By now you probably know that my musical tastes are all over the place, but the stuff I hold most dear has its roots deep in American Country Western music. Not the mainstream country-pop (I almost wrote poop!) that the media is hyping thru lame reality and awards shows, and syndicated radio stations that all play the same stuff. I'm talking about true legends like Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, and Bill Monroe.
But let's not forget the ladies who have left just as indelible a mark on American music as their male counterparts - greats like Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, and June and Mother Maybelle Carter. It's because of these women that there's a whole new generation of cowgirls out there telling their stories thru song, and two of my new favorites will be doing just that at the Buccaneer Lounge in Sierra Madre this Friday night, Sept. 26th. DAFNI's style is described as Americana Jazz, while JAIMI SHUEY (in this week's photo) is more traditional Country. A great cowgirl double bill - details below....
THIS ONE'S FOR MY BROTHER RICK: WED. 9/24 - DAVE GLEASON @ THE SWEET SPOT IN SANTA ROSA, 9pm. you know where it is...
WED. 9/24 - aka MAX BUDA @ THE OLD TOWNE PUB IN PASADENA, 9pm. Corner of Fair Oaks & Union, behind the big, ugly Container Store that invaded the parking lot and cast a permanent shadow on the Pub's patio several years ago. Enter thru alley off of Holly Ave. No cover, beer only (wine maybe?) Eclectic Jazzy Blues Rock from Chester, Jerry, Tedroy, Bruce, Pete, and Nick on noise-makers.
THURS. 9/25 - RAILROAD EARTH @ THE ROXY IN WEST HOLLYWOOD, 8:00pm. 9009 W. Sunset Blvd. 310-278-9457. $20. Bluegrass/Folk Rock/Jam Band. My sister's husband's cousin is in this band! http://www.myspace.com/railroadearth
FRI. 9/26 - DAVE OSTI AND DEANNA COGAN (The MELLOW D'z) @ THE MAYAN BAR (inside the Aztec Hotel) in MONROVIA, 6 - 9pm Happy Hour. 311 W. Foothill Blvd. 626-358-3231. NO COVER. Full bar, food, coldest beer in town! Acoustic Guitar, vocals. Cool dude/hot chick! http://www.davidvalentinoosti.com/.com/
FRI. 9/26 - "FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE" IN CLAREMONT, with RICK SHEA @ THE LAEMMLE THEATRE COURTYARD, 6 - 9pm. 450 W. 2nd St. rickshea.com Honkytonk/Country.
FRI. 9/26 - "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. 9/26 - STEEL ROD @ BARNEY'S GRILL & PUB IN PASADENA. 93 W. Colorado Blvd. Call for time: 626-577-2739. Full kitchen. No cover. Rock to Salsa. Fridays in September.
FRI. 9/26 - MERCY & THE MERKETTES @ CARMINE'S IN SOUTH PASADENA, 9pm - 1am. 424 Fair Oaks Ave. 626-799-2266. R&B, Funk, Motown, Rock, Dance music.
FRI. 9/26 - JAIMI SHUEY and DAFNI @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. Full bar, no cover, cheap drinks, friendly service! http://www.myspace.com/jaimishuey - Americana Country. http://www.myspace.com/dafni - Americana Jazz.
FRI. 9/26 - THE FORTUNATE FEW @ RUDE DOG BAR & GRILL IN COVINA, 11pm. 114 N. Citrus Ave. 626-840-6497. $5 cover. Opening band at 9pm. Blues. John Washburn on harp, sax & vocals. I was going to put the bar's myspace site, but it's practically impossible to read their calendar, so check out the band's instead! http://www.myspace.com/fortunatefewblues
FRI. 9/26 and SAT. 9/27 - "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.
FRI. 9/26 thru SUN. 9/28 - the Catalina Island Blues Festival featuring headliners Jonny Lang and Buddy Guy. $75 - $150.
SAT. 9/27 - MERCY & THE MERKETTES @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9:30pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Full bar, no cover, pool table, free parking. 21 & over. R&B, Funk, Disco, Motown.
SAT. 9/27 - JETSTREAM @ THE OLD TOWNE PUB IN PASADENA, 9:30pm, with the Sundowners at 11pm. 66 N. Fair Oaks Ave., behind the big ugly Container Store. Enter thru alley off of Holly St. 626-577-6583. Probably a $5 cover. Jet's Rockin' jam band.
SUN. 9/28 - 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. Mercy, Josh, Marc & Peter Burke doin' some standards & jazzy stuff for your dining & listening pleasure!
SUN. 9/28 - THE TUMBLING TUMBLEWEEDS Featuring JEAN SUDBURY & DAN DUNGAN @ THE AUTRY NATIONAL CENTER'S WELLS FARGO THEATER IN LOS ANGELES, 2pm. 4700 Western Heritage Way - next to the L.A. Zoo. With host - Poet J.D. Seibert, Nancy Lee, George Dickey, Buck Corbett & Roger Maxwell. Fundraiser to benefit the Western Music Association, California Chapter. Tickets: $20/$15 WMA & Autry Members, Children under 12 - $10. http://www.westernmusic.com/ http://www.thetumblingtumbleweeds.com/
SUN. 9/28 - "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 - they pack 'em in!
SUN. 9/28 - ANDREW'S BAD STUFF and more @ the OLD TOWNE PUB in Pasadena, 9pm. 66 N. Fair Oaks Ave. 626-577-6583. Rock.
TUES. 9/30 - THE MERCY POWELL QUARTET @ WORLD CAFE IN SANTA MONICA, 8:30pm - midnight. 2820 Main St. at Ashland. 310-392-1661. Mercy, Josh, Marc & Peter Burke doin' some standards & jazzy stuff for your dining & listening pleasure! Looks like a great place: http://www.worldcafela.com/
TUES. 9/30 - DAFNI @ THE PIKE BAR IN LONG BEACH, 8:30pm. 1836 E. 4th St., one block west of Cherry. 562-437-4453. Full bar and dinner 'til late. Americana Jazz. http://www.myspace.com/thepike
THURS. 10/2 - AMERICAN CATAPULT @ UNIVERSAL BAR & GRILL IN NORTH HOLLYWOOD, 8pm. 4093 Lankershim Blvd. 818-766-2114. $5 cover. Alternative Pop. One of my new faves, and really nice guys! http://www.myspace.com/americancatapult
OCTOBER 3rd - HAPPY 25TH BIRTHDAY TO MY SON MATT!!! yikes!
FRI. 10/3 - DAVE OSTI AND DEANNA COGAN (The MELLOW D'z) @ THE MAYAN BAR (inside the Aztec Hotel) in MONROVIA, 6 - 9pm Happy Hour. 311 W. Foothill Blvd. 626-358-3231. NO COVER. Full bar, food, coldest beer in town! Acoustic Guitar, vocals. Cool dude/hot chick! http://www.davidvalentinoosti.com/.com/
FRI. 10/3 - SNOTTY SCOTTY & THE HANKIES @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. Full bar, no cover, pool table, cheap drinks! 21 & over. 60's garage rock, one-hit wonders.
SAT. 10/4 - 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. 10/4 - WRECK 'N' SOW @ BARN BURNER RESTAURANT IN PASADENA, 8 - 11pm. 1000 S. Fair Oaks Ave. 626-403-RIBS. BBQ, beer, wine. Fun Bluegrass stuff w/great harmonies & snazzy overalls! The Dupuy Brothers and friends. This is instead of their usual first Sunday date. http://www.wrecknsow.com/
SAT. 10/4 - JOB STRILES @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045 Full bar, no cover, free parking in back. Left-handed Blues guitar, Sierra Madre's own Peter Burke on drums, and usually Rick Germond on harmonica.
SAT. 10/4 - 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!" 1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month.
SUN. 10/5 - 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. Bring the family! Acoustic Folk/Rock, Classic Country.
SUN. 10/5 - "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 - they pack 'em in!
Please remember to call and verify all info. before making plans. Everything is subject to change. This is show biz, after all.
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Hope to see you out & about,