Monday, March 31, 2008

Richard Smith to perform at the Fret House

Thursday April 3rd
Richard Smith and Julie Adams
The Fret House
309 N Citrus
Covina Ca 91723
626 339 7020

Van Halen adds Reno to tour stops


Due to overwhelming fan demand, VAN HALEN announced today that they will add Reno, Nevada to their critically acclaimed North American concert tour, bringing fans one of the most successful concert tours in recent memory.

Music fans and the press have responded to VAN HALEN's 2007/2008 tour with passionate fanfare. "For more than two hours, the gods delivered," said Rolling Stone. Playboy magazine recently awarded VAN HALEN as Best Live Act of 2007 in its annual Music Poll in the March 2008 issue.

Formed in Los Angeles in 1974, the band has always been known for their electrifying live shows. From the moment they released their self-titled 1978 debut album, VAN HALEN shook the foundations of rock, thanks largely to Roth's peerless showmanship, Eddie Van Halen's revolutionary guitar virtuosity and their songwriting abilities. Their music has changed rock and roll forever.

Tickets for VAN HALEN at RENO EVENT CENTER go on sale this Sunday, March 30 at 10am at, Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone. Tickets are $149.50, $79.50 and $49.50 for reserved seating plus applicable service charges. Fans can purchase tickets for all dates at

VAN HALEN continues to team with I love All Access to bring their fans a variety of exclusive VIP Ticket Packages. For more info, go to

VAN HALEN will return to the stage at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on April 19, 2008. The band, featuring Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen and Wolfgang Van Halen, will perform a full-length concert as part of Tiger Jam XI, a fundraising event presented by AT&T and hosted by golf legend Tiger Woods. Proceeds from the event benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation.

Eddie, David, Alex, and Wolfgang said, "We heard you missed us; we're back! We rev up into high gear at Tiger Jam on the next leg of our tour."

The concert begins in style with up-and-coming R&B singer/songwriter, Ryan Shaw, at 8:30 p.m. VAN HALEN are scheduled to perform at 9:30 p.m.

Tickets are available at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Box Office and at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (Smith's Food and Drug Centers, Macy's stores and Ritmo Latino). To charge by phone with a major credit card, call the Mandalay Bay box office at (702) 632-7580 or Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000. Tickets are also available for purchase at or

About Tiger Jam and the Tiger Woods FoundationSince its creation in 1998, Tiger Jam has raised more than $11 million for the Tiger Woods Foundation and select Las Vegas based charities through its sold-out performances and one-of-a-kind auction items. Tiger Jam was created by the Tiger Woods Foundation, an organization dedicated to empowering young people to reach their maximum potential. Proceeds from previous Tiger Jams have supported Child Haven, Center for Independent Living, Greater Las Vegas Inner City Games, Boys & Girls Club of Las Vegas, GRAMMY in the Schools and The VH1 Save the Music Foundation.

Since its inception in 1996 by Tiger Woods and his father Earl, the Tiger Woods Foundation has reached an estimated 10 million young people through character development, career exploration, scholarships and grant making programs. Programs developed and supported by the Tiger Woods Foundation all share a similar mission of empowering young people to dream big and to set specific goals to achieve their dreams. Specific programs of the Foundation include the Tiger Woods Learning Center, a youth-education facility and curriculum based in Anaheim, California that will soon expand to Washington, D.C., and Tiger's Action Plan, a nationwide character development program based on Earl D. Woods' book entitled Start Something. The Tiger Woods Foundation recently launched the Fist Pump Challenge, an online program allowing young people to post videos celebrating a personal goal or achievement.

For up-to-date information about the tour and to stay completely informed, visit

Thu-Apr 17 - Reno Events Center, Reno, NV
Sat-Apr 19 - Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, NV
Tue-Apr 22 - U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
Thu-Apr 24 - American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
Sat-Apr 26 - Scottrade Center, St Louis, MO
Mon-Apr 28 - Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
Wed-Apr 30 - Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
Fri-May 02 - John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA
Mon-May 05 - RBC Center, Raleigh, NC
Wed-May 07 - Schottenstein Center, Columbus, OH
Fri-May 09 - Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ
Sun-May 11 - Gwinnett Arena, Duluth, GA
Tue-May 13 - Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ
Thu-May 15 - 1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore, MD
Sun-May 18 - Giant Center, Hershey, PA
Tue-May 20 - Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
Fri-May 23 - Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Sun-May 25 - Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, RI
Wed-May 28 - Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, NH
Fri-May 30 - Allstate Arena, Chicago, IL
Mon-June 2 - Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI

MC Lyrics Born to appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live"

The Oakland-based loquacious MC Lyrics Born is set to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Friday, April 18th, four days before his new album Everywhere At Once hits stores.

LB is a charismatic crooner, known as much for his smooth singing voice as for his smart lyrics and skilful flow. His music has made up much of our cultural landscape over the past five years, with his songs lending cred to Diet Coke and Motorola commercials, and providing the soundtrack to video games such as NBA 2K6 and Tony Hawk Proving Ground. Other tracks have appeared on a variety of shows, everything from Entourage to Gossip Girls.

With Everywhere At Once, Lyrics Born steps to his true talent, forgoing the traditional drum machine and sampling routes in favor of recording with a live band. The result is a record filled with real grooves: danceable pop, R n B flavored hip hop and songs that are more funk than gangsta.

Early reviewers are raving:

"A near-perfect party record...propelled by sweet soul melodies and rumbling funk grooves reminiscent of the Gap Band and the Ohio Players. Though LB detours into weightier subjects like mortality and racial stereotypes, it's his crunchy, unstoppable beats that will have you coming back from more." - MOTHER JONES

"On his second solo album, he sounds transformed - festive and celebratory, his smarts undiminished." - VIBE MAGAZINE

"Tokyo-born MC Lyrics Born spits his rhymes with the intensity of indie peers like Aesop Rock and Akrobatik, but his new album funks around like a preserved Sly Stone tinkering around on an iBook. Everywhere At Once seems destined for crossover success: it melds Snoop Dogg's mellow vibes with George Clinton's classic P-funk and Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion) released it."
"As an MC, his word choice and focus on the physical characteristics of language - alliteration, assonance, etc. - remains unrivalled....his lyrics are intelligent and noble, but he still knows how have fun, and bring his music to a bounce." -SIGNAL TO NOISE

DeVotchKa to tour with Marianne Faithful

DeVotchKa are currently readying the Mad and Faithful tour, which begins next week in Manchester England. After nearly three weeks abroad, DeVotchKa will begin the U.S leg of the tour with an appearance at the prestigious Coachella Valley Arts and Music festival, followed by a month of touring across the States.

DeVotchKa Mad and Faithful in Europe
Friday, April 4 Manchester, UK Academy 2
Saturday, April 5 Dublin, IRE Crawdaddy
Sunday, April 6 Glasgow, SCO King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
Monday, April 7 Newcastle Upon, UK Academy 2 Newcastle
Tuesday, April 8 Birmingham, UK Academy 2 Birmingham
Wednesday, April 9 London, UK Scala
Friday, April 11 Rotterdam, Hol Rotown
Saturday, April 12 Amsterdam, Hol Melkweg
Sunday, April 13 Paris, FR Café de la Danse
Monday, April 14 Zurich, SWI Abart Music Club
Tuesday, April 15 Istanbul, TUR Garaj Istanbul
Wednesday, April 16 Copenhagen, DEN Vega
Thursday, April 17 Berlin, GER Tacheles
Friday, April 18 Cologne, GER Underground
Saturday, April 19 Brussels, BEL Ancienne Belgique
Sunday, April 20 Nigmegen, HOL Doornroosje

Mad and Faithful Tour U.S
Saturday, April 26 Indio, CA Coachella
Monday April 28 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
Tuesday April 29 Eugene, OR McDonald Theatre
Wednesday April 30 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
Friday, May 2 Vancouver, BC Richard on Richards
Saturday May 3 Seattle, WA Showbox Sodo
Sunday, May 4 Boise, ID The Big Easy
Wednesday May 7 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Thursday, May 8 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall
Friday, May 9 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre
Saturday, May 10 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue
Sunday, May 11 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
Tuesday, May 13 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
Wednesday, May 14 Ashville, NC Orange Peel
Thursday, May 15 Richmond, VA Toads Place
Friday, May 16 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Saturday, May 17 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore at TLA
Sunday, May 18 Boston, MA Paradise
Tuesday, May 20 New York, NY Terminal 5
Wednesday, May 21 Pittsburgh, PA Diesel Club Lounge
Thursday, May 22 Newport, KY Southgate House
Friday, May 23 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
Saturday, May 24 Omaha, NE Slowdown

Upcoming concerts around California from Live Nation

On Sale Now
Mason JenningsBrett DennenMissy Higgins

Barnum Hall Theatre
May 14 & 15

Update from Concerts at Bodie House

Hello everyone!

I have lots of very exciting news to share with you... We have several new shows coming up, a new venue we are holding shows at, and a new My Space page!

First of all, the shows:
April 12 at 8PM John Batdorf with James Lee Stanley and Bill Batstone (further info at the end of this email)
April 26 at 8PM Jim Photoglo
May 16 at 4PM and 8PM Jonathan Edwards

Which brings us to a very exciting announcement - one of our concert guests is the director of the Thousand Oaks Library, and asked us to present a concert series in their 200 seat room adjacent to the library. This room is really great -- it has a beautiful stage, and they are getting a brand new sound system! It will be "Concerts at the Bodie House presents at the Thousand Oaks Library"....So, we are very happy to announce that our first concert in this new venue will be:

April 25 at 8PM Joel Rafael "Thirteen Stories High" CD Release Party with special guest Jamaica Rafael - at the Thousand Oaks Library (Grant R. Brimhall Library), 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.
The Joel Rafael show will be Co-sponsored with Russ & Julie's House Concerts

Please visit our brand new My Space page at Come say hi and be our friend!

in Agoura Hills

John Batdorf with James Lee Stanley and Bill Batstone
Saturday, April 12, 2008 8PM

Donation: $15 (All proceeds go to the musicians)
Dessert/Appetizer Bar (food contributions appreciated)
RSVP:818-621-8309 or
(Directions given upon RSVP)

Although they first met in high school in Hollywood, CA, John Batdorf and Mark Rodney got musically together in the mystical desert of Las Vegas, Nevada in September 1970. Both John and Mark had tired of the Los Angeles scene and were both interested in the new music revolution of the 70s....acoustic music! They re-connected in Las Vegas and started playing acoustic guitars together.

They were both heavily in the new sound of Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Neil Young, James Taylor, and Simon & Garfunkel. After 3 months, they had conquered Las Vegas and had enough originals to head back to Los Angeles. By a magic coincidence, Ahmet Ertegun was in Los Angeles and offered to audition them. He immediately signed them to Atlantic Records and produced them himself in legendary Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

The group eventually recorded three albums on Atlantic, Asylum, and Arista Records. They toured for 5 years with groups like Bread, The Youngbloods, Loggins and Messina, Three Dog Night, Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Seals and Crofts, and every group from that era.

Batdorf and Rodney were actually before groups like America, Seals and Crofts, and Dan Fogelberg. They were always considered a major influence of that sound. John has recently released 2 solo CDs. This evening will be an evening of new tunes, Batdorf & Rodney tunes, and All Wood and Stones.

4/12/08 Batdorf & Rodney 8PM4/25/08 Joel Rafael with special guest Jamaica Rafael 8PM - CD Release Party
Thousand Oaks Library (Grant R. Brimhall Library)
4/26/08 Jim Photoglo 8PM
5/16/08 Jonathan Edwards 4PM & 8PM
7/19/08 Kathrin Shorr & Crosby Loggins 8PM
8/23/08 StoneHoney 8PM
10/4/08 David LaMotte 8PM
11/1/08 The Refugees 8PM


4/5/08 Stevie Coyle 8PM - at Russ & Julie's House Concerts - to RSVP, and for directions,please contact Russ & Julie at:

5/3/08 Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan - at Noble House Concerts - to RSVP, email or call (818) 780-5979

Renee Bodie
Concerts at the Bodie House
Vice-President, Folk Alliance Region West
Conference Coordinator
5th Annual Regional Conference October 24-26, 2008 Phoenix, AZ
Cumulus Presents, Inc
Kate Wolf Festival June 27 - 29, 2008

Barry Big B Brenner performing this week

Barry Big B Brenner ::: this week at :::


Puka Bar
April 4th – 9pm to Midnight
Exotic Lounge & Tropical Libations... Get Your Tiki Torched!
710 West Willow Street


Firefly Bistro
April 5th & 6th – 11am to 2pm
Superb Soul Vittles served up under a BIG Circus Day Tent!
1009 El Centro Street

Read 2 BIG BLUES BRUNCH Reviews in the Pasadena Weekly:



For a Complete List of Big B’s Upcoming Shows,
Go to...

Friday, March 28, 2008

End o' week musings

Ahhhhh sweet Friday! It means two days of something more completely different! But I digress....

Last Friday my friend, Cindy, who is a sewing wiz, went with me to the Pasadena Playhouse to see "Mask." Even though I had seen previews, I must admit I was slightly skeptical of it being turned into a musical- but it worked! And it was fantastic! The cast was good, the voices were strong, the sets were interesting. I would definitely recommend this show for an evening out.

Saturday I had my exercise classes and then ran errands and cleaned house. OK, not too exciting, but these things must be done. Especially when I had plans to go to church in the morning with my friends. The sermon at Calvary Chapel in La Mirada was moving and also funny. My favorite part was when the pastor told the congregation that anyone who thought Easter chocolate and candy was pagan, they should feel free to donate it to the church and he would be happy to eat it, afterall, God made chocolate for us to enjoy!

On Monday Zaynah and I met with our former dance teacher Shahira at El Ranchero in Claremont. The venue has a great happy hour with really good drink specials and yummy appetizers. Two margaritas and a plateful of Mexican munchies later we parted happily, vowing to meet up there again soon.

Last night I trekked out to Mr. T's Bowl in Highland Park to see Brian Kenny Fresno. I was feeling sad for him when I walked in because the place was on the empty side, but by the time Frenso hit the stage there was a good-sized crowd. The audience really got into his show and I had the honor of being the official "raisin girl" of the night, in charge of passing the chalice of raisins to his fans.

It was also a Flotsam night, which meant a range of different acts, with a raffle in between each one. I'm strangely lucky with raffles and won a kitchy jewelry box decorated with cactus, a man snoozing in a sombrero and the word Mexico. It's really cute and I put it on display in my living room.

Tonight I will be heading out to the Pasadena Museum of History for a soiree for people who have been featured in its recent exhibit, "The Purse and the Person." I'm in the slideshow. The show closes this Sunday, so if you want to see me, plus all the other cool stuff on display, visit for information.

Tomorrow I'm off to exercise and dance practice and Sunday I will be going with my family to the Wisteria Festival in Sierra Madre. My friends Aluminum Marshmallow and the Age of Aquarius Horns are playing in Memorial Park at 3 p.m. You should check them out if you can. The entire event is free and includes art, music, food, vendors and lots o' fun.

Next week my big day will be Friday, when Zaynah and I will be dancing at 1st Friday Art Night at McGinty's Gallery at the End of the World in Altadena. There will be exhibits by more than 30 artists from all over California, live music, a DJ, belly dancing (that's us), food and more. All for only $5! 7 p.m.-1 a.m. April 4. For directions and more, visit

Lastly, I have to brag. I often describe Atticus, my faithful Jack Russell terrier, as a little dog in search of big adventure and sometimes adventure finds him. Perhaps this isn't quite his idea of an adventure, but Atti has been named Pet of the Month by Bamboo pet products and I think that's pretty cool. You can see his photo and read about him by visiting and then signing up for the newsletter.

Bamboo even sent Atticus a prize! I already know what it is because I accidentally opened it (his name wasn't on the package) - he received three fun toys and a very soft blanket. I'm going to keep them all in the box and surprise him with the gift!

Photos we got 'em: Submitted for your approval, I am sharing two photos from my friend Roc (could this be the real Easter bunny?), two pet pix that made me grin and a photo of my friend Sabrina with her son Lucian in New Zealand.

In rotation this week: "The Little Mermaid" soundtrack, I Am Ghost, Lillian Axe, Graham Russell, Offspring, Queen, Sligo Rags and Brian May's "Back to the Light."

Thought of the week: Letting go can make a huge difference in your life. Lately I've been relating the story of my struggle over a friendship that has soured. In the process, I have discovered that it is true- when God closes a door, he opens a window. I have been letting go of this relationship, one sec, let me clarify - I had already cut it off, but my emotions were still a mess... Any way, a new friend has come into my life, who makes me feel special and wonderful. We have the best talks and laugh and just get along great! The strangest thing is that over the past week friends and co-workers have all been commenting that I look better (some say younger even!) and my voice sounds better. Could all that negativity been weighing me down that much? Perhaps. The more I have let go, the more I feel lifted. Parting is not necessarily such sweet sorrow....

Keep on rockin'

Win a chat with actor Malcolm McDowell

World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation (World Wide) announced that it has launched a new contest in anticipation of Golden Globe-nominee Malcolm McDowell’s upcoming film, Red Roses and Petrol. World Wide is asking McDowell’s fans to create short videos expressing how much they appreciate the actor’s extensive body of work. The videos must be shorter than five minutes and should be submitted via upload onto the Red Roses and Petrol YouTube group at:

The winner of the contest’s grand prize will receive a private, 10-minute telephone chat with McDowell, a Red Roses and Petrol poster autographed by McDowell, and a copy of the official Red Roses and Petrol shooting script signed by cast members. Runners-up will win an autographed poster and production memorabilia. The submission deadline is Sunday, April 27, at 11:59 p.m. EST. For complete contest details and rules, visit

“Because we have received so much interest in the film, largely because of Malcolm’s involvement, we felt that reaching out to the vast internet audience would not only help get the word out about this wonderful little film, but also provide a rare opportunity for long-time fans of Malcolm McDowell to interact personally with this award-winning actor,” offers Paul Hancock, CEO of World Wide.

McDowell is one of the most recognized and respected UK actors working in Hollywood and around the world. His career in television and film spans four decades, and he is just as busy now as he was when he first rose to fame in the late 1960s, starring in Lindsay Anderson’s legendary films If… (1968) and O Lucky Man! (1973). The movie that catapulted his successful career was Stanley Kubrick’s infamous A Clockwork Orange (1971). Recently, the performer has appeared in recurrent pivotal roles on NBC’s “Heroes” and HBO’s “Entourage” and co-starred in Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007) and Doomsday (2008). Later this year, he will be featured in the mini-series “War and Peace” and “Coco Chanel.”

Red Roses and Petrol begins its roll-out in the United States on Friday, June 13. The dark comedy explores the complex dynamics of love, life, and the loss of a family member with delightfully scathing humor and surprising plot twists. Amidst a haze of cigarette smoke, uneaten food and enough whiskey to sink a ship, the family of Enda Doyle (McDowell) gathers in Dublin for their patriarch’s eventful wake. A university librarian, poet and rascal, Enda’s legacy includes a trail of unresolved issues, a dysfunctional family, and a disturbing mystery.

Based on award-winning Irish playwright Joseph O’Connor’s celebrated stage drama, Red Roses and Petrol is directed by Tamar Simon Hoffs. McDowell’s tour-de-force performance as the roguish Enda Doyle is complemented by a talented ensemble cast that includes Max Beesley (Hotel Babylon), Heather Juergensen (Kissing Jessica Stein), Greg Ellis (Pirates Of The Caribbean), Susan Lynch (Waking Ned Devine), Olivia Tracey (Lucky You), and Catherine Farrell.

Founded in 1977, World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation is a diversified company with shareholders throughout the world and is primarily involved in the development, financing, production and distribution of feature films, documentaries, short subjects, industrials and television productions. World Wide’s industry executives and board members have produced, distributed and consulted on a wide variety of film and television projects, earning Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, and prizes from world film festivals.

Darren Butler to lead Patio to Plate workshop

From Patio to Plate: Small-Space Gardening and Seasonal Cooking

Has lack of space prevented you from growing your own veggies, fruit and herbs? Think again! During this innovative workshop, gardening expert Darren Butler will introduce ingenious methods for growing edibles in spaces as small as a windowsill. We'll cover container gardening, growing requirements of suitable herbs and veggies, soil management, and all the tools needed to start growing your own edibles.

Then you'll learn what it really means to Eat with the Seasons. Natural foods chef Christy Morgan will teach you all the elements of Seasonal Cooking, so you're able to take your veggies straight from your patio to your plate. You'll leave this workshop with delicious, cholestrol-free recipes that your whole family will enjoy! After the cooking demonstration we'll enjoy a light meal of seasonal edibles we make in class.

This workshop is one-of-a-kind! Contact us if you'd like to host a future workshop at your house!

Presented by Christy Morgan & Darren Butler
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Los Angeles/Echo Park near the Glendale/Union Exit of the 101 Freeway

Pre-registration is required! Enrollment is limited, so don't wait!

Early Registration, payment received a week or more in advance, $65
Regular registration, $80
Gardening class only, $30
Cooking class only, $45

Call or Email us to sign up!
Send payment to Darren Butler, PO Box 920434, Sylmar CA 91392-0434
Credit cards accepted at; please contact me for details

Check out our websites at , , and

Jim Curry in concert next week

John Denver music returns with Jim Curry’s North American Dream Tour.

Theatres are selling out as the “Dream Tour” hits town. Jim Curry and his band are delivering a stunning tribute to the music of John Denver.

Ontario, CA: Jim Curry will be performing his “Dream Tour” concert, which first played last October in Aspen Colorado then played 30 shows in Arizona during the month of January and is now beginning it’s run in California with the first show in Ontario on April 5th. At the Ontario Nazarene Church, at 1311 W. Fifth Street, at 7:00pm. Concert will benefit the Point Loma Nazarene College.

Call or email to reserve your tickets:
(909) 987-9355

More Information can be found on

Learn more about music in the bathroom

The Bathroom Reader’s Institute (BRI) and Portable Press announced today the release of a melodious new addition to its best-selling Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader series, Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges into Music. This compilation of tuneful tales is the perfect gift for music lovers everywhere.

What do Franz Liszt, Louis Armstrong, Woody Guthrie, and Elvis Presley have in common? What’s the story behind the birth of the banjo and the Stradivarius violin? Why did disco happen? Who are the punk princesses? These are just a few of the questions answered in Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges into Music. Filled with more than 500 pages of facts, trivia, stories about the world’s musicians, instruments, songs, and more, this endlessly exciting plunge dips into the rich history of music. From Boogie-Woogie to Beethoven, from Prince to Pavarotti, from the bards of Broadway to the rebels of Rock ‘n’ Roll, it’s all here.

“Uncle John loves rock, but he also loves classical, rap, jazz, country, blues, and opera. So the dedicated staff at the BRI plunged into music of all styles and put together this jam-packed volume,” says Uncle John himself. “In these pages you'll find quotes, lists, origins, trivia, urban legends, behind-the-scenes stories, and loads of lost lore, but all with a musical twist.”

Pump up the volume and read about:

…The history of Motown, muzak, and marching bands.

… The birth of instruments from the electric guitar and the the didgeridoo and the hurdy-gurdy.

… The stories behind popular songs like "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider," "Shiny Happy People," "Tutti Frutti," and "Whole Lotta Love.”

…Origins of karaoke, rap music, and the cha cha cha.

… Musical facts, feuds, fads, and flubs.

For two decades Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader has been a family favorite, and this newest edition is sure to be an instant classic. Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges into Music is available wherever fine books are sold at the publisher’s suggested retail price of $17.95.

Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader series is one of the longest-running, most popular humor collections in the publishing industry. With more than 7 million copies in print, Uncle John taps into a vast resource of hidden readers – the 66 percent who admit to reading in the bathroom. That’s why Uncle John’s Bathroom Readers have been a must-order for book and gift stores worldwide for two decades. For more information about the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader series visit

Shimmy Showcase Sundays are back

GREETINGS to Dancers and Friends of the Sunday evening SHIMMY SHOWCASE!

Everyone is invited to come out, have a cup of Java, munch on something yummy and enjoy some really great dancing FOR FREE!

Below is our upcoming schedule for the next several Sundays at the Coffee Haven Internet Cafe in Long Beach. If you are a dancer interested in performing at an upcoming showcase, we still have openings on April 6 and beyond! Please check out the schedule below for open dates and then email us at
with the dates on which you'd like to perform.

The SHIMMY SHOWCASE begins at 7 p.m. at the COFFEE HAVEN in Long Beach (1708 E. Broadway -- 562-437-3785).


March 30: Please join us for a very special evening at the Coffee Haven as we celebrate Shimmy Showcase’s 5th Anniversary and the coming of Spring. Shimmy Showcase co-founders Katerina and Alexiis proudly present troupe Ban Dal!

April 6: The theme for the night is "Red Hot" and your coordinator Xandra will take you through an evening of sizzling performances by Kamar, Delilah, Meryem Vani, Abraiha, Henrietta, and Karina.

April 13: Coordinator Katherine the Great brings you the lovely mother-daughter duet of Renata & Debra to entertain you this evening. If you’d like to join in the fun, please contact us at

April 20: Coordinator Saviya, Yasmin, and the Om Sisters will shimmy across Coffee Haven’s magic carpet to entertain you. If you’d like to be part of this enchanted group, please contact us at

April 27: Alexiis will be accompanied by her talented students in a dazzling rendition of American Tribal style bellydancing. They will be joined by Melaina and other dancers to be determined. If you’d like to be one of them, please contact us ( to perform!

May 4: Saviya will be your coordinator, and she seeks dancers for this first Sunday in May . If you’d like to be one of them, please contact Saviya or email us at

May 11: Your coordinator Alexiis has selected the perfect theme for the day--“The Great Goddesses.” Whether you are a creative dancing goddess or a beautiful mother goddess, we hope you'll join Alexiis, Meryem Vani, and the Hipsey Gypsies at Coffee Haven to celebrate this special day honoring all mothers. If you'd like to perform, please contact Alexiis or email us at soon!

May 18: NO SHOWCASE—It’s Gay Pride Day in Long Beach and the parking is many times worse than usual! We’ve found it’s better to take this night off and prepare for the big Memorial Day weekend Shimmyshowcase. See you then!

Please allow time for parking to avoid missing any of the fun, so be sure to be at the coffee house well before 7:00 PM. We try not to start the show until everyone has settled with a tasty beverage.

for additional information, please visit our website at:

We look forward to seeing you soon at the Sunday Shimmyshowcase!

For Schedule, go to or email

Scat artist JD Walter to perform at Jazz Bakery Monday

What: Scat sensation JD Walter brings his unique sound and world-class musicians to Los Angeles for his U.S. west coast debut

When: Monday, March 31, 2008. Show times at 8:00 & 9:30 PM

Where: The Jazz Bakery, 3233 Helms Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

JD Walter
JD Walter is a jazz singer's singer – a purist and an innovator. Although his style has been compared to many vocal titans, it is in the same breath, uniquely his own, and he has become a singular phenomenon on the music scene.

"The guy is like an instrument… a phenomenon." ~ soprano saxophonist Dave Liebman, with whom Walter collaborated on his critically acclaimed second CD, Clear Day

"The really important thing is that starting from the first sound, JD captures the listeners' attention and from that point, they completely belong to him." ~ Maria Panteleyeva, Poinyl Jazz Report, Nizhniy Novogorod, Russia

Pianist Orrin Evans has been playing with the Charles Mingus Big Band for the past four years. He has toured with such diverse talents as Roy Hargrove, Wallace Roney, Stefon Harris, Antonio Hart, Dave Douglas and Sean Jones, whose latest release Kaleidoscope was produced by Evans on Mack Avenue Records.

"The clear-cut best pianist of his time..." ~ Hot House Magazine

"A poised artist with an impressive template of ideas at his command" ~ New York Times

Drummer Justin Faulkner, a sixteen-year-old wunderkind is becoming well known in NYC and beyond by landing gigs with such notables as Branford Marsalis at the tender age of 15. He has studied with many notable musicians/drummers, including Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Dennis Chambers and Christian McBride. He has performed with Bootise Barnes, Jimmy Heath, Ravi Coltrane, Victor and RoyEl "Future Man" Wooten, Duane Eubanks, Bobby McFerrin and James Moody.

Sligo Rags is on the road

Sligo Rags in concert

Friday, April 4, 2008 9:00 pm
Auld Irisher
Show starts at 9:00pm
1547 W. Katella Ave (Stadium Promenade)
Orange, CA 92867

Saturday, April 5, 2008
SongTree concert in Santa Barbara
The Song Tree concert series takes place at the Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Congregation's Fellowship Hall in Goleta, California, just northwest of Santa Barbara. 820 N. Fairview Avenue in Goleta.

Sunday, April 6, 2008
catch Dave w/Stuart Martz at the Etiwanda Roadhouse in Cucamonga
Etiwanda Roadhouse
12583 Highland Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739-9677
Phone: (909) 899-1016
6-9 PM

Friday, April 11, 2008 9:30 pm
9:30pm - 1:30am
Ireland's 32
13721 Burbank Blvd
Van Nuys, CA

Saturday, April 12, 2008
UC San Diego Campus
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
UC San Diego's Cultural Celebration: The Tradition Turns 30!
Thurgood Marshall College

Saturday, April 12, 2008 7:00 pm
The Coffee Gallery Backstage
2029 N. LakeAltadena, Ca. 91001
Reservations/Information: (626) 398-7917
The show begins at 7 PM
Tickets are $18.00

Sunday, April 13, 2008 2:00 pm
Courtyard Concert at Muldoon's in Newport Beach
202 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach
949. 640. 4110

Saturday, April 26, 2008 11:00 am
11-3 Seal Beach Car Show and Street Fair
Main Street in Seal Beach

Friday, May 2, 2008 6:30 pm
Bella Terra Amphitheatre in Huntington Beach
At the Bella Terra Shopping area quad,
Bella Terra Ave, in Huntington Beach

Sunday, May 4, 2008
Dana Point 2nd Annual Cultural Arts Day

Another Black Day to tour and release debut effort

ANOTHER BLACK DAY, one of hard-rock's fastest rising acts, is proud to announce their inclusion in the upcoming KNOW YOUR ENEMY TOUR. Headlined by hard-rock mainstays, DROWNING POOL, the tour also features BIELER BROS. RECORDS label mates NONPOINT (select dates) and Tennessee's EGYPT CENTRAL.

Dates for the run are as follows:
04.9.2008 : Jackson, Mississippi at Club Fire w/ Drowning Pool
04.10.2008 : Ft Walton, Florida at The Swamp w/ Drowning Pool
04.11.2008 : Tallahassee, Florida at Floyds Music Store w/ Drowning Pool
04.12.2008 : Goose Creek, South Carolina at The Dive w/ Drowning Pool
04.14.2008 : Augusta, Georgia at Club 1102 w/ Drowning Pool
04.16.2008 : Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania at Wilkes Barre Hardware Bar w/ Drowning Pool
04.17.2008 : Atlantic City, New Jersey at Club Harlem Ballroom@HOB w/ Drowning Pool
04.18.2008 : Poughkeepsie, New York at The Chance w/ Drowning Pool
04.19.2008 : Albany, New York at Northern Lights w/ Drowning Pool
04.20.2008 : Hartford, Connecticut at Webster Theatre w/ Drowning Pool
04.22.2008 : Baltimore, Maryland at Recher Theatre w/ Drowning Pool
04.23.2008 : Norfolk, Virginia at Norva w/ Drowning Pool
04.24.2008 : Chester, West Virginia at Chrome Nightclub w/ Drowning Pool
04.25.2008 : Flint, Michigan at Machine Shop w/ Drowning Pool
04.29.2008 : Colorado Springs, Colorado at Black Sheep w/ Drowning Pool
04.30.2008 : Denver, Colorado at Gothic w/ Drowning Pool
05.11.2008 : Biloxi, Mississippi at Thunders Tavern w/ Drowning Pool
05.14.2008 : Greenville, South Carolina at Handlebar w/ Drowning Pool

After becoming one of the most played tracks of 2007 on KBPI in Denver, ANOTHER BLACK DAY's epic, first single, "WICKED SOUL" has begun to stake its claim in 2008 by amassing several adds at top rock stations such as WRIF in Detroit, WJRR in Orlando, WIIL in Chicago, KISW in Seattle and many, many others. Powered by the early support of several of active-rock's biggest stations, "WICKED SOUL" has continued to leapfrog up the charts on the Mediabase Weekly Active-Rock Chart.

In addition to its early support from radio, ANOTHER BLACK DAY has been no stranger to floods of fan support, having "WICKED SOUL" destroy bands such as Neurosonic and Sick Puppies in head-to-head phone battles. Most recently, "WICKED SOUL" was pitted in a battle with radio favorite, RED's new single, "ALREADY OVER" on the nationally syndicated HARDDRIVE RADIO. "WICKED SOUL" wasted no time showing why it is building a buzz as a sure-fire hit, grabbing an early lead in the week long battle and defeating RED by over a 60% margin of victory.

ANOTHER BLACK DAY will release their self-titled debut through BIELER BROS. RECORDS on MAY 20th 2008

Upcoming concerts around California from Live Nation

On Sale Friday, March 28 at 10 AM:
with special guest
November 8
The Wiltern

Dame Grease to release effort in May

Multi-platinum producer DAME GREASE preps May 27th release of "GOONMUSIK" via a joint effort between Babygrande Records and Vacant Lot

Dame Grease, the renowned producer behind hits from the likes of Jay-Z, T.I., The Lox, The Diplomats & many more, has channeled his gritty and aggressive stylings into the long awaited inaugural release, "Goon Musik.” A hard-hitting collection of street-ready anthems, “Goon Musik” both pays tribute to the early nineties New York street-inflected hip-hop that spawned illustrious careers from the likes of Mobb Deep, The Wu-Tang Clan and many more, and puts New York back on the map as a hotbed of flourishing hardcore street talent.

A truly novel concept album (and first of a budding franchise), “Goon Musik” not only features Grease on the boards for all thirteen tracks, but also introduces him as a veritable force on the mic, alongside “The Goon Squad” (a pairing between Meeno, Tanya “T6” and NY’s renowned “Lenox Ave Boyz”), Max B. and more.

Dame Grease’s “Goon Musik” hits stores May 27th, 2008!

Epitaph artists at Bamboozle Left

Epitaph Records will represent at 2008’s Bamboozle Left in Irvine, CA on April 5th & 6th and the Bamboozle Festival in East Rutherford, NJ on May 3rd & 4th with an amazing lineup that includes punk rock veterans The Bouncing Souls, Hot Water Music and Street Dogs, the perennial favorites Motion City Soundtrack, Story of the Year and Escape The Fate, and the red-hot newcomers Farewell, Our Last Night and Sing It Loud.

Epitaph Records’ Bamboozled Lineup: (Set Times Are TBD)

Bamboozle Left (Irvine, CA) – April 5th & 6th: The Bouncing Souls, Escape The Fate, Hot Water Music, Our Last Night, Story of the Year, Street Dogs

Bamboozle (East Rutherford, NJ) – May 3rd & 4th: The Bouncing Souls, Farewell, Motion City Soundtrack, Sing It Loud, Street Dogs

The Bouncing Souls:
New Jersey’s own battle-scarred Bamboozle veterans The Bouncing Souls continue their stint of non-stop touring in support of their 2006 release The Gold Record. The group will also be heading out on this summer’s Warped Tour from July 16th – July 25th.

Escape The Fate:
Las Vegas’ outrageous rockers recently put to bed rumors regarding their uncertain future plans by announcing work on a new album and the temporary addition of Bless the Fall’s ex-vocalist Craig Mabbitt. Their second show ever with the new singer will be one of the most anticipated performances of the festival.

Touring in support of their debut release, Isn’t This Supposed To Be Fun!?, the North Carolina power-poppers are riding high on what Alternative Press has called “an instantly infectious collection of pop-punk tracks destined to become Classics in their own right.”

Hot Water Music:
Known for helping shape the post-hardcore movement in the mid-90’s and influencing bands like Against Me!, the Gainesville, FL-based group is continuing their mini-tour reunion in support of their new collection of B-sides and rarities, Till the Wheels Fall Off.

Motion City Soundtrack:
New York Times best sums up the Minnesotan power-pop group’s new album, Even If It Kills Me, when they said “the best songs on the new Motion City Soundtrack album arrive like mousetraps, baited and primed and ready to snap.” With the success of their new single and video for “It Had To Be You,” MCS are breaking into the mainstream with their brand of “near-perfect punk-pop” (Newsday). Fans can catch the contagious new grooves this spring when MCS tours with Panic At The Disco.

Our Last Night:
Epitaph’s melodic-screamo newcomers have been making waves across the country with the recent release of their debut album, The Ghosts Among Us, which features the fan favorite track “Recovery.” The Hollis, NH natives are currently trekking across the US on tour with Alesana, Love Hate Hero and The Chariot.

Sing It Loud:
Epitaph’s newest signing and Motion City Soundtrack protégés Sing It Loud will release a new EP on April 1st that will only be available for digital download and at the band’s upcoming shows. The EP will play as a teaser to the group’s recently recorded full length debut, which is due out this fall. Sing It Loud’s surging style of fun, vibrant power-pop has helped build massive buzz across the country with their blissfully contagious brand of pop rock and their boisterous live shows.

Story of the Year:
St. Louis’ hard rock heavyweights recently released the monster hit single, “Wake Up,” from their forthcoming album, The Black Swan (in-stores April 22nd), and the response has been massive. Guaranteed to be one of the biggest draws at Bamboozle, SOTY’s momentum is steamrolling forward as they prepare the headline this summer’s Warped Tour.

Street Dogs:
New England’s beloved punk rock quintet and legends-in-the-making Street Dogs are currently wrapping recording on their Hellcat debut, which is set for release this summer. Mike McColgan and crew will be giving fans a preview of the new material this spring on their tour with Anti-Flag. Catch the union backers this summer on Warped Tour.

For More Information:

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Support local music at Mr. T's Bowl

Mr T's Bowl
5621 1/2 N. Figueroa St
at Ave 57
in Highland Park

Thur April 3rd
9:00 - Squeezebox Sam and the Men With No Name
9:45 - Deepakalypse
10:30 - The Grizzly Owls
11:15 - The Kris Special
12:00 - Lynda Kay
No cover

Fri April 4th
10pm: Shiloe
10:45pm: El Olio Wolof
1130pm: Rademacher
12:15am: The Monolators
No cover

Sat April 5th
The Gears 30th Anniversary party
GEARS- 11:00-11:45
PRIMADONNA- 10:20-10:50
SCRID HUNTERS- 9:45-10:10

Sun April 6th
"Evening with Ollin"
Ollin playing ALL night with some VERY special on stage guests

Mon April 7th
Abe Lincoln Story Monday Residency in April
Adam Marsland Chaos Band 9:pm
Abe Lincoln Story 10:00pm
and friends...
No Cover

Tue April 8th
T-bowl Tuesdays
Kids of Widney high and friends...
no cover

Wed April 9th
Izzy Cox 9pm
Squeezebox Sam and the Men With No Name 9:45
Matt Crane / Joe Baiza / Steve Reid / Adam Diller 10:30pm
No cover

Thur April 10th
Codpice 2nd Thursdays every month
this month with...Codpiece
The Natural Disasters
and more TBA
No cover

Colgate-Palmolive launches Max Fresh Video Music Competition

Artists hoping to become a household name no longer have to wait on long audition lines or move to Hollywood in search of an agent to get their shot at stardom. Unsigned talent can take their voices to the web by competing in a new online talent search hosted by Colgate-Palmolive, the makers of Colgate® Max Fresh® toothpaste, and MySpace TV.

From now through April 14, artists nationwide can showcase their vocal talent online in the ‘Max Fresh® Video Music Competition’ by uploading video auditions at

Eligible contestants must submit a track from the contest’s list of 15 contemporary songs in order to qualify. Entries will be open for public voting beginning April 15, and finalists will be selected based on the top five entries garnering the most votes. To declare this year’s winner, finalists will be judged by a celebrity panel featuring Grammy® award-winning songwriter and producer, Bryan-Michael Cox, Tito el Bambino, popular Latin singer/songwriter, and Danyel Smith, Editor-In-Chief of Vibe magazine.

The winner of this year’s Max Fresh® Video Music Competition will participate in a professional recording session and video production, featuring an original song written and produced by Bryan-Michael Cox, and the opportunity to perform their original song at the All-Access Lounge - the pre-party to Z100 FM’s Jingle Ball, one of New York City’s most popular concert events.

Commenting on his role as a judge and the opportunity to work with undiscovered talent, Bryan-Michael Cox said: “Standing out in the industry is an incredibly difficult task. I decided to partner with Colgate® Max Fresh® because the contest gives us a way to find fresh new talent from across the country and the online entry makes it easy for the contestants to share an audition video with a wide audience. It’s the first time I’ve ever written a song without knowing who will end up singing it. That creates an element of excitement for me in addition to finding a fresh voice.”

Spencer Pingel, General Manager of Oral Care at Colgate-Palmolive, added: “The Colgate® Max Fresh® brand is proud to partner with MySpaceTV to hold this online talent search. The Max Fresh® Video Music Competition will create an interactive, online forum of musical talent, allow our aspiring contestants to share their audition video with a wide, receptive audience, and best of all, grant our winner an opportunity of a lifetime.”

Eligible contestants must comply with all the contest rules stated on the competition website

Max Fresh® Video Music Competition Schedule:
§ Video audition online submissions: Now – April 14
§ Voting by MySpace registered users: April 15 – April 27
§ Celebrity panel judge top 5 submissions: May 12 – May 25
§ Winner reveal: May 26

About Colgate® Max Fresh®
Colgate® Max Fresh® is the only whitening toothpaste packed with thousands of mini breath strips that instantly dissolve in an intense rush of icy refreshment, for a brighter smile and breath that will be fresh for hours. You can find Max Fresh® toothpaste in refreshing varieties such as Cool Mint, Clean Mint, Kiss Me Mint and Electric Mint.

About Colgate-Palmolive
Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Mennen, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, Elmex, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, and Suavitel, as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet pet foods. For more information about Colgate's global business, visit the Company's website at

Violens embark on US tour with Handsome Furs

Violens (pronounced "vy-lenz"), featuring members of Lansing-Dreiden, are a New York-via-Miami four-piece formed in the fall of 2007 comprised of members Iddo Arad (synths/vocals), Ben Brantley (bass), Jorge Elbrecht (lead vocals/guitar) and Kris King (drums). Their music imagines a place where The Zombies & The Byrds meet Wire & The Violent Femmes, and Crass meets Angelo Badalamenti & Prefab Sprout.

Violens songs conjure descriptions of nightmares, the passing of time, speculations on spiritual messages, and accounts of psychedelic hallucinations. Even their most frenetic guitar work and aggressive rhythms are draped in a gauze of reverberant, harmonized vocals and synths which create a sense of creepy, artificial comfort. A fitting characterization, lyrically and musically, for a group whose name sounds like a melding of the words "violence" and "violins".

The buzz around this band has been so good that The Handsome Furs asked them on their East Coast Tour.

US Tour With Handsome Furs
Thursday March 27 PS 14 Miami, FL
Friday March 28 Respectable Street Palm Beach, FL
Saturday March 29 Cafe Eleven St. Augustine, FL
Sunday March 30 Social Orlando, FL
Monday March 31 Common Grounds Gainesville, FL
Tuesday April 1 Village Tavern Mt. Pleasant, SC
Wednesday April 2 Local 506 Chapel Hill, NC
Thursday April 3 Satellite Ballroom Charlottesville, VA
Friday April 4 North Star Bar Philadelphia, PA
April 6th Sunday Bowery Ballroom New York, NY

Sevendust to tour with original guitar player Clint Lowery

Sevendust is pleased to announce the return of original guitar player Clint Lowery to the band. Lowery was with Sevendust when they formed in 1995 and singed to TVT Records in 1997. Lowery was a key member of the Sevendust attack throughout the their TVT years which saw the band release Sevendust (1997) Home (1999), Animosity (2001), Seasons (2003) and Southside Double Wide (2003).

After leaving TVT in 2003 the band and Lowery mutually parted ways, with Lowery moving on to join his brother in the band Dark New Day. Sevendust brought in former Snot guitar player Sonny Mayo to replace Lowery and went on to release three full length albums. Next (2004) on the now defunct Winedark Records, Alpha (2007) on 7Bros. Records, Sevendust's wholly owned label through Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group and Chapter VII: Hope & Sorrow which comes out April 1st on 7Bros/Asylum.

Sevendust statements on Lowery's return:

"This was extremely tough considering Sonny is our brother and has been amazing to work with. He didn't do anything wrong at all, we just owe it to ourselves and all the folks that grew up with us to put our original band back together. Clint has always been our brother and Sonny will always remain our brother as well. We are sorry to say goodbye to Sonny and I'm sure this will be tough on the fans that follow him, but we're excited about reuniting the original lineup of Sevendust." Morgan Rose, Drums

"Everything happens for a reason. Sonny is an incredible person and we thank him for everything. Just like when you leave home, you come back! Hopefully everyone will understand the decision we have made. God bless you all. Welcome home Clint Lowery." LaJon Witherspoon, Vocals

Sevendust's new record Chapter VII: Hope & Sorrow is out on Tuesday, April 1st - The album was produced by Shawn Grove, Morgan Rose & John Connolly in Atlanta, GA at Tree Sounds Studios. The album features guest appearances from vocalist Chris Daughtry, as well as Mark Tremonti and Myles Kennedy from Alter Bridge. The band will be hitting the road in April in support of Chapter VII: Hope & Sorrow.

Sevendust Spring 2008 Tour Dates:
4/09 – Port St. Lucie, FL – Mojo Room *No Saliva
4/10 – Ft. Myers, FL – Ricochet *No Saliva
4/12 – Panama City, FL – Club LaVela *No Saliva
4/13 – Hattiesburg, MS – Remington’s
4/15 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
4/17 – Richmond, VA – The National
4/18 – Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock
4/19 – Hampton Beach, NH – Casino Ballroom
4/20 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
4/23 – Jackson, TN – Carl Perkins Civic Center
4/24 – Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s
4/25 – Sauget, IL – Pop’s
4/26 – Little Rock, AR – EDGEFEST
4/28 – Wichita Falls, TX – Kay Yeager Coliseum
4/29 – Lubbock, TX – The Pavilion
5/01 – Nashville, TN – City Hall
5/02 – Louisville, KY – Derby Outdoor Show
w/Black Stone Cherry, Neverset
5/03 – South Bend, IN – Club Fever
5/04 - Springfield, IL Prairie Capital Convention center
5/09 - Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room
5/13 - Libertyville, IL Austin's Saloon
5/14 - Traverse City, MI Streeters
5/16 - Flint, MI The Machine Shop
5/18 - Columbus, OH Columbus Crew Stadium (Rock on the Range)


Songsalive! workshop Sunday

Orange County Songsalive! Songwriters Workshop
WHEN: Last Sunday of every month
NEXT: Sunday, March 30, 2008
TIME: Starting promptly at 7:00 p.m., running until 9:00 p.m. (PST/PDT)
WHERE: Spires Restaurant (in the Meeting Room)
13030 Goldenwest Avneue (corner of Garden Grove Blvd.),
Westminster, CA 92683.
Phone: 714-636-0442.
Consider ordering dinner before or after the workshop!

Directions: Southwest corner of Goldenwest Avenue and Garden Grove Boulevard. Exit the Garden Grove (22) Freeway at Knott Avenue. There's plenty of free parking.

COST: $5 for non-members, free to Songsalive! members. You can join Songsalive! to participate in the workshops at , then click on Join.
REGISTER: Email below with 'Orange County Chapter Songsalive! Workshop' in subject header, or contact us by phone. You will be automatically registered to attend unless contacted. We prefer pre-registrations.
CONTACT: Rod O'Riley, Workshop Coordinator
Email: or (714) 333-8222 to pre-register.

RULES & WHAT TO BRING: 1 song either on tape, CD or live (bring own guitar or keyboard) and 20 copies of your typed lyric sheet with contact details clearly displayed.


HOSTED BY: Rodney S. O'RileyRod O'Riley is the writing and performing name of Rodney Dean Stansfield. RDS is a guitar salesperson by day, songwriter by night, and many other things in the hours in between. A native of Los Angeles, raised in his parents' native Vancouver, BC, and schooled all over the West Coast. Currently learning the fine art of bass playing, producing, and letting the computer take care of the hard parts.

Active as an organizer in science fiction fandom, he also keeps himself busy as an activist for animal rights, gay/lesbian/bi rights, and anarchism. And, of course, for the continued viability of live music and the venues that support it.

Rodney has been involved with Songsalive! since 2002. In 2007, he was honored to assist with the creation of the new Songsalive! chapter in Orange County, California.

UPCOMING GUEST SPEAKERS: On Sunday, April 27, Joanne Ledesma will discuss "Pitching: Making your Music Marketable", 7:00 pm. Location to be determined.

MORE INFO on the event, upcoming events, joining Songsalive! and workshop info at

Come to regular Songsalive! workshops and develop collaborations, meet industry guests, showcase and workshop your music for feedback in a professional and supportive environment. Songsalive! holds workshops where songwriters gather to share their songs, gain feedback and develop relationships within the songwriting communities we have created around the world.All speakers' biographies can be read at

OUT OF TOWN CRITIQUES: Can't get to one of our workshops? Why not upload your mp3 for a Songsalive! Song Critique go for details.

Songsalive! is a non-profit organization dedicated to the nurturing, support and promotion of songwriters and composers worldwide. Founded in 1997, Songsalive! is run by songwriters for songwriters and now has over 18 chapter cities around the world. It acts as an epicentre, a heart of the international songwriting community and music markets, bridging the gaps, tapping songwriters into the pulse of the business and at the same time giving them and their music the support they deserve.

Through Songsalive!, songs and songwriters can be accessed by the whole world and when the hunt is on, Songsalive! is a one-stop song shop! Songsalive! gives life to songs, provides opportunities for collaboration, creates awareness about original music, promotes and educates through an amazing network of programs designed especially for songwriters and original music: live events and showcases; songwriter critique workshops, songleads and industry pitches; cd samplers; education seminars and Expos; artist development; studio production; informational source and networking.

For Songsalive! information, media and membership inquiries - call head office at 801-838-5411 or Email via

Joe Satriani to lead workshops at Guitar Centers

In the next installment of the exciting "GC Sessions" series, Guitar Center welcomes legendary rock guitarist Joe Satriani for a series of national in-store events. Joe will be sharing his experiences and techniques, talking about his signature gear from Ibanez and Peavey and performing songs spanning his entire career including his upcoming album Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock.

Created to promote players with a deep passion for and commitment to the craft, "GC Sessions" seeks to educate, inspire and conserve the tradition and art of rock music.

This music education-based initiative featuring informative, provocative panel discussions and hands-on tutorials serves as an incubator for musicians and provides them with an opportunity to network with their peers and gain insight and knowledge from their heroes in a comfortable and intimate setting. The goal is to help musicians further their musical aspirations and provide tools for career growth.

Known worldwide as a master of rock guitar, Joe Satriani’s legendary career began with the release of the breakthrough album Surfing with the Alien in 1986. Since that time, he has gone on to sell more than 10 million albums and received multiple Grammy nominations, including a nomination in 2008 for “Always With Me, Always With You” from the Satriani Live! album. Satriani is also the power behind the G3 Tour, which is known for bringing together some of rock’s best known guitarists on one stage. The most recent incarnation of the tour in 2007 featured Satriani with John Petrucci and Paul Gilbert. As part of the GC Sessions, Guitar Center has the honor of hosting Satriani’s only appearances scheduled in the US before he departs for an international tour on April 30. Guitar Center will also be celebrating the release of Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock with an exclusive CD/DVD deluxe edition of the release.

More information on this and other events is available at:


*April 1: Natick (Boston)
321-C Speen St., Natick, MA 01760

*April 2: Manhattan (New York)
25 W. 14th St., Manhattan, NY 10011

*April 3: Plymouth Meeting (Philadelphia)
2620 Chemical Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

*April 4: Rockville (Washington, DC)
12401 Twinbrook Pkwy, Rockville, MD 20852

*April 5: Chicago
2633 N. Halstead Ave., Chicago, IL 60614

*April 6: Englewood (Denver)
9647 E. County Line Rd., Englewood, CO 80112

*April 7: Phoenix (Phoenix)
2750 W. Peoria Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85029

*April 8: Hollywood (Los Angeles)
7425 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90046

*April 9: San Francisco
1645 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94109

*April 10: Clackamas (Portland)
13029 South East 84th Ave., Clackamas, OR 97015

*April 11: Seattle
530 Westlake Ave. North, Seattle, WA 98109

Black Tide on tour & on "Jimmy Kimmel" tonight

Black Tide will be playing LIVE on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live show this Thursday March 27. The episode airs Thursday night at 12:05AM (on March 28). Black Tide will be performing the album’s first single, “Shockwave.” The brand-new video for “Shockwave” – directed by Travis Kopach (Buckcherry, Panic at the Disco) - is available at

After busting onto the scene last summer as main stage openers on Ozzfest 2007, Black Tide has been touring non-stop in support of Light From Above, playing with such reputable and established acts as Avenged Sevenfold, Chimaira, and All That Remains. Black Tide has also secured a spot on this summer’s Rockstar MAYHEM Festival tour, which also features headliners Slipknot, Disturbed, Mastodon, and Dragonforce.

Be sure to pick up Light From Above, and tune in this Thursday night to see Black Tide performing LIVE on ABC. Stay tuned for more info regarding this summer’s MAYHEM Fest.

Black Tide on tour:
3/26 – Bakersfield, CA – Studio 99
3/30 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
3/31 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
4/02 – Tulsa, OK – Bob’s (Cain’s Second Stage)
4/04 – San Antonio, TX – Sunken Garden Amphitheatre

Black Tide at Rock on the Range:
5/18 – Columbus, OH – Columbus Crew Stadium

Party at Crash Mansion

Crash Mansion Calendar Listings

Mon. 3/24/08
Monday Night Live: March resident BEATNIK JR. w/ Black Bird, Analog Blue, DJ Audio Puppet, and visual art provided by VJ Fill

Thur. 3/27/08
THE START – Mere Mortals, Oslo, Bed Time for Toys and Solare
Doors: 7PM/ Show:8PM

Fri. 3/28/08
LUCIANO- QUINTO SOL and JBOOG, Mikey General backed by Jahmessenjah Band
Doors: 7PM/ Show:8PM

Sat. 3/29/08
ArtDon’tSleep & KCRW Presents… ROY AYERS, NAJITE featuring Tony Allen and J.Rocc
18adv/$25 dos

Sun. 3/30/08
SMITHS/MORRISSEY CONVENTION Hosted by Richard Blade w/ performance by "These Charming Men"
Doors: 7PM/ Show:8PM
$25 adv/ $30 door

Monday Night Live: March resident BEATNIK JR. w/ Foreign Academy, Piel, DJ Audio Puppet and visual art provided by VJ Fill

Thur. 4/03/08
Doors: 7PM/ Show:8PM
$8adv/ $10dos

Fri. 4/04/08
DEAD MAN’S PARTY (Tribute to Oingo Boingo) w/ Clash City Rockers, Pretentious
Doors: 7PM/ Show:8PM
$15adv/$18 dos

Mon. 4/07/08
MONDAY NIGHT LIVE: April resident Moving Picture Show w/ Shiloe and Teddy’s Cheer Club, DJ Audio Puppet, and visual art provided by VJ Fill

Wed. 4/09/08
BABY BASH & PITBULL w/ Play N Skillz, DJ Hurricane
Doors: 7PM
Show: 8PM
$25 adv/ $30 door

Thur. 4/10/08
GUILTY SIMPSON CD Release Party w/ Percee P, J-Rocc, Med, & DJ House Shoes

Fri. 4/11/08
JACKIE GREENE w/ The Shys, Chelsea Williams
Doors: 7PM/ Show:8PM
$15 ADV and $17 DOS

Sat. 4/12/08
Sean Healy Presents… NEW KINGDOM, Delta Rose/ The Harm/ Carlota/ Blue Sky Reality/ Palendromes
Doors: 7PM/ Show:8PM

Mon. 4/14/08
MONDAY NIGHT LIVE: April resident Moving Picture Show, Hazelden and Eastern Conference Champions w/ DJ Audio Puppet, and visual art provided by VJ Fill

Tues. 4/15/08
TECH N9NE & PAUL WALL, Ill Bill, Vicious, Chanse Whiiter
Doors: 7PM/ Show:8PM
$27 adv/$30 dos

Fri. 4/18/08
$25adv/$30 dos

Sat. 4/19/08
AEROMYTH (Aerosmyth tribute)with PYROMANIA(Def Leppard Tribute)
Doors: 7PM/ Show:8PM
$10adv/$13 dos

Mon. 4/21/08
MONDAY NIGHT LIVE: April resident Moving Picture Show w/ Astra Heights and Big Bang, DJ Audio Puppet, and visual art provided by VJ Fill

Thur. 4/24/08
A Benefit for Fuck the Whales, Save a Chicken, starring Agent Orange and special guests DI
Doors: 7PM/ Show:8PM
$12adv/ $15dos

Fri. 4/25/08
VICTOR WOOTEN (Wagatail Productions), Blue James Band
Doors: 7PM/ Show:8PM

Fri. 4/25/08
MIKE PETERS of The Alarm (Acoustic)& guests in the Crash Lounge (18+)
Doors: 6PM/
Show: 10PM

Sat. 4/26/08
SURFING WITH AN AILEN (Joe Satirani Tribute) along with CARRESS of STEEL (Rush Tribute) and special guest Yes Story (Yes Tribute) (18+)
Doors: 6PM/
Show: 8PM

Mon. 4/28/08
Monday Night Live: April resident Moving Picture Show w/ Tic Tic Boom, Analog Blue, Death to Anders, DJ Audio Puppet, and visual art provided by VJ Fill

Fri. 5/02/08
BERLIN, Lukas Rossi (of Rockstar Supernova), w/ pIEL
Doors: 7PM/ Show:8PM

Tue. 5/27/08
Doors: 9PM

Wed. 6/04/08
Doors: 7PM/ Show:8PM

Fri. 6/07/08
RockSTAR Music Education
$10 adults/
$5 children

Thur. 6/19/06
OLD 97’S
Doors: 7PM/ Show:8PM

Fri 6/20/08
GREAT WHITE opening acts TBA
Doors: 7PM/Show 8PM

Thur. 6/26/06
Doors: 7PM/ Show:8PM
$20adv/$25 dos

Sat. 6/28/08
JEFF ROSS & RALPHIE MAY: Meanest Men in Comedy Tour 18+
Doors: 7PM/ Show:8PM

Thur. 9/04/08
Doors: 7PM/ Show:8PM
$20adv/$25 dos

In a space once occupied by the historic Myron Ballroom, New York’s Bowery Restaurant group has transformed this 1940's swing club into a state-of-the-art, three-part performance haven. A 10,000 square-foot main room accommodates headliners with lofted ceilings and a fully digital sound room, while two adjacent rooms--the Crash Lounge and the Foyer Gallery--cater more to low-key performers and the local artist scene. With five bars, three distinct atmospheres, and a fully operative kitchen, this 1200-capacity industrial chic club caters to the rich diversity of art and music in Los Angeles. Crash Mansion LA is located at 1024 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90015 (at W. Olympic) and the phone number is 213-747-0999. For more information, go to or

Alma Nova Duo to perform

Event Alma Nova Duo
Jessica Pierce flute, Almer Imamovic guitar

When Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.
Where Trinity Lutheran Church
1340 Eleventh Street, Manhattan Beach, CA
(3 blks east of Sepulveda & 1 blk south of Manhattan Beach Blvd.)
Admission Free, donations appreciated.

The Alma Nova Duo began their career in France while studying at the famed École Normale de Musique de Paris. Flutist Jessica Pierce and guitarist Almer Imamovic both continued their studies at the USC Thornton School, where Jessica earned her doctorate under Jim Walke and Almer earned his doctorate under Scott Tennant. They have performed throughout Europe and the North America. For more information, see:

Please note: This is a free “Preview” recital of Alma Nova’s recital and reception the following day at 2:00 p.m. in Beverly Hills’ historic Greystone Mansion on the “Music In The Mansion” recital series. For further information, see:

Upcoming concerts around California from Live Nation

On Sale Friday March 28 at 10 AMAmoeba Music Tourfeaturing
Kate WalshQuincy ColemanBrandi Shearer

The Roxy Theatre
Friday May 16

On Sale Monday March 31 at 10 AM:
With Special Guest: Bryan Adams
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Friday August 1

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Support local music with Sierra Madre Sue



THURS. 3/27 - MATT SLOCUM, JOHN STORIE, JOE BAGG - HAMMOND B3 ORGAN TRIO @ THE PASADENA JAZZ INSTITUTE, 8pm. $10. At Paseo Colorado - 260 E. Colorado Blvd. 626-398-3344. "An evening of Jazz standards and original compositions. The trio's musical influences range from Jimmy Smith's organ trio with Wes Montgomery and Grady Tate, to Larry Young's band with Elvin Jones and Grant Green , as well as more contemporary groups like Trio Beyond and the Larry Goldings Trio."

THURS. 3/27 - PRESTON SMITH @ BAR TWIST IN ARCADIA, 10pm - 1am. 48 E. Huntington Dr. 626-254-1760. Full bar & Lupe Mendoza cookin' up some awesome food! Classy place, nice ambience, NO COVER, dance floor. Blues, Jazz, Pop Standards as only Preston can do them! Thursdays in March.

FRI. 3/28 - DAVE OSTI with Special Guest DEANNA COGAN @ THE MAYAN BAR (inside the Aztec Hotel) in MONROVIA, 6pm - Happy Hour! 311 W. Foothill Blvd. 626-358-3231. Full bar and kitchen, no cover. Acoustic guitar, Vocals.

FRI. 3/28 – VIN FIZ FLYER @ SIERRA MADRE BOOKS STORE, 7 – 9pm. 18 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., downstairs in the cozy living room. 626-836-3200. FREE. All ages. Bluegrass.

FRI. 3/28 - "BLUE NIGHTS" featuring JUDY NIEMACK ON VOCALS @ THE PASADENA JAZZ INSTITUTE, 8pm. At Paseo Colorado - 260 E. Colorado Blvd. 626-398-3344. $20. Keyboardist Scott Rowe of Aluminum Marshmallow has this to say: "an old classmate of mine, Judy Niemack, from the Nova Studios/PCC days. If you love jazz-go see her sing. She is amazing, her husband is an excellent guitarist, and she does not come out to the states that often. This is real jazz/bebop/scat singing too, not crooning a la Harry Connick or Rod Stewart." I couldn't have said it better!

FRI. 3/28 - "SWING DANCE PARTY" with FLAT TOP TOM @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 8 - 11pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. "Pizza, Martinis and dancing the night away to great swing and blues!!! God bless!!"

FRI. 3/28 - "THE CLASSICS WITH BOB FETHEROLF" @ THE SHOW AT PAPA JOE'S IN PASADENA, 8:30pm - 12:30am. (formerly Frank & Dean's) 3768 E. Colorado Blvd., between Rosemead & Michillinda. 626-793-1847. Full bar, Italian fare, steaks. Not sure about the cover charge. Rock 'n' Roll Oldies & final set of Surf tunes. DAVE BATTI of John Stewart's band on bass.

SAT. 3/29 - BARRY "BIG B" BRENNER @ FIREFLY BISTRO IN SOUTH PASADENA, 11am - 2pm. 1009 El Centro. 626-441-2443 . All ages. Saturday BLUES Brunch under a big breezy tent.

SAT. 3/29 – "SATURDAY NIGHT SMOKEOUT" featuring STEVEN RADICE @ MARY'S MARKET & CAFÉ IN SIERRA MADRE CANYON, 6:30 – 8:30pm. Ukulele, Guitar & vocals. Opening act at 5:30 TBD. Open Mic after 8:30. 561 Woodland Ave. 626-355-4534. Limited parking.


SAT. 3/29 - THE SHEDS opening for the Aggrolites @ THE MAJESTIC VENTURA THEATER in Ventura, 7pm. $15. All ages. 26 S. Chestnut St. 805-653-0721. Ska/Punk/Reggae/Rock.

SAT. 3/29 - THE SUPERSTITIONS @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 9pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. Blues, R&B, Zydeco. One of Richard Reese's favorite bands!

SAT. 3/29 - DEAN CHAMBERLAIN, HUMAN HANDS, THE URINALS @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. Full bar, no cover. Alternative/Punk. Solo Acoustic first set by Chamberlain of The Motels and Code Blue fame, who took an Alternative/Country direction a few years back, and it seems to suit him. Not sure my pal Clayton would agree though!

SAT. 3/29 - THE FORTUNATE FEW @ MR. B STEAKHOUSE & LOUNGE IN BURBANK, 10:30pm. 1333 N. Hollywood Way. 818-845-1800. BLUES. Opening act, THE EDGE OF MAN @ 9pm.

SUN. 3/30 - THE ANNUAL WISTARIA FESTIVAL IN DOWNTOWN SIERRA MADRE, 9am - 5pm. LIVE MUSIC ALL OVER TOWN, including Snotty Scotty & the Brooks Bros., Horses on Astroturf, Chico's Bail Bonds, Wreck 'N' Sow, Vin Fiz Flyer, Barry Schwam, Aluminum Marshmallow, AND MANY, MANY MORE! Check out the impressive entertainment schedule @

SUN. 3/30 - BARRY "BIG B" BRENNER @ FIREFLY BISTRO IN SOUTH PASADENA, 11am - 2pm. 1009 El Centro. 626-441-2443 . All ages. BLUES Brunch under a big breezy tent.

SUN. 3/30 - NO MUSIC THIS AFTERNOON @ CAFE 322, AS MARIO HAS HIS HANDS FULL WITH THE WISTARIA FESTIVAL... But please feel free to drop in for lunch! 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food.

SUN. 3/30 - DAVE OSTI, & MICHELLE MARINO @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 4pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. Full bar, no cover. Wistaria madness! Duck inside for a cold drink & some hot rock! The flyer at the Buc says Tim Neblung too, but I didn't hear it from him, so I'm not sure... and Dave Osti's name is misspelled, so I'm thinkin' NOT!

SUN. 3/30 - "OPERA TO BROADWAY" VOCAL PERFORMANCES @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 7pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. Note: call ahead to make sure this is still happening this evening.

SUN. 3/30 - THE SHEDS opening for British Ska legends BAD MANNERS @ THE KEY CLUB IN WEST HOLLYWOOD, doors open at 7pm. 9039 Sunset Blvd. 310-274-5800. Ska/Punk/Reggae/Rock. $20 at the door, or get $13 advance tickets from the band by contacting Mac: THIS IS THEIR BIGGEST SHOW EVER!

FRI. 4/4 - DAVE OSTI @ THE MAYAN BAR (inside the Aztec Hotel) in MONROVIA, 6pm Happy Hour. 311 W. Foothill Blvd. 626-358-3231. Full bar and kitchen, no cover. Solo Acoustic, mostly originals.

FRI. 4/4 - "1st FRIDAY ART CLUB" @ McGinty's Gallery at the End of the World in Altadena, 7pm - 1am. 2475 N. Lake Ave. 626-794-8779. $5 admission, includes dinner. Belly Dancing duo, Almase Arabesque will perform between music sets by Wreck N' Sow and DJ Apo. The event features exhibits and sales by more than 30 artists from throughout Southern California in a party atmosphere.

FRI. 4/4 - BOBBY BRADFORD MO'TET @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 7 - 10pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar, great Italian food. A fixture on the local jazz scene, Bobby Bradford is best known for his early 70's work with Ornette Coleman, and was one of my brother Rick's early musical influences.

FRI. 4/4 - GROOVY REDNECKS @ BARNBURNER RESTAURANT IN PASADENA, 8 - 11pm, I think. 1000 S. Fair Oaks Ave. 626-403-RIBS. BBQ, beer, wine. Raucous, rowdy, irreverant Country Rock!

FRI. 4/4 - RICK SHEA @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9:30pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. Full bar, no cover, pool table, 21 & over. Honkytonk Country/Blues.

SAT. 4/5 - BARRY "BIG B" BRENNER @ FIREFLY BISTRO IN SOUTH PASADENA, 11am - 2pm. 1009 El Centro. 626-441-2443 . All ages. Saturday BLUES Brunch under a big breezy tent.

SAT. 4/5 - DAVE OSTI and guests @ JOE'S PLACE IN DUARTE, 5 - 8pm. 1345 E. Huntington Dr. 626-357-JOES. No cover. Soups, salads, deli sandwiches, coffee bar. Free wireless internet. Acoustic, mostly originals. 1st Sat. of each month. Special guests: Archie Francis, Jeannie Willits, and Joe Naz.

SAT. 4/5 - Open Mic Night @ the FRETHOUSE in Covina. 309 N. Citrus Ave. (626) 339-7020. Always on the first Saturday of the month, and just one dollar for performers or audience. Sign-up starts at 7:30. If there aren't enough slots for everybody they'll make a list for the next month, and call you. Each act gets two songs or ten minutes, whichever comes first. The show starts at 8:00. They'll have desserts and coffee ready. Bring your friends and family and join the show!

SAT. 4/5 - ALUMINUM MARSHMALLOW @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. No cover, full bar, pool table. 60's & 70's Classic Rock. Sierra Madre faves!

SAT. 4/5 - DAVE OSTI @ FIRST CABIN IN ARCADIA, 9pm. 46 E. Huntington Dr., between 1st & 2nd Aves. 626-446-2575. Full bar, no cover, close quarters! "This is the gig to watch Dave shred some Strat!"

SAT. 4/5 - MARTINI DIARIES featuring JEFF STETSON & friends @ COLOMBO'S ITALIAN STEAK HOUSE IN EAGLE ROCK, 10pm - 1am. 1833 Colorado Blvd. 323-254-9138. Full kitchen & bar. Jeff sez: first set will be jazz & then evolve into "Acid-Lounge-Jazz-Rock!" Sounds interesting!

SUN. 4/6 - BARRY "BIG B" BRENNER @ FIREFLY BISTRO IN SOUTH PASADENA, 11am - 2pm. 1009 El Centro. 626-441-2443 . All ages. BLUES Brunch under a big breezy tent.


SUN. 4/6 - WRECK 'N' SOW @ BARN BURNER RESTAURANT IN PASADENA, 5 - 8pm. 1000 S. Fair Oaks Ave. 626-403-RIBS. BBQ, beer, wine. Bluegrass.

SUN. 4/6 - "COUNTRY MUSIC AND BBQ @ THE GRAND OLE ECHO" with DAVE GLEASON & OLD CALIFORNIO, JAIMI SHUEY, WEST OF TEXAS, 5 - 9pm. 1822 Sunset Blvd., Echo park. 213-413-8200. Free! All ages.

SUN. 4/6 - "OPERA TO BROADWAY" VOCAL PERFORMANCES @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 7pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. Every Sunday evening. The place gets PACKED, so get there early!

4/8 - "TACO TUESDAY" @ MARY'S MARKET & CAFE IN SIERRA MADRE CANYON with JODI & THE MINIONS, 7:30pm. 561 Woodland Ave. 626-355-4534. Limited parking. Yummy cheap tacos! Standards.

WED. 4/9 - MAX BUDA @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 7:30 - 11:30pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar, great Italian food. No cover, all ages. Unique jazzy rock stuff from Chester & the boys.

WED. 4/9 & THURS. 4/10, 8 pm. Ken Waldman "Alaska's Fiddling Poet" @ The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Avenue in Fullerton for his first public Los Angeles area performances in more than a year. 714-738-6595. Expect new poems, old favorites, Alaska-set storytelling and some first-class Appalachian-style old-time fiddling. Ticket price is $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
Extra credit if you can name the state flower of Alaska.

WebSite of Interest Dept. - one of the few people I know who still works in the record biz, Vince Hans, has created a site you can go to, "to find out about the latest passings in the world of music."

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,
Sierra MadreSue