Friday, June 3, 2011
Acoustic Americana Music Guide NEWS FEATURES, June 3 edition
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June 3, 2011 edition
THIS WEEK’S NEWS FEATURES
1) A FOLK LEGEND'S FINAL WEST COAST TOUR HITS CALTECH JUNE 4th
2) GRAMMY, OSCAR, EMMY WINNERS / NOMINEES, & GOLD RECORDS:
ACCLAIM FOR “HOW TO WORK THE MEDIA” SEMINAR, & A FINAL CHANCE
TO ATTEND IN L.A., JUNE 7th
3) JUNE'S FESTIVALS BEGIN THIS WEEKEND
4) ONE TO EMULATE? L.A.'S “ARTS FOR ALL” WINS $80,000 ENDOWMENT
5) “PIRATE MUSICIAN” JAMES POTKEY'S MEMORIAL IS JUNE 4th
6) JUNE CONCERTS FEATURE SUPERB DOUBLE BILLS
Here are these news feature stories...
Our # 1 Story
A FOLK LEGEND'S FINAL WEST COAST TOUR HITS CALTECH JUNE 4th
ROSALIE SORRELS plays a not-to-be missed show on Saturday, June 4, at 8 pm for the Caltech Folk Music Society Series. This is her final West Coast tour before she retires. Come hear the singer-songwriter who the late UTAH PHILLIPS called the best singer of labor organizing songs. She was one of the true musical voices of social justice during a pivotal time, and of the consciousness that enabled it – and continues to bring it about.
“Rosalie Sorrels... truly the grand dame of our acoustic roots.” - Bodie House Concerts.
ROSALIE SORRELS is a folk legend. Having toured for many years with the late Utah Phillips, in addition to her own originals, she is well-equipped to carry his mantle of music that comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable.
Rosalie Sorrels has been called, "one of the most wonderful voices in American music, an instrument as mellow and finely aged as an antique viola." Gamble Rodgers referred to her as "the hillbilly Edith Piaf."
Her health issues of late would have grounded any lesser personality. Now, even Rosalie has announced her retirement from touring, following her current tour. Well, she is still hoping to play the festival circuit, just not the grueling road schedule of venues.
Rosalie was born in Idaho 70 years ago and lives there now in a log cabin her father built, 30 miles outside of Boise. She has traveled this country, usually driving herself, for the past 40 years and wherever she has stopped, she has made lifelong friends. She began her career as a folklorist in the 1950s. She has an encyclopedic knowledge of the folk idiom, ranging from the English ballads to Mormon songs to the work of contemporary songwriters. Not just the songs, but the tradition from which they are derived. Her songs and stories serve to create and preserve the oral tradition.
She left her husband in the mid-'60s and went on the road with her five children to begin a career as a musician. Her homes in Boise and then in Salt Lake City were the stopping places for just about any creative person who came through town, not only musicians but some of the pivotal figures of the Beat Generation.
Many of them have remained her friends and sometime collaborators. Oscar Zeta Acosta, Hunter Thompson and Studs Terkel wrote introductory liner notes for her albums. Robert Creeley wrote a poem about her. The noted composer and filmmaker David Amram played French horn and flute on one of her early albums. Studs Terkel included interviews with Rosalie in two of his books, “American Dreams Lost and Found” and “May the Circle Be Unbroken.” Of course, Rosalie Sorrels was at the pivotal Newport Folk Festival in 1966.
In recognition of her role as a creator of and collaborator in American culture during the second half of the twentieth century, the University of California at Santa Cruz established the “Rosalie Sorrels Archive” as part of its “Beat Generation Archives.” The University of Idaho awarded her an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts in 2000. In 2001, the Boise Peace Quilt Project presented her with a peace quilt, adding her name to the distinguished list of workers for peace and justice who have been presented with quilts.
Rosalie has recorded over 20 albums and written three books, the latter including “Way Out in Idaho,” published in honor of the Idaho State Centenary. It is a monumental collection of songs, stories, pictures, and recipes gathered in the course of three years spent traveling around her home state and listening to its people.
IOne of her recent recordings is “Learned by Livin' - Sung by Heart,” a compilation of songs that she has recorded since 1967.
Throughout her long and storied career, she's been there, done that, written and shared songs about it, and been in front of events with her music. More at www.rosaliesorrels.com.
The western regional FAR West of Folk Alliance International (formerly known as the North American Folk Music & Dance Alliance) has awarded Rosalie its highest annual honor, the "Best of The West." Other recipients have included The Kingston Trio, Utah Phillips, Joe Craven, and Lowen & Navarro.
This not-to-be-missed concert is in Beckman Institute Auditorium on the California Institute of Technology campus in Pasadena 91106. Parking is in either of two lots on Michigan Av, south off Del Mar. Walk, following the signs.
Tickets and info, www.folkmusic.caltech.edu or 626-395-4652.
Our # 2 Story
GRAMMY, OSCAR, EMMY WINNERS / NOMINEES, & GOLD RECORDS: ACCLAIM FOR “HOW TO WORK THE MEDIA” SEMINAR, & A FINAL CHANCE TO ATTEND IN L.A., JUNE 7th
Musicians, managers, producers and leaders of bands whose members include winners and nominees for music's top awards, including the GRAMMY, Music EMMY, Music OSCAR, and ANNIE – and earned Gold Records – have attended previous offerings of “How to Work the Media” and voiced acclaim for this workshop / seminar.
The last offering in the L.A. Area – probably for quite a while – has been scheduled to accommodate the winners of top prizes at the 51st annual Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival. A coveted contest prize was a scholarship certificate to attend it.
It's scheduled for Tuesday evening, June 7, at 7:30 pm.
You'll learn how to save your time and your money – and save yourself from wondering “what happened” following the emotional and financial investment you make when you send your CD off for radio play or a review, then hear nothing – no reply, nothing. Specific techniques that get results are presented. This is a plan that you can put to work for a CD release and across your music or arts career.
The presenter is an award winning editor, journalist, and broadcaster, he's held White House press credentials, covered national political conventions, even space launches and landings. He knows the media from the inside. He's been on the “receiving end” of artists' materials and appeals for years. He knows what works and what doesn't, and WHY.
It often has little to do with how good your music is, or how much money you spent in the recording studio or elsewhere making your new CD (or making tracks for sale as downloads). He teaches you what's truly effective, how to get results, and how to do it without spending your way to the poorhouse.
This is likely to be the last offering in the L.A. area for quite a while.
The workshop (it's really a very formidable seminar) runs three hours with a break halfway through. If that sounds like a lot of time, ask how much of an investment you're willing to make in your arts career. And ask anyone who attended the last time. They'll tell you that everyone stayed for more conversation after the session ended; they stayed until the venue closed and they had to leave.
“This really pumps-up your enthusiasm, as well as adding immeasurably to your useful knowledge and skill sets,” says Duane Thorin, who produces and presents many workshops for artists.
Duane adds, “This is a real bargain for all you get. It's worth a whole lot more than it costs.”
What you get is formidable. You get the whole thing on a CD, at the conclusion of the evening. In addition to the entire 161-slide PowerPoint™ presentation, the disc contains 22 supportive pdf documents, from full-size, full-color one-sheets and bios to multipage detailed explanations of all the techniques and key points to formulate your own plan.
You owe it to yourself, and the hopes and dreams you have for your music career, to experience this. Advance registration is $35, or $45 at the door if any spaces remain.
The workshop / seminar is Tuesday evening, June 7, and starts promptly at 7:30 pm. It's at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Ave, Altadena 91001. Reservations are strongly recommended at firstname.lastname@example.org, since the session is limited to 30 people. And advance reservations get that discount. Make your reservation now!
Our # 3 Story
JUNE'S FESTIVALS BEGIN THIS WEEKEND
In a struggling economy, festivals are doing well. The 51st annual Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival set an all-time high attendance record last month. The Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival saw attendance increase over last year. This month, Live Oak and Huck Finn expect big crowds.
SATURDAY, JUNE 4, the offerings are widespread and cover a spectrum of folk-Americana interests.
Close to home, there's the 4th annual “SANTA CLARITA VALLEY BLUES FESTIVAL,” and it's FREE, 11 am-5 pm, for a day of “jam packed fun for all ages,” and “the music goes on all day long,” in Mountain View Park, 28502 Seco Canyon, Santa Clarita 91390. It's got the BOB MALONE BAND, KELLY'S LOT, WUMBLOOZO, TRIPLE THREAT, SUSAN REY BAND, TONI DODD & SOUTHBOUND BLUES, MICHAEL JOHN & THE BOTTOM LINE, emcee TERESA JAMES, and more. There's a car show, fire truck rides, a kids zone, raffles, vendors, a BBQ, and it's a benefit for the Tom Bolewski Special Needs Trust. One musician observes, “There aren't many opportunities to bring the kids out (especially young ones) to listen to the blues. I know my granddaughter loves to listen to her pop pop play the blues...so this is a great way to enlighten kids to a style of music that isn't as popular with the younger crowd. Spread their wings and give them a taste of some down home music played by real musicians.” More at www.tomsrecovery.com.
San Diego has three festivals this Saturday. The Annual “SAM HINTON FOLK HERITAGE FESTIVAL” gets underway at 10:30 am in Poway, with music performances by KEN GRAYDON, JOE RATHBURN, POWAY FOLK CIRCLE PICKERS, CHARLES JOHNSON, BROOKE MACKINTOSH & SVEN-ERIK SEAHOLM, GREGORY PAGE, ALLEN SINGER & DANE TERRY, MARK JACKSON, PATTY HALL, and TRAILS & RAILS. Plus there are workshops, an open mic, jams, dancing (English & contradance) with BAND-RANTING BANSHEE with caller CHRIS PAGE, and storytelling by LINDA WHITESIDE, CHARLES JOHNSON, CYNTHIA GRIFFIN, MARILYN MCPHIE, FRED & THERESA LASKOWSKI, VICKY REED, & SARAH SAULTER. The storytellers have a breakout event at 7 pm. It's all at Templars Hall in Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd, Poway 92064; 858-566-4040. Presented by San Diego Folk Heritage.
At the beach north of San Diego, there's the annual “CARLSBAD BEACH FEST,” 8 am to 3 pm. This is one we don't know much about, but it includes a set by Irish band PADDY'S PIG at 1 pm. And it's billed as “Festivities... at the Carlsbad State Beaches beginning at Frazee Beach, (Carlsbad Blvd & Pine Ave) in downtown Carlsbad, stretching south on the sand to Tamarack Beach. One Mile of music, food, sporting events, and stewardship are planned - Come join the Fun!” Check www.paddyspigla.com where you might find more.
The annual OLAF WIEGHORST WESTERN MUSIC JUBILEE is in El Cajon, Saturday, June 4, at 7 pm, in the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Center, with RUSTY RICHARDS, BELINDA GAIL, THE TUMBLING TUMBLEWEEDS, and TOM HIATT & THE SUNDOWN RIDERS.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY, June 17-19, is absolutely nutty with wonderful festivals, some very jam-friendly. We'll bring you more next week, but here are the basics...
The Annual "HUCK FINN JUBILEE" brings three days of performances, including ROY CLARK, RODNEY DILLARD & THE DILLARD BAND, THE GIBSON BROTHERS, JULIE WINGFIELD, WAYNE RICE & LIGHTHOUSE, BLUEGRASS ETC, SIERRA HULL, NEW FOUND ROAD, SCOTT GATES & SALTY SUITES, MARK TWAIN LIVE, GRASSLANDS, TOM & BECKY, and more, plus Line Dance Workshops with KC DOUGLAS, Clog Dancing with THE BON FAMILY CLOGGERS, lots of fun activities for kids, and a bit of mid-nineteenth century Mark Twain culture straight from Life on the Mississippi all transported to a bluegrass festival on a river in the California desert (really). At Mojave Narrows Regional Park, Victorville; 951-780-8810. Named in recent years in a national ranking as the best weekend music festival in America.
Meanwhile, northeast of Santa Barbara, all three days, is the annual LIVE OAK MUSIC FESTIVAL with performances by MAVIS STAPLES, THE TEXAS TORNADOS, EVIE LADIN & EVIL DIANE, THE WAILIN' JENNYS, MOLLIE O'BRIEN & RICH MOORE, MOLLY'S REVENGE, OLD MAN LUEDECKE, CAFE MUSIQUE, SIERRA HULL & HIGHWAY 111, TOOTS & THE MAYTALS, SAMBADA, CARL SONNY LEYLAND, THE DAVID MAYFIELD PARADE, SPARROWS GATE, PELLEJO SECO, WILL BERNARD, and more, at Live Oak Camp, off Highway 154, NE of Santa Barbara; 805-781-3030.
The annual IRISH FAIR & MUSIC FESTIVAL with DUBLIN4, FENIANS, SLIGO RAGS, and more happens Saturday & Sunday, June 18 & 19, in Orange County. It's 10 am-7 pm both days at Irvine Meadows, 8800 Irvine Center Dr, Irvine 92618.
If you just can't afford to go anywhere, you'll do just fine with a one-day FREE festival here in L.A. On Saturday, June 18, is the annual MAKE MUSIC PASADENA, an event that's proven to be folk-Americana friendly over the past three years since it arrived. It's the biggest U.S. expression of the French-based FETE DE MUSIQUE, which happens on this date regardless what day of the week that is. Since the 18th falls on Saturday this year, organizers promise the biggest one yet. This festival has many stages, in many venues, and in ma y performance spaces and street corners throughout Pasadena. We'll bring you details next week.
JUNE 25 & 26, the festival scene brings a pair of top choices once again.
The annual LONG BEACH BAYOU & MARDI GRAS FESTIVAL happens 11 am-9 pm both days, with performances by DR. JOHN & THE LOWER 911, KEITH FRANK & THE SOILEAU ZYDECO BAND, LEROY THOMAS & THE ZYDECO ROADRUNNERS, GENO DELAFOSE & FRENCH ROCKIN' BOOGIE, BILLIE LEE & THE SWAMP CRITTERS, DAVID SOUSA & THE ZYDECO MUDBUGS, SAN DIEGO CAJUN PLAYBOYS, BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO, and more, at Rainbow Lagoon Park (N side of Shoreline Dr), Shoreline Village Dr & Linden Av), Long Beach 90802; 562-570-1600.
Meanwhile, the annual SAN DIEGO SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GAMES happens in Vista (San Diego), from 9 am-5 pm both days, with performances by THE WICKED TINKERS, HIGHLAND WAY, THE BROWNE SISTERS & GEORGE CAVANAUGH, BANSHEE IN THE KITCHEN, and more, at Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista 92084.
And then comes July...
Our # 4 Story
ONE TO EMULATE? L.A.'S “ARTS FOR ALL” WINS $80,000 GRANT
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), for the sixth consecutive year, has provided funding for the Los Angeles County artists in the classroom program. The money was obtained through the “Residency Grant Program” of “Arts for All,” L.A. County’s nationally-recognized collaboration to restore all arts disciplines into the core curriculum for all K-12 public school students.
Moreover, this year, NEA is recognizing the “arts for all” model for arts education as it provides an $80,000 grant that will bring “teaching artists” into classrooms. The funds will support artists going into classrooms in the 2011-2012 school year.
Last year, the program benefited more than 11,000 students.
Responding to word of this year's NEA grant, Ayanna Hudson, Director of Arts Education for the Arts Commission, said, “We deeply appreciate the ongoing support from NEA.”
“Through this award,” she continued, “school districts implement priorities they’ve identified in their arts education plans.”
The Residency Grant Program provides funding that must be matched by the potential recipient – any school district in the County that has committed to the goal of “Arts for All” by adopting an arts education policy and a long-range plan to provide sequential K-12 arts education, based on the California state standards for visual and performing arts. School districts choose residency artists from the “Programs for Students” database, at www.lacountyartsforall.org, the recently launched Arts for All website.
'Participating artists have been vetted through a rigorous application process by a panel of teachers, artists, arts administrators and parents. All resident artists are skilled to partner effectively with classroom teachers and provide a standards-based curriculum,' reads the announcement of the grant.
Okay, we support anything that effectively returns arts education to the classroom, from which it NEVER should have vanished. But we are concerned that this is apparently the best that we, as a society, can do. Just eighty-thousand dollars, for ALL 1.6 million of the county's K-12 students? And a district can only get a piece of it if they can provide matching funds? Clearly, a lot more work awaits all of us who believe that arts education 'for all' isn't simply desirable, but a fundamental and essential right, a vital and reasonable and integral expectation in any K-12 educational model.
Certainly, we congratulate those who worked hard to get this NEA grant. But in a larger sense, we must ask if this serves to show just how little is available for today's students.
Our # 5 Story
“PIRATE MUSICIAN” JAMES POTKEY'S MEMORIAL IS JUNE 4th
Some have never had exposure to the musical “Pirate Community.” But many who have owe their awareness to a tuneful encounter with the late JAMES POTKEY, aka “Captain Bad Jack.”
Potkey, a lifelong musician, played on dozens of records for big rock stars. More recently, he took his rocker roots into a discovery of sea shanties and maritime music – in the wake of the popularity of Disney's nouveau pirate movies. Potkey was the founder and leader of the costumed show band PIRATES OF THE BLACK SWAN.
Potkey and the band were quickly a phenomenon, playing Disneyland and plenty of high-paying corporate parties and events. Still, they liked intimate venues, and the little Coffee Gallery Backstage was a favorite that they always sold-out. That venue's booker, legendary show-biz impresario BOB STANE, was crazy about the band, too, quickly choosing them for his own list of “favorite acts.” It was easy to see why. We enjoyed their performances many times.
On several occasions, we here at The Guide noted that the only use we ever liked of prerecorded backing tracks in a live performance were those crafted by Potkey for his pirate band shows. The guy was a master musician who could, and did, play anything. And he knew how to arrange the tracks he laid down, crafting-in just enough that the band's live performance was enhanced, and never diminished or submerged.
While much of his band's show (it was a show, not simply a repertoire) was based on classic rock, James was mindful of the nautical roots of the whole scene. The band includes acoustic players who are members of other nautical groups, and their shows routinely featured an opening set, or opening act, of traditional maritime music. It was a fine model for featuring traditional music for audiences that were ostensibly there for something more amplified.
We lost James Potkey rather suddenly, to a massive heart attack. Some of us had been riding him to quit smoking. But he was under far more than the usual amount of stress, since he and his wife had lost their home to a catastrophic fire in December.
The Memorial for James Potkey, aka: Captain Bad Jack, is this Saturday evening, June 4, at Pacific Sailing Yacht Club in Shoreline Village, Long Beach; www.shorelinevillage.com/pacificsailingyachtclub.html. Parking will be validated by the Yacht Club. The Yacht Club is atop a restaurant, which is accessible. Musician and facilitator CAPTAIN RON ELY adds, “There are great views of Long Beach Harbor out the club's windows and room for about 150 people. There will be musical performances, a full bar, and many of James' friends there.” It starts at 7 pm and, Captain Ron says, “will go into the evening, probably as late as you want!” Though, he adds, “not after 2 am.”
Our # 6 Story
JUNE CONCERTS FEATURE SUPERB DOUBLE BILLS
Double-bills are like getting two concerts for the price of one. They're always a favorite with music fans. But many big name musicians resist sharing stages because of the need to share revenues. Still, we're looking at a summer that's beginning with numerous and notable shared bills.
So what's driving this? When venues were nervously booking summer acts a few months ago – with gas prices predicted to top $5 a gallon and corporate big shots getting record bonuses for posting profits enabled by laying-off more workers – and everyone else struggling in this economy, bookers and talent alike were looking for anything that would get people to part with some of their money to come to a show.
In part, that's always why festivals are so attractive. (See the separate feature in this edition.) Festivals let attendees see many acts, often for the price of a single concert – or less – and everyone knows it.
The sold-out shows of the three-act “Railroad Revival Tour” (Old Crow Medicine Show, Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros) raised expectations of what you can, and should, get for your money.
But in a tight economy, venues large and small must compete for scarce entertainment dollars, too. Hence, there are some innovative double-bills, and we're calling your attention to some happening this month. See the Guide's “SPOTLIGHT EVENTS” Section for all the details, like venue addresses, getting tickets, etc.
LYLE LOVETT and JOHN HIATT combine in a fabulous double bill Friday, June 3, at 8 pm, at the brand new Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge.
THE DRIFTWOOD SINGERS, BORDER RADIO, & RICK SHEA play the monthly “ROOTS AND TWANG NIGHT” series Sunday, June 5, at 7 pm, at Molly Malone's Irish Pub in Los Angeles.
The annual “TROUGH RECORDS NIGHT” brings nearly everyone on the Trough label to perform Sunday, June 5, at 7:30 pm, at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena. MARK HUMPHREYS will do a rare live performance, and Ohio-based ANDREW LORAND gets to L.A. So seldom that this is notable. Both would want us to provide equal billing for their formidable label mates in the lineup: LISA JOHNSON, PIPER-GREY, PHIL WARD, PAUL ZOLLO, and TIM TEDROW & TERRY VREELAND.
“LEGENDS OF THE CELTIC HARP” brings PATRICK BALL, LISA LYNNE, & ARYEH FRANKFURTER on Monday, June 6, at 8 pm, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
LYLE LOVETT and JOHN HIATT return Tuesday, June 7, at 7 pm, in their bigtime double-bill at Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay in San Diego.
JOHN PRINE and LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III play a superb double-bill Friday, June 10, at 8 pm, at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.
JOHN BATDORF and Eagles songwriter JACK TEMPCHIN play a fine double-bill Saturday, June 11, at 7:30 pm, for the AMSD Concert Series in San Diego.
JOHN PRINE with PETER CASE play a real wow of a show Saturday, June 11, 7:30 pm, at Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay in San Diego.
DAN NAVARRO plus CLAUDIA RUSSELL & THE FOLK UNLIMITED ORCHESTRA play a very cool double-bill Saturday, June 11, 8 pm, at McCabe’s, in Santa Monica.
JAMES LEE STANLEY and CLIFF EBERHARDT split a top-notch performing songwriter bill Saturday, June 11, 8 pm, at Boulevard Music in Culver City.
For those with little or no budget, don't despair. The monthly “SONGWRITER SANCTUM” series brings a fine show in June, headlined by SUSIE GLAZE & THE HILONESOME BAND, plus EDWARD TREE, WENDY CONRAD, KERRY CANDAELE, & ROBERT MORGAN FISHER, Sunday, June 12, at 2 pm, at the Church in Ocean Park in Santa Monica. It's a free show and free potluck (participation encouraged), and donations for the artists are encouraged.
MOIRA SMILEY & VOCO with INGA SWEARINGEN, plus ROUND MOUNTAIN, are a highly recommended team-up, playing several big nights on their current tour. You can catch them Sunday, June 12, 7:30 pm, at SOHo Restaurant & Music Club in Santa Barbara; or Monday, June 13, 7 pm, at the UU Church in Santa Monica; or Tuesday, June 14, 8 pm, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
World music fans will enjoy YOUSSOU N’DOUR, ANGELIQUE KIDJO, & VUSI MAHLASELA Thursday, June 16, 7:30 pm, at the The Greek Theatre in Griffith Park.
There are all those multi-artist festivals, June 17-19. See our separate story.
TRACY NEWMAN & THE REINFORCEMENTS play a fine double bill with DUTCH NEWMAN & THE MUSICAL MELODIANS Saturday, June 18, 7 pm, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
Another rich offering of multiartist festivals arrives Saturday & Sunday, June 25 & 26.
DOUG CLEGG & KATE WALLACE play the “LOCAL ARTISTS IN THE ROUND” series Saturday, June 25, 8 pm, at Trinity Backstage Coffee House in Santa Barbara.
GREGG TROOPER and AMERICAN PRIMITIVE share the night Saturday, June 25, 8 pm, at Boulevard Music in Culver City.
Ex-Byrds JOHN YORK & BILLY DARNELL, backed by CHAD WATSON, deliver their “BYRDS AND BEYOND” show Thursday, June 30, 7 pm, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
Of course, not all the best shows in June are split bills or multiartist affairs. Check The Guide's current “Spotlight Events” at www.acousticmusic.netwww.acousticmusic.net to find many more possibilities this month.
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RECENT EDITIONS of The Guide's NEWS FEATURES are still available!
Just check our archive! Read the contents bar on the left side of the page at www.acousticamericana.blogspot.com and click the appropriate month.
The MOST RECENT past editions are archived and easy to find.
May 27th edition is available at
and the stories are:
1) 22nd Annual “SIMI VALLEY CAJUN & BLUES MUSIC FESTIVAL” Sat & Sun
2) ANNUAL “SCOTS FEST,” this Weekend in Orange County
3) “TOPANGA DAYS COUNTRY FAIR” – The Only Fest that's All 3 Days
4) “SUMMERFEST SONGWRITERS PROJECT” – Deadline May 31
5) “HOW TO WORK THE MEDIA” SEMINAR – One Last Time in L.A., June 7
May 20th edition is available at
and the stories are:
1) What a Weekend of Festivals!
2) Sunday's “L.A. ACOUSTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL” Offers Free Outdoor Show, Ticketed
3) “HERITAGE MUSEUM MUSIC FESTIVAL,” Sunday in O.C.
4) BOB DYLAN's 70th Birthday, May 24th, To Be Musically Celebrated by Folk Legend
ROSS ALTMAN & Friends in Santa Monica
5) 14th Annual “DOHENY BLUES FESTIVAL” in Dana Point, All Weekend
6) “SILVER LAKE JUBILEE MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL,” All Weekend in L.A.
7) PADDY’S PIG CD Release & Apocalypse Show, Saturday, May 21
8) “HOW TO WORK THE MEDIA” Seminar – One Last Time in L.A., June 7
9) “ROOTS ROADHOUSE” to Return in August
10) Artist “ASSET DISCOVERY & DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR,” June 14
11) “MIDSUMMER NIGHTS COFFEE HOUSE & MUSIC FESTIVAL” Date Set
May 12th edition is available at
and the stories are:
1) 51st Annual “TOPANGA BANJO FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL” – and
The Guide is a Sponsor
2) PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND, DEL MCCOURY BAND Share a Stage
3) "6th Ever LOS ANGELES OLD TIME SOCIAL," Thu-Sat, May 12-14
4) 21st Annual “DYLANFEST,” Saturday, May 14
5) BUTCH HANCOCK, Texas Legend, Plays L.A. May 19
6) Performance Review: SID HAUSMAN & WASHTUB JERRY
7) Performance Review: GERRY O'BIERNE & ROSIE SHIPLEY
8) Performance Review: SLIGO RAGS
9) KENNY ROGERS in a Revealing Interview, part two
10) Blues in L.A. with BERNIE PEARL, Three Weekends in May
11) “L.A. ACOUSTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL” Returns May 22 at Different Venue
12) “Forever Young: Celebrating BOB DYLAN'S 70th Birthday” at the
Grammy Museum, May 24
13) Memorial Day Weekend Music Festivals Are Nearly Upon Us –
We Profile Two of Them
14) Performance Opportunity: “MAKE MUSIC PASADENA,” June 18
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