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Spencer & Rains and Skeleton Keys in Los Angeles


The Old-Time Tiki Parlour is proud to present Spencer & Rains with their six-piece stringband The Skeleton Keys! Fiddles, banjo, guitars, bass, accordion, ukelele and a pair of golden throats perform the arcane tunes of Texas and Kansas. This will be a rare oppurtunity to see them with The Skeleton Keys!
In order to keep this event as intimate as possible, seating is limited.

On Saturday, February 11th 2017 at 8:30PM. This special event has limited seating and it will be held at Timewarp Records in Los Angeles.
An old-time jam hosted by David Bragger will begin at 7:00.
Venue Info and Tickets are available HERE.

skeleton-keys-cropped2-1024x517Tricia Spencer and Howard Rains are two of the greatest emerging artists in the traditional music scene!

The band came about when Tricia and Howard recorded The Old Texas Fiddle, Vol II. They gathered together a group of dear musical friends: Charlie and Nancy Hartness of Athens, GA on ukulele and guitar, respectively, Brendan Doyle of Oakland, CA on banjo, and Virginia Musser, of Lawrence, KS, on bass. When the band started performing, Emily Mann of San Francisco, CA took over the bass duties.

The Skeleton Keys specialize in early Texas fiddle tunes as well as old tunes from the Midwest and the Spencer Family in particular. Centered around Spencer & Rains twin fiddling, Doyles pitch-perfect fiddle-like banjo style, and the Hartnesss and Manns air-glide rhythm, the Keys create their own unique sound but stay true to the roots of the music.

Tiki Parlour Presents: Foghorn Stringband Live in Los Angeles

The Tiki Parlour is proud to present an evening with this smoking, barn bustin’ old-time superforce that redefined modern old-time string band music!
On Thursday, January 19th 2017 at 8:30PM, Foghorn will mark their return to Los Angeles! This special event has limited seating and it will be held at Timewarp Records in Los Angeles. Tiki Parlor’s David Bragger will lead an old-time jam at 7:00.
Venue Info and Tickets are available HERE.

The Foghorn Stringband is the present day shining gold standard for American string band music, with eight albums, thousands of shows, over a decade of touring under their belts, and an entirely new generation of old-time musicians following their lead. They’ve been steadily proving that American roots music is a never-ending well of inspiration.

The music of The Foghorn Stringband revolves around four master musicians: Portland, Oregon-based Caleb Klauder (vocals, mandolin, fiddle) and Reeb Willms (vocals, guitar), and Yukon-based Nadine Landry (vocals, upright bass) and Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind (vocals, fiddle, banjo). Each member of The Foghorn Stringband comes not only from a different part of the American roots music spectrum, but leads the pack in their field as well. Caleb Klauder’s wistful, keening vocals and rapid-fire mandolin picking are as influenced by Southern roots music as much as by his upbringing in Washington State. Also from Washington, Reeb Willms grew up in the state’s Eastern farmlands singing hard-bitten honky-tonk with her family. Nadine Landry’s roots lie in the rural backroads of Acadian Québec, but she cut her teeth as one of the best bluegrass bassists in Western Canada. Minnesotan Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind, simply put, is one of the best old-time fiddlers of his generation and has a voice that sounds like it’s coming from an old 78.

Onstage, The Foghorn Stringband gather around one microphone, balancing their music on the fly, and playing with an intense, fiery abandon.

To Foghorn, this music is as relevant today as it was a century ago. They see themselves not as revivalists, but as curators and ardent fans, and their music is a celebration of these roots. From their origins in Portland Oregon’s underground roots music scene in the late 90s and early 00s, when members of today’s hot bands like The Decemberists and Blind Pilot were gathering to explore the roots of American folk music, The Foghorn Stringband have spread the old-time string band gospel all over the world. Along the way, they’ve brought in influences and inspirations from their many travels and late-night jam sessions. Old-time square dance tunes now rub shoulders with Cajun waltzes, vintage honky-tonk songs, and pre-bluegrass picking. This is the kind of bubbling musical brew which first intoxicated the American mainstream in the day.

Joe Fontenot CD Release Party

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Joe Fontenot’s official CD Release Party is finally here! After months of conflicting schedules and a few unforeseen health issues, Mr. Joe is finally celebrating his debut release L’Echo a Travers Le Clos (Echo Across the Field) with a big Cajun dance!

On Sunday, October 23rd at 4:30 at the Golden Sails Hotel in Long Beach, California, were gonna have a big ‘ol party!

Location: 6285 Pacific Coast Hwy  Long Beach, CA 90803

Santa Barbara Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention

Tiki Parlour’s David Bragger has just been named the new Artistic Director of the 45th Annual Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention & Festival.

There’ll be Bands, an exciting Contest, Instrument & Flatfooting Workshops, an old-time Raffle, an Instrument Petting Zoo, Craft Beer & Wine and tons of Jamming! Ticket Sales and Contest Registration are now online!

When? It’s Sunday, October 9th from 10-5. More info HERE!

Tickets are now available HERE!

You can pre-register for the contest directly HERE!

Who? Meredith Axelrod, Thompsonia (Eric, Suzy and Allegra Thompson), Sausage Grinder, Peter Feldmann, Echo Mountain, The Darling Brothers and The Salt Martians. More info on the performers HERE!

Jams & Workshops- There will be workshops in old-time fiddle, banjo, mandolin and flatfooting! There’ll also be hosted old-time jams! More info HERE!

Contest-There’ll be an old-time music contest with categories in Fiddle, Banjo, Singing, Band, Mandolin, Guitar, Other Folk Instrument and Best Back-Up. More general contest info HERE!


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Sausage Grinder - L to R: David Bragger, Susan Platz, Chris Berry Photo by David Bragger

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