May 20, 2015
FolkWorks extends a big hand to all the participants of the 2015 Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest. It was a perfect day. Click the read more for 2015 Contestant Winners.
Congratulations to Larry Wines who was this years Legend Award Winner.
9:30am-5:30pm SCOTTISH FEST
With Neil O’Neill, Bad Haggis, Highland Way, Sligo Rags, Wicked Tinkers, The Ploughboys,
Christopher Yates, Scottish Fiddlers of Los Angeles
Orange County Fair and Event Center
10:00am-7:00pm TOPANGA DAYS FESTIVAL
Topanga Community Club
10:30am – 8:00pm SIMI VALLEY CAJUN & BLUES FESTIVAL
Featuring Canned Heat, Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers,
Andre Theirry & Zydeco Magic, The Magnolia Sisters, Yardbirds. The Magnolia Sisters
Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience, Candye Kane, Guitar Shorty,
Jeffrey Broussard & The Creole Cowboys and more
2:00pm FIDDLE/BANJO WORKSHOP: RAFE & CLELIA STEFANINI
3:00pm & 8:00pm THE BROTHERS CAZIMERO
Whittier College - Ruth Shannon Center for the Performing Arts
Julie’s Joint House Concert Series
7:00pm LEFTOVER CUTIES
Dancing Oak Ranch
Sponsored by Ojai Concert Series
7:00pm RAFE & CLELIA STEFANINI
7:00pm DALE LADUKE BAND
Throop Unitarian Universalist Church
8:00pm CONJUNTO OYE!
8:00pm BRYAN BOWERS
8:00pm THE NE’ER DUWELS
1:00pm OLD TIME MUSIC JAM (TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN FIDDLE AND BANJO) fourth Saturday
6:30pm BLUEGRASS CONCERTS every Saturday
Me N Eds Pizza Parlor
THE MANY FACES OF THE MUSIC CENTER
Ah, the Music Center. That bastion of high culture for the City of Angels. As a subscriber to L.A. Opera, I have strolled beneath the bands of shimmering crystal that drip from the ceilings of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. At the Ahmanson Theater, I have patronized Broadway musicals (Les Miserables twice). At the Taper I’ve sat, enthralled, as gifted and often renowned actors inhabited raw emotional terrain. Clearly the Music Center is a gift from the County of Los Angeles to the audiences for high culture. To those with the means to buy the tickets, that is.
Hello! Roll back the tape, please! The above assessment is terribly out of date. Terribly! Like about a dozen years.
STEVE AND LEDA SHAPIRO
- Crooked Jades - Soundtrack for Bright Land with Kate Weare Company (CD); Live September 7 at The Echoplex. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Carolina Chocolate Drops – Leaving 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.
- Eric Bibb – Deeper 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Blame Sally – Live 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.
- FOLK BEAT / Audrey Coleman
- GRACE NOTES / Linda Dewar
- JIGS & JAMS / Roland Sturm
- HOW CAN I KEEP FROM TALKING / Ross Altman
- MIGHTY FLOWIN' RIVER / Tom Cheyney
- OLD TIME ORACLE / David Bragger
- REED'S RAMBLINGS / Dennis Roger Reed
- SINGIN' THE MOON UP / Susie Glaze
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