• CD REVIEWS

    TITLE: THE BEAUTIFUL NOT YET

    ARTIST: CARRIE NEWCOMER

    LABEL: AVAILABLE LIGHT RECORDS

    RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 16, 2016

    By Jackie Morris

    Carrie.Newcomer.TBNY .AlbumPageProfound and poetic, Carrie Newcomer’s 16th album, The Beautiful Not Yet, soothes the soul as it stimulates the senses. Capturing the mystery and miracle in the everyday, the songs are at once spiritual and down to earth, filled with wisdom and heart.

    If you simply read the lyrics on her website, you’ll find the words read like poetry. But in truth, even if I didn’t understand a word of English, I would still think this is one beautiful album. The primary reason is Newcomer’s voice – that celebrated, rich contralto that is so luscious, warm and honest, so natural yet perfectly nuanced, that it makes you feel good just to listen to it. Additionally, The Beautiful Not Yet features an array of gorgeous harmonies and an exciting blend of traditional roots instrumentation (banjo, acoustic guitar and mandolin) and chamber music (cello, violin, and piano).

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    TITLE: WHAT THE HEART WANTS

    ARTIST: BRITTA LEE SHAIN

    LABEL: INDIGO DESERT QUEEN

    RELEASE DATE: 2016

    By Jackie Morris

    Britta Lee Shain - What the Heart WantsBritta Lee Shain’s second CD, What the Heart Wants, should come with a warning label: “This album may be addictive.” In truth, I cannot stop listening to it. Shain’s unique brand of cool, bluesy folk-rock is more than “that good.” It is compelling.

    The album was released in tandem with the publication of Shain’s new book, Seeing The Real You At Last: Life and Love on the Road with Bob Dylan, a personal memoir chronicling her time with the folk icon in the 1980s. (One of the songs is a co-write with him, another is a cover of one of his latter-day (1997) hits, and still another … or others … are about him.) But regardless of this intriguing liaison, I have to emphasize that these songs stand on their own. And then some.

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    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    September-October 2016

    UKE EVENTS TO TOOT ABOUT

    By Audrey Coleman

    JACCC-smAs August gives way to September, this ukulele lady looks back fondly at special uke experiences and forward with gusto to upcoming events featuring Mighty Uke. A highlight in June was the Ukulele Expo held at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in the heart of downtown L.A. It was largely organized by Jason Arimoto, musician, ukulele instructor and uke dealer at JACCC’s U-Space, along with musician-arranger-composer-producer and six-time Grammy winner Daniel Ho. Besides the now-traditional mass uke strumming session outside on the steaming plaza, the event offered some fascinating workshops.

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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


    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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    RIP: Fred Hellerman

    (May 13, 1927 – September 1, 2016)

    Fred HellermanFred Hellerman (May 13, 1927 – September 1, 2016) was an American folk singer, guitarist, producer, and songwriter, primarily known as one of the original members of The Weavers, together with Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, and Ronnie Gilbert. He was also known for producing the record album Alice's Restaurant (1967) for Arlo Guthrie. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and educated at Brooklyn College.

    Read more: RIP: FRED HELLERMAN


    FULL CALENDAR

    MUSIC       DANCE

    TODAY'S CALENDAR 9/25/16


    MUSIC


    12:00pm-10:00pm PASADENA GREEK FEST

    Greek music and dancing

    Saint Anthony Greek Orthodox Church

    778 South Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena, CA


    10:30am RHYTHM CHILD

    Peter Alsop’s Kids Concerts

    Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum

    1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290-4275

    310-455-3723


    11:00am AUNTIE KAYTE

    Matinee Kids’ show

    McCabe’s Guitar Shop

    3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

    310-828-4497


    2:00pm ROAD TO KUMANO

    With Taikoproject & Chieko Kojima

    David Henry Hwang Theatre

    120 Judge John Aiso St, Los Angeles, CA 90012


    fwpick

    3:00pm HOT CLUB OF NASHVILLE

    LCA Wine at SOCO Center

    3303-3323 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

    Presented by Lord Of The Strings Concert Series


    7:00pm SIERRA HIGHWAY

    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 BUFFY FORD STEWART & FRIENDS

    featuring Shana Morrison, Bill Mumy and The John Stewart Band
    McCabe’s Guitar Shop

    3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

    310-828-4497



    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.


    4:30pm - 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


    12:30pm - 4:30pm SUNDAY AFTERNOON FOLK DANCING

    every Sunday

    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.


    3:00pm - 4:30pm RIVERSIDE ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE

    first & fourth Sunday

    Rancho Bernardo Swim and Tennis Club

    16955 Bernardo Oaks Dr., San Diego, CA

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


    4:00pm - 7:00pm CULVER CITY ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE

    second & fourth Sunday

    Lindberg Park

    5041 Rhoda Way, Culver City, CA

    Annie Laskey 310-837-3427 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    6:00pm SANTA BARBARA CONTRADANCES

    every Sunday

    Carrillo Ballroom

    100 E. Carrillo St., Santa Barbara, CA

    805-699-5101 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    6:00pm - 9:00pm SAN DIEGO ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE

    every Sunday

    Rancho Bernardo Swim and Tennis Club

    16955 Bernardo Oaks Dr., San Diego, CA

    David Jacobson 858-831-9091 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:00pm - 9:45pm LAGUNA FOLK DANCERS

    every Sunday

    Community & Susi Q Center

    380 Third St., Laguna, CA


    7:00pm - 11:30pm NEWPORT BEACH ISRAELI DANCING

    every Sunday

    Avant Garde Ballroom

    4220 Scott Dr., Newport Beach, CA

    Yoni Carr 760-631-0802 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.