Most of you all probably don’t recognize the name, but this place has been one of those constants in my life, an epicenter of sorts, that extended even beyond family homes lived and lost.  It is somewhere I’ve been throughout my childhood and into my adulthood; a place I’ve been a friend and a stranger; all in some no mans’ land on Pico.  That place is McCabe’s.  

About McCabe’s:


McCabe’s is a musical instrument store in Santa Monica, California, opened in 1958. We specialize in acoustic and folk instruments: guitars, banjos, mandolins, dulcimers (both hammered and plucked), fiddles, psaltries, bouzoukis, sitars, ouds, ethnic percussion … you get the idea. Also electrics and amps.    All significant brands usually in stock. We sell, fix and teach, and have all the stuff that anyone would need to go with, including thousands of books and recordings. It’s a nice, comfortable place to visit and try things out. Come by if you’re in the area — browsers and itinerant musicians welcome.


Tomorrow night many musicians who have participated in the legend that is McCabes will play a 50th Anniversary show at UCLA’s formidable Royce Hall.  A Rockridge Life’s own VDP will, at the last minute, join the bill of beautiful and laudable players including the legendary woman Odetta, with whom my mother had the exhilarating experience of meeting this evening. Odetta is a legend in her own right.  

If you are in Los Angeles, take advantage of this rare occasion.


Have you ever seen such a beautiful woman?


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2 responses to “McCabe’s

  1. sam

    ODETTA! boy am i jealous. she is one of my favorites.

  2. Pingback: Ode to Odetta « A Rockridge Life

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