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Sunday, January 12, 2020

A week of concerts and events, before the news from NAMM. Jan 12 2020 edition

MANY additions, including pics and illustrations, are in this updated edition...

(Oh, by the way... mobile devices do get the complete content, but NOT the navigation or search features. And they do not properly display our nifty page design formats. So, click "view web version" right there on your screen, and see what you've been missing.)

THIS WEEK brings the annual NAMM SHOW in Anaheim, CA, and we'll be reporting from the scene. It's the WORLD'S LARGEST MUSIC INDUSTRY EVENT and we hope our global readership again turns to The Guide for peeks, previews, descriptions and test-drives of what's new from all the instrument, sound, lighting, microphone, production, stage & touring gear, and personal traveling rig outfit makers -- and of course news of who's performing at NAMM, and what the innovators, visionaries, luminaries, road veterans, and others with wise or memorable quips have to say, amidst the ever-expansive "more" that always characterizes the NAMM experience.

Meanwhile, as we move closer to an ezine, feature-story-based format that frees us all from the tyranny of chronology, we DO have all this information hanging around. And seeing that it IS all fully developed for you... and we certainly don't want you to miss anything...

Here ya go. A tango through the tuneage (and more) for the coming week...


First up, here's what's 

and very worth 
seeing / hearing...

(UPDATES have been 

Jan 14-Feb 16:
"THE LAST SHIP," the acclaimed musical stage production written by STING, plays in the Ahmanson Theatre at the Los Angeles Music Center in downtown L.A., 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles, CA 90012
*  "This unbelievable show has some of the best talent in the industry... The Last Ship consistently delivers the strongest stage performers around and has a track record of performing in front of sold out audiences..."
*  WATCH A VID CLIP of the show on Broadway:
*  TIX at:

Ongoing PODCAST, on-demand:
"RECORDING ARTISTS: RADICAL WOMEN" is a new podcast series from the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. In it, art historian HELEN MOLESWORTH explores the lives and work of six artists — ALICE NEEL, LEE KRASNER, BETYE SAAR, HELEN FRANKENTHALER, YOKO ONO, and EVA HESSE.
*  What was it like to be a woman making art during the feminist and civil rights movements? In this season of "Recording Artists," Molesworth delves into their lives and careers, spanning several generations. Hear them describe, in their own words, their work, relationships, and feelings about the ongoing march of feminism. Contemporary artists and art historians join the conversation, offering their own perspectives on the recordings and exploring what it meant—and still means—to be a woman and an artist. Share this with one who'll appreciate it.
*   HERE'S THE LINK. The whole series is here in individial episodes so you can pace yourself or binge it. You'll hear rare audiotaped interviews and fresh perspectives on what it meant — and still means — to be a woman making art:

Ongoing, through Feb 23; FREE:
11am-5 pm - "FALLEN FRUIT: SUPERSHOW!" at PDC Gallery, 8687 Melrose Av, West Hollywood CA
*  Runs Sun, Nov 24 through Feb 23; free.
*  Opening day Sunday features outdoor jamming, preceded by an artist talk with FALLEN FRUIT (aka DAVID BURNS and AUSTIN YOUNG), and Young will be taking his trademark portraits of whoever wants one inside the installation, plus music and apparently, cheerleaders.
*  This is "A gorgeous mile of fruit and flower garland wallpaper in a gradient of saturated hues containing within its two story installation multiple scenarios and vignettes of photography and ceramic, faux Grecian luxury statues, gilded mirrors, chaises and sundry objects. All of this exists in the mode of a secular temple to beauty, as well as a sort of public living room where communities are formed through the universal language of shareable fruit."
*  Might be the right thing for a memorable date.

Ongoing, through Mar 1:
“MUSEUM ACQUISITIONS 2019: DIRECTOR’S CHOICE” at the Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles CA 90049
*  This intends to be the first of many annual exhibitions that highlight the Getty Museum’s acquisitions made throughout the year.
*  Highlights key works of newly added art selected by the Museum's director. It includes ancient gems and sculpture; Renaissance and 19th-century paintings; Renaissance sculpture; medieval manuscripts; old-master drawings; and 20th-century and contemporary photography.
*  "It’s a small but succinct show, just one gallery, but with a variety of work, including [an] early Crucifixion in which our Lord appears to have four arms, a sort of biplane Jesus." -- Easy Reader News.
*  Open 10 am-5:30 pm Sun-Fri, Sat 10 am-9 pm, closed Mon.
Holiday closures: Dec 25, Jan 1; early closings Dec 24 & 31 at 4 pm; short hours Dec 23 & 30, 10 am-5:30 pm.
*  Free admission, parking costs. Info, 310-440-7300 or
"When the sea shall give up her dead."
The many displayed artifacts recovered
from the ocean floor include the
Stele of Thonis-Heracleion (SCA 277),
loaned by the National Museum of Alexandria –
IEASM excavations. Photo by Christoph
Gerigk ©Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation

Ongoing, through May 29:
“INCREDIBLE JOURNEY: BUGS” opened mid-Dec at the South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Bl, Palos Verdes Peninsula CA
*  Gawd, we love experiential learning. Whichever journey Garden visitors decide to take, they are transformed into that bug – literally (via props).
*  This program interactively educates visitors about the butterflies, spiders, ants and bees that can be found in the Garden.
*  Full info, 310-544-1948 or

Ongoing, through April 12, daily:
10 am-5 pm - "EGYPT'S LOST CITIES" exhibition at the Reagan Library, 40 Presidential Dr, Simi Valley CA 93065
*  Akin to your best fantasies of Atlantis, these are artifacts recovered from beneath the sea.
*  One day as the Mediterranean sun beat down on the bay of Aboukir, two bustling cities of ancient Egypt slipped into the sea without a whisper of wind, buried for centuries.
*  These cities, before they sank beneath the waves, were known throughout the world as cultural centers of power, of wealth, of trade, and novel artistry.
*  Time may have eroded the memory of a civilization, but not the mystery -- or the breathtaking artifacts -- of what it was.
*  This exhibition runs Oct 5, 2019–Apr 12, 2020.
*  View the holiday tree exhibit (through Jan 5; see our listing) and the Air Force One Pavilion, along with this current special exhibition, all during one visit for the price of museum admission. But allow yourself PLENTY of time.
*  Open seven days a week, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
*  Facility features a nice cafeteria-style cafe.
TIX include the exhibition and the 125,000 square feet of all the permanent exhibits and displays, including Air Force One; you need to allow three to four hours to enjoy all of the galleries and grounds. Gen'l adm $29.95, discounts for youth, kids, seniors; active US military get in free. Free parking. Tix available in advance or at the door. It's worth adding the $7 "audio tour." Online adv. tix:


events specific to each day 
for a week 


& the proverbial "more"

Here's what's happening, 
one day at a time. 

(Plenty of updates since the last edition)

Again, We ARE taking the Guide away from a "calendar-centered" format, because organizing and presenting things the way you see here devours all the time we need to report NEWS. See the intro at the top of this edition. Enjoy the old ways while you can, because starting next go 'round, upcoming events will be reported as NEWS FEATURES along with all the other news as the Guide enters yet another new decade of serving you, our treasured readers. It'll also mean we can get back to including more pictorial content and video. Below is "old format," with the emphasis that you won't see after this week...



Sun, Jan 12, on TV:
12:30 pm-2 pm - BLUESMAN GARY CLARK, JR gets a solid performance-interview-bio treatment on today's "CBS SUNDAY MORNING," which aired too damn early at 6 am on L.A.'s network flagship. (Fortunately, you get another chance.)
*  Featured are Clark's phenomenal playing from a young age to the present, accolades from longtime music icons, his supportive parents when he began at age 12, his road to success, and Clark at home with his Australian model wife and their young children. That, btw, is on their beautiful ranch in the Texas hill country near his Austin birthplace... and there the story includes the racism that touched his childhood and resurfaced recently in the form of a redneck ranch neighbor -- which is why the title track of his latest album is "This Is My Land."
*  If you pay for the online "CBSN" package, you can catch it on demand. If you don't, and your cable or satellite package has it, watch on the POPHD channel.
*  Today's show also has a splendid story on the super-intelligent octopus, and a closing segment with kangaroos on the beach in New South Wales, fleeing the apocalyptic Aussie fires.

Sun, Jan 12:
2 pm-4 pm - "DREAM 2020: PERSEVERE!" is an arts-culture-historical perspective event at Redondo Beach Center for Spiritual Living, 907 Knob Hill Av, Redondo Beach CA
*  A free, interfaith event in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King features a panel discussion with Derik Smith, Assoc. Prof. of African-American Literature & Culture at Claremont McKenna College; Rev. Dr. Eric Law, founder & Exec. Dir., Kaleidoscope Institute; and Rabbi Leah Lewis, Temple Menorah, Redondo Beach.
*  The Echoes of Praise dancers perform.
*  Sponsored by South Coast Interfaith Council, South Bay Baha’is, & the Center for Spiritual Living.

Sun, Jan 12:
3 pm - THE KINGSTON TRIO, THE LIMELITERS, & THE BROTHERS FOUR team-up for a formidable immersion in the '60s Folk Revival at the Cerritos Performing Arts Center's Lyric Theatre, 12700 Center Court Dr, Cerritos CA 90703; 562-916-8501 or 800-300-4345

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Sun, Jan 12; FILM FEST:
4 pm - Annual "WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL" at the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W 6th St, San Pedro CA
*  FULL PDF BROCHURE on all the films, downloads to your device HERE.
*  Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy presents the latest nationwide tour of this film fest, dedicated to raising awareness of issues facing the natural environment.
*  The Festival started in 1983 and is now the largest film festival of its kind in the US. W&SFF partners internationally to present “On Tour” festivals by engaging hosts who jointly raise awareness of preservation issues in nature.
*  The Conservancy proudly presents an exciting selection of adventurous and inspirational films about nature, promising, "With beautiful cinematography and some remarkable individuals, the passion is contagious. You will be moved, transfixed and energized to make a difference in our world."
*  The entire festival repeats Jan 26, 4 pm, at the Performing Arts Center, West High School, 20401 Victor St, Torrance CA. But only the San Pedro event includes a free photo booth, raffle worth over $3,000, and beer from Brouwerij West.
*  TIX $15 adv, $20 at door. Adv online at:

Sun, Jan 12:
4 pm - "LE SALON DE MUSIQUES - MASTERS REDISCOVERED" is 2020's return of the series in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Fifth Floor, L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles CA 90012
*  Celebrate the new year with three genius Russian Masters:
 ⊙  Pyotr TCHAIKOVSKY - String Quartet No.3 in E Flat minor Op 30
 ⊙  Anton ARENSKY - Piano Quintet in D Major Op 51
 ⊙  Sergei RACHMANINOFF - Trio "Elegiaque" No.1 in G minor; "Two Pieces" Op 2 for Cello & Piano
*  This exquisite program for Piano & Strings is introduced by Musicologist Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano.
*  "Le Salon de Musiques" is a chamber music series performed in an intimate space without any stage or separation between the audience and the artists. It allows you to feel the purity and essence of the music and the vibrations of each instrument and connection to each artist.
*  A French Champagne reception with a high tea buffet catered by Patina follows the performance and the Q & A between the artists and the audience.
*  Cosponsored by the French & German Consulates of Los Angeles.
*  TIX include champagne & buffet: student, $45; regular, $95; at 310-498-0257, or online at:

Sun, Jan 12:
4:30 pm-7:30 pm - DWIGHT CARRIER brings Cajun-zydeco for listening and dancing to the French Quarter Creole Bar & Grill, 16728 Bellflower Bl, Bellflower CA 90706
*  You can go and listen if you don't have happy feet. Sponsors tell us, "The start time of the dance might be slightly delayed if there is a Saints playoff game still in progress."
 *  Info: contact either Dempsey, at 562-396-1132,, or David, at 909-527-0926,
*  Admission: $15 at the door.

Sun, Jan 12:
7 pm - RICK SHEA & JON LANGFORD team-up to play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001
Langford left, Shea right.
*  JON LANGFORD is a prolific Welsh musician and artist based in Chicago. He is one of the founders of punk band The Mekons, post-punk group The Three Johns, and alternative country ensembles The Waco Brothers and Pine Valley Cosmonauts. He records for Bloodshot Records and tours extensively in the US and Europe.
*  "Summarizing Jon Langford’s contributions to punk rock and all of its permutations, as well as his career-long obsession with American roots music, is liable to overwhelm anyone." ~ L.A. Times.
*  RICK SHEA is a longtime Southern California singer-songwriter. Rick Shea got his early musical education in the bars and honky-tonks of San Bernardino. With nine critically acclaimed albums, he’s performed all over Southern California, the West Coast, the US, and Europe. Shea's songs reflect the folk, country, rock and Mexican influences he grew up with. "Songs tell our stories and our history and songs were how those stories were shared in the past, I'd like to continue that tradition."
*  (Shea is) "A hauntingly nostalgic vocalist, imperative guitarist and literate, detail rich songwriter, do yourself a favor". ~ Sing Out magazine.
*  TIX, $20; make reservations before this sells-out; 10 am-10 pm 7 days, at 626-798-6236.

Sun, Jan 12:
7:30 pm - DAR WILLIAMS and SETH GLIER play the AMSD Concerts series at Sweetwater Community Church, 5305 Sweetwater Rd, Bonita (San Diego Co) CA 91902; 619-201-0520
*  With both shows sold-out early-on at McCabe's, here's your final chance.
*  If you go, and you're driving down from L.A.-ish: go in the morning,  and catch the FREE music at the international village in Balboa Park. Today is when the "IRELAND HOUSE" gets the main stage for presentation of the music and dance of the Emerald Isle, 10:30 am-noon, plus many of the nationally-themed cottages have free snacks representing favorite foods from their cultures. After that, all of Balboa Park with its museums, and the San Diego Maritime Museum at the waterfront,  are MORE than enough to fill your day before the evening concert! (You're welcome.)

Sun, Jan 12:
JOACHIM COODER plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405;
*  Cooder played on the Grammy Award winning albums "A Meeting by the River" (1993) and "Buena Vista Social Club" (1997). In 2012, Joachim released his debut album "Love on a Real Train," collaborating with Petra Haden, Frank Lyon, Inara George, Robert Francis, Matt Costa, Juliette Commagere (Joachim's wife), and Jon Hassell. He's also known for collaborations with his father, Ry Cooder.


THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date...

"To move freely you must be deeply rooted."

-- Bella Lewitzky, dancer (born Jan 13, 1916, died 2004)

(thanks to A.Word.A.Day)


Today is the last day to register for a Berklee Online course at Boston's famous Berklee College of Music for the 12-week winter term. It's one of many good ways to progress in your musical endeavors. Space available in online courses that include: Music Business 101, Berklee Keyboard Method, Guitar Scales 101, Arranging 1: Rhythm Section, Music Production 101, and more. They have advisors available; call or text 866-BERKLEE (+1-617-747-2146 if you’re outside the US) or email


Mon, Jan 13, on TV:
7 am-9 am - "FESTIVAL EXPRESS" (2003) is a fascinating music documentary assembled from film shot during the 1970 "Festival Express" train across Canada, and contemporary material.
*  Many of the top music artists of the time were on board, and you see and hear performances, candid conversations, and more, from major acts including Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, The Band, Buddy Guy, Flying Burrito Bros, Ian & Sylvia's Great Speckled Bird, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, and Rick Danko.
*  Directed by Bob Smeaton and Frank Cvitanovich. The filmed account of this large, portable Canadian rock festival train combines the long-lost material -- "a momentous achievement in rock film archaeology" -- with contemporary interviews that add important context to the event nearly 35 years after originally being filmed.
*  The vintage concert footage alone makes "Festival Express" a memorable and worthwhile endeavor, offering scintillating and sometim4s ensemble performances. As in, Janis Joplin and the Band doing a rollicking version of "Slippin' and Slidin'", various artists interacting with the Grateful Dead, and with Buddy Guy, and others (remember Mashmakhan?).
*  The train carried all the stage and tech crew and everything needed to set up an arena stage wherever it stopped.
*  The film has concert footage and scenes of artists who, in many cases, had not previously met. As they get to know one another aboard the train during lengthy rides between concert stops, there's clowning and jamming, learning each other's songs, curling-up with new friends for naps, and hints of intimate interactions.
*  Granted, you CAN watch it on YouTube, at:

*  But your TV has better images and much better sound.
*  ALL airings are on AXS-TV:
•  7-9 am Mon, Jan 13
•  6-8 pm Thu, Jan 16
•  9-11 pm Thu, Jan 16

Mon, Jan 13:
8 pm - ANDREW MOLINA plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001
*  A 27-year-old ukulele virtuoso from Maui Hawaii, he’s been playing the uke since he was 13.
*  Now he is an acclaimed recording and touring artist who’s performed all around the world.
*  TIX, $20; make reservations 10 am-10 pm 7 days, at 626-798-6236.


THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date...

"When one has been threatened with a great injustice, one accepts a smaller as a favour."

-- Jane Welsh Carlyle, letter writer in a time that was a literary art (born Jan 14, 1801, died 1866)



Denver-based Stephanie and her partner Luke Halpin are in L.A. Jan 30 & 31 to play two nights at the Coffee Gallery Backstage.


Tue, Jan 14; on TV:
6 pm (Pacific) - "PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES DEBATE" live from Iowa wherein the six leading candidates for the Democratic Party nomination meet for their final face-to-face exchange before the first delegates are awarded in the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire Primary. (The biggest haul of delegates, from the California Primary, is determined in just 50 days-!)
*  Broadcast live on CNN and on various radio stations.
*  With Trump already hinting he will refuse to debate the Democratic nominee, it seems to be time to learn what you can, while you can.

Tue, Jan 14:
8 pm - THE DALI QUARTET plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001
*  This is a pure instrumental show, on two violins, one viola, and one cello.
*  Their signature mix of classical roots and Latin soul from Texas to Toronto “leaves the audience almost dancing in the aisles." - Peninsula Reviews.
*  The journey from Spain's Arriaga to Brazil's Villa-Lobos might include a side-trip to visit Puccini's Italy (a little Schubert for a snack perhaps?). Enjoy a little Piazzolla along the way and combine with just the right spices, for a great road-trip with the Dalí and what "SF Classical Voice" celebrates as their "dance-band persona."
*  TIX, $20; make reservations 10 am-10 pm 7 days, at 626-798-6236.

"THE LAST SHIP," the acclaimed musical stage production written by STING, plays in the Ahmanson Theatre at the Los Angeles Music Center in downtown L.A., 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles, CA 90012
*  RUNS: Jan 14-Feb 16.
*  "This unbelievable show has some of the best talent in the industry... The Last Ship consistently delivers the strongest stage performers around and has a track record of performing in front of sold out audiences..."
*  WATCH A VID CLIP of the show on Broadway:


THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date...

"It is not what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable."

-- Moliere, actor and playwright (born Jan 15, 1622, died 1673; thanks to A.Word.A.Day)

Molière also said, "All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing."

On this day in 1929, a baby was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and named for his father, a preacher. He would likewise grow-up to become a preacher -- and an author, orator, and America's greatest Civil Rights leader -- the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  His birthday is always celebrated on the Monday of a proximate three-day weekend; thus, this coming Mon, Jan 20, is "Martin Luther King Day," a Federal and California state holiday.

Among his many quotes that continue to enlighten our times: 

"The ultimate test of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge and moments of controversy."


Wed-Sun, Jan 15-19;  FESTIVAL (in Portland):
21st annual "PORTLAND OLD-TIME MUSIC GATHERING" sponsored by Bubbaville, a non-profit, all-volunteer arts organization that supports old-time music and dance in Portland, Oregon;
*  With Artist-in-Residence 2020 – Bruce Molsky
*  We had to show you their handcrafted design for this year's poster.
*  Belinda Thom, aka FIDDLING MAMA B, of the Southern California-based old-time string bands MODAL TEASE and HIGH STRUNG, tells us, "I’m super excited to be able to go to Portland... for the annual Portland Old Time Music Gathering, which is always a blast and where I always pick up cool new old tunes for my bands to explore when I get back."

Samantha Fish, on her guitar box ax.
Wed-Sat, Jan 15-18, FESTIVAL (in New Orleans):
The "NEW ORLEANS CIGAR BOX GUITAR FESTIVAL," celebrating that diminutive and other homemade instruments, was founded in 2016. It has grown exponentially in the years since. So much so, it has now partnered with award-winning musician and blues sensation SAMANTHA FISH to rebrand itself as the "SAMANTHA FISH CIGAR BOX GUITAR FESTIVAL."
*  Noted homemade-instrument performers APRIL MAE & THE JUNE BUGS, SUGARCANE JANE, JOHN NICKEL, CIGAR BOX SERENADERS, STEVE ARVEY, CASH O’RILEY, and others will also make appearances.
* New Orleans-based "OFFBEAT" magazine reports, "...the newly renamed festival will stick to its original concept of celebrating the cigar box guitar and other homemade instruments used throughout history by Civil War soldiers, pioneers of the Old West, farmers, street performers and others who made do with few resources. Built using everything from household items to scrap materials, these creations have played instrumental (no pun intended) roles in Americana over the years."
* "'I have included the cigar box guitar on a song or two on most of my albums (including my last single "Bullet Proof,")' said Samantha Fish in a press release. 'The instrument may look limited but there are so many sounds and styles that we haven’t discovered yet. I am looking forward to making this one of the biggest events honoring the instrument as well as other acoustic instruments that can rock.'"
*  Festival producer COLLINS KIRBY calls the partnership with Fish "a marriage made in roots music heaven," adding "She’s a contemporary artist who’s fully in touch with the traditions that inform today’s music.  We’re delighted to work with her spreading the word about the art and music of handmade instruments."
*  Events take place at Chickie Wah Wah and Howlin’ Wolf, and a portion of the proceeds benefit the New Orleans Blues Society.
*  MORE on the festival (and see their very cool title page) at:

Jan 15-19; FESTIVAL (in New Orleans):
The "DANNY BARKER BANJO AND GUITAR FESTIVAL" for its sixth year includes five days of clinics, workshops, panels, live interviews and performances in New Orleans.
*  The 2020 festival takes place at a variety of venues including the New Orleans Jazz Museum, Snug Harbor, Xavier University, NOCCA, UNO and the George and Joyce Wein Center.
*  This year’s central theme is “The Life and Legacy of Danny Barker: Great Music and Talk,” which comes to life through Grammy-nominated vocalist MARIA MULDAUR, Haitian guitarist and educator CLAUDE CARRE, and Senegalese master of the kora, MORIKEBA KOUYATE, and more.

Wed, Jan 15:
Noon-1:30 pm - "SINGING BOWLS" concert/experience at 109 W Torrance Bl, Redondo Beach CA
*  "Crystal Alchemy, Singing Bowls" presented by Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) hosts TERESINA MOSCO, certified Qi Gong and Crystal Bowl instructor. Mosco will introduce "Shi Bashi" —18 healing movements of flowing Qi Gong, which combines "movement, visualization, meditation and breath regulation to enhance the flow of vital energy. Shi Bashi releases blockages and teaches the gentle art of 'letting go' of the old and making space for the new. The program will conclude with the healing sounds of Crystal Alchemy Singing Bowls."
*  More at: 310-376-3550 or

Wed, Jan 15:
7 pm - BEN DE LA COUR & JUSTIN FARREN play BRAD COLERICK'S "Wine & Song Wednesdays" Americana / Singer-songwriters series in the Blue Guitar room at Arroyo Seco Golf Course, 1055 Lohman Ln, South Pasadena CA
*  TIX $17/$12, & info, at:

De la Cour, upper, Farren, lower.


Robert W. Service
THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date...

My Madonna

I haled me a woman from the street,
    Shameless, but, oh, so fair!
I bade her sit in the model's seat
    And I painted her sitting there.

I hid all trace of her heart unclean;
    I painted a babe at her breast;
I painted her as she might have been
    If the Worst had been the Best.

She laughed at my picture and went away.
    Then came, with a knowing nod,
A connoisseur, and I heard him say;
    "'Tis Mary, the Mother of God."

So I painted a halo round her hair,
    And I sold her and took my fee,
And she hangs in the church of Saint Hillaire,
    Where you and all may see.

-- Robert W. Service, British-Canadian poet and writer, often called "the Bard of the Yukon" (born Jan 16, 1874, died 1958).

His poem, "The Cremation of Sam McGee," is a frontier classic.

We also recommend his poem, "The Men That Don't Fit In.


The NAMM SHOW returns to the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim CA, filling four full days and every square foot of the cavernous facility and all the convention and meeting spaces in the surrounding hotels.
* There is nothing like NAMM. It is NOT open to the general public, but most anyone connected with the music industry or music education has (or had) an avenue to get in.
* The GUIDE will provide you with reports from NAMM, and whether or not you're there, you can keep up with hot performances and reports on new products!
* The DEADLINE for getting registered in advance (at the best rate) to get your necessary badge is JANUARY 6th. See
*  We tell you every year, all involved in MUSIC EDUCATION or  MUSIC CHARITIES also have preferential avenues through the NAMM FOUNDATION at

Want views from inside? They're coming in our reports this week from the massive show.

Thu, Jan 16, on TV:
6 pm-8 pm - "FESTIVAL EXPRESS" (2003) is a fascinating music documentary assembled from film shot during the 1970 "Festival Express" train across Canada, and contemporary material.

*  Many of the top music artists of the time were on board, and you see and hear performances, candid conversations, and more, from major acts including Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, The Band, Buddy Guy, Flying Burrito Bros, Ian & Sylvia's Great Speckled Bird, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, and Rick Danko.
*  See our full write-up Mon, Jan 13, 7 am.
*  There is one final airing, tonight, 9-11 pm.
*  ALL airings are on AXS-TV.

Thu, Jan 16:
7 pm - "CELTIC MUSIC IN HOLLYWOOD" with ERIC RIGLER performing his film & TV scores on bagpipes and Celtic instruments at Casa Romantica Cultural Center, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente CA 92672; 949-498-2139
*  For over 30 years, Eric Rigler has brought the sounds of bagpipes and Celtic instruments to audiences around the world through the Oscar-winning films BRAVEHEART, TITANIC, MILLION DOLLAR BABY, and hit TV series OUTLANDER, THE SIMPSONS, and SOUTH PARK, and CDs by everyone from PHIL COLLINS, JOSH GROBAN, FAITH HILL, & KEITH URBAN to ROD STEWART, MEATLOAF, MIKE OLDFIELD, WHITNEY HOUSTON and MARIAH CAREY.

*  This one-of-a-kind new show spotlights Eric bringing his original solos from the Hollywood recording studios to the stage. The evening features selections from Eric's body of work that showcase his ancient and haunting instruments.
*  Eric is joined by DIRK FREYMUTH  on guitar, with WANDA LAW (San Diego Symphony) on violin & viola and STEPHANIE BENNETT (Paul McCartney, Adele, Outlander) on concert & Celtic harp.

Thu, Jan 16:
7 pm - "THE ROADHOUSE SERIES" presents "A TRIBUTE TO TRIO: AN EVENING OF LINDA RONSTADT, DOLLY PARTON, & EMMYLOU HARRIS" at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001
*  This is perfectly timed, on the heels of the landmark music biopic on CNN, "LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE."
*  The cast includes Coyote Moon, Corrina Carter, Simone Reyes, Joel Bennett, KP Hawthorn, Pam Loe, Tysa Goodrich, Rosy Nolan, Karman Jeanne, The Donna Bea Trio, Kathy Woolsey, RJ Chesney, Randy Miller, Matt Bunsen, Chad Watson, Al Bonhomme, Owen Goldman, Neil Rosengarden, and John O’Kennedy. So with all those performers in the room, reserve a seat fast or you'll be crowded-out when you get there.
*  A word on this tribute to the Valhalla of the "TRIO." When Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris joined-up in 1987 for "The Trio sessions," each was a huge recording and concert star, and had been for a decade or more. Their three unique voices and creative forces stunningly made some of the best music of the day. Thirty-plus years later, those recordings have yielded two albums and an anthology box-set.
*  The Trio sessions remain an historic musical summit that influences young and aspiring Americana and country artists today -- as the size and commitment of tonight's cast evidences.
*  TIX, $20; make reservations 10 am-10 pm 7 days, at 626-798-6236.

Thu, Jan 16, on TV:
9 pm-11 pm - "FESTIVAL EXPRESS" (2003) is a fascinating music documentary assembled from film shot during the 1970 "Festival Express" train across Canada, and contemporary material.
*  Many of the top music artists of the time were on board, and you see and hear performances, candid conversations, and more, from major acts including Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Buddy Guy, The Band, Flying Burrito Bros, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, Ian & Sylvia's Great Speckled Bird, & Rick Danko.
*  See our full write-up Mon, Jan 13, 7 am.
*  This is the final of three scheduled airings.
*  ALL airings are on AXS-TV.


THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date...

"It is a grand mistake to think of being great without goodness and I pronounce it as certain that there was never a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous."

-- Benjamin Franklin, American publisher, inventor, politician, key figure in the American Revolution; 6th President of Pennsylvania (born Jan 17, 1706, died 1790).

January 17th is QUITE the day for birthdays. Also born on this date:

Carl Laemmle, German-born American film producer, co-founded Universal Studios (born Jan 17, 1867, died 1939)

Mack Sennett, Canadian-American actor, director, and producer of classic silent film comedies (born Jan 17, 1880, died 1960)

Peggy Gilbert, American saxophonist and bandleader (born Jan 17, 1905, died 2007, age 102)

Betty White, American actress, game show panelist, television personality, and animal rights activist (born Jan 17, 1922, 98 years ago)

Eartha Kitt, American actress and singer (born Jan 17, 1927, died 2008)

James Earl Jones, American actor (born Jan 17, 1931)

Shari Lewis, American actress, puppeteer/ventriloquist, and television host (born Jan 17,1933, died 1998)

Muhammad Ali, American boxer and activist (born Jan 17, 1942, died 2016)

Mick Taylor, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (born Jan 17,1949)

Carlos Johnson, American singer and guitarist (born Jan 17,1953)

Jeff Berlin, American bass player and educator (born Jan 17,1953)

Steve Earle, American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, author and actor (born Jan 17, 1955)

Susanna Hoffs, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress (born Jan 17, 1959)

Fri, Jan 17:
8 pm - THE GARDEN DISTRICT BAND from New Orleans play the 68th season at Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro CA 90732; 310-833-7538;
*  They perform original compositions with highly improvised and groove-based Bossa Novas, ballads, funk, Mardi Gras, blues, and jazz waltz stylings along with classic selections from 100 years of jazz compositions.
* TIX $15.

Fri, Jan 17:
8 pm - ZANUCK LINDSEY & KIMO ARTIS bring "Na Hoku Hanohano" from Hawai'i to the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001
* Award winning Hawai'ian musicians. World Wide Concerts.  Zanuck Lindsey & Kimo Artis are here to share music from their brand new CD, “Hawaiian Classics."
*  TIX, $20; make reservations 10 am-10 pm 7 days, at 626-798-6236.
Yuliyana Krivoshapkina

Fri, Jan 17:
8 pm - SOUNDS OF SIBERIA: YULIYANA KRIVOSHAPKINA with NACHYN CHOREVE plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405;

Fri, Jan 17:
8 pm - JAMES INTVELD plus THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND and various special guests, play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia CA 91006
*  Fun venue, two stages to assure continuous music, pool tables, bar specials, tasty menu (generous portions, two can share). But bring earplugs.  Seriously.
*  Advance online tix save money, but this venue is never overpriced, anyway.
*  Upcoming events, more:
*  TIX for all concerts here, at:

James Intveld


Sat-Mon, Jan 18-20; MUSIC CAMP:
*  This first-ever camp event at "The Freight" for all bluegrass instrumentalists is just about full, but Bill Evans tells us, "We are in need of more bass players."
*   Camp info:

*  These days, Bill Evans -- author of the best-selling "Banjo for Dummies" -- hails from Alto, New Mexico. He says, "Where's Alto, you might ask? Well, it's just below Soprano but above Tenor. If you stand on the ridge, you can even see Bass from here, too. But in all seriousness, we're outside of Ruidoso at 6500' elevation, tucked in between the Capitan and the Sierra Blanca mountains. It's not unusual to see deer or elk roaming through the neighborhood and we've spotted mountain lion tracks on our trails. I feel blessed to be here."
*  VIDEO: check-out a fast, fun 34-sec preview for a recent new lesson on the Bluegrass Banjo course, where Bill Evans teaches the Bill Monroe jam favorite "Roanoke":

Sat, Jan 18:
10 am-4 pm - "WOMEN'S MARCH LOS ANGELES 2020" sponsored by Womens March L.A. Foundation invites all to "Join us as we hold our politicians accountable. 'Women Rising' is our call to action. The Women's March Los Angeles Foundation, a women-led 501(c)(3), brings together people of all ages, genders, races, cultures, political affiliations for a day of civic engagement at Pershing Square - Downtown Los Angeles" at 532 S Olive, Los Angeles CA
Yep, That's real. It really is that enormous an event. Photo by anythingla.
*  The Guide strongly advises that you ride public transit if you attend. Parking will be impossible anywhere near the site. The Red/Purple Line Subway has a station underneath Pershing Square, where the march begins, and a station at City Hall, 200 N Spring St, where the march ends.
*  Event programming, on stage, runs 11 am-2 pm.
*  Free.
*  More:

Sat, Jan 18:
7 pm - THE HONEY WHISKEY TRIO returns to the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001
*  Winners of the National Vocal Championship, The Honey Whiskey Trio has built a solid show full of highly skilled musical numbers and appropriate wit. This is real quality. Many times at the venue, and they always sell-out. Call now.
*  That's the trio, pictured at right.
*  TIX, $20; make reservations and don't dawdle; 10 am-10 pm 7 days, at 626-798-6236.

Sat, Jan 18:
7 pm-11 pm - "ROARING '20s IN 2020" features dinner, dancing, and drinks, in the University of Antelope Valley Ballroom, 4055 Sierra Hwy, Lancaster CA 93534
*  The 1920s roared because the Doughboys were back from WW I in France, and suddenly, women had the vote. So, as the song asked, "How you gonna keep 'em down on the farm after they've seen Par-ree?" (Answer: Uuuhh, ya didn't.)
*  It was a time of flappers, speak-easies, popular songs with "naughty" lyrics, rejection of imposed moral standards that had prevented personal choices, and, in general, so much social upheaval that those taking part were deemed "The Lost Generation." (Yes, it sorta was the protype for '60s counter-culture.) Those elements, celebrated for a new time, are the inspiration for this event to upend the apple cart once again, in this event produced by the Outreach Center of Antelope Valley.
*  Special guest is CARMEN CARRERA from "RuPauls Drag Race" Season 3. Pics / poster at link below.
*   Age 18+ to attend; 21+ to drink; No Host Bar.

Sat, Jan 18:
SOLD OUT - DAVE ALVIN & FRIENDS: "A Tribute to Chris Gaffney" at the famous concert hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405;

Sat, Jan 18:
8 pm - RYDER GREEN & SPECIAL GUESTS plus THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND and various special guests, play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia CA 91006
*  Well, yes, Ryder Green is a baseball phenom, drafted by the New York Yankees. But there are two Ryder Greens rapidly gaining fame for their skill in their respective chosen fields of endeavor. THIS one is the blues man Ryder Green, and here's his picture, so you can tell 'em apart.
*  Fun venue, two stages to assure continuous music, pool tables, bar specials, tasty menu (generous portions, two can share). But bring earplugs.  Seriously.
*  Advance online tix save money, but this venue is never overpriced, anyway.
*  Upcoming events, more:
*  TIX for all concerts here, at:

Click image to enlarge.
Sat, Jan 18:
9 pm - "RIGHT TO CABARET" showcase presented by HILLARY ROLLINS, this month featuring Grammy nominated songwriter HARRIET SCHOCK, GARY INHOFF, who starred in the West Coast Premier of STEPHEN SONDHEIM’s "Assassins," and singing storyteller ROWIN OMAR KHAN from Newark, New Jersey, at the Gardenia Supper Club, 7066 Santa Monica Bl, West Hollywood CA 90038.
*  HARRIET SCHOCK tells us, "I hear the food is really good with the new chef." Dinner reservations available starting at 7 pm.
*  $15 cover, reservations at 323-467-7444.


Sun, Jan 19; WORKSHOP:
Nachyn Choreve.
NACHYN CHOREVE at McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405;
*  Here is your chance to learn the ancient art of Tuvan throat singing and Tuvan instruments with Hartyga.
*  Soloist in the Tuvan State Philharmonic and frontman of Tuvan psychedelic rock band Hartyga, Nachyn Choreve began touring as a professional musician at just 16, and as a member of Hartyga has collaborated with musicians around the world.
*  This introductory masterclass shows you the main styles of throat singing and the traditional instruments igil and doshpoulour.
*  All ages and skill levels are welcome.
*  By the way... the first place in North America to get into Tuvan culture, attempt throat singing, and see a yurt built in the back yard was Pasadena, CA. Seems that the late Caltech genius physics prof. RICHARD FEYNMAN fell in love with collecting stamps from Tuva, and one thing kept leading to another, and...
*  FEE: $60, 1 session. Register at:

Sun, Jan 19; FESTIVAL:
2 pm - 13th annual "SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SLACK KEY FESTIVAL" celebrates bringing the biggest and brightest names in Hawaiian music to the mainland, at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Bl (at Aviation Bl), Redondo Beach CA  90278
*  SLACK KEY -- Hawaiian "ki ho'alu" is one of the great acoustic guitar traditions in the world. Played from the heart and soul through the fingers and flowing with vivid tropical images, the festival lets you listen and learn the fascinating history of ki ho’alu guitar and the musical pioneers who helped shape its sound and legacy.

*  Produced by Kala Koa Entertainment, the festival includes an "Island Marketplace."
*  Showcasing GRAMMY-winning slack key guitarists, the best hula dancers in the world, special guest performers, and the free-to-the-public Island Marketplace, this is one of the most acclaimed concerts to leave the islands.
*  The first of its kind anywhere outside of Hawaii, the Southern California Slack Key Festival continues to set milestones for Hawaiian music on the mainland. Since its debut in 2008, it has garnered a huge loyal following, creating, cultivating, and renewing interest in Hawaii and its music.
*  Ki ho'alu literally means "loosen the key." It is the Hawaiian language name for the solo finger-picked style unique to Hawaii. In this tradition, the strings (or "keys") are "slacked" to produce many different tunings, which usually contain a major chord, or a chord with a major 7th note, or sometimes one with a 6th note in it. Each tuning produces a lingering sound behind the melody and has a characteristic resonance and fingering, with the thumb playing the bass while the other fingers play the melody and improvise in a finger-picked style.
*  How does the distinctive sound of slack key music fit into the fabric of Hawaiian music and culture? Watch this video and learn more about this beautiful generations-old art form –
*  In addition to the concert, an Island Marketplace – free to the public – takes place from 11 am-5 pm. You can browse a variety of island-themed gifts, home décor, accessories, apparel, and more. Plus, there's Hawaiian food, authentic island-style shave ice, and outdoor entertainment.
*  Free Parking
*  Those who devices are infested with Facebook spyware can find something at:
*  TIX,  $20 - $55, at or 800-595-4849
*  A $135 VIP ticket includes the best seats and Saturday night reception with food, giveaways, and mingling with the artists.

Sun, Jan 19:
2 pm - "SHAKEY: AN EVENING WITH NEIL YOUNG" is actually an afternoon MATINEE with New Jersey Americana performer BRIZ, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001
*  BRIZ has crafted a career doing remarkable voice impersonations, and none so convincing or amazingly real as his Neil Young impersonation.
*  TIX, $18; make reservations 10 am-10 pm 7 days, at 626-798-6236.

Sun, Jan 19; WORKSHOP:
3 pm-5 pm - "KHOMUS (SAKHA JAW HARP) MASTERCLASS" with YULIYANA KRIVOSHAPKINA at McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405;
*  Yuliyana is a virtuoso in the art of the khomus, the national instrument of the Sakha Republic. It functions much like a Jaw harp, but differs in several respects. A conventional Jaw harp is limited in range, volume, and pitch. The khomus is loud and strikingly expansive in range.
*  Yuliyana’s skill allows her to play sounds across about three octaves.
*  She was the winner of the "Ethnic Sound" category in the "Discovery International Music Pop Festival" in Varna, Bulgaria.
*  Yuliyana has performed in Korea, France, Germany, Belgium, USA, Japan, China, Thailand, Holland, Norway, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, and Turkmenistan.
*  Her music draws on the powers of Nature and the wisdom and traditions of the Yakut people to portray the timeless relationship between Man and the Universe.
*  The workshop will cover exercises to improve stamina and introduce people to the different sounds possible on the khomus. By the end of the lesson, students will know the techniques they need to create a short composition for the khomus.*  FEE: $60, 1 session. Register at:

Ben Woods.
Sun, Jan 19:
7 pm - BEN WOODS, creator of the genre of "FLAMETAL" (Flamenco-Metal), plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001
*  Ben Woods is an international recording artist and touring musician known the world over for his originality and excellence in Flamenco guitar artistry.
*  He is proudly endorsed by Ortega Guitars and has FOUR signature guitar models, plus an endorsement from Fishman amplifiers, and he currently makes and sells his own guitar brand, the NYLOCASTER, a nylon-stringed S-type electric guitar.
*  You can thank the NAMM Show that he's in town and available to play an intimate venue with great sound, where you can watch his fingers work.
*  TIX, $20; make reservations 10 am-10 pm 7 days, at 626-798-6236.
Wesley Stace.

Sun, Jan 19:
WESLEY STACE: "A Tribute to John Wesley Harding" featuring ROBERT LLOYD,  at the famous concert hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405;
*  Wesley Stace kicks off his "Tribute To John Wesley Harding" tour featuring Robert Lloyd and special guests, starting Jan 14th at "3TEN Austin City Limits Live." The album is just out on Yep Rock Records.
*   Click here for the full list of dates, places, and ticket info.
*  He ALSO PLAYS Jan 18 at a Laguna Beach house concert; see the link.


Today is January 20th. On this day 75 years ago, the Red Army found and liberated the starving and abused survivors of the Nazi atrocity named Auschwitz. With anti-Semitism specifically,  and intolerance generally, both on the rise in America, the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and industrial-scale murder complex stands to remind us all of what is at the inevitable end of that kind of toxic thinking.

IN AMERICA every four years, as determined by the US constitution, January 20th is Inauguration Day. That's when the four-year term begins for an American president supposedly elected by the people the previous November, but actually elected in December by the tiny number of partisan political elite who comprise that election cycle's Electoral College.

Today in 2020 happens to be the Monday of the three-day weekend when the birthday of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is celebrated as a national holiday for federal employees and state, county and municipal employees in some jurisdictions. Now, since Lincoln's and Washington's Birthdays were dropped as separate holidays and amalgamated into the nebulousity of "Presidents Day," there is no valid argument that they "can't afford another holiday." Adding MLK Day and mashing the great presidents into a day with Millard Fillmore, George W. Bush, and the other bozos, means that refusing to give you the day off today, or holiday pay for working, isn't a capitalistic thing. It's a racial thing, and we're calling them out on it.

THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date...

"The true axis of evil in America is the brilliance of our marketing combined with the stupidity of our people."

"[F]reedom isn't free. It shouldn't be a bragging point that "Oh, I don't get involved in politics," as if that makes you somehow cleaner. No, that makes you derelict of duty in a republic. Liars and panderers in government would have a much harder time of it if so many people didn't insist on their right to remain ignorant and blindly agreeable."

-- Bill Maher, comedian, actor, and writer (born Jan 20, 1956)


Events: POST-NAMM, everyone is exhausted, but there are these recurring events:

Mon, Jan 20:
8 pm-11 pm - monthly "BASC BLUEGRASS NIGHT" presented by the Bluegrass Association of Southern California every 3rd Monday at Viva Rancho Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank CA 91506; 818-845-2425
*  Venue is a full restaurant with a full bar. Specialty is Mexican cuisine.
*  Cover is a one-time purchase.

Mon, Jan 20:
8:30 pm-11 pm - weekly "CELTIC ARTS CENTER IRISH MUSIC SESSION & SLOW SESSION" every Monday, two separate sessions, presented by the Celtic Arts Center at The Mayflower Club, 11110 Victory Bl, North Hollywood CA; 818-760-8322;
*  Friendly crowd, no cover.
*  Venue has full bar. Sometimes participants bring snacks.


Tue & Wed, Jan 21 & 22:
Pianist JOLYNN J. CHIN, here from Malaysia thanks to last week's NAMM Show, plays gigs at a pair of L.A. venues. She's marvelous. Catch her while you can. Details below.
*  Jan 21st, she plays TR!P in Santa Monica CA
*  Jan 22nd, she's at the Silverlake Lounge in Silver Lake (Los Angeles) CA

Tue, Jan 21:
9:15 pm-10:15 pm -  Pianist JOLYNN J. CHIN plays TR!P Santa Monica, 2101 Lincoln Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405;
*  We discovered her performing for Steinway piano at the 2020 NAMM Show. From a distance, we were hearing an adaptation of Bach’s famous "Toccata and Fugue in D minor" with a hint of her signature jazz rhythms and modern bold sounds. Moving toward the source, we encountered a large, transfixed crowd. Turns out it was Jolynn performing, live, her 2018 debut single, “Toccata.”
*  “Toccata” was a hit that garnered many positive reviews in magazines and media outlets including "Applause to the Musician" (USA), "One Song Magazine" (INDIA), "Asian Journeys" (SINGAPORE), and (MALAYSIA). Here's a quote from one of those reviews: “The best word to describe her personality on the ivory keys is PASSIONATELY BOLD. You will be taken away each time she hits a key on the piano” – New Sarawak Tribune.
 The GUIDE, experiencing her live, is similarly impressed.
*  She is a wonderfully talented classical-crossover pianist known for her classical virtuosic arrangements, amazing piano dexterity, and eclectic blends of classical cross-over styles inclusive of pop and jazz elements.
*  Jolynn’s latest album, "Beyond Classical," an EP, was recently considered for the 62nd Grammy Awards, in the category of "Best Contemporary Instrumental Album."
*   “It is rarely where we can get the best from both worlds and this album is a gift for the sophisticated classical music listeners with a flair for entertainment.” -- Dimitar Kovachev, writer, composer and arranger.
*  Jolynn worked with many renowned musicians including music producer Roger Montejano, a member of the Grammy Recording Academy in NYC, and involved also the work of mastering engineers Mike Couzzi and Howie Weinberg, who have previously worked with Nirvana, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Metallica, among many other acclaimed international acts.
*  “She hit those piano notes with perfection. Her mesmerizing piano tunes were so infectious it caught the crowd in awe.” – Kuching Borneo Blog.
*  Born in Sarawak, Malaysia, Jolynn started her music education at the early age of 5. Classically trained on the piano for many years, she has been under the tutelage of Dr. Nicholas Ong, DMA graduate from The Juilliard School.
*  Jolynn has also studied under acclaimed concert pianists including Andrew Brownell, champion of the 2005 J.N. Hummel Competition, and Li Ming Qiang, winner of the 4th Chopin International Competition in 1960.
*  She has won several prizes in competitions internationally, and was awarded the Gold Prize at the Asia International Piano Academy Festival Competition. She has performed at a vast array of prominent venues and events, including the 2020 NAMM Show for Steinway piano.
*  Her classy style and aura of performance resonates with a style that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, giving her audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable. Her music is also reminiscent of personal artist influences including Maksim, Havasi, and Peter Bence, among others.
*  Catch her while you can. She has only two L.A. performances in different venues, Jan 21 & 22.
*  Free show/no cover, but 1 drink minimum.

Wed, Jan 22:
8 pm -  Pianist JOLYNN J. CHIN plays the Silverlake Lounge, 2906 W Sunset Bl,  Silver Lake / Los Angeles CA 90026
*  TIX $10, at
*  See the Guide's extensive write-up in our Jan 21st listing.

Wed-Sun, Jan 22-26; CONFERENCE / FESTIVAL (in New Orleans):
"FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL" holds its sprawling annual conference, this year in New Orleans, featuring 180 showcases and tons more.
*  It's a global gathering of folk musicians that spotlights artists from all over the world.
*  This year's theme is “The Story of People and Place,” which seeks to “celebrate places of collaboration and the shaping of new shared identities, art, and forms of expression,” says FAI.
*  Read more about it and it'll give you a hankerin' to go next year.
*  Feature story in New Orleans-based "Offbeat" magazine:


7:30 pm - "COWBOY ELEKTRA" written by award-winning playwright Meghan Brown, directed by Sean Cawelti, with songs by Z. Lupetin, with four chances to see it at the Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades CA 90272; 310-440-7300
*  THE PREMISE: encounter a dusty crossroads where California history and Greek tragedy collide. Set in a saloon in 1869, Elektra's investigation of her father's death leads to a tragic revenge plot against her mother. This modern feminist tale features original songs, a mostly female ensemble, vintage puppetry, and multimedia.
*  This is both a Getty Villa Theater Lab Production and produced (staged) by Rogue Artists Ensemble.
*  Runs
□  Fri, Jan 24, 7:30 pm
□  Sat, Jan 25, 3 pm
□  Sat, Jan 25, 7:30 pm
□  Sun, Jan 26, 3 pm
*  TIX, any show, $7, at:

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♪ The ACOUSTIC AMERICANA MUSIC GUIDE endeavors to bring you NEWS – and views of interest to artists everywhere – more specifically to musicians and the creative community and music makers -- and fans of acoustic and Folk-Americana music. That includes both traditional and innovative forms. From the deepest roots to today’s acoustic renaissance, that’s our beat. We provide a wealth of resources, including a HUGE catalog of acoustic-friendly venues (now undergoing a major update), and inside info on FESTIVALS and select performances in Southern California in venues from the monumentally large to the intimately small and cozy. We cover workshops, conferences, and other events for artists and folks in the music industry, and all kinds o’ things in the world of acoustic and Americana and accessible classical music. From washtub bass to musical spoons to oboe to viola to banjo to squeezebox, from Djangostyle to new-fangled-old-time string band music, from sweet Cajun fiddle to bluegrass and pre-bluegrass Appalachian mountain music to all the swamp water roots of the blues and the bright lights of where the music is headed now.
The Acoustic Americana Music Guide. Thanks for sittin' a spell. The cyber porch'll be here anytime you come back from the road.

We'll be back again soon with music news and more "News of the Non-Trumpcentric Universe." (c)

Til we catch ya again on the flip side 
in this new decade...
as Buford the Wonder Dog looks on 
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