• 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.

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    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 7/29/16


    MUSIC


    LARK IN THE MORNING MUSIC AND DANCE CAMP

    Mendocino Woodlands

    Mendocino, CA 95460


    7:00pm UKULELE WORKSHOP: LIL REV

    Island Bazaar

    16582 Gothard St # R, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

    714-843-9350


    7:30pm JOSEPH

    FIGat7th

    735 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90017

    Presented by The Bluegrass Situation


    fwpick

    8:00pm BONNIE RAITT / THE RICHARD THOMPSON TRIO

    Santa Barbara Bowl

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

    805-962-7411


    fwpick

    8:00pm DAVID LINDLEY

    Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts

    85 East Holly St., Pasadena, CA 91103

    626-683-3230


    8:00pm LORI PASQUALINE / PRIMARY COLORS TRIO

    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.


    fwpick

    8:00pm CHRIS HILLMAN & HERB PEDERSEN

    McCabe’s Guitar Shop

    3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

    310-828-4497



    DANCE


    NO EVENTS TODAY


    RECURRING EVENTS


    MUSIC


    6:30pm - 9:00pm TRADITION IRISH TUNES WITH THE QUINNS

    every Friday

    La Arcada Bistro

    1112 State St., Santa Barbara, CA

    Willie Quinn


    8:00pm - 11:00pm PLOUGHBOYS

    every Friday

    Tam O' Shanter (Ale & Sandwich Bar Lounge)

    2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz, CA 90039

    323-664-0228

    818-507-8445 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    8:00pm - 10:00pm KATTYWOMPUS CONCERT / JAM

    every Friday

    Dollmakers Kattywompus

    412 S. Myrtle Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016

    626-357-1091

    Jennifer Ranger 626-357-1091


    DANCE


    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


    7:00pm - 11:00pm 5TH SATURDAY PASADENA CONTRADANCE

    fifth Saturday

    Skandia Hall

    2031 East Villa St., Pasadena, CA

    Frann Marr


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

    first, third & fifth Saturday

    Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim

    511 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA

    Kathy Molga 949-573-1585


    8:15pm VINTAGE ISRAELI DANCING

    Anisa's School of Dance

    14252 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA

    Dov Byrd 818-881-7494 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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.