Those of you who know me or have been reading the Music News for some time, know that I like birthdays - my own and everyone else's! I like to celebrate birthdays for days or even weeks, and I love birthday parties! This weekend is the STEVE VARGAS THREE-DAY BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA or VIVA LAS VARGAS! starting with his rock band HORSES ON ASTROTURF at BAR TWIST on Friday night, and concluding with his acoustic group NEW ASTROTURF at CAFE 322 on Sunday afternoon.
He'll get some time to rest on Saturday before I drag him out to the Sierra Madre Art Fair, the St. Rita's Centennial Reception, Bar Twist and the Buc! (Info. on all these events below.)
If he doesn't make it to work on Monday, the State of California will just have to muddle through without him! Sorry Arnold. HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEVE!!!
Tonite!!! WED. 5/14 - MAX BUDA @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 8 - 11pm. 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.
Tonite!!! WED. 5/14 - DAVE GLEASON (Acoustic set) and THE RUNNING KIND @ VIVA CANTINA IN BURBANK, 9pm. 900 Riverside Dr., next to the L.A. Equestrian Center. 818-845-2425. Full bar & great Mexican food. No cover. Americana/Country. http://www.myspace.com/davegleasonmusic
THURS. 5/15 - DAVID SERBY @ THE PIKE BAR IN LONG BEACH, 9pm. 1836 E. 4th St., one block west of Cherry. 562-437-4453. Full bar and dinner 'til late. No cover. Country/Americana. http://www.myspace.com/thepike http://www.davidserby.com/home.html
FRI. 5/16 - DAVE OSTI @ THE MAYAN BAR (inside the Aztec Hotel) in MONROVIA, 6 - 9pm Happy Hour. 311 W. Foothill Blvd. 626-358-3231. NO COVER. Full bar, limited food menu. Solo Acoustic Guitar/Vocals. http://www.davidvalentinoosti.com/
FRI. 5/16 - OCHO X @ CHARCUTERIE IN SIERRA MADRE, 6:30 - 9pm. 120 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. The newest restaurant and music venue in town. Gourmet sandwiches, salads, imported beer/wine. Indoor and outdoor seating. Latin influenced rock/jazz jams. The Sotelo Brothers, Peter Burke on drums.
FRI. 5/16 - CHICO'S BAIL BONDS doing their semi-acoustic thing @ THE DOCKSIDE GRILL RESTAURANT IN WEST COVINA, 7:30 - 11:30pm. 3057 E. Garvey Ave. North. 626-915-3474. In the bar area, but you can order dinner there too. Full Bar. Blues. http://chicosbailbondsblues.com/
FRI. 5/16 - HORSES ON ASTROTURF @ BAR TWIST IN ARCADIA, 9:30pm. 48 E. Huntington Dr. 626-254-1760. Full bar, awesome food! Classy place, nice ambience, NO COVER, dance floor. Hillbilly Hippie Rock from Steve, Steve, John & Pete (yes - Pete will be going straight from his Ocho X gig to do another shift here! hmm, maybe I'll get a ride with him!) Kicking off Vargas' Birthday Weekend! http://www.myspace.com/horsesonastroturf
SAT. 5/17 - 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. 5/17 - "MOTO 322" - CLASSIC CARS, HOT RODS, BIKES OUTSIDE and live music with THE RODEO DRIVERS inside, 1 - 4pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Call first on this one - the band's website says 5/24.
SAT. 5/17 - ST. RITA'S CHURCH CENTENNIAL MASS AND RECEPTION, 5:30pm. Baldwin & Grandview in Sierra Madre. Cardinal Mahony and all former living St. Rita's Priests will be participating in the mass. Complimentary appetizers and beverages in O'Malley Hall immediately following - approx. 7-7:30pm. All are invited to attend. (Family trivia: our dog Tiny had the same birthday as Father O'Malley!)
SAT. 5/17 - "SATURDAY NIGHT SMOKEOUT" @ MARY'S MARKET & CAFE IN SIERRA MADRE CANYON, 6pm. 561 Woodland Ave. 626-355-4534. OPEN MIC NIGHT - for anyone who wants to come and play for 5 to 20 minutes. Food and drinks available for purchase. ***A note of thanks to all who attended the fund raiser last Taco Tuesday - it was a great success! Please continue to support this local market and music venue.
SAT. 5/17 and SUN. 5/18 - SIERRA MADRE ART FAIR @ MEMORIAL PARK, SIERRA MADRE BLVD. & HERMOSA AVE. Live Music in the Bandshell and on the South Lawn, including Stephanie Bettman & The Boys, String Planet, Logan Coats, Ann Luke and more. For info. and complete schedule, go to: http://www.sierramadreartfair.com/ Thank you Charlie, for another fine line-up!
SAT. 5/17 - DIME BOX BAND and MURPHY'S FLAW @ SIERRA MADRE BOOKS, 7pm. 18 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., downstairs in the cozy living room. 626-836-3200. Bluegrass. http://www.dimeboxband.com/ http://www.sierramadrebooks.com/
SAT. 5/17 - DAVE TRAVIS with MARK HEFFINGTON opening for I SEE HAWKS IN L.A @ GELENCSER HOUSE CONCERTS IN CLAREMONT, 8pm. Reservations and directions: 909-596-1266. $15 donation. Country Rock/Roots Music. http://www.gelencserhouseconcerts.com/
SAT. 5/17 - THE FORTUNATE FEW @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. Full bar, no cover, pool table, free parking, 21 & over. Blues, with John Washburn on harp. myspace.com/fortunatefewblues
SAT. 5/17 - MERCY & THE MERKETTES @ BAR TWIST IN ARCADIA, 9:30pm. 48 E. Huntington Dr. 626-254-1760. Full bar, Lupe Mendoza's awesome food! Classy place, nice ambience, NO COVER, dance floor. R&B, Disco, Rock, Motown, etc. http://www.mercyandthemerkettes.com/
SUN. 5/18 – THE 48th ANNUAL TOPANGA BANJO-FIDDLE CONTEST and FOLK FESTIVAL IN AGOURA HILLS, 9am – 6pm. For complete line-up and info: http://www.topangabanjofiddle.org/index.html Some highlights, thanks to Paul Dorn:Murphy's Flaw (with VinFizFlyer and New Astroturf bass player Paul Dorn) is a contestant in the 9:30 - 12:30 slot.Vin Fiz Flyer is a contestant in the 1 – 3pm slot.Second Wind Bluegrass (with VFF guitar player Donn Cunningham) is a contestant in the 1 – 3pm slot.Simon Pure(with Murphy's Flaw mandolin player Jarrett Lesko) plays the main stage at 5:10 to 5:40pm.Fur Dixon and Steve Werner play on the Railroad Stage from 12 - 1pm.Stephanie Bettman is on the Railroad Stage, 1 – 2pm GOOD LUCK TO ALL!
Cancelled: SUN. 5/18 - BARRY "BIG B" BRENNER IS NOT DOING BRUNCH @ FIREFLY BISTRO IN SOUTH PASADENA, as they are having a private party.
SUN. 5/18 - 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 setting. Classic Country/Folk from Steve, Deanna, Pete and special guests Danny on guitar and Tom on upright bass. STEVE VARGAS' BIRTHDAY BASH!
SUN. 5/18 - "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. Get there early, as the place gets packed!
5/20 - "TACO TUESDAY" @ MARY'S MARKET & CAFE IN SIERRA MADRE CANYON with ROADHOUSE RON, 6:30 - 8:30pm (Acoustic guitar/vocals.) Opening act at 5:30 TBA. 561 Woodland Ave. 626-355-4534. Limited parking - consider walking or biking. Yummy cheap tacos!
WED. 5/21 - MATT SLOCUM, JOHN STORIE, JOE BAGG - HAMMOND B3 ORGAN TRIO - PERFORMING @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 7:30 - 10:30pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. No cover, all ages. "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."
FRI. 5/23 - DAVE OSTI AND DEANNA COGAN @ THE MAYAN BAR (inside the Aztec Hotel) in MONROVIA, 6 - 9pm Happy Hour. 311 W. Foothill Blvd. 626-358-3231. NO COVER. Full bar, limited food menu. Acoustic Guitar, vocals. http://www.davidvalentinoosti.com/
FRI. 5/23 - BASTARD SONS OF JOHNNY CASH @ ARCADIA BLUES CLUB IN ARCADIA, 10pm with opening act Bobby Bluehouse at 8pm. 16 E. Huntington Dr. 626-447-9349. I'm guessing the cover charge is $10, but look for their coupon in the May 3 issue of Arcadia Quarterly - I just got one! Outlaw Country, Blues. http://www.myspace.com/bsojc
FRI. 5/23 & SAT. 5/24 - "THE SUBS" (Better Than Blue's acoustic alter ego) @ the DOCKSIDE in WEST COVINA, 7:30 - 11:30pm. 3057 E. Garvey Ave. North. In the bar area, but you can order food also. All ages ok. Joe Velosa, Danny Hesse, Felicia Bright. Acoustic rock, soul & blues. 626-915-3474. www.wearethesubs.com/
SAT. 5/24 - BERNIE PEARL @ THE FRET HOUSE IN COVINA, 8pm. 309 N. Citrus Ave. 626-339-7020. $15. Two sets of mostly traditional BLUES on the acoustic guitar, in an intimate, artist-friendly setting. http://www.myspace.com/berniepearl
SUN. 5/25 - 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... and possibly a HOLIDAY MONDAY GAME as well? "We don't need no stinkin' permit!"
SUN. 5/25 - THE MERCY POWELL QUARTET @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 1:30 - 4:30pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd . 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. No cover, all ages. Standards & Jazzy stuff from Mercy, Josh, Marc & Peter.
SUN. 5/25 - "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. Get there early, as the place gets packed!
**THE SHEDS NEED YOUR SUPPORT: to win a spot on the WARPED TOUR this Summer, my young friends THE SHEDS are competing against other up and coming bands. It's not too late to register and VOTE for them on this site: http://battleofthebands.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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