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Sunday, January 26, 2020

GRAMMY Day Sunday, with notes and live music alternatives. Jan 26 2020 edition

THE FINAL Sunday in the old calendar-based format, and there's a-plenty a-goin' on.

Single-day edition: pulled from the previous comprehensive edition (plus late additions and plenty o' pictures).

Since our calendar-based format ends forever on January 31st, when we change to a topical news / feature story format... AND, since we've updated the calendar listings throughout the month (as recently as today)... and it seems we should get all the mileage we can out of all this nicely-illustrated event mappery... and put it out there for you to enjoy a last tango... Here's the final Sunday of "the way things used to be."

Of course, what seals the deal is, TODAY IS "GRAMMY DAY." And since tonight's big broadcast won't exactly cater to acoustic or Folk-Americana music in any of its delightful richness and diversity of genres... it seems, once again, that means we need to do it. At least in terms of what's out there, being performed live tonight... as an alternative to the duplicated multiplicities of rap and hip-hop awards infesting your teevee and pounding on your sensibilities. So here ya go!

Oh, by the way... the rest of January is still there for you. Click the Jan 21 edition and spin your scroller like a slot machine to find the dates of interest. It's right here: January won't end when the calendar page turns.


Late sad news... Sunday, January 26, 2020...

KOBE BRYANT, basketball great, was killed today with eight others in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California. Among the dead are his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, "Gigi." Everyone aboard was en-route to a youth basketball game at the academy he had founded. There were no survivors.

*  In 2015, Kobe wrote a poem to commemorate his retirement from his sport. A fine reading, accompanied by still images, is posted on the BBC, HERE.

 *  Kobe's poem became an animated short film, for which he won an Oscar -- the Academy Award for "Best Animated Short Film" in 2018. YOU CAN WATCH THE OSCAR-WINNING FILM HERE.

*  In addition, there are other shorts online with titles that seem like they will be Kobe's original film, but they are not. One is, "Dear Basketball: The Legend of Kobe Bryant," HERE.

*  Three short films about his basketball career are HERE.

*  The poet John Donne, who lived from 1572 to 1631, wrote:

"Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."

(Hear a dramatic reading by Orson Welles of the complete John Donne poem HERE.)

 *  We join literally millions of others in sending sympathy and condolences to the families and friends of all who lost their lives in the crash.



We are including the NUMEROUS things that run multiple days through today, Sunday, including those that began as early as Wednesday. Being that this is the final Sunday for this format, we don't want you to miss anything.

QUOTE FOR TODAY by one born on this date...

"Improvisation, it is a mystery. You can write a book about it, but by the end no one still knows what it is. When I improvise and I'm in good form, I'm like somebody half sleeping. I even forget there are people in front of me. Great improvisers are like priests; they are thinking only of their god."

-- Stephane Grappelli (b. 1908, d. 1997), French violinist whose legendary music partner, guitarist Django Reinhardt, was born on Jan 23 (see the Guide's write-up on the latter, in the Jan 23rd daily intro.)


Today is January 26th. Since this year it is "GRAMMY Day," we celebrate the musicians, living and passed, who were born on this date.

Happy Birthday today to...
⊙ Lucinda Williams, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

⊙ Eddie Van Halen, Dutch-American guitarist, songwriter, and producer

⊙ Anita Baker, American singer-songwriter

⊙ David Briggs, Australian guitarist, songwriter, and producer

⊙ Tom Keifer, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

⊙ Andrew Ridgeley, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

⊙ Gustavo Dudamel, Venezuelan violinist, composer, and conductor

⊙ Huey "Piano" Smith, American pianist and songwriter

⊙ Michel Sardou, French singer-songwriter and actor

⊙ Kirk Franklin, American singer-songwriter and producer

⊙ Kim Jae-joong, South Korean singer, songwriter, actor, director and designer.

In memorium to musicians born on this date...

● Maria von Trapp (b. 1905, d. 1987), Austrian-American singer, member of the family whose story is tunefully told in "The Sound of Music."

● Stéphane Grappelli (b. 1908, d. 1997), French violinist whose legendary music partner, guitarist Django Reinhardt, was born on Jan 23 (see the Guide's write-up on him, on that date.)

● William Hayes (b. 1708, d. 1777), English organist, composer, and conductor

● Karl Ristenpart (b. 1900, d. 1967), German conductor

● Norbert Schultze (b. 1911, d. 2002), German composer and conductor

● Jimmy Van Heusen (b. 1913, d. 1990), American pianist and composer

● Anne Jeffreys (b. 1923, d. 2017), American actress and singer

● Jacqueline du Pré (b. 1945, d. 1987), English cellist

● Patrick Dewaereh (b. 1947, d. 1982), French actor and composer

● Andy Hummel (b. 1951, d. 2010), American singer-songwriter and bass player

● Jupiter Apple (b. 1968, d. 2015), Brazilian singer-songwriter, film director, actor

Music industry figures...

□  Henry Jaglom, English-American director and screenwriter, his work includes film musicals.

■  Eddie Barclay (b. 1921, d. 2005), French record producer, founded Barclay Records

■  Akio Morita (b. 1921, d. 1999), Japanese businessman, co-founded Sony

American heroes...

☆  Bessie Coleman (b. 1892, d. 1926), early American pilot, one of THE first women aviators, she was the first woman of African-American descent and the first of Native-American descent to hold a pilot's license.

☆  Louis Zamperini (b. 1917, d. 2014), American Olympian, runner and captain, known to our time by Laura Hillenbrand's biography book "Unbroken: A WWII Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption," and the 2014 motion picture made from it, "Unbroken."

☆  Paul Newman (b. 1925, d. 2008), American actor, activist, director, race car driver, businessman, who co-founded "Newman's Own" as a nonprofit food brand that donates all profits to charity.

Here are today's events.

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.
*  FULL INFO and a


2 pm & 5 pm - “JARGIE THE SCIENCE GIRL!” plays the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Dr, Torrance CA
*  Two shows, 2 and 5 pm.
*  If she doesn’t have all the answers, then we can trust that her lab assistant, Benjamin the Penguin, does.
*  MORE about the show at
*  TIX, $20, $15, $10, at 310-781-7171 or

Thu-Sun, Jan 23-26; FESTIVAL:
10 am-5 pm daily - 34th annual "SOUTHWEST ARTS FESTIVAL" at the Empire Polo Club, 81800 51st Av, Indio CA 92201
*  Same venue as Coachella and Stagecoach mega-music festivals, quite a ways out of town.
*  Featuring live music and displays of pottery, glass, and fine art painting, the Festival continues to evolve, attracting a high caliber of talented artists and unique artwork.
*  Recognized as one of the "Top 100 Events in North America" by Travel Magazine, the festival includes traditional, contemporary, and abstract fine works of art and quality crafts.
*  Visitors enjoy a variety of dining and beverage options while casually walking the grounds.
*  This year's festival has accepted 250 of the most accomplished artists from around the world.
*  The festival’s reputation for first-class quality and professional integrity make it one of the country’s finest juried art festivals. It doubles as one of the largest annual fundraisers supporting several Coachella Valley based nonprofits, and has over 200 community leaders and volunteers.
*  MORE at: 760-347-0676, or

2 pm - “TOMMY” closing performance of a concert version of the rock musical, performed at the Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Dr, Rolling Hills Estates CA
*  The landmark work by THE WHO features hit songs like “I’m Free” and “We’re Not Going To Take It.”
*  Pictured are "Tommy," age 6 -- Sebastian Bustamante; age 10 -- Gavin Kresser; and teen Tommy -- Cody Kelepolo. Photo by Melissa Mollo, Easy Reader News.
*  Fri & Sat at 7:30 pm, plus Sunday at 2 pm.
*  TIX, $70 to $35, at 310-544-0403 or

Sun, Jan 26, plus next weekend, Thu-Sun; LIVE THEATRE:
2 pm - “PICK OF THE VINE,” a collection of one-act plays chosen from over 670 submissions from around the world, brings choice offerings to the 2020 season at Little Fish Theatre, 777 S Centre St, San Pedro CA; 310-512-6030;
*  Thu, Fri, Sat at 8 pm, plus Sunday at 2 pm features a talkback (Q&A with the casts, directors).
*  Through Feb 2.
*  TIX, $28 general, $26 seniors, and $15 for those 25-and-under who can recite the word “Hipster.” All prices plus $1 ticket service fee.

Sun, Jan 26:
3 pm - THE SPECIAL CONSENSUS, big-time bluegrass stars, play the Fiddlers Crossing concert series at the BeeKay Theatre, 110 S Green St, Tehachapi CA 93561

Sun, Jan 26; Fri-Sun, Jan 24-26, LIVE MUSICAL THEATRE:
3 pm - "COWBOY ELEKTRA" - closing performance - 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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Sun, Jan 26; FILM FEST:
4 pm - Annual "WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL" at the Performing Arts Center, West High School, 20401 Victor St, Torrance 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 happens locally twice, first on Jan 12 at the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W 6th St, San Pedro CA, and 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 26; on TV:
Annual GRAMMY AWARDS broadcast.  We do not yet know if the West Coast will see the show live, or three hours later in prime-time. You CAN be reasonably certain that it will unreasonably exclude coverage of the few awards for Americana, Folk, Bluegrass, and Blues, simply to make more airtime for the inscrutable duplications of Rap, Hip-Hop, Rap-Hop-Pop, and robotic-voice-altered electrocution electronica.
*  They may call it "Music's Biggest Night," but...
*  Get on the the AFTERNOON live feed on their website before the few spots are filled and the latecomers are out of luck. THAT'S your only chance to see the acoustic, roots music, and classical Grammy recipients get their awards.

Sun, Jan 26, VERY LATE WORD received here:

Sun, Jan 26:
7 pm - "SWEET LAND: CREATING A CONTEMPORARY OPERA" at the Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way (Griffith Park, across from the L.A. Zoo), Los Angeles CA 90027
*  Learn about the creative process and larger themes of this new opera that reimagines stories of America's founding and westward expansion. The discussion includes Yuval Sharon, founder and artistic director of The IndustryRaven Chacon, co-composer; and Cannupa Hanska Luger, artist and co-director of Sweet Land, facilitated by Carolina Miranda of the L.A. Times.

Sun, Jan 26:
SOLD OUT -- DAVID WILCOX plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405;

Sun, Jan 26:
8 pm-11 pm - REBIRTH BRASS BAND from New Orleans plays the Echo, 1822 W Sunset Bl, Echo Park / Los Angeles, CA 90026; 213-413-8200
*  Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution, whether seen on HBO’s "Treme" or at their legendary Tuesday night gig at The Maple Leaf.
Rebirth Brass Band (image,
*  Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world.
*  While committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands, they’ve also extended themselves into the realms of funk and hip-hop to create their signature sound.
*  “Rebirth can be precise whenever it wants to,” says The New York Times, “but it’s more like a party than a machine. It’s a working model of the New Orleans musical ethos: as long as everybody knows what they’re doing, anyone can cut loose.”
*  In the wake of the sometimes-stringent competition amongst New Orleans brass bands, Rebirth has been called "the undisputed leader of the pack," and they show no signs of slowing down.


LINKS to recent editions
including NAMM news (so far)

(Much more NAMM news is forthcoming... give us time!)

☆  Jan 21: January won't end when the calendar page turns.


☆  Jan 19: "Top honor for Joni Mitchell amidst 35th annual NAMM Tech Awards' comprehensive recognitions"

☆  Jan 17: "News from NAMM, day one"

☆  Jan 12: "A week of concerts and events, before the news from NAMM" (A very photo-heavy edition)

☆  Jan 8: "Special edition: We're Already Against the Next War."

☆  Jan 8: "2020: Ch-ch-ch-changes, and what's happening out there in the land of Musica Acoustica"

...a here are a few from our fully-archived December editions...

☆  Dec 25: "Merry Christmas. A few words. A few pictures."

☆  Dec 11: "Greta Thunberg named 'Person of the Year.' Special edition"

☆  " Impeachment: What it is, what it means, where we go from here. Dec 10 2019 special edition"

☆  THE ENTIRE CATALOGUE of all past editions of The Guide is available (and searchable!) FREE, in our archive. If you don't see the navigation pane on the left side of your screen, just click "view web version" and it'll magically appear (along with the correct photo, art, and page formats that you've been missing if you don't see that left-sidebar.)


We have lots of MUSIC NEWS
features in the works, and they'll
be along as we get them dressed,
shoes tied, cowlicks combed down,
bowties cranked straight, 
and strings tuned.

Find a comfortable spot by the 
wood stove, play a round or two 
of checkers, and we'll be along...

On to the necessary boilerplate...

Boilerplate? What "boilerplate"? Where's the main pressure gauge? And the firebox?

Who came up with that goofy term for the basic essential informational stuff...

Alright already, it's right down there...



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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.
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