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Friday, September 22, 2017


* One event is a "LATE ADDITION" in our # 6 news feature. It happens Sun, Sep 24, 1-5 pm, in Ventura. It's the 3rd annual "TASTE OF LOCAL" FESTIVAL with roots-Americana music. See the listing for details.

* Everything else below is the edition as originally published.
It's a very big deal, what with Nashville claiming to be "Music City," and Austin claiming to be "The Live Performance Capital of the World," that when CNN decided to launch a NEW live performance series, they decided to do an episode at a Southern California venue.

In fact, it's the very venue that we've celebrated, year after year, as L.A.'s BEST live acoustic music venue. Even though it isn't actually in L.A.

That's our lead feature story.

Following it, there's news that can't wait, and then you'll find our picks for weekend events -- festivals, concerts, and more.

So, well, YEAH, we DID just publish a rather enormously inclusive thing we titled the "BIG EDITION -- MUSIC NEWS, FEATURES ON EVENTS, TOURS, ALBUMS, MORE! - Sep 21 2017."

And, uhh, yeah, that one has SIXTEEN feature stories in it, and they're all still timely, not to mention that they're all about stuff that's pretty daggone compelling.

So being here does not get you a hall pass not to go back there.

But don't run off quite yet.

THIS EDITION is here because there are things happening THIS WEEKEND that you'll want to know about, and most of 'em weren't in our September 21st BIG EDITION, nor are most of 'em in anybody ELSE's weekend edition.

So there you have it.

And HERE you have it. The Guide's quick follow-up to the last edition that you still need to read.

THIS one has the events AND stuff that can't wait, or you'll be too late to do it.

THAT one has the music news.

Got it? Then why are you hangin' around here, when there's stuff you can GO DO?!

When you're all caught-up with this weekend's doin's, here's the url for the BIG NEWS EDITION:



1) Local Venue to Host New CNN Music Series, and You Can Be There

2) Stagecoach 2018 Tix Now on Sale

3) Berklee College of Music – Online Fall Term Starts Monday

4) This Sunday's Matinee: "Vaudeville on Film" with Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys

5) Closing Oct 1st: "Marty Stuart's Way Out West: A Country Music Odyssey"

6) This Weekend's Events: Festivals, Concerts, & More, Sep 23 & 24

7) Upcoming Events – Concerts 'n Good Stuff, Further on Down the Road

Let's get started!


# 1 news feature...


BOB STANE is officially a "MUSIC LEGEND," and the first person to be awarded that singular annual honor as a venue operator. Of course, he received the honor because there is no substitute for hard work and devotion to one's craft, and along the way, that means doing a lot of things for a lot of musicians.

Once in a while, the universe smiles back.

That will happen Tuesday, September 26, at 7 pm, and SOME tickets were still available at press time for you to be part of the audience.

And that audience will be there for the taping of CNN’s new internet/electronic show, "THE GREAT BIG STORY."

The show wants to capture the performances by THE GONZALO BERGARA QUARTET and LEAH ZEGER on her JAZZ violin.

The venue selected is, of course, the COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA.

You can phone for reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days), 626-798-6236.

As Bob says, "THIS IS A BIG DEAL."

He explains the new CNN series this way: "The idea is to expose acts that should be world famous to make them famous. Very limited seating due to the cameras and crew. Dress to be seen around the world. This is the start of a multi-million dollar show by Ted Turner and CNN. You can say, 'We were at The Coffee Gallery Backstage when…..'"

THE GONZALO BERGARA QUARTET is, indeed, a very big deal. We had them as performing guests way back when on the "Tied to the Tracks" radio show, during our days of hosting and booking that broadcast show in L.A.

Lots has happened since. Gonzalo Bergara has emerged a virtuoso composer and lead guitarist, mixing a cascade of arpeggios with the sounds of Paris and his native Argentina, to forge his own style of progressive Gypsy Jazz. Just 30 years old, Gonzalo has toured worldwide with JOHN JORGENSON QUINTET, as well as performed and recorded with hundreds of artists including TIM HAUSSER from MANHATTAN TRANSFER, SYLVIE VARTAN, DAN HICKS AND THE HOT LICKS, HOWARD ALDEN, and more.

His touring resumé covers Croatia, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Hungary, Argentina, Brazil, England, Scotland, and the U.S., with notable appearances at Playboy Jazz Fest, Sweet and Hot Jazz Fest, The Montreal Jazz Fest, Django Reinhardt Fest (Germany), Suev Guitar Fest (Italy), Merle Fest, Strawberry Fest, most of the Django-style Fests in the US, and countless other venues and events.

The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet (GBQ) explores a modern variant of the 1930s Django Reinhardt-inspired sound. The Quartet's first CD, "Porteña Soledad," was Editor’s Pick in Guitar Player Magazine, and Vintage Guitar Magazine called it a "masterpiece."

The music is heavily influenced by Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, as well as the traditional jazz and music of Bergara's true home, Buenos Aires.

"Gonzalo Bergara’s music exists in a way that very little music does. He has lavished such care on every phrase, built each arrangement with such lapidary precision and pared away anything extraneous, the music becomes sculpture. It has weight, density, gravity. This is serious….and deeply moving." - RTET.

* Tix are $20 if you can get 'em. They're VERY limited due to the space that will be consumed by the CNN camera crews and equipment.


# 2 news feature...


They call 'em Festival Passes, and they went on sale starting Friday, September 22, 2017. "Stagecoach" is the big fest of country and roots-Americana at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, happening Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29.

GARTH BROOKS, making a rare appearance, is the Sunday night closer on the "Mane" stage. Acts that will precede him over the three days include KACEY MUSGRAVES and plenty of other Nashville pop-country acts.

It's always the other stages that provide the reason for Folk-Americana, trad-country, and honky-tonk fans to go. The side-stage line-up boasts Roots music and Americana name-artists that include DWIGHT YOAKAM, GORDON LIGHTFOOT, KENNY ROGERS, RONNIE MILSAP, TANYA TUCKER, THE GEORGIA SATELLITES, JADE JACKSON, JASON ISBELL AND THE 400 UNIT, BANDITOS, CODY JINKS, COLTER WALL, JOSHUA HEDLEY, LILLIE MAE, LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL, MOLLY HATCHET, PAUL CAUTHEN, TYLER CHILDERS, and many more.

New this year, Stagecoach introduces the SiriusXM "Spotlight Stage" to host up-and-comers.

An updated "Honky Tonk Dance Hall" will have more DJs, along with live acts, AND, SiriusXM will broadcast live from the festival, featuring some of the performances together with interviews.

Also new this time is car camping for $179, offered "as a lower budget option for attendees looking to stay closer to the music." More expensive RV Resort, Car Camping and parking options are also available online for purchase, with Travel Packages and Shuttles available via the Valley Music Travel website link from the Stagecoach site.

Mostly, there's always the sticker-shock factor with this one. There is "the Stagecoach Payment Plan" that allows the buyer to make five equal payments from September 22 through January, and you can bet plenty of folks need it.

Pass Prices:
3-Day General Admission $329**
3-Day General Admission/Shuttle Combo $389**
3-Day Corral Standing Pit $1199
3-Day Corral C1 Reserved Seating $1199
3-Day Corral C2 Reserved Seating $899
**Tier 1 Pricing.

Tix and more info are available online at:


# 3 news feature...


Berklee, in Boston, shares the spotlight with Julliard in NYC as the best-of-the-best East Coast music schools. Thanks to Berklee's online offerings, musicians everywhere can take courses and earn degrees without moving to Massachusetts.

It’s not too late to register for the 2017 Fall Term at Berklee Online, which starts on Monday, September 25th. Space is still available in a variety of courses covering all skill levels and areas of music, including:

• Songwriting: Writing Hit Songs
• Orchestration 1
• Music Production 101
• Introduction to Game Audio
• Music Business 101
• Mixing and Mastering with Pro Tools
• Guitar Chords 101

They tell us, "Academic Advisors will be in the office this weekend, Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (ET), to help you enroll."

Berklee College of Music is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

For online course info and registration, call 1-866-BERKLEE (U.S.) or +1-617-747-2146 (International).


# 4 news feature...


You might know the Old Town Music Hall for its silent films, accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer. The latter is a massive 1925 wind-powered pipe organ that has been meticulously preserved, so that silent classics can be experienced with live musical accompaniment, just as they were when they were first shown.

But sometimes it gets even better. Like when Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys bring their charming and naughty authentic music of the nineteen-teens, '20s and '30s to the stage, and here, when that is accompanied by clips of old movies screening behind them in conjunction with the songs they perform. It's called "JANET KLEIN'S VAUDEVILLE ON FILM."

Back by popular demand, an incredible afternoon featuring Vitaphone Variety Film Shorts of the 1920s followed by live musical whoopee from Janet Klein. Janet’s favorite shorts feature vaudevillians, bands, novelty dancers and comedians. In many cases these rare films give us the only possible glimpse of the world’s most treasured vaudeville acts. We’re thrilled to welcome back our favorite ukulele chanteuse Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys for this lively trip to the past.

That's what awaits you at 2:30 pm this Sunday. All Seats: $20.00 (cash or check only) and reservations (by phone) are recommended.

It's a hotsy-totsie time at the Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St, El Segundo, CA 90245; 310-322-2592.


* Sunday, November 12, 2:30 pm: RIVERBOAT DIXIE JAZZ BAND; all seats: $20 (cash or check only); reservations recommended, at 310-322-2592. "Come hear traditional New Orleans Dixieland jazz with lots of great tunes and songs composed between 1897 and the 1920s - the 'Jazz Age.' Early American jazz, humorous narrative, and audience participation make for an evening of exciting, upbeat, toe-tapping fun for the whole family."


# 5 news feature...


The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE explores the history of country music from the unique West Coast perspective, featuring artifacts from the many iconic artists who spent their time here, including JOHNNY CASH, MERLE HAGGARD, and BUCK OWENS.

This exhibit, inspired by the title of GRAMMY winner MARTY STUART's recent release, "Way Out West," is co-curated by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director SCOTT GOLDMAN and Curator NWAKA ONWUSA.

All artifacts in this special temporary exhibition are from the private collection of MARTY STUART, who also serves as guest curator.

Don't miss the opportunity to view this exceptional collection of country music memorabilia before it closes on October 1.

The Grammy Museum is located at 800 W Olympic Bl (entrance around the corner on Figueroa), Los Angeles, CA 90015; 213-765-6800.

Hours are Mon-Fri, 10:30 am-6:30 pm, and Sat & Sun, 10 am-6:30 pm.


* "The Drop: Iron & Wine;" Fri, Sep 22, 8 pm. SOLD OUT.
* "Way Out West With Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives;" Wed, Sep 27, noon. SOLD OUT.
* "An Evening With Robyn Hitchcock;" Tue, Sep 26, 8 pm.
* "The Drop: Victor Wooten;" Wed, Sep 27, 8 pm. SOLD OUT.
* "The Drop: RSO: Richie Sambora & Orianthi;" Tue, Oct 3, 2017; 8 pm. Tix go on sale Sat, Sep 25 at noon.
* "An Evening With Melvin Williams;" Thu, Oct 5, 8 pm.
* A GUIDE TOP PICK: "Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World," With Billy Bragg; Mon, Oct 9, 7:30 pm.
* A GUIDE TOP PICK: "An Evening With Tak Matsumoto & Daniel Ho;" Tue, Oct 10, 8 pm.
* CANCELLED: "The Drop: Flogging Molly;" Thu, Oct 12, 8 pm.
* "Lou Reed, A Life: A Conversation With Anthony DeCurtis;" Mon, Oct 16, 7:30 pm.
* "A Love So Beautiful: An Evening of Roy Orbison" with his three sons, Wesley, Alex and Roy Orbison Jr.; Tue, Oct 17, 7:30 pm.
* "Chart Toppers: Songwriters/Producers In-The-Round" featuring busbee, Dave Bassett, Warren "Oak" Felder, and Teddy Geiger; Wed, Oct 18, 7:30 pm. Tix go on sale Sat, Sep 25 at noon.
* "An Evening With Avenged Sevenfold;" Thu, Oct 19, 8 pm. Tix go on sale Sep 28 at noon.


# 6 news feature...


We no longer claim to list everything, like we did for many years, because we are committed to being in the Music News Bid'ness, and not in the Calendar Bid'ness. But whenever we can, we DO bring you word of some good stuff that's hard to find elsewhere. Like now. And here.

Sat & Sun, Sep 23 & 24:
"END OF SUMMER TWO FER SPECIAL" for all the shows running at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 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;
* You'll need the details and the discount code that's in our # 7 feature story in the Sep 21 edition, at:

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 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:

Sep 21-23:
Annual "VENICE ART CRAWL" (VAC) completes its run with live music and plenty more, throughout Venice and Playa Vista, CA. See the Guide's detailed # 7 feature story in the Sep 17th edition, at:

Sat, Sep 23:
"youbloomLA MUSIC SUMMIT & FESTIVAL" concludes its Sep 21-23 run. the Guide's "Encyclopedia Festivanica" brought word of it back in April, and there's an update in our Sep 17th edition, plus there are many fresh details in the # 2 feature story in the Sep 21st edition, at:

Sat, Sep 23 – FILM EVENT:
2 pm "FROM LATIN AMERICA TO HOLLYWOOD: A PUBLIC SYMPOSIUM" presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills, CA, 90211.
* The Academy presents "From Latin America to Hollywood: Latino Film Culture in Los Angeles 1967-2017," a project which includes a series of film screenings and filmmaker conversations, film restorations, online content, K-12 curriculum, and a publication exploring the shared influences of Latino and Latin American filmmakers and the work they created or presented in Los Angeles during the past half-century.
* The focus is centered on a period that began with the social, cultural, and political environment of the 1960s that sparked the Chicano and New Latin American cinema movements, and it extends to the present day.
* Programming is grounded in an extensive series of oral histories with notable Latino and Latin American filmmakers, recorded from May 2014 to September 2016.
* Films are presented together with public conversations about filmmaking and, in some cases, will premiere new Academy Film Archive restorations.
* The symposium will explore themes raised by the oral history subjects and publication contributors, including issues of origins and identity, borders and migration, choice of language and issues of translation, and emerging voices.
* This is part of "Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA at the Academy," a series of film screenings and filmmaker conversations, film restorations, online content, educational initiatives, and a publication exploring the shared influences of Latino and Latin American filmmakers and the work they created or presented in Los Angeles during the past half-century.
* Tix for today's event and future events in the series:
* This event is a prelude to MONDAY NIGHT'S 7:30 pm SCREENING of "ZOOT SUIT" with a panel of industry luminaries; info and tix for that, at:

Sat, Sep 23:
7 pm UKULELE MAGIC JAZZ TRIO plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA; phone for reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days), 626-798-6236.
* Bob Stane says: These are big time players. You absolutely want to be in your favorite seat... After this they scatter to the four musical winds. One hot act. Call now. Sold out every seat last time. These are super stars."
* Internationally celebrated musicians Abe Lagrimas Jr., Jeff Linsky and Jennifer Leitham combine their formidable improvisational skills in a colorful and exciting program of ukulele fireworks. This is the ukulele like you’ve never heard it before.
* Each member of this versatile trio individually enjoys an impressive concert and recording career. ABE LAGRIMAS is not only an international star on the ukulele, he is also an accomplished jazz drummer and vibraphonist. Abe is author of the first ever ukulele instructional book and curriculum, “ Ukulele Ensemble, Beginning Ukulele" published by Consonus Music Institute. For nearly four decades, JEFF LINSKY has been performing as a guitarist in many of the world’s finest concert halls, playing in jazz festivals, pop music concerts and with symphony orchestras. Also an award-winning composer, Jeff is celebrated both for his versatility and remarkable improvisational skill. Guitar Player Magazine writes: “Linsky’s talent is the stuff guitarists’ dreams are made of.” Legendary bassist JENNIFER LEITHAM has performed and recorded with countless music stars around the world, including Mel Tormé, Doc Severinsen, George Shearing, Peggy Lee and K.D. Lang. She is a respected composer, arranger, vocalist and bandleader, and has released several albums of her own. Named one of the 50 most interesting people in Los Angeles for 2016 by LA Weekly, Jennifer is the subject of the multiple award-winning documentary “I Stand Corrected.” With Abe and Jeff on tenor ukuleles and Jennifer on bass ukulele, Ukulele Magic presents a uniquely exciting repertoire of music from several genres, with an emphasis on virtuoso creative expression.
* Tix, $20.

Sat, Sep 23:
8-10 pm BANSHEE IN THE KITCHEN plays Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230; 310-398-2583.
* An all-women ensemble that's a longtime Guide favorite. They play delightful Celtic music and features a national Hammer Dulcimer Champ.
* "This inspired Irish American group plays Celtic music with eclectic skill and merry abandon. Touring and recording since 2002, the trio (tonight, a quartet) has delighted audiences in festivals, theaters, living rooms, and countless other venues from New York to Japan. They take traditional Celtic tunes, find the sweet spot between old and new, stirring it all up with trademark playfulness and musicality they term 'bansheefying'." - Irish Pub Guide.
Tix: $15.

Sat, Sep 23:
8 pm THE DUSTBOWL REVIVAL play McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497;
* A few additional tickets have freed-up for this show. Tix available at Mccabe's box office, in the store, or over the phone – only.
* Those familiar with this musical collective and their joyful noise know how special it is to see them in this, one of their favorite small hometown rooms. Normally playing much larger venues here in L.A. and around the world, The Dustbowl Revival at McCabe's is a special event, indeed, and the news of some extra tickets freeing-up is a big deal. Hurry on this – once their gone, they're gone.
* Tix, $25.
* COMING UP at McCabe's: Fri, Sep 29 JOHN HAMMOND, 8:00 & 10:00 PM - $27.50; Sun, Oct 1 JON LANGFORD, 8:00 PM - $20; Fri, Oct 6 AJ CROCE, 8:00 PM - $25; Sat, Oct 7 GRIFFIN HOUSE; 8:00 PM - $20; Sun, Oct 8 QUILES & CLOUD / ANNA TIVEL, 8:00 PM - $16; Fri, Oct 13 JILL SOBULE, 8:00PM - $20; Sat, Oct 14 WALTER EGAN, 8:00PM - $20; Sun, Oct 15 SHAWN MULLINS, 8:00 PM - $25; Fri, Oct 20 JAKE XERXES FUSSELL, 8:00PM - $20; Sat, Oct 21 SARAH JAROSZ, 8:00PM - $25; Sat, Oct 28 THE RELUCTANT APOSTLES, 8:00 PM - $20; Fri, Nov 3 JOLIE HOLLAND & SAMANTHA PARTON (of The Be Good Tanyas), 8:00 PM - $20; Sat, Nov 4 BOBBY LONG, 8:00 PM - $20; Fri, Nov 10 HAAS KOWERT TICE, 8:00 PM - $25; Sat, Nov 11 KRIS DELMHORST /JEFFREY FOUCAULT, 8:00 PM - $25; Fri, Nov 17 JOEL RAFAEL with John Trudell's Bad Dog, 8:00PM - $25; Sat, Nov 18 KINKY FRIEDMAN, 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM - $35; Fri, Dec 8 SEAN WATKINS, 8:00 PM - $25. Tix available now for all these shows.

Sat, Sep 23:
8 pm JJ THAMES & THE VIOLET REVOLT, on their "HAVE BLUES, WILL TRAVEL" world tour, plus the BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND, play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA.
* Coming up at the venue: Fri, Sep 29, 8 pm: Debbie Davies, plus the Bobby Bluehouse Band; Sat, Sep 30, 8 pm, Guitar Shorty; Fri, Oct 6, Chef Dennis & Friends; Sat, Oct 7, James Intveld.
* Wonderfully fun venue, two stages at opposite ends of large hall assure continuous music. Menu features tasty food, large portions (two can share); full bar; pool tables. But take earplugs, seriously.
* Tix are always reasonable at door, and substantially discounted in advance online, at:

Sat, Sep 23:
8 pm THE AMERICAN WAKE, rated "Orange County's finest Irish rockers," plays the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd Ste 145, Murrieta, CA 92563; 951-696-5252;

Sat, Sep 23:
8-10 pm CORKY SIEGEL and MATTHEW SANTOS play the "Brogden Bay Presents / Four Friends Gallery" concert series at Four Friends Gallery, 1414 E Thousand Oaks Bl, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362. All the details are in our # 4 feature story in the Sep 17th edition, at:

Sun, Sep 24:
1-5 pm 3rd annual "TASTE OF LOCAL" FESTIVAL is age 21-and-over, at Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Dr, Ventura, CA.
* This is a "foodie" event with roots music at the historcal landmark venue Olivas Adobe in Ventura. If you like good food, beer, wine and cocktails, you'll enjoy this third annual taste event with live music by honkey tonk artist DAN GRIMM, plus others.
* Music by DAN GRIMM BAND, BRIAN C. TITUS, and "special guest" TD LANG.
* "Celebrating Local Farmers and Ranchers," this event includes Meet the Chefs, Homebrew Challenge, Strawberry Short Cake Bar, Dan Grimm 12-5 pm, Brewing 101 Workshop 12-12:45 pm, Fermenting Nature's Tonics 1-2 pm, The Sour Hour 2-3p pm.
* Promoters say, "The Taste of Local will be Ventura’s epicurean event of the season — showcasing top-line chefs, premier local wineries, breweries, distillers, purveyors, farmers and vendors that support the Ventura County agricultural industry. We've got a hombrew and mixology challenge and several food and libation workshops this year too. Takes place at beautiful California Historical Landmark Olivas Adobe."
* "Guests can meet and chat with chefs, farmers and purveyors as they taste and learn about the bounty that is Ventura County. To add to the ambiance The Dan Grimm Band will play their special blend of flip-flop honkey tonk and rock ‘n’ roll music. Special guest TD Lang."
* This is a 21 and over event. You must show your ID prior to entering the event. There is no smoking permitted at Olivas Adobe. No animals are allowed. No refunds.
* Tix:
Sun, Sep 24:
"BATTLESHIP IOWA & AMERICAN RED CROSS" annual BLOOD DRIVE, offering rewards to participants; the Guide's Sep 21st edition covers it in detail in the # 5 feature story, at:
* Basically, the event is on board the U.S.S. Iowa, docked as a museum ship at on the waterfront at 250 S Harbor Bl, San Pedro, CA 90731;


# 7 news feature...


So, if this edition is only about stuff that won't wait, why look ahead now? Because a lot of what's in this section will sell-out soon, and you can't afford to dawdle if you want to go.

This'll look like a hodge-podge of fests and concerts, but that's okay. It's because the Southern California live music scene, as always, brings us such abundance! We have quite a mix of acoustic and Folk-Americana artists, bands, and genres playing here, even if commercial L.A. radio remains willfully ignorant and public radio doesn't allow enough airtime for good music.

So sound the charge, bugler. It's up to us to be the cavalry and rescue the tickets before they're all gone.

Thu, Sep 28:
5 pm 7th Annual FREE “END OF SUMMER CONCERT CELEBRATION” with TERESA JAMES & THE RHYTHM TRAMPS 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. It's written-up in detail as the # 6 feature story in the sep 21st edition, at:

Thu, Sep 28:
8 pm Monthly "DAVID HARVEY PRESENTS" showcase, this time with ROBERT MORGAN FISHER, and DYLAN BRODY, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA; no reservations taken for tonight.
* ROBERT MORGAN FISHER's most recent Imperative Records release, "Notes for a Novel," contains 12 songs with guest vocals by JANIS IAN, JULIE CHRISTENSEN, PAM LOE, DAVE MORRISON and JOHN YORK. And yes, he wrote a song about Mars that's on there.
* DYLAN BRODY is an award winning playwright, a thrice-published author, a humorist and story-teller. He's a writer for the Huffington Post and a contributor to public radio's "OffRamp" on KPCC.
* All-ages show, $10 at the door.

Sep 29 & 30, 2017:
6th annual "GET SHAMROCKED IRISH MUSIC FEST 2017" in Town Square Park, 24701 Jefferson Av, Murrieta, CA;
✔ TIX: available online; 2-day pass $40 (adv only); one-day Fri $20 adv / $25 gate (if not sold-out - see Note 1); one-day Sat $30 adv / $35 gate (if not sold-out - see Note 1).
✔ THE SCENE: In 2015, when this fest was still gaining momentum, the Guide proclaimed to our readers, "This is a big-deal Irish / Celtic music event." Now, the event itself is saying, "'Get Shamrocked' is California's Premier Irish music festival featuring 15 brilliant bands gathered from across the planet over two days of pure Celtic magic." (As you can tell, they have a good promo writer.) Town Square Park is "the perfect venue" with free parking and a flat, grassed area, "with huge stage and natural amphitheater." The site is wheelchair accessible. Get Shamrocked has "a vendor village with all kinds of merchandise and goods with food trucks to satisfy all appetites." They continue, "Fueled by Monster Energy the Festival was born in September 2012 and instantly we knew something special was going to emerge from our humble beginnings. After only four previous events, Get Shamrocked has quickly become the number-one Celtic Music Festival on the West Coast." The festival is produced by the year-round Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery in Murrieta so it's "Based in the heart of the Temecula Valley and wine country in Murrieta, Southern California..." They avoid noting that the area's brutal heat of summer has abated by late September by saying, "Southern California has gained global iconic status with glorious weather guaranteed. It's the perfect place for to gather like-minded Celtic music lovers for a festival experience that makes you forget the rest of the world and party and dance in a 'no attitude' crowd. One stage means the focus is all about the music. And with Guinness & Jameson Irish Whiskey, Magners & Ballast Point all part of the story, along with great food trucks, it is without doubt the best way to enjoy the live music from the rip-roaring Friday night high energy Celtic hammer to the Saturday Irish Rock, Folk & Trad."
✔ NOTE 1: The festival tells the Guide, "This could be the first year that our two-day festival sells-out in advance!" Evidence? (a) in 2015, they doubled their crowd, and (b) The festival's annual 2017 "Launch Party" is in distant San Diego, and it sold-out months in advance; allm of which suggests you should get your two-day festival pass (or single-day tix) promptly.
✔ NOTE 2: This is an age 21+ festival and all patrons must show photo ID before entering the grounds.
✔ NOTE 3: Volunteers needed; e-mail Liza at:
✔ 2017 LINEUP:
(Fri, starting at 4:15 pm:)
♪ Craic Haus
♪ OnOff
♪ Hoist the Colors
♪ Mickey Rickshaw
♪ The Go Set
♪ Flatfoot 56
- - - -
(Sat, noon-11 pm:)
♪ Kilmainham Boys
♪ Key of Whiskey
♪ The McKintree Boys
♪ Brick Top Blaggers
♪ Quel Bordel
♪ 1916
♪ Enter the Haggis
♪ The Fighting Jamesons
♪ Gaelic Storm

Fri, Sep 29:
10 pm "GET SHAMROCKED AFTER PARTY" after the day's activities at the "GET SHAMROCKED" FESTIVAL; two great nights of Irish Music & fun, with THE FIGHTING JAMESONS on Friday and the band 1916 on Saturday, both nights at the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd Ste 145, Murrieta, CA 92563; 951-696-5252;

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:

Sat, Sep 30, in Central Cal:
35th annual "FIDDLE & BANGO CONTEST AND CHILI COOK-OFF" (yes, it's "Bango,") at Columbia State Historic Park, Main St & State St, Columbia, CA 95310;;
* See the Guide's # 9 feature story in the Sep 17th edition, at:

Sat, Sep 30:
10 pm "GET SHAMROCKED AFTER PARTY" after the day's activities at the "GET SHAMROCKED" FESTIVAL; two great nights of Irish Music & fun, with the band 1916 playing tonight at the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd Ste 145, Murrieta, CA 92563; 951-696-5252;

Sun, Oct 1:
2 pm "A MULDOON'S PUB DOUBLE HEADER" with CRAIC IN THE STONE playing a courtyard concert from 2 to 4 pm, then more Irish music by HUGH LEHANE in the pub starting at 6 pm, all at Muldoon's Irish Pub, 202 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, C949 640-4110.
* CRAIC IN THE STONE is earning a reputation for an invigorating, eclectic Celtic sound that spans gorgeous storytelling and tightly woven harmonies, pub songs and traditional tunes, originals and fresh covers, as well as instrumental jigs and reels. They are named after the quintessential Irish expression "craic," which is pronounced "crack," for fun times. Enjoy them at a great venue and soak up the grand Irish Hospitality, ambiance at OC's most award-winning Irish Pub. More:

Sun, Oct 1:
ANDY & RENEE, plus 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:

Oct 6-29:
* The month-long program "celebrates the musical and cultural diversity of L.A., from conversations with creative pioneers to concerts and club nights that showcase the ever-evolving sounds of the city."
* A huge schedule of performances across many music genres is involved, under the guise of an "expanding array of experiences."
* ST. VINCENT is in the lineup, and there are some singer-songwriters, so parts of it may interest you.
* The "Do LA" site has a comprehensive guide to the event, and since it's primarily electric eclectic, we aren't gonna do a guide to it here. Theirs is at:

Thu, Oct 12 – FILM EVENT:
7 pm The "CONSCIENTIOUS PROJECTOR" series presents "GO PUBLIC: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN AMERICAN SCHOOL DISTRICT," at the Armory Center for the Arts, across the street from Memorial Park and the Levitt Pavilion, at 145 N Raymond Av, Pasadena.
* This long-running series presents documentary films that commercial corporate television isn't allowed to air, and that PBS can't air because their corporate underwriters won't let them.
* What's this film about? As public education persists as a significant and debated issue both locally and nationally, Conscientious Projector holds a reprise screening of Go Public by local filmmakers and public school advocates Dawn and James O’Keeffe.
* A few years ago, the O’Keeffes recruited 50 small film crews who followed Pasadena public school students, teachers, volunteers and administrators as they went about a typical day on the school district’s many campuses. The result is a cinema verité-style film that not only contradicts the conventional meme that public education is irrevocably broken, but also shows the vitality, dedication and teamwork that exists among stakeholders amidst the challenges of providing a learning experience for students in an economically and racially diverse urban area like Pasadena.
* The filmmakers join us for a community discussion following the film.
* FREE admission, and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

Oct 12-15:
L.A. THEATRE WORKS presents the taut WWII political thriller "WATCH ON THE RHINE," by by LILLIAN HELLMAN, at the James Bridges Theater on the UCLA campus, 235 Charles E Young Dr, Melnitz Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095. All the details and show times are in the # 13 news feature in our Sep 21 edition, 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:

Sat & Sun, Oct 14 & 15, FESTIVAL:
Annual "SEASIDE HIGHLAND GAMES" at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, by the ocean in Ventura. Ride Amtrak – the staion is across the street.
* As always, a delightful music lineup on multiple stages (indoors and out), plus Scottish Heavy Athletics ("large men and lovely lassies throwing things"), a sanctioned US Nat'l Scottish Fiddle Championship preliminary competition, marching bagpipe and drum bands competitions, massed band performances, a harp circle, sheepdog demos, trad Irish dance demos, classic British car display, Children's Glen with games and storytelling, authentic food of Britain, Ireland, and Scotland, and more.
* Gates open both days at 10 am. You'll want to spend the entire day, to have any chance of taking-in everything this event offers.
* Tix, lineups, schedules, more, at:, or by phone, 818-886-4968.
* The Guide's "Encyclopedia Festivanica" has featured an extensive writeup since April.

Sun, Oct 15:
11 am "BEETHOVEN, BAGELS & BANTER" at the Broad Stage, centerpiece of the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, located at 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401; box office, 310-434-3200. A very description is our # 12 news feature in the Sep 21st edition, at:

Fri-Sun, Oct 20-22, 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:

Sat, Oct 21:
8 pm Monthly "CAMARILLO CAFÉ CONCERT SERIES" brings a superb billing of JAMES HURLEY plus LOIS BLAISCH AND FRIENDS, at Camarillo Community Center, 1605 E Burnley St, Camarillo, CA 93010;; 805-814-9366.
* JAMES HURLEY was described by the Guide's editor, writing in Folkworks Magazine, as “One of the Top Ten Live Acoustic Male Singer Songwriters in L.A.” James Hurley’s eloquent guitar, smooth voice and masterful writing combine in a jazzy, bluesy, pop-folk that has been called “Americana, on-the-rocks…with a twist”.
* Here is an excerpt of a review the series booker wrote after seeing James Hurley live for the very first time, eight years ago, long before the two became good friends: “What do you say to describe a force of nature or a mirage of an enigma? How do you relate something you've never experienced before?.... one of the most unique performers I've ever seen… his music almost defies description at times.... reminds one of a diverse palette of genres from Hoagy Carmichael to OingoBoingo to Delta blues and all points in between. He is both a reviewer's delight and a nightmare to try to describe. His songs range from the perfectly-over-the-top 'The Vampire Song'... about the vampires of [the music industry in] Southern California [to] 'Mushroom,' where the real house of horrors comes with a hefty mortgage! But just when you think you can pigeon-hole him as a hopelessly quirky escapee of the Dr. Demento Home for the Musically Insane, he hits you with a song like 'Mountain,' a driving blues riff that is a scathing indictment of the damage done in the name of 'progress' and the 'nuisance' of conscience. Or one like 'To Carry On,' an inspirationally uplifting ballad urging us to strive through adversity. This is no 'novelty' act, though he is loaded with personality and quirkiness. James is an amazing guitarist, both in a technical and creative sense, and his voice has so much personality that you might overlook how GOOD it is, pitch perfect over a wide range, with an emotional depth."
* More at (which he expresses in song, in his only self-ptomotional jingle.)
* LOIS BLAISCH is that most rare of artists – one who knows commercial success while still retaining her artistry. She's a singer, guitarist, songwriter, performer and producer best known for writing the multi-platinum #1 Pop & AC hit "Could've Been” which was sung by Tiffany, and was later chosen by Carrie Underwood for her U.S. debut on TV's "American Idol."
* Lois’ songs have been nominated for three Grammy awards in the categories of Pop, Jazz & Children’s Music, and for “The Golden Reel Award” for the writing and singing on the theme to “Street Sharks” (a Disney TV series).
* She had a top 10 hit with jazz artist Earnestine Anderson (of Quincy Jones’ Quest records) and she’s a member of BMI’s “Million Airs” Club.
* Lois’ vocals and/or songs are featured on "Friends," "Splash," "Touched by an Angel," "Thick of the Night," "Top of The Pops," "Sailor Moon," Neil Young’s “Living with War," and “Oasis 4.”
* Her songs also appear on gold and platinum albums "Asia" and "Africa."
* She has produced and released two of her own CD’s, “Through Thick & Thin” and ”Valentine,” both released worldwide, and she is currently finishing her latest CD, "Rollercoaster."
* Neat factoids: Lois’ first professional gig was a tour of the Orient with “Bob Hope’s USO Shows” at age 18. After returning home, she performed at local nightclubs, colleges and amusement parks for a living while studying music at UCLA. Lois was invited to write music and sing for Walt Disney children's records, which resulted in song placements on three platinum Disney albums: "Mousersize", "Rainbow Bright," & Winnie the Pooh,“Take My Hand“. Lois started her studio singing career on the themes to TV shows "Stingray" and "Hunter' for Mike Post Productions and she sang lead on the feature film "Splash." Lois also sang many demos for hit songwriters Diane Warren and Steve Diamond, and on a variety of TV shows and radio commercials (Levi’s, Coke, Kaiser-Permanente, Oregon Lotto, Pepsi, Budweiser, Round Table Pizza, Van Camps, Sunny D. and Safeway).
* More at
* Tix, $20 at the door. No advance ticket sales; arrive early for preferred seating.

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

Sat & Sun, Nov 11 & 12, FESTIVAL:
Annual "VETERAN'S DAY / FESTIVAL / CONCERT" aboard the Battleship IOWA, docked as a museum at 250 S Harbor Bl , San Pedro, CA 90731; 877-446-9261.
Both days, activities begin with an11 am opening ceremony for the BATTLESHIP IOWA 2nd ANNUAL VETERAN’S DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL, running all day.
* $11 general tour admission of the ship to all family & friends accompanying a Veteran.
* Enjoy "some of L.A.’s premiere bands."
* FREE sandwiches, chips & water for the first 800 Veterans and their families (both days).
* Special exhibitors include military branch booths, DJ, Daughters of the American Revolution, Sea Cadets, UCLA FOCUS, Sailor’s Bar, and "a place to come and honor the men and women who serve our great nation." Supported by Councilman Joe Buscaino, The Port of Los Angeles, and Black Knight Patrol.

Sun, Nov 12:
2:30 pm RIVERBOAT DIXIE JAZZ BAND plays the Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St, El Segundo, CA 90245; 310-322-2592. All seats: $20 (cash or check only); reservations recommended, at 310-322-2592.
* "Come hear traditional New Orleans Dixieland jazz with lots of great tunes and songs composed between 1897 and the 1920s - the 'Jazz Age.'
* Early American jazz, humorous narrative, and audience participation make for an evening of exciting, upbeat, toe-tapping fun for the whole family."


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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!



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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.

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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.
The Acoustic Americana Music Guide. Thanks for sittin' a spell. The porch'll be here anytime you come back from the road.


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