• SPOTLIGHT

    Eva Salina

    EVA SALINA & PETER STAN
    Traditional & Traditional based Balkan Music

    Friday, July 22, 2016 - 9:30pm - With El Haru Kuroi, Ariel Kasha

    El Cid Restaurant
    4212 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029
    323-668-0318
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    Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 8:00pm - With Dorian Wood
    The Hi Hat

    5043 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042
    323-258-4427
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    Sunday, July 24, 2016 – 1:00pm
    Romani Singing Workshop
    Culver City, CA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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    Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 7:00pm & 9:00pm – SOLD OUT
    The Museum of Jurassic Technology
    9341 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    July-August 2016

    CUT AND PASTE

    By Dennis Roger Reed

    Natalie Cole-Unforgettable With Love album coverI have always been suspect over the process of taking a recording from one era and adding to it in another. You know, having Natalie sing with her dad, or PaulGeorgeRingo and Jeff take one of John’s old songs and “finish it.” Or Jimi’s manager having studio cats redo everything but Jimi’s guitar. But I have changed my mind....

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    BOOK REVIEW

    TITLE: 26 SONGS in 30 DAYS

    WOODY GUTHRIE'S Columbia River Songs

    and the Planned Promised Land in the Pacific Northwest

    AUTHORS: GREG VANDY WITH DANIEL PERSON

    PUBLICATION DATE: APRIL 12, 2016

    By Lenny Potash

    26 Songs in 30 DaysThere are no shortage of writings about and by Woody Guthrie but 26 Songs in 30 Days is a great contribution because it is a work focused on the relationship between the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and Woody and what this massive public works project meant to him as the country was coming out of the Great Depression and preparing for World War II.

    Read more: 26 SONGS in 30 DAYS - WOODY GUTHRIE'S COLUMBIA RIVER SONGS


    CD REVIEW

    TITLE: THE SPOTTED PONY

    ARTIST: SPENCER & RAINS

    LABEL: OLD-TIME TIKI PARLOUR

    RELEASE DATE: JULY 2016

    Spencer  Rains - Spotted PonyIf you look up the definition of the Great Plains, it describes the large expanse of predominately flat prairie & steppe grasslands, stretching from southern Canada, across the American Midwest to the Texas-Mexican border; framed by the Mississippi River on the east and by the Rocky Mountains on the west. This broad geography has been home to Native American tribes, European explorers, freed African-American slaves, pioneers and homesteaders and it is from this rich musical landscape that husband-wife duo Tricia Spencer & Howard Rains take their repertoire and inspiration on The Spotted Pony.

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    FILM AND THEATER REVIEW

    THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS

    YO YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE

    By Yatrika Shah-Rais

    The Music of Strangers“Every tradition is the result of successful invention… Human beings grow by being curious and receptive to what’s around them. A lot of people are scared of change, and sometimes there’s reason to be fearful. But if you can welcome change, you become fertile ground for development.”

    This is just one of the many insightful quotes from the movie The Music of Strangers: Yo Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble.

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    everything but ...

    ALISON KRAUSS

    (July 23, 1971)

    ALISON MARIA KRAUSS (July 23, 1971) is an American bluegrass-country singer and musician. She entered the music industry at an early age, winning local contests by the age of ten and recording for the first time at fourteen. She signed with Rounder Records in 1985 and released her first solo album in 1987. She was invited to join the band with which she still performs, Alison Krauss and Union Station (AKUS), and later released her first album with them as a group in 1989.

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    FULL CALENDAR

    MUSIC       DANCE

    TODAY'S CALENDAR 7/24/16


    MUSIC


    CAMP KIYA

    Banjo, Bass, Blues, Cape Breton Step Dancing, Cello, Fiddle, Guitar,
    Hammered & Mountain Dulcimer, Harmonica, Harp, Hula, Irish Dancing,
    Keyboard, Mandolin, Songwriting, Ukulele, Whistle/Flute

    Tehachapi Mountain Park

    17350 Water Canyon Rd., Tehachapi, CA 93260

    661-823-9994


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    11:00am MASANGA MARIMBA ENSEMBLE

    Matinee Kids’ show

    McCabe’s Guitar Shop

    3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

    310-828-4497


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    12:00pm & 2:00pm MÔFORRÓ

    traditional, rootsy,pé de serra–style offorrófrom Northeast Brazil.

    Skirball Cultural Center

    2701 North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

    310-440-4578


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    2:00pm JAMIE LAVAL

    Museum of Making Music

    5790 Armada Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008

    760-438-5996


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    3:00pm NE’ER DUWELS

    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.


    7:00pm THE ROBERT CRAY BAND

    Lobero Theatre

    33 E.Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

    805-963-0761

    Presented by Lobero Live


    7:00pm THE GENE BUTLER BAND

    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.


    8:00pm JIM LAUDERDALE

    McCabe’s Guitar Shop

    3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

    310-828-4497


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    7:00pm & 9:00pmEVA SALINA

    The Museum of Jurassic Technology

    9341 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232



    DANCE


    NO EVENTS TODAY


    RECURRING EVENTS


    MUSIC


    9:30am - 2:30pm URBAN SOLACE BLUEGRASS BRUNCH

    every Sunday

    Urban Solace

    3823 30th St., San Diego, CA 92104

    619-295-6464


    1:00pm - 5:00pm BASC BLUEGRASS JAM

    fourth Sunday

    West Valley Music Center

    24424 Vanowen Street, West Hills, CA 91307

    818-992-4142

    Jeff Fleck 310-390-4391 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    1:30pm - 4:30pm SAN DIEGO FOLK SONG SOCIETY

    fourth Sunday

    Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Branch Library

    9005 Aero Dr, San Diego, CA


    3:00pm - 8:30pm COSTA MESA TRADITIONAL SONG CIRCLE AND JAM (SONGMAKERS)

    fourth Sunday

    Debby and Terry Koken's house

    1778 Kenwood Pl., Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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

    Debby and Terry Koken 949-574-0333 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


    4:30pm - 7:30pm SANTA BARBARA IRISH SESSION

    every Sunday

    La Arcada Bistro

    1112 State St., Santa Barbara, CA

    Willie Quinn 805-965-5742


    5:00pm - 9:00pm WEST L.A. HOOT & POTLUCK (SONGMAKERS)

    fourth Sunday

    West L.A. (Contact via email or website)

    www.songmakers.org, West L.A. , CA 90025

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

    Mha Atma Khalsa 310-203-0162 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:00pm - 10:00pm O'BRIEN'S IRISH TRAD SESSION

    every Sunday

    O'Brien's Irish Pub on Main St.

    2941 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

    Nuala Kennedy


    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.


    7:30pm WE THE FOLK

    every Sunday

    Culver Hotel

    9400 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA

    310-558-9400

    Sean O'Hara 925-216 8993 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    DANCE


    7:00pm - 10:00pm CLAREMONT ISRAELI DANCERS

    every Monday

    Claremont Masonic Lodge

    272 West 8th St., Claremont, CA

    Yael Steinfeld 909-921-7115 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:30pm - 9:30pm SAN PEDRO BALKAN FOLK DANCERS

    every Monday

    Dalmatian American Club

    17th & Palos Verdes, San Pedro, CA

    Zaga Grgas 310-832-4317


    7:30pm - 10:30pm SKANDIA SOUTH (SCANDINAVIAN DANCING)

    every Monday

    Downtown Community Center

    250 E. Center St., Anaheim, CA

    Ted Martin 714-533-8667 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:30pm - 9:00pm SAN DIEGO FOLK DANCERS

    every Monday

    Balboa Park Club

    2150 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA

    Jean Cate 858-278-4619 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:45pm - 10:45pm WEST LOS ANGELES FOLK DANCERS

    every Friday

    Brockton School

    1309 Armacost Ave., West Los Angeles, CA

    Beverly Barr 310-202-6166 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    8:00pm - 9:00pm CELTIC ARTS CENTER IRISH CéILí DANCE

    every Monday

    Celtic Arts Center @ The Mayflower Club

    4843 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Studio City, CA

    818-760-8322


    8:00pm WESTWOOD ISRAELI DANCING

    every Monday

    Westwood Masonic Lodge

    2244 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

    Erica Goldman 617-388-7457 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    8:00pm SAN DIEGO ISRAELI DANCERS

    every Monday

    Infinity Sport Dance Center

    4428 Convoy St., San Diego, CA

    Yoni Carr 760-631-0802 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    8:00pm RISING PHOENIX MORRIS DANCING

    every Monday

    Santa Monica Morris

    various locations, Santa Monica, CA

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


    9:00pm - 11:00pm UCLA FOLK DANCERS

    every Monday

    UCLA Ackerman Student Union Building - 2nd Floor Lounge Room

    Westwood, CA

    310-284-3636 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    9:00pm - 11:00pm UCLA ISRAELI DANCING

    every Monday

    UCLA Kerckhoff Hall Grand Salon (Summer: Ackerman Building/B

    308 Westwood Plaza, Westwood, CA

    James Zimmer 310-284-3638 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


ARTIST: VARIOUS

TITLE: AMY HANAIALI’I AND SLACK KEY MASTERS OF HAWAII

LABEL: PETERSON PRODUCTIONS

RELEASE: 2010

By Audrey Coleman

Amy_HanaialiiI took one look at the cover of this CD and concluded that it was a shoe-in for the 2011 Grammy for Best Hawaiian Music Album. After five years of awarding it to compilations of slack key guitar music, the mucky-mucks could enjoy a refreshing twist on their love affair with slack key. Celebrated vocalist, Amy Hanaiali’i, who has lost out to slack key at the Grammies more than once, had teamed up with five masters of the beloved guitar tradition: Cyril Pahinui, Sonny Lim, Dennis Kamakahi, Jeff Peterson, and Chino Montero. It’s a dazzling collaboration and thoroughly enjoyable listening. Did it win the Grammy? No! This year the award for Best Hawaiian album went to a vocalist of more limited gifts than Amy and no hint of slack key guitar on the cover. Go figure! We move on...

Although it was recorded in a studio, Amy Hanaiali’i and Slack Key Masters of Hawaii has the flavor of a live concert. The musicians each get a turn being center stage, accompanying Amy, in some cases singing with her or playing slack key with one another. Not only do they display their gifts as musicians; in some cases, they showcase their own compositions.

ARTIST: VARIOUS

TITLE: AMY HANAIALI’I AND SLACK KEY MASTERS OF HAWAII

LABEL: PETERSON PRODUCTIONS

RELEASE: 2010

By Audrey Coleman

Amy_HanaialiiI took one look at the cover of this CD and concluded that it was a shoe-in for the 2011 Grammy for Best Hawaiian Music Album. After five years of awarding it to compilations of slack key guitar music, the mucky-mucks could enjoy a refreshing twist on their love affair with slack key. Celebrated vocalist, Amy Hanaiali’i, who has lost out to slack key at the Grammies more than once, had teamed up with five masters of the beloved guitar tradition: Cyril Pahinui, Sonny Lim, Dennis Kamakahi, Jeff Peterson, and Chino Montero. It’s a dazzling collaboration and thoroughly enjoyable listening. Did it win the Grammy? No! This year the award for Best Hawaiian album went to a vocalist of more limited gifts than Amy and no hint of slack key guitar on the cover. Go figure! We move on...

Although it was recorded in a studio, Amy Hanaiali’i and Slack Key Masters of Hawaii has the flavor of a live concert. The musicians each get a turn being center stage, accompanying Amy, in some cases singing with her or playing slack key with one another. Not only do they display their gifts as musicians; in some cases, they showcase their own compositions.

Prolific Dennis Kamakahi sings his delightful country-style E Mau Ke Aloha in Hawaiian and English, accompanying himself on guitar with room for a guitar solo by Chino Montero. Kamakahi shines as a slack key guitarist and vocalist, his deep rich voice combining with Amy’s in a poignant song composed by Queen Kapi’olani in the late 19th century Ipo Lei Manu.

Cyril Pahinui is keeper of the slack key tradition that his father, Gabby “Pops” Pahinui revitalized and popularized. Cyril shares vocals and plays guitar in a trademark Pahinui number, Hi’ilawe with Jeff Peterson adding his own slack key sound to enrich the accompaniment. Pahinui does a lively interpretation of Miloli’i on vocals and guitar with Sonny Lim spicing up the song with well-chosen steel guitar enhancements.

Amy sings her own composition Keawa Nui with loving attention to the art of falsetto that makes it clear why the mantles of falsetto greats Lena Machado and recently-passed Genoa Keawe have easily remained on her shoulders. A ukulele solo by Jeff Peterson kicks it up a notch.

Chino Montero gets to demonstrate his male falsetto singing and solid slack key technique in Makee ‘Ailana. Dennis Kamakahi plays one of the two slack key solos in this number, enlivening it with a contrasting style. I confess I have not followed Montero’s career as I have the other participants in this album, but I think he performs at a level that is harmonious with his peers.

An all-instrumental number, Vaqueros, brings together composer Sonny Lim with Montero and Jeff Peterson for a flamenco-flavored hats-off to the cowboys who brought the guitar to Hawaii.

I would be negligent if I did not mention the way Jeff Peterson’s talents permeate this album. No fewer than six of the sixteen cuts feature his compositions. My favorite is Pukana La on which he plays solo. He creates an otherworldly feeling with unusual chord progressions, sweet-voiced picking, and sensitive rubato. We also hear Peterson’s eclectic musicianship on eleven of the numbers, mainly slack key but also including classical guitar on Vaqueros and ukulele in Keawa Nui.

In the end, this is still Amy’s album. She opens with Fields of Gold by Sting, bringing to it heartrending nuances. Nevertheless, I find the song a strange choice for an album in which she and her friends otherwise celebrate Hawaiian culture and landscape. The mention of “fields of barley” made me wince despite the added Hawaiian lyrics. Do they even grow barley in Hawaii? Shouldn’t it be “through ponds of taro (traditional Hawaiian staple crop) or to use the old Hawaiian word kalo? Hmmm. The trouble is those ponds have you thigh deep in mud. I’ve been there. As we trudge through the sludge-ponds of kalo? Definitely not as romantic as barley fields. Enough! It’s a great album!

Audrey Coleman is a journalist, educator, and passionate explorer of traditional and world music.