• PASSINGS

    Peter Romano

    (April 19, 1959 - July 25, 2019)

    By Mark Romano

    Peter RomanoMusician, contractor and sailor, Peter delighted in all of these, but he delighted mostly in those people around him. A member of, at various times, Big Red Sky, The Brilliant Gypsies, Falling Star, The Ploughboys, and Room Service, Peter left an indelible mark on the Southern California music scene.

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    Bea Romano

    (July 29, 1947-July 22, 2019)

    By Larry Wines (Acoustic Americana Guide)

    Bea RomanoIt is with heavy hearts we share word of the passing of Beatrice Platt Romano, who left us on Monday, July 22nd. If you did not know Bea, you should wish you did.

    Twice, Bea performed on CNN.

    Nobody is quite sure how many instruments Bea played. The list includes Hammered Dulcimer, Autoharp, Psaltery, Shakers, Limberjacks, and Spoons, for certain. She could jump in, without hesitation, to produce Irish jigs, reels and hornpipes, and Old Time American fiddle, rag, bluegrass and waltz tunes.

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    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    July-August 2019

    Radio – A Casual Primer

    By Art Podell

    Roots Music LogoRadio. You are a cruel mistress. At least my marriage to you seems like that sometimes. Especially on those Saturday mornings when my cell phone squawks “cock-a-doodle-do!” (I must change that) at 4:30am and I stumble in darkness for clean underwear, fumble to a dim recollection of where I laid my jeans the night before (I could swear it was only five minutes ago.) Coffee, then check the stack of CDs and the Excel playlist neatly placed on the kitchen table. Then, double-check the stack of CDs, some printed, some hastily burned from files culled from everywhere, all the time trying to stifle a wave of panic - have I missed something? I’m on the air in less than an hour and no matter how prepared I think I am, I still picture myself staring at a microphone having just introduced a song by Peter Paul and Mary yet to my horror, thousands of listeners are hearing my son David’s 1993 high school commencement recording that somehow slipped into my pile last night. Alone in a radio studio, miles from home. Nowhere to turn. Lock the door. Is suicide not an option?

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    CD REVIEWS

    TITLE: Sing With Me

    ARTIST: Tracy Newman

    LABEL: Run Along Home

    RELEASE DATE: June 21, 2019

    By Russ Paris

    Tracy Newman Sing With MeWhen I heard that Tracy Newman was coming out with another children’s CD, I was excited. It’s not that I’m particularly into children’s music, but I’ve got grandchildren and they sure know what they like. Fortunately, Tracy is a grandmother too and has transitioned her singer-songwriter energies into creating some of the most enjoyable and creative children’s albums over the past few years.

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    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.

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    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)

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    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.

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    everything but ...

    Featured at the Folk/Roots Festival

    Willy Souly will be leading an African Dance Workshop

    and featured in the Evening Concert

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    FULL CALENDAR

    MUSIC       DANCE

    TODAY'S CALENDAR 10/13/19


    MUSIC


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    10:00am-5:00pm SANTA BARBARA OLD-TIME FIDDLERS’ FESTIVAL

    Rancho La Patera & Stow House

    304 North Los Carneros Rd., Goleta, CA 93117

    805-681-7216

    Presented by Goleta Valley Historical Society 805-681-7216


    7:00pm IKES CREEK

    Coffee Gallery Backstage

    2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena, CA 91001

    626-798-6236 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



    DANCE


    NO EVENTS TODAY


    RECURRING EVENTS


    MUSIC


    9:30am - 2:30pm URBAN SOLACE BLUEGRASS BRUNCH

    every Sunday

    Urban Solace

    3823 30th St., San Diego, CA 92104

    619-295-6464


    10:30am - 12:00pm HOUSE OF IRELAND TRADITIONAL IRISH SESSION

    every Sunday

    House of Ireland

    665 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA


    12:00pm - 4:00pm BASC BLUEGRASS JAM

    second Sunday

    Vincenzo's Newhall

    24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall, CA

    Jeff Fleck 310-390-4391 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    4:00pm - 7:00pm AULD DUBLINER TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION

    every Sunday

    Auld Dubliner

    71 S Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802

    562-437-8300


    4:30pm - 7:30pm SANTA BARBARA TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION

    every Sunday

    La Arcada Bistro

    1112 State St., Santa Barbara, CA


    4:30pm - 7:00pm IRISH JAM SESSION

    every Sunday

    Dargan's Irish Pub & Restaurant

    18 E Ortega St, Santa Barbara, CA

    (805)568-0702


    7:30pm - 11:00pm O'BRIEN'S IRISH MUSIC SESSION

    every Sunday

    O'Brien's Irish Pub and Restaurant

    2226 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403

    310-829-5303 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    DANCE


    6:00pm - 9:00pm LAGUNA INTERNATIONAL DANCERS (FOLK)

    every Sunday

    Clubhouse 2

    24112 Moulton Pkwy., Laguna Woods, CA

    Miriam 949-680-9946


    7:00pm - 11:30pm NEWPORT BEACH ISRAELI DANCING

    every Sunday

    Avant Garde Ballroom

    4220 Scott Dr., Newport Beach, CA

    Yoni Carr 760-631-0802 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.