• FEATURE ARTICLES

    Louisiana’s Best Kept Secret
    - JoJo Reed and the Happy Hill Zydeco Band

    Coming To Long Beach Bayou Festival June 23, 2018

    By Karen Redding

    JoJo Reed kneelingComing to The Long Beach Bayou Festival on Saturday, June 23, 2018, Zydeco accordionist JoJo Reed and the Happy Hill Zydeco Band is Louisiana’s best kept secret. How this mountain of Zydeco Gold has flown under the West Coast radar is one of the mysteries of the genre. JoJo and the band will be playing some of the best Zydeco dance hall music coming out of Louisiana today, and the West Coast is lucky to have this gifted artist in this rare appearance. Reed, who spent some time here in the late 1990s is charged up and ready to go. “I’m really excited about coming back to California!” he exclaims.

    Read more: JOJO REED AND THE HAPPY HILL ZYDECO BAND

    ANATOMY OF A BAND: NEVENKA

    A collaboration with Molly White, Rebecca Stout, Shira O’Keefe, Jennifer Jurick, Dawn Lunsford, Anna Cross, Liseli Walan, Justine Kragen, Ronda Berkeley, Susie North, Emi Macuaga, Robin Van Zak, Terri Prizant, Leda and Steve Shapiro, and Joel Okida

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    Look: the constant marigold

    Springs again from hidden roots.

    Baffled gardener, you behold

    New beginnings and new shoots

    Spring again from hiddle roots.

    --from Marigolds by Robert Graves

    Read more: ANATOMY OF A BAND: NEVENKA

    SPOTLIGHTS

    JOSEPH DECOSIMOLUKE RICHARDSON & CLEEK SCHREY

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    THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2018 - 7:00PM

    Kalabash School of Music
    5725 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037
    Presented by the Southern Pacific Sessions

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    SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2018 - 7:30PM

    With THE SHAKYTOWN RAMBLERS
    Timewarp Records
    12204 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066
    Presented by Old-Time Tiki Parlour

    Read more: JOSEPH DECOSIMO, LUKE RICHARDSON & CLEEK SCHREY

    LONG BEACH BAYOU FESTIVAL

    LONG BEACH BAYOU FESTIVAL

    SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2018 - 11:00AM-9:00PM
    SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2018 - 11:00AM-7:30PM

    Queen Mary Events Park
    1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802

    Read more: LONG BEACH BAYOU FESTIVAL

    HERENCIA FLAMENCA
    With  Paco & Yolanda Arroyo

    HERENCIA FLAMENCA

    SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2018 - 7:30PM 
    SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2018 - 2:30PM 

    Luckman Fine Arts Center
    5151 State College Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90032

    Read more: HERENCIA FLAMENCA

    INTERVIEW

    DAVID BRAGGER AND THE UCLA OLD-TIME STRING BAND ENSEMBLE

    AN INTERVIEW WITH ITS DIRECTOR

    By Christine Lovelace

    David BraggerBack in the 1990s, UCLA students created an Anglo-American music ensemble, and the course was offered on and off through the 1990s and early 2000s. It’s most recent incarnation is as the Old-Time String Band Ensemble taught by David Bragger, a performer and teacher of old-time music.

    Read more: DAVID BRAGGER AND THE UCLA OLD-TIME STRING BAND ENSEMBLE

    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    May-June 2018

    BEFORE IT WAS BEFORE: GLUING THE PAST TO THE PRESENT

    By Dennis Roger Reed

    PlasticMeltdownRecords smModern technology (my Arkansas-Ozark-born Uncle Bud would’ve said “mod-ren tech-nolgee”) allows music to be altered in ways not possible in the past. And an Arkansas upbringing allows the English language to be altered in ways that were not thought possible in the past. Nothing else in this article has anything to do with the Ozarks or accents, but a good writer can add asides without explaining what he is doing. Note I said a good writer…

    PlasticMeltdown Records, the record label and studio I’ve worked at/with for about 25 years, is moving out of California, so my ten block commute will be replaced by driving far north. The bad news is that’s a lot further away so I’ll go far less often. The good news is that instead of working on a project for 3 or 4 hours a week for 3 or 4 years, I can go up to the new location, track for a few days, mix for a few days and be done with a project in remarkably less time. But with more money spent on gas…

    Read more: BEFORE IT WAS BEFORE: GLUING THE PAST TO THE PRESENT

    CONCERT REVIEW

    UCLA OLD-TIME STRING BAND ENSEMBLE

    Spring Festival of World Music and Jazz Concert – May 31, 7:00pm

    By Pat Mac Swyney

    ucla class winter with The LevysA few weeks ago, I wrapped up my work day and happily braced myself for rush hour on the 405 to attend the end of the school year performance by the UCLA Old-Time String Band Ensemble. The concert is part of the annual Spring Festival of World Music and Jazz which features the various Department of Ethnomusicology’s jazz and folk music ensembles playing everything from music of the Balkans, Near East, West Africa and China to a little closer to home with the Old-Time String Band Ensemble.

    Read more: UCLA OLD-TIME STRING BAND ENSEMBLE 2018

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    Highly recommended

    Saturday at Simi Cajun-Blues Festival and Coffee Gallery Backstage

    Read more: La Recolte Cajun Band

    FULL CALENDAR

    MUSIC       DANCE

    TODAY'S CALENDAR 6/22/18


    DANCE


    MENDOCINO FOLKLORE CAMP

    With Helene Eriksen (Folk Dances of the Middle East), Cesar & Jocelyn Garfiaz (Latin Couple), Tanya Kostova (Bulgarian), Shoshanna (Bellydance), Turkish/Chalgija Ensemble with ---adam-good.html">Adam Good, Bill Cope teaching Tambura classes, Souhail Kaspar (Arabic/Middle Eastern Drumming)
    Erik Hoffmann ​(Contra Band & Swing Jam), Tanya Kostova (Bulgarian),
    Brenna MacCrimmon (Turkish/Macedonian), Michele Simon (Balkan Favorites)

    Mendocino Woodlands State Park

    Mendocino/Fort Bragg, CA 95437


    RECURRING EVENTS


    MUSIC


    6:30pm - 9:00pm TRADITION IRISH TUNES WITH THE QUINNS

    every Friday

    La Arcada Bistro

    1112 State St., Santa Barbara, CA

    Willie Quinn


    7:00pm - 10:00pm VENTURA BELL ARTS HOOT (SONGMAKERS)

    fourth Friday

    Bell Arts Factory

    432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, CA 93001

    TJ Zeiler 805-910-7565 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    8:00pm - 10:00pm KATTYWOMPUS CONCERT / JAM

    every Friday

    Dollmakers Kattywompus

    412 S. Myrtle Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016

    626-357-1091

    Jennifer Ranger 626-357-1091


    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.


    7:45pm - 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.


TITLE: LET THE STORM ROLL IN

ARTIST: CLAUDIA NYGAARD

LABEL: CATTLE PRODUCTIONS

RELEASE DATE: 2011

By Jackie Morris

Claudi_Nygaard_-_Let_the_Storm_Roll_InWith her new second album, Let the Storm Roll In, Claudia Nygaard is enjoying one of the most richly deserved success stories on the folk/Americana scene today. After years of honing her craft – performing at over 150 fairs and festivals in 47 states and across Europe, and working as a full-time staff songwriter on Nashville’s Music Row – Nygaard has emerged as an award-winning singer-songwriter whose new album has swept the Americana, Roots, and Folk Charts (actually staying on the Folk Charts for three months now).

Produced by Nygaard in 2011, Let The Storm Roll In provides an excellent showcase for her multiple talents and mastery of several styles. From quiet country/folk story-songs to old-time country roots…from upbeat love-and-heartache songs (delivered by self-described “torch singers in cowboy boots”) to social commentary…from personal ballads to laugh-out-loud humor, Claudia is a consummate storyteller. And her rich, warm voice is well suited for all these styles. On every track, her lyrics are impeccably crafted – witty or moving, catchy or thought-provoking – perfectly attuned to whatever is called for. But it is far more than professional perfection that has made this CD garner critical accolades from reviewers and DJs alike. This album has heart.

In fact, Let The Storm Roll In holds some gems that have the makings of instant classics. Not surprisingly, they are often the ones with the most personal, authentic theme to them, mined from Nygaard’s own life. Among these are: J.C. and His Left Side. Coming straight out of Nygaard’s childhood, J.C. is a look at racism in decades past from a child’s innocent perspective. His Left Side is a beautiful tribute to her father in his final days and the spirit that overcomes mortal limitations.

Equally powerful is the opening track, Big Country, an epic tribute to every family who has ever immigrated to America. The seemingly simple concept – that people of all nationalities have come here to follow their personal dreams, and they have all struggled to make those dreams a reality – is so profoundly moving and unifying, that the song is nothing short of inspiring. The lyrics recount traditional “names” of these immigrants, from the Irish (“We had names like Sean and Coleen when we reached the harbor…”) to Scandinavian, Hispanic, Jewish, Asian, Native American and Islamic, and they are accompanied by typical instrumentation from those countries. The Irish verse opens with a penny whistle and a bodhran…the Scandinavian verse has a fiddle behind it…and the Hispanic verse contains an accordion.

Finally, my own personal favorite is the guaranteed-to-make-you-smile satire, Miss Kitty, a brilliant spoof of the old classic TV Western series, Gunsmoke.  Its catchy chorus, “C’mon Marshall, give Miss Kitty a kiss,” pokes fun at the uptight mores of the 50s, when the show was conceived, hysterically viewing the prim-and-proper behavior through a modern lens.

Not surprisingly, several of the songs on this album have already earned top honors. In 2004, Claudia won the coveted “New Folk” award at the Kerrville Folk Festival with J.C. and Georgia Boy, a sensuous, dreamy 50’s style love song evoking the feeling of Ray Charles’ classic Georgia. In 2009, Claudia was chosen as one the Emerging Artists at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in New York. And more recently, this fall, her epic, Big Country, was selected for the in-flight playlist of Lufthansa Airlines.

Nygaard does all her own back-up vocals, but she does sing one duet, I Want to Touch You, with Lennie Gallant, who has won 14 awards from the Canadian East Coast Music Association, including male artist of the year and album of the year.

In addition, Let The Storm Roll In boasts an impressive cast of musicians, including Colin Linden (of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings) on electric guitar, legendary session player Charlie McCoy on harmonica, Grammy winners Andy Reiss (on acoustic guitar) and Jeff Taylor (on penny whistle and accordion), multi-instrumentalist Fats Kaplan on fiddle, dobro, mandolin, and accordion; plus Telecaster wizard Redd Volkaert, dobro virtuoso Randy Khors, and Prairie Home Companion favorite Cindy Cashdollar on lap steel and dobro.  The rhythm section is made up of Johnny Cash sideman Dave Roe on doghouse bass, and Rick Lonow on percussion.

It’s a top-flight production from start to finish, and seasoned with wit, wisdom and humor, Let The Storm Roll In should earn Claudia Nygaard a spot in the limelight for a long time to come.

A New York transplant to the tiny town of Carpinteria, CA, Jackie is a freelance writer by profession and a singer-songwriter by passion. Her newly-released third album of original Folk/Americana songs was among Top Albums on the Folk Music Radio Airplay Charts for July and August, 2011. Jackie is also an active member in such acoustic music communities as SummerSongs, SongMakers, and FARWest Folk Alliance.

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