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.

To a president who believes in building walls, a tribute to Fred Neil, who lived to tear them down.

This is why I continue to attend concerts, to listen to CDs, to search for acts of conscience, for artists who make a difference, who transcend the pursuit of wealth, whose sense of an artistic calling has about it a spiritual dimension—who are not afraid of philosophy and wonder, whose purpose in practicing their art is nothing less than to change the world. “This machine kills fascists,” Woody Guthrie said of his guitar, “This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender,” Pete Seeger said of his banjo—they continue to set the standard to which we may aspire.

With Woody and Pete ingrained in my heart and soul, how can I keep from singing? Happy New Year, dear Reader, in 2019! ~ Ross Altman, PhD

1) WHO: TOMMY EMMANUEL

With Special Guest Jerry Douglas

WHAT: Concert

WHERE: The Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills

WHEN: Friday December 14, 2018 8:00pm

THE WONDER FROM DOWN UNDER

2) WHO: BÉLA FLECK AND ABIGAIL WASHBURN

WHAT: Concert

WHERE: Royce Hall UCLA

PRODUCED BY: CAP-UCLA

WHEN: Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 8:00pm

STRUMMING ON THE OLD BANJO

3) WHO: SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK

WHAT: Kickoff to 45th Anniversary Tour CONCERT

WHERE: Royce Hall UCLA

PRODUCED BY: CAP-UCLA

WHEN: Friday, November 30, 2018, 8:00pm

THE LONG ROAD BACK TO SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK

4) WHO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

WHAT: CONCERT

WHERE: Caltech Beckman Institute Auditorium

PRODUCED BY: Pasadena Folk Music Society

WHEN: Saturday, November 10, 2018 8:00pm

VIRGINIA’S RUSTIC RENAISSANCE MAN

5) WHO: LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM GOES HIS OWN WAY

With Opener J.S. Ondara from Nairobi, Kenya

WHAT: CONCERT

WHERE: The Orpheum Theatre

WHEN: Friday October 12, 2018 8:00pm

GUNFIGHT AT THE OK CORRAL

6) WHO: JIMMY WEBB

With special guest Ashley Campbell

WHAT: CONCERT

WHERE: Lisa Smith Wengler Center For The Arts - Smothers Theatre Pepperdine University

WHEN: Saturday, September 22, 2018  8:00pm

AUTUMN LEAVES FOR GLEN CAMPBELL (APRIL 22, 1936 – AUGUST 8, 2017)

7) WHO: DAVID ROVICS’ THE MUSICAL HISTORY TOUR

WHAT: CONCERT

WHERE: Corazón Performing Arts in Topanga

WHEN: Friday September 28, 2018, 9:00—11:00 PM

WHAT'S PAST IS PROLOGUE

8) WHO: BILL STAINES IN CONCERT AT CALTECH

WHAT: CONCERT

WHERE: Beckman Institute Auditorium

PRODUCED BY: Pasadena Folk Music Society

WHEN: October 20, 2018, 8:00pm

9) WHO: EMMYLOU HARRIS AND THE RED DIRT BOYS

WHAT: American Roots Series Premiere CONCERT

WHERE: Royce Hall UCLA

PRODUCED BY: CAP-UCLA

WHEN: Thursday, October 4, 2018, 8:00pm

SWEETHEART OF THE RADIO

10) WHO: VARIOUS, INCLUDING ERIC ANDERSEN, RODNEY CROWELL, VINCE MARTIN, ETC.

WHAT: CD REVIEW

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

LABEL: Y&T MUSIC

RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 14, 2018

Fred Neil without the Wrecking Crew

11) WHO: DAVE ALVIN AND JIMMIE DALE GILMORE

WHAT: Downey To Lubbock Tour CONCERT

WHERE: The Grammy Museum

WHEN: JULY 31, 2018  8:00pm

AMERICAN NAMES

12) WHO: TOM PAXTON

WHAT: THE VIEW FROM 80 CONCERT

WHERE: McCabe’s Guitar Shop

WHEN: June 28, 2018 9:00pm

13) WHO: LA RECOLTE CAJUN BAND

WHERE: Coffee Gallery Backstage

WHEN: May 26, 2018 7:00pm

VIVE LA FRANCE!

14) WHO: JOHN PRINE

WHAT: CONCERT

WHERE: The Grammy Museum

WHEN Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 8:00pm

AN UNASSUMING AMERICAN MASTER

15) WHO: ERIC ANDERSEN

WHAT: CONCERT

WHERE: The Grammy Museum

WHEN: May 3rd, 2018 8:00pm

POETRY IN EMOTION

16) WHO: THE WORK OF PETE SEEGER: HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING?

WHAT: EXHIBIT

WHERE: The Grammy Museum

ON PETE SEEGER’S 99TH BIRTHDAY - MAY 3, 2018

17) WHO: ARLO GUTHRIE

With Sarah Lee And Abe Guthrie

WHAT: CONCERT

WHERE: The Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills

WHEN: April 5, 2018, 8:00pm

THE ROLLING LAUGHTER REVIEW

18) WHO: GARRISON KEILLOR

WHAT: CONCERT

WHERE: Carpenter Center For The Performing Arts, Cal State University Long Beach

WHEN: March 17, 2018 8:00pm

“JUST PASSING THROUGH”

19) WHO: POWER OF SONG: CHELSEA MANNING

WHAT: LECTURE

WHERE: The UCLA Luskin School For Public Affairs

WHEN: March 5, 2018 6:30pm

HUGS FOR CHELSEA BENEFIT ALBUM STRIKES A CHORD

20) TAYLOR MAC IN CONCERT

WHAT: CONCERT

WHERE: Theatre at Ace Hotel

PRODUCED BY: CAP-UCLA

WHEN: Thursday, March 15, 2018 6:00pm—12:00am

A 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC

REBIRTH OF A NATION CHAPTER I—1776-1836

21) WHO: TOM RUSSELL

With Special Guest Katy Moffatt

WHAT: CONCERT

WHERE: McCabe’s Guitar Shop

WHEN: February 17, 2018 8:00pm

A GALLERY OF FOLK HEROES~ LENNY BRUCE TO JOHNNY CASH

22) WHO: CARRIE NEWCOMER

With Pianist Gary Walters

WHAT:CONCERT

WHERE: Lisa Smith Wengler Center For The Arts - Smothers Theatre Pepperdine University

WHEN: Sunday January 21, 2018 7:00pm

THE REAL VEEP FROM INDIANA

23) WHO: OAK RIDGE BOYS

An Evening With

WHAT: CONCERT

WHERE: The Grammy Museum Clive Davis Theater

WHEN: February 15, 2018 8:00pm

GOT ANY OAK RIDGE BOYS?

24) WHO: GABRIEL KAHANE’S 8980: BOOK OF TRAVELERS

WHAT: CONCERT

WHERE: Theatre at Ace Hotel

PRODUCED BY: CAP-UCLA

WHEN: Saturday, January 20, 2018; 8:00pm

BOUND FOR GLORY

25) WHO: DON MCLEAN

WHAT: CONCERT

WHERE: The Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills

WHEN: Saturday, March 3, 8:00pm

COFFEE, TEA AND THE JAILHOUSE KEY

Los Angeles folk singer Ross Altman has a BA in English from UCLA; an MA in Speech Communication from UCSB; and a PhD in Modern Literature from SUNY-Binghamton; he belongs to Local 47 AFM; Ross may be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.