• FEATURE ARTICLES

    ANATOMY OF A BAND: SUSIE GLAZE & THE HILONESOME BAND 2003 TO 2016

    Hilonesome wide[Anatomy of a Band: We are excited to introduce a new series of articles for FolkWorks. We asked Susie Glaze and the members of the Hilonesome Band to write individual essays about their insights and experiences with the band. It was intentionally left open ended so that they could present their individual take. The Band started in 2003 and officially ended in 2016. Susie's new band, The Susie Glaze New Folk Ensemble is the latest incarnation which started last year. The series will be presented weekly, each member of the band in turn. We hope you enjoy this. ]


    Mark Indictor, Fiddle, Vocal and Arrangement, Lead and Harmony Vocals

    MARK FREIGHT BW 2011I have been a professional musician since the mid-1970s, playing with many Los Angeles based musicians and musical organizations. After studying classically since the age of seven, I gave up the instrument until I discovered forms of music and musicians other than Classical. I was particularly inspired by such bands as Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, The Eagles, The Beatles, The Hot Club of France (Stephan Grappelli and Django Reinhart), and many others.

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    IMARHAN

    Touring Desert Blues at the Echo, April 21 - 5:30pm

    By Tom Cheyney

    IMARHANThunderclap of raw electric, brief hush, familiar lopey gait acrisscross the sands.

    It’s that thing again, the desiccated goodness, that treasure of the Sahelian harmonic distortion.

    Tinariwen kicked it off, held Kalashnikov in one hand, knockoff-off guitar in the other.

    Guit won. At least in their hearts.

    Now they pass it on to the next generation.

    Which brings us to Imarhan.

    Read more: IMARHAN

    CONCERT REVIEW

    ARLO GUTHRIE AT THE SABAN THEATRE

    WITH SARAH LEE AND ABE GUTHRIE

    APRIL 5, 2018, 8:00PM

    THE ROLLING LAUGHTER REVIEW

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    Arlo Guthie Regeneration posterThe concert poster says it all: at the top you see Woody’s famous guitar, with four words that define his mission and stature as an artist: “This Machine Kills Fascists.” Beneath that you see a profile in courage~ of Arlo Guthrie, and to either side his daughter Sarah Lee and son Abe. It shows the flow of time down to three generations of Guthries since Woody~ and the title “Re: Generation Tour.”

    So my question is who best captured the indomitable spirit of Woody last night? One would have thought going into it that it would be Arlo, but I’m not so sure. 

    Read more: ARLO GUTHRIE AT THE SABAN THEATRE

    SPOTLIGHTS

    IMARHAN

    IMARHAN

    SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018 - 5:30PM

    The Echo
    1822 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

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    NORDIC FIDDLERS BLOC

    NORDIC FIDDLERS BLOC

    SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018 - 7:00PM

    Slice of Life Enrichment School
    48771 W Valley Blvd., Tehachapi, CA 93561

    Presented by Fiddler's Crossing

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    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    March-April 2018

    CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE NICE KIND

    By Dennis Roger Reed

    SteveGilletteWhen I think of the most fulfilling parts of my musical career, among those that warm the cockles the most are the encounters with musicians that I have admired. I've been very lucky to live near a music venue that has touring acts on an almost nightly basis, so I've had opportunities to open for many of my own idols. And I've been fortunate to be in several bands that opened for great musicians, or played at festivals with great musicians. 

    Read more: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE NICE KIND

    everything but ...

    FolkWorks thanks all those involved in making the 2018 Festival SUCH A SUCCESS

    Festival Thank You

    Read more: FOLKWORKS THANKS ALL

    FULL CALENDAR

    MUSIC       DANCE

    TODAY'S CALENDAR 4/19/18


    MUSIC


    7:00pm-10:00pm SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL

    SENSES “Cowboy Kickoff” Block Party

    Main Street, Old Town Newhall, CA 91355


    fwpick

    7:30pm ROSS ALTMAN

    The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising; 1943-2018: A 75th Anniversary Commemoration
    with guests and Workman's Circle Music Director Ruth Judkowitz

    Socal Arbeter Ring Workmen’s Circle

    1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035-4231

    310-552-2007



    DANCE


    NO EVENTS TODAY


    RECURRING EVENTS


    MUSIC


    5:00pm KEN O'MALLEY

    every Thursday

    Auld Dubliner

    71 S Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802

    562-437-8300

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


    5:00pm - 8:00pm CAMARILLO SONG CIRCLE (SONGMAKERS)

    third Thursday

    Camarillo (Contact via Songmakers website)

    www.songmakers.org, Camarillo, CA 93010

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


    6:00pm - 9:30pm FOUNTAIN VALLEY BLUEGRASS JAM

    first & third Thursday

    Orange County Archery

    18792 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

    Shelah Spiegel 714-454-1976 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    6:00pm - 9:00pm WEST VALLEY OLD-TIME JAM

    third & fourth Thursday

    Jerry's Pizzeria

    22035 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA

    Pete Tinker 818-346-5213 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    6:30pm - 9:00pm ENCINITAS BLUEGRASS JAM

    every Thursday

    Today's Pizza and Salad

    481 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, CA

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

    Jason Weiss 619-238-8331 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:00pm - 10:00pm IRISH SESSION

    first & third Thursday

    MacLeod's Ale Brewery

    14741 Calvert St., Van Nuys, CA

    Michael Kelly


    7:00pm - 9:00pm SAN DIEGO OLD TIME FIDDLERS JAM

    first & third Thursday

    Boll Weevil Restaurant (Clairemont Mesa)

    9330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA

    858-571-6225


    7:30pm PLOUGHBOYS CELTIC

    second, third, fourth & fifth Thursday

    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.


    DANCE


    9:30am - 12:00pm KAYSO FOLK DANCERS

    every Friday

    Casa del Prado, Rm. 206, Balboa Park

    1800 El Prado, San Diego, CA

    Jerry Waddell 619-479-8015 `


    7:15pm - 10:00pm WEST VALLEY FOLK DANCERS

    every Friday

    Canoga Park Senior Center

    7326 Jordan Ave., Los Angeles, CA

    Jay Michtom 818-368-1957 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:30pm - 11:00pm SAN DIEGO CONTRADANCES

    first & third Friday

    Trinity United Methodist Church

    3030 Thorn St., San Diego, CA

    619-283-8550


    7:45pm - 11:00pm PASADENA FOLK DANCE CO-OP

    every Friday

    Throop Unitarian Church

    300 S. Los Robles, Pasadena, CA

    Jan Rayman 818-790-8523 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:45pm - 10:45pm WEST LOS ANGELES FOLK DANCERS

    every Friday

    Brockton School

    1309 Armacost Ave., West Los Angeles, CA

    Beverly Barr 310-202-6166 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    8:00pm - 11:00pm L.I.F.E.BALKAN DANCE

    every Friday

    LA DanceFit Studio

    10936 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

    Sherrie Cochran 626-293-8523 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    8:30pm - 11:30pm KYPSELI GREEK DANCE CENTER

    every Friday

    The Tango Room

    4346 Woodman Ave., Sherman Oaks, CA

    Louise Bilman 323-660-1030 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    9:00pm - 11:00pm BEVERLY HILLS ISRAELI DANCING

    every Friday

    Temple Emanuel

    8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA

    James Zimmer 310-284-3638 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    FEATURED VIDEO

May-June 2011

Squarevolution!

By David Bragger

Square_Dance
photo by David Bragger

Square Dance

On a Saturday night in Highland Park, dancers, musicians, hipsters, photographers, freaks, soldiers, artists and grandmothers descended on the American Legion Hall for a night of old-time revelry. A large antiquated ballroom full of history, honor, dust, foot stamping, alcohol, and the siren sounds of string musicians served as a classic American backdrop to the calls of the square dance…

The Squarevolution is on!!

Squarevolution!

By David Bragger

Square_Dance
photo by David Bragger

Square Dance

On a Saturday night in Highland Park, dancers, musicians, hipsters, photographers, freaks, soldiers, artists and grandmothers descended on the American Legion Hall for a night of old-time revelry. A large antiquated ballroom full of history, honor, dust, foot stamping, alcohol, and the siren sounds of string musicians served as a classic American backdrop to the calls of the square dance…

Triple_Chicken_Foot
photo by David Bragger

Triple Chicken Foot




The Squarevolution is on!!

Dive for the oyster
Dig for the clam
Shoot for the hole in the old tin can

Everybody join hands and circle to the south,
Put a little moonshine in your mouth
Now it's time to circle back,
Make you feet go wickety-wack

--Caller and Sausage Grinder member Bobby Reed

Sausage_Grinder_Band
photo by Nima Razfar

Sausage Grinder

Ben Guzman, Kelly Marie Martin and Mike Heinle of the Los Angeles old-time string band Triple Chicken Foot spearheaded this square dance revolution in 2008. The idea was to bring square dancing to Los Angeles while cultivating a stronger sense of community in a city where neighbors don't always know each other. On April 23rd, they succeeded in getting people to touch each other in ways that were new and foreign!! To the pulsing fiddle/banjo/jug band rhythms of Sausage Grinderand the infectious trance tunes of old-time power trio Triple Chicken Foot, square dance pros and tons of newbies (like myself) touched, sweated, bounced and twirled to the calls of the callers. During the Sausage Grinder set, SG vocalist Bobby Reed brought several dances to the floor that he picked up from his own square dances in Durham, North Carolina and during the TCF set old-time musican/caller Jordan Ruyle commanded another impressive set of diverse dances. Unlike music heard in many contra dances, the music of the Saturday night Squarevolution was not a fusion of Americana, Celtic, jazz, etc. Instead the bands provided a solid core of classic old-time tunes that emphasize the downbeat and strongly echo the droning, syncopated sounds of Appalachian barndances and mountain music. Such tunes as Brown’s Dream, Hawk’s Got a Chicken and Flew into the Woods, Carbolic Rag, and Trouble in the Mind were hammered out by the bands while the dancers feverishly spun and gyrated. It’s been a dream of mine to see something like this happen in Los Angeles, especially to fiddle at an event like this. Thanks to Ben Guzman and TCF we can all roll up the rug and dance all night!!

If you missed this event, there will be more. On Saturday May 14th, both dance bands will be fusing together for a Sausage Foot Monster Mash band at an epic square dance, part of the Los Angeles Old Time Social. It will be a day of old-time music workshops (fiddle, banjo, singing, guitar, etc), jamming, cake-walking and a squarevolutionary dance!! See you at the dance…

David Bragger is a Los Angeles-based instructor and player of old time fiddle and banjo music. He also photographs, films, and collects the lore of traditional artists, from puppeteers in Myanmar to fiddlers of Appalachia. Contact David Bragger.

  

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