• SPOTLIGHTS

    THE MAE TRIO

    Mae Trio

    SUNDAY, AUGUST 6, 2017 - 8:00PM 
    Lestats Coffee   |
    341 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, San Diego, CA 92116
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    TUESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2017 - 8:00PM 
    Hotel Café Second Stage
    1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90038
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    WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2017 - 7:00PM 
    Russ and Julie’s House Concerts |
    Oak Park (Agoura Hills/Westlake Village area)
    818-707-2179  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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    CD REVIEWS

    TITLE: THE SKELETON KEYS

    ARTIST: SPENCER & RAINS

    LABEL: OLD-TIME TIKI PARLOUR

    RELEASE DATE: JULY 2017

    By Pat Mac Swyney

    skeleton-keys-coverWhen I was asked to review Spencer & Rains CD/DVD release The Spotted Pony last year, I was neck deep in my own journey absorbing early Appalachian music and not knowing much beyond “contest-style” Texas fiddling, was not particularly interested. That said, I gave it a listen and was instantly, for lack of a better word, “smitten” with the sublime music of this husband-wife duo. When they gave a concert in Los Angeles with their full band “The Skeleton Keys,” this past February, I bought their entire catalog; something I haven’t done in 30 years and honestly, these 5 records have dominated my playlist rotation all year.

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    TITLE: ACROSS THE AMERIKEE: SHOWPIECES FROM COAL CAMP TO CATTLE TRAIL

    ARTIST: STEPHEN WADE

    LABEL: SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS

    RELEASE DATE: JUNE 30, 2017

    PURE PERFECTION

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    Stephen Wade - ACROSS THE AMERIKEERemove one word from the title—Across the Amerikee: Showpieces from Coal Camp to Cattle Trail—and any old folkie with a banjo and guitar could have made this record. Just take out the word “Showpieces” and I could have made it. But Stephen Wade and only Stephen Wade could have made it with that stop the show word right in the middle of it. Every track on the album would have been the highlight of any other performer’s record. 

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    TITLE: PERISCOPE HEART

    ARTIST: JACKIE MORRIS

    LABEL: BUTTON BOX RECORDS

    RELEASE DATE: JUNE 1, 2017

    By Steve Werner

    Periscope Heart-coverSweetness, lightness, kindness, gentility, joy, love. Boy howdy, we sure could use a little of that stuff these days. When it seems all the news is bad and every jangled headline serves only to drive us ever deeper into despair, I often feel like Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant when he screeched, “Does anybody remember laughter?” Fortunately for us, Jackie Morris not only remembers, but holds an abundance of laughter, love and joy in her heart which she deftly shares with us in her fifth studio album, Periscope Heart.

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    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    July-August 2017

    LOCAL 47 (AFM): MY UNION CARD

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    AFM logoLast night I had the strangest dream, but it had nothing to do with ending war. It had to do with my union card for American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 47, and what it means to me. In my dream I just barely touched the truck in front of me when we were both stopped at a red light. The driver got out and decided to make a federal case out of it, even though there was no visible damage to the back of his truck. Somehow as the conversation developed between us he let me know that he did not want to report this to his insurance company, nor was he looking for any out of pocket settlement from me. He said that he would not report it if I agreed to give up my “freight card” for good; I would no longer be a member of the professional musician’s union. I could continue to drive with no further punitive measures taken against me; it wouldn’t cost me a penny—except my union card. I told you it was a strange dream. And yet it forced me to confront the question of what my union card meant to me—and whether it was worth all the hassle and potential expense of dealing with my insurance company and the DMV in order to keep my card.

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    CONCERT REVIEW

    ROY ZIMMERMAN: REZIST

    ZIMMERMAN’S TRAVELS

    LIVE AT MCCABE’S - JULY 23, 2017~ 8:00PM

    CENTER FOR INQUIRY ~STEVE ALLEN THEATRE - JULY 23, 2017~ 11:00AM

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    Roy ZimmermanGod’s gift to topical songwriters President Trump accepted White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s resignation last Friday, prompting Roy Zimmerman to say, “He’s got the 2nd hardest job in Washington, next to (fired FBI Director) James Comey’s food taster—and Robert Mueller’s car starter.” Spicer timed his departure for Zimmerman’s new ReZist Tour. Roy Zimmerman is America’s Songwriter in Chief. He is transcendently, mercilessly funny, as when he refers to the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love as “the Jefferson Facelift Tour.” He opens the morning Atheists United show with his satirical

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    GREENWICH VILLAGE FOLK SCARE

    For years, weekend folksinging has been a tradition in Washington Square Park, in New York City's Greenwich village. But in the spring of 1961 the City rescinded its customary permit for singing in the park. This triggered a protest demonstration on Sunday, April 9th of that year, which was put down with excessive force by the NYPD but eventually resulted in the City backing down and reinstating the permit.

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    BILLY BRAGG

    Stephen William Bragg (born 20 December 1957) is an English singer, songwriter and left-wing activist. His music blends elements of folk music, punk rock and protest songs, with lyrics that mostly span political or romantic themes. His music is heavily centred on bringing about change and getting the younger generation involved in activist causes.

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    FULL CALENDAR

    MUSIC       DANCE

    TODAY'S CALENDAR 11/13/18

    MUSIC NO EVENTS TODAY DANCE NO EVENTS TODAY

    RECURRING EVENTS


    MUSIC


    3:00pm - 5:30pm SENIOR SONG CIRCLE

    second Tuesday

    SCAN Health and Wellness Center

    6633 Telephone Rd., Ste.100, Ventura , CA

    Marty Capsuto 805-658-0365">805-658-0365 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:00pm - 9:30pm JC HYKE'S SONGWRITERS SERENADE

    every Tuesday

    Matt Denny's Ale House Restaurant & Bar

    145 E. Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91006


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


    8:00pm - 11:00pm TIMMY NOLAN TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION

    every Tuesday

    Timmy Nolan's Tavern and Grill

    10111 Riverside Dr., Toluca Lake, CA 91602

    818-985-3359">818-985-3359

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


    DANCE


    10:00am - 11:30am LA MESA ISRAELI & INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING

    every Tuesday

    La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center

    8450 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa, CA

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


    PASSINGS

    RIP: "D. L." Menard

    (April 14, 1932 – July 27, 2017)

    DL MenardDoris Leon "D. L." Menard (April 14, 1932 – July 27, 2017) was an American songwriter, performer, and recording artist in contemporary Cajun music. He was called the "Cajun Hank Williams".

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    William R. Collings

    (8/9/1948 – 7/14/2017)

    From Facebook

    Bill CollingsWe lost our dear friend and mentor Bill Collings yesterday. He was the amazingly creative force behind Collings Guitars for over 40 years. Through his unique and innate understanding of how things work, and how to make things work better, he set the bar in our industry and touched many lives in the process. His skill and incredible sense of design were not just limited to working with wood, but were also obvious in his passion for building hot rods. To Bill, the design and execution of elegant form and function were what mattered most.

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