to the stereotypical entertainment-exec rule. But, when you start out on the road with Prince, Alice Cooper & Van Halen, you’re primed for the unexpected. TAG is a digital entertainment consulting firm focused on creating strategic relationships, identifying market opportunities, growing brands and defining best practices for the entertainment, tech & mobile industries.

Cohen was instrumental in crafting the licensing agreements upon which Rhapsody and the iTunes Store were built. Previously, as SVP-Digital for EMI Music, Cohen led global digital business development for this iconic label. During that time, EMI led the industry by embracing & exploiting new tech & business models such as digital downloads & online music subscriptions, wireless services, hi-def audio & Internet radio.

Here's the SUMMIT schedule:


Friday September 22nd & Saturday September 23rd.

Venue – Hosted by LACM – 300 S Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena CA 91105
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Friday Sept 22nd

9:30am Registration

10:30am – 11:45am – Panel – MARKETING YOUR MUSIC – DEVELOPING YOUR PRESENTATION SKILLS with Kevin Day (lead), Erin Workman, Christian James Hand, Hunter Scott.

12:00pm – 1:15pm – Panel – FOLLOW THE MONEY – HOW THE MONEY FLOWS AND IS TRACKED, Spotify, YouTube, iTunes etc. with Michael Todd (lead), Steven Corn, Dutch Cramblitt, Michelle Lewis.

12:00pm to 1:15pm – Masterclass – AN INTRODUCTION TO youbloomConnect with Phil Harrington

1:15pm – 2:30pm – Exhibits and performances

2:45pm – 4:00pm – Keynote – A LIFE IN MUSIC with industry legend Andy Gould.

4:15pm – 5:30pm – Panel – THE ART AND COMMERCE OF STREET BUSKING with Jeremy Hammond, (Lead), Katie Ferrara + TBA.

4:15pm – 5:30pm – Masterclass – The Digital Music Revolution, where we’ve been, where we are now, and what the future looks like for musicians and composers with Ted Cohen and Dawn Chmielewski.
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Saturday Sept 23rd

9:30am Registration

10:30am – 11:45am – Panel – MUSIC BUSINESS LESSONS LEARNED – Musicians and music entrepreneurs tell their tales of what they have learned along the way. Lots of tips, advice and time for questions with Steven Weber (lead), Mike Lembo, Wayne Vaughn, Myla Hardie.

12:00am – 1:15pm – Panel – LIVE PRODUCTION AND TOURING with Jennifer Horton (lead), Jack Maeby + TBA.

1:15pm – 2:30pm – Exhibits and performances

2:45pm – 4:00pm – Panel – “SYNC or SWIM” – PLACING YOUR MUSIC WITH FILM AND TV. with Hélène Muddiman (lead), Shele Sondheim, Manny Montiel, Gerard McMann.

2:45pm – 4:00pm – Masterclass – LIVE SHOW PRODUCTION & PREP – Understand all aspects of creating and sustaining a live show / concert-production for solo artists, bands, and DJ’s. with Darryl Swann. (Sponsored by Garnish Music Production School).

4:15pm – 5:30pm – Panel – “MUSIC MANAGEMENT – WORKING YOUR WAY THROUGH THE MAZE with Sydney Alston (lead), Ben McLane, David Chatfield, Hakim Draper.

for speaker bios go to

Info on the PERFORMANCE showcases, Friday through Sunday, including venues, lineups, and schedules is at:

When you get to their site, scroll down for what you're looking for.


# 3 news feature...


Last weekend, dozens of prominent and accomplished artists joined WILLIE NELSON and his perennial star-studded cast for the return of "Farm Aid 2017" in Burgettstown, PA. You've got to feel good that there still ARE family farms in the face of corporacratic AgriBusiness, AND you've gotta feel good that musicians are (as always) the ones contributing their time and talent to help those in need.

AXS-TV broadcast it all, live, starting at 4 pm Pacific. It's a shame so few of us have AXS, it being a premium channel that a lot of providers don't even offer. Scramble to find a friend who has the channel, because it'll return for re-broadcast sometime. They marked their 4th consecutive year airing Farm Aid, and their second time broadcasting it live, and that deserves support, too.


WILLIE NELSON, NEIL YOUNG and JOHN MELLENCAMP organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on the land during the 1980s Farm Crisis. Farm Aid, now in its 32nd year, has raised more than $50 million to help fund family farms. Farm Aid has expanded to become a food and farm festival that features HOMEGROWN food from family farmers and hands-on agrarian activities. Plus it continues to attract some of the most influential artists in music, who donate their performances to support and honor family farmers.

Just 'cause it's over, it, uhh, really isn't over. The need is still there. You can donate at:

After all, if so many folks in music can lend a hand, that's a pretty good incentive (kick in the seat of the bib overalls) for the rest of us.


# 4 news feature...


With strong roots in Bluegrass and Mountain Gospel music, the band’s roots music heritage gets a touch of the new and fresh, as Steve Gulley and New Pinnacle develop their signature sound with this album.

Nashville, TN (September 19, 2017). With each album since their first in 2015, STEVE GULLEY AND NEW PINNACLE have hit the ground running. Their two previous outings, both on Rural Rhythm Records, have produced multiple hit #1 radio-charted songs, including “Leaving Crazy Town,” “Aim High,” “Not Now,” together with critically acclaimed album reviews.

Produced by Gulley, "Time Won’t Wait" is et for an October 20th release as the group’s third album. It features the up-tempo hard drivin’ single “Drowned In Sorrow” written by Gulley and TIM STAFFORD. Gulley wrote or co-wrote five of the songs, including the first single / title cut, "Time Won't Wait." For that song Gulley's co-writer is once again his chief writing partner, Tim Stafford of the band BLUE HIGHWAY. Other key songs include a poignant ballad, "The Road Back To You", written by Grammy award winner CARL JACKSON, and the straight-ahead road song, "I'm Alright", written by JON WEISBERGER and Swedish musician-songwriter CHRISTOFFER OLSSON, who adds to the European presence in solid roots-Americana music. Gulley revisits his traditional country roots with his version of the RONNIE MILSAP classic, "I Can Almost See Houston from Here." Also included is an amazing break-neck paced instrumental called "G-Force," written by New Pinnacle mandolin player GARY ROBINSON, JR.

Gulley says, “This is our third recording project as a band, and I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out. I think the songs complement each other perfectly and, in turn, show the diversity and maturity of the band itself. I feel this album shows how much we've grown as a group, while still staying true to the things that help define our sound – emotion, drive, and intensity. I can't wait for everyone to hear this new collection of music."

Steve's lineup in New Pinnacle includes BRYAN TURNER (bass, vocals), GARY ROBINSON, JR. (mandolin), MATTHEW CRUBY (banjo, vocals) and special guest on the album, TIM CROUCH (Fiddle). STEVE GULLEY (guitar, vocals) runs the show. This new album, "TIME WON’T WAIT," builds on the band’s heritage of strong roots in Bluegrass and Mountain Gospel music and at the same time provides a new and fresh sound that further accents the Steve Gulley and New Pinnacle signature sound.

1.Drowned In Sorrow (Tim Stafford, Steve Gulley)
2.Time Won't Wait (Steve Gulley, Tim Stafford)
3.You'll Cry For Me (Steve Gulley)
4.The Road Back To You (Carl Jackson)
5.I'm Alright (Christoffer Olsson, Jon Weisberger)
6.I Can Almost See Houston From Here (Ray Willis)
7.Congratulations Anyway (Jesse McReynolds, Jim McReynolds)
8.You Can't Help Who You Love (Steve Gulley, Tim Stafford)
9.Leaving Sounds Pretty Good To Me (Steve Gulley, Tim Stafford)
10.G – Force (Gary Robinson, Jr.)
11.Safe In His Arms (Gene Johnson, Val Johnson)
12.Hold Your Horses (Carl Jackson, Pam Gadd)

Steve Gulley and New Pinnacle are currently on tour. For more information go to

TIME WON’T WAIT is exclusively distributed by the Orchard and will be available on iTunes, Amazon and whereever Bluegrass music is sold. D.J.’s can download the album on AirPlay Direct.


The Gulley family name enjoys a rich musical heritage that reaches across generations of bluegrass and mountain gospel musicians. It starts with long time radio personality DON GULLEY who was a founding member of the Bluegrass group THE PINNACLE MOUNTAIN BOYS. Don’s son Steve has carried on the family tradition performing for many years with DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER, as a founding member of bluegrass super groups MOUNTAIN HEART and GRASSTOWNE, and as a regular featured performer at Renfro Valley and with Steve’s longtime friend and colleague DALE ANN BRADLEY.

Gulley's fame within the Bluegrass community includes accomplishments through his 16 years as a featured performer, staff musician, music director, studio manager and producer at Renfro Valley, KY. Steve is a winner of four IBMA Awards including co-writer of the 2008 "Song Of The Year," "Through The Window Of A Train", by BLUE HIGHWAY. He is an SPBGMA Multiple-award winner, including the 2008 "Album Of The Year," "The Road Headin' Home”, by Grasstowne. Getting there has featured plenty of notable work. From 1994-96, Steve was a member of DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER and a founding member of MOUNTAIN HEART ('98 - '06), GRASSTOWNE ('06 - '11) and with longtime friend DALE ANN BRADLEY through 2014.

Rural Rhythm Records and Steve Gulley have enjoyed a long and successful friendship and business relationship for many years, yielding three Steve Gulley solo albums and eight Steve Gulley artist-produced albums since 2010, beginning with the release of “Dogwood Winter” by Steve Gulley and Tim Stafford.


Over the past seven years this successful partnership has enjoyed many hit singles from a variety of exciting album projects including two Steve Gulley and New Pinnacle albums “Steve Gulley and New Pinnacle” and “Aim High”; the Steve Gulley solo gospel album “Family, Friends and Fellowship”; and an impressive list of artist-produced albums including Claybank – “Playing Hard To Forget”; Stuart Wyrick – “East Tennessee Sunrise”; Brand New Strings – “No Strings Attached”; Locust Ridge – “Healed”; Dave Atkins and Republik Steele – “That’s Just The Way I Roll”, Carrie Hassler – “The Distance”; Cumberland River – “The Life We Live”; Crosspoint – “We’re Gonna Rise,” and the gospel hit single “Dancing With Daddy” by Debby Gulley. In addition to the artist-produced albums, Steve produced two special album projects that include the critically acclaimed Civil War-themed album “God Didn’t Choose Sides,” and the TV Holiday special, “Christmas the Mountain Way” that aired on RFD-TV’s and on BlueHighwaysTVnetworks. That one is also available on DVD / CD.


# 5 news feature...


If you've ever wanted to visit the Battleship Iowa Museum, you can satisfy that craving and be a force for good this Sunday, September 24th.

The U.S.S. Iowa, now a thrilling place to visit and tour as an enormous, 887-foot-long museum ship, was built for World War II and saw service in all the world's major oceans. It even transported President Roosevelt to a key meeting with leaders of the Allied powers. Having seen action in naval combat, including being hit by kamikaze planes, her crew can tell you their ship is no stranger to calling on ordinary folks to perform heroic deeds for the good of all.

Now, on Sunday, the ship's modern "interpretive" crew are calling out to one and all with the message, "YOU CAN BE A HERO AND SAVE UP TO THREE LIVES!"

That's because the American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the Battleship Iowa Museum this Sunday.

A spokesperson for the ship says, "Don't miss your chance to give blood and save lives. For each person who donates blood, up to 3 lives can be saved."

The Iowa is offering some special incentives and rewards for all who perform that good deed. All on-site blood donors will receive a FREE admission to the Battleship IOWA Museum and a FREE haircut coupon from Sport Clips.

MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT online, by email, or by phone.

* The web link – where you'll need to use the code "IOWABB61" is:

* OR MAKE YOUR LIFE-SAVING APPOINTMENT by email, to, or by phone, at 877-446-9261.

The U.S.S. Iowa is the massive centerpiece of the Pacific Battleship Center, located on the waterfront at 250 S Harbor Bl, San Pedro, CA 90731;


# 6 news feature...


The 7th Annual FREE “End of Summer Concert Celebration” happens Thursday, September 28th, at 5 pm in Library Park at 1115 El Centro St, in South Pasadena, adjacent to the Farmers’ Market. It's easy to ride the Gold Line light rail to the South Pasadena Station, and it's only a few blocks' walk.

The South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC), in partnership with the South Pasadena Public Library, Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, all collaborate to present this annual event.

This year's free concert features Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps. The band serves up a tasty mix of swamp, Texas Blues, and West Coast swing. The Guide caught them in Ojai this summer, and we give them a hearty endorsement.

Teresa James has performed live with such legendary artists as Levon Helm, Delbert McClinton, Eric Burdon, Marcia Ball, Tommy Castro, Big Al Anderson, Kirk Whalum, and many others. Her voice is featured on albums by Randy Newman, Eric Burdon, Tommy Castro, Bill Medley, and Walter Trout, among others. She has also sung for television and movie soundtracks. She and her band were featured in the Disney movie and soundtrack for "HOLES".

Originally from Houston, Texas, Teresa is based in Los Angeles where she has assembled a group of some of the top L.A.-based touring and session musicians in her band, The Rhythm Tramps. They have been working in Southern california and at blues festivals and clubs throughout the U.S. and Europe for many years.

The band has been a favorite on Delbert McClinton's "Sandy Beaches Blues Cruise" for the last 12 years.

Teresa has released 8 CDs. "COME ON HOME," released in August, 2012, still enjoys airplay on stations around the world. It stayed on the "Roots Radio Charts" for weeks, topping off at the #3 spot. It made many ‘best of’ lists for 2012, and received rave reviews from writers and DJs everywhere. Her most recent CD, "BONAFIDE," came out last year to further acclaim.

Teresa's band is an eclectic mix of Los Angeles based musicians who have worked with a wide range of artists, including Jimmy Reed, Eric Burdon, Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Jennifer Warnes, Was Not Was, Johnny Nash, and many, many others.

Bring a sand chair and a picnic dinner, but no alcohol. Or go early (or stay late) and explore the many eateries and pubs in charming little downtown South Pasadena. After all, the concert is free, so you'll still have a few bucks in your pocket.


# 7 news feature...


To celebrate the end of another successful season of theatre and music – it closes its 2017 run this month – the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum is offering an "End Of Season 'TwoFer' Special."

Their schedule always in repertory – meaning a whole buncha different productions are shuffled in recurrence through the same period of time. So around here, seasons end with considerable fanfare, and not with the last balloon popping.

Take a look at what you can still go enjoy:

"TROUBLE IN MIND" through Sep 30 – “FOUR STARS… stays in the mind, as do other productions in Theatricum’s strong repertory season… superb actors flawlessly bring to life Childress’ characters… humor… a thinking person’s revival” — Dany Margolies, Daily News.

"OTHER DESERT CITIES" runs through Sep 30 – “COMPLEX AND NUANCED… clear-eyed, even prescient… director Mary Jo DuPrey builds a mounting tension in her cast… a strong current of optimism” — Margaret Gray, Los Angeles Times.

"ANIMAL FARM" runs through Oct 1 – “[A] PROFOUND THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE… Made more powerful—and, perhaps, palatable to the mixed young and older audience—through the Kurt Weill-like songs of Mitchell and Peaslee… This rustic theater is so beautifully located, that one truly does feel one has entered an amphitheater out of time and place… I suggest that any interested reader make the trip to rediscover what real theater is all about. — Douglas Messerli,
U.S. Theater, Opera and Performance.

"THE MERCHANT OF VENICE" Shakespeare's classic, runs through Oct 1 – “ACCOMPLISHED… fearlessly tackles the theme of anti-Semitism raised by the play head-on, with the benefit of a commanding performance from Alan Blumenfeld as Shylock” — Philip Brandes, Los Angeles Times.

As for that "End Of Season 'TwoFer' Special"-?

Use Code TICTOC17 to purchase 2 tickets for the price of 1 on all Lower Tier seats for ANY 2017 Repertory Season Performance this weekend ONLY – September 23rd & 24th. (URL is below.)

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum is located in the heart of Topanga canyon, between the beach and the west SFV, at 1419 N Topanga Cyn Bl, Topanga, CA 90290; 310-455-3723;


# 8 news feature...


Discovery Ventura is a rather new venue for concerts in the famous beach city that feels like the Central Coast but is reasonably reachable from anywhere in L.A. "Discovery" is a restaurant, bar, and bowling venue that welcomes you to indulge in all those activities before the featured music kicks-off. (Address, etc., at the bottom of the feature.)

Here are a few of their bookings that might interest you, with the third one – happening on September 30th – our featured "Discovery" event.

* CUBENSIS, aka "The Grateful Dead Experience," plays Saturday, September 23, in an all-ages show. Tix, $12 advance, $16 at door. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9.

* CRYSTAL GARDEN, featuring BOYD TINSLEY of the DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, plays Friday, September 29; all-ages show. Tix, $12 advance, $16 at door. Doors at 6 pm, show at 7.

* THE BARRELHOUSE WAILERS are a lot of why we picked this night to recommend. It happens Saturday, September 30. Tix are $5 advance, $ 8 at the door. Doors at 6, show at 7 pm.

THE BARRELHOUSE WAILERS serve-up their own take on Prohibition Era hot jazz and blues music of the 1920s and 1930s, but that's not all. They perform only on acoustic instruments "to retain the authentic sound of that period." The Wailers bring their passion and energy to the style, making it as fresh today as it was when it was the newest, hottest dance music, 90 years ago. They have been influenced by a cocktail of artists, past and present, like Bessie SMITH, ELLA FITZGERALD, ASYLUM STREET SPANKERS, GERSHWIN, SYDNEY BICHET, and BILLIE HOLIDAY, as well as Traditional New Orleans Jazz, Classic Blues, Country Blues and Jug Band sounds.

The band was founded in the spring of 2012 by guitarist WAYNE PHILIPP and singer KAREN PARKHOUSE, who wanted to perform the kind of pre-WWII jazz and blues they both love. The duo found like-minded musicians over the next few months, and after a few personnel shifts, cemented the current lineup. Featuring an ensemble of 6-8 musicians – you can't do this music with less – they first performed shows in January, 2013, and have been playing steadily around Ventura and Los Angeles ever since.

Plus, the same night...

* THE VELVETEEN BAND plays their album release party as part of the same multiband bill. Along with the BARRELHOUSE WAILERS, there are sets by THE JELLY, and LEE'S MENAGERIE.

THE VELVETEEN BAND is quite a notable outfit. They're described as "an eclectic musical side show which delivers a wonderland dreamscape," and we'll add, they look a lot like Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros while they're doing it. This outfit – a self-described "theatrical rock ensemble" – is set to capture the imagination. They feature puppets on vocals, a deranged mad scientist, and are led by a six-foot trumpet-playing rabbit named "the Baron Von Velveteen." Fans of Gogol Bordello, Aquabats, Danny Elfman, Weird Al Yankovic, They Might be Giants, and the Muppets will all be right at home during their set.

* Discovery Ventura is at 1888 E Thompson Bl, Ventura CA 93001; 805-856-2695; advance tix for all shows,


# 9 news feature...


by Dave Kusek

(From Disc Makers, the mastering and CD-production-run company)

* Sometimes going against common music theory rules ends-up being exactly what a song needs.

At first glance, it can feel like music theory is full of “rules.” Pick up any good theory textbook and you’ll find detailed descriptions of how to name, construct, and analyze scales, intervals, harmonies, chord progressions, compositional forms, and a lot more that can make any creative person’s eyes glaze over.

These descriptions are often communicated in such a way as to imply that there’s a “right” and a “wrong” way to write a song. However, this way of thinking just does not reflect the real world of music. Theory is a way to name things, not a set of rules to be followed, and can be a good starting point to help you get the sounds in your head onto paper. But it’s not the end all be all.

Music theory is really a practice of learning the “rules” so you can break them. As you’ll see here, there are countless examples in music where going against common music theory rules ends up being exactly what a song needs.

* Parallel perfect intervals: Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode”

One of the most commonly broken rules in music theory is the avoidance of parallel perfect intervals.

If you have ever played a power chord, you have played a perfect interval. In classical theory, parallel perfect intervals are avoided because (among other reasons) they cause the individual voices to lose their independence, resulting in a thinner and even blocky sound.

You can hear this for yourself. Try playing a perfect fifth, perfect fourth, or a perfect octave, then follow it with another perfect interval and see how it sounds. Try it again and this time follow the perfect interval with something like a third. You’ll notice that the perfect interval sounds almost “at rest” or “comfortable” for your ear. Hanging around that too long can get boring, so classical composers used more dissonant major, minor, diminished, and augmented intervals to add movement within a piece.

However, if Chuck Berry had decided to follow these rules, the guitar parts for “Johnny B. Goode” and the slew of classic rock music that came afterward would have been lost to all of us.

Nowadays, just about all of rock and pop music depends on parallel perfect intervals.

* Playing the wrong chord: David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”

Another common rule in music theory is to play the correct chord qualities for each of the chords in a particular key. So, if you were playing in C Major, the diatonic chords (chords within the key) that you would build your progression from are C, Dm, Em, F, G, Am, and Bdim.

Following this rule is a great starting point when looking for strong chord progressions. Diatonic chords will almost always sound good together, so you can put a decent chord progression together without much thought. But, this rule has been broken many times in the service of great songs.

David Bowie’s musical catalog is a great example of this. Consider the acoustic guitar breaks in “Space Oddity” (which is also in C major). The chords in these breaks are C, F, G and A. Notice it is not an A minor chord. Instead, Bowie intentionally plays the wrong chord quality – and it sounds AWESOME!

Just because you are playing the “wrong” chord quality doesn’t mean you’ve played the wrong chord: sometimes the wrong chord is exactly the right thing for the song.

* Playing in the wrong key: Rage Against the Machine’s “Fistful of Steel”

Finally, a typically unspoken rule in most tonal music is that you don’t play in the wrong key. The reasons for this are pretty obvious: playing in the wrong key can sound downright awful (we all know that cringy feeling when we hit a wrong note). However, there are some fantastic ways that even this rule has been broken.

A great example of this is the introduction of Rage Against the Machine’s Fistful of Steel. The song is basically in F# minor. However, half of the guitar part is made up of harmonies from G major. Juxtaposing F# minor against chords from G major is incredibly dissonant because G major has very little to do with F# minor.

As a result, the guitarist is essentially playing in the wrong key half of the time. And yet, the part totally works! Instead of just sounding harsh, it conveys the angst of the song very effectively.
It really goes to show you that anything goes in music and music theory.

All rules have their limits and are worth being broken sometimes – but breaking them is usually more effective when you know what the rules are in the first place and why they are there. Know the rules so you can intelligently break the rules, right?

If you are interested in discovering more about music theory and how it can help you in your creative work, consider checking out the music theory course, "HIT Music Theory." It's at:

If you want to learn more about music theory and how it’s used in modern music, you can download the free eBook, "Inside the Hits: the Music Theory Behind 10 Hit Songs." It's at:


Dave Kusek, the author of this article, is the founder of New Artist Model and Berklee Online. Over the years he’s worked with tens of thousands of musicians around the world across every genre imaginable and in many different markets. New Artist Model is an online music business school designed especially for indie musicians. Dave promotes his services by saying, "Learn how to turn your music into a career, understand the business, and start thinking like a musical entrepreneur."


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This time around, we mostly focus on some worthy charity events being played by ANDY & RENEE, co-leaders of the long-running, world-touring, multiple-award-winning band HARD RAIN (and producer-hosts of the delightful annual "DYLANFEST").

Sat, Sep 23, FESTIVAL:
1:30–8 pm 8th annual "REMEMBER THE MUSIC" CHARITY BENEFIT FESTIVAL for "BETTY'S FOUNDATION" "featuring artists inspired by the sounds of American roots music" at Ernie Howlett Park, 25851 Hawthorne Bl, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
* This year's event is in conjunction with the 60th Anniversary Celebration for the City of Rolling Hills Estates.
* ALL AGES festival with lawn seating, a VIP tent, food trucks, beer vendors, arts and crafts, children's activities, a silent auction of first-rate donated prizes, and more.
* Remember The Music is an annual roots music festival benefitting Alzheimer's disease research organized by Betty's Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
* Tix $15, all ages, children age 12 and under are FREE.
* Tix online at:

Sat, Sep 30, BENEFIT:
"LIVING FREE ANIMAL SANCTUARY FUNDRAISER" features LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS and their Grammy nominated Cajun-zydeco music, at the Sanctuary's facility, 54250 Keen Camp Rd, Mountain Center(near Idyllwild), CA 92561.
* The organization pairs adopted animals with Veterans with PTSD.
* Info,
* Check out the band's "Chicken Fiddler" Video – almost 679,000 Youtube hits – at:

Sun, Oct 1 - Andy & Renee, & Marty Rifkin (Bruce Springsteen's band), will be part of the "PALOS VERDES CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE CHARITY EVENT" at Zamperini Field (Torrance Airport). Details & tix:

Sat, Oct 21 - Andy & Renee will be part of the "SILVER SEAL GALA" for the "MARINE MAMMAL CARE CENTER LOS ANGELES." Venue is the Marriott Marina Del Rey. Details & tix:

Sat, Nov 4 - Andy & Renee perform for the "OUTWARD BOUND" fundraiser (that's the great wilderness / outdoor leadership program). Details TBA, check at

If your band, or any roots-acoustic or Americana musicians you know, are playing a gig for charity, be sure to let us know. We give priority to getting the word out when musicians are trying to help others.


# 11 news feature...


Album Release on Compass Records October 6; Four-Nation CD Tour Launched September 18th in Ireland; Radio Airplay Happening Now

by Christina Dunkley

“. . . close and complex harmonies and imaginative arrangements” — The Bluegrass Situation

“ . . .vocally superb . . . amazing talent with the fiddle” — Maverick

“There’s so much depth in this songwriting, and the songs fall into my most favorite category of songwriting: using traditional forms to subvert the tradition.” — No Depression

"a truly exciting and innovative quartet" — Craig Havighurst

"It's a beautiful album!"— Eve Blair, BBC Radio Ulster

"Great record! Made in Maine!" — Sara Willis, Maine Public Broadcasting

(Nashville, September 20) — Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards gave a buzzworthy performance at AmericanaFest last week including a collaboration with '80s icon Colin Hay on Cortese's song "Three Little Words." That drew words of praise — added to many, like the ones above — from Nashville-based music journalist Craig Havighurst, who called them "a truly exciting and innovative quartet."

Cutting her teeth as a sideman in Boston’s roots music scene, Laura Cortese forged a unique path through a pool rich in talent (due to a large population of Berklee School of Music graduates like herself) including stints as an instrumentalist with BAND OF HORSES, PETE SEEGER, ROSE COUSINS, JOCIE ADAMS (of THE LOW ANTHEM), and UNCLE EARL.

Her Compass Records debut, "CALIFORNIA CALLING," is the next step in her career as a frontwoman and bandleader — she and her DANCE CARDS (cellist VALERIE THOMPSON, fiddler JENNA MOYNIHAN, and bassist NATALIE BOHRN) break new ground with a bold and elegant new album, based in the lyrical rituals of folk music but exploring new territories of rhythm and sonics. With the support of SAM KASSIRER, album producer of folk-pop favorites like LAKE STREET DIVE and JOY KILLS SORROW, they’ve created something that’s simultaneously rowdy, delicate and cinematic. This is post-folk that seriously rocks.

The band's Compass Records debut and album release is October 6th, 2017.


1. The Low Hum
2. California Calling
3. Three Little Words
4. Skipping Stone
5. Hold On
6. Swing & Turn (Jubilee)
7. Rhododendron
8. Someday
9. Stockholm
10. Pace Myself
11. If You Hear Me

"FOCUS TRACKS" now being promoted for radio / web & satellite radio airplay:

1. The Low Hum
2. California Calling
9. Stockholm
10. Pace Myself


9/18-9/24 Ireland, Folk Alliance Ireland
09/28 Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, Live Theatre
09/29 Seahouses, UK, St Cuthbert’s House
09/30 Meltham, UK, Community Hub
10/04 Farncombe, UK, St John’s Church Hall
10/05 Barton on Humber, UK, The Ropery Hall
10/06 Toddington, UK, The Garret Sessions
10/07 Worth Matravers, UK, The Square & Compass
10/08 Worth Matravers, UK, The Square & Compass
10/10 London, UK, The Nest Collective Presents
10/12 Sheffield, UK, Café #9
10/13 Selkirk, UK, The Haining
10/14 Paisley, UK, Spree Festival
10/20 Warren, RI, CommonFence Music
10/21 Portland, ME, One Longfellow Square
10/22 Cambridge, CA, Oberon
10/24 Berkeley, CA, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
10/25 Felton, CA, Don Quixote’s
10/26 Arcata, CA, Arcata Playhouse
10/28 Seattle, WA, Seattle Folk Lore Society
***** 10/29 Los Angeles, CA, Hotel Cafe
11/05 Moab, UT, Moab Folk Fest
11/08 Saranac Lake, NY, Blue Seed Studios
11/09 Saratoga Springs, NY, Caffe lena
11/10 New York, NY, Rockwood 3
11/11 Easton, MD, Avalon Theater
11/16 Penninsula, OH, GAR Hall
11/18 Madison, WI, Crescendo Madison
11/19 Minneapolis, MN, Aster Cafe
11/29 Toronto, ON, The Burdock
12/01 Toronto, ON, Folk North Conference

More at


# 12 news feature...


This popular series returns for a second 2017 installment to satisfy your classical music cravings. Produced by ROBERT DAVIDOVICI, winner of the "Naumburg Competition" and the "Carnegie Hall International American Music Violin Competition," and featuring a mélange of world-class guest musicians, "Beethoven, Bagels & Banter" is a perfect way to spend a musical Sunday morning (it starts at 11 am), with great music, lively conversation, and freshly-made bagels.

Featuring KEVIN FITZ-GERALD on piano, INBAL SEGEV on cello and series producer ROBERT DAVIDOVICI on violin, this concert includes pieces by Haydn, Dvořák and, of course, Beethoven. Tickets are limited, because some folks have season tix. So don't dawdle. For ticket inquiries, call Patron Services at 310-434-3200, Mon-Fri, Noon-6 pm.

The concert begins at the unlikely hour of 11 am.

This series is made possible by a generous gift from Barbara Herman.


Piano Trio in C major, Hob.XV:27
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

Piano Trio in E-flat major, Op.70, No.2
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Poco sostenuto - Allegro ma non troppo
Allegretto ma non troppo
Finale- Allegro

Piano Trio No. 4, Op. 90, "Dumky"
Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)
Lento maestoso - Allegro quasi doppio movimento/Lento maestoso/Allegro
Poco Adagio - Vivace non troppo/Poco Adagio/Vivace
Andante - Vivace non troppo/Andante
Andante moderato - Allegretto scherzando/Meno mosso
Allegro - Meno mosso, quasi tempo primo
Lento maestoso - Vivace/Lento/Vivace

Tix and program notes available at:

The Broad Stage is the centerpiece of the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, located at 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401; BOX OFFICE, 310-434-3200


# 13 news feature...


Oct 12-15, L.A. Theatre Works presents the taut WWII political thriller "Watch on the Rhine," by by Lillian Hellman. The production stars Susan Sullivan (Castle) and is directed by Rosalind Ayres.

But don't expect the standard theatre experience. This theatrical company uniquely brings "Hollywood & Broadway’s finest" to "perform without sets or costumes for later broadcast on public radio nationwide."

As for Hellman's play?

“Urgently absorbing.” – The Washington Post

“You’re a political refu­gee! We don’t turn back people like you!”

In this riveting political drama, Sara returns to the opulent Washington DC mansion of her mother Fanny along with her German husband, Kurt, after years away in Europe. With Hitler and Mussolini assuming full power, Kurt finds himself blackmailed for his anti-Fascist activities as the conflict in Europe crosses the hearth of this tranquil home.


Box office, 310-827-0889 M-F, 12 'til 6. After hours, 866-811-4111. But keep reading.

Get 25% off tickets with the code: WOTRBS. More info and tickets at or 310-827-0889. Tix also at:

Thursday, October 12, 2017 8 pm
Friday, October 13, 2017 8 pm
Saturday, October 14, 2017 3 pm | 8 pm
Sunday, October 15, 2017 4 pm

The venue is the James Bridges Theater on the UCLA campus, 235 Charles E Young Dr, Melnitz Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095. It's conveniently located on the northern edge of the sprawling campus, just off Sunset Bl, at Hilgard. Parking is in lot #3, just steps from the theater.


# 14 news feature...


Did you know that listening to music can help boost brain activity?

That means every one of us is uniquely positioned to get involved in promoting mental health, from the general to the specific, from combating depression to slowing the onset of Alzheimer's.

September, as it turns out, is "World Alzheimer’s Month." And that means more to more people these days than ever before in our society, since people are living longer at advanced ages, and many family members are suddenly faced with elder care issues they never expected to shoulder. The latter includes numerous musicians we know, whose lives have been turned upside down, sometimes having to abandon bands, recording projects, half-finished albums, tours, and facing the fact they can can no longer seek out-of-town bookings.

Big Ag and Big Pharma are both suspect in the advance of many diseases, due to the proliferation of genetically modified foods (GMOs), chemical pesticides, prescription drugs that are over-prescribed and that end-up in everyone's water supplies as chemical residues, and all that is before we consider the effects of electromagnetic radiation that is inescapable in this age of cell phonery and ubiquitous scanning that you don't even know is being automatically done in dozens of places you go every day.

Obviously, all that is far more than we can discuss here. So let's stick with one thing – Alzheimer’s.

Here in Southern California, "Betty's Foundation" offers many events that prominently feature live music in conjunction with their campaign to fight Alzheimer's. A 501(c)(3) non-profit that's a 100% volunteer family run organization, it's "inspired by our grandmother, Betty."

Their annual "Remember the Music" Festival is this weekend; see the end of this feature story for info. For information on all their programs (with and without live music) or to make a donation to their work, go to

Next, we'll turn to the Simi Valley Cajun Music & Blues Festival Blogging Team for what they posted on Sep 14th. Here it is.

Alzheimer’s is a type of progressive dementia that affects memory, cognitive function, and behavior. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease with someone developing the disease every 66 seconds. Alzheimer’s is a destructive disease that doesn’t just affect those diagnosed. This disease can cause families serious financial and emotional burdens. To learn more about this devastating disease and to find out how you can help, participate in World Alzheimer’s Month this September.

What is World Alzheimer’s Month?

World Alzheimer’s Month was launched in September 2012 with the intent to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia. World Alzheimer’s Month unites leaders, people suffering from dementia, medical professionals, and the media in order to generate recognition for Alzheimer’s as a legitimate health issue. September provides an opportunity for Alzheimer’s associations to gain credibility and recognition for the work they do. World Alzheimer’s Month sends a strong message to governments and policy makers and asks them to make positive changes in health care services worldwide.

How Can I Get Involved?

There are many ways to get involved this September. You can organize your own fundraising event, or participate in an event being hosted near you. Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a popular event that takes place nationwide and raises awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. Another way to get involved is to post on social media platforms and encourage friends and family to learn about the disease. As always, you can also donate to legitimate Alzheimer’s associations or research initiatives to show your support.

Get involved in World Alzheimer’s Month and help stop the spread of Alzheimer’s disease.

The Guide adds, making music is another way to fight Alzheimer's. Offer to perform at an old folk's home or senior center! If you want an appreciative audience when you play, you'll find one there, and you'll be helping the cause of mental health.

Now, here's the info on the festival produced by and for Betty's Foundation:

Sat, Sep 23, FESTIVAL:
1:30–8 pm 8th annual "REMEMBER THE MUSIC" CHARITY BENEFIT FESTIVAL for "BETTY'S FOUNDATION" "featuring artists inspired by the sounds of American roots music" at Ernie Howlett Park, 25851 Hawthorne Bl, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
* This year's event is in conjunction with the 60th Anniversary Celebration for the City of Rolling Hills Estates.
* ALL AGES festival with lawn seating, a VIP tent, food trucks, beer vendors, arts and crafts, children's activities, a silent auction of first-rate donated prizes, and more.
* Remember The Music is an annual roots music festival benefitting Alzheimer's disease research organized by Betty's Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
* Tix $15, all ages, children age 12 and under are FREE.
* Tix online at:


# 15 news feature...


Sat, Sep 23, FESTIVAL:
Annual "IRVINE GLOBAL VILLAGE FESTIVAL" features first-rate Cajun-zydeco from Grammy noms LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS in a 5:30 pm set. There's plenty of music throughout the event, so check lineups at their website:
* Venue is the "Col. Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park," 4 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine CA 92606.
* Check out the band's "Chicken Fiddler" Video – almost 679,000 Youtube hits – at:

Sat, Oct 14, FESTIVAL:
"KALEIDOSCOPE ART & MUSIC FESTIVAL" in the Palmdale Amphitheater, 2723 Rancho Vista Bl, Palmdale, CA 93551;
* Features first-rate Cajun-zydeco from Grammy noms LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS; check out their "Chicken Fiddler" Video – almost 679,000 Youtube hits – at:

Fri, Oct 20, FESTIVAL:
61st annual "SILVERADO DAYS FESTIVAL" at William Peak Park, 7225 El Dorado Dr, Buena Park, CA 90602;
* Features a 7:30 pm set of first-rate Cajun-zydeco from Grammy noms LISA HALEY AND THE ZYDEKATS; check out their "Chicken Fiddler" Video – almost 679,000 Youtube hits – at:


# 16 news feature...


In our last edition, Sep 17, we ran feature stories on each of the following. We include the placement numbers of each one, as it appears in that edition:

(4) Blues Legend Corky Siegel Returns to Thousand Oaks, Sep 23rd

(5) "YouBloom LA Music Summit & Festival" is September 21-23

(6) Last Bluegrass Jam in Orange County is this Thursday, Sep 21

(7) Annual "Venice Art Crawl" is September 21-23

(8) 6th annual "Get Shamrocked Irish Music Fest 2017" is Sep 29 & 30

(9) 35th annual "Fiddle & Bango Contest and Chili Cook-Off" at Columbia State Historic Park, near Yosemite, Sep 30th

READ ANY OR ALL OF THE ABOVE in the Sep 17th edition, at:


That's all for this time!

The Guide will return with many more inclusive and inquisitive
and informative and pretty durn complete coverage
of all kindsa things, continuing forward and onward
in our next MUSIC NEWS edition,
coming your way soon.

Meantime, check in and let us know what you think about THIS one.

Y'all come back now, y'hear?



Reliving the Past with The Guide...

The Guide has PLENTY o' music history archived, back to when Lassie was a little bitty puppy dog, Napoleon was a private, and banjos only had four strings. Where, o where, could all that possibly be, you say?

Wellsir, the entire history and past content of the Guide, at least since we moved the archival editions to Blogspot years 'n years ago, is searchable at the basic url:

Seriously: Escape the unpleasantries of the current moment by crankin' the tunes as your soundtrack, then go get lost in acoustica esoterica with memories of past performances, albums, festivals, concerts and events. Our past selves also await whenever you're bored with the pop pablum that infests mainstream media.

After all, we do the 2017 "Encyclopedia Festivanica" for you, at:

So maybe we oughta call the Guide's archive the "Encyclopedia Nostalgica."

No? Well, since we came up with it, we'll use it on sumpin'.


See you next time!



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.

Doing our part depends on you doing your part. That way, 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, we are ALWAYS big advocates of supporting LIVE PERFORMANCE. With everything happening in the big, wide world, and through these festival-packed, waning-of-summer weekends? Go get tuneful!



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