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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Thursday's Bumper Crop of Live Music, PLUS, we want YOU for Sunday's event! -- Dec 3 2015 edition

There's a TON of live acoustic music performances tonight in and around L.A., and even in OC, the IE, and San Diego.

Plus, we still want YOU to take part in Sunday's CAROLING, with celebrities and music legends, for shut-ins. All the details follow tonight's live event listings.

And, oh, by the way: it is NOT some kind of fundamentalist religious thing. We sing the whole catalog of secular holiday songs, Hanukkah songs for the Jewish residents who request them, AND the repertoire of familiar Christmas Carols.

Join us. You'll thank yourself.


Thu, Dec 3, FREE, in OC (Costa Mesa):
11 am-3 pm PATTI AMELOTTE plays Solo Hammered Dulcimer at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa.


Thu, Dec 3, in the IE (Riverside):
7 pm MERLE HAGGARD plays the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside. Find tickets on Live Nation Concerts.


Thu, Dec 3, FREE, in Pasadena:
7 pm "Guitar Orchestra Holiday Concert" at the Central Pasadena Library, in the Donald Wright Auditorium, 285 E. Walnut St, Pasadena.

Enjoy the music of the holidays featuring “A Night on Bald Mountain” and “The Arrival of the Queen” performed by the Junior Guitar Orchestra and the Los Angeles Youth Guitar Orchestra.


Thu, Dec 3, west of SFV:
7 pm  TALL MEN GROUP plays the Westlake Village Inn, 32001 Agoura Rd, Westlake Village 91361. Presented by Brogden Bay.

This is an outstanding ensemble of individually successful performing songwriters / song publishers, who all happen to be male, and tall.



★ A Guide "SHOW-of-the-WEEK" pick...
Thu, Dec 3, in VC (Ojai):
7 pm  LEGENDS OF THE CELTIC HARP performs "A Winter Gift," the ensemble's new show with Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne, & Aryeh Frankfurter, at the Ojai Valley Woman's Club, 441 E Ojai Av, Ojai 92023; 805-649-5189 Sponsored by the Ojai Concert Series.


Thu, Dec 3, in OC (Capistrano):
7:30 pm  BOOKER T. JONES, a blues legend since his '60s days with Booker T. & the MGs, plays the Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano 92675; 949-496-8927.

Find tickets on Ticketweb.


Thu, Dec 3, in Echo Park:
7:30 pm Pulitzer prize winning author Michael Cunningham presents "A Wild Swan and Other Tales" at Stories, 1716 Sunset Bl, Echo Park.

Michael Cunningham is the author of the novels A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours(winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award & Pulitzer Prize), The Snow Queen, Specimen Days, and By Nightfall, as well as the non-fiction book, "Land's End: A Walk in Provincetown." His new book is "A Wild Swan and Other Tales," illustrated by Yuko Shimizu.

Cunningham is a Senior Lecturer at Yale and lives in New York. About the new book: A poisoned apple and a monkey's paw with the power to change fate; a girl whose extraordinarily long hair causes catastrophe; a man with one human arm and one swan's wing; and a house deep in the forest, constructed of gumdrops and gingerbread, vanilla frosting and boiled sugar. In A Wild Swan and Other Tales, the people and the talismans of lands far, far away—the mythic figures of our childhoods and the source of so much of our wonder—are transformed by Michael Cunningham into stories of sublime revelation.

Here are the moments that our fairy tales forgot or deliberately concealed: the years after a spell is broken, the rapturous instant of a miracle unexpectedly realized, or the fate of a prince only half cured of a curse. The Beast stands ahead of you in line at the convenience store, buying smokes and a Slim Jim, his devouring smile aimed at the cashier. A malformed little man with a knack for minor acts of wizardry goes to disastrous lengths to procure a child. A loutish and lazy Jack prefers living in his mother's basement to getting a job, until the day he trades a cow for a handful of magic beans.

Reimagined by one of the most gifted storytellers of his generation, and exquisitely illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, rarely have our bedtime stories been this dark, this perverse, or this true.


Thu, Dec 3, in Altadena:
8 pm  SALTY SUITES plus LEANNE TALLIS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91007. Reservations 626-798-6236.

Bob Stane would have you believe the SALTY SUITES played their first show together in a high security prison for the criminally insane, and that they enjoy spending time with their cats, drinking whiskey and taking long walks on the beach. He suggests that their music is heavily influenced by small woodland creatures and traveling encyclopedia salesmen, and that lyrically, their inspiration derives from fortune cookies and grumpy cat memes. That's all because he likes them so much.

THE SALTY SUITES are musically marvelous and get better and better every time they headline at The Coffee Gallery Backstage. Exciting, inspiring and a fine show of wonderful music and wit. Good for the eyes, good for the ears. Just the right seasoning.

This time they they bring with them riches... not from the orient or strange lands, but from the recording studio. Their NEW CD has arrived. Fresh off the presses, the Suites bring you their 3rd Recorded project, "We All Go Down Together."

The band is Scott Gates on mandolin, the lovely Chelsea Williams on guitar, and the stunningly rugged Chuck Hailes on bass, with all of them on vocals and high on energy. Escape rude, pushy shoppers and go have a coffee, a tasty snack, and settle in for a night of great music.

Tix, $18.


Thu, Dec 3, in L.A.:
8 pm The Dandy Warhols play the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles. "VIP Upgrade Packages" also available.


Thu, Dec 3, in Santa Barbara:
8 pm Pink Martini plays the Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara.


Thu, Dec 3, in SFV (Northridge):
8 pm Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan plays the Valley Performing Arts Center, Northridge.


Thu, Dec 3, in L.A.:
8-11 pm  "HONKY TONK HACIENDA" series brings Americana and honky-tonk recording acts that really know how to play live; at El Cid, 4212 W Sunset Bl, Los Angeles 90029; 323-668-0318.


Thu, Dec 3, in San Diego:
8 pm  PETER BOLLAND plays the Visual Center for Spiritual Living, 6154 Mission Gorge Rd, San Diego 92120; 619-871-1653. Presented by Folkey Monkey.


# 1 news feature... (running every day this week)...


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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