• COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    May-June 2019

    DON’T BE A HATER: IT’S YOUR VOICE!

    By Dennis Roger Reed

    speechI hear a lot of folks say that they hate their singing voice. It’s too scratchy, or has too much vibrato or is “pitchy.” I think many musicians set a standard that may not be reachable with their voice. My all-time favorite singer was Delaney Bramlett. His ability to go from falsetto to head voice in the same lyrical line was astonishing. His voice reflected the blues, country, and soul, sometimes all in the same song. A very admirable instrument, but honestly one I could never emulate. My singing voice does not have the range, and my falsetto is a bit uncontrollable. But I don’t hate my voice because of it.

    Read more: DON’T BE A HATER-IT’S YOUR VOICE!

    CD REVIEWS

    TITLE: The Old Texas Fiddle Vol. 3

    ARTIST: Spencer & Rains

    LABEL: Old-Time Tiki Parlour

    RELEASE DATE: May 2019

    By Pat Mac Swyney

    vol iii cover artI’ll kick off by saying this is my third unabashedly, glowing review of a Spencer & Rains CD because…well, Spencer & Rains. No personal stake in the game other than spreading the gospel of some of my favorite contemporary Old-Time artists.

    Old Texas Fiddle Volume 3 marks the third and final installment of The Old Texas Fiddle “trilogy”.  Howard Rains comes from a long line of Texas fiddlers and along the path of pursuing Old-Time Music, he began collecting home recordings from the families of mostly long-gone Texas fiddlers of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

    Read more: SPENCER & RAINS - THE OLD TEXAS FIDDLE VOL. 3

    TITLE: RULE OF 3

    ARTIST: VÄSEN

    LABEL: EAST SIDE, INC.

    RELEASE DATE: APRIL 19, 2019

    By Stuart Mason

    Reprinted with permission fromFiddle Freak

    Vasen Rule of 3 coverSwedish folk supergroup Väsen celebrates 30 years with the release of a new album on April 19. The title Rule of 3 refers to these three decades as well as their favorite time signature, shared by both polskas and waltzes, forms which they often play. The band is a trio, forming of course a solid triangular foundation for the music itself, and among writers, the Rule of 3 is “a writing principle which suggests that a trio of events or characters is more humorous, satisfying, or effective than other numbers.” (from Wikipedia)

    Read more: VÄSEN - RULE OF 3

    TITLE: Visions

    ARTIST: Alice Howe

    LABEL: SELF PRODUCED

    RELEASE DATE: May 17, 2019

    By Russ Paris

    Alice Howe by Jim SheaAlice Howe’s highly anticipated full-length debut CD, Visions, releases in May 2019. It’s an album that lives up to expectations and could not have been written without plenty of time on the road and a strong love for the process.

    Howe’s previous EP, You’ve Been Away So Long, hit the Folk-DJ charts with a #1 song — Homeland Blues — and reached #11 itself. She has recently been selected as a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist, a Formal Showcase Artist at Northeast Regional Folk Alliance, an Official Showcase Artist at the FAR-West Music Conference, and 2019 Kerrville New Folk Finalist.

    Read more: ALICE HOWE - VISIONS

    CD REVIEWS

    TITLE: The Old Texas Fiddle Vol. 3

    ARTIST: Spencer & Rains

    LABEL: Old-Time Tiki Parlour

    RELEASE DATE: May 2019

    By Pat Mac Swyney

    vol iii cover artI’ll kick off by saying this is my third unabashedly, glowing review of a Spencer & Rains CD because…well, Spencer & Rains. No personal stake in the game other than spreading the gospel of some of my favorite contemporary Old-Time artists.

    Old Texas Fiddle Volume 3 marks the third and final installment of The Old Texas Fiddle “trilogy”.  Howard Rains comes from a long line of Texas fiddlers and along the path of pursuing Old-Time Music, he began collecting home recordings from the families of mostly long-gone Texas fiddlers of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

    Read more: SPENCER & RAINS - THE OLD TEXAS FIDDLE VOL. 3

    TITLE: RULE OF 3

    ARTIST: VÄSEN

    LABEL: EAST SIDE, INC.

    RELEASE DATE: APRIL 19, 2019

    By Stuart Mason

    Reprinted with permission fromFiddle Freak

    Vasen Rule of 3 coverSwedish folk supergroup Väsen celebrates 30 years with the release of a new album on April 19. The title Rule of 3 refers to these three decades as well as their favorite time signature, shared by both polskas and waltzes, forms which they often play. The band is a trio, forming of course a solid triangular foundation for the music itself, and among writers, the Rule of 3 is “a writing principle which suggests that a trio of events or characters is more humorous, satisfying, or effective than other numbers.” (from Wikipedia)

    Read more: VÄSEN - RULE OF 3

    TITLE: Visions

    ARTIST: Alice Howe

    LABEL: SELF PRODUCED

    RELEASE DATE: May 17, 2019

    By Russ Paris

    Alice Howe by Jim SheaAlice Howe’s highly anticipated full-length debut CD, Visions, releases in May 2019. It’s an album that lives up to expectations and could not have been written without plenty of time on the road and a strong love for the process.

    Howe’s previous EP, You’ve Been Away So Long, hit the Folk-DJ charts with a #1 song — Homeland Blues — and reached #11 itself. She has recently been selected as a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist, a Formal Showcase Artist at Northeast Regional Folk Alliance, an Official Showcase Artist at the FAR-West Music Conference, and 2019 Kerrville New Folk Finalist.

    Read more: ALICE HOWE - VISIONS

     

    everything but ...

    Featured at the Folk/Roots Festival

    Willy Souly will be leading an African Dance Workshop

    and featured in the Evening Concert

    Read more: Willy Souly

    FULL CALENDAR

    MUSIC       DANCE

    TODAY'S CALENDAR 6/27/19


    MUSIC


    7:30pm OFF MY HEAD STORYTELLING

    With Ty Fance (Host/ Producer), Ashton Cynthia Clarke, Sean Ewert,
    Hana Nobel, Jonathan Tipton Meyers, Tony Zimbardi , Erica Blumfield

    Coffee Gallery Backstage

    2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena, CA 91001

    bstane@earthlink.net


    8:00pm EJ MATHEWS BAND

    Boulevard Music

    4316 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230

    310-398-2583



    DANCE


    NO EVENTS TODAY


    RECURRING EVENTS


    MUSIC


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

    second & fourth Thursday

    Jerry's Pizzeria

    22035 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA

    Andy Denes 805-368-8115 matchbookholder@yahoo.com


    7:00pm - 10:30pm BLUEGRASS THURSDAYS AT THE GRAND VIEW MARKET (JAM)

    fourth Thursday

    Grandview Market

    12210 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

    Jeff Fleck 310-773-6753 jeffreyfleck@me.com


    DANCE


    10:00am - 12:00pm INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING (THURSDAYS)

    every Thursday

    Folk Dance Center at Dancing Unlimited

    4569 30th St., San Diego, CA

    Mary Marshall


    10:15am - 1:05pm UNIVERSITY OF JUDAISM

    every Thursday

    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


    7:00pm - 11:30pm DANCE WITH DALYA

    every Thursday

    Dance for 2 Studio

    7528 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego , CA

    Dalya Dallal 858-337-3045 dalya@dancewithdalya.com


    7:30pm - 9:30pm FOOTHILL INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCERS

    every Thursday

    Community Center of La Cañada

    4469 Chevy Chase Dr., La Cañada, CA

    Jan Rayman JanRayman@charter.net


    7:30pm - 10:30pm NARODNI FOLK DANCERS

    every Thursday

    Woman's Club of Bellflower

    9402 Oak St., Bellflower, CA

    Judith 562-404-4383


    7:30pm - 10:45pm WESTWOOD CO-OP FOLK DANCERS

    every Thursday

    Felicia Mahood Senior Club

    11338 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

    310-839-1753 arm120@aol.com


    8:00pm VAN NUYS ISRAELI DANCING

    every Thursday

    Dance Revolution

    6626 Valjean Ave, Van Nuys, CA

    Sagi Azran


    8:00pm VAN NUYS ISRAELI DANCING

    every Thursday

    Dance Revolution

    6626 Valjean Ave, Van Nuys, CA

    Sagi Azran