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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.


Let's get started!


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...feature # 1...


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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...feature # 2...


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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...feature # 4...


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
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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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More later.

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♪ The ACOUSTIC AMERICANA MUSIC GUIDE endeavors to bring you NEWS – and views of interest to artists everywhere – more specifically to musicians and the creative community and music makers and fans of acoustic and Folk-Americana music. That includes both traditional and innovative forms. From the deepest roots to today’s acoustic renaissance, that’s our beat. We provide a wealth of resources, including a HUGE catalog of acoustic-friendly venues (now undergoing a major update), and inside info on FESTIVALS and select performances in Southern California in venues from the monumentally large to the intimately small and cozy. We cover workshops, conferences, and other events for artists and folks in the music industry, and all kinds o’ things in the world of acoustic and Americana and accessible classical music. From washtub bass to musical spoons to oboe to viola to banjo to squeezebox, from Djangostyle to new-fangled-old-time string band music, from sweet Cajun fiddle to bluegrass and pre-bluegrass Appalachian mountain music to all the swamp water roots of the blues and the bright lights of where the music is headed now.
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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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♪ The ACOUSTIC AMERICANA MUSIC GUIDE endeavors to bring you NEWS – and views of interest to artists everywhere – more specifically to musicians and the creative community and music makers and fans of acoustic and Folk-Americana music. That includes both traditional and innovative forms. From the deepest roots to today’s acoustic renaissance, that’s our beat. We provide a wealth of resources, including a HUGE catalog of acoustic-friendly venues (now undergoing a major update), and inside info on FESTIVALS and select performances in Southern California in venues from the monumentally large to the intimately small and cozy. We cover workshops, conferences, and other events for artists and folks in the music industry, and all kinds o’ things in the world of acoustic and Americana and accessible classical music. From washtub bass to musical spoons to oboe to viola to banjo to squeezebox, from Djangostyle to new-fangled-old-time string band music, from sweet Cajun fiddle to bluegrass and pre-bluegrass Appalachian mountain music to all the swamp water roots of the blues and the bright lights of where the music is headed now.
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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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...# 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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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Wed. night TV: Get educated about civil rights & the Supreme Court. Aug 29 2018.

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IT WAS A BIG DEAL BEFORE THE LATEST NOMINEE, BUT IT'S GONE QUIET

And that's dangerous.

Take advantage of TONIGHT's trio of civil rights / Supreme Court-related TV specials for stuff you ought to know.


When Trump made his latest nomination for the US Supreme Court, Big Media was fixated to the exclusion of 'purt near everything else. That nominee remains unconfirmed, and opponents are counting on a successful game of delay through -- and past -- the midterm elections in November.

Yet Democrats continue to have no agenda other than to shout, "We aren't Trump!"

A Bernie Sanders-endorsed Democratic Socialist won the Democratic primary in the the Florida governor's race, and in November, will face the most Trumpian of all GOP candidates.

In New York City, Democratic Socialist Ocasio-Cortez won her primary months ago, but still is not getting wholehearted support from the Democratic Party.

Simply put, Democrats of all varieties are counting on a "Blue Wave" to give them majorities in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Yet their party is dysfunctional, at war with itself, and incapable of formulating a coherent, cohesive plan to govern while presenting an alternative to the three-branch rule of the Trumpian Republican Party.

Among the many things at stake are the future -- for decades to come --of the Supreme Court.

But what exactly does that mean? There are some fine opportunities in the next few days to learn about what the High Court is, what it does, and why everything we regard as our civil rights is determined by that one court of nine justices who are appointed for life.
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In addition to CNN's new biopic, "RBG" premiering Labor Day Monday night, here are other shows we recommend,

all TONIGHT, WEDNESDAY:

Wed, 10-10:30 pm - "Fannie Lou Gamer: Stand Up" is a profile of the noted civil rights activist (1917-1977) tonight only on KLCS. It does re-air once, 4-4:30 am.

Wed, 10:30-11 pm - "The Education of Harvey Gantt" (2013) who became the first African-American student to attend a previously all-white school, Clemson Univ., in 1963, because the Supreme Court outlawed school segregation. On KLCS. Reairs once, 4:30-5 am.

Wed night, 11 pm-midnight - "Civil Rights / Thurgood Marshall" (2014) profiles the first black Supreme Court Justice. Has remarks by Justices Elena Kagan and John Paul Stevens, civil rights icon Vernon Jordan, and three biographers who have written books about him. On KLCS. No re-airings.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Musicians in N. Korea Officially Murdered for Viewing Porn? Wait. Not So Fast. -- Aug 22 2018



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We're being played. In more ways than we can comprehend. On more topics and issues than we can imagine.

What's stated in our headline, above, was actually reported as fact by corporate mainstream media. And it went unchallenged by them when they ran with it. Helping to feed American's perception that, well, it's what North Korea does.

Take a step back. By now, don't all of us have reason to believe that most of what we see is part of a narrative? And what we see isn't the be-all and end-all of what's going on in the world, despite their authoritative claims?

That their claims are laden with psychology to make you feel stupid unless you buy them, hook line and sinker?

But still... you are often left with the sense that objective reality is a whole lot bigger than, or just isn't what, they're reporting. And to that statement, you feel like adding, "as usual."

Today, corporate mainstream media is giddy over multiple guilty findings in the cases of two Trump-connected henchmen -- one on guilty pleas, the other for being several dimensions of a financial crook. Meanwhile, back at the ranch -- and everywhere else in the world -- countless things are being ignored.

And it is those things that bear far greater import for America's standing in the world.

We'll get to those musicians. We have a couple of stops to understand what's going on here.

Joe Lauria, award winning journalist and UN correspondent of 25 years, is finding trouble getting any corporate mainstream media outlet to talk about what's become his primary point: that their nonstop obsession with the Trumpian singularity is a purposeful distraction.

Last fall, the Huffington Post pulled his article on Russiagate hysteria, leaving a dead link. (You can still read it, thanks to another more inclusive site that isn't part of "the narrative;" it's at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-07/huffpo-yanks-article-russiagate-hysteria-award-winning-journalist-joe-lauria-%E2%80%93-so-he)

These days, Lauria goes so far as to voice the same warning you've seen here -- that Democrats may not win a midterm landslide in the absence of putting forth a true program of policies.

Especially given the corporate Dem leadership's longtime adherence to wholesale passage of corporate deregulation and tax advantages that benefit the corporatists. And the fact that the same Democrats always vote for more spending on endless wars.

Mr. Lauria likewise warns that the American public isn't likely to "buy it" if losing Dems claim it's the Russians again this time.

Meanwhile, says Lauria, world events go on with most Americans in a distracted state of ignorance.

And there's no question that all ignorance is not created equal.

So you might have missed the part about those North Korean musicians. Maybe in the initial round of "facts." Certainly in the "hey, wait a minute" analysis. Maybe because there wasn't that analysis.

His points parallel a new revelation, out today. In it, award winning investigative journalist Max Blumenthal is calling-out a Washington darling for a tangled web of purposeful lying about what other governments do.

What Blumenthal cites is part of a web of deception. It influences American public opinion to support evermore expenditures for the Military-Industrial-Cybersecurity complex. It's purposeful, carefully crafted deception. Necessary to allay our fears. And to keep us safe. And to assert that we're the biggest badass. 

Simply put? It's a rehearsed paradigm of US meddling in foreign governments that are not to our liking. Which requires constant public preparation for more conflicts, wars, and assorted economic, political, and military coups.

To be sure, there are many actors. Along with the usual suspects -- CIA, NSA, DIA, ICE, DHS, and other federal agencies, there are plenty of others.

Blumenthal, in his piece today, focuses on one and the trouble it's causing.

It's the US government-funded --meaning taxpayer-funded -- "National Endowment for Democracy," or NED.

NED flagrantly violates its status as a registered nonprofit NGO (non-governmental organization). It is formally supported by both the Democratic and Republican parties. And it's messing with other countries.

It purports to have a warm and comfy set of goals that would at last make the world safe for democracy and all people free and pursuing happiness.

Yet NED founding member Alan Weinstein told the Washington Post way back in 1991, “A lot of what we (NED) do today was done covertly twenty-five years ago by the CIA.”

In all the years since NED's founding in 1982, it's clear that their activities have been far more like the CIA's bag of tricks, accompanied by, at best, a smokescreen of promoting democratic freedoms.

"Inside America’s Meddling Machine: The US Funded Group that Interferes in Elections Around the Globe," was published today. In it, Max Blumenthal does what corporate mainstream media will not -- exposes the profitable machine that perpetuates endless conflict, eliminates alternative voices, and foments war in the name of exploitive US interests.

Blumenthal exposes the National Endowment for Democracy as, "a taxpayer funded organization that has interfered in elections, mobilized coups, and orchestrated public relations campaigns against nations that resist Washington’s agenda."

He says NED is "doing precisely what Congress accuses Russia-funded media outlets and troll farms of doing in the United States. They interfere in other countries’ politics with foreign money. The only difference is they do it openly, and in the name of spreading freedom."
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NED spends millions to interfere with campaigns and elections, to disrupt economies, and to cause violence worldwide, from Nicaragua to South America, Africa to Mongolia, the two Koreas to the Chinese Uyghurs and other minorities. Extending his track record of credibility in revealing hidden hands, Max Blumenthal is off to a good start tracking-down and revealing this dangerous presence. He even calls-out comedian John Oliver, who helped the misinformation campaign when he "echoed the claims of US-government backed sources."

Blumenthal cites "The meddling machine McCain built," referring to notorious neocon war proponent Sen. John McCain (R, AZ). He cites the New York Times calling NED, thanks to McCain, “a revolving door for lobbyists and out-of-power Republicans that offers big donors a way of helping both the party and the institute’s chairman.”

Known for his direct, factual style, Blumenthal says, "Carl Gershman founded the National Endowment for Democracy. He’s (a) neoconservative activist with roots in Trotskyism. Today, Gershman still embraces the ideology of permanent worldwide revolution."


So, NED, this powerful entity you've never heard of -- just where did it come from? Blumenthal writes:

"Founded in 1983 by then president Ronald Reagan, the National Endowment for Democracy became an international vehicle for the neoconservative agenda. Its founding cadre were Cold War ideologues who were, like so many early neoconservative operatives, former Trotskyists who once belonged to the Social Democrats USA party."

"Over the years, the NED and its partner organizations have weaponized civil society and media against governments that stand in the way of right-wing, free market parties and corporate interests."

The piece, which is both an online video and a text article, covers a lot of ground.

One emphasis is the two Koreas, where "activists are responsible for much of what the West believes about North Korea and its human rights record. While many tell harrowing tales of escape from political repression, others have been exposed as serial fabricators lured by hefty sums of cash."

Most examples of "checkbook journalism" in America fail to hold up to scrutiny. When governments buy what they want to hear in desperately poor places, extent examples indicate you can get testimony of whatever you want. Remember the wholly fabricated accounts of Saddam Hussein's officials euthanizing babies in Baghdad hospitals? Or the defector testimony of massive stockpiles of WMDs in Iraq?

In Korea, multibillion dollar defense sales are at stake. As in, eliminate the tension on the peninsula, and there's no need for a massive, armed-to-the-teeth, eyeball-to-eyeball presence.

Blumenthal writes, "In 2017, South Korea quadrupled the payout for testimony from North Korean defectors to a whopping $860,000. The bounty has incentivized colorful accounts of sadistic — and unusually creative — human rights abuses.

He takes on the shocking statements of North Korean defectors. He notes some are now under investigation by the UN because the stories change with each re-telling. Others, including one documented by journalist Mary Ann Jolley, were fueled by Venezuelan-American oligarch Thor Halvorssen, whose Oslo Freedom Forum "weaponizes human rights in the service of neoconservative foreign policy objectives."

Consumers of news in the West are left mystified when the heads of state of the two Koreas meet, hug, combine their Olympic teams, and allow family reunifications. We're baffled and feel betrayed by our South Korean allies because our corporate mainstream media isn't geared to portray things with the color, character or orientation of one people divided by a political border.

And the tension machine does all it can to keep it from being possible for that to make sense to us.

For example, Blumenthal writes that
Peter Thiel, a libertarian tech billionaire, partnered with oligarch Halvorssen to launch the deliberately provocative “Hack Them Back” campaign. Their purpose was to disrupt inter-Korean peace talks in 2014. It was a "campaign (that) nearly brought the Koreas to the brink of war..."

When you learn that, you begin to look for signs of sabotage happening now. And they're there for the finding.

Blumenthal dissects "the right-wing network behind Korea’s celebrity defector(s)" including one of the most prominent, who was "unmasked as a fabulist" in South Korea.

As it turns out, much of what seemed unbelievable should never have been accepted by the public -- or the Big Media that foisted on us.

Like the tale that "a crowd of 10,000 was forced to watch the execution of 11 musicians for the crime of viewing porn," wherein "the musicians were shot with anti-aircraft guns, then run over with tanks."

Or the tale that another defector "claimed female prisoners were raped and then forced to hand their babies over to be used as food for hungry guard dogs."

So, were musicians grotesquely butchered? Were newborns fed to guard dogs?

The tellers of those tales were, as it turns out, paid plenty. And their retellings remain lucrative, even when they don't come out the same way twice, and often pick up added embellishments for new audiences.

But corporate mainstream media isn't around, because they're trackside for the Trump train when questions of anything like that should be asked, and the absence of answers reported.

Fortunately, the best non-mainstream journalists are not missing from the arenas that matter.

Blumenthal has won awards for his journalistic exposes, and his work has appeared in the New York Times. But mostly, he has kept his integrity by being published in sources that are not part of the overmerged corporate mainstream media.

There was a favorite line a few decades ago: "How do you strike fear into the heart of a wrongdoer? Tell him, 'Mike Wallace is here from 60 Minutes to ask you questions.'"

That TV newsmagazine has, in the 21st century, lost its edge and much of its credibility, and the likes of Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Ed Bradlee, Harry Reasoner, Walter Cronkite, and Edward R. Murrow are long gone. So is the ability of any major American news organization to make a star of an investigative journalist in the age of the almighty corporatocracy.

But you can still find a Seymour Hersh, a Chris Hedges, an Abby Martin, and a Max Blumenthal, if you stay diligent and inquisitive. If you remain unwilling to accept pat answers that are processed and packaged for inclusion in the narrative.

After all, when you talk to CIA whisteblowers, write about political machinations by economic interests "Sowing chaos, spreading instability, and opening markets," for their own interests, you're going to cultivate powerful critics.

Blumenthal has been in the forefront of things that give the propaganda machine heartburn. He has repeatedly exposed Israeli government and military atrocities against the people of Gaza -- for which he has been falsely smeared as an anti-semite. (Which is, anytime it happens, always curious, since racially Middle Eastern Jews and Middle Eastern Arab peoples are both Semitic Levantine peoples.)

So we offer a quick reminder that everything you read, see or hear about someone -- anyone -- needs to be held to the scrutiny of considering the agenda of both critic and proponent. And held to the test of evidentiary proof before veracity can be assessed. Assessed? Make that verified so it can be legitimately reported.

Not just sensationally thrown into the hall of mirrors and the tribal echo-chambers. Where it is replayed with fresh voices hour after after hour. Over and over again by the smarmy serial repeaters of cable TV's cult-of-personality hour-long blocks whose modus operandi is just talking-head breathlessness.

Of course, when an investigative voice like Blumenthal exposes something like his topic today, mainstream media looks out for their corporate interests by attacking with a lame claim.

In this case, if they are forced to acknowledge his report at all, you'll get what might as well be their catalogued "standard response number 312."

It goes like this, "Yes, but you're just trying to distract away from what Trump and his minions are doing, and until we have thoroughly explored and examined and discussed all of that and all of the implications of that, anything else is an annoying and unwelcome attempt to distract the American public away from the central narrative of making dots to connect Trump and Russia-Russia-Russia."

Finally, just bear with us long enough to read a statement by Blumenthal and ask yourself if you didn't see it coming. Blumenthal wrote:

"America remains obsessed with the specter of Russian interference and Moscow’s supposed active measures against our political system. But at the same time, official Washington celebrates its own taxpayer funded meddling machine as an engine of 'democracy promotion.' Does the American public know what’s being done with its money, and will there ever be a public debate on the consequences of Washington’s regime change efforts?"

You're an experienced media watcher. What do you think?

You can watch the video and read the full text of this latest Max Blumenthal story, "Inside America’s Meddling Machine: The US Funded Group that Interferes in Elections Around the Globe," at:

https://grayzoneproject.com/2018/08/20/inside-americas-meddling-machine-the-us-funded-group-that-interferes-in-elections-around-the-globe/

In addition, Max Blumenthal's work appears in lots of non-corporate, and therefore non-mainstream outlets. He is editor of one of those, at:

www.thegrayzone.com


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Friday, August 17, 2018

Remembering Aretha Franklin. Aug 17 2018 edition


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Today we bring you a memorial tribute to a music legend who left us far too soon.

"You gotta disturb the peace. Especially when you ain't got none."
-- Aretha Franklin, in a "Jet Magazine" interview.
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First, a quick note...
If you're looking for yesterday's big special feature story, which is being read widely in at least 11 countries around the world --

"Who Is the Real 'The Enemy of the People'? - special edition, Aug 16, 2018"

-- it's still available at:

https://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2018/08/who-is-real-enemy-of-people-special.html
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Remembering Aretha Franklin

by Michele Marotta

I grew up in show biz and the rarified air of music legends. My father was boss of a record label that stabled big names.

Every time we reach another August 16th,  I am flooded with memories.

I remember where I was when I learned the King of Rock and Roll had died. August 16th. Now the Queen of Soul is gone.

It's also the day Bella Legosi passed away. And my mother. 

All on August 16th.

I first met Aretha Franklin when I was just 12 or 13 years old. I was with my dad, as I often was, when he was running around doing stuff.

The stuff of his business, to be sure, but he simply called it "stuff." He did a lot of stuff. 

At that age, I was not quite sure what all that was. Even when, as a little kid, I posed for a picture with the Beatles in the recording studio. He was in the music industry, so as I grew, I slowly recognized that all that "stuff" encompassed a lot of things. 

Sometimes we would be up at KGIL, an important radio station in those days, working on the Dick Wittenhill Show. By now, I was old enough to know music that I liked and connect their names to their records. And on one of those visits, she was there:

A-r-e-t-h-a F-r-a-n-k-l-i-n-! 

I still remember being in awe of her. She had a huge personality, and was one of the nicest people you could ever meet. I was young, but I thought right away -- and still know now -- she had the most amazing voice, ever. 

And she was just a nice person. Extremely nice, really. Even though I was in awe of her. And she made this young girl feel like I knew her forever.

Smokey Robinson talks of being lifelong friends with Aretha Franklin. His childhood was spent in a mythical neighborhood of Detroit. He grew up within a few blocks of Gladys Knight, Barry Gordy, and a bunch of the guys who would become several of the white-suited dance-step black singing groups, and other stars of a Motown future that none could foresee.

At the age of five or six, Smokey became friends with a newly arrived little kid. That boy took him home to "one of the mansions that sat in a little group in one part of our neighborhood. Our otherwise very poor neighborhood."

He continues, "Inside, I could hear this voice, singing, and somebody playing the piano. I went looking, and that's when I met little Aretha Franklin. She was playing piano, and oh what a singing voice, even then. She was about eight."

As a Southern California and New York girl -- the centers of the record business -- that day at a radio station
was the one and only time I met Aretha Franklin, but I cannot say that is the extent of my memory of her.

Fleeting? Yes. But trivial? Hardly. As the late Maya Angelou, poet laureate of the United States, famously observed, "You may forget what someone said. You may forget what someone did. But you will never forget how they made you feel."

As a teenager and through adulthood, I always knew I wanted to reconnect with Aretha Franklin. But our paths never crossed again. 

Another August 16th has passed. And now she, too, is gone.

The Queen of Soul goes on living in the memories of so many who will always instantly recognize her singing voice. For the fortunate, she lives on not only from recordings of iconic songs, and memories of her incomparable musical prowess -- but for how she made you feel. Including one young girl growing up in the midst of the music business.

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We also like the story in the Pasadena Star-News. Well worth your time:

https://www.pasadenastarnews.com/2018/08/16/what-it-was-like-to-spend-my-33rd-birthday-with-aretha-franklin/

Their writer's piece continues on the very human side of a big star. That includes noting that Aretha Franklin wouldn't fly in an airplane.

Well, add this: Larry King, on his RT America show Thursday, noted she would never go above the 8th floor in any building. If given a hotel room on a higher floor and they would not agree to relocate her? She would check-out and go elsewhere.

Out of context, that simply sounds diva-like. But when you know a bit more of the story...

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That's all for now.

We'll be back again soon with music news and more "News of the Non-Trumpcentric Universe." (c)

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