Best Acoustic Show, August 2011
On the second Saturday of the month, singer-songwriters overflowing with talent perform in the funky coffeehouse setting of the Talking Stick in Venice
. The evenings, dubbed Grassroots Acoustica
by founder Mark Islam, may feature artists with new releases one night and an Emmylou Harris or Nicolette Larson tribute the next. There’s no cover—just toss what you can into the sequined chapeau on your table. All proceeds go to L.A.-based charities; in four years the event has raised nearly $40,000.