• COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    July-August 2015

    PLAYING BENEFITS

    By Dennis Roger Reed

    Benefit ConcertIf you play professionally, or even if you noodle only at home but your friends know your terrible secret, you may be invited to play at a benefit. This can run the gamut from grade school book drives to events to raise money for someone who is ill. The nature of the event obviously sets the tone, but each event can present different challenges or issues.

    So someone asks you to play a benefit for their church choir to raise money to attend a conference out of state. They’ll be baked goods and soda and jugglers and a stage for musicians. So you need to find out some basics. Is there a sound system? Is it over 30 years old? Will it suffice, or do you need to bring you own PA? How large is the stage? 

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    FILM AND THEATER REVIEW

    ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE

    PLAYING AT THE SIERRA MADRE PLAYHOUSE

    By Nick Smith

    Always Patsy ClineAlthough her musical career was already in progress, Patsy Cline didn’t make a splash on the national stage until her appearances on the Arthur Godfrey show in 1957. Before that, her music was only available in places where the audience was deliberately seeking out country-western music. Before that, she dressed in cowgirl outfits hand-made by her mother. Arthur Godfrey’s show brought her, dressed in elegant, sophisticated dresses, into homes across America, as a show heavily viewed by housewives who didn’t listen to country-western, heard her amazing voice on repeated appearances.

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    PASSINGS

    THE DARK WORLD OF KIM FRIEDMAN:

    L.A.’S BLIND BALLAD SINGER RIP

    (APRIL 5, 1954—JUNE 22, 2015)

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    Kim Friedman Photo by April Halprin Wayland 20150709 164527Kim Friedman did not have the luxury of John Milton to consider how her light was spent ere half her days were done in this dark world and wide. She was blind before birth.

    Kim’s eyes couldn’t see the fret board her fingers never missed a note on, no matter how high up the neck they traveled; they couldn’t see the strings her right hand never missed a finger-style pattern on, no matter how intricate the back beat she was playing; and they couldn’t see the audience her singing had such an indelible impact on, no matter how deep the tears she inspired, or unaffected the laughter with which she caught them by surprise. And yet it was not Kim who was blind, but we—to how precious those moments were, how much we would miss her when she was gone, and how irreplaceable she was.

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    CD REVIEWS

    TITLE: TANGLED COUNTRY

    ARTIST: THE HONEY DEWDROPS

    LABEL: SELF

    RELEASE DATE: MAY 2015

    By Jackie Morris

    Honey Dewdrops - Tangled CountryWith their fourth studio album in six years, Tangled Country, The Honey Dewdrops continue to weave their addictive sound...even as they branch out from their Appalachian folk roots into Americana, blues and singer-songwriter genres.

    Characterized by compelling, earthy harmonies – so tight that they often sound as if one person is singing in two compelling voices – The Honey Dewdrops are comprised of a young, multi-talented husband-wife duo, Kagey Parrish and Laura Wortman. 

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    TITLE: TRADITION

    ARTIST: STUART MASON

    LABEL: NATIVE HOME MUSIC

    RELEASE DATE: MAY 26, 2015

    By Steve Goldfield

    Stuart Mason - TraditionStuart Mason is from West Virginia but lives on California's central coast. He calls his music “oldternative” which is a good word to describe branching from old roots into unusual spaces. You can hear that in the arrangement of Red Rocking Chair with traditional lyrics and banjo but unusual harmonies and Tony Furtado's slide guitar. Ryan Davidson, who coproduced, plays bass on most tracks. That tinkering with tradition continues with Jesus Met the Woman in the Well on which Mason plays mandola and Tony twangs again. On Gospel Plow, which has a more old than alternative sound, Stu returns to banjo and Amber Cross adds strong harmony vocals.

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    TITLE: I CAN SWING FOREVER

    ARTISTS: TRACY NEWMAN / CHARLOTTE DEAN

    LABEL: KABEAUTY MUSIC

    RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 12, 2014

    By Stefani Rosenberg

    TRACY NEWMAN - I CAN SWING FOREVERToday, many artists feel the need to record only the music that they have composed; for many, this works. The same holds true in the world of children's music. For every CD that stands out, there are two that are just mediocre.

    Among the best we have Malvina Reynolds, Ella Jenkins, Jose-Luis Orozco, Suni Paz, Marcia Berman, Patty Zeitlen, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and “Uncle Ruthie” Buell. Their music and stories have withstood the test of time.

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    UPCOMING CONCERT

    FolkWorks Logo Presents

    THE CROOKED JADES 

    Crooked Jades LoRes

    Saturday, September 19th   at   8pm

    doors open at 7:30pm (food will be available)


    in Van Nuys at Noble House Concerts

    Tickets
    General Admission: $18

    FolkWorks members (Friend and above) –  $15

    Online:
    Crooked Jades Concert Tickets

    By Mail:
    FolkWorks PO Box 55051
    Sherman Oaks, CA 91413
    Information:
    818-785-3839 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Crooked Jaes Bright Land
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    BLOG

    AUGUST 22nd, 2015

    RIZWAN-MUAZZAM QAWWALI

    At Grand Performances on Saturday, August 22, 8:00pm, 5th generation torchbearers of the Qawwali tradition, these brothers’ imaginative reinterpretation of classic Sufi texts is a transcendent experience; a rare performance not to be missed. DJ and producer Neil Sparkes joins Rizwan-Muazzam for a special guest set described as “a bewitching blend of dance-floor devotional music.” .

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    FULL CALENDAR click here

    TODAY'S EVENTS 8/30/15


    12:00pm OTHER MOTHER BROTHER BAND / WILD MOUNTAIN MYSTICS / PAUL INMAN’S DELIVERY

    Adams’ Pack Station

    Chantry Flat Rd, Arcadia, CA 91006

    626-447-7356


    fwpick

    12:00pm & 2:00pm THE SHOW PONIES

    Skirball Cultural Center

    2701 North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

    310-440-4578


    12:00pm MOONSVILLE COLLECTIVE

    Quartyard

    1102 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101

    619-432-5303


    3:00pm MURIEL ANDERSON

    Gelencser House Concerts

    Claremont, CA 91711

    909-596-1266 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    5:00pm BALLET FOLKLORICO OLLIN / ECHO PARK PROJECT

    JAM Session- Mexican Folk Dance

    Recreation Park

    208 Park Ave., San Fernando, CA 91340

    Presented by Ford Theatres


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    7:00pm DOUG MACLEOD

    Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts

    85 East Holly St., Pasadena, CA 91103

    626-683-3230


    7:00pm MOLLY TUTTLE & JOHN MAILANDER

    Coffee Gallery Backstage

    2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena, CA 92675

    626-798-6236 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    FULL ONGOING MUSIC click here

    TODAY'S ONGOING MUSIC 8/30/15

    Ongoing Music


    8:00am - 1:00pm FAIR MARKET BAND every Sunday

    Hollywood Farmers Market

    Ivar Ave. & Selma Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028


    3:00pm - 5:30pm WILDE THISTLE IRISH SESSION every Sunday

    Wilde Thistle

    3456 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA

    310-730-6208 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    4:00pm - 7:00pm AULD DUBLINER TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION every Sunday

    Auld Dubliner

    71 S Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802

    562-437-8300


    5:30pm - 9:00pm THE GRAND OLE ECHO every Sunday

    The Echo

    1822 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

    213-413-8200


    7:00pm FOLK MUSIC CENTER OPEN MIC (SIGNUP 6:00PM) last Sunday

    Folk Music Center

    220 Yale Ave, Claremont, CA 91711-4724

    909-624- 2928


    7:30pm - 11:00pm O'BRIEN'S IRISH MUSIC SESSION every Sunday

    O'Brien's Irish Pub and Restaurant

    2226 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403

    310-829-5303 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    9:00pm KEN O'MALLEY every Sunday

    O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant

    2941 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405


    10:00pm URBAN SOLACE BLUEGRASS BRUNCH last Sunday

    Urban Solace

    3823 30th St.,, San Diego, CA 92104

    619-295-6464