Second Sundays!

Terry brings his band Cactus Jam to the famous Ranch Party at Fairfax Farmers Market on March 25th!

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 Rehearsals have begun for full band shows this year with Terry on all lead and rhythm guitars, and a host of special guests!

 

Second Sundays media page on Facebook!

Facebook -- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Second-Sunday-Concerts/897080097000874?fref=ts

 

Terry Okey - Los Angeles based singer/songwriter plays favorite songs of travel, the heart and social importance:

Terry is available for all gigs in Southern California and beyond!

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I am really looking forward to the Folk Alliance International Folk Conference coming up in February in Kansas City Missouri. The theme is protest songs of social importance and sometimes I feel like I'm the only one left writing them!  Here's photos from a fun show at the 2016 Far West in Seattle:

 

 

 

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Happy New Years!


 

I write to you on this, the last night of 2016. It has been a challenging year. Still a young democracy, it seems America has grown up a lot this year. Perhaps enough to realize the implications that decades of government policies have had on the rest of the planet. We’ve seen the rise of suspicion and intolerance in reaction to a lot of pent up frustration. My hope is that we will not fall prey to hate, greed and opportunism, regardless of how callous and popular it seems to be, and that a wave of empathy and tolerance will be sustained by the people of the world. For sure, we will all be out there fighting for what we believe in, but we must remember basic human respect for all people is the foundation of our government and what truly make this country great.

 I wrote this song as a meditation and prayer awhile back, one New Years Eve when I was feeling down. I play it softly when I am feeling down, knowing that no matter how far you fall, redemption, friends, and the light is always there, it’s always up.

Enjoy the music and I hope to see more of you in 2017! 

Peace,

Terry Okey

9:30 pm, December 31st, 2016

 

Let The Rain Come

 

Let the rain come, let it soak the things that I own,

let the dark clouds, cast a shadow over me,

worse times I’ve never seen, 

but my eyes rinse clean, and I’ll see another storm,

 

Let the rain come. let it flood my cluttered days,

let the cold winds, blow the leaves from my soul,

worse times I’ve never seen, 

but my eyes rinse clean, and I’ll see another storm,

 

I used to get so down, afraid that I might drown,

but in the end I found, the water is lifting me,

 

So let the rain come, let it wash a shambled life, 

let those dark skies, block the sun from my life,

worse times I’ve never seen, 

but my eyes rinse clean, and I’ll see another storm,

 

I used to get so down, afraid that I might drown,

but in the end I found the water is lifting me,

 

Copyright 2005 Terry Okey

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A couple of screen captures from the full band video shoot at Molly Malones!

We closed out a great year of music in 2016! Tons of fun gigs and a lot of wonderful artists at the City Roots house concert and the Second Sundays farm concert series. Huge thanks to all you fans who keep the roots music flowing! Video highlights of all this years artists are in the works.

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City Roots Hollywood house concert is a great night of music and friends, dinner and drinks. Great roots and folk artists play in our beautiful altar music room every month. Saturday November 19th we have the wonderful Nathan and Jessie and the fun Chauncey Bowers!

  

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Second Sunday Concerts last concert of the year on Sunday October 9th!

Starring the amazing music of Ted Russel Kamp, Cynthia Brando, AJ Hobbs, Emily Zuzik and Terry Okey. Come up to the mountains and enjoy a day of food, drinks, nature, music and friends!

At Adams' Pack Station in Arcadia (20 minutes from downtown LA)

At Adams' Pack Station in Arcadia (20 minutes from downtown LA)

Chantry Flat Rd, Arcadia, CA 91006

adamspackstation.com

(626) 447-7356

 

 

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I will be playing the wonderful City Roots Hollywood House Concert on Sept. 10th and I'm really looking forward to playing all the most intimate and important songs I've written. The fabulous Honey Whisky Trio is also playing! With free parking and dinner included in the price of donation it will be a great night of music, friends and food!

https://www.facebook.com/City-Roots-1102040956475845/

 

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Second Sunday FREE concert in the mountains above Pasadena is coming up on Sunday September 11th! Great Ted Wulfers, Joe Armstrong and Terry Okey with John Bird!

folk, country, rock and blues music.

With BBQ food, beer and wine, music and friends!

Please see Facebook / Second Sunday Concerts for more info:

https://www.facebook.com/Second-Sunday-Concerts-897080097000874/

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Here is a small instrumental song I recorded last month:

Take Flight

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I had a really fun time talking with all you folks at the Topanga Banjo Contest today! It is so great to see so many people coming out to enjoy great music and I look forward to seeing a lot of you at the next Second Sunday Concert, oh yeah, I ended up winning 3rd place in my category with my slide guitar! Please see video of our fun Second Sunday Concert below-

 

The next Second Sunday concert is Sunday June 12th with the amazing Rick Shea and Amilia Spicer!

 The first Second Sunday Summer Concert was great fun! We had some amazing and intimate performances, great food and friends. It looks to be another great season. Huge thanks to Ben Vaughan, Brian Whelan, Brenda Carsey and Tom Gramlich - and the pack station mules for occasionally chiming in!

We had the greatest time playing music in the forest above Los Angeles last summer and we will do it again this year!

Check out all the amazing performers on video:

Rick Shea

Alice Wallace

Bobby Joyner

Terry Okey's Cactus Jam

Cliff Wagner

Michael-Ann Azouli

Funky Jenn

Chris Laterzo

Molly Hanmer

Bruce Ray White 

Jed's Dead

Wild Mountain Mystics

Mike Freas

Anny Celsi

 

Paul Inman

Shand Walton:

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

City Roots is here!

A fun monthly house concert in Hollywood featuring some of the most intimate acoustic songs from the folk scenes greatest writers!

 

 

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Holiday fun benefit show!

With 12 artists

Saturday December 19th

at The Scarlet Lady Saloon

For those who love great food, music and friends, a fun holiday benefit show is happening on Saturday December 19th to help fund the Ocean Park Community Center, who provide services to the most traumatized, vulnerable and needy members of our community. Held at The Scarlet Lady Saloon in Culver City, there will be live music all night, food trucks, a red carpet photo-op, a full bar and pool tables! The music starts at 7 and rocks until 1:30 am with local folk faves Michael Doman, Chris Laterzo, Fur Dixon, Terry Okey and many more. Twelve artists in all bring you their heartfelt sets with many of LA’s best sidemen playing along.  Entry is free but there is a suggested donation of $15 or more. The Scarlet Lady saloon is located at 5411 Sepulveda Blvd., in Culver City.  For more info see www.TOtunes.com or facebook/ Ocean Park Benefit Show. 

Something new is coming! New venue, new format, new community - City Roots is coming january 2016!

 

I had a great time producing and playing the Second Sunday music series this Summer. Huge thanks to all the bands and Deb Burgess!

See  Facebook/second sunday concert

 

 

 

 

We had a great time playing music, socializing, eating and drinking up in the mountains above Arcadia last month and this month we'll do it again with a huge line up! Starting at Noon it's Terry Okey's Cactus Jam, Anny Celsi, The Wild Mountain Mystics and Michael Ann and Mark Christian.

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Terry Okey's Cactus Jam

 

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Sunday May 10th we kick off a brand new live folk music series in the mountains of Los Angeles!

Huge family fun with music, hiking, BBQ food and microbrews, all in a beautiful forested setting at Adam's Pack Station in Arcadia!

Take the 210 freeway to the Santa Anita exit, go North to the end of the road! At the last parking lot, tell the attendant you are there to hear the music and they will find you a parking spot on the farm!

 

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Huge fun with Cactus Jam on Saturday April 25th in Culver City! 3 full sets of rocking' country music, pool, darts, and great drinks! See the calendar for more info!

 

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 Thanks to Cinema bar! 

 

 

San Diego here I come:  I will be playing an intimate show at the new Java Joe's in Normal Heights this Thursday February 26th with Will Forbis and Alison Marae and opening the night will be the all-kids ukelele orchestra!!

 

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Boy we had a blast at Fairfax Farmers Market for the Ranch Party! Thanks to all who came out and danced the night away!  We will be back at The Ranch Party on May 9th with Molly Hanmer opening up the concert!

  

 

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Thanks to Angela at The Go Lounge and Kent Klineman's Blind Pony! We had a fun night of rock and roll!

 

 

 

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Thanks again to Kip Boardman and Rod at The Cinema Bar, we all had a wild night!

 

 

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Thanks so much to The Revolution Cafe , we had a great time playing there!

 

 

 

Thanks to Rod at The Cinema Bar for a great night of music!

 

 

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Live music this Saturday at The Republic Of Pies in NOHO!

 

 

 

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Thanks to Angela at The Go Lounge, we had a great time!

 

 

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New song, "Crave". Live at Kulak's Woodshed.

 

 

Wood body resonator Live at Room 5 :

 

 

 

 

Winner at The Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest!

I won fourth place in Advanced Flat-Picking with my song "I'm Coming Home" at The 51st Topanga Banjo and Fiddle contest, I had a blast and decided to make video of the song, I figure if they liked it you would too! Click below the photo to see me play my winning song: I'm Coming Home!

 

 

 

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Thanks to the folks at Sacred Grounds in San Pedro. 

 

 

Thanks to Jolene D'rage for booking us at The Waterfront Festival, we all had a great time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special thanks to The Cinema Bar and Mike Freas, Matt Bradford and Jeremiah Sammartino for a great night of unique slide music!!

 

On Thursday June 6th, the Cinema Bar in Culver City will host an all slide-guitar night featuring four of Los Angeles' most unique and innovative slide players, as well as many incredible resonator guitars. You will see and hear four distinctly different artist techniques and many amazing musical styles, all adapted from legendary players.

 

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Thanks to Parky's Saloon, we had a great time playing!

 

 

I had a great time at The Resonator Show at Genghis Cohen, thanks to all who came!

 

 

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At The Fairfax Farmers Market Ranch Party. Thanks to Marc Christian.

 

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Winner at The Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest!

I won fourth place in Advanced Flat-Picking with my song "I'm Coming Home" at The 51st Topanga Banjo and Fiddle contest, I had a blast and decided to make video of the song, I figure if they liked it you would too! Click below the photo to see me play my winning song: I'm Coming Home!

 

 

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Playing live on FM 104 with Ruairi Carrol in Dublin, Ireland!

 

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 Thanks to The Republic Of Pie for a great show, I'll see you soon!

A very fun new place for live music in NOHO!

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Video from Idyllwild gigs on the Fourth Of July Weekend!

 

 

 

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Thanks to Martin Jones and all the folks in Idyllwild. I had a great time at this years Art & Wine Fest!

 

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Thanks to the folks at The Un-Urban Cafe for a great night of blues and folk!

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Thanks to Arriba's Mexican Food for a great time!

 

 

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Had a great time at the bike fest, special thanks to Brendan & Mary Collier of Hub Cyclery!

 

 

 

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I had a blast playing at the Cinema Bar, thanks to Rod and Scotty McCoy!