April 26th - 3:00pm
(Doors open 2:30pm)
Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club
1210 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401
with Tracy Newman – MC - 'Banjo Gal' Donna Lynn Caskey - Joe Fontenot
The New Ash Grove Players - Rowan Storm - Tom & Patrick Sauber
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APRIL 14TH, 2015
10:00am-6:00pm SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL
10:00am-5:00pm SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVAL
California Lutheran University
12:00pm-9:00pm SANTA MONICA UKULELE FESTIVAL
with Abe Lagrimas, Jr., Jim & Liz Beloff, Craig Chee & Sarah Maisel, Fred Sokolow,
Cali Rose & Craig Brandau, Daniel Ward & Heidi Swedberg, Ben Ahn
3:00pm GUITAR WORKSHOP: MARK HANSON & GRETA PEDERSEN
Julie’s Joint House Concert Series
7:00pm VARIMEZOV FAMILY BAND / MOIRA SMILEY AND VOCO
Bulgarian folk music and folk harmony, stomp moves and body percussion
Japanese American Community and Cultural Center - Aratani Theatre
Presented by World Festival of Sacred Music
7:00pm BRAD COLERICK
Anaheim Downtown Community Center
Presented by The Living Tradition
7:30pm GRANT, WITCHER & ENGFER
Laura R. Charles Theater, Sweetwater High School
Presented by AMSD Concerts
8:00pm MARK YAMANAKA
Music of Hawaii
8:00pm NOEL PAUL STOOKEY
8:00pm MARK HANSON & GRETA PEDERSEN
12:00pm - 6:00pm KAREN TORRELL HOFFMANS BIG GARAGE JAM third Saturday
Karen Torrell Hoffman
6:30pm BLUEGRASS CONCERTS every Saturday
Me N Eds Pizza Parlor
7:00pm “PORCH THERAPY” MUSIC & POETRY CIRCLE third Saturday
Home of Stella
, La Mirada, CA
THE FIRST AMENDMENT’S A BITCH, ISN’T IT?
I received an email from my Israeli-American friend Louis Richter with the recent news that former UC Santa Cruz Professor Angela Davis was the official speaker at the University of California at Santa Cruz for Martin Luther King’s Holiday commemoration of what would have been his 86th birthday. The title of her speech was “Racism, Militarism, Poverty: From Ferguson to Palestine.” It was the keynote address of their 31st annual convocation on MLK’s birthday. The email contained an extended letter of protest from more than twenty organizations speaking as one who support Israel and were outraged that this “known anti-Zionist” who “supported boycotts against Israel” would be sponsored by the university—especially in connection with Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In reply I wrote the following:
“This letter and subject raise so many issues I am afraid I don't have time to address them all, or even summarize them adequately.
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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