SUNDAY has late additions:
No need to subject yourself to KABC's all-day/all-night Oscar celebrity-fashion-gossip-athon. Because we have all these for you:
♡ Sunday guitar event with Muriel Anderson, noon-1 pm; details in added feature story
♡ FolkWorks new interactive site debut -- how to DIY list your gig/event on FolkWorks -- Zoom social, 4 pm; details in added feature story
♡ Ken O'Malley, multi-instrumental performer of authentic & original Irish music, presents "The Roses Are Back," a free 1-hour show at 2 pm PDT. It's at: https://www.facebook.com/kenomalleyirishmusic/live -- available even if you are NOT on Facebook. Link also on Ken's website: www.kenomalley.com -- You can tip via Venmo: @kenomalley or PayPal: paypal.me/twlord
♡ Andy & Renee perform their "Livestream #112 Concert," at a special time, 3-5pm PDT, "...early so we don't conflict with the Oscars," adding, "We may even play some Oscar-winning songs!" You can help determine their setlist -- make requests by email before the show, to: firstname.lastname@example.org -- Watch live on Youtube: https://youtu.be/6L3YAcnzIu8
All here -- details of Muriel Anderson and FolkWorks events are below, following Saturday's listings.
Oh, and the Oscars, apart from the BS, are live at 5, Pacific, on ABC.
(Google's VERY UNWELCOME changes to our platform meant we had to fight for TWO HOURS to add the late additions listed above. Google as "the industry standard"-? Sheeeeeeesh...)
Wonderful things await this weekend and next, right here on your cyber link to live performances. Plus we have lots of music news and a delightful artist profile.
Venues are starting to reopen. We're not quite sure how we feel about that, since some of those intransigent anti-vaxers may cough-sneeze-breath their Typhoid Mary-ness all over the conscientious masses. We're going on-record in support of venues that require COVID vaccination cards for entry. Wanna go to an indoor space with others you don't know, then deal with it.
Okay, necessary point made. Now check out la musica!
Debuts Saturday, noon Pacific:
Celtic string masters
Tonight's Grand Ole Opry brings George Thorogood, Riders in the Sky, Rhonda Vincent, Niko Moon, Luke Combs, more
A strong "Grand Ole Opry" lineup this Saturday night features the Opry debut of George Thorogood as well as performances from Luke Combs, Niko Moon, Riders in the Sky, Jeanne Robertson, Rhonda Vincent, and Mark Wills.
The Grand Ole Opry starts at 5 pm PDT (7 pm Nashville time, 8 EDT) on WSM Radio, and don't forget to catch Opry Live on Circle starting at 6 pm PDT for the live streams of Niko Moon, Luke Combs, and George Thorogood's Opry performances.
You know him from John Fogerty's band. There's a lot more to Bob Malone.
It's not like we haven't told you before. This guy is really good, from the high energy keyboard workouts to the sheer musicality. That New Orleans trip you didn't get to take? He brings you the best of Bourbon Street and more.
And you have two chances to catch him this weekend.
Sunday's Free Guitar Workshop:
Muriel Anderson's "Techniques to Realize Your Musical Visions"
She's master of many things with strings, including her signature harp guitar. As host of dozens of sold-out "Muriel Anderson's Guitar Night" multiartist events, She's hosted and performed with the best in the world. So a chance to learn from her, FREE, is a real treat.
FolkWorks new interactive site debuts Sunday
Zoom social -- how to DIY list your gig/event on FolkWorks -- 4 pm
The new FolkWorks website offers you and your audience an opportunity to connect in a new way. Editors Steve & Leda Shapiro tell us, "We provide an extensive calendar, articles, and resources focused on the folk community.
Entering the calendar information needed for your audience is easy... as 1-2-3-4. Enter the name, description, virtual and/or live [event] and when it is... easy peasy."
They continue, "To see how easy it is and how cool it is, we'll show you. We are hosting a Zoom social on Sunday, April 25th at 4 pm PT. This will be an opportunity to meet and chat with fellow folk enthusiasts and show how to contribute events and ask questions. We look forward to seeing you then."
: "Grow your Folk audience"
For those who are comfortable with online forms, you can dive-in now.
Here’s how… (and here's where "The Guide" really performs the service of being your guide...)
• Go to the FolkWorks home page (www.FolkWorks.org)
• Click on BECOME A CONTRIBUTOR and SUBMIT.
• They will review and send you an email with a link to set your password.
• When you receive their email, click the link, enter your password.
• Then you are ready to login.
• Click on Contributor Login top right of Home Page.
• Enter NEW EVENT title and description
• Enter Time and Date and Time Zone (check if All Day event)
• Event Image (approx. 1500px wide, 16:9 aspect ratio and max 128MB)
• Enter a Category (Music, Dance, Storytelling or Childrens) and Tags
• Enter a VENUE for live and/or Virtual Event
• Enter Organizer and/or Website (optional)
• Enter additional fields listed (optional)
• Enter Event Cost (optional)
Join them today on ZOOM to find out more.
You can also sign-up for the monthly FolkWorks newsletter while you're there.
A Hugely Big Thing: NEXT Saturday's Benefit to Reopen a Favorite, Storied Venue
Gadzooks, WHAT a lineup!
Full details HOW TO WATCH, and how YOU CAN HELP, at:
Original Folk Music at Prestigious Film Festivals
Moira Smiley is, by far, one of the most talented people we've ever known.
She's fresh from a performance today with TUNE-YARDS on "CBS This Morning -- Saturday," where they did three songs. (Go get 'em now, or you'll be in the show's archive after next Saturday.)
She is the genius behind her own group, VOCO, and a Vermont-based go-to artist for all-things musical. Accomplished as singer, song-collector, choreographer (her body percussion stylings are dazzling), and commissioned composer, Moira Smiley has sung in arenas, cathedrals, kitchens, back porches, sound stages, and on glaciers.
She's performed with the likes of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Tune-Yards, Tim O'Brien, Eric Whitacre, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, New World Symphony, Solas, and The Lyris String Quartet.
As a composer, Moira Smiley is known worldwide for choral arrangements like "Bring Me a Little Water, Silvy" and her originals, "Stand in That River" and "How Can I Cry." (Two of those were first heard in broadcast live performance on our old "Tied to the Tracks" radio show in Los Angeles.) She's in demand as a commissioned composer, writing multi-movement pieces like "Time In Our Voices" and "In The Desert With You" for the Los Angeles Master Chorale. She wrote "Vonnegut Requiem: Light Perpetual," for Voces Novae, and more.
And now come the film festival honors. "Sing About It," the music video by Moira Smiley and VOCO, is a song from their album, "In Our Voices."
At just over four minutes, it's one of the shortest features accepted to multiple prestigious film festivals around the world!
☆ Enjoy it at:
☆ You should also check out the TED TALK / performance by Moira and VOCO at Caltech:
☆ And while you're admiring Moira's work, traditional music aficionados who appreciate fresh vitality that sounds like a hundred years ago, but in a new way -- and those who pursue historical connections -- will greatly enjoy...
"Oh Susannah" the official video from the album, "In Our Voices," performed by Dawn Pemberton and Moira Smiley:
More at https://moirasmiley.com
GRAMMY Museum Nominated for Best Pop Culture Museum
USA Today's annual "10 Best Readers' Choice Awards" is giving you an opportunity to vote for the L.A.-based GRAMMY Museum for this year's "Best Pop Culture Museum."
Voting is open now through May 10, and you can vote daily. Winners will be announced on May 21st. Meanwhile, virtual visits are going strong. You can use this link to see all the nominees, as well as to select the GRAMMY Museum as the recipient of your vote:
Americana Music Quickies
We would bring you more, but... We're at the limits of what Google will let us publish.
Since they brought their hegemonistic conquering -- their penchant for Borg-like assimilation, where resistance is futile -- their forced changes to this platform include undeclared, but very real, limits to what we can publish. If we attempt more, we can lose everything that's already in here.
We hope we chose things you have enjoyed. And despite that futility of resistance, we do persist.