VENDORS & LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

VENDORS

Backyard Sol Instruments BACKYARD SOL MUSIC Handmade Musical Instruments

THE PERFECT COMBINATION OF RUSTIC AND ELEGANCE

It all started when I was first introduced to the amazing Gourd Banjos created by instrument builder Bob Thornburg. I thought they were the most amazing things ever! They were rustic and elegant at the same time. An instrument to play or a piece of art you could hang on your wall. I thought that one day I would try my hand at making one. Well one thing led to another and somewhere on the road to making my own gourd banjo I stumbled across something entirely different and surprising, Cigar Box Guitars! What initially started out as an experiment that was supposed to take me down the road to gourd banjos has become an amazing journey to a whole new destination.

Cigar Box Guitars combine all the things I love about musical instruments. They can be rustic and old timey looking, sleek and refined, or any combination in between. They are fun and can be easy to play. They’re a great instrument for a beginner, or a fun addition to a pro player’s arsenal. I've been making them for a while now and am having a great time doing it! Many of my instruments have been "sent out into the world" and I'm looking to spread the word where ever I can.

I’ve posted on this website many pictures of the work I've been doing. Check them out and let me know what you think! These instruments sound great, are cool looking, and super fun to play. I love them and I think you will too.

While temporarily taking a back seat to Cigar Box Guitars, the Gourd Banjo has not been forgotten in my workshop! The groundwork has been laid and foundations have been set in place. If you look closely and have a keen eye you might catch glimpses of what’s to come in the photos of my workshop! The journey continues…

Website: http://www.backyardsolmusic.com/



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AFRICA LOVE - Traditional handmade African arts and crafts.

Mara, a world traveler, entrepreneur, US citizen and Senegalese-born native with deep business and trade ties to the African continent, as well as North America, Europe and Asia; opened Africa Love in Town Square, Las Vegas in November 2017. The store is the first of its kind in Las Vegas, and it showcases all that Africa has to offer by way of music, fashion, customs, dialects, entertainment and so much more! 

For the past six years, Mara has operated an African import/export business under the trade name “Mara Imports & Traders” out of Los Angeles, CA. Through this venture, he has been able to import beautifully handcrafted instruments from Mali, Ghana and Ivory Coast, exquisite handwoven baskets made by female artisans in the rural region of Thies Senegal, gorgeous and colorful raffia handbags from the Island of Madagascar and so much more. 

As a panAfricanist, Mara is also the founder/CEO of Da’African Village, a 501(c)(3) organization that serves as a “bridge of togetherness” between Africa and the US. His mission is to share the rich culture and tradition of West Africa with the rest of the world. Well known in the travel and tourism industry, Mara has guided celebrities such as Serena WilliamsJessie JacksonLauryn HillKy-Mani MarleyJimmy Cliff and many others. It was during this time that Mara realized the need to create a comprehensive book entitled Talking Wolof with Da'African Village that helps those traveling abroad to communicate more effectively with the people of West Africa. 

Contact: 424-703-0684 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.africalovestore.com



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MCCABE'S GUITAR SHOP – concerts, lessons, instruments, repairs

McCabe's Guitar Shop is a musical instrument store specializing in acoustic, folk, and world instruments. Operating in Santa Monica, CA since 1958, McCabe's also houses a music school, instrument repair shop, and world-famous concert venue. For the past 50 years, McCabe's has hosted incredible acts such as Beck, Sun Ra, Jackson Browne, Bill Monroe, Emmylou Harris, PJ Harvey, and hundreds more in our 150-seat listening room.

3101 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Contact: 310-828-4497 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: https://www.mccabes.com/



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MEREDITH GORDON – Tile art

Meredith Gordon worked many years in commercial art on commercial tiles. For the last 15 years she has been making tiles from clay: printing, drawing, painting and firing.




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GERALD C. RIVERS & MESSAGE MEDIA GROUP (MMG) / PEACE PLAYER DRUMMERS

West African Djembes and musical instruments from Senegal and related merch

Gerald C. Rivers is a naturally talented and classically trained Shakespearean Actor, Voiceover Artist, Inspirational Speaker and Master West African Drummer and teacher. He is known for his voice over work in cartoons, animated feature films, internet series, internationally popular video games, and radio & television commercials and campaigns. Gerald is also the founder and Executive Director of Message Media Group a multi media edutainment company, providing presentations and workshops to all age groups.

Gerald’s greatest vocal recognition and accolades come from his work as the voice of the late, great civil rights leader, Rev., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mr. Rivers is in constant demand to share the words of Dr. King’s timeless message. His renditions in schools, churches, prisons, hospitals, synagogues, temples, homeless shelters, hospitals, rehab centers, senior citizen centers and corporations have taken him throughout the US and around the world! Gerald was invited to speak at the dedication of the King memorial in Washington D.C. And the Center for the Advancement of Nonviolence recognized Gerald’s work when they bestowed upon him their Season for Non-Violence, Local Hero Award.

The effective power and passion in Gerald’s sound comes from a deep, trustworthy gravitas and wise sincerity that can be as funny and approachable as it profoundly inspirational. As his many happy clients already know, with Gerald at the VO helm, your project will be set in dynamic and dependable VocalMotion – that is guaranteed to take your listener and message exactly where you need them to go.

The effective power and passion in Gerald’s sound comes from a deep, trustworthy gravitas and wise sincerity that can be as funny and approachable as it profoundly inspirational. As his many happy clients already know, with Gerald at the VO helm, your project will be set in dynamic and dependable VocalMotion – that is guaranteed to take your listener and message exactly where you need them to go.

Message Media Group (MMG) is a full service entertainment company providing arts performances and classes in:

  • Voice Over Acting
  • West African Djembe Drumming
  • Public Speaking and Motivational Speaking
    • including words and works as the voice of Martin Luther King Jr.,
  • Facilitating Drum Circles
  • Drum Performances
  • and the sale of:
    • authentic West African Djembes and musical instruments from Senegal
    • T- shirts and merchandise promoting Peace, Love and Positivity
    • MLK CD's

Traditional music jams bring musicians (and singers) together in a relaxed atmosphere where all levels and talents are welcome, including those who simply want to hear traditional music or song.

Peace Player Drummers

Gerald C. Rivers and the Peace Player Drummers perform at schools, churches, festivals, conferences and other events celebrating cutural diversity and inclusion. Now going into it's 8th year, the group is recognized and requested throughout southern California.

Participants must be good students, evolving leaders and examples of peace, love and positivity wherever they go.

Some of the Haitian style drums have been donated on loan from Motherland Music in Inglewood.




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OLD-TIME TIKI PARLOUR – Traditional music CDs, DVDs and Boxed Sets

Old-Time Tiki Parlour produces and sells critically-acclaimed CDs, DVDs and Boxed Sets featuring today's greatest traditional musicians. All releases feature folk art and extensive liner notes by traditional artists.

Website: http://oldtimetikiparlour.com/

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RUNWAY BOUTIQUE - Head Wraps & Accessories

Empowering women through fashion, Runway embraces every style of woman to make her feel fabulous. An extension of your own living room RB, offers a colorful personal styling experience in a wardrobe that is a unique and varied array of the latest trends, vintage favorites, and deconstructed genius.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/runwayboutiquela/

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



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SPIRIT SPA SOAP – skin care soap bars

All of our face & body skin care bars are made from scratch in the beautiful sunny climate of southern California. They are patiently crafted in small batches using our own unique recipe of carefully selected organic, vegan approved base oils, essential oils and fragrance oils. We always purchase our certified organic coconut oil, organic extra virgin olive oil, organic shea butter, organic and sustainable palm oil, organic hemp oil, organic castor oil and organic sunflower oil from environmentally responsible sources.  And unlike most conventional soaps, our wonderfully fragrant soap bars contain no phthalates, no sulfates, no parabens, no nanoparticles and no alcohol.

The Spirit Spa invites you to explore a new approach toward stress reduction, gentle cleansing and skin rejuvenation. We can't wait to pamper your skin. 

Website: http://spiritspasoap.com/





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STARBURST VINTAGE - Ladies vintage jewelry

Costume jewelry necklaces, bracelets, brooches, earrings, and rings

Native American silver jewelry

Contact: Debbie Kellaway 818-480-0286 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.









LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

Tree on top with Anaheim CAThe Living Tradition is a non-profit organization working to support and preserve traditional music and dance in Southern California.  They host contra dances, contemporary and traditional folk music concerts, and traditional music jams nearly every month at the beautiful Anaheim Downtown Community Center at 250 E. Center St., in Anaheim, California.

Their events are family-friendly and are open to the public.  Admission prices for dances and concerts are modest, and children under 18 years are free with a paid adult.  They ask a $2 per person contribution for music jams to defray rental costs.  Bring your friends, make new friends, get some exercise (dancing), or just relax and enjoy traditional American music.

The Living Tradition events held at the Anaheim Downtown Community Center are partially funded by a grant from the Anaheim Arts Council.

Concerts, Dances, and Jams

The Living Tradition concert series presents international and local artisans of contemporary and traditional folk music for a modest cost in an intimate setting.

Contra dances allow folks of all ages to dance to live music and enjoy easy-to-learn traditional dance - without a partner.

Traditional music jams bring musicians (and singers) together in a relaxed atmosphere where all levels and talents are welcome, including those who simply want to hear traditional music or song.



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Graduate students Brian Toby and Simon Davies formed the Caltech Folk Music Society as a Caltech student organization in 1983. The intent was to bring well-known performers of acoustic music from around the country, and around the world, to play at Caltech for a reasonable price.

Long before playing “unplugged” became fashionable, the CFMS began to seek out a wide range of singer-songwriters, bluegrass bands, British Isles music, blues, Nueva Cancion, guitarists, and a whole array of other musicians that did not fit well into mainstream musical categories. While some of these performers emphasize elements of “folk tradition,” others are boldly innovative and truly unique. Social activism, humor, and compassion are commonly present as well.

In 2013 (when we turned 30!), the Society became a 501(c)(3) organization and the name was changed to the Pasadena Folk Music Society. Concerts continue to be held at Caltech in Beckman Institute Auditorium [map]. The street address for Beckman Institute is 400 South Wilson Avenue, Pasadena.

The Pasadena Folk Music Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with all money collected going toward paying performers, and for mailings and other expenses.