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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Musicians Help Folks in Need; Constitution Day; Events - Sunday through Next Weekend. Sep 17, 2017 edition.

Hold on. We open with a long paragraph. Here goes:

Hard to believe that just one month ago today, corporate mainstream broadcast media was in the midst of its singular fixation of advocacy for pulling-down all the Confederate monuments to sanitize our history and make everybody feel warm and fuzzy. Then came the singular fixation to blow-up North Korea, but that advocacy for scorched-earth apocalypse was just a passing fancy before their singular fixation with Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Which turned out to be the prequel for their singular fixation with Hurricane / Tropical Storm / Tropical Depression Irma in Florida (even though they scrupulously ignored all the ruin it racked in Cuba, because no one is sure if it's fashionable to like Cuba again). But they did need to get some mileage out of all the rehearsals with reporters hanging sideways on poles, since they didn't get to do that when they sent them to Texas. At least the three broadcast networks all simulcast an hour-long benefit show with artists and musicians asking everyone who isn't hurting to donate to some of thos who are. Still, the phenomenon we've seen since Hurricane Katrina -- a thing called "Disaster Capitalism" -- is wheedling its way into profitably privatizing public assets, and mainstream cable news media is (of course) giving that (and the Fat Cats behind it) a free ride, distracting and obfuscating with hand-wringing stories about lost puppies, and old folks whose lives were washed away, all carried through the torrent like mandarins in sedan chairs.

Obviously, you've had enough of that lunacy, which is prob'ly why you're here and looking for sanity in tuneful times. Welcome.

We did an all-inclusive round-up of ALL the festivals in September in the Guide's Sep 2 edition, including the "Long beach Folk Revival" that happened yesterday. But more is still ahead. So it's still relevant, and still available, at:

Of course, we gave our readers the first full scope of the 2017 festival landscape waaay back in April, in the Guide's massive "Encyclopedia Festivanica." It has the deets on acoustic and Americana music fests, clear through the end of the year!

All that's still available, of course, and it's at:

Today, unless you're already north of Bishop basking in the glow of the High Sierra, it's too late to go to the delightful annual "Millpond Music Fest" that we DID tell you alllll about on September 2nd and way back in April. And uh, YEAH, yesterday was the always-anticipated annual "Long Beach Folk Revival Festival." But, again, our regular readers knew about BOTH of those, and LOTS more, since waaay back months ago before summer even arrived.

SO, THAT BRINGS US TO NOW, TODAY, Sunday, and the COMING WEEK AND NEXT WEEKEND, and beyond, and we've gotcha covered.

TODAY: First, for those short on dinero, there is a first-ever FREEBIE with a music showcase at the Autry Museum in Griffith Park. And we report on a couple of other things happening today, too.

Let's get started!



1) Musicians Helping Those Hurt By Natural Disasters

2) "Festival of Subs" at Viva's Sunday Bluegrass Brunch

3) All's Free, with Music, Today at the Autry

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

10) Aphorisms Department

11) September 17: Call for a 28th Amendment on 2017's "Constitution Day"


# 1 news feature...


There are many people and many organizations across America seeking to help those in need. Tuesday evening, all three TV networks simulcast "Hand in Hand," an hour packed with stars of everything from music to film (

From West Coast to East Coast, thousands of Americans have suddenly found themselves bracing for natural disasters like we’ve never seen before. Dozens of wildfires have raged in California -- there were FORTY-THOUSAND lightning strikes in Southern and Central California over the most recent four days of storms, alone. PLUS, storms in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Colorado, and Idaho have caused massive fires for months. And now, hurricanes of historic severity have wrought massive damage to the settled and natural worlds in Texas and Florida. While the ever-worsening impacts of climate change take their destructive courses in different ways on opposite sides of the country, you’ll see one thing in common in each of these states: volunteers and every-day citizens rise up to help those in need.

For some perspective, let's turn to the words of Jeff Clements, president of American Promise. He says: "One of the greatest things about our country is the ability for us to unite: citizen leaders like Dana Aberman from Florida and Craig Clevidence from Montana have put countless hours and hard work into our movement to restore democracy back to the people and get big money out of politics. Throughout the year, they volunteer and give so much to our Citizen Uprising by organizing, educating, and engaging other citizens in our united cause. But today, we want to rise up and give back to fellow Americans that are currently suffering from these natural disasters. Will you join us by making a contribution to the wildfire and hurricane relief efforts now?"

His organization has put the word out for a campaign that lets each disaster-relief donor pick which geographic region they want to help. We think that's a good idea, because it just might tug at the heart strings of those who love the places where Cajun music or cowboy music or Parrothead music or Cubano music comes from. So we've chosen to let you know about it, too. It involves two different organizations.

The "One America Appeal" lets you designate which hurrican relief effort -- Harvey or Irma -- you want to assist. There are videos from two former Presidents, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, in support of this effort, along with the link for your assistance:

Or, you can donate to the American Red Cross "wildfire relief efforts" to help those in the West recover:

Perhaps you're thinking, "I couldn't give anybody enough to matter." But we hope you'll think twice about that. The Guide's editor went to Louisiana as a hurricane relief volunteer after Hurricane Katrina. Among the many things he learned from that experience is this: the people with the least money to give are often the ones making the biggest difference. That's true whether they're the ones on the scene, on the ground, or the ones miles away whose small contributions add-up to enable things to happen faster. And faster makes all the difference when someone is in need.


# 2 news feature...


So, we got this message from Murphy's Flaw, a bluegrass band, and it's about how nothing is as it seems for the customary Sunday Bluegrass Brunch this weekend. It's actually uniquely better, for a one-time ensemble show. As in:

* John Bryan is subbing for Frank Harper on guitar.
* Bill Knopf is subbing for John Bryan on banjo.
* Dennis Witcher is subbing for Arlo Zoos on bass.
* Buzz Brown is subbing for Bill Monroe on Mandolin.
* Teri "Vanilla" Villani is subbing for Hiro Goto on fiddle.
* Gary Friedman is subbing for Rob Ickes on Dobro.

John Bryan promises, "Hilarity will ensue. Also, maybe some music."

It happens Sunday, Sep 17, 2017, Noon to 2 pm, at Cody's Viva Cantina, 900 W Riverside Dr (next to the L.A. Equestrian Center), Burbank, CA.


# 3 news feature...


Word arrived late, and it's welcome word, indeed. Today only, compliments of Bank of America, visitors to the Autry Museum of Western Heritage / Autry Nat'l Center will receive FREE museum admission (Sunday, Sep 17, 2017).

That means the monthly "Western Music Showcase" held inside the museum's spacious Mural Court, co-sponsored by the Western Music Association and its California Chapter, AND well-provided with chairs, will enjoy strong crowds this month. Music runs noon-3 pm. This is a great opportunity to bring friends for the music and cowboy poetry performances and to enjoy all the museum's galleries and exhibits.

The music showcase runs from noon to two pm. Go early to have plenty of time, because it's a huge museum, and you can enjoy lunch at the museum's cafe.
There will be a General Meeting of the WMACC immediately afterwards in the upstairs conference room. Info on the organization, including the western music jam held the 3rd Sunday of every month at the museum, is at

The Autry Museum of the American West is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way, across the enormous parking lot from the L.A. Zoo, in Griffith Park / Los Angeles, CA 90027; 323-667-2000;


# 4 news feature...


The Chicago Tribune, which oughta know, says, "Corky Siegel held listeners visibly spellbound."

And, in another center of the blues universe, the Kansas City Star writes of his "Wry humor, fiery piano playing, and superb harmonica captivated the crowd."

Billboard magazine acclaims, "Siegel plays piano ... and ignites the crowd with his masterful blues mouth harp."

Next Saturday, Corky Siegel and Matthew Santos play the Brogden Bay Presents / Four Friends Gallery series in Thousand Oaks.

Corky Siegel is a Blues Hall of Fame legend. On this tour, he is accompanied by two-time Grammy nominee Matthew Santos, the voice of the platinum-selling hit, “Superstar.”

Corky appeared last year in this series with James Lee Stanley and Jimmy Vivino. Marcella Detroit sat in with him on a few songs, and Steve Brogden, the series' booker, says, "The evening was a highlight of the year."

Corky is considered to be among the top harmonica virtuosos internationally, as well as a superb jazz pianist. He is the only bluesman to record two releases on prestigious classical label Deutsche Grammophon which were blockbusters in sales, and likewise his chamber ensemble, Chamber Blues, is the only classical group on Blues giant Alligator Records.

The new Chamber Blues CD, "Different Voices," which features Santos, received Downbeat Magazine’s Editors’ Pick. Matthew Santos, whose meteoric career was launched as the voice on the certified platinum selling hit, "Superstar" with Lupe Fiasco, joins Corky on this tour. Those who are fans of John Legend, Jeff Buckley, and/or Bon Iver will especially appreciate discovering Matthew Santos.

Corky shares a lot of musical history with many notable players. Among them is Jesse Colin Young. Jesse phoned Corky several days ago and they began to reminisce about 1967 and the "Summer of Love" in San Francisco.

Here is a link to Corky's blog, wherein he recounts those days with the Siegel Schwall Band, Jesse Colin Young, Paul Butterfield, Janis Joplin, and others:

We've shared a bit of Corky Siegel, his history and his great press. Here's some acclaim that Matthew Santos has received in the press:

"[Santos]... is brilliant...timeless." - Static Magazine.

"...more than soulful... life enriching." —

"The vocals, music, songwriting, and melody arrangements are all the works of a pure genius." - IAE Magazine.

* The all-ages show is Saturday, September 23, 8-11 pm.

* Tix: $30 advance; $35 at the door. (Online:
Info: contact Steve Brogden by email at or by cell phone at 805-358-4970; leave a voice mail.

* Venue: Four Friends Gallery, 1414 E Thousand Oaks Bl, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362. Off-street parking is plentiful but the location is tricky. After you turn into 1414 E Thousand Oaks Bl, continue up the driveway farther than you expect. The "Blank Canvas" art gallery is on the left, immediately adjacent to Four Friends Gallery. Continuing up the driveway, there's plenty of parking.


# 5 news feature...


This event happens in L.A. and in Ireland. Locally, it takes-over various venues throughout greater Los Angeles area. We included it back in April in the Guide's "Encyclopedia Festivanica."

✔ Events, lineups, schedules, and more, are all at:

✔ TIX for the conference, speaker sessions, etc., are available online at above url.

✔ THE SCENE: With successful festivals and "summit" conferences in multiple years in both L.A. and Dublin, Ireland, this festival uses multiple established music venues in L.A. and Pasadena. Organizers say, "[At] our festival of fresh talent... all kinds of international multi-genre acts are invited. So, press the magic button and take your first step towards worldwide exposure.

✔ NOTE: The "call to Apply to Play" at youbloomLA 2017 was issued in early April; artist/band applications were taken through June 16th; artists were notified by June 30th, 2017.

✔ REPORTS FROM ATTENDEES, last time it happened in L.A., indicated plenty of good times and good tunes were had by all, both music fans and artists looking for career opportunities.


# 6 news feature...


After a decade-long run at OC Archery, the bluegrass jam this Thursday, September 21, looks to be the last tango, at least until a new venue is found elsewhere in OC.

Shelah Spiegel of the band GRASSLANDS, tells us she wants to keep the jam at the venue, but that business recently moved from its old, more central locale, Mission Viejo in south Orange County. She says, "It seems that most folks are not liking the drive to Mission Viejo."

Sheila wants to make the finale this Thursday memorable. She says, "Let's make it a good one and have as many folks show up as possible to thank Roland (the proprietor of OC Archery) for his kindness over the last ten years! Please tell all your friends and other pickers to show up."

She adds, "If you know of a (possible new) location in the Huntington Beach area or surrounding areas, please let me know! Again, thanks for all coming to the jam which was lovingly created for us to get together and have fun. Its been a good run!"

Contact Shelah, and learn more, at:


# 7 news feature...


The annual "Venice Art Crawl" (VAC) happens as a volunteer-organized nonprofit event throughout Venice and Playa Vista, CA, and is sponsored by the Venice Chamber of Commerce. It functions as a series of monthly crawls, with the big event in September. Thursday Sept 21,it's "all over Venice," and check out #veniceafterburn which runs September 22 & 23 on the Venice Boardwalk.

The event's commitment to tunefulness was evidenced last spring in their April 20th mini-festival/fundraiser, subtitled "Music Connects Us." The September main event's theme for 2017 is "Fresh Air, Fresh Art."

Organizers tell us, "The VAC’s mission is to preserve the arts in Venice, a place that has historically been known as a vibrant and dynamic art community. Our goal is to share, inspire and promote collaboration within the Venice community through mixers and art events. We are an all volunteer run non-profit organization which is a committee of the Venice Chamber of Commerce."

✔ TIX are available online for events that require them, at:

✔ THE SCENE: This is a combination street festival and gallery festival with lots of music in full-time and impromptu venues.

✔ The 2017 MUSIC LINEUP is impossible to discern from the mixture of paucity and tangle that's available on the event's site. The best info is on Twitter (you can read it without being signed-up for Twitter) at:


# 8 news feature...


We've had the info from the festival organizers for a long time, and we put it out to you as soon as we received it last April. But in case you haven't looked at the Guide's "Encyclopedia Festivanica" lately, here ya go. (It would be a good idea to check the festival's own website for any updates or changes):

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


# 9 news feature...


Yes, that's "Bango," not banjo or banjer or whatever other form you may have encountered. And they can spell it that way if that want, since this IS the 35th annual "Fiddle & Bango Contest and Chili Cook-Off" at Columbia State Historic Park, Main St & State St, Columbia, CA 95310;;

Here are the details from the Guide's "Encyclopedia Festivanica."

✔ TIX: It's free.


✔ THE SCENE: The "Fiddle & Bango Contest (yes, 'bango') is held at the gazebo in Columbia State Historic Park.

More than 40 musicians compete for prizes in the following categories: fiddle, banjo, vocal, guitar, mandolin, miscellaneous, and original song. The grand prize is a gold nugget, and there are cash prizes in each category. The entry fee per category is $15 and contestants sign up between 9 and 10:30 am.

The Fiddle & Bango Contest is free to the viewing public. Bring lawn chairs, hats and sunscreen. T-shirts will be available for sale ($20).

All ages and music genres are represented in this contest, which is sponsored by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Competition begins promptly at 10:30 am, and continues all day, 10:30 am-4 pm, except for a lunch break, which features a CHILI COOK-OFF ($5).

Located in the heart of the California Mother Lode, Columbia State Historic Park is a living gold rush town featuring the largest single collection of existing gold rush-era structures in the state. Visiting Columbia is like traveling back in time to the sights, smells, and sounds of a nineteenth century mining town—merchants dressed in 1850s attire, a whiff of coal smoke from the blacksmith shop, and the rumble of a stagecoach pulling into town.

Spend the day enjoying fun activities for the whole family. Pan for gold, explore exhibits, ride the stagecoach, discover unique shops, and learn about the rich history of the California gold rush on a guided town tour." For more information, call 209-536-1672.

✔ 2017 LINEUP:
♪ Other'n the fact that a contest brings contestants on bunches of traditional acoustic instruments, the "perfessional" music-makers had not been announced by the Encyclopedia Festivanica's press time. You can check their web site (link is above). But mostly, just plan to go!


# 10 news feature...


They're those sayings, from the profound to the comedic to the annoying -- that define the culture of their time, or the timeless aspects of merely being alive. Here are a few that we encountered this past week.

"In wine there is wisdom. In beer there is strength. In water there is bacteria." -- German proverb.

"I pray every day I break even, 'Cause I can really use the money.
I started with nothing and still have most of it left."

"Time flies like an arrow -- fruit flies like a banana."


# 11 news feature...


Unless an Amendment bans Big Money from politics, our Democracy is a Corporatocracy

On this Sunday, September 17th, 230 years ago, our Founding Fathers’ signed the United States Constitution, defining our country’s basic rights and rule of law to guide our democracy: a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. For decades, it's been one of those holidays nobody pays attention to, and that has become a dangerous ignorance.

The very founding of our nation and creation of this historic document stemmed from the American people’s desire for independence, self-rule and telling rich interests to go to hell if they tried to control us. Then, it was about rich Europeans trying to control America. Now, it's about rich multinational corporations and tax-dodging American corporate kleptocrats taking control of everything and cyberspying on all of us -- and trying to legitimize what they do by seizing control of our government and buying its lawmakers. Today, We the People are rising up once more to call for truly fair and free elections by overturning two disastrous Supreme Court decisions: "Citizens United" and "McCutcheon," and eliminating the new corporate "right" to buy politics, once and for all.

Doing that will require a new 28th Amendment.

Paradoxically, to pass a Constitutional Amendment, we need widespread support from those elected to represent us -- the very people who spend all their time fund-raising from Fat Cats to finance their re-election campaigns. But it doesn't have to be this way, and it starts with YOU telling your politicians that you are watching them and paying attention to what they do. So, on this year’s Constitution Day, will YOU contact your elected officials and urge them to take a pledge to support the 28th Amendment, to get big money out of politics?

The "Candidate Pledge" campaign is already off to a great start, but there’s still plenty of people running or already elected to office who haven’t made their stance clear on the issue of corporations and special interests buying influence in our government -- that has to change.

Constitution Day is a historic and meaningful day to send our message far and wide to those who claim to represent the people. A majority of Americans on all sides of the aisle demand the 28th Amendment, and it’s time our political candidates and members of Congress stand with us.

Azor Cole, Citizen Empowerment Coordinator for the organization "American Promise," encourages you to "Send a quick message to your elected official this Sunday, September 17th to make your voice heard."

***** Of course, Big Money is (as always) messing with things. It isn't even clear what "The 28th Amendment" is, because false flags, red herrings, and wolves in sheep's clothing are all out there. So let's all agree to stick with what "Move to Amend" put forth. You can read the text of their proposed 28th Amendment -- what needs to be THE 28th Amendment, as already introduced IN CONGRESS -- here it is:
- - -
House Joint Resolution 48 introduced January 30, 2017, as

The 28th Amendment

"Section 1. [Artificial Entities Such as Corporations Do Not Have Constitutional Rights]

"The rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only.

"Artificial entities established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state shall have no rights under this Constitution and are subject to regulation by the People, through Federal, State, or local law.

"The privileges of artificial entities shall be determined by the People, through Federal, State, or local law, and shall not be construed to be inherent or inalienable.

"Section 2. [Money is Not Free Speech]

"Federal, State, and local government shall regulate, limit, or prohibit contributions and expenditures, including a candidate's own contributions and expenditures, to ensure that all citizens, regardless of their economic status, have access to the political process, and that no person gains, as a result of their money, substantially more access or ability to influence in any way the election of any candidate for public office or any ballot measure.

"Federal, State, and local government shall require that any permissible contributions and expenditures be publicly disclosed.

"The judiciary shall not construe the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the First Amendment."

You can also read it online with BUILT-IN EXPLANATIONS, links on highlighted text that explain why specific phrases are important.

PLUS, there is a clickable link there for the most up-to-date list of Congressional co-sponsors of the Amendment; that becomes important in just a moment. All that is at:

IT'S EASY TO GET THE CONTACT INFO (email and phone) for YOUR U.S. SENATOR and MEMBER OF CONGRESS, to tell them what you expect from them (and what you think, about anything):

Finding / contacting your two U.S. Senators:

Finding / contacting your Member of Congress (House of Representatives); enter your postal zip code, top right corner of site:

* You can specifically ASK your state's two US Senators to support the 28th Amendment at:


* You can specifically ASK your Member of Congress to support the 28th Amendment at:

Read the "Candidate Pledge" (it's a dowloadable pdf) at:

You can add your name to those asking political candidates to take the 28th Amendment pledge, at:


That's all for this time!

The Guide will have
a very massively complete
MUSIC NEWS edition,
coming your way soon.


PLENTY MORE is archived, back to when Lassie was a little bitty puppy dog, Napoleon was a private, and banjos only had four strings.

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

Seriously: Go get lost in acoustica esoterica and memories of past albums, festivals, concerts and events, whenever you're bored with the pop pablum that infests mainstream media.


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.

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

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



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