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Friday, May 18, 2018

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

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!


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.
* 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)
* FULL INFO, SIGN-UPS, & TIX (find the bar at the top of their page, or you'll miss everything); tix at:

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;
* 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:

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 [] 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.

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.

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;
* 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.

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.

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!



See you soon with more. Meantime, stay tuneful!



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