West Valley Music Center is the premier showcase for acoustic music in the West San Fernando Valley. One Saturday every month, we bring you some of the best folk music artists at our monthly Acoustic Music Series: singer-songwriters, both local and touring, performing in our optimal listening space. Located in a redesigned intimate setting perfectly suited for an attentive audience, our unique performance space holds up to 40 people, providing the audience and performers with an ideal listening environment.
For artists interested in booking information, contact Jeff Gold.
July 16, 2011
West Third Hunger
Janeen Rae Heller
November 12, 2011
November 12, 2011
December 4, 2011
With John Densmore
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Saturday, February 11 @ 8pm
Ernest Troost is an Emmy-award-winning film and television composer and a recipient of the Kerrville New Folk award for his songwriting. His evocative style combines folk and Piedmont-blues-style guitar picking with timeless stories and colorful character portrayals drawn from the American past and present. If the Carter Family, Robbie Robertson, and Alfred Hitchcock wrote songs together, they might sound like this. His new album, O LOVE, has been a hit with fans and critics alike.
“Troost is a brilliant Americana songwriter. …making pensive, sometimes snarling, Steve Earle-ish, lyrically-driven Americana. …with inspired playing and smartly judicious arrangements. Fans of Steve Earle and Jeffrey Foucault will find an awful lot to like in Troost’s brooding, intense songcraft.”
—Delarue, New York Music Daily
Hailing from New York, Folkways recording artist Jeff Gold graduated from the Aaron Copland School of Music. During his New York life, he played at such legendary venues as the Village Gate, Kenny’s Castaways, the Bottom Line, and Speakeasy. He also played extensively at Folk City—one of the great proving grounds for the newest and brightest singer-songwriters—where he shared the stage with artists such as Shawn Colvin, the Roches, Odetta, Steve Forbert, and Suzanne Vega. Once in Los Angeles, Jeff continued performing in LA’s finest venues, such as The Troubadour, Genghis Cohen, McCabe’s, the Mint, Largo, and The Coffee Gallery. He also performed on stage with Peter, Paul, and Mary at the Troubadours of Folk festival at UCLA.
Incredibly versatile, Jeff plays and composes for the piano, saxophone, guitar, clarinet, and keyboards, and he also writes, creating stunning pop standards that come from the guts and heart of contemporary life. These beautifully tender songs are written and performed in a style he describes as “urban folk.” Rendered in a gentle voice and accompanied by his easy-flowing, fluid acoustic guitar work, this style is evidenced by his well-reviewed CD, The Journey. Jeff was honored by having two of his songs selected to be in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., and has also placed a song in the Universal film, Flicka 3.
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