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Friday, June 8, 2018

The Guide's "Guide to Getting Help" and Events this Weekend and Beyond. June 8 edition 2018

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Before you look for Weekend Fun? Yes, it's in here. But FIRST, we have Important News.

This edition has three sections, and two of 'em are about events. But, just hang on a sec.

Seriously now. Don't run-off because this doesn't look like the part with the one-man band with the guy with a tuba and an accordion and a cymbal. Or like the part with the plate-spinners, and the lion-tamers with their upended chairs. Please don't decide to bypass this and scroll directly to the events... Wait, okay? Wait.

Please read this:

"There is so much shame around depression and there shouldn't be. People need to realize it is a treatable disease.

"There is this very strange bubble created by social media. We are chasing what's fake. We need to get in touch with what's real. Are we showing up for each other or are we just checking our devices four hundred times an hour? We need to be there for each other, FOR REAL.

"I suggest everybody get quiet with themselves and ask yourself, 'Do I feel connected?' You've got to get to know what really feeds you and put those elements into your life.

"Eighty percent of depression is untreated, and it's all treatable! We need to be there for each other and make that happen!"

-- Nancy Collier, Psychotherapist and author, on "The Big Picture with Holland Cooke," June 8, 2018.
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WE PRESENT THE ABOVE FOR A REASON...

Just yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta (CDC) released a report showing that suicides are up 40%. Specifically, in 2016, nearly 45,000 Americana took their own lives. Somewhere in America, there is a suicide every twelve minutes, and most of them are people who never expressed any previous desire to do it. And, specifically...

This morning, we all awoke to the news that Anthony Bourdain was dead at age 61 -- and that his death was an apparent suicide.

Not "just another talking head on TV," and certainly not just another babbler in the corporate media echo chamber and its cult-of-personality "news" shows, Bourdain was someone who touched us. Sure, we had joked in these pages about him "eating his way around the world," but we said, with it, that he was easily one of the best things on CNN.

That's because he met people in different cultures, often in nations that are in conflict with someone else -- even at odds with the American Empire.

Bourdain had a tough life in earlier years, and much of it was self-inflicted. He was a heroin addict for years, until he decided he didn't want to be, and he kicked it.

What followed was success as an acclaimed chef in New York, success as a bestselling author, and work as a correspondent and host on TV, who also got to do some very special assignments.

Like sharing a meal he cooked with then-President Obama.

And like spending time in Gaza and Israel and Palestine, honestly reporting the experiences of thos on both sides of Israel's wall and the apartheid state it has created.

And so, when Bourdain received the Peabody Award as the best example of a prominent humanitarian, for his TV show, "Parts Unknown," he told the assembled awards audience:

"You know, we go places and we ask very simple questions:
* What do you like to eat? What do you like to cook?
* Who do you cook for?
* What do you do when you eat ?
* Who do you invite?
* What do you talk about?
And when we ask those simple questions, we get very revealing, very informative and enlightening answers."

Okay, all of you who are journalists, or who spend time wondering what the hell has happened to what journalists are supposed to do? You see the essence of a good part of it in what he said.

As artists, few of us work in the medium of food. But all of us seek to understand the nature and essence and influence of things, and to enable others to understand, through our music and art.

Few of us get the opportunity to have the impact that Anthony Bourdain had. Especially as voices for peace and understanding. He found a way, and he showed us.

And his voice for peace and understanding and finding fulfillment and influence through simple joys? It is a loss to our culture that he chose to silence his own voice.

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Because suicide never makes sense to anyone but the person who takes their own life -

- and survivors of suicide attempts nearly always say they regretted their attempt from the moment they took the action they intended would kill them --

we are reprising a feature that we last ran in the Guide in December 2016.

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THIS IS YOUR GUIDE, AND OUR GUIDE TOGETHER,
TO FINDING HELP FOR YOURSELF OR SOMEONE WHO NEEDS IT.


We have resources here for Suicide Prevention; Drug Dependency, Overdose or Combined Effects; Rape; Domestic / Spousal / Elder Abuse; Child Abuse; Poisoning; Arson; Illegal Firearms; Youth Crisis; and more.

As Dr. Collier says, "There is so much shame around depression and there shouldn't be."
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*** NO ONE should EVER feel embarrassment or hesitation in helping someone else.

Because...

(a) We can risk the wrath of their embarrassment, or we can attend their funeral and say how shocked we are.

or

(b) We can risk seeing the news of the next school shooting, or the next mom who drove her kids into the lake, or...

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SUICIDE PREVENTION / FINDING AN ALTERNATIVE / ANOTHER WAY OUT

Lots of phone numbers are below so you can TALK to someone who understands.

Maybe you need to use the web, for the moment. Okay. Here:

https://admin.publichealth.lacounty.gov/ivpp/injury_topics/Suicide/suicide_hotlines.htm

There's also the Didi Hersch Suicide Prevention Center, at:

http://www.didihirsch.org/spc

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LOCAL & NATIONAL 24-HOUR CRISIS HOTLINES

at: www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/ivpp/hotlines.htm
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Los Angeles Suicide Prevention Hotline
310-391-1253
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National Suicide Prevention Hotline
800-273-TALK
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Poison Hotline
800-222-1222
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Arson Hotline
800-633-2836
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Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women
213-626-3393
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Child Abuse Hotline
800-540-4000
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California Youth Crisis Line
800-843-5200
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Rape Hotline
800-585-6231
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Reporting Illegal Firearms Activity
1-800-ATF-GUNS
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DRUG, ALCOHOL, SUBSTANCE ADDICTION / OVERDOSE / ABUSE / HELP

Most of what's out there is in the for-profit realm. Here is the free PUBLIC HEALTH agency contact info:

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/sapc/

Referrals to treatment centers: 888-742-7900

Also, the Poison Hotline:
800-222-1222
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HOMELESS SERVICES
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Getting a supply of food:

www.lafoodbank.org
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Eating today:

www.losangelesmission.org
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Getting shelter:

Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, 811 Wilshire Blvd Fl 6, Los Angeles 90017; 213-718-1542; https://www.lahsa.org/
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Or shelter in L.A. County:

(Really an administrative office that, at best, offers referrals) Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 W Temple St, Room 358, Los Angeles 90012; 213- 974-1311 or TDD 800-735-2929; info@lacounty.gov.

https://www.lacounty.gov/residents/social-services/homeless-services
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NEVER BE EMBARRASSED TO CALL SOMEONE FOR HELP.

That call is your first step in taking charge and making a difference.

Even if it doesn't seem like it at the moment -- it is.

IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO NEEDS THE ABOVE INFORMATION, copy and paste it and send it to him or her. Then follow through -- call them and talk about it. Or print it out and take it with you and go to them (or paste it into your phone and take it), and sit with that person and discuss things.

That may be the greatest act of friendship you've ever taken in your whole life.

Every day is the right time for peace, love and understanding.

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# 2 news feature...


THIS WEEKEND'S EVENTS & FESTIVALS...


Here are our listings of some fun things to do.

Chronological, by day and start time.
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Fri, Jun 8:
7 pm - THE QUITTERS bring their "High Octane Americana" virtuoso guitar-vocal duo selves to Fiddler's Crossing, 206 East F St, Tehachapi, CA 93561; 661-823-9994. Tix, $20.
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Fri, Jun 8:
8 pm - SHELBY LYNNE plays the famous concert hall behind McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Fri, Jun 8:
8 pm - THE BAREFOOT MOVEMENT, a wonderful young bluegrass ensemble, plays Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City, CA 90230; 310-398-2583.
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Fri, Jun 8:
8 pm - JENNIFER LEITHAM and COYOTE JOE STEVENS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Sat & Sun, Jun 9 & 10, FESTIVAL:
10 am-7:30 pm - "THE BIG IRISH FAIR" returns for its annual weekend at Orange County Great Park, 6950 Marine Way, Irvine, CA 92618.
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Sat, Jun 9:
3 pm - BRETT PERKINS makes his annual return from Europe to play a matinee with "Friends" at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
* Arcadia born/Copenhagen based Brett Perkins’s voice and songs appear on over 20 album releases, from his number one co-write for Sony artist Mads Langer to Scottish super group Runrig, numerous film and television placements (MTV’s Road Rules, NBC Movie Of The Week, etc), widespread international airplay and awards (1st Prize, Great American Song Contest & First Prize, Australian Song Contest International Pop Category).
* His latest album with The Pawnshop Preachers is currently generating airplay in numerous countries including five songs on Denmark's national radio.
* Brett with be joined by French songwriter Magali Michaut, happy fiddler John Roy Zat, Arcadia native Janet Croteau and other special guests tba.
* More at: www.brettperkins.com
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Sat, Jun 9:
7 pm - "SATURDAY SONGWRITERS SALON" is a special show with JANET CROTEAU, AIREENE ESPIRITU, ED TREE, & JAYNEE THORNE at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Sat, Jun 9:
7 pm - JOHN ZIPPERER plays the "Live at the A-Frame" House Concert series in Kagel Canyon, CA 91342; reservations get directions from Coddy Nuckols, at 818-486-8505 or Coddy.nuckols@gmail.com
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Sat, Jun 9:
7 pm - THE QUITTERS play Piazza's Pine Cone Inn, 13383 Sierra Way, Kernville, CA 93238; 760-376-6669.
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Sat, Jun 9:
7 pm - JANET CROTEAU plus AIREENE ESPIRITU, ED TREE, and JAYNEE THORNE, play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Sat, Jun 9:
7:30 pm - "SONGS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE" Presented by San Diego Folk Heritage at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2020 Chestnut Av, Carlsbad, CA 92008.
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Sat, Jun 9:
8 pm - JAMES LEE STANLEY plays Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City, CA 90230; 310-398-2583.
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Sun, Jun 10:
2:30 pm - LARRY WILDER, " a world ambassador for Americana music," plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Sun, Jun 10:
7 pm - "TWO OLD GUYS AND A BLONDE" are New Christy Minstrels alums ART PODELL, TRACY NEWMAN, & DOLAN ELLIS, playing a night of song with plenty of inside stories, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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# 3 news feature...


MUSIC A-COMIN', LATER IN JUNE


This is just a quick first look, and is miles from complete. But don't dawdle, lest things'll sell-out!

Presented chronologically, by day and start time.
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Thu, Jun 14:
8 pm - CHRISTIE LENÉE is currently featured in "Guitar Player" Magazine’s May 2018 Issue, plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
* 2017 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion Christie Lenée is a captivating performer with a devoted following among instrumental, folk-pop and rock band audiences. Combining guitar mastery, contemporary singer/songwriter and a passion for storytelling, she thrives on bringing people together through the language of music.
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Sun, Jun 17:
2 pm - DAVE CORY AND FRIENDS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
* Traditional Irish tunes and songs. Banjo. KIRA OTT on fiddle. JIMMY MURPHY on guitar.
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Sun, Jun 17:
7 pm - PETER FELDMANN, DAVID JACKSON, & RICK CUNHA are three music legends playing traditional tunes at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Thu, Jun 21:
7 pm - "AMERICANA WOMEN-THE RIVER & THE MUSE" play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; no reservations for these monthly "Roadhouse" series shows; get there in time to get in and pay at the door.
* The performers are Coyote Sky, Manda Mosher, KP Hawthorn, Pam Loe, Rj Chesney, Diego Garcia, Karman Jeanne, Dolly Ramirez, Aireene Espiritu, Annette Conlon and the Muse River Band including Al Bonhomme, Alex U’ren, Owen Goldman and Neil Rosengarden.
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Sat & Sun, Jun 23-24, FESTIVAL:
Annual "LONG BEACH BAYOU FESTIVAL" at Queen Mary Events Park, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA; http://longbeachbayou.com
* Hours: Sat, 11 am­9 pm; Sun, 11 am-7 pm.
* LONG BEACH BAYOU FESTIVAL MOVES TO A NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR, AT THE QUEEN MARY EVENTS PARK, LONG BEACH CA.
* New Orleans Blues, Jazz, R&B, Soul, Zydeco and Cajun Music, Cajun & Creole Cuisine, Dance Instruction & Continuous Dancing, Mardi Gras Parade, Crawfish & Watermelon Eating Contests, Activities for Kids and Teens.
* After many years at rainbow Lagoon, the Long Beach Bayou Festival will be in a new location this year, adjacent to the Queen Mary and facing the scenic downtown Long Beach Skyline. While we'll all miss the swamplike lagoon, organizers tell us, "The Queen Mary Events Park is an ideal new home for the Bayou Festival with its Mardi Gras atmosphere and colorful French Quarter marketplace featuring Cajun & Creole cuisine and other delicacies, set to the sounds of New Orleans Blues, R&B, Jazz, Zydeco and Cajun music." Uhh, sounds like the same delightful festival without the swamp. Anyway, the pertinent details with a full music lineup are below.
* Known for top-notch artists in Blues, Cajun and Zydeco and more, the festival features simultaneous stages of music and has plenty of activities for kids. As always the large shaded wooden dance floor will be filled all weekend long. The easy dance instruction for all ages is always a popular feature and includes group participation dances that everyone can enjoy.
* Popular festival traditions continue with a colorful costumed Mardi Gras parade led each day by the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band, and a delectable French Quarter marketplace with gumbo, crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, hush puppies and other Cajun and Creole delights, plus coffees and desserts such as sweet potato pie, beignets and an array of cobblers. The popular crawfish and watermelon eating contests also return this year.
* Children of all ages appreciate the Kids Corner featuring storytelling, sing-a-longs, arts and crafts, magic, and costume and mask making for the Mardi Gras Parade. The Kids Corner also features kids shows and games and activities for older kids are also featured.
* CAJUN/ZYDECO STAGE lineup includes:
Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys (Saturday, Sunday)
T-Broussard and the Zydeco Steppers (Saturday, Sunday)
Jo Jo Reed (Saturday)
Acadien Cajun Band (Saturday, Sunday)
New Orleans Traditional Brass Band (Saturday, Sunday)
Bonne Musique Zydeco (Sunday)
Crawdaddio (Saturday)
* NEW ORLEANS STAGE includes:
South Side Slim (Saturday)
Ray Goren (Sunday)
Shari Puorto Band (Saturday)
Sonny Green Blues Band (Sunday)
Corney Mims & The Knowitallz (Sunday)
McKee Brothers (Saturday)
The Oreo Divas (Saturday)
Marguaret Love & The Lovetts (Saturday)
* The event is presented by Benoit Entertainment Group. A portion of the profits will benefit LALA (Louisiana to Los Angeles), a non-profit organization which raises educational funds for local youth to attend college.
* Adv Ticket purchase and Info: www.longbeachbayou.com; by phone, 562-912-4451.
* Tickets: Adults: $30/day-advance, $35/day-gate; Seniors (60+): $25/advance, $35 at the gate, Children age 12 & under are free; Active Duty, Retired and Reservists of the Military: free with current, valid Military ID.
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Sat, Jun 23:
7 pm - LAURENCE JUBER, GRAMMY AWARD WINNING GUITARIST, plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Sun, Jun 24:
7 pm - JOHN YORK & THE THREE B’S play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Fri, Jun 29:
8 pm - SEVERIN BROWNE and JOHN M play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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See you soon with more. Meantime, stay tuneful!

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LEGALESE, CONTACTING US, 'N SUCH...

Boilerplate? Where's the main pressure gauge? And the firebox?

What "boilerplate"? Who came up with that goofy term for the basic essential informational stuff...
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Thursday, June 7, 2018

"Major Mars Announcement" due today from NASA, 11 am Pacific. Thu, June 8 2018 edition

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Considering our space agency is starved for enough bucks to do much of anything, they always seem to find a way to delight, astonish, and invoke the wow factor. Today promises to eclipse the recent string of news factoids about Mars exploration.

· The most recent Mars probe launched May 5th, with tiny Cube Sats.

· On May 11th, we learned the next upcoming mission will take a drone helicopter to fly through the skies of Mars -- no easy feat with the Red Planet's thin atmosphere.

· On June 2nd, we learned the sheer persistence of JPL scientists and engineers had McGyvered a way to feed the sampling labs aboard Mars Curiosity and get them working again.

· The Volkswagen-sized rover landed back in 2012. Its cameras have showed us plenty, but its labs hadn't worked since October, 2016. The mechanisms connected to the drill system had failed 19 months ago, apparently hopelessly. Happily, "Not!"

And now, hot on the heels of that redemption, NASA has gathered top Mars experts to tell us something completely new, today.

Uncharacteristically, there hasn't been a clue what it is. Meaning we can expect it's 'uge.

The news is embargoed because of a deal with the journal Science, who gets first rights. So we'll all learn together what it's all about. And it happens today at 11 am PDT, 2 pm Eastern.

Various NASA platforms will carry the announcement live, and it includes a Q&A with questions submitted by scientists, journalists, and the public.

Catch it:

· on NASA TV

· at www.NASA.gov

· or if those bog and jam, go to

http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv

or

www.space.com

· or poke around, because others will also carry the feed live from the event.

Meanwhile, here are some music links, lyrics, video excitement, and a closing thought to get you "go" for launch.

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"Don't You Wanna Go to Mars?"

(Robert Morgan Fisher/Extended Family Music-BMI)

Music player link (select from list):
http://www.robertmorganfisher.com/player.html

Lyrics:

Durell has a dream
just like Martin Luther King
It's a dream that he has passed on to his son
It's a dream to be an astronaut, but not just any astronaut
We're talking first man on the 4th rock from the sun

Calculator in the crib
starts young Taury's trip
Knew his times-tables by the age of 3
At 5 he knew his long division, Calculus by the age of 7,
Now he's 9 and doing Trigonometry

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Don't you want to go to Mars?
Don't you want to go to Mars?
Now what we've come this far
Don't you want to go to Mars?

Aliyah's in Iraq
don't know when she's coming back
Yeah, Momma's been gone 14 months or more
Sends pictures through the Internet, landscape red and desolate
like an Evil Eden for the God of War

(CHORUS)
Don't you want to go to Mars?
Hey, don't you want to go to Mars?
Now what we've come this far
Don't you want to go to Mars?

(BRIDGE)
There's a slave ship in 1688
Sailing cross the stormy Middle Passage
There's a space ship in 2028
Like a silver bottle carrying a message

Durell calls Taury "Rain Man"
it's a joke but they're in pain, man
Lately Taury's apathetic, sad and bored
Last they heard Aliyah, had been stop-lossed to Haditha
If they could only follow that ol' Drinking Gourd

(CHORUS)
Don't you want to go to Mars?
Hey, don't you want to go to Mars?
Now what we've come this far
Don't you want to go to Mars?
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"Is Somebody Singing"

... in a voice from the void of space?

Astronaut Chris Hadfield, performing live aboard the I.S.S, backed from Earth by Barenaked Ladies and Wexford Gleeks chorus:

From CBC Music

2,459,925 views

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AvAnfi8WpVE

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"Space Oddity"

Astronaut Chris Hadfield performs the David Bowie original in space, with post-production aboard our little blue planet.

The piano is a bit heavy, but the view of the Ibanez acoustic guitar drifting down the space station module is must-see cool.

And 40,245,456 viewers can't be wrong:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KaOC9danxNo

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"Making of..."

"Chris Hadfield: Space Oddity"

NOVA's Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XR5G5keqVt4#
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(5)
And, a blast (off) from the past...

"Apollo 11 Saturn V Launch Camera E-8"

...a launch pad camera view of the fire and fury at liftoff of the first mission that landed people on the Moon. Way back, 49 years ago this summer, in 1969...

(4,376,967 views)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DKtVpvzUF1Y

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AS WE AWAIT TODAY'S NEWS OF DISCOVERIES ON MARS

It's been far too long since we were "a-okay."

Oh, for what we knew how to do then, that we no longer know how to do now. There was even a cliche for two or three decades, that "If we can go to the Moon, then why can't we _______" (fill-in the blank).

Perhaps we COULD fill-in a lot of blanks, if only we could see something like that 36-storey-tall Saturn V rocket launch, now.

We need it. Now, in this narcissistic, social-media-selfie-obsessed, short-shelf-life, forever-trending with the inconsequential and insubstantial, in this cultureless succession of subcultures, this spyware-saturated, metadata driven, meaningless celebration of the perfectly disposable 21st century.

If only we could see a giant rocket launching, a truly awe-inspiring validation of what we're doing with our time on the planet. Something  that was once again fostering dreams and giving hope that we can aspire beyond the farthest reaches of the clouds themselves. If we could again see our capabilities validated by taking humans to another world...

But all the money now goes to endless wars and enriching the bloated wealth of the top one-tenth of one percent. It all goes there, to big oil and big chem and big pharma, to big cyber-shopping for a bunch of crap we don't need but that validates our economic arrival by indulging in the latest trending junk that will be obsolete in a year. It all goes to a military-industrial-cybersecurity complex.

Instead of going to learning and exploring.

And the corporate media energy and attention goes, not to questioning any of that, but to playing Chicken Little, and to obsessive attention to feeding obsessions with talentless entertainment stars.

We let it go there, instead of reaching for the shining points of light in the night sky, fulfilling the ancient dream of our most distant ancestors to explore beyond the farthest horizon.

It goes to the hoarding few, and to our own irrational "FOMO" -- our fear of missing out -- missing-out on something transitory and ultimately transitory and inconsequential that will just pollute the endless landfill and feed the massive oceanic garbage patch.

That's what we do, because we allow obscene amounts of money to be spent buying politicians. We piss our money into the wind and we are surprised when it blows back and our trendy, overpriced, poorly-made clothes are soaked with it.

That's what we do. Instead of sending humans to the oceanic moons of Jupiter and Saturn, to reach beneath the ice sheets that cover their seas. To meet whatever and whoever calls those oceans home.

But we are obsessed with deporting aliens to Central America, Instead of meeting the aliens on the worlds next door, in our own solar system.

We bankrupt all hope of progress for humanity with our dependence on a warconomy. It has sabotaged our reaching for the stars.

So far. Until we change it. Until we change everything, reach back to the future, reclaim our legacy and the birthright of our species.

Perhaps it can re-start when NASA tells us something new today about our planetary neighbor. If it trends long enough. If it doesn't get buried with the victims of the latest school shooting.

With the 50th anniversary of the murder of Senator Robert Kennedy being observed with such a sense of a lost future, we can hope. We must hope. At least until we act to make dreams into the better future we all say we want.

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We'll be back soon with news of music and the arts.
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Friday, June 1, 2018

New Music, Tuneful News, Previews, Weekend Events. June 1 2018 edition

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Welcome to Guide edition number 1731.
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TWO LATE ADDITIONS...

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Sat & Sun, Jun 2 & 3; May 31-Jun 3, FREE CINE GEAR EXPO:
Annual "Cine Gear Expo" & Expo Exhibits, at Paramount Studios, Hollywood, California, USA
* FREE series of seminars and panel discussions on Sat, Jun 2; visitors are invited to attend any part of the series, conducted by esteemed equipment makers that include Sony, Panasonic, Zeiss, Adorama, Tiffen, RED, Blackmagic, and Canon, as well as distinguished industry associations, including The American Society of Cinematographers, Local 600; The Society of Camera Operators; and The Digital Cinema Society.
* Musicians and sound engineers who produce (or want to make) their own MUSIC VIDEOS, this is a superb FREE opportunity to mix and learn from top industry pros.
* All attendees must register as guests for Cine Gear Expo; that is required for you to attend any special event, screening or seminar on the Paramount Lot. Your Cine Gear badge is your credential. Seating is limited for all Screenings and Premiere Seminars; first come first serve for those. Info below on registration entrance gate, and parking, is the same for all Expo, Seminar and Events.
* FULL SCHEDULE of all events at: http://www.cinegearexpo.com/la-expo-premier-series
* Entrance is via the Lemon Grove Fire Gate; the Registration Gate and Entrance to Cine Gear Expo has moved to the Lemon Grove Fire Gate. Registration will open one hour before the show opens. There is no guest access through the Gower or Melrose entrances. Shuttles are available to transport guests from the Gower, Van Ness/Lemon Grove, and Hollywood Forever parking areas to the expo entrance.
* Parking Information: Due to limited parking in Hollywood, the expo "highly recommends" using ride share services like Lyft, Uber, Taxis, Public transportation, Bicycling and walking in to avoid parking delays.
* Parking is available in the following Paramount Parking Structures:
- Gower, 801 N Gower.
- Van Ness, 783 Van Ness.
- Lemon Grove, 5675 Lemon Grove.
- Parking is $15 at Paramount structures.
* Additional Parking at:
a) Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood, CA 90038; $20 (cash); Closes at 5:30 pm on Saturday June 4th.
b) Television Center, 6300 Romaine St, Hollywood, CA 90038; $4 per hour, $24 maximum; entrances on Cahuenga and Cole, just S of Romaine.
* Sat, Jun 2, Exhibition & Seminars, hours 10 am to 5 pm; registration Opens at 9 am.
* Sun, Jun 3, Master Classes, including the sold-out Lighting Workshop (Sun afternoon in Burbank).
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Sun, Jun 3:
7:30 pm - RAY LaMONTAGNE plays the Greek Theatre in Griffith Park, presented by Live Nation & Nederlander Concerts
* TIX still available: $39.50 - $89.50.
* Grammy Award winner Ray LaMontagne makes a stop on his 31-date tour promoting his just-released (and seventh) studio album, "Part Of The Light." It dropped May 18th via RCA Records. The album was written and produced by Ray and features the first single, “Such A Simple Thing.” Fans who order the album through Ray’s website can stream a live version of the song.

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Following is the complete edition as originally published.

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Plenty to tell you. Let's get started!
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Contents / In This Edition...

1) Congrats to...

2) Listenable Music News Features, Online

3) New Music, Fresh & Hot

4) New Album Releases

5) Gettin' Your Zydeco in Motion -- Fresh Tuneful Videos

6) THIS WEEKEND'S MUSICAL DOIN'S & EVENTS...

7) Music this Coming Week

8) Music a-Comin', Later in June


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# 1 news feature...


CONGRATS TO...


We have three humble honors.

* CONGRATS to all the winners at the 58th annual TOPANGA BANJO FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL in May! Your musical prowess dazzled one and all. Along with your demonstrated talent, it's the reward for all those hours of lessons and practice, and practice, and practice!

* CONGRATS to ZYDECO BRAD, as he passes along his editorship, and for sticking around to publish the 1000th edition of "Zydecobrad’s Southern California Cajun & Zydeco Newsletter"! You can still sign-up to get a free subscription in your inbox, sent by its new editor, by emailing: zydecobrad@aol.com

"ZYDECO BRAD," aka BRAD SJOBLOM, sent us his sign-off, over 'n out, message:

"It has been fun but after 20 years of putting out a weekly newsletter I have decided to hand off my newsletter effort to others that have a more vested interest in promoting Cajun and Zydeco news and events. The http://zydecobrad.com site will stay up and you can use the links to find bands, festival information, and event promoters. I will always love the culture, music, and dance. See you on the dance floor!"

* CONGRATS to The management, volunteer staff, and professional performers at the 2018 Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival, including Larry Borovay and Bill Klepper and all the Simi Sunrise Rotary Club for putting on another great Festival in May.


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# 2 news feature...


LISTENABLE MUSIC NEWS FEATURES, ONLINE


We've selected three to recommend.

• DEL McCOURY and his son RONNIE talk about how the touring band became a family affair and what it's like to have three generations of McCourys playing on their new album, "DEL McCOURY STILL SINGS BLUEGRASS."

Listen at:
https://www.npr.org/2018/05/27/614810144/del-mccoury-on-bluegrass-and-life-on-the-road

• JOHN PRINE dropped by NPR Music's "World Cafe" on Friday, June 1, to perform and discuss highlights from his new album, "THE TREE OF FORGIVENESS," sharing stories about "the relegated Pluto and a bar in heaven that also happens to be the title of the LP." Since the whole US hears the show except L.A., we thought you'd like to know to find it online.

Listen at:
https://www.npr.org/sections/world-cafe/2018/06/01/616122495/john-prine-on-world-cafe

• ERIN RAE's "Putting On Airs" can be heard NOW on a special link, a week ahead of its release via NPR Music's "First Listen." (Since L.A. peeps can't hear that show, either, on any NPR broadcast station in town, we're glad to offer you a leg up on everyone else for this one.)

Haven't heard of Erin Rae? Ann Powers writes in "First Listen":

"Repeated listening to Erin Rae's latest album brings riddles... to mind. Erin Rae is a singer-songwriter adept in making personal inquiries feel universal; in Nashville, where she lives, listeners flock to her shows to absorb her lucent energy and the insights she offers without fuss. To really appreciate the gift of her music, however, you have to spend time with it: to bring your own calm to the experience, taking time to notice the way she tells stories about the moments before an intimate confession, or the hours spent in solitude afterward, or the times when you're just hanging out wondering if the courage to share what's important will ever come. "What happens in the art of intimacy, of what happens in the space between us?" the writer Stacey D'Erasmo once asked. The songs on Putting On Airs ask the same question. The answers are sometimes sad, but beautiful."

Listen at:
https://www.npr.org/2018/05/31/615216046/first-listen-erin-rae-putting-on-airs


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# 3 news feature...


NEW MUSIC, FRESH & HOT...


Here, we have five links for ya...

• ANA EGGE revisits her liberating New York days on the carefree "Girls, Girls, Girls," a spirited number with trumpet flourishes slated to appear on White Tiger (out next week).

Listen NOW at:
https://thebluegrasssituation.com/read/listen-ana-egges-girls-girls-girls

• WILLIE NILE sings about our planet's neglect on "Earth Blues," a gritty slice of Children of Paradise (out July 27).

Listen at:
https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8458134/willie-nile-earth-blues

• THE RECORD COMPANY take a stroll down memory lane on "The Movie Song," a laidback, sing-along-friendly track from All of This Life (out June 22).

Listen at:
https://www.rollingstone.com/country/news/hear-the-record-companys-new-movie-song-w520960

• ALANNA ROYALE calls 'em like she sees 'em on "I Know," a fiery burst of soul taken from the band's upcoming project.

Listen at:
https://www.nashvillescene.com/music/nashville-cream/article/21007509/cream-premiere-alanna-royale-comes-back-strong-in-i-know-fresh-track

• Gospel-Blues duo THE WAR AND TREATY blissfully rejoice on "Healing Tide," the propulsive, gospel-infused title track from their forthcoming debut, due out August 10.

Listen NOW at:
https://www.rollingstone.com/country/news/hear-the-war-and-treatys-new-song-healing-tide-w520944


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NEW ALBUM RELEASES...


NINE new Folk-Americana albums are just out May 26-June 1, 2018, on CD, and available as downloads on Amazon, Spotify, and wherever else. Check 'em out in for new tunes for that summer road trip.

* "Downey to Lubbock" - Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore

* "Things Change" - American Aquarium

* "To Rise You Gotta Fall" - Nicki Bluhm

* "Hell-On" - eko Case

* "People Are My Drug" - Phil Cook

* "Bellows to Mend" - Muddy Ruckus

* "Songs for the Living and Otherwise" - The Mulligan Brothers

* "Sassafrass!" - Tami Neilson

* "All My Shades of Blue" - Ruen Brothers


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GETTIN' YOUR ZYDECO IN MOTION -- FRESH TUNEFUL VIDEOS


With the always delightful "Long Beach Bayou Festival" coming up this month, here's a look 'n listen back, via videos, at last month's excellent Cajun / Zydeco entertainment at the 2018 "Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival." Our thanks to Zydeco Brad for compiling all these and including them in his farewell edition.

(1) LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS – In Honor of Stephen D. Smith

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kNWY_3UxmY

(2) LOST BAYOU RAMBLERS (3) - 2018 Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cza_l4TvfAA

(3) KEVIN NAQUIN & OSSUN PLAYBOYS (1) - 2018 Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZQP0ynIADE

(4) KEVIN NAQUIN & OSSUN PLAYBOYS (2) - 2018 Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmq9Rk6ePHI

(5) CHUBBY CARRIER & THE BAYOU SWAMP BAND (3) - 2018 Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_gOQd36UiY

(6) CHUBBY CARRIER & THE BAYOU SWAMP BAND (2) - 2018 Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXNLlBptDFM

(7) CHUBBY CARIIER & THE BAYOU SWAMP BAND (1) - 2018 Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSu-OkQL8Os

(8) LOST BAYOU RAMBLERS (1) -2018 Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAaBpuepkuM

(9) LOST BAYOU RAMBLERS (2) -2018 Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKTX3ybrpro

(10) LA RECOLTE (1) - 2018 Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKTAgMstTPc

(11) BARBARA MORRISON performed great blues at the 2016 Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival, and Brad still includes this one in his recommendations.

https://youtu.be/cu-cZ1uRDl4


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THIS WEEKEND'S MUSICAL DOIN'S & EVENTS...


Chronologically, by day and start time.
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Sat, Jun 2:
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Sat, Jun 2, FREE FESTIVAL:
8 am-all day - 45th Annual "LEONA VALLEY CHERRY PARADE & FESTIVAL" is a slice of Americana (and pie); http://www.myleonavalley.org/CHERRY_PARADE___FESTIVAL.html
* The Festival starts at 8 am with lots of craft vendors, great food, and a live band.
* Enter the pie eating contest or Cherry Pie bake-off.
* The Parade starts at 10 am and the road closes at 9 so get here early to get a good spot.
* Free admission.
* Leona Valley is well known for its U Pic Cherry orchards. For over 50 years, people have enjoyed picking their own sweet and sour cherries. There are now over 20 orchards, most of which avoid the use of pesticides with some being certified organic. Many of them have picnic areas and sell cherry products.
* Addt'l info: www.cherriesupic.com.
* LVIA has sponsored an annual Cherry Parade and Festival on the first Saturday of June for 40 years.
* Want to pick your own cherries from one of our 10 local cherry orchards? Get more information by calling the Cherry Information Hotline (24 hours) at 661-266-7116.
* Leona Valley is accessible three ways: (a) the scenic route of Lake Hughes Rd off I-5, N of Santa Clarita; (b) the scenic route of Bouquet Cyn Rd from the heart of Santa Clarita; (c) the 14 Fwy to Palmdale Bl exit, and west into the mountains and the valley, which is a classic expression of the San Andreas Fault's rift zone -- and it's pretty.
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Sat, Jun 2, FESTIVAL:
11 am-all day - Annual "SAM HINTON FESTIVAL" Presented by San Diego Folk Heritage in Old Poway Park's Templars Hall, 14134 Midland Rd, Poway, CA 92064; 858-566-4040.
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Sat, Jun 2:
7 pm - INCENDIO returns with their instrumental brilliance to the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations, 10 am-10 pm 7 days, at 626-798-6236.
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Sat, Jun 2:
7:30 pm - PAT DONOHUE, longtime brilliant guitarist and songwriter from the late, great "A Prairie Home Companion," plays a house concert in Del Mar / Carmel Valley, CA; info: fredpowelltv@gmail.com or call 858-449-1396.
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Sat, Jun 2:
7:30 pm-9:30 pm - SOUNDS 2 BEAUTIFUL brings West Coast Classical Concert and Symphonic Orchestras’ final concert of the season to the Palmdale Playhouse 38334 10th St E, Palmdale, California 93550.
* Musical Director Patricia Graham conducts, featuring Chick Corea’s most recognized piece, “Spain,” and a trombone solo by Michael McCully.
* The concert includes Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi’s “Concerto in C Major for 2 Flutes,” performed by Angela Clayton and Nancy Clabaugh.
* Tix $10 & $15, at: https://tickets.vendini.com/ticket-software.html
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Sat, Jun 2:
8 pm - DAN CRARY, BILL EVANS, & WALLY BARNICK play the Pasadena Folk Music Society series at California Institute of Technology, in Beckman Institute Auditorium (aka "Little Beckman"), 400 S Wilson Av, Pasadena, CA 91106.
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Sat, Jun 2:
8 pm - JAMES INTVELD plays the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91006.
* $15.
* Advance tix online save money:
https://www.eventbrite.com/o/arcadia-blues-club-red-entertainment-llc-10974346420.
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Sat, Jun 2:
8 pm - CARL VERHEYEN BAND plays the Four Friends Gallery, 1414 E Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362; 805-358-4970 or email steve@brogdenbaypresents.com
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Sat, Jun 2:
8 pm - JILL KNIGHT plays the "Camarillo Cafe" concert series at Camarillo Community Center, 1605 E Burnley St, Camarillo, CA 93010; 805-814-9366.
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Sat, Jun 2:
8 pm & 10 pm J- OSH ROUSE plays two shows at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Sat, Jun 2:
8 pm - The NE’ER DUWELS bring their Celtic and Irish wonderfulness to Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City, CA 90230; 310-398-2583.
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Sat, Jun 2:
9 pm - BLACK EYE AFFAIR brings acoustic singer-songwriters to Kinetic Brewing Company, 735 W Lancaster Bl, Lancaster CA 93534; http://kineticbrewing.com
* Omar Ruiz will be opening it up from 9-10, then see Black Eye Affair from 10-11.
* The venue tells us, "It will be a great night filled with high-quality acoustic music, and some amazing food and craft beverages from Kinetic. It’s all-ages and it’s free...so you have no excuse! Come hang out."
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Sat, Jun 2:
10 pm-11:55 pm - ASHLEY WINELAND plays Buckle and Boots (formerly BeX), 706 W Lancaster Bl Ste 111, Lancaster CA 93534.
* "CMT Artist Ashley Wineland’s 'Simple Life' tour 2018 brings its electrifying stage show."
* Deets at www.ashleywineland.com

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Sun, Jun 3:
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Sun, Jun 3, FESTIVAL:
All day - Annual "LUMMIS DAY FESTIVAL" is loads of fun in Sycamore Grove Park, 4702 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042.
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Sun, Jun 3:
10:30 am - HEIDI SWEDBERG plays the Matinee Kids' Show series at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Sun, Jun 3; not music but cool:
1-2 pm - ARTIST TALK - "HIGH & DRY: LAND ARTIFACTS" is longterm writer-photographer collaboration exploring California's deserts and the people who live there, and the exhibi`tion and program are at Lancaster Museum of Art and History - MOAH 665 W Lancaster Bl, Lancaster CA 93534; www.lancastermoah.org
* A regular feature on KCET's "Artbound," High & Dry's Artbound feature story and video segment are integrated as part of the exhibition.
* The MOAH exhibition examines the things we leave behind in the desert and what they reveal about ourselves and our civilization. Featuring Osceola Refetoff's black & white, infrared photography and words by Christopher Langley, "High & Dry: Land Artifacts" is the first art show to incorporate historical objects from the museum's permanent collection.
* Visitors are invited to bring a small personal item they would like to leave behind for future generations in a time capsule to be created in conjunction with the exhibit.
* Today's ARTIST TALK features both Christopher Langley and Osceola Refetoff.
* Visitors will also have the opportunity to see MOAH's new cycle of interrelated solo exhibits titled "Forest for the Trees," including solo exhibitions by artists Robert Dunahay, Sant Khalsa, Constance Mallinson, Greg Rose, and Timothy Robert Smith.
* Resources for the exhibition:
"High & Dry" at www.desertdispatches.com; www.lancastermoah.org/the-forest-for-the-trees; www.kcet.org/shows/artbound/projects/high-dry
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Sun, Jun 3:
2 pm - PAT DONOHUE, longtime brilliant guitarist and songwriter from the late, great "A Prairie Home Companion," plays the David Naiditch House Concerts series in Altadena, CA; reservations get directions via email to davidnaiditch@charter.net
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Sun, Jun 3:
2:30 pm - SCOTTISH FIDDLERS OF LOS ANGELES play their annual Spring Concert at Pasadena Central Library Wright Auditorium, 285 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91101.
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Sun, Jun 3:
3 pm - VICTORIA VOX, one of the world's great uke mavens, plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations 10-am-10 pm, 7 days, at 626-798-6236.
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Sun, Jun 3:
5 pm - AUSTIN MCCUTCHEN plus MAPACHE play the FREE "Tiny Porch Concerts" series at Peter Strauss Ranch, 30000 Mulholland Hwy, Agoura Hills, CA, 91301.
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Sun, Jun 3:
7 pm - THE FOLK COLLECTION bring the classics of the '50s-'60s Folk Revival to the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations 10-am-10 pm, 7 days, at 626-798-6236.
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Sun, Jun 3:
8 pm - JOSH ROUSE plays The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Bl, San Diego, CA 92101; 619-232-4355.


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MUSIC THIS COMING WEEK


Festivals, Concerts, etc. Chronologically, by day and start time.
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Mon, Jun 4:
8 pm - STEPHEN STILLS & JUDY COLLINS play Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego CA 92106; 619-523-1010.
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Tuesday, June 6:
TODAY IN HISTORY...

* 50 years ago today, after winning the California Primary and headed for the Democratic party's nomination for the Presidency, Senator ROBERT F. KENNEDY died from gunshot wounds received in the kitchen pantry of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles the night before.

* 74 years ago today -- and it, too, was a Tuesday -- pre-dawn paratroop landings behind the coast and amphibious assaults on the beaches of Normandy brought Allied troops onto the shores of Nazi-occupied France. It was the long-awaited opening of the Western Front. Germany would fall 11 months later, as Soviet troops took Berlin and US, British, Free French, Australian, and other forces liberated Western Europe. Still, WW II continued, as the defeat of imperial Japan was still an unknown number of months, and two atomic bombs, away.
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Thu, Jun 7:
7:30 pm Weekly "WINE AND SONG SERIES" presents THE QUITTERS ("High Octane Americana" virtuoso guitar-vocal duo) plus MARK GOLDENBERG, at Arroyo Seco Golf Clubhouse, 1055 Lohman Ln, South Pasadena, CA 91030; 323-255-1506.
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Thu, Jun 7:
8 pm - SALTY SUITES play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Fri, Jun 8:
7 pm - THE QUITTERS bring their "High Octane Americana" virtuoso guitar-vocal duo selves to Fiddler's Crossing, 206 East F St, Tehachapi, CA 93561; 661-823-9994. Tix, $20.
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Fri, Jun 8:
8 pm - SHELBY LYNNE plays the famous concert hall behind McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Fri, Jun 8:
8 pm - THE BAREFOOT MOVEMENT, a wonderful young bluegrass ensemble, plays Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City, CA 90230; 310-398-2583.
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Fri, Jun 8:
8 pm - JENNIFER LEITHAM and COYOTE JOE STEVENS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Sat & Sun, Jun 9 & 10, FESTIVAL:
10 am-7:30 pm - "THE BIG IRISH FAIR" returns for its annual weekend at Orange County Great Park, 6950 Marine Way, Irvine, CA 92618.
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Sat, Jun 9:
3 pm - BRETT PERKINS makes his annual return from Europe to play a matinee with "Friends" at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
* Arcadia born/Copenhagen based Brett Perkins’s voice and songs appear on over 20 album releases, from his number one co-write for Sony artist Mads Langer to Scottish super group Runrig, numerous film and television placements (MTV’s Road Rules, NBC Movie Of The Week, etc), widespread international airplay and awards (1st Prize, Great American Song Contest & First Prize, Australian Song Contest International Pop Category).
* His latest album with The Pawnshop Preachers is currently generating airplay in numerous countries including five songs on Denmark's national radio.
* Brett with be joined by French songwriter Magali Michaut, happy fiddler John Roy Zat, Arcadia native Janet Croteau and other special guests tba.
* More at: www.brettperkins.com
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Sat, Jun 9:
7 pm - "SATURDAY SONGWRITERS SALON" is a special show with JANET CROTEAU, AIREENE ESPIRITU, ED TREE, & JAYNEE THORNE at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Sat, Jun 9:
7 pm - JOHN ZIPPERER plays the "Live at the A-Frame" House Concert series in Kagel Canyon, CA 91342; reservations get directions from Coddy Nuckols, at 818-486-8505 or Coddy.nuckols@gmail.com
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Sat, Jun 9:
7 pm - THE QUITTERS play Piazza's Pine Cone Inn, 13383 Sierra Way, Kernville, CA 93238; 760-376-6669.
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Sat, Jun 9:
7 pm - JANET CROTEAU plus AIREENE ESPIRITU, ED TREE, and JAYNEE THORNE, play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Sat, Jun 9:
7:30 pm - "SONGS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE" Presented by San Diego Folk Heritage at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2020 Chestnut Av, Carlsbad, CA 92008.
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Sat, Jun 9:
8 pm - JAMES LEE STANLEY plays Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City, CA 90230; 310-398-2583.
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Sun, Jun 10:
2:30 pm - LARRY WILDER, " a world ambassador for Americana music," plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Sun, Jun 10:
7 pm - "TWO OLD GUYS AND A BLONDE" are New Christy Minstrels alums ART PODELL, TRACY NEWMAN, & DOLAN ELLIS, playing a night of song with plenty of inside stories, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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# 8 news feature...


MUSIC A-COMIN', LATER IN JUNE


This is just a quick first look, and is miles from complete. But don't dawdle, lest things'll sell-out!

Presented chronologically, by day and start time.
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Thu, Jun 14:
8 pm - CHRISTIE LENÉE is currently featured in "Guitar Player" Magazine’s May 2018 Issue, plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
* 2017 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion Christie Lenée is a captivating performer with a devoted following among instrumental, folk-pop and rock band audiences. Combining guitar mastery, contemporary singer/songwriter and a passion for storytelling, she thrives on bringing people together through the language of music.
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Sun, Jun 17:
2 pm - DAVE CORY AND FRIENDS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
* Traditional Irish tunes and songs. Banjo. KIRA OTT on fiddle. JIMMY MURPHY on guitar.
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Sun, Jun 17:
7 pm - PETER FELDMANN, DAVID JACKSON, & RICK CUNHA are three music legends playing traditional tunes at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Thu, Jun 21:
7 pm - "AMERICANA WOMEN-THE RIVER & THE MUSE" play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; no reservations for these monthly "Roadhouse" series shows; get there in time to get in and pay at the door.
* The performers are Coyote Sky, Manda Mosher, KP Hawthorn, Pam Loe, Rj Chesney, Diego Garcia, Karman Jeanne, Dolly Ramirez, Aireene Espiritu, Annette Conlon and the Muse River Band including Al Bonhomme, Alex U’ren, Owen Goldman and Neil Rosengarden.
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Sat & Sun, Jun 23-24, FESTIVAL:
Annual "LONG BEACH BAYOU FESTIVAL" at Queen Mary Events Park, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA; http://longbeachbayou.com
* Hours: Sat, 11 am­9 pm; Sun, 11 am-7 pm.
* LONG BEACH BAYOU FESTIVAL MOVES TO A NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR, AT THE QUEEN MARY EVENTS PARK, LONG BEACH CA.
* New Orleans Blues, Jazz, R&B, Soul, Zydeco and Cajun Music, Cajun & Creole Cuisine, Dance Instruction & Continuous Dancing, Mardi Gras Parade, Crawfish & Watermelon Eating Contests, Activities for Kids and Teens.
* After many years at rainbow Lagoon, the Long Beach Bayou Festival will be in a new location this year, adjacent to the Queen Mary and facing the scenic downtown Long Beach Skyline. While we'll all miss the swamplike lagoon, organizers tell us, "The Queen Mary Events Park is an ideal new home for the Bayou Festival with its Mardi Gras atmosphere and colorful French Quarter marketplace featuring Cajun & Creole cuisine and other delicacies, set to the sounds of New Orleans Blues, R&B, Jazz, Zydeco and Cajun music." Uhh, sounds like the same delightful festival without the swamp. Anyway, the pertinent details with a full music lineup are below.
* Known for top-notch artists in Blues, Cajun and Zydeco and more, the festival features simultaneous stages of music and has plenty of activities for kids. As always the large shaded wooden dance floor will be filled all weekend long. The easy dance instruction for all ages is always a popular feature and includes group participation dances that everyone can enjoy.
* Popular festival traditions continue with a colorful costumed Mardi Gras parade led each day by the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band, and a delectable French Quarter marketplace with gumbo, crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, hush puppies and other Cajun and Creole delights, plus coffees and desserts such as sweet potato pie, beignets and an array of cobblers. The popular crawfish and watermelon eating contests also return this year.
* Children of all ages appreciate the Kids Corner featuring storytelling, sing-a-longs, arts and crafts, magic, and costume and mask making for the Mardi Gras Parade. The Kids Corner also features kids shows and games and activities for older kids are also featured.
* CAJUN/ZYDECO STAGE lineup includes:
Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys (Saturday, Sunday)
T-Broussard and the Zydeco Steppers (Saturday, Sunday)
Jo Jo Reed (Saturday)
Acadien Cajun Band (Saturday, Sunday)
New Orleans Traditional Brass Band (Saturday, Sunday)
Bonne Musique Zydeco (Sunday)
Crawdaddio (Saturday)
* NEW ORLEANS STAGE includes:
South Side Slim (Saturday)
Ray Goren (Sunday)
Shari Puorto Band (Saturday)
Sonny Green Blues Band (Sunday)
Corney Mims & The Knowitallz (Sunday)
McKee Brothers (Saturday)
The Oreo Divas (Saturday)
Marguaret Love & The Lovetts (Saturday)
* The event is presented by Benoit Entertainment Group. A portion of the profits will benefit LALA (Louisiana to Los Angeles), a non-profit organization which raises educational funds for local youth to attend college.
* Adv Ticket purchase and Info: www.longbeachbayou.com; by phone, 562-912-4451.
* Tickets: Adults: $30/day-advance, $35/day-gate; Seniors (60+): $25/advance, $35 at the gate, Children age 12 & under are free; Active Duty, Retired and Reservists of the Military: free with current, valid Military ID.
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Sat, Jun 23:
7 pm - LAURENCE JUBER, GRAMMY AWARD WINNING GUITARIST, plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Sun, Jun 24:
7 pm - JOHN YORK & THE THREE B’S play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Fri, Jun 29:
8 pm - SEVERIN BROWNE and JOHN M play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Friday, May 25, 2018

Memorial Day Weekend & Beyond -- Festivals, Concerts, & Cooler Weather. May 25 2018 edition

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TWO LATE ADDITIONS...

First... the MUSIC...

A new song for MEMORIAL DAY, "All the World Before Us," was just published May 24, 2018.

It's "written from the point of view of a statue of a fallen soldier about the people who visit the statue." You might also catch the evocation of the Statue of Liberty and more of the tragic myth of American Empire, contrasting with the reality of the soldiers' sacrifice.

The performing songwriter is the acclaimed and respected ERNEST TROOST, who you should know if you don't.

Ernest Troost has received awards and nominations, including top honors at the Kerrville Folk Fest, and bunches of Music Emmys for his writing and composing of songs and entire soundtracks for dozens of movies and other Hollywood projects. In addition, he is highly regarded as California's chief practitioner and modern contributor to the distinctive Piedmont Blues style, a form of classic Americana.

Here, he turns his heartfelt folksinger-songwriter attentions to his new song, debuting just in time for Memorial Day.

Ernest was an audience favorite as a live performing guest on the long-gone "Tied to the Tracks" broadcast / web simulcast radio show in Los Angeles.

Listen at SoundCloud:

https://soundcloud.com/ernest-troost/all-the-world-before-us-r2-c-mix-10

About the songwriter / lyricist / composer...

Stick around at the link for the autoplay and you'll hear more of his originals:

* "Little Voice," another fine song and one to which many of us can relate for our own sets of reasons. (Plus it has some fun guitar.)

* "So Much Rain," a Piedmont Blues original.

* "It's Gonna Happen Slow," more Piedmont Blues with some fine N'Awlins horn playing.

* All that leads into unnamed and unlisted tracks in a continuous stream. You'll hear a beautifully moving, slow-tempo piano, violin and cello instrumental piece that you'll enjoy, then you get more up-tempo guitar-pickin vocal blues. For sure, stick around for "Last Lullaby."

So hang out there awhile while you're banging-away on your keyboard or listening with diminishing battery through your phone's earbuds.

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Second late addition...

MEMORIAL DAY ABOARD THE BATTLESHIP IOWA

The WW II USS Iowa is permanently docked in San Pedro as a museum, where it recently celebrated its 5th anniversary. Memorial Day Monday, May 28th, 2018, brings plenty of special activities and events.

Today only, active, retired, and reserve military receive FREE guided tours of the ship. (All others can buy tix on-site and check the web for discount coupons.)

There are FREE pier side Memorial Day festivities for all from 10 am-3 pm.

The SAN PEDRO CITY BALLET will perform at 12:15, 1:15 & 2:15 pm.

Opening ceremonies are at 10 am. The day includes uniformed re-enactors and historic vehicles.

While the day is about "remembrance for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation," it affords plenty of interaction with history and lots of activities.

Fun includes a "shrimp-eating contest" at 11 am, and face-painting for the kids all day.

BBQ and beverages are for sale on site from San Pedro Brewing Company.

The Battleship Iowa has become an L.A. treasure, arriving on public display the same year the Space Shuttle Orbiter went on display at the Pacific Science Center. Include both in your summer plans and put them on your must-do list for visitors from out-of-town. After all, Disneyland is way too damn expensive and too crowded to ride much of anything, anyway, while these two -- the Iowa and the Space Shuttle -- produce plenty of meaningful memories and are springboards for understanding so much more.

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Memorial Day Weekend brings outstanding choices for Music Festivals. It's considered the start of summer, even though the Earth's inclination on our orbit around the sun says otherwise. But it's a holiday for a reason that has nothing to do with any of that, hence our # 1 News Feature.

Our # 2 feature is about the future of the Guide, and we ask that you take a moment to help determine whether or not we should continue, and on what basis.

COVERAGE OF EACH OF THE MUSIC FESTIVALS STARTS WITH OUR # 3 NEWS FEATURE.

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Contents / In this edition...

1) We Can All Enjoy Memorial Day Weekend for Very Specific Reasons

2) The Future of The Guide -- It's Very Much in Doubt

... THE FESTIVALS and Concerts...

3) SIMI VALLEY CAJUN & BLUES FESTIVAL May 26th & 27th

4) SCOTTISH FESTIVAL in OC

5) TOPANGA DAYS -- the only one still running on Monday

6) OUT-OF-TOWN MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND MUSIC FESTIVALS

7) Concerts 'Round Town, This Weekend & Beyond, & Next Weekend's Festivals


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# 1 news feature...


WE CAN ALL ENJOY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND FOR VERY SPECIFIC REASONS


MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND marks the traditional launch of summer in Southern California, even though the Spring MUSIC FESTIVAL SEASON started waaay back in March.

Saturday & Sunday of this three-day weekend offer choices and options galore for playing festivarian. As always, on Monday, the annual TOPANGA DAYS (the one that really IS in Topanga Canyon) has the festivatin' scene to itself.

Herein is as much as we can reasonably share, announce, proclaim, and celebrate about this weekend -- which became a holiday because families wanted to lay flowers on the graves of their war dead. In this age of empire that enriches the warconomy and the corporatocracy that pulls the levers to propel it, the carousel of perpetual war seems to spin too fast for anyone to get off.

And still, the lonely folk singer asks...

"Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" (Peter, Paul & Mary)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgXNVA9ngx8

...and challenges the
"Masters of War" (Bob Dylan)
https://www.bing.com/search?FORM=INCOH2&pc=EUPP_IC05&PTAG=ICO-fdff717&q=Masters+of+War

...and wonders how in the hell anyone going off to kill their fellow humans can believe they go
"With God on Our Side" (Andy & Renee)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsQK6XxgeAU
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All that said? The last time totalitarian regimes tried to take over the world, ordinary citizens answered the call in a grand alliance. It included the people and armed forces of the UK (which stood alone against the Nazis in the beginning, after all of continental Europe had fallen); they were joined by the Canadians, by the exiled Free French, the Free Poles, Free Dutch, Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans, Indians (both Hindu and Muslim), Egyptians, Ethiopians, and others. And -- after Hitler attacked them -- the allies included the Russians and other peoples from across the Soviet Union -- who would, by far, bear the greatest losses, with 26 and a half and 27 million Russians killed. And then, finally -- after being attacked by the Japanese on December 7th, 1941, the Americans came to the grand alliance, with all the industrial might and vast resources of the New World.

Fast forward to our time. Each passing day, the number of surviving veterans of World War II diminishes appreciably and globally. The youngest among them turned 90 in the past year. The vets of Korea are leaving us. And then came the vets of Vietnam, and the vets of the endless series of wars for oil and empire that have sadly characterized the new millenium. And these veterans include far too many homeless, living in the streets of the richest country on Earth. And nowhere are homeless military veterans in greater numbers than in America.

So, as you prepare that holiday feast or beer fest -- or if you pause to go out to lay flowers on a grave -- think about observing Memorial Day and extending its meaning into the days to come. The days we have to enjoy because someone came before us who gave us the chance.

Think of making the future a little bit better as a way of paying-back the sacrifice someone made to give us the chance to enjoy beer and barbecues and baseball. Think of signing-up to donate food or time or talent, or simply to make your commitment to, as Lincoln promised, "care for he (and she) who shall have borne the burden, and for his widow, and his orphan."

And if we all get together to do a little bit of that? Perhaps we also can work on making sure the numbers of all these discarded veterans is never allowed to increase again. Happy Memorial Day.


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# 2 news feature...


THE FUTURE OF THE GUIDE -- IT'S VERY MUCH IN DOUBT


Recently we mentioned that we are getting 200-300 messages each day, 7x365, about music events, requests for review, submissions for listening, offers to attend all sorts of things, interview opportunities, and far more than we can do.

We should add that the foregoing distillation of facts can't begin to represent what they mean when you're the one on the receiving end. Simply put, the sheer volume of all this requires far more time, JUST TO READ IT, than we can hope to invest in it. Please understand, we're talking about what's necessary just for us to open each message to see what it is. So that's before we can even think about digesting it to determine if we should be interested on your behalf. And before we can give it the required journalistic fact-check. And along the way, having to divert to do searches to find the vital information that, far too often, is only partially present in what is sent to us. And only after all that are we ready to write about it for presentation to you.

Folks, we can't do it anymore.

We're considering downgrading the Guide into a Gestaltic flow of some of what we receive, pretty much in the form we get it. We don't like that idea because, frankly, this has always been a classy joint, and that would make it look like a flop house.

But at least it wouldn't be another spyware-ridden Facebook, where everything you click, every place you linger, everything you do, say, write, look at, or even momentarily peruse, is tracked and analyzed and SOLD to interests who use it all against you.

But we mention Facebook for another reason. Quite simply, we want you to ask yourself a question: Is everything you need to know about finding Acoustic and Americana Music events, festivals, shows, albums, participatory events (and the things we bust our ass to bring you here), are they all available to you on social media? And if they are, then please tell us, specifically, what's here that you come looking to find? i.e., why do come to the Guide?

Which brings us to the big issue: HAS SOCIAL MEDIA MADE THE GUIDE OBSOLETE? Or is finding a fresh edition of The Guide important to your sanity in this increasingly nutty world?

If you get the idea that we are wondering if it's time to pull the plug... to get the mics off the mic stands... turn-off the house lights... kill the fire in the locomotive's firebox... board-up the depot... abandon the turntable in front of the roundhouse... and even tear-up the tracks over the mountain and into the valley where the string music and sweet harmony vocals linger in the pine wood... if you're wondering those things, then you're right, that's where we are with this.

ONE OTHER ALTERNATIVE: Would you be willing to contribute regularly to enable us to compensate someone to ride herd on all this stuff and get fresh editions published regularly? (We could set-up a Pay Pal if enough of you would use it.)

ANOTHER ALTERNATIVE: if someone out there has always wanted to be editor of a well-established online publication with a global readership? Now's the time to speak up.


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THE FESTIVALS and Concerts ...

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SIMI VALLEY CAJUN & BLUES FESTIVAL, May 26th & 27th


Running Saturday & Sunday, 11:45 am-7 pm both days, this one is in a spacious park with two big stages spaced far enough apart that you won't hear one when you're at the other. It's a fine event, in the park at 5005 Los Angeles Av, Simi Valley, CA 93063.

While we list the basic lineups for both stages (just below) to help you decide which day to go, all the many other details, like whether or not you can take your dog, what there is to eat, and more, are at the festival's own website, at: http://www.simicajun.org.

This is the second of three big local spring Cajun-zydeco-blues-N'Awlins music 'n dance fests in Southern Cal, and it's just over the hill in Simi. So if San Diego was too far for "Gator By the Bay," fear not. Also, note that this one is followed by the LONG BEACH BAYOU FESTIVAL coming June 23rd & 24th (http://longbeachbayou.com/).

Simi and Long Beach each offer plenty of individual character and charm, so don't regard them as interchangeable -- they're not. For one thing, the blues stage at this one gets top billing.

True, all three of these local Cajun festivals feature top performers from Louisiana, food from the region, music to give you happy feet, and on-site zydeco dance lessons to equip you to do something about that. And yes, you'll leave any of these events with a sense of a rich and vital regional culture -- and some understanding of the fortitude of folks who have endured so much without burning down Washington. Another thing? If you attend one of these Cajun fests, you'll want more. As Thibodeau and Boudreau say, "Dat's Guar-on-teed."

SIMI VALLEY CAJUN &BLUES FESTIVAL partic'lars...

SATURDAY LINE-UPS:
* Blues Stage: Lightnin’ Willie, Bo Dollis, Jr. & The Wild Magnolias, Devon Allman Project with Duane Betts, Dave Mason, Alex Nester, more.
* Cajun Stage (Stephen D. Smith Memorial Cajun Stage): La Recolte1, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band, Mardi Gras Parade, Kevin Naquin & Ossun Playboys, Lisa Haley & The Zydekats, more.

SUNDAY LINEUPS:
* Blues Stage: Arthur Adams, The Chambers Brothers, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Eddie Money, 3 Sista Blues, more.
* Cajun Stage (Stephen D. Smith Memorial Cajun Stage): Dennis G and the Zydeco Trail Riderz, Bo Dollis, Jr. & The Wild Magnolias, Lisa Haley & The Zydekats, Mardi Gras Parade, Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp, Kevin Naquin & Ossun Playboys, more.


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SCOTTISH FESTIVAL IN OC


Running 9 am-6 pm both Saturday & Sunday, it's sponsored by the United Scottish Society (www.unitedscottishsociety.com). This one takes-over the OC Fair & Events Center (Orange County Fairgrounds), 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

The long-running annual event features stage performances of Celtic bands and music artists ranging from traditional to Celtic rock, plus Scottish dancing, performances by the Massed Bands (bagpipe, fife and drum bands clad in tartan kilts and competing with one another), Celtic Clan gatherings, and "Scottish Heavy Athletics" with their feats of skill, strength, and accuracy in throwing ridiculously heavy objects long distances through the air.

Featured performers include CHRISTOPHER YATES, BAD HAGGIS, CELTISH, COLIN ARMSTRONG AND KEVIN MCINTYRE, HIGHLAND WAY, the lovely KRIS COLT, THOSE MANNING BHOYS, MARINE SANDPIPER, THE PLOUGHBOYS, ROYAL SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCERS, SCOTTISH FIDDLERS OF LOS ANGELES, SLIGO RAGS (taking a break from their residency playing Disneyland), STAND EASY, WICKED TINKERS, and, Sunday only, The THIRD MARINE AIRCRAFT WING BAND.

All the info, advance tix, the whole shebang, is at: http://www.scottishfest.com/


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TOPANGA DAYS -- THE ONLY ONE STILL RUNNING ON MONDAY


The 45th annual "TOPANGA DAYS" runs all three days of the holiday weekend, on the terraced hillside grounds, on the grassy ballfields, and in the buildings at the Topanga Community House, 1440 N Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga CA 90290.

Wherever you were Saturday and Sunday, this is the fun place to land Monday. Be aware that the road is closed for a time Monday morning for the locals' parade, so get in there plenty early to get parked and watch the band-bedecked and quite colorful homegrown floats -- or else you'll need to wait to get into the canyon after the parade wraps-up.

Details on all that and more, including tix, are at: https://topangadays.com/

The music lineup on two stages brings different bands each of the three days. Folkies will especially like the following (of course, there are plenty more bands):

* SATURDAY, on the Corral Stage catch Tommy Teeple & Todd Tragar & the Quantum Hitch Hikers, 1:40-2:30 pm; the Topanga Ukulele Revival, 2:50-3:40 pm; Jim Crawford & the Hot Toddies, 5:10-6:10 pm.

* SUNDAY, on the Corral Stage, there's The Regulars, 1:30-2:20 pm; and those wowsa faves, The Topanga Belly Dancers, 2:50-3:40 pm; a band named The Flaw plays, 4-4:50 pm.

* MONDAY, on the Main Stage, catch McCabe's faves Venice, 2-3:30 pm; and start earlier on the Corral Stage, with Coyotes of Topanga, 12:10-12:50 pm; be sure to catch the ever-delightful hosts of the annual "Dylanfest," Andy & Renee & Hard Rain, 1:10-2:30 pm; there's good tunage from local travelin' duo Jewels & Johnny Nation, 2:50-3:40 pm; and the closing ensemble looks interesting, playing with the moniker of the Corral Stage Band, 5:10-6:10 pm.


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OUT-OF-TOWN MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND MUSIC FESTIVALS


We bring you two.
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The annual "STRAWBERRY MUSIC FESTIVAL" in Northern Cal is one that attracts plenty of regulars every year -- actually, make that two times a year, since there's one in the spring and one in the fall.

The one underway now features performances by Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Lukas Nelson & The Promise of The Real, Anders Osborne & Jackie Greene, Frazey Ford, The Revelers, Keith Little and The Littleband, Ghost of Paul Revere, Lindsay Lou, Dangermuffin, Sam Reider & The Human Hands, Duo Quartet featuring Chris Webster, Nina Gerber & Pam Delgado (the one we'd most like to see); Jeri Jones, The Suitcase Junket, Banana Slug String Band, and more.

It happens in the mountains northeast of Sacramento, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley, CA 95949; phone is 209-984-8630; website for this one and its fall counterpart is www.strawberrymusic.com
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The "NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL" is absolutely enormous, FREE, and loads of fun. It happens at Seattle Center, the city's old World's Fair site, reachable by monorail within Seattle, WA.

This one is more than you knew was possible to see, hear, or make happen over an extended four-day weekend. There are well over a dozen stages with hundreds of performances, participatory events like every kind of folk dancing that anybody knows how to do, and dozens of free music workshops. It's amazing.

Their website has everything you need to know to go, and to make you want to schedule going next year: www.nwfolklife.org/festival
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CONCERTS 'ROUND TOWN, THIS WEEKEND & BEYOND, &
NEXT WEEKEND'S FESTIVALS


While most folks will opt for some aspect of the festival scene this weekend, especially with the unseasonably cooler and quite delightful temperatures, not all the venues take the weekend off. And certainly, they provide plenty AFTER the holiday weekend, as well. Here are a few good possibilities.

All listings are chronological, by day and time.
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Fri, May 25:
8 pm - DENNY LAINE plays McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Fri, May 25:

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Fri, May 25:
9 pm - HIGH LIFE CAJUN BAND at The Pike Restaurant and Bar, 1836 E 4th St., Long Beach, CA 90802; 562-437-4453.
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Sat, May 26:
2 pm & 7 pm - ROBERT CAZIMERO & HALAU NA KAMALEI play two shows for the "Hawaiian Aloha music series" at Ruth Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, on the campus at Whittier College, 6760 Painter Av, Whittier, CA 90601; 562-907-4203.
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Sat, May 26:
5 pm - WENDY WALDMAN plus JOHN ZIPPERER at "Julie’s Joint" House Concert Series in Canoga Park, CA 91306; reservations get directions at: 818-261-0682 or juliesjoint@johnzipperer.com
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Sat, May 26:
7 pm - LA RECOLTE CAJUN BAND plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations 10 am-10 pm, 7 days, at: 626-798-6236.
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Sat, May 26:
7 pm - HIGH LIFE CAJUN BAND plays a "Crawfish Boil" in Central Los Angeles; details and location via email: info@highlifecajunband.com)
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Sat, May 26:
8 pm-11:30 pm - "The Healers” featuring Johnny Main, Tommy Elfif, Henry Carvajal, JR Lozano, play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91006.
* $10.
* Advance tix online save money:
https://www.eventbrite.com/o/arcadia-blues-club-red-entertainment-llc-10974346420___
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Sat, May 26:
8 pm & 10 pm - HENRY ROLLINS, the philosopher-rocker and former LA Weekly columnist that a lotta folkies like, plays two shows tonight at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Sun, May 27:
6 pm - NATALIA LAFOURCADE plays the Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University, One University Dr, Orange, CA 92866; 844-626-8726.
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Sun, May 27:
7 pm - AL PETTEWAY plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations 10 am-10 pm, 7 days, at: 626-798-6236.
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Sun, May 27:
7:30 pm - THE AMERICANS play the Moroccan Lounge, 901 E 1St St, Los Angeles, CA 90012; 213-395-0610.
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Sun, May 27:
8 pm - TODD ALBRIGHT plus SUNNY WAR at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Mon, May 28:
7:30 pm-10:30 pm - THE BROMBIES play their long-running BLUEGRASS residency (every Monday) at Viva Rancho Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91506; 818-845-2425.
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Mon, May 28:
8:30 pm-11 pm - "CELTIC ARTS CENTER IRISH MUSIC SESSION" happens every Monday at the Celtic Arts Center's home-away-from home at The Mayflower Club, 11110 Victory Bl, North Hollywood, CA; 818-760-8322; www.celticartscenter.com
* They also do a "SLOW PLAY IRISH MUSIC SESSION" at 9 pm.
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POST-WEEKEND CONCERTS,
AND NEXT WEEKEND'S FESTIVALS & CONCERTS

Tue & Wed, May 29 & 30:
8 pm - STEPHEN STILLS & JUDY COLLINS in an eye-popping duo show at The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675; 949-496-8927.
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Thu, May 31:
7 pm - ROBERT MORGAN FISHER plus JOHN STOWERS and DYLAN BRODY headline the monthly variety show at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; no reservations for this show; it's pay-at-the-door.
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Thu & Fri, May 31:
7:30 pm - JAMES TAYLOR and BONNIE RAITT perform together for two nights at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood, CA 90068; 213-480-3232.
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Sat, Jun 2, FESTIVAL:
11 am - Annual "SAM HINTON FESTIVAL" presented by San Diego Folk Heritage in Old Poway Park, Templars Hall, 14134 Midland Rd, Poway, CA 92064; 858-566-4040.
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Sat, Jun 2:
7 pm - INCENDIO returns with their instrumental brilliance to the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations, 10 am-10 pm 7 days, at 626-798-6236.
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Sat, Jun 2:
7:30 pm - PAT DONOHUE, longtime brilliant guitarist and songwriter from the late, great "A Prairie Home Companion," plays a house concert in Del Mar / Carmel Valley, CA; info: fredpowelltv@gmail.com or call 858-449-1396.
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Sat, Jun 2:
8 pm - DAN CRARY, BILL EVANS, & WALLY BARNICK play the Pasadena Folk Music Society series at California Institute of Technology, in Beckman Institute Auditorium (aka "Little Beckman"), 400 S Wilson Av, Pasadena, CA 91106.
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Sat, Jun 2:
8 pm - JAMES INTVELD plays the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91006.
* $15.
* Advance tix online save money:
https://www.eventbrite.com/o/arcadia-blues-club-red-entertainment-llc-10974346420.
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Sat, Jun 2:
8 pm - CARL VERHEYEN BAND plays the Four Friends Gallery, 1414 E Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362; 805-358-4970 or email steve@brogdenbaypresents.com
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Sat, Jun 2:
8 pm - JILL KNIGHT plays the "Camarillo Cafe" concert series at Camarillo Community Center, 1605 E Burnley St, Camarillo, CA 93010; 805-814-9366.
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Sat, Jun 2:
8 pm & 10 pm J- OSH ROUSE plays two shows at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Sat, Jun 2:
8 pm - The NE’ER DUWELS bring their Celtic and Irish wonderfulness to Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City, CA 90230; 310-398-2583.
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Sun, Jun 3, FESTIVAL:
All day - Annual "LUMMIS DAY FESTIVAL" is loads of fun in Sycamore Grove Park, 4702 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042.
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Sun, Jun 3:
10:30 am - HEIDI SWEDBERG plays the Matinee Kids' Show series at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Sun, Jun 3:
2 pm - PAT DONOHUE, longtime brilliant guitarist and songwriter from the late, great "A Prairie Home Companion," plays the David Naiditch House Concerts series in Altadena, CA; reservations get directions via email to davidnaiditch@charter.net
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Sun, Jun 3:
2:30 pm - SCOTTISH FIDDLERS OF LOS ANGELES play their annual Spring Concert at Pasadena Central Library Wright Auditorium, 285 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91101.
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Sun, Jun 3:
3 pm - VICTORIA VOX, one of the world's great uke mavens, plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations 10-am-10 pm, 7 days, at 626-798-6236.
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Sun, Jun 3:
5 pm - AUSTIN MCCUTCHEN plus MAPACHE play the FREE "Tiny Porch Concerts" series at Peter Strauss Ranch, 30000 Mulholland Hwy, Agoura Hills, CA, 91301.
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Sun, Jun 3:
7 pm - THE FOLK COLLECTION bring the classics of the '50s-'60s Folk Revival to the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations 10-am-10 pm, 7 days, at 626-798-6236.
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Sun, Jun 3:
8 pm - JOSH ROUSE plays The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Bl, San Diego, CA 92101; 619-232-4355.


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Friday, May 18, 2018

58th annual Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest & Folk Fest, and More, this Weekend



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This edition is really just a recap of things we've already reported and encouraged you to attend. The recommendation still holds. Don't sit home on this weekend of beautiful, not-too-hot, weather!
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Chronologically...

Thu-Sat, May 17-19th, FESTIVAL:
"13th-Ever 'LOS ANGELES OLD TIME SOCIAL'" returns with concerts, workshops, square dancing and more, at multiple L.A. venues.
* Featured performers include RICHIE STEARNS & ROSIE NEWTON, OZARK HIGHBALLERS, CLINTON DAVIS, YO PITZY JUG BAND, ECHO MOUNTAIN, DAVID BRAGGER & SUSAN PLATZ, HAVE MORE FUN STRINGBAND, and dance caller extraordinaire SUSAN MICHAELS.
* Though not affiliated with the annual "Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival" which happens on Sunday, May 20, the two festivals, both excellent, are designed to interlock into a four-day tuneful run that's the best musical start to your roots-music summer.
* "Kick Off Party" for the Old Time Social is Thu, May 17, 8 pm, at Tropico De Nopal Gallery, 1665 Beverly Bl, L.A. CA 90026; tix $10, ages 21+.
* CONCERT is Fri, May 18, 8 pm, at The Velaslavasay Panorama, 1122 W 24th St, L.A. CA 90007; advance tix below. Features Echo Mountain (Los Angeles); Richie & Rosie (NY); Ozark Highballers (AR); House Band with David Bragger & Susan Platz; Yo Pitzy Jugband (Los Angeles); Clinton Davis (San Diego); Have More Fun Stringband (Los Angeles).
* WORKSHOPS, FAMILY DANCE, CAKEWALK & SQUARE DANCE, are Sat, May 19, Noon–11 pm, at American Legion Post 206, 227 N Avenue 55, Highland Park (L.A.) CA 90042:
• Saturday ticket options: $20 for the day (workshops included) or $10 for the evening dances only.
• Family Dance 6 pm
• Cakewalk 7:30 pm
• Square Dance 8 pm
• Callers are Susan Michaels (Seattle) and Rookie Callers (L.A.)
• Bands are Hollywood Boll Weevils (Family Dance – L.A.); Ozark Highballers; Rosie Newton & Richie Stearns.
• WORKSHOPS are Noon–6 pm saturday, and include:
"Upstairs" Saturday Workshops:
- Noon-2 pm - Sacred Harp Shape-Note Singing
- 2-4 pm - Square Dance Calling—Susan Michaels
- 4-5 - Cajun Dancing with Ira Bernstein
- 5-6 - Flatfooting with Ira Bernstein and Ruth Alpert
"Downstairs" Saturday Workshops:
- Noon-1 pm - Italian & New Mexican Music with Paul Rangell & Emily Abbink
- 1-2 pm - Cajun Guitar with Eric Thompson
- 2-3 pm - Cajun Fiddle with Suzy Thompson
- 3-4 - Old-Time Fiddle & Bowing of African American Fiddler Will Adam with David Bragger
- 4-5 - Old-Time Fiddle with Bob Willoughby
- 5-6 - Old-Time Banjo with Rafe Stefanini
(Contact David Bragger for sign-ups and more info, at: davidbragger (at) gmail.com)
* FULL INFO, SIGN-UPS, & TIX (find the bar at the top of their page, or you'll miss everything); tix at: http://losangelesoldtimesocial.com/
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Thu-Sun, May 10-13, FESTIVAL:
Annual "GATOR BY THE BAY FESTIVAL" presented by San Diego’s Bon Temps Social Club at Spanish Landing Park, 2326 India St, San Diego, CA 92101; 619-234-8612; www.gatorbythebay.com
* This is a long-running, very-big-deal Cajun-Zydeco festival with music, dancing, and Louisiana cuisine.
* In addition to all the events at the main site, there's also a Thursday Kickoff concert at another venue, 6 pm-10:30 pm, with Sonny Landreth, Shana Morrison & Caledonia, and the ZZymzzy Quartet.
* Thursday, 6 pm-10:30 pm, the festival gets underway at the park, with performers through the weekend that include the Pine Leaf Boys, The Revelers, Horace Trahan & The Ossun Express, Keith Frank & The Soileau Zydeco Band, Dextor Ardoin, Gospel According to Earl Thomas, Carolyn Wonderland, Mr. Zipp, Café R&B, Vaud & The Villains, and more.
* Friday, it runs 3:30 pm-10:30 pm.
* Saturday, it's 10:30 am-8 pm.
* Sunday, it wraps-up with performances from 10:30 am-7 pm.
* Tix and full info at: www.gatorbythebay.com
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Fri & Sat, May 18 & 19; not music but cool:
8 pm - "REDACTED TONIGHT" creator and host LEE CAMP plays a pair of L.A. shows that double as taping nights for his upcoming TV special. And speaking of special, his guest act is L.A.-based JIMMY DORE who you know from KPFK. If you don't know Lee, you should. His YouTube audience is global and massive. If you do know his insightful and "inciteful" comedic indictments of Trump, congress, Big Pharma, corporate Democrats, anti-science Republicans, the US Empire, the warconomy and the corporatocracy, then no one needed to tell you to get tickets [http://leecamp.com/schedule/] for at least one night. We'll bring you our interview with Lee Camp soon. We told ya a couple weeks ago to get your tix before they're all gone. Well, it's sold out. He's that good. He plays both nights at 8 pm at the El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036.
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Sat, May 19, FESTIVAL:
10:30 am-9:30 pm - Annual "CLAREMONT FOLK FESTIVAL" makes its return after a two-year hiatus, with performances by Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones, The Crooked Jades, Bula: Bomba, Snap Jackson, Mostly Kosher, Fivaceous, Squeakin' Wheels, Tom Freund, Mick Rhodes, Ellen Harper, Harris Harper, Kent Basocke, and more, at Studio Arts Theatre and Sontag Greek Theater, on the campus of Pomona College, 300 E Bonita Av, Claremont, CA 91711.
* More in the next edition.
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Sunday, May 20, FESTIVAL:
9 am-6 pm - 58th annual "TOPANGA BANJO FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL" at paramount Ranch, Santa Monica Mountains Nat'l Rec. Area (National Park Service) in Agoura Hills (NOT in Topanga Cyn), CA; www.topangabanjofiddle.org
* With FIVE stages of music and dance in addition to all the contests, and countless jams under the groves of giant old oak trees and on the wood boardwalk porches of the Old West movie town, you'll find plenty to make your ears happy.
* The real reason to attend is to be blown away by the dedication and talent of so many young contestants, along with the professional acts and the endless and superbly innovative musical "jamming" groups under every grove of oak trees. Nuthin' quite like it anywhere else in these parts.
* And yes, you can hear folk songs that were and are anthems of labor organizing, civil rights, women's rights, the peace movement, and more.
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Tue, May 22:
7 pm - CLIMATE CHANGE PROGRAM: "What Can We Do about Global Warming?" will be held at Crowell Public Library in San Marino. Features Thomas Flood, Professor Emeritus of USC Chemistry & Environmental Studies.
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We'll be back with tuneful things to do on MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. But that's then. This is now. See ya Sunday at Paramount Ranch for Topanga Banjo Fiddle!


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