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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Last Week of May: Claremont Folk Fest, American Composers Fest, Workshops, Concerts & plenty more

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Whoo-eee. The AMERICAN COMPOSERS FESTIVAL features, in person, ANDRE PREVIN, Friday through Sunday. There’s a purely delightful folk-Americana FESTIVAL on Saturday, May 30. Whether or not you made it out to any of the SIX festivals on Memorial Day Weekend in Southern Cal, you’ll want to get to this one. And maybe even sneak out a bit early for Saturday night’s concert action.

Of course, there’s more, before we get to the weekend. And we’ve got it for you in this edition.

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Guide to this edition…

1) NEWS:
• WINNERS at the 56th Annual TOPANGA BANJO FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL

2) FESTIVALS THIS WEEKEND
• 15th Annual “AMERICAN COMPOSERS FESTIVAL” with ANDRE PREVIN, Fri-Sat, May 28-30, in OC (Costa Mesa).
• 32nd Annual “CLAREMONT FOLK FESTIVAL” Sat, May 30, in Claremont (E of L.A.).
• Weekly “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL” includes the “KATTYWOMPUS CONCERT / JAM,” Fri, May 29, PSEUDO-FESTIVAL, in SGV (Monrovia).
• Annual “REDWOOD MOUNTAIN FAIRE” in Roaring Camp (Northern Cal), Sat & Sun, May 30 & 31.

3) WORKSHOPS for ARTISTS this week & weekend

4) Weeknight MUSIC & ARTS EVENTS, Wednesday to Friday

5) This Weekend’s CONCERTS & ARTS EVENTS, Saturday & Sunday

6) TICKET ALERTS…


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WINNERS at the 56th Annual TOPANGA BANJO FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL


2015 Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival brings nationally prestigious awards from top judges, and contestants from all over the country. It was held Sunday, May 17, at Paramount Ranch, in the Santa Monica Mountains, a site run by the National Park Service, and the weather, the music, and the joyful spirit made it all a perfect day.

Congratulations to Larry Wines, the founding editor of the Acoustic Americana Music Guide, who was honored on the main stage as this year's "Music Legend Award" honoree. (Details on that at: http://www.topangabanjofiddle.org/legend_award.html )

CONTEST WINNERS, by category...

Band
1. The EM Band, Woodland Hills
2. The New Historians, Pasadena
3. New Roads, Santa Monica

Traditional Banjo - Advanced
1. Andy Roberts, Mariposa
2. Ken Leiboff, Newbury Park
3. Laura Osborne, Glendale

Traditional Banjo - Intermediate
1. Mark Thompson, Buena Park
2. Scott Vilhauer, Torrance

Traditional Banjo - Beginning
1. Milena Reed, Culver City
2. Kimberly Brandel, Seal Beach
3. Ashley Atkinson, Los Angeles

Bluegrass Banjo - Advanced
1. Dennis Nowack, San Diego
2. Jack O'Shea, Santa Barbara
3. Casey James Holmberg, Culver City

Bluegrass Banjo - Intermediate
1. Mason Unthank, Santa Clarita
2. Aaron Wardell, Marlow, NH
3. William Rigert, Lancaster

Bluegrass Banjo - Beginning
1. Heidi Lindblom, Huntington Beach
2. Scotty Lomaglio, Castaic
3. Piper Keesee, Toluca Lake

Fiddle - Advanced
1. Aarun Carter, Portland, OR
2. Grant Wheeler, Los Angeles
3. Anya Sturm, Santa Monica
4. Honorable Mention: Joyce Pan, Burbank

Fiddle - Intermediate
1. Lucas Braun, Los Angeles
2. Shira Ellisman, Encinitas
3. Sofia Miranda, Los Angeles
4. Honorable Mention: Jonathan Shifflett, Los Angeles

Fiddle - Beginning
1. Michael Paller, Los Angeles
2. Charlotte Bradley-McKinnon, Pasadena
3. Cassidy Mahoney, Redondo Beach

Mandolin - Advanced
1. Roland Sturm, Santa Monica
2. Jonathan Trawick, Portland, OR
3. Calvin Anderson, Huntington Beach

Mandolin - Intermediate
1. Bill Birrell, Santa Monica
2. Aarun Carter, Portland, OR
3. Robert Wheeler IV, Corona

Mandolin - Beginning
1. Vincent Green, Los Angeles
2. David Omerod, Bakersfield
3. Claire Masters, Valencia

Flat-Picking Guitar - Advanced
1. Nathan La Franchi, San Clemente
2. Calvin Anderson, Huntington Beach
3. Jonathan Trawick, Portland, OR

Flat-Picking Guitar - Intermediate
1. Sean Conlon, San Pedro
2. Fred Miller, Newbury Park
3. John Drake, Fountain Valley

Flat-Picking Guitar - Beginning
1. Matthew St. Claire, Bakersfield
2. Michael Koscelnick, Bell Gardens

Finger-Style Guitar
1. Craig Lincoln, Woodland Hills
2. Jill Fenimore, Los Angeles
3. Richard Marchetta, Valencia
4. Honorable Mention: Jeff Greenman, La Mirada

Other Instruments
1. Ken Leiboff, Newbury Park [Harmonica]
2. Chris Teuber, Venice [Harmonica]
3. Diane Ippel, Ventura [Hammered Dulcimer]
4. Honorable Mention Steve Berman, Agoura Hills [Harmonica]

Singing
1. The Emersons, Woodland Hills
2. Harmonistas, Claremont
3. The Three Belles, Harbor City

Best Backup Instrument
1. Jonathan Trawick, Portland, OR [Guitar]
2. Aarun Carter, Portland, OR [Guitar]
3. David Aks, Granada Hills [Cello]
4. Honorable Mention Ron Vance, Santa Monica [Bass]

Oldest Musician
Stan Shapin (b. 1937), Orange, Advanced Traditional Banjo

Youngest Musician
Rebekah Wilson (b. 2007), Saugus, Beginning Fiddle

2015 Legend Award Winner
LAWRENCE (LARRY) WINES

Thanks to the entire TBFC organization and all the vital volunteers for making it perfect and building lifetime memories for many who took part. Congratulations to all the winners and all those who competed for honors and awards. The rest of us need to practice-up, get that ol’ guit-box or other stranged thang to a luthier, and take a few lessons in time for next year.



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2) FESTIVALS THIS WEEKEND
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Fri-Sat, May 28-30,
FESTIVAL,
in OC (Costa Mesa):
7 pm 15th Annual “AMERICAN COMPOSERS FESTIVAL” features, in person, ANDRE PREVIN, Friday through Sunday, at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, in the OC Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa.
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ANDRE PREVIN, one of America’s most versatile and prolific living composers, joins Pacific Symphony as the honored guest and focus of the 15th “American Composers Festival” (ACF). Previn, who has been called one of America’s least easily categorized musicians, began his remarkable career as a Hollywood “wunderkind” and a best-selling jazz pianist. Now 86, Previn has received four Academy Awards for his work in film, 10 Grammy Awards for his recordings (plus one more Grammy for “Lifetime Achievement”). He’s held a series of major conducting posts, but now exclusively composes. The concert is led by Pacific Symphony’s Music Director Carl St. Clair, whose great admiration for the legend shaped this year’s ACF to reveal the scope of Previn’s prowess as a composer.
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A special preview takes places at 7 pm, when Alan Chapman interviews Previn on stage prior to the start of the concert. Rarely making public appearances these days, much less engaging in interviews, the very private icon opens up for this unique event.
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Tickets are $25-$99. More info or purchase tickets at 714-755-5799 or online at www.PacificSymphony.org.


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Sat, May 30,
FESTIVAL,
in Claremont (E of L.A.):
10 am 32nd Annual “CLAREMONT FOLK FESTIVAL” brings performances by THE DAVID GRISMAN BLUEGRASS EXPERIENCE, BLIND BOY PAXTON, PERLA BATALLA, ROSS ALTMAN, and many more. Music and workshops begin at 10 am and it goes all day, and it’s a wonderful event in a delightful setting, at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N College Av, Claremont 91711.
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This is a delightful event in a remarkably beautiful location. You can stroll the Botanical Garden's trails and hear the music drifting through, or plant yourself at a stage and see and hear some exemplary acoustic musicians.
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Schedule Of Events...
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Main Stage...
(Reverse time sequence)
8 pm – David Grisman Bluegrass Experience
6:30 pm – Blind Boy Paxton
5 pm – Tom Freund and Special Guest
3 pm – Perla Batalla
1:35 pm – Dustbowl Revival
12:15 pm – Frank Fairfield
11 am – Claremont All-Stars Polka Band
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OakTree Stage...
(Reverse time sequence)
2:30 pm – Peter Harper
1:30 pm – Ross Altman
12:30 pm – Squeakin’ Wheels w/ Ellen Harper
11:30 am – Fivacious
10:30 am – River and Rose
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Workshops...
FOUR options for each time slot...
11:00 am –
1. Protest Songs
2. Fiddle for All Ages
3. African Drumming
4. Israeli Dancing
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12:30 pm –
1. Blues & Swing Ukulele
2. Didgeridoo
3. Banjo
4. Polka & Waltz Dancing
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2 pm –
1. Harmonica
2. Flat Picking Guitar
3. Beginning Ukulele for the Family
4. Bomba/Puerto Rican Dancing
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3:30 pm –
*Playing in a Bluegrass Band with David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, $20 additional fee*
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Family Activities...
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11 am–4 pm: Printmaking, with Uncle Bacon from dA Center for the Arts
11 am–4 pm: Tile Mosaic Studio, Leigh Adams
11 am & 2 pm: Storytelling, with Angela Lloyd & Ron Chick
12:30 pm: Kids Rhythm, with Ray McNamera
10 am-4 pm: Passport Activities:
face painting, seed planting, community art, butterfly pavilion, Sierra Club, Farm Fresh to You
3:30 pm: Community Drum Circle
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• What to bring: water bottle, hat, sunscreen, low/beach-style chair is optional, but you'll want it.
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• What NOT to bring: no coolers, no animals, no tall/campfire-style chairs, no outside food (food vendors on site).
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Parking: street parking.
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Tickets: $35 general admission; age 12 and under, free. Tickets available online (it DOES sell-out!), and complete info at:
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http://folkmusiccenter.com/folk-festival/


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Fri, May 29,
PSEUDO-FESTIVAL,
in SGV (Monrovia):
6-10 pm Weekly “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL” is a street fair with music on the corners, on a stage, and in several venues (some that serve food, some with full bars). Of note to folkies is the weekly “KATTYWOMPUS CONCERT / JAM,” at 8 pm, right in the middle of things at Dollmakers Kattywompus, 412 S Myrtle Av, Monrovia 91016; 626-357-1091.


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Out-of-Town Festival…

Sat & Sun, May 30 & 31,
FESTIVAL,
in Northern Cal:
Annual “REDWOOD MOUNTAIN FAIRE” in Roaring Camp features LAURIE LEWIS & THE RIGHT HANDS, that marvelous band of Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Simon Chrisman, Laurie Lewis, plus guest fiddler Tatiana Hargreaves.



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3) WORKSHOPS for ARTISTS
this week & weekend
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Wed, May 27, in OC (Laguna Woods):
2-5 pm NATIONAL HAMMERED DULCIMER CHAMPION TED YODER brings his tour to Southern Cal with a WORKSHOP, 2-5 pm, ($25/hour-cash-check-credit card) open to all level hammered dulcimer players, followed by a 5-6:30 pm Dinner ($11) then an evening CONCERT, 6:30-7:30 pm ($6 cash at door). Info, etc, at www.tedyoder.com
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All three events at Laguna Woods Clubhouse 6, Gate 10, 24061 Algarrobo, Laguna Woods 92637.

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Sat, May 30,
WORKSHOPS for ARTISTS & MUSICIANS,
in Claremont (E of Los Angeles):
Annual “CLAREMONT FOLK FESTIVAL” is loaded with workshops. See the complete write-up in the section just above.

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Sun, May 31,
WORKSHOP for ARTISTS,
in South Pasadena:
9 am-5 pm "TODAY'S ARTIST: ART WORLD DO'S AND DON'T'S," presented by Los Angeles Art Association at Burke Triolo Studio, 538 Mission St, South Pasadena.
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Strengthen your professional development and knowledge of today's art world with an immersive one-day artist-centric program focused on the practical needs of artists from LAAA, the organization committed to the needs of artists. The day starts with an expert panel of "21st Century Art Advisors" presenting their approaches to working with Artists, Collectors and Clients. Next, "Do's and Don't's for Achieving Gallery Representation" will give you valuable information on how best to approach galleries and art dealers. Finally, the "Collector Roundtable" will provide insights on the "how's" and "why's" of collecting from top collectors. This one-day artist-centric program is designed to address the practical needs of artists from LAAA, an organization committed to the needs of artists.
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Cost: $100 LAAA Members
$110 Students & Seniors
$180 Non-Members
$110 if you are a member of SPARC (South Pasadena Arts Council) that produces the annual folk-friendly "Eclectic Music Festival;" SPARC info at
www.sopasartscouncil.com
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Save your spot by registering online (secure form), plus info, schedule, presenters, all at:
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http://www.laaa.org/workshop_todays_artist
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Or call 310-652-8272 to register by phone.



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4) Weeknight MUSIC & ARTS EVENTS,
Wednesday to Friday
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Wednesday’s CONCERTS & Arts Events
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Wed, May 27, in OC (Laguna Woods):
6:30-7:30 pm NATIONAL HAMMERED DULCIMER CHAMPION TED YODER brings his tour to Southern Cal with a WORKSHOP, 2-5 pm, ($25/hour-cash-check-credit card) open to all level hammered dulcimer players, followed by a 5-6:30 pm Dinner ($11) then an evening CONCERT, 6:30-7:30 pm ($6 cash at door). Info, etc, at www.tedyoder.com
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All three events at Laguna Woods Clubhouse 6, Gate 10, 24061 Algarrobo, Laguna Woods 92637.

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Wed, May 27, in Ventura:
6 pm Twice-monthly “VENTURA BLUEGRASS JAM” (Second & Fourth Wednesdays) at the Golden China, 760 S Seward Av, Ventura.

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Wed, May 27, in Altadena:
7-10 pm Monthly “DAVID HARVEY PRESENTS” showcase at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001. No reservations are taken for this show; just get there on time to get in.
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There’s a fine lineup for this month’s show.
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THE LICATA BROTHERS are the youthful duo of Jimmy and Tony with their soulful harmonies and acoustic guitars. They sing their way through a wide variety of 20th Century popular music, and were invited off the street in New Orleans, where they were busking, to play the stage at prestigious Preservation Hall. You can find them on Facebook and see recent videos of them at the Coffee Gallery Backstage at www.TheLicataBrothers.com.
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WILD MOUNTAIN MYSTICS is a duo who play music ranging from tender-hearted love songs to foot-stompin' folk blues, mainly on acoustic guitar and mandolin. Their harmonies join gritty and smooth and blend in a way that reminds you of traditional mountain music. Some of their influences include The Carter Family, Hank Williams, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, the Mamas and the Papas, Carole King, Emmylou Harris, Maria Callas, and Linda Ronstadt. Their music has many traditional elements, but the message of love and hope is timeless. More at www.reverbnation.com/wildmountainmystics
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DONNA LYNN CASKEY is a banjo maven who takes the pure, timeless sound of traditional mountain music to new places. Her gorgeous and lush debut album, Nameless Heart, received a great review in American Songwriter by the legendary music journalist Paul Zollo, who said: "...In the midst of so many musicians and songwriters playing their songs, and I never could forget her music. Simple and stark against beautiful driving rhythms and delicate passages of her fine 5-string banjo, her songs resound like modern spirituals. She writes and plays beautiful songs of enduring hope along the ways of being human. Her voice and words and banjo all seem entwined, so that her songs seem intrinsic, unforced, and genuine." More at www.donnalynncaskey.com
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"A WORD WITH DYLAN BRODY.” Series regular 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 NPR's OffRamp on KPCC. He is also a martial artist, but those skills will not come into play during the show. Unless something goes horribly wrong. More at http://dylanbrody.com
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$10 cover at the door (cash). No reservations.

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Wed, May 27, in Montclair:
7 pm Monthly “VILLAGE MANDALA DRUM CIRCLE” at Monte Vista Unitarian Universalist Church, 9185 Monte Vista Av, Montclair 91763; 909-626-0520.

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Wed, May 27, in OC (Anaheim):
8 pm THE GIPSY KINGS play the City National Grove Of Anaheim, 2200 E Katella Av., Anaheim 92806; 714-712-2700.

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Wed, May 27, in South Pasadena:
8:30-11:30 pm Weekly “IRISH SESSION” is a structured jam at Griffins of Kinsale, 1007 Mission St, South Pasadena; 626-799-0926.


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Thursday’s CONCERTS & Arts Events
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Thu, May 28, in downtown L.A.:
Noon “LUNCHTIME CONCERTS” series continues today. Feed your soul with live music from L.A.-based artists on Grand Park’s performance lawn in downtown L.A. This season, Grand Park partners with the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts to preview greatness from the next generation.

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Thu, May 28, in Long Beach:
5-8 pm KEN O'MALLEY plays his weekly residency of authentic & original Irish music at the Auld Dubliner, 71 S Pine Av, Long Beach 90802; 562-437-8300.

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Thu, May 28, in San Diego Co (Santee):
6:30-9:30 pm Weekly “WOOD 'N' LIPS OPEN MIC” at Kaffee Meister’s Santee Coffeehouse, 9225 Carlton Hills Bl #30, Santee.

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Thu, May 28, in Altadena:
8 pm WILL RYAN & the CACTUS COUNTY COWBOYS with the SAGUARO SISTERS, and special guest star PHIL CROSBY, JR. (Bing Crosby's Grandson), play a big “TRIPLE CD LAUNCH PARTY” show, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; Reservations (an absolute necessity for this show) by phone only, at 626-798-6236.
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Three new CDs will be officially launched tonight, and this show will indeed live-up to its hype.
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“My favorite Western band!” raves Johnny Crawford, star of TV’s classic series “The Rifleman,” of WILL RYAN & the CACTUS COUNTY COWBOYS. Will Ryan will be returning from performances in Michigan, in Colorado, at an American Cinemateque Hollywood premiere and a standing-room only tribute to John Wayne at the Autry Museum.
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WILL RYAN, “The King of the Radio Cowboys,” is heard every week on the Pacifica Radio Network performing new and classic Western tunes. The winner of two Gold Records and BMI’s Pioneer Award for songwriting, Will is pleased to once again be performing in a 1917 building that’s walking distance from the former home of Western writer Zane Grey. (Betcha didn’t know that about the Coffee Gallery.)
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THE SAGUARO SISTERS are the newest sensation in classic Western sounds, with the vocals of Shona, Katriona and Karona bringing audiences a youthful, genuine family blend of pitch-perfect Western harmonies. “Beloved classics and amazing original songs. Simply joyous! The Saguaro Sisters define the New Spirit of the West,” says their publicity. They’ve performed at the Autry, the American Cinemateque, the W R Bar Ranch, and are regulars on Pacifica Radio broadcasts. The Saguaro Sisters are delighted to be part of Bob Stane’s Altadena creation, calling CGB their “favorite venue.”
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WESTY WESTENHOFER, aka “Mariposa’s Maharajah of Musical Mirth,” is proficient on Euphonium, Tuba, Bass and Trombone. Westy has entertained audiences throughout the country “since the days of the horse and buggy in Central Park” (uhhh, okay, considering they still do that in Central Park). As an opening act for such performers as Julie Andrews and the Smothers Brothers, he developed a keen understanding of where to eat in far-away cities, how to hit A above high C, and how to get laughs by blaming your brother. Will Ryan sometimes calls Westy, “The Yo-Yo Ma of Yuks!”
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SPECIAL GUEST STAR, PHIL CROSBY, JR. (Bing Crosby's Grandson) hails from a storied musical family. Phil has performed in Nashville, Tokyo, San Francisco, New York, and Dublin, and tonight marks – at long last – his Altadena debut. Having recently performed with Will Ryan and the Saguaro Sisters at the Cicada Club, Phil - with the Saguaro Sisters - will be performing some of the Western hits his grandfather Bing did with the Andrews Sisters. Wahoo!
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Tix, $20.

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Thu, May 28, in Newhall (Santa Clarita):
8 pm SUSIE GLAZE & THE HILONESOME BAND play the Western Music Association / "Out West" / SCTV Concert Series at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 Main St, Newhall 91321; 661-288-0000. Tix hotline: 661-255-7087.
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Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band blend classic folk music with rough-edged stories of tragedy and fate,all with orchestral arrangements sounding like chamber music gone folk! A lush newgrass Americana folk fusion quintet presenting gorgeous eclectic blends of mountain folk and exciting new grassy and Celtic-inspired originals, all with the voice of Susie Glaze.
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Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band have just released their new album, "Not That Kind of Girl." More than a year in the making, the feel of the album is decidedly Americana, a true melting-pot of folk music-based sounds including standard country, contemporary folk, Texas swing, Joni Mitchell-style jazz-rock, traditional old-country folk ballads and bossa-nova-style jazz, with the classic ’70s sound of "Prisoner in Disguise" featuring Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen topping off the eclectic mix.
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The Hilonesome Band is Steve Rankin on mandolin, Rob Carlson on guitar and dobro, Fred Sanders on bass and Mark Indictor on fiddle.
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SCVTV Presents “The OutWest Concert Series” features top performers of Western, Bluegrass, Swing, and Americana Roots Music in Old Town Newhall's intimate Repertory East Playhouse. Sponsored by SCVTV, OutWest, The REP, WMACC, with a special "thank you" to the Magazine of Santa Clarita. These concerts are filmed and aired by SCVTV, the community's public television media center.
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Thu, May 28, in L.A.:
8 pm WILLIAM ELLIOTT WHITMORE plays “THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION” concert series at the Mint, 6010 W Pico Bl, Los Angeles 90035; 323-954-9630.

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Thu, May 28, in L.A.:
8 pm “A CONVERSATION WITH DUFF McKAGAN,” at the Grammy Museum, across from Staples Center, in L.A.
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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and author Duff McKagan had his latest book, “How To Be A Man (and other illusions)” published on Da Capo Press on May 12, 2015. The book is the follow-up to his critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling memoir, “It's So Easy (and other lies).” In “How To Be A Man,” McKagan shares the wisdom he gained on the path to superstardom - from his time with Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver to getting sober after a life of hard living. Among the book's many highlights are McKagan discussing how he, along with Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard, solved one of life's most staggering math problems: "If you've seen a million faces, is it truly possible to rock them all?"; and sharing tidbits about some of his fellow rock stars, including Kiss' Gene Simmons and Perry Farrell. Travelers will also benefit from McKagan's plethora of globe-trotting tips, including what shots to get for malaria and what not to do on a leased private jet. He also recalls the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and reuniting with Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose for a handful of tour dates in South America, and runs down the list of albums he thinks every man should listen to. Expanding on his popular weekly columns in Seattle Weekly, Playboy.com and ESPN.com, McKagan equips readers with the knowledge they need to rock fatherhood, manage their money and remain a "good dude" in spite of it all. The GRAMMY Museum welcomes McKagan to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate discussion about his new book, moderated by Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum.
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Tix, $20, at 213-765-6803 or www.grammymuseum.org.

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Thu-Sun, May 28-31:
8 pm REDCAT PRESENTS: LARS JAN / EARLY MORNING OPERA: “THE INSTITUTE OF MEMORY (TIMe)” runs four performances at Roy and Edna Disney / CalArts Theater, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. A multi-dimensional visual design sets the stage for award-winning director and media artist Lars Jan’s theatrical exploration of the blurring of short and long term memories, and how “remembering” is changing now and into the future.

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Thu, May 28, in SFV (Sherman Oaks):
CANCELLED: 9 pm The longtime weekly “ACOUSTIC CORDIALE” is gone, along with its host venue, Café Cordiale, 14015 Ventura Bl, Sherman Oaks 91423. We told you about their final weekend of food and music, a few weeks back.



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Friday’s CONCERTS & Arts Events
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Fri, May 29,
PSEUDO-FESTIVAL,
in SGV (Monrovia):
6-10 pm Weekly “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL” is a street fair with music on the corners, on a stage, and in several venues (some that serve food, some with full bars). Of note to folkies is the weekly “KATTYWOMPUS CONCERT / JAM,” at 8 pm, right in the middle of things at Dollmakers Kattywompus, 412 S Myrtle Av, Monrovia 91016; 626-357-1091.

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Fri, May 29, at UCLA:
7 pm INTERCULTURAL IMPROVISATION ENSEMBLE (aka OMNI-MUSICALITY GROUP), with Steve Loza and Alex Rodriguez, co-directors, and Music of West Africa Ensemble, Omowale Orisayomi and Francis Awe, co-directors, performs in Schoenberg Hall, at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, co-sponsored by the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology for the “Spring Festival of World Music and Jazz 2015,” running May 15-Jun 2.

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Fri, May 29, in Highland Park (L.A.):
7:30 pm RUN DOWNHILL plays the summer concert series at MorYork Gallery, 4959 York Bl, Los Angeles 90042.

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Fri, May 29, in San Pedro:
8 pm THE SYNCOPATHS play the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731; 310-833-6362.

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Fri, May 29, in SaMo:
8 pm CHAD & JEREMY play McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497.

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Fri, May 29, in L.A.:
8-10:30 pm "SONGWRITER'S ROUND" with performing host ANNIE BOXELL and musical guests, at Muse on 8th, 759 S La Brea Av (just S of Wilshire), Los Angeles 90036; http://museon8th.com
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Annie says, "Joining me will be the amazing and beautiful fellow piano pixie Carolyn Samuelson. Some originals as well as tributes to favorite songwriters, by Annie Boxell & the Vicious Circle of musical guests such as Eric Estes and Jay Pallen. Try to get there early for easy street parking on La Brea, and to order your delicious organic yet indulgent treats before the musical rounds begin!"

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Fri, May 29, in San Pedro:
8 pm DON RIGSBY BLUEGRASS plays Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro 90732; 800-403-3447 for reservations.
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Complimentary coffee, tea, hot cocoa and "Alvas" bottled water are provided. Bring your own food & drinks.
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Fri, May 29, in SGV (Arcadia):
8 pm DAVID LEON BAND, plus BOBBY BLUEHOUSE, at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr (just E of Santa Anita Av), Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com
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Fri, May 29, in OC (Santa Ana):
8 pm WILLIAM ELLIOTT WHITMORE plays the Constellation Room, 3503 S Harbor Bl, Santa Ana 92704; 714-957-0600.

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Fri, May 29; Thu-Sun, May 28-31:
8 pm REDCAT PRESENTS: LARS JAN / EARLY MORNING OPERA: “THE INSTITUTE OF MEMORY (TIMe)” runs four performances at Roy and Edna Disney / CalArts Theater, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. A multi-dimensional visual design sets the stage for award-winning director and media artist Lars Jan’s theatrical exploration of the blurring of short and long term memories, and how “remembering” is changing now and into the future.

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Fri-Sun, through Jun 7:
8 pm “ANDRE & DORINE BY KULUNKA TEATRO” (Spain) runs May 21-June 7 at LATC. Andre & Dorine tells the story of an elderly couple and how they relive and reinvent their love together as Alzheimer’s becomes a permanent part of their relationship. Three actors portray more than 15 characters whose story is told through mask, and movement, with no spoken dialogue.

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Fri-Sun, through Jun 7:
8 pm CENTER THEATRE GROUP PRESENTS: “IMMEDIATE FAMILY” at the Mark Taper Forum at the L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. Race, sexuality and religion are on the menu as Modern Family meets Guess Who's Coming to Dinner in this “timely and important American play” (Chicago Tribune), directed by Tony Award ® winner Phylicia Rashad.

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Fri, May 29-July 12:
8 pm CENTER THEATRE GROUP PRESENTS: “MATILDA THE MUSICAL” opening May 29, running through July 12, at the Ahmanson Theatre at the L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. Winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards ® , Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

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Fri, May 29, in Los Feliz (L.A.):
8-11 pm THE PLOUGHBOYS play their weekly residency at the Tam O' Shanter Ale & Sandwich Bar Lounge, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz 90039; 323-664-0228.

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Fri, May 29, in Los Feliz (L.A.):
8-11 pm PLOUGHBOYS play their weekly residency at the Tam O' Shanter Ale & Sandwich Bar Lounge, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz 90039; 323-664-0228.

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Fri, May 29, in San Diego Co (Escondido):
9 pm-midnight PAUL & BRIAN of HIGHLAND WAY, that wonderful Celtic band, play
A free gig at their favorite pub for an impromptu Friday night at O Sullivan's of Escondido, 118 E Grand Av, Escondido 92025; map/directions: http://tinyurl.com/nqpx363. Web site, http://www.osullivansescondido.com/------

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Fri, May 29, in Pomona:
9 pm RISING APPALACHIA plays the Glasshouse, 248 W 2nd St, Pomona 91766; 909-865-3802.

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Fri, May 29, in Murietta:
9 pm LIVE IRISH / CELTIC MUSIC or CELTIC ROCK at 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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5) This Weekend’s CONCERTS & ARTS EVENTS,
Saturday & Sunday
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Even if you attend the CLAREMONT FOLK FEST – and you should – there are some mighty fine concerts this weekend.

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Saturday’s CONCERTS & Arts Events
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Sat, May 30, in Altadena:
3 pm LOS DOS plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675. Reservations by phone only, at 626-798-6236.
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Jordan Sollitto & Jose Prieto combine riveting lyrics, disparate guitar styles and haunting harmonies to create an altogether unique – and beautiful – sound. Audiences are as enthralled by Jose’s masterful technique –the guy is an astoundingly good nylon guitar player -- as they are by the musical stories told in their stunningly-well-crafted songs. Their set lists combine country, folk, ballads, rock, Spanish rock and instrumentals to take you on an incredibly diverse musical adventure.
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No less an authority than Herb Pedersen says of Los Dos, “Skillful songwriting…that somehow blends flamenco, bluegrass and country…Don’t ask me how they do it…just go hear them!”
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Tix, $15.

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Sat, May 30, in Temecula:
4 pm DAVE STAMEY, the multiple top award-winning cowboy entertainer, plays the Double J Ranch, 38830 Berenda Rd, Temecula 92591.

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Sat, May 30, in San Pedro:
4:40 pm “MUSIC UNDER THE GUNS” concert series brings the PALOS VERDES HIGH SCHOOL BAND to perform on the main deck of the battleship Iowa, docked as a museum on the waterfront at 250 S Harbor Bl, San Pedro 90731; www.pacificbattleship.com. Info, www.labattleship.com
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Battleship IOWA is proud to host Music Under the Guns. Bands will serenade guests with performances of patriotic selections, show tunes, popular music, swing, movie melodies and many more. Sit “under the guns” aboard Battleship Iowa while enjoying the warm weather and stunning views of the LA Waterfront.
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Tix: Adults $10, Youth/Student $5 (w/valid ID), free for age 5 & under. No outside food or beverage. Concessions sold.

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Sat, May 30, in Lakewood:
6:30 pm Weekly “BLUEGRASS CONCERT” brings a different band most every week at Me N Eds Pizza Parlor, 4115 Paramount Bl, Lakewood 90712; 562-421-8908.

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Sat, May 30, in Altadena:
SOLD OUT: 7 pm THE UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE plus RACHEL GARCIA & THU TRAN team up at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675. Reservations by phone only, at 626-798-6236.

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Sat, May 30, in Pasadena:
7 pm BANSHEE IN THE KITCHEN, that marvelous women’s ensemble of Celticana-Americana musicians, plays the Full Moon House Concert series at the home of Garth Garrett and Trisha Jauchler-stonywood in Pasadena. Reservations get directions at fullmoonsaturdays@yahoo.com
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The band’s Brenda Hunter is a National Hammered Dulcimer Champ.

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Sat, May 30, in San Diego Co (National City):
7:30 pm BARRY McGUIRE & P. F. SLOAN play the AMSD Concerts series in the Laura R. Charles Theater at Sweetwater High School, 2900 Highland Av, National City 91950.

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Sat, May 30, in Pasadena:
7:30 pm BRYAN BOWERS, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and one of the world’s best autoharp players, performs for the Pasadena Folk Music Society concert series in “Little Beckman” on the Caltech campus in Pasadena. Park in either lot (free for the show) at the S end of Michigan Av, off Del Mar.
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BRYAN BOWERS, autoharp master, singer-songwriter, storyteller, multi-instrumental performing artist is a real “wow” musician. Bower's creativity and talent won him induction into Frets Magazine's First Gallery of the Greats after five years of winning the stringed instrument, open category of the magazine’s readers' poll. This distinction put Bowers alongside other luminaries, such as Chet Atkins, David Grisman, Stephan Grappelli, Itzhak Perlman, Tony Rice, Rob Wasserman and Mark O'Connor, recognized for their personal accomplishments. In 1993, Bryan was inducted into the Autoharp Hall of Fame to stand only with Maybelle Carter, Kilby Snow, and Sara Carter.
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He's a very big fish in the autoharp world and he's in California because of last week's annual California Autoharp Gathering near Fresno. Hear Bryan sing and play his own composition and title tune for one of his early recordings, The View From Home, followed by the traditional tune, “Flowers of Edinburgh,” at www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ3PMrkVGSQ
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The Philadelphia Folk Song Society wrote, “For all the acclaim Bryan Bowers has won as the master of the autoharp, what radiates from the instrument under his touch is not flash but warmth and brilliance.” “You get a good feeling being a member of Bryan Bowers’ audience, the good feeling that comes from watching someone doing just what he needs to do and doing it well and for all the right reasons.”
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Along with creating some fine original songs and adding new sparkle to familiar and obscure traditional songs and tunes, Bryan has introduced many to some fine contemporary songwriters, as he does with Dace Carter's moving “When I Go,” at www.youtube.com/watch?v=jktfwaUIzsI.
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Tix, $15 for adults, $5 for Caltech students and children. Available at the Caltech Ticket Office, 9 am-4 pm, Monday through Friday at 626-395-4652 or in person (no service charge) at Winnett Student Center on campus. You can buy tickets online for this show at http://folkmusic.caltech.edu and http://pasadenafolkmusicsociety.org
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More at www.bryanbowers.com

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Sat, May 30, in San Diego Co (Poway):
7:30 pm BILLY LEE & THE SWAMP CRITTERS play the San Diego Folk Heritage concert series in Templars Hall in Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd, Poway 92064; 858-566-4040.

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Sat, May 30, in Redondo Beach:
7:30-10:30 pm ANDY & RENEE, leaders of the award-winning Americana band HARD RAIN, play the Avenue A Bar & Grill, 800 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach 90277.

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Sat, May 30, in Newhall (Santa Clarita):
7:30 pm Weekly GRATEFUL DUDES BLUEGRASS residency, sometimes with very interesting guests sitting-in, at Vincenzo's Pizza, 24500 Lyons Av, Newhall 91350.

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Sat, May 30, in SFV (Studio City):
7:30-11:30 pm SONGMAKERS “TAKE THE FIFTH HOOT” happens any month with a fifth Saturday, in Studio City 91604. Location and info at www.songmakers.org

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Sat, May 30, in SGV (Arcadia):
8 pm "WEST COAST BLUES NIGHT" with performances by MIGHTY MOJO PROPHETS, HENRY CARVAJAL, SAN PEDRO SLIM, and BOBBY BLUEHOUSE, at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr (just E of Santa Anita Av), Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com
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Doors at 7 pm. Venue has good food (generous portions), full bar, pool tables. Substantial discount for tix bought online. Fun place, but bring earplugs. Seriously.

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Sat, May 30, in Culver City:
8 pm SCHTICK SHIFT and JOELLEN LAPIDUS bring Klezmer and Dulcimer to Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City 90230; 310-398-2583.
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Wonderful players JOELLEN LAPIDUS on mountain dulcimer with YVETTE DEVEREAUX on violin. Tix, $15.

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Sat, May 30, in Oak Park (T.O. area):
8 pm STEVE KATZ plays Russ and Julie’s House Concerts series in Oak Park (Agoura Hills/Westlake Village area). Reservations get directions at 818-707-2179 or rsvp@houseconcerts.us

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Sat, May 30, in San Pedro:
8 pm ZHENA FOLK CHORUS perform at Alva’s Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro 90732; 310-519-1314.
Complimentary coffee, tea, hot cocoa and "Alvas" bottled water are provided. Bring your own food & drinks.
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Tix, $20.

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Sat, May 30, in L.A.:
8 pm “MARIACHI UNDER THE STARS: AN EVENING WITH GREGORIO LUKE” at L.A. Plaza de Cultura y Artes. Join L.A. Plaza for an evening exploring mariachi music! Mariachi Under the Stars is a spectacular outdoor event that brings together a large format multimedia presentation by art expert Gregorio Luke and a live mariachi performance. Taking you on a journey through this vibrant music, Luke will showcase the work of mariachi legends, including Jorge Negrete, Javier Solis and Lucha Reyes, among others.

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Sat, May 30; Thu-Sun, May 28-31:
8 pm REDCAT PRESENTS: LARS JAN / EARLY MORNING OPERA: “THE INSTITUTE OF MEMORY (TIMe)” runs four performances at Roy and Edna Disney / CalArts Theater, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. A multi-dimensional visual design sets the stage for award-winning director and media artist Lars Jan’s theatrical exploration of the blurring of short and long term memories, and how “remembering” is changing now and into the future.

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Sat, May 30; Fri-Sun, through Jun 7:
8 pm “ANDRE & DORINE BY KULUNKA TEATRO” (Spain) runs May 21-June 7 at LATC. Andre & Dorine tells the story of an elderly couple and how they relive and reinvent their love together as Alzheimer’s becomes a permanent part of their relationship. Three actors portray more than 15 characters whose story is told through mask, and movement, with no spoken dialogue.

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Sat, May 30; Fri-Sun, through Jun 7:
8 pm CENTER THEATRE GROUP PRESENTS: “IMMEDIATE FAMILY” at the Mark Taper Forum at the L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. Race, sexuality and religion are on the menu as Modern Family meets Guess Who's Coming to Dinner in this “timely and important American play” (Chicago Tribune), directed by Tony Award ® winner Phylicia Rashad.

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Sat, May 30; Fri, May 29-July 12:
8 pm CENTER THEATRE GROUP PRESENTS: “MATILDA THE MUSICAL” opening May 29, running through July 12, at the Ahmanson Theatre at the L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. Winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards ® , Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

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Sat, May 30, in Malibu:
10 pm GARY ALLEGRETTO & HIS BAND play late at Ollie's Duck & Dive in Malibu; http://olliesduckanddive.com
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Gary is a multiple award-winning blues and cowboy harmonica virtuoso. Gary is an endorsed Hoehner artist and his honors include the "Keeping the Blues Alive" award. More at:
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Sat, May 30, in L.A.:
10 pm RISING APPALACHIA plus SHEA FREEDOM play a late gig at the Mint, 6010 W Pico Bl, Los Angeles 90035; 323-954-9630.



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Sun, May 31, in Hollywood:
8 am-1 pm Weekly “HOLLYWOOD FARMERS MARKET” with live music by the FAIR MARKET BAND, at Ivar & Selma Aves, Hollywood 90028.

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Sun, May 31, in San Diego:
10 am Monthly “BLUEGRASS BRUNCH” at Urban Solace, 3823 30th St, San Diego 92104; 619-295-6464.

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Sun, May 31, above Arcadia:
Noon-5 pm “MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS” series brings various acoustic players to Adams’ Pack Station on Chantry Flat Rd, at the end of the road that begins at Santa Anita Av (go N from the 210 Fwy) above Arcadia 91006; 626-447-7356.
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Sun, May 31, in Altadena:
2 & 7 pm DAVE STAMEY, the multiple top award-winning cowboy entertainer, plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675. Reservations an absolute necessity, by phone only, at 626-798-6236.
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DAVE STAMEY was voted Male Performer of the Year by the Western Music Association, and he is the winner of the Will Rogers Award for Male Vocalist of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists. Plus he’s a five-time nominee for Songwriter Of The Year. Dave Stamey is one of the most popular Western Entertainers working today. His vast repertoire of classic and original Western folk music represents a link between today's Americana singer-songwriters and the old-time cowboy balladeers. He has delighted audiences in seven states, and has found that he prefers this type of work to being stomped by angry horses. Two shows, 2 pm & 7 pm.
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Sun, May 31, in downtown L.A.:
3-5:30 pm Weekly “WILDE THISTLE 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, May 31, in SaMo:
4 pm STRING MADNESS plays the Santa Monica Conservatory of Music, 1501 Colorado Av, Santa Monica 90404.

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Sun, May 31, in L.A.:
4 pm “SPOTLIGHT: COURTNEY BARNETT” brings the acclaimed Aussie woman guitar player to the Grammy Museum, across from Staples Center in L.A.
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Rated four-and-a-half stars by Rolling Stone, Courtney Barnett's debut album, “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit,” released March 24, 2015, mixes witty, often hilarious, and occasionally heartbreaking observations with devastating self-assessment and some incredible guitar play. Barnett first came onto the indie rock scene in 2012 when she self-released the EP, “I've Got A Friend Called Emily Ferris,” which garnered praise throughout her native Australia.
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With one of the most distinctive and compelling voices in indie rock, Pitchfork, in 2013, named her song "Avant Gardener" one of its Best New Tracks of the summer. Before launching her solo career, Barnett became a mainstay of the local Melbourne music scene, paying her dues and honing her chops in various garage and psych country outfits. Following the release of 2013's “The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas,” which combined her first two EPs, Barnett embarked on 18 months of extensive touring that took her all over North America and Europe.
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The songs on her latest album reveal not only an assured songwriter and guitarist, but also a performer who, in just a few years, has already proven herself an idiosyncratic and boundary-smashing artist, and a passionate advocate for the arts who is changing the face of indie rock in her native Australia and around the world. The GRAMMY Museum welcomes Barnett to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate performance and discussion surrounding her music and career, moderated by Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum.
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Doors open at 3:30 pm. Info and tix, 213-765-6803 or www.grammymuseum.org.

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Sun, May 31, 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, May 31; Thu-Sun, May 28-31:
Matinee (time tba) REDCAT PRESENTS: LARS JAN / EARLY MORNING OPERA: “THE INSTITUTE OF MEMORY (TIMe)” runs four performances at Roy and Edna Disney / CalArts Theater, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. A multi-dimensional visual design sets the stage for award-winning director and media artist Lars Jan’s theatrical exploration of the blurring of short and long term memories, and how “remembering” is changing now and into the future.

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Sun, May 31; Fri-Sun, through Jun 7:
Matinee (time tba) “ANDRE & DORINE BY KULUNKA TEATRO” (Spain) runs May 21-June 7 at LATC. Andre & Dorine tells the story of an elderly couple and how they relive and reinvent their love together as Alzheimer’s becomes a permanent part of their relationship. Three actors portray more than 15 characters whose story is told through mask, and movement, with no spoken dialogue.

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Sun, May 31; Fri-Sun, through Jun 7:
Matinee (time tba) CENTER THEATRE GROUP PRESENTS: “IMMEDIATE FAMILY” at the Mark Taper Forum at the L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. Race, sexuality and religion are on the menu as Modern Family meets Guess Who's Coming to Dinner in this “timely and important American play” (Chicago Tribune), directed by Tony Award ® winner Phylicia Rashad.

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Sun, May 31; Fri, May 29-July 12:
Matinee (time tba) CENTER THEATRE GROUP PRESENTS: “MATILDA THE MUSICAL” opening May 29, running through July 12, at the Ahmanson Theatre at the L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. Winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards ® , Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

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Sun, May 31, in Manhattan Beach:
5-8 pm ANDY & RENEE, leaders of the multiple award-winning Americana band HARD RAIN, play Brooklyn Pizza, 500 S Sepulveda Bl, Manhattan Beach; 310-379-6599.
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Sun, May 31, in Echo Park (L.A.):
5:30-9 pm Weekly “GRAND OLE ECHO” brings performances by roots-Americana, alt-country, trad-country (NOT Nashville pop country), and / or honky-tonk bands, at The Echo, 1822 Sunset Bl, Echo Park 90026; 213-413-8200.
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This multi-artist FREE weekly series has returned for its spring through fall run. It’s always fun. Venue has a full bar and there’s usually a rudimentary bbq or food trucks out back.
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Sun, May 31, in Altadena:
7 pm DAVE STAMEY, the multiple top award-winning cowboy entertainer, plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675. Reservations an absolute necessity, by phone only, at 626-798-6236.
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Sun, May 31, at UCLA:
7 pm CHARLES MINGUS ENSEMBLE, with JUSTO ALMARIO, director (spring), plus the IRISH MUSIC ENSEMBLE, TIM TAYLOR, director, Kevin Levine, assistant director,
in Schoenberg Hall, at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, co-sponsored by the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology for the “Spring Festival of World Music and Jazz 2015,” running May 15-Jun 2.

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Sun, May 31, in Claremont:
7 pm Monthly “OPEN MIC” at the Folk Music Center & Museum, 220 Yale Av, Claremont 91711; 909-624- 2928.

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Sun, May 31, in Santa Monica:
7:30-11 pm Weekly “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” is a structured jam at O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 2226 Wilshire Bl, Santa Monica 90403; 310-829-5303. Note: this is one of TWO O’Brien’s locations with music tonight.

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Sun, May 31, in SaMo:
8 pm JAWG, featuring JOE CABRAL, ALEX McMURRAY, WALLY INGRAM, & GLENN HARTMAN, plays McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497.

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Sun, May 31, in San Diego Co (Solana Beach):
8 pm RISING APPALACHIA plus SHEA FREEDOM play the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros Av, Solana Beach 92075; 858-481-9022.

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Sun, May 31, in Santa Monica:
9 pm KEN O'MALLEY plays his weekly residency of authentic and original Irish music at O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 2941 Main St, Santa Monica 90405. Note: this is one of TWO O’Brien’s locations and both usually have music Sunday nights.



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Festivals first, followed by the section for upcoming concerts and arts events…

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Fri-Sun, Jun 12-14,
FESTIVAL,
in San Bernardino Co (Ontario):
Annual “HUCK FINN JUBILEE & BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” features RALPH STANLEY & THE CLINCH MOUNTAIN BOYS, RICKY SKAGGS & KENTUCKY THUNDER, HOT RIZE, BÉLA FLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN, STEVE MARTIN & THE STEEP CANYON RANGERS, and many others.
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Full info on camping, parking, food, workshops, and more, along with discounted advance tix, at:
http://huckfinn.com


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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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LA Weekly offers an exclusive presale / password opportunity to buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public.
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FESTIVAL,
in Coloma (Northern Cal):
9th annual "AMERICAN RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL" announced its lineup and began offering discounted early bird tickets on May 1. Full info, www.americanrivermusic.org/festival.php


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

Jun 2, in downtown L.A.:
8:30 pm STEPHEN VANHAUWAERT plays his "classical piano spheres" at REDCAT, the Roy & Edna Disney/CalArts Theater at the L.A. Music Center, 631 W Second St, Los Angeles 90012; 213-237-2800; www.redcat.org

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June 5, in downtown L.A.:
“DANCE DOWNTOWN: SALSA” is a participatory event on The Music Center Plaza, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. Kick off the “Dance Downtown” season with salsa! Move and shake the night away under the starry skies with fellow Angelenos. No partners or experience necessary. Beginner lessons throughout the evening.

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June 5 & 6, in downtown L.A.:
NEXT ON GRAND: “AVAILABLE LIGHT” is at Walt Disney Concert Hall, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. Music by John Adams, Dance by Lucinda Childs, Set by Frank Gehry 31 years after the extraordinary event opened the Temporary Contemporary (Geffen/MOCA), Available Light, in a brand new production, reunites the original creative team. Friday only: post-performance discussion with the creators! Co-presented by the LA Phil and Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center.

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June 7-27, in Hollywood:
“THE LOAD-IN,” a world premiere comedy and “HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL” selection, starts June 7 at Three Clubs Cocktail Lounge, 1123 N Vine St, Hollywood 90038. World Premiere engagement of a new comedy, written and directed by David Svengalis. Produced by Mahoobla Productions. Original music by Nicole Marcus. 21+ show. Runs Sun, June 7, at 8 pm; Fri, June 12 at 4 pm; Sun, June 14 at 10 pm; Tue, June 16 at 8 pm; Fri, June 19 at 6 pm; & Sat, June 27 at 6 pm. Tix, $13. Reservations, 323- 455-4585. Online tix, www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/2490

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June 11-15, in downtown L.A.:
L.A. OPERA PRESENTS: “DOG DAYS” at Roy and Edna Disney / CalArts Theater, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. A shocking reminder of contemporary opera's raw power, Dog Days blends classical vocalism with dark heavy metal influences to tell the story of a family caught in the aftermath of an unimaginable catastrophe. The work has been hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “one of the most exciting new operas of recent years.”

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June 12-14, in downtown L.A.:
EIFMAN BALLET OF ST. PETERSBURG – “RODIN” is at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. Boris Eifman's popular St. Petersburg-based company returns to The Music Center for the latest of his signature dance-theatre pieces - Rodin. This full-length work explores the tragic nature of genius the life and creative work of the great sculptor Auguste Rodin and his apprentice, lover and muse, Camille Claudel.

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June 13, in downtown L.A.:
L.A. LAWYERS PHIL(harmonic) & LEGAL VOICES: “RHAPSODY IN BLUE & BROADWAY MUSICALS” in Walt Disney Concert Hall, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. Founder-Conductor Gary S Greene, Esq. leads the LA Lawyers Philharmonic, Legal Voices & Big Band of Barristers’ 6th Annual Concert Extraordinaire featuring Rhapsody in Blue, Chichester Psalms and Broadway musicals. Actress June Lockhart; KFI’s Bill Handel; Choral Director Jim Raycroft.

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June 14, in downtown L.A.:
“THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: SYMPHONY OF THE GODDESSES-MASTER QUEST” is in Walt Disney Concert Hall, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. Journey back to the land of Hyrule with Master Quest, the next chapter in the acclaimed world tour, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses. Master Quest is a never-before seen or heard multimedia concert experience that celebrates the beloved 29-year-old franchise.

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June 17, in downtown L.A.:
2015 “LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL” is in Walt Disney Concert Hall, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. The Los Angeles International Music Festival presented by World Projects Corporation, affords top ensembles from around the world an opportunity to perform at this world class venue. This year’s concert Features ensembles from Serbia, Saipan and the United States.

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June 18, in L.A.:
STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES play the El Rey Theatre in L.A.; doors at 7 pm. Tix, $45.

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June 19, in downtown L.A.:
“CLASSICAL SIDE OF CUBAN MUSIC” happens in the Mark Taper Forum, at the L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. Cuban pianist Daniel Amat, accompanied by some of Los Angeles sought-after studio musicians, pays a tribute to some of Cuba’s most prolific composers featuring music from Ignacio Cervantes (1847-1905), Ernesto Lecuona (1895-1963) and Israel Lopez “Cachao” (1918-2008).

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July 15, in Hollywood:
JOHN FOGERTY's "1969" TOUR plays its only L.A. (and Southern Cal) date at the Hollywood Bowl, with trad-New Orleans keyboard wizard BOB MALONE.

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Sep 19, in Hollywood:
LILA DOWNS plays the Hollywood Pantages.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend brings big FESTIVALS & plenty of CONCERTS, and ALL are in this edition!

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SIX festivals in Southern Cal this weekend? Whhhoooooo-eeeeee. If you’re sitting home bored, you just aren’t paying attention. Plus there are scads o’ concerts. C’mon in, where tunefulness prevails.

Want some reviews before a foray to the record store? Last week’s Tuesday edition has write-ups on THREE new CDs and a new book that all hit the streets that day.

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Guide to this edition…

1) NEWS: A new “Mastering Academy” and a story for Memorial Day…
• iZotope LAUNCHES MASTERING ACADEMY WITH JONATHAN WYNER
• A MEMORIAL DAY STORY…

2) MUSIC on TV FRIDAY NIGHT

3) MUSIC on the RADIO (two specials)

4) FESTIVALS THIS WEEKEND, and MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS

Memorial Day events with live music…
• Aboard Battleship Iowa in San Pedro
• Aboard Aircraft Carrier Midway in San Diego

FESTIVALS!
• 26th annual “SIMI VALLEY CAJUN, BLUES MUSIC FESTIVAL”
• Annual “SCOTTISH AMERICAN CELTIC FESTIVAL”
• Annual “TOPANGA DAYS FESTIVAL”
• “ADELANTO NEW BLUES FESTIVAL”
• Annual “VALLEY GREEK FESTIVAL”
• 4th Annual “GARIFUNA FILM FESTIVAL”
• Weekly “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL”
• 42nd Annual “SACRAMENTO MUSIC FESTIVAL”
• Annual “NORTH WEST FOLK LIFE FESTIVAL”

5) CONCERTS & ARTS EVENTS, Friday through Monday

6) WORKSHOPS for ARTISTS this weekend

7) FESTIVALS NEXT WEEKEND
• 32nd Annual CLAREMONT FOLK FESTIVAL is May 30

8) TICKET ALERTS…
• ON SALE TODAY
• More FESTIVALS – some of what’s coming up soon, some with advance discounts.
• CONCERTS & arts events coming up, some with advance discounts, others that’ll just sell-out.


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1) NEWS: A new “Mastering Academy” and a story for Memorial Day
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• iZotope LAUNCHES MASTERING ACADEMY WITH JONATHAN WYNER
• A MEMORIAL DAY STORY…

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• iZotope LAUNCHES MASTERING ACADEMY WITH JONATHAN WYNER

Cambridge, MA (May 22, 2015) – If you go, your learning experience includes tours of iconic musical sites in Boston, including Symphony Hall and Berklee College of Music. At the Mastering Academy, Audio professionals will learn how to produce their best-sounding masters through hands-on mentoring

iZotope, Inc., a leading audio technology company, is now accepting applications for its first-ever Mastering Academy event for audio professionals, to be held July 23-25, 2015.

Led by iZotope's Education Director and GRAMMY-nominated mastering expert Jonathan Wyner (David Bowie, Howie Day), with special guest Adam Ayan (Carrie Underwood, Pearl Jam), this intensive workshop combines small-group instruction with hands-on practice. Personalized mentoring from Jonathan will help take students' mastering abilities to the next level.

The majority of the training takes place in iZotope's brand-new, fully equipped mastering studio in Cambridge, MA. In this acoustically optimized listening environment, participants will learn advanced mastering techniques and best practices on a full range of state-of-the-art equipment.

Students will analyze their own habits and patterns through feedback and insight from world-renowned mastering professionals. They'll also add new pro audio skills to their arsenal, learn time-tested strategies for dealing with clients, and grow their network of pro audio peers.

"It's a real thrill to be launching our first major learning initiative of this scale," says Jonathan Wyner. "Education has always been a personal passion of mine, so I'm looking forward to working with students individually. I'll be sharing strategies and techniques so they can tackle their next mastering project with greater confidence."

Mastering Academy is the culminating event of iZotope's "Mastering Education" month. Throughout July, iZotope will offer events and resources designed to help audio professionals achieve better-sounding mastering results in their studios.

More info, online application, and application deadlines, at:
http://izotope.com/masteringacademy

iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX®. For more information on iZotope and its product line, go to www.izotope.com.


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• A MEMORIAL DAY STORY…

By Glenda Rodger

On this Memorial Day weekend it is with a very heavy heart I share this story of my husband’s and my only living parent. He was decorated in WW II. He’s now a 94 year-old man. And he’s sitting in a hospital with no one listening.

He has never had any serious health problems until a couple weeks ago, when he went to the doctor because he had a bad cold. I believe he had a reaction to at least one of the ten new medicines they put him on. This man has never even had high blood pressure, let alone anything else serious. But the doctors do not believe me – what do I know.

Now, last night, they tell us “his blood type changed.” They have been giving him “A positive” blood and his blood type has always been type “O.”

How sad to live all these years, so healthy, only to be put through hell again. Let me explain. This week, another WW II Vet was in the bed next to his. He, too, “coded.” And they did not save him.

My father-in-law watched and listened as the man, a fellow veteran, took his last breath. To him, this was a sad reminder of how many times he had witnessed this before – in his war experience.

My father-in-law looked into my eyes and said to me, "Don't you think WW II was enough?"

I said to him “More than enough."

Don't give up, we will get someone to listen! For those that wonder, this is not a VA hospital. This is regular hospital in the desert town of Lancaster, California.

I will go back to work tomorrow. Luckily, he has a very hard-working wife by his side. I hope we win this one and someone listens. A wonderful teacher named Jeanne Grandstaff, many years ago said it best: "War does not prove who is right, it proves who is left."

Before we ever send our loved ones to fight – supposedly for our country – we better start taking care of the ones that have been there and done that. Their blood is on our hands and weighs heavy in our hearts.

Happy Memorial Day!



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All on KLCS, L.A.’s NPR affiliate that has long been friendly to roots-americana music, and Friday is when you set your recording device before device before you head out the door:

8-8:30 pm “SUN STUDIO SESSIONS.”

8:30-9 pm “BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND.”

9-10 pm “AUSTIN CITY LIMITS.”

10-11 pm “FRONT & CENTER.”



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Sat, May 23,
on broadcast & web RADIO:
6-8 am "ALIVE & PICKING" special edition in the "Roots Music and Beyond" time slot. Mary Katherine Aldin will be sitting in for Mark Humphrey with a special edition of her elusive show, "Alive and Picking."
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The following week, John and Deanne Davis are scheduled for one of their fifth-Saturday-of-the-month "HEARTFELT MUSIC" shows in the "Roots Music and Beyond" time slot, Sat, May 30, also 6-8 am.
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KPFK is 90.7 FM, Los Angeles, or it's www.kpfk.org
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MEMORIAL DAY COMMEMORATIVE EVENTS
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Memorial Day events with live music…

• Aboard Battleship Iowa in San Pedro
• Aboard Aircraft Carrier Midway in San Diego

FESTIVALS!

• 26th annual “SIMI VALLEY CAJUN, BLUES MUSIC FESTIVAL”
• Annual “SCOTTISH AMERICAN CELTIC FESTIVAL”
• Annual “TOPANGA DAYS FESTIVAL”
• “ADELANTO NEW BLUES FESTIVAL”
• Annual “VALLEY GREEK FESTIVAL”
• 4th Annual “GARIFUNA FILM FESTIVAL”
• Weekly “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL”
• 42nd Annual “SACRAMENTO MUSIC FESTIVAL”
• Annual “NORTH WEST FOLK LIFE FESTIVAL”

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There are live music events aboard two historic ships:

• The BATTLESHIP USS IOWA in San Pedro has THE LINDY SISTERS performing ANDREWS SISTERS songs with great costumes and choreography at noon, followed by a 1 pm special program that includes "Love Boat" actor BERNIE KOPPEL, a USS Iowa veteran; plus, carnival games from 9 am-3 pm. All for “United States Military Appreciation Day.” The Iowa is moored at 250 S Harbor Bl, San Pedro 90731; www.pacificbattleship.com

• The AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS MIDWAY in San Diego has live music, but we do not have details.


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Friday through Monday,
May 22 to 25
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Sat & Sun, May 23-24,
FESTIVAL,
in VC (Simi Valley):
10:30 am-8 pm 26th annual “SIMI VALLEY CAJUN, BLUES MUSIC FESTIVAL” features performances by CANNED HEAT, THE MAGNOLIA SISTERS, DWAYNE DOPSIE & THE ZYDECO HELLRAISERS, ANDRE THEIRRY & ZYDECO MAGIC, THE YARDBIRDS, TERRANCE SIMIEN & THE ZYDECO EXPERIENCE, CANDYE KANE, GUITAR SHORTY, JEFFREY BROUSSARD & THE CREOLE COWBOYS, and more, in Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, 5005 E Los Angeles Av, Simi Valley 93063; 805-517-9000; www.simicajun.org
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Sat & Sun, May 23 & 24,
FESTIVAL,
in OC (Costa Mesa):
9:30 am-5:30 pm Annual “SCOTTISH AMERICAN CELTIC FESTIVAL” with plenty of Celtic music, heavy Scottish athletics, sheepherding dogs, and performances by NEIL O’NEILL, BAD HAGGIS, HIGHLAND WAY, SLIGO RAGS, WICKED TINKERS, THE PLOUGHBOYS, CHRISTOPHER YATES, SCOTTISH FIDDLERS OF LOS ANGELES, 300 drums and bagpipers playing en masse, authentic food from the Brirish Isles and Ireland, and more, at the Orange County Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa 92626.


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Sat-Mon, May 23-25,
FESTIVAL,
in Topanga Canyon:
10 am-7 pm Annual “TOPANGA DAYS FESTIVAL” with multiple stages and a fine assortment of folk-Americana, world and eclectic music, belly dancers, and fun shenanigans, is the closest thing to hippie heaven you’ll find in 2015, at the Topanga Community Club, 1440 N Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga 90290; 310-455-1980; www.topangacommunityclub.com


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FESTIVAL,
in the desert (Adelando):
“ADELANTO NEW BLUES FESTIVAL” featuring performances by CANNED HEAT, NEW BLUES REVOLUTION, 44'S, MIGHTY MOJO PROPHETS, BOXCAR 7, THE BLUE HENRY'S, DJ PARKER BAND, VICTOR CRAIN, and more, at High Desert Mavericks Heritage Field (minor league baseball stadium), Adelanto 92301; 760-246-6287; www.hdmavs.com
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FESTIVAL,
in the SFV:
Annual “VALLEY GREEK FESTIVAL” offers plenty of live music, dancing, authentic Greek food, and the welcoming warmth of Greek culture, at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Northridge.
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FILM FESTIVAL,
In L.A.:
10 am-10 pm, each day 4th Annual “GARIFUNA FILM FESTIVAL” brings the theme, “A Century of Change for Indigenous Cultures,” at Electric Lodge Performing Arts, 1416 Electric Av, Venice.
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There is a much larger performing cast involved than one usually finds at a film festival. Head Dancer is Monique MacGregor. Segunda Palarba is Cristina Tacata. Head Fire Keeper is Citlamina Tezcacoatl, and Concha is Luis Linares.
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Official film selections include categories in film, documentaries, web series, and music videos.
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The critically acclaimed Garifuna Film Festival captures attention from filmmakers, musicians and artists from all over the world. The festival’s focus has always been to give a message of hope and solidarity with conflicting countries and cultures proving they could work together both productively and creatively. International creators are crediting Garifuna as a multi-sensory, multi-modal, multi-literate experience to give new voice to native literacy, pride and identity. The goal is to heal the divide between nations thereby transcending petty politics and borders .
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Rare Garifuna art is being flown in from around the world for the event, including Kabbalistic art from Zfat Israel and artists Nazim, Penny Slinger, Wai-sin Tong Darbonne, Karen Redding ,Eulogia Penny Goree , John Casimiro , Isaiah Nicholas and David Friedman.
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Guest Speaker Marianne Williamson is an American spiritual teacher, author and lecturer. She has published ten books, including four New York Times number one bestsellers. She is the founder of Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area, and the co-founder of The Peace Alliance, a grass roots campaign supporting legislation to establish a United States Department of Peace. She serves on the Board of Directors of the RESULTS organization, which works to end poverty in the United States and around the world. Williamson is also the force behind Sister Giant, a series of seminars and teaching sessions that provides women with the information and tools needed to be political candidates. Through these seminars, she encourages women to run for office and align their politics with their spiritual values.
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Hostess Helena Cardona is a citizen of the world, calling the United States, France and Spain home. Fluent in five languages she is a graduate of American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Actor’s Studio in New York. With over 55 films to her credit, Sydney Pollack was so impressed with Helena, he based the Nicole Kidman character in The Interpreter (2005) in part on Cardona's life by making her a Sorbonne linguist and a musician. For Serendipity (2001), she co-wrote with director Peter Chelsom and composer Alan Silvestri the song Lucienne, which she also sang. Host Police Chief Joseph Paulino San Bernardino City Schools and Vector USA made SBC schools safer, more secure and saved money His strong ties in the San Bernardino community, his problem-solving skills, and his passion for making a positive difference in the lives of students is making him a role model throughout California. As police chief ,he oversees a department of 26 sworn police officers, 55 campus security officers, and more than 10 support staff. The department is responsible for ensuring the safety of the district’s 53,000 students and protecting district property.
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Danza Temachtia Quetzalcoatl is the resident Aztec dance group for Tia Chucha’s Centro, a cultural arts center located in the North East San Fernando Valley. Beginning in September 2006, Temachtia Quetzalcoatl has worked to learn, apply and share the indigenous Mexika teachings of their ancestors through dance, drum, song and community workshops. We dance each Monday night at Tia Chucha’s Centro and every Sunday afternoon at our local community college, Los Angeles Mission College; all practices are free to the community and open to people of all ages. We host Equinox/Solstice ceremonies every year and present a 4-day Dia de los Muertos workshop each November, all free to the community. Danza Temachtia Quetzalcoatl has participated in annual local events such as the City of San Fernando Cesar Chavez March and the Pacoima Christmas Parade, has brought dances of blessing to local schools such as Head Start in San Fernando, Vaughn Next Century Learning Center in Pacoima and Canterbury Elementary in Arleta. Temachtia Quetzalcoatl has had the honor of participating in annual Mexika ceremonies from San Jose, Ca., to Tijuana, Mex., and have been invited- to our great honor- to dance in American Indian pow- wows. Danza Temachtia Quetzalcoatl is dedicated to the physical, social, emotional and cultural well- being of our dancers and community, viewing our dedication to the Red Road and its ceremonies as a way to bring peace and harmony into this world.
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Google for more info, film clips and trailers, and music videos.


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Fri, May 22,
PSEUDO-FESTIVAL,
in SGV (Monrovia):
6-10 pm Weekly “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL” is a street fair with music on the corners, on a stage, and in several venues (some that serve food, some with full bars). Of note to folkies is the weekly “KATTYWOMPUS CONCERT / JAM,” at 8 pm, right in the middle of things at Dollmakers Kattywompus, 412 S Myrtle Av, Monrovia 91016; 626-357-1091.


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Sat & Sun, May 23 & 24,
FESTIVAL,
in Sacramento:
42nd Annual “SACRAMENTO MUSIC FESTIVAL” used to be the Jazz Festival, and it brings a wide variety of music, much of it folk-Americana. Zydecosis strikes the Jubilee as LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS play both days on two of the many stages in Old Town Sacramento. There are multiple venues across from 100 Capitol Mall, Sacramento 95814. Venues include Freeway Gardens, Firehouse Lot & Courtyard, The Depot, Riverfront Refuge, and many more.
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Fri-Mon, May 22-25,
FESTIVAL, in Seattle, WA:
Annual “NORTH WEST FOLK LIFE FESTIVAL” at Seattle Center is a must-go-before-you-die event, with literally dozens of stages, bunches of workshops, acoustic jamming that’s tastefully spaced so you can enjoy one group at a time, and a delightful immersion in all things folk music. FREE at Seattle Center, the preserved World’s Fair site that is why this can happen there.



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5) CONCERTS & ARTS EVENTS Friday through Monday
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If you’re not spent-out from all the festival action, the concert and arts scene this weekend is mighty fine.

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Fri, May 22, in Altadena:
5 pm & 8 pm LOAFER'S GLORY DUO plus BRYAN BOWERS team-up for two shows at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; Reservations (an absolute necessity for this show) by phone only, at 626-798-6236.
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This is a hot, entertaining duo from the renowned band LOAFER'S GLORY, with a special guest, the amazing "best ever" autoharp wizard, BRYAN BOWERS.
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PATRICK SAUBER is a prodigy on banjo, mandolin, vocals. Son of old time player Tom Sauber, whom is also in the band, Patrick has mastered the old-time pre-bluegrass styles on banjo and mandolin, as well as the classic approach to good solid Scruggs-style 5-string banjo and mandolin, i.e. Bill Monroe and more current styles. For such a young player, it will be interesting to see where he carries this talent. He also sings all the needed parts in the good trio and quartet numbers.
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TOM SAUBER does it all, and you won't hear anyone do it better. He's a master musician in a variety of styles, a multi-instrumentalist (banjo, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin) and singer, well grounded in tradition, with a comprehensive grasp of style and an exceptional ability to teach. Old-time fans have heard Tom’s music on his recently released CD with harmonica virtuoso Mark Graham (Thought I Heard it Blow), on his recording with Dirk Powell and John Herrmann (One-Eyed Dog), or through his performances with former Fuzzy Mountain String Band members Blanton Owen and Tom Carter. Bluegrassers know of his work with Byron Berline, John Hickman, and Alan Munde. He has also performed with cowboy musician Skip Gorman, and Cajun accordionists Joe Simien, Wilfred Latour, and Jo-el Sonnier. He has even appeared on a recent Weird Al Yankowitz recording.
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BRYAN BOWERS, autoharp master, singer-songwriter, storyteller, multi-instrumental performing artist is a real “wow” musician. Bower's creativity and talent won him induction into Frets Magazine's First Gallery of the Greats after five years of winning the stringed instrument, open category of the magazine’s readers' poll. This distinction put Bowers alongside other luminaries, such as Chet Atkins, David Grisman, Stephan Grappelli, Itzhak Perlman, Tony Rice, Rob Wasserman and Mark O'Connor, recognized for their personal accomplishments. In 1993, Bryan was inducted into the Autoharp Hall of Fame to stand only with Maybelle Carter, Kilby Snow, and Sara Carter. More at www.bryanbowers.com
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Tix, $18, either show.

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Fri, May 22,
PSEUDO-FESTIVAL,
in SGV (Monrovia):
6-10 pm Weekly “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL” is a street fair with music on the corners, on a stage, and in several venues (some that serve food, some with full bars). Of note to folkies is the weekly “KATTYWOMPUS CONCERT / JAM,” at 8 pm, right in the middle of things at Dollmakers Kattywompus, 412 S Myrtle Av, Monrovia 91016; 626-357-1091.

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Fri, May 22, in L.A.:
7-10:30 pm Monthly "NETTE RADIO & FRIENDS 4th FRIDAY SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE" at Muse on 8th, 759 S La Brea Av, Los Angeles 90036; www.museon8th.com
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Performances by:
Annette Conlon with Doug Conlon (aka The Conlons), emiko, Sara Ault, Grant Maloy Smith.
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Doors at 7, music starts at 7:30 pm. Venue is on La Brea near the corner of 8th, just S of Wilshire. They offer organic vegetarian/vegan fare, fair trade coffee, desserts and baked goods from local bakeries and more. Annette says, "It's all freshly made and yummy. Arrive hungry and purchase one menu item to help support the venue."
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Free show with a one-two drink/food purchase minimum.
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Park for free on La Brea or side streets, but get there early for a spot. There is also sometimes valet next door at Little Bar or some of the other establishments on La Brea, there is also a $5 lot on La Brea that is sometimes available.
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More at:
www.facebook.com/MUSEon8th
www.netteradio.com
www.facebook.com/AnnetteConlon
www.facebook.com/DougConlon
www.facebook.com/TheConlons
www.facebook.com/therealemiko
www.facebook.com/SarahAultMusic
www.facebook.com/grantmaloysmith

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Fri, May 22, in Ventura:
7 -10 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “BELL ARTS SONG CIRCLE” at Bell Arts Factory, 432 N Ventura Av, Ventura 93001. Info at www.songmakers.org

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Fri, May 22, above Santa Barbara:
Time tba JANET ROBIN, the delightful guitar goddess, plus amazing and highly entertaining player BRUCE GOLDISH at the Cold Spring tavern in the mountains above Santa Barbara.
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Bruce Goldish and his guitar delighted the audience at the Live Oak Festival a couple years back. The guy is amazing. More on Bruce at www.brucegoldish.com
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Fri, May 22, in Santa Monica:
8 pm The MAGNOLIA SISTERS featuring ANN SAVOY play McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497.
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They’re in town, headlining the big Cajun & Blues fest in Simi. Go there and dance to them, or here’s your chance to catch ’em in a venue built for listening.

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Fri, May 22, in SGV (Arcadia):
8 pm DAVID LEON, plus BOBBY BLUEHOUSE, play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr (just E of Santa Anita Av), Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com
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Doors at 7 pm. Venue has good food (generous portions), full bar, pool tables. Substantial discount for tix bought online. Fun place, but bring earplugs. Seriously.

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Fri, May 22, in Altadena:
8 pm LOAFER'S GLORY DUO plus BRYAN BOWERS team-up for two shows (5 & 8 pm) at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; Reservations (an absolute necessity for this show) by phone only, at 626-798-6236.
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Fri, May 22, in San Pedro:
8 pm “Jeff Hamilton Presents” AKIKO with GRAHAM DECHTER at Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro 90732; 800-403-3447 for reservations.
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Fri, May 22, in Los Feliz (L.A.):
8-11 pm PLOUGHBOYS play their weekly residency at the Tam O' Shanter Ale & Sandwich Bar Lounge, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz 90039; 323-664-0228.

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Fri, May 22, in Long Beach:
8 pm Monthly “ROOTS MUSIC NIGHT” at Alex's Bar, 2913 E Anaheim St, Long Beach 90804; 562-434-8292.

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Fri, May 22, in San Pedro:
8 pm “MOVIE UNDER THE GUNS” presents “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” on the deck of the Battleship Iowa in San Pedro. The Iowa is moored at 250 S Harbor Bl, San Pedro 90731; www.pacificbattleship.com

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Fri, May 22, in S.L.O.:
8 pm ANNY CHELSI and Aussie songbird TRYSETTE LOOSEMORE play Linnaea's Café in San Luis Obispo. More at www.annycelsi.com

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Fri, May 22, in South Pasadena:
9 pm THE DROPKICK MICKEYS plus MICHAEL KELLY & PADRAIC CONROY bring a rollickin’ night of Irish music to Griffins of Kinsale, 1001 Mission St, South Pasadena 91030; 626-799-0926.

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Fri, May 22, in Murietta:
9 pm THE GET DOWN PARTY 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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Sat, May 23, in Highland Park (L.A.):
1 pm Monthly “OLD TIME / TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN FIDDLE & BANJO MUSIC JAM” outdoors at Audubon Nature Center in Debs Park, 4700 N Griffin Av, Highland Park; off the 110 Fwy, in Los Angeles 90031; 323-221-2255.

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Sat, May 23, in San Pedro:
Time tba “MUSIC UNDER THE GUNS” presents the MILLIKAN HIGH SCHOOL BAND on the deck of the Battleship Iowa in San Pedro. One of several Memorial day weekend special events. The Iowa is moored at 250 S Harbor Bl, San Pedro 90731; www.pacificbattleship.com

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Sat, May 23, in Whittier:
3 & 8 pm THE BROTHERS CAZIMERO play the Ruth Shannon Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Whittier College, 6760 Painter Av, Whittier 90601; 562-907-4203.

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Sat, May 23, in OC (Anaheim):
5-6:45 pm Monthly “LIVING TRADITION FOLK MUSIC JAM” at the Anaheim Downtown Community Center, 250 E Center St, Anaheim. All acoustic instruments (not amplified) are welcome. Info: 714-267-4567.

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Sat, May 23, in SFV (Canoga Park):
5:30 pm NATHAN McEUEN plus JOHN ZIPPERER & FRIENDS play the Julie’s Joint House Concert Series in Canoga Park 91306. Reservations get directions at 818-261-0682 or juliesjoint@johnzipperer.com
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The doors open at 5 pm with the music starting at 5:30. Opening is John Zipperer & Friends with Tara Sitser, Barrett Tagliarino, Jime Van Booven, and John Thomas. A potluck dinner (with Julie’s BBQ pulled pork) follows the opening act, then the headliner follows. Bring your guitar for the song circle afterwards. All the musicians have CDs to buy.
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Sat, May 23, in Atascadero:
6-8 pm ANNY CHELSI and Aussie songbird TRYSETTE LOOSEMORE play Last Stage West BBQ in Atascadero. More at www.annycelsi.com

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Sat, May 23, in Lakewood:
6:30 pm Weekly “BLUEGRASS CONCERT” brings a different band most every week at Me N Eds Pizza Parlor, 4115 Paramount Bl, Lakewood 90712; 562-421-8908.

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Sat, May 23, in the mountains:
6:30-9 pm GRITS & GRADY, the old-timey band featuring DIANE GRADY & SANDI HUCKABY on hammered dulcimers, plays the Lake Inn in the hamlet of Green Valley Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains. Info from Sandi Huckaby, 909-867-7105 or check them out at http://wakethebard.com

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Sat, May 23, in Altadena:
7 pm AIREENE ESPIRITU and her all-star band AIREENE & THE RARITIES, plus THE PLUNK & PHUNK ORCHESTRA, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; Reservations by phone only, at 626-798-6236.
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They are ripping up the folk world. Topping the bill at the best venues. Third return engagement at the venue.
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Plus the special guest act, The Plunk & Phunk Orchestra (more at www.debradobkin.com and http://markpocketgoldberg.com. Plunk and Phunk Orchestra have been working as a rhythm section for many years and can be heard on numerous recordings and in concert with many artists. They are co-producers on the last two critically acclaimed Mark "Pocket" Goldberg CDs. Debra Dobkin (Vocals & Drums) has toured and recorded with Bonnie Raitt, Richard Thompson, Shawn Colvin, Jackson Browne, and many others. Mark “Pocket” Goldberg (Vocals & Upright Bass) has toured and recorded with Mick Fleetwood, Canned Heat, Willie Dixon, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and many others. Together, as Plunk and Phunk Orchestra, they bring a new rhythmic twist to the Bluesy-Folk Acoustic Duo, delivering soulful original songs with a rock-solid groove.
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Aireene & The Rarities feature Aireene's songs, which are influenced by Alan Lomax's field recordings from the South and growing-up listening to her uncles' Filipino folk guitar playing. She has played with a mixed genre of bay area bands over the past years that have also influenced her music, from Latin/African rhythms, folk, blues, bluegrass pickings and inspirations from gospel music - a mix of stompin', swayin', and timeless Americana. Aireene & The Rarities are a mix of musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern Cal: Paul Olguin on bass and Brian Judd on mandolin/guitar, Ed Tree on guitar, Tom Corbett on mandolin, Debra Dobkin, Mark "Pocket" Goldberg, plus occasional special super guest Rarities.
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Check out “Wide Open,” from Aireene & The Rarities CD release at the Freight & Salvage, 8/24/14, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLg0laWQseU
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“Espiritu’s penchant for songs that sound like they came off a 78 rpm record,listeners will be swept away.” - Good Times Weekly, Santa Cruz CA.
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Sat, May 23, in VC (Ojai):
7 pm LEFTOVER CUTIES play the Dancing Oak Ranch Concert Series, presented by the Ojai Concert Series, on the ranch on Hwy 150, at 4585 Casitas Pass Rd, waay above Ventura 93001; 805-649-5189.
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Sat, May 23, in San Pedro:
7-11 pm THE ZYDECO MUDBUGS play Ports O’ Call Restaurant, on the patio, at 1200 Nagoya Way, Berth 76, San Pedro. Info, 909-527-0926.
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Sat, May 23, in SFV (Northridge):
7 pm RAFE & CLELIA STEFANINI play the Old Time Tiki Parlour House Concert series in Northridge. Reservations get directions by email to davidbragger@gmail.com

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Sat, May 23, in Burbank:
7 pm TRACY NEWMAN & ART PODELL, two alums of The NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS, play the intimate series at Theta Sound Studio, 1309 W Riverside Dr, Burbank 91506; reservations required at 818-955 5888 or rmt@thetasound.com

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Sat, May 23, in Pasadena:
7 pm DALE LADUKE BAND plus the DAVE MORRISON BAND play the acoustic concert series at Throop Unitarian Universalist Church, 300 S Los Robles Av, Pasadena 91101.
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Sat, May 23, in West SFV (Woodland Hills):
7-11 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “WEST VALLEY HOOT” in Woodland Hills 91367. Info and location at www.songmakers.org
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Sat, May 23, in Newhall (Santa Clarita):
7:30 pm Weekly GRATEFUL DUDES BLUEGRASS residency, sometimes with very interesting guests sitting-in, at Vincenzo's Pizza, 24500 Lyons Av, Newhall 91350.

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Sat, May 23, in SGV (Covina):
8 pm BRYAN BOWERS the master of the autoharp, plays the Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina 91723; 626-339-7020.
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Sat, May 23, in Los Feliz (L.A.):
8-11 pm THE NE’ER DUWELS play the Tam O’Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Angeles 90039; 323-664-0228.
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Sat, May 23, in SGV (Arcadia):
8 pm MIGHTY MOJO PROPHETS, plus BOBBY BLUEHOUSE, at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr (just E of Santa Anita Av), Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com
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Sat, May 23, in South Pasadena:
8-11 pm Monthly "CONTRA DANCE" with live music by LES AMIS at the Womans Club of South Pasadena, 1424 Fremont Av, South Pasadena 91030.
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John Rogers is the caller. Band personnel, Les Amis, has Daniel Slosberg on fiddle, Mark Burrill on accordion & feet, Jim Scheel on guitar, Ned Boyer on harmonica & recorder.
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$12 general, students w/ID $8, age 12 and under, free. CDSS members get $1 off.

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Sat, May 23, in Whittier:
8 pm THE BROTHERS CAZIMERO play the second of two shows (3 & 8 pm) at the Ruth Shannon Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Whittier College, 6760 Painter Av, Whittier 90601; 562-907-4203.

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Sat, May 23, in San Pedro:
8 pm ALAN PASQUA, PETER ERSKINE, & DAREK OLES play Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro 90732; 800-403-3447 for reservations.
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Sat, May 23, in San Pedro:
8 pm CONJUNTO OYE! Plays the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731; 310-833-6362.

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Sat, May 23, in Murietta:
9 pm CRAIC HAUS 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, May 24, in Hollywood:
8 am-1 pm Weekly “HOLLYWOOD FARMERS MARKET” with live music by the FAIR MARKET BAND, at Ivar & Selma Aves, Hollywood 90028.

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Sun, May 24, above Arcadia:
Noon-5 pm “MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS” series brings VIN FIZ FLYER, DARREN LONGMAN, and TIM TEDROW to Adams’ Pack Station on Chantry Flat Rd, at the end of the road that begins at Santa Anita Av (go N from the 210 Fwy) above Arcadia 91006; 626-447-7356.
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Sun, May 24, 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, May 24, 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, May 24, in downtown L.A.:
3-5:30 pm Weekly “WILDE THISTLE 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, May 24, in OC (Costa Mesa):
4 pm DAMNGIVERS, plus DEREK THOMAS, SKYLINE DRIVE, and THE FALLEN STARS, play the Wayfarer in Costa Mesa. If you’re ready for more after a day at Scotsfest (also in Costa Mesa), here ya go.
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Sun, May 24, in VC (Santa Paula):
4 pm BEVERLY SMITH & JOHN GRIMM bring old time music to the Deep End Ranch near Santa Paula. Reservations get directions from David Bunn david.bunn@mac.com

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Sun, May 24, 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, May 24, in West L.A.:
5-9 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “WEST L.A. HOOT & POTLUCK” in West L.A. 90025. Info & location at www.songmakers.org or email WestLAHoot@Songmakers.org

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Sun, May 24, in Echo Park (L.A.):
5:30-9 pm Weekly “GRAND OLE ECHO” brings performances by roots-Americana, alt-country, trad-country (NOT Nashville pop country), and / or honky-tonk bands, at The Echo, 1822 Sunset Bl, Echo Park 90026; 213-413-8200.
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Sun, May 24, in Murietta:
Time tba Monthly “SHAMROCK IRISH JAM” at 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, May 24, in Altadena:
7 pm BURNING HEART BLUEGRASS, with guest performer DAVID NAIDITCH on harmonica, plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675. Reservations (by phone only) at 626-798-6236.
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Sun, May 24, in San Diego Co (National City):
7:30 pm CHAD & JEREMY play the AMSD Concert series in the Laura R. Charles Theater at Sweetwater High School, 2900 Highland Av, National City 91950.

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Sun, May 24, in Santa Monica:
7:30-11 pm Weekly “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” is a structured jam at O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 2226 Wilshire Bl, Santa Monica 90403; 310-829-5303. Note: this is one of TWO O’Brien’s locations with music tonight.

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Sun, May 24, in Santa Monica:
9 pm KEN O'MALLEY plays his weekly residency of authentic and original Irish music at O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 2941 Main St, Santa Monica 90405. Note: this is one of TWO O’Brien’s locations and both usually have music Sunday nights.



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Also check today’s FESTIVALS section:
The annual “TOPANGA DAYS FESTIVAL” is the only major music festival in Southern Cal that lasts through the whole holiday weekend, into today.
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Note that today features the annual big parade. Topanga's own beloved surf band FLATBED VINYL plays aboard the Topanga Lumber flatbed truck. The parade is great fun for all and free. The parade starts at Pine Tree Circle (across from Old Topanga Canyon Rd) at about 8:30 am on Memorial Day Monday, and goes along Topanga Boulevard to the Community House. Enjoy Topanga Days afterwards.
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Mon, May 25, in Santa Barbara:
1-3 pm “ART ALONG THE CREEK,” includes a full concert set by THE HONEYSUCKLE POSSUMS, playing next to Rocky Nook Park, across the street from i madonnari in Santa Barbara. The ladies tell us, “And where we are playing there's more beautiful art exhibited by SCAPE. We are happy to be a part of the the creativity overflowing.”

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Mon, May 25, in Ventura:
7-10 pm SONGMAKERS twice-monthly “UKULELE AT THE E.P. FOSTER LIBRARY” Second & Fourth Mondays, at the E.P. Foster Library, 651 E Main St, Ventura. More at www.songmakers.org

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Mon, May 25, in Burbank:
7:30 pm THE BROMBIES play their weekly bluegrass residency at Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank 91506; 818-515-4444.

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Mon, May 25, in SFV (NoHo):
7:30 pm Weekly “OPEN MIC” at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood 91607; 818-766-9913.

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Mon, May 25, in SFV (Studio City):
8-11 pm Weekly “CELTIC ARTS CENTER IRISH CéILí DANCE and IRISH MUSIC SESSION” at the Mayflower Club, 4843 Laurel Canyon Bl, Studio City; 818-760-8322.
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Sat, May 23, in SFV (Northridge):
2 pm “OLD TIME FIDDLE / BANJO WORKSHOP” by RAFE & CLELIA STEFANINI presented by the Tiki Parlour House Concert series in Northridge. Reservations get directions by email to davidbragger@gmail.com

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Sun, May 24, in VC (Moorpark):
PATTI AMELOTTE begins her latest “HAMMERED DULCIMER GROUP CLASS” in Moorpark, for “Advanced Beginners.” Series runs May 24-June 14, on Sundays, from 10:30 am-Noon, in a private home in Moorpark. Call or email Patti for info: 310-995-7171 or patti@pattiamelotte.com



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Sat, May 30,
FESTIVAL,
in Claremont:
32nd Annual “CLAREMONT FOLK FESTIVAL” brings performances by THE DAVID GRISMAN BLUEGRASS EXPERIENCE, BLIND BOY PAXTON, PERLA BATALLA, ROSS ALTMAN, and many more. Music and workshops begin at 10 am and it goes all day, and it’s a wonderful event in a delightful setting.
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• ON SALE TODAY.

• More FESTIVALS coming soon (THIS weekend and the following weekend are in their own sections, above). Some offer advance discounts, others will just sell-out.

• CONCERTS, etc., coming up, some with advance discounts, others that’ll just sell-out.


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“CLASSICAL SIDE OF CUBAN MUSIC” is June 19 in the Mark Taper Forum, at the L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. Cuban pianist Daniel Amat, accompanied by some of Los Angeles sought-after studio musicians, pays a tribute to some of Cuba’s most prolific composers featuring music from Ignacio Cervantes (1847-1905), Ernesto Lecuona (1895-1963) and Israel Lopez “Cachao” (1918-2008). Tickets on sale May 22.



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Fri-Sun, Jun 12-14,
FESTIVAL,
in San Bernardino Co (Ontario):
Annual “HUCK FINN JUBILEE & BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” features RALPH STANLEY & THE CLINCH MOUNTAIN BOYS, RICKY SKAGGS & KENTUCKY THUNDER, HOT RIZE, BÉLA FLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN, STEVE MARTIN & THE STEEP CANYON RANGERS, and many others.
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http://huckfinn.com


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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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LA Weekly offers an exclusive presale / password opportunity to buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public.
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Starts May 12, 10 am, ends May 17, 11:59 pm. Promo Code is BURGERMAIL BUY TICKETS
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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. Full info, www.americanrivermusic.org/festival.php


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


“ANDRE & DORINE BY KULUNKA TEATRO” (Spain) runs May 21-June 7 at LATC. Andre & Dorine tells the story of an elderly couple and how they relive and reinvent their love together as Alzheimer’s becomes a permanent part of their relationship. Three actors portray more than 15 characters whose story is told through mask, and movement, with no spoken dialogue.

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CENTER THEATRE GROUP PRESENTS: “IMMEDIATE FAMILY” continuing through June 7 at the Mark Taper Forum at the L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. Race, sexuality and religion are on the menu as Modern Family meets Guess Who's Coming to Dinner in this “timely and important American play” (Chicago Tribune), directed by Tony Award ® winner Phylicia Rashad.

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LUNCHTIME CONCERTS series continues Thursday, May 28. Feed your soul with live music from L.A.-based artists on Grand Park’s performance lawn in downtown L.A. This season, Grand Park partners with the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts to preview greatness from the next generation.

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REDCAT PRESENTS: LARS JAN / EARLY MORNING OPERA: “THE INSTITUTE OF MEMORY (TIMe)” runs May 28-31 at Roy and Edna Disney / CalArts Theater, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. A multi-dimensional visual design sets the stage for award-winning director and media artist Lars Jan’s theatrical exploration of the blurring of short and long term memories, and how “remembering” is changing now and into the future.

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Fri, May 29, in SGV (Arcadia):
8 pm DAVID LEON BAND, plus BOBBY BLUEHOUSE, at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr (just E of Santa Anita Av), Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com
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CENTER THEATRE GROUP PRESENTS: “MATILDA THE MUSICAL” running May 29-July 12 at the Ahmanson Theatre at the L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. Winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards ® , Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

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Sat, May 30, in SGV (Arcadia):
8 pm "WEST COAST BLUES NIGHT" with performances by MIGHTY MOJO PROPHETS, HENRY CARVAJAL, and SAN PEDRO SLIM, at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr (just E of Santa Anita Av), Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com
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“MARIACHI UNDER THE STARS: AN EVENING WITH GREGORIO LUKE” is May 30 at L.A. Plaza de Cultura y Artes. Join L.A. Plaza for an evening exploring mariachi music! Mariachi Under the Stars is a spectacular outdoor event that brings together a large format multimedia presentation by art expert Gregorio Luke and a live mariachi performance. Taking you on a journey through this vibrant music, Luke will showcase the work of mariachi legends, including Jorge Negrete, Javier Solis and Lucha Reyes, among others.

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“DANCE DOWNTOWN: SALSA” is a participatory event on June 5 on The Music Center Plaza, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. Kick off the “Dance Downtown” season with salsa! Move and shake the night away under the starry skies with fellow Angelenos. No partners or experience necessary. Beginner lessons throughout the evening.

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NEXT ON GRAND: “AVAILABLE LIGHT” is June 5-6 at Walt Disney Concert Hall, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. Music by John Adams, Dance by Lucinda Childs, Set by Frank Gehry 31 years after the extraordinary event opened the Temporary Contemporary (Geffen/MOCA), Available Light, in a brand new production, reunites the original creative team. Friday only: post-performance discussion with the creators! Co-presented by the LA Phil and Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center.

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“THE LOAD-IN,” a world premiere comedy and “HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL” selection, starts June 7 at Three Clubs Cocktail Lounge, 1123 N Vine St, Hollywood 90038. World Premiere engagement of a new comedy, written and directed by David Svengalis. Produced by Mahoobla Productions. Original music by Nicole Marcus. 21+ show. Runs Sun, June 7, at 8 pm; Fri, June 12 at 4 pm; Sun, June 14 at 10 pm; Tue, June 16 at 8 pm; Fri, June 19 at 6 pm; & Sat, June 27 at 6 pm. Tix, $13. Reservations, 323- 455-4585. Online tix, www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/2490

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L.A. OPERA PRESENTS: “DOG DAYS,” June 11-15 at Roy and Edna Disney / CalArts Theater, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. A shocking reminder of contemporary opera's raw power, Dog Days blends classical vocalism with dark heavy metal influences to tell the story of a family caught in the aftermath of an unimaginable catastrophe. The work has been hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “one of the most exciting new operas of recent years.”

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EIFMAN BALLET OF ST. PETERSBURG – “RODIN” is June 12-14 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. Boris Eifman's popular St. Petersburg-based company returns to The Music Center for the latest of his signature dance-theatre pieces - Rodin. This full-length work explores the tragic nature of genius the life and creative work of the great sculptor Auguste Rodin and his apprentice, lover and muse, Camille Claudel.

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L.A. LAWYERS PHIL(harmonic) & LEGAL VOICES: “RHAPSODY IN BLUE & BROADWAY MUSICALS” on June 13 in Walt Disney Concert Hall, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. Founder-Conductor Gary S Greene, Esq. leads the LA Lawyers Philharmonic, Legal Voices & Big Band of Barristers’ 6th Annual Concert Extraordinaire featuring Rhapsody in Blue, Chichester Psalms and Broadway musicals. Actress June Lockhart; KFI’s Bill Handel; Choral Director Jim Raycroft.

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“THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: SYMPHONY OF THE GODDESSES-MASTER QUEST” is June 14 in Walt Disney Concert Hall, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. Journey back to the land of Hyrule with Master Quest, the next chapter in the acclaimed world tour, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses. Master Quest is a never-before seen or heard multimedia concert experience that celebrates the beloved 29-year-old franchise.

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2015 “LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL” is June 17 in Walt Disney Concert Hall, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. The Los Angeles International Music Festival presented by World Projects Corporation, affords top ensembles from around the world an opportunity to perform at this world class venue. This year’s concert Features ensembles from Serbia, Saipan and the United States.

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STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES play the El Rey Theatre in L.A. on June 18; doors at 7 pm. Tix, $45.

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JOHN FOGERTY's "1969" TOUR plays its only L.A. (and Southern Cal) date at the Hollywood Bowl, with trad-New Orleans keyboard wizard BOB MALONE, on July 15.

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LILA DOWNS plays the Hollywood Pantages on September 19.

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