Here's some local events courtesy of Sierra Madre Sue:
I've been frequenting the Arcadia Blues Club for over a year now, and although I was a little put out at first by the $5 cover charge on a Thursday night, the place has grown on me and I really like it. They have live music on Thurs., Fri., and Sat. nights and book some pretty big Blues acts. But Thursday night is Honky Tonk night, and Rick Shea and The Losin' End are the house band. Every week they have a guest band that plays the middle set, at around 9pm, so you're getting 2 quality acts for your money. The pool games are free and there are nightly drink specials and a full kitchen, so it's worth the price of admission! Attached is a photo of me and Chris the bartender. She is very nice and extremely efficient - one more reason I keep going back! Thank you Chris!
TONITE!!! - WED. 9/5 - MAX BUDA (formerly LOS CHUMPS featuring Chester on electric violin, Jerry on grand piano, Tedroy on bass and Sierra Madre's own Peter Burke on drums) @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 8:00pm. 626-836-5414. Full bar, great Italian food. Sort of a unique jazzy-rock kinda thing - very entertaining stuff!
9/6 - Every Thursday at the Skyebox in Montrose, Better Than Blue (Danny, Felicia, etc.) continues to host a weekly Jam Night. It runs from 8:30 PM until 12. 3710 N. Verdugo Rd. 818-249-3617. Above the Sun Palace Chinese Restaurant. http://www.betterthanblue.com/openjampage.html
THURS. 9/6 - RICK SHEA AND THE LOSIN' END @ ARCADIA BLUES CLUB, 8-11:30pm, with special guest RED MEAT do ing the middle set at 9pm. 16 E. Huntington Dr. 626-447-9349. $5 cover - goes to the guest band. N ightly beer and cocktail specials, free pool & 2 great musical acts with frequent surprise guests - what a bargain! Honky Tonk Blues & Country every Thursday nite! http://rickshea.com/
FRI. 9/7 - MARK HEFFINGTON & HIS GUITAR @ THE CLAREMONT ARTISTS AND AUTHORS WALK, 5 - 8:30pm. Three square blocks in the historic Claremont Village, centered at Bonita and Yale Avenues. FREE! 909-621-4494. Mark works at the Fret House in Covina and also does the sound at Arcadia Blues Club on Thurs. nights.
FRI. 9/7 - THE MYSTERIANS & INSECT SURFERS @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. Full bar, no cover, lots of free parking in back. Yeah - it'll probably be loud!
SAT. 9/8 - LEN @ BARRU IN MONTROSE, 8pm - 12, I think. 2265 Honolulu Ave. 818-957-8800. Full bar and kitchen. Acoustic guitar/vocal faves - Beatles, James Taylor, Paul Simon & stuff. Hope to see more of him around!
SAT. 9/8 - SNOTTY SCOTTY & THE HANKIES AT THE 1881 CLUB IN PASADENA, 9pm-ish. The current owner's 9th Anniversary Party & BBQ - starts at 6:00pm. 1881 E. Washington Blvd., near Allen Ave. 626-794-3068. Some street parking and there's a Vons parking lot next door, with access to the bar's back door.
SAT. 9/8 - DOGS @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9PM. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. Full bar, no cover, lots of free parking in back. I don't know anything about these guys - ask Tony!
SUN. 9/9 - BARRY "BIG B" BRENNER @ FIREFLY BISTRO IN SOUTH PASADENA, 11am - 2pm. 1009 El Centro. 626-441-2443. BLUES Brunch under a big breezy tent. http://www.bigbbrenner.com/
SUN. 9/9 - GRANT PARK SOFTBALL - ALL ARE WELCOME! NOT A LEAGUE - JUST FOR FUN & THE LOVE OF THE GAME! CORNER OF CORDOVA & MICHIGAN IN PASADENA, 3 BLOCKS WEST OF PCC. BATTING PRACTICE 12:30, GAME TIME ASAP. BRING YOUR GLOVE, BAT, CHAIR, ICE CHEST, ETC. EVERY SUNDAY....
SUN. 9/9 - have lunch with NEW ASTROTURF @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 1:30 - 4:30pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food in a comfy, air-conditioned setting. Bring the family!
SUN. 9/9 - TONY GILKYSON, THE EVANGENITALS, GENTLEMEN FARMERS and more @ the "GRAND OLE ECHO" in Echo Park, 5 - 9pm. Alt/Country Music & BBQ. 1822 Sunset Blvd. 213-413-8200. No cover charge. www.myspace.com/thegrandoleecho
SUN. 9/9 - THE TUMBLING TUMBLEWEEDS @ THE COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE in Altadena, 7pm, $15. 2029 N. Lake Ave. 626-398-7917. Songs from the Old West. Recently based in Sierra Madre, I'm told.
TUES. 9/11 - WRECK 'N' SOW @ THE PIKE IN LONG BEACH, 8 - 11pm. 1836 E. 4th St. 562-437-4453. Fun Bluegrass stuff w/great harmonies. With Pierre Dupuy (of Mystery Band fame) and little brother Andre', etc.
THURS. 9/13 - RICK SHEA AND THE LOSIN' END @ ARCADIA BLUES CLUB, 8-11:30pm, with special guest BUCKSWORTH do ing the middle set at 9pm. 16 E. Huntington Dr. 626-447-9349. $5 cover - goes to the guest band. N ightly beer and cocktail specials, free pool & 2 great musical acts with frequent surprise guests - what a bargain! Honky Tonk Blues & Country every Thursday nite!
FRI. 9/14 THRU SUN. 9/16 - EARTHDANCE FESTIVAL IN TEHACHAPI. "A weekend of magic, music and dance under the windmills." Bluegrass, Jazz, Rock, Blues & Folk bands, exhibits and demonstrations on wind power and water conservation, food and craft vendors, and camping. Sounds like the ultimate mud fest!
FRI. 9/14 & SAT. 9/15 - "THE SUBS" (Better Than Blue's acoustic alter ego) @ the DOCKSIDE in WEST COVINA, 7:30 - 11:30pm. 3057 E. Garvey Ave. North. Joe Velosa, Danny Hesse, Felicia Bright. Acoustic rock, soul & blues. 626-915-3474. http://www.wearethesubs.com/
SAT. 9/15 - DESERT SAGE @ BEANTOWN IN SIERRA MADRE, 8 - 11pm. 45 N. Baldwin Ave. 626-355-1596. Sandwiches, soups, sodas, coffee, pastries, etc. "Not your father's Bluegrass!"
SAT. 9/15 - A TRIBUTE TO JOHNNY CASH by TERRY LEE GOFFEE @ FARNSWORTH PARK AMPHITHEATRE IN ALTADENA, 7 - 9pm. FREE. The grand finale of their Summer concert series. 568 E. Mount Curve Ave. at the top of Lake Ave. 626-296-2103 www.altadenasheriffs.blogspot.com
SAT. 9/15 - BARRY "BIG B" BRENNER @ BARRU IN MONTROSE, 9:00pm. 2265 Honolulu Ave. 818-957-8800. Full bar and kitchen. "Blues, rags & stomps."
SAT. 9/15 - HORSES ON ASTROTURF @ GEM CITY GRILL IN MONROVIA, 9PM. 115 E. Olive Ave., just east of Myrtle. 626-358-0342. Full bar, dance floor, pool tables, no cover. Hillbilly hippie rock. Come see who THIS month's band members are!
SAT. 9/15 - LUNGBUTTER @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9ish. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. Young Mario Foresta & friends. I liked them alot when I saw them last time.
SUN. 9/16 - BARRY "BIG B" BRENNER @ FIREFLY BISTRO IN SOUTH PASADENA, 11am - 2pm. 1009 El Centro. 626-441-2443. BLUES Brunch under a big breezy tent. http://www.bigbbrenner.com/
Please remember to call and verify all info. before making plans. Everything is subject to change. This is show biz, after all.
Hope to see you out & about,
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