By Picker Woodroof

Picker's Roundup for Thursday 04/24/2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Greetings fellow Antelope Valley live music lovers. Welcome to Picker’s Roundup, the one stop source for all your weekend entertainment planning needs. Although the focus is primarily on live performance music and the fine musicians that live and play in the Antelope Valley, we will occasionally head out of town to a particularly fun event. So get out and have some fun this week, and on behalf of local performers everywhere, we thank you for your support. There is quite a bit of ground to cover, so let’s get started. For more details, click any of the underlined links to open fan pages and websites.

Roundup Spotlight. To say that Walker Gibson and Roby Duron are two of the valley’s best musicians is kind of like saying Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig were a couple of pretty good ball players. A few of us had the great pleasure of seeing them in “Unplugged” mode last Tuesday evening in the lobby of the Courtyard by Marriott in Palmdale. There were Davenports and over-stuffed comfy chairs. There were hotel guests having a beverage or two after a hard day’s work. And there was a couple of us from the outside that caught an intriguing little post that Walker dropped on his Face Book timeline promising a "Simulated Vacation Exprerience, complete with the sounds, sights, and smells of a real hotel lobby". This was the setting for one of the most intimate and pleasurable musical adventures I’ve had in quite some time. It was as close as you can get having the two of them stop by your house for a couple of hours.

Their set was mostly classic R&R and Blues favorites, but the perfectly executed songs seemed almost to exist solely as a vehicle to take us on a very rewarding musical holiday. Gracefully twisting and turning down the back roads and alleys and country woods spanning decades of popular titles, they were in complete control of our little outing. These two function as one, taking turns being in the supporting role, laying down the solid rhythmic and percussive foundation necessary for the other one to do his high wire act. The nonverbal communication between these two is uncanny. Being a lifelong musician, I often find it difficult to simply enjoy a performance because I tend to over analyze and criticize what I see and hear. I have no such difficulties when I’m in the very capable hands of Messer’s Gibson and Duron.  

You can catch these two doing their thing every Tuesday at the Marriott Courtyard Palmdale from 5:30 until 7:00 PM. Please enjoy this Video of Walker and Roby covering Sultans of Swing from last week’s show, then get down there next Tuesday to see the real deal and get the full effect. Don’t forget to drop a Ducket in the Bucket while you’re there. Tell ‘em Picker sent you.

Neilstock X is coming up on May 17th, let me know if you need tickets. I still have access to tickets but they’re going quickly so don’t wait any longer. Message me at (661) 965-4763 or pickerwoodroof@gmail.comfor tickets or more information.

Picker’s Rock & Roll Pick of the Week: Saturday 04/26/2014: NSA (Not Signing Anything) will be making some seriously good Rock & Roll music, ONE NIGHT ONLY, up in Lancaster at the AV Road House at Casa Roma

Roundup Tip of the Week: The Face Book Events page is a great place to show your support for your local music scene. I always click the “JOIN” button when I get an invitation to an event and here’s why; 1. It is a great way to remind yourself what’s happening that day. 2. It shows support for your local bands and musicians. The more people that are in “GOING” status, the more likely the casual fan will be motivated to get involved. People like being with other people. 3. It’s a great way to get your friends together for a well-planned night on the town. Remember to celebrate responsibly. If alcohol is going to be part of the plan, be sure to designate a sober driver to get everyone home safely.

Hey Picker, where are you playing this week? Thanks for asking, I have two gigs with the Highway 138 Band this week. Saturday the 26th at Palmdale VFW Post 3552 and Sunday the 27th at Moldy Marvin’s Pool Party and Raff’s Birthday Celebration. The pool party is a semi-private affair but I can squeeze a few more names on the guest list. PM me for the address if you want to go.

Thursday 04/24/2014: Julianni’s Italian Ristoranteis happy to feature Ira Gonzalesthis evening from 5 PM

Thursday 04/24/2014: Vincent Hill Station hasTeri Vilani and John Spear tonight in the lounge at 6 PM.

Friday 04/25/2014: Julianni’s Italian Ristorante welcomes the return of our conquering hero's, The Cosmopolites. Come on down and see JP and T-Money, the boys have just returned from the Great Northern Tour, and it's going to be quite a little party, guaranteed. The Cosmops will be out on the BRAND NEW PATIO STAGE from 7:30 until 11:00 PM.

Friday 04/25/2014:The Palmdale Moose Lodge is proud to feature The Cervantes Band beginning at 7 PM. Call (661) 947-6207 for more information. Here’s the deal;Palmdale Moose Lodge is a private club but they are now allowing the bands to invite guests, so just tell the door person you’re with the band and have a member sign you in. The Moose Lodge is always looking to looking to sign new members. The children’s charity “Moose Heart” does tremendous and worthwhile work. Let the door person know you are thinking of joining, and could you get a member to sponsor your visit. The fun starts at 7:00 PM for your dancing and partying pleasure. Get there in time for supper, served from 5:00 until 7:00 (or until sold out) and stay for drinks and dancing! Great Prices, Great Times!

Friday 04/25/2014: Lit Jam, a celebration of the spoken wordat the one and only Butlers Coffee in Palmdale beginning promptly at 7 PM.

Friday 04/25/2014: Vincent Hill Station. In the house tonight and playing your country favorites, John Spear and the Runaway Train Band,out on the patio andbeginning promptly at 8 PM.

Friday 04/25/2014: Live Radio Band is in the house for one night only, tonight at BeX Bar & Grillbeginning at 9 PM.

Saturday 04/26/2014: Vincent Hill Station would like you to know that Michael Gabriel will be performing in the lounge from 6 until 10 PM.

Saturday 04/26/2014: Highway 138 Band will be playing at the Palmdale VFW Post 3552 from 7 until 11 PM. Come on down and join the party. Let’s pack the joint and blow the roof right off the house.

Saturday 04/26/2014: E Zane Wood performs his solo act at Kinetic Brewing Cofrom 7 until11 PM. Rumor has it that Blues Guitarist Extraordinaire Val Realwill make a special guest appearance.

Saturday 04/26/2014: Butlers Coffee in Palmdale features an evening with Jimmy Lee Young. Experience a unique blend of native and world music and some good old rock & roll too. Jimmy’s band Chrystal-Phoenixwas nominated in the “Best New Group” category at the 2002 Native American Music Awards. The band will play both sets tonight, starting at 7 PM.

Saturday 04/26/2014: The Just Us Band will play for your listening and dining pleasure on the BRAND NEW PATIO STAGE at Julianni’s Italian Ristorante from 7:30 until 11:00 PM in the Lancaster quite pleased to play his guitar and Market Place.

Saturday 04/26/2014: NSA (Not Signing Anything) will be making some seriously good Rock & Roll music tonight, for ONE NIGHT ONLY up in Lancaster at the AV Road House at Casa Roma.

Saturday 04/26/2014: BeX Bar & Grill would like to invite you over to club for an evening with The Suits, great R&R dance music tonight beginning at 9 PM. Visit The Suits Face Book Fan Page Here.

Saturday 04/26/2014: The Rock Inn Lake Hughes Proudly presents great R&R just the way you like it with Vagrant X Does the Rock Inn from 9 PM until 1 AM. Come early, have a nice meal and listen to some great tunes. The chow is always tasty, so get there early and have a great supper!

Sunday 04/27/2014: The Lancaster United Methodist Churchwill present a fine program of contemporary worship music during Sunday services beginning at 9 AM. The worship team is led by assistant pastor Jason Woodell.

Sunday 04/27/14: The Unity Band, featuring Walker and Lindsay Gibson, Danny Leoni sharing The Word with songs of praise during Sunday services at Unity Church of Antelope Valleyat the Hilton Garden Inn each week beginning at 10 AM.

Sunday 04/27/2014: Four Points Swapmeet in Palmdale has Live Music on two stages from 10:30 AM until 3:30 PM. Call the Swap Meet at (661) 273-0456 for weekly.

Sunday 04/27/2014: Sunday afternoonAll Star Jam at Vincent Hill Station beginning at 3 PM.

Sunday 04/27/2014:Julianni’s Italian Ristorante in the Lancaster Market Placeisproud to featureWalker Gibsonfor your listening and dining pleasure every Sunday from 5 until 9 PM.

Sunday 04/27/2014: The Sunday Pro Blues Jam with the 360 Horns in Downtown Newhall is well worth the short drive down the slope. And it’s right across the street from the Metro station at The Vu Bar and Lounge. You can even ride the train down and back, how cool is that? The finest musicians in SoCal gather each week starting at 4 PM to play the finest Blues, R&B, and a touch of Funk at the Best Jam Session for the past 24 Years. When was the last time you danced to pro horn section? I’m guessing it’s been way too long. The $5 cover buys your first drink. You’ll like the way it makes you feel, I guarantee it.

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