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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Music happening Wednesday, Dec 2, live & on TV...

Here's the live acoustic music scene around Southern California tonight, followed by music on TV and some participatory music news (you're invited).

Wednesday morning dawned as a day off from other endeavors, a day available to prepare and publish a new and very full edition of the Guide. Then came the latest eruption of armed insanity, this time in San Bernardino. The best we could do here is this little edition with tonight's music scene in the venues and on TV, and a repeat of the invitation to take part, with some huge stars, in something wonderfully positive this weekend. It's all about music from here on through the end of this edition.

A full new edition will be along when we can do that.


Wed, Dec 2, in South Pas:
7 pm Debra Dobkin & Mark Goldberg, plus Aireene Espiritu, perform at the "Wine & Song Concert Series" held at the Arroyo Seco Golf Course in South Pasadena.



Wed, Dec 2, in Echo Park:
7 pm "Music on the Patio" series brings two excellent pianists to Stories, 1716 Sunset Bl, Echo Park. Free.


Wed, Dec 2, in Murrieta:
8 pm "The Sham Jam" with The Black Hat Saints at the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd, Ste 145 Murrieta 92592; 951-696-5252;

A midweek open mic hosted by a good band. The Black Hat Saints are a bunch of talented musicians. Sign ups from 7:30 pm; this night attracts the best local talent in Murrieta & Temecula.

Plus: served throughout December is a special holiday dinner, a feast for just $19.95 per person.

No cover.


Wed, Dec 2, in SFV (Burbank):
9-11:45 pm ORCHESTRA CHARANGOA plays Joe's Great American Bar & Grill, 4311 Magnolia Bl, Burbank 91505.

No cover.


# 1 news feature...

On TV tonight / news...



New Christmas Album, "Once Again It’s Christmas," Out Now

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 1, 2015) – It’s almost Christmas and Kenny Rogers is very active all over national television.

On Wednesday, December 2nd , Kenny Rogers will attend CMT’s “Artists Of The Year” special where he will be presented with the prestigious Artist of a Lifetime award presented by Ram Trucks. The live broadcast from Nashville will air nationwide on CMT at 8 pm ET/PT.

On the same Dec. 2nd evening on the History Channel, Rogers will travel back to the 1970s to recount cultural elements of Christmas that came about during that decade for History's “Christmas Through The Decades” series. The show airs at 10 pm ET/PT.

“Christmas Through The Decades” goes back in time to explore what Christmas was like not too long ago. Special guests Jillian Michaels, LeAnn Rimes, Dascha Polanco and more will reveal how classic holiday films, fads, television specials, songs and toys created lasting impressions that are still felt during 21st century Christmas celebrations. Beginning with the 1960s and concluding with the 1990s, the History channel travels through the past and reminisces about the most wonderful time of the year.

And finally on Monday, December 14th , Rogers will perform a song from his first new Christmas studio album in seventeen years titled Once Again It’s Christmas (Warner Bros. / Warner Music Nashville) on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” airing at 11:35 pm ET/PT.

An exclusive edition of Once Again It’s Christmas is available now at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores with an exclusive bonus track featuring The Time Jumpers (including Vince Gill) — “(I Love The) Winter Weather.”

Kenny Rogers is currently in the middle of his 34 th Annual Christmas & Hits tour, Once Again It’s Christmas featuring Linda Davis. He recently announced on TODAY that his upcoming worldwide tour will be his last.

Rogers has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide. He has charted a record within each of the last seven decades. The first country artist to consistently sell out arenas, Rogers quickly became a pop superstar as well — his 28 Billboard Adult Contemporary Top 10's rank him fourth-best of all time among men, trailing only Elton John, Neil Diamond, and Elvis Presley. Rogers has recorded 24 No. 1 hits, 12 No. 1 albums, 25 Top 10 country albums and is the RIAA’s eighth best-selling male solo artist of all time. He has received three GRAMMY® Awards, 11 People's Choice Awards, 19 American Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards and six Country Music Association (CMA) Awards.

Kenny Rogers "Once Again It’s Christmas" concert tour dates run Dec. 1 through 23 throughout the east and midwest.

For more information:


# 2 news feature...


This week's BIG participatory music news...


It's your annual opportunity to perform with Grammy winners and other music stars, and to experience the thrill of doing that for the most appreciative audience you'll ever face.

In fact, WHEREVER you are in America, you'll have the opportunity to perform for a similarly grateful audience of shut-ins. (Just go to Vincent's caroling website and join his group when it performs in a city near you! Each year, the star-studded kick-off is in L.A.)

Vincent Leinen's 34th annual national tour of participatory "Caroling" at residential senior facilities kicks-off in L.A. this SUNDAY, Dec. 6, and Southern California musicians (and all who love to sing) are invited to join-in. The Guide partners to recruit for this event every year.

If you join us Dec. 6th, you'll join SUPERTRAMP lead guitarist CARL VERHEYEN, bassist PRESCOTT NILES from THE KNACK, FLORENCE LaRUE from THE FIFTH DIMENSION, JOHN KAYE of STEPPENWOLF, and many MANY others, from Woodstock veterans to piano virtuosos to opera stars to Cajun fiddlers, from the ultra-famous to the not-so-famous, raising our voices in song for grateful audiences who go the entire year without seeing a live musical performance.

Complete details from Vincent follow, including how YOU can register to take part (it's easy!)

See you Sunday! The Guide staff will be there with bells on!



Here are the details, after a word from event producer / series creator Vincent Leinen:

"DECEMBER 6, 2015: Experience the power, magic, and impact of giving music via Santa’s Caroling Team!

"Greetings! You’re extended a special invitation to support, promote, and participate in the 34th Annual Los Angeles Holiday Caroling Festivities on Sunday, December 6th, 2015 at senior care centers.

"Perform 4 pm-7:30 pm on a modular schedule that lets you arrive / depart at your discretion, though we hope you'll take part in the full evening's traveling event. It's all located in the West San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles in a series of locations that are close together. THEN, immediately following the caroling, participants are invited to socialize and dine at HomeTown Buffet Restaurant at VanOwen & Fallbrook in Canoga Park, from 7:30 pm-9:30 pm.

"Overall Mission: In conjunction with a nationwide initiative we promote the overall theme of bringing happiness and/or enlightenment to the elderly in senior care centers, hospital patients, care-givers, and festival participants during the holiday season. This simple act of kindness can make a difference and add true meaning for all involved this holiday season. Your participation is very important since your presence and music promotes the theme and enhances the festivities for ALL who are involved."


Music books & refreshments are provided for all performers. Flowers (if available) are provided for the residents.

The festivities include multiple performances at senior care centers scheduled at concurrent time slots. Yes, we deploy parallel performing casts, to allow us to provide entertainment (read that as happiness and healing) to more needy senior residents AND their hardworking caregivers.

To balance-out the large talent pool and maximize your impact on the senior residents and caregivers, we’re continuing the tradition of forming two separate Holiday Caroling presentation teams that we call Santa’s South Route Caroling team and Santa’s North Route Caroling Team. BOTH teams feature professional musicians that include GRAMMY winners and nominees!

After you register with Vincent, he'll give you the web address to print-out the exact route, with locations and times. It can be very handy during your whirlwind performance schedule.

Whichever route / performing cast you join, you are invited to skedaddle over for the Group Photo at the conclusion, taken with all participants, at Meridian-West Hills in the main dining room, at 6833 Fallbrook Ave., Canoga Park 91307.

Then, it's off to the Post-Caroling Wrap Party to meet and eat and schmooze with your favorite musicians and new friends.

This really does run like clockwork, each year — an impressive feat, given that it's a bunch of musicians!


REGISTER to participate, in any of several ways:
1) online at:
3) call Vincent at 818-342-9336
or (cell) 818-429-1563.

There are abundant details at the above website.

Vincent offers this closing word:

"Experience the power, magic, and impact of giving music!

"All effort given to support, promote, and participate in this heart-warming activity would be appreciated, especially since your contribution, music, and presence would greatly promote the theme and enhance the festivities for all involved Please RSVP ASAP, and if pertinent, provide authorization to use your name on the invitation, website, press release etc. (Please disregard request for RSVP if you’ve already provided me your status.)

"If unable to attend, you’re encouraged to take your own group or individually visit your local senior centers or shut-ins. This simple act of kindness can make a difference and add true meaning for all involved this holiday season.

"Thank you for blessing my life and the lives of others. Happy Holidays!"

— Vincent J. Leinen/Founder-National Director L.A. Holiday Caroling Festivities

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