• SPECIAL  ANNOUNCEMENT

    THE NEW FOLKWORKS

    January 1, 2020 will mark FolkWorks’ 20th anniversary! We started out as a hard copy newspaper with 15k distribution, and have morphed into an online resource with over 400k hits/month! Our website offers news about artists and the arts, CD reviews and other articles of interest. FolkWorks supports mature and new talent through concerts, dances and festivals that both entertain and educate. Our Calendar has become the “go to” source for folk/roots events in SoCal. Our columnists are a resource for artists and their audiences with topics ranging from commentary to history and folk tales. The popularity of this part of our work forms the basis of an exciting new phase of FolkWorks.

    In keeping with our rapidly changing world of broader access to information, and technology that enables wider communication, our focus will be to provide a pathway for geographic expansion, interactive programming and collaborative support and exchange. To attain these goals, our plan is to:

    • grow our audience by moving to a statewide, west coast or national platform
    • develop curated access to the FolkWorks’ calendar, which will provide event and venue producers, artists, agents, teachers, and educators the ability to directly enter events. Event details could contain detailed descriptions, photos, links, maps, and calendar exports
    • continue and expand our columns as blogs, with the ability to easily add new writers
    • partner with individuals, formal and informal groups, and organizations that share our vision of a centralized source for events, featuring a variety of traditionally based folk/roots music, dance and art to a large audience.

    We want to thank all of you in the community who have made FolkWorks possible. Please support our new adventure by becoming a FolkWorks member, or renewing your current membership. We will soon have a button on the website for one-time donations.

    We welcome your thoughts, ideas and contributions as we move toward a bold New FolkWorks.

    Read more: SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

    PASSINGS

    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    January-February 2020

    An Ode to the Coffeehouse

    By Chris Wilson

    CoffeeAccording to the National Coffee Association, USA, legend tells us that it was Kaldi, a goat herder in Ethiopia, who discovered coffee. No, he didn’t find a Starbucks in the forest and order a double soy latte – he didn’t even find it as a beverage. Apparently, as the story goes, he noticed that his goats were eating the berries of a particular tree and then not sleeping at night. While it would seem to me that there is nothing more distressing to a goat herder than insomniac goats, rather than attempting to solve this problem, the herder “Kaldi” told the local Abbot.

    Read more: AN ODE TO THE COFFEEHOUSE

    FEATURE ARTICLES

    2020 NAMM BAMM

    By Nowell & Annette Siegel (Living Tree Music)

    NAMM 2020As usual most of our time was spent in the acoustic section of the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show at the Anaheim Convention Center. This is Hall E on the bottom level.

    We were impressed with Troublesome Creek out of Kentucky. They make guitars, mandolins, using walnut, maple (domestic) and other nice woods. They had a mandolin built with help from a “Loar era” specialist for a mere $9,600.

    Read more: 2020 NAMM BAMM

    Yes, Virginia, There Is an ERA

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    ERALeague of Women Voters Applauds Virginia for Ratification of ERA

    RALEIGH, NC, January 15, 2020 – The League of Women Voters of Wake County (LWV-Wake) applauds the state of Virginia upon its ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Virginia is now the 38th state to have ratified the ERA, which meets the threshold for adoption of an amendment under Article V of the US Constitution…

    Read more: YES, VIRGINIA, THERE IS AN ERA

    NAMM 2020 - Adventure in Anaheim

    By Art Podell

    NAMMI was determined to approach my visit to the annual event methodically, so I decided to walk the perimeter of the huge lower chamber that housed the acoustic division of the exhibit and examine all the booths that lined the walls. Then, row by row, I would check each section to see what attracted my interest and jot it down. According to my plan, at the end of each row, I turn right, go to the next row, and walk the opposite direction to the end of that row.

    Read more: NAMM 2020 - ADVENTURE IN ANAHEIM

    CONCERT REVIEW

    STEEP CANYON RANGERS AT PEPPERDINE

    LISA SMITH WENGLER CENTER FOR THE ARTS - SMOTHERS THEATRE - FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2020

    SWEET DREAMS AND FLYING MACHINES…

    Ross Altman, PhD

    Steep Canyon Rangers“The streets of Rome are filled with rubble...” were the first words out of Steep Canyon Rangers mouths. Considering how the evening ended it was more ominous than I could have known.

    Read more: STEEP CANYON RANGERS AT PEPPERDINE

    GRAMMY NOMINEES

    FILM AND THEATER REVIEWS

    “LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL” by LANIE ROBERTSON

    AT THE NATE HOLDEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

    SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2020 3 PM

    “THE BEST SONG OF THE 20TH CENTURY”

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    Lady Day at EmersonFour months before she died at the age of 44, Billie Holiday gave one of her last performances at Emerson’s Bar and Grill in Philadelphia, the city where she was born. Her birth name was Eleanora Fagan (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) although she was known as Lady Day, the name given to her by saxophonist Lester Young. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill is the name of the show currently playing at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center in South Los Angeles. The musical drama is inspired by and explores the life of the legendary singer and stars Karole Foreman as Lady Day.

    Read more: “LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL” BY LANIE ROBERTSON

    STING AT AHMANSON IN THE LAST SHIP

    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2020

    Gideon’s Trumpet

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    The last shipSting brought the Royal Family to the Ahmanson Theatre last night—Opening Night—while the Queen nonchalantly dismissed Harry and Meghan from her “royal family.” The last words of his Royal Family were “We build ships!” a slightly unauthorized curtain call by Gideon Fletcher—he of “Gideon’s Trumpet,” from my title—the prodigal son who returns home after 17 years at sea to find his old flame Meg has all but died out.

    Read more: STING AT AHMANSON IN THE LAST SHIP

     

    FULL CALENDAR

    MUSIC       DANCE

    TODAY'S CALENDAR 2/23/20


    MUSIC


    2:00pm MARTY AXELROD PRESENTS: POWDERCOAT

    Coffee Gallery Backstage

    2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena, CA 91001

    626-798-6236 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    fwpick

    3:00pm STEP AFRIKA! / DRUMFOLK

    Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts

    18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330-8448

    818-677-3000


    3:00pm THE TILLERS

    Grumps-Garage

    112 N. Main St. Lake Elsinore, CA 92530

    951-402-3024 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    8:00pm WILLY PORTER

    McCabe’s Guitar Shop

    3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

    310-828-4497


    8:00pm ST. LOUIS STEADY GRINDERS

    Verbatim Books

    3793 30th St., San Diego, CA 92104

    619-501-7466

    Presented by the Southern Pacific Sessions



    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


    10:30am - 12:00pm HOUSE OF IRELAND TRADITIONAL IRISH SESSION

    every Sunday

    House of Ireland

    665 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA


    1:00pm - 5:00pm BASC BLUEGRASS JAM

    fourth Sunday

    West Valley Music Center

    24424 Vanowen Street, West Hills, CA 91307

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

    Jeff Fleck 310-390-4391 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    1:00pm - 4:00pm OPEN JAM SESSION (MIRAMAR, SAN DIEGO)

    second & fourth Sunday

    Duck Foot Brewery

    8920 Kenmar Dr., Suite 210, San Diego, CA


    1:00pm - 4:00pm OPEN JAM SESSION (MIRAMAR, SAN DIEGO)

    second & fourth Sunday

    Duck Foot Brewery

    8920 Kenmar Dr., Suite 210, San Diego, CA


    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.


    3:30pm - 5:00pm CHATWORTH FAMILY FIDDLE JAM

    fourth Sunday

    Chatsworth Park North

    22300 Chatsworth St., Chatsworth, CA

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


    4:00pm - 7:00pm AULD DUBLINER TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION

    every Sunday

    Auld Dubliner

    71 S Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802

    562-437-8300


    4:00pm - 7:00pm ACOUSTIC FOLK MUSIC (OPEN SESSION)

    fourth Sunday

    Black Watch Pub

    492 N. Central Ave. #B, Upland, CA

    909-981-6069


    4:30pm - 7:30pm SANTA BARBARA TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION

    every Sunday

    La Arcada Bistro

    1112 State St., Santa Barbara, CA


    4:30pm - 7:00pm IRISH JAM SESSION

    every Sunday

    Dargan's Irish Pub & Restaurant

    18 E Ortega St, Santa Barbara, CA

    (805)568-0702


    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.

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


    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.


    DANCE


    6:00pm - 9:00pm LAGUNA INTERNATIONAL DANCERS (FOLK)

    every Sunday

    Clubhouse 2

    24112 Moulton Pkwy., Laguna Woods, CA

    Miriam 949-680-9946


    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.

     

Ken O'Malley From Dublin to Derry