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Friday, October 12, 2018

Major Fall Festival Weekend, + Music News & Concerts. Oct 11 2018 edition

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LATE ADDITIONS (latest up-top):

1) Saturday noon-4 pm acoustic music benefit for horse rescue, in Ojai. (See events listings.)

2) Saturday 7:30 pm monthly Contra Dance w/ live music in South Pasadena. (In events listings.)

3) Fri & Sat, Oct 12 & 13, FESTIVAL:
The annual "AV UKULELE FESTIVAL" kicks-off with a gala concert FRIDAY at 7:30 pm at the Performing Arts Theatre at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster. Details in "Festivals" section, just below.

4) Added info, with schedules for both stages at Saturday's Kaleidoscope. Details are with the original write-up in "Festivals" section, just below.
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This weekend the roots-acoustic and Folk-Americana emphasis are up north. Which is two kinds of north. Meaning west up the 101, and real north, up the 14 Freeway to the closest desert. (And -- late addition -- it's dry -- no rain -- up the 14 in the desert.)



Things will be delightfully realized with annual music festivals almost on the beach in Ventura and just north of Santa Barbara in Goleta; and in Woodland Hills at the FOLK ALLIANCE Conference; and in Lancaster at the UKE FESTIVAL, and Palmdale with full sets of great Folk-Americana from three groups on the main stage at the annual KALEIDOSCOPE MUSIC & ART FESTIVAL, which is the only FREE festival.



True, big media is awash in reporting about this weekend's "Desert Daze" festival which has moved closer-in, to Lake Elsinore. We have nothing more to say about that one, since it's all about atonal electronica, dischordant sonic crashes, and whatever passes for pop performance masquerading as rock with a cadre of dubiously-musical pseudo celebrities-du-jour.



Quickie descriptions of ALL FIVE of "our kind" of festivals are right up front, just below.



Plus, we bring you the CONCERT LISTINGS in the events calendar AFTER the news features.



Here's a fresh heads-up, plus the news.



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FESTIVALS!



The Guide has attended four of the five of these festivals in previous years, and we enthusiastically endorse and recommend each of them to you -- including the Uke Fest, the only one we haven't yet seen and heard.

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FESTIVALS -- First up: Saturday & Sunday in Ventura



All weekend, it's the "SEASIDE HIGHLAND GAMES" at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. There's Celtic music on multiple stages, clans in tartan kilts, competitively marching bagpipe and drum corps in individual and massed performances, haggis and bangers and other food of the British isles and Scotland and Ireland.



And there's the astonishing excitement of the officially sanctioned "Scottish Heavy Athletic" competition. That is most aptly described as large people throwing things, ranging from telephone poles to big hammers.



You'll also find sheepdog herding demonstrations, a fiddle contest that's part of the national circuit, a Celtic harp petting zoo and performance area, and more than you can reasonably enjoy in a full day. Music stages have seating both indoors and outdoors, so you'll get a good mix of fresh salt air and shade.



You'll also see how artists integrate their music with Amtrak's passenger trains, which pass a few feet behind one stage, air horns, passengers gawking at performers, and all.



It's at Seaside Park, aka the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W Harbor Bl, Ventura, CA.



Full info at: http://www.seaside-games.com

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Sidebar...

"Training" to two Festivals



You can do more than watch the trains roll past one of the Seaside stages. Ride Amtrak to Seaside Highland or the Old Time Fiddlers festivals, or ride from one to the other. You can get there from 'purt near anywhere, from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. Just take any of the many "Pacific Surfliner" trains. All make stops at Los Angeles Union Station, in the SFV, and in OC. (Be careful: the Seattle-L.A. train, the "Coast Starlight," does not make either stop.)



Amtrak's Ventura Station is literally across the street from the SEASIDE HIGHLAND GAMES. For the event described next, the Goleta Station has a shuttle van up the hill or it's an enjoyable short hike from the Amtrak platform. Take note of the last train home, or you'll be an overnight resident at the beach.



Of course, those addicted to their gas guzzlers can drive to either of these festivals. Note that it's always pay-to-park at the VC fairgrounds.

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner schedules and info: https://www.amtrak.com/pacific-surfliner-train



FESTIVALS part 2 -- Sunday's Festival



On Sunday, it's the "SANTA BARBARA OLD-TIME FIDDLER’S FESTIVAL" in Goleta, at the picturesque Stowe House and Museum. Tours of the historic buildings and strolling about the historic and picturesque grounds are the perfect accompaniment to the delightful music and workshops.



Featured stage performances by Brad Leftwich & Linda Higginbotham, Frank Fairfield & Tom Marion, Skillet Licorice,

Eric & Suzy Thompson, Plaid Strangers, David Bragger & Susan Platz, Echo Mountain, Clinton Davis, and Have More Fun Stringband.


This one began as an instrumental prowess contest. It still has that, too, and it's inclusive of high-level players.



It's at Rancho La Patera & Stow House, 304 N Los  Carneros Rd,  Goleta, CA 93117



Full info at: http://fiddlersfestival.org/

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FESTIVALS part 3 -- the Friday-through-Sunday conference



The 15th annual "FOLK ALLIANCE FAR-WEST CONFERENCE" returns to Southern California this year after its time in the Pacific Northwest.



Featuring "official" and "guerilla" individual / band performances and showcases, it has characteristics of both a festival and a conference, not unlike the Americana Music Conference. FAR West has workshops and plenty of events for music fans as well as for members.



It runs Fri-Sun, Oct 12-14, at the Warner Center Marriott, 21850 Oxnard St, Woodland Hills, CA 91367.



Full info on concert tix, attending showcases, and full event registration, at: http://www.far-west.org/far-west-2018.html

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FESTIVALS part 4 -- Saturday's FREE FESTIVAL in Palmdale



The annual "KALEIDOSCOPE MUSIC & ART FESTIVAL" in Palmdale is FREE. It features full sets of great Folk-Americana from three groups on the main stage. There's Grammy-nom Cajun-zydeco band Lisa Haley & The Zydecats, Irish band Paddy's Pig, and fiery acoustic string ensemble Incendio. Plus, performances by Stone Soul, High-D Boys, Megan Tibbits, and Black Eye Affair.



There's also plenty of visual art in many mediums, from dazzling sidewalk chalk artists working large-scale to painting, sculpture, and more.



It's FREE with free parking and runs Saturday only, 10 am-6 pm, at the Palmdale Amphitheater, 2723 Rancho Vista Bl, Palmdale, CA 93551


You'll never find their schedule online, and we don't want you to miss Lisa Haley, Paddy's Pig, the High-D Boys, or Megan Tibbets. Plus there are singer-songwriters all day on another stage, so we have that schedule, too.

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TAPESTRY STAGE (Amphitheatre Main Stage) schedule:



*  Megan Tibbits, 10:30 am. ABC’s "Rising Star" Top 12, she plays guitar, harp, oboe and saxophone and brings "distinctive acoustic harmonies." Her recently released debut album is “Until I Fly.”



*  High-D Boys, 11 am. Banjo, guitar, washtub, 4-part harmony -- musical comedy group. We've heard em, they're good.



*  Paddy’s Pig, 12:30 pm. Irish band, plays big festivals and dark clubs, ranging from folk traditionalism to rock-n-roll energy, with authentic original songs. Old faves at The Guide.



 *  Lisa Haley & The Zydecats, 2 pm. Grammy-nominated Lisa Haley is a fiddler, dancer, vocalist, and songwriter who, with The Zydekats,  brings heartwarming Louisiana Bayou rhythms, traditional stylings and original songs that speak to all ages. They've even played a festival in Borneo. Warning:  Zydecosis is contagious.



 *  Jungle Fire, 3:30 pm. Afro/Latin Funk.



*  Stone Soul, 5 pm. Classic Soul and Motown, with horns. Solidly entertaining.

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MOSAIC STAGE schedule:



*  Crosby Morgan (singer-songwriter) 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 3:30 pm

*  Janell Crampton (singer-songwriter) 11 am

*  Ellie Aguilar (singer-songwriter) 11:30 am and 4 pm

*  Black Eye Affair (singer-songwriter) 12 pm and 4:30 pm

*  Megan Tibbits (singer-songwriter) 1 pm

*  Jessica Mae Ross (singer-songwriter) 2 pm and 5 pm

*  RoRo (singer-songwriter) 2:30 pm and 5:30 pm

*  Adelynn Mejia (singer-songwriter) 3 pm

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This year they've also added 3-D Wall Paintings, "Living Masterpieces," Brush Strokes Live Studio Classes, Young at Art, Upcycled Art, ArtLight ExpoLive Music, and the Fresh Made Market.

 

More at: http://www.palmdaleamphitheater.com/#nav




Info: http://www.palmdaleamphitheater.com/event/04dd48aceb9bf19928b1b1148d22ece2

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Sidebar...

"Training" to the festival in Palmdale



You can TAKE THE METROLINK TRAIN to Palmdale on a $10 Saturday "Day Pass," then use your train ticket for a FREE bus ride to the festival. Metrolink's "Antelope Valley Line" runs, with plenty of intermediate stations, through the SFV and Santa Clarita from Union Station in downtown L.A.


METROLINK train schedule and info: https://www.metrolinktrains.c om/ schedules/

Bus schedule from Palmdale METROLINK to festival: http://www.avta.com/index.aspx?page=3

(HELPFUL TIP: The local bus site is challenging. You want Maps and Schedules, Local Transit, Route 7, Route 7 Schedule. You're riding from Palmdale Transportation Center to Marie Kerr Park. And when you're riding to the festival, hit the schedule rack on the bus for a paper schedule to know the return time options.)

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FESTIVALS part 5 -- LATE ADDITION: the Uke Fest


Fri & Sat, Oct 12 & 13, FESTIVAL:

7:30 pm Friday - annual "AV UKULELE FESTIVAL" gala concert at the Performing Arts Theatre at Antelope Valley College, 3041 W Ave K, Lancaster, CA 93534

*  Friday is a benefit concert with great players, and it raises money for music education in local schools.

*  Saturday is a full day of music workshops and clinics in classrooms.

*  Friday Concert Lineup features

•   FRED SOKOLOW

•   THE NAKED WAITERS

•   JASON ARIMOTO

•   CALI ROSE

•   LISE LEE

*  Legendary musician Fred Sokolow, well known for his instructional materials, has played with the likes of John Herald, Frank Wakefield and Jerry Garcia. Through his storied career, he's opened for the Grateful Dead, the Doors, B.B. King, Country Joe and the Fish, and countless other acts. Meet Fred at https://www.sokolowmusic.com/

*  Friday Headliners Concert, 7:30 pm, $30

*  Saturday Workshops & Clinics, 10 am to 5 pm, $45

*  All-Access Two Day Pass, $60

*  full event info, with music vids, and tix link, at: www.avukefest.com



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NEWS FEATURES...



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# 1 feature...

"International Day of the Girl" brings music -- and questions -- to TV





Thursday, October 11 marked the annual "International Day of the Girl." In an alternative to the traditional "take your daughter to work day," or the much improved "welcome girls exploring careers," NBC's "Today" show went for music.



That is, they went for music that reinforced the commercialism and marketability of the pop diva who was promoted as every girl's hero and role model -- whether or not it fit the meaning of the special day.



We should say that former First Lady Michelle Obama was also a guest who promoted her new foundation's purpose of supporting and funding causes that empower girls. But she stuck around for the obligatory fawning and gushing over entertainment celebrities -- something that characterizes NBC's "Today" more than any other morning show.



So, was the music anything special? Yes and no.



Meagan Tranor opened the one-song-apiece "concert" with some soundalike pop tome that was lyrically a repetition of three hook lines and nothing more. Anybody paying fifty percent attention knew the entire song on a single run-through and could sing and perform it. If there was any reason to.



Jennifer Hudson followed a convoy of commercials with her song, "I'll Fight." Her song surprisingly centers on its substantive lyrical content, exceeding rare in modern pop. The song, released in May, does have its linguistic incongruity -- "I'll help your back when your backs to the wall" -- but it is otherwise quite strong. And it invokes a strong female character who is there to take action and actualize her ethics on behalf of others. That made it a perfect choice for the day. Check out the lyrics at: https://genius.com/Jennifer-hudson-ill-fight-lyrics



After another avalanche of commercials -- which ran at least as long as the content segment -- we got the third and final musical performance.



Kelly Clarkson brought along an energetic horn section and tried to stylistically evoke Aretha Franklin in Clarkson's own song, "Whole Lotta Woman." Though most of the lyrics were unintelligible, it was clear there was a disconnect between the event's message of empowering girls and the song's theme. This one is about a woman asserting her physical desirability -- speaking to an unnamed man in a competitive situation where she sees other women vying with her to be the prize in the meat market.



We take the time to report all this for a reason. First, because music is influential. And because that performance, as much as anything about "International Day of the Girl," tells us how much this society needs to truly empower our girls. Really empower them -- to be what each and every one of them wants to be -- to achieve their own potential. And not to seek validation of their identities by attaching themselves to some hunk or to the dreams of someone else.



Speaking as a male of the species, we find any female who is not in touch with her own self-actualized girl power just isn't very interesting as a conversationalist, companion, cooperative partner, or competitor. Musically and otherwise. Is that just us, or do some guys still want to oppress women and keep them as playthings? In the wake of "metoo," "Day of the Girl" should raise questions and awareness for all of us -- about our music, and more.



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# 2 feature...


Fascism in our time?





We hear that word, "fascism," tossed around so casually of late that it's a good idea to take time for a brief presentation of what it really is, and the extent to which we are headed for it.



Jason Stanley, professor at Yale, is author of "How Fascism Works: the Politics of Us and Them." He was a guest with plenty to say in the closing segment of "Democracy Now" on Thursday.



With no nonsense or the breathless BS of corporate cable's echo chamber narrative, Prof. Stanley quickly and clearly brings the characteristics into focus, with an assessment of American government and societal behavior. It was absolutely compelling in the 7 am hour when it ran live.



You can watch it on demand on the web. Host Amy Goodman has more with the professor than what aired on TV. The show and the extended conversation are on the show's website, at: https://www.democracynow.org/shows



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# 3 feature...


A NARROWLY-AVERTED SPACE DISASTER -- AND WHY MORE DISASTERS ARE INEVITABLE IN OUR TIME





Every artist we know is interested in space exploration. Maybe it was the influence of David Bowie.

By now, you've likely heard that a NASA astronaut and Russian cosmonaut safely made a hair-raising emergency landing early Thursday. Their Soyuz booster had an engine failure just three minutes after what appeared to be a perfect launch to the International Space Station, or ISS. Traveling 4,700 mph, the Soyuz crew was 30 miles high when the automatic abort system detached their spacecraft to fall back to Earth 400 km from the launch site.



Space launch failures are thankfully rare. This is only the second for a Soyuz launch. In 1975, two Soviet cosmonauts crash-landed in the Altai Mountains after an aborted launch. They required medical care. Today's crew fared better.



We visit what happened today because convoluted and nonsensical US policy is at the center of this, and as we'll explore, It's a metaphor for a whole lot of things. America is running a paltry shadow of a once-robust space program and doing it on a dangerously thin shoestring. It makes no sense because America's taxpayers paid for the ISS, and our government's budget-cutting zealots eliminated our ability to get there unless we bum a ride with the Russians. Yet we spend more on the aerospace sector of "defense spending" than on any other aspect of deadly technologies.



While the arrangement has produced close ties and cooperation between the two nations' space agencies, it flies in the face of deteriorating US-Russian relations in every other arena. As trade is stifled by political and economic sanctions, reliance on Russian rockets for US crew to come and go from the ISS is a politically risky proposition. Indeed, NASA's contract for rides on Soyuz expires next July, and it's far from certain whether Boeing or Space-X will be ready to take its place.



But then, America is no stranger to crises of its own creation or to stupidity, in many arenas, for a lot of reasons. Often, chief among them is because when the chips are down, we get cheap.



More accurately, it's because we're easily manipulated by the idea that we're too much in debt to afford things that enable higher aspirations, higher thinking about higher purposes. It's because we are conditioned to default to austerity, while spending ever greater sums on wars of foreign occupation, drone wars, proxy wars, secret wars, contingencies for wars, proliferating overseas bases, and supplying weapons to nations who flagrantly use their military power to subjugate their own people and those of neighboring nations.



It's made us cheap -- largely because we're maneuvered into fear-based thinking. We believe we're desperately in debt and can't afford anything. Anything else, that is.



Our infrastructure is deteriorating to the point of a third world country. Our schools cancelled arts and music education, along with shop classes and drivers ed, about two decades ago. What used to be part of everybody's education is now available only to a few who get into "STEM" or so-called "STEAM" curriculums, the latter where arts has shoehorned itself into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.



Military bases on US soil dramatically decreased in the 1990s, crippling local economies from coast to coast. We were supposed to gain a "peace dividend" from reduced military spending after the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. That "dividend" was supposed to have been available to improve education, create a new 21st century infrastructure, produce medical advances and assure health care for all -- and enable a vigorous space program.



But we got none of those things. Instead, we got an American Empire bent on controlling the world's oil supply through military domination.



It's all in the name of "keeping us safe." Because we live with the threat of terrorism. With which we are, and must be, at war. We are constantly admonished to Honor The Troops. An entire generation has grown up believing "God Bless America" is a tradition at every baseball game.



And so an incalculable amount is spent on "weapons systems," from the most cyber sophisticated to the most rudimentary of dumb bullets.



Even as Russia announced Thursday it was grounding the Soyuz fleet, pending a full investigation? Simultaneously on Thursday, our military quietly announced it was grounding all of the F-35 stealth fighter planes.



The F-35 is the trouble-plagued, much delayed, most expensive aircraft of all time. It's "needed" to keep us safe. And to buy favor with foreign regimes who can be given them in gold-plated military "aid" packages, provided their "leaders" (i.e., rulers) click all the buttons to "like" us. Even if they torture and kill their own people. And starve the children of Yemen. And murder a critical reporter seeking to become an American citizen. Or use their snipers to shoot unarmed civilians protesting their lack of civil rights because they are Palestinians whose land is under military occupation.



The multi-trillion-dollar US aerospace industry could be building vessels for exploring and settling the planets and their astonishing aquatic moons. But the American Empire won't spend our tax dollars on that. Instead, we spend far more for aerospace to be the chief expression of things you didn't see coming that go bang in the night. And kill people. Then we justify it on the basis of job creation, and our corporate media protects the disconnect between that, a generation of severly wounded troops, and why so many people in various parts of the world don't like us.



Thus, the dream of an enlightened humanity, working cooperatively, pursuing a Star Trek future of exploration, discovery, learning, understanding and enlightenment? Well that's ridiculous. It's too expensive. We'd be fiscally irresponsible to pursue that pie-in-the-sky stuff. Or to reverse the climate chaos we are causing. Or to reverse our obsession with incarceration of more people than all other nations combined. Those things would cost too much. We can't afford to do any of those crazy altruistic things. We must be responsible and put everything -- except militarism for empire -- on the cheap.



So Star Trek is off the budgetary table in favor of a Star Wars future. Which, at present, is embodied in the dangerously idiotic notion of creating yet another military branch, to be dubbed the "US Space Force."



NASA -- our civilian space agency -- first envisioned landing humans on Mars during the heyday of the Apollo Moon landings. The first Mars crew was to land in 1987. Instead, the final three Apollo missions were cancelled by the Nixon administration, despite the fact that all the hardware had been built and paid for. An innovative NASA turned one leftover Saturn V into Skylab, the world's first space station. It had a bigger workshop interior than anything launched by anybody, since. But Skylab was allowed to burn up in the atmosphere, because we were too cheap to save it. The other two flight-ready Saturn V Moon rockets were laid on their sides as displays, to quietly deteriorate and pay witness to capability lost -- murdered, really -- by being too cheap to launch them.



As for the money "saved" by cancelling the final three Moon missions? It was devoured in explosions in the jungles of Vietnam. Where America should have learned lessons about the arrogance of Empire, but didn't.



Thing is, back when we were immersed in Vietnam, we were also building a fabulously innovative and capable space program. And building an enormous interstate highway system that went everywhere. And our libraries were open all the time, and our schools taught math AND music and visual and performing arts, to EVERY student in our recently desegregated public schools.



We paid for all of it. Or, rather, the generations who prevailed at the time paid for it. They did it because they taxed the rich. And that didn't exactly prevent the development of Beverly Hills or Miami Beach, or the Lear Jet, or the yacht building industry. That was before the rich were proclaiming themselves as "job creators" whose success could not be penalized by being taxed. Seems we could pay for everything until that happened.



Fast forward to now. Being cheap has been discovered as a tool of political manipulation.



It starts when "we" realize "they" aren't paying and feel no responsibility. That might make us outraged. But the Occupy Movement was a flash  in the pan. It was replaced with the imposed idea that if "they" are admired for being smart and getting away free, we should all feel smugly pleased if we can do it, too. Except that can be, and is, manipulated, cynically using a sense of societal guilt.



Case in point? The November California ballot contains Proposition 6. Millions of dollars in TV ads tell us it must be defeated, lest our being cheap will cause the collapse of our decaying infrastructure and starve our "1st responder" police and firemen. That is clever manipulation by those who seek to reap the money they're set to get unless Proposition 6 passes. Construction is the domain of very big corporate interests. Police and Firefighter unions are powerful lobbying forces.



It all hinges on whether voters will see they are continually fleeced by the nation's highest gasoline prices, due in part to California's high fuel taxes and high vehicle registration fees. It's that, or whether the fear of unfilled potholes will prevail. Passage of Proposition 6 -- a yes vote -- will empower the people to decide on future gas tax and vehicle registration hikes, and stop the pending implementation of shockingly high increases in both that will financially cripple many Californians.



With soaring rents being too damn high -- which the people can empower themselves to stop by passing Proposition 10 -- Southern California residents are, increasingly, commuters. Likewise, the expense ratio of commute costs to saving on higher rents closer-in, seems always to be eaten by rising expenses, somewhere. That brings us right back to astronomical gasoline prices and high license plate fees.



Most of us can't even consider our impact on global climate change caused by more time on the road. What should be the primary priority of the entire human race is knocked far down the list by personal economics. All a function of those able to manipulate things on a large scale, for growing enrichment of their bloated fortunes. Power begets the ability to amass and increase power. And to make pawns of the rest of us.



And so, when we flock to the theatres or our Netflix screens to savor Hollywood's latest thrillride of a future of spacefaring, that's as close as we are likely to come. The nebulous notion of going to Mars "sometime in the 2030s" will slip ever farther into a future when there is no money for anything but militarism and Empire.



The "unexpected" and "unanticipated" costs of responding to evermore hurricanes and tornadoes -- and earthquakes caused by fracking, and water poisoned by failing old pipes and frack chemicals -- will consume everything we have. Along the way it will collectively end the ability of most students to afford college, and most people to afford adequate medical care (except for addictive prescription drugs).



And with all that comes the end of the ability to pursue a Star Trek future. It brings evermore needless risk to everything that isn't hardwired to megagiant profitabilty for megagiant, overmerged, cyberspying corporations. Because we are cheap? Partly, but increasingly that idea will be used to manipulate us. Because we fail to see we are rendered that way by the vampires of the military-industrial-cybersecurity complex who safeguard not us, but their Empire.



Meanwhile, today's politicized economics uniformly aggregates all the wealth to the manipulative few. And it produces a quagmire, a plague of nonsensical, unworkable chaos that creates opportunity for the money manipulators to consolidate ever more power and control while the rest of us stay broke.



Thus, high speed rail gets politicized to death, to the point that unnecessary detours make fast trips impossible between the places most people would ride.



Manipulators have no shame. The governor of Florida, the state most vulnerable to climate chaos, uses an executive order that prohibits his state's employees from speaking or writing, in any form, the words "climate change," under penalty of being fired. And Florida's taxpayers finance his ostrich-head-in-the-sand edicts, even as all taxpayers must fund the disaster relief needed because climate change brings especially catastrophic events to Florida.



And so our precious few spacefarers, relegated to bumming rides, can't catch the only launch vehicle in town -- the Russian Soyuz -- because, as of today, those rockets are one of the two fleets that have just been entirely grounded.



Even as we know that the other thing grounded, the hideously expensive US F-35 warplanes, will be magically cured -- at additional hideous expense to taxpayers -- long before we have any new "space workhorse" capability to replace the Soyuz.



Most Uber and Lyft customers won't ride in an old car that might break down. We don't respect our astronauts enough to give them the same option. Because we're either stupid or cheap. And we will continue to pay the price of being driven, by manipulators of fear, into the epidemic lunacy of austerity.



For those who still believe that capitalism will save us, will Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos save our dreams of space? How will they justify the expenses to their profit-demanding directors and stockholders? It's a different equation than a Hollywood fantasy that might be the next summer blockbuster. And that mannequin of an astronaut orbiting the sun in Musk's Tesla doesn't need oxygen or water or food or shielding from cosmic rays or limits to G-forces. Real astronauts and cosmonauts do. Whether or not our fear of corporate-hyped boogeymen or nebulous terrorists or other justifications for a petroleum empire keeps us thinking we can only afford to be cheap.





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MUSIC THIS WEEKEND -- FESTIVALS & CONCERTS


This weekend's Festivals were reported at the top of this edition. Here, through MONDAY, are the CONCERTS, club gigs, and quick-listing of festivals, all in chronological order by day and start time.

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FRIDAY...

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Fri, Oct 12, MUSIC CONFERENCE / FESTIVAL:

Annual "FOLK ALLIANCE FAR-WEST CONFERENCE" gets underway today with a return to Southern California at the Warner Center Marriott, 21850 Oxnard St, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

*  see FESTIVALS in the first section for details.

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Fri, Oct 12:

7 pm - LAURENCE JUBER, Grammy winning guitarist, plays the Museum of Making Music, 5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008; 760-438-5996

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Fri, Oct 12:

8 pm - KACY AND CLAYTON play the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497

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Fri, Oct 12:

8 pm - HONEY WHISKEY TRIO plus SHE SINGS, SHE SWINGS, at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-6362

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Fri, Oct 12:

8 pm - JD SOUTHER & BROOKE RAMEL play the Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675; 949-496-8927

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SATURDAY...

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Sat & Sun, Oct 12 & 13, FESTIVAL:

Annual "SEASIDE HIGHLAND GAMES" at Seaside Park, aka the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W Harbor Bl, Ventura, CA 93001

*  see FESTIVALS (first feature) for full write-up.

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Sat, Oct 12, FREE FESTIVAL:

10 am-6 pm - annual "KALEIDOSCOPE MUSIC & ART FESTIVAL" with Lisa Haley & The Zydecats, Stone Soul, High-D Boys, Paddy's Pig, Incendio, Megan Tibbits, Black Eye Affair, much more, at the Palmdale Amphitheater, 2723 Rancho Vista Bl, Palmdale, CA 93551

*  see FESTIVALS (first feature) for full write-up.

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Fri-Sun, Oct 11-13, MUSIC CONFERENCE / FESTIVAL:

Annual "FOLK ALLIANCE FAR-WEST CONFERENCE" continues at the Warner Center Marriott, 21850 Oxnard St, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

*  see FESTIVALS (first feature) for full write-up.

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LATE ADDITION: Sat, Oct 13:

Noon-4 pm - TEQUILA PICNIC band with superb songwriter J. PETER BOLES plays a benefit for the Calif. Coastal Horse Rescue's "Harvest of Hope" event, at 600 W Lomita Av, Ojai. There's music, kid's activities, food & beer. $10 per person.

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Sat, Oct 12:

2 pm -ANDY RAU plus DENNIS ROGER REED play the Middle Ridge Winery, 54301 N Circle Dr, Idyllwild, CA 92549

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Sat, Oct 12:

3 pm - ECHO MOUNTAIN plus DAVID BRAGGER & SUSAN PLATZ, and CLINTON DAVIS, play a "Pre-Santa Barbara Old-Time Fiddler’s Festival Concert" at the Sunday festival venue, Rancho La Patera & Stow House, 304 N Los Carneros Rd, Goleta, CA 93117

*  see FESTIVALS (first feature) for full write-up.

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Sat, Oct 12:

4 pm - DIGGING ROOTS at the California Center For The Arts, Lyric Court, 340 N Escondido Bl, Escondido, CA 92025; 800-988-4253

*  note: two events here in different theatres.

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Sat, Oct 12:

7 pm - TIERRA, MAR Y AIRE: FLAMENCO ARANA at the California Center for the Arts, Center Theatre, 340 N Escondido Bl, Escondido, CA 92025; 800-988-4253

*  note: two events here in different theatres.

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Sat, Oct 12:

7:30 pm - JOHN YORK (the Byrds) plays the Gelencser House Concerts in Claremont, CA 91711; reservations get directions, at: singfolk@yahoo.com

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Sat, Oct 12:

7:30 pm - Grammy winning Hawai'ian slack key guitar master JIM KIMO WEST, & KEN EMERSON, play the Wooden Hall Concerts at the Alhecama Theatre, 914 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Sat, Oct 12:

7:30 pm - GRAHAM NASH plays Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106; 619-523-1010

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LATE ADDITION: Sat, Oct 13:

7:30-11:15 pm - SECOND-SATURDAY CONTRA  DANCE with

Briana Bandy and Emil Olguin making the music, Jeremy Korr calling, at the Woman’s Club of South Pasadena, 1424 Fremont Av,  South Pasadena, CA 91030

*  Admission is $12 adults, $8 full-time students w/ID, age 16 and under free. CDSS members get $1 off.

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Sat, Oct 12:
8 pm - PATTERSON HOOD plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497

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SUNDAY...

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Sun, Oct 13, FESTIVAL:

10 am-5 pm - Annual "SANTA BARBARA OLD-TIME FIDDLER’S FESTIVAL" at Rancho La Patera & Stow House, 304 N Los Carneros Rd., Goleta, CA 93117

*  see FESTIVALS (first feature) for full write-up.

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Sun; Sat & Sun, Oct 12 & 13, FESTIVAL:

Annual "SEASIDE HIGHLAND GAMES" at Seaside Park, aka the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W Harbor Bl, Ventura, CA 93001

*  see FESTIVALS (first feature) for full write-up.

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Sun; Fri-Sun, Oct 11-13, MUSIC CONFERENCE / FESTIVAL:

Annual "FOLK ALLIANCE FAR-WEST CONFERENCE" concludes today at the Warner Center Marriott, 21850 Oxnard St, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

*  see FESTIVALS (first feature) for full write-up.

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Sun, Oct 13:

7 pm - J.D. SOUTHER plays the Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University's Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts, 24255 PCH, Malibu, CA 90265; 310-506-4522

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Sun, Oct 13:

7 pm - TERESA TUDURY plus JAMES LEE STANLEY play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675

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Sun, Oct 13:

8 pm - JESSE COOK plays the City National Grove Of Anaheim, 2200 E Katella Av, Anaheim, CA 92806; 714-712-2700

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Sun, Oct 13:

8 pm - THE DEER plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497

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MONDAY...

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Mon, Oct 14:

8 pm - WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY play the splendid McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92260; 760-340-ARTS or 866-889-ARTS

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Mon, Oct 14:

8 pm - JOHN McEUEN & CRAIG EASTMAN play their annual show at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675

*  John is a founding member of the NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND.





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Friday, October 5, 2018

Rocktober, Acoustically Speaking... Weekend Doin's & Beyond. Oct 6 & 7, 2018 edition

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We're back from New Orleans and Tennessee, after a stop in Chicago, and a supposedly "smart" phone that gave up the ghost crossing the Rocky Mountains. But the show must go on. So here ya are.
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3 SECTIONS in this edition

1) Music on TV
2) Festivals
3) Music in the Venues

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# 1 topic...


MUSIC ON TV


All weekend:
"DUKE'S OCEAN FEST" with Hawai'ian music, ukulekes, vocalists and hula, are part of a live cavalcade of coverage from the Aloha State on CSPAN 1, 2, & 3. "Duke" was, of course, the late surf legend and  five-time Olympic medalist in swimming, Duke Kahanamoku. (Full disclosure: it being CSPAN, you'll be subjected to back-and-forth coverage of Kavanaugia, with impassioned protest rallies that include victims of sexual assaults, being alternately invoked and ignored by old men in suits speaking in the Senate to justify tribalist political behavior.)
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Saturday, Oct 6:
9 am-2:30 am - BEATLES EXTRAVAGANZA, collectively and individually. Concerts, interviews, and even George Martin. On AXS TV.

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# 2 topic...


FESTIVALS


FRIDAY-SUNDAY, OCT 5-7, FESTIVAL:
"HUCK FINN JUBILEE" is back from the dead, returning to Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park, 800 N Archibald Av, Ontario, CA.
* Performances by:
Infamous String Dusters, Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams' Grateful Grass, The Lone Bellow, Balsam Range, Fruition, Love Canon, Front Country, The Cleverlys, Po Ramblin Boys, Out Of The Desert, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Devils Box String Band, The Seldom Scene, Blue Highway, Old Salt Union.

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FRIDAY-SUNDAY, OCT 5-7, FESTIVAL in Nor Cal:
Noon-7 pm - "HARDLY STRICTLY BLUEGRASS," the nation's largest free music fest, returns to Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA; in
Hellman Hollow, Lindley & Marx Meadows.

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# 3 topic...


MUSIC IN THE VENUES THIS WEEKEND


Chronologically, by day and start time.
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SATURDAY CONCERTS, OCT 6...
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Sat, Oct 6:
2 pm - BRETT PERKINS plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 91001.
* lead vocalist of his Grammy nominated Americana band The Pawnshop Preachers, Brett began as lead singer of The Sneaks in nearby Arcadia. He makes his annual return from Copenhagen, Denmark, to play the CGB.
* He has traveled the world to 39 different countries as a performer, presenter, guest speaker, artist consultant and award winning singer songwriter. 
* adv tix at 626-798-6236
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Sat, Oct 6:
7 pm - THE BEATUNES bring "MAGIC IN THE MUSIC OF THE BEATLES" at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 91001.
* Reservations, 626-798-6236.
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Sat, Oct 6:
7 pm - RICHARD SMITH & BRENT MASON play the 2nd of 3 shows this weekend for the Lord of the Strings Concert Series, this one at Mission Viejo Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Dr, Mission Viejo, CA 92691; 949-244-6656.
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Sat, Oct 6:
7:30 pm - BANSHEE IN THE KITCHEN plays San Diego Folk Heritage at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2020 Chestnut Av, Carlsbad, CA 92008.
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Sat, Oct 6:
7:30 pm - JILL SOBULE plays the Seth and Tony House Concert series in Los Angeles, CA; tix, 323-385-7751.
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Sat, Oct 6:
7:30 pm - SHANA MORRISON plays Dark Thirty House Concerts, 1132 Pinehurst Dr, Lakeside, CA 92040; 619-443-9622.
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Sat, Oct 6:
8 pm - JENI HANKINS & FRIENDS play the Pasadena Folk Music Society series in Caltech's Beckman Institute Auditorium, 400 S Wilson Av, Pasadena, CA 91106.
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Sat, Oct 6:
8 pm - FRONT COUNTRY plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Sat, Oct 6:
8 pm - INCENDIO plays Spaghettini, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy, Seal Beach, CA 90740; 562-596-2199.
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Sat, Oct 6:
8 pm - LINDA RONSTADT "In Conversation" presented by Goldenvoice at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S Broadway, L.A., CA 90015.
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Sat, Oct 6:
8 pm - DAVID WILCOX plays the Ruth Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier College, 6760 Painter Av, Whittier, CA 90601; 562-907-4203.
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Sat, Oct 6:
8 pm - SARA PETITE BAND plus SHADOW MOUNTAIN BAND play Pappy & Harriet’s Place, 53688 Pioneertown Rd, Pioneertown, CA 92268; 760-365-5956
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Sat, Oct 6:
8 pm - ANDY RAU BAND plays Kulak’s Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood, CA 91606; 818-766-9913
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Sat, Oct 6:
8 pm - JIM KWESKIN & THE DOWN HILL STRUGGLERS play Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City, CA 90230; 310-398-2583
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Sat, Oct 6, world music:
8 pm - SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR plays the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr, Irvine, CA 92697; 949-854-4646
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SUNDAY CONCERTS, OCT 7...
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Sun, Oct 7:
2 pm - THE KINGSTON TRIO plays the Haugh Performing Arts Center at Citrus College, 1000 W Foothill Bl, Glendora, CA 91741; 626-963-9411
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Sun, Oct 7:
3 pm - RICHARD SMITH & BRENT MASON play the 3rd of 3 shows for the Lord Of The Strings Concert Series, this one at LCA Wine at SOCO Center, 3303-3323 Hyland Av, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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Sun, Oct 7:
4 pm - LORENA GUILLEN TANGO ENSEMBLE play Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro, CA 90732; 310-519-1314
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Sun, Oct 7:
7 pm - TWO OLD GUYS AND A BLONDE play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 91001.
* It's the highly accomplished teamup of TRACY NEWMAN, ART PODELL, & DOLAN ELLIS with their fellow alum from The New Christy Minstrels, Clarence Treat, in a guest appearance.
* Among the 4? Gold records, 100's of live performances, Emmys, Grammys, and a Peabody Award.
* Reservations, 626-798-6236.
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Sun, Oct 7:
7 pm - SARA PETITE BAND plays Pappy & Harriet’s Place, 53688 Pioneertown Rd, Pioneertown, CA 92268; 760-365-5956
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Sun, Oct 7:
7 pm - BETH WOOD, singer-songwriter, plays Fiddler's Crossing, 206 East F St, Tehachapi, CA 93561; 661-823-9994
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Sun, Oct 7:
8 pm - DANNY O'KEEFE plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Sun, Oct 7:
8 pm - DAVID WILCOX plays the SOHo Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101; 805-962-7776
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Sun, Oct 7, world music:
8 pm - SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR plays Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91330; 818-677-3000
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TIX ALERTS / COMING SOON...
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Thu, Oct 11:
8 pm - I’M WITH HER, the trio of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan,
play the Smothers Theatre at
Pepperdine Univ, 24255 PCH, Malibu, CA 90265
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Thu, Oct 11:
8 pm - JD SOUTHER & BROOKE RAMEL play the Lobero Theatre, 33 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101; 805-963-0761
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Thu, Oct 11:
8 pm - CITIZEN COPE, solo acoustic performance, at The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675; 949-496-8927
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Thu, Oct 11:
8:30 pm - GRAHAM NASH plays the Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S Broadway, L.A., CA 90015; 213- 624-3233
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Fri, Oct 12-Sun, Oct 14, CONFERENCE / PERFORMANCE EXTRAVAGANZA:
FAR-WEST CONFERENCE gets underway at the Warner Center Marriott, 21850 Oxnard St, Woodland Hills, CA 91367.
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Fri, Oct 12:
7 pm - LAURENCE JUBER plays the Museum of Making Music, 5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008; 760-438-5996

Fri, Oct 12:
8 pm - KACY & CLAYTON play McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497
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Fri, Oct 12:
8 pm - HONEY WHISKEY TRIO / SHE SINGS, SHE SWINGS play the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-6362
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Fri, Oct 12:
8 pm - JD SOUTHER & BROOKE RAMEL play The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675; 949-496-8927

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Sat & Sun, Oct 13 & 14:
FOLK ALLIANCE FAR-WEST CONFERENCE continues all weekend at the Warner Center Marriott, 21850 Oxnard St, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
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Sat & Sun, Oct 13 & 14, FESTIVAL:
"SEASIDE HIGHLAND GAMES" in Seaside Park, Ventura Co. Fairgrounds, 10 W Harbor Bl, Ventura, CA 93001.
* You can drive or ride Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner.
* Plenty of Celtic music, bagpipe bands, Scottish heavy athletics, food, more.
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Sun, Oct 14, FESTIVAL:
10 am-5 pm - "SANTA BARBARA OLD-TIME FIDDLER’S FESTIVAL" at Rancho La Patera & Stow House, 304 N Los Carneros Rd, Goleta, CA 93117
* You can drive or ride Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner.
* Instrument competitions and professional stages.
* Performers:
Brad Leftwich & Linda Higginbotham, Frank Fairfield & Tom Marion, Skillet Licorice, Eric & Suzy Thompson, Plaid Strangers, David Bragger & Susan Platz, Echo Mountain, Clinton Davis, Have More Fun Stringband, more.
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Copyright (c) 2018, Lawrence Wines and Tied to the Tracks

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Wednesday Night MUSIC ON TV. Oct 2, 2018 edition

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If you have AXS, you can watch or record one of the best tribute concerts of all time. Yep, bring out all the superlatives, 'cause they fit.

"BOB DYLAN: 30th ANNIVERSARY" is a 3-hour show with performances of Dylan songs by many music legends and icons. It's not just marvelous. It's a poignant last tango with many who are no longer with us, including George Harrison and Tom Petty.

If that doesn't get your attention? How about Neil Young, Johnny Cash, Roger McGuinn, Eric Clapton, Sean Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and more, backed by a house band with Booker T. Jones, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Anton Fig, and Jim Keltner.

It airs 8-11 pm PDT on AXS-TV. Now, if you don't have AXS, hunt around the web. There's always a short-term freebie trial to watch online.

Stick around 11 pm-midnight, because there's a great ol' WILLIE NELSON concert, in which he and his band are joined by RAY CHARLES.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Net Neutrality -- Californians have a chance. special post, 09-21-18

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Gov. Jerry Brown has NOT yet signed SB822 to restore net neutrality. His office number is (916) 445-2841.

The Guide remains a steadfast advocate of internet neutrality and access for ALL. The new regulations imposed by FCC chairman Ajit Psi take-away access to both content providers and users looking for information. Only the rich corporations will appear to exist in your web searches unless we restore equality of opportunity and access.

Call the governor's office now.

This is being posted from aboard a train in the top of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. That's how important we believe this is.

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Two Weekends, Fall Festivals, Concerts, Events. Sat, Sep 8 2018 edition

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In this edition...

1)  We open with a "MUSIC-ON-TV" alert and review.

2)  Next, it's LIVE MUSIC THIS SATURDAY & SUNDAY.

3)  Then, events in the coming week, through NEXT weekend.

4)  We wrap-up with an updated roundup of fall MUSIC FESTIVALS.


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A "MUSIC-ON-TV" ALERT & REVIEW:
Jeff Lynne's ELO


ELO recently played the Forum and delighted the packed house. Some are calling it the best L.A. concert of the year.

The band's 2017 concert at Wembley Stadium was part of the same enormous tour. It is currently running on Showtime, where we stumbled upon it one morning, ridiculously early.

Watch it if you can, but read-on for a review of that band and how it epitomized an era that it's now helping to revive.

ON TEE VEE... If you have the Showtime channels on your cable or satellite or whatever web package, it's scheduled one more time, this coming Monday, 9:50-11:50 am (Pacific) on SHO2H.

This is an exceptionally well-produced video version. Of course nothing's ever the same as being there, large or small venue.

This formidable-sized troupe is back out there with the name, "Jeff Lynne's ELO," to celebrate the countless accomplishments of the group's founder. Melding their individual musicality into a collective, they re-birth the era of melodic orchestral rock with integral vocal harmonies.

The large cast of musicians includes a bevy of lovely young women cellists and violinists, and Lynne plays acoustic six-string throughout.

They delight audiences with the lineup of original ELO hits and more. They deliver one of Lynne's songs that was a hit for the Traveling Wilburys, and a bit of his more recent material.

The Wembley show closed with "Roll Over Beethoven," in which the cellists and violinists showed their chops every bit as much as those playing the more contemporary instruments.

The sound in the video concert is crisp and fresh, and every lyric can be understood. Best of all, this is a welcome relief from today's atonal singer-songwriter sameness (like that cliche of a blonde girl-with-guitar on the Nationwide insurance commercials).

Plus, Lynne's masterfully crafted music is needed more than ever in a world that backs everything with one-note drum thudding commercia-voiced rap-hop.

But this is more than relief from today's ubiquitous awfulness.

This is real music proving it has a real audience. The visible audience demographics at Wembley prove that and defy what Big Music would have us believe. Regardless of what commercial corporatization of soundalike dreadful crap -- that always misses its goal of lowest-common-denominator "entertainment" -- this proves you can pack a stadium in 2018 with retro-based music that's fresh as a daisy.

The wall-to-wall Wembley crowd included a solid cross-sectional representation of everybody -- school-age kids, enraptured teenage girls on their boyfriend's shoulders, young 20-somethings singing every lyric, and yes, the inevitable nostalgic gray-haired boomers remembering their youth and their dance steps. That audience is unified in roaring their approval, appreciation, and adoration throughout.

For any reader unfamiliar with our use of the term "orchestral rock," it was once a dominant genre. Go find some Supertramp. Some Moody Blues, some Emmerson, Lake and Palmer. More ELO. And on the folk side, the live concert albums by John Denver, when he took a full symphony orchestra on the road with him -- and introduced the Zen of environmental consciousness to a world that was merely complaining about pollution.

Meantime, search the cyber tubes for Rick Wakeman's "Journey to the Center of the Earth," and "Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table." Guaranteed, that'll make you want to dredge the record store bins for the complete multi-disc theme-albums of those and his other projects.

Along the way, don't forget ELO, which stood for Electric Light Orchestra. "Electric?" you say, in the Acoustic Americana Music Guide? Just goes to show how good they are.

Jeff Lynne is deservedly raking-in the bucks on this tour. And he is reawakening the world, imparting that creative, immersive, and amazing were once prevalent.

Catch the Showtime screening. It'll make you want to bring a full repertoire of an almost-lost artfulness back into your own world.


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SATURDAY & SUNDAY EVENTS


Saturday...

Sat, Sep 8:
6 pm - DAVID LUNING plus BEARCOON play the "Tiny Porch Concerts" series at Peter Strauss Ranch in the Santa Monica Mtns. Nat'l Recreation Area (Nat'l Park Service), 30000 Mulholland Hwy, Agoura Hills, CA 91301
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Sat, Sep 8:
8 pm - PETER CASE plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Sunday...
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Sun, Sep 9:
3 pm - DAVID GRIER plays Fiddler's Crossing, 206 East F St, Tehachapi, CA 93561; 661-823-9994.
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Sun, Sep 9:
8 pm - WILLY PORTER plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.


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COMING WEEK THROUGH SEP 15-16 WEEKEND


Chronologically, by day and start time.
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Wed, Sep 12:
8 pm - BEN GUZMAN plus LATIMER & OSBORN and LEVI PETREE make for a formidable lineup at the "Dig / Sow / Reap – Americana Roots Series" at Stories Books & Cafe, 1716 Sunset Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90026; 213-413-3733
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Thu, Sep 13:
7:30 pm - PETER BRANDON plays the summer music series at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center,  1201 W Malven Av, Fullerton, CA 92833; 714-738-6706.
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WEEKEND, Fri, Sep 14 through Sun, Sep 16
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Fri-Sun, Sep 14-16:
GONZALO BERGARA QUARTET plays the "Lord Of The Strings" Concert Series at three OC venues over three dates, different times.
*  adv. tix for any or all 3: 949-244-6656.
*  Fri, Sep 14, 7:30 pm - Dana Point Community House, 24642 San Juan St, Dana Point, CA 92629.
*  Sat, Sep 15, 7 pm - Mission Viejo Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Dr, Mission Viejo, CA 92691.
*  Sun, Sep 16, 3 pm - LCA Wine at SOCO Center, 3303 Hyland Av, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
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Fri, Sep 14:
8 pm - TANNAHILL WEAVERS play the Ojai Concert Series at the Ojai Valley Woman's Club, 441 E Ojai Av, Ojai, CA 92023; 805-649-5189.
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Fri, Sep 14:
8 pm - DEAD ROCK WEST plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Fri, Sep 14:
8 pm - ANDY & RENEE & HARD RAIN, the award-winning band that hosts the annual "Dylanfest," presents "The Music of Carole King's Tapestry" at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-6362.
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Saturday...
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Sat & Sun, Sep 15 & 16, FESTIVAL:
9 am-8 pm - Annual "HARVEST FESTIVAL OF DULCIMERS" presented by Southern Californa Dulicimer Heritage, brings master musicians on trad acoustic instruments for workshops, jamming, concerts, and more.
*   this happens at different places each day.
*  on Saturday, it's all the main events, all at Presbyterian Church of the Convent, 2850 Fairview Rd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
*  on Sunday, there are just two events, as follows: (1) 10 am-2 pm, HAMMERED DULCIMER WORKSHOP: CONTINENTAL / BOOMBAL TUNES - FRENCH & FLEMISH DANCE TUNES WITH KAREN ASHBROOK, includes mixed instruments (acoustic), held at a private home in Fullerton; (2) 11 am-3 pm MOUNTAIN DULCIMER WORKSHOP: RIGHT & LEFT HAND MASTERY WITH SARAH MORGAN, held at a private home in Downey.
*  tix for festival, Saturday evening concert, and Sunday workshops, all available at: http://scdh.org/SCDH/Welcome.html
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Sat, Sep 15:
2 pm - LISA HALEY & THE ZYDECATS, Cajun Grammy nominees, play the Hacienda Heights Library, 16010 La Mande St, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745.
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Sat, Sep 15:
7:30 pm - PERFECTO DeCASTRO Aus the "Wooden Hall Concerts" series at Alhecama Theatre, 914 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
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Sat, Sep 15:
7:30 pm - EVAN MARSHALL plus the MISKEY MOUNTAIN BOYS play "The Living Tradition" concert series at Anaheim Downtown Community Center, 250 E Center St, Anaheim, CA 92805; 714-955-3807; info by email, concerts@thelivingtradition.org
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Sat, Sep 15:
7 pm - LOS TIGRES DEL NORTE plus LOS CACHORROS DE JUAN VILLARREAL and ROSENDO CANTÚ Y SUS CADETES DE LINARES play the big mariachi / south of the border night at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood, CA 90068; 213-480-3232.
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Sat, Sep 15:
8 pm - THE TANNAHILL WEAVERS play the Pasadena Folk Music Society concert series in Beckman Institute Auditorium (and "Little Beckman") on campus at Caltech, 400 S Wilson Av, Pasadena, CA 91106.
*  Park free in either lot at the S end of Michigan Av, off Del Mar. Ignore the "reserved" signs when attending evening concerts.
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Sunday...
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Sun, Sep 16:
6 pm - THE SALTY SUITES play Green Bough Gardens, 3331 Daisy Av, Long Beach, CA 90806.
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Sun, Sep 16:
8 pm - SMOOTH HOUND SMITH plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.


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FESTIVALS, SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER


Presented chronologically, with a little extra spacing between each one to help your scrolling.
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Sat & Sun, Sep 15 & 16, FESTIVAL:

9 am-8 pm - Annual "HARVEST FESTIVAL OF DULCIMERS" presented by Southern Californa Dulicimer Heritage, brings master musicians on trad acoustic instruments for workshops, jamming, concerts, and more.
*   this happens at different places each day.
*  on Saturday, it's all the main events, all at Presbyterian Church of the Convent, 2850 Fairview Rd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
*  on Sunday, there are just two events, as follows: (1) 10 am-2 pm, HAMMERED DULCIMER WORKSHOP: CONTINENTAL / BOOMBAL TUNES - FRENCH & FLEMISH DANCE TUNES WITH KAREN ASHBROOK, includes mixed instruments (acoustic), held at a private home in Fullerton; (2) 11 am-3 pm MOUNTAIN DULCIMER WORKSHOP: RIGHT & LEFT HAND MASTERY WITH SARAH MORGAN, held at a private home in Downey.
*  tix for festival, Saturday evening concert, and Sunday workshops, all available at: http://scdh.org/SCDH/Welcome.html

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Fri-Sun, Sep 21-23, FESTIVAL:

Annual "MILLPOND MUSIC FESTIVAL" at Millpond County Park / Recreation Area, 6 mi. north of Bishop, CA.
*  Lineup, Main Stage:
- Friday Night...
Luke Kinney
Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands
David Myles
- Saturday...
Carbé/Durand Duo
Rita Hosking Trio
Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons
Sam Reider & the Human Hands
Kyle Huval and the Dixie Club Ramblers
Jungle Fire
- Sunday...
UNLV Rebel Steel Band
The Sycopaths
Suitcase Junket
FulaMuse
Joe Craven and the Sometimers Present: The Garcia Songbook and Millpond All-Star Super-Jam
*  Lineup, Workshop Tent:
- Saturday...
Open Mic
David Myles
Ben and Joe
Jungle Fire
Sam Reider
Kyle Huval
(Kids Area) – Izzi Tooinsky
- Sunday...                                              
Rita Hosking
Syncopaths
Izzi Tooinsky
FulaMuse
UNLV Rebel Steel
Open Mic
*  Millpond is a laid back and family-friendly festival in the Eastern Shadow of the Sierra Nevada, with a world-class music lineup like you find at the big, crowded festivals.
*  camping, including RV sites, is in the adjacent concessionaire's campground, who also have the rights to charge for tent camping on the lawns around the mill pond.
*  it's complimented by kids’ activities, arts and crafts booths, and food vendors , all in a beautiful outdoor setting. Shade trees cover the perimeter of the main concert area, which has a perfect natural slope for an amphitheater-style experience.
*  tix & info: https://inyo.org/millpond-festival/

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Sat, Sep 22, FESTIVAL:

10 am-6 pm - Annual "GLOBAL VILLAGE FESTIVAL" in Orange County Great Park, 6000 Great Park Bl, Irvine, CA 92618
*  this one always includes SOME roots-Americana, but it's usually heavily laden with "world music" of one kind or another.

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Fri-Sun, Sep 28-30, FESTIVAL, in Nor Cal:

"KVMR CELTIC FESTIVAL & MARKETPLACE" presented by roots-music-friendly public radio station KVMR at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Rd., Grass Valley, CA 95949.
*  expect a good lineup.

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Fri-Sun, Oct 5, 6, 7, FESTIVAL:

"HUCK FINN JUBILEE" returns from the dead for its 41st run, at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park, 800 Archibald Av, Ontario, CA.
* a spring festival since 1977, it assumed new ownership in recent years after the death of its founder, moving from Victorville to Ontario. It continued undiminished as one of the best bluegrass festivals in the far west. Then, the new management, the Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau, threw in the towel. Now, back from the dead, it returns as a fall event with a stunning lineup.
*  Lineup:
INFAMOUS STRING DUSTERS
YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND
KELLER WILLIAMS' GRATEFUL GRASS
THE LONE BELLOW
BALSAM RANGE
FRUITION
LOVE CANON
FRONT COUNTRY
THE CLEVERLYS
PO RAMBLIN BOYS
OUT OF THE DESERT
JOE MULLINS & THE RADIO RAMBLERS
DEVILS BOX STRING BAND
THE SELDOM SCENE
BLUE HIGHWAY
OLD SALT UNION
* adv. tix and full info at: https://www.huckfinn.com

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Fri-Sun, Oct 12-14, MUSIC CONFERENCE:

15th Annual "FOLK ALLIANCE REGION WEST / FAR-WEST CONFERENCE" comes back to a Southern California venue this time, at the Warner Center Marriott, 21850 Oxnard St, Woodland Hills, CA 91367.
*   it's inclusive of so much that you can view it and do it as a festival.
*  there are headliner concerts, "official" and "guerilla" showcases, and music-making 'purt near all the time -- along with many, many workshops spanning everything from instrumental technique to DIY indie music biz and booking and tour management.
*  Folk Alliance, both as the international parent organization and in its numerous national and regional-international parts (like FAR-West) offer and present opportunities by and for indie artists as an effective counterpart to the big awards shows that are owned and controlled by the corporate Big Labels.
*  well worth your attention and support.
*  full info, registration, tix to the event's major concerts, all at:
http://www.far-west.org/far-west-2018.html

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Sat & Sun, Oct 13 & 14, FESTIVAL:

Annual "SEASIDE HIGHLAND GAMES" returns to Seaside Park in the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W Harbor Bl, Ventura, CA 93001.
*  multiple stages of Celtic music, from trad to Irish rock.
*  individual and massed bagpipes in pipe and drum exhibitions and competition.
*  Scottish Country Dancing, Highland Dancing, and more.
*  sheepdogs in herding demos.
*  Celtic harps.
*  sanctioned Irish fiddle competition.
*  gathering of the clans and wearing of the tartans from throughout the Celtic world.
*  British car show.
*  Children's Glen.
*  authentic food from balmier climes, including haggis, pasties and bangers.
*  and, of course, large humans throwing very massive things in an officially-sanctioned Highland Games competition.
*  full info and adv. tix at:
www.seaside-games.com

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Sat & Sun, Oct 13 & 14, FESTIVAL:

Annual "SANTA BARBARA OLD-TIME FIDDLER’S FESTIVAL" in the delightful settings of Rancho La Patera & Stow House, 304 N Los Carneros Rd, Goleta, CA 93117.
*  this one has been a mainstay of trad and old-time string music for decades.
*  there are scheduled sets by headlining bands on two stages, in addition to prestigious competitions.
*  we'll have more, later.

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Sat, Oct 13, FREE FESTIVAL:

10 am-6 pm - Annual  "KALEIDOSCOPE MUSIC & ART FESTIVAL" is well worth the drive over the mountain to the Palmdale Amphitheater, 2723 Rancho Vista Bl, Palmdale, CA 93551.
*  full concert sets from each headliner. With:
Lisa Haley & The Zydecats (Grammy noms)
Stone Soul
High-D Boys
Paddy's Pig (trad Irish)
Incendio (acoustic string mastery)
Megan Tibbits
Black Eye Affair
*  there's also a "chalk art festival" component that brings stunningly talented entrants.
*  we'll bring you more about this one. But you might want to mark your calendar now.

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Sat & Sun, Oct 20 & 21, FESTIVAL:

11 am-4 pm - Annual "AMERICAN INDIAN CELEBRATION" at Antelope Valley Indian Museum California State Park, 15701 E Ave M, 16 miles east of its Lancaster, CA address.
*  This is a fun event with Native dancers (you're invited to join-in), storytellers, working artists doing demonstrations, kid's activities, and food.
*  Museum exhibits open, with special displays for the event.
*  Vendors offer fry bread and Indian tacos.
*  Tix: $8 adults, children age 12 and under get in free.
*  Info: 661-946-3055; was.avim.parks.ca.gov


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Friday, September 7, 2018

Friday's Tunality... Sep 7 2018

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Just tonight. More later with the rest of the hot weekend. That's "hot" figuratively, and hot literally, as temps soar once again.
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Good options tonight...

Fri, Sep 7:
7:30 pm - TOM CORBETT TRIO plus JOHN ZIPPERER & THE CURRENT BAND, play the monthly "Fireside Concert Series" at Borchard Community Center, 190 Reino Rd, Newbury Park, CA 92320.
* Tix at door.
* Info: Bob Kroll, 805-499-3511 or  folksgr1@aol.com
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Fri, Sep 7:
8 pm - DOUBLE NAUGHT SPY CAR plus MIKE WATT + THE SECONDMEN play the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Fri, Sep 7:
8 pm - ADJOA SKINNER, a delightfully talented artist, presents "A Sneak Peak into New Songs" at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations only taken by phone, at: 626-798-6236.
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More later, for the rest of the weekend and beyond.

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Labor Day Weekend Doin's, plus: "Inauthentic Presences" Are Not the Ones You Think they Are -- Sep 1 2018

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Welcome to edition number 1,747.
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First up, we bring you our # 1 feature...

FLEET WEEK,

this weekend in San Pedro
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Then the center of things for many of our readers,

...our # 2 feature...

THE LIVE MUSIC & ARTS EVENTS...

... our recommendations for the best things to do for

* LABOR DAY WEEKEND!

Day-by-day, Saturday through the Monday holiday
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...the # 3 feature is

A LOOK AHEAD -- FALL MUSIC FESTIVALS
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And finally...
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...in our # 4 feature,

We bring you our "inside the news" analysis feature story,

* "INAUTHENTIC PRESENCES" MAY NOT BE THE ONES YOU THINK

...CNN, Facebook, MSNBC, Fox News, RT America, KCET, the Truth Police, and the greatest message-management / interactive propaganda campaign in human history

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Let's get started!


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...# 1 feature, FLEET WEEK



"FLEET WEEK" -- A NEW SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA END-OF-SUMMER TRADITION



This weekend in San Pedro, there's an addition to the year-round historic "living museum" ships and the L.A. Maritime Museum with its permanent indoor exhibits and pair of floating wood-hulled sailing vessels.

We've reported many times on the WW II battleship Iowa museum and the Lane Victory, the last WW II Merchant Marine Victory ship -- and that you can take your out-of-town-visitors and go aboard each one, all year.

But Labor Day Weekend brings the recent addition of active US Navy vessels congregating to take visitors aboard for tours, as well as on-shore concerts by Navy bands, individual ship bands, special displays, interactive and interpretive exhibits, festivities, and more.

The concept of a "fleet week" is as old as the world's navies. Teddy Roosevelt sent the gleaming "Great White Fleet" around the globe to announce America's arrival as an international power. Cities with "navy yards" touted the annual returns of warships they built or maintained and showed them off during fleet week visits.

Today, many of those once-major employment centers, including the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, are gone, along with the jobs that built their communities. With the end of the first Cold War, those base closures were supposed to be part of a "peace dividend" that would free-up money for other needs. But the jobs are gone and military spending increases every year, anyway.

Sure, Fleet Week is part exercise in nostalgia for old salts, and opportunities for reunions of unemployed and retired shipbuilders.

It's also part recruiting propaganda for young people who can't afford college or car good enough to drive for Uber, and don't want to deliver pizza all their lives. Likewise, it's part public relations to make taxpayers feel good about the obscene amount consumed by the nation's military budget in endless interventions to "keep us safe."

But it IS a way to see, up-close and personal, all the gee-whiz of techno-lethality. And if it's "here" entertaining you, it's not "there" in some other part of the world -- where these ships are otherwise part of something else. Like the US-enabled Saudi blockade that's preventing food and medical supplies from reaching Yemen's bombed ports.

Active military ships began arriving for Fleet Week 2018 in the combined Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach during the week of August 27th.

Ship types, names, and availability for tours are scheduled to be announced at the start of Labor Day Weekend.

Full info, including registering for first-come, first-get free tickets for ship tours, is all at:

https://www.lafleetweek.com/



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...# 2 feature, live music and events...



Labor Day Weekend Doin's, Thursday-Monday



Our Recommendations for the Best Places to Celebrate the Traditional End of Summer

Chronologically, by day and start time.

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Thursday, August 30...
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Thu-Mon, Aug 30-Sep 3, FESTIVAL, in Nor Cal:
Annual "STRAWBERRY MUSIC FESTIVAL - FALL EDITION" at the site of the old Westside Lumber Camp and railroad facility, up in the tall pines at 17807 Tuolumne Rd, Tuolumne, CA 95379.
*  Lineup:
Del McCoury Band
Rodney Crowell
The Travelin’ Mccourys
The Sherman Holmes Project
Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley
Samantha Fish
Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands
The Motet
Nicki Bluhm
Caitlin Canty
The Ingramettes
Phil Salazar And The Kin Folk
Che Apalache
Joe Craven & The Sometimers
Western Centuries
* tix and full info: https://strawberrymusic.com/
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Thu, Aug 30:
5 pm - KEN O'MALLEY brings his acoustic multi-instrumental authentic and original Irish music to his every Thursday residency at Auld Dubliner, 71 S Pine Av, Long Beach, CA 90802; 562-437-8300.
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Thu, Aug 30:
6 pm - THE SALTY SUITES play their occasional residency at The Cliff, 577 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.
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Thu, Aug 30:
6:30 pm-9 pm - Weekly ENCINITAS BLUEGRASS JAM is participatory or come 'n listen, at Today's Pizza and Salad, 481 Santa Fe Dr, Encinitas (N San Diego Co), CA.
*  info: banjojay@hotmail.com or Jason Weiss at 619-238-8331.
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Thu, Aug 30:
7:30 pm - PLOUGHBOYS play their long-running Celtic music residency the 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Thursdays each month at the Tam O' Shanter Ale & Sandwich Bar Lounge, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz, CA 90039; 323-664-0228.
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Thu, Aug 30:
8 pm - GILI YALO plays the free summer world music series at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90049; 310-440-4578.
*  this one is hardcore "world music."
*  concert is free, parking costs $10, or ride the Metro bus to the top of the hill in Sepulveda Pass, just off the 405.
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Friday, August 31...
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Annual "STRAWBERRY MUSIC FESTIVAL - FALL EDITION" continues through Sep 3 in Nor Cal. See Thu for write-up.
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Fri, Aug 31:
6 pm-9 pm - WILD ROSE IRISH BAND plays their 1st, 3rd & 5th Friday residency at Brendan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant Agoura Hills, 30315 Canwood St, Agoura Hills, CA 93010; 888-874-9400.
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Fri, Aug 31:
6 pm-10 pm - DROPKICK MICKEYS play their 1st, 3rd & 5th Friday residency at Brendan’s Irish Pub and Restaurant Newbury Park, 495 N Ventu Park Rd, Newbury Park, CA.
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Fri, Aug 31:
6 pm - Weekly "Old Downtown Monrovia Street Fair" includes the KATTYWOMPUS CONCERT / ACOUSTIC JAM WITH ALL COMERS, every Friday 8-10 pm; home venue for this part is just outside Dollmakers Kattywompus, 412 S Myrtle Av, Monrovia, CA 91016; 626-357-1091
*  event features family-friendly activities, carnival rides, food vendors, and other live music indoors and out.
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Fri, Aug 31:
7:30 pm - JASON ISBELL plus AIMEE MANN play the Greek Theatre, 2700 N Vermont Av, in Griffith Park (L.A. side), Los Angeles, CA 90027; 213-480-3232.
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Fri, Aug 31:
8 pm - DANIEL CHAMPAGNE plays Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City, CA 90230; 310-398-2583.
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Fri, Aug 31:
8 pm - THE SALTY SUITES play Grapes & Hops, 454 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001.
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Saturday, September 1...
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Annual "STRAWBERRY MUSIC FESTIVAL - FALL EDITION" continues through Sep 3 in Nor Cal. See Thu for write-up.
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Sat, Sep 1:
Noon-2 pm - MURPHY'S FLAW, John Bryan's bluegrass troupe in its latest incarnation of talent, plays their 1st & 3rd Saturday residency at Viva Rancho Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91506; 818-845-2425.
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Sat, Sep 1:
7:30 pm - THE SALTY SUITES play the Ojai Underground!, 1016 W Ojai Av, Ojai, CA 93023.
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Sat, Sep 1:
7:30 pm-10:30 pm - GRATEFUL DUDES play their decades-long bluegrass residency at Vincenzo's Newhall, 24504 Lyons Av, Newhall, CA.
*  these guys are so respected that you never know who will show up and sit in. Countless major stars of the genre have been there, done that.
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Sat, Sep 1:
8 pm - DAVID GRIER plays Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City, CA 90230; 310-398-2583.
*  this music store magically transforms into a compact lil' performance venue with heavyweight performers and an up-close seat for everyone. But call and get a ticket or you'll find it sold-out.
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Sat, Sep 1:
8 pm - JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOR BOYS play Alvas Showroom, 1417 West 8th St, San Pedro, CA 90732; 310-519-1314.
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Sat, Sep 1:
8 pm-11 pm - KEN O'MALLEY brings his acoustic multi-instrumental authentic and original Irish music to his "first Saturdays" residency at Tam O' Shanter Ale & Sandwich Bar Lounge, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz, CA 90039; 323-664-0228.
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Sat, Sep 1:
9 pm - G BURNS JUG BAND plays their first Saturdays residency at the Black Cat Bar, 4246 University Av, San Diego, CA; 619-280-5834.
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Sunday, September 2...
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Annual "STRAWBERRY MUSIC FESTIVAL - FALL EDITION" continues through Sep 3 in Nor Cal. See Thu for write-up.
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Sun, Sep 2:
9 am-noon - CLIFF LATIMER & LAURA OSBORN play acoustic roots string music the first Sunday of every month at the Atwater Village Farmers Market, 3250 Glendale Bl, Los Angeles, CA.
*  two talented music-makers, fun to watch as well as hear.
*  Free, except for what you eat.
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Sun, Sep 2:
9:30 am-2:30 pm - Weekly BLUEGRASS BRUNCH with different musicians every Sunday at Urban Solace, 3823 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104; 619-295-6464.
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Sun, Sep 2:
10:30 am-noon - TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION is a structured jam, every Sunday at the House of Ireland, 665 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA.
*  this is one of the international houses still operating from the San Diego World's Fair of a hundred years ago. They're in a big circle around the green in Balboa Park. Great fun, dancing in regalia, live traditional music on a central stage, and they often have free food samples in each cottage from many of the world's culinary cultures.
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Sun, Sep 2:
11 am-2 pm - Monthly VIVA CANTINA OLD-TIME MUSIC JAM happens the first Sunday of every month at Viva Rancho Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91506; 818-845-2425.
*  this has a long history at several venues before finding its latest home here. It attracts talented players.
*  info: steve@urbanoldtime.com
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Sun, Sep 2:
Noon-2 pm - MURPHY'S FLAW, John Bryan's bluegrass troupe in its latest incarnation of talent, plays their 1st & 3rd Sunday residency at Viva Rancho Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91506; 818-845-2425.
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Sun, Sep 2:
Noon-3 pm - Monthly BLUEGRASS JAM every first Sunday at Guitar Merchant, 22807 Saticoy St, West Hills, CA; 818-884-5905.
*  info: normanigar@gmail.com
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Sun, Sep 2:
1 pm-3 pm - Monthly BLUEGRASS JAM every first Sunday at El Camino College, 16007 Crenshaw Bl, Torrance, CA 90506.
*  info:SteveBarilovits@gmail.com
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Sun, Sep 2:
1:15 pm-4 pm - TOM BALL & KENNY SULTAN, trad acostic string artists who get good money to play festivals, do this free-admission, every-Sunday, residency in the middle of nowhere at Cold Spring Tavern, 5995 Stagecoach Rd, above Santa Barbara, CA; 805-967-0066.
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Sun, Sep 2:
4 pm-7 pm - Weekly TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION is a structured jam every Sunday at Auld Dubliner, 71 S Pine Av, Long Beach, CA 90802; 562-437-8300.
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Sun, Sep 2:
4:30 pm-7:30 pm - Weekly SANTA BARBARA TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION is a structured jam every Sunday at La Arcada Bistro, 1112 State St, Santa Barbara, CA.
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Sun, Sep 2:
7:30 pm-11 pm - Weekly IRISH MUSIC SESSION is a structured jam every Sunday at O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 2226 Wilshire Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90403; 310-829-5303 or obrienswilshire@aol.com
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Sun, Sep 2:
8 pm - LOS TIGRES DEL NORTE play the "Viejas Concerts in the Park" series at 5000 Willows Rd, Alpine, CA 91901.
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Monday, September 3...
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Annual "STRAWBERRY MUSIC FESTIVAL - FALL EDITION" concludes today in Nor Cal. See Thu for write-up.
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Mon, Sep 3:
7:30 pm-10:30 pm - THE BROMBIES play their every-Monday bluegrass residency at Viva Rancho Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506; 818-845-2425.
*  not at all your typical "weekly residency" band, this outfit has some major award winners and does music for motion pictures.
*  info: brombies@aol.com
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Mon, Sep 3:
7:30 pm-9:30 pm - Weekly OC CELTIC JAM happens every Monday at Peace Lutheran Church, 18542 Vanderlip Av, Santa Ana, CA.
*  info: heidihalbur@gmail.com
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Mon, Sep 3:
8:30 pm-11 pm - CELTIC ARTS CENTER IRISH MUSIC SESSION, TRADITIONAL DANCE, & CELTIC LANGUAGE CLASSES have been happening every Monday for decades. Sponsored by the Celtic Arts Center at The Mayflower Club, 11110 Victory Bl, North Hollywood, CA; venue phone 818-760-8322.
*  Also, 9 pm-10:30 pm is the SLOW PLAY IRISH MUSIC SESSION for learners and beginners.
*  info: celt@celticartscenter.com
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...# 3 feature



A LOOK AHEAD -- FALL MUSIC FESTIVALS



Presented chronologically, with a little extra spacing between each one to help your scrolling.
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Sat & Sun, Sep 15 & 16, FESTIVAL:

9 am-8 pm - Annual "HARVEST FESTIVAL OF DULCIMERS" presented by Southern Californa Dulicimer Heritage, brings master musicians on trad acoustic instruments for workshops, jamming, concerts, and more.
*   this happens at different places each day.
*  on Saturday, it's all the main events, all at Presbyterian Church of the Convent, 2850 Fairview Rd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
*  on Sunday, there are just two events, as follows: (1) 10 am-2 pm, HAMMERED DULCIMER WORKSHOP: CONTINENTAL / BOOMBAL TUNES - FRENCH & FLEMISH DANCE TUNES WITH KAREN ASHBROOK, includes mixed instruments (acoustic), held at a private home in Fullerton; (2) 11 am-3 pm MOUNTAIN DULCIMER WORKSHOP: RIGHT & LEFT HAND MASTERY WITH SARAH MORGAN, held at a private home in Downey.
*  tix for festival, Saturday evening concert, and Sunday workshops, all available at: http://scdh.org/SCDH/Welcome.html

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Fri-Sun, Sep 21-23, FESTIVAL:

Annual "MILLPOND MUSIC FESTIVAL" at Millpond County Park / Recreation Area, 6 mi. north of Bishop, CA.
*  Lineup, Main Stage:
- Friday Night...
Luke Kinney
Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands
David Myles
- Saturday...
Carbé/Durand Duo
Rita Hosking Trio
Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons
Sam Reider & the Human Hands
Kyle Huval and the Dixie Club Ramblers
Jungle Fire
- Sunday...
UNLV Rebel Steel Band
The Sycopaths
Suitcase Junket
FulaMuse
Joe Craven and the Sometimers Present: The Garcia Songbook and Millpond All-Star Super-Jam
*  Lineup, Workshop Tent:
- Saturday...
Open Mic
David Myles
Ben and Joe
Jungle Fire
Sam Reider
Kyle Huval
(Kids Area) – Izzi Tooinsky
- Sunday...                                              
Rita Hosking
Syncopaths
Izzi Tooinsky
FulaMuse
UNLV Rebel Steel
Open Mic
*  Millpond is a laid back and family-friendly festival in the Eastern Shadow of the Sierra Nevada, with a world-class music lineup like you find at the big, crowded festivals.
*  camping, including RV sites, is in the adjacent concessionaire's campground, who also have the rights to charge for tent camping on the lawns around the mill pond.
*  it's complimented by kids’ activities, arts and crafts booths, and food vendors , all in a beautiful outdoor setting. Shade trees cover the perimeter of the main concert area, which has a perfect natural slope for an amphitheater-style experience.
*  tix & info: https://inyo.org/millpond-festival/

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Sat, Sep 22, FESTIVAL:

10 am-6 pm - Annual "GLOBAL VILLAGE FESTIVAL" in Orange County Great Park, 6000 Great Park Bl, Irvine, CA 92618
*  this one always includes SOME roots-Americana, but it's usually heavily laden with "world music" of one kind or another.

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Fri-Sun, Sep 28-30, FESTIVAL, in Nor Cal:

"KVMR CELTIC FESTIVAL & MARKETPLACE" presented by roots-music-friendly public radio station KVMR at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Rd., Grass Valley, CA 95949.
*  expect a good lineup.

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Fri-Sun, Oct 5, 6, 7, FESTIVAL:

"HUCK FINN JUBILEE" returns from the dead for its 41st run, at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park, 800 Archibald Av, Ontario, CA.
* a spring festival since 1977, it assumed new ownership in recent years after the death of its founder, moving from Victorville to Ontario. It continued undiminished as one of the best bluegrass festivals in the far west. Then, the new management, the Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau, threw in the towel. Now, back from the dead, it returns as a fall event with a stunning lineup.
*  Lineup:
INFAMOUS STRING DUSTERS
YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND
KELLER WILLIAMS' GRATEFUL GRASS
THE LONE BELLOW
BALSAM RANGE
FRUITION
LOVE CANON
FRONT COUNTRY
THE CLEVERLYS
PO RAMBLIN BOYS
OUT OF THE DESERT
JOE MULLINS & THE RADIO RAMBLERS
DEVILS BOX STRING BAND
THE SELDOM SCENE
BLUE HIGHWAY
OLD SALT UNION
* adv. tix and full info at: https://www.huckfinn.com

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Fri-Sun, Oct 12-14, MUSIC CONFERENCE:

15th Annual "FOLK ALLIANCE REGION WEST / FAR-WEST CONFERENCE" comes back to a Southern California venue this time, at the Warner Center Marriott, 21850 Oxnard St, Woodland Hills, CA 91367.
*   it's inclusive of so much that you can view it and do it as a festival.
*  there are headliner concerts, "official" and "guerilla" showcases, and music-making 'purt near all the time -- along with many, many workshops spanning everything from instrumental technique to DIY indie music biz and booking and tour management.
*  Folk Alliance, both as the international parent organization and in its numerous national and regional-international parts (like FAR-West) offer and present opportunities by and for indie artists as an effective counterpart to the big awards shows that are owned and controlled by the corporate Big Labels.
*  well worth your attention and support.
*  full info, registration, tix to the event's major concerts, all at:
http://www.far-west.org/far-west-2018.html

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Sat & Sun, Oct 13 & 14, FESTIVAL:

Annual "SEASIDE HIGHLAND GAMES" returns to Seaside Park in the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W Harbor Bl, Ventura, CA 93001.
*  multiple stages of Celtic music, from trad to Irish rock.
*  individual and massed bagpipes in pipe and drum exhibitions and competition.
*  Scottish Country Dancing, Highland Dancing, and more.
*  sheepdogs in herding demos.
*  Celtic harps.
*  sanctioned Irish fiddle competition.
*  gathering of the clans and wearing of the tartans from throughout the Celtic world.
*  British car show.
*  Children's Glen.
*  authentic food from balmier climes, including haggis, pasties and bangers.
*  and, of course, large humans throwing very massive things in an officially-sanctioned Highland Games competition.
*  full info and adv. tix at:
www.seaside-games.com

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Sat & Sun, Oct 13 & 14, FESTIVAL:

Annual "SANTA BARBARA OLD-TIME FIDDLER’S FESTIVAL" in the delightful settings of Rancho La Patera & Stow House, 304 N Los Carneros Rd, Goleta, CA 93117.
*  this one has been a mainstay of trad and old-time string music for decades.
*  there are scheduled sets by headlining bands on two stages, in addition to prestigious competitions.
*  we'll have more, later.

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Sat, Oct 13, FREE FESTIVAL:

10 am-6 pm - Annual  "KALEIDOSCOPE MUSIC & ART FESTIVAL" is well worth the drive over the mountain to the Palmdale Amphitheater, 2723 Rancho Vista Bl, Palmdale, CA 93551.
*  full concert sets from each headliner. With:
Lisa Haley & The Zydecats (Grammy noms)
Stone Soul
High-D Boys
Paddy's Pig (trad Irish)
Incendio (acoustic string mastery)
Megan Tibbits
Black Eye Affair
*  there's also a "chalk art festival" component that brings stunningly talented entrants.
*  we'll bring you more about this one. But you might want to mark your calendar now.
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...# 4 feature, "inside the news" analysis...



"Inauthentic Presences" Are Not the Ones They'd Have You Believe


...CNN, Facebook, MSNBC, Fox News, RT America, KCET, and the Truth Police



by Lawrence Wines

First, anything you didn't like was "fake news." Then anything Trump didn't like was fake news. Now, anything the corporatocracy doesn't like is "inauthentic."

It's not just getting goofier out there.

In fact, getting you dismiss it as childish, goofy, idiotic lunatics playing games for self-aggrandizement is part of why it works. We're seeing the use of media to determine beliefs, with active censorship of those who won't profitably play along. It all derives from a purposeful hall-of-mirrors, echo-chamber world of carefully crafted message management.

It employs sophisticated tools of psychology enabled by massive collection and analysis of data. Data on every person's susceptibility.

How each of us forms and reinforces our attitudes, opinions, and beliefs that are based on emotion rather than reason.

And what it takes to get you or me to buy something, and how to personalize a mass market to make us enthusiastically want to do it.

That bodes badly for all of us.

Because it brings implications -- perhaps outright assurances -- that we're going down a road where we're apt to know less, and to question less. Even as we become evermore certain -- and more tribal -- about all we are convinced we know.

Let's look at several topics and how those inform whether or not we are experiencing the largest message-management / greatest interactive propaganda campaign in human history.
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McCainia

For a full week, corporate Big Media has been exploiting the death of US Senator John McCain (R, AZ).

On MSNBC and CNN, it's all about "contrasting" "who this man was" with the "crassness, rudeness, and cruelty of public officials and public life" wherein all roads lead to Rome... or at least to enabling the figurative allusion of Brutus ending the rein of Caesar, in, as a modern phrase illustrates, "by any means necessary."

On Fox News, the death of McCain is exploited to inflate a heroic feel-good for Republicans to feel good about being Republicans before a pivotal midterm election.

None of them are guilty of presenting news, and we'll tell you why:

John McCain, as a lawmaker and collector of campaign donations, never met a war profiteer or an excuse for a US military incursion that he didn't like. Make that, wholeheartedly like, and enthusiastically support.

So, one would expect such pesky facts to be included, somewhere amidst all the wailing and sanctifying and talk of renaming major taxpayer-built facilities after St. John the Pugilist.

Crickets.
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The Death of Diversity Happened Thursday

Actually, there was one network that consistently presented an inclusive analysis of McCain's career. That's "was," not "does," for most of us. It's because corporate mainstream media's harangue of propaganda (out of fear that somebody might call-out their own failures to be inclusive) finally succeeded Thursday night in banishing their competition from the public square.

Spectrum cable, the overmerged corporate megagiant that's been doing Borg assimilations of other overmerged corporate megagiant cable providers, has again eliminated your choice as a viewer and consumer of what passes for "news."

Thursday night, Spectrum suddenly blocked your ability to watch RT America. Just as they did last fall when they suddenly dropped France24.

Thankfully, you can still watch RT America at www.RT.com. So, to borrow a phrase and use it where it's actually valid, you can still get a "fair and balanced" view of what the rest of the world sees and regards as news. What a concept -- world news that's about things happening all over the world.

You can also still see the daily half-hours of news in English from DW in Germany, France24, and NHK in Japan, as carried (thankfully) and presented by KCET. Available even with a digital TV antenna, and on most satellite and cable systems. (At least until megagiant corporate hegemony's intolerance of competition discovers it's there and buys it off America's airwaves.)
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The Eroding Trustworthiness of the BBC

Ordinarily, we'd include BBC World Channel as an oasis of sustenance from the inauthenticity of the US corporate mainstream's managed-message narrative-of-singularity.

But watching the Beeb this week (the original one, not the annoying pop singer with the airport monkey) it was clear that the BBC was taking its cue from American corporate broadcast media -- easily visible in presenting uncritical fawning over the corpse of John McCain.

But then, the BBC is uncritical of war promotion in general, since British arms merchants are right behind America's merchants of death when it comes to enabling people to kill each other in masses.

And the UK's MI-6 is often right in there with CIA operatives convincing some isolated ethnic group that some other group is "The Enemy." We'll discuss the whole thing about "The Enemy" in a moment.

Obviously, there are many debates we should be having, as a society, that do not occur because our corporate-protectionist, advertising-addicted, narrative-obsessed media is, in a word -- wait for it -- inauthentic.

We don't wallow in Trump Derangement Syndrome. But we do cover the media. So we will both acknowledge and limit what is an unavoidable collision at the intersection of the two.

No reasonable effort to make sense of things can avoid that basic recognition.

Because corporate mainstream media "news" these days is a singularity -- almost exclusively a Trumpian sheepdip.

So any critical analysis of the media, and... well, there you are.
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The CNN Sheepdip

In the latest lunacy, CNN says they're "standing by their story" -- based on what they continue to say is an operative statement from Trump lawyer Michael Cohen -- and "verified," as is everything these days, by an "unnamed source." And this one is their bombshell "breaking news" that Trump knew all about Russians spying on Hillary's emails.

This one belongs in the tabloids with the big-eyed aliens.

Seems Cohen really has no knowledge of anything like what CNN maintains, and he said so.

And the "unnamed source" CNN used for verification turns out to be Cohen's lawyer, legal celebrity Lanny Davis, who rejects the basis for the whole thing, and said so.

Yet CNN refuses to retract it. Seems like it makes a good story that fits well with "the narrative," even if there is no veracity. Even if it's, uhh, in the sudden new vernacular, "inauthentic."

Even though standing by that story opens the door to a legitimate accusation that CNN is purveying "fake news."

Which throws logs on the Trumpian bonfire of the vanities.
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The Corporate Co-opting of Social Media

Of course, vanity isn't patented by the celebrity apprentice in the Oval Office, or by CNN.

And that brings us to the latest dimension in the fortunes of Big Media chasing fortunes from sensationalism -- social media.

Because along with the fixation by all of corporate mainstream broadcast and cable news media, the decisionmaking artificial intelligences of social media are pursuing an indistinguishable product. Depending on your politics, that is, because they are, after all, keeping you addicted by giving you a hall of mirrors and an echo chamber to verify and validate whatever prejudices and half-baked beliefs you already have.

Which enables them to profitably go down the neck of the funnel of the Trumpian Singularity.

Of late, Facebook -- a megabillion-dollar Google property -- is leading the pack of money-grubbing hounds of the cyberville, and has adopted a profitably "proactive protective" posture.

All that alarms the hell out of us, because it's already affecting and effecting everything you think is "news."
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Israeli, Palestine, and What's Allowed

The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) has been deploying its snipers to kill and maim unarmed Palestinians in Gaza. But if anyone posts news of that on social media, their presence is banished for being anti-Semitic, as a purveyor of "hate," or as "inauthentic" for "spreading fake news."

With corporate mainstream media, the paradigm prevails that being opposed to murders committed as official acts of the Israeli military is contrary to being against terrorism. The closest anyone will come to honest reporting is to suggest that being anti-Zionist is not the same as being anti-Jewish. Even that is rarely allowed. So US corporate mainstream media, in lockstep, covered the celebrations of the move of the US Embassy. It went from Tel Aviv -- where every other nation has its embassy in Israel -- to Jerusalem, where US vice president Pence and his evangelical religionistas wanted it, in part because they think that will precipitate the apocalypse.

But say that on social media and the Truth police will banish you from the empire. And nobody can say it on corporate cable, period.

Doesn't matter that official policy of the Bebe Netanyahu government is to shoot people. You can't talk about because no one is supposed to know about it. Might interfere with supplying more arms to Israel.
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Those Damn Russians -- Some Quick Background and Context

We've all had more than a year of Russia-Russia-Russia allegations, with enough smoke to hide all the big corporate media headquarters and their machinations.

Smoke on the water, allegations in the cyber sky. But with no actual evidence. Just endless assertions by overpaid corporate media talking heads who follow no rules of journalistic integrity as they babble authoritatively of how "the 26 intelligence agencies" have found "digital fingerprints" that are supposedly "all over this."

We'll get to why that isn't exactly "authentic." We needed to get it into the dialog here.
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Results that Are about Something Else

Instead of real evidence of any Russian collusion in American elections, we've gotten criminal indictments, guilty pleas, and convictions for international monetary crimes by Trump associates -- based on their individual tax-dodging, money laundering, and other fraudulent financial activities -- before the 2016 campaign.

Is any of that a prelude to Trump, Inc., real estate development deals wherein he incurred debt from global financiers? Like maybe oligarchs who happened to be Russian?

Except for whatever investigators know, because they were tasked by Robert Mueller, the rest of us do not know. Period. And the Mueller investigation does not leak.

Despite 17-20 hours each day of corporate cable news' overpaid talking heads fixated on speculating, ad infinitum and ad nauseum, no one knows. So the entire basis for the Trumpian Singularity of "collusion" could just as well be Tarot cards and a Ouija board.

Meanwhile, the actual activities of the Trump administration are grossly underreported. Like Secretary of Education Betsy DeVoss privatizing taxpayer-owned assets to subsidize for-profit private schools for her cronies, and dozens of other giveaways to corporations.
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Robert Mueller -- the 500-Pound Gorilla on one Side of a Much Bigger Mountain

There is one key question that was deliberately bypassed before the brass band started making things a circus.

Despite fixated CNN, pathetic Fox News, and irredeemable MSNBC, no one in Big Media has asked the most fundamental question about all this.

That is: how was it that the Mueller investigation of election fraud and collusion wasn't tasked, at its inception, with investigating:

1)  the totality of actual fraud and voter disenfranchisement

2)  the intentional sabotage of voting machines that were capable of creating a paper record that could have been audited, but was shut-off

3)  the use of proprietary software in voting machines -- a cryptic unknown, proven to manipulation, that the public is never allowed to examine -- rather than open source programming that can easily be verified

4)  the tangled and documented cobweb of collusion that clearly DID produce fraudulent results in the the 2016 elections through these and other facts in evidence, and that has produced active court cases.

Those being:

a)  the large-scale GOP multistate removal of specifically targeted voters from the registration rolls; and

b)  the insidious, multipronged seizure of the primary process by Hillary Clinton campaign operatives and establishment Democrats, to overthrow what would have been the nomination of Bernie Sanders by the votes of the people.
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Politics and the Brady Bunch

Of course, at any time, the absent fabric of the Russia-Russia-Russia thing has been at risk of somebody noticing that it just doesn't add-up. (Somebody noticing, excluding corporate media, of course.)

But it doesn't take an Academy voter to see things as yet another lousy remake of the Brady Bunch.

Specifically the one with pubescent Jan Brady in angst that everywhere she turns, all she hears is Marsha-Marsha-Marsha, overloading her sensibilities and ability to function.

So it seems time for another '70s standby -- Monty Python -- to pop-up to say, "and now for something completely different." Voila. Wednesday we got the latest wrinkle in the endless speculative blame-game politics and media coverage of we-wuz-robbed, "they did it to us" by messing with our elections.

Reuters has distributed an involved story about how the Iranians are behind everything.

Iranians. Not Russians.

The Reuters piece is half, you-better-watch-out, without a you-better-not-cry, and total hands-off of you-better-not-pout, before it cuts to the chase of them telling you why -- or rather, who.

And after all this, it's not the Russians this time.
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"Inauthenticity" Works Because the Term Can Foment Fear

Of course it still plays just right for the Pentagon lobbiests, congressional war hawks, and military-industrial-cybersecurity-complex weapons selling merchants of death. Chaos and fear assures readiness for evermore conflict.

Thus repetition of "the narrative" reinforces the message, even if the bogeyman changes. We're in danger from the "inauthentic" word of others, and anything that isn't corporate mainstream media's narrative is "the other," "inauthentic," not to be trusted, and you need the tribal assurances and their endlessly echoed narrative to protect you. To keep us safe.

And along comes Reuters. Not to question why it suddenly isn't Russia, but Iran that's out to steal our elections. Or did steal them (again) if the wrong candidate wins (again) 

We cannot know if that was intentional or not on the part of Reuters with this story. But it has that effect.

And, it cites -- here it comes -- "inauthentic" efforts purveyed on social media as the way the nefarious actors are messing with our election. Iranians this time. Until somebody else is needed to replace them, and to exonerate us from our own unwillingness to deal with the American culprits who are taking possession of the levers of our registration and ballot processes.
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"The Enemy" and Why This is So Dangerous

Efforts that would unacceptably influence American public opinion in favor of peace in Syria and against the Saudi genocide in Yemen are now "inauthentic." Those are two things that the warconomy and corporatocracy just can't allow to take hold.

And while neither of those notions can be allowed to influence Americans who might (gasp) start asking questions -- there is a further, and especially unforgivable, sin that is easiest of all to blame on "inauthentic" nefarious actors, which actually need to be "the Iranians" for this part. It is, of course, that any basis must be cut-off or discredited if it lets Americans something that cannot be touched. We are not permitted to question, much less know about, the daily deaths of unarmed Palestinians at the hands of snipers of the Israeli Defense Force in walled-off apartheid semi-slave states of Palestine and Gaza.

Debate? Discussion? Challenge, with facts, of official versions of any of these things?

No need to risk THAT, if you control the narrative.

Just banish any such news to the realm of propangandistic rumor and fantasy. Label them as "fake news" until that wears thin. Then condemn them as "inauthentic." Suggest to the masses through their individualized echo chambers that you only saw such things in the first place because some nefarious operative created them specifically to personally deceive you. Those damned Russians. No, wait. Those godless fundamentalist Iranians. Or in Trump's latest hypothesis-without-evidence, those trade-cheat, election stealing little Maoists in China (pronounced Z'hai'yy-nahh).

Choose your inauthentic nefarious actor. It all adds up to the same thing :

"The enemy."

Hey, it works when the fundamentalist preachers use it -- somehow turning a philosophy based on love and the brotherhood of all mankind into a fear-based refuge from "The Enemy."

And it works the same way when Big Media and now, social media's profit-protecting propagandists, tell you they must censor what you see and hear if they are to "protect" you. From "The Enemy."

Even when the "protectors" keeping you from seeing "inauthentic" information are CNN standing by a story based on unnamed sources who inconveniently surfaced to say, uhh, no.

And even when the "protectors" deem anything "inauthentic" if it fails to fit their paradigm for maximumizing profits based on a fully-connected spiderweb of marketable, personally attributable metadata for sale for profiling everything about you.
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"Inauthenticity" and Iran

Reuters says they got started down the road of nefarious "inauthenticity" because Facebook sent-off 167 sites, dozens of them "Iranian," to what users call "Facebook jail."

That's a good place to note the one week in Twitter jail that Alex Jones got when too many finally became offended by his "InfoWars" diatribes, including his emphatic certainty that the Sandy Hook school masacre was "a hoax." But then, he makes money in traffic for Twitter.

And given that Americans who commit terrorist acts against Americans on American soil are never branded as terrorists by American corporate mainstream media or US-based social media -- unlike any Muslim who throws a rock at an Israeli sniper -- we can't say we're surprised by Twitter's rather curious approach to protecting Alex Jones' free speech.
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Follow the Money

Of course Reuters doesn't bother to mention that those publicly unaccountable social media powers-that-be have an overarching model to assure maximum profitability.

Nor does Reuters question whether it's really because Facebook -- and all data-robbing social media -- "must" protect you, and maximize marketability of pirated data by deluding you.

And if their new weapon of information warfare is designed to be used on their users -- invoking the newest buzz word of unforgiveable sin: sites operating with an "inauthentic presence" must be banished.
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About those Russian "Digital Fingerprints"

Surely we'll get the same line about Iranian fingerprints. Or Syrian government fingerprints if another Trumpertantrum is cultivated by the militarists for another two-hundred-million-dollar missile attack.

But there's something to keep in mind about finding culprits from their "digital fingerprints."

Wikileaks published the CIA's own documents detailing how US operatives can create any cyber activity and brand it with a false flag. As in, if I know how, and have the right software in my laptop, I can post a message, or anything else, and make it appear that you did it.

John McAfee, creator of the world's first antivirus for home and office PC's, has said many times that it's child's play to make it appear that somebody else was the culprit for almost anything you want to see them blamed for.

In fact, the information released to verify that "nefarious Russians" infested America's 2016 campaigns and elections contains both bad Russian idioms that no literate Russian would have used, and incorrect code protocols that no rookie would have left behind -- unless it was a deliberate, elephant-foot-sized -- or donkey-hoofed -- fingerprint.

Of course, those pesky facts do not fit the corporate mainstream media narrative. So the chances of anyone getting caught playing the same game twice are diminished.

Now that "we" need provocation for a war footing with Iran -- or whatever it is "we" need provocation for -- we should all dust-off Weird Al Yankovic's "Ayatollah." That's his parody of "My Sharona." It might help us get ready to find the botched cyber fingerprints when the new batch of "inauthentic" bad actors needs to be correctly identified. Because God, Allah, Yahweh, Buddha, and Krishna knows the Trumpcentric coporate mainstream media, in the safe zone of their singularity of narrative, ain't about to ask the questions necessary to tell anybody about anything else.
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