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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tuesday Music (a real “Wow” midweek night), plus NEWS and UPDATED “Ticket Alerts,” all in this July 28 edition...

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Check today’s “News Features.” And make sure you peek ahead in the updated “Ticket Alerts” section which includes FESTIVALS coming THIS WEEKEND. And of course there’s an ’uge amount of music tonight. Just ’uge.


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Guide to this edition…

1) NEWS... Two features about live music that’s here or almost here.
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♪ Annual “INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW” is now playing its L.A. / OC dates, through August 2
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♪ WYE OAK, an exciting duo in town for two shows, July 29 & 30...

2) FESTIVALS & MUSIC CAMPS TODAY...

3) TUESDAY’s Music & Arts Scene

4) TICKET ALERTS…
Separate categories for ongoing events, upcoming festivals, & concerts

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♪ Annual “INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW” is now playing its L.A. / OC dates, through August 2

♪ WYE OAK, an exciting duo in town for two shows, July 29 & 30...

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♪ ANNUAL “INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW” IS NOW PLAYING ITS L.A. / OC DATES, THROUGH AUGUST 2

The “Overthrow” is an international tour which happens throughout the Los Angeles from July 24-August 2, at various venues throughout L.A. and OC.

International Pop Overthrow – or “IPO,” ot “the Overthrow,” as it has affectionately become known – is a series of dates that constitute a piecemeal music festival, featuring alt-pop, rock, some rootsy folk-rock, and probably some other niche-market bands, from around the world. The roving one-gig-at-a-time festival is centered annually in several U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, as well as dates in England and Canada.

This year’s tour began in San Diego back in February, then went to Phoenix in March, and leaped over to Chicago and Detroit in April. It was in Milwaukee to begin May, before spending the rest of that month in England, in Liverpool and London. June wisely provided a break for bands to play the festival circuit.

It’s doing its “Los Angeles” dates RIGHT NOW, in venues all over the L.A. area and OC.

IPO will spend the rest of August in San Francisco (Aug 17-20), Seattle (Aug 24-27), and get into September in Vancouver, B.C. (Aug 30-Sep 3). After a break, it picks-up in Austin (Sep 29-Oct 2), then goes to Dallas (Oct 6-9). Another break, and it hits New York City (Nov 1-6), crosses the border to Toronto (Nov 9-12), then gets to Boston before the snows (Nov 16-19). It’ll be in Denver in December, though dates have yet to be announced.

The Guide has listed some individual dates in daily editions, as they happened – most notably last weekend, when KAREN NASH and ANNY CELSI shared an IPO-night gig at Molly Malone’s. But each night involves a lengthy lineup, so seeing them all in one place will help you plan and get you involved.

♪ HERE ARE ALL THE REMAINING L.A.-AREA DATES.

Tuesday, Jul 28, is the best remaining night to catch a lot of AMERICANA MUSIC.

♪ Tuesday, July 28, at Molly Malone’s, 575 S Fairfax Av, Los Angeles; 323 935-1577. $10 cover. 7:30 pm - Sarah Siddiqui. 8:15 pm - Kristen McLaughlin. 9 pm - Monogroove. 9:45 pm - Ruby Free. 10:30 pm - The Trainwrecks. 11:15 pm - Southern Sirens.

♪ Wednesday, July 29, at El Cid, 4212 W Sunset Bl, Los Angeles; 323-668-0318. $10 cover. Music runs from &:30 pm to about midnight. 7:30 pm - Math & Science. 8:15 pm - Morty Shallman. 9 pm - The Withers. 9:45 pm - The Tearaways. 10:30 pm - Sunken Ships. 11:15 pm - New Maximum Donkey.

♪ Thursday, July 30, at Molly Malone’s, 575 S Fairfax Av, Los Angeles; 323 935-1577. $10 cover. Performances run from 7:30 to about midnight. 7:30 pm - Alex Jules. 8:15 pm - Brandon Schott. 9 pm - Linus of Hollywood. 9:45 pm - Chris Price. 10:30 pm - Spirit Kid. 11:15 pm - Feronia.
(The Guide recommends you arrive in time to catch BRANDON SCHOTT at 8:15 pm.)

♪ Friday, July 31, at Fais Do Do (18+ show), 5257 W Adams Bl, Los Angeles; 323-931-4636. $10 cover. Things run 7:30 pm to about midnight. 7:30 pm - The Bobbleheads. 8:15 pm - Plasticsoul. 9 pm - The Piper Downs. 9:45 pm - Evil Maria. 10:30 pm - Cartoon. 11:15 pm - The Condors.

♪ Saturday evening, August 1, in the OC at Surf Dog’s Sports Grill (an all-ages venue and show), 5932 Warner Av, Huntington Beach; 714-846-5700. $10 cover. Things run from 7:30 pm to 1 am. 7:30 pm - Popdudes. 8:15 pm - The Yorktown Lads. 9 pm - The Relatives. 9:45 pm - Scarlet Crush. 10:30 pm - Walter Clevenger & The Dairy Kings. 11:15 pm - The Mozzies. midnight - The Jeremy Band.

♪ Sunday afternoon, August 2, the “Overthrow’s” L.A. dates wrap-up at Skinny’s Lounge, 4923 Lankershim Bl, North Hollywood; 818 763-6581. $10 cover. Music runs 1-6 pm. 1:15 pm - Aaron, David & Charles (from Brian Jones Was Murdered). 2 pm - Kylie Hughes. 2:45 pm - See How They Run. 3:30 pm - Fernando Perdomo. 4:15 pm – Marston. 5 pm - Suite 100.

Catch some of this. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see bands from all over who are passionately and enjoyably creating music in defiance of Big Music’s single paradigm models of sh-thump-thud / incongruous vocal gymnastics “Pop,” and fahke-ackascent Nashvulle “(Pop) Country.”

There’s more at the “Overthrow” website, including contact info to GET YOUR BAND SIGNED-UP FOR NEXT YEAR. It’s all at: www.internationalpopoverthrow.com


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♪ WYE OAK, AN EXCITING DUO IN TOWN FOR TWO SHOWS, JULY 29 & 30...

Let’s get right to it. For some of our readers, this is one of those “And now for something completely different” moments. But this outfit warrants a Guide feature story. WYE OAK plays two Southern Cal dates:

• Wed, Jul 29, at 8 pm, with LAKE, at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038;
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• Thu, Jul 30, at 9 pm at Club Bahia, 1130 W Sunset Bl, L.A. 90012.

Wye Oak is touring their latest album, "Shriek." The duo shares their July 29 date with the band LAKE.

FOLKIES? Of a sort. Wye Oak has brought some unusual influences to their style of folk music, including indie, dream pop, and shoegaze. They are a band of two, Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack. Their stage setup on tour dates is notably unusual, with lead vocalist Jenn Wasner thrashing away on her guitar and drummer / keyboardist Andy Stack playing the drums with his right hand, striking the bass pedal with his foot, and creating basslines on the keyboard with his left hand.

Wye Oak has become well known, not only for the duo's vocal harmonizing, but for catching audiences off guard with distortion or sudden changes in volume. Audiences began attempting to define Wye Oak's style on their many tour dates in 2011 when they opened for some of the biggest names in music.

Wasner and Stack spent most of their lives in Baltimore, Maryland. But after two years of constantly touring "Civilian," their highly lauded 2011 album, they landed on opposite sides of the country with an unforeseeable future ahead. Despite this newfound uncertainty, the two bandmates embraced their physical distance, passing ideas back and forth, allowing new work to evolve in their respective solitudes.

"Shriek" is their fourth full-length cd and the culmination of their intent "to express the emotional and intuitive self by acting out animalistic exclamations through cathartic release." They will tell you it's their most personal and confident declaration yet.

Newly inspired by playing bass, Jenn took up songwriting in a setting where the guitar did not dictate harmonic boundaries or require a call-and-response relationship with her voice, a hallmark of previous Wye Oak records. With her phrasing freed, now it is often Andy who interacts with Jenn's vocals, playing syncopated and meditative keyboard parts, and the duo's collaborative arrangements provide a backdrop in which both the arcs of melodies and the new rhythmic elements flourish.

To engineer, mix, and co-produce, they brought in Nicolas Vernhes of the Rare Book Room in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, whose inventive approaches to production fit their new direction. The result, "Shriek," is a record that's been described as "a narrative of disorientation, loss, renewal, and empowerment."

Both Wasner and Stack had played in numerous local bands around Baltimore since high school, forming their duo in 2006. The two initially searched for more members before settling in as a musical twosome and playing numerous local tour dates.

Their debut album, "If Children," was released independently in 2007, but gained such local and underground popularity (especially among bloggers) that it led to a record deal and a re-release of the record. Wye Oak continued to craft their sound on "The Knot" in 2009, and their endlessly toured "Civilian" from its release in 2011. And now, some changes with their 2015 release, "Shriek."

"Civilian" was acclaimed as a "winning evolution" of Wye Oak's style, allowing the duo to crash noisily into mainstream popularity. It's also allowed Wasner and Stack to spread their new sound as openers for some heavy hitters' tour dates in 2011. Some of those bands include Portugal. The Man, The Decemberists, Okkervil River, and their stylistic counterparts, Yo La Tengo. Wye Oak is also performing at some of the summer's biggest music festivals.

Tix:
• Jul 29, $20, at:
http://losangeles.eventful.com/events/wye-oak-/E0-001-082357883-3
• Jul 30, $15, at:
http://losangeles.eventful.com/events/wye-oak-/E0-001-083968829-2



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Tue, Jul 28 to Sat, Aug 1,
MUSIC CAMP,
in Fairview, TN:
Annual “NASHCAMP BLUEGRASS WEEK” with MATT FLINNER, TIM MAY, BRIAN WICKLUND, TODD PHILLIPS, BECKY BULLER, and IAN O'BRYANT. Google for info... now you know for next year.


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Tue, Jul 28, FESTIVAL,
in Lake Tahoe, Northern Cal:
Annual “BLUESDAY FESTIVAL” at Squaw Valley, above Lake Tahoe.
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Notably features HAMISH ANDERSON, a twenty-four-year-old blues-rock guitarist who has made a name for himself in Melbourne, Australia with his impressive live show, encompassing a mix of electric blues-soaked rock and modern roots songs. One to watch for.



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Tue, Jul 28, in various movie theatres, nationwide:
Time tba “CAST PARTY PODCAST FESTIVAL: YOUR FAVORITE PODCAST STARS,” live at your local movie theater, tonight only, featuring Jad Abumrad & Robert Krulwich from “Radiolab,” Lulu Miller of “Invisibilia,” PJ Vogt & Alex Goldman from “Reply All,” a whole bunch of actors from “The Truth,” and comedian Lauren Lapkus, all performing their podcasts live on stage in NYC.
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The entire event is being broadcast live via satellite to movie theaters nationwide. Find a theatre near you, at:
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http://castparty.org

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Tue, Jul 28, FREE, in Hollywood:
10 & 11:15 am “SUMMERSOUNDS,” the children’s music series at the Hollywood Bowl, this week presents the YUVAL RON ENSEMBLE with MAYAYA, doing a Middle Eastern music program at the Hollywood Bowl Summer Sounds, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood 90068; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232.
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This runs at the same time, Mon-Fri, all this week. Now, you know the Guide isn’t about “world music.” But we do like to list quality music programs for kids, and the Yuval Ron Ensemble and this series at Bowl are BOTH high quality.

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Tue, Jul 28, FREE, in Palmdale:
5 pm Monthly “HIGH DESERT UKULELE CLUB” session at Butler's Coffee, 40125 10th St W, Palmdale 93551; www.butlerscoffee.com.
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Support the venue with a food or drink purchase, whether you come to play or listen. (They do have food options that would make for a tasty dinner.)

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Tue, Jul 28, FREE, in the northwestern IE (Rancho Cucamonga):
5:30 pm GOIN' SOUTH, a fine and fun Roots-Americana band, plays the Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Dr, Rancho Cucamonga 91739; 877-858-8422.
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Goin' South features great musicianship and cool song selections of all the members: John Zeretzke, Paul Lacques, Fred Sokolow, Rick Shea, and tonight, playing upright bass, guest musician Paul Marshall. More on this fine band at: www.zworldmusic.com
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The Lewis Family Playhouse is "A modern performing arts and events venue."
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FREE show.

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Tue, Jul 28, FREE, in SaMo:
6-8:30 pm JESSICA FICHOT, that charming French transplant and devotee of the accordion and toy piano, performs with her QUINTET tonight, and it’s a true multifaceted musical event at the prestigious “Annenberg Beach House Concert” series, with a dance class, at 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica 90402.
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FREE, but you do need a FREE RESERVATION to attend. See below.
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Jessica says, “For those of you who like ballroom dancing, [this is] with the full band, to perform as part of a BALLROOM DANCE CLASS. Dance styles taught will include foxtrot, waltz and swing. Bring a dance partner if you can, but you are welcome to come alone, or just come to watch and listen!”
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Approximate schedule for the evening:
** 6-6:30 pm, dance class - foxtrot and waltz.
** 6:30-7:15 pm, 1st set of live music.
** 7:15-7:45 pm, dance class - swing, rumba.
** 7:45-8:30 pm, 2nd set of live music.
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JESSICA FICHOT QUINTET and dance class with JAMES ZIMMER & CYNTHIA HARPER, is all FREE, but RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED at:
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www.eventbrite.com/e/dance-hall-jessica-fichot-shanghai-jazz-registration-17345828841

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Tue, Jul 28, FREE, 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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No charge. Led by Bea & Jim Romano. All acoustic instruments welcome. Bea says, “Bring acoustic instruments, voices, guests, and join in. All levels welcome.” Check out the “Jam” page at: www.Celticana.net or call for more info, 562-861-7049.

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Tue, Jul 28, FREE, in OC (Huntington Beach):
6-9 pm Monthly “OC HAMMERED DULCIMERS” Session, led by BARBARA GERSHMAN of “Southern California Dulcimer Heritage” (SCDH), in Huntington Beach.
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This is an evening that’s all about “Sharing tunes and playing for fun!” with a potluck supper first.
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Reservations get info and directions by email to bgershman@socal.rr.com

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

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Tue, Jul 28, FREE, in San Diego Co (Miramar or San Diego):
6-8:30 pm Monthly “BLUEGRASS SLOW JAM LEARNING SESSION” happens on fourth Tuesdays at either the Boll Weevil Restaurant, 7080 Miramar Rd, Miramar (San Diego) 92117, OR at Morse Academy, 4434 30th St, San Diego 92116. Sponsored by the San Diego Bluegrass Society (SDBS). Call to find out where it is this month: 619-200-7498.

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Tue, Jul 28, in Altadena:
7 pm Monthly “DAVID HARVEY PRESENTS” brings a showcase lineup of recording artists to play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675. NO RESERVATIONS for this show. Reservations for all other CGB shows, call 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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If we just listed names, chances are you know only two – SHANNA O'BRIEN and radio essayist DYLAN BRODY. And there’s more good stuff in this show. So really, read the write-up below.
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GARY CORMAN & SAMANTHA AHDOOT perform together. When the two met one night at Kulak's Woodshed, it was “’like’ at first sight.” And this funny: "Well, she doesn't suck," said he. "Ehh....," said she. David Harvey explains, “Soon a collaboration was born, and one song led to two, which led to four, which then led to some integer north of four. Samantha's incomparable and sultry voice brings-out the nuanced emotion,” he adds, in songs ranging from "Hand-me-that-Bottle of Bushmills, Dammit..." -torch songs, to "There's-Nothing-Wrong-with-Me, Dr. Freud!" -love songs. Plus, given her linguistic skills, there will probably be some Farsi spoken.
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SHANNA O'BRIEN will celebrate this gig with a BAND REUNION. Performing with her after a long time apart are Steve Reid on percussion, John Cartwright on bass, Tony Carafone on guitar. Together with Shanna, who has been living in Seattle the past few years, they’ll do two 20 minute sets.
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SHANNA O'BRIEN is a powerful performing songwriter and singer who brings folk and the blues to a high level. In the ’80s she played with some of rock's best in the Bay area. While she has a notable history, critics say the most significant thing in her music is that it comes from the heart. Her songs are powerful, moving, and inspirational because she, herself, is. And that comes through in every line and note. She's now working on a new CD to be titled, "We Are One," with Emmy-nominated producer Steven Reid. More on notable artist Shanna O’Brien at: http://cdbaby.com/cd/shanna05
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DAMON EVAN ROSARIO crafts nu-folk-indie tunes that are so smart, funny, and ironic that David says “they’ll make you want to dance too!” In 2013, Damon released the full length record "There Must Be More to Life than Walmart." Damon has collaborated with many talented Los Angeles musicians including Jenni Alpert, Kori Withers, Denny Fongheiser, Stevie Blacke, Rich Mangicaro. In between recording, writing, and performing, he is also currently watching Season Two of “True Detective,” even though it isn't as good as Season One. More at: www.facebook.com/damonrosario78?sk=app_2405167945
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“’A WORD...’ WITH DYLAN BRODY” returns. Dylan Brody is an award-winning playwright, a thrice published author, a humorist and a story-teller. He's a writer for the Huffington Post and a new contributor to “Off Ramp” on KPCC. Plus, he is also a martial artist, but those skills do not come into play during the show. Unless something goes horribly wrong. More at: http://dylanbrody.com
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$10 at the door. No reservations for this show. Arrive in time to get a good seat and not be walking in front of the artists performing on stage(!)

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Tue, Jul 28, in Torrance:
7-9 pm ANDY & RENEE, leaders of the award-winning Dylan tribute band HARD RAIN, play an evening of their fine originals and notable classics at Hey 19, 4525 Calle Mayor, Torrance 90505.

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Tue, Jul 28, FREE, in SGV (Arcadia):
7-9:30 pm Weekly “SONGWRITERS SERENADE” brings a showcase of recording artists, combos, and bands, plus performing host JC HYKE, all performing acoustic, at Matt Denny's Ale House Restaurant & Bar, 145 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia 91006.
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Tue, Jul 28, FREE, in Signal Hill:
7 pm-’til-late Weekly “BLUEGRASS SOUP JAM” at Convert-A-Tape, 2420 Gundry Av, Signal Hill 90755.

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Tue, Jul 28, in L.A.:
7:30 pm JOHN MELLENCAMP plays the Microsoft Theater in the L.A. Live complex adjacent to Staples Center, 777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles 90015.
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One of the original heartland rockers, John Mellencamp has perfected his folk-rock singer-songwriter craft and persona. He recently released his 21st studio album, "No Better Than This," and is, of course, touring it through 2015.
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After several years of bouncing around Indiana and New York City performing and recording music, Mellencamp finally hit mainstream radio in 1980 with the single "I Need a Lover". It was 1982's album, American Fool, featuring "Hurts So good" and "Jack & Diane", that catapulted Mellencamp to multi-Platinum success. The single "Hurts so Good", earned Mellencamp his first, and to-date only, Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal performance. The success continued throughout the '80s and '90s for Mellencamp. John Mellencamp tour dates were scheduled on sell-out stadium tours and he shared the stage with other iconic performers such as Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.
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When all is said and done, Mellencamp has put out 21 studio albums, five of which were certified multi-Platinum, he has been nominated for eleven Grammy Awards, and he has left behind a humanitarian legacy that includes the Farm Aid benefit concert series. John Mellencamp is an American rock icon and he continues to release classic records that stand the test of time and prove his relevancy to American pop culture.
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Tix at:
http://losangeles.eventful.com/events/john-mellencamp-/E0-001-074958485-5

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Tue, Jul 28, in L.A.:
7:30 pm For “L.A.’s 17th annual INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW,” there’s a lineup inclusive of good AMERICANA MUSIC as the “Overthrow” continues, tonight at Molly Malone’s, 575 S Fairfax Av, L.A. 90036; www.mollymalonesla.com; 323-935-1577.
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See the NEWS FEATURE in this edition. Tonight’s lineup is the BEST REMAINING NIGHT for AMERICANA ACTS. Here it is:
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** 7:30 - Sarah Siddiqui
** 8:15 - Kristen McLaughlin
** 9 pm - Monogroove
** 9:45 - Ruby Free
** 10:30 - The Trainwrecks
** 11:15 - Southern Sirens
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The “Overthrow” is a national tour which runs in Los Angeles from July 24-August 2, at various venues throughout L.A. and OC.
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$10 cover for the whole evening, so go early and get your money’s worth.

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Tue, Jul 28, in San Diego:
7:30-10 pm BAYOU BROTHERS host a Traditional Cajun band this week, welcoming the HIGH LIFE CAJUN BAND to the weekly Cajun/Zydeco night at Tio Leo's Taco, 532 Napa St, San Diego.
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Headed by DEMPSEY PAPPION, the HIGH LIFE CAJUN BAND is certainly worth a look. Check ’em out at:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dt-MbaEbj-k
and at
www.facebook.com/highlifecajunband
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For those (like us) who get a little worn-down by the relentless dance beat of zydeco, this is TRADITIONAL CAJUN DANCE MUSIC, thoroughly delightful, and not Zydeco.
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(Before all the zydeco dancers jump on us, the announcement from “BTSC,” the Zydeco dance organization in SD, made the point before we did.)
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$8 cover includes dance lesson at 6:45 pm.

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Tue, Jul 28, in Hollywood:
8 pm JIM ADKINS of JIMMY EAT WORLD does a solo acoustic performance at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038.
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Tix, $27.50, at:
http://losangeles.eventful.com/events/jim-adkins-/E0-001-084607575-1

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Tue, Jul 28, FREE, in L.A.:
8 pm FREE SUMMER SERIES continues at the Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park, 2230 W 6th St, Los Angeles 90057; 213-384-5701.
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Ride the Metro Purple Line subway to MacArthur Park Station and walk around the lake to the stage.
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Bring lawn chairs or a blanket, and a picnic (no alcohol allowed in the park, and that’s enforced with expensive citations) or grab a bite to eat from the “Taste of Levitt Pavilion L.A.” (rotating food trucks). Arrive early to enjoy a pre-show performances on the little “Side Stage,” and check out the local “Community Partners” while the little ones enjoy the KidZone.
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FREE, except what you buy to eat.

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Tue, Jul 28, FREE, in Pasadena:
8 pm FREE SUMMER SERIES continues at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Memorial Park, 85 E Holly St, Pasadena 91103; 626-683-3230.
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Ride the Metro Gold Line light rail to Memorial Park Station and you’re right there.
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Bring lawn chairs or a blanket, and a picnic (no alcohol allowed in the park, and that’s enforced with expensive citations) or grab a bite to eat from the “Taste of Levitt Pavilion Pasadena” (rotating food trucks). Arrive early to enjoy a pre-show performances on the little “Grassy Hill Side Stage,” and check out the local “Community Partners” while the little ones enjoy the KidZone.
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FREE, except what you buy to eat. More at: www.levittpasadena.org

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Tue, Jul 28, in NoHo:
8-10 pm “4th TUESDAY 2FER,” is the every 2nd-and-4th-Tuesday of the month “Special Two Song Featured Performance / Video Recording Open Mic” hosted by Jimi Yamagishi, well-known as the longtime chair of the SONGWRITERS NETWORK (SongNet). It’s at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; there MAY be a live webcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com.
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You can attend to listen or to record.
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Contact Jimi at twofer@kulakswoodshed.com for info and to book a set.

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Tue, Jul 28, in Altadena:
8 pm EARLIER START TIME TONIGHT: 7 pm for the monthly “DAVID HARVEY PRESENTS” showcase of recording artists at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675. NO RESERVATIONS taken for this show. See 7 pm listing for full info.

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Tue, Jul 28, in Burbank:
8 pm LIVE MUSIC TONIGHT, Americana / roots / alt or trad country or honky tonk, tonight at Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank 91506; 818-515-4444. Venue has full menu and full bar, and is known for its Mexican food.
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Tue, Jul 28, FREE, in SFV (Toluca Lake):
8-11 pm Weekly “TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION” is a structured jam at Timmy Nolan's Tavern & Grill, 10111 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake 91602; 818-985-3359.

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Tue, Jul 28, FREE, in SFV (Chatsworth):
8 pm AMERICANA / ALT or TRAD COUNTRY / HONKY TONK MUSIC live tonight at the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166.
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This is L.A.’s last real honky-tonk, no cover, full bar, and friendly people who all like to dance. Go early for the free dance lessons. There’s live music every night, seven nights a week; sometimes acoustic, sometimes heavy on the pedal steel or the twang, but never that annoying fahke ackscent Nashvulle scene.

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Tue, Jul 28, in Hollywood:
8 pm Andrew Lloyd Webber's “THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” is a new production by Cameron Mackintosh at the Hollywood Pantages, 6233 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood; www.HollywoodPantages.com
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In L.A. for a limited 8-week run June 17 through August 2 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, with newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design. This new version of “PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” is performed by a stunning cast and orchestra comprised of 52 superbly talented actors, singers and musicians. It’s being billed as “the MUST SEE production of 2015.”
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Tix start at $29. Box office opens daily at 10 am except holidays for in-person or phone orders at 800-982-2787. Info on the production, a video sneak peek, and online tix at: www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com/ustour

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Tue, Jul 28, FREE, in Culver City:
9 pm AMERICANA / ALT OR TRAD COUNTRY / HONKY TONK MUSIC, is likely at the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City 90230.
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No cover. Venue is 21+, the size of a postage stamp, and barstool seating is competitive. Still it’s always a fun place.

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Plenty of UPDATES added on Tuesday, July 28...

There are separate sections within.
a) ONGOING EVENTS are listed in the first section, followed by...
b) UPCOMING FESTIVALS listed in their own section, then our ever-growing catalog of...
c) UPCOMING CONCERTS and arts events.

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

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Jul 11 through Sep 26, in Topanga:
7:30 pm “GREEN GROW THE LILACS, ” the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play that inspired “Oklahoma!”, at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Bl, in the heart of Topanga Canyon, midway between Malibu and the San Fernando Valley. The production opens Sat, Jul 11 and runs through Sep 26. See the feature story in the “News” section of the Guide’s Jun 22 edition.
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Tix range from $10-$39.50, with discounts available for students, seniors, the military and AEA members.
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The season’s offerings here alternate. For a complete schedule of the summer season’s performances and to purchase tickets, call 310-455-3723 or go to www.theatricum.com

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Now through Aug 2, in Hollywood:
Andrew Lloyd Webber's “THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” is a new production by Cameron Mackintosh at the Hollywood Pantages, 6233 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood; www.HollywoodPantages.com
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In L.A. for a limited 8-week run through August 2 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, with newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design. This new version of “PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” is performed by a stunning cast and orchestra comprised of 52 superbly talented actors, singers and musicians. It’s being billed as “the MUST SEE production of 2015.”
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Tix start at $29. Box office opens daily at 10 am except holidays for in-person or phone orders at 800-982-2787. Info on the production, a video sneak peek, and online tix at: www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com/ustour

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Sat, Aug 1,
FESTIVAL,
in Santa Clarita:
3-9:30 pm "BLUESFEST" celebrates "International Blues Music Day" as part of "L.A. SummerFest at Rivendale" in Towsley Canyon Park, 24675 The Old Road, Santa Clarita.
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Live music, food trucks, beer & wine. Bring a beach chair.
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Lineup:
3 pm - tba
4 pm - VIVA VINSON & SUGAR COATED SOUL
5 pm - LAURIE MORVAN BAND
6 pm - CHUCK STRONG and SRBQ
7 pm - WUMBLOOZO
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Presented in association with the SCV Blues Society.
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More at:
http://losangeles.eventful.com/events/bluesfest-/E0-001-085662010-7
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FREE, with free parking; $10 suggested donation.


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Sat, Aug 1,
PSEUDO-FESTIVAL,
in Griffith Park (L.A.):
4-9 pm "EAT, SEE, HEAR," is a parking lot event between the L.A. Zoo and the Autry National Center (Autry Museum) in Griffith Park, reaching into the museum's courtyard at 4700 Western Heritage Way, L.A. 90027.
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We do not know who is performing or what stage setups you will find. We know that La Brea Bakery, a leader in artisan bread, is launching their "Breaking Bread Tour" here, bringing handcrafted breads to foodies across the country this summer, from a tour truck with fresh food and recipes, with things like Seedless Raspberry Jam and Almond Butter on a French Baguette and Salami and Sharp Cheddar Cheese on Rosemary Olive Oil bread. So you won't starve while you track-down the event's listenable musical offerings.


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Sat, Aug 8, in downtown L.A.:
3-7 pm “BURGERS & BEER FESTIVAL” at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Features Los Angeles’ best burger restaurants serving their signature sliders and the state’s best craft breweries sampling the brews that have made them famous. Confirmed restaurants include Animal, Bouchon Bistro, Grill 'Em All, Ledlow, Pono Burger and many more to come. Confirmed breweries include Angel City Brewery, Bottle Logic Brewing, Ninkasi Brewing, Strand Brewing Company and many more to come.


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Fri-Sun, Aug 14-15-16,
FESTIVAL,
in San Diego Co:
Annual “SUMMERGRASS 2015” is at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum. For festival goers, it’s “down on the Farm," where you step back in time, relax, and enjoy a great festival.
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The unique venue where Summergrass happens harks back to the 19th and early 20th century farm days, and it’s brimming with rural farm nostalgia from that era. There are steam and gas engines chugging away, powering historic tractors and farm equipment along other relics, in the Weaver's Barn, the Farmhouse, the Schoolhouse, the 1930s gas station replica (posted price "32 cents a gallon"),and there’s a model railroad, a Blacksmith shop, and plenty to delight young and old. Don’t delay getting your tickets and camping arrangements. Things do fill-up.
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This year Summergrass has a fine lineup, with:
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♪ THE BOXCARS
♪ BECKY BULLER
♪ SIDELINE
♪ BLUEGRASS ETC.
♪ THE BROMBIES
♪ ROCKY NECK BLUEGRASS
♪ LONESOME OTIS
♪ NEXT GENERATION
♪ BOX CANYON
♪ FRONT PORCH MUSIC PRESERVATION SOCIETY
♪ BLUEGRASS BRETHREN
♪ HIGH MOUNTAIN ROAD
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In the past, many of the Summergrass headline performers have either won or have been nominated for International Bluegrass Music Association awards. The combination of national and regional bands on the turn-of-the-19th / 20th century stage built by the museum folks just for the festival. It's constructed without nails, using just dowels and pins to hold it together.
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In all, it’s three days of great live music from twelve national and local bands, and wonderful activities, such as Kids Camp, Meet the Bands, other music workshops and family-friendly things to do, spontaneous jam sessions, and the ever-popular instrument raffles, tasty food, and a variety of vendors. Summergrass is enjoyable for the whole family, a great, affordable family event, and not too far to drive.
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Details, advance tix, camping, etc., are all online at:
www.summergrass.net.


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Fri-Sun, Sep 4-5-6,
FESTIVAL,
in Rhode Island:
Annual “RHYTHM & ROOTS FEST” in Ninigret State Park, RI. If you go, make it a day early to catch STEVE RILEY & THE MAMOU PLAYBOYS on Sep 3 at the Towers.
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Fri-Sun, Sep 18-21,
FESTIVAL,
in Coloma (Northern Cal):
9th annual "AMERICAN RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL" announced its lineup and began offering discounted early bird tickets on May 1, and that offer closes SOON.
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The festival recently announced its line-up:
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Main Stage:
NICKI BLUHM & THE GRAMBLERS, THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS, DANGERMUFFIN, NORA JANE STRUTHERS & THE PARTY LINE, SHOOK TWINS, DAVID LUNING BAND, SONGS OF THE FALL, DAVID MYLES TRIO, SPARK AND WHISPER, DENNIS JOHNSON & THE MISSISSIPPI RAMBLERS.
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Other Stages ~ Campgrounds and Hot Spots:
DANGERMUFFIN, SHOOK TWINS, DAVID LUNING BAND, SONGS OF THE FALL, DAVID MYLES TRIO, SPARK AND WHISPER, DENNIS JOHNSON AND THE MISSISSIPPI RAMBLERS, A THOUSAND YEARS AT SEA, PROXIMA PARADA, ACHILLES WHEEL DUO, MCNEVIN & THE SPOKES, ISLAND OF BLACK AND WHITE, THE KELLER SISTERS, STRINGTOWN AMBASSADORS, THE LOVE CHOIR, MOON SHINER, THE PAINTED HORSES, LUMADAE, TAMRA GODEY.
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Friday Night Showcase hosted by Michael Gaither:
Ten more performances tba.
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Sponsors say, "The South Fork wants you to hear music on its banks! Limited Time left to get ‘Early Bird’ discounts at the festival website.”
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The festival was named "Best of" choice for fun things to do in the Sacramento Bee newspaper, and called, "Friendly, Unforgettable" in the Mountain Democrat. "...what a great vibe at the festival" wrote the Auburn Journal. "Music and Moving Water in Perfect Harmony" says Submerge Magazine.
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Fri-Sun, Oct 9-11,
FESTIVAL,
in Louisiana:
Annual “FESTIVALS ACADIENS” in Lafayette, LA. Info at www.festivalsacadiens.com includes discount room rates at Ramada Inn, Lafayette, if you book early.


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Wed, Jul 29, FREE, in SGV (Duarte):
6:30-8:30 pm “DUARTE’S SUMMER CONCERTS” returns this week with MARIACHI CAMINO REAL featuring Latin Music with DANZA DEL SOL performance, in Duarte Park, 1344 Bloomdale St, Duarte.
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Free. Bring a beach chair and a picnic dinner, or enjoy something good to eat from one of several food booths that open for business at 6.

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Wed, Jul 29, in South Pas:
7 pm I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. plus LOAFER'S GLORY play a double-bill at the "WINE & SONG IN THE CANYON" series musically hosted by BRAD COLERICK at the home of Carolyn & Craig Watson in South Pasadena.
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Brad says, "Get your tickets now! This is going to be an incredible show in the gorgeous backyard paradise of Carolyn & Craig Watson, Sponsored by Watson Design Group." $20 advance / $25 door.
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Reservations (required) and that gets the address:
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https://www.paperlesspost.com/m/#/events/13332596-49c525a9/replies/216700548-2c5ca62d?event_id=13332596-49c525a9&id=216700548-2c5ca62d&utm_campaign=redeliver_rsvp_nenv&utm_medium=email&utm_source=event

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Wed & Thu, Jul 29 & Jul 30:
WYE OAK plays two Southern Cal dates in different venues:
• Wed, Jul 29, at 8 pm, with LAKE, at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038;
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• Thu, Jul 30, at 9 pm at Club Bahia, 1130 W Sunset Bl, L.A. 90012.
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Wye Oak is touring their latest album, "Shriek." The duo shares their July 29 date with the band LAKE.
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FOLKIES? Of a sort. Wye Oak has brought some unusual influences to their style of folk music, including indie, dream pop, and shoegaze. They are a band of two, Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack. Their stage setup on tour dates is notably unusual, with lead vocalist Jenn Wasner thrashing away on her guitar and drummer / keyboardist Andy Stack playing the drums with his right hand, striking the bass pedal with his foot, and creating basslines on the keyboard with his left hand.
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Wye Oak has become well known, not only for the duo's vocal harmonizing, but for catching audiences off guard with distortion or sudden changes in volume. Audiences began attempting to define Wye Oak's style on their many tour dates in 2011 when they opened for some of the biggest names in music.
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Wasner and Stack spent most of their lives in Baltimore, Maryland. But after two years of constantly touring "Civilian," their highly lauded 2011 album, they landed on opposite sides of the country with an unforeseeable future ahead. Despite this newfound uncertainty, the two bandmates embraced their physical distance, passing ideas back and forth, allowing new work to evolve in their respective solitudes.
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"Shriek" is their fourth full-length cd and the culmination of their intent "to express the emotional and intuitive self by acting out animalistic exclamations through cathartic release." They will tell you it's their most personal and confident declaration yet.
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Newly inspired by playing bass, Jenn took up songwriting in a setting where the guitar did not dictate harmonic boundaries or require a call-and-response relationship with her voice, a hallmark of previous Wye Oak records. With her phrasing freed, now it is often Andy who interacts with Jenn's vocals, playing syncopated and meditative keyboard parts, and the duo's collaborative arrangements provide a backdrop in which both the arcs of melodies and the new rhythmic elements flourish.
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To engineer, mix, and co-produce, they brought in Nicolas Vernhes of the Rare Book Room in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, whose inventive approaches to production fit their new direction. The result, "Shriek," is a record that's been described as "a narrative of disorientation, loss, renewal, and empowerment."
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Both Wasner and Stack had played in numerous local bands around Baltimore since high school, forming their duo in 2006. The two initially searched for more members before settling in as a musical twosome and playing numerous local tour dates.
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Their debut album, "If Children," was released independently in 2007, but gained such local and underground popularity (especially among bloggers) that it led to a record deal and a re-release of the record. Wye Oak continued to craft their sound on "The Knot" in 2009, and their endlessly toured "Civilian" from its release in 2011. And now, some changes with their 2015 release, "Shriek."
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"Civilian" was acclaimed as a "winning evolution" of Wye Oak's style, allowing the duo to crash noisily into mainstream popularity. It's also allowed Wasner and Stack to spread their new sound as openers for some heavy hitters' tour dates in 2011. Some of those bands include Portugal. The Man, The Decemberists, Okkervil River, and their stylistic counterparts, Yo La Tengo. Wye Oak is also performing at some of the summer's biggest music festivals.
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Tix:
• Jul 29, $20, at:
http://losangeles.eventful.com/events/wye-oak-/E0-001-082357883-3
• Jul 30, $15, at:
http://losangeles.eventful.com/events/wye-oak-/E0-001-083968829-2

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Wed, Jul 29, in L.A.:
7:30 pm “INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW” continues tonight at El Cid, 4212 W Sunset Bl, Los Angeles; 323-668-0318. $10 cover.
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Music runs from 7:30 pm to about midnight. 7:30 pm - Math & Science. 8:15 pm - Morty Shallman. 9 pm - The Withers. 9:45 pm - The Tearaways. 10:30 pm - Sunken Ships. 11:15 pm - New Maximum Donkey.
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The “Overthrow” is an international tour, and it’s at various Southern Cal venues (one per night) through August 2.

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Wed, Jul 29, in L.A.:
8 pm “THE DROP: TORI KELLY” is waaay outside the genres the Guide covers. That said, it is a nice event, with a performance-interview, at the Grammy Museum, Figueroa & Olympic, downtown L.A., and sponsored by Amoeba Music.
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Hailed as an "Artist to Watch" by Rolling Stone, USA Today, and Spin, California-born singer-songwriter Tori Kelly first rose to prominence when her cover of Frank Ocean's "Thinkin Bout You" went viral, racking up over 22 million views on YouTube. Kelly released her debut digital EP, Handmade Songs by Tori Kelly, in 2012 and it cracked the Top 10 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Scooter Braun became Kelly's manager, and she scored a contract with Capitol Records, which released her Top 20 EP Foreword in fall 2013. Kelly's debut full-length album, Unbreakable Smile, was released June 23, 2015, and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, selling 75,200 units in its first week of release. Produced by Max Martin, the album includes collaborations with Ed Sheeran, LL Cool J and Daye Jack, and features the singles "Nobody Love," a Top 20 hit on Billboard's Pop Songs chart that has upwards of 10 million streams, and "Should've Been Us," which has entered the Top 25 at pop radio. The GRAMMY Museum welcomes Kelly to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate performance and discussion surrounding her new album and career, moderated by Scott Goldman, Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation.
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Doors at 7:30 pm. Tix, $20 at 213-765-6803 or online at www.grammymuseum.org.

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Wed, Jul 29, in Altadena:
8 pm ART PODELL & TRACY NEWMAN, this time with musical guest JUDY MONTGOMERY, return to the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2019 N Lake Av, Altadena. You will, FOR SURE, need reservations to get in. Call 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.

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Wed, Jul 29, in Culver City:
9 pm RICH McCULLEY, GRANT LANGSTON, JIMMER PODRASKY, and BRIAN WHELAN, play QUITE a night In-the-Round at the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bld, Culver City 90230.
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Rich tells us, “I will be going to Nashville in a few weeks and decided the best way to prepare for all my shows out there was do what they do-songwriter rounds-so I gathered 3 of my favorite writers for your listening pleasure!”
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More on Rich McCulley and his new CD, “The Grand Design,” at his website. Check out the track, “The Gift,” at: http://richmcculley.com/video

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Thursdays, FREE; remaining shows Jul 30 through Aug 13, in Culver City:
7 pm CULVER CITY'S “BOULEVARD MUSIC SUMMER FESTIVAL” runs weekly in the palm-lined courtyard of Culver City’s City Hall. Each concert is FREE and parking is free, with an optional $10 up-front reserved seat.
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The season’s offerings are diverse. Here’s the remainder of the season’s schedule:
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** July 30: Hot Jazz and Western Swing from the HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN (a Guide “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick!)
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** Aug 6: Classic Rock with incredible vocals from VENICE.
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** Aug 13: Zydeco music featuring the sounds of Creole from Louisiana and Texas, with the excellent BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO (a Guide “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick!)
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Avoid the crowds and parking hassles of other areas on the Westside. Courtyard opens at 4:30 pm. Careful with arriving early, because the free parking is free for two hours in designated parking structures in Culver City. Dozens of dining options are available within walking distance. You can even catch the new light rail to Culver City and a convenient Culver Bus to the concert, and not drive at all.

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Thu, Jul 30, in L.A.:
7:30 pm “INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW” continues tonight at Molly Malone’s, 575 S Fairfax Av, Los Angeles; 323 935-1577.
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Performances run from 7:30 to about midnight. 7:30 pm - Alex Jules. 8:15 pm - Brandon Schott. 9 pm - Linus of Hollywood. 9:45 pm - Chris Price. 10:30 pm - Spirit Kid. 11:15 pm - Feronia.
(The Guide recommends you arrive in time to catch BRANDON SCHOTT at 8:15 pm.)
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Fri, Jul 31, FREE, in Santa Clarita:
8-10 pm "A NIGHT AT THE OPERA" with CENTER STAGE OPERA is part of "L.A. SummerFest at Rivendale" in Towsley Canyon Park, 24675 The Old Road, Santa Clarita.
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An evening of favorites from classical opera AND classic musical theatre, presented in cooperation with Center Stage Opera.
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Bring a beach chair and a picnic and enjoy a beautiful evening under the stars.
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Fri, Jul 31, FREE, in El Segundo:
6-8 pm THE LONG RUN - Experience The Eagles, plays the "Opening Weekend Summer Concert" at the Point, 850 S Sepulveda Bl, El Segundo 90245.
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The Guide isn't big on cover bands or tribute acts. This group is a rare exception, because they're that good.
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This is a free outdoor concert for the "Grand Opening Weekend" at the Point Plaza. It's near enough to the ocean that blankets are encouraged.
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Since their debut in 1999, THE LONG RUN - Experience The Eagles, has earned its place among the top-drawing tribute acts in North America and is widely regarded as the finest Eagles tribute show working today. Selected to perform the music of The Eagles by the Mark Cuban / Ryan Seacrest television network AXS-TV, their 90-minute live concert for the hit cable TV show "The World's Greatest Tribute Bands" was broadcast to millions of viewers over five countries. Marked by lush vocal harmonies and exceptional musical accuracy, every TLR performance delivers a reverence for the iconic Eagles studio recordings, blended with the The Long Run's own live-concert energy.
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Fri, Jul 31, in L.A.:
7:30 pm “INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW” continues tonight at Fais Do Do, 5257 W Adams Bl, Los Angeles; 323-931-4636. $10 cover. Things run 7:30 pm to about midnight. 7:30 pm - The Bobbleheads. 8:15 pm - Plasticsoul. 9 pm - The Piper Downs. 9:45 pm - Evil Maria. 10:30 pm - Cartoon. 11:15 pm - The Condors.
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The “Overthrow” is an international tour, and it’s at various Southern Cal venues (one per night) through August 2.
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$10 cover. 18+ show

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Fri, Jul 31, in Hollywood:
9 pm-2 am "HOLLYWOOD CLUB CRAWL TOUR" seems to center at Playhouse Nightclub, 6506 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028.
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And now for something completely different.
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PERFORMERS and what they perform will vary from club to club.
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Tix: a Special Early Bird (21+) "Launch of Ticket Sale" offer is $15, at:

Tix are $20 (21+) if you buy them there.
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Special 5 Pack of Tickets is $80, and a 10 Pack of Tickets is $120.
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Hollywood Blvd Crawl is a guided clubbing LA party tour of best club event destinations. Your Friday LA Club Crawl ticket includes:
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3-5 Clubs // Free Drinks // No Cover Charges
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Whether you are flying solo, partying with friends, or looking for a fun night out with your sweetheart, Hollywood Blvd Crawl club crawls will show you the best of LA nightlife, VIP style. It's billed as "an evening of decadence and debauchery, as you tour L.A.’s trendiest and highly coveted nightclubs, such as Playhouse, Lure, Ohm, Supperclub, and beyond."
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With over 20 years of experience, the Hollywood Blvd Crawl team has mastered the ins and outs of how things work in this city. The Hollywood Blvd Crawl is perfect for singles, couples, bachelorettes, birthdays, business professionals or anyone who wants a fun night out on the town. They have the entire evening mapped out, so you can relax and party, not worry about where you are going next.
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Read about dress code requirements at:
http://hollywoodblvdcrawl.com/dress-code-la-club-guide/
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Check-in is at 9 pm for Calle Tacos and Pre-party at 6508 Hollywood Bl (at Wilcox) 90028. There, you meet your VIP hosts and fellow crawlers. Departure is at 10 pm on a liver-whipping party-night-out guided tour of 3-5 clubs.
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Tix at:
www.hollywoodblvdcrawl.com

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Sat, Aug 1, in OC (Huntington Beach):
7:30 pm “INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW” continues tonight at Surf Dog’s Sports Grill (an all-ages venue and show), 5932 Warner Av, Huntington Beach; 714-846-5700. $10 cover. Things run from 7:30 pm to 1 am. 7:30 pm - Popdudes. 8:15 pm - The Yorktown Lads. 9 pm - The Relatives. 9:45 pm - Scarlet Crush. 10:30 pm - Walter Clevenger & The Dairy Kings. 11:15 pm - The Mozzies. midnight - The Jeremy Band.
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Sat, Aug 1, in BevHills:
8 pm OTTMAR LIEBERT, one of the planet's greatest guitarists, plays the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills 90211.
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http://losangeles.eventful.com/events/ottmar-liebert-/E0-001-082389673-9

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Sat, Aug 1, in SaMo:
8-10 pm BOBBY LONG plays McCabe's, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405.
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Bobby Long (bobbylong.info) has gone from pursuing his dreams on the London open mic scene to anticipating the August 7 release of his new album, "ODE TO THINKING," on Compass Records. In support of the release, he's touring the U.S. and Europe, including McCabe's on August 1st.
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Long is best known for his powerfully evocative lyrics set to haunting melodies. Since relocating to New York in 2009, he has cultivated a large, dedicated fan base, one that allowed him to successfully implement a PledgeMusic campaign to fund the new album. The album was recorded in Austin, Texas with producer Mark Hallman at his Congress House Studios.
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Tix, $20, at:
http://losangeles.eventful.com/events/bobby-long-/E0-001-085386858-4

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Sat, Aug 1, in Pasadena:
8 pm PHAT CAT SWINGER plays a really big shew, sponsored by the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association at Grace Hall, 73 N Hill Av, Pasadena 91116.
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All ages event. Ticket info below.
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They're playing Serbia in September. That should give you the idea they're a big local deal. Indeed, Phat Cat Swinger has toured the country and performed shows with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Royal Crown Revue, and played alongside The Coasters.
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One of the best bands to dance to in the surrounding Los Angeles areas, Phat Cat Swinger was influenced by the classic sounds of Bobby Darin, Louis Prima, and Frank Sinatra and mixed with the new swingin’ sounds of such bands as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Royal Crown Revue, and Brian Setzer. Phat Cat Swinger is a band filled with booming toms, walking bass lines, jumpin’ guitar rhythms, roaring horn lines and smooth vocals.
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Born of the idea to combine fun, laughter and great music to entertain audiences with a collective showmanship, the nine band members of Phat Cat Swinger have grown to be one of the hottest live swing bands to hit Southern California’s underground scene.
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A big break for the band came when they made an appearance in Christina Aguilera’s “Candyman” music video, where they performed in the beginning scene of the song dressed up to the nines in white suits; they have also appeared as band members for the Jonas Brothers in their music video "Love Bug" and more recently played for the Stars And Stripes Benefit at the venue of every man’s dream, the Playboy Mansion.
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Phat Cat Swinger's first album (self titled) was released in July 2005 and held such fanatical songs such as “Hep Cats,” “Money Tree,” and the crowd’s favorite sing-along song, “Smolie Olie Olie.” Most of the band's original songs were composed by Marco Palos with the rest of the band pitching-in until they reached melodies that take you from toe-tapping jazz to smooth, sultry tango.
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Together with original songs they perform nostalgic cover songs that take you back (even if you weren't there), including “Run Around Sue,” “Sing Sing Sing”, “The Way You Look Tonight,” “In The Mood,” and “Jump Jive And Wail.”
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In May 2009, the band released another disc, this one a three song EP with their original, “Won’t You Tell Me?” and “Ain’t Got No Home” (which is amazing to see live, where Phil hits those high notes and Marco, with his sultry deep baritone voice, adds wonders to this song), plus their new song, “Dance Dance Dance,” with lyrics written by lead vocalist Tim Porter. This band lets listeners know there is no right or wrong way to dance.
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Tix, $15, at:
http://losangeles.eventful.com/events/phat-cat-swinger-/E0-001-085492428-5
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More dates for PHAT CAT SWINGER:
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Aug 7 - 8 pm, Playa Del Rey Elk's Lodge.
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Aug 13 - 6 pm, Anaheim Downtown Disney District - Wonderground.
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Aug 14 - 10 pm, Beverly Hills Spaghettini & The Dave Koz Lounge.

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Sun, Aug 2, in SFV (NoHo):
7:30 pm “INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW” concludes its L.A. dates today with this matinee show at Skinny’s Lounge, 4923 Lankershim Bl, North Hollywood; 818 763-6581. $10 cover. Music runs 1-6 pm. 1:15 pm - Aaron, David & Charles (from Brian Jones Was Murdered). 2 pm - Kylie Hughes. 2:45 pm - See How They Run. 3:30 pm - Fernando Perdomo. 4:15 pm – Marston. 5 pm - Suite 100.
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Sat, Aug 29, in San Pedro:
8 pm STREET CORNER RENAISSANCE brings doo-wop classics with soaring harmonies to the Grand Annex in San Pedro.
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Aug 22, in Bev Hills:
LEON RUSSELL plays the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills.
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Sep 10, in Bev Hills:
JOHN HIATT & THE COMBO plus TAJ MAHAL TRIO play the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills.
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Sat, Sep 19, in Hollywood:
LILA DOWNS plays the Hollywood Pantages.

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Oct 2, in BevHills:
GORDON LIGHTFOOT plays the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills.
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Dec 12, in BevHills:
""FRANK SINATRA'S 100th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION" featuring FRANK SINATRA JR. "Sinatra Sings Sinatra" at the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills.
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Word to the wise: we add to “Ticket Alerts” all the time, so act accordingly.


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Monday, July 27, 2015

Important news for Monday: something to support, or it's gone.

It won't take you long to read this one.

There's something tonight, and it's important you know about it. It's been a weekly L.A. institution for more years than anybody can remember. But tonight might be its swan song. Go. If you're a musician, perform there and compete for prizes. But GO. It's even FREE to get in! And it's an enjoyable event in a fun and quite legendary place. BUT — if the venue doesn't do well tonight, then August will arrive and it will be gone. Details (reprinted from last Monday's edition) are just below.

We said it won't take you long to read this one. That's because, due to a computer that has indigestion, we cannot do final assembly and publish any more of an edition for you today.

See "Ticket Alerts" in Sunday's edition for a nice event tonight at the Grammy Museum. Other'n that? We're feeding bicarbonate of soda to the machine, hoping it burps and releases everything trapped in there. Film at eleven.

But read the important news below, about where you need to be tonight, and why.

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Some important PARTICIPATORY music news, with CASH PRIZES available!
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TONIGHT: GO. PERFORM. COMPETE FOR PRIZES. HAVE FUN. HELP SAVE A LONG-RUNNING SERIES.

Seldom do crisis and opportunity REALLY mean exactly the same thing. For local musicians and Folk-Americana music lovers whose tastes and repertoire tend more toward alt and trad country and honky-tonk, THIS TIME IT DOES.

A rather urgent request has arrived from award-winning musician, bassist and record producer CHAD WATSON, who hosts the long-running weekly “COWBOY PALACE SALOON TALENT NIGHT,” a fine and fun contest with CASH PRIZES.

Chad says, “If you enjoy it, JOIN US these last three Mondays in July, or we are likely to lose this traditional evening. The numbers of performers have been half of what there used to be. So the revenue for the venue is down seriously.

“Sign up by 9:30 pm and YOU ARE IN THE SHOW!”

Go early for the free dance lessons at 7:30 pm, and for Chad’s band’s weekly performance at 8:30 pm.

Chad adds, “No cover charge, so buy a couple drinks.”

Every night, they present LIVE AMERICANA / ALT OR TRAD COUNTRY / HONKY TONK music for listening and dancing – unless they’re closed when Hollywood rents the place to shoot a movie or tv show, and it’s been in hundreds over the years.

The Cowboy Palace is located at 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166.

This is L.A.’s last real honky-tonk, no cover, full bar, and friendly people who, howdy pardner, all like to dance. Go early for the free dance lessons. There’s live music EVERY night, seven nights a week; sometimes acoustic, sometimes heavy on the pedal steel or the twang, but never that annoying fahke ackscent pop-“country” Nashvulle scene.


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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday’s FESTIVAL, CONCERTS, Music & Arts Events! Before you face a week in the salt mine...

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The annual SEA CHANTEY FESTIVAL is all day Sunday in San Diego aboard the oldest “tall ship” sailing vessel still afloat. And CONCERTS? Boy-oh-boy, do we have concerts...


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1) NEWS...
“SUMMERGRASS” KIDS CAMP REGISTRATION (ONLINE) CLOSES TODAY

2) SUNDAY’S FESTIVAL

3) SUNDAY’s Music & Arts Scene

4) TICKET ALERTS…
Separate categories for ongoing events, upcoming festivals, & concerts

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1) NEWS... “SUMMERGRASS” KIDS CAMP
REGISTRATION (ONLINE) CLOSES TODAY
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“Summergrass 2015,” happening August 14-15-16, is less than a month away. It’s always to go down to “The Farm," step back in time, relax, and enjoy this great festival. Summergrass San Diego happens at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum. It’s a unique venue that harks back to the 19th and 20th century farm days, and it’s brimming with rural farm nostalgia from that era. There are steam and gas engines chugging away on historic tractors and farm equipment along other relics, in the Weaver's Barn, the Farmhouse, the Schoolhouse, the 1930s gas station replica (posted price "32 cents a gallon"),and there’s a model railroad, a Blacksmith shop, and plenty to delight young and old.

And now’s the time to register your young ‘un for Kids Camp. Along with looking at your own tickets, the lineup and schedule, camping arrangements, and everything else. This year Summergrass has a fine lineup, with:

THE BOXCARS
BECKY BULLER
SIDELINE
BLUEGRASS ETC.
THE BROMBIES
ROCKY NECK BLUEGRASS
LONESOME OTIS
NEXT GENERATION
BOX CANYON
FRONT PORCH MUSIC PRESERVATION SOCIETY
BLUEGRASS BRETHREN
HIGH MOUNTAIN ROAD

In the past, many of the Summergrass headline performers have either won or have been nominated for International Bluegrass Music Association awards. The combination of national and regional bands on the turn-of-the-19th/ 20th century stage built by the museum folks just for the festival. It's constructed without nails, using just dowels and pins to hold it together.

In all, it’s three days of great live music from twelve national and local bands, and wonderful activities, such as Kids Camp, Meet the Bands, other music workshops and family-friendly things to do, spontaneous jam sessions, and the ever-popular instrument raffles, tasty food, and a variety of vendors. Summergrass is enjoyable for the whole family, a great, affordable family event, and not too far to drive.

But you must act TODAY for the 13th Anniversary Kids Camp.

After 12 years of an outstanding activity, they are of course offering it again. Summergrass Kids Camp will be presented with the help and teaching experience of ROCKY NECK BLUEGRASS BAND. Rocky Neck is an energetic band from the Orange County Area who have performed at many festivals and camps. They will also perform on stage all three days, so they’ll be very busy pickers ‘n grinners.

All kids ages 6-16 are welcome at Kid's Camp. The instruments to be taught are banjo, guitar, bass, fiddle, mandolin, dobro and singing.

Registration is required and closes TODAY, July 26, 2015. Registration is $60.

Details and the registration form are online at:
www.summergrass.net.

Summergrass Kids Camp also accepts donations to help defray the costs of teachers and scholarships for camp participants.



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Sun, Jul 26,
FESTIVAL,
in San Diego:
11 am-4:30 pm 23rd Annual “SEA CHANTEY FESTIVAL” aboard the tall ship “Star of India” at the San Diego Maritime Museum, on the water at 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego 92128.
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On the deck of “Star of India,” the world's oldest active sailing ship, the festival celebrates the rich history at the intersection of sea and song. The chanteys that the sailors sang to coordinate their work and keep going through the long hours; the songs they would use to pass their off-watch time; and the thousands of songs written about the sea, the ships, and the sailors make up a large part of our musical tradition.
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Sponsors say, “We always have a great time at the festival, so we hope you'll join us for another chance to learn about this fascinating and important part of our history.”
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Here's the schedule:
** 11 am The Jackstraws
** 11:45 am Pint & Dale (from Seattle)
** 12:30 pm Jeff Pekarek
** 1 pm Spanaway Bay
** 1:45 pm Kick Up the Dust
** 2:15 pm The Phinney Ridge Rumrunners
** 3 pm Broadside, and the Handsome Cabin Boys
** 3:45 pm Jeff Pekarek
** 4:10 pm Grand Finale – “All Hands on Deck”
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Sun, Jul 26, in Hollywood:
8 am-1 pm FAIR MARKET BAND plays every week at the Hollywood Farmers Market, between Ivar Av. & Selma Av, Hollywood 90028.

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Sun, Jul 26, in San Diego:
10 am-1 pm Monthly “BLUEGRASS BRUNCH” at Urban Solace, 3823 30th St, San Diego 92104; 619-295-6464.

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Sun, Jul 26, in Burbank:
Noon-2 pm MURPHY'S FLAW plays the “BLUEGRASS BRUNCH” at Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank 91506.
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This outfit always has a story. This time? As Jimmy Durante used to say, "Evv-ree-body wants ta get inta th' act!" Seems that MURPHY'S FLAW, a long-running Southern California-based bluegrass band, sent a message and photo to their list and the media, to announce their change-of-name (though not really) to TRUMP'S FLAW.
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John Bryant, the band's banjo playing leader (that's a non sequitur), says, "Donald Trump Bought the Flaw. He walked up and said, 'I own you.' We said, 'okay.' We were talking about what an honor it is to be part of the Trump Empire, but he'd already gotten back into the limo and left.
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John says, "Check out our first bluegrass brunch as a wholly-owned subsidiary:
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"The tip jar will still be out because we haven't received our stock options yet.
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"p.s.: If you'd like to help write our performance reviews, consult the "Donald Trump Insult Generator,"
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(at http://time.com/3966291/donald-trump-insult-generator/ ) “print them out and bring them to read aloud at the show.”
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"pps: The insults are from The Donald's actual tweets. The hair in the picture is also The Donald's, from several different windy days."
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Sun, Jul 26, atop SFV:
Noon & 2 pm “A MUSICAL ROAD TRIP THROUGH AMERICA” summer series continues Sunday with two performances by the MATT YEAKLEY QUARTET at Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Bl, Los Angeles 90049; www.skirball.org; 310-440-4500.
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This summer’s Skirball “Family Amphitheater Performances” take family visitors on “a ramblin’ musical road trip, inspired by Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution.” Series runs Saturdays and Sundays, Jun 27–Sep 6, with performances at noon and 2 pm.
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All performances are included with Museum admission. Free on-site parking; street parking strictly prohibited.

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Sun, Jul 26, in L.A.:
1-4 pm “90th ANNIVERSARY OF THE DECORATIVE ARTS EXPOSITION” in Paris where ART DECO emerged at the “Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes,” is remembered and celebrated in an illustrated presentation and film screening, at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028.
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Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes
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ILLUSTRATED PRESENTATION...
The 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris, France heralded in the design aesthetic that the world now knows as "Art Deco." This illustrated presentation celebrates the 90th anniversary of the Paris exhibition of 1925, which was a six month (April - October) display of modern decorative arts from all over Europe. Rory Cunningham, past president of the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles, will speak about the pavilions, the boutiques and luxury goods displayed in the Expo, how the style spread throughout the world, and how it continues to evolve.
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Followed by the SCREENING...
The 1930 French silent film, “AU BONHEUR DES DAMES,” 89 min, directed by Julien Duvivier, is a tale of corporate greed crushing the competition and squeezing-out the little guy. Though the story sounds like it was torn from today's headlines, the film is a fascinating classic from the silent era. The legendary German actress and fashion icon Dita Parlo (“GRAND ILLUSION”), whose exotic look and glamorous mystique inspired Madonna, stars as Denise, an orphan girl who comes to Paris to work in her uncle's small shop. Instead, she takes a job as a model in the big department store across the street, which is trying to run her uncle out of business. Portions of the film were actually shot at the Parisian grand magasin “Gallerie Lafayette.” And yes, an abundance of Deco era dresses, hats, gloves and more are on display in the department store scenes. Perhaps the last great silent production to come out of France, this melodrama is based on a novel by Emile Zola and directed by Julien Duvivier.
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Sun, Jul 26, in SFV (West Hills):
1-5 pm Monthly “BASC BLUEGRASS JAM” at West Valley Music Center, 24424 Vanowen St, West Hills 91307; 818-992-4142.

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

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Sun, Jul 26, in SaMo:
2 pm “CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR FOLK SINGER GUY CARAWAN” with performances by ROSS ALTMAN , ANGELINE BUTLER, & PHEE SHIRLINE, at the Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St, Santa Monica 90405; 310-399-1631.

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Sun, Jul 26, in OC (Newport Beach):
2 pm THE NE'ER DUWELLS, the fine Irish / Celtic band of Ken O'Malley, Pat D'Arcy, Bryan Dobbs and Grammy-winner Forrest Robinson, play the "Sunday Brunch and Tunes" series at Muldoon's Irish Pub, 202 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach 92660; www.muldoonspub.com
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** 6 pm - BLUE DEUX duo.

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Sun, Jul 26, in OC (Los Alamitos):
2-6 pm CHRIS JOHNSON & THE HOLLYWOOD HILLBILLIES, joined on bass by PAUL MARSHALL, play the Los Alamitos Race Track, at The Starting Gate, where it’s FREE, at 5052 Katella Av, Los Alamitos 90720; 562 598-8957.
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Sun, Jul 26, in SGV (Covina):
2-5 pm Monthly “BLUEGRASS JAM” at the Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina 91723; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com
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Sun, Jul 26, in Echo Park (L.A.):
3-8 pm Weekly "GRAND OLE ECHO" presents WAYNESBORO headlining a FREE full lineup of AMERICANA / ALT or TRAD COUNTRY / HONKY TONK recording artist / band acts, at the Echo, 1822 Sunset Bl (near the Glendale Bl underpass), Echo Park 90026; 213-413-8200.
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Today is a BENEFIT. The Grand Ole Echo and the Echo, in conjunction with Melissa Monroe, present the 2nd annual “Agastock,” a benefit dedicated to the memory of Alice M. Ferguson. Special thanks to Bedrock-L.A. Studios for lending equipment and to Masa of Echo Park for feeding the bands and volunteers.
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All proceeds today will go to Southern California Counseling Center's (SCCC) Trauma Training Program. This program trains counselors in EMDR* and other trauma and resiliency therapies, thus making these types of therapies more readily available to the community. SCCC is the only sliding-scale mental health facility in California that offers EMDR therapy.
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In addition to the live acts, DJ "The Roamer" spins records on "The Porch" out back. A GOE producer tells us, "Each week while you're hanging on the porch enjoying the sun and sipping on a delicious ice cold beer, you hear the tunes curated from Jocelyn Romo (aka 'The Roamer'). She'll be spinning the real deal on Sunday brining her record collection and a far out and groovy attitude for your listening pleasure."
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You can listen to her playlist whenever you'd like, at:
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No cover before 6 pm, $5 thereafter. All ages. Venue has full bar and sometimes food. And it’s always “a real good time.”

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Sun, Jul 26, in L.A.:
3-5:30 pm Weekly “IRISH SESSION” is a structured jam at the Wilde Thistle, 3456 Motor Av, Los Angeles; 310-730-6208; www.thewildethistle.com
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Sun, Jul 26, in Altadena:
3:30 pm BURNING HEART BLUEGRASS BAND plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675. Reservations, 626-798-6236.
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BURNING HEART BLUEGRASS BAND brings a dynamic combination of instruments, vocals and tradition. They played to a sell-out crowd here in May. Bob Stane says, “There is nothing like the sound of guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and doghouse bass when they get into that special bluegrass groove. Add to that high-powered vocals and soaring harmonies and you have Burning Heart Bluegrass.”
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With nearly 100 years of musical experience between them, the members of Burning Heart Bluegrass provide these essentials with all the energy, drive, passion, and precision that prompted Ralph Rinzler to call Bluegrass music "folk music on overdrive." Drawing it's repertoire from old and new Bluegrass classics, BHB provides a genuine Bluegrass experience.
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Jeff Fleck was originally drawn to Bluegrass because it reminded him of the folk music he used to play way back when; he stuck with it because he loves the energy and precision that Bill Monroe brought to the traditional forms of mountain music. Dan Sankey is an accomplished banjo, mandolin, fiddle and guitar player and has performed extensively throughout the United States and internationally. Born in Louisiana, Keith Chagnon By the time he was In his teens he was entering and winning banjo contests. Keith has played in numerous Bluegrass bands in Ohio and Kentucky, and, since the mid 80s,in California. Steve Rosenstein entered the music scene when he joined Sweet Smoke, the psychedelic jazz-rock band based in Germany on the Dutch border. Returning to the USA, he performed Irish music in Boston, and, after a move to California, in Santa Cruz. Since moving to Los Angeles in Steve has performed with many musicians in the country/Bluegrass scene, including Richard Greene, Nicky Hopkins, Pete Anderson, and Herb Pederson. Born and raised in rural Oregon along the Columbia River, Ron Vance didn't discover Bluegrass until he settled in Santa Monica. Innumerable festivals, fiddle contests, jams and bands later, Ron finds himself in Burning Heart Bluegrass, still enjoying the ride.
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Sun, Jul 26, in Long Beach:
4-7 pm Weekly “TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION” is a structured jam at the Auld Dubliner, 71 S Pine Av, Long Beach 90802; 562-437-8300.

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Sun, Jul 26, in Murietta:
4 pm AN IRISH, CELTIC, OR AMERICANA BAND plays the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd, Ste 145 Murrieta 92592; 951-696-5252; www.getshamrocked.com; www.theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com

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Sun, Jul 26, in Long Beach:
4:40-7:30 pm DENNIS G & THE ZYDECO TRAIL RIDERZ play the weekly zydeco dance series at the Golden Sails Hotel, PCH Club (the bar), 6285 E Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach 90804; info: Karen 562-708-8946 or email karinovations@verizon.net
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Special today: Maya's Rose Park Bakery will be bringing home-baked goodies (breads and other stuff) for purchase! This bakery was started by 13-year-old Maya Passmore and her Mom, and include organic baked goods made in their home kitchen. Here's the website: http://www.mayasroseparkbakery.com/Mayas_Rose_Park_Bakery/About_Us.html
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Karen Redding says, “We want to encourage younger people to learn about this music sooooo UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE ARE FREE!”
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More at: http://louisianadancela.com
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Doors at 3:30 pm; dance esson (no extra charge) at 4 pm. band plays 4:30-7:30 pm.
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Admission, $15 at the door (exact change greatly appreciated).

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

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Sun, Jul 26, in Hollywood:
Time tba Andrew Lloyd Webber's “THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” is a new production by Cameron Mackintosh at the Hollywood Pantages, 6233 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood; www.HollywoodPantages.com
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In L.A. for a limited 8-week run June 17 through August 2 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, with newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design. This new version of “PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” is performed by a stunning cast and orchestra comprised of 52 superbly talented actors, singers and musicians. It’s being billed as “the MUST SEE production of 2015.”
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Sun, Jul 26, in Burbank:
6 pm DEBRA LEE & TRIGGER HAPPY bring country music for dancin’ and romancin', with a promise of "plenty of special guests and giant margaritas, at Cody's Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank 91506.
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Sun, Jul 26, in OC (Newport Beach):
6 pm BLUE DEUX duo plays Muldoon's Irish Pub, 202 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach 92660; www.muldoonspub.com
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Sun, Jul 26, in SFV (Chatsworth):
6 pm AMERICANA / ALT or TRAD COUNTRY / HONKY TONK MUSIC live tonight at the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166.
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This is L.A.’s last real honky-tonk, no cover, full bar, and friendly people who all like to dance. Go early for the free dance lessons. There’s live music every night, seven nights a week; sometimes acoustic, sometimes heavy on the pedal steel or the twang, but never that annoying fahke ackscent Nashvulle scene.

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Sun, Jul 26, in San Diego:
6:30-8:30 pm An IRISH, CELTIC, or AMERICANA band plays Bistro Sixty restaurant, 60th St & El Cajon Bl, San Diego.

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Sun, Jul 26, in Altadena:
7 pm FRED SOKOLOW & HEIDI SWEDBERG play a ukulele elite and very comedic musical show at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675. Reservations, 626-798-6236.
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Venue impresario Bob Stane gets the idea across: “UKULELE FANS ARISE! DO NOT CAUGHT ASLEEP ON YOUR 4 STRINGS.”
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He adds, “Comedy folks will love HEIDI SWEDBERG who was featured many times on ‘Seinfeld.’”
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Bob Stane claims to have been “arrested several times for nagging Heidi by email,” saying, “This is the first time in the history of the Internet that an actual arrest has happened. Well, maybe not ‘arrested,’ which is such an ugly world. Let us just say that HEIDI SWEDBERG has a low tolerance for electronic pain and she caved-in. Later this Summer, she promised to appear with her group THE SMOKING JACKETS if I would make the torture stop. I am not an unreasonable man. They will appear. For now you get to see her and Fred together. The Fun Couple.”
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FRED SOKOLOW is best known as the author of 150 instructional books and DVDs for guitar, uke, banjo, Dobro, mandolin and lap steel. He's a multi-string performer and recording artist, and whether he's playing Delta bottleneck blues, bluegrass or old-time banjo, 30s swing uke or screaming rock guitar solos, he does it with authenticity and passion.
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Fred brings this diversity to his ukulele performances, interspersing 20s and 30s Tin Pan Alley tunes with bluegrass banjo-style picking, blues and slide, beautiful chord melody versions of pop tunes and jazz standards, and original tunes –all on his tenor Kamaka uke. He'll throw in a Mexican tune, a ragtime piece or a 50's oldie for variety. He'll be sure to play samples from his recently released uke DVDs which cover Hawaiian tunes, blues and songs of the ukulele legends, or from his recently released book of instrumental versions of Beatles tunes. He's often accompanied by his wife Lynn on string bass, and their "Dueling Banjos" with uke and double-bass is a unique experience.
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HEIDI SWEDBERG has gone from fabled ‘Seinfeld’ cast member to one of the country’s top ukulele clinicians. Swedberg is perhaps better known as an actress (Hot Shots; Galaxy Quest) than a musician. Of all her roles, her most recognizable is the character of Susan Ross, on the television show Seinfeld. Yes, she played George Costanza’s doomed fiancé, who, in one of the series’ most outrageous and notorious episodes, died of toxic poisoning after licking hundreds of wedding invitation envelopes. Nowadays, Swedberg plays the ukulele more often than she plays characters on screen. Her family-friendly, uke-driven party band with the patently upbeat name released its first album, Play!, in 2009 and has just produced an effervescent follow-up, My Cup of Tea. As a teacher focuses on beginning and intermediate ukulele students. As a musician she concentrates on being a great stage performer.
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Sun, Jul 26, in Culver City:
7 pm Monthly “VARIETY NIGHT OPEN MIC & FEATURED ARTIST,” with performing guests THE NORAL TWINS, at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City 90230.
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Eight spots are available in the open mic, and you can reserve in advance. Call for your spot, 310-398-2583.
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Sun, Jul 26, in Claremont:
7 pm Monthly “FOLK MUSIC CENTER OPEN MIC” at the Folk Music Center & Museum, 220 Yale Av, Claremont 91711; 909-624- 2928. Signups at 6 pm.

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Sun, Jul 26, in Pasadena:
7:30 pm “ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE!” is “A Concert of Songs that Celebrate the Brighter Side,” featuring performances by TOM FAIR, JIMI YAMAGISHI, JOHN CARTWRIGHT, and STEVE REID, plus special musical guests SHANNA O'BRIEN and JEANNIE WILLETS, at the Urban Homestead, 631 Cypress Av, Pasadena.
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Doors at 7 pm to get a good seat and to get food orders in.
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$20 suggested donation; reservations strongly recommended. Free refreshments. Further Info and reservations at: 626-765-5704 (voice or text), or by email info@urbanhomestead.org

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Sun, Jul 26, in L.A.:
7:30 pm “INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW” resumes tonight at Fais Do Do, 5257 W Adams Bl, Los Angeles; 323-931-4636; show is 18+.
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Tonight’s lineup:
** 7:30 pm - David Divad
** 8:15 pm - The Resonant Heads
** 9 pm - The Galaxies
** 9:45 pm - Brahms Third Racket
** 10:30 pm - Electrets
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The “Overthrow” is a national tour which runs in Los Angeles from July 24-August 2, at various venues throughout L.A. and OC.
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Sun, Jul 26, in SaMo:
7:30-11 pm Weekly “O'BRIEN'S IRISH MUSIC SESSION” is a structured jam at O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 2226 Wilshire Bl, Santa Monica 90403; 310-829-5303.

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Sun, Jul 26, in SaMo:
8 pm ROY ZIMMERMAN, brilliant folk comedic musician with songs about the state of politics and the human condition, plays McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Sun, Jul 26, in San Diego (Solana Beach):
8 pm BRUCE COCKBURN plays the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros Av, San Diego (Solana Beach) 92075; 858-481-9022.

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Sun, Jul 26, in Griffith Park (L.A.):
8 pm MELISSA ETHERIDGE plus BLONDIE play the Greek Theatre, 2700 N Vermont Ave in Griffith Park, L.A.; Greek Theatre hotline, 323-665-1927; tix, 213-480-3232; www.greektheatrela.com
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Sun, Jul 26; Jul 11 through Sep 26, in Topanga:
8 pm “GREEN GROW THE LILACS, ” the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play that inspired “Oklahoma!”, at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Bl, in the heart of Topanga Canyon, midway between Malibu and the San Fernando Valley. The production opens Sat, Jul 11 and runs through Sep 26. See the feature story in the “News” section of the Guide’s Jun 22 edition.
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Tonight, Jul 26, is a special later curtain time.
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Tix range from $10-$39.50, with discounts available for students, seniors, the military and AEA members.
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Sun, Jun 28, in SaMo:
9 pm KEN O'MALLEY plays his weekly residency at O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 2941 Main St, Santa Monica 90405.

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Sun, Jul 26, in Culver City:
9 pm AMERICANA / ALT OR TRAD COUNTRY / HONKY TONK MUSIC, is likely at the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City 90230.
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ONGOING EVENTS are listed in the first section, followed by UPCOMING FESTIVALS listed in their own section, then our ever-growing catalog of UPCOMING CONCERTS and arts events.

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

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Jul 11 through Sep 26, in Topanga:
7:30 pm “GREEN GROW THE LILACS, ” the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play that inspired “Oklahoma!”, at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Bl, in the heart of Topanga Canyon, midway between Malibu and the San Fernando Valley. The production opens Sat, Jul 11 and runs through Sep 26. See the feature story in the “News” section of the Guide’s Jun 22 edition.
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Tix range from $10-$39.50, with discounts available for students, seniors, the military and AEA members.
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Now through Aug 2, in Hollywood:
Andrew Lloyd Webber's “THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” is a new production by Cameron Mackintosh at the Hollywood Pantages, 6233 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood; www.HollywoodPantages.com
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In L.A. for a limited 8-week run through August 2 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, with newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design. This new version of “PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” is performed by a stunning cast and orchestra comprised of 52 superbly talented actors, singers and musicians. It’s being billed as “the MUST SEE production of 2015.”
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Tix start at $29. Box office opens daily at 10 am except holidays for in-person or phone orders at 800-982-2787. Info on the production, a video sneak peek, and online tix at: www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com/ustour

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Sat, Aug 8, in downtown L.A.:
3-7 pm “BURGERS & BEER FESTIVAL” at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Features Los Angeles’ best burger restaurants serving their signature sliders and the state’s best craft breweries sampling the brews that have made them famous. Confirmed restaurants include Animal, Bouchon Bistro, Grill 'Em All, Ledlow, Pono Burger and many more to come. Confirmed breweries include Angel City Brewery, Bottle Logic Brewing, Ninkasi Brewing, Strand Brewing Company and many more to come.


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Fri-Sun, Sep 4-5-6,
FESTIVAL,
in Rhode Island:
Annual “RHYTHM & ROOTS FEST” in Ninigret State Park, RI. If you go, make it a day early to catch STEVE RILEY & THE MAMOU PLAYBOYS on Sep 3 at the Towers.
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Fri-Sun, Sep 18-21,
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in Coloma (Northern Cal):
9th annual "AMERICAN RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL" announced its lineup and began offering discounted early bird tickets on May 1, and that offer closes SOON.
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The festival recently announced its line-up:
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Main Stage:
Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, The Infamous Stringdusters, Dangermuffin, Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, Shook Twins, David Luning Band, Songs of the Fall, David Myles Trio, Spark and Whisper, Dennis Johnson and The Mississippi Ramblers.
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Other Stages ~ Campgrounds and Hot Spots:
Dangermuffin, Shook Twins, David Luning Band, Songs of the Fall, David Myles Trio, Spark and Whisper, Dennis Johnson and The Mississippi Ramblers, A Thousand Years at Sea, Proxima Parada, Achilles Wheel Duo, McNevin & The Spokes, Island of Black and White, The Keller Sisters, Stringtown Ambassadors, The Love Choir, Moon Shiner, The Painted Horses, Lumadae, Tamra Godey.
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Friday Night Showcase hosted by Michael Gaither:
Ten more performances tba.
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Sponsors say, "The South Fork wants you to hear music on its banks! Limited Time left to get ‘Early Bird’ discounts at the festival website.”
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The festival was named "Best of" choice for fun things to do in the Sacramento Bee newspaper, and called, "Friendly, Unforgettable" in the Mountain Democrat. "...what a great vibe at the festival" wrote the Auburn Journal. "Music and Moving Water in Perfect Harmony" says Submerge Magazine.
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Fri-Sun, Oct 9-11,
FESTIVAL,
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Annual “FESTIVALS ACADIENS” in Lafayette, LA. Info at www.festivalsacadiens.com includes discount room rates at Ramada Inn, Lafayette, if you book early.


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All coming up, some SOON, many with advance discounts, others that’ll sell-out quickly.


Thursdays; remaining shows Jul 30 through Aug 13, in Culver City:
7 pm CULVER CITY'S “BOULEVARD MUSIC SUMMER FESTIVAL” runs weekly in the palm-lined courtyard of Culver City’s City Hall. Each concert is FREE and parking is free, with an optional $10 up-front reserved seat.
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The season’s offerings are diverse. Here’s the remainder of the season’s schedule:
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July 30: Hot Jazz and Western Swing from the HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN (a Guide “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick!)
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Aug 6: Classic Rock with incredible vocals from VENICE.
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Aug 13: Zydeco music featuring the sounds of Creole from Louisiana and Texas, with the excellent BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO (a Guide “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick!)
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Avoid the crowds and parking hassles of other areas on the Westside. Courtyard opens at 4:30 pm. Careful with arriving early, because the free parking is free for two hours in designated parking structures in Culver City. Dozens of dining options are available within walking distance. You can even catch the new light rail to Culver City and a convenient Culver Bus to the concert, and not drive at all.

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Mon, Jul 27, in L.A.:
8pm “AN EVENING WITH MARK O'CONNOR” is a performance-interview in the Clive Davis Theatre at the GRAMMY Museum, 800 W Olympic Bl (at Figueroa), Los Angeles 90015; grammymuseum.org. General tix go on sale Thursday, July 9, 2015, at noon.
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For his first recording for Sony Classical, “Appalachia Waltz, ” GRAMMY-winning violinist MARK O'CONNOR collaborated with fellow GRAMMY winners YO-YO MA and EDGAR MEYER. The album gained O'Connor worldwide recognition as a leading proponent of a new American musical idiom.
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His successful follow-up release, “Appalachian Journey, ” received a GRAMMY for “Best Classical Crossover Album.” After an award-winning recording career in Nashville appearing on more than 500 albums, several of which are GRAMMY winners, including his own “New Nashville Cats, ” O'Connor has immersed himself into perpetuating American classical music. His first full-length orchestral score, "Fiddle Concerto, " has become the most-performed modern violin concerto composed in the last 50 years.
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In 2009, he developed the “O'Connor Method” for violin and strings, which takes an American classical approach to modern violin playing, offering a technical foundation using a diverse range of traditional American string repertoire. The “O'Connor Method Camp” will be held for the first time in New York this August. O'Connor's "Americana Symphony, " recorded by MARIN ALSOP AND THE BALTIMORE SYMPHONY, had a successful multimedia performance earlier in June with the NATIONAL REPERTORY ORCHESTRA in Breckenridge, Colorado.
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O'Connor's upcoming release, “Duo, ” a collaboration with his wife, fiddler/violinist MAGGIE O'CONNOR, features American classics arranged for two violins. In the museum’s Clive Davis Theater, Mark O'Connor will engage in an intimate discussion surrounding his music career, moderated by Scott Goldman, Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation. And yes, the discussion will be followed by a special performance with O'Connor and his wife.
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Aug 22, in Bev Hills:
LEON RUSSELL plays the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills.
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Sep 10, in Bev Hills:
JOHN HIATT & THE COMBO plus TAJ MAHAL TRIO play the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills.
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LILA DOWNS plays the Hollywood Pantages.

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GORDON LIGHTFOOT plays the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills.
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Dec 12, in BevHills:
""FRANK SINATRA'S 100th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION" featuring FRANK SINATRA JR. "Sinatra Sings Sinatra" at the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills.
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Contents copyright © 2015,
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The ACOUSTIC AMERICANA MUSIC GUIDE endeavors to bring you NEWS and views of interest to artists everywhere, more specifically to musicians and the creative community, and music makers and fans of acoustic and Folk-Americana music, both traditional and innovative. We provide a wealth of resources, including a HUGE catalog of acoustic-friendly venues, and schedules of performances in Southern California venues large and small. We cover workshops and other events for artists and folks in the music industry, and all kids o’ things in the world of acoustic and Americana and accessible classical music. From washtub bass to musical spoons to oboe to viola to banjo to squeezebox, from Djangostyle to new-fangled-old-time string band music, from sweet Cajun fiddle to pre-bluegrass Appalachian mountain music to proto blues.
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The Acoustic Americana Music Guide. Thanks for sittin' a spell.
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