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Monday, October 15, 2018

Music News, & Action in the Venues This Week.  Monday, Oct 15 2018 edition

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LATE ADDITIONS of more events on these dates: Oct 16; Oct 20-Nov 11 (multiple dates, one event); Oct 27 (2 new events); Nov 7; Dec 20. See write-ups tagged "Late Addition" in events section.
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Yes, we know. Baseball. The Dodgers. The pennant. But unless you have a ticket to the ballpark, that's virtual. Live music in a venue is real. And isn't that why you're here now?

Short, sweet, vitally informative.



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Music News...

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news feature # 1...





WILLIE NELSON'S NEW SONG, "VOTE 'EM OUT"





Seems that Kevin Cloud Brechner of Time River Productions was talking to Ed Pearl, operator of the legendary and long-gone venue, The Ash Grove. The two talked at a New Ash Grove Players concert in Santa Monica, and Kevin mentioned Willie had a new song and has already done a video version.



It's Willie Nelson's new song, "Vote 'Em Out."



Of course, Ed, upon hearing that the song starts, "If you don't like who's in there, vote 'em out," wanted the link. So Kevin, feeling inspired, took the time to transcribe the lyrics and chord chart for the song. He added that Willie himself "asked that we spread the song around," adding, "It might be helpful if America was singing this song when they go to the polls in the mid-term elections." 



Here's the video link:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssVO5qnyQss



As for the lyrics and chords you can copy and learn? See the very end of this edition.




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news feature # 2...





WHAT'S WITH THIS MUSICAL SAINTHOOD THING?





Okay, so you catch a New Orleans Saints football game and you'll be exposed to the same annoying electronica commercials you'll see watching any other game. Ubiquitous, generic, overproduced, and aimed at some inscrutable demographic.



But if you go to a Dixieland jazz show, or catch a great Cajun band, you can hear the timeless standard, "When the Saints Go Marching In." Lisa Haley & the Zydekats performed it Saturday at the Kaleidoscope Music & Arts Fest.



But there is a recent and incongruous thing going on: self-canonization to musical sainthood.



St. Vincent? St. Paul and the Broken Bones? Why?



The latter returned to perform this past weekend on the CBS "Saturday Morning" show. The group had debuted there three years ago, and it got them a Daytime Emmy nomination for "Best Musical Performance."



There seems to be an intentional and way-over-the-top androgeny with this whole musical sainthood thing. In the light of continuous revelations of sexual misconduct by Catholic church officials, it becomes, well, a theatre of the bizarre.



To wit: this time around, the self-canonized "saint" Paul, clad in a tent-cape gown that looked like a mass of shimmering black seaweed, crooned emotive but clipped and wholly unintelligible lyrics while fronting his band of Motown-style horns. Presumably "his" is the correct reference. With the lens-hogging bulk of that seaweed-inspired attire, they seemed to be going more for movement than music.



The instrumental music was probably quite good. But the self-inflicted distraction factor left us uncertain about what we had just experienced.



Maybe David Bowie and Alice Cooper once produced the same effect. But neither of them claimed to sprinkle or tinkle holy water. And both of them voiced lyrics you could understand.



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news feature # 3...





REVIEW: THE PALMDALE KALEIDOSCOPE FESTIVAL





We missed the first few acts and being late, had to park nearly a mile away. Still, we got great seats for the main stage. It's the permanent amphitheatre stage where a full season of concerts is produced. For the festival, they bring out beach-style plastic high-back chairs and lawn tables with shade umbrellas. It's worth noting the umbrellas gave shade from the sunshine here, while on the other side of the mountains,  rain was falling in sheets and streets were flooded.



The Irish band, Paddy's Pig, were the first we caught. A 5-piece creation of Mike and Missy, we've known 'em for years. They did a fun set that involved audience participation with call-and-response songs and lots of energy. Mostly trad Irish pub songs -- Whiskey in the Jar, Black Velvet Band, Bound for South Australia -- and a good Irish-style rendition of the old Johnny Cash song, Ring of Fire.



They were followed by our old pals, Grammy-nom Lisa Haley and her band, the Zydekats.



Lisa has a new drummer, a wonderfully talented veteran with wildly beaded dredlocks. This band always does a strong set with plenty of contrast, enabling them to avoid the mistake of most Cajun-zydeco-theme outfits. That mistake being that too many of those others drone into endless soundalike sets of zydeco dance numbers, in places where the audience is not zydeco dancers. Lisa has and uses a diverse repertoire, including her slow, impactful ballad, "I Will Always Be Your Guide," which she performed. We had a nice backstage visit, then they had to get going to play at a festival in Reno.



We caught a bit of an Afro-Cuban band that was finely innovative, and later, an impressive horn orchestra doing Motown and '50s-'60s blues-fused soul.



Over on the singer-songwriter stage, it was the generic young-girl-with-a-guitar scene. We found that all of them, whatever their skills with lyrical songwriting, are too heavily influenced by the prevailing conventions of pop music. That being a similar melodic line and tempo in every song, with an obligatory passage of incongruous vocal gymnastics, regardless of what would be appropriate to effectively convey the lyrical message.



The other arts being exhibited were well represented. For example, on both sides of the main stage -- up at elevated stage level -- big 5 x 5 foot canvases were hung. An artist created an entire painting during each band's set, with the concert audience able to watch. That completed painting then hung on display during the next act, while the other canvas on the other side was painted by a different artist during the next band's set. Then a fresh canvas replaced the one that had hung an hour, and the whole thing kept going.



Of course there were many visial artists selling their works and wares in tents, and some good food. We missed out on the latter because it was sold-out by the time we left the music and art to go grazing. Our editor settled for some tasty chai tea from a local mobile coffee bar entrepreneur. And just in time -- the infamous desert wind blew the food court apart just after we were handed our tea.



The whole event shows how far things have come in the Antelope Valley -- or in Palmdale, anyway. Back when our editor produced the original "Desert Song Music Festival" in '04, with 70 acts on 6 stages, (in Lancaster, the same geographic locale), the local response was paltry.



Not that the area's local media is any more supportive now. Lancaster is still a Trumpian s-hole, and the area is still a one-newspaper market. And that paper is still mostly an insufferable house organ for the good ol' boys and their wholly-owned, wholly-Republican office holders.



But those characteristics emphasize the dedication to the arts of some folks in Palmdale City Hall, and local arts organizations, to do something on this scale. Same goes for the Antelope Valley Uke Festival, which ran Friday and Saturday, eight miles north at Antelope Valley College. In the end, art always comes down to somebody who sees a vacuum and wants to fill it with beauty.







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LIVE MUSIC, THIS WEEK & BEYOND...

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Chronologically, by day and start time.

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Monday...

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Mon, Oct 15:

8 pm - JOHN McEUEN, CRAIG EASTMAN, MATT CARTSONIS and NATHAN McEUEN play their annual night at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA; phone for reservations, 10 am-10 pm, 7 days: 626-798-6236.

* Tix, $25, are almost gone.

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Mon, Oct 15:

8 pm - WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY play the splendid McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92260; 760-340-ARTS or 866-889-ARTS



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Tuesday...

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Tue, Oct 16:

7 pm - KEN O'MALLEY & JOHN BREEN at Finn McCool's, 2702 Main St, Santa Monica.

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Tue, Oct 16:

"FAR-WEST AFTERSHOW" with singer-songwriters who performed last at the FOLK ALLIANCE FAR-WEST CONFERENCE and are "out of town artists who don't come with a local fan base," comprise a noteworthy edition of "The Songwriter Serenade," at Matt Denny's Ale House, 145 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91006.

* performers include

• Emiko

• Judy Nazemetz

• Willow Stephens

• Mike Stocksdale

And performing host JC HYKE

*  venue has full menu & full bar, free parking in back or on street.

* no cover.

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LATE ADDITION...

Tue, Oct 16:

time tba - BILL CUNLIFEE, Grammy award winning jazz pianist-arranger, and jazz virtuoso harmonica player HENDRIK MEURKEN, present a dynamic harmonica/piano collaboration for their new duo release

"CABIN IN THE SKY," at Upstairs at Vitello's, 4349 Tujunga Av, Studio City, CA 91604; www.vitellosrestaurantc.om/

*  Tix, $20, plus 2-item food / beverage minimum $20.




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Wednesday...

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Wed, Oct 17:

8 pm - TWISTED PINE plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA; phone for reservations, 10 am-10 pm, 7 days: 626-798-6236.

*  Full of energy and surprise, wit and subtlety, Twisted Pine is one of the most acclaimed young string bands in the Northeast. Audiences across the US and UK have been drawn to their forthright songwriting, lush harmonies, musical daring, and “charismatic appeal,” to quote Grammy-winner Alison Brown.

*  Tix, $15



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Thursday...

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Thu, Oct 18:

5 pm - KEN O'MALLEY brings his solo residency of authentic and original Irish music to The Auld Dubliner, 71 S Pine Av, Long Beach, CA 90802; www.aulddubliner.com

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Thu, Oct 18:

7 pm - "THE ROADHOUSE SERIES PRESENTS: A TRIBUTE TO GRAM PARSONS" at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA; phone for reservations, 10 am-10 pm, 7 days: 626-798-6236.

*  Performing are The Cosmic Cowboys, with Chad Watson (bass), Al Bonhomme (lead guitar), Owen Goldman (drums), special guest, Dean Parks (pedal steel), plus guests Joel Bennett, RJ Chesney, Cool House (featuring Dolly Ramirez & JJ Schoch), Annette Conlon, Doug Conlon, KP Hawthorn, Karman Jeanne, Pam Loe, Robbie Mangiardi, Crist Moshos, Dolly Ramirez, Adrian Rice (Coyote Moon).

*  No figure in today’s Americana music has been as influential or as controversial as Gram Parsons. He burst on the scene in the mid-'60s with arguably the first country-rock band, The International Submarine Band. When they came to L.A. to record, Parsons found himself in the company of The Byrds. He was the key artistic visionary behind The Byrds classic 1968 album, "Sweetheart of the Rodeo." He went on to co-found The Flying Burrito Brothers with ex-Byrd Chris Hillman, and then to a short-lived solo career. Along the way he helped to bring country singing legend Emmylou Harris to public notice. He even influenced The Rolling Stones to explore country music, inspiring them to write and record “Honky Tonk Woman” and “Wild Horses.” He died of an accidental drug overdose in the California desert town he loved, Joshua Tree, in 1973.

*  Tix, $20

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Thu, Oct 18:

7:30 pm - ROBERT YACKO, Broadway musical singer & actor, presents his "Opening Doors" show at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Av, Fullerton, CA 92833

*  Robert Yacko is enjoying a decades-long and robust career on the musical and non-musical stage. The Broadway veteran will celebrate the music of several different composers and lyricists as he recounts his own career and experiences in the theatre.

*  Tix,  714-738-6595 or www.TheMuck.org

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Thu, Oct 18:

8 pm -  L.A. PHILHARMONIC: "ROMEO & JULIET" with Gustavo Dudamel and Benjamin Millepied, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, L.A. Music Center.


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Friday...

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Fri, Oct 19:

8 pm - DAN KRIKORIAN plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA; phone for reservations, 10 am-10 pm, 7 days: 626-798-6236.

*  Southern California singer-songwriter Dan Krikorian crafts organic and reflective folk-pop. His performance at the "Pageant of the Masters," and a week-long OC Fair residency, coupled with the release of his new single “Need Me Bad” and a forthcoming 5th studio album, "Grandeur," has earned him a passionate Southern California following. Dan’s musical style, defined by a cinematic blend of poetry, melody, and storytelling, provides listeners a cathartic and energizing listening experience.

*  Reviews are strong: “This deserves to find a larger audience... Dan Krikorian really has everything you need for greater success”, and, “Beautiful melodies, beautiful lyrics, beautiful harmonies, stunning arrangements, twists and turns...'Bloom' is a masterpiece an absolute must.” Moore’s Magazine, in describing both Krikorian’s live shows and recent recordings.

*  More: www.dankrikorian.com

*  Tix, $20

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Fri, Oct 19:

8 pm - "CONCERT TRIFECTA, PART 1" brings REBECCA FOLSOM & BETH WOOD to the Camarillo Café Concert Series in a different-artist-each-night, 3-venue, 3-consecutive night special series. It begins with the monthly "Cafe" show at the  community center, 1605 Burnley St, Camarillo, California 93010; 805-814-9366; www.CamarilloCafe.com

*  Attendees at all 3 nights will be invited to a special dinner hosted by the 3 venues / series operators. Date of dinner tbd.

*  This series runs Oct 19th-21st.

*  Friday, Oct 19th, series begins at the Camarillo Café Concert Series with singer-songwriters Rebecca Folsom and Beth Wood.

*  Saturday, Oct 20th, part 2 is at "Julie's Joint" backyard concert series in Canoga Park with Bay Area nu-folk super-group The Jones Gang (formerly Houston Jones) plus local faves John Zipperer & the Current Band.

*  Sunday, Oct 21st, part 3 is at Russ & Julie's House Concerts series in Oak Park (Thousand Oaks / Agoura Hills area) with international Americana star, singer-songwriter Tracy Grammer.

*  All 3 nights are a short drive away from each other.

*  Info, reservations, addresses, etc:

•  CAMARILLO CAFÉ CONCERT SERIES

www.camarillocafe.com

www.facebook.com/events/1687865861323054/

•  JULIE’S JOINT HOUSE CONCERTS  (reservations get address & directions):

www.facebook.com/Julies-Joint-377728355605049/

www.facebook.com/events/2192025797786174/

•  RUSS & JULIE’S HOUSE CONCERTS  (reservations get address & directions):

www.houseconcerts.us

www.facebook.com/events/2183501848573069/



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Saturday...

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Sat, Oct 20:

Noon - "The Met in HD: Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida" is a FREE "Visions & Voices" at USC's Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre, on the University Park (main) campus.

*  Admission is free with RSVP online, at:

https://cinema.usc.edu/events/event.cfm?id=37868

*  Following a pre-opera discussion hosted by the USC Thornton School of Music's Ken Cazan, there is a delayed satellite broadcast of the grandest of grand operas, Giuseppe Verdi’s "Aida."

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Sat, Oct 20:

5 pm - "CONCERT TRIFECTA, PART 2" tonight is at "Julie's Joint" backyard concert series in Canoga Park, in the different-artist-each-night, 3-venue, 3-consecutive night special series; tonight brings Bay Area nu-folk super-group THE JONES GANG (formerly HOUSTON JONES) plus local faves JOHN ZIPPERER & THE CURRENT BAND.

*  Attendees at all 3 will be invited to a special dinner hosted by the 3 venues / series operators. Date of dinner tbd.

*  This series runs Oct 19th-21st.

*  Friday, Oct 19th, series begins at the Camarillo Café Concert Series with singer-songwriters Rebecca Folsom and Beth Wood.

*  Saturday, Oct 20th, part 2 is at "Julie's Joint" backyard concert series in Canoga Park with Bay Area nu-folk super-group The Jones Gang (formerly Houston Jones) plus local faves John Zipperer & the Current Band.

*  Sunday, Oct 21st, part 3 is at Russ & Julie's House Concerts series in Oak Park (Thousand Oaks / Agoura Hills area) with international Americana star, singer-songwriter Tracy Grammer.

*  All 3 nights are a short drive away from each other.

*  Info, reservations, addresses, etc:

•  CAMARILLO CAFÉ CONCERT SERIES

www.camarillocafe.com

www.facebook.com/events/1687865861323054/

•  JULIE’S JOINT HOUSE CONCERTS (reservations get address & directions):

www.facebook.com/Julies-Joint-377728355605049/

www.facebook.com/events/2192025797786174/

•  RUSS & JULIE’S HOUSE CONCERTS  (reservations get address & directions):

www.houseconcerts.us

www.facebook.com/events/2183501848573069/

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Sat, Oct 20:

7 pm - THE SALTY SUITES play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA; phone for reservations, 10 am-10 pm, 7 days: 626-798-6236.

* Nu-folk faves, they play a lot of festivals.

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Oct 20-Nov 11:

"SATYAGRAHA: TRUTH FORCE," performed by L.A. OPERA at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, L.A. Music Center, downtown L.A.

*  "Satyagraha" is inspired by Gandhi’s early years in South Africa.

*  Following their extraordinary artistic triumphs of "Einstein on the Beach" and "Akhnaten," L.A. Opera stages this production and completes the Philip Glass "portrait" trilogy.

*  Glass wrote the trilogy about powerful personalities who changed the world.

*  Runs Oct 20th with dates through Nov 11th. All tix now on sale.

*  Tix, schedule, and more info: https://www.laopera.org/season/1819-season-la-opera-season/satyagraha/

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Sat, Oct 20:

8-10:30 pm - MICHAEL HEARNE and SHAKE RUSSELL play the "Brogden Bay Presents" concert series at Four Friends Gallery, 1414 E Thousand Oaks Bl, Thousand Oaks, CA 91301 (up behind the other buildings).

*  Shake was named "Entertainer of the Year" by the Texas Music Association.  

*  “Shake Russell, like Mark Twain or Guy Clark, has the gift of making us think and feel deeply at the same time. His body of work covers 5 decades and includes hits for Ricky Skaggs and Waylon. In fact, Mr. Jennings covered "Deep In the West" on two of his strongest albums in the 80s! Catch Shake in concert if ya can and take home a few of his recordings. He's a prolific pioneer and a true American Treasure.” -- legendary bassist Chad Watson.

*  “Michael Hearne’s record, High Road to Taos, embodies all that I love about New Mexico. Between his whiskey velvet voice, the evocative songwriting and gorgeous musical production, I found myself profoundly aching for my favorite place in the world.” -- Grammy nominee Eliza Gilkyson.

*  Tix $25 adv, from Steve Brogden, at brogdenbay@gmail.com or by cell phone at 805-358-4970; tix are $30 at door.



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Sunday...

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Sun, Oct 21:

Noon - MARINA V plays the "88.5 FM Presents" concert series at Westfield Village; outdoor stage, located next to 24 Hour Fitness, at 6220 N Topanga Canyon Bl, Woodland Hills, CA 91367.

*  FREE outdoor concert, 45 minute show, all ages.

*  Marina tells us it's her "show number 1,092," and she was so busy touring that she "missed show # 1,000."

*  This is also her last public concert in California -- indoors or out -- for 2018.

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Sun, Oct 21:

7 pm - "CONCERT TRIFECTA, PART 3" tonight at " Russ & Julie's House Concerts" series in Oak Park (Thousand Oaks / Agoura Hills area), concludes the different-artist-each-night, 3-venue, 3-consecutive night special series, with international Americana star, singer-songwriter TRACY GRAMMER.

*  Attend any one night, or all 3.

*  Attendees at all 3 will be invited to a special dinner hosted by the 3 venues / series operators. Date of dinner tbd.

*  This series runs Oct 19th-21st.

*  Friday, Oct 19th, series begins at the Camarillo Café Concert Series with singer-songwriters Rebecca Folsom and Beth Wood.

*  Saturday, Oct 20th, part 2 is at "Julie's Joint" backyard concert series in Canoga Park with Bay Area nu-folk super-group The Jones Gang (formerly Houston Jones) plus local faves John Zipperer & the Current Band.

*  Sunday, Oct 21st, part 3 is at Russ & Julie's House Concerts series in Oak Park (Thousand Oaks / Agoura Hills area).

*  All 3 nights are a short drive away from each other.

*  Info, reservations, addresses, etc for first 2 are in those day's listings. Info for tonight:

•  RUSS & JULIE’S HOUSE CONCERTS

www.houseconcerts.us

www.facebook.com/events/2183501848573069/

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Sun, Oct 21:

7 pm - NATHAN McEUEN plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA; phone for reservations, 10 am-10 pm, 7 days: 626-798-6236.

* Nathan has accomplished much. He has appeared on American Idol, The Tonight Show, Music City Roots, XM/Sirius Radio, The Stagecoach Festival, and the Grand Ole Opry. Nathan has shared the stage and worked with many of the best. The list includes: Bon Jovi, Mason Williams, Steve Martin, Vassar Clements, Willie Nelson, Kenny Loggins, Leon Russell, Billy Bob Thornton, John Carter Cash, Brad Paisley, Dwight Yoakam, Dave Mason, Jim Messina, Brett Dennen, and John Denver, more.

*  "I love his music!" - Crystal Gayle (AMA/CMA & Grammy Award winning singer).

*  “Nathan McEuen’s light is shining bright. A fine singer, guitarist and an excellent songwriter. There is hope on the horizon.” - Chris Hillman (The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Bros.)

*  "'Side By Side' is a perfect example of his talents."- Jim Messina (Poco, Buffalo Springfield, Loggins & Messina)

*  Tix, $20

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FURTHER  ON  DOWN THE ROAD...

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Thu, Oct 25:

7:30 pm - KID RAMOS & THE MEMPHIS KINGS play the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Av, Fullerton, CA 92833

*  It's a buffet of roots music, blending rhythm and blues, country, and early jazz. Kid Ramos has worked with James Harman, Roomful of Blues, the Big Rhythm Combo, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Mannish Boys, Bobby Jones and Los Fabulocos.

*  Tix,  714-738-6595 or www.TheMuck.org

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Sat, Oct 27, HALLOWEEN SHOW:

8 pm-11 pm - MARCH FOURTH, the delightfully eclectic marching band on stilts / stage act, plays the "HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST" night at Discovery Ventura, 1888 E Thompson Bl, Ventura, CA 93001

*  Costume Contest has a $300 cash prize.

*  Tix: $16 adv, $20 day of show if any remain;  https://nightout.com/events/march-forth-marching-band-at-discovery-ventura/tickets

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LATE ADDITION...

Sat, Oct 27, HALLOWEEN SHOW:

8 pm-11 pm - ANDY & RENEE & HARD RAIN play the Halloween Party at The Lemonade Stand, 24100 Narbonne Av, Suites 102-104, Lomita, CA 90717; 310-294-0810.

*  Costume Contest, "Spooky Snacks," cash bar, great music from the South Bay's top award-winning band (roots, Dylan tribute, originals, more). Doors at 7:30.

* Tix, $25, at: www.andyandrenee.com

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Sun, Oct 28 & Nov 4, HALLOWEEN SHOW:

3 pm & 7 pm - "SAMHAIN" THE ANNUAL IRISH-CELTIC HALLOWEEN SHOW returns, produced by CELTIC RHYTHMS at MacLeod's Ale Brewery in Van Nuys (actually in the warehouse next door, to seat everyone.)

*  With a cast of top-rated Southern Cal based touring Irish and Celtic musicians and dancers, this is always one of the very best autumn events.

*  Pronounced "Sau-in," like sauerkraut, it's the musically-powered tale and celebration of what became "All-Hallows-Eve," and then Halloween in our time.

*  Two shows on each of the two days.

*  Information and tickets at: https://celtic-rhythms.com/samhain-tickets

or 818-939-4313.

*  Buy early for the best seats.

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Tue, Oct 30:

8 pm - ERIC HUTCHINSON, the critically acclaimed and platinum-selling artist, makes a stop in Los Angeles at The Troubadour in WeHo.

*  He's out there on his cross-country "Modern Happiness" tour with his band, The Believers.

*  Tix, $25, at: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/mobile/index/1704679

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Sat, Nov 3:

8-11 pm - KEN O'MALLEY & FRIENDS bring authentic and original Irish music and acoustic multi-instrumental prowess, with Ken's fine vocals, to the Tam O'Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Bl. LA 90039; www.lawrysonline.com/tam-oshanter/

*  Full menu and full bar in the pub area of this charming Scottish themed restaurant, part of the Lawry's family that has been an L.A. landmark since 1922.

*  No cover, all ages.

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Sun, Nov 4, HALLOWEEN SHOW:

3 pm & 7 pm - "SAMHAIN" THE ANNUAL IRISH-CELTIC HALLOWEEN SHOW returns, produced by CELTIC RHYTHMS at MacLeod's Ale Brewery in Van Nuys.

*  See Oct 28 for full write-up.

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Wed, Nov 7:

7 pm - SOURDOUGH SLIM, nat'l festival fave and "Last Of The Vaudeville Cowboys," plays the "Ojai Concert Series" at the Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, downtown Ojai; www.ojaiconcertseries.com

*  "The most entertaining cowboy singer-yodeling-accordionist on the planet." -- East Bay Express (the Guide heartily concurs).

"There's no one else out there like Sourdough Slim. An accordion playing, yodeling, tongue-in-cheek, cowboy-dressed entertainer deluxe. Catchy, uplifting, irresistible, jolly fun," says Cowboy Magazine editor Darrell Arnold.

*  For this tour he is accompanied by Robert Armstrong. They transport you to a whimsical world where vaudevillian camp intermingles with cowboy legend. Sure to tickle your funny bone.

*  Tix, $20; $10 for ages 6-15 years.

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*  NOTE: The series is also selling a lot of tickets ($25 ea) for their presentation of the touring "IRISH CHRISTMAS in AMERICA" concert on Thu, Dec 20th (see the Guide's write-up). If you are thinking about bringing family or out of town guests, get tickets sooner rather than later. Tix at: www.ojaiconcertseries.com

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Thu, Dec 20:

7 pm - The touring "IRISH CHRISTMAS in AMERICA" concert

comes to the "Ojai Concert Series" at the Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, downtown Ojai; www.ojaiconcertseries.com

*  The hugely popular "Irish Christmas in America" show features top Irish music, song, and dance in an engaging performance rich in humor and boundless energy.

*  The 2018 tour features special guest singer Niamh Farrell, a Sligo, Ireland vocalist who has toured with UK singer-songwriting star David Gray. Niamh teams up with legendary West Kerry singer Séamus Begley, famous for his charming wit and stunning voice.

*  This family-friendly performance features lively instrumental tunes on fiddle, flute, uilleann pipes and harp, along with thrilling Irish old-style dancing from Samantha Harvey.

*  In addition, evocative photographic images provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions of Ireland. Take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland, bring you on a fun-filled start to the holiday season of 2018.

*  Cast includes:

Oisín Mac Diarmada – fiddle / producer

Séamus Begley – vocals / accordion

Niamh Farrell – vocals / flute

Gráinne Hambly – harp / concertina

Seán Gavin – flute / uilleann pipes

Samantha Harvey – piano / dance

Brian Cunningham – dance

*  Tix $25, $15 for ages 6-15 years.

*  NOTE: The series is also selling a lot of tickets ($25 ea) for their presentation of this touring concert. Especially if you are thinking about bringing family or out of town guests, get tickets sooner rather than later. Tix at: www.ojaiconcertseries.com

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



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Okay, Here's the words and chords to Willie Nelson's "VOTE 'EM Out ---

VOTE ‘EM OUT

By Willie Nelson. (2:11)

© 2018 Willie Nelson. All rights reserved

[Source: https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/country/8477550/willie-nelson-beto-
orourke-rally-vote-em-out-song]

[Alt. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssVO5qnyQss]

16 bar blues

Key of D. Ca. 192 beats per minute (Presto)

D
If you don’t like who’s in there, Vote ‘Em Out.
A
That’s what election day is all about.
D D7 G G7
And the biggest gun we got, is called the ballot box.
D A D
If you don’t like who’s in there, Vote ‘Em Out.

CHORUS:
G
Vote ‘Em Out (Vote ‘Em Out.)
D
Vote ‘Em Out (Vote ‘Em Out.)
A
And when they’re gone, we’ll sing and dance and shout.
D D7 G G7
And she’ bring some new ones in, and they will start the show again.
D A D
And if you don’t like who’s in there, Vote ‘Em Out.

Musical interlude
Guitar solo (16 bars) D 1-6 A 7-8 D 9 D7 10 G 11 G7 12 D 13 A 14 D 15-16
Piano solo (16 bars). D 1-6 A 7-8 D 9 D7 10 G 11 G7 12 D 13 A 14 D 15-16

D
And if it’s a bunch of clowns you voted in,
A
Election Day is comin’ ‘round again.
D D7 G G7
And if you don’t like it now, you can change it anyhow.
D A D
And if you don’t like who’s in there, Vote ‘Em Out.

CHORUS:
G
Vote ‘Em Out. (Vote ‘Em Out).
D
Vote ‘Em Out. (Vote ‘Em Out).
A
And when they’re gone, we’ll sing and dance and shout.
D D7 G G7
We’ll start the show again, and bring some new ones in.
D A D.
And if you don’t like who’s in there, Vote ‘Em Out.

CHORUS:
G
Vote ‘Em Out. (Vote ‘Em Out.)
D
Vote ‘Em Out. (Vote ‘Em Out.)
A
And when we’re done, we’ll sing and dance and shout.
D D7 G G7
And we’ll bring some new ones in, and we’ll start the show again.
G G7
And we’ll start the show again.
D A D
But if you don’t like who’s in there, Vote ‘Em Out.
A D
And if you don’t like who’s in there, Vote ‘Em Out.

4 Bar Instrumental to end.

[Transcribed by Kevin Cloud Brechner, Time River Productions. - I hope got close to it, Willie.]

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Major Fall Festival Weekend, + Music News & Concerts. Oct 11 2018 edition

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LATE ADDITIONS (latest up-top):

1) Saturday noon-4 pm acoustic music benefit for horse rescue, in Ojai. (See events listings.)

2) Saturday 7:30 pm monthly Contra Dance w/ live music in South Pasadena. (In events listings.)

3) Fri & Sat, Oct 12 & 13, FESTIVAL:
The annual "AV UKULELE FESTIVAL" kicks-off with a gala concert FRIDAY at 7:30 pm at the Performing Arts Theatre at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster. Details in "Festivals" section, just below.

4) Added info, with schedules for both stages at Saturday's Kaleidoscope. Details are with the original write-up in "Festivals" section, just below.
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This weekend the roots-acoustic and Folk-Americana emphasis are up north. Which is two kinds of north. Meaning west up the 101, and real north, up the 14 Freeway to the closest desert. (And -- late addition -- it's dry -- no rain -- up the 14 in the desert.)



Things will be delightfully realized with annual music festivals almost on the beach in Ventura and just north of Santa Barbara in Goleta; and in Woodland Hills at the FOLK ALLIANCE Conference; and in Lancaster at the UKE FESTIVAL, and Palmdale with full sets of great Folk-Americana from three groups on the main stage at the annual KALEIDOSCOPE MUSIC & ART FESTIVAL, which is the only FREE festival.



True, big media is awash in reporting about this weekend's "Desert Daze" festival which has moved closer-in, to Lake Elsinore. We have nothing more to say about that one, since it's all about atonal electronica, dischordant sonic crashes, and whatever passes for pop performance masquerading as rock with a cadre of dubiously-musical pseudo celebrities-du-jour.



Quickie descriptions of ALL FIVE of "our kind" of festivals are right up front, just below.



Plus, we bring you the CONCERT LISTINGS in the events calendar AFTER the news features.



Here's a fresh heads-up, plus the news.



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FESTIVALS!



The Guide has attended four of the five of these festivals in previous years, and we enthusiastically endorse and recommend each of them to you -- including the Uke Fest, the only one we haven't yet seen and heard.

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FESTIVALS -- First up: Saturday & Sunday in Ventura



All weekend, it's the "SEASIDE HIGHLAND GAMES" at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. There's Celtic music on multiple stages, clans in tartan kilts, competitively marching bagpipe and drum corps in individual and massed performances, haggis and bangers and other food of the British isles and Scotland and Ireland.



And there's the astonishing excitement of the officially sanctioned "Scottish Heavy Athletic" competition. That is most aptly described as large people throwing things, ranging from telephone poles to big hammers.



You'll also find sheepdog herding demonstrations, a fiddle contest that's part of the national circuit, a Celtic harp petting zoo and performance area, and more than you can reasonably enjoy in a full day. Music stages have seating both indoors and outdoors, so you'll get a good mix of fresh salt air and shade.



You'll also see how artists integrate their music with Amtrak's passenger trains, which pass a few feet behind one stage, air horns, passengers gawking at performers, and all.



It's at Seaside Park, aka the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W Harbor Bl, Ventura, CA.



Full info at: http://www.seaside-games.com

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Sidebar...

"Training" to two Festivals



You can do more than watch the trains roll past one of the Seaside stages. Ride Amtrak to Seaside Highland or the Old Time Fiddlers festivals, or ride from one to the other. You can get there from 'purt near anywhere, from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. Just take any of the many "Pacific Surfliner" trains. All make stops at Los Angeles Union Station, in the SFV, and in OC. (Be careful: the Seattle-L.A. train, the "Coast Starlight," does not make either stop.)



Amtrak's Ventura Station is literally across the street from the SEASIDE HIGHLAND GAMES. For the event described next, the Goleta Station has a shuttle van up the hill or it's an enjoyable short hike from the Amtrak platform. Take note of the last train home, or you'll be an overnight resident at the beach.



Of course, those addicted to their gas guzzlers can drive to either of these festivals. Note that it's always pay-to-park at the VC fairgrounds.

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner schedules and info: https://www.amtrak.com/pacific-surfliner-train



FESTIVALS part 2 -- Sunday's Festival



On Sunday, it's the "SANTA BARBARA OLD-TIME FIDDLER’S FESTIVAL" in Goleta, at the picturesque Stowe House and Museum. Tours of the historic buildings and strolling about the historic and picturesque grounds are the perfect accompaniment to the delightful music and workshops.



Featured stage performances by Brad Leftwich & Linda Higginbotham, Frank Fairfield & Tom Marion, Skillet Licorice,

Eric & Suzy Thompson, Plaid Strangers, David Bragger & Susan Platz, Echo Mountain, Clinton Davis, and Have More Fun Stringband.


This one began as an instrumental prowess contest. It still has that, too, and it's inclusive of high-level players.



It's at Rancho La Patera & Stow House, 304 N Los  Carneros Rd,  Goleta, CA 93117



Full info at: http://fiddlersfestival.org/

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FESTIVALS part 3 -- the Friday-through-Sunday conference



The 15th annual "FOLK ALLIANCE FAR-WEST CONFERENCE" returns to Southern California this year after its time in the Pacific Northwest.



Featuring "official" and "guerilla" individual / band performances and showcases, it has characteristics of both a festival and a conference, not unlike the Americana Music Conference. FAR West has workshops and plenty of events for music fans as well as for members.



It runs Fri-Sun, Oct 12-14, at the Warner Center Marriott, 21850 Oxnard St, Woodland Hills, CA 91367.



Full info on concert tix, attending showcases, and full event registration, at: http://www.far-west.org/far-west-2018.html

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FESTIVALS part 4 -- Saturday's FREE FESTIVAL in Palmdale



The annual "KALEIDOSCOPE MUSIC & ART FESTIVAL" in Palmdale is FREE. It features full sets of great Folk-Americana from three groups on the main stage. There's Grammy-nom Cajun-zydeco band Lisa Haley & The Zydecats, Irish band Paddy's Pig, and fiery acoustic string ensemble Incendio. Plus, performances by Stone Soul, High-D Boys, Megan Tibbits, and Black Eye Affair.



There's also plenty of visual art in many mediums, from dazzling sidewalk chalk artists working large-scale to painting, sculpture, and more.



It's FREE with free parking and runs Saturday only, 10 am-6 pm, at the Palmdale Amphitheater, 2723 Rancho Vista Bl, Palmdale, CA 93551


You'll never find their schedule online, and we don't want you to miss Lisa Haley, Paddy's Pig, the High-D Boys, or Megan Tibbets. Plus there are singer-songwriters all day on another stage, so we have that schedule, too.

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TAPESTRY STAGE (Amphitheatre Main Stage) schedule:



*  Megan Tibbits, 10:30 am. ABC’s "Rising Star" Top 12, she plays guitar, harp, oboe and saxophone and brings "distinctive acoustic harmonies." Her recently released debut album is “Until I Fly.”



*  High-D Boys, 11 am. Banjo, guitar, washtub, 4-part harmony -- musical comedy group. We've heard em, they're good.



*  Paddy’s Pig, 12:30 pm. Irish band, plays big festivals and dark clubs, ranging from folk traditionalism to rock-n-roll energy, with authentic original songs. Old faves at The Guide.



 *  Lisa Haley & The Zydecats, 2 pm. Grammy-nominated Lisa Haley is a fiddler, dancer, vocalist, and songwriter who, with The Zydekats,  brings heartwarming Louisiana Bayou rhythms, traditional stylings and original songs that speak to all ages. They've even played a festival in Borneo. Warning:  Zydecosis is contagious.



 *  Jungle Fire, 3:30 pm. Afro/Latin Funk.



*  Stone Soul, 5 pm. Classic Soul and Motown, with horns. Solidly entertaining.

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MOSAIC STAGE schedule:



*  Crosby Morgan (singer-songwriter) 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 3:30 pm

*  Janell Crampton (singer-songwriter) 11 am

*  Ellie Aguilar (singer-songwriter) 11:30 am and 4 pm

*  Black Eye Affair (singer-songwriter) 12 pm and 4:30 pm

*  Megan Tibbits (singer-songwriter) 1 pm

*  Jessica Mae Ross (singer-songwriter) 2 pm and 5 pm

*  RoRo (singer-songwriter) 2:30 pm and 5:30 pm

*  Adelynn Mejia (singer-songwriter) 3 pm

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This year they've also added 3-D Wall Paintings, "Living Masterpieces," Brush Strokes Live Studio Classes, Young at Art, Upcycled Art, ArtLight ExpoLive Music, and the Fresh Made Market.

 

More at: http://www.palmdaleamphitheater.com/#nav




Info: http://www.palmdaleamphitheater.com/event/04dd48aceb9bf19928b1b1148d22ece2

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Sidebar...

"Training" to the festival in Palmdale



You can TAKE THE METROLINK TRAIN to Palmdale on a $10 Saturday "Day Pass," then use your train ticket for a FREE bus ride to the festival. Metrolink's "Antelope Valley Line" runs, with plenty of intermediate stations, through the SFV and Santa Clarita from Union Station in downtown L.A.


METROLINK train schedule and info: https://www.metrolinktrains.c om/ schedules/

Bus schedule from Palmdale METROLINK to festival: http://www.avta.com/index.aspx?page=3

(HELPFUL TIP: The local bus site is challenging. You want Maps and Schedules, Local Transit, Route 7, Route 7 Schedule. You're riding from Palmdale Transportation Center to Marie Kerr Park. And when you're riding to the festival, hit the schedule rack on the bus for a paper schedule to know the return time options.)

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FESTIVALS part 5 -- LATE ADDITION: the Uke Fest


Fri & Sat, Oct 12 & 13, FESTIVAL:

7:30 pm Friday - annual "AV UKULELE FESTIVAL" gala concert at the Performing Arts Theatre at Antelope Valley College, 3041 W Ave K, Lancaster, CA 93534

*  Friday is a benefit concert with great players, and it raises money for music education in local schools.

*  Saturday is a full day of music workshops and clinics in classrooms.

*  Friday Concert Lineup features

•   FRED SOKOLOW

•   THE NAKED WAITERS

•   JASON ARIMOTO

•   CALI ROSE

•   LISE LEE

*  Legendary musician Fred Sokolow, well known for his instructional materials, has played with the likes of John Herald, Frank Wakefield and Jerry Garcia. Through his storied career, he's opened for the Grateful Dead, the Doors, B.B. King, Country Joe and the Fish, and countless other acts. Meet Fred at https://www.sokolowmusic.com/

*  Friday Headliners Concert, 7:30 pm, $30

*  Saturday Workshops & Clinics, 10 am to 5 pm, $45

*  All-Access Two Day Pass, $60

*  full event info, with music vids, and tix link, at: www.avukefest.com



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NEWS FEATURES...



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# 1 feature...

"International Day of the Girl" brings music -- and questions -- to TV





Thursday, October 11 marked the annual "International Day of the Girl." In an alternative to the traditional "take your daughter to work day," or the much improved "welcome girls exploring careers," NBC's "Today" show went for music.



That is, they went for music that reinforced the commercialism and marketability of the pop diva who was promoted as every girl's hero and role model -- whether or not it fit the meaning of the special day.



We should say that former First Lady Michelle Obama was also a guest who promoted her new foundation's purpose of supporting and funding causes that empower girls. But she stuck around for the obligatory fawning and gushing over entertainment celebrities -- something that characterizes NBC's "Today" more than any other morning show.



So, was the music anything special? Yes and no.



Meagan Tranor opened the one-song-apiece "concert" with some soundalike pop tome that was lyrically a repetition of three hook lines and nothing more. Anybody paying fifty percent attention knew the entire song on a single run-through and could sing and perform it. If there was any reason to.



Jennifer Hudson followed a convoy of commercials with her song, "I'll Fight." Her song surprisingly centers on its substantive lyrical content, exceeding rare in modern pop. The song, released in May, does have its linguistic incongruity -- "I'll help your back when your backs to the wall" -- but it is otherwise quite strong. And it invokes a strong female character who is there to take action and actualize her ethics on behalf of others. That made it a perfect choice for the day. Check out the lyrics at: https://genius.com/Jennifer-hudson-ill-fight-lyrics



After another avalanche of commercials -- which ran at least as long as the content segment -- we got the third and final musical performance.



Kelly Clarkson brought along an energetic horn section and tried to stylistically evoke Aretha Franklin in Clarkson's own song, "Whole Lotta Woman." Though most of the lyrics were unintelligible, it was clear there was a disconnect between the event's message of empowering girls and the song's theme. This one is about a woman asserting her physical desirability -- speaking to an unnamed man in a competitive situation where she sees other women vying with her to be the prize in the meat market.



We take the time to report all this for a reason. First, because music is influential. And because that performance, as much as anything about "International Day of the Girl," tells us how much this society needs to truly empower our girls. Really empower them -- to be what each and every one of them wants to be -- to achieve their own potential. And not to seek validation of their identities by attaching themselves to some hunk or to the dreams of someone else.



Speaking as a male of the species, we find any female who is not in touch with her own self-actualized girl power just isn't very interesting as a conversationalist, companion, cooperative partner, or competitor. Musically and otherwise. Is that just us, or do some guys still want to oppress women and keep them as playthings? In the wake of "metoo," "Day of the Girl" should raise questions and awareness for all of us -- about our music, and more.



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# 2 feature...


Fascism in our time?





We hear that word, "fascism," tossed around so casually of late that it's a good idea to take time for a brief presentation of what it really is, and the extent to which we are headed for it.



Jason Stanley, professor at Yale, is author of "How Fascism Works: the Politics of Us and Them." He was a guest with plenty to say in the closing segment of "Democracy Now" on Thursday.



With no nonsense or the breathless BS of corporate cable's echo chamber narrative, Prof. Stanley quickly and clearly brings the characteristics into focus, with an assessment of American government and societal behavior. It was absolutely compelling in the 7 am hour when it ran live.



You can watch it on demand on the web. Host Amy Goodman has more with the professor than what aired on TV. The show and the extended conversation are on the show's website, at: https://www.democracynow.org/shows



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# 3 feature...


A NARROWLY-AVERTED SPACE DISASTER -- AND WHY MORE DISASTERS ARE INEVITABLE IN OUR TIME





Every artist we know is interested in space exploration. Maybe it was the influence of David Bowie.

By now, you've likely heard that a NASA astronaut and Russian cosmonaut safely made a hair-raising emergency landing early Thursday. Their Soyuz booster had an engine failure just three minutes after what appeared to be a perfect launch to the International Space Station, or ISS. Traveling 4,700 mph, the Soyuz crew was 30 miles high when the automatic abort system detached their spacecraft to fall back to Earth 400 km from the launch site.



Space launch failures are thankfully rare. This is only the second for a Soyuz launch. In 1975, two Soviet cosmonauts crash-landed in the Altai Mountains after an aborted launch. They required medical care. Today's crew fared better.



We visit what happened today because convoluted and nonsensical US policy is at the center of this, and as we'll explore, It's a metaphor for a whole lot of things. America is running a paltry shadow of a once-robust space program and doing it on a dangerously thin shoestring. It makes no sense because America's taxpayers paid for the ISS, and our government's budget-cutting zealots eliminated our ability to get there unless we bum a ride with the Russians. Yet we spend more on the aerospace sector of "defense spending" than on any other aspect of deadly technologies.



While the arrangement has produced close ties and cooperation between the two nations' space agencies, it flies in the face of deteriorating US-Russian relations in every other arena. As trade is stifled by political and economic sanctions, reliance on Russian rockets for US crew to come and go from the ISS is a politically risky proposition. Indeed, NASA's contract for rides on Soyuz expires next July, and it's far from certain whether Boeing or Space-X will be ready to take its place.



But then, America is no stranger to crises of its own creation or to stupidity, in many arenas, for a lot of reasons. Often, chief among them is because when the chips are down, we get cheap.



More accurately, it's because we're easily manipulated by the idea that we're too much in debt to afford things that enable higher aspirations, higher thinking about higher purposes. It's because we are conditioned to default to austerity, while spending ever greater sums on wars of foreign occupation, drone wars, proxy wars, secret wars, contingencies for wars, proliferating overseas bases, and supplying weapons to nations who flagrantly use their military power to subjugate their own people and those of neighboring nations.



It's made us cheap -- largely because we're maneuvered into fear-based thinking. We believe we're desperately in debt and can't afford anything. Anything else, that is.



Our infrastructure is deteriorating to the point of a third world country. Our schools cancelled arts and music education, along with shop classes and drivers ed, about two decades ago. What used to be part of everybody's education is now available only to a few who get into "STEM" or so-called "STEAM" curriculums, the latter where arts has shoehorned itself into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.



Military bases on US soil dramatically decreased in the 1990s, crippling local economies from coast to coast. We were supposed to gain a "peace dividend" from reduced military spending after the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. That "dividend" was supposed to have been available to improve education, create a new 21st century infrastructure, produce medical advances and assure health care for all -- and enable a vigorous space program.



But we got none of those things. Instead, we got an American Empire bent on controlling the world's oil supply through military domination.



It's all in the name of "keeping us safe." Because we live with the threat of terrorism. With which we are, and must be, at war. We are constantly admonished to Honor The Troops. An entire generation has grown up believing "God Bless America" is a tradition at every baseball game.



And so an incalculable amount is spent on "weapons systems," from the most cyber sophisticated to the most rudimentary of dumb bullets.



Even as Russia announced Thursday it was grounding the Soyuz fleet, pending a full investigation? Simultaneously on Thursday, our military quietly announced it was grounding all of the F-35 stealth fighter planes.



The F-35 is the trouble-plagued, much delayed, most expensive aircraft of all time. It's "needed" to keep us safe. And to buy favor with foreign regimes who can be given them in gold-plated military "aid" packages, provided their "leaders" (i.e., rulers) click all the buttons to "like" us. Even if they torture and kill their own people. And starve the children of Yemen. And murder a critical reporter seeking to become an American citizen. Or use their snipers to shoot unarmed civilians protesting their lack of civil rights because they are Palestinians whose land is under military occupation.



The multi-trillion-dollar US aerospace industry could be building vessels for exploring and settling the planets and their astonishing aquatic moons. But the American Empire won't spend our tax dollars on that. Instead, we spend far more for aerospace to be the chief expression of things you didn't see coming that go bang in the night. And kill people. Then we justify it on the basis of job creation, and our corporate media protects the disconnect between that, a generation of severly wounded troops, and why so many people in various parts of the world don't like us.



Thus, the dream of an enlightened humanity, working cooperatively, pursuing a Star Trek future of exploration, discovery, learning, understanding and enlightenment? Well that's ridiculous. It's too expensive. We'd be fiscally irresponsible to pursue that pie-in-the-sky stuff. Or to reverse the climate chaos we are causing. Or to reverse our obsession with incarceration of more people than all other nations combined. Those things would cost too much. We can't afford to do any of those crazy altruistic things. We must be responsible and put everything -- except militarism for empire -- on the cheap.



So Star Trek is off the budgetary table in favor of a Star Wars future. Which, at present, is embodied in the dangerously idiotic notion of creating yet another military branch, to be dubbed the "US Space Force."



NASA -- our civilian space agency -- first envisioned landing humans on Mars during the heyday of the Apollo Moon landings. The first Mars crew was to land in 1987. Instead, the final three Apollo missions were cancelled by the Nixon administration, despite the fact that all the hardware had been built and paid for. An innovative NASA turned one leftover Saturn V into Skylab, the world's first space station. It had a bigger workshop interior than anything launched by anybody, since. But Skylab was allowed to burn up in the atmosphere, because we were too cheap to save it. The other two flight-ready Saturn V Moon rockets were laid on their sides as displays, to quietly deteriorate and pay witness to capability lost -- murdered, really -- by being too cheap to launch them.



As for the money "saved" by cancelling the final three Moon missions? It was devoured in explosions in the jungles of Vietnam. Where America should have learned lessons about the arrogance of Empire, but didn't.



Thing is, back when we were immersed in Vietnam, we were also building a fabulously innovative and capable space program. And building an enormous interstate highway system that went everywhere. And our libraries were open all the time, and our schools taught math AND music and visual and performing arts, to EVERY student in our recently desegregated public schools.



We paid for all of it. Or, rather, the generations who prevailed at the time paid for it. They did it because they taxed the rich. And that didn't exactly prevent the development of Beverly Hills or Miami Beach, or the Lear Jet, or the yacht building industry. That was before the rich were proclaiming themselves as "job creators" whose success could not be penalized by being taxed. Seems we could pay for everything until that happened.



Fast forward to now. Being cheap has been discovered as a tool of political manipulation.



It starts when "we" realize "they" aren't paying and feel no responsibility. That might make us outraged. But the Occupy Movement was a flash  in the pan. It was replaced with the imposed idea that if "they" are admired for being smart and getting away free, we should all feel smugly pleased if we can do it, too. Except that can be, and is, manipulated, cynically using a sense of societal guilt.



Case in point? The November California ballot contains Proposition 6. Millions of dollars in TV ads tell us it must be defeated, lest our being cheap will cause the collapse of our decaying infrastructure and starve our "1st responder" police and firemen. That is clever manipulation by those who seek to reap the money they're set to get unless Proposition 6 passes. Construction is the domain of very big corporate interests. Police and Firefighter unions are powerful lobbying forces.



It all hinges on whether voters will see they are continually fleeced by the nation's highest gasoline prices, due in part to California's high fuel taxes and high vehicle registration fees. It's that, or whether the fear of unfilled potholes will prevail. Passage of Proposition 6 -- a yes vote -- will empower the people to decide on future gas tax and vehicle registration hikes, and stop the pending implementation of shockingly high increases in both that will financially cripple many Californians.



With soaring rents being too damn high -- which the people can empower themselves to stop by passing Proposition 10 -- Southern California residents are, increasingly, commuters. Likewise, the expense ratio of commute costs to saving on higher rents closer-in, seems always to be eaten by rising expenses, somewhere. That brings us right back to astronomical gasoline prices and high license plate fees.



Most of us can't even consider our impact on global climate change caused by more time on the road. What should be the primary priority of the entire human race is knocked far down the list by personal economics. All a function of those able to manipulate things on a large scale, for growing enrichment of their bloated fortunes. Power begets the ability to amass and increase power. And to make pawns of the rest of us.



And so, when we flock to the theatres or our Netflix screens to savor Hollywood's latest thrillride of a future of spacefaring, that's as close as we are likely to come. The nebulous notion of going to Mars "sometime in the 2030s" will slip ever farther into a future when there is no money for anything but militarism and Empire.



The "unexpected" and "unanticipated" costs of responding to evermore hurricanes and tornadoes -- and earthquakes caused by fracking, and water poisoned by failing old pipes and frack chemicals -- will consume everything we have. Along the way it will collectively end the ability of most students to afford college, and most people to afford adequate medical care (except for addictive prescription drugs).



And with all that comes the end of the ability to pursue a Star Trek future. It brings evermore needless risk to everything that isn't hardwired to megagiant profitabilty for megagiant, overmerged, cyberspying corporations. Because we are cheap? Partly, but increasingly that idea will be used to manipulate us. Because we fail to see we are rendered that way by the vampires of the military-industrial-cybersecurity complex who safeguard not us, but their Empire.



Meanwhile, today's politicized economics uniformly aggregates all the wealth to the manipulative few. And it produces a quagmire, a plague of nonsensical, unworkable chaos that creates opportunity for the money manipulators to consolidate ever more power and control while the rest of us stay broke.



Thus, high speed rail gets politicized to death, to the point that unnecessary detours make fast trips impossible between the places most people would ride.



Manipulators have no shame. The governor of Florida, the state most vulnerable to climate chaos, uses an executive order that prohibits his state's employees from speaking or writing, in any form, the words "climate change," under penalty of being fired. And Florida's taxpayers finance his ostrich-head-in-the-sand edicts, even as all taxpayers must fund the disaster relief needed because climate change brings especially catastrophic events to Florida.



And so our precious few spacefarers, relegated to bumming rides, can't catch the only launch vehicle in town -- the Russian Soyuz -- because, as of today, those rockets are one of the two fleets that have just been entirely grounded.



Even as we know that the other thing grounded, the hideously expensive US F-35 warplanes, will be magically cured -- at additional hideous expense to taxpayers -- long before we have any new "space workhorse" capability to replace the Soyuz.



Most Uber and Lyft customers won't ride in an old car that might break down. We don't respect our astronauts enough to give them the same option. Because we're either stupid or cheap. And we will continue to pay the price of being driven, by manipulators of fear, into the epidemic lunacy of austerity.



For those who still believe that capitalism will save us, will Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos save our dreams of space? How will they justify the expenses to their profit-demanding directors and stockholders? It's a different equation than a Hollywood fantasy that might be the next summer blockbuster. And that mannequin of an astronaut orbiting the sun in Musk's Tesla doesn't need oxygen or water or food or shielding from cosmic rays or limits to G-forces. Real astronauts and cosmonauts do. Whether or not our fear of corporate-hyped boogeymen or nebulous terrorists or other justifications for a petroleum empire keeps us thinking we can only afford to be cheap.





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MUSIC THIS WEEKEND -- FESTIVALS & CONCERTS


This weekend's Festivals were reported at the top of this edition. Here, through MONDAY, are the CONCERTS, club gigs, and quick-listing of festivals, all in chronological order by day and start time.

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FRIDAY...

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Fri, Oct 12, MUSIC CONFERENCE / FESTIVAL:

Annual "FOLK ALLIANCE FAR-WEST CONFERENCE" gets underway today with a return to Southern California at the Warner Center Marriott, 21850 Oxnard St, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

*  see FESTIVALS in the first section for details.

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Fri, Oct 12:

7 pm - LAURENCE JUBER, Grammy winning guitarist, plays the Museum of Making Music, 5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008; 760-438-5996

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Fri, Oct 12:

8 pm - KACY AND CLAYTON play the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497

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Fri, Oct 12:

8 pm - HONEY WHISKEY TRIO plus SHE SINGS, SHE SWINGS, at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-6362

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Fri, Oct 12:

8 pm - JD SOUTHER & BROOKE RAMEL play the Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675; 949-496-8927

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SATURDAY...

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Sat & Sun, Oct 12 & 13, FESTIVAL:

Annual "SEASIDE HIGHLAND GAMES" at Seaside Park, aka the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W Harbor Bl, Ventura, CA 93001

*  see FESTIVALS (first feature) for full write-up.

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Sat, Oct 12, FREE FESTIVAL:

10 am-6 pm - annual "KALEIDOSCOPE MUSIC & ART FESTIVAL" with Lisa Haley & The Zydecats, Stone Soul, High-D Boys, Paddy's Pig, Incendio, Megan Tibbits, Black Eye Affair, much more, at the Palmdale Amphitheater, 2723 Rancho Vista Bl, Palmdale, CA 93551

*  see FESTIVALS (first feature) for full write-up.

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Fri-Sun, Oct 11-13, MUSIC CONFERENCE / FESTIVAL:

Annual "FOLK ALLIANCE FAR-WEST CONFERENCE" continues at the Warner Center Marriott, 21850 Oxnard St, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

*  see FESTIVALS (first feature) for full write-up.

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LATE ADDITION: Sat, Oct 13:

Noon-4 pm - TEQUILA PICNIC band with superb songwriter J. PETER BOLES plays a benefit for the Calif. Coastal Horse Rescue's "Harvest of Hope" event, at 600 W Lomita Av, Ojai. There's music, kid's activities, food & beer. $10 per person.

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Sat, Oct 12:

2 pm -ANDY RAU plus DENNIS ROGER REED play the Middle Ridge Winery, 54301 N Circle Dr, Idyllwild, CA 92549

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Sat, Oct 12:

3 pm - ECHO MOUNTAIN plus DAVID BRAGGER & SUSAN PLATZ, and CLINTON DAVIS, play a "Pre-Santa Barbara Old-Time Fiddler’s Festival Concert" at the Sunday festival venue, Rancho La Patera & Stow House, 304 N Los Carneros Rd, Goleta, CA 93117

*  see FESTIVALS (first feature) for full write-up.

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Sat, Oct 12:

4 pm - DIGGING ROOTS at the California Center For The Arts, Lyric Court, 340 N Escondido Bl, Escondido, CA 92025; 800-988-4253

*  note: two events here in different theatres.

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Sat, Oct 12:

7 pm - TIERRA, MAR Y AIRE: FLAMENCO ARANA at the California Center for the Arts, Center Theatre, 340 N Escondido Bl, Escondido, CA 92025; 800-988-4253

*  note: two events here in different theatres.

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Sat, Oct 12:

7:30 pm - JOHN YORK (the Byrds) plays the Gelencser House Concerts in Claremont, CA 91711; reservations get directions, at: singfolk@yahoo.com

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Sat, Oct 12:

7:30 pm - Grammy winning Hawai'ian slack key guitar master JIM KIMO WEST, & KEN EMERSON, play the Wooden Hall Concerts at the Alhecama Theatre, 914 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Sat, Oct 12:

7:30 pm - GRAHAM NASH plays Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106; 619-523-1010

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LATE ADDITION: Sat, Oct 13:

7:30-11:15 pm - SECOND-SATURDAY CONTRA  DANCE with

Briana Bandy and Emil Olguin making the music, Jeremy Korr calling, at the Woman’s Club of South Pasadena, 1424 Fremont Av,  South Pasadena, CA 91030

*  Admission is $12 adults, $8 full-time students w/ID, age 16 and under free. CDSS members get $1 off.

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Sat, Oct 12:
8 pm - PATTERSON HOOD plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497

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SUNDAY...

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Sun, Oct 13, FESTIVAL:

10 am-5 pm - Annual "SANTA BARBARA OLD-TIME FIDDLER’S FESTIVAL" at Rancho La Patera & Stow House, 304 N Los Carneros Rd., Goleta, CA 93117

*  see FESTIVALS (first feature) for full write-up.

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Sun; Sat & Sun, Oct 12 & 13, FESTIVAL:

Annual "SEASIDE HIGHLAND GAMES" at Seaside Park, aka the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W Harbor Bl, Ventura, CA 93001

*  see FESTIVALS (first feature) for full write-up.

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Sun; Fri-Sun, Oct 11-13, MUSIC CONFERENCE / FESTIVAL:

Annual "FOLK ALLIANCE FAR-WEST CONFERENCE" concludes today at the Warner Center Marriott, 21850 Oxnard St, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

*  see FESTIVALS (first feature) for full write-up.

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Sun, Oct 13:

7 pm - J.D. SOUTHER plays the Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University's Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts, 24255 PCH, Malibu, CA 90265; 310-506-4522

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Sun, Oct 13:

7 pm - TERESA TUDURY plus JAMES LEE STANLEY play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675

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Sun, Oct 13:

8 pm - JESSE COOK plays the City National Grove Of Anaheim, 2200 E Katella Av, Anaheim, CA 92806; 714-712-2700

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Sun, Oct 13:

8 pm - THE DEER plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497

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MONDAY...

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Mon, Oct 14:

8 pm - WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY play the splendid McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92260; 760-340-ARTS or 866-889-ARTS

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Mon, Oct 14:

8 pm - JOHN McEUEN & CRAIG EASTMAN play their annual show at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675

*  John is a founding member of the NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND.





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Friday, October 5, 2018

Rocktober, Acoustically Speaking... Weekend Doin's & Beyond. Oct 6 & 7, 2018 edition

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We're back from New Orleans and Tennessee, after a stop in Chicago, and a supposedly "smart" phone that gave up the ghost crossing the Rocky Mountains. But the show must go on. So here ya are.
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3 SECTIONS in this edition

1) Music on TV
2) Festivals
3) Music in the Venues

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# 1 topic...


MUSIC ON TV


All weekend:
"DUKE'S OCEAN FEST" with Hawai'ian music, ukulekes, vocalists and hula, are part of a live cavalcade of coverage from the Aloha State on CSPAN 1, 2, & 3. "Duke" was, of course, the late surf legend and  five-time Olympic medalist in swimming, Duke Kahanamoku. (Full disclosure: it being CSPAN, you'll be subjected to back-and-forth coverage of Kavanaugia, with impassioned protest rallies that include victims of sexual assaults, being alternately invoked and ignored by old men in suits speaking in the Senate to justify tribalist political behavior.)
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Saturday, Oct 6:
9 am-2:30 am - BEATLES EXTRAVAGANZA, collectively and individually. Concerts, interviews, and even George Martin. On AXS TV.

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# 2 topic...


FESTIVALS


FRIDAY-SUNDAY, OCT 5-7, FESTIVAL:
"HUCK FINN JUBILEE" is back from the dead, returning to Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park, 800 N Archibald Av, Ontario, CA.
* Performances by:
Infamous String Dusters, Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams' Grateful Grass, The Lone Bellow, Balsam Range, Fruition, Love Canon, Front Country, The Cleverlys, Po Ramblin Boys, Out Of The Desert, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Devils Box String Band, The Seldom Scene, Blue Highway, Old Salt Union.

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FRIDAY-SUNDAY, OCT 5-7, FESTIVAL in Nor Cal:
Noon-7 pm - "HARDLY STRICTLY BLUEGRASS," the nation's largest free music fest, returns to Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA; in
Hellman Hollow, Lindley & Marx Meadows.

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# 3 topic...


MUSIC IN THE VENUES THIS WEEKEND


Chronologically, by day and start time.
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SATURDAY CONCERTS, OCT 6...
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Sat, Oct 6:
2 pm - BRETT PERKINS plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 91001.
* lead vocalist of his Grammy nominated Americana band The Pawnshop Preachers, Brett began as lead singer of The Sneaks in nearby Arcadia. He makes his annual return from Copenhagen, Denmark, to play the CGB.
* He has traveled the world to 39 different countries as a performer, presenter, guest speaker, artist consultant and award winning singer songwriter. 
* adv tix at 626-798-6236
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Sat, Oct 6:
7 pm - THE BEATUNES bring "MAGIC IN THE MUSIC OF THE BEATLES" at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 91001.
* Reservations, 626-798-6236.
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Sat, Oct 6:
7 pm - RICHARD SMITH & BRENT MASON play the 2nd of 3 shows this weekend for the Lord of the Strings Concert Series, this one at Mission Viejo Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Dr, Mission Viejo, CA 92691; 949-244-6656.
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Sat, Oct 6:
7:30 pm - BANSHEE IN THE KITCHEN plays San Diego Folk Heritage at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2020 Chestnut Av, Carlsbad, CA 92008.
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Sat, Oct 6:
7:30 pm - JILL SOBULE plays the Seth and Tony House Concert series in Los Angeles, CA; tix, 323-385-7751.
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Sat, Oct 6:
7:30 pm - SHANA MORRISON plays Dark Thirty House Concerts, 1132 Pinehurst Dr, Lakeside, CA 92040; 619-443-9622.
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Sat, Oct 6:
8 pm - JENI HANKINS & FRIENDS play the Pasadena Folk Music Society series in Caltech's Beckman Institute Auditorium, 400 S Wilson Av, Pasadena, CA 91106.
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Sat, Oct 6:
8 pm - FRONT COUNTRY plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Sat, Oct 6:
8 pm - INCENDIO plays Spaghettini, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy, Seal Beach, CA 90740; 562-596-2199.
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Sat, Oct 6:
8 pm - LINDA RONSTADT "In Conversation" presented by Goldenvoice at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S Broadway, L.A., CA 90015.
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Sat, Oct 6:
8 pm - DAVID WILCOX plays the Ruth Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier College, 6760 Painter Av, Whittier, CA 90601; 562-907-4203.
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Sat, Oct 6:
8 pm - SARA PETITE BAND plus SHADOW MOUNTAIN BAND play Pappy & Harriet’s Place, 53688 Pioneertown Rd, Pioneertown, CA 92268; 760-365-5956
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Sat, Oct 6:
8 pm - ANDY RAU BAND plays Kulak’s Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood, CA 91606; 818-766-9913
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Sat, Oct 6:
8 pm - JIM KWESKIN & THE DOWN HILL STRUGGLERS play Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City, CA 90230; 310-398-2583
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Sat, Oct 6, world music:
8 pm - SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR plays the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr, Irvine, CA 92697; 949-854-4646
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SUNDAY CONCERTS, OCT 7...
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Sun, Oct 7:
2 pm - THE KINGSTON TRIO plays the Haugh Performing Arts Center at Citrus College, 1000 W Foothill Bl, Glendora, CA 91741; 626-963-9411
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Sun, Oct 7:
3 pm - RICHARD SMITH & BRENT MASON play the 3rd of 3 shows for the Lord Of The Strings Concert Series, this one at LCA Wine at SOCO Center, 3303-3323 Hyland Av, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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Sun, Oct 7:
4 pm - LORENA GUILLEN TANGO ENSEMBLE play Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro, CA 90732; 310-519-1314
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Sun, Oct 7:
7 pm - TWO OLD GUYS AND A BLONDE play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 91001.
* It's the highly accomplished teamup of TRACY NEWMAN, ART PODELL, & DOLAN ELLIS with their fellow alum from The New Christy Minstrels, Clarence Treat, in a guest appearance.
* Among the 4? Gold records, 100's of live performances, Emmys, Grammys, and a Peabody Award.
* Reservations, 626-798-6236.
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Sun, Oct 7:
7 pm - SARA PETITE BAND plays Pappy & Harriet’s Place, 53688 Pioneertown Rd, Pioneertown, CA 92268; 760-365-5956
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Sun, Oct 7:
7 pm - BETH WOOD, singer-songwriter, plays Fiddler's Crossing, 206 East F St, Tehachapi, CA 93561; 661-823-9994
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Sun, Oct 7:
8 pm - DANNY O'KEEFE plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Sun, Oct 7:
8 pm - DAVID WILCOX plays the SOHo Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101; 805-962-7776
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Sun, Oct 7, world music:
8 pm - SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR plays Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91330; 818-677-3000
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TIX ALERTS / COMING SOON...
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Thu, Oct 11:
8 pm - I’M WITH HER, the trio of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan,
play the Smothers Theatre at
Pepperdine Univ, 24255 PCH, Malibu, CA 90265
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Thu, Oct 11:
8 pm - JD SOUTHER & BROOKE RAMEL play the Lobero Theatre, 33 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101; 805-963-0761
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Thu, Oct 11:
8 pm - CITIZEN COPE, solo acoustic performance, at The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675; 949-496-8927
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Thu, Oct 11:
8:30 pm - GRAHAM NASH plays the Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S Broadway, L.A., CA 90015; 213- 624-3233
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Fri, Oct 12-Sun, Oct 14, CONFERENCE / PERFORMANCE EXTRAVAGANZA:
FAR-WEST CONFERENCE gets underway at the Warner Center Marriott, 21850 Oxnard St, Woodland Hills, CA 91367.
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Fri, Oct 12:
7 pm - LAURENCE JUBER plays the Museum of Making Music, 5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008; 760-438-5996

Fri, Oct 12:
8 pm - KACY & CLAYTON play McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497
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Fri, Oct 12:
8 pm - HONEY WHISKEY TRIO / SHE SINGS, SHE SWINGS play the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-6362
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Fri, Oct 12:
8 pm - JD SOUTHER & BROOKE RAMEL play The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675; 949-496-8927

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Sat & Sun, Oct 13 & 14:
FOLK ALLIANCE FAR-WEST CONFERENCE continues all weekend at the Warner Center Marriott, 21850 Oxnard St, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
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Sat & Sun, Oct 13 & 14, FESTIVAL:
"SEASIDE HIGHLAND GAMES" in Seaside Park, Ventura Co. Fairgrounds, 10 W Harbor Bl, Ventura, CA 93001.
* You can drive or ride Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner.
* Plenty of Celtic music, bagpipe bands, Scottish heavy athletics, food, more.
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Sun, Oct 14, FESTIVAL:
10 am-5 pm - "SANTA BARBARA OLD-TIME FIDDLER’S FESTIVAL" at Rancho La Patera & Stow House, 304 N Los Carneros Rd, Goleta, CA 93117
* You can drive or ride Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner.
* Instrument competitions and professional stages.
* Performers:
Brad Leftwich & Linda Higginbotham, Frank Fairfield & Tom Marion, Skillet Licorice, Eric & Suzy Thompson, Plaid Strangers, David Bragger & Susan Platz, Echo Mountain, Clinton Davis, Have More Fun Stringband, more.
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Copyright (c) 2018, Lawrence Wines and Tied to the Tracks

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Wednesday Night MUSIC ON TV. Oct 2, 2018 edition

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If you have AXS, you can watch or record one of the best tribute concerts of all time. Yep, bring out all the superlatives, 'cause they fit.

"BOB DYLAN: 30th ANNIVERSARY" is a 3-hour show with performances of Dylan songs by many music legends and icons. It's not just marvelous. It's a poignant last tango with many who are no longer with us, including George Harrison and Tom Petty.

If that doesn't get your attention? How about Neil Young, Johnny Cash, Roger McGuinn, Eric Clapton, Sean Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and more, backed by a house band with Booker T. Jones, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Anton Fig, and Jim Keltner.

It airs 8-11 pm PDT on AXS-TV. Now, if you don't have AXS, hunt around the web. There's always a short-term freebie trial to watch online.

Stick around 11 pm-midnight, because there's a great ol' WILLIE NELSON concert, in which he and his band are joined by RAY CHARLES.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Net Neutrality -- Californians have a chance. special post, 09-21-18

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Gov. Jerry Brown has NOT yet signed SB822 to restore net neutrality. His office number is (916) 445-2841.

The Guide remains a steadfast advocate of internet neutrality and access for ALL. The new regulations imposed by FCC chairman Ajit Psi take-away access to both content providers and users looking for information. Only the rich corporations will appear to exist in your web searches unless we restore equality of opportunity and access.

Call the governor's office now.

This is being posted from aboard a train in the top of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. That's how important we believe this is.

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Two Weekends, Fall Festivals, Concerts, Events. Sat, Sep 8 2018 edition

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In this edition...

1)  We open with a "MUSIC-ON-TV" alert and review.

2)  Next, it's LIVE MUSIC THIS SATURDAY & SUNDAY.

3)  Then, events in the coming week, through NEXT weekend.

4)  We wrap-up with an updated roundup of fall MUSIC FESTIVALS.


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A "MUSIC-ON-TV" ALERT & REVIEW:
Jeff Lynne's ELO


ELO recently played the Forum and delighted the packed house. Some are calling it the best L.A. concert of the year.

The band's 2017 concert at Wembley Stadium was part of the same enormous tour. It is currently running on Showtime, where we stumbled upon it one morning, ridiculously early.

Watch it if you can, but read-on for a review of that band and how it epitomized an era that it's now helping to revive.

ON TEE VEE... If you have the Showtime channels on your cable or satellite or whatever web package, it's scheduled one more time, this coming Monday, 9:50-11:50 am (Pacific) on SHO2H.

This is an exceptionally well-produced video version. Of course nothing's ever the same as being there, large or small venue.

This formidable-sized troupe is back out there with the name, "Jeff Lynne's ELO," to celebrate the countless accomplishments of the group's founder. Melding their individual musicality into a collective, they re-birth the era of melodic orchestral rock with integral vocal harmonies.

The large cast of musicians includes a bevy of lovely young women cellists and violinists, and Lynne plays acoustic six-string throughout.

They delight audiences with the lineup of original ELO hits and more. They deliver one of Lynne's songs that was a hit for the Traveling Wilburys, and a bit of his more recent material.

The Wembley show closed with "Roll Over Beethoven," in which the cellists and violinists showed their chops every bit as much as those playing the more contemporary instruments.

The sound in the video concert is crisp and fresh, and every lyric can be understood. Best of all, this is a welcome relief from today's atonal singer-songwriter sameness (like that cliche of a blonde girl-with-guitar on the Nationwide insurance commercials).

Plus, Lynne's masterfully crafted music is needed more than ever in a world that backs everything with one-note drum thudding commercia-voiced rap-hop.

But this is more than relief from today's ubiquitous awfulness.

This is real music proving it has a real audience. The visible audience demographics at Wembley prove that and defy what Big Music would have us believe. Regardless of what commercial corporatization of soundalike dreadful crap -- that always misses its goal of lowest-common-denominator "entertainment" -- this proves you can pack a stadium in 2018 with retro-based music that's fresh as a daisy.

The wall-to-wall Wembley crowd included a solid cross-sectional representation of everybody -- school-age kids, enraptured teenage girls on their boyfriend's shoulders, young 20-somethings singing every lyric, and yes, the inevitable nostalgic gray-haired boomers remembering their youth and their dance steps. That audience is unified in roaring their approval, appreciation, and adoration throughout.

For any reader unfamiliar with our use of the term "orchestral rock," it was once a dominant genre. Go find some Supertramp. Some Moody Blues, some Emmerson, Lake and Palmer. More ELO. And on the folk side, the live concert albums by John Denver, when he took a full symphony orchestra on the road with him -- and introduced the Zen of environmental consciousness to a world that was merely complaining about pollution.

Meantime, search the cyber tubes for Rick Wakeman's "Journey to the Center of the Earth," and "Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table." Guaranteed, that'll make you want to dredge the record store bins for the complete multi-disc theme-albums of those and his other projects.

Along the way, don't forget ELO, which stood for Electric Light Orchestra. "Electric?" you say, in the Acoustic Americana Music Guide? Just goes to show how good they are.

Jeff Lynne is deservedly raking-in the bucks on this tour. And he is reawakening the world, imparting that creative, immersive, and amazing were once prevalent.

Catch the Showtime screening. It'll make you want to bring a full repertoire of an almost-lost artfulness back into your own world.


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SATURDAY & SUNDAY EVENTS


Saturday...

Sat, Sep 8:
6 pm - DAVID LUNING plus BEARCOON play the "Tiny Porch Concerts" series at Peter Strauss Ranch in the Santa Monica Mtns. Nat'l Recreation Area (Nat'l Park Service), 30000 Mulholland Hwy, Agoura Hills, CA 91301
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Sat, Sep 8:
8 pm - PETER CASE plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Sunday...
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Sun, Sep 9:
3 pm - DAVID GRIER plays Fiddler's Crossing, 206 East F St, Tehachapi, CA 93561; 661-823-9994.
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Sun, Sep 9:
8 pm - WILLY PORTER plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.


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COMING WEEK THROUGH SEP 15-16 WEEKEND


Chronologically, by day and start time.
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Wed, Sep 12:
8 pm - BEN GUZMAN plus LATIMER & OSBORN and LEVI PETREE make for a formidable lineup at the "Dig / Sow / Reap – Americana Roots Series" at Stories Books & Cafe, 1716 Sunset Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90026; 213-413-3733
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Thu, Sep 13:
7:30 pm - PETER BRANDON plays the summer music series at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center,  1201 W Malven Av, Fullerton, CA 92833; 714-738-6706.
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WEEKEND, Fri, Sep 14 through Sun, Sep 16
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Fri-Sun, Sep 14-16:
GONZALO BERGARA QUARTET plays the "Lord Of The Strings" Concert Series at three OC venues over three dates, different times.
*  adv. tix for any or all 3: 949-244-6656.
*  Fri, Sep 14, 7:30 pm - Dana Point Community House, 24642 San Juan St, Dana Point, CA 92629.
*  Sat, Sep 15, 7 pm - Mission Viejo Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Dr, Mission Viejo, CA 92691.
*  Sun, Sep 16, 3 pm - LCA Wine at SOCO Center, 3303 Hyland Av, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
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Fri, Sep 14:
8 pm - TANNAHILL WEAVERS play the Ojai Concert Series at the Ojai Valley Woman's Club, 441 E Ojai Av, Ojai, CA 92023; 805-649-5189.
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Fri, Sep 14:
8 pm - DEAD ROCK WEST plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Fri, Sep 14:
8 pm - ANDY & RENEE & HARD RAIN, the award-winning band that hosts the annual "Dylanfest," presents "The Music of Carole King's Tapestry" at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-6362.
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Saturday...
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Sat & Sun, Sep 15 & 16, FESTIVAL:
9 am-8 pm - Annual "HARVEST FESTIVAL OF DULCIMERS" presented by Southern Californa Dulicimer Heritage, brings master musicians on trad acoustic instruments for workshops, jamming, concerts, and more.
*   this happens at different places each day.
*  on Saturday, it's all the main events, all at Presbyterian Church of the Convent, 2850 Fairview Rd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
*  on Sunday, there are just two events, as follows: (1) 10 am-2 pm, HAMMERED DULCIMER WORKSHOP: CONTINENTAL / BOOMBAL TUNES - FRENCH & FLEMISH DANCE TUNES WITH KAREN ASHBROOK, includes mixed instruments (acoustic), held at a private home in Fullerton; (2) 11 am-3 pm MOUNTAIN DULCIMER WORKSHOP: RIGHT & LEFT HAND MASTERY WITH SARAH MORGAN, held at a private home in Downey.
*  tix for festival, Saturday evening concert, and Sunday workshops, all available at: http://scdh.org/SCDH/Welcome.html
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Sat, Sep 15:
2 pm - LISA HALEY & THE ZYDECATS, Cajun Grammy nominees, play the Hacienda Heights Library, 16010 La Mande St, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745.
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Sat, Sep 15:
7:30 pm - PERFECTO DeCASTRO Aus the "Wooden Hall Concerts" series at Alhecama Theatre, 914 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
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Sat, Sep 15:
7:30 pm - EVAN MARSHALL plus the MISKEY MOUNTAIN BOYS play "The Living Tradition" concert series at Anaheim Downtown Community Center, 250 E Center St, Anaheim, CA 92805; 714-955-3807; info by email, concerts@thelivingtradition.org
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Sat, Sep 15:
7 pm - LOS TIGRES DEL NORTE plus LOS CACHORROS DE JUAN VILLARREAL and ROSENDO CANTÚ Y SUS CADETES DE LINARES play the big mariachi / south of the border night at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood, CA 90068; 213-480-3232.
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Sat, Sep 15:
8 pm - THE TANNAHILL WEAVERS play the Pasadena Folk Music Society concert series in Beckman Institute Auditorium (and "Little Beckman") on campus at Caltech, 400 S Wilson Av, Pasadena, CA 91106.
*  Park free in either lot at the S end of Michigan Av, off Del Mar. Ignore the "reserved" signs when attending evening concerts.
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Sunday...
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Sun, Sep 16:
6 pm - THE SALTY SUITES play Green Bough Gardens, 3331 Daisy Av, Long Beach, CA 90806.
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Sun, Sep 16:
8 pm - SMOOTH HOUND SMITH plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.


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FESTIVALS, SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER


Presented chronologically, with a little extra spacing between each one to help your scrolling.
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Sat & Sun, Sep 15 & 16, FESTIVAL:

9 am-8 pm - Annual "HARVEST FESTIVAL OF DULCIMERS" presented by Southern Californa Dulicimer Heritage, brings master musicians on trad acoustic instruments for workshops, jamming, concerts, and more.
*   this happens at different places each day.
*  on Saturday, it's all the main events, all at Presbyterian Church of the Convent, 2850 Fairview Rd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
*  on Sunday, there are just two events, as follows: (1) 10 am-2 pm, HAMMERED DULCIMER WORKSHOP: CONTINENTAL / BOOMBAL TUNES - FRENCH & FLEMISH DANCE TUNES WITH KAREN ASHBROOK, includes mixed instruments (acoustic), held at a private home in Fullerton; (2) 11 am-3 pm MOUNTAIN DULCIMER WORKSHOP: RIGHT & LEFT HAND MASTERY WITH SARAH MORGAN, held at a private home in Downey.
*  tix for festival, Saturday evening concert, and Sunday workshops, all available at: http://scdh.org/SCDH/Welcome.html

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Fri-Sun, Sep 21-23, FESTIVAL:

Annual "MILLPOND MUSIC FESTIVAL" at Millpond County Park / Recreation Area, 6 mi. north of Bishop, CA.
*  Lineup, Main Stage:
- Friday Night...
Luke Kinney
Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands
David Myles
- Saturday...
Carbé/Durand Duo
Rita Hosking Trio
Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons
Sam Reider & the Human Hands
Kyle Huval and the Dixie Club Ramblers
Jungle Fire
- Sunday...
UNLV Rebel Steel Band
The Sycopaths
Suitcase Junket
FulaMuse
Joe Craven and the Sometimers Present: The Garcia Songbook and Millpond All-Star Super-Jam
*  Lineup, Workshop Tent:
- Saturday...
Open Mic
David Myles
Ben and Joe
Jungle Fire
Sam Reider
Kyle Huval
(Kids Area) – Izzi Tooinsky
- Sunday...                                              
Rita Hosking
Syncopaths
Izzi Tooinsky
FulaMuse
UNLV Rebel Steel
Open Mic
*  Millpond is a laid back and family-friendly festival in the Eastern Shadow of the Sierra Nevada, with a world-class music lineup like you find at the big, crowded festivals.
*  camping, including RV sites, is in the adjacent concessionaire's campground, who also have the rights to charge for tent camping on the lawns around the mill pond.
*  it's complimented by kids’ activities, arts and crafts booths, and food vendors , all in a beautiful outdoor setting. Shade trees cover the perimeter of the main concert area, which has a perfect natural slope for an amphitheater-style experience.
*  tix & info: https://inyo.org/millpond-festival/

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Sat, Sep 22, FESTIVAL:

10 am-6 pm - Annual "GLOBAL VILLAGE FESTIVAL" in Orange County Great Park, 6000 Great Park Bl, Irvine, CA 92618
*  this one always includes SOME roots-Americana, but it's usually heavily laden with "world music" of one kind or another.

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Fri-Sun, Sep 28-30, FESTIVAL, in Nor Cal:

"KVMR CELTIC FESTIVAL & MARKETPLACE" presented by roots-music-friendly public radio station KVMR at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Rd., Grass Valley, CA 95949.
*  expect a good lineup.

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Fri-Sun, Oct 5, 6, 7, FESTIVAL:

"HUCK FINN JUBILEE" returns from the dead for its 41st run, at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park, 800 Archibald Av, Ontario, CA.
* a spring festival since 1977, it assumed new ownership in recent years after the death of its founder, moving from Victorville to Ontario. It continued undiminished as one of the best bluegrass festivals in the far west. Then, the new management, the Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau, threw in the towel. Now, back from the dead, it returns as a fall event with a stunning lineup.
*  Lineup:
INFAMOUS STRING DUSTERS
YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND
KELLER WILLIAMS' GRATEFUL GRASS
THE LONE BELLOW
BALSAM RANGE
FRUITION
LOVE CANON
FRONT COUNTRY
THE CLEVERLYS
PO RAMBLIN BOYS
OUT OF THE DESERT
JOE MULLINS & THE RADIO RAMBLERS
DEVILS BOX STRING BAND
THE SELDOM SCENE
BLUE HIGHWAY
OLD SALT UNION
* adv. tix and full info at: https://www.huckfinn.com

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Fri-Sun, Oct 12-14, MUSIC CONFERENCE:

15th Annual "FOLK ALLIANCE REGION WEST / FAR-WEST CONFERENCE" comes back to a Southern California venue this time, at the Warner Center Marriott, 21850 Oxnard St, Woodland Hills, CA 91367.
*   it's inclusive of so much that you can view it and do it as a festival.
*  there are headliner concerts, "official" and "guerilla" showcases, and music-making 'purt near all the time -- along with many, many workshops spanning everything from instrumental technique to DIY indie music biz and booking and tour management.
*  Folk Alliance, both as the international parent organization and in its numerous national and regional-international parts (like FAR-West) offer and present opportunities by and for indie artists as an effective counterpart to the big awards shows that are owned and controlled by the corporate Big Labels.
*  well worth your attention and support.
*  full info, registration, tix to the event's major concerts, all at:
http://www.far-west.org/far-west-2018.html

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Sat & Sun, Oct 13 & 14, FESTIVAL:

Annual "SEASIDE HIGHLAND GAMES" returns to Seaside Park in the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W Harbor Bl, Ventura, CA 93001.
*  multiple stages of Celtic music, from trad to Irish rock.
*  individual and massed bagpipes in pipe and drum exhibitions and competition.
*  Scottish Country Dancing, Highland Dancing, and more.
*  sheepdogs in herding demos.
*  Celtic harps.
*  sanctioned Irish fiddle competition.
*  gathering of the clans and wearing of the tartans from throughout the Celtic world.
*  British car show.
*  Children's Glen.
*  authentic food from balmier climes, including haggis, pasties and bangers.
*  and, of course, large humans throwing very massive things in an officially-sanctioned Highland Games competition.
*  full info and adv. tix at:
www.seaside-games.com

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Sat & Sun, Oct 13 & 14, FESTIVAL:

Annual "SANTA BARBARA OLD-TIME FIDDLER’S FESTIVAL" in the delightful settings of Rancho La Patera & Stow House, 304 N Los Carneros Rd, Goleta, CA 93117.
*  this one has been a mainstay of trad and old-time string music for decades.
*  there are scheduled sets by headlining bands on two stages, in addition to prestigious competitions.
*  we'll have more, later.

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Sat, Oct 13, FREE FESTIVAL:

10 am-6 pm - Annual  "KALEIDOSCOPE MUSIC & ART FESTIVAL" is well worth the drive over the mountain to the Palmdale Amphitheater, 2723 Rancho Vista Bl, Palmdale, CA 93551.
*  full concert sets from each headliner. With:
Lisa Haley & The Zydecats (Grammy noms)
Stone Soul
High-D Boys
Paddy's Pig (trad Irish)
Incendio (acoustic string mastery)
Megan Tibbits
Black Eye Affair
*  there's also a "chalk art festival" component that brings stunningly talented entrants.
*  we'll bring you more about this one. But you might want to mark your calendar now.

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Sat & Sun, Oct 20 & 21, FESTIVAL:

11 am-4 pm - Annual "AMERICAN INDIAN CELEBRATION" at Antelope Valley Indian Museum California State Park, 15701 E Ave M, 16 miles east of its Lancaster, CA address.
*  This is a fun event with Native dancers (you're invited to join-in), storytellers, working artists doing demonstrations, kid's activities, and food.
*  Museum exhibits open, with special displays for the event.
*  Vendors offer fry bread and Indian tacos.
*  Tix: $8 adults, children age 12 and under get in free.
*  Info: 661-946-3055; was.avim.parks.ca.gov


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