GET A DOUBLE SHOT OF "BLUEGRASS WITH A BIT MORE FIZ" FROM VIN FIZ FLYER THIS WEEKEND IN SIERRA MADRE! FRIDAY NIGHT FROM 7:00 TO 9:00PM, THEY'LL BE IN SIERRA MADRE BOOKS STORE'S COMFY DOWNSTAIRS LIVING ROOM, WHERE THIS WEEK'S PHOTO WAS TAKEN. IT'S A GREAT SOUNDING ROOM AND IS AN ALL AGES, FREE SHOW.
THEN ON SUNDAY YOU'LL FIND THEM STROLLING ABOUT THE DOWNTOWN AREA OF SIERRA MADRE FOR THE ANNUAL WISTARIA FESTIVAL. THEY ARE JUST ONE OF OVER 20 ACTS PERFORMING AT THIS YEAR'S EVENT, THANKS TO ENTERTAINMENT COORDINATORS MARIO LALLI AND TOM BEHRENS. More info. below.
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."
http://www.pasjazz.org/ http://www.johnstorie.com/ www.myspace.com/mattslocummusic
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. http://prestonsmith.com/
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. http://www.davidvalentinoosti.com/
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. http://home.earthlink.net/~vinfizflyer/
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!!" http://www.flattoptom.com/
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. http://www.bigbbrenner.com/
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 - L.A. DODGERS 50th ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION GAME VS. BOSTON RED SOX @ THE COLISEUM, 7:10pm. GO DODGERS!
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. http://www.myspace.com/shedrock
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! http://www.myspace.com/theesuperstitions
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! http://www.myspace.com/deanhchamberlain
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. http://www.myspace.com/fortunatefewblues
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 @ http://www.sierramadrenews.net/wistaria.htm#music
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. http://www.bigbbrenner.com/
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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. http://www.davidvalentinoosti.com/
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. http://www.galleryattheendoftheworld.com/ http://www.almasearabesque.com/
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. http://rickshea.com/
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. http://www.bigbbrenner.com/
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! www.covina.com/frethouse/
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. http://www.bigbbrenner.com/
SUN. 4/6 - 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, GUITAR, UKULELE, ETC. EVERY SUNDAY...
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. http://www.wrecknsow.com/shows.htm
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. http://www.myspace.com/jodiandtheminions
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. http://www.kenwaldman.com/ http://www.themuck.org/
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." http://www.themusicsover.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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