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    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    January-February 2019

    Valentine’s Day

    By Chris Wilson

    free vintage valentines day clipart 26Ah, romance. The day is dedicated to celebrating love and intimate relationships. A beautiful day of hearts, flowers, special restaurant dinners; it also includes familial love and platonic friendships for many. Though in common parlance the general public has dropped the title “Saint” in Valentine’s Day, most know that there was indeed a St. Valentine and that this day is named in his honor.

    But who exactly was this saint? And why do we celebrate his day on February 14? The choice of this particular day is because that was the date when Valentine died in A.D. 278 – beheaded by Emperor Claudius II of Rome. It is no surprise to learn that this emperor was also known as “Claudius the Cruel.” The Emperor wanted a strong army to wage war campaigns on behalf of Rome but was having difficulty finding men willing to leave their wives and families to join his army. His solution was to forbid marriages and engagements in all of Rome. Valentine defied this order and married young couples in secret; on the order of the Emperor he was arrested and then beaten severely before his beheading.

    Read more: VALENTINE’S DAY

    CD REVIEWS

    TITLE: Empathy Moves The Water

    ARTIST: The Crooked Jades

    LABEL: Jade Note Music

    RELEASE DATE: November 13, 2018 

    By Art Podell

    Crooked JadesFans of The Crooked Jades won’t be disappointed by the latest issue from this remarkable group of musicians and I’m convinced that their newest CD, Empathy Moves The Water will quickly be added to existing collections of their music. Empathy Moves The Water will be the ninth album from the group since their debut album in 2000, and true to form, The Crooked Jades are alive and thriving and they just may have produced one of the best Americana albums of 2018.

    Read more: THE CROOKED JADES - EMPATHY MOVES THE WATER

    TITLE: EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’: A TRIBUTE TO FRED NEIL

    ARTISTS: VARIOUS, INCLUDING ERIC ANDERSEN, RODNEY CROWELL, VINCE MARTIN, ETC.

    LABEL: Y&T MUSIC

    RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 14, 2018

    Fred Neil without the Wrecking Crew

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    Everybodys TalkinFred Neil co-founded (with conservationist Ric O’Barry) the Dolphin Project on the first Earth Day, April 22 in 1970. Everybody’s Talking is a wonderful tribute album to Florida folk music legend Fred Neil. All net proceeds from the sale of the album go to the Dolphin Project.

    Read more: EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’: A TRIBUTE TO FRED NEIL

    TITLE: HOLY SMOKE!

    ARTIST: RAFE STEFANINI & DAVID BRAGGER

    LABEL: OLD-TIME TIKI PARLOUR

    RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 2018

    OLD-TIME FIDDLE & BANJO DUETS

    By Justin Manglitz

    Holy SmokeIf you have ever wondered why preachers of yore routinely railed against fiddle and banjo music, this record explains it exactly. Every downbeat encourages fornication, every backbeat compels another drink of whiskey, every tune puts your very soul in jeopardy. Holy Smoke! is old-time music in its perfect form, tight fiddle and banjo, Africa and Europe in equal portions, a completely traditional modern culmination of the first truly American music.

    Read more: RAFE STEFANINI & DAVID BRAGGER - HOLY SMOKE!

    TITLE: OLD WORLD MUSIC OF THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS

    ARTIST: HOG-EYED MAN

    LABEL: OLD-TIME TIKI PARLOUR

    RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 2018

    By Pat Mac Swyney

    hog eyed man coverOld World Music of the Southern Appalachians is the 4th release from Old-Time duo Hog-Eyed Man; featuring Clifftop fiddle champion Jason Cade accompanied by talented multi-instrumentalist Rob McMaken. Jason grew up learning older fiddle tunes and styles from Bruce Greene in Yancey County, North Carolina as well as from his mother’s teacher Byard Ray. Rob hails from north Georgia and provides a solid, engaging back up with chording and melodic lines on mandolin, guitar and lap dulcimer.

    Read more: HOG-EYED MAN - OLD WORLD MUSIC OF THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS

    SPOTLIGHTS

    HUBBY JENKINS

    Hubby Jenkins

    With JOHN REED TORRES
    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2019 - 8:00PM
    McCabe’s Guitar Shop
    3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405
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    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2019 - 8:00PM
    YARD Theatre
    4319 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029-3510
    Presented by Down at the Yard Music Series

    Read more: HUBBY JENKINS

    LEYLA MCCALLA

    Layla McCalla

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2019 - 8:00PM
    ArtPower – University of California San Diego – The Loft
    9500 Gilman Dr. Price Center East, San Diego, CA 92093
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    With SUNNY WAR
    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2019 - 8:00PM
    Zebulon Cafe
    2478 N Fletcher Dr, Los Angeles, CA, 90039

    Read more: LEYLA MCCALLA

    JIM KWESKIN WITH CLINT DAVIS & HIS JUG BAND

    Jim Kweskin Clint Davis

    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2019 - 8:00PM
    McCabe’s Guitar Shop
    3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

    Read more: JIM KWESKIN WITH CLINT DAVIS & HIS JUG BAND

    KODO

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    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2019 - 8:00PM
    Granada Theatre
    1214 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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    SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2019 - 8:00PM
    Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Samueli Theatre
    600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2019 - 8:00PM
    Walt Disney Concert Hall
    111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Read more: KODO

    FEATURE ARTICLES

    My Trip To NAMM 2019 (Not that NAM)

    By Art Podell

    NAMM 2019 ACCI visited the NAMM trade show in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 27th. Or did I? If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it…I checked my Fitbit and it had clocked six miles and then some while I was in the Convention Center so there is proof that I spent time in that behemoth in Anaheim, wandering the two thousand plus booths sponsored by vendors of everything and anything that closely or remotely is associated with the production of music. Did you get that number? Two thousand, one hundred twenty-eight separate vendors displaying their wares by my casual count. The Thomas Guide of yesteryear had nothing on the printed menu of vendors handed out so casually at the doorways of the great halls. They might as well have given me a phonebook from Toledo Ohio.

    Read more: MY TRIP TO NAMM 2019 (NOT THAT NAM)

    A DAY AT NAMM 2019 WITH ANNETTE & NOWELL

    By Annette & Nowell Siegel (Living Tree Music)

    NAMM 2019As we predominately make, restore and repair acoustic instruments we almost always make Hall E our first stop at NAMM, here you will find the majority of them outside of Martin and Taylor.

    Read more: A DAY AT NAMM 2019 WITH ANNETTE & NOWELL

    NAMM SHOW 2019

    By Nancy Felixson

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    Read more: NAMM Show Slide Show 2019 - Nancy Felixson

    GATEKEEPERS OF FREEDOM 2018:

    TWENTY-FIVE REVIEWED CONCERTS, CDS, THEATRE PERFORMANCES AND A VERY SPECIAL GRAMMY MUSEUM EXHIBIT

    VOICES THAT STOOD UP FOR A BETTER AMERICA IN 2018

    Exclusive to FolkWorks

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    Ross AltmanHere are the Gatekeepers of Freedom for 2018—those performing and performance artists who travel, sing and record the music that keeps us sane in a mad world—who carry the torch of Woody Guthrie and Joe Hill, Pete Seeger and Paul Robeson, Marian Anderson, Billie Holiday and Phil Ochs, Utah Phillips and Rosalie Sorrels, Malvina Reynolds, Victor Jara and John Lennon. We turn to them in times of need, for inspiration, for their long memory, for satire and protest, above all, for truth.

    Read more: GATEKEEPERS OF FREEDOM 2018

    CONCERT REVIEW

    KRIS KRISTOFFERSON & THE STRANGERS

    In Concert at Theatre At Ace Hotel

    Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 8pm

    RABBI HILLEL TO KRIS KRISTOFFERSON

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    Kris KristoffersonWhy write a song for Martin Luther King if you’re not going to sing it on his birthday—and not just his birthday, but his 90th birthday? That’s my question. I gave up watching Columbo last night—not to mention a full lunar eclipse—and not just a full lunar eclipse, but a blood-red wolf moon—to see Kris Kristofferson and the Strangers in concert. I drove all the way downtown to the Theatre at Ace Hotel, searched for a parking place, and stood on line to buy a ticket I could afford.

    Read more: KRIS KRISTOFFERSON & THE STRANGERS

    GRAMMY NOMINEES

    FILM AND THEATER REVIEW

    THE B-SIDE:

    “Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons"

    A Record Album Interpretation

    The Wooster Group: REDCAT Theatre in Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex

    Thursday, January 31, 2019, 8:30pm

    If I Had a Hammer

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    Negro Folklore From Texas State PrisonsIn 1935, thirty years before this album by historian Bruce Jackson was made, America’s original ballad collector John Lomax found his greatest single source in another Texas State Prison—Sugarland, Texas—where folk singer Lead Belly sang his first song for him—The Midnight Special. Like Jackson, Lomax had only primitive recording equipment—which he carried around in the back of his big blue Ford station wagon. Bruce Jackson was prepared for what he was about to hear—because he had heard it all before, in Lomax’s pioneering efforts, and Lead Belly’s example of an African-American prison work song leader.

    Read more: THE B-SIDE “NEGRO FOLKLORE FROM TEXAS STATE PRISONS"

    FULL CALENDAR

    MUSIC       DANCE

    TODAY'S CALENDAR 2/19/19


    DANCE


    NO EVENTS TODAY


    RECURRING EVENTS


    MUSIC


    6:00pm - 10:00pm AGOURA HILLS SONG CIRCLE & POTLUCK (SONGMAKERS)

    third Tuesday

    Agoura Hills (Contact via Songmakers website)

    Agoura Hills, Agoura Hills , CA 91301

    Steve Berman 310-699-5755 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:00pm - 11:00pm OULD SOD TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION

    every Tuesday

    The Ould Sod

    3373 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA

    Michael Eskin 619-284-6594 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:00pm - 10:00pm KEN O'MALLEY DUO

    third Tuesday

    Finn McCool

    2702 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405

    310-452-1734


    7:30pm - 9:00pm ZINGEN FAR SHOLEM (SINGING FOR PEACE) YIDDISH CHORUS

    first, second & third Tuesday

    Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center

    1110 Bates Ave., Los Angeles, CA

    Anne Kaufman 323-664-9809 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    DANCE


    8:30am - 11:00am LEISURE WORLD FOLK DANCERS

    every Saturday

    Club House 1

    Leisure World, Laguna Hills, CA

    Florence Kanderer 949-425-8456


    10:00am - 12:00pm ISRAELI & INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING

    every Tuesday

    La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center

    8450 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa, CA

    Rina Dalyot 619-462-8155 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    10:30am - 12:00pm UNIVERSITY OF JUDAISM

    every Tuesday

    UNIVERSITY OF JUDAISM

    5600 Mulholland Dr, Los Angeles, CA

    Natalie Stern 818-343-8009


    11:15am - 12:35pm SANTA MONICA CITY COLLEGE ISRAELI DANCING

    every Thursday

    Santa Monica College Clocktower

    1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA


    1:30pm - 3:00pm MOUNTAIN DANCERS

    first & third Tuesday

    South Pasadena Woman's Club

    1424 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena, CA

    John Meursinge 626-355-9220


    6:00pm - 8:45pm CERRITOS FOLK DANCERS

    every Tuesday

    Cerritos Senior Center

    12340 South St., Cerritos, CA

    Wen Chiang 626-303-2761 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    6:30pm - 8:30pm TROUPE MOSAIC

    every Tuesday

    Gottlieb Dance Studio

    9743 Noble Ave, North Hills, CA

    Mara Johnson 818-831-1854


    7:00pm - 9:30pm CABRILLO INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCERS

    every Tuesday

    Balboa Park Club

    2150 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA

    Georgina Sham 858-459-1336 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:30pm - 11:00pm CALTECH FOLK DANCERS

    every Tuesday

    Caltech Dabney Lounge

    1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA

    Nancy Milligan 626-797-5157 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:30pm - 10:30pm TUESDAY GYPSIES - INTERNATIONAL

    every Tuesday

    Culver City Masonic Lodge

    9635 Venice Blvd., Culver City, CA

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


May-June 2007

Chicks Nix Hicks' Picks

By Ross Altman

After striking out in Nashville at the CMA awards, the Dixie Chicks hit a grand slam home run in Los Angeles at the Grammy's last February 11. They swept all three major awards: Song, Record and Album of the Year, on the way to winning all five categories in which they were nominated. They added insult to the injury of the red states' defeat in all the major contested elections last November, throwing control of the House and Senate into blue state Democratic hands for the first time in a generation.

Call it the last nail in the southern coffin. The bi-coastal cultural power centers New York and LA showed that they have no objection to country music - it was the politics they abhorred. Give us a country band not tied to Bush country, and we'll embrace it wholeheartedly, which we did.

It was also a great night for folk music, as Joan Baez - who was there to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award - looked resplendent as she introduced the Chicks to an international TV audience, as well as the Staples Center crowd. Joan drew abundant applause when she reminded us that over the years she too has been told many times to shut up and sing (the title of last year's documentary on the Dixie Chicks). She ended her brief but bravura performance by quoting Woody Guthrie: This Land Is Your Land. For one beautiful evening, it felt like it.

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