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Thursday, October 30, 2014

NEWS, FESTIVALS, and EVENTS; Edition for Oct 30 2014

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LATE ADDITION...

Thu, Oct 30, ON THE WEB:
5:30 pm (Pacific) JULIE CHRISTENSEN performs online.
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Julie says, "Join us this evening LIVE ONLINE! Click the link and sign on for free... our concert is pay what you want, starting at only $1. There will be a live chatroom going, though we won't be taking requests. You will love my new band."
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"On three tours, Julie Christensen helped share Leonard Cohen's music with the world. She's also sung with Steve Wynn, John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Lou Reed, and Van Dyke Parks. With Chris D., she headed up post-punk rockers Divine Horsemen. Others utilizing Julie's talents have been as far-flung as Iggy Pop, PiL, Robben Ford, and k.d. lang. The newest album is 2007's folk-rock 'Where the Fireworks Are.' The other recent one is 'Something Familiar,' a collection of standards and blues. Stone Cupid's earlier two acclaimed independent albums are a soulful hybrid of roots and folk. Julie was a featured member of the Cohen song projects produced by Hal Willner. The 'Came So Far for Beauty' concerts (on which the documentary film 'I'm Your Man' was partly based) had four installments over 4 years. In Dublin, Julie performed a fiery Joan of Arc with Lou Reed." -- from the NASHVILLE SCENE, July 2014.
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There are plenty of great singer-songwriters in East Nashville, but very few with a résumé that rivals Julie Christensen’s. Christensen, who moved to Music City from Los Angeles a year ago, was a member of renowned ’80s L.A. punk band The Divine Horsemen (with then-husband Chris Desjardins), followed by a lengthy stint in Leonard Cohen’s band. ...She’s worked with Iggy Pop, Public Image Ltd, Todd Rundgren, k.d. lang and more.
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Suffice to say, she’s got cred.
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Her 2012 album, "Weeds Like Us" is an intoxicating blend of gritty roots rock and old-school soul. Highlights include the lead track “Restless,” a steamy dose of bubbling country funk; the moody ballad “Outside”; and the swampy, yearning “Call Me Up.”
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"Christensen may be new to town, but she wasted no time finding a stellar backing band, including guitarists Sergio Webb and Chris Tench, bassist Bones Hillman and drummer Steve Latanation. Reckless Johnny Wales opens." -- JACK SILVERMAN, July 2014.
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Tix at:
https://t.e2ma.net/click/1gq2f/9eqnxd/9ajj2d

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Now, here's the rest of the edition as originally published.
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Tonight’s acoustic and Americana music events in Southern Cal, all the weekend festivals (including some TONIGHT), and six NEWS FEATURES, are all in this edition.

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What’s in this edition…

♪ NEWS FEATURES
. 1) REVIEW: TAYLOR SWIFT's "1989" PERFORMANCE ON TV's GMA, Oct 30, 2014
. 2) HALLOWEEN’s CELTIC ORIGINS
. 3) SUNDAY: “SAMHAIN! A CELTIC HALLOWEEN” – TALES OF THE SUPERNATURAL
. 4) Services are Saturday for the late BRUCE FRANZEN
. 5) NSAI SONGWRITING CONTEST ENDS OCTOBER 31st
. 6) HALLOWEEN “SCREAM STREAM” RETURNS ON FOLK ALLEY

♪ FESTIVAL TONIGHT

♪ FESTIVALS THIS WEEKEND, Saturday & Sunday

♪ ONGOING EVENTS…

♪ TONIGHT’S CONCERTS, JAMS, ETC.


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News Feature #1...

REVIEW: TAYLOR SWIFT's "1989" PERFORMANCE ON TV's GMA, Oct 30, 2014

So, TAYLOR SWIFT brought her legs that stretch into next week and did ABC's "Good Morning America" show this morning to promote her new album. She has gone pop – yes, even more pop than Nashville's supposed country.

That new album is "1989," and it's supposed to be a return to a time when pop was more musical, rather than droll and atonal or, most recently, with the characteristics of an amp short-circuiting and somebody being electrocuted.

Our only experience with Swift's new/retro album was this morning's live performance.

Retro? There are recessive genes of Devo and Blondie in the DNA, and her dancers have moves from another time. Even though Swift's own stage gestures emulate rap's gang-twit hand signs as much as anything.

So, what sound does it have?

Things were overwhelming percussive in that relentless, monotonously simplistic pop style, and every opportunity to borrow from rock's pantheon of great drum riffs was scrupulously ignored.

But mostly, what characterized her performance (along with her legs) was that her lyrics were unintelligibly inscrutable. Her opener, the album's first track, seemed to be semi-understandable, until you learn that it was her self-proclaimed anthem of her "new life," post-Nashville, titled "Welcome to New York." But it seemed to come-out as "Weh-come to the young-young-young-young." Go figure.

Was it the sound engineering on ABC's outdoor stage? Read on.

Along with misheard lyrics there, and lyrics that were entirely gibberish elsewhere, there was another dominance: the combination of keys and chords and octaves and what those did with/to her vocals? Well, the most descriptive word is, "annoying." Somebody is tone deaf, and it isn't me.

A bit of background. I must say that Taylor Swift's trademark country stage shtick, that thing of deer-in-the-headlights, "Home Alone" movie poster "surprise," is something she overplayed for so many years that it long ago transcended "Oh, please." Yet, from the time I learned she would be going pop in a retro style with "1989," I thought, "Pop music used to be better. A lot better. She's a big star with a big following. This could be a good thing. Maybe we'll get melodies back. Maybe harmonies, too. Maybe this ubiquitous godawful pulse-wave electronica crap will become passé. She could be the one to do it."

This morning, she did feature some nice, if brief, vocal harmonies of those inscrutable lyrics with her backup singer-dancers. And if that putzy pounding percussion hadn't been so over-the-top in the mix, there were some melody lines in there better than recent pop.

We're left with one impression, applicable on multiple points: this morning on GMA was squandered opportunity after two years of work to redefine herself. So, maybe we'll catch some tracks from the finished album. Maybe. But after hearing it live, we won't go out of the way to do it.


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News Feature #2...

HALLOWEEN’s CELTIC ORIGINS

From “Zydecobrad’s S/C Cajun & Zydeco 823rd Newsletter,”
a great source for Cajun music and zydeco dance events

Halloween or Hallowe'en (/ˌhæləˈwiːn, -oʊˈiːn, ˌhɑːl-/; a contraction of "All Hallows' Evening"), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day.

It initiates the triduum of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers. Within Allhallowtide, the traditional focus of All Hallows' Eve revolves around the theme of using "humor and ridicule to confront the power of death.”

According to many scholars, All Hallows' Eve is a Christianized feast initially influenced byCeltic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic Samhain. Other scholars maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots.

[The Guide’s past research found Samhain to be the root of Halloween, and centuries of obfuscation by the Catholic church, which famously co-opted dozens of pagan feast and celebration days, naming them after various saints or events in Christian folklore to create all-encompassing Christian dominion over cultures being Christianized.]


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News Feature #3...
(reprised from last week)

SUNDAY: “SAMHAIN! A CELTIC HALLOWEEN” – MUSIC & TALES OF THE SUPERNATURAL

The Guide looks forward to this one every year. And on Sunday, November 2nd, you’ll get two chances to enjoy it, at 3 & 7 pm, with both shows in the SFV (North Hollywood).

They’ve played a lot with the title this year, and no wonder, because this is a very full show of Irish music and dance, together with storytelling and performed scenes. Producer Aedan MacDonnell, who also performs, tells us, “The Dead Do Tell Tales, told through song, story, music and dance.” It’s produced through her company, Celtic Rhythms, at the Mayflower Club, 11110 Victory Bl, N Hollywood 91606.

Samhain: (pronounced sow-in, like the pig) is a Celtic Halloween extravaganza. You'll hear tales of the true origins of the Jack O' the Lantern, of ghostly encounters, and the origins of All Hallows' Eve, told with high energy Irish dances, traditional Celtic tunes that will bewitch your feet and keep your toes a-tappin', ghostly love songs that will rip your heart out, and exciting dances with real swords and axe handles with the dancers in very close proximity to one another. The promo asserts, “You won't want it to end!” That’s true. It’s that good.

Aedan says, “This year we have a new line-up in outstanding musicians, as well as those that have been with the show from year one. And we also have an official Samhain song, written by Padraic Conroy, one of our new additions. He wrote two songs for the show, one is previewed on our website.”

You can enjoy that one at http://celtic-rhythms.com/samhain

The Guide heartily endorses this show, which has become an annual tradition on the Southern Cal arts scene. We recommend you get tix right away, as it will likely sell-out. And we recommend you opt for the “Preferred” seats, because the venue has a flat floor.
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Tickets for the 3 pm show are $15 general seating, $18 Preferred Seating
Tix for the 7 pm show are $18 general seating, $22 preferred seating.
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Info & tickets at:
www.Celtic-Rhythms.com/Samhain
email: celticrhythms22@gmail.com
Tix by phone at 818-939-4313



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News Feature #4:
(updated from original that ran last week.)

SERVICES ARE SATURDAY FOR THE LATE BRUCE FRANZEN,
Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Board Member

By Michele Marotta, Guide correspondent

Bruce Franzen August 9, 1950 – October 15, 2014

I received a text message on Sunday, October 19, 2014 advising that Bruce Franzen had passed away. I first met Bruce in 1972. Over time, we lost contact, and then reconnected in 1991. We were friends ever since. Bruce was an "older brother" to me, helping me move once and he must have thought he was constantly rescuing me from bad relationships.

Bruce was past president of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, and together with his wife Jackie, the two have been organizers and volunteers on the roots music scene for many years.

Bruce's eyes would light up when Jackie's name was mentioned, and he was the love of her life.

Bruce was especially active with an annual event where he played a key role, the Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival. It’s a landmark event held every May at the old western-town movie set at Paramount Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, a site administered by the National Park Service. The couple’s other involvements include the acoustic music series held at the Airtel Hotel, along with a variety of folk, bluegrass and western music events.

The Topanga Banjo•Fiddle website still includes his autobiographical paragraph as a board member: "Hello, my name is Bruce Franzen and I'm a native Californian, born in the San Fernando Valley. I attended my first Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest in 1967 and after that I was hooked. Soon I began playing mandolin at the Blue Ridge Pickin' Parlor and then at Topanga itself in 1983. I am now serving on the Board of Directors of the contest. Currently I'm employed by the City of Los Angeles and since 1989 have volunteered for the Glendale Chamber of Commerce. I am a past president of that organization. I look forward to helping to make this year's Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest the most enjoyable ever. See you there!"

Those who saw Bruce at Topanga over those many years will carry fond memories of interactions with him.

I spoke to Bruce’s wife, now widow, Jackie, just after his passing. Jackie told me that she and Bruce had been together over 26 years. They were married for more than fourteen of those years.

In addition, Jackie shared, "Bruce and I were co-Presidents of the Jaycees at the same time. Bruce was also very active in elections and worked our precinct for a number of years. We did everything together. I love him so much."

Bruce had a very diverse working career. Initially, he was a plumber by trade. Bruce also worked for the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks Department for two years before he went to work for the LAPD Motor Transport Division.

About 18 months ago, Bruce told me his kidneys were failing. He came to my office and spoke to the attorney I where I worked at that time; the attorney had undergone a kidney transplant several years ago. The attorney, Mr. Gold, spoke to Bruce for almost two hours, explaining the pros and cons of dialysis, and suggested he look for a kidney donor.

Bruce was on dialysis several times a week, and last week, he succumbed to septicemia.

Bruce leaves behind his lovely wife, Jackie, their cat, and numerous relatives and friends, including his many music friends. All of whom will miss him.

If you have a story to share about Bruce, email Joy Felt (bgraskal1@earthlink.net) and she will incorporate it into Bruce’s special memory book for Jackie.

Services are Saturday, November 1, at 10 am in the chapel at Oakwood Memorial Park, 22601 Lassen St, Chatsworth, CA 91311; 818-341-0344.

Joy Felt will host a musical celebration for “A Life Well Lived” following the ceremony. Jackie has requested that you bring your instruments to celebrate Bruce’s love of music.

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“The poetry, the paintings and the music, they're all merely drawn from the well of mankind and so must be returned to him so that he may drink and in drinking come to know himself.” – Fredrico Garcia Lorca.


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News Feature #5...
(reprised from last week)

NSAI SONGWRITING CONTEST ENDS OCTOBER 31st

22 winners to be determined

This year's NSAI contest is sponsored by CMT.

Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) was established in 1967, and is “dedicated to protecting the rights of and serving aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music.” This year marks the 15th anniversary of the NSAI Song Contest presented by CMT. And this one is notable for sponsors who are serious players, and some fine prizes.

Grand Prize

• Mentoring session with Warner Music Nashville Recording Artist, Charlie Worsham.

• One-year single song contract with Little Louder Music.

• Publishing meetings with three (3) professional music publishers.

• A&R meeting with one major record label.

• Three-day (3) trip to Nashville including hotel accommodations and airfare.

• Two (2) tickets to the 2015 CMT Music Awards.

• More

There are prizes for the “Lyric-Only Winner:”

• Mentoring session with hit songwriter Tia Sellers.

• Publishing meeting with one (1) professional music publisher.

• One-year NSAI membership.

• Six (6) month Sonicbids subscription.

• More

There are prizes for the “Runners-Up:”

• Publishing meeting with one (1) professional music publisher.

• One-year NSAI membership.

• Song placement on the NSAI Top 40 song page.

• More

“Honorable Mentions” have tangible worth, too:

• Song placement on the NSAI Top 40 song page.

• Certificate of achievement.

Just for entering, “All Entrants” get a personalized score sheet.

Enter by printing-out the form on the website, or enter online via www.sonicbids.com.

The contest is open to amateur songwriters and all genres of music are accepted and encouraged.

The entry cost is $35 per entry for NSAI members and $45 per entry for all non-NSAI members. Songwriters may enter as many songs as they like.

All entries must be postmarked by the FINAL CONTEST DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. ET Oct 31, 2014.

Music industry executives, professional songwriters and NSAI board members judge songs based on lyrics, melody and composition. Performance and production will not be evaluated.

Prizes are awarded to one (1) Grand Prize CMT Listeners' Choice Winner, one (1) Lyric-Only Winner, ten (10) Runners-Up and ten (10) Honorable Mentions. All songs entered receive a personalized score sheet.

CMT urges users to refer to the Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy and Terms of Use info before entering any of our sweepstakes or contests. All details are at

www.nashvillesongwriters.com

Sponsors:

The Americana Music Association is a professional non-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The Association produces events throughout the year including the annual Americana Music Festival and Conference. www.americanamusic.org

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP's mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. www.ascap.com

Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in more than 8.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 600, 000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers www.bmi.com

Little Louder Music, formed by Arturo Buenahora and Eric Church, is home to great songwriters like Erin Enderlin, Eric Church, Luke Dick, Dave Pahanish, Haley Georgia, Jeff Hyde, Ryan Tyndell, Charlie Worsham and Oscar Charles. Little Louder Music recently celebrated the company's first No. 1 hit with "Give Me Back My Hometown" by Eric Church (Songwriters: Luke Laird and Church). www.littlelouder.com/

SESAC is a Performing Rights Organization (PRO) representing songwriters and music publishers and their right to be paid royalties whenever their songs are played in public. The most progressive organization in the U.S., SESAC represents such artists as Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Mariah Carey, Mumford & Sons and Zac Brown. Headquartered in Nashville, the company also has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and London. www.sesac.com/

“Why should you apply on Sonicbids?” asks contest sponsor, Sonicbids. They answer, “The Sonicbids' EPK (electronic press kit) is the industry standard for career-focused musicians. The EPK format and Sonicbids tools make it easy for us to review, filter applications and receive all the necessary info we need to book artists. Plus for artists, Sonicbids is a cheap and easy way to access hundreds of gig listings by 30, 000 promoters in over 100 countries.” (We have our own opinions on what they charge and what they give you.) Their site is www.sonicbids.com

We Make Tapes & Discs, another contest sponsor, says, “Customers have a lot of choices for their CD or DVD duplication and packaging needs, but We Make Tapes & Discs continues to prove that you can get great looking disc packages of any quantity and quick turnaround at very reasonable prices. We have great prices, we get the job done when promised (or before!) and we actually respond to your phone inquiries in real time -- no phone menus, messages or operators.” Their site is www.wemaketapes.com

More info on the contest is at http://www.cmt.com/asm/contests/nsai/2014/


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News Feature #6...
(reprised from last week)

HALLOWEEN “SCREAM STREAM” RETURNS ON FOLK ALLEY

The “Scream Stream” is back for October again this year. The popular web-based folk music web radio station tells us, “It's that time of year when the Folk Alley tries to scare the bejeezus out of you with the creepier side of folk music. Your Halloween season will be even more frightening when you listen to our exclusive Scream Stream - five hours of freakish folk music from around the world, with new music added for 2014. From murder ballads and Celtic myths to tales of demons, devils and ghosts, the Scream Stream is a horror story set to music. Feel the hairs on the back of your neck raise as you stream these eerie songs passed down by folks sitting around the fire on dark, autumnal evenings. Folk Alley's Scream Stream will be available until November, so visit our Scream Stream page and treat yourself to a spooky good time!”

You can listen at:
http://www.folkalley.com/music/halloween/



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★– FESTIVALS ! – ★– FESTIVALS ! – ★– FESTIVALS ! – ★

♪ THERE ARE TWO TONIGHT, before things that arrive this WEEKEND.

√ Thu, Oct 30,
FESTIVAL,
in OC (Fullerton):
6 pm Annual “DAY OF THE DEAD / DIA DE LOS MUERTOS” FESTIVAL at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Av, Fullerton 92833.

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√ Thu, Oct 30,
FESTIVAL,
in San Pedro:
5-9 pm Annual “SAN PEDRO DIA DE LOS MUERTOS” happens this year in two parts. Tonight, it’s in conjunction with the weekly “SAN PEDRO ART WALK.” Saturday, it resumes, with performances by MARIACHI LOS TOROS, QUITAPENAS, SALT PETAL, and more.
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Both days, it’s a free event. Celebrate San Pedro's Dia de Los Muertos Festival with friends and family on the 300-block of 6th Street, right in the heart of San Pedro's Waterfront Arts District. Enjoy thematic street food, art, face painting, and a line up of live musical entertainment, both nights.



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√ Fri, Oct 31,
FESTIVAL,
in Topanga:
4 –10 pm Annual “THEATRICUM BOO-TANICUM” at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga; 310-455-3723; www.theatricum.com.
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It’s their annual Halloween festival, complete with a haunted house, games, food and lots of fun surprises for families with children of all ages (as well as adult children.)

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√ Sat, Nov 1,
FESTIVAL,
in San Pedro:
Annual “SAN PEDRO DIA DE LOS MUERTOS” happens this year in two parts. Thursday, it’s in conjunction with the weekly “SAN PEDRO ART WALK.” Tonight, Saturday, it resumes, with performances by MARIACHI LOS TOROS, QUITAPENAS, SALT PETAL, and more.
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Both days, it’s a free event. Celebrate San Pedro's Dia de Los Muertos Festival with friends and family on the 300-block of 6th Street, right in the heart of San Pedro's Waterfront Arts District. Enjoy thematic street food, art, face painting, and a line up of live musical entertainment, both nights.

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√ Ongoing, through Nov 10,
FESTIVAL,
in L.A.:
“ENCUENTRO 2014” is the the Los Angeles Theatre Center’s annual festival, in association with the “Latina/o Theatre Commons,” and it’s a national theatre festival from October 12 through November 10. This groundbreaking month-long event is the first theatre festival in the US to bring together more than 150 artists and 19 theatre companies from across the country to present 17 works that explore the multi-faceted Latina/o experience — from Pulitzer Prize-winning works and violence at the border, to immigration and the complexities of romantic relationships.
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Tix: Get $20 tickets (that’s almost 50% off) with promo code: ENC14 at www.TheLATC.org/festival-passes
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Use the same url to learn about the $75 ALL-ACCESS pass, allowing you to catch all the drama, all the laughter and all the stories for one price.
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Students enjoy significant savings with a $10 ticket (use promo code: STUDENT10).
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Al show schedules, tickets and info, at 213-489-0094 or www.TheLATC.org

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√ Sat & Sun, Nov 1 & 2,
Not a FESTIVAL, but cool,
in Santa Barbara:
9 am-8 pm "JURASSIC QUEST" at the Earl Warren Show Grounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara 93105.
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This is not your ordinary exhibition. It’s billed as “The largest exhibition of lifelike, moving, museum-quality dinosaurs in North America,” and it includes everything from realistic dioramas to lots of hands-on interactivity.
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Who didn’t grow-up enamored with dinosaurs? Okay, maybe you’ve seen fossilized bones mounted into full skeletons in museums, or even experienced earlier moving re-creations of the ancient beasts. But wait. Ever wanted to RIDE one?
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Jurassic Quest offers a dinosaur adventure for the whole family. The main dinosaur exhibit features ultra-realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs; over 50 life-size dinosaurs in all. Visitors can interact with these huge creatures, learn about them and even RIDE a few. It features realistic scenes, enormous dinosaurs, cute baby dinosaurs and lots of fun activities for kids of all ages. There are huge T-Rex and Triceratops fossil digs where young paleontologists can uncover long-hidden dinosaur bones. There’s also the “Dino Bounce” area with several towering dinosaur-theme inflatable mazes, plus that odd activity that kids love, face painting. There are Dino crafts, and the promo promises, “much more.”
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The producers tell us, “We are passionate about creating outstanding guest experiences. Our exhibitions have opened to great success around the country and have delighted audiences in convention centers, fairgrounds and other venues. Thanks to our team of experts and our collaborations with our paleontological partners, we’ve been able to build an exceptional product and a solid reputation.”
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Tix: Adults (13-64) $20; Kids (ages 2-12) $16; VIP Kids (ages 2-12) $24; Kids under age 2 are free; Seniors & Military with ID, $16.
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Regular tickets include the Dinosaur Exhibit, Dino Crafts, Dino Science Station, Dino Theater, coloring station, Dino Tour, Dino Basketball, and Dino Soccer. Tickets for dinosaur rides, dinosaur inflatables and the fossil dig can be purchased for $5 each. There is additional cost for face painting and green screen photography.
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VIP Tickets include all the regular ticket attractions plus unlimited Dinosaur Rides, unlimited Dinosaur Inflatables, unlimited Fossil Dig, unlimited Dino Scooters, and unlimited Dino Bungee Pull. There is additional cost for face painting and green screen photography.
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Runs Sat, 9 am-8 pm; Sun, 9 am-7 pm. More info and advance tix, at:
www.jurassicquest.com
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√ Sun, Nov 2,
FESTIVAL,
in L.A.:
Noon-5 pm “YOUTH POWER-UP DAY” is a free festival at California Plaza, 350 S Grand Av, L.A. 90071; 213-687-2272.
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Local youth and their families are invited to a free outdoor festival in downtown Los Angeles, when California Plaza will come alive with performances by student ensembles, presentations about music education and youth development, and a jam session with local youth hosted by KEVIN EUBANKS, former leader of the “Tonight Show” band. Presented by Berklee College of Music and A Place Called Home, as part of the 2014 Berklee City Music Network Conference.

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POST-WEEKEND…

√ Mon, Nov 3,
10 am-4 pm 3rd Annual “DIA DE LOS MUERTOS FESTIVAL” includes a performance by CONJUNTO LOS POCHOS at East Los Angeles College (ELAC), 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park 91754.
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Includes artists, vendors, music, food, and toy drive for “Wish Upon An Angel.”

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THIS WEEKEND, OUT-OF-TOWN…

√ Fri-Sun, Oct 31-Nov 2,
FESTIVAL,
in Logandale, Nevada (NE of Vegas):
Annual “FALL FESTIVAL” is an OUTDOOR BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL in Logandale, NV, includes music by the SALTY SUITES, a car show, carnival, BBQ, and allows you to BYOB.
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More at http://logandalefallfestival.com/
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Tix, $5 advance, $8 at gate. Site is at 1301 Whipple Av, Logandale, NV 89021; 702-398-3247. Salty Suites play Fri, Oct 31, 4-5 pm and 10-11 pm. Sat, Nov 1, 7:30-8:30 pm.



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Fri, Sat & Sun, Oct 31-Nov 2, in Hollywood
8 pm "RE-ANIMATOR- THE MUSICAL, " at Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood.
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Adapted from the story by H.P. Lovecraft. Based on the film “H.P. Lovecraft’s Re-Animator” produced by Brian Yuzna. Musical director: Peter Adams. Choreography by Cynthia Carle. Directed by Stuart Gordon.
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Stuart Gordon revives his hit musical in time for the Halloween season with new stars and some returning actors. The plot? At the local college, the dean's beautiful daughter is put in danger when science prodigy Herbert West invents a serum to re-animate the dead. Features hilarious songs and spooky special effects. Runs Fridays through Sundays at 8 pm, and just extended through Nov 23, after which it goes to Vegas.

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Fri, Sat & Sun, Oct 31-Nov 2, in WeHo:
8 pm (6 pm Sun) "GARBO'S CUBAN LOVER, " at the Macha Theatre, 1107 N Kings Rd, West Hollywood 90069.
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Based on true events. screenwriter MERCEDES De ACOSTA has affairs with both GRETA GARBO and MARLENE DIETRICH. Like Mae West said, “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” Runs Fri & Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 6.



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Thu, Oct 30, at USC:
5 pm “ARCHIVES, ALGORITHMS AND ART” is a program in the “VISIONS & VOICES” series at the Friends of the Libraries Lecture Hall in Doheny Memorial Library, Bldg 240, on the USC campus in University Park, L.A.
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Admission is free and open to everyone. Reception to follow. While advance reservations are full, tickets will be available at the door on a standby basis.
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Kevin Hamilton, a leader in national conversations about arts-based research, will shed light on an early cybernetics lab that also produced zines, an interactive database of nuclear-test films and a comic book examining the anti-war and racial politics of the 1960s. Hamilton will be joined by former student Ben Grosser, whose projects include a painting robot and a software program intended to confuse the NSA. They will present a hands-on workshop on prototyping, collaboration and interactive art and design. The event will also consider how digital interfaces are changing our conceptions of friendship, why we become emotionally attached to software and much more. Organized by Tara McPherson (Critical Studies and Gender Studies). Co-sponsored by the Harman Academy for Polymathic Studies.

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Thu, Oct 30, in Long Beach:
5 pm KEN O'MALLEY brings his authentic and original Irish music to his weekly residency at the Auld Dubliner, 71 S Pine Av, Long Beach 90802; 562-437-8300 .

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Thu, Oct 30, in South Pasadena:
5 pm BARRY “BIG B” BRENNER plays his acoustic blues residency at Firefly Bistro, 1009 El Centro St, South Pasadena 91030; 626-441-2443 .

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Thu, Oct 30, in VC (Camarillo):
5:30 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “CAMARILLO ROUND TABLE PIZZA SONG CIRCLE” at Round Table Pizza. Location and info at www.songmakers.org

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Thu, Oct 30, in San Diego Co (Santee):
6:30-9:30 pm Weekly “WOOD 'N' LIPS OPEN MIC” at Kaffee Meister Santee Coffeehouse, 9225 Carlton Hills Bl, #30, Santee.

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Thu, Oct 30, in Malibu:
8 pm JAKE SHIMABUKURO, the ukulele master and multi-instrumentalist and vocalist with a wide-ranging repertoire, plays the Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University, 24255 P.C.H., Malibu 90265; 310-506-4522.

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Sat, Oct 30, in Altadena:
8 pm THE MISKEY MOUNTAIN BOYS play their CD release show for their debut CD, “MISKEY BEFORE BREAKFAST,” 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 www.coffeegallery.com. (“the venue named by the Guide’s editor, writing in FolkWorks, as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”).
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A bluegrass band like no other, THE MISKEY MOUNTAIN BOYS features the world class musicianship of JOHN MARSHALL, EVAN MARSHALL, DUANE MICHAELS and MICHELLE LYNSKEY.
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Evan Marshall is one of the preeminent mandolinists in the world. Renowned for his stunning duo-style playing, he is a true virtuoso, and his jaw-dropping rendition of The William Tell Overture as a solo piece is legendary to mandolin enthusiasts worldwide. John Marshall, also a virtuoso of his craft, has wowed audiences for more than 25 years with his unique and incomparable melodic / rhythmic slap bass style. Duane Michaels, known for his dynamic and masterful solos, is widely considered to be on of Bluegrass’ most authentic and innovative fiddle players. Rounding out the MMB line-up is bassist /vocalist, Michelle Lynskey, who has been a featured performer on film and television soundtracks for more than 20 years, and was also a world championship Irish Dancer. Individually, they’ve performed all over the world, and at prestigious venues such as the HOLLYWOOD BOWL, various POPS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS, and have been featured performers in radio, television and film, including A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION with GARRISON KEILLOR, and HBO’S series, BIG LOVE. They are now delighted to be combining their talents and expertise to create this incredible, one-of-a-kind band. This wonderful show consists of unique and exciting musical arrangements that incorporate hints of jazz, classical and swing with traditional Bluegrass, and includes such innovative elements as double double slap-bassing, blazing fiddle duets, driving Bluegrass tunes, amazing vocals and harmonies, and powerful step dancing. Add in the joy and camaraderie of these long time friends, and you have an evening of fun and music you won’t soon forget.
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The Miskey Mountain Boys are proud to announce the release of their debut CD, “MISKEY BEFORE BREAKFAST.”
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From the very first resonant bowed bass opening of the title track, to the fast and furious final notes of the cd, MISKEY BEFORE BREAKFAST takes listeners on a musical journey they’ll never forget. From classical bluegrass to classical music, from the sounds of swing to blues and jazz, each track carries the distinct signature that only this band can deliver. Their unique arrangements and infectious energy “Miskify” each tune, providing that innovative and creative flavor that leaves the listener happily satisfied.
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One of the many things this recording successfully captures is the high energy and intimate feel the band is known for. Other unique elements that are featured on this cd include incredible slap bass, energetic twin fiddle numbers, mellifluous mandolin solos, drum-like percussion on the bass, and inspiring vocals.
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Featuring audience favorites as well as four never-before heard tracks, MISKEY BEFORE BREAKFAST is sure to delight current fans as well as inspire a new following of folks who will love the creativity and musicianship of The Miskey Mountain Boys.
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Tix, $20.

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Thu, Oct 30, in San Diego:
8 pm RHYTHM FUTURE QUARTET brings Djangostyle Gypsy Jazz to Dizzy's, 4275 Mission Bay Dr, Pacific Beach 92109; 858-270-7467.

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Thu, Oct 30, in SFV (Chatsworth):
8 pm HOLLYWOOD HILLBILLIES perform the second of two nights, plus, the venue’s annual “POOL TOURNAMENT” concludes (beginning at 7:30 pm), at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166.
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“POOL TOURNAMENT” is double elimination, blind draw partners; $5 per person (amount can change by players); $5 from Cowboy Palace per entry. Sign up with the bartenders.
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Thu, Oct 30, in L.A.:
8 pm Weekly “L.A. HOOTENANNY” at L.A.’s “steam punk” bar, Villains Tavern, 1356 Palmetto St, Los Angeles 90013; 213-613-0766 .



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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

THE WEDNESDAY MUSIC SCENE, October 29 2014

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Here’s a short but very complete edition covering tonight only. If you’re not getting Game Sevened or you’re looking for some post-game musica, we’ve gotcha covered.


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Wed, Oct 29, in Torrance:
6-8:30 pm ANDY & RENEE play the Buffalo Fire Department, 1261 Cabrillo Av, Torrance.

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Wed, Oct 29, in South Pasadena:
7 pm Weekly “WINE & SONG SERIES” brings acoustic music by BRAD COLERICK and his performing guest recording artists, at the Firefly Bistro, 1009 El Centro St, South Pasadena 91030; 626-441-2443.
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Wed, Oct 29, in South Pasadena:
7:30-10:30 pm Weekly “IRISH TRAD SESSION” at Griffins of Kinsale, 1007 Mission St, South Pasadena; 626-799-0926.

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Wed, Oct 29, in VC (Simi):
7:30-11 pm SONGMAKERS twice-monthly “SIMI VALLEY HOOT” in Simi Valley; location and info at www.songmakers.org

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Wed, Oct 29, in Echo Park (L.A.):
8 pm ROBERT ELLIS & JONNY FRITZ play the Echo, 1822 Sunset Bl, Echo Park; 213-413-8200. www.attheecho.com.
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Tix, $10 & $12, at: http://ticketf.ly/1Dn6ji1
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JONNY FRITZ (formerly JONNY CORNDAWG) is an immaculate, hilarious and downright awesome folkster. Combine him with Robert Ellis this Wednesday and you've got yourself a fine evening at The Echo.
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About ROBERT ELLIS…
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“I want this record to be more about the Paul Simons and the Randy Newmans and the other half of my upbringing, which is very much rooted in pop.” – Ellis recently told Rolling Stone.
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Robert Ellis is the kind of songwriter who only comes along once in a great while. With his first two albums, a promise was made. With his new record, The Lights from the Chemical Plant, that promise has been delivered and fully realized. The music, like the artist, refuses to accept the confines of a box, and burns white-hot from the inside out. But what seems even more striking about this record, this musician, even at a first glance, is that feeling of unyielding authenticity.
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With every remarkable cut, with every twist and turn, Robert’s life and his experience, shine through. His days growing up in a small industrial town in Texas, his move to Houston, and now as a 24-year-old man, when not on the road performing around the world, living with his wife in Nashville.
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The Lights from the Chemical Plant, produced with great care and precision by Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Kings of Leon, Norah Jones), and recorded at Eric Masse’s Casino studio in East Nashville for New West Records, is an album that has a way of grabbing you by the hand and pulling you in so that it can play with your soul. Alive with memories and innovation, you become absorbed in the world Robert paints with his smoky lyrics, his hypnotic voice, and his masterful work on the guitar. But then something happens. Something new. Something special. And it begins with the very song for which the album is named, “Chemical Plant.” You realize that Robert’s building layer upon layer of different sounds from different places and different times. A synthesis of sounds and textures that pick you up and pull you in even deeper.
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R&B, bossa nova, fusion, free jazz – from the rousing beat of “Good Intentions” to the floor stomping bluegrass anthem “Sing Along,” you’ve bought your ticket and you’re in for the ride. And so it goes, the floodgates standing wide open. The quiet, unexpected feel of a jazz guitar in perfect union with a steel guitar in the ballad, “Steady as the Rising Sun.” And so it goes. The soulful wobble of a saxophone in “Bottle of Wine,” and the dreamy pedal steel that draws you into “TV Song.” These are songs about love gained, about love lost, about growing up in a place where nobody stands too tall for fear of being knocked down (“Sing Along”). These are songs about lives broken, lives healed, and moving on.
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As if that weren’t enough, Robert gives us his interpretation of Paul Simon’s classic, “Still Crazy After All These Years,” which is pure elegance, cut against the song “Only Lies” with its quiet pulse, its dusky blue lyrics, and the story of a man trying to help a friend who refuses to believe that her husband is cheating on her…
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Only lies can comfort you,
Only lies will see you through.
Just because a thing’s convenient,
That doesn’t make it true.
Only lies can comfort you.
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Ellis’ growth as a man and musician is clear on The Lights From The Chemical Plant. And while some may call it a musical departure from his past, The Houston Chronicle best explains: “Ellis doesn’t place limitations on his music. Any perceived departure is just part of an ongoing creative journey.”
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More at robertellismusic.com
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About JONNY FRITZ…
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Nashville songwriter Jonny Fritz's work ethic and boldness have paid off in spades. It's been a big year for Jonny, with opening stints for Alabama Shakes, Deer Tick, Dawes, Shooter Jennings and rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson and kudos from CMT and Rolling Stone, among many others. He's signed a deal with indie label ATO Records (he actually signed the deal with gravy at Nashville landmark Arnold's Country Kitchen), and his third full-length album, Dad Country, is set for release on April 16, 2013.
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Produced by Jonny and Dawes' Taylor Goldsmith, recorded at Jackson Browne's Los Angeles studio and finished up in Music City, USA, this is a breakthrough album, balancing Fritz's earthy trademark humor and unfiltered worldview with some of his darkest material to date. The album has a Nashville sound kept aloft on a sure Southern Californian wind, no doubt from the influence of his backing band: Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, Tay Strathairn and Wylie Gelber of Dawes, Jackson Browne, and his Nashville band of Spencer Cullum Jr, Joshua Hedley, Taylor Zachry and Jerry Pentecost.
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Dad Country is also his first release under his real name, Fritz, with
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Now a music veteran with a decade of touring under his belt, he's grown into an accomplished, mature voice in country music. Says co-producer Goldsmith, "Funny as they can be at moments, his songs access realities and experiences that we're all familiar with but sometimes fail to consider the depths of. I was really honored to work on the record. We tracked for two days and arranged the songs on the spot. Everyone really responded to each other's ideas and the whole experience was really inspiring and easy. I chalk it up to the quality of Jonny's songs on this record."
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After nearly a decade spent on the road (since his late teens), it was well-earned luck that brought Jonny together with dream team that would bring Dad Country to life – including none other than Jackson Browne. Originally scheduled to record at another Los Angeles studio, Jonny and co-producer Taylor Goldsmith were left scrambling for a backup plan when their original producer flaked. As it happened, they were playing a show in Hollywood that week and Browne was in attendance. After the show, Browne approached Jonny and, learning of their troubles, generously offered up his studio. Just three weeks later, they were all holed up at Browne's, recording the new record.
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Fritz and Goldsmith had rehearsed most the songs together, but the rest of the band had to learn them run-and-gun style in the studio, nailing many of the songs on the first time ever playing them together. In just four days, they pounded out 14 tracks in one long, inspired rush and this excitement pervades the results. "It was really spontaneous," Fritz says.
"We just pulled it out of our proverbial asses as we went along." Fritz later re-recorded two of the songs that had evolved significantly on the road since the studio session – the Red Simpson-esque "Fever Dreams" and down-home lament "Ain't It Your Birthday" – using his own band back in Nashville. With these, the record was ready and dead-on with Jonny's vision of Dad Country.
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Like his songwriting heroes Tom T. Hall, Michael Hurley, Roger Miller and Clint Black, Jonny can turn phrases 'til you're dizzy, all while plucking your heartstrings or capturing a sharp, lonesome vulnerability that never seems lost or brooding. For Jonny Fritz is no tear-in-the-beer sap moaning over his lost love and troubles. He'd rather cry running marathons than sitting on a barstool. Rather than Outlaw Country, he prefers we think of him as "someone's weird Dad" and a musician of his own bent. He writes his every song with that deep country-music impulse to turn real experience into lyrical form.
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Born in Montana and raised in Virginia, Jonny grew up in the middle of mountains and weirdos of every allegiance, developing a blind man's ear for the slightest turn in a tale or human voice. He dropped out of school and left home early, totally undaunted, and toured the country on his motorcycle, selling just enough music to keep his freedom and stay ahead of bitterness. "If I could sell three CDs a night, I would have enough for gas and to make it to the next town."
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Cramming six lifetimes into six years and collecting triumphs and heartaches every corner of the globe, he eventually wound his way toward Tennessee. "Not because I wanted to break in over on Music Row and 'make it,' because I knew I didn't really belong there," he says. "I wanted to learn the ways of country music ... to get my education in this cool old world that exists only in Nashville."
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While immersing himself in the music world, Jonny began running marathons from Philadelphia to Barcelona and pounding out his signature leather works- the dog collars and guitar straps- seen all over Nashville and half the musical universe. He found himself in NYC for year trying to save a relationship, and its slow, painful unraveling (and demise) inspired Dad Country's bleakest, heartrending tracks, including "All We Do Is Complain" and "Have You Ever Wanted to Die."
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These days, life has never been better for Jonny Fritz. He's back in
Nashville again and putting down roots- and has even gone and bought himself a house. "It just keeps getting better. Now, the band is getting paid, I'm getting paid, everybody's happy, and we're packing 'em in when we play."
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"This is the dream life. I couldn't really ask for anything else."
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More at jonnyfritz.com/music
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More about tonight and the venue at: http://www.theecho.com/event/670013-robert-ellis-jonny-fritz-los-angeles/

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Wed, Oct 29, in SFV (Chatsworth):
8 pm HOLLYWOOD HILLBILLIES perform the first of two nights, plus, it’s the venue’s annual “POOL TOURNAMENT” starting at 7:30 pm, at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166.
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Wed, Oct 29, near LAX:
8 pm Weekly “GUITAROLOGY” brings various performers to the Melody Bar & Grill, 9132 S Sepulveda Bl, Los Angeles 90045; 310-670-1994.


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

TUESDAY TUNEFULNESS, October 28 2014

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Quick edition. Plenty happening, whether or not you're getting baseballed. One on the web. Lots in the venues. Here ya go.

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Happy Birthday to Bryson Jones

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Tue, Oct 28,
LIVE, ON THE WEB…
7-10 pm (Pacific) HOWARD GLAZER, MARCIA BALL, DAVE SPECTER, & KELLY ZIRBES (of KELLY’S LOT) are live “ON THE COUCH” on the show’s "MUSICIANS YOU SHOULD KNOW."
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Direct link for live stream: http://goo.gl/5oTvmZ
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About HOWARD GLAZER…
Howard Glazer Music is a masterful guitarist whose deep-voice vocals are expressive and solidly delivered. He draws from a wide musical background to create a powerful blend of serious blues, rock and acoustic compositions, yielding an uncompromising sound. His fifth album, Looking In The Mirror, was released on October 21st, and Howard will join me to discuss his musical journey and the new album.
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About MARCIA BALL…
Marcia Ball is a word-class keyboard player with an incredible vocal talent and has performed at festivals and clubs around the globe. The singer/pianist has been blending Texas blues, Louisiana swamp ballads and New Orleans second-line rhythms into her distinctive roadhouse roots-rock for 30 years, and now her 13th album, The Tattooed Lady & The Alligator Man has been released and Marcia is creating a stir all over again. I will sit with Marcia and discuss her long career and the new album and what she has in store for 2015.
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About DAVE SPECTER…
Dave Specter's “Blues & Beyond” has earned an international reputation as one of the premier talents on the Chicago blues scene and around the globe. His latest album, “Message In Blue,” was released this past May and has received wonderful reviews across the board. Dave and I will discuss his career and his love of the Blues while listening to music from his latest release.
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About KELLY ZIRBES…
Kelly returns with her roadhouse blues band KELLY'S LOT and with her new album, “Don't Give My Blues Away” for the show’s “COUCH KID NEW MUSIC SEGMENT” this week. Find out what this great singer -- and interviewer in her own right -- has been up to since she first sat “On The Couch” back on July 15, 2013, while we listen to cuts from the album.


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Tue, Oct 28,
ARTISTS MIXER,
6-9 pm LOS ANGELES WOMEN IN MUSIC (LAWIM) Fall “HAPPY HOUR NETWORKING HANG” in the River Rock Lounge at the Sportsmen's Lodge Event Center, on Ventura Bl in Studio City.
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Bring a friend and your business cards. Join women and men from all walks of the music industry. Meet new people, re-connect with old contacts, find that new job opportunity.
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Happy Hour drink prices extended until 9 pm just for this event. $5 well drinks, $7 signature cocktail of the day, $2 off draft beer prices,$2 off select wine of the day. $5 food menu. Business Card Drawing for LAWIM Swag Bag that includes a one year free membership or extension of LAWIM current membership.
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Tue, Oct 28, in Downey:
6 pm Monthly “DOWNEY FOLK MUSIC JAM” at the Barbara J. Riley Community & Senior Center, 7810 Quill Dr, Downey 90242; 562-904-7223.

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Tue, Oct 28, in Ventura:
6 pm-10 pm Twice-monthly “VENTURA BLUEGRASS JAM” at Milano’s Italian Restaurant in the Ventura Marina, 1559 Spinnaker Dr #100, Ventura; 805-658-8311.

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Tue, Oct 28, in T.O:
6 pm-10 pm Monthly “THOUSAND OAKS SONG CIRCLE” at the Greenhouse Café, 652 Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks 91360.

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Tue, Oct 28, in Arcadia:
7-9:30 pm Weekly "SONGWRITER SERENADE" brings performances this time by KELLY FITZGERALD, JIMI YAMAGISHI, VICKI CUNNINGHAM, DIANA GREENE, & host JC HYKE, at Matt Denny's Ale House, 145 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia 91006.

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Tue, Oct 28, in SFV (Toluca Lake):
7 pm Weekly “TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION” at Timmy Nolan's Tavern & Grill, 10111 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake 91602; 818-985-3359.

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Tue, Oct 28, in Signal Hill:
7 pm-late Weekly “BLUEGRASS SOUP JAM” at Convert-A-Tape, 2420 Gundry Av, Signal Hill 90755.

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Tue, Oct 21, in San Diego:
7-10 pm SUE PALMER plays the Tuesday Cajun-Zydeco series at Tio Leo’s Taco, 532 Napa St, San Diego.
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Tue, Oct 28, in SFV (Chatsworth):
8 pm COLDWATER CANYON plays the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166. Go early for the free dance lesson. No cover, full bar.

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Tue, Oct 28, in Altadena:
8 pm NEW COUNTRY REHAB plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; reservations, 626-798-6236.
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NEW COUNTRY REHAB is a four-man band that takes inspiration from old country songs and folk ballads -then spin them into modern, roots-rock, Americana. For a band with a double bassist, a rock-n-roll telecaster wheeler, a fiddle-playing singer, and a drummer who plays saw-blades and goat hooves, New Country Rehab uses much skill, dynamics and thought provoking song-writing to achieve their amazingly cohesive sound. They play loud, they play low, they play fast, they play slow... and all of it with passion for the songs, commitment to the groove, and love for performance. All the while they keep the fun in their performance.
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They cut through the clutter of watered-down musical imitations with a modern, high-voltage, alt-country sound. Combining sharp innovation and a deep respect and knowledge of timeless musical themes and motifs, New Country Rehab’s powerful music is full of love, loss, longing and joy.
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Spearheaded by lead singer and fiddle player John Showman joined by Charles James on guitar, Ben Whiteley on double bass and Roman Tomé on drums and backing vocals, the Toronto based collective is ”poised to be the next big thing in Canadian music” Tom Power, CBC Radio. Growing audiences in the U.S. And Europe are responding to New Country Rehab’s infectious love and enthusiasm for the music they are playing. The band make it, ”super accessible, not only to fans of roots/folk/country, but even to the broader, less country inclined audience” -- Josef Jensen, Indie Artist Podcast.
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday, Monday: a WORKSHOP for ARTISTS -- Oct 27 2014

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A quick and important bulletin today...
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Mon, Oct 27,
FREE WORKSHOP,
in L.A.:
7 pm  "EVERY ARTIST INSURED: FINDING AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE" at LA Stage Space, 4200 Chevy Chase Dr, Los Angeles 90039.
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This is a FREE workshop on health care for artists, open to everyone in the visual and performing arts. Guests are welcome.
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This workshop will:
1) Walk you through your Covered California options and requirements.
2) Provide important information relevant to freelancers and the self-employed.
3) Help you find affordable health insurance with the help of tax credits and federal subsidies.
4) Answer "all your burning questions."
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RSVP is appreciated as space is limited; use the option at the top of the page, at:
https://lasa.secure.force.com/ticket
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Questions? Email Crystal at cdiaz@lastagealliance.com
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Sponsors include Covered California, LA Stage Alliance, the Actors Fund, and South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC). The host, LA Stage Alliance, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization empowering artists and engaging audiences since 1975; it is dedicated to building awareness, appreciation and support for the performing arts in Greater Los Angeles strengthening the sector through audience engagement, community building, collaborative marketing, professional development and advocacy.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

UPDATED! Festivals? A FOLK FEST on SUNDAY. And DINOSAURS! Saturday & Sunday CONCERTS, Tix Alerts, and Music Events through the weekend & BEYOND; Oct 25 & 26, 2014

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What’s in this edition…

♪ NEWS FEATURES
. 1) Farewell to the late BRUCE FRANZEN
. 2) NSAI Songwriting Contest ends October 31st
. 3) JIM CURRY performs John Denver’s music with symphony, & more
. 4) Sunday’s Benefit For Breast Cancer show is sold-out, but you should know about it
. 5) Halloween “Scream Stream” returns on Folk Alley
. 6) “Samhain! A Celtic Halloween” is the story of Halloween & Celtic Tales of the supernatural

♪ FESTIVALS THIS WEEKEND

♪ TICKET ALERTS

♪ ONGOING EVENTS

♪ SATURDAY’S CONCERTS, JAMS, ETC.

♪ SUNDAY’S CONCERTS, JAMS, ETC.

♪ Notable Events AFTER this weekend


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News Feature #1:
(corrections made Oct 28)

FAREWELL TO THE LATE BRUCE FRANZEN, Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Board Member

By Michele Marotta, Guide correspondent

Bruce Franzen August 9, 1950 – October 15, 2014

I received a text message on Sunday, October 19, 2014 advising that Bruce Franzen had passed away. I first met Bruce in 1972. Over time, we lost contact, and then reconnected in 1991. We were friends ever since. Bruce was an "older brother" to me, helping me move once and he must have thought he was constantly rescuing me from bad relationships.

Bruce was past president of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, and together with his wife Jackie, the two have been organizers and volunteers on the roots music scene for many years.

Bruce's eyes would light up when Jackie's name was mentioned, and he was the love of her life.

Bruce was especially active with an annual event where he played a key role, the Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival. It’s a landmark event held every May at the old western-town movie set at Paramount Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, a site administered by the National Park Service. The couple’s other involvements include the acoustic music series held at the Airtel Hotel, along with a variety of folk, bluegrass and western music events.

The Topanga Banjo•Fiddle website still includes his autobiographical paragraph as a board member: "Hello, my name is Bruce Franzen and I'm a native Californian, born in the San Fernando Valley. I attended my first Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest in 1967 and after that I was hooked. Soon I began playing mandolin at the Blue Ridge Pickin' Parlor and then at Topanga itself in 1983. I am now serving on the Board of Directors of the contest. Currently I'm employed by the City of Los Angeles and since 1989 have volunteered for the Glendale Chamber of Commerce. I am a past president of that organization. I look forward to helping to make this year's Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest the most enjoyable ever. See you there!"

Those who saw Bruce at Topanga over those many years will carry fond memories of interactions with him.

I spoke to Bruce’s wife, now widow, Jackie, just after his passing. Jackie told me that she and Bruce had been together over 26 years. They were married for more than fourteen of those years.

In addition, Jackie shared, "Bruce and I were co-Presidents of the Jaycees at the same time. Bruce was also very active in elections and worked our precinct for a number of years. We did everything together. I love him so much."

Bruce had a very diverse working career. Initially, he was a plumber by trade. Bruce also worked for the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks Department for two years before he went to work for the LAPD Motor Transport Division.

About 18 months ago, Bruce told me his kidneys were failing. He came to my office and spoke to the attorney I where I worked at that time; the attorney had undergone a kidney transplant several years ago. The attorney, Mr. Gold, spoke to Bruce for almost two hours, explaining the pros and cons of dialysis, and suggested he look for a kidney donor.

Bruce was on dialysis several times a week, and last week, he succumbed to septicemia.

Bruce leaves behind his lovely wife, Jackie, their cat, and numerous relatives and friends, including his many music friends. All of whom will miss him.

If you have a story to share about Bruce, email Joy Felt (bgraskal1@earthlink.net) and she will incorporate it into Bruce’s special memory book for Jackie.

Services are Saturday, November 1, at 10 am in the chapel at Oakwood Memorial Park, 22601 Lassen St, Chatsworth, CA 91311; 818-341-0344.

Joy Felt will host a musical celebration for “A Life Well Lived” following the ceremony. Jackie has requested that you bring your instruments to celebrate Bruce’s love of music.

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News Feature #2...

NSAI SONGWRITING CONTEST ENDS OCTOBER 31st

22 winners to be determined

This year's NSAI contest is sponsored by CMT.

Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) was established in 1967, and is “dedicated to protecting the rights of and serving aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music.” This year marks the 15th anniversary of the NSAI Song Contest presented by CMT. And this one is notable for sponsors who are serious players, and some fine prizes.

Grand Prize

• Mentoring session with Warner Music Nashville Recording Artist, Charlie Worsham.

• One-year single song contract with Little Louder Music.

• Publishing meetings with three (3) professional music publishers.

• A&R meeting with one major record label.

• Three-day (3) trip to Nashville including hotel accommodations and airfare.

• Two (2) tickets to the 2015 CMT Music Awards.

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There are prizes for the “Lyric-Only Winner:”

• Mentoring session with hit songwriter Tia Sellers.

• Publishing meeting with one (1) professional music publisher.

• One-year NSAI membership.

• Six (6) month Sonicbids subscription.

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There are prizes for the “Runners-Up:”

• Publishing meeting with one (1) professional music publisher.

• One-year NSAI membership.

• Song placement on the NSAI Top 40 song page.

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“Honorable Mentions” have tangible worth, too:

• Song placement on the NSAI Top 40 song page.

• Certificate of achievement.

Just for entering, “All Entrants” get a personalized score sheet.

Enter by printing-out the form on the website, or enter online via www.sonicbids.com.

The contest is open to amateur songwriters and all genres of music are accepted and encouraged.

The entry cost is $35 per entry for NSAI members and $45 per entry for all non-NSAI members. Songwriters may enter as many songs as they like.

All entries must be postmarked by the FINAL CONTEST DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. ET Oct 31, 2014.

Music industry executives, professional songwriters and NSAI board members judge songs based on lyrics, melody and composition. Performance and production will not be evaluated.

Prizes are awarded to one (1) Grand Prize CMT Listeners' Choice Winner, one (1) Lyric-Only Winner, ten (10) Runners-Up and ten (10) Honorable Mentions. All songs entered receive a personalized score sheet.

CMT urges users to refer to the Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy and Terms of Use info before entering any of our sweepstakes or contests. All details are at

www.nashvillesongwriters.com

Sponsors:

The Americana Music Association is a professional non-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The Association produces events throughout the year including the annual Americana Music Festival and Conference. www.americanamusic.org

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP's mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. www.ascap.com

Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in more than 8.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 600, 000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers www.bmi.com

Little Louder Music, formed by Arturo Buenahora and Eric Church, is home to great songwriters like Erin Enderlin, Eric Church, Luke Dick, Dave Pahanish, Haley Georgia, Jeff Hyde, Ryan Tyndell, Charlie Worsham and Oscar Charles. Little Louder Music recently celebrated the company's first No. 1 hit with "Give Me Back My Hometown" by Eric Church (Songwriters: Luke Laird and Church). www.littlelouder.com/

SESAC is a Performing Rights Organization (PRO) representing songwriters and music publishers and their right to be paid royalties whenever their songs are played in public. The most progressive organization in the U.S., SESAC represents such artists as Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Mariah Carey, Mumford & Sons and Zac Brown. Headquartered in Nashville, the company also has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and London. www.sesac.com/

“Why should you apply on Sonicbids?” asks contest sponsor, Sonicbids. They answer, “The Sonicbids' EPK (electronic press kit) is the industry standard for career-focused musicians. The EPK format and Sonicbids tools make it easy for us to review, filter applications and receive all the necessary info we need to book artists. Plus for artists, Sonicbids is a cheap and easy way to access hundreds of gig listings by 30, 000 promoters in over 100 countries.” (We have our own opinions on what they charge and what they give you.) Their site is www.sonicbids.com

We Make Tapes & Discs, another contest sponsor, says, “Customers have a lot of choices for their CD or DVD duplication and packaging needs, but We Make Tapes & Discs continues to prove that you can get great looking disc packages of any quantity and quick turnaround at very reasonable prices. We have great prices, we get the job done when promised (or before!) and we actually respond to your phone inquiries in real time -- no phone menus, messages or operators.” Their site is www.wemaketapes.com

More info on the contest is at http://www.cmt.com/asm/contests/nsai/2014/


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News Feature #3...

JIM CURRY PERFORMS JOHN DENVER’S MUSIC WITH SYMPHONY, & MORE

If you’re of the right age, perhaps you remember listening to the radio in the summer of 1975 when John Denver sang, "Thank God I'm a Country Boy." At the very end of the song, after the last fiddle break, John Denver shouted, " John Sommers played the fiddle, and he wrote that song!"

“Thank God I'm a Country Boy” became a #1 hit song for 22 weeks, and was recorded on the popular live album, “An Evening With John Denver,” that went several times platinum. It was also recorded on another album, “Back Home Again,” but fans preferred the live version so that is what the radio played. For 22 weeks, the #1 chart-topping hit featured John Denver hollering out John Sommers name.

A songwriter couldn't ask for better recognition than that, but John Sommers takes it all in humble stride and says with a grin, "That song has been very good to me." Since then, “Thank God I'm a Country Boy” has been recorded by many artists, in many different languages around the world. It has also been the traditional "7th inning stretch" song of the Baltimore Orioles since 1975 - and any attempt to introduce a new song has been met with strong resistance from the fans.

This weekend, John Sommers joins Jim Curry and the band to pay tribute to the music of John Denver, and the show will include John Sommers once again performing his own hit song. The very talented John Sommers has still got it, and with Jim Curry doing guitar and lead vocals, the fun and inspiration of John Denver music comes alive once more.

Getting John Sommers to join him has taken Jim years. Much longer than it took to reunite other members of Denver’s original band, or even to get the original orchestra sheet music for each player from an all but forgotten vault. How do you follow all that? With two symphony shows.

After playing some school fundraisers together, Jim, John and the band will get on an airplane for two shows with the Charlotte Symphony in North Carolina, on Friday, Nov 7 and Saturday Nov 8th.

Jim says, “Symphony shows are always so amazing because you hear the powerful sound of an entire symphony added to the already powerful words and music of John Denver. We are so excited because this is the first time John Sommers has joined us for a symphony show and we know he will have as much fun as we have performing with an orchestra.”

Jim Curry is on the road a lot. Fortunately for Southern Californians, he and his wife Anne live here so we get opportunities to see them perform in small venues as a duo, and occasionally in larger venues with members of John Denver’s original band. Keep up with them at

www.jimcurrymusic.com


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News Feature #4...

SUNDAY’S BENEFIT FOR BREAST CANCER SHOW IS SOLD-OUT, BUT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT IT

This Saturday at The Mint, here in Los Angeles, a Benefit for Breast Cancer show brings a reunion of musicians after 25 years, and features a host of amazing players for the all-star jam after the show.

JANET ROBIN, a stellar guitarist, tells us, “We are also going to be joined by MICKY DOLENZ, singer and drummer from THE MONKEES. I grew up watching that show and singing all their songs. And now, PRECIOUS METAL will be backing him up as he sings a couple of great Monkee songs as a special guest during our set. I'm looking forward to re-living my childhood.”

Janet explains, “The benefit has turned out to be a great success with a totally sold out show at The Mint, amazing auction items like a pink JJ French Epiphone Les Paul, a Daisy Rock Rock Candy Guitar, special items donated by Rick Springfield, The Monkees, and more. All proceeds are going to Chemowize to help the fight against breast cancer, which several of my friends are fighting right now, including our bass player from Precious Metal. If you'd like to find out more about my old band from the ’80s, please visit http://www.preciousmetal-allgirlband.com/

“After this show, I will be back to my own solo work as I prepare for my next cd to be released 2016. I'll have some shows on occasion but mostly focusing on writing and recording at the moment.

“I will be participating in Neil Young tribute show happening in Santa Barbara in November, and I'm looking forward to that as well as the All Star Guitar Night at The Marriott during NAMM here in Anaheim, CA.

“Until then, ROCK ON and see you out and about!”

Janet Robin will play the “NEIL YOUNG TRIBUTE SHOW” on Tuesday, November 25th at SOHO in Santa Barbara. Don’t dawdle getting tickets.


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News Feature #5...

HALLOWEEN “SCREAM STREAM” RETURNS ON FOLK ALLEY

The “Scream Stream” is back for October again this year. The popular web-based folk music web radio station tells us, “It's that time of year when the Folk Alley tries to scare the bejeezus out of you with the creepier side of folk music. Your Halloween season will be even more frightening when you listen to our exclusive Scream Stream - five hours of freakish folk music from around the world, with new music added for 2014. From murder ballads and Celtic myths to tales of demons, devils and ghosts, the Scream Stream is a horror story set to music. Feel the hairs on the back of your neck raise as you stream these eerie songs passed down by folks sitting around the fire on dark, autumnal evenings. Folk Alley's Scream Stream will be available until November, so visit our Scream Stream page and treat yourself to a spooky good time!”

You can listen at:
http://www.folkalley.com/music/halloween/


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News Feature #6...

“SAMHAIN! A CELTIC HALLOWEEN” – IS “THE STORY OF HALLOWEEN & CELTIC TALES OF THE SUPERNATURAL”

The Guide looks forward to this one every year. And on Sunday, November 2nd, you’ll get two chances to enjoy it, at 3 & 7 pm, with both shows in the SFV (North Hollywood).

They’ve played a lot with the title this year, and no wonder, because this is a very full show of Irish music and dance, together with storytelling and performed scenes. Producer Aedan MacDonnell, who also performs, tells us, “The Dead Do Tell Tales, told through song, story, music and dance.” It’s produced through her company, Celtic Rhythms, at the Mayflower Club, 11110 Victory Bl, N Hollywood 91606.

Samhain: (pronounced sow-in, like the pig) is a Celtic Halloween extravaganza. You'll hear tales of the true origins of the Jack O' the Lantern, of ghostly encounters, and the origins of All Hallows' Eve, told with high energy Irish dances, traditional Celtic tunes that will bewitch your feet and keep your toes a-tappin', ghostly love songs that will rip your heart out, and exciting dances with real swords and axe handles with the dancers in very close proximity to one another. The promo asserts, “You won't want it to end!” That’s true. It’s that good.

Aedan says, “This year we have a new line-up in outstanding musicians, as well as those that have been with the show from year one. And we also have an official Samhain song, written by Padraic Conroy, one of our new additions. He wrote two songs for the show, one is previewed on our website.”

You can enjoy that one at http://celtic-rhythms.com/samhain

The Guide heartily endorses this show, which has become an annual tradition on the Southern Cal arts scene. We recommend you get tix right away, as it will likely sell-out. And we recommend you opt for the “Preferred” seats, because the venue has a flat floor.
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Tickets for the 3 pm show are $15 general seating, $18 Preferred Seating
Tix for the 7 pm show are $18 general seating, $22 preferred seating.
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Info & tickets at:
www.Celtic-Rhythms.com/Samhain
email: celticrhythms22@gmail.com
Tix by phone at 818-939-4313



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♪ THIS WEEKEND, fall music festival season isn’t so hectic. There’s ONE folk fest with a great lineup on Sunday. But that’s okay, because either Saturday or Sunday, you can go play with the dinosaurs in the desert or the contraptions at the STEAM event in San Pedro. Dinosaurs. Seriously. Read on.

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√ Sun, Oct 26,
FESTIVAL,
in Topanga:
11 am-6 pm Annual “TOPANGA FOLK FEST” with performances by FREEBO, THE WILD REEDS, DAN NAVARRO, PETER ALSOP, MINER, JULIA FORDHAM, THE HANI NASSER BAND, PHILIP BOONE, GWENDOLYN, PAUL KENNEY, JUDITH OWEN, & ARNOLD McCULLER, at the Topanga Community Center Clubhouse, 1440 N Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga 90290.
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Anam Cara and Label27 present the Topanga Folk Fest with a strong local lineup. This cultural heritage event and benefit concert takes place on the beautiful grounds of the Topanga Community Club. This annual event is a fundraiser for Gabriel’s House at Anam Cara, a non-profit end-of-life compassionate care home that provides a nurturing environment to ease the end-of-life transition by attending to the mind, body and spirit of an individual and their loved ones. Along with being a fundraiser and fun-filled family event, Topanga Folk Fest celebrates the folk arts and artists of the region.
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√ Sat & Sun, Oct 25 & 26,
Not a FESTIVAL, but cool,
in Lancaster:
9 am-8 pm "JURASSIC QUEST" at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 W Avenue H, Lancaster 93536; take the Ave H exit off the 14 Fwy in Lancaster.
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This is not your ordinary exhibition. It’s billed as “The largest exhibition of lifelike, moving, museum-quality dinosaurs in North America,” and it includes everything from realistic dioramas to lots of hands-on interactivity.
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Who didn’t grow-up enamored with dinosaurs? Okay, maybe you’ve seen fossilized bones mounted into full skeletons in museums, or even experienced earlier moving re-creations of the ancient beasts. But wait. Ever wanted to RIDE one?
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Jurassic Quest offers a dinosaur adventure for the whole family. The main dinosaur exhibit features ultra-realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs; over 50 life-size dinosaurs in all. Visitors can interact with these huge creatures, learn about them and even RIDE a few. It features realistic scenes, enormous dinosaurs, cute baby dinosaurs and lots of fun activities for kids of all ages. There are huge T-Rex and Triceratops fossil digs where young paleontologists can uncover long-hidden dinosaur bones. There’s also the “Dino Bounce” area with several towering dinosaur-theme inflatable mazes, plus that odd activity that kids love, face painting. There are Dino crafts, and the promo promises, “much more.”
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The producers tell us, “We are passionate about creating outstanding guest experiences. Our exhibitions have opened to great success around the country and have delighted audiences in convention centers, fairgrounds and other venues. Thanks to our team of experts and our collaborations with our paleontological partners, we’ve been able to build an exceptional product and a solid reputation.”

Tix: Adults (13-64) $20; Kids (ages 2-12) $16; VIP Kids (ages 2-12) $24; Kids under age 2 are free; Seniors & Military with ID, $16.
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Regular tickets include the Dinosaur Exhibit, Dino Crafts, Dino Science Station, Dino Theater, coloring station, Dino Tour, Dino Basketball, and Dino Soccer. Tickets for dinosaur rides, dinosaur inflatables and the fossil dig can be purchased for $5 each. There is additional cost for face painting and green screen photography.
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VIP Tickets include all the regular ticket attractions plus unlimited Dinosaur Rides, unlimited Dinosaur Inflatables, unlimited Fossil Dig, unlimited Dino Scooters, and unlimited Dino Bungee Pull. There is additional cost for face painting and green screen photography.
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√ Fri & Sat, Oct 25 & 26,
Not a FESTIVAL, but cool,
in San Pedro:
11 am-7 pm The Los Angeles “STEAM CARNIVAL” debuts, at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, Warehouse No. 10, 112 E 22nd St, San Pedro.
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STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) is the creation of Los Angeles engineering entertainment company Two Bit Circus. This interdisciplinary team of artists, inventors, engineers, educators, and entrepreneurs is passionate about reimagining all forms of entertainment to inspire kids of all ages.
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STEAM Carnival is an entertainment showcase that combines hands-on social games with project-based learning to inspire students to pursue science, technology, engineering, art, and math.
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Play custom games, build robots that play music , explore tech-infused fashion, race friends through lasers, cheer on acrobats and fire-breathers.
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Tix, $25 adults, $20 students age 7-18 years old; kids age 6 and younger get in free. Purchase tickets at http://2bc.io/tickets
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Take $5 off each online ticket with promo code LAWEEKLY
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Free for military families: "I am very happy that STEAM Carnival is allowing us to offer FREE tickets to MILITARY families, " said L.A. City Councilman Buscaino. But those tix are limited. Military personnel can bring military ID to Councilman Buscaino's San Pedro office now (638 S. Beacon St., #552 in San Pedro) or to the Battleship Iowa, to receive their tickets while supplies last (two tickets per family).
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√ Sat & Sun, Oct 25 & 26,
Pseudo-FESTIVAL,
in Industry:
All-day Annual “BEYOND THE GRAVE TOURS” at the Homestead Museum, 15415 E Don Julian Rd, City of Industry 91745; www.homesteadmuseum.org; 626-968-8492.
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Times are 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6 pm.
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American attitudes toward death and memorialization changed dramatically from the 1840s through the 1920s. Come and explore this rich history with us the last weekend of October. Tours will include appearances by Victorian-era undertaker Mordechai Mudd and Madame Ludmilla the Medium. Space on each tour is limited and advance purchase is highly recommended. Tickets include light refreshments.
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ON-SALE NOW...

ECLECTIC GUITARS featuring ERIC JOHNSON & MIKE STERN at The Regent (downtown L.A.) on January 23. Tickets went on sale Fri, Oct 24 at noon Pacific.

ECLECTIC GUITARS featuring ERIC JOHNSON & MIKE STERN at City National Grove of Anaheim on January 22, Presale: Thu, Oct 23, 10 am-10 pm with password: GUITARS.

JACKSON BROWNE & FRIENDS at the Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara on October 25.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATION Featuring CAFÉ TACVBA, OZOMATLI, LAS CAFETERAS, HY BRASIL + more at the Santa Barbara Bowl on November 1.

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND plus GARY CLARK JR., and GREYHOUNDS on Sat, Nov 1, at 6:30 pm at the Greek Theatre.


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Sat & Sun, Oct 25 & 26, in Hollywood
8 pm "RE-ANIMATOR- THE MUSICAL, " at Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood.
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Adapted from the story by H.P. Lovecraft. Based on the film “H.P. Lovecraft’s Re-Animator” produced by Brian Yuzna. Musical director: Peter Adams. Choreography by Cynthia Carle. Directed by Stuart Gordon.
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Stuart Gordon revives his hit musical in time for the Halloween season with new stars and some returning actors. The plot? At the local college, the dean's beautiful daughter is put in danger when science prodigy Herbert West invents a serum to re-animate the dead. Features hilarious songs and spooky special effects. Runs Fridays through Sundays at 8 pm, and just extended through Nov 23, after which it goes to Vegas.

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Sat & Sun, Oct 25 & 26, in WeHo:
8 pm (6 pm Sun) "GARBO'S CUBAN LOVER, " at the Macha Theatre, 1107 N Kings Rd, West Hollywood 90069.
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Based on true events. screenwriter MERCEDES De ACOSTA has affairs with both GRETA GARBO and MARLENE DIETRICH. Like Mae West said, “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” Runs Fri & Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 6.



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Sat, Oct 25, in downtown L.A.:
All day “THE ODYSSEY: A READING OF HOMER'S EPIC BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE” as “The L.A. Odyssey Project” presents an exciting daylong marathon reading of Homer's “The Odyssey” at the historic Central Library in downtown Los Angeles. Readers of all ages and backgrounds are invited to participate.

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Sat, Oct 25, in the San Bernardino Mtns:
Noon-4 pm JAMIE & THE HILLBILLIES, THE REED BROTHERS, BARNABY FINCH’S JAZZGRASS, and DEVON EISENBARGER, play a BENEFIT FOR “LIVING FREE,” at Living Free, 54250 Keen Camp Rd, Mountain Center; 951-659-4684.

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Sat, Oct 25, in Highland Park (L.A.):
1 pm Monthly “OLD TIME / TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN FIDDLE & BANJO JAM” at the Audubon Nature Center in Debs Park, 4700 N Griffin Av., Highland Park; off the 110 Fwy, in Los Angeles 90031; 323-221-2255.

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Sat, Oct 25, in SFV:
5 pm "MUSICAL COMEDY NIGHT AT JULIE'S JOINT" brings the SEASON FINALE to this backyard house concert series. Reservations get directions by email, at Juliesjoint@johnzipperer.com
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It's an evening of "Comedic Singer-Songwriters in the Round," with performances by PHIL WARD, ERIC SCHWARTZ, and CHAUNCEY BOWERS, plus the series' house band, THE JOHN ZIPPERER TRIO.
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PHIL WARD, who has played Disneyland many times, is lighthearted. ERIC SCHWARTZ, the guy with a gazillion You-Tube views, is bawdy at times. And listen closely to CHAUNCEY BOWERS, the full-fledged science professor who manages to sing very well for a guy with his tongue firmly planted in his cheek.
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JOHN ZIPPERER's CD is currently #1 on the Roots Music Report, and "Sailing Away" is #2 in California. THE JOHN ZIPPERER TRIO is the Julie's Joint house band condensation of John Zipperer & Friends, and features Barrett Tagliarino & Jime Van Booven. (Tara & Art will be in Alaska working on a play and making money.) The John Zipperer Trio will just be back from their appearances at the FAR-West Conference in Oakland, CA.
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More on each act:
Phil Ward-- www.philwardmusic.com
Eric Schwartz -- www.ericschwartz.com
Chauncey Bowers -- www.chaunceybowers.com
John Zipperer -- www.JohnZipperer.com
All of the musicians will have CDs for sale.
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Doors at 5 pm; music starts at 5:30 with the John Zipperer Trio. Potluck dinner follows the opening set. Then Eric Schwartz, Chauncey Bowers & Phil Ward perform in the round. You are invited to bring your guitar for the song circle that follows.
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$20, all goes to the musicians.

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Sat, Oct 25, in OC (Mission Viejo):
6 pm ANTHONEY KEARNES, world-famous founding member of the renowned music group, THE IRISH TENORS, performs BENEFIT for “Wells of Life,” hosting a fundraising gala at the Mission Viejo Country Club. Google for info.

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Sat, Oct 25, in Lakewood:
6:30 pm Weekly “BLUEGRASS CONCERT” with various bands at Me N Ed’s Pizza Parlor, 4115 Paramount Bl, Lakewood 90712; 562-421-8908.

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Sat, Oct 25, in Griffith Park:
7 pm Annual "EEK AT THE GREEK" featuring Hollywood star guests and SYMPHONY IN THE GLEN, at the Greek Theatre.
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This has become a landmark event. Here are a few comments gleaned from reviews by past reviews:
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"Eek! At the Greek, Symphony in the Glen [presents] a family friendly event with an edge, thanks to an impressively scary reading of 'The Tell-Tale Heart' by Stacy Keach over original music by conductor Arthur Rubinstein. The all ages costume competition added some fun and originality. A really great musical selection in a majestic setting elevated a chilly night."
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"Eek at the Greek is definitely for families with small children. It seems geared toward the area schools. The symphony sounded great, the hanging chandeliers set the stage, and it was fun to see the musicians in costumes. I loved all the pieces selected and the readings by Stacy Keach and Melissa Chalsma. I did expect lots of screaming babies and restless toddlers, which is fine, but the adults seemed to think the music was a backdrop for conversing. I'm glad the kids get exposure to classical music but wish the adults would respect the performance more."
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"Another great show. This was [the] third year of the performance and my third year attending. As word spreads on this event there are more and more kids, which is a good thing but also a bad thing as they were pretty loud for the first song or two. It is a great family event, although I don't have kids. Trying to mix it up this year they had three new pieces, I was only a fan of one of the three, that being 'Ritual Fire Dance, ' but I wasn't a huge fan of the story (although my friend was) and I don't know the music of 'Wicked' to appreciate it. Also in the spirit of mixing it up on 'Sorcerer's Apprentice' they started with verses by Goethe which were a nice addition. Intermission was, again, a costume contest, and while the host (some reporter from ABC) was funny, it was the weakest of the contests thus far. The second half opened with the 'Funeral March of the Marionette' with them bringing in kids to conduct. The start, again this year, was Stacy Keach reading Edgar Alan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart." This either ties or surpasses the first year's reading. They closed again with 'The Devil's Dance' which was my favorite song of the night. I did wish they played more of the classics - 'Danse Macabre, ' 'Toccata & Fugue, ' or 'Night on Bald Mountain, ' but nevertheless it was a great show."
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Note that "Eek at the Greek" is a Nederlander event. Nederlander is in a fierce competition against Ticketmaster for a new 20-year contract to operate the Greek. Though no one else is saying it, we want to advise you that this could be the final year for this event.
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Tix at:
http://m.ticketmaster.com/event/09004D25AB72349E?brand=greektheatre&camefrom=cfc_ndrcon_grk_October22

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Sat, Oct 25, in Venice:
7 pm HONEYSUCKLE POSSUMS, TALL MEN GROUP, and SWEET TALK RADIO play a full evening at Witzend, 1717 Lincoln Bl, Venice 90291 (just W of Venice Bl) ); www.witzendlive.com.
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About the venue…
WitZend is an upscale, live music club located on the Westside of Los Angeles in Venice, CA that offers a wide variety of incredible performances nearly every night of the week. WitZend is a listening room & guests come to enjoy the great talent that plays its stage! It is an intimate setting with some table seating as well as other open seating. Table reservations are available by calling: 310-305-4792. There is a full bar & some choice foods including yummy sandwiches, wraps, salads, gourmet pizza, etc. There is plenty of street parking up & down Lincoln Blvd. More at http://witzendlive.com
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9 pm - TALL MEN GROUP brings together six of L.A.’s finest singer-songwriters: SEVERIN BROWNE, EDWARD TREE, JIMMY “MUFFIN” YESSIAN, MARTY AXELROD, JEFF KOSSACK, and JOHN STOWERS. A Tall Men show is rich with brotherly rapport, crafted harmonies, stories and musicianship. But that's only the icing. The cake is the songwriting. Accessible, fresh, original, often funny, always moving. Audiences from Oregon to San Diego rave that "every song is a gem". The overwhelming success of their West coast tour prompted the band to release their first album, “12 by 6;” in 2013, which is available on CD baby, iTunes and at their live shows. It’s also the birthday celebration for the group’s founder, Jimmy “Muffin” Yessian. More at http://tallmengroup.weebly.com
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8 pm - SWEET TALK RADIO is the husband and wife team of KATHRIN SHORR & TIM BURLINGAME. This dynamic duo, based in Los Angeles, draws on the combination of Shorr's captivating vocals and Burlingame's lyrical guitar. Their music has earned them recurring spots on the iTunes Singer Songwriter chart and the ears of music supervisors on some of today's top tv shows. More at http://sweettalkradio.com
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7 pm - THE HONEYSUCKLE POSSUMS are a Santa Barbara-based all-girl folk-bluegrass-old timey band. The three lead singers, NICOLA GORDON (fiddle & ukelele); SUSAN MARIE REEVES (guitar, strumstick & ukelele) and REBECCA TROON (banjo, fiddle, bodhran & tin whistle) are all accomplished songwriters. LISA MACKER plays standup bass & mandolin while joining in on vocals & harmonies. RUTH ALPERT is the band’s dancing percussionist, an Appalachian-style flat-footer, who seems to float as she makes it easy for the crowd to dance and clap along. The Possums intention is “to create and share bliss through music”. Their collective joy onstage is delightful, & their performances are carried on a strong current of love and friendship. “Possum” audience members often comment on how that energy is positively contagious. More at http://honeysucklepossums.com
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"The Possums have hearts full of honey. These women clearly love what they're playing. This is true Americana... and they're mighty tight as well. If you could taste the sound, it would be clear country Honeydew Vinewater. Give them a listen! " -- Johnny Sacko / Santa Barbara, possum friend.
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$10 for all three bands. More info & tix at http://witzend.tunestub.com/event.cfm?id=163896&cart

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Sat, Oct 25, in Altadena:
7 pm INCENDIO 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 www.coffeegallery.com. (“the venue named by the Guide’s editor, writing in FolkWorks, as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”).
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INCENDIO, in both Italian and Spanish, means “fire,” and this moniker is fitting for a musical group whose sound is all about energy, exploration, and passion. At the heart of INCENDIO’s sound is the Latin or Spanish guitar which can conjure up romantic as well as powerful and bold images – they refer to their style as “Latin Guitar World Fusion”. Averaging over 130 concerts a year for the last four years, INCENDIO’s live show has become an explosive improvisatory journey, garnering tremendous audience response in such diverse venues as the Strawberry Music Fest in Yosemite, the Sundance Film Festival, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, Huntington Arts Festival on Long Island, Ford Amphitheater, California World Festival, the Levitt Pavilions in Pasadena CA, Memphis TN, Westport CT, Bethlehem PA, Arlington TX, and many more.
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Their latest summer 2013 release, "The Shape of Dreams" has been hitting #1 on the Amazon.com mp3 charts since its release and is playing on radio stations across the US, as well as Pandora and Spotify. INCENDIO is Jim Stubblefield (guitar), Liza Carbe (bass and guitar), and Jean-Pierre Durand (guitar). This evening the group will be joined by drummer Tim Curle. incendioband.com
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Sat, Oct 25, in OC (Mission Viejo):
7 pm PETE HUTTLINGER, renowned guitarist from John Denver’s band, plays the second of two shows in different venues for the “Lord Of The Strings” Concert Series, this one at the Mission Viejo Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Dr, Mission Viejo 92691; tix, 949-842-2227 or 949-244-6656.

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Sat, Oct 25, in SFV (North Hills):
7 pm TOM PRASADA RAO plays the season closer for the Starlight House Concert series in North Hills. Reservations get directions at stardustconcerts@gmail.com or by phone at 818 895-8414.
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TOM PRASADA-RAO is a musician's musician -- an unassuming presence on the folk scene since the early nineties. His voice belies his musicianship and his extraordinary songs. From Rishi’s Garden with it’s homage to Ravi Shankar to the groove of Sleeping Beauty, Tom’s music is melodic, ambitious, and reverent. He's starting to tour again after being featured last year on the nationally syndicated TV show, “Troubadour Texas.”
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From headlining major festivals 15 years ago, to the relative obscurity of a recording studio - Tom continued to mature as an artist. That work blossomed into an impressive resume of producing credits as well as cuts (his songs covered by other artists). This year (2014) marks Tom’s departure from his adopted life and his return to the road.
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“Visually and musically, Tom is the most compelling presence to emerge in the singer-songwriter genre as I've seen in a long time.” — Jim Bessman, Billboard.
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“Prasada-Rao gives his folk songs an R&B flavor. George Benson, Grover Washington Jr, Marvin Gaye and a number of other Motown greats come to mind when listening to Hear You Laughing.” — Charlene J. Arsenault, The Boston Globe.
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“Tom Prasada-Rao is a rare and brilliant performer. His fine voice and thrilling guitar work hold you spellbound while he heals your heart.” — David Wilcox, Singer-Songwriter.
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Doors at 6:15 pm. Potluck sides, snacks, drinks, goodies welcome and encouraged.
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Sat, Oct 25, in San Diego Co (Carlsbad):
7 pm DAN LEVENSON plays “THE BANJO SERIES” at the Museum of Making Music, 5790 Armada Dr., Carlsbad 92008; 760-438-5996.

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Sat, Oct 25, in Redondo Beach:
7-10 pm ANDY & RENEE, founding stars of the award-winning band HARD RAIN, play the Avenue A Bar And Grill, 800 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach 90277.

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Sat, Oct 25, in SFV (Woodland Hills):
7-11 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “WEST VALLEY HOOT” in Woodland Hills 91367. Location and info at www.songmakers.org

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Sat, Oct 25, in VC (Santa Paula):
7:30 pm TOM CORBETT TRIO featuring BILL KNOPF on banjo and MIKE MULLINS on guitar at the Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S 7th St, Santa Paula 93060; 805-525-4645; www.santapaulatheatercenter.org
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Tom has a few Southern Cal gigs, and he says, “After that, I'll be on tour in Germany and the Netherlands for about a month and half. These places are a little closer but if you find yourselves over in the Deutschland look me up and I'll buy you one of those giant steins of beer and a sausage.”

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Sat, Oct 25, in Santa Monica:
7:30 pm SON MAYOR plays the Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St, Santa Monica 90401.
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Voted "Best Salsa Band" by LA Weekly, Son Mayor is one of the hottest salsa tickets in town. Led by the Ortiz brothers-Eddie, Julian, Alfred "El Niño", and Georgie-the 12-piece band is a horn, bass, and percussion powerhouse that knocks people out of their seats and onto the dance floor. Performing a sultry mix of vintage and contemporary Latin music, Son Mayor has joined the best of the best onstage, including Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Los Van Van, and Ozomatli. Ready for a salsa dance workout? Come see for yourself why this band sizzles.
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Come early for a pre-show lecture at 6:45 pm with KCRW's Tropical Latin DJ Guido Herrera-Yance.

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Sat, Oct 25, in Santa Monica:
7:30 pm STRING MADNESS plays the Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St, Santa Monica 90405; 310-399-1631.

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Sat, Oct 25, in Palmdale:
7:30 pm Monthly “JAVA JAM” brings performances by DAZMENN WILLIAMS, LENNY DODGE, & BRAD RODGERS at Butler's Coffee, 40125 10th St West, Suite I, Palmdale 93551, near the Antelope Valley Mall; 661-272-9530.
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Sat, Oct 25, in Santa Clarita (Newhall):
7:30 pm GRATEFUL DUDES play their weekly bluegrass residency at Vincenzo's Pizza, 24500 Lyons Av, Newhall 91350. (Lyons exit off I-5.)

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Sat, Oct 25, in Hollywood:
8 pm BOB DYLAN plays a second night at the Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028.

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Sat, Oct 25, in Venice:
8 pm THE SYNCOPATHS play the "FOLKWORKS SEASON FINAL CONCERT" at the newly renovated Talking Stick, 1411 Lincoln Bl (at California St.), Venice 90291. Venue is in inside corner of strip mall, behind Pollo Loco. Parking available in back or in Ross Dress For Less parking lot.
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At the heart of the band's sound are the twin engines of Ryan McKasson's dynamic, Scottish-based fiddling and the understated-but-monster picking of mandolinist Ashley Broder. Jeff Spero provides wonderfully inventive and surprising piano accompaniment, anchored by the driving power of Christa Burch's non-traditional bodhrán. The Syncopaths are equally at home with pulsing, high-energy dance tunes and beautiful, contemplative songs. They ably stretch melodic boundaries while keeping a steady, compelling, danceable beat.
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Doors at 7 pm; food available at the venue.
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Tix: General Admission, $18; FolkWorks members ("Friend" level and above) can get reserved seats for $16. Order online at:
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Sat, Oct 25, in SFV (Northridge):
8 pm THE KATHY KALLICK BAND plays the Bluegrass Association of Southern California (BASC) series at the New Mission Theater at Rancho Cordillera del Norte, 9015 Wilbur Av, Northridge 81324.

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Sat, Oct 25, in SFV (Van Nuys):
8 pm CLADDAGH, a well-known Celtic band, plays a “pirate show” for the Noble House Concerts series in Van Nuys 91411. Reservations get directions at 818-780-5979 or email to barb@noblehouseconcerts.com

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Sat, Oct 25, in N San Diego Co (Poway):
8 pm CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE plays the Poway Center for Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Rd, Poway 92064; 858-668-4797.

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Sat, Oct 25, in Malibu:
8 pm THE DUNWELLS play the Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University, 24255 P.C.H., Malibu 90265; 310-506-4522.

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Sat, Oct 25, in South Pasadena:
8 pm Monthly “4th SATURDAY CONTRADANCE” features live music by BEES KNEES and SUSAN MICHAELS doing the calling, at the Woman’s Club of South Pasadena, 1424 Fremont Av, South Pasadena 91030.
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Arrive early for the Potluck Dinner at 6:30. Instruction for new dancers is at 7:30. Contradance: 8-11 pm.
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Adults, $10 ($7 if you come in costume for Halloween); students with ID, $7; age 12 and under, free. CDSS members get $1 off. Flyer at http://urbanoldtime.com/boo.html; more info at www.caldancecoop.org

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Sat, Oct 25, world music, in L.A.:
8 pm TINARIWEN plays the Luckman Fine Arts Center, 5151 State College Dr, Los Angeles 90032; 323-343-6600.

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Sat, Oct 25, in Santa Monica:
8 pm ELLIS PAUL plays McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497.

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Sat, Oct 25, in Arcadia:
8 pm GUITAR SHORTY, plus the BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND, at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia 91006; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349.
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Right out of high school at the age of 16, GUITAR SHORTY joined RAY CHARLES and his band for a year. At the age of 17 he recorded a single under the direction of WILLIE DIXON on the Cobra label. When Shorty was lured away to play with GUITAR SLIM he moved to New Orleans. In New Orleans, Shorty fronted his own group that became the house band at the legendary Dew Drop Inn. There he played with greats such as T BONE WALKER, BIG JOE TURNER, and LITTLE RICHARD. It took a job with SAM COOKE to get 19-year-old Shorty on the bus and on his way to the West Coast. When Shorty married Marcia he also got JIMI HENDRIX, Marcia's brother for a brother-in-law. The young Jimi Hendrix came to see Shorty play often, and they were friends until Jimi's untimely death.
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Like a Texas tumbleweed, Shorty rolled back to the Los Angeles area in 1971 and Los Angeles has remained his home. He cut his first full album and got his first “W.C. Handy Award” while living here.
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Venue has full bar and offers good food with generous portions. Great place, but bring earplugs. Seriously.
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Substantial discount for advance tix (it’s always very reasonable here, anyway):
http://arcadiabluesclub.ticketleap.com/

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Sat, Oct 25, in Culver City:
8 pm PRESTON REED, guitarist extraordinaire, plays Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City 90230; 310-398-2583.
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We had this guy as a performing guest multiple times on the old “Tied to the Tracks” radio show, and everyone who was listening was dazzled and became his fan.
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“Widely thought of as the world’s most gifted guitarist” -- Total Guitar
“Spectacular… the best one-man show this reviewer has seen since Bruce Springsteen… A terrific performer” -- The Irish Independent
“In a class of his own” -- London Evening Standard
“A major musical talent” -- Manchester Evening News
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PRESTON REED....
“Question: when is an acoustic guitar not an acoustic guitar?
Answer: when it’s in the hands of New York visionary Preston Reed.” -- Total Guitar
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Percussive fingerstyle master Preston Reed, who inspired such latter day flattop heroes as Andy McKee and Kaki King, arrives tonight at Boulevard as part of his U.S.A. tour of his mind blowing new album.
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Using the two-handed integrated percussive acoustic technique he pioneered in the 1980’s, Reed fuses chord-based grooves, soaring melodic runs and polyrhythmic percussion that integrate the breathtaking potential of the guitar body. Preston Reed doesn’t need a band. He is the band.
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Twenty-seven years after his idiosyncratic style was born, Reed’s seismic global impact has created a sea of guitarists playing in his style. Today at the height of his game, Reed's recordings and live performances still define the sound of the pioneering compositional guitar genre he invented over a quarter century ago.
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The decades since, have seen Reed touring globally. In 2012, the guitarist was an irresistible force, spellbinding the UK and Europe on the 50-date Guitar Masters Tour alongside Andy McKee. He sold out – twice – in Singapore, charmed Irish audiences, and dropped jaws in countries as far-flung as Croatia. That year, as a popular draw on the corporate circuit, Reed’s unique skills saw him requested by global brands including Nike USA, Revolution Growth and the Dubai-based GAC Corporation – while a set at the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh has since clocked over a million views. 2013 saw him perform in China, Mexico, South Africa, France, the UK, and Poland.
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Preston's live shows are full of contrasts, by turns explosive and sweetly lyrical. He riffs with the conviction and guts of a rock band, yet plays with the subtlety of the most delicate of jazz pianists. There are no fancy gadgets or gimmicky FX - just 6 strings (or occasionally 12), two hands and a daring and innovative musical imagination that crosses all boundaries.
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With a career spanning over four decades, this trailblazer still tours and records with a passion that flows into the hearts, heads and feet of his audience.

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Sat, Oct 25, in San Pedro:
8 pm EXPANSIONS - DAVE LIEBMAN GROUP at Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro 90732; 310-519 1314.

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Sat, Oct 25, in L.A.:
SOLD OUT: 8 pm “PRECIOUS METAL REUNION BENEFIT SHOW FOR BREAST CANCER” presented by Chemowize, features a performance by JANET ROBIN, at The Mint.

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Sat, Oct 25, in Pasadena:
10 pm THE KLEPTOCRATS play the Old Towne Pub in Pasadena.



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*** Note the FESTIVALS and WORKSHOPS happening today are in their own section, near the front.

Sun, Oct 26, in Hollywood:
8 am-1 pm FAIR MARKET BAND plays their weekly morning gig at the Hollywood Farmers Market, Ivar Av & Selma Av, Hollywood 90028. Free.

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Sun, Oct 26, in Torrance:
10 am-3 pm "TORRANCE ANTIQUE STREET FAIRE" features six hours of music by the talented STACY ROBIN; Torrance Antique Street Faire, 1317 Sartori Av, Torrance 90501.
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Stacy says, "We'll be playing from 10 am to 3 pm. Joined by ED GOULD on guitar. Drop by and say hello! Always a fun time with lots of crafts, antiques, good food and great people. Bring your instruments and jam!"
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Sun, Oct 26, in South Pasadena:
10 am BARRY “BIG B” BRENNER plays his weekly “BLUES BRUNCH” gig at the Firefly Bistro, 1009 El Centro St, South Pasadena 91030; 626-441-2443.

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Sun, Oct 26, in L.A.:
CANCELLED: 11 am-3 pm T-LOU & HIS SUPER-HOT ZYDECO BAND play the “ZYDECO BRUNCH” at St Bernadette Catholic Hall, 3825 Dan Felipe Dr, Los Angeles 90008.
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Tix, $45 per person, available by calling 323-293-4877, or go to www.Ticket River.com

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Sun, Oct 26, in SFV (West Hills):
Noon Monthly “BASC BLUEGRASS JAM” at Jeff Gold’s West Valley Music Center, 24424 Vanowen St, West Hills 91307; 818-992-4142 .

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Sun, Oct 26, in San Diego:
1:30-4:30 pm Monthly “SAN DIEGO FOLK SONG SOCIETY” session at the Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Branch Library, 9005 Aero Dr, San Diego.

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Sun, Oct 26, in Pasadena:
3 pm THE ROY SCHNIEDER DUO plays a matinee at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; reservations, 626-798-6236.
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Songwriter and multi instrumentalist Roy Schneider shares his tasty and beguiling stew of blues, country, folk, and Americana at venues throughout the U.S. and Europe, putting in more than 30, 000 miles on the road annually. His wife and musical partner, Kim Mayfield, drives. Roy has received accolades from several national festivals and competitions including the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival (Acoustic Blues, ) Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's Emerging Artist Showcase, and the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival's New Folk competition. Notable past performances include the MAD fest in Yorkshire, England, Nashville's Bluebird Cafe, and contestant on NBC's "The Voice."
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Schneider has performed on stage with Gove Scrivenor, Buddy Mondlock, Freebo (Bonnie Raitt, ) John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Tom Paxton. Roy's current CD, "Walls That Talk, " was fan funded and debuted at #3 on the Folk DJ chart.
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"Roy is a multi-instrumentalist, one of those horrible people who seemingly can play anything they pick up and play it beautifully... Festival promoters, take note. He is a solid performer waiting to fill a spot for you. Five stars!" -- Tom Paxton.
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"A heavy dose of ramblin’ Americana, complete with believable folk delivery and splattered with old-timey charm, Roy Schneider’s music is rooted in a way that ties him to the outlaw singers of the past — the part where there is no latching onto someone else’s bootstraps, just playing what you believe, that is." -- Scott Recker.
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"...like the best Americana should be, a compelling mix of narrative and instrumental beauty." -- Get Ready to Rock.
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“Roy Schneider fits in the same bag as such classic 'country' singer-songwriters as Guy Clark, John Prine, Steve Goodman and Townes Van Zandt. Well worth seeking out.” -- lan Cackett, Maverick Magazine, November-December 2013.
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"Roy Schneider has presence. It's impossible to dismiss him when watching him onstage. His music makes a powerful impact on the listener." -- Kathy Sands-Boehmer, No Depression.
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More at www.royschneider.com
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Sun, Oct 26, in San Pedro:
3 pm A BAND WITH NO NAME, America tribute, plus FORTUNATE SON, a C.C.R Tribute, at Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro 90732; 310-519 1314.

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Sun, Oct 26, in L.A.:
3-5:30 pm Monthly “IRISH SESSION” at the Wilde Thistle, 3456 Motor Av, Los Angeles; 310-730-6208; www.thewildethistle.com

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Sun, Oct 26, in OC (Costa Mesa):
3-8 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “COSTA MESA TRADITIONAL SONG CIRCLE & JAM” at Debby and Terry Koken's house in Costa Mesa 92627. Email for directions, dkoken@hmausa.com

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Sun, Oct 26, in San Diego:
Time tba BURGAN & CHAN: “SONGS & STORIES” at Swedenborg Hall, 1531 Tyler Av, University Heights neighborhood of San Diego.
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JERRY BURGAN is a musician, singer, songwriter, folk historian, and author who first became known as a member of WE FIVE, the Grammy-nominated ’60s folk-rock group he co-founded with the late MICHAEL STEWART. The group's hit recording of You Were On My Mind set a standard for vocal innovation and was #4 on Billboard's Top 100 songs of 1965 -- behind "Satisfaction." Burgan has led WE FIVE since 1968, and is the common thread appearing on all seven of their albums. He still finds time for occasional WE FIVE performances with his wife (and lead singer), DEBBIE BURGAN, but he also appears regularly in “SONGS & STORIES.” His first solo CD, “Jerry Burgan: Reflections, Songs & Stories,” released by Global Recording Artists, is based on material from the “Songs & Stories” show. Many of the stories told in this show can be found in Burgan's book, “WOUNDS TO BIND: A Memoir of the Folk-Rock Revolution.” This is a fine opportunity to hear original music at Swedenborg Hall, a venue with excellent acoustics.
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Advance discount tix available until 3 pm, day of show: Tix, $16 in advance, at:
http://comedyuc.com//Jerry.Burgan_10-26-14.html?utm_source=BURGAN+%26+CHAN+10%2F26%2F14&utm_campaign=10%2F26%2F14&utm_medium=email

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Sun, Oct 26, in Long Beach:
4 pm JOE SANDS Old Style Cajun Creole Band plays the “FALL FAIS DO DO” at the Cajun-Zydeco Dance series at Golden Sails Hotel, PCH Club, 6285 Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach 90803; 562-596-1631 or 562-708-8946.
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Doors open at 3:30 pm; dance lesson at 4 pm; band plays 4:30-7 pm. Gumbo available, $5 a bowl while it lasts. Info, call Karen at 562-708-8946.

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Sun, Oct 26, in Long Beach:
4-7 pm Weekly “TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION” at the Auld Dubliner, 71 S Pine Av, Long Beach 90802; 562-437-8300.

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Sun, Oct 26, in West L.A.:
5-9 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “WEST L.A. HOOT & POTLUCK” in West L.A. 90025; directions and info at www.songmakers.org or email WestLAHoot@Songmakers.org

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Sun, Oct 26, in SFV (NoHo):
6:30 pm “CELTIC HALLOWEEN” (the culture that started it) in a traditional Irish/Celtic musical "SAMHAIN CELEBRATION" with THE PRATIES performing, presented by at the Celtic Arts Center at the Mayflower Club, 11110 Victory Bl, North Hollywood 91606; 818-760-8322.
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Sun, Oct 26, in Long Beach:
7 pm ROSS ALTMAN, that walking encyclopedia of labor organizing and protest folk songs, plays the Found Theatre, 599 Long Beach Bl, Long Beach 90802; 562-433-3363 or www.foundtheatre.org

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Sun, Oct 26, in Pasadena:
7 pm THE DUO TONES plus PAUL JOHNSON & FRIENDS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; reservations, 626-798-6236.
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Surf guitar legend PAUL JOHNSON is well-known at the Coffee Gallery Backstage for his many appearances here as one-half of the DUO-TONES, the popular two-guitar unit that specializes in surf-style rock instrumentals (a la “Pipeline,” “Apache,” “Baja,” etc.) Lately, Paul has been busy assembling a new four-piece band dedicated to the same genre of music, and he has chosen to stage the DEBUT PERFORMANCE of his new band, PAUL JOHNSON AND FRIENDS, at the CGB.
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"Paul Johnson is widely acknowledged as second only in importance to Dick Dale as a 'founding father' of surf music in the early '60s." — Nervous Records Shop, www.nervous.co.uk
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"… one of the recognized founders of surf music’s colorful heritage… Paul began developing what was to become surf music as early as 1959." — jimfacey.com
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“The Belairs were the original surf crucible... there at the birth of surf. Paul Johnson defined (surf music’s) well crafted and balanced two-guitar structure, and wrote some of the most enduring instro tunes...” — Phil Dirt, reverbcentral.com
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"Johnson's distinctive style became known as the "South Bay sound, " spawning and inspiring many other bands including The Beach Boys." — www.surfhistory.com
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"Had Paul Johnson’s career ended after the Belairs’ 1961 recording of ‘Mr. Moto, ’ his importance in the history of rock and roll instrumental music would be insured; with his latest musical chapter he stands as possibly the most important figure in this select but vital genre..." — Dan Forte, assoc. editor, Guitar Player magazine.
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“...Paul Johnson, more than any other artist, has succeeded in bringing surf music into the present without sacrificing its past.” — Vintage Guitar magazine.
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"(Paul) continues to push the envelope of rock instrumental more successfully than any other artist." — Cosmic Debris.
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"Johnson’s compositions embody the prime ingredients that distinguish instrumental surf music—short, tight songs with active rhythm that underpins the bold, slightly distorted guitar tone which is the music’s focal point... (Johnson’s) experiments are worth keeping an eye on." — C.P. Smith, OC Register.
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"...a remarkably articulate player. His music covers a wide spectrum of popular music categories, including blues, country, rock and surf, which he plays with great technical ability... in his genre, he has to be one of the best I’ve heard." Mike Varney, "Spotlight" editor, Guitar Player magazine.
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"...a truly unique and authentic musical talent... his sound is as recognizably his own as that of Knoefler or Clapton. (Johnson’s) easy control, bright inflections, and flowing compositions make for uplifting listening..." — Brian Quincy Newcomb, CCM magazine.
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"Paul Johnson has become somewhat of a guru to the surf revival cult centered around bands such as the Mermen, Los Straitjackets, and Laika & the Cosmonauts." -- Dan Forte, Vintage Guitar magazine.
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"Paul Johnson is, according to many critics... quite simply the greatest surf guitarist alive." — Toe’s Tavern (Redondo Beach surfer’s bar).
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Paul has hand-picked some of the top players from within the surf-instro genre to work with him at this endeavor of love: accompanying him on the CBG stage for their first public performance will be: Ron Eglit (guitar and bass) — bassist for Dick Dale for 20 years; then more recently, guitarist for the Surfaris (“Wipe Out”) for another decade.
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Matt Quilter (guitar and bass) — veteran guitarist for the past twenty years with the innovative instro band the Reventlos.
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Duff Paulson (drums) — veteran drummer for the past twenty years with the classic traditional-style instro band the Torquays.
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As Ron & Matt are both adept at playing both the guitar and the bass, the plan here is to have them trade off between the two instruments, thus lending greater variety to guitar sounds within the band. The group’s repertoire will include all the surf and rock-instrumental classics, as well as Paul’s own catalog of original tunes. The goal for Paul Johnson & Friends is to move the genre forward with new ideas for the music, while remaining faithful to the original style that defines the surf-instrumental genre -- that style which, after all, Paul had helped to define in the first place.
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Sun, Oct 26, in Claremont:
7 pm Monthly “OPEN MIC” at the Folk Music Center & Museum, 220 Yale Av, Claremont 91711; 909-624- 2928.

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Sun, Oct 26, in Santa Monica:
7:30-11 pm Weekly “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” at O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 2226 Wilshire Bl, Santa Monica 90403; 310-829-5303.

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Sun, Oct 26, in Hollywood:
8 pm BOB DYLAN plays a third night at the Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028.

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Sun, Oct 26, in Santa Monica:
8 pm SEAN ROWE plays McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497.

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Sun, Oct 26, in San Diego:
8 pm ELLIS PAUL plays the “AMSD Concerts” series at Normal Heights Community Center, 4649 Hawley Bl, San Diego 92116; 619-303-8176.

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Sun, Oct 26, in Griffith Park (L.A.):
8 pm DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES plus special guest MUTLU at the Greek Theatre.

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Sun, Oct 26, in San Diego:
10 pm Weekly “BLUEGRASS BRUNCH” at Urban Solace, 3823 30th St, San Diego 92104; 619-295-6464.



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Tue, Oct 28, in L.A.:
8 pm “AN EVENING WITH LEON RUSSELL” at the GRAMMY Museum, 800 W Olympic Bl, entrance on Figueroa, Los Angeles 90015.
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SOLD OUT.

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Sat & Sun, Nov 1 & 2,
Not a FESTIVAL, but cool,
in Santa Barbara:
9 am-8 pm "JURASSIC QUEST" at the Earl Warren Show Grounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara 93105.
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This is not your ordinary exhibition. It’s billed as “The largest exhibition of lifelike, moving, museum-quality dinosaurs in North America,” and it includes everything from realistic dioramas to lots of hands-on interactivity.
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Who didn’t grow-up enamored with dinosaurs? Okay, maybe you’ve seen fossilized bones mounted into full skeletons in museums, or even experienced earlier moving re-creations of the ancient beasts. But wait. Ever wanted to RIDE one?
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Jurassic Quest offers a dinosaur adventure for the whole family. The main dinosaur exhibit features ultra-realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs; over 50 life-size dinosaurs in all. Visitors can interact with these huge creatures, learn about them and even RIDE a few. It features realistic scenes, enormous dinosaurs, cute baby dinosaurs and lots of fun activities for kids of all ages. There are huge T-Rex and Triceratops fossil digs where young paleontologists can uncover long-hidden dinosaur bones. There’s also the “Dino Bounce” area with several towering dinosaur-theme inflatable mazes, plus that odd activity that kids love, face painting. There are Dino crafts, and the promo promises, “much more.”
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The producers tell us, “We are passionate about creating outstanding guest experiences. Our exhibitions have opened to great success around the country and have delighted audiences in convention centers, fairgrounds and other venues. Thanks to our team of experts and our collaborations with our paleontological partners, we’ve been able to build an exceptional product and a solid reputation.”

Tix: Adults (13-64) $20; Kids (ages 2-12) $16; VIP Kids (ages 2-12) $24; Kids under age 2 are free; Seniors & Military with ID, $16.
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Regular tickets include the Dinosaur Exhibit, Dino Crafts, Dino Science Station, Dino Theater, coloring station, Dino Tour, Dino Basketball, and Dino Soccer. Tickets for dinosaur rides, dinosaur inflatables and the fossil dig can be purchased for $5 each. There is additional cost for face painting and green screen photography.
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VIP Tickets include all the regular ticket attractions plus unlimited Dinosaur Rides, unlimited Dinosaur Inflatables, unlimited Fossil Dig, unlimited Dino Scooters, and unlimited Dino Bungee Pull. There is additional cost for face painting and green screen photography.
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Runs Sat, 9 am-8 pm; Sun, 9 am-7 pm. More info and advance tix, at:
www.jurassicquest.com
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Sat, Nov 1, in San Diego Co (Encinitas):
7:30 pm SMALL POTATOES, plus SABRINA & CRAIG, play the "SAN DIEGO FOLK HERITAGE" series at San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas 92024
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It’s an evening of music featuring two acclaimed folk duos: SMALL POTATOES and SABRINA & CRAIG.
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JACQUIE MANNING and RICH PREZIOSO of the Chicago-based SMALL POTATOES say it has taken them years of careful indecision to develop a repertoire they describe as “Celtic to Cowboy.” Superb musicianship and showmanship, award-winning songwriting, and a strong sense of tradition has made them, as Dirty Linen Magazine once said, “one of the most polished, inventive, and entertaining shows on the circuit.”
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SABRINA & CRAIG’s signature sound is rooted in luscious harmonies that envelop the listener. Their heartfelt vocal connection is anchored by Craig’s masterfullycrafted guitar voicings while Sabrina’s bass, ukulele and percussion expand the dimension of their performances.
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More info at http://sdfolkheritage.org/events/small-potatoes-sabrina-and-craig
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More about Small Potatoes at www.smallpotatoesmusic.com
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More on Sabrina & Craig at www.sabrinaandcraig.com
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Tix for the all-ages event is $15 for SDFH members and $18 general admission. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.ticketweb.com

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Sun, Nov 2, in SFV (NoHo):
3 & 7 pm “SAMHAIN! A CELTIC HALLOWEEN” – The Story of Halloween & Celtic Tales of the Supernatural (The Dead Do Tell Tales) told through song, story, music & dance, produced by Celtic Rhythms, at the Mayflower Club, 11110 Victory Bl, N Hollywood 91606.
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The Guide heartily endorses this show, which has become an annual tradition on the Southern Cal arts scene. We recommend you get tix right away, as it will likely sell-out. And we recommend you opt for the “Preferred” seats, because the venue has a flat floor.
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Samhain: (pronounced sow-in, like the pig) is a Celtic Halloween extravaganza. You'll hear tales of the true origins of the Jack O' the Lantern, of ghostly encounters, and the origins of All Hallows' Eve, told with high energy Irish dances, traditional Celtic tunes that will bewitch your feet and keep your toes a-tappin', ghostly love songs that will rip your heart out, and exciting dances with real swords and axe handles with the dancers in very close proximity to one another. The promo asserts, “You won't want it to end!” That’s true. It’s that good.
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Tickets for the 3 pm show are $15 general seating, $18 Preferred Seating
Tix for the 7 pm show are $18 general seating, $22 preferred seating.
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Info & tickets at:
www.Celtic-Rhythms.com/Samhain
email: celticrhythms22@gmail.com
Tix by phone at 818-939-4313

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Fri-Sun, Nov 7-9,
FREE FESTIVAL,
in Pasadena:
"PLAY/GROUND ANNUAL NEW PLAY FESTIVAL" at Boston Court Theatre, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena 91106; 626-683-6883; www.bostoncourt.org
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The free readings are open to the public. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling emailing JoeM@bostoncourt.com or calling 626-683-6883. Limit 4 tickets per reservation.
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Friday, November 7 at 8 pm “MOJADA: A MEDEA IN LOS ANGELES,” by Luis Alfaro, directed by Jessica Kubzansky Luis Alfaro, author of the explosive Oedipus el Rey, continues his reexamination of the Greek classics through the modern lens. Mojada is a breathtaking reimagining of Euripides' Medea transported to East Los Angeles. In an epic journey of crossing borders, Medea, a Mexican seamstress with extraordinary skill, is running from a past filled with betrayals. With husband Jason and their son in tow, our storied heroine’s struggle to adapt takes a disastrous toll when old and new worlds meet in the City of the Angels. Alfaro's stunning contemporary take on the Greek myth tackles family, tradition, culture and the explosive moment when they all collide.
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Saturday, November 8, 11 am “MAD BEAT HIP & GONE,” by Steven Dietz, directed by Michael Michetti Mad Beat Hip & Gone is an on-the-road comedy with a jazz soul. This valentine to the wanderlust of growing up imagines the adventures of the two guys who may have been in the car right behind Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady in 1947. America, it's been said, is the country where you always find the thing you never knew you were searching for.
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Saturday, November 8, 2:30 pm “HILLARY AND CLINTON,” by Lucas Hnath, directed by Lindsay Allbaugh In an alternate universe light years away from our own is a planet called Earth. It looks a lot like our Earth, except it's slightly different. And living on this other earth is a woman named Hillary. Hillary is trying to become the president of a country called the United States of America. It's 2008 and she's campaigning in a state called Iowa. She's not doing very well in the polls. She needs more money to keep the campaign going, so she calls her husband for help. He offers her a deal, a tough deal, but when she gets his help, she gets more than she bargained for. You may think you know where this story is going, but you don't. After all, the play takes place in an alternate universe where anything can happen...
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Saturday, November 8, 5 pm “IN A WORD,” by Lauren Yee, directed by Casey Stangl For Fiona, today is the two-year anniversary of her young son’s disappearance. And still, nothing makes sense. Not her blasé husband, the incompetent detective, or the neighborhood kidnapper who keeps introducing himself in the checkout line. But when her son’s case is on the brink of being declared “cold,” Fiona delves back into her memories of that fateful day, to uncover that crucial missing piece. in a word chronicles Fiona’s attempts to make sense of the past, as grief and comedy collide, and ordinary turns of phrase take on dangerous new meanings.
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Sunday, November 9, 11 am “YOUR NAME WILL FOLLOW YOU HOME,” by Carlos Murillo, directed by Michael John Garces The young, reclusive novelist Danny Santiago came out of nowhere and took the literary world by storm. His novel, Famous All Over Town, was a gritty, authentic depiction of Chicano life in East L.A. told through the eyes of a troubled teenager. But is it authentic? And who is the real Danny Santiago? And what happens when best friends and collaborators Javier and Alvaro attempt to make sense of the story. Originally commissioned by Steppenwolf Theatre, Your Name Will Follow You Home takes us on a wild, only-in-America, odyssey to the darkest heart of these questions. Charlie Chaplin. Communists in Hollywood. HUAC. The Blacklist. 50s B-Monster Movies. Architectural Fantasias. Fake Latinos. Jesse James.



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