Around the world....

Around the world….

It’s so caliente this weekend and Ms. Go Go isn’t just talking temperature.

Tacos.

Latin Jazz.

Scantily clad girls.

Embrace the heat.

7 Year Itch

Seven year anniversary.  100 shows.  Countless tassels.

This Friday, celebrate all of the above with Peepshow Menagerie and a bevy of bump ‘n grind beauties at Burlesque at the World’s Fair.

The weather may be hot but the night will be hotter.

Why?  Scarlett Letter (“Master of Tassels 2014”) is a featured performer along with “Mexican Spitfire” Ruby Champagne” and French mam’selle Joy Va Voi plus many other artistes of the artful disrobe.  The show at Fais Do Do also introduces the 100th Peepshow Pinup — Australian Lyra La Belle — and features vaudeville-style comedy from Doc & Stumpy’s Instant Burlesque.

In the spirit of the World’s Fair, the show’s theme is a “celebration of innovation”.

“Innovative burlesque….”

The mind boggles.

PEEPSHOW MENAGERIE’S BURLESQUE AT THE WORLD’S FAIR — Fri, Aug 21 @ 9pm. $12/18+ w/valid IDFais Do Do, 5253 W Adams Blvd, LA 90016. Tix & more info HERE.

Good tacos...for good.

Good tacos…for good.

Tacos for Goodness Sake

Recipe for the perfect L.A. summer day:

Start with one (1) Grand Park.

Add muchos taco vendors including but not limited to: Dia de los Puercos, Kogi and Homeboy trucks; taco caterers My Taco Guy and Los Ruizenores; and brick-and-mortars Yeya’s and Mexicali Taco & Co.

Season with El Machete Microbrew Piquant Sauces.

Cool with Misfit Lightning jalapeno and coriander lemonades and Todo Verdi juices and smoothies.

Sweeten with Viva los Cupcakes and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.

Shake it up with world music from La Junta and QUITAPENAS.

The result: A hot, sweet and spicy mix that serves thousands.

Benefit: 100% of the net proceeds go to local non-profit Jovenes, Inc., which creates homes and community for homeless youth 18 – 25.

Rating: 10 out of 10 in the category of Best. Day. Ever.

5TH ANNUAL LA TACO FESTIVAL 2015 — Sat, Aug 22; noon – 7pm. All ages/FREE admission/donations welcome — Grand Park, 200 N Grand Ave, LA 90012,  For more info, incuding Metro/parking, go HERE.

Not just jazz....

Not just jazz….

Summertime…

…and this weekend, the livin’ is easy.

Head to one of L.A.’s oldest parks (Sycamore Grove) in the “original suburb” (Northeast L.A.) to hear music and create art at the 2nd Annual Latin Jazz & Music Festival.

Hosted by Councilmember Gil Cedillo, the two-day party in the park puts the focus on local Latin Jazz musicians with Joe Bataan headlining on Saturday and Lil Willie G on Sunday.

Want to make art in addition to listening to it?

On Saturday only, Jessica Ceballos and Poesia Para le Gente will be at Sycamore Grove Park with a table, paper and typewriters available to anyone to write if the spirit moves them.

Given the high caliber of musical potency, prepare to be moved.

2ND ANNUAL LATIN JAZZ & MUSIC FESTIVAL —  Sat Aug 22 & Sun Aug 23; noon – 7pm.  FREE/all agesSycamore Grove Park, 4702 N Figueroa St, LA 90042.  More info HERE.

States of creativity....

States of creativity….

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Doug Aitken: “Station to Station” — A kinetic light sculpture train!  62 clips of artists like Ed Ruscha, Patti Smith and Giorgio Moroder!  Pre-screening performances by No Age and White Mystery! — Fri 8/21 – Thurs 8/27

Theatricum’s “Under the Oaks” Series — Topanga Woods performance and music series begins! Martin & Music Thurs 8/20!  Little Faith Thurs 8/27 —  Thursdays 8/20 – 9/17

California Roots Union at Grand Ole Echo — Top L.A. roots music! All ages!  FREE before 6pm!  Sun 8/23

Ready?  U Know U Want to Go Go….

Holiday Bowl (c.  Jack Laxer) at A+D Museum's BOWLERAMA

Holiday Bowl (c. Jack Laxer) at A+D Museum’s BOWLERAMA

Craving Coachella but don’t have the cash/car/camping gear?  This weekend, L.A. has enough fun for nonstop Go Go.

Less driving.  Less sand.  Same amount of sunblock.

Bowled Over

Are you a passionate preservationist?  A fan of Googie architecture?

Have you had your own bowling shoes and monogrammed ball since you were five? (You know who you are.)

If you answered yes to any of the above, you’ll want to roll on over to the A+D Architecture and Design Museum tonight for the opening of Bowlerama: California Bowling Architecture 1954-1964.

The focus isn’t on muscle memory or league stats but on the iconic culture and Atomic Age design of the bowling centers that proliferated during the mid-Fifties when  leisure was king.

Bowlerama scores plenty of historic street cred; the exhibit was curated by Chris Nichols, a quarter-century advocate for mid-century preservation as well as editor and columnist of the entertaining and  informative “Ask Chris” column in Los Angeles Magazine.

Put on your pedal pushers and your Lucky Strike bowling shirt and stroll the show.

See you there, Daddy-O.

BOWLERAMA — Fri, April 11; 7 – 9 pm; show runs through May 11. $7A+D Architecture and Design Museum, 6032 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90036

Orange you glad you'll be going....?

Orange you glad you’ll be going….?

Page Turner

You’ve got your walking shoes, your healthy snacks, your sunblock (see opening paragraph above), and your author/book bucket list for this weekend’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

Here are a couple of off-the-beaten-page stops to pencil in:

The Smokin’ Hot Indie Lit Lounge —  Kaya Press (Publisher Sunyoung Lee) and Writ Large Press (Editor/Publisher Chiwan Choi, Designer/Publisher Judeth Oden Choi, and PR/Marketing Director Peter Woods) have teamed up to throw the book fest’s best mini-bash: part oasis, part bookshop, part creative foundry, part intimate literary salon. Booth #380

Festival After Dark —  One of L.A.’s hottest Saturday night tickets!  The popular public radio program WITS , hosted by John Moe, features comedians Margaret Cho and Paul F. Tompkins and musicians Superchunk and  Okkervil River bandleader Will Sheff.  April 12/8pm – Bovard Auditorium

Prospect Park Books — The aptly-named Jennie Cook is a chef, food activist, entertainer extraordinaire,  and author of Who Wants Seconds? one of the year’s most delightful cookbooks.  On Sunday at noon, Cook will  be signing books and cooking delish treats.  Yes…yum.  Booth #62

LOS ANGELES FESTIVAL OF BOOKSSat, April 12; 10am – 6pm/Festival After Dark – 8pm  and Sun, April 13; 10am – 5pm.   Festival entry is FREE; Inside Conversations require tix.  Festival After Dark tix HERE.University of Southern California, University Park Campus, LA 90089; visitor info HERE

Get down and giddy-up....

Get down and giddy-up at Grand Ole Echo….

Twang and Spark

Go Go’ers, Sunday evenings have been dark and lonely the last few months but it’s time to put on your party shoes and kick up your heels because this weekend, Grand Ole Echo launches its 9th year of down home love.

Time flies when you’re having fun.

The roots/Americana/Good Times institution at the Echo starts the season with a bang.  Headlining the spring-start hoedown are The Jolenes: a roots/rocker songwriter supergroup consisting of Dan Janisch, Grant Langston and David Serby with drummer Dale Daniel  keeping the beat.

Go Go’ers, hips will roll.

The Get Down Boys get the party started with high-energy bluegrass while the midlining Smooth Hound Smith duo of Zack Smith and Caitlin Doyle deliver slinky, stylish roots-infused R&B.  Soulful songstress Ranger (Nicole Vaughn) serenades from the Back Porch while you sip your beer and savor your ‘cue.  The FREE/all ages gathering welcomes everyone from teensters to hipsters with/without kids (a.k.a. “kipsters” per Margaret Finnegan) to ageless dancers with/without walkers.

Think of it as universal toe-tapping.

GRAND OLD ECHO – 9TH SEASON KICK-OFF — Sun, April 13, 5-9; all ages/FREE –  The Echo,  1822 West Sunset Blvd, LA 90026

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Chocolate and Art Show — Cutting edge art!  Music!  Chocolatey goodness!  Fri/Sat – April 11 & 12

Grilled Cheese Invitational —  Final frenzy of gooey goodness!  Beer!  Yelling!  Sat, April 12

12th Annual Art Auction Benefit / Center for the Arts Eagle Rock — Great art/great prices!  Auntie Em/Four Cafe apps! + Lagunitas Beer + special cocktail from GreenBar Organic Spirits!   Sat, April 12

Bakers Will Bake — 20+ bakers!  Benefits garden-based school education!  Plenty of coffee!  Sun, April 13

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Check out The Go Go on EAT: Los Angeles, LA.’s best online source for curated food news and reviews!

John "Juke" Logan (Photo courtesy of Eileen Sussman Reis)

Blues Revue for John “Juke” Logan & Esophageal Cancer Research (Photo courtesy of Eileen Sussman Reis)

Go Go’ers, there are many situations when it’s important to hold on tight: a bar stool at 1:55 a.m., a Maserati on Mulholland Drive, and this past week on the windy streets of L.A.

If you’ve survived the gale force winds of the last few days without rolling down the street like a tumbleweed, celebrate your near escape  at these (mostly) stationary events.

Just hold on tight for fun.

Trifecta of Tastemakers

If you’re the kind of person who eats dessert first because life is just too short, dammit, you’ll want to hightail it over to Sunset Beer Company where the alchemy of suds and sweets results in Beer Float.

a.k.a. How to have your dessert and drink it too.

Golden Road Brewing will take over the taps of the cozy Sunset shop-n-pub with signature craft beers Get Up Offa That Brown, Golden Road Hefeweizen, Point the Way IPA and a special release or two.  Chunk-n-Chip delivers the artisanal ice cream via the Boo-yah truck outside.

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Beer Floats.

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Beer Floats.

Think of it as Happier Hour.

BEER FLOATThurs, April 11, 6-9pm; 21+Sunset Brewing Company, 1498 #3Sunset Blvd, Echo Park, 90026   213.481.2337

More Reasons to Go East, Young (Wo)Man

So many DIY fairs are in oxymoronic venues; you go to a giant, soulless warehouse to look at lovely, small-batch, handcrafted goods.

This weekend, go for the intimate.

On Saturday, April 13, head for York Boulevard in Highland Park where sexy-fun-vintage “idea shop” Shopclass hosts the inaugural Eastside Handmade: a gathering of twenty Eastside designers and artisans curated by HLP ‘hood resident Sheryl Cancellieri.

The name says it all....

The name says it all….

The 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. market is designed to segue nicely into NELA Second Saturday. You can buy a bag or tie or bangles and show off your new goodies over dinner  before wandering the boulevard to take in art and have a drink or two.

Hey…that was easy.

EASTSIDE HANDMADESat, April 13, 11am – 5pmShopclass, 5215 York Blvd, Highland Park 90042

 Jivin’ For Juke

There are silver-tongued devils and there are harmonica players and then there is John “Juke” Logan. who has been the best of both for over forty years on L.A.’s blues scene.

Juke has been fighting esophageal cancer for over three years and to show the harmonica god some love and raise money for esophageal cancer research, the creme de la creme of Los Angeles rock and blues musicians are kickin’ out the jams at Club Fais Do Do on Sunday afternoon, April 14th at the Blues Revue for John “Juke” Logan

It's the Juke-fest of love.

It’s the Juke-fest of love.

Warning: get the hallelujahs behind you and get ready to raise some hell.

Leading you in raising the roof are Dave Alvin, King Cotton, the Delgado Brothers,  and the Bonedaddys: only a few of the many bands performing along with special guests like Junior Watson.

Emcees Ellen Bloom, Art Martel, and Freddie Johnson are  all public radio personalities that Juke has worked with; there will be a raffle or two and a Juke-a-thon  silent auction with cool swag.

Since Juke can’t attend, the whole shebang will be recorded/streamed live so he — and you — can check it out from afar.

Or come on down so Juke not only hears the love but sees it.

BLUES REVUE FOR JOHN “JUKE” LOGANSun, April 14, 2pm – ?; $10 suggested donationClub Fais Do Do, 5257 W Adams Blvd, LA 90016 https://www.facebook.com/events/325579460897772/?fref=ts

Yee haw

Yee haw

Have A Grand Ole Time

It’s only been a few months since Grand Ole Echo closed for the winter but hasn’t it felt like forever?

This Sunday, April 14th, Echo Park’s  hub of homegrown happiness  kicks off its 8th season of free, weekly, all ages Americana, roots, and country shows plus the opportunity for BBQ and beer with your neighbors and friends.

Or think of it as the perfect time to make a new pal for the dance floor and beyond.

Phoebe Bridgers, The Americans, and Whispering Pines are on the Main Stage;  La Route keeps it real on the back patio.  Old timers and faithful friends of the Grand Ole Echo should note that for the season opener only, the GOE will be kicking it off in the Echoplex but will be back at the Echo as per usual on Sunday, April 21.

You’ll want to go then too.

GRAND OLD ECHO – 8TH SEASON KICK-OFFSun, April 14, 5-9; all ages/FREE —  The Echoplex,  1154 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90026 https://www.facebook.com/events/451020624974246/?fref=ts
Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

If the plumeria throne fits….

Ms. Go Go is tres desolee at the lateness of The Weekend Go Go due to deadlines and  birthdays (not mine!)

And such a fun weekend, too! Let’s Go Go now!

Tiki-ti One On

Go Go’ers, is there anything more festive than  Tiki?  Indulge your love of all things South Seas balmy and carved at American Cinematheque‘s Luau Night at the Egyptian Theater.  King Kukulele & The Friki Tikis and the Polynesian Paradise Dancers shake it up in the courtyard at 5:00 p.m. while you sip $5 Mai Tais and Pina Coladas.  Luau dinners are sold out online but those partial to pineapple chicken skewers and other island fare may luck out if supplies last at the door.

May the tiki gods be ever in your favor….

The King (Kukulele, not Presley) will also narrate the Tiki Volume 1 – Paradise Lost: a fab  documentary of global tiki that  features veteran and present-day artistes de tiki including writers (Sven Kirsten!), musicians (Combustible Edison!), painters and illustrators  (Shag! Eric Askew!), and, of course, bartenders!  (Hooray for all!)

Your burning tiki questions  (How many hula dancers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?) will be answered by director Jochen Hirschfeld and guests from the doc at a post-film Q&A .

Bali Hai!

TIKI NIGHT/AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE — Sat, Aug 4, 5pm (drinks/dinner); 7:30pm (film); $11 – $30; all ages — Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 90028, http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/egyptian_theatre_events

Circle the Wagons at The Grand Ole Echo on August 5th!

Wagons Ho!

Kim Grant’s Grand Ole Echo has the best summer hoedown around (and a Los Angles Magazine “Best of LA – Best Urban Honky Tonk” to prove it!) but this weekend’s show is Big Deal even by their swell standards:  Aussie twangers Henry Wagons and Wagons are up from  Down Under.  Wagons is a notably charismatic performer (and voted one of “Australia’s 100 Most Influential People”!)  so put on your pointy-toe boots and perambulate over to celebrate their new album Rumble, Shake & Tumble.

Luckily, you know how to do those things.

Stephen Sowan, then Damngivers will kick off while wunderkind Phoebe Bridgers keeps it acoustic on the Back Porch.

Sunday, meet happy.

THE GRAND OLE ECHOSun, Aug 5th @ 5:30pm; Free/All AgesThe Echo, 1822 Sunset, Echo Park 90026, https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?hl=en&tab=wm#search/wagons+grand/138d9b8e3a1b21b9

Yes, please…. Artisanal Spirits of the Times at Sadie, August 6th.

Spirited Away

Monday fast approaches but hey, it’s still summer, dammit, so make Monday “Funday”, courtesy of the L.A. Times- hosted “Spirits of the Times” at Sadie’s oh-so-pretty night porch.  Artisanal spirits like Karlsson’s Gold Vodka, Pink Pigeon Rum and Lepanto Brandy will make appearances in cocktails you can vote on (Oh, the power….) while you munch apps and look as swell as Sadie does.

‘Course, everyone’s prettier with a cocktail in hand. Even you.

SPIRITS OF THE TIMESMon, Aug 6th, 6:30pm – 9:30pmSadie,  1638 North Las Palmas Avenue Los Angeles, CA

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

“Funky Pussy” by Arthure “Art” Moore

Summer.   It’s not for clock-watching.

There are certain events, however, for which calendar watching is a must.

Anniversaries.  Birthdays.  Biennials.  Revolutions.

Especially when sunscreen, musical legends, cancan, and cuteness are involved.

Go on, Go Go’ers.  Circle some days in red.

Live All Nine Lives

Venice Beach.  You’ve ogled bodybuilders, bladed in a bathing suit, and baked in the sun (in more ways than one….)  This weekend, the funky and the fine art meet when the Hammer Museum’s Venice Beach Biennial — a “Made in L.A.” affiliated, tongue-in-cheek play on the venerable Venice (Italy) Bienniele — invades the Boardwalk.

Which was not otherwise deserted.

Cara Faye Earl will sell miniature sculptures inspired by popular Mexican saint figurines, which she has created in the guise of the world’s most wanted terrorists. (You’ve been looking for St. The Jackal.)

Veteran Boardwalk artists Albert Culbertson and Indira Burgos make paintings and boxes with imagery burned into wood using a magnifying glass and sunlight.  (Watching your mother-in-law burn?  Priceless!)

Carter Mull will set up a photo booth on the boardwalk in which visitors may have their photo taken in the manner of obituary photographs.  (In other words, play dead.)

The event, which features 90+ artists, is free (natch) and runs Friday, July 13th through Sunday, July 15th.

Funnel cakes still available on demand.

VENICE BEACH BIENNIALFri, July 13 & Sat, July 14, 11am – Sunset; Sun, July 15, 11am-6pm; Free/all agesVenice Boardwalk, Ocean Front Walk btwn 19th Ave and Rose Ave, Venice

Fun for Summer when Wonderland turns 2!

Wonderland Turns Two + More Fun

True fact.  Whenever Ms. Go Go wears a piece of jewelry from  Leanna Lin’s Wonderland, she gets stopped in the street.

In a good way!

Another true fact: everyone who’s fun loves this palace of playtime, which is why the must-stop pop shop — and you! — will be celebrating its second birthday this Saturday, July 14th with the Summerland Fun show during NELA 2nd Saturday Gallery Night.

Expect a plethora of plush (plus a raffle!) from sponsor Crowded Teeth, lots of must-have-now goodies from the likes of 64 Colors,  Melissa Contreras and more, liquid/music sustenance from local faves Eagle Rock Brewery, Swork Coffee, and DJ LamInLove, plus Mugshots Photo Booth, Auntie’s Fry Bread, and Wonderland goodie bags.

Bask in the birthday love.

SUMMERLAND FUNSat, July14, 6-10pm; free/all agesLeanna Lin’s Wonderland, 5024 Eagle Rock Blvd, LA 90041, 323.550.1332. http://leannalinswonderland.com/artgallery.html

Other Go Go Must Sees in the NELA 2nd Saturday Gallery Walk: Missed Perceptions at Future Gallery,  Dancer and the Dance at Cactus Gallery, and Espejos and Revolving Landscape at Avenue 50 Studio.

Vive la vin et cancan.

Viva la French Things

When the French Consulate says, “Let them eat…crepes”, they mean manger at the French Tuesdays Bastille Day Celebration at Caffe Primo and Sunset Plaza this Saturday, July 14th.

Ms. Go Go always consults with the consulate about crepes.

Also, cancan.

The day-of celebration of all things revolutionary and guillotine-y includes cancan dancers (naturellement!), French singers, sweet and savory crepes, Medoc wines from France’s Bordeaux region, Bastille Day party favors (which, sadly, probably won’t involve the cancan dancers) and a whole lot of ooh la la.

Which is exactly the amount of ooh la la you like….

FRENCH TUESDAYS BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATIONSat, July 14, 7pm – 1am; $20-$25 (entry only) $75 (VIP: entry/dinner/wine); 21+ Caffe Primo & adjacent Sunset Plaza Courtyard, 8590 W Sunset, LA 90069. For tix/infohttp://www.frenchtuesdays.com/events/la071412/ 

Weekend of Woody

Woody Turns 100 (In Spiritu)

Go Go’ers, Woody Guthrie made damn well sure that you knew this land is your land and for that, he deserves a  Woodypalooza.

At the very least.

The Grand Ole Guthrie would have turned 100 this month and on Sunday, July 15th, a  Weekend of Woody culminates with a late afternoon centennial celebration in the Echoplex parking lot.

Starting at 4pm, a slew of Woody-lovin’ artistes like co-sponsor Walter Spencer & friends will sing the Dust Bowl Troubadour’s songs culminating in a “This Land is Your Land” sing-a-long.  Fellow co-sponsor Grand Ole Echo kicks off at 5:30pm inside the Echoplex with Son Ark, Rod Melancon, and Triple Chicken Foot.

But wait, there’s plenty more to this palooza.

The Woody love begins on Friday, July 13 with the Origami Records in store music event.  The Guthrie fest continues on Saturday with a literary/musical event at co-sponsor Stories Books and Cafe  and a picnic and concert at El Centro de Pueblo. There’s a  travelling Woody Guthrie museum and a commemorative t-shirt and vintage duds for sale from co-sponsor Cactus Tree Vintage.

This weekend, woot for Woody!

WOODY GUTHRIE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONSun, July 15 from 3-9pm; free/all agesEchoplex Parking Lot, 1154 Glendale Blvd, LA, 90026, http://www.thegrandoleecho.com/woodyguthrie

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Those are not their real bodies.

Easter is over.  Passover is past.

Go Go’ers, it’s time to get the parties started.

A certain music event in the desert just means there’s more room in L.A. for the rest of us to have fun so read on for a weekend jam-packed with music-themed events.  And if you’re really jonesing for a Coachella-like experience, a couple of the events even require sunglasses and a water bottle.

What you put in the water bottle is up to you.

You Belong Everywhere (But Come Here)

Yearning for the loud crowds and anything-can-happen edginess of a concert experience?  Start the weekend with YOU BELONG EVERYWHERE.

Already, you’re taking the affirmation to heart.

Former paratrooper and current poet  Derrick C. Brown has performed on  The Jay Leno Show, at the Sorbonne, and  all over Europe opening for indie darlings The Cold War Kids. A five-time, international poetry slam winner and an audacious, daredevil performer,  Brown is determined to help poetry achieve rock ‘n roll status.

This is what happens when you repeatedly  jump out of a plane.

Filmmaker Stephen Latty (Drums Inside Your Chest) followed Brown around Europe and captured the poet wrangling crowds into silence with the  sheer power of his words.

European crowds require serious wrangling.

The resulting film  You Belong Everywhere, produced by actress/fellow poet Amber Tamblyn, will get its only full-length, L.A. screening to date (with post-screening Q & A) tonight, Friday, April 13th, at the Echo Park Film Center at 8:00 p.m.  L.A. phenom poet Brendan Constantine sets the mood.

Parachute optional.

YOU BELONG EVERYWHERE w/Brendan ConstantineFri, April 13 @ 8:00 pm; $8Echo Park Film Center,  1200 No Alvarado St, LA, (213) 484-8846;  Click here for TIX

Check out Ms. Go Go’s  interview with the highly entertaining Brown and Latty.

A Music Fest in an Old West Town

Must hear music in the Great Outdoors?  Yearning for  a more intimate concert experience?

Determined to use your pup tent?

Head to the Mentryville Music Fest to be held in Mentryville Park: a former oil boom/Old West town   in Santa Clarita.  Part of The Natural Stage Project, which aims to bring “folk music into the forests, parks and mountains of SoCal”, the event features over a dozen bands,  like The Carrions (from Cheryl Lindsey of The Breeders and Exene Cervenka’s band) and Death to Anders (think Pavement and the Pixies),  that will redefine your perception of folk music.

All this and an oil well.

MENTRYVILLE MUSIC FESTSaturday, April 14, 11am – ?; $5 for parkingMentryville  Park, Newhall/Santa Clarita.  Info and directions 

There will be so much fun here.

Return of the Grand Ole Echo

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, (you know who you are), you’ve probably heard about CicLAvia, which opens up streets on the Eastside of L.A. for walking, biking, triking, and playing.

So far, a good Sunday.

Here’s where Sunday gets great.  After you’ve tootled around warming up your dancing legs, head over to the Echo for the sixth season kick-off of the Grand Ole Echo: Americana queen Kim Grant’s festival of all things rootsy.

And all things swell.

The season’s inaugural line-up includes: Old Californio, which has been touring after the release of their much-touted album Sundrunk Angels, Afro-inspired Nearly Beloved , twisted backwoods music from Walter Spencer, and the debut of Red Carnations from Jeremy Little, whose songs have been featured on numerous films and T.V. shows.

No dust, plenty of parking, maximum fun.

GRAND OLE ECHO — Sun, April 15th from 5:30-9pm/FREE/All ages– The Echo, 1154 Glendale Blvd, LA 90026 , 213.413. 8200, www.attheecho.com

Ready?  U Know U Want to Go Go….

Yee-ha!

Go Go’ers, if the cold and rain has settled in your very bones, you’ll need more than a couple of high-temp ray days to recover your git-up-and-go.  Luckily, Grand Ole Echo, L.A.’s premier, down home, jump-for-joy returns this Sunday to warm you up no matter what the weather (though it looks like sunny skies all weekend long!)

Queen of Americana Kim Grant kicks off the sixth season of  the Big City hoedown in style with honky tonkin’ headliner/L.A. native Sarah Gayle Meech who’s back in town from her new Nashville home.  Bluesy faves Far West jumpstart the evening at the free, all-ages Echo show;  self-monikered “outlaw folk rocker” Maxim Ludwig & the Santa Fe Seven drive it home til Sarah Gayle takes the stage.  Grant’s new booking partner Julie Richmond settles folk/rock/alt-country L.A. newcomer Kelly Pardekooper on the Back Porch along with longtime local boys the David Brothers who’ll ease you into the week ahead.

The sippin’ whiskey won’t hurt either.

Need to scratch that Americana itch before Sunday supper?   The following shows dish up heaping helpings of you-got-my-number and yeah-that’s-right.

Country on the coast.

The Mint’s not foolin’ around this April 1st.

Welcome the weekend in sophisto fashion on Friday with roots ‘n brass veterans Royal Crown Revue who helped usher in the Swing Revival movement way back in ’89.   These days, Jennifer Keith puts the sultry in chanteuse alongside Crown co-founder/vocalist  Eddie Nichols.  You may remember these swing kings from their long-time residency at the now-shuttered Derby.

Isn’t it time you renewed your acquaintance?

Whoopin’  it up on the Westside this Saturday, Marty Axelrod guest-hosts Ernest Troost’s Juke Joint Gang at the Talking Stick in Venice.    Songs of Shiloh,  the richly textured country narrative from Axelrod and  powerhouse vocalist Nicole Gordon, sets the standard for the evening.  Solo bard Shaun Cromwell references roots and ragtime with his fingerpicking and fine-tuned lyrics while Little Faith revs up the jump and jive, tent revival style, at the shank of the evening.

Bay City may never be the same.

Craving more country?  Check out the recently launched Southland Serenade, your online source of all things Americana in the City of Angels.  (http://southlandserenade.bandzoogle.com/fr_home.cfm)

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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