“American Folk Music Fest”

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Date(s) - 04/28/2013
11:30 am - 6:00 pm

Leonis Adobe Museum

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“The American Folk Music Fest” at Leonis Adobe Rancho

International and Local Musicians, Refreshments, Fun For Kids

Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation Celebrates Life Through Music


(Los Angeles) – – A day of Country, Bluegrass, Blues, Celtic and Traditional Folk Music, along with refreshments, and many fun activities for kids, will take place on Sunday, April 28th, from 11:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on the outdoor ranch grounds of the Leonis Adobe Museum, Calabasas. The Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation, a non-profit organization located in Chatsworth providing free cancer support programs for the community, presents “The American Folk Music Fest”.

Several music groups will perform throughout the afternoon, including: Mike Stein & Jerusalem Stone, J.D. Weiss & Mike Stein, The Pratie Boys, Modal Tease String Band, Ross Altman, Sugar In The Gourd, Dawson’s Gang, and Keeping Fire.

Mike Stein, Cantor at Temple Aliyah, Woodland Hills, is a world-renowned performer, composer and recording artist. Before becoming a Cantor, Stein was a successful singer, songwriter and actor. He appeared on Broadway in three shows, including “Jesus Christ Superstar”, and toured with the original road show of “Tommy”. The Pratie Boys derive their music from traditional Irish songs and dance tunes, along with their own songs of American heritage. They perform on guitars, mandolins, banjos and whistles. “Music from Appalachia and Beyond” is the motto of the Modal Tease String Band. They play foot-tapping tunes using banjo, fiddle and guitar. Ross Altman, “Singer-Songfighter”, sings old labor songs, antiwar, civil rights and protest songs, along with traditional and love songs. He plays both six and twelve-string guitars, a banjo and several harmonicas.

The four women who call themselves Sugar In The Gourd, have combined their individual songwriting talents and, as a band, play guitar, mandolin, fiddle, bass, and banjo as they perform and sing rock, blues, bluegrass, folk, country and swing music. Dawson’s Gang, one of Southern California’s premiere Country/Rock band, performs Top 40 current country music. They rock the house with southern-rock-meets-modern-country style music. One of the area’s best new acoustic bands, Keeping Fire plays a blend of traditional and contemporary bluegrass, new folk and original music. The five members of the band perform on guitar, mandolin, Dobro guitar, banjo and upright bass.

Fun For Kids will feature Sheriff George and his Deputies, who will “stage” Arrests and Warrants. The Sheriff and his deputies will arrest various people attending the event, place them in “jail”, and release them after their bail has been paid. There will also be Bubble Blowing, Face Painting, Story Telling and an opportunity to feed the sheep, goats, and other animals that live on the historic 1800’s ranch at Leonis Adobe Museum.

About The Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation

The Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation is dedicated to helping people win the fight against cancer. The Foundation empowers people with knowledge, through its Cancer Information Libraries. It also provides many free support programs including yoga, Pilates, and art classes. TV cancer-related health shows are also in the works, giving cancer patients the tools they need to make informed decisions about their healthcare. By treating the mind and body, the Foundation gives patients and their families hope, support, and a better quality of life. With headquarters in Chatsworth, services and programs are provided to the community free of charge.


About Leonis Adobe Museum

The Leonis Adobe Museum, Los Angeles Cultural Monument #1, is dedicated to restoring, preserving, and sharing the last of the old west. Depicting California ranch life of the late 1800s, Leonis Adobe was the home of Miguel Leonis, known as the King of Calabasas. The museum features his authentically furnished two-story Monterrey-style adobe with original buildings, period livestock, gardens and a vineyard–all part of Leonis’ recreated ranch where he once lived. Although the Leonis Adobe is over 150 years old, the everyday life on the ranch is much the same


Purchase Tickets For the “American Folk Music Fest”

Tickets may be purchased from the Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation by phone: (818) 700-6900 or online: www.jenniferdiamondfoundation.org. Advance Sale Tickets are available online. Tickets may also be purchased from the Leonis Adobe Museum, (818) 222-6511 or at their location, 23527 Calabasas Road, Calabasas, before the event or at the gate. Prices are determined by age groups: 18-64 years, $15 advanced online or $17 at the gate; 65 years and up, $13 and $15; 10-17 years, $10 and $12; children under 10 years can attend free of charge.

For more information, please phone the Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation, (818) 700-6900 or the Leonis Adobe Museum, (818) 222-6511.

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