• SPOTLIGHTS

    Simi Valley Cajun Blues Festival

    MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND MAY 28-29th
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    Topanga Days

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    CONCERT REVIEW

    THE SHOW PONIES IN THE WINNER’S CIRCLE

    WITH MOONSHINER COLLECTIVE AT BOOTLEG THEATER, MAY 20, 2016

    By Tom Cheyney

    The Show PoniesOn a clear night when a full moon’s south pole glow spread like a mountain man’s beard, The Show Ponies tapped deep into their own particularly luminous brand of rockin’ string-band Americana at the Bootleg. Rambunctiously professional musicianship, tightly wrapped harmonies, rootsy soulfulness and an evangelical-edged zest for living brought band and fans together in a sweaty salvational embrace.

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    CD REVIEWS

    TITLE: ALL THESE YEARS

    ARTIST: SOLAS

    LABEL: THL RECORDS

    RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 17, 2016

    By Anya Sturm

    Solas - All These YearsFor the past 20 years, Solas has blurred the line of modern and traditional Irish music. In their new album, All These Years, they blend traditional and contemporary tunes, American and Irish music, and even rock with traditional Celtic energy. Moira Smiley, the new singer, joins the long standing members consisting of Seamus Egan (flute, tenor banjo, mandolin, whistles, guitars, bodhran), Winifred Horan (fiddles, vocals), Eamon McElholm (guitars, keyboards, vocals) and, Mick McAuley (button accordion, vocals).

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    TITLE: BEHAVE THE BRAVEST

    ARTIST: NUALA KENNEDY

    LABEL: UNDER THE ARCH RECORDS

    RELEASE DATE: January 29, 2016

    By Jackie Morris

    Nuala Kennedy - Behave the BravestA true Celtic gem! Nuala Kennedy’s fourth solo album, Behave The Bravest – Traditional Music from Ireland, Scotland, and Beyond - is a brilliant display of the acclaimed singer and flutist’s multi-faceted talent. The album, recorded over six months on three continents – while Nuala was on tour with her band in the U.K., Australia and the U.S. – provides a lovely mix of traditional music with an excitingly fresh sound. There are ancient ballads...a waulking song, sung in Gaelic...love songs from Scotland and Ulster...a contemporary Celtic instrumental...and two instrumental medleys, one of reels and the other of jigs.

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    TITLE: CAN’T STAY HERE THIS A-WAY

    ARTIST: BRUCE MOLSKY

    LABEL: OLD-TIME TIKI PARLOUR

    RELEASE DATE: MAY 2016

    By Pat Mac Swyney

    Bruce Molsky - Can't Stay Here This a-Way Last summer, the trailer for this latest release from the Old-Time Tiki Parlour started showing up on social media. It opens with black screen audio of Bruce Molsky blazing through the classic fiddle tune Old Sledge followed by a seemingly audacious quote from Darol Anger, a founding member and fiddler from the David Grisman Quintet; declaring Bruce Molsky to be “The Rembrandt of Appalachian Fiddle.”

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    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    May-June 2016

    STORIES WE COULD TELL

    By Dennis Roger Reed

    1984RalphStanley-300If you are around music for long, you have music stories. Here are two. The names have been changed to protect the innocent, unless I forgot or want to name drop. I find if I am vague about the who, the greatly exaggerated what may be overlooked.

    Ralph Stanley and the Jogging Suit

    I know a gentleman who is not only a great musician and singer, but also a great songwriter. Bluegrass icon Ralph Stanley has recorded some of his songs, and he and Ralph are friends. About 25 years ago Ralph and the Clinch Mountain Boys were playing a few engagements in Southern California, and Ralph stayed at the songwriter’s home in the Inland Empire. The songwriter worked out regularly at a local gym, and he invited Ralph to join him. And to entice him to do so, he bought Ralph a then “stylish” purple, velour, jogging suit. If you are a Ralph Stanley fan, you have no doubt seen him photographed wearing workout clothing, but 25 years ago, you had not. If fact, you’d probably expect to see Mike Tyson playing hot five string banjo before you would dream that you would ever see Dr. Ralph in workout gear.

    Ralph’s next gig was in South Orange County at Shade Tree Music on a Monday night. He obtained lodging near the beach.

    At the Shade Tree gig, the songwriter told me about Ralph having stayed with him, the gym and Ralph’s new jogging suit.

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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY

    BOB DYLAN

    (May 24, 1941)

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    TOPANGA BANJO-FIDDLE CONTEST WINNERS

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    FULL CALENDAR

    MUSIC       DANCE

    TODAY'S CALENDAR 5/28/16


    MUSIC


    TENOR GUITAR GATHERING (TGG7)

    Astoria, Oregon


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    10:00am-3:00pm ORANGE COUNTY SCOTTISH FEST

    With Bad Haggis, Christopher Yates, Highland Way, Neil O’Neil,
    The Ploughboys, Scottish Fiddlers of Los Angeles, Sligo Rags, Wicked Tinkers

    Orange County Fairgrounds

    88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626


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    10:30am – 8:00pmSIMI VALLEY CAJUN & BLUES FESTIVAL

    BLUES STAGE:

    Guy Martin, Barbara Morrison, Rebirth Brass Band,

    Eric Burdon & The Animals, Dwayne Dopsie

    CAJUN – ZYDECO STAGE

    Bayou Brothers, Dwayne Dopsie, Doug Kershaw with Steve Riley
    Chubby Carrier, Mark St. Mary

    Rancho Santa Susana Community Park

    5005 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, CA 93063


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    11:00am-6:00pm TOPANGA DAYS FAIR

    With Masanga Marimba, Fishtank Ensemble, Topanga Ukulele Revival, Lilt’n’tang & The Regulars

    Topanga Community Club

    1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290

    310-455-1980 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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    12:00pm CLIFF LATIMER & LAURA OSBORN

    Viva Cantina

    900 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506

    818-845-2425


    2:00pm CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF MERLE HAGGARD

    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.


    6:30pm THE LUMINEERS

    Santa Barbara Bowl

    1122 N. Milpas St., Santa Barbara, CA 93103-2336

    805-962-7411


    6:30pm PERCUSSION WORKSHOP: BRANDON TERZIC & NACHO ARIMANY

    The Markaz

    5998 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90035

    323-413-2001


    7:00pm PAT DONOHUE

    Mission Viejo Civic Center

    100 Civic Center Dr., Mission Viejo, CA 92691

    949-842-2227 or 949-244-6656

    Presented by Lord Of The Strings Concert Series


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    7:00pm GONZALEZ FAMILY / LA VICTORIA

    Caminos Y Canciones (Roads and songs)
    With Gabriel & Martha Gonzalez (Quetzal Band)
    and Claudia Gonzalez-Miranda (Cava Band)

    And Mary Alfaro (guitar), Vaneza Calderón (guitarrón), and Rosalie Rodriguez (violin)

    Japanese American Community and Cultural Center - Aratani Theatre

    244 South San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

    213-628-2725


    7:00pm THE BURGANS & CHAN

    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.


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    7:30pm BERKLEY HART

    Laura R. Charles Theater, Sweetwater High School

    2900 Highland Ave., National City, CA 91950

    Presented by AMSD Concerts


    8:00pm PHRANC

    McCabe’s Guitar Shop

    3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

    310-828-4497


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    8:00pm THE SALTY SUITES

    Fret House

    309 N. Citrus, Covina, CA 91723-2006

    626-339-7020


    8:30pm BRANDON TERZIC & NACHO ARIMANY

    Moroccan & Malian music

    The Markaz

    5998 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90035

    323-413-2001



    DANCE


    NO EVENTS TODAY


    RECURRING EVENTS


    MUSIC


    1:00pm - 4:00pm OLD TIME MUSIC JAM (TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN FIDDLE AND BANJO) fourth Saturday

    Audubon Nature Center, Debs Park

    4700 N Griffin Ave., Highland Park; off the 110 Fwy, Los Angeles, CA 90031

    323-221-2255


    5:00pm - 6:45pm THE LIVING TRADITION FOLK MUSIC JAM fourth Saturday

    Anaheim Downtown Community Center

    250 E. Center St., Anaheim, CA


    6:30pm - 10:30pm ME-N-ED'S PIZZA PARLOR BLUEGRASS CONCERTS every Saturday

    Me N Eds Pizza Parlor

    4115 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, CA 90712

    562-421-8908


    7:00pm - 11:00pm WEST VALLEY HOOT (SONGMAKERS) fourth Saturday

    Woodland Hills (Contact via email or website)

    www.songmakers.org, Woodland Hills , CA 91367

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


    7:30pm - 10:30pm GRATEFUL DUDES BLUEGRASS second & fourth Saturday

    Vincenzo's Pizza

    24500 Lyons Ave., Newhall, CA 91350


    9:00pm KEN O'MALLEY fourth Saturday

    Griffins Of Kinsale

    1007 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA

    626-799-0926

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    DANCE


    2:00pm - 5:00pm SANTA PAULA SCANDINAVIAN DANCE second & fourth Saturday

    Briggs Elementary School

    14438 W. Telegraph, Santa Paula, CA

    Madeleine Waddell 805-604-9608 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    6:00pm - 10:00pm 4TH SATURDAY LANCASTER CONTRADANCE fourth Saturday

    Lutheran Church of the Master

    725 E Avenue J, Lancaster, CA

    Kevin Reilly 661-510-4148 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    6:00pm - 9:00pm SOLVANG VILLAGE FOLK DANCERS first, second, fourth & fifth Saturday

    Bethania Lutheran Parish Hall

    603 Atterdag Rd., Solvang, CA

    David Heald 805-688-3397


    7:10pm - 10:30pm 4TH SATURDAY ANAHEIM CONTRADANCE fourth Saturday

    Downtown Community Center

    250 E. Center St., Anaheim, CA

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


    7:30pm - 11:00pm 4TH SATURDAY SOUTH PASADENA CONTRADANCE fourth Saturday

    South Pasadena Woman's Club

    1424 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena, CA

    Steve Lewis 661-992-6014 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:30pm - 11:00pm SAN DIEGO CONTRADANCES second & fourth Saturday

    Trinity United Methodist Church

    3030 Thorn St., San Diego, CA

    619-283-8550


    8:00pm - 11:00pm VESELO SELO FOLK DANCERS fourth Saturday

    Anaheim Downtown Community Center

    250 E. Center St., Anaheim, CA

    Kathy Molga 949-573-1585


TOP TEN FOR 2012

STEVE AND LEDA SHAPIRO

  1. Crooked Jades - Soundtrack for Bright Land with Kate Weare Company (CD); Live September 7 at The Echoplex.
  2. We’ve heard the Crooked Jades over the years with different band configurations and the current one really works. The little we’ve seen of their collaboration with the Kate Weare dance company is amazing. We hope that they can bring the show out west in 2013.
  3. Jen Hajj - I of the Storm (CD)
    We met Jen at the FAR-West conference in Irvine this past October. Her 2011 CD was a standout and we look forward to her upcoming release.
  4. Lunasa - Live November 17 at Caltech Public Events (Beckman).
    Although we’ve heard them before and have enjoyed their CDs for years, the balance of the sets of the group and as individual players was superb. Perhaps because we were sitting in the balcony but this was the first time that we thought the sound at Beckman was great.
  5. Carolina Chocolate DropsLeaving Eden (CD); live April 6 at UCLA Royce Hall.
    We were amazed when we first heard these guys and, with their new lineup, we continue being big fans! The new folks augment the strengths of Rhiannon and Dom.
  6. Eric BibbDeeper in the Well (CD)
    We’ve been a fan of Eric’s since he started touring the US. The new CD with Dirk Powell, Cedric Watson, Danny Devillier and Grant Dermody and some other friends brings out the best in Eric. He combines traditional and contemporary music with a Louisiana flavor.
  7. Sixto Rodriguez - Searching for Sugarman (Film), Cold Fact (CD).
    If you haven’t seen the movie, do. It is an amazing story and led us to immediately buy the CDs. The first CD is perfect, the second, not so much.
  8. Run Downhill - Performances at FAR-West Conference (October 18-20) FolkWorks Guerilla Showcases.
    Percussionist and singer/songwriter T.J. Troy has brought together an innovative band. We really enjoyed both nights, the first with just T.J. and bassist Colin Burgess, the second with the full band. Watch for them in 2013.
  9. Joey Abarta - August 30, Coffee Gallery Backstage.
    Joey has become an outstanding Irish (Uilleann) piper. He current lives in the Boston area and plays with the finest Irish players. His on-stage presence and enthusiasm is infectious. He is unlike any other piper and we look forward to recordings from him.
  10. Little Black Train - Barndance (CD); Live February 26 at CTMS Center for Folk Music.
    Stu Mason and John Weed of Molly’s Revenge fame have joined forces with mandolinist Kenny Blackwell to form the old-time powerhouse group, Little Black Train. Grab their CDs and see them in 2013.
  11. Blame SallyLive at KVIEO Studios (CD); Live September 22 at McCabe’s Guitar Shop.
    These ladies from San Francisco rock. Yup, literally and figuratively. They are on the folk-rock side of the spectrum but their individual personalities shine on stage and the band is solid.