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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Welcome to the Guide (Debuting in its new form). Tuesday-Sunday, Sep 1-7, 2015

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LATE ADDITION, a Sep 3 event,
right up-front...
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A Southern Cal event, added from the East Coast...

Thu, Sep 3, FREE, in SaMo:
7 pm REBIRTH BRASS BAND from New Orleans, plus MILES MOSLEY & THE WEST COAST GET-DOWN, play the FREE summer concert series on the Santa Monica Pier.
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Rebirth Brass Band have continued their innovative, contemporary approach to New Orleans music. Their follow-up to their 2012 Grammy Award-winning album, “Rebirth of New Orleans,” was 2014’s “Move Your Body,” released on Basin Street Records this past June. Since its release, their latest record hit # 1, and has been at the top of both the CMJ & Jazz Week Radio charts. Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution, as may be discerned from HBO’s “Treme” or their legendary Tuesday night residency at The Maple Leaf. 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, we do need to prepare you for what you’ll experience if you go: the band does reach into the realms of funk and hip hop to create their signature sound, and their “brand” is as much a heavy funk as anything. They’ll tell you it’s what has won-over several generations of music lovers, and they believe it’s become the soundtrack to today’s post-Katrina Crescent City.
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Free concert, so arrive early to get a decent spot for your folding chair – a spot where your view won’t be blocked by intrusive late arrivals who insist on standing for the entire performance.
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Free, except for hoe you handle parking. It’s expensive in santa Monica. We suggest you either (a) pack people in your car, to make the per-person parking rate cheap, or (b) park free a long ways away and ride the bus (BiG Blue or Metro) to the pier.

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Now, back to the full edition
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We’re ready for our close-up, Mr. DeMille.

Did you see yesterday’s edition? We described the big changes there, and they take effect today. (Don’t worry – the “change” is NOT industrial espionage spyware, like the :mandatory upgrades” to your social media account. That kind of thing may be happening everywhere else, but it’s not being done by the Guide.) So what’s it all about, Alfie?

Yesterday, we wrote, “Big CHANGE: the end of an era for the Guide.” Seriously. Permanent changes. You may want to go have a look, lest you be wondering what happened.

Now, we haven’t abandoned reporting on current live performances. MANY EVENTS are in here. But the format has changed. See the # 1 News Feature, below, so you won’t waste a lot of time muddling around trying to make sense out of what really is easy, but different.

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With our new format, we can again take time to renew the worthwhile quotations...

"It seems like the less a statesman amounts to, the more he adores the flag." — Kin Hubbard, humorist (born Sep 1, 1868, died in 1930).

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Guide to this edition…

1) NEWS FEATURES...
♪ Welcome to the new Guide!
♪ DENNIS WITCHER's new band – WITCHER, RECUPIDO, LEVITT, & WITCHER – to play benefit Sep 22
♪ “COLLEGIATE SYMPOSIUM” open to music students tuition-free, with free lodging, to learn with AIR FORCE BAND members
♪ “BEYOND LAND AND OCEAN” – new commissioned orchestral work, to debut in late September
♪ Talented Artist, Lost to Cancer: AUDREY AULD-MEZERA (née AUDREY AULD); Participatory Musical Memorial on September 6th (feature story held-over from last week’s editions)

2) WEBCAST CONCERTS
...enjoy ’em anywhere!

3) FESTIVALS on LABOR DAY WEEKEND...
√ Local...
♪ 2nd annual “LONG BEACH NEW BLUES FESTIVAL” Sat & Sun, Sep 5 & 6, with a strong lineup, in Long Beach.
√ Two great NORTHERN CAL Festivals this weekend...
♪ Sesquicentennial (150th annual!) “SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GATHERING & GAMES” Sat & Sun, Sep 5 & 6, in Pleasanton.
♪ “MAMMOTH ROCK’N RYE” FESTIVAL is mostly a roots-Americana fete, Fri-Sun, Sep 4-6, in Mammoth Lakes.
√ Way-Out-of-Town Festivals this weekend (3 of ’em).

4) UPCOMING FESTIVALS, music conferences, music camps, etc.

5) TICKET ALERTS…
“Hot” alerts! Only there briefly, then listings move to appropriate categories.

6) THE L.A. REGION’S MUSIC SCENE
The venues that deliver regularly and reliably; and who’s playing there THIS WEEK.

7) CURRENT / UPCOMING CONCERTS, etc. – recommendations & “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” picks, music & arts.

8) NOW PLAYING & RECOMMENDED
...recommended stage musicals, plays, etc., running multiple dates.

9) WORKSHOPS for artists / musicians / sound engineers, etc.


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in this edition...
♪ Welcome to the new Guide!
♪ DENNIS WITCHER's new band – WITCHER, RECUPIDO, LEVITT, & WITCHER – to play benefit Sep 22
♪ “COLLEGIATE SYMPOSIUM” open to music students tuition-free, with free lodging, to learn with AIR FORCE BAND members
♪ “BEYOND LAND AND OCEAN” – new commissioned orchestral work, to debut in late September
♪ Talented Artist, Lost to Cancer: AUDREY AULD-MEZERA (née AUDREY AULD); Participatory Musical Memorial on September 6th (story held-over from last week’s editions)

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√ Tuesday’s # 1 News Feature...

♪ WELCOME TO THE NEW GUIDE!

The whole story of the big changes, including “why,” is in yesterday’s edition. Yesterday we said, “Parting is such sweet sorrow. Likely for the last time, we say, ‘Here is today’s music & arts scene, in the full egalitarian inclusiveness and detail that the Guide has provided for well over a decade, and with far more events covered and in far more detail than anybody else.’”

Thus, yesterday was out with the old. Today is in with the new.

MANY EVENTS are in here. But the format has changed. Look for lists of shows grouped under the names of the most active venues in Section 6, “THE L.A. REGION’S MUSIC SCENE,” covering “The venues that deliver regularly and reliably; and who’s playing there THIS WEEK.” Look, too, at Section 7, “CURRENT / UPCOMING CONCERTS, etc.,” where you’ll find music events on individual nights – but not a lot of repeats from the preceding section. And yes, the events ARE a lot fewer in number than ever before in the Guide. We’re listing only recommendations & “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” picks from the music & arts scene in this section. (Again, that’s all explained in the Aug 31 edition, the last day of the “old” Guide.) Finally, there’s Section 8, “NOW PLAYING & RECOMMENDED,” with our tips for stage musicals, plays, etc., and other productions that run the same program on multiple dates.

Look around. You’ll see that we still have a section for WORKSHOPS, too (Section 9), but it appears last now, since fewer people need it, and everyone shouldn’t be scrolling past it. The emphasis now is on bringing you: a few HIGHLY RECOMMMEDED concerts / performances; and FESTIVALS; and the NEWS of the Acoustic and Folk-Americana music worlds; with accessible classical and acoustic renaissance music included. And you’ll be seeing more REVIEWS here once again, since we’ve freed ourselves of the chains of that crushingly huge annotated calendar with absolutely ALL the music events.

And yes, things may move around a bit as we get used to doing things the new way. So please bear with us. We can still promise that you will find unique things here, and things you won’t find as a one-stop shop anywhere else.

So, what ARE we going to emphasize? Here it is:

♪ FESTIVALS in detail, what’s coming, because we just do it better than anybody else.
♪ NEWS about and of interest to Folk-Americana Music and musicians.
♪ NEWS of the music industry.
♪ NEWS of tours coming to Southern California.
♪ “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks – a few that are too good to pass up.
♪ ADVANCE WORD of “focus events” – only a few, but hopefully the best of the good stuff, and things that, if the past is any indication, you won’t be able to find in any other single source, anyway.
♪ REVIEWS of albums, from new and upcoming releases to things you might have missed.
♪ REVIEWS of live performances.
♪ GUEST FEATURES, like “tales from the road,” good stories from the recording studio, or bits of music history that inspire or amuse or amaze.
♪ SPECIAL FEATURES like we’ve run before to acclaim, but we haven’t done often enough.

We hope you will stay with us to see what the changes actually look like, and to give us a chance to see that our emphasis away from events, and to a renewed commitment to news – including inside industry news, as well as reviews – is something you will find worthwhile.

Meantime, what about all the Guide’s “TICKET ALERTS” that we have published, for things that still have not happened? They are here, They are even hugely expanded over the past 24 hours – and we will add to them, selectively, as we go along. We still want to help you discover some wonderful events in time to get tickets before they’re sold-out. And our catalogue of FESTIVALS is still unsurpassed; that’s why it’s just gotten a promotion to become its own entire separate headlined edition. We will update it as regularly as needed.

The only thing that didn’t get said yesterday? We hope you have enjoyed the many years that ended yesterday, during which our events section was unquestionably unsurpassed in numbers of events covered and informative detail provided. Anybody doubting that, or wanting to research an artist, a band, a venue, or an event, it’s all safely still in the searchable archive. (One of the reasons we’ve kept the Guide headquartered on this site.)

Thanks for staying with us. We will endeavor to make the Guide’s new path a smooth, informative, and fun ride.


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√ Tuesday’s # 2 News Feature...

♪ DENNIS WITCHER'S NEW BAND – WITCHER, RECUPIDO, LEVITT, & WITCHER – TO PLAY BENEFIT SEP 22

Of course you expect to read all about the stellar musicians in their new collaboration. That’s coming. But first, you need to know the show is happening, so you can get tickets before it sells-out, AND you need to know why the show is happening.

It’s a benefit for a lifelong folk music fan and event producer with the unlikely real name of PITT KINSOLVING.

His friend REX MAYREIS (co-producer of the Pasadena Folk Music Society, formerly the long-running Caltech Folk Music Society) explains things: “Pitt has had a tough 2015, beginning with hospitalization, followed by an extended stay in rehabilitation in Burbank. In July, Pitt returned to his apartment, he is able to drive, and he is even doing a bit of conference recording work with his friend, SHELLEY HERMAN. He has ongoing physical therapy and he’s doing fairly well now, but he is facing another round of chemotherapy once he gets some of his weight and strength back. Doctors are checking his blood regularly, keeping an eye out for cancer recurrence. Pitt has been amazingly resilient since the original treatments began over three years ago, and he has shown a strong will to live. But work has been scarce and his income is quite limited, so some of his friends want to help him by providing a small buffer to help him going during tough times.”

The timing is quite nice. The concert will celebrate Pitt Kinsolving's 83rd birthday. The event will be at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake, Altadena. Reservations by phone only (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) at 626-798-6236.

Ticket price has not yet been set. But everyone who knows the band members – or who knows Pitt from his many years supporting and producing folk music events – will want to be there. So, word to the wise: don’t dawdle, or you’ll learn that it sold-out before you acted to get your ticket.


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√ Tuesday’s # 3 News Feature...

♪ “COLLEGIATE SYMPOSIUM” OPEN TO MUSIC STUDENTS TUITION-FREE, WITH FREE LODGING, TO LEARN WITH AIR FORCE BAND MEMBERS

by Master Sgt. Jake McCray, USAF Band

(Washington, D.C., September 1, 2015) – After the resounding success of its initial debut, The AIR FORCE BAND's “COLLEGIATE SYMPOSIUM” will return for a second year, February 26 through 28, 2016. Open to wind, percussion, and double bass players who are studying music in college, last year's event consisted of clinics, masterclasses, rehearsals and a round-table discussion. Attracting 24 students from around the country, the event culminated in a joint public performance which was also streamed live over the Internet.

Throughout the weekend, students worked with Band members in large and small settings, and got a chance to learn first-hand what it is like to be an Airman musician. Attendee NICK KRAEMER said, "Every part of the weekend was eye-opening regarding the life of an Air Force musician, and I really enjoyed getting to experience and learn as much as I did."

Most, if not all, students echoed Kraemer's sentiment, and their feedback was taken into consideration when planning of the next Symposium began.

Led by Technical Sgt. RICKY PARRELL, the Collegiate Symposium planning team reviewed every aspect of the event, from the activities and performance venue, to marketing, logistics and even food and t-shirt design. They were able to glean a lot of information from student feedback, and were able to keep the Symposium much of the same as before.

This year's event will be very similar to last year's, but with one significant change: in addition to the event being tuition-free, lodging will now be provided at no cost to the attendees. With this change, students will only have to pay for transportation and food. Between the addition of funded lodging and the positive accolades of last year's success, the Band hopes to attract even more bachelor's or master's degree program candidates. Unfortunately, doctoral candidates will not be considered for participation in the symposium.

If you or someone you know is interested in applying for this year's Collegiate Symposium, please use the link below to reach the “Collegiate Symposium” page for more information about applying for this year's event (it downloads in pdf format).

http://www.usafband.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-150821-052.pdf



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√ Tuesday’s # 4 News Feature...

♪ “BEYOND LAND AND OCEAN” – NEW COMMISSIONED ORCHESTRAL WORK, TO DEBUT IN LATE SEPTEMBER

Almost two years ago, CARL ST.CLAIR, Director of the PACIFIC SYMPHONY and its Music Director, charged Composer-in-Residence NARONG PRANGCHAROEN with setting the spirit of Orange County to music. Since then, the composer has been on a journey to discover what makes OC home to its more than three million residents.

The project, titled “OC in Unison,” officially began in January 2014 when Prangcharoen began touring the region. Inspired by the diverse landscape and the stories of the people, the piece — “Beyond Land and Ocean” — began to take shape. The new piece makes its world premiere during the Symphony’s 2015-16 Season Opening weekend, Oct 1-3. A FREE community celebration takes place outside on the Arts Plaza on Oct 4, from 1-3 pm, before the Sunday “Casual Connections” concert, and features music, art and dance that served as inspirations for “Beyond Land and Ocean.”

Free preview events providing sneak peeks of the commissioned work, and a program that explores what “home” means to the community, take place on Sep 25, 6:30-7:30 pm, at the Muth Interpretive Center in Newport Beach; on Sep 26, 2-3 pm, in the Bowers Museum’s Norma Kershaw Auditorium in Santa Ana; Sep 27, noon-1 pm at the Freed Theater-Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove; and on Sep 28, 7-8 pm, at Brix in Huntington Beach.

Tix and info, 714-755-5799 or www.PacificSymphony.org


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√ Reprinted from last week’s editions...

♪ TALENTED ARTIST, LOST TO CANCER: AUDREY AULD-MEZERA (née AUDREY AULD); PARTICIPATORY MUSICAL MEMORIAL ON SEPTEMBER 6th

Folksinger-songwriter AUDREY AULD always seemed as American as they come, until she spoke between songs. It was then you got the accent. Not quite mainland Australia, because it wasn’t. Audrey was from Hobart, Tasmania. Then you had to factor-in the time in Nashville, a bit of Austin, and the years on California’s Central Coast. The world lost Audrey August 9, 2015, in Stinson Beach, California.

Tributes have been printed in newspapers from The Tennessean (in Nashville) to The Mercury (in Hobart), and plenty of other places.

A Memorial Concert for Audrey – everyone invited – happens on Sunday, September 6th at the Stinson Beach Community Center, 2-6 pm, “or until the music ends.” Some of her favorite collaborators - NINA GERBER, PAM DELGADO, JERI JONES and BLAME SALLY – are taking part, and any other musician who knew her is invited to perform. See the letter from her husband Mez, below, for details.

Audrey was diagnosed with cancer last year. It is not easy thinking of the pain so happy and bright a person felt through a fast period of demise. And in the tyranny of medical expenses that is a singularly American problem, her widower has been left with medical expenses that still need to be paid (more on that, below).

Musically, Audrey was a wonder, achieving things in her adopted country that others have not, and still maintaining respect of the music industry in Oz. In addition to her own tours and making her own music, Audrey performed and was a sought-after session player on recordings with BILL CHAMBERS, KIERAN KANE, FRED EAGLESMITH, MARY GAUTHIER, DALE WATSON, KASEY CHAMBERS, CARRIE RODRIGUEZ, and others we are no doubt unintentionally omitting.

We got to know her the first time she performed live on the old “Tied to the Tracks” radio show in Los Angeles, and she brought with her the music partner she was fortunate enough to recruit for that tour, the great guitarist NINA GERBER. Audrey and her songs were a hit. She debuted her record, “Lost Men and Angry Girls” on the show in 2007. She would make return visits for more radio performance-interview sessions, with and without Nina. And she took the opportunity to sit-in on the air and play or sing backup for other guests – always unplanned and exciting and welcomed by the benefactors – because her love for music, for the making of music, and all for all those who pursued it were at the forefront of what she did.

Audrey was always a bright presence. You could feel her smile over the radio. And she was one who was as good performing live as in the studio. So it’s no slight to say she shined in the studio, where two of her albums have been nominated for awards by the Australian Recording Industry Association.

Altogether, her own discography achieved 14 records (eleven albums and three EPs) and one DVD, all on her Reckless Records label:

♪ “Looking Back To See” (1999), with Bill Chambers
♪ “The Fallen” (2000)
♪ “Losing Faith” (2003)
♪ “Reckless Records Garage Sale: 1997-2003” (2003), with Bill Chambers and others
♪ “Texas” (2005) – ARIA nomination
♪ “In the House” (2006)
♪ “Lost Men and Angry Girls” (2007)
♪ “Billabong Song” (2009) EP
♪ "Write Out Loud" Songbook (2010)
♪ “Come Find Me” (2011)
♪ “Resurrection Moon” (2012)
♪ “Wood” (2012) EP
♪ “Tonk” (2013)
♪ "Tonk: Live in Nashville" DVD (2013)
♪ "Hey Warden" (2015) EP – ARIA nomination

Audrey’s husband and beloved life partner “Mez” Mezera has organized a participatory musical memorial on September 6 on the Central Coast. Here is his letter, emailed Tuesday morning, August 25, with the details:


“Dear Friends and Fans of Audrey's,

“As many of you know by now my sweet Darlin' wife Audrey Auld passed away Sunday, August 9th.

“Everyone is invited to a Memorial Concert for Audrey on Sunday, September 6th at the Stinson Beach Community Center from 2 until 6 pm, or until the music ends.

“Deep thanks to some of her favorite collaborators - NINA GERBER, PAM DELGADO, JERI JONES and BLAME SALLY - for sharing their love and talent. There will be a stage and sound system set up so anyone who wants to play a song or two for Audrey is more than welcome. Please let me know so we can plan the timing - mez@recklessrecords.com.

“It will be potluck, so if you can bring a dish to share please do, and if you can't don't worry about it. Labor Day beach traffic can be crazy to so plan to come early.

“Also, friends of Audrey's have set up a medical expenses fund. If you would like to learn more: http://www.gofundme.com/u52axus4

“Thanks to each of you and hope to see you at the concert,

“Mez.”


Cards can be sent to Mez c/o Reckless Records • PO Box 875 • Stinson Beach • CA • 94970

There’s more, including opportunities to enjoy and appreciate Audrey’s music, at: http://audreyauld.com

The Guide’s editor adds: I haven’t been able to let go of this piece and publish it today. The realization that there will not be new opportunities to write about Audrey coming to town to perform, or releasing a new record? Those are but the places where the soul of an artist are on display, in those manifestations of unique, individual artistic expression. Those... things. Those are where we must face that someone so special that we haven’t seen in a long time has been taken from our own little part of the world. Goodbye, Audrey. If any of those ideas are true about a fabulous jam on some other plane of existence, surely the mic at center stage has opened-up for you.



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...enjoy ’em anywhere!


√ A web-simulcast RADIO show from the Central Coast...

Tue, Sep 1, on WEB RADIO:
5 pm Tune-in at to hear highlights of the recent “PAUL SIMON TRIBUTE” showcase presented by “SONGWRITERS AT PLAY” as a little touring show, this show recorded live at D'Anbino Winery’s music hall, which happens to be the charming old Southern Pacific Railroad train station in Paso Robles. It airs locally on The Krush 92.5 FM, and it streams free at:
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It REPEATS...
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Thu, Sep 3, at 9 am.
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More on this prolific multi-venue Central Coast concert series and its upcoming live (and some archived) VIDEO webcasts in the next item below, and at:
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www.songwritersatplay.com


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√ Here are a whoooole bunch of web video shows from the same source...

Almost nightly,
FREE LIVE WEBCASTS,
from the Central Coast:
The “SONGWRITERS AT PLAY” showcase series is prolific, and brings full acoustic lineups. Shows start as early as 6:30 pm and as late as 8 pm; check their website. This series offers as many as six or seven live video webcasts each week – plus an occasional more-produced retrospective radio show that is an audio web simulcast.
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Performing host STEVE KEY uses any of several music halls operated by wineries or microbreweries, or various other nice venues – all somewhere between Paso Robles and Santa Barbara. Attending most of their shows in-person is usually no-cover. Quite remarkable.
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Shows stream FREE, live on the web, at:
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http://centralcoastlive.com/watch-our-live-streams-concerts-here/
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These webcasts feature multiple cameras and truly superior sound. They even have provisions for you to watch it through your big flatscreen tv. Their site explains all that. But it is a little confusing because there’s no “click here to watch” button. Just learn the start time from their site, then be online at that time and the show starts when it starts.
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♪ Sep 3: HAVILAH from Austin TX, plus JOHN SANDOVAL, and MANUEL CANTU.
♪ Sep 6: L.A.'s THOMAS GARDNER JR., plus FRANKIE BOURNE, and THE CLEARWINGS.
♪ Sep 7: The Denver-based duo THE CLEARWINGS, plus JON BENSON.
♪ Sep 11: KRISTEN BLACK, JANINE ROSE, and STRINGTOWN AMBASSADORS; video of the latter at: https://youtu.be/CmYnmw3ZCuY
♪ Sep 12: First new monthly showcase at Rock 'N' Roblns, near Lake Nacimiento; features Paso Roble's blues vocalist-guitarist KAREN TYLER, L.A.-based music comedy duo SCHOOLCRAFT & MURRAY, performing host STEVE KEY; starts at 8 pm.
♪ Sep 13 & Sep 14: JUST PEOPLE (Sep 13 at Sculpterra, Sep 14 at Bang the Drum) video of the band at: https://youtu.be/znBGRuo_JFM? list=PL2DE46EF710CF522B
♪ Sep 17: YNANA ROSE; video: https://youtu.be/xsmo7gMUF7U
♪ Sep 19: next at Sculpterra's “Spring Into Summer” Concert Series brings the JODY MULGREW BAND, and KRISTEN BLACK.
♪ Sep 21: CARLA ULBRICH (excellent performer); video at: https://youtu.be/Nyr92oBDDMo
♪ Sep 22: “LEONARD COHEN TRIBUTE” at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, Santa Barbara. Tix available now, $12, at 805-962-7776. All ages, doors at 6:30, show at 7:30 pm.
♪ Sep 24, 27, & 28: SKYLER & THE BRIT (Sep 24 at Shell Cafe, Sep 27 at Sculpterra, Sep 28 at Bang the Drum); video at: https://youtu.be/QNbY48lXpII
♪ Sep 25: “LEONARD COHEN TRIBUTE” with a multiple-artist lineup.
♪ Oct 13: “JOHN LENNON TRIBUTE” at at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, Santa Barbara.
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√ Next, and also from the very musically-inclined Central Coast...

Thu, Sep 3,
FREE WEBCAST, (plus encores)
from Monterey / Carmel:
4-5 pm KIKI WOW is the guest on the "FRESH ART SHOW" hosted by J.W. WINSLOW on TV and online at: www.jwwinslow.com and/or www.ampmedia.org (click AMP 2).
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ENCORES are at 8 pm Thu, and noon Fri, on one or the other of the above sites.
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Many of our readers remember Kiki as a longtime live and web simulcast host at Kulak’s Woodshed in North Hollywood, and as a radio programmer / deejay. She’s been producing live acoustic music performances on the Central Coast for some time now, so she’ll have plenty to talk about on TV / web TV.
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The end of this month brings the return of her very popular "Cat Stevens Tribute" featuring Bryan Diamond and The Peace Train, a six piece band, and it’s (says Kiki) an “enchanting end-of-summer evening ‘Concert on the Court’ at Chamisal Sep 27 from 6-8 pm.” The same day is her Thursday night show at the Safari Club (Monterey) at 7 pm with Boscoe's Brood and Sean Ryan, Rod the Mod, and Craig Jardstrom, and she’s celebrating “our new stage downstairs lounge of the Bay Park Hotel at the corner of Munras & Soledad.”
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Of course, Kiki is predictably involved in all kinds of things. That includes “Oktoberfest Monterey Bay, celebrating the world's largest German Funfair & Bavarian cultural event, right here [there] on the Central Coast.” It’s always the first weekend in October, making it Oct 3 & 4, 2015. Tickets at www.oktoberfestmontereybay.com/296-2
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More info, and sign-up for notices of her Monterey / Carmel area concerts, at:
www.kikiwow.com
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Write to her at: kiki@kikiwow.com



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First, the list:
√ Local...
♪ 2nd annual “LONG BEACH NEW BLUES FESTIVAL” Sat & Sun, Sep 5 & 6, with a strong lineup, in Long Beach.
√ Two great NORTHERN CAL Festivals this weekend...
♪ Sesquicentennial (150th annual!) “SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GATHERING & GAMES” Sat & Sun, Sep 5 & 6, in Pleasanton.
♪ “MAMMOTH ROCK’N RYE” FESTIVAL is mostly a roots-Americana fete, Fri-Sun, Sep 4-6, in Mammoth Lakes.
√ WAY Out-of-Town Festivals this weekend (3 of ’em).

Details below on all six...

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√ A Guide “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
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Sat & Sun, Sep 5 & 6,
FESTIVAL,
in Long Beach:
9 am 2nd annual “LONG BEACH NEW BLUES FESTIVAL,” at El Dorado East Regional Park, 7801 E Wardlow Rd, Long Beach 90808
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This one has music on two stages in a sprawling festival grounds. Here’s the schedule for both days.
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SATURDAY:
Main Stage, Saturday...
Invocation – Tom Shriver 10 am.
♪ Ray Goren - 11 am
♪ Union Hobos - noon
♪ Sean Lane & the Hellhounds - 1 pm
♪ Teddy Lee Hooker - 2 pm
♪ 2000 Lbs of Blues - 3 pm
♪ Bernie Pearl Band - 4 pm
♪ Barbara Morrison - 5 pm
♪ Legends of the Long Beach Blues – Awards - 6 pm
♪ James Harman Band - 7 pm
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Golden Groove Stage, Saturday...
♪ The Arc Flash Blues Band - 10 am
♪ Blues Power - 11 am
♪ L.A. Parks and Wreaks - noon
♪ The Other Mules - 1 pm
♪ Shadow Blue Featuring Lady Faye - 2 pm
♪ Kelly Chappue and The Soul Collectors 3 pm
♪ Lil’ A and The Allnighters - 4 pm
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SUNDAY:
Main Stage, Sunday...
Invocation – Denny Smith - 10 am
♪ Chase Walker Band - 11 am
♪ George Foster Band - noon
♪ Dave Widow and the Line Up - 1 pm
♪ The Delgado Brothers - 2 pm
♪ Sherry Pruitt - 3 pm
♪ The 44’s With Kid Ramos - 4 pm
♪ New Blues Revolution- 5 pm
♪ Laurie Morvan - 6 pm
♪ Caravan of All Stars - 7 pm
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Golden Groove Stage, Sunday...
♪ Surprise Guest - 10 am
♪ Frankie and The Crew - 11 am
♪ South River Slim - noon
♪ Crooked Eye Tommy - 1 pm
♪ Seatbelt - 2 pm
♪ Jack Roberts Harvey Band - 3 pm
♪ East Falsted Blues Project - 4 pm
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Festival amenities include handicap parking, ATMs, restrooms, food vendors. Bring your blankets, sheets, towels, umbrellas (hand-held only), coolers, carts, tents, chairs, baby strollers, binoculars. No pets allowed (except Service Dogs). See the festival website for other prohibited items.
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Tickets are available with several avance options. Tix available at the festival, 9 am-7 pmif not sold-out. None of the following includes the $8 park fee.
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√ 1-Day Festival Pass, $25.
√ 2-Day Festival Pass, $40.
√ 1-Day Pass “10 Pack” (10 people each for one day), $175.
√ 1-Day VIP Pass $100. Includes preferred seating and access to VIP Tent with food & beverage.
√ 2-Day VIP Pass $180.
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√ Parking is onsite, park fee of $8 payable upon entry. Cash only. No in/out privileges for the park.
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More info & advance tix at:
http://newbluesfestival.com/


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NORTHERN CAL Festivals & Conferences this weekend...
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Reeeeaaaallly good stuff, up north. Two festivals.


√ A Guide “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
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Sat & Sun, Sep 5 & 6,
FESTIVAL,
in Nor Cal (Pleasanton):
Sesquicentennial “SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GATHERING & GAMES” – yep, the 150th annual edition(!) takes place at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton; www.thescottishgames.com
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This one is a VERY big deal, celebrating its one-hundred-fiftieth anniversary. General Admission Gates open at 8 am. The Grandstand Show begins at 10 am with the “Kilted Mile,” and continues until the “Massed Bands March-Off” finishes around 7 pm. In between? Chockful. Both days.
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MUSIC LINEUP...

♪ ALBANNACH from Scotland; with a championship winning piper, an extremely talented main drummer, bass drummers and bodhran musician bring a brand new approach to percussion and Celtic music.

♪ BROTHER; Australians fusing signature vocals and guitar with the didgeridoo,bagpipes and drum.

♪ THE BROWNE SISTERS & GEORGE CAVANAUGH; Celtic fest faves since they were teens, sisters Diane, Pamela and Laura and cousin George. Soaring harmony vocals and original guitar.

♪ MICHAEL MULLEN ~ TRIO OF ONE; master of the fiddle and also plays guitar and sings in surprisingly simultaneous combinations.

♪ MOLLY'S REVENGE with special guest Int’l Scottish Fiddler Champion REBECCA LOMNICKY. Wow. Already a wonderful globetrotting band, plus Rebecca.

♪ REBECCA LOMNICKY; After becoming Junior Div. Champ in 2005, in 2009, she won the highest award in Scottish fiddling, the Glenfiddich International Scottish Fiddle Championship at Blair Castle, Scotland, as the only non-Scot and the youngest person ever.

♪ NEIL O'NEILL; Scottish tenor, multi- instrumentalist, global notable for the last three decades.

♪ PETER DALDRY; “Best A Cappella” nom in the 12th Annual “Independent Music Awards” in 2013.

♪ STEVE McDONALD; singer, keyboard player, all-round entertainer prominent in his native New Zealand.

♪ TEMPEST; plays a globally-renowned hybrid of high-energy Folk Rock fusing Irish rells, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and more, with 15 critically-acclaimed CDs and more than 2,000 gigs since 1988.
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ADVANCE TIX, by phone...
Due to a large number of orders, online ticket sales are now closed. Starting Monday, August 24, through Wednesday, September 2, you can still buy tickets at the discounted price by phone for pickup at Will Call on the day of the Games, at 925-829 5555 between 8 am & 5 pm only(!) Please do not call outside the hours stated. You can also buy tix in person from the same person you are calling, 4th Chieftain Keith Victor at Keith's Autobahn, 6398 Dougherty Road, Suite 23, Dublin, CA. If you are picking up in person, call beforehand between 8 am & 5 pm only (do not call outside those hours).
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Online shirt sales close Aug 28.
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Full details at: www.thescottishgames.com
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ALSO, IF YOU’RE GOING, check the “Ticket Alerts” (concert section) listing for the gala concert the night before, Sep 4: “VALLEY OF THE MOON FIDDLE EXTRAVAGANZA SCOTLAND — SWEDEN — IRELAND,” with a 150-piece orchestra(!) at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. If you’re driving to Northern Cal, it would be nutso not to do it all.


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Fri-Sun, Sep 4-6,
FESTIVAL,
in Mammoth Lakes:
“MAMMOTH ROCK’N RYE” FESTIVAL is, despite the name, mostly a ROOTS-AMERICANA FESTIVAL, at the Village at Mammoth Lakes, 6201 Minaret Rd, Mammoth Lakes 93546; 760-224-4887.
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This appears to require tickets only for the programmed imbibing, while enjoying the music is FREE. Except it’s all indoors, so without a ticket for the elbow-bending, you may find there is no room at the inn. Use your own judgemnet, but it’s best to call and talk to them.
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Here are the bands...
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♪ BASTARD SONS OF JOHNNY CASH. Described by Rolling Stone as “pure Americana heart and soul”, The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash are the voice and vision of songwriter Mark Stuart. Since forming the band in 1995, he’s performed with most every major artist in the Country and Americana music community. Stuart was personally given permission to use the band’s name by Johnny Cash himself. He was also honored by the Man in Black with an invitation to record songs at Cash’s own home in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Two other iconic music legends, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, were also early believers who were instrumental in helping Stuart get his start. (excerpted from www.bsojc.com)
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♪ REVEREND TALL TREE. The lead musician, Chris Pierce has opened for B.B. King, Seal, Aaron Neville, Colbie Caillat, Al Green, Jamie Cullum, Toots & The Maytals, Robert Cray and Brett Dennen, among others. Critic Paul Saitowitz of The Press-Enterprise compared his voice to Ray Charles, writing that it “fluctuates from delicate falsettos to shrieks reminiscent of Ray Charles”. In a concert review, the San Antonio Express-News wrote that he has “one of the most powerful voices going.”
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♪ SOMEBODY’S DARLING. In 2015, Dallas rock band Somebody’s Darling, taking a page from Tom Petty, packed-up camp, pushed all their chips in, and headed for Nashville to run down the dream of doing this forever. Think My Morning Jacket fronted by a woman, or Alabama Shakes if they’d been born in Texas.
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♪ THE YAWPERS. Formed in 2011, they quickly found themselves identified as one of the must-see bands in the vibrant Denver scene . An early EP was followed by their 2012 LP “Capon Crusade” which earned the band high marks among music critics .
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♪ FOLK FAMILY REVIVAL. Water Walker, the second set of songs served up by Magnolia, TX-based Folk Family Revival, could be viewed as the foursome’s sonic second coming. Following the literal band of brothers’ –Mason, Barrett and Lincoln Lankford, plus family friend Caleb Pace – initial offering, 2011’s Unfolding, the group has been resolute about not being pigeonholed in one musical box or another, opting instead to widen the already vast scope of sounds and styles found in their music.
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Festival is 21+. 2015 “Donations” will go to Mammoth Medical Missions. On the agenda all three days is Rye Whiskey & Brew Tasting. The bar opens and there is free live music, as follows: Sep 4, 4 pm; Sep 5, 2 pm; Sep 6, 2 pm. Strongly suggesting this is a fine opportunity for alpine hikes in the morning and music from late afternoon through the evenings.
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Music schedule...
Friday:
Bodie 601 – 5 pm
Somebody's Darling – 7:30 pm
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Saturday:
Birddog – 3 pm
Reverend Tall Tree – 5:30 pm
The Yawpers – 8 pm
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Sunday:
Chris Pierce – 3 pm
Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash – 5:30 pm
Folk Family Revival – 8 pm
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You must buy your tickets online. You must be 21 or over to participate, and ID is necessary for pick up. Ticket options:
“20 Grand Tasting” Beer Ticket - Sunday Only, $20.75.
“35 Grand Tasting” Ticket - Sunday Only, $36.32.
“VIP TICKET,” Saturday & Sunday, $77.84.
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Full info at: http://mammothrocknrye.com/
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Tix available at: https://squareup.com/market/mammoth-rock-n-rye


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WAY Out-of-Town Festivals & Conferences this weekend...
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Fri-Sun, Sep 4-6,
FESTIVAL,
in Rhode Island:
Annual “RHYTHM & ROOTS FEST” is also known as a folk festival, in Ninigret State Park, Charlestown, Rhode Island. If you go, make it a day early to catch STEVE RILEY & THE MAMOU PLAYBOYS on Sep 3 at the Towers.
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Full info at www.rhythmandroots.com

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Fri-Sun, Sep 4-6,
FESTIVAL,
in Texas:
“BEDFORD BLUES & BBQ FESTIVAL” makes for a sweet combination in Bedford, Texas.

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Fri-Sun, Sep 4-6,
FESTIVAL,
in Kentucky:
“KENTUCKY BLUEGRASS & BOURBON EXPERIENCE” is a rather wet roots music festival in Louisville, Kentucky.



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Fri-Sun, Sep 11-13,
FESTIVAL,
in OC (Dana Point):
31st Annual "TOSHIBA TALL SHIPS FESTIVAL" at the Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point 92629; 949-496-2274; www.ocean-institute.org
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This is a festival with lots of action. You can take ship tours and set sail for cannon battles at sea, catch musicians performing sea chanteys, nautical storytellers, Polynesian dancers, live sea creatures in the Ocean Institute, re-eanctors portraying pirates, saefarers from the age of sail, Civil War sailors and soldiers, cannoneers, and more.
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Friday is the “Sunset Parade Sail” The full Festival happens Sat & Sun, 10 am-5 pm, with ship tours ending at 3:30 pm, to prepare to go to sea for the “battles.”
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This is a wonderful time and place to explore the majesty and wonder of life at sea through the sights and sounds of working tall ships. Ashore, the interactive living-history encampments include blacksmiths, scrimshaw artists, knot tiers, and the infamous “Port Royal Privateers” entertain and amaze guests of all ages.
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Cannon Battle and Sunset Sail ticket sales are now open. REGISTER EARLY, because the ships fill quickly. Tix and complete info, at:
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www.tallshipsfestival.com


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Fri-Sun, Sep 11-13,
FESTIVAL,
in New Mexico:
“PICKAMANIA!” is a bluegrass festival in Silver City, New Mexico.


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Fri-Sun, Sep 11-13,
FESTIVAL,
in Long Beach:
Annual “LONG BEACH LOBSTER FESTIVAL” in Rainbow Lagoon Park, Shoreline Village Dr, Long Beach 90802; 562-495-5959.
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There’s music all day and evening, and the cuisine is very much centered on the lobsters flown-in from New England. The excellent BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO plays Creole-centered Cajun-Creole-Zydeco – featuring the squeezebox and rub-board – for listening and dancing, 4-5:30 pm. More on the band at www.BonneMusiqueZydeco.com ; Google the event for details and the full lineup.


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Sat, Sep 12,
FESTIVAL,
in Downey:
Annual “INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL” in Downey includes live music performances.
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Recommendation: Playing at 4 pm is INCENDIO, that exceptionally noteworthy trio of fiery acoustic string wizards.
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Details at: www.incendioband.com


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Wed-Sun, Sep 16-20,
FESTIVAL,
in Kansas:
The iconic "WALNUT VALLEY FESTIVAL" in Winfield, Kansas, includes far too many roots-folk-Americana stars to list. But we can tell you something newsy: PETE HUTTLINGER (John Denver’s guitarist) will perform with MOLLIE WEAVER in their new group, PARNASSUS. Surely one to watch for...


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Wed-Sun, Sep 16-20,
FESTIVAL / CONFERENCE,
in Northern Cal (Berkeley):
Annual “BERKELEY OLD TIME MUSIC CONVENTION” in Berkeley, California.


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Thu-Sun, Sep 17-20,
FESTIVAL,
in Michigan:
“MICHIGAN IRISH MUSIC FESTIVAL” before things freeze-up in Muskegon, Michigan.


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√ A Guide “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
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Fri-Sun, Sep 18-20,
FESTIVAL,
in Riverside Co (Murrieta):
Annual "GET SHAMROCKED IRISH MUSIC FESTIVAL" in Town Square Park, 24701 Jefferson Av, Murrieta.
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This is a big-deal Irish / Celtic music event.
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GET SHAMROCKED IRISH MUSIC FESTIVAL, only founded in 2013, is a fresh new event is set to double in capacity again in 2015, with 12,000 Celtic music revelers expected over three days. They’ll hear sixteen bands gathered from across the planet. The venue is Town Square Park in Murrieta, California, for three days – Friday-through-Sunday, September 18-20.
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“Town Square Park is the perfect venue with free parking and a flat, grassed area with huge stage and natural amphitheater. Festival goers are welcomed to bring their own chairs, blankets and small umbrellas to enjoy the festivities. Get Shamrocked will have a vendor village with all kinds of merchandise and goods with food trucks to satisfy all appetites. Guinness and Jameson Irish whiskey are the headline sponsors and a full range of beverages will be readily available,” says the producer.
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Indeed, the music is set to run non-stop, and the 16 band lineup has four major headliners over the three days. Here’s a day-by-day sample.
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Friday at 9:15 pm, there’s FLATFOOT 56, Chicago-based outfit founded by siblings Tobin, Justin, and Kyle Bawinkel. And they’ll be picking-up the gauntlet thrown down by FLOGGING MOLLY and DROPKICK MURPHYS with their punk-laced “Oi!” rock.
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Saturday at 5 pm, GAELIC STORM hits the stage. They’re the Celtic band that helped bring the “steerage party” scene to life (and “Jack” and “Rose” closer together) in the blockbuster movie, “Titanic.” The band blends folk, world music, and traditional Irish sounds into chart-topping albums and electrifying live sets.
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At 8:15 pm Saturday, prepare for THE MAHONES. They’re the Irish band led by FINNY McCONNELL that’s been a major force in the Irish punk scene over the past 25 years. In the wake of their successful albums, including “The Black Irish,” the group tours the globe headlining major festivals. Another of the Saturday bands, THE RAMSHACKLE ARMY, are making the journey from Melbourne, Australia as a prequel to their US tour.
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Sunday at 5 pm, THE YOUNG DUBLINERS take over. Fans of The Pogues and Thin Lizzy love this rollicking outfit, whose sound, according to the Spokane Inlander, is “like a pint of honest rock music with a shot of Irish flair dropped in for extra kick.”
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Get Shamrocked is one of the fastest growing festivals in California and the prophetic words of YOUNG DUBLINERS’ lead singer, that “it could be the ‘Celtic Coachella’ of this genre,” might just be coming to fruition.
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WHO CAN GO, WHEN...
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Friday and Saturday are strictly 21+plus audience while Sunday is the “all ages” day where the entertainment is geared to all generations with kids 16 and under free of charge. Sunday will have a more traditional Irish feel and there will be lots of activities for the kids to enjoy whist experiencing some great music with the Sunday headliner the Young Dubliners finishing the festival off late Sunday afternoon.
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Festival producers tell us, “After two great festivals that have included the likes of THE TOSSERS, THE DUBLIN CITY RAMBLERS, DEREK WARFIELD, & THE YOUNG WOLFE TONES, Get Shamrocked is set to deliver another Celtic experience that will continue to grow and attract festival goers from California and beyond.”
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Save money with online advance tix, at
www.GetShamrocked.com
3 Day Full Weekend Pass $35
Friday-only $10
Saturday-only $20 ($30 at the gate)
Sunday-only $15 (kids 16 & under free)
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Full info: www.getshamrocked.com


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Fri-Sun, Sep 18-20,
FESTIVAL,
in Ontario, Cal.:
Annual "ROUTE 66 CRUISIN’ REUNION" brings three days of food, live music, entertainment and more than 2,000 classic cars from throughout the US and around the world.
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Downtown Ontario’s historic block of Euclid Avenue is the center of things for immersion in vintage automobiles and motorcycles and a wide range of events, including the music stages.
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Info, 800-867-8366. The festival’s website was not yet completed as of Aug 8. But it may be when you check it:
https://route66cruisinreunion.com/


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√ A Guide “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
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A lil’ bit OUT-OF-TOWN...
Fri-Sun, Sep 18-20,
FESTIVAL,
near Bishop (East of the High Sierra):
Annual “MILLPOND MUSIC FESTIVAL” always brings fine music performances, this year with headliners TONY FURTADO, DAVID MYLES, RICHARD SMITH, NEW ORLEANS SUSPECTS, INCENDIO, MARCH FOURTH!, DAN CONNOR, THE MILLPOND ALL-STAR JAM, plus the BANANA SLUGS doing a kids performance and multiple NEA-sponsored workshops, and plenty of other acts, all at Millpond Park (Inyo Co. Park) and Campground, NE of Bishop, Cal.
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Presented by the Inyo Council for the Arts, whose staff attends bunches of other festivals and concerts to choose the best acts, this is a very fun festival that somehow feels intimate in the vast expanse of the great outdoors, in a fine place with the right ambiance and exceptionally good sound, all operating with the spectacular backdrop of the High Sierra. Though not specifically billed as a “folk fest” or an “all-acoustic” affair, essentially it is both, with first-rate acts each day. In addition to the main stage outdoors and with large trees for shade at the top of the slope (which is a bit of a natural grass lawn amphitheater), there is a smaller workshop stage in a large tent. They have a permanent snack bar that cooks good food, including breakfast each morning. Tent camping is available along the lake (the old sawmill’s mill pond, hence the name) and RV camping is available is the developed campground where the showers are located. This one is the autumn counterpart to the annual spring “Live Oak Music Festival” (held a few hundred miles away).
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Playing a Saturday set at 6:30 pm is INCENDIO, that exceptionally noteworthy trio of fiery acoustic string wizards. They are perennially so popular they are booked back among a lot of “first-time here” acts. If you don’t know INCENDIO, you should check them out at: www.incendioband.com
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Here’s the schedule for the MAIN STAGE and the festival’s two other venues (one venue is newly added this year)...
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MAIN STAGE Schedule
Friday Night...
6:30 pm: Bodie 601
7:40 pm: Cafe Musique
9 pm: AJ Ghent Band
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Saturday Main Stage...
Noon: Mohavisoul
1:15 pm: Dave Gunning
2:35 pm: Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett
4 pm: March Fourth!
Dinner Break
6:30 pm: Incendio
8:30 pm: New Orleans Suspects
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Sunday Main Stage...
9:30 am: Banana Slugs (Kids Performance)
10:25 am: Dan Connor
11:40 am: UNLV Marimba/Steel Drum Ensembles
1 pm: Richard Smith
2:15 pm: Tony Furtado
3:50 pm: David Myles
5:40 pm: Millpond All-Star Jam
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WORKSHOP TENT Schedule
Saturday...
9-10 am: Open Mic
10:15-11:15 am: Cafe Musique
11:30 am-12:15 pm: tba
12:30-1:15 pm: tba
1:30-2:15 pm: tba
2:30-3:15 pm: MohaviSoul – Songwriting workshop
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Sunday Workshop Tent...
9-9:45 am: Open Mic
10-10:50 am: tba
11:05 am-Noon: Joe Craven
12:15-1 pm: tba
1:15-2:15 pm: tba
2:15-3 pm: tba
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NEW for 2015: NEA EDUCATION TENT Schedule
Saturday...
9-9:45 am: AJ Ghent – Slide Guitar
10-10:45 am: Banana Slugs – Kids workshop, ages 5-7
11-11:45 am: Banana Slugs – Kids workshop, ages 8-10
Noon-12:45 pm: Banana Slugs – Kids workshop, ages 11-13
1:30-2:30 pm: tba
3-4 pm: tba
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Sunday NEA Tent...
9:15-10:15 am: Jim Stubblefield (Incendio) – Exotic Guitar
10:45-11:45 am: Richard Smith – Fingerstyle Guitar
Noon-1 pm: Tony Furtado – Banjo
1:15-2:15 pm: tba
2:30-3:30 pm: Sage Romero – Native American dance
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All the info, including advance tix (discounted in advance) and campground reservations (absolutely necessary in advance for RVs) is available by phone at 760-873-8014, or online, at: www.inyo.org/music/millpond-festival


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Fri-Sun, Sep 18-20,
FESTIVAL,
in Coloma (Northern Cal):
9th annual "AMERICAN RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL" announced its lineup and began offering discounted early bird tickets on May 1, and that offer closes SOON.
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The festival recently announced its line-up:
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Main Stage:
NICKI BLUHM & THE GRAMBLERS, THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS, DANGERMUFFIN, NORA JANE STRUTHERS & THE PARTY LINE, SHOOK TWINS, DAVID LUNING BAND, SONGS OF THE FALL, DAVID MYLES TRIO, SPARK AND WHISPER, DENNIS JOHNSON & THE MISSISSIPPI RAMBLERS.
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Other Stages ~ Campgrounds and Hot Spots:
DANGERMUFFIN, SHOOK TWINS, DAVID LUNING BAND, SONGS OF THE FALL, DAVID MYLES TRIO, SPARK AND WHISPER, DENNIS JOHNSON AND THE MISSISSIPPI RAMBLERS, A THOUSAND YEARS AT SEA, PROXIMA PARADA, ACHILLES WHEEL DUO, MCNEVIN & THE SPOKES, ISLAND OF BLACK AND WHITE, THE KELLER SISTERS, STRINGTOWN AMBASSADORS, THE LOVE CHOIR, MOON SHINER, THE PAINTED HORSES, LUMADAE, TAMRA GODEY.
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Friday Night Showcase hosted by Michael Gaither:
Ten more performances tba.
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Sponsors say, "The South Fork wants you to hear music on its banks! Limited Time left to get ‘Early Bird’ discounts at the festival website.”
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The festival was named "Best of" choice for fun things to do in the Sacramento Bee newspaper, and called, "Friendly, Unforgettable" in the Mountain Democrat. "...what a great vibe at the festival" wrote the Auburn Journal. "Music and Moving Water in Perfect Harmony" says Submerge Magazine.
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Sep 18 -20,
FESTIVAL,
in New Orleans:
3rd Annual "STEAMBOAT STOMP" happens aboard the paddlewheel steamboat "Natchez" on the Mississippi River, with performances by Duke Heitger, Banu Gibson, The Tim Laughlin Trio, Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony, Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi, and The Yerba Buena Stompers, plus steam calliope concerts on the riverboat, and the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Orchestra in the hq hotel, the J.W. Marriott, 614 Canal St, New Orleans.
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"Steamboat Stomp" presents the historically and culturally significant performance of traditional jazz on the Mississippi River. The festival features some of the world’s finest musicians playing New Orleans-style jazz on one of the last authentic steamboats in the United States.
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Sponsors say, "The festival will generate new interest and further the appreciation for what is arguably the city’s most important indigenous music tradition."
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The event offers three days of live performances from five featured bands, plus soloists.
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"All-Event" pass available for $225 per person;
Single-event tix also available; info, schedules, etc, all at:
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www.steamboatstompneworleans.com


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Sat, Sep 19,
FESTIVAL,
in San Diego Co (Julian):
1-8 pm Annual “JULIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL” happens again this year at the Menghini Winery, near Julian, at 1150 Julian Orchards Rd, Julian; www.julianca.com/music-festival.html


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Sat, Sep 19,
FESTIVAL,
in Long Beach:
11 am-11 pm 3rd annual "LONG BEACH FOLK REVIVAL FESTIVAL" in Rainbow Lagoon Park, E Shoreline Dr, Long Beach. (Just across from Shoreline Village and the Marina in Downtown Long Beach; local bus connects to Metro Blue Line light rail from downtown L.A.)
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One of the performing groups wrote to tell us how enthusiastic they are to be among "a host of other great bluegrass, folk, and Americana bands... this beautiful ocean front location sets the perfect stage for showcasing the best in Folk, Roots, Americana, & Bluegrass music acts.”
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Here’s the lineup...
♪ DEER TICK
♪ HE'S MY BROTHER, SHE'S MY SISTER
♪ THE LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS
♪ POSSESSED BY PAUL JAMES
♪ THE BROTHERS COMATOSE
♪ THE GOOD LUCK THRIFT STORE OUTFIT
♪ THE TILLERS
♪ SNAKEARM (aka RESTAVRANT)
♪ MOONSVILLE COLLECTIVE
♪ THE HAUNTED WIND CHIMES
♪ SAWTOOTH
♪ WIMBERLEY BLUEGRASS BAND
♪ TOM VANDEN AVOND
♪ BEARCOON
♪ JAIME WYATT
♪ SMOOTH HOUND SMITH
♪ YELLOW RED SPARKS
♪ FIDDLE & PINE
♪ PHIL CELIA BAND
♪ HOLLOW TREES
♪ and introducing LOVELY OUTLAWS
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Small blankets and low backed chairs allowed (new this year).
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√ Tix (gen adm) $20 in advance; $30 at the gate.
√ Children age 12 & under, FREE.
√ Seniors age 75 & older, FREE.
√ A new "VIP experience" is coming this year with best view of the main stage, a private bar, private restrooms, and more, for age 21 and over.
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Tix & more at: www.folkrevivalfestival.com


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Sun, Sep 20,
FESTIVAL,
in San Pedro:
Annual “TRI ART FESTIVAL” at Ports O’ Call Village in San Pedro; http://triartsp.com
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We do not yet know what the other two of the three arts are that this festival celebrates, but one is certainly live music performance, so we’re on-board.
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Playing at 4:30 pm and celebrating the 20th anniversary as a globetrotting band, Grammy-noms LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS are the only Americans ever to play the Folk Festival in Palau, among their many accomplishments. Check ’em out, in action, at:
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=llHKUzjggg4 plus, Lisa’s “Chicken Fiddler” video has reached the new Nickelodeon TV show, “React to That!” at: www.nick.com/react-to-that


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OUT-OF-TOWN...
Wed-Sat, Sep 23-26
FESTIVAL,
in Indiana:
41st Annual “BILL MONROE BLUEGRASS HALL OF FAME / UNCLE PEN DAYS FESTIVAL” is a big-deal bluegrass festival in Beanblossom / Morgantown, Indiana.


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OUT-OF-TOWN...
Wed-Sat, Sep 23-26
FESTIVAL,
in NC:
Annual "OUTER BANKS BLUEGRASS ISLAND FESTIVAL" on Roanoake Island, North Carolina, has one of the most dazzling lineups of the year.
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Full info at: www.BluegrassIsland.com


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Sep 23-Oct 11,
FESTIVAL,
in Michigan:
7th Annual "ART PRIZE" with half-a-million dollars in prizes determined by public vote of attendees, happens all over Grand Rapids, Michigan, and it truly is unlike anything else. There are live music performances, kinetic sculpture displays, visual and performing art exhibitions, and the word "more" gets a workout.
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In every conceivable kind of venue, from hockey arenas to office building courtyards to parking lots and alleys turned galleries, to tge Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, this mega-multi-faceted event must be experienced to be believed. The Guide was there for a few days of one ArtPrize, and left saying "wow."
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Get a taste of it by signing-up for their free e-newsletter, "ArtPrizeTonight." It's "a comprehensive rundown of what's happening every evening during the event this fall."
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Moreover, it'll give you a handle on why you wish this was happening in YOUR town.
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Their Sep 1at newsletter edition covered live music, theatre, and film screenings, and declared "there's something for everyone at ArtPrize after dark." For once, a boast like that appears true.
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Smartly conceived, "ArtPrize Tonight" features three different categories of evening programming — On Stage, On Screen and Critical Discourse — and there's at least one activity for you to enjoy every night of the 19-day event.
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Now, it helps that Grand Rapids is a town with five colleges/universities and a river just barely big enough for boats and bridges. Ready-made audience and marvelous setting. But what they do with the annual event will either inspire you or make you jealous.
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Here are seven "must-attend 'ArtPrize Tonight' events." (Read the full lineup at: www.artprize.org/tonight ) ~
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√ "Critical Discourse." The popular event-within-an-event returns to ArtPrize Seven, Sep 28-Oct 6. It's a series of panel discussions and art critiques that offers something for everyone. From the televised "Why These Finalists?" programs to an examination of color and design trends, "Critical Discourse" — powered by "ITC, Your Energy Superhighway" — is charged conversation providing art-world context to the ArtPrize event this fall.
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√ FOLK MUSIC CONCERT. "The Voice" finalist JOSH DAVIS performs at St. Cecilia's. The Michigan native headlines a benefit concert for St. Cecilia Music Center on Oct 4. Raised in the folk tradition, Davis will perform a solo show with openers (local musicians) TROLL FOR TROUT and FAUXGRASS QUARTET in the historic Royce Auditorium. Get tickets at the ArtPrize site if you can be there.
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√ THE AVETT BROTHERS, the Grammy-nominated folk-rock band, take center stage alongside singer-songwriter BRETT DENNEN and his band, and Grand Rapids' own THE CRANE WIVES, Oct 3, at an impressive, one-of-a-kind riverfront Tent Venue experience in downtown Grand Rapids, known as The Eddy. Get full concert details (and tickets, if you can be there) through Porterhouse Presents; link at ArtPrize website.
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√ "MICHIGAN HOUSE @ PYRAMID SCHEME." Invoking the vibes of this year's Michigan House installation at SXSW, a variety of acts presented by Dizzybird Records and Middle West — including FLINT EASTWOOD, HI-KER, and MPV — take to The Pyramid Scheme stage, Oct 7 at 8 pm.
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√ "LEATHER AND LACE: WOMEN OF ROCK" at Rosa Parks Circle. This returns for an encore performance on Sep 27 at 6 pm. The Grand Rapids Circle Theatre production presents "a wide range of music that spans decades. 'Leather and Lace' features songs by Janis Joplin, Heart, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Carly Simon, and more." The concert is FREE and open to the public.
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√ "WATERFRONT FILM FESTIVAL." This is the opening aspect of "ArtPrize On Screen." It debuts with the Waterfront Film Festival hosting evening and daytime screenings of cutting-edge independent cinema — showcasing 22 films, many with Michigan ties, including six feature narratives, five documentaries and ten short films. You can find the full screening and event rundown, and details on Waterfront Film Festival weekend passes at www.artprize.org/on-screen.
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√ "ART PRIZE AWARDS + AFTER PARTY." On Oct 9, after two weeks of viewing and voting on art, they'll announce the winners of $500,000 in prizes at the Seventh Annual ArtPrize Awards. If you're there, head down to Rosa Parks Circle (or tune into WOOD TV8, which might also be online at the ArtPrize site) at 5 pm (Eastern) for a PRE-SHOW CONCERT, and at 7:45 pm for live ArtPrize Awards coverage. Many will adjourn afterwards to the Pyramid Scheme for the Complete VII Dance Party, the official ArtPrize Awards after party.


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Thu-Sat, Sep 24-26,
FESTIVAL,
in Missouri:
“HOBA FALL BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” happens in West Plains, Missouri.


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Fri-Sun, Sep 24-27,
FESTIVAL,
in Missouri:
“ROOTS N BLUES N BBQ FESTIVAL” serves up some savory selections in Columbia, Missouri.


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Fri-Sun, Sep 25-27,
FILM FESTIVAL,
at USC:
2015 "CONTEMPORARY IRISH CINEMA" at USC School of Cinematic Arts, 900 W 34th St, Los Angeles.
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Tix & event info: www.irishfilmla.com


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Fri-Sun, Sep 25-27,
FESTIVAL,
in Redondo Beach:
20th Annual “REDONDO BEACH LOBSTER FESTIVAL” at Seaside Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach 90277; www.lobsterfestival.com
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Hosted by the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, Lobster Festival will be promises “More to Sea.” (Oh, those Chamber people and their puns.) The big deal that keeps this going is that you have lots of music while you eat lots of lobster and / or lots of steak, or both.
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Here’s the music:
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√ Friday Night, Kick-Off Concert...
♪ BARLEY – Opening Act; 2015 “Battle for the Beach” Winner; West Coast Rock and Roll Americana.
♪ ROBBY KRIEGER’S JAM KITCHEN – former member of THE DOORS; 9 pm
♪ IRON BUTTERFLY – they of “In a Gadda da Vida,” the first incredibly lengthy non-classical music performance of a single musical piece ever put on a vinyl record. It won the industry’s very first Platinum Album for sales in excess of 30 million.
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√ Saturday, concerts all-day...
♪ ANDY & RENEE & HARD RAIN – 2-3 pm; LA Music Awards “Americana Group of the Year”, “Best Duo/Group” for the International Acoustic Music Awards, Singer Universe “Best Vocalist” Finalist, Honorable Mentions in the Billboard World Music Awards, Malibu Music Awards, “Kweevak.com “Top-40 CDs of the Year, runner-up for Best Folk Act in the Crossroads Music Awards, and a two year run in the Musician Magazine “Best Unsigned Band”Semifinals. Their PBS Concert Special, “Black Box Opens-Andy & Renee”, filmed at the ATLAS Black Box Theatre at the University of Colorado, Boulder, recently won a Regional Emmy.
♪ THE UNTOUCHABLES (or The UTs) are a soul/mod revival band from Silver Lake.
♪ BOW WOW WOW – known for their US hit, the new wave staple revival of “I Want Candy.”
♪ FLASHBACK HEART ATTACK – an ’80s tribute, award-winning, internationally touring band.
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√ Sunday Musical Lineup...
♪ FRANKLY SPEAKING – rock and dance music with tight harmonies and instrumental solos.
♪ FEED THE KITTY – performs over 300 shows a year, did movie music for “Lars and the Real Girl” and “National Lampoon’s: Cattle Call.”
♪ BERLIN – synth pop group.
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Three-day pass is $35 (age 13+); Single day $15 (adult), $5 child (age 6-12). Tix are for specific days. Festival runs Fri, 6-11 pm; Sat, Noon-11 pm; Sun, Noon-8 pm.
Meals (lobster, steak, steak & lobster) are sold separately, and should be bought online in advance to avoid disappointment. Meals range from $25-$45, advance.


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Fri-Sun, Sep 25-27,
FESTIVAL,
in L.A.:
“2015 LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL FESTIVAL” brings the highest ticket price we have ever seen for anything musicai, and an assortment of established icons that include STEVIE WONDER, today’s newfangled take on roots music from EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS, some modern droll rock groups like IMAGINE DRAGONS, and DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE, old rockers like DURAN DURAN, people who fall somewjere between rap and some kind of thudding pop like HOZIER, SNOOP DOGG, and WEEZER, and dozens of acts that you’ve never heard of if you’re over the age of 25, including KENDRICK LAMAR, MAJOR LAZER, CHANCE THE RAPPER, BRANDON FLOWERS, KYGO, ATMOSPHERE, TWENTY ONE PILOTS, KNIFE PARTY, PORTER ROBINSON, THIEVERY CORPORATION, METRIC, AWOLNATION, WALK THE MOON, CARNAGE, RUN THE JEWELS, REBELUTION, MADEON, FUTURE ISLANDS, ROBIN SCHULZ, SOJA, GRIZ, ROYAL BLOOD, GLASS ANIMALS, LINDSEY STIRLING, CLEAN BANDIT, BEST COAST, BADBADNOTGOOD & GHOSTFACE KILLAH, AUDIEN, THE GREEN, TCHAMI, AB-SOUL, AGAINST ME!, SZA, DAN DEACON, MEG MYERS, CLAUDE VONSTROKE, NEW POLITICS, TWO GALLANTS, HALSEY, SHAMIR, CASHMERE CAT, RYN WEAVER, WHAT SO NOT, BIG DATA, THE MAGICIAN, JAUZ, SAINT MOTEL, BØRNS, X AMBASSADORS, KLINGANDE, SALVA, LEIKELI47, THE LONDON SOULS, FELIX JAEHN, KALEO, GIRAFFAGE, ANDRA DAY, MERCER, 4B, NIGHT TERRORS OF 1927, ALESSIA CARA, WAVE RACER, PARADE OF LIGHTS, PEKING DUK, JARED & THE MILL, MIICS, MERCY MUSIC, JILL & JULIA, and an indication that some of that might change. It is advertised as an all-ages event.
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It also comes with an eye-popping price tag: $2,495 for an “ALL IN PASS,” with comparative bargains of $545 for a 3-day VIP, Adv and $595 VIP Gen; it’s $195 for an Early-Bird 3-day GA ticket, $235 (Adv) and $255 (Gen).
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Doors at 2 pm, show starts at 3 pm.
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So, just what does that $2,495 buy? An “ALL IN PASS” is a “3-Day Exclusive access” to the “Artists Lounge," featuring complimentary top-shelf spirits and food from celebrity chefs, “Platinum-only viewing” at main stages, a gift bag, a “weekend host available 24/7,” comp parking, and one (1) comp “Grills & Guitars” pass for a Sep 24 event.
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I really don’t think we have anything more to say about that.


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Sat, Sep 26,
FESTIVAL,
in Riverside Co (Murrieta):
4-5:30 pm Annual “MURRIETA LOBSTER FESTIVAL” in Town Square Park, Jefferson Av & Kalmia St, downtown Murrieta.
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This one is new to us. We know that the excellent BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO plays Creole-centered Cajun-Creole-Zydeco – featuring the squeezebox and rub-board – for listening and dancing, 4-5:30 pm. More on the band at www.BonneMusiqueZydeco.com ; Google the event for details and the full lineup.


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Sat, Sep 26,
FESTIVAL,
in OC (Irvine):
Annual “IRVINE GLOBAL VILLAGE FESTIVAL” at Col. Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park, 4 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine 92606; www.cityofirvine.org/globalvillage
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We know that it isn’t totally all “world-mus-icky.” Grammy-noms LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS are perforning.
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Celebrating the 20th anniversary as a globetrotting band, Grammy-noms LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS are the only Americans ever to play the Folk Festival in Palau, among their many accomplishments. Check ’em out, in action, at:
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=llHKUzjggg4 plus, Lisa’s “Chicken Fiddler” video has reached the new Nickelodeon TV show, “React To That!” at: www.nick.com/react-to-that


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Sat, Sep 26,
FESTIVAL,
in Northern California (Santa Rosa):
“EARLEFEST - A CELEBRATION OF AMERICANA MUSIC” is a folk fest that happens in beautiful Santa Rosa, California.


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Sat, Sep 26,
FESTIVAL,
in Kelseyville:
Annual “KELSEYVILLE PEAR FESTIVAL” in a charming, small town up in Lake County, California, promises live music all day, including acoustic and classical guitar, plus antique machinery and of course, fresh-picked fruit and fruit confections. Namely, pears.
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DAVE STAMEY plays the “Kickoff Dinner” the night before (that’s Fri, Sep 25). Dave has won ’purt near every award there is in Western music. Learn about him at: www.davestamey.com
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Complete info: www.pearfestival.com


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Sun, Sep 27,
FESTIVAL,
at the OC Fairgrounds:
Annual “BIG SQUEEZE FESTIVAL,” Southern Cal’s accordion-lovers fest across all folk genres that center tunes on the squeezebox, from concertina to button- to piano- accordion, happens all day at the Orange County Fairgrounds (OC Fair & Events Center), 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa 92626.
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We know that this festival is VERY dancer-friendly, and we know the excellent BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO plays Creole-centered Cajun-Creole-Zydeco – featuring the squeezebox and rub-board – for listening and dancing, Noon-12:45 pm. More on the band at www.BonneMusiqueZydeco.com ; Google the event for details and the full lineup.


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Thu-Sun, Oct 1-4,
FESTIVAL,
in Colorado:
Annual “DURANGO COWBOY POETRY GATHERING” brings a big time annual fete of Western Music and Cowboy Poets and history-as-entertainment, and it all fills multiple venues in Durango, Colorado – that mountain town best known as the lower terminus of the world-famous narrow gauge steam railroad to high-up Silverton.
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There are trail rides, train rides, concerts, programs with book authors and historians, everything from cozy indoors to hands-on outdoors with reins in your hands, beholding the sites of a lot of history. French fur trappers were here. Butch Cassidy passed this way. So do William Jackson Palmer and his Denver & Rio Grand three-foot-gauge “Mainline through the Rockies.” It’s absolutely the right place to do this, and they take full advantage of what the area has to offer.
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This is “A celebration of the rich culture and heritage of the American cowboy ~ The Gathering is an exciting, fun-filled event with evening performances and Saturday daytime sessions. Poets and musicians from throughout the country grace our intimate stage at The Strater Theater, performing classic and contemporary poems and songs that will bring tears to your eyes and keep you in stitches.”
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The featured opening night concert is “AN EVENING WITH DAVE STAMEY, “ Oct 1. Dave has won ’purt near every award there is in Western music. Learn about him at: www.davestamey.com
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Tix for some events are selling-out already. Check it out at:
www.durangocowboypoetrygathering.org


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Thu-Sun, Oct 1-4,
FESTIVAL,
in North Carolina:
“DO DA JAM FESTIVAL” is a bluegrass fest in Cashiers, North Carolina.


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Thu-Sun, Oct 1-4,
FESTIVAL,
in South Carolina:
“MOONSHINERS REUNION AND MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL” happens without the revenuers in Campobello, South Carolina.


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Sat & Sun, Oct 3 & 4,
FREE FESTIVAL,
in City of Industry:
3-7 pm “TICKET TO THE TWENTIES” at the Homestead Museum, 15415 E Don Julian Rd, City of Industry 91745; 626-968-8492; www.homesteadmuseum.org
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This is FREE; it runs from 3 to 7 pm, both days. Dig out your glad rags — seriously, 1920s dress is encouraged, and you’ll have more fun – and plan to go both days, because the bands are different. Celebrate the Roaring Twenties as you enjoy music, dancing, silent films, crafts, historic house tours, games, demonstrations, and more. They do a fine job with this, in every aspect, and antique car clubs bring automobiles, tractors, and other machines from the ’20s and earlier.
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MUSICAL LINEUP...
(a rare chance to see any / all these groups perform without having to buy a ticket)
Saturday:
♪ DEAN MORA & HIS MODERN RHYTHMISTS
♪ IAN WHITCOMB AND HIS BUNGALOW BOYS
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Sunday:
♪ JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOR BOYS
♪ THE NIGHT BLOOMING JAZZMEN
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It’s all free, but bring spending money for food and shopping (there are always some really unique items and unique vendors you won’t find at other festivals). Prohibition is strictly enforced. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. No pets allowed – only certified service animals permitted.
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Please note: In the event of rain, the festival will be canceled.


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Fri-Sun, Oct 9-11,
FESTIVAL,
in Louisiana:
Annual “FESTIVALS ACADIENS” in Lafayette, LA. Info at www.festivalsacadiens.com includes discount room rates at Ramada Inn, Lafayette, if you book early.


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Fri-Sun, Oct 9-11,
FESTIVAL,
in Afghanistan:
Annual “TENNESSEE FALL HOMECOMING” supposedly takes place in “Clinton, Afghanistan.”


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Sat, Oct 10,
FESTIVAL,
in OC (Costa Mesa):
9 am-8 pm 21st annual “HARVEST FESTIVAL OF DULCIMERS” presented by Southern California Dulcimer Heritage (SCDH) is a quality event and lots of fun even if you do not play the dulcimer. It brings concerts by prominent artists flown-in to teach and headline, plus talented local players of both kinds of dulcimer – hammered and mountain (lap) dulcimer. Location has changed this year to Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 2850 Fairview Rd, Costa Mesa 92626. (Fairview exit off 405 freeway. Corner of Adams & Fairview, across from Orange Coast College and near Costa Mesa HS, OC Fairgrounds & 55 fwy.)
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Featured Artists are:
♪ JODY MARSHALL, Hammered Dulcimer
♪ BING FUTCH, Fretted Dulcimer
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Each featured artist does a four-hour focus workshop on Oct 11, 9:30 am-1:30 pm.
√ The Oct 11 Hammered Dulcimer workshop is at Island Bazaar in Huntington Beach.
√ The Oct 11 Mountain Dulcimer workshop is at a private home in Downey.
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At the festival, there are workshops on tracks all day for hammered and fretted dulcimers, for players of all levels, with eight instructors. The workshops at the festival include:
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√ Banjo Styles - Fretted & Banjo Dulcimers
√ Bowed Psaltery (loaners available)
√ Guitar Accompaniment for Irish Music in Standard Tuning
√ “How Can I Keep from Singing”
√ Intro. to Finale & TablEdit Software
√ Piano / Keyboard Accompaniment for Trad. Music
√ Singing in Harmony with Your Instrument
√ Try Out Fretted Dulcimers (reserve loaners)
√ Ukulele 101
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Free jamming all day is a highlight when you’re not busy, and the Free Mid-day concert – open to the public without festival registration – features performances by regional dulcimer and jam groups. There’s also a free workshop on jamming.
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The “Community Jam Evening Concert” requires an extra ticket, and the performers are JOELLEN LAPIDUS, BING FUTCH, and JODY MARSHALL with LOONEY’S FORTUNE.
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Advance tix / festival registration is available through Sep 1st and offers a considerable discount. That, and more info, are at:
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www.scdh.org


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Sat & Sun, Oct 11,
FESTIVAL,
in Ventura:
Annual “SEASIDE HIGHLAND GAMES” is always a good one, this year with performances by the TANNAHILL WEAVERS, CELTIC SPRING, THE ANGRY BRIANS, GOLDEN BOUGH, HIGHLAND WAY, and more, at Seaside Park in the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W Harbor Bl, Ventura 93001.


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Sun, Oct 11,
FESTIVAL,
in Santa Barbara Co (Goleta):
10 am-5 pm Annual “GOLETA OLD-TIME FIDDLERS' CONVENTION & FESTIVAL” brings performances by the VENTUCKY STRING BAND, THE KATHY KALLICK BAND, FRONT COUNTRY, and more, at the Stow House Museum, 304 N Los Carneros Rd, Goleta 93117.


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Sat & Sun, Oct 24 & 25,
FESTIVAL,
in Tennessee:
40th “MOUNTAIN MAKINS” is an annual folk festival in Morristown, Tennessee.


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Fri-Sun, Nov 12-14,
FESTIVAL,
in Florida:
Seventh Annual “NATIVE RHYTHMS FESTIVAL” self-identifies as a folk festival in Melbourne, Florida.


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Sat & Sun, Nov 13 & 14,
FESTIVAL,
in Ohio:
“SOUTHERN OHIO INDOOR MUSIC FESTIVAL” is heavy on bluegrass, in Wilmington, Ohio.


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Fri-Sun, Dec 10-12,
FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE,
in L.A.:
2nd annual "YOUBLOOM L.A. MUSIC FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE" with the 2015 conference portion of the event scheduled during the day Dec 12 at the Highland Park Ebell Club, and the music venues (all three days / nights) to be situated in the NELA area of Los Angeles including Highland Park, South Pasadena, and Pasadena. Speakers for the conference will be announced in the coming months.
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Dublin, Ireland, has seen two annual "Youbloom Festival & Conference" and L.A. gets its second in December (the first US event was in November here last year). The northeast Los Angeles event will bring "three full days of entertainment, industry enlightenment, and more."
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Last year, performances filled five venues in Highland Park and Pasadena, hosting more than 60 bands from 11 countries around the world, including those from L.A. and across the US, for "a rockin’ 3 days/nights of live music and learning."
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The inaugural 2014 conferences in L.A. and Ireland hosted top-selling artists and professional music industry suits. That would suggest this year will be very worth attending.
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Find all details as they become available at:
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www.youbloom.com/la-2015


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Thu-Sun, Jan 21-24,
MUSIC CONFERENCE /
TRADE SHOW,
in Anaheim:
The 2016 “NAMM SHOW” is the music industry’s biggest annual trade show, music conference, and gathering of music retailers with manufactures and endorsed musicians who very notably perform. It features opportunities for music educators, school administrators, college students, and NAMM Foundation Partners to attend, learn and connect with the music products industry. People in all those categories will be able to register for badges and reserve hotel rooms starting September 30, 2015. Mark your calendar and plan ahead, so you’ll have all your information ready to reserve your room. As the promo proclaims, “The music begins at The NAMM Show — and for that reason, it attracts the world's most powerful buyers.”
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The basics...
NAMM completely takes-over the Anaheim Convention Center and all the meeting and convention spaces in the surrounding hotels. The Convention Center is located at 800 W Katella Av, Anaheim, CA 92802.
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The daily schedules are:
√ Thursday, Jan 21, 10 am–6 pm
√ Friday, Jan 22, 10 am–6 pm
√ Saturday, Jan 23, 10 am–6 pm
√ Sunday, Jan 24, 10 am–5 pm
√ Hall E and Level 2 open at 9:30 am
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Information on the 2016 NAMM Show grows rather regularly at:

https://www.namm.org/thenammshow/2016

Let’s note that playing the NAMM Show really does mean “playing THE NAMM SHOW.” As in, going through the process outlined above, becoming part of the music industry’s most celebrated scene, and enjoying the enhanced credibility that brings. We add that because every year we are surprised by who is sponsoring an event at NAMM, or by who is trying to lure us away from the Big Show to a concurrent show of their own. And well, that’s a happy surprise when it’s one of the first case. And it’s often rolling our eyes in surprise at the second case; that includes wondering how anyone doing an unaffiliated performance expects the NAMM crowd to leave expensive parking to drive to their guerrilla show, then hope to find a space in the garage (and pay again) back at the NAMM Show.

It may help to know that NAMM has a simple and clear policy about such things. Here it is:

“Planning to host an event at the NAMM Show? This is just a friendly reminder that when creating and promoting your event during NAMM in and around Anaheim, there are a couple of rules to follow.

√ “Events taking place at an Anaheim venue are only approved for use by NAMM member companies.

√ “The use of the NAMM name, logo, and/or font in the title of your event is prohibited. The NAMM name may be used in your promotion only to reference that your event is occurring during the dates of NAMM show. This will ensure everybody is clear about who is producing the event. All NAMM produced events take place at the Anaheim Convention Center, Grand Plaza, and Hilton or Marriott. Other events are not official NAMM events and should not be promoted as such.

√ “If NAMM is mentioned anywhere in the promotion, please add “Event produced by XYZ company and NAMM has no affiliation with or liability for this event.”

Keep this link handy for reference as you dream and scheme...

https://www.namm.org/thenammshow/2016/articles/important-information-about-namm-show-events

And waste no time applying to do a gen-you-wine, officially-sanctioned NAMM SHOW performance.



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“Hot” alerts! These are only here briefly, then listings move to appropriate categories.

IN THIS EDITION – TEN HOT TICKET ALERTS...

The first three listings are all at the GRAMMY Museum and tix go on-sale at the same time: Noon, Thu, Sep 4...

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# 1 HOT ALERT...

Sun, Sep 27, in L.A.:
7:30 pm “AN EVENING WITH LOS LOBOS” with special guest CHRIS MORRIS, author of “Los Lobos: Dream In Blue,” at the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theatre, 800 W Olympic Bl, L.A. 90015; 213-765-6803; www.grammymuseum.org
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GRAMMY-and Latin GRAMMY-winning Mexican-American band LOS LOBOS do an intimate performance and discussion surrounding their new album “Gates Of Gold,” hosted by GRAMMY Foundation Vice President Scott Goldman. The discussion also features music journalist Chris Morris, author of the forthcoming first book to trace the band's career, “Los Lobos: Dream In Blue.” Expect this to sell-out very quickly.
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Tix: general on-sale starts Thu, Sep 3, at noon, by phone and online.

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# 2 HOT ALERT...

Mon, Sep 28, in L.A.:
8 pm “AN EVENING WITH BRYAN ADAMS” at the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theatre, 800 W Olympic Bl, L.A. 90015; 213-765-6803; www.grammymuseum.org
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In a career that has spanned more than four decades, GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter BRYAN ADAMS has sold more than 65 million albums worldwide and garnered 21 Top 10 hits. Now, with more than three decades of albums under his belt, Adams is set to release his 13th studio album, “Get Up,” on October 16, produced by famed ELO frontman JEFF LYNNE. Adams will do an intimate performance and discuss his new album.
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Tix: general on-sale starts Thu, Sep 3, at noon, by phone and online.

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Tue, Sep 29, in L.A.:
8 pm “THE DROP: AMY HELM,” at the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theatre, 800 W Olympic Bl, L.A. 90015; 213-765-6803; www.grammymuseum.org
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AMY HELM, daughter of the late LEVON HELM, comes to the museum’s record-release series, “The Drop,” for an intimate discussion surrounding her debut solo album, moderated by GRAMMY Foundation Vice President Scott Goldman, followed by a performance.
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Tix: general on-sale starts Thu, Sep 3, at noon, by phone and online.

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# 4 HOT ALERT...

Mon, Sept 28, in L.A.:
8 pm EMMYLOU HARRIS & RODNEY CROWELL play the El Rey, 5515 Wilshire Bl, L.A. 90036; 323-936-6400. Presented by Goldenvoice.

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# 5 HOT ALERT...

√ WIN TICKETS to see THE WHO with JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS
live Sep 21 in Los Angeles at The Staples Center!
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AMOEBA MUSIC is giving-away a pair of tix. Contest ends Sep 9, 2015. One entry per person. No purchase necessary.
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Enter the contest (and see the additional ticket info) at:
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http://www.amoeba.com/news-contests/contest-485/index.html
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Concert is at Staples Center, 1111 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles 90015.

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√ A “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
(word of this show was received from Scotland, Sat morning, Aug 22)
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Mon, Oct 12, in Altadena:
8 pm Scotland’s TANNAHILL WEAVERS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake, Altadena. Reservations by phone only (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) at 626-798-6236.
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Bob Stane hasn’t yet announced this show. Jump on it before it sells-out.
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The TANNAHILL WEAVERS are one of Scotland's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, original ballads and lullabies, and humorous tales of life in Scotland. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better...yet continue to do just that.
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Born of a session in Paisley, Scotland and named for the town's historic weaving industry and local poet laureate ROBERT TANNAHILL, the group has made an international name for its special brand of Scottish music, blending the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms. Over the years “The Tannies” have been trailblazers for Scottish music, and their tight harmonies and powerful, inventive arrangements have won them fans from beyond the folk and Celtic music scenes – their versatile piper LORNE MacDOUGALL arranged and performed for for the 2012 Disney Pixar movie "Brave" under the leadership of PATRICK DOYLE, and for Dreamworks’ “How to Train Your Dragon 2." They are firmly established as one of the premier groups on the concert stage; from reflective ballads to footstomping reels and jigs,the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.
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"An especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new." -New York Times.
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“These guys are a bunch of heroes every time they go on tour in the states.” - Garrison Keillor,A Prairie Home Companion.
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“…their great humour and superb musicianship make them one of the finest bands on the circuit.” - Rogue Folk Review.
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“The music may be pure old time Celtic,but the drive and enthusiasm are akin to straight ahead rock and roll.” -Winnipeg Free Press.
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More at: www.tannahillweavers.com

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# 7 HOT ALERT...

Oct 10, in Santa Barbara:
6:30 pm NEIL YOUNG, plus PROMISE OF THE REAL, plays the Santa Barbara Bowl.
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Tix went on sale Fri, Aug 21, at 10 am, at:
http://m.ticketmaster.com/event/09004F11FE8C6A1C?brand=nederlanderla&camefrom=cfc_ndrcon_ned_Aug19

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# 8 HOT ALERT...

Mon, Sep 21, at USC:
7:30 pm “HYBRID VISIONS, ANXIOUS OBJECTS: THE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS OF KEN BUTLER” is part of the “VISIONS AND VOICES” series at USC, this one in the Alfred Newman Recital Hall on the University Park Campus adjacent to Exposition Park in L.A. Admission is free and open to everyone, but reservations are required, and these events fill-up. RSVP online beginning Mon, Aug 31, at 9 am, at: visionsandvoices@usc.edu
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Called “ceaselessly inventive” by the New York Times, visionary composer and performer KEN BUTLER turns everyday things into wondrous musical instruments, illuminating and transforming our ideas of common and uncommon objects, sounds and silence. “Butler can play anything from umbrellas to power tools,” wrote a Village Voice critic. And not only can he play any object, he can play it virtuosically and energetically, thrilling audiences with inventiveness and melody. Butler will bring some of his extraordinary hybrid instruments to USC for a performance and discussion, followed by an opportunity for the audience to play these unique and exciting instruments. Organized by Karen Koblitz (Art and Design) and Veronika Krausas (Music). This will truly be wondrous. Or at least waaay cool. More on the event and the series at: www.visionsandvoices.usc.edu

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# 9 HOT ALERT...

“THE GLOAMING: A VISIONS AND VOICES SIGNATURE” Event Fri, Oct 2, at 7:30 pm. Pre-show Conversation, then the concert is at 8 pm. On the University Park Campus at USC, adjacent to Exposition Park in L.A. Concert Admission is free and open to everyone, but reservations are required, and these events fill-up. RSVP online beginning Thu, Sep 3, at 9 am, at: visionsandvoices@usc.edu
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THE GLOAMING, the Irish-music supergroup created a 2014 self-titled debut album that thrilled critics and audiences alike, landing on “best of the year” lists around the world. IARLA Ó LIONÁIRD, MARTIN HAYES, CAOIMHÍN Ó RAGHALLAIGH, DENNIS CAHILL, and THOMAS BARTLETT a.k.a. DOVEMAN. The latter is a sean-nós singer, the rest comprise two fiddlers, a guitarist, and a pianist. And together they reinvigorate an ancient musical tradition with thoroughly modern innovation. With lyrics drawn from historic and contemporary Irish literature, THE GLOAMING reworks Irish music while remaining faithfully connected to its roots. By turns rousing and ethereal, THE GLOAMING offers “a staggering display of both emotion and virtuosity” – The Guardian.
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Prior to the performance, JOANNA DEMERS, associate professor in the USC Thornton School of Music, hosts a pre-show conversation with MARTIN HAYES. More on the event and the series at: www.visionsandvoices.usc.edu

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# 10 HOT ALERT...

Fri, Sep 4:
3 & 8 pm THE LIMELITERS plus THE HONEY LU-LUS play a pair of shows at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; reservations 626-798-6236 (10 am-10 pm); venue phone 626-398-7917; info & current schedule: www.coffeegallery.com
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Selling out fast. Act immediately.



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6) THE L.A. REGION’S CURRENT MUSIC SCENE
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The venues that deliver regularly and reliably, and who’s performing there now...

Nightly, in Altadena:
8 pm weeknights, 7 pm weekends AN AMERICANA / BLUEGRASS / BLUES / SINGER-SONGWRITER / BAND / or AMAZING INSTRUMENTALIST plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; reservations 626-798-6236 (10 am-10 pm); venue phone 626-398-7917; info & current schedule: www.coffeegallery.com
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Widely acclaimed as the intimate venue with the best sound and stage lighting in all of L.A. Tix generally range from $15 to $20, depending on the show. Make reservations to avoid disappointment.
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Who’s there this week (and a ways beyond):
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♪ Fri, Sep 4: (3 & 8 pm) THE LIMELITERS plus THE HONEY LU-LUS.
♪ Sat, Sep 5: RATTLE THE KNEE.
♪ Tue, Sep 8: DA UKULELE BOYZ.
♪ Thu, Sep 10: HOHLAX TRIO
♪ Fri, Sep 11: BERKLEY HART.
♪ Sun, Sep 13: BERTIE HIGGINS.

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Nightly, in Hollywood:
7 pm FULL LINEUP, mostly acoustic, nightly at the Hotel Café, 1623 N Cahuenga Bl, Hollywood 90028; www.hotelcafe.com; 323-461-2040.
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Here’s who’s there, this week and beyond:
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♪ Sep 1, ANGELA PARRISH’s Record Release Show at 9 pm, Blackbird Days at 10 pm.
♪ Sep 2, “THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION” presents EDDIE BERMAN at 9:30 pm; earlier, ALLISON PIERCE (of THE PIERCES) plays at 8.
Sep 3, KT TUNSTALL at 7 pm, GREAT PEACOCK at 9 pm.
♪ Sep 4, LITTLE RED LUNG at 9 pm
♪ Sep 5, ANDREW LONDON’s Record Release Show at 10; MIDNIGHT DIVIDE’s EP Release at 11 pm; earlier: NAT OSBORN at 7, REAGAN JAMES at 8, TITUS at 9 pm.
♪ Sep 6, for the hardcore rockers: PETE RG at 9 pm headlining with DAVE KRUSEN (formerly of PEARL JAM) and ADAM KURY (of CANDLEBOX).
♪ Sep 9, “THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION” presents EDDIE BERMAN at 9:30 pm; headlining that night, THE LOWEST PAIR.
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Tickets purchased on the venue’s web ticket page are counted for the mentioned artist only; other acts receive no compensation from that ticket sale, so their site says, “Please purchase accordingly.” (Shows that are being presold are not listed on their site’s ticket page.) One ticket is often good for the entire night, but it does not guarantee admission to another sold-out show the same evening. They do not accept credit cards at the door; they do have an ATM. Seating at The Hotel Café is very limited; tables are first come first serve and generally available only for those who order food, unless reserved by a band.
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Venue is 21+ for all patrons.
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Advance tix, more info, at: www.hotelcafe.com

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Nightly, in Burbank:
7-11 pm LIVE AMERICANA / ALT OR TRAD COUNTRY / HONKY TONK on two stages in separate rooms at Cody's Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank 91506.
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Generally all ages. A one-menu-item cover applies. Venue has a full menu & full bar. Park free across the street at Pickwick Bowl (affiliated owners).

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Nightly*, FREE, in SFV (Chatsworth):
8 pm LIVE AMERICANA / ALT OR TRAD COUNTRY / HONKY TONK music nightly *(except Tuesday) at the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166.
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Go early for the free dance lessons at 7:30 pm. This is L.A.’s last real honky-tonk, no cover, full bar, and friendly people who, howdy pardner, all like to dance. The music is sometimes acoustic, sometimes heavy on the pedal steel or the twang, but never that annoying fahke ackscent pop-“country” Nashvulle scene.
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No cover charge, so buy a couple drinks. Every night except Tuesday, they present live music for listening and dancing – unless they’re closed when Hollywood rents the place to shoot a movie or tv show. The place has been in hundreds over the years.
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Here’s the schedule for the coming week:
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♪ Tue, Sep 1st: OPEN, but no band
♪ Wed, Sep 2nd: DEBRA LEE & Trigger Happy
♪ Thu, Sep 3rd: CHRIS JOHNSON & HOLLYWOOD HILLBILLIES
♪ Fri, Sep 4th: J D CRAWFORD
♪ Sat, Sep 5th: GRAND JUCTION
♪ Sun, Sep 6th: ELI LOCKE
♪ Mon, Sep 7th: CHAD WATSON BAND 8:30-9:30 pm, then the TALENT CONTEST with cash prizes 9:30 pm-closing, hosted by CHAD WATSON.

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Nightly, FREE, in Culver City:
9 pm AMERICANA / ALT or TRAD COUNTRY / HONKY TONK MUSIC is a distinct possibility tonight at the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bld, Culver City 90230.
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No cover. Venue is 21+, the size of a postage stamp, and barstool seating is competitive. Still it’s always a fun place.

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Fri & Sat, (sometimes Sundays), in SaMo:
8 pm FOLK- AMERICANA or other live music at McCabe's, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com
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This is a world-famous venue: a music hall behind a guitar store. Many, many stars have played here, and some of their McCabe’s performances are legendary.
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Tix often sell-out well in advance, and range from $10-$39 per show.
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Here’s who’s playing there, this month and beyond:
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♪ Sat, Sep 5: “JOHN STEWART 76TH BIRTHDAY MEMORIAL CONCERT” featuring BUFFY ♪ FORD STEWART and the JOHN STEWART BAND; 8 pm, $25.
♪ Sun, Sep 6: DON HEFFINGTON plus JEFF TURMES, & TROY ZEIGLER; 8 pm, $10.
♪ Fri & Sat, Sep 11 & 12: TOM PAXTON; 8 pm, $38.50.
♪ Fri, Sep 18: FREEBO and his Fabulous Friends (CD Release); 8 pm, $22.50.
♪ Sat, Sep 19: TEDDY THOMPSON; 8 pm, $22.50.
♪ Sun, Sep 20: SAM BAKER; 8 pm; $20.
♪ Fri, Sep 25: WALTER EGAN; 8 pm, $20.
♪ Sat, Sep 26: DAN BERN; 8 pm, $16.
♪ Sun, Sep 27: BRAD COLERICK; 8 pm, $15.
♪ Fri, Oct 2: JIM WHITE VS THE PACKWAY HANDLE BAND; 8 pm, $20.
♪ Fri, Oct 9: RAY WYLIE HUBBARD; 8 pm, $20.
♪ Fri, Nov 6: JEFFREY FOUCAULT; 8 pm, $20.

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Fri & Sat, in SGV (Arcadia):
7-11:30 pm A NATIONAL HEADLINING BLUES ARTIST OR BAND, plus excellent house band BOBBY BLUEHOUSE, play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr (just E of Santa Anita Av), Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com
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Doors at 7 pm. Venue has good food (generous portions), full bar, pool tables. Substantial discount for tix bought in advance online. Fun place, but bring earplugs. Seriously.
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Here’s the upcoming schedule:
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BB CHUNG KING AND THE BUDDAHEADS, Sep 11.
“A Great Night West Coast Blues” with THE MIGHTY MOJO PROHETS, HENRY CARVAJAL, SAN PEDRO SLIM, Sep 12.
HUNTER & THE DIRTY JACKS, Sep 18.
SPENCER DAVIS GROUP, Sep 19.

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Chronological listings... recommendations & “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” picks; music & arts.

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Tuesday, September 1
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Sep 1, in Venice:
7:30-9:30 pm ANNMARIE SOUL, JAYA LAKSHMI, and ANANDA play the Full Circle Venice, 305 Rose Av, Venice 90291: 310-452-2201; www.fullcirclevenice.com

www.fullcirclevenice.org/event/jaya-lakshmi-and-ananda-with-special-guests-masood-ali-khan-and-annmarie-soul/

Annmarie tells us, "I'm honored to be sharing a few songs, as well as sing with them during the evening. For those of you who love sacred music, this night will be elevated and divine! Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda have so much heart and are truly some of my favorite artists."
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It’s a chance to “Join mantra recording artists Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda with special guests Masood Ali Khan and Annmarie Soul for a phenomenal night of chanting, heart opening and healing. Both Masood and Annmarie will offer a few songs as well as support Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda.”
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More info & tix at: www.JayaLakshmiAndAnanda.com.
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More info at: www.annmariesoul.com
And at:
www.fullcirclevenice.org/event/jaya-lakshmi-and-ananda-with-special-guests-masood-ali-khan-and-annmarie-soul/


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Wed, Sep 2, FREE, in Burbank:
9-11:45 pm ORQUESTRA CHARANGOA plays Joe's Great American Bar & Grill, 4311 Magnolia Bl, Burbank 91505.
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No cover. Venue has full bar and food.


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Fri, Sep 4, in Altadena:
3 pm & 8 pm THE LIMELITERS plus THE HONEY-LULUS play an unusual small-venue show for each group, at the excellent Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675: reservations a must, 10 am-10 pm daily, at 626-798-6236.

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Fri, Sep 4, in San Diego Co (Poway):
7:30 pm ERIC FREEMAN and JEFFREY JOE play the “San Diego Folk Heritage” concert series at Templars Hall in Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd, Poway 92064; 858-566-4040.

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Fri, Sep 4, FREE, in Pasadena:
8 pm LEFTOVER CUTIES play the FREE summer series at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Pasadena, 85 E Holly St, Pasadena 91103; 626-683-3230.

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√ A Guide “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
...and BEST ROAD-TRIP OF THE YEAR for a CONCERT...
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Fri, Sep 4, in Nor Cal (Santa Cruz):
(Time tba) “VALLEY OF THE MOON FIDDLE EXTRAVAGANZA SCOTLAND — SWEDEN — IRELAND,” with an all-star cast and a 150-piece orchestra(!) at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz 95060; 831-420-5260; www.cityofsantacruz.com/departments/parks-recreation/community-facilities/civic-auditorium
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This is enabled because the teaching staff for the “VALLEY OF THE MOON” Fiddle Camp sticks-around to do this concert with the students as the orchestra.
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Just look who’s performing...
FIDDLE:
♪ Alasdair Fraser
♪ Anders Hall
♪ Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh
♪ Hanneke Cassel
♪ Deby Grosjean
♪ Laura Risk
♪ Janette Duncan
♪ Ryan MaKasson
♪ Brittany Haas
♪ Galen Fraser
♪ Laura Cortese
♪ Ethan Lewis
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GUITAR:
♪ Adam Johansson
♪ Colin Cotter
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CELLO:
♪ Natalie Haas
♪ Mike Block
♪ Rushad Eggleston
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DANCE:
♪ Nic Gareiss
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SONG:
♪ Moira Smiley
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PERCUSSION:
♪ Jens Linell
♪ Clay Ross
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PIANO:
♪ Cali McKasson
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PLUS
♪ The 150-strong “VALLEY OF THE MOON VILLAGE ORCHESTRA.”
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Tickets...
Box Office: 831-420-5260.
Tix also available from
https://www.santacruztickets.com
and
www.eventful.com
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ALSO, IF YOU’RE GOING, check the “LABOR DAY WEEKEND FESTIVALS” section for all the details on the Sesquicentennial (that’s the 150th annual!) “SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GATHERING & GAMES” happening Sat & Sun, Sep 5 & 6, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. If you’re driving to Northern Cal, it would be nutso not to do it all.

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Fri-Sun, Sep 4-27, in Pomona:
93rd annual “LOS ANGELES COUNTY FAIR” at Fairplex, 1101 W McKinley Av, Pomona 91768.
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This annual fete is a major Southern California family tradition with big time concert headliners and plenty more live music by non-famous musicians and bands throughout the enormous fairgrounds. Like the other major fairs – OC Ventura, San Diego County – this one includes all the concerts with gate admission.
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The Guide is preparing the same kind of complete concert coverage that we brought our readers for the just-ended Orange County Fair and Ventura County Fair.
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The event starts Labor Day weekend and runs through the month of September with something for everyone — themed attractions, a carnival midway, concerts, FairKids Field Trips, community events, wine tasting, horse racing, shopping, and that iconic Fair food.


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√ A “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
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Sat Sep 5, in Ventura:
7:30 pm Grammy-noms LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS play the prestigious “OLIVAS ADOBE CONCERT SERIES” at the historic Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Dr, Ventura 92002.
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GET TIX EARLY or you’ll find it sold-out: www.cityofventura.net/mus
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Celebrating the 20th anniversary as a globetrotting band, Grammy-noms LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS are the only Americans ever to play the Folk Festival in Palau, among their many accomplishments. Check ’em out, in action, at:
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=llHKUzjggg4 plus, Lisa’s “Chicken Fiddler” video has reached the new Nickelodeon TV show, “React To That!” at: www.nick.com/react-to-that

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Sat, Sep 5, atop SFV:
Noon & 2 pm HEIDI SWEDBERG & THE SUKEY JUMP BAND plays today for the Saturday & Sunday summer “Americana Series” as it winds-down at the Skirball Cultural Center, atop Sepulveda Pass just off the 405 freeway, at 2701 N Sepulveda Bl, Los Angeles 90049; 310-440-4578.

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Sat, Sep 5, in SaMo:
8 pm BUFFY FORD STEWART and THE JOHN STEWART BAND – the traveling combo that’s keeping the late musician’s legacy going, plays a concert for “John Stewart’s 76th Birthday Memorial” at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497.

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Sat, Sep 5, in Griffith Park (L.A. side):
8 pm THE GIPSY KINGS featuring NICOLAS REYES & TONINO BALIARDO play the Greek Theatre, 2700 N Vermont Av, Griffith Park, Los Angeles 90027; 213-480-3232.


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Wed, Sep 9, in San Diego:
7:30 pm JOHN HIATT & THE COMBO plus THE TAJ MAHAL TRIO plays the Balboa Theatre, 868 4th Av, San Diego 92101; 619-570-1100.


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Thu, Sep 10,
FREE FILM SCREENING,
In Pasadena:
7 pm “ADAPTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE’S DEVASTATING IMPACT ON GLOBAL WEATHER” is the program this month by “The Conscious Projector” organization at the Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N Raymond, Old Pasadena.
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The surge in recent years of extreme weather events linked to climate change is unprecedented in our lifetime. Canadian filmmaker MELANIE WOOD captures this alarming trend in her important new documentary, “WEATHER GONE WILD,” this month’s Conscientious Projector feature. The Dreamfilm Productions project for CBC-TV visits various cities around the world to highlight the many vital and winning efforts to adapt to the damage that climate change has already wrought and to prepare for destructive patterns yet to come. The program includes two short films on the work of Citizens Climate Lobby, a national grassroots advocacy organization, which has made significant inroads in legislation, activism and education to effect change and raise public awareness on climate realities.
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Robert Haw of the Pasadena-Foothills CCL chapter facilitates a community discussion following the films. Other local climate scientists and activists dedicated to making significant climate policy change will also be in attendance.
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Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

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√ A “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
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Thu, Sep 10, in Bev Hills:
8 pm JOHN HIATT & THE COMBO plus THE TAJ MAHAL TRIO play the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills.
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Tix at www.canyonclub.net or 888-645-5006.

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√ A “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
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Thu, Sep 10, in Nor Cal:
7th Annual "BILL MONROE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION" brings performances by LAURIE LEWIS & the Right Hands (Tom Rozum, Chad Manning, Patrick Sauber, Max Schwartz), plus David Grier, Molly Tuttle, Butch Waller, Kathy Kallick, and MC Chuck Poling, at the world famous Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley; 510-644-2020.
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Grammy-winner LAURIE LEWIS tells us, "We'll wallow in the repertoire and tales of the Father of Bluegrass Music."
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She continues, "This September 13 will mark the 104th anniversary of the birth of Bill Monroe, the Father of bluegrass music. For the last 6 years we have been celebrating this momentous occasion with a special concert at the Freight and Salvage, reveling in the rich repertoire and the stories about this American original. This year, Laurie and the Right Hands will be joined by Nashville-based guitarist extraordinaire DAVID GRIER, the Bay Area's own Monroe-style mandovangelist BUTCH WALLER, the one and only KATHY KALLIC, and phenomenal young talent MOLLY TUTTLE."
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This "Grand Ole Opry"-style show promises to be one of the great bluegrass shows of the year at the Freight and Salvage. The always-fashionable CHUCK POLING will be serving as the master of ceremonies and storytelling.
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Call the venue for a ticket if you know you can be there.


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Friday, September 11
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Fri, Sep 11, in Tehachapi:
7 pm BERKLEY HART, the superb San Diego-based duo, plays Fiddler's Crossing, 206 East F St, Tehachapi 93561; 661-823-9994.

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Fri, Sep 11, in VC (Newbury Park):
7:30 pm “FIRESIDE CONCERT SERIES” brings back their annual triple-header of TRACY NEWMAN & THE REINFORCEMENTS, the TOM CORBETT TRIO, and JOHN ZIPPERER & FRIENDS, to the Borchard Community Center, 190 Reino Rd (at Reino), Newbury Park.
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Here’s some info on these locally acclaimed acts...
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TOM CORBETT TRIO with BILL KNOPF and MIKE MULLINS. With years of instrumental accomplishments on mandolin and guitar, on stage, teaching, recording and studio work, Tom Corbett has accompanied numerous other artists including singer Jennifer Warnes. Tom played with Disneyland’s Bluegrass Band, with the Acousticats, and music luminaries that include John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), and Billy Ray Lathum (Kentucky Colonels). Tom has 3 CDs to his credit. Read about his records and more at: www.tomcorbett.net
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BILL KNOPF is an acknowledged grand master on the banjo. Bill has written over 20 instructional books, recorded six banjo albums including “Begin the Beguine.” He has toured with Donna Douglas who played Elly May Clampet on “The Beverly Hillbillies,” and with Doc Severinsen’s Las Vegas Show. His great banjo licks could be heard on the “Dukes of Hazzard” TV series. Check out his career at: www.billknopf.com
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MIKE MULLINS is one of the West’s great guitar flatpickers. Mike is also an expert on the mandolin, and he has written instructional manuals and DVDs on both instruments. He is a member of a two well-known groups: THE CACHE VALLEY DRIFTERS and THE HAY DUDES. You can find plenty about him at: http://haydudes.com
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JOHN ZIPPERER & FRIENDS. Enter the room a stranger and instantly find yourself another one of John Zipperer’s friends. Known for his upbeat spin on Acoustic Americana Music, John and his band have entertained folks across the country with witty lyrics and touching tunes. After years of working as a musician and instructor at the world renowned Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA, playing with greats such as Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge), Dave Sutton (Lucinda Williams, Melissa Etheridge), Doan Perry (Jethro Tull), John began working as a Hollywood actor / stuntman. Eventually he returned his creative roots, working as a singer-songwriter, inspiring the title song of his first CD, “Full Circle.” There’s plenty more at: www.johnzipperer.com
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TRACY NEWMAN & THE REINFORCEMENTS: How do you get to be the youngest member ever of the New Christy Minstrels? We’ll need to back-up a ways. Tracy grew up in Los Angeles where she co-founded the famous “Groundlings” with her famous comedic sister Laraine Newman (original SNL cast). Even before that, Tracy started playing guitar at age 14, usually sitting on the diving board of her family’s pool, strumming for hours each day. In the early ’70s, she joined an improv class taught by Gary Austin, which soon became The Groundlings – with Tracy as a founding member. Besides performing, she taught and directed. It was at the Groundlings that Tracy met her future TV writing partner, Jonathan Stark. Their first staff job was on “Cheers,” followed by “Bob” (Bob Newhart,) “The Nanny,” “Ellen” and “The Drew Carey Show.” In 1997, Newman and Stark won an Emmy and Peabody Award for writing the groundbreaking “coming out” episode of “Ellen.” In 2001, they created the ABC comedy, "According to Jim," which ran for eight seasons. Tracy wrote songs through all of those Hollywood successes and stresses, many of which were featured in those TV shows. Now she’s performing her music full-time. She has two CDs out: “A Place in the Sun” and “I Just See You.” The Reinforcements are Gene Lippmann, John Cartwright, Doug Knoll and Paula Fong. Read all about Tracy and her gang at: www.tracynewman.com
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Hosted by Bob Kroll, sponsored by Conejo Recreation & Park District (Patti Ricketts, Recreation Coordinator).
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Tix, $10 at the door; adults only – no children admitted.

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Fri, Sep 11, in San Diego Co (National City):
7:30 pm UKULELE FRIENDS with BRYAN TOLENTINO, HERB OHTA, JR., HALEHAKU SEABURY, and CHRISTINA “KAMAILELAULI’L” WONG, play the “AMSD Concerts” series in the Laura R. Charles Theater at Sweetwater High School, 2900 Highland Av, National City 91950.

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Fri, Sep 11, in SaMo:
8 pm TOM PAXTON the folk great, plays McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497.
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This will sell-out pronto, so act accordingly.

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Fri, Sep 11, in SGV (Covina):
8 pm DOUG MacLEOD, acoustic blues multiple top award winner and endorsed artist by National Steel Guitar, plays the Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina 91723; 626-339-7020.
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Fri, Sep 11, in Culver City:
8 pm PHIL BOROFF & EVAN MARSHALL play Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City 90230; 310-398-2583.
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EVAN MARSHALL is one of the great fiddle and mandolin players of our time. Or any time.

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Fri, Sep 11, FREE, in Pasadena:
8 pm THE KOLES, a melodic and happily harmonic family band originally from Canada, play the FREE summer concert series at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Memorial Park, 85 E Holly St, Pasadena 91103; 626-683-3230.

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Fri, Sep 11, in Culver City:
8 pm “THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER,” the delightful show by JIM CURRY, at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City 90230; 310-398-2583.


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Saturday, September 12
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Sat, Sep 12, FREE, in OC (Orange):
9 am-1 pm WIMBERLEY BLUEGRASS BAND plays the "Orange Homegrown Farmers & Artisans Market," 304 N Cypress St, Orange.

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Sat, Sep 12,
BENEFIT CONCERT,
in Redlands:
5 pm JIM CURRY and Band present "THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER" in a BENEFIT CONCERT in the iconic Memorial Chapel on campus at the University of Redlands.
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This is a unique opportunity to enjoy a tribute to the music of a legend while supporting the "Citrograph Foundation," which provides scholarships to local University students majoring in music, business and graphic design.
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Tix — regular concert:
www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=26f80151a7af1bb3968bc9238faa7f97
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Tix — "VIP Experience:"
www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=94005a860735bd1bc73a4a66ef619ebd
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When testimonials come for a tribute artist from renowned musicians who were in a deceased star's band, that's a big deal:
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"It was a real trip down memory lane. ... Jim Curry was over there sounding like John Denver. A couple of times I closed my eyes and went back 15 years. It was strange and cool at the same time." — Pete Huttlinger, played guitar for John Denver, Nashville, TN
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"I know beyond doubt that I want to join your show whenever I can. You guys exhibited nothing but big league leadership & Professionalism." — Steve Weisberg, John Denver band member and songwriter, Dallas, TX.
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"As John Denver's former drummer and percussionist, working with Jim Curry has kept alive for me how it was playing with John. Jim has stayed true to John’s music and vision. It is a pleasure working with Jim and Anne Curry." — Richie Gajate Garcia, John Denver's Percussionist.
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PRESS...
"Curry makes you feel as if you are visiting him in his living room and his band shares the same warmth, which rolls out into the crowd…" — Michelle Mills, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.
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More info at: www.jimcurrymusic.com

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Sat, Sep 12, in San Pedro:
8 pm “TRIBUTE TO THE LAST WALTZ,” a special production by ANDY & RENEE and HARD RAIN & Friends, at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731.
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With their band HARD RAIN and special guests, ANDY & RENEE recreate a live performance of The Band's legendary “Last Waltz” concert. Their shows here sell-out, even when they are NOT doing anything “special,” because they are that good and that known in the area.
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Southbay's favorite Americana roots-rockers, Andy & Renee tour extensively as a duo or with their band, Hard Rain. Their original music shows their passion for the founding masters of folk-rock – Dylan; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Laura Nyro; Neil Young and others. Their tribute to The Band a is note-for-note journey into the work of one of the most musically significant, listenable, danceable and familiar roots-rock group of the 1960s and ‘70s.
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Long before the boys of Mumford & Son or Old Crow Medicine Show hit the scene, The Band was blending blues, jazz, folk, country, rockabilly, and soul to make some of the most well-crafted, powerful roots rock arrangements of the late 1960s. The Band came together as backing band for Canadian rockabilly performer Ronnie Hawkins and then made a seminal career move to become Bob Dylan’s band. From there they became a headlining act, paying homage to their beginnings by calling themselves The Band and delivering for all time such icons of song: “The Weight,” “Up on Cripple Creek,” “Ophelia,” “The Night they Drove Ol' Dixie Down,” “The Shape I’m in,” and more.
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The Band’s final concert was held on October 30, 1976, at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. It featured a stunning cast of guests including Ronnie Hawkins and Bob Dylan. The concert was recorded by a friend of the band, a filmmaker named Martin Scorsese. A year later, Scorsese’s exquisite documentary film, entitled “The Last Waltz,” was released. It has since become a touchstone for an era that delivered roots rock into the American conscience.
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Tix at: http://www.grandvision.org/calendar-details.asp?id=840
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General admission $25; Cabaret Table Seat $30; VIP Deck Table Seat $35; Private Cabaret Table $120 (that buys the table and it seats up to 4 guests; limited availability); Private VIP Deck Table $140 (same thing, four guests).

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Sat, Sep 12, in OC (Seal Beach):
8 pm INCENDIO, that exceptionally noteworthy trio of fiery acoustic string wizards, plays Spaghettini in Seal Beach.
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Details at: www.incendioband.com


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Sunday, September 13
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Sun, Sep 13, in Topanga:
10:30 am EVO BLUESTEIN plays his "Evo's Kid's Concert" for the "FAMILY FUNDAYS: THEATRICUM KIDS CONCERT” series at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga; 310-455-3723; www.theatricum.com
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There is also the ongoing "Peter Alsop's Children's Concert Series" here; if you have small fry, keep an eye on the venue's website.
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Tix, $10.


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Tuesday, September 15
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Tue, Sep 15, in Altadena:
8 pm COLLEEN RANEY plus HANZ ARAKI & RYAN DAVIDSON play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; reservations, 626-798-6236.


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Wednesday, September 16
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Wed, Sep 16, in Altadena:
8 pm ANDY CORWIN plus STEVE GOODIE & CARLA ULBRICH play a superb ensemble bill at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; reservations, 626-798-6236.


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Thursday, September 17
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Thu, Sep 17, in the Marina:
(Time tba) PADDY'S PIG, a fine trad Irish band, plays the first of three gigs for "HALFWAY TO ST. PATRICK'S DAY," this one at Brennan's in Marina Del Rey.
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Missy, Mike, Damon, Marty, & Jon — Paddy's Pig — always look and sound wonderful on stage. They tell us, "We've got new venues we're playing for the first time, new songs we've been writing, and new recordings on the way! Thanks so much for supporting and enjoying local Irish music!"
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More at: www.paddyspig.com

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Thu, Sep 17, in Malibu:
8 pm MARTY STUART & HIS FABULOUS SUPERLATIVES play the Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University Malibu, 24255 P.C.H., Malibu 90265; 310-506-4522.

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Thu, Sep 17, in L.A.:
(Time tba) TOMMY EMMANUEL, the amazing guitar virtuoso is nearly deaf(!) plays the El Rey Theatre in L.A.
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At least some of the best seats are "pledge premiums" for supporters of PBS. Info on that at 800-278-5050.

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Thu, Sep 17, west of West SFV:
9 pm DR. JOHN plays the Canyon Club, 28192 Roadside Dr (off 101), Agoura Hills 91301; 818-879-5016. The ever-amazing New Orleans Wildman pianist has still got it. Worth eating the benue’s rubber lasagna two hours early in order to have a seat.


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Friday, September 18
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Fri, Sep 18, in the near IE (Rialto):
4 pm PADDY'S PIG, a fine trad Irish band, plays one of three gigs for "HALFWAY TO ST. PATRICK'S DAY," this one at O'Leary's in Rialto.
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Missy, Mike, Damon, Marty, & Jon — Paddy's Pig — always look and sound wonderful on stage. They tell us
"We've got new venues we're playing for the first time, new songs we've been writing, and new recordings on the way! Thanks so much for supporting and enjoying local Irish music!"
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More at: www.paddyspig.com

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Fri, Sep 18, in San Diego Co (Poway):
7:30 pm THE CROOKED JADES play the “San Diego Folk Heritage” concert series at Templars Hall in Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd, Poway 92064; 858-566-4040.

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Fri, Sep 18, FREE, in Pasadena:
8 pm WENDY WALDMAN plus SZCZESNIAK play the FREE summer concert series at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Memorial Park, 85 E Holly St, Pasadena 91103; 626-683-3230.
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WENDY WALDMAN wrote “Fishing in the Dark,” a hit for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and she was a guiding force in BRINDLE and more recently, THE REFUGEES.

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Fri, Sep 18, in SaMo:
8 pm FREEBO & HIS FABULOUS FRIENDS play Freebo’s CD RELEASE CONCERT at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497.

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Fri, Sep 18, in WeHo:
8 pm THE OLD 97S play the Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Bl, West Hollywood 90069; 310-276-6168.


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Saturday, September 19
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Sat, Sep 19, in Santa Barbara:
6 pm BEN HARPER & THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS play the Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara 93103; 805-962-7411.
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Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals are reuniting for their first tour in seven years. Today, the band announced the first leg of their tour, which will make a stop at the Santa Barbara Bowl on Saturday, September 19 at 6:00 PM. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 27 at 11 AM.

"The Innocent Criminals are a family," Harper said of the band's return to touring. "We've remained very close over the years and it seemed like we couldn't wait another minute. We've all come full circle in our own ways and it is time we pick up where we left off. It's creatively time for us to do this.”

Ben Harper is currently in the studio with The Innocent Criminals – percussionist Leon Mobley, bassist Juan Nelson, drummer Oliver Charles, keyboardist Jason Yates and guitarist Michael Ward. Founding members Mobley, Nelson and Charles have been integral parts of Harper’s sound for more than 20 years, first playing gigs at the tiny Mint nightclub in Los Angeles and supporting Harper’s 1994 debut, Welcome to the Cruel World. Yates and Ward became ICs a decade later and helped expand and refine the band’s sound.

While Harper has sold millions of albums worldwide, it’s on stage that he and The Innocent Criminals established themselves as one of the world’s most versatile and hard-working bands. Touring non-stop behind such albums as Fight For Your Mind, The Will to Live, Burn to Shine, Diamonds on the Inside and the GRAMMY® nominated Lifeline, they earned legions of fans with their explosive live performances.

The Innocent Criminals also backed Harper and The Blind Boys of Alabama on the two-time GRAMMY® winning collaborative album There Will Be A Light. Ben also won a GRAMMY® last year for Best Blues album for his collaboration with Charlie Musselwhite, Get Up!

“The new music we’re writing honors the old IC sound, but is light ages ahead of where we were back then,” explained Harper. “I can’t wait for fans to hear it and give us that stamp of approval that only Innocent Criminal fans can give.”
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Tix range from $50 to $80, plus applicable service charges.

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Sat, Sep 19, in Ventura:
6 pm HONEYSUCKLE POSSUMS play a “dinner-and-a-show” gig at Oceanna's and Patrick's, 1030 Driftwood Ln, Ventura 93001; reservations required by calling 805-331-1331 or 805-696-3676.
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It’s a 6 pm potluck / 7pm concert. Location notes... 101 Fwy to Ventura, off at SEAWARD. go straight thru signal to PIERPONT. Right on Pierpont and immediate left to MONMOUTH. Park on Monmouth and walk on down; itcurves and brings you to DRIFTWOOD LANE. Come in the back gate. The Possums suggest, “In fact, come to the beach and play before hand if you wanna - it's about 200 yards down the street from their door – very close by. But call to reserve your spot!”
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Great press for the HONEYSUCKLE POSSUMS ...
"Good times never sounded so sweet or conveyed so much ethereal energy as this foot-stompin’, old-time, “down home”-style gem by The Honeysuckle Possums. Filled with break-your-heart beautiful harmonies, their first self-titled CD is a mix of popular traditional and standout original songs, all sung, played and co-produced by five exceptionally talented women. The group consists of three core members – singer-songwriters Rebecca Troon, Susan Marie Reeves and Nicola Gordon (each of whom contribute original songs or co-writes, and take turns singing lead vocals) – along with bassist Lisa Macker and award-winning Flatfoot and Old-Time Buck dancer, Ruth Alpert. Based in Santa Barbara, California, the five women are the real deal: accomplished multi-instrumentalists who have been playing together for years now...But what makes this group really exceptional are their voices...the vocal chemistry is sheer magic..." — Jackie Morris, Folkworks.
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Music listening links:
https://www.reverbnation.com/honeysucklepossums/song/23380174-get-down-boys
https://www.reverbnation.com/honeysucklepossums/song/23380137-cluck-old-hen
https://www.reverbnation.com/honeysucklepossums/song/23380170-you-made-me-laugh
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$15. All ages event.

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Sat, Sep 19, in Hollywood:
(Time tba) LILA DOWNS plays the Hollywood Pantages.

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Sat, Sep 19, in Redondo Beach:
(Time tba) PADDY'S PIG, a fine trad Irish band, plays the last of three gigs for "HALFWAY TO ST. PATRICK'S DAY," this one at Hennessey's Tavern in Redondo Beach.
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Missy, Mike, Damon, Marty, & Jon — Paddy's Pig — always look and sound wonderful on stage. They tell us, "We've got new venues we're playing for the first time, new songs we've been writing, and new recordings on the way! Thanks so much for supporting and enjoying local Irish music!"
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More at: www.paddyspig.com


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Saturday, September 26
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Sat & Sun, Sep 26 & 27,
IRISH DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS,
near LAX:
"ST. AMBROSE FEIS IRISH DANCE CHAMPIONSHIP" hosted by the St. Ambrose Irish Dance Association, Inc., a nonprofit organization, at the Westin Los Angeles Aiport Hotel, 5400 W Century Bl, Los Angeles 90045; 888-627-9085.
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Saturday - all championship competitions and specials. Sunday - all grade, team, and adult competitions and non-championship specials.
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Info on the event and on Irish dancing in Southern Cal, contact:
www.clearyirishdance.com

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Sat, Sep 26, in Pasadena:
5 pm "MAGICAL MOONLIGHT SONATA GALA," a full program by the PASADENA SYMPHONY & POPS, at Ambassador Gardens, 380 W Green St, Pasadena 91123.
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Pasadena Symphony and POPS annual gala, “Moonlight Sonata,” features music under the stars, a deluxe dining experience with Claud & Co., an awards presentation, and exciting live and silent auction opportunities. All hosted by DAVID LOCKINGTON, Music Director, Pasadena Symphony and POPS.
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Maestro Lockington adds, “This year, the Pasadena Symphony and POPS is honoring Anne Akiko Meyers (violinist extraordinaire), Peter Hoffman (Sierra Auto Group) and Kin Hui (Singpoli Group) - three amazing and thrillingly supportive members of the PSA family. There is space in the event program book to offer your congratulations to these luminaries -email eventinfo@pasadenasymphony-pops.org to learn more.”
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Tix and more info: www.pasadenasymphony-pops.org

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√ A Guide "SHOW of the WEEK" Pick...
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Sat, Sep 26, in L.A.:
8 pm BRIGITTE, the Platinum-selling French indie sister-duo, known for their retro folk Parisian style, at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State L.A., 5151 State University Dr, Los Angeles 90032; 323-343-6600; www.luckmanarts.org
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The Alliance Française de Pasadena presents this as a fundraiser for the Alliance and its educational programs, in collaboration with The Luckman fine arts complex.
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Pre-show reception at 7 pm, concert at 8 pm.
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All tix include the reception where you can enjoy a selection of wine and cheeses.
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$50 limited tix are preferred seating with the best front-center seats in the house.
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$25 to $35 general admission tix, despite being billed as "concert-only," also include the pre-show reception hosted by "French Morning" with refreshments and snacks at 7 pm.
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Tix at: www.luckmanarts.org


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Monday, September 28
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√ A “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
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Mon, Sep 28, in L.A.:
8 pm EMMYLOU HARRIS & RODNEY CROWELL play the El Rey, 5515 Wilshire Bl, L.A. 90036; 323-936-6400. Presented by Goldenvoice.


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Friday, October 2
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√ A “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
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Fri, Oct 2, in BevHills:
GORDON LIGHTFOOT plays the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills.
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Tix at www.canyonclub.net or 888-645-5006.


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Wednesday, October 7
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A Guide “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
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Wed, Oct 7, in Santa Barbara:
7 pm DON HENLEY (EAGLES), plus special guest SHAWN COLVIN, play the Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara 93103; 805-962-7411; https://sbbowl.com
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A real "wow" of a double-bill; like you'd see at a festival, but here with a better seat.
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Tix: On sale SAT, AUG 8, 11 am, at:
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http://m.ticketmaster.com/event/09004EFEDC516588?brand=nederlanderla&camefrom=cfc_ndrcon_ned_Aug5
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DON HENLEY also plays an L.A. date at the Forum in Inglewood on Fri, Oct 9, 8 pm.


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Friday, October 9
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√ A “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
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Fri, Oct 9, in Inglewood:
8 pm DON HENLEY (EAGLES) plays an L.A. date at the Forum in Inglewood.
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He also plays the Santa Barbara Bowl on Oct 7 at 7 pm with SHAWN COLVIN.


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Saturday, October 10
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Sat, Oct 10, in Santa Barbara:
6:30 pm NEIL YOUNG, plus PROMISE OF THE REAL, plays the Santa Barbara Bowl, , 1122 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara 93103; 805-962-7411; https://sbbowl.com
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Tix went on sale Fri, Aug 21, at:
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http://m.ticketmaster.com/event/09004F11FE8C6A1C?brand=nederlanderla&camefrom=cfc_ndrcon_ned_Aug19


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Sunday, October 11
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Sun, Oct 11, in San Diego Co (Solana):
8 pm DAR WILLIAMS and JENNY O. team-up at the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros Av, Solana Beach 92075; 858-481-9022.


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√ A “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
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Mon, Oct 12, in Altadena:
8 pm Scotland’s TANNAHILL WEAVERS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake, Altadena. Reservations by phone only (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) at 626-798-6236.
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Bob Stane hasn’t yet announced this show. Jump on it before it sells-out.
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The TANNAHILL WEAVERS are one of Scotland's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, original ballads and lullabies, and humorous tales of life in Scotland. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better...yet continue to do just that.
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Born of a session in Paisley, Scotland and named for the town's historic weaving industry and local poet laureate ROBERT TANNAHILL, the group has made an international name for its special brand of Scottish music, blending the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms. Over the years “The Tannies” have been trailblazers for Scottish music, and their tight harmonies and powerful, inventive arrangements have won them fans from beyond the folk and Celtic music scenes – their versatile piper LORNE MacDOUGALL arranged and performed for for the 2012 Disney Pixar movie "Brave" under the leadership of PATRICK DOYLE, and for Dreamworks’ “How to Train Your Dragon 2." They are firmly established as one of the premier groups on the concert stage; from reflective ballads to footstomping reels and jigs,the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.
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"An especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new." -New York Times.
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“These guys are a bunch of heroes every time they go on tour in the states.” - Garrison Keillor,A Prairie Home Companion.
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“…their great humour and superb musicianship make them one of the finest bands on the circuit.” - Rogue Folk Review.
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“The music may be pure old time Celtic,but the drive and enthusiasm are akin to straight ahead rock and roll.” -Winnipeg Free Press.
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More at: www.tannahillweavers.com


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Tuesday, October 13
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Tue, Oct 13, in Tehachapi:
7 pm SARAH McQUAID plays Fiddler's Crossing, 206 East F St, Tehachapi 93561; 661-823-9994.
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Hard on the heels of her “Cornwall Folk Festival” performance on the 29th of August, Sarah is flying to the US for a two-month, coast-to-coast, 36-show tour, then returning to Jolly Ol’ just in time to play the first of her 22 UK dates, starting October 30th.
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We really like this artist. Her latest concept is based on thoughtful analysis of what’s happening to music and how that keeps everyone from hearing a complete record, as we all once did. In this digital era, “listening to a record” has become a near-nonexistent phenomenon; even CD purchases tend to go straight onto an iPod from which tracks will pop up at random. UK-based singer-songwriter SARAH McQUAID was keen to ensure that her fourth solo album, “Walking into White,” got at least a few full-length listens before being subsumed into playlists – so she’s performing the whole thing live, track by track, as the first half of each concert on her forthcoming September-October US tour.
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“Sarah McQuaid has clearly held true to her own musical vision,” wrote Helen Gregory in Folk Radio UK, “and it’s to be hoped that ‘Walking into White’ is the album which will bring her the wider commercial success she so richly deserves.”
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Belgian blogger Michel Preumont (concerts-review.over-blog.com) described it as “Original, acrobatique et audacieux ... Un album brillant ouvrant de nouvelles perspectives pour Sarah McQuaid.” (“Original, acrobatic and audacious ... A brilliant album that opens new perspectives for Sarah McQuaid”).
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She’s quite literally playing the whole country this time around. Fortunately, we get several chances to see her in the Southern half of California:
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Oct 12 in Santa Cruz, at a House Concert
Oct 13 in Tehachapi at Fiddlers Crossing
Oct 14 in Camarillo at the City of Camarillo Public Library
Oct 16 in Poway, at the San Diego Folk Heritage Concert series
Oct 17 in OC (Anaheim) at The Living Tradition Concert Series
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Make a special effort to catch her.

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Tue, Oct 13, in BevHills:
8:30 pm DAR WILLIAMS plays the Bootleg Theatre, 2220 Beverly Bl, Los Angeles 90057; 213-389-3856.


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Wed, Oct 14, in Santa Barbara Co (Santa Ynez):
7 pm JESSE DENATALE and TONY FURTADO play the long-running “Tales from the Tavern” series at the Maverick Saloon, 3687 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez 93460; 805-686-4785.

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Wed, Oct 14 in VC (Camarillo):
7 pm SARAH McQUAID plays at the City of Camarillo Public Library. Use your browser for details.
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Hard on the heels of her “Cornwall Folk Festival” performance on the 29th of August, Sarah is flying to the US for a two-month, coast-to-coast, 36-show tour, then returning to Jolly Ol’ just in time to play the first of her 22 UK dates, starting October 30th.
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We really like this artist. Her latest concept is based on thoughtful analysis of what’s happening to music and how that keeps everyone from hearing a complete record, as we all once did. In this digital era, “listening to a record” has become a near-nonexistent phenomenon; even CD purchases tend to go straight onto an iPod from which tracks will pop up at random. UK-based singer-songwriter SARAH McQUAID was keen to ensure that her fourth solo album, “Walking into White,” got at least a few full-length listens before being subsumed into playlists – so she’s performing the whole thing live, track by track, as the first half of each concert on her forthcoming September-October US tour.
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“Sarah McQuaid has clearly held true to her own musical vision,” wrote Helen Gregory in Folk Radio UK, “and it’s to be hoped that ‘Walking into White’ is the album which will bring her the wider commercial success she so richly deserves.”
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Belgian blogger Michel Preumont (concerts-review.over-blog.com) described it as “Original, acrobatique et audacieux ... Un album brillant ouvrant de nouvelles perspectives pour Sarah McQuaid.” (“Original, acrobatic and audacious ... A brilliant album that opens new perspectives for Sarah McQuaid”).
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She’s quite literally playing the whole country this time around. Fortunately, we get several chances to see her in the Southern half of California:
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Oct 12 in Santa Cruz, at a House Concert
Oct 13 in Tehachapi at Fiddlers Crossing
Oct 14 in Camarillo at the City of Camarillo Public Library
Oct 16 in Poway, at the San Diego Folk Heritage Concert series
Oct 17 in OC (Anaheim) at The Living Tradition Concert Series
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Make a special effort to catch her.


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Fri, Oct 16 in Poway:
7 pm SARAH McQUAID plays the “San Diego Folk Heritage” Concert series at Templars Hall in Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd, Poway 92064; 858-566-4040.
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Hard on the heels of her “Cornwall Folk Festival” performance on the 29th of August, Sarah is flying to the US for a two-month, coast-to-coast, 36-show tour, then returning to Jolly Ol’ just in time to play the first of her 22 UK dates, starting October 30th.
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We really like this artist. Her latest concept is based on thoughtful analysis of what’s happening to music and how that keeps everyone from hearing a complete record, as we all once did. In this digital era, “listening to a record” has become a near-nonexistent phenomenon; even CD purchases tend to go straight onto an iPod from which tracks will pop up at random. UK-based singer-songwriter SARAH McQUAID was keen to ensure that her fourth solo album, “Walking into White,” got at least a few full-length listens before being subsumed into playlists – so she’s performing the whole thing live, track by track, as the first half of each concert on her forthcoming September-October US tour.
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“Sarah McQuaid has clearly held true to her own musical vision,” wrote Helen Gregory in Folk Radio UK, “and it’s to be hoped that ‘Walking into White’ is the album which will bring her the wider commercial success she so richly deserves.”
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Belgian blogger Michel Preumont (concerts-review.over-blog.com) described it as “Original, acrobatique et audacieux ... Un album brillant ouvrant de nouvelles perspectives pour Sarah McQuaid.” (“Original, acrobatic and audacious ... A brilliant album that opens new perspectives for Sarah McQuaid”).
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She’s quite literally playing the whole country this time around. Fortunately, we get several chances to see her in the Southern half of California:
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Oct 12 in Santa Cruz, at a House Concert
Oct 13 in Tehachapi at Fiddlers Crossing
Oct 14 in Camarillo at the City of Camarillo Public Library
Oct 16 in Poway, at the San Diego Folk Heritage Concert series
Oct 17 in OC (Anaheim) at The Living Tradition Concert Series
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Make a special effort to catch her.


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Saturday, October 17
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Sat, Oct 17, in OC (Anaheim):
7 pm SARAH McQUAID plays “The Living Tradition Concert Series” at the Anaheim Downtown Community Center, 250 E Center St, Anaheim.
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Hard on the heels of her “Cornwall Folk Festival” performance on the 29th of August, Sarah is flying to the US for a two-month, coast-to-coast, 36-show tour, then returning to Jolly Ol’ just in time to play the first of her 22 UK dates, starting October 30th.
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We really like this artist. Her latest concept is based on thoughtful analysis of what’s happening to music and how that keeps everyone from hearing a complete record, as we all once did. In this digital era, “listening to a record” has become a near-nonexistent phenomenon; even CD purchases tend to go straight onto an iPod from which tracks will pop up at random. UK-based singer-songwriter SARAH McQUAID was keen to ensure that her fourth solo album, “Walking into White,” got at least a few full-length listens before being subsumed into playlists – so she’s performing the whole thing live, track by track, as the first half of each concert on her forthcoming September-October US tour.
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“Sarah McQuaid has clearly held true to her own musical vision,” wrote Helen Gregory in Folk Radio UK, “and it’s to be hoped that ‘Walking into White’ is the album which will bring her the wider commercial success she so richly deserves.”
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Belgian blogger Michel Preumont (concerts-review.over-blog.com) described it as “Original, acrobatique et audacieux ... Un album brillant ouvrant de nouvelles perspectives pour Sarah McQuaid.” (“Original, acrobatic and audacious ... A brilliant album that opens new perspectives for Sarah McQuaid”).
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She’s quite literally playing the whole country this time around. Fortunately, we get several chances to see her in the Southern half of California:
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Oct 12 in Santa Cruz, at a House Concert
Oct 13 in Tehachapi at Fiddlers Crossing
Oct 14 in Camarillo at the City of Camarillo Public Library
Oct 16 in Poway, at the San Diego Folk Heritage Concert series
Oct 17 in OC (Anaheim) at The Living Tradition Concert Series
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Make a special effort to catch her.


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√ A “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
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Sat, Dec 12, in BevHills:
""FRANK SINATRA'S 100th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION" featuring FRANK SINATRA JR. "Sinatra Sings Sinatra" at the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills.
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Tix at www.canyonclub.net or 888-645-5006.


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Tuesday, January 19
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Tue, Jan 19, 2016, in OC (Anaheim):
6-9 pm "MUSIC PRODUCTS MEDIA PREVIEW" on the Disney Garden Walk, Anaheim.
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Presented by RobertsonComm (Robertson Communications Corp.) It's a pre-NAMM event.



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8) NOW PLAYING & RECOMMENDED
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...recommended stage musicals, plays, etc., running multiple dates.

ONGOING, through the dates shown…

√ A “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
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Thursdays-Sundays, through Sep 13, in SGV (Sierra Madre):
(Time varies; usually 8 pm, some 2:30 pm matinees)
“ALWAYS… PATSY CLINE” is a big time music-filled show at the charming little Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W Sierra Madre Bl, Sierra Madre; 626-355-4318; www.sierramadreplayhouse.com
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This is the fastest ticket-seller in the Playhouse’s history. To accommodate the extraordinary demand, additional matinee performances have been added. Don’t dawdle getting tickets to this one. (The Guide” News Feature that announced the production’s opening night is re-run here.)
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It’s a real, live stage MUSICAL, a theatrical production focusing on the vocal magic of PATSY CLINE, you’ll experience how she evoked the heartbreak and longing that have made her songs country and pop classics. Written by Ted Swindley, directed by Robert Marra, with musical director Sean Paxton, it’s a Sierra Madre Playhouse production starring CORI CABLE KIDDER and NIKKI D’AMICO.
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“Always….Patsy Cline” depicts the legendary singer backed by a live band performing twenty-seven of her greatest hits in this jukebox musical. Patsy Cline (1932-1963) was one of the most popular and influential vocalists of the 20th Century.
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Although most associated with country music, she was the first female crossover artist, also singing traditional pop, torch songs, rockabilly, honky-tonk, country swing, and gospel. The first female solo artist admitted to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Patsy was also included among “The 100 Greatest Women in Rock and Roll” by VH1, “The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time” by Rolling Stone, and “The 40 Greatest Women of Country Music” by CMT.
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She first appeared on radio in Winchester, VA in 1947. In 1954, country star Jimmy Dean brought her aboard as a regular on the radio show “Town and Country Jamboree” in Arlington, VA. In 1955, she began appearing on television, on the TV version of “Grand Ole Opry” and on “Ozark Jubilee.”
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But it was her sensational success on “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts” in 1957 that truly launched her as a national figure. Godfrey’s show, a precursor of competitions like “Star Search” and “American Idol,” also launched Ann-Margret and Pat Boone, among others.
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“Always…Patsy Cline” is based on a real incident that occurred in 1961. Super-fan Louise Seger befriends Cline before a concert in Houston. After the show, Louise takes her home, cooks her breakfast and appears with her on a local radio broadcast. The two maintain a correspondence, writing each other letters until Cline’s untimely death in a Tennessee plane crash in 1963. The star closed each of her letters to Seger, “Always…Patsy Cline.”
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CORI CABLE KIDDER portrays PATSY CLINE. A graduate of Ouachita Baptist University, she toured with IN THE MOOD and sang at Tokyo Disney for a year. Coming to L.A., she appeared in+ “The Producers” and with SWING DAMES, performing the music of the Andrews Sisters.
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NIKKI D’AMICO plays Louise. Her extensive musical theater credits include National Tours of “Evita,” “Cats,” “A Chorus Line,” “The Fantasticks,” “Chaplin,” “West Side Story,” and more. Most recently, she appeared with Pacific Resident Theatre in its Ovation-nominated production of “A View from the Bridge.”
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ROBERT MARRA directs. In addition to numerous New York credits, his local shows include “The World Goes Round,” “Once on this Island,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” “Into the Woods,” “Chess in Concert,” “The Devil and Daisy Jane,” “A Chorus Line,” and many more. He is also a choreographer.
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TED SWINDLEY is the playwright. He was the Founding Artistic Director of Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston. He also wrote “Stories My Grandmother Told Me.” Fans of Patsy Cline’s music will be in musical heaven as they’ll hear, performed live, twenty-seven of her greatest hits, including “Walkin’ After Midnight” (the Godfrey show hit), “Sweet Dreams” (a signature tune for Cline, although originally a hit ten years earlier by Faron Young), “Crazy” (written for her by WILLIE NELSON), “I Fall to Pieces,” “She’s Got You,” “Your Cheating Heart,” and many more.
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“Always…Patsy Cline” debuted in 1988. It is one of only two stage productions about the singer licensed and authorized by The Estate of Patsy Cline. In addition to affording a revue of great songs, “Always…Patsy Cline” is a heartwarming story of an enduring friendship.
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“Always… Patsy Cline” runs July 31-Sep 13, 2015, on this schedule: Fri’s & Sat’s at 8 pm, Sun’s at 2:30 pm. Additional matinees have been added at 2:30 pm on Thu, Aug 27; Sat, Aug 29; Sat, Sep 5; Sat, Sep 12, and Sun, Sep 13.
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Tix: $30 gen’l. Seniors (age 65+) $27. Students (ages 13-21) $20. Children age 12 and under, $17. Call for tix. Ample free parking behind theatre.

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...through Nov 13, in L.A.:
"CORAZÓN DE LA COMUNIDAD: A STORY OF MARIACHI IN LOS ANGELES," runs May 15-Nov 13, 2015, at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 N Main St, Los Angeles 90012; 888 488-8083; http://lapca.org
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Mariachi music — and musicians — have become symbols of Mexican and Mexican American identity. From rancheras sung at weekend parties to the recent "Dolls of the World Barbie" dressed in a mariachi traje, this musical form is one of the most recognized icons of Mexican and Mexican American culture. "Corazón de la Comunidad: A Story of Mariachi in Los Angeles" explores the changing identity and history of the genre in L.A.
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Regular visitor hours are M, W & Th, noon–5 pm, and Fri through Sun, noon-6 pm; info@lapca.org
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Go on the right days and you'll a get live music performance along with the exhibition; keep reading.
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Go when there’s LIVE MUSIC &/or RELATED PROGRAMMING...
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• "Metalachi: Mariachi Fusion" is a special music program on Sat, Sep 26, at 7 pm.
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• "Platicas at LA Plaza: Is Mariachi Music all the Same?" happens Thu, Oct 8 , at 6:30 pm.

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√ A “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
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Ongoing, on a variable sched., through Sep 26, in Topanga:
“AS YOU LIKE IT” resets Shakespeare to the American Civil War, at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga, midway between Malibu and the San Fernando Valley.
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Note, “the rebel camp is alive with music — banjo, guitar, ukulele, mandolin and more.”
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In this production of “As You Like It, ” director ELLEN GEER moves the tale of two sets of brothers — one alienated by ambition, the other estranged by envy — to the divided South of the post-Civil War era, adding traditional American folk music and dance from the period. Rosalind is forced to flee camp when her uncle Frederick, usurper of his brother’s position as a general in the Union army, threatens to have her killed. Accompanied by her cousin Celia, Rosalind disguises herself as a man for safety's sake. The disguise comes in handy when she tests the devotion of her noble admirer, Orlando, on the run from his hostile older brother. Meanwhile, the rebel camp is alive with music — banjo, guitar, ukulele, mandolin and more. With Rosalind's wit leading the way, the forces of true love, justice and song eventually triumph.
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This production runs June 7 through Sep 26, ALTERNATING WITH OTHER PRODUCTIONS. Production dates / times: Sunday, June 7 at 3:30 pm • Sunday, June 14 at 3:30 pm • Saturday, June 20 at 3:30 pm • Sunday, June 28 at 3:30 pm • Sunday, July 12 at 3:30 pm • Saturday, July 18 at 3:30 pm • Saturday, Aug 1 at 3:30 pm • Sunday, Aug 9 at 3:30 pm • Saturday, Aug 15 at 3:30 pm * • Saturday, Aug 22 at 3:30 pm • Saturday, Aug 29 at 3:30 pm • Sunday, Sep 6 at 3:30 pm • Sunday, Sep 13 at 3:30 pm • Saturday, Sep 19 at 3:30 pm • Sunday, Sep 20 at 3:30 pm • Saturday, Sep 26 at 3:30 p.m .
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A special Prologue (pre-show discussion) happens Saturday, Aug 15 at 2:30 pm. (included in ticket price).
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Tickets range from $10-$39.50; children 6 and under are free. Info, complete schedule of all performances this summer, and advance tix, at 310-455-3723 or www.theatricum.com

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...through Sep 26, in Topanga:
7:30 pm “GREEN GROW THE LILACS, ” the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play that inspired “Oklahoma!”, at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Bl, in the heart of Topanga Canyon, midway between Malibu and the San Fernando Valley. The production opens Sat, Jul 11 and runs through Sep 26. See the feature story in the “News” section of the Guide’s Jun 22 edition.
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Tix range from $10-$39.50, with discounts available for students, seniors, the military and AEA members.
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The season’s offerings here alternate. For a complete schedule of the summer season’s performances and to purchase tickets, call 310-455-3723 or go to www.theatricum.com
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Remaining performances: July 11–Sep 26: Saturday, Aug 22 at 7:30 pm • Friday, Aug 28 at 7:30 pm** • Saturday, Aug 29 at 7:30 pm • Friday, Sep 4 at 7:30 pm • Saturday, Sep 5 at 7:30 pm • Friday, Sep 11 at 7:30 pm • Sunday, Sep 13 at 7:30 pm • Sunday, Sep 20 at 7:30 pm • Saturday, Sep 26 at 7:30 pm
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Above asterisks (**) designate performances that include a Pre-performance buffet dinner in the gardens at 6 pm on Aug 21 and Aug 28 (separate admission, or combination package available).



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9) WORKSHOPS for artists / musicians / sound engineers, etc.
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Saturdays, Sep 5, 12, 19, WORKSHOP, in Altadena:
10:30 am- 4 pm “BARTT'S UKULELE CLASS.” Three-week beginner course, three Saturdays in September, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena.
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Fun and Intense: Bartt's popular workshop-style class is a three-week course for beginners. Bartt supplies everything, including loaner ukuleles, booklets, charts, videos, and lots of loving support. We'll start with the basics, like "How do I hold this thing?" and "How do I tune this thing?" and advance to learning plenty of chords, strumming techniques, basic time signatures, a little bit of theory, an intro to scales and keys, and even a bit of fun songwriting. You'll be busy every minute, working with your classmates in small groups, pairs, and whole-class adventures. It's a highly-interactive class. No tedious lectures - it's all action. Your fingers will be flying every minute. You'll laugh a lot, you'll learn a lot, and you'll have serious fun.
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Who is Bartt? He tours the world as an ukulele performer and workshop leader. He's also an LAUSD "Teacher of the Year," with credentials in English, Art and Music. He's also the founder of the "Ukulele Homies of East L.A." ukulele orchestra. His instructional DVDs, books and downloads are worldwide best-sellers. Find out more at Bartt.net.
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This class is an LAUSD Salary Point class, worth one salary point. Educators get a pay raise for taking this class, but it is open to the public. Anyone can enroll.
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$99 total. Enrollment open now at: www.Bartt.net



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