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Friday, June 17, 2016

Festivals! From Bayou to Bluegrass to Music Gearfest to "Make Music L.A. — plus MORE, within! June 17 2016

We have a YUUUGELY full edition for you. Festivals, concerts, music news, all kinds o' tuneful things. We've got you covered this week, and there's lots to discover waaaay beyond!


June 17th in history...

On this day in 1972, burglars were caught inside the offices of the Democratic National Committee. They were found with money in their pockets that came from the Republican Committee to Re Elect the President (CREEP). And Watergate brought-down the Nixon presidency.

On this day just one year ago, a stranger was welcomed into a church in Charleston, SC. He murdered everyone he could, in yet another mass shooting. And still, nothing has been done to keep guns from the hands of crazy people.


In this edition...

We open with a quote.

1) 30th Annual "Long Beach Bayou Festival" is this weekend

2) BLUEGRASS Festivals: "Route 66," and "Father's Day"

3) Benefit for "Mozambikes" Saturday in Pasadena


5) JAMES LEE STANLEY's 30th CD: Release Show on Web Simulcast Radio Sunday, June 19

6) Good Shows, Miscellaneous Destinations

7) This is "National Parks Open House Weekend"

8) Music at Warner Grand and Grand Annex

9) Mike + Ruthy Band now playing California

10) Blues in the San Gabriel Valley

11) "Switchboard Music Festival" in SF Sunday

12) "MAKE MUSIC L.A." is Tuesday, June 21st

13) LAWIM Performers at 2016 "Make Music L.A."

14) ERNEST TROOST, L.A.'s Piedmont Bluesman, in Concert Saturday in OC

15) Alvas Showroom in San Pedro


17) Amoeba Sidewalk Sale is Sunday

18) WIN TIX: CHICAGO plays the Annual July 4th Show with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Air Force Band

19) MARINA V plays her BON VOYAGE June 22

20) FREE Webinar: "How to Plan for and Have a Successful Songwriter Business"


22) North West Folk Life 2016: Four Days of Favorite Festival Moments Are Online

23) Inside the 15th Annual GearFest at  Sweetwater Sound in Indiana

24) Guitar Giant: The Late Pete Huttlinger

25) Include a Festival in Your Summer Vacation

Let's get started!



"H. sapiens is the species that invents symbols in which to invest passion and authority, then forgets that symbols are inventions." — Joyce Carol Oates, writer (born June 16, 1938).


# 1 news feature

30th Annual "Long Beach Bayou Festival" is this weekend

Saturday & Sunday, June 18 & 19, Rainbow Lagoon Events Park, at Linden Av & Shoreline Dr, in Long Beach, once again transforms into Louisiana. Event website,

The Long Beach Bayou Festival, a zydeco, blues, Creole & Cajun festival, unites a Mardi Gras atmosphere and Cajun & Creole food delicacies with one stage of blues, and another stage of Cajun & Zydeco music, each with a dance floor. Hours are 11 am-9 pm Sat, and 11 am-7 pm Sun. Info and tickets: 562-912-4451,

• Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Roadrunners (Sat, Sun);
• Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boys (Sat, Sun)
• La Recolte Cajun Band (Sat)
• Mark St Mary Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band (Sat)
• Bonne Musique Zydeco (Sat)
• The Revelers (Sun)
• J.J. Caillier & the Zydeco Knockouts

Playing the BLUES STAGE:
• Big Jay McNeely (Sun)
• Guitar Shorty (Sat)
• Leon Hughes World Famous Coasters (Sat)
• The Sai Whatt Band (Sun)
• Jimmy Hewitt & the Soul Dogg Band featuring • Lyrica Garrett
• Hard Rain (Sun)
• Kenny Sara & the Sounds of New Orleans (Sat, Sun)
• William Porter BJS Band Tribute to B. B. King (Sat)

There's Cajun & Creole Cuisine, dance instruction & continuous dancing, a Mardi Gras Parade, Watermelon & Crawfish Eating Contests, activities for kids and teens, and more.

This year's Blues Stage features a tremendous lineup for the 30th anniversary of Bayou Fest. Headlining Saturday night is the legendary guitarist/vocalist Guitar Shorty. Shorty is credited with being an influence to Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy. Setting the stage for Shorty on Saturday night are Leon Hughes' World Famous Coasters starring Leon Hughes from the original Coasters - known for classic hits such as "Poison Ivy", "Charlie Brown" and "Yakety Yak."

Headlining on Sunday is "King of the honkin’, squealin’, bar walkin’, flat-on-his-back Blowin’ (saxophone) tenor men", Big Jay McNeely. Bringing the crowd to a peak before McNeely's finale are the popular smooth jazz/R&B outfit, The Sai Whatt Band. Formerly known as "Prime Time," they scored a massive hit with their single "I Owe It To Myself", which went to #19 in the US and #1 in Europe. Their TV appearances include American Bandstand and Soul Train.

Andy Hill and Renee Safier's Hard Rain brings a roots flavor to the Blues Stage. Their ensemble won "Americana Group of the Year" at the Los Angeles Music Awards in 2007.

The Zydeco Stage features the most popular artists in the Cajun and Zydeco genre. International Zydeco stars Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Roadrunners add their own flavor to "old school Zydeco" and have eight CDs to their credit. Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boys add highly innovative contemporary Zydeco while still respecting tradition; "The Delta King", Mark St. Mary and His Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band, bring their infectious, award-winning (Bay Area Blues Society's Best Zydeco Band 2007) traditional Louisiana blues and Zydeco sounds. The already stellar lineup also includes La Recolte Cajun Band, whose decidedly danceable Cajun styling made them winners for “Best New CD of the Year” at the Annual “Le Cajun Awards 2014”, and The Revelers, the Louisiana supergroup whose tonic of swamp-pop, Cajun, country, blues, and Zydeco was called “Groove bound and dance compelling …” by Offbeat Magazine. JJ Caillier & the Zydeco Knockouts has a combination of the Blues styles of Clifton Chenier and funky Beau Jocque that moves everyone. West Coast favorite, Bonne Musique Zydeco, draws upon the influences of the blues and New Orleans artists of the 50's, 60's and 70's to create a blend of music designed for dancing.

As always the large shaded wooden dance floor will be filled all weekend long. The easy dance instruction for all ages is always a popular feature, so even the most inexperienced dancers can join in on the fun.

Popular festival traditions continue with a colorful costumed Mardi Gras parade led each day by the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band, and a delectable French Quarter marketplace with gumbo, crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, hush puppies and other Cajun and Creole delights, plus coffees and desserts such as sweet potato pie, beignets and an array of cobblers. The popular crawfish and watermelon eating contests also return this year.

Children of all ages appreciate the Kids Corner featuring storytelling, sing-a-longs, arts and crafts, magic, and costume and mask making for the Mardi Gras Parade. The Kids Corner also features kids shows and games and activities for older kids are also featured.

Adults: $25/day-advance, $30/day-gate
Seniors (60+) and Students (18+) $20/advance, $30 at the gate
Children age 12 & under are free
Active Duty, Retired and Reservists of the Military are free with current, valid Military ID


# 2 news feature

BLUEGRASS Festivals: "Route 66," and "Father's Day"

Just over Cajon Pass, it may actually be much cooler this weekend than it is in L.A. We know, Victorville, site of the "Route 66 Bluegrass Festival," is in the Mojave Desert. Nevertheless, it is expected to be cooler there than in L.A.

√  Annual "ROUTE 66 BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL:" Thu-Sun, Jun 16-19, today 8 am-10 pm, with Nu-Blu, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, The Get Down Boys, Burning Heart Bluegrass, Out of the Desert, Chris Cerna & The Bluegrass Republic, Wimberley Bluegrass Band, The Tail Draggers, Bluegrass Brethren, Gabriel’s Crossing, Lilies of the West, more, at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds, 14800 7th St, Victorville 92395. Tix & info, 760-218-8752;

And, up north...

√  Annual "FATHERS DAY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL:" Thu-Sun, Jun 16-19, today 9:45 am-10:35 pm, with Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, The New Reeltime Travelers, The Gibson Brothers, Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass, The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, Crary, Evans and Spurgin, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Blue and Lonesome, Flatt Lonesome, Kids on Bluegrass, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, The Alabama Bow Ties, Barwick and Siegfried, One Button Suit, Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band, The Roustabouts, Grasslands, more, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley 95949. Info & tix, 209-588-6031;


# 3 news feature

Benefit for "Mozambikes" Saturday in Pasadena

It's the "Benefit For Mozambikes" concert with Brad Colerick, Lorin Hart, Robert Morgan Fisher, Kevin Campbell, Cynthia Brando, Ed Tree, Barrett Tagliarino, Dave Morrison, Wild Mountain Mystics, and perhaps more: 7 pm, at Throop Unitarian, 300 S Los Robles, Pasadena.

Admission is "Donate what you can. Bring food to share if you'd like."

This raises money to buy bicycles for families in rural Mozambique who have no transportation. These tough well-equipped bikes are game-changers.

Dave Morrison says, "Our online effort has been going very well. We have already purchased 18 bicycles. That is eighteen families who can more efficiently get their meager crops to market - get their kids to school - reach medical care. I'm over the moon knowing that we've made a real difference in the lives of people who live on less than two dollars a day. Come out to Pasadena Saturday. We'll have pot-luck food and drink, and some great entertainment, too. And afterward - if you feel like it - stick around for the Song-Circle. Help us do a great thing."

More at


# 4 news feature


On Saturday, Jun 18, at 8 pm, the Pasadena Folk Music Society concert series hosts this renowned artist in Beckman Institute Auditorium ("Little Beckman"), on the Caltech campus in Pasadena.

Fiddler Kevin Burke was a member of the legendary group, the Bothy Band, and later went on to found Patrick Street, an equally memorable band which also included Jackie Daly, Andy Irvine, Arty McGlynn, and was produced by Donal Lunny. Then, there were a couple of wonderful recordings with Micheal O'Domhnaill. He also formed the Celtic Fiddle Festival with Silly Wizard's Johnny Cunningham, a group that continues today with a different lineup.

He was recently named "Traditional Musician of the Year" for 2016 by Gradam Ceoil, and you can see a fine musical and biographical introduction to him on Kevin’s on web site,

Tickets for this show are $20 for adults,$5 for Caltech students and children.


# 5 news feature

JAMES LEE STANLEY's 30th CD: Release Show on Web Simulcast Radio Sunday, June 19

Sunday, June 19, tune in at 11 am for "Please Stand By" with host John Sandige and guest James Lee Stanley on KPIG-FM. If you're in the area, you can GO, 1110 Main St, Watsonville; 831-722-2299.

James, who writes pages and pages without capitalizing much of anything, tells us:

"well kids, i've done it. my 30th CD. lucky 30! this time it's a live CD that I cut in philadelphia with two brilliant musicians accompanying me in front of a live studio audience. i know,i know,i've played live before... but here's the cool part. i told them no rehearsal and no charts. let's just play and see what happens. so we did. on the fly music,inspired by the jazz greats of the fifties who would just go in the studio and play. we did 17 songs in two and a half hours. fourteen of the songs are on the cd along with my usual bantering here and there. several new songs and some that haven't been heard in a long time. all live,all immediate and all pretty damned good. me and my guitar with the estimable cheryl prashker on percussion and chad watson on bass. and i'l be doing the songs from the CD at these two up coming gigs 18 and 19 june. i hope that i can see all of you there,as i am maturing and,ahem,you never know."

If you're in Northern Cal, find his CD release tour gigs at his website. Or check-out the new album. It's:


# 6 news feature

Good Shows, Miscellaneous Destinations


√  Jun 17, 8 pm: WYNONNA, with MICHAEL ANN opening, at the Canyon Club in Agoura. Tix at:


√  The "Route 66 Bluegrass Festival" out in Victorville is  June 16-19.

√ Sat, Jun 18, 8 pm: A splendid night of music with MIKE & RUTHY Band ("Best of 2015 NPR"), and DEAR LEMON TREES (Americana songwriting trio with Kathleen Grace), at the Hotel Cafe, Hollywood.

√  Sat, Jun 18: Brandon Ragan Project: 8 pm at Sessions at the Loft in Camarillo. Info,

√  Sat, Jun 18: Kevin Burke: 8 pm at Pasadena Folk Music Society, in Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech in Pasadena. Info,

√  Sat, Jun 18: The Revelers, 8 pm, at "The Deep End Sessions" in Santa Paula. Reservations get directions by email to This is "Acoustic music in the Old-Time tradition, performed, recorded and filmed in the living room of a California farm house." Details at


√  Sun, Jun 19: Rhythm Future Quartet (gypsy jazz): 4 pm at Naiditch House Concerts in Altadena. Info, email:

Farther ahead...

√  "Make Music Los Angeles" is this Tuesday. It's a huge, free, all day and into the night festival with multiple stages and many performers.

√  Sat, Jun 25: Lindsay Tomasic: 4 pm for "Full Moon Saturdays" series at Stonywood Backyard Concert Series in Pasadena. Info:

√  Tue, Jun 21: John McEuen Trio: 8 pm at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena;

√  Sun, Jun 26: FISH TO BIRDS, plus CATINA DELUNA, and.ASHLEY MAHER, 4-6 pm, at Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro 90732; ASHLEY MAHER opens the show with guitarist Federico Ramos, followed by Brazilian born singer/pianist CATINA DELUNA, exploring music by various Brazilian composers with guitarist Roberto Montero. Catina's album was nominated for the 58th Grammy Awards (2016). Beloved a cappella vocal improv group, FISH TO BIRDS (Cathy Segal-Garcia, Emile Hassan-Dye, Adrianne Duncan, Cecily Gardner, Ashley Maher, and Mon David), closes with a frothy, thrilling, entertaining, set, creating music out of thin air. Six voices, no script.

√  Jun 29: CHICAGO Plus special guest Rita Wilson at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles. Get tix now.

√  Thu, Jun 30: Eric Schwartz: 8 pm at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena;

√  Jul 2: Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band at The Greek Theatre. Get tix now.

√  Sat, Jul 2, 8 pm: "THE LAST DUEL GONE DOWN," as Lorin Hart and Tom Fair bring the last of their “Dueling Dylans" shows to the Urban Homestead, 631 Cypress Av, Pasadena. Twelve classic songs apiece including a few audience sing-along Dylan favorites. Tix $20 adv, $25 door.; 626-765-5704.

√  Mon, Jul 4: 2nd Annual "July 4th Old Fashioned Barn Dance and Barbeque," 11 am-5 pm, at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga 90290 (midway between Pacific Coast Highway and the Ventura Freeway). Old-fashioned July 4th family celebration at Theatricum with a family hoe-down. Activities include live music, a barn dance, pie-eating contest, watermelon seed-spitting contest, cake walk, horseshoes, relay races, dunk bucket, family games and more. Barbeque and fixin’s, beer and wine available for purchase. Folk and country fun. Tix & info, 310-455-3723 or
• Adults 13 and up: $20 before July 3 at 5 p.m.; $22 at the door
• Kids ages 5-12: $8 before July 3 at 5 p.m., $10 at the door
• Family Pack (2 adults + 2 kids + 5 free raffle tickets): $50 by July 3 at 5 p.m. only (not available at the door)
• Ages 4 and under: Free

√  Jul 9, 8 pm: WILSON PHILLIPS, with MICHAEL ANN opening, at The Rose in Pasadena. Tix at:

√  Jul 16: "Patrick Ball's Celtic Harp" at the Pasadena Folk Music Society concert series at Caltech.

√  Jul 23, 7:30 pm: "Live The Dream Tour Gala Fundraising Concert" at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. BOB MALONE is one of the featured performers. He says, "This concert, and the tour to follow later this year, is all about raising awareness and money for music in the schools — a cause very near and dear to me." Get tix ($43-$22) at:
He's touring Italy and Switzerland this summer with his own band, and Canada as a member of John Fogerty's band.
More at
"A true virtuoso and crowd-pleaser — he showed that while he is a fantastically technically accomplished player, he fully knows the meaning of showmanship as well." — Shetland News.
"Bob Malone has brewed up a heady mixture of rock, blues and New Orleans soul over the years and 'Mojo EP' is a perfect sampler for the upcoming 'Mojo DeLuxe' album." — MUSIC RIOT UK.
"If he could find a way to throw that Steinway grand over his shoulder the way a hot dog guitar player does, I think he would." — NOLA Defender.

√   Jul 30: Bonnie Raitt at The Greek Theatre. Get tix now.

√  Aug 4: Flogging Molly plus special guests Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls and Chuck Ragan at Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles. Get tix now.

√  Aug 6: The Piano The Greek Theatre. Get tix now.

√  Oct 8: "FolkWorks Roots Festival." Info promised soon from producers.


The free summer music series are announcing their schedules, so here are a few of those:

√  Grand Performances at California Plaza in downtown L.A. starts this weekend.

√  Pasadena's Levitt Pavilion in Central Park officially starts June 26.

√  The Los Angeles Levitt series in Macarthur Park begins on July 2 with a fireworks and music show.

√  Two on the West side...

•  Culver City’s Boulevard Music Summer Festival and the

•  Santa Monica Pier Twilight Concert Series

both battle for your attention on Thursdays beginning July 7, and now you can take the new Expo Line to them both.


# 7 news feature

This is "National Parks Open House Weekend"

Twenty national parks across the country are participating in "Partners in Preservation: National Parks," together with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The 20 parks are hosting an Open House Weekend on Saturday June 18, and Sunday, June 19 (Father's Day), featuring a range of family-friendly activities from arts and crafts to scavenger hunts and specialty tours. During the events, guests will also learn about the "Partners in Preservation" program, the participating sites’ histories, and restoration efforts at each park.

Participating parks in California include Joshua Tree National Park and Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Stop by in person to experience the fun.

Then, continue to support your favorite park’s project by voting daily through July 5 to help determine which sites will receive preservation grants. Open House events are free to those who attend. Park entry and reservation fees still apply.


# 8 news feature

Music at Warner Grand and Grand Annex

San Pedro's Grand Annex is a well-known music venue. The Warner Grand, next door, is the Grand Vision Foundation's other venue, too big to host music very often. But this weekend, both are tuneful, at 434 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731;

√  Dave Widow & The Line Up with Bernie Pearl play Sat, Jun 18, 8 pm, at the Grand Annex.

√  "The Music Man" runs Fri, Jun 17-Sun, Jun 19, at the Warner Grand. "There's trouble in River City when a fast talking salesman gets his heart stolen by the town librarian." Presented by Encore Entertainment

Coming up...

√  "San Pedro Blues Festival," Saturday, July 9. It's a night of blues from some the legends of the game including, James Harman, Barry G "n" Grease Fire, The Mighty Mojo Prophets, and Big John Atkinson.

Tickets and info at venue's website, above.


# 9 news feature

Mike + Ruthy Band now playing California

Ruthy reports, "We've made it across the country in our trusty van to bring you some rockin' shows! We have Konrad Meissner on drums, Andy Stack on bass, and Rob Stein on pedal steel in the band."

Yep. "Rockin' shows" from a multiple award-winning folkish band that can "bring it" fully acoustic.

"Today (Friday) we play the Live Oak Music Festival, tomorrow (Saturday) L.A., and then up the coast for Berkeley, Santa Rosa, and Kate Wolf! Thank you for spreading the word to your friends. We hope we'll see you at the shows! Heartfelt songs and a high-energy band await you!"

•  Fri, Jun 17: "Live Oak Music Festival," Cachuma Lake.
•  Sat, Jun 18: w/ Dear Lemon Trees, at Hotel Cafe, Hollywood (L.A.).
•  Jun 22: Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.
•  Jun 23: Krush Backyard Concert, Santa Rosa.
•  Jun 24, 25, 26: "Kate Wolf Music Festival," Laytonville.


# 10 news feature

Blues in the San Gabriel Valley

If you don't know this venue, you should. It's the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia (Santa Anita exit S off 210 Fwy, less than a mile to a left on Huntington). It has two stages at opposite ends of the house, and almost no "down time" once the music starts. Bobby Bluehouse, the excellent house band, opens and plays during all the guest headliner's breaks. There's a full bar, good food (generous portions), pool tables, and plenty of seating. But bring earplugs. Seriously.

Here's their calendar.

√  Fri, Jun 17: Alastair Greene

√  Sat, Jun 18: Kara Grainger

√  Fri, Jun 24: James Intveld

√  Sat, Jun 25: Guitar Shorty

Adv discount tix available for all concerts at:


# 11 news feature

"Switchboard Music Festival" in SF Sunday

If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday, and you like an eclectic mix inclusive of plenty that's actually good (where are you, KCRW?)...

It's the 9th annual "Switchboard Music Festival" in SF, June 18. This festival returns to San Francisco’s Brava Theater with a showcase of innovative music. It features headliner Tyondai Braxton, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, Del Sol String Quartet with composer Daniel Wohl, Aaron Novik’s O+O+ & many more.


# 12 news feature

"MAKE MUSIC L.A." is Tuesday, June 21st

"Make Music Los Angeles" is a live, free musical celebration on June 21, the longest day of the year, with concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the county.

We'd list a bunch of performances for you, but their website does not have text we can copy — and we sure ain't gonna spend hours reading and retyping content.

So. Go to their website and select by genre. You'll need to do that individually for:

• Americana / Bluegrass
• Folk
• Blues
• Country
• Classical

And whatever else you'd like to find. Or you can track-down a venue or two or three near you, or near a light rail or subway station, or near a good place to park.

On their website, you can:
• View all concerts for MMLA on June 21st.
• Browse all artists participating in MMLA.
• Browse all venues participating in MMLA.

It's an extensive website. Just annoying because you can't copy things to build your own itinerary. It's:

It all derives locally from the success of "Make Music Pasadena" (which, this year, happened last weekend). But that one derives from the real genesis — "Fete de la Musique" in France.

Y'see, in France, it's against the law to busk. Busking gets you busted. It had been the law for years. Until Francois Mitterand got elected President. Francois was a musician. So makers of music were sure he'd get that law tossed-out. He tried. Politics being politics, he had to compromise. And compromise. And, well, you know.

So what did he get? The politicos agree to suspend the law for just one day a year. Francois picked the longest day of the year: the summer solstice, so music making could have the longest possible expression.

Thus, "Make Music L.A." adopts that tradition. Which is why it's on Tuesday. The longest day of the year. And it does offer some venues where, just like in France, you need only arrive with your instrument and make music with other musicians for as many hours as you can stand it. Or stand up. Or sit there. Or whatever.

It's more jamming potential than anywhere this side of Topanga Banjo•Fiddle. And that already happened, back in May.

Just a part of it all is L.A.'s participation in the nationwide "Mass Appeal" events — mass music making, each using one kind of instrument, welcoming all comers.

There are Mass Appeal events June 21st for guitars, ukuleles, harmonica, drums, and "pBones." Each brings together thousands of musicians - of all levels and ages - to make music in a large group in a central event celebrating that instrument in a different location around L.A. You will play with seasoned professionals and amateurs alike. Register as an artist to play for three of them: the Guitar, Harmonica and pBone Mass Appeal events. All do welcome students, amateurs and professionals. Details on this year's Mass Appeal events are a couple of clicks in on the website:

We will note that Santa Monica has announced an open approach — like the original French event — inviting all musicians to perform on acoustic instruments from 7 am-10 pm in multiple dedicated locations. If it's the hot day it's expected to be, there will surely be grateful crowds at these near-the-beach temporary stages.


# 13 news feature

LAWIM Performers at 2016 "Make Music L.A."

Among all the concerts at regular and impromptu venues for "Make Music Los Angeles," there's a full evening of music from LAWIM. True, the live, FREE musical celebration on June 21st, the longest day of the year, brings a BUNCH of concerts and performances vying for your attendance, and they span beyond downtown all the way to the beach, as we report in the story just ahead of this one.

But LAWIM — Los Angeles Women in Music — gets extra focud. It's the long-running nonprofit that promotes and celebrates women in all aspects of the music industry, and awards the best among them. LAWIM is hosting a stage at the historic SALVAGE Los Angeles, located along the Seventh Street Retail Corridor in the heart of the Financial District.

From 8 to 10 pm, Tuesday, June 21, the evening is emceed by Blues radio DJ / programmer ANN THE RAVEN from 88.5 FM KCSN. Featured performances include FRANCESCA CAPASSO, MICHELE VREELAND, ARLENE KOLE, JULIA ZUZANNA SOKOLOWSKA, TIANA WOODS, & VARNA.

More at


# 14 news feature

ERNEST TROOST, L.A.'s Piedmont Bluesman, in Concert Saturday in OC

Ernest Troost is the scheduled artist at "The Living Tradition" concert series with Mike Benecke opening, Sat, June 18, at 7:30 pm.

Troost has collected many awards for his work as a film and tv composer. But his love is the unique form of the blues that resides east of the Southern Appalachians.

The Living Tradition Concert Series is long-running and books great acts. All their events are at the Anaheim Downtown Community Center, 250 E Center St, Anaheim 92805. Tix for this show are $16, at the door.


# 15 news feature

Alvas Showroom in San Pedro

This venue is quite unique. When they figured they couldn't afford a restaurant license, they invited patrons to bring their own food. So some make it a feast. The venue supplies its own Alvas-brand bottled water. They host some Folk-Americana shows, and jazz (a lot of jazz). Keep 'em on your radar at

Performances this weekend...

√  TIM WEISBERG: Sat, Jun 18, 8 pm. Tix: $25. Tim Weisberg has long been regarded as one of the most original rock, blues and jazz-fusion flutists. In 1970,vfresh out of grad school and virtually unknown, Tim Weisberg exploded on to the scene with his opening performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival,  where he firmly established himself as a unique musical talent. Somewhere between jazz and rock, Tim’s distinctive style of playing caught the attention of A&M Records label owner Herb Alpert. In 1971, A&M released his debut album, "Tim Weisberg," and the journey began.

With a career spanning several decades and generating over 20 albums, most fans would unanimously agree that his musical genius is most indelibly stamped on the platinum album, "Twin Sons of Different Mothers," recorded with the late Dan Fogelberg. Twin Sons went on to become a pop/rock mainstay of the late '70s and is considered one of the top iconic rock instrumental albums.

Tim’s eagerly anticipated new album, "Another Byte," was recorded live at Alvas, and is only Tim’s third live album. The first, released by A&M Records in 1976, was recorded over eight evenings at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. His next live release, in 1979, was one of the industry’s first digitally recorded albums, featuring Tim and his band in a live performance at Hollywood’s legendary Producer’s Workshop.

"Another Byte" matches his live shows note for note,capturing the high energy, musical excitement and innovativeness that is classic Tim Weisberg. The journey continues.

Featuring Tim Weisberg on flute, Chuck Alvarez on guitar, Barnaby Finch on keyboards, Maria Martinez on drums, & David Hughes on bass.

√   Nori Tani Quartet, feat. Takako Uemura & May Okita: Sun, Jun 19, 4 pm. Tix: $20. Nori Tani on flute, saxophone, Hiro Morozumi on piano, John Graves on bass, Marc Van Aken on drums, Takako Uemura on vocals, May Okita on vocals.

Upcoming at Alvas

√  Sat, Jun 25: John York, Catina DeLuna, Fish. 8 pm.

√  Sun, Jun 26: To Birds, and Ashley Maher. 4 pm.


# 16 news feature


The Coffee Gallery Backstage,  2029 N Lake Av, Altadena. We've long awarded this delightful place the "Best Intimate Acoustic Music in L.A.," even though it isn't in L.A. Phone for reservations, (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.

Full info on all their shows is at

Here's what's up there...

√  Fri, Jun 17, 8 pm. Tickets: $18 (a bargain). I SEE HAWKS IN L. A. a fave at The Coffee Gallery Backstage and a well traveled star at all the venues around. With national star...TONY GILKYSON. “Southern California is a land of strange, dangerous and beautiful contrasts. A mountain lion prowls outside the tract home bedroom of a teenage girl while she talks, oblivious to its existence, on her cell phone. A rattlesnake slithers across an empty shopping mall parking lot on a hot summer night while the employees count up the days profit and turn out the lights. While paparazzi chase the latest talent free celebrity, a talented, literate bunch of soulful musicians create honest and wise roots music for the ages. I See Hawks are indeed one of California’s unique treasures.” – Dave Alvin “There is an overall joy that emanates from the Hawks’ music. Acoustic guitar progressions accentuate Celtic fiddle melodies on some songs while the melodies of others are carried by a rock guitar reminiscent of James Burton’s work with Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. The lyrics display a wry sense of the situation we find ourselves in while remaining hopeful about our future as a species. Other songs display an equally wry approach to the ups and downs of love. This is the music the 1960s counterculture was meant to produce in its brightest hours. The fact that it appears now some forty years later in a world arguably more hopeless is a sign of hope in itself. Despite the echoes of that lonesome whippoorwill, I See Hawks In LA wipes away those tears we are sometimes too blue to cry.” “I See Hawks In L.A. blend country and psychedelia with soaring three-part harmonies that leave the poseurs of alt-schmaltz dust choked. These guys are the house band for a revolution that isn’t over yet.” – Michael Simmons, High Times. ABOUT TONY GILKYSON: Frank Goodman writes in "This is how it's supposed to be done. Call me old-fashioned, but for alternative country to sound good, you gots to play good. And Tony G. plays like a demon .... And he's way more than a great guitarist. He is in that select company that is operating with a deep tonal vocabulary, and a connection to the instrument that few ever know. When he bends a note, into another bent note, into another bent note, and it's all in tune and it's all in time, that's a guitar player. That's just part of it, of course; it has as much to do with his approach to harmony and pushing the country envelope, and sterling acoustic work....Tony's done way more than a host of more famous people. Ten years with X, played with Lone Justice, played on and produced a slew of great records. Like all the greatest players will tell you, it's about seeing them live." Tony Gilkyson was born in Hollywood to a highly musical family, and he's taken that heritage and made it his own. He's played and recorded with X, Lone Justice, Sam Phillips, Ray Wiley Hubbard, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Dave Alvin, Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, kd lang, Mike Stinson, and his sister Eliza. "Gilkyson has always been known as a fine guitarist but now he can be recognized as an equally fine songwriter with an eye for the ironic and darkly humorous." --Los Angeles Times For photos & copy click on:

√  Sat, Jun 18, 7 pm. Tickets: $18. Bob Stane says: Back after two or three years. We do not know where they have been or what they have been doing but it must have been fun. Read the copy, below. They are been here for a couple of encore shows and they sell out and make great music. Fun, different, musical and the best of Gypsy Jazz and then some. Money back guarantee. A fine Saturday night extravaganza. The SWING RIOTS Quirktette are a group of Los Angeles-based traditional jazz musicians who specialize in that crossroad where early, string based jazz and traditional folk music intersect. We play a broad mix of early New Orleans jazz standards including songs sung in Creole French. We also play many of the well-known Gypsy Jazz standards recorded by the great Romany guitar and violin players of the 1920s & 30s but dig deeper, performing traditional eastern European folk melodies in a swing setting. It is not widely known that seminal jazz guitarist, Django Reinhardt played eastern European folk melodies on banjo in the streets of northern Europe as a child or that Django and fellow Romany (Gypsy) jazz guitarists were fixtures, not just of early jazz clubs, but also playing traditional eastern European music in the Cabaret Russe nightclubs that sprang up in Paris and elsewhere after the Bolshevik revolution. With this rich tradition as a base, you will hear Swing Riots perform traditional Romany, Russian, Yiddish Klezmer and Romanian horas alongside some of the earliest American jazz & blues standards. For photos & copy click on:

√  Sun, Jun 19, 7 pm. Tixs: $18.... THE McCARTHY FAMILY... their west coast tour. The McCarthy's (Tommy, Louise, Rose & Peadear) - Experience a rare night of traditional Irish music with a family of musicians, for whom this music is bred in the bone. Web Site Address: This is evident in the music they play and the ease with which they play together. Tommy (fiddle), was born in London to Irish parents, who had emigrated from the west of Ireland in the early 1950s. His father Tommy Sr. was a well known piper & concertina player from Co. Clare. Tommy grew up listening to traditional music & playing with all of the legendary Irish players who were living in London, including: Máirtín Byrnes, Raymond Roland, Roger Sherlock, Danny Meehan, Paddy Taylor & Bobby Casey. Tommy performed with his family throughout Ireland and the U.K. - including The Royal Albert Hall, London. Louise (Banjo & Accordion) from Galway, played with her father Denny & local fiddlers: Joe Morris & Jim O'Brien, flute player Joe Collins & friend Paddy Hession. In her late teens she broadened her musical horizons & became part of Galway's vibrant session scene. It was there that her banjo playing was influenced by Charlie Piggott. Tommy & Louise met in 1987 playing trad sessions in the Boston area & have continued to play together & with many notable musicians including The Chieftains & many more. Daughter Rose, plays fiddle like her father & nephew Peadear, plays uillean pipes like his grandfather. Both are talented musicians who have come a long way at such a young age. Last year, the four toured Australia playing shows in Melbourne, Sidney, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide & Victoria, followed by a tour of New England in the fall of 2016. For photos & copy click on:

√  Thu, Jun 23, 8 pm: Theo Czuk, “The Kurt Vonnegut of Songwriting.” Dubbed “the Kurt Vonnegut of songwriting,” by choreographer and art critic Della Cowall who says Theo is lyrically akin to, and armed with, Vonnegut’s rapier wit and incisive insight. Storyteller,humorist, award winning novelist and critically acclaimed songwriter (whew!), Theo will be stopping by on a West Coast tour for an evening of musical mayhem at The Coffee Gallery Backstage. Called catawampus and exhilarating, this is an opportunity to catch an artist at the zenith of his prowess.

Other critics are having their say:

INDIE MUSIC DIGEST exclaims, “Theo brings the Mojo” and nominated TOO MANY SHADOWS for CD of the Year and added, “The music is highly original, extremely melodic with amazing writing and playing from all involved.” - Cyrus Rhodes

ROCK n’ ROLL REVIEW wrote, “Theo has … an easy going element of street-wise wisdom ...” - Kimberly Munson

SCOPE MAGAZINE offered, “It twists and turns the way great albums should … the album just flows so well … the songs all knit together beautifully-even brilliantly.” - Michelle Paris

VENTS MAGAZINE concluded, “… is a compelling, truthful life’s journey through the eyes of a brilliant composer.” - Sydney Larson

INDIE ARTIST ALLIANCE has glowed, “Theo…can deliver music that will make your jaw hit the floor while plucking your heart strings at the same time. He is the quintessential storyteller the world needs right now.” - Pierce Craven

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# 17 news feature

Amoeba Sidewalk Sale is Sunday

Amoeba Hollywood is that top-tier record store in Hollywood that hosts in-store concerts, CD (and vinyl!) release events, and more.

Their big Sidewalk Sale is Sunday, June 18 from Noon to 4 pm. Lots of great deals to be had on CDs, LPs, DVDs, Blu-rays, books and more. Plus — shades of th' '60s! — they have a new 45 stock, selling for just one dollar each.

While you're there, enter to win tix for the annual Hollywood Bowl "July 4th Fireworks Spectacular" with Chicago.  See the next news feature.


# 18 news feature

WIN TIX: CHICAGO plays the Annual July 4th Show with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Air Force Band

Thanks to Amoeba, that great record store in Hollywood, you can win a pair of tickets to celebrate the 4th with Chicago and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, plus the US Air Force Band Of The Golden West. Enjoy both popular and patriotic music alongside the Bowl's legendary fireworks display.


Contest ends 6/29/16. No purchase necessary.

Live at The Hollywood Bowl, July 4th, 2016 at 7:30 pm; 2302 N Highland Av, Los Angeles 90068.

Celebrate Independence Day with the legendary rock ’n’ roll band with horns, Chicago. One of America’s most popular rock bands, the Grammy®-winning hit-makers (“Saturday in the Park,” “You’re the Inspiration” and many more) will appear featuring patriotic music, thrilling fireworks and more fun. Presented by the LA Phil.

You CAN STILL buy tickets:

Half-off for kids age 12 and under:


# 19 news feature

MARINA V plays her BON VOYAGE June 22

Wednesday, shortly before the red-haired songbird leaves for the summer with music sideman and life partner Nick on their next big European Tour, you can catch their full hour set.

They're playing GENGHIS COHEN, 740 N Fairfax Ave, L.A. 90046 (just N of Melrose), at 8 pm sharp. Marina says, "Really, we start at 8 pm on the dot. Don't you be late!" It's an all-ages show, and the venue is known for its Chinese food.

Tickets are $10 at the door (cash only) or in advance at

Marina, an award-winning favorite of plenty of L.A. music critics, says, "Genghis Cohen is a very unique place and a famous L.A. landmark. It is a Chinese restaurant with a separate music venue. You can get there earlier and grab dinner, this place has amazing food!"

And trust us, she has amazing music prowess.


# 20 news feature

FREE Webinar: "How to Plan for and Have a Successful Songwriter Business"

There are VERY few remaining spots available, even though it has multiple days and times. This is a nice FREE opportunity for songwriters and composers of original music. It's from the global nonprofit "Songsalive!" an organization that's been doing this stuff since 1997. Sign-up promptly for this webinar. They promise you will learn:

1. Why a Plan is important.
2. How to write a Solid Plan to bring success to you and your music.
3. Key factors that make a successful, thriving, financially abundant and joyful songwriter business.

Plus attendees will receive a special bonus at the end.

This webinar is pre-recorded from a previous live webinar, but all attendees are on live, watching and chatting in the chat box. The presenters get a copy of all the chats at the end of every day, so they tell participants, "Please chat and be proactive and be involved."

REGISTER NOW with Gilli & Mary at (long url):


# 21 news feature


Folk Alliance Region-West, aks FAR-West, is determining the best topics for Panels & Workshops at its annual conference, to be held this year October 13-16 at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue, Washington. Proposals and suggestions are now being accepted.

Go to the web page for information and submission forms:


"Take part in shaping your Conference!" says Vicki Ambinder, Panels & Workshops Coordinator.


# 22 news feature

North West Folk Life 2016: Four Days of Favorite Festival Moments Are Online

Here’s a chance to catch a favorite musical group's live performance from this year’s Northwest Folklife Festival in May — or to discover your next favorite group. The festival's website lets you stream four days of selected programming from the Festival. Yep, you read that right: FOUR DAYS of programming!

Plus, four days from every previous year, as far back as 2009, are also there. So bookmark this one, for sure! It's at:

More on this amazin" annual event? It's at:


# 23 news feature

Inside the 15th Annual GearFest at  Sweetwater Sound in Indiana

Antelope Audio is Showcasing Goliath, Zen Tour, LiveClock, and Orion Studio at Sweetwater Sound's 15th Annual GearFest

(Fort Wayne, IN, June 16) — Now in its 15th year, GearFest is attended by thousands of gear fanatics from all over the United States, including over 400 music equipment and pro audio manufacturers. It features several workshops, presentations and artist performances, and plenty of opportunities for attendees to experience music equipment on a first hand basis.

Leading professional audio gear manufacturer Antelope Audio is showcasing its latest groundbreaking equipment on June 17th and 18th at Sweetwater Sound's 15th Annual GearFest, held at the company's headquarters located in Fort Wayne, IN.

Antelope Audio's Marcel James, Director of Sales for the U.S., will be present to introduce both new and existing users to the full range of Antelope Audio's newest products.

During the event, Antelope will highlight its new best-in-class interfaces and clocks. These include the recently announced Goliath, Zen Tour and LiveClock. Antelope will also have its Orion Studio on hand, which has won international favor among a range of professional media and end-users alike.

Attendees can visit Antelope on Friday, June 17th between 9 am and 6 pm, and Saturday, June 18th between 9 am and 5 pm. Sweetwater Sound is located at 5501 U.S. Hwy 30 W, Fort Wayne, IN.

Marcel James commented: "We look forward to attending GearFest each year, as it provides a chance for us to showcase our latest equipment to our most loyal customers. We are grateful to Chuck Surack and the entire Sweetwater Sound team for hosting GearFest again and we look forward to making waves in Fort Wayne this weekend!"

Antelope Audio is, of course, being heavily featured. They are a leading manufacturer of high-end professional audio equipment and the pioneer in the adoption of Atomic clock generators, utilizing Igor Levin's over 20 years'experience in digital audio. Antelope is the first to design a 1U 32-channel audio interface and a multi-channel portable interface with 12 mic pres.

The company's customers include many Grammy award-winning sound engineers and some of the most renowned recording, mastering and post-production facilities around the globe. For more information on Antelope Audio and its products, please visit


# 24 news feature

Guitar Giant: The Late Pete Huttlinger

“Pete Huttlinger and I were musical collaborators and friends for more than 20 years. We met while he was performing and touring with John Denver. He was a Berklee College grad and an National Finger Style Guitar champion. He was a Nashville studio artist who made music with many famous singers and songwriters. He was beloved by so many around the world and was recognized as one of the greatest guitar players of all time," wrote Mollie Weaver.

Mollie is a fine vocalist based in L.A. The late Pete Huttlinger and Mollie Weaver had formed the duo PARNASSUS in 2015. They had planned to tour together in 2016, but Pete died in January of this year.

Readers of Pete's newsletter recall Pete rhapsodizing over Mollie’s voice and the two albums they released last year – “Parnassus” and “Christmas Time.”

Mollie's tribute is in her recent newsletter. She continued:

"Pete had a way of pulling the best performances out of me every time we shared the stage; from the simplest shows in friends' backyards to the epic two concerts we gave at Carnegie Hall.

"We recorded, performed and laughed a lot over these past years and in many ways he was a mentor and big brother to me. We always talked about doing a record together and thank goodness we made time last year to finish two albums. I had no idea just how precious that time and those recordings would become.

"I count myself blessed to have had so many special moments, dinners, conversations, drinks and quiet nights just watching British TV shows with Pete, Erin, Sean and James. Those memories will stay with me forever."

The "Erin" that Mollie named is the one sharing Mollie's remembrances in Pete's newsletter.

The lovely Erin, Pete's wife (now widow), is keeping Pete's e-newsletter going (Subscribe by emailing her: ).

It's a vibrant, celebratory memorial that's informative and a good avenue to a lot of good music. Here's an example:

"Tokens is a live music and comedy series highlighting social justice issues. For any of you in the Nashville area who have never been to a Tokens Show, you should really check it out. It is the brainchild of Lipscomb University professor, theologian and show host Lee C. Camp.

"This was one of Pete’s favorite, regular gigs. He was a member of the Tokens house band, better known as The Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys. The band is a collection of Nashville’s most stellar acoustic players including Jeff Taylor, Aubrey Hainie, Chris Brown , Buddy Greene, and Byron House.

"Last Thursday (6/9/16) Tokens performed their season opener and the first show since Pete’s death in January. Tokens is a tight-knit family of performers. In honor of Pete, they left an empty chair on stage where he normally would have been sitting, and Lee performed an original composition titled 'Lament.'"

"This group of talented folks did so much to help Pete recover following both his stroke and his heart failure. Soon after both events, Pete was welcomed back to the stage as part of the band as if nothing had ever happened. He was so worried that his abilities weren’t up to snuff, and in fact he would have said that they definitely weren’t. But that was never questioned. He was included in the show as per usual and given a warm welcome on stage by Lee."

Just learning that story of musicians helping each other regain life after setbacks — whether health or any kind of challenge — is the kind of thing Erin emphasizes. And it helps all who knew him to get past Pete's death.

Vanderbilt Hospital's Pete Huttlinger Fund for Adult Congenital Cardiac Research

Immediately following Pete’s death, cardiologist Frank Fish conferred with Erin about initiating a fund for donations to help with research aiding people with cardiac issues. Dr. Fish was Pete’s longtime cardiologist and had become Pete and Erin's good friend.

"After several conversations with Vanderbilt Hospital," says Erin, "we can officially announce the Pete Huttlinger Fund for Adult Congenital Cardiac Research. The money goes directly to Vanderbilt Hospital and will be used specifically for those with adult congenital cardiac issues."

Details of that, and a link to Pete's series of "Things Are Looking Up!" speeches, are at:

More on Pete's remarkable music career:


# 25 news feature

Include a Festival in Your Summer Vacation

Here are three in the Pacific Northwest.

√  39th Annual "VANCOUVER FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL" brings over 60 brilliant music acts from more than 18 countries, performing on seven beachfront stages. This year's lineup includes Bruce Cockburn, Lord Huron, Martin and Eliza Carthy, Ghana's Jojo Abot, and many others. There's the Little Folks Village, international food, markets, and more. Festival runs July 15-17 at Jericho Beach Park, Vancouver, BC.

√  "ARTS IN NATURE FESTIVAL" is Aug 20-21. Northwest Folklife partners with the Nature Consortium for this one, "an intimate and eclectic experience of art and performance," nestled in the woods of Camp Long. NW Folklife Festival favorite Clinton Fearon and Boogie Brown Band are among the artists on August 20.

√  "CHOMP!" Join Northwest Folklife, Artist Home, and King County for the 2nd annual CHOMP! event on August 20 at Marymoor Park in Seattle. NW Folklife produces a full day of multi-cultural music and dance on the event's Ethnic Folk Stage.


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