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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Weeknight Music & Beyond, plus NEWS, as June becomes July... 2016

Plenty this week to keep you tunefully out of the heat. Plus time to jump on some tickets, and word about a couple of films. Stay cool, evvabuddy.



"There is no greater fallacy than the belief that aims and purposes are one thing, while methods and tactics are another."
— Emma Goldman, social activist (27 June 1869-1940).


In this edition...












Let's get started!


# 1 news feature


Oh, cool by the ocean. Acoustic, by an artist you know from a great Americana band.

It's Gerry playing "Schooner at Sunset," Tuesday evening at 8 pm. Free with a ticket we'll give you.

Schooner is located at 16821 Sunset Bl, Sunset Beach.

Gerry tells us, "I'll be performing solo acoustic stuff with a few other songwriters in Sunset Beach at the 'Songwriters at Sunset' get together. Join Jim Quealy, Mouhammed Bassaj, Gil Mosard, and myself for a 'gunslingers songwriters in the round' shootout."

He adds, "Starts at 8. Food is great. Stage is great. You being there is great!"



Next Damngivers full band show will be August 6 at EB's Wine & Beer Garden at the L.A. Farmer's Market, across from The Grove.

Stay on the lookout for Mark & Gerry's acoustic performance on Christopher Lockett's "LIVE at Lockett's," coming soon.


# 2 news feature


This midweek series has moved around the Pasadens area a bit, and it's well worth following. Wednesday, June 29, 7 to 10 pm,  it's at the Arroyo Seco Golf Course, 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena 91030.

Performing host Brad Colerick tells the Guide, "Riviting songstress and fiddler Anna Tivel will be back with us this week. A nationally touring artist with a deep love of quiet stories, she was a winner at this year's Kerrville Folk Festival 'New Folk' competition. She will have you on the edge of your seat to hear her every word."

Brad adds, "First time 'Wine & Song' guest Jeffrey Martin will be with us also. He is a seasoned writer and performer way beyond his years. This will be a very, very special evening for sure. The fun starts at 7 pm."

$15 table seating, $10 general admission. Arroyo Seco Grill has food, wine, and a full bar. Or bring your own bottle for a $10 corkage fee. Kitchen is open until 8:30 pm. Go early and join Brad and Gary Pia for golf — or at least a reasonable facsimile thereof. Takes about an hour and 15 minutes for 9 holes. Brad says, "We tee off at 5 pm. See you in the Arroyo!"

Brad adds, "Please show your support for our sponsor, The Fretted Frog Guitar Shop at 1414 W Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena. Tell them Brad from Wine & Song sent you and get a 10% discount on accessories."


# 3 news feature


Continuing our theme of getting you to the beach or into air conditioning during this heat wave, we're happy to note a midweek house concert on Wednesday, June 29. ANDY & RENEE play an all-acoustic house concert in Redondo Beach. Only 20 spots are available, first come-first served. A light dinner is served, and it's BYOB, plus the evening of music, all for $20.

Make reservations by email to:

Doors at 6:30, show at 7 pm.

Andy & Renee are also doing a big 4th of July Party, and only 20 spots are left for THAT BIG EVENT. Email Renee for deets.


# 4 news feature


From this week through to whenever, the Guide recommends these events. (Also see the other Feature Stories in this edition: if it got its own feature, we prob'ly didn't "double-list" it in this quick run-down of events.)


√  Tue, Jun 28: Monthly "DAVID HARVEY PRESENTS." 7 pm at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena;; no reservations for this show. $10 cash at the door. FEATURING:
The Roswell Sisters are a close-harmony vocal trio specializing in a combination of 30's jazz and 60's pop. From the shifting tempos and lightning fast key changes of the classic Boswell Sisters arrangements to brand new Boswell-style compositions culled from more recent hits,The Roswell Sisters offer an opportunity for some old-time harmonizing as well as some fresh,hip and totally modern psych-pop. The old and new merge seamlessly in one exciting package!
RJ Chesney has deep roots in the South. His voice is deep and sonorous with a twang. Gospel,blues,country,and folk breathe in his songs. "RJ evokes Hank Williams Sr. meets John Prine with a little Townes Van Zandt thrown-in," says David Harvey. He has earned a very loyal following in Southern California performing at venues such as The Hotel Cafe,  El Cid, Molly Malones, The Talking Stick, The Cinema Bar, etc. In 2013, RJ Chesney had the honor of opening for Victoria Williams at a Los Angeles benefit to raise money for orphaned children. RJ's 2010 album, "Prayers of a Wayward Son," sold copies in over fourteen countries including England,  Ireland, Switzerland, Russia, and the USA. He came out with his second album, "Angels Falling," in October 2013 to rave reviews. If you love true roots music,that stirs the spirit deep inside,from a deep and honest voice, you'll be a fan of RJ, too. and
BLISS BOWEN can work a ballad like no one else. She has a voice and phrasing that makes a song breathe and live. Bliss can go full on country, blast out blues, or rockin roots, yet her songs are even more intimate and personal. After you hear her you'll be inspired to listen again and again.
"A Word" With Dylan Brody. He is an award winning playwright, a thrice published author,  a humorist and a story-teller. He's a writer for the Huffington Post and a new contributor to NPR's OffRamp on KPCC. He is also a martial artist, but those skills will not come into play during the show. Unless something goes horribly wrong.


√  Wed, Jun 29: CHICAGO Plus special guest Rita Wilson at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles. Get tix now.

√  Wed, Jun 29: TIM ERIKSEN, «Hardcore Americana." 8 pm at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena;; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236. TIM ERIKSEN has "One of the best voices in music," says T Bone Burnett, and "Otherworldly harmonies," says Barbara Kingsolver.
"Apart from being the coolest-looking man in folk song, Tim Eriksen is an uncompromising performer, ethnomusicologist, Sacred Harp singing master, musical adventurer and punk-folk pioneer, who seems to play every instrument under the sun and has shared a stage with both Kurt Cobain and Doc Watson" — The Guardian, UK.
“Widely regarded as the best traditional American ballad singer of his generation." — Kit Bailey, BBC Radio.
”Eriksen connects the present and the ancient with an immediacy that will make your bones tremble.” — Pulse of the Twin Cities.
A founding member of Cordelia’s Dad and Zabe i Babe, an ethnomusicologist who’s done extensive research in Bosnia, and a visiting professor of American music at Dartmouth College, Eriksen’s credentials are impeccable, though only the tip of his musical iceberg. Tim Eriksen, PhD, “the best unaccompanied ballad singer in the United States,” is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and ethnomusicologist known for his work with the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, on films including "Cold Mountain," for a doubly Grammy nominated collaboration with world-jazz impresario Omar Sosa, and a nearly 400-page dissertation on music in fictional New England villages. Tix, $18.


√  Thu, Jun 30: LILY WILSON solo acoustic. 7 pm at the UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-315-0056. The ever-marvelous Lily tells us, "I'll be part of great lineup put together by my friend, Dominic Sinesio. I hope you can come!"

√  Thu, Jun 30: ERIC SCHWARTZ AND GABRIELLE LOUISE. 8 pm at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena;; Gabrielle Louise and Eric Schwartz perform a collaborative double bill concert at The Coffee Gallery Backstage.
Award-winning Singer-Songwriter, Performer, Satirist, Multiinstrumentalist and Entertainer Eric Schwartz (aka Eric “Red” Schwartz) tours the US and Europe bringing his music to every audience he can find. He’s been playing music and comedy venues nationally for fifteen years and he has composed for and performed in various Satiristas shows. His songs have been sung by Ronny Cox, Holly Near and Van Dyke Parks. Schwartz is possibly the only artist in the history of the world to get raves from Gloria Steinem and Hustler Magazine. Eric’s songs go from the political to the profane,sometimes both. Eric’s CD release, "The Aristocrat," was the one Paul Zollo (Songwriters on Songwriting) calls “A Comic Treasure” and The U.K.’s Rock ’n’ Reel magazine calls “beautifully produced and perfectly executed,” contains “There’s A Picture…,” currently in rotation on the nationally syndicated The Bob and Tom Show. Schwartz has also garnered radio play on stations as diverse as Howard Stern’s 100, Raw Dog Radio, "The Ed Schultz Show" and "All Things Considered." Schwartz’ latest release is “The Better Man,” which Brian Keathley of KALX Berkeley calls “by far his best work yet. A great collection of tunes with humor, and social commentary –some of which is damn profound. Be listening for it this week and beyond on my radio shows!”
Gabrielle Louise is a nationally touring troubadour noted for her poignant lyrics and lush voice. The daughter of two vagabond musicians, Gabrielle inherited the genetic predisposition to wanderlust and song. She is an honest, engaging performer who leaves you with the feeling that hope and heartache are two sides of the same coin. Gabrielle Louise's music is anchored deeply in folk, but undeniably drawn to rich harmonies and melodic adventurism. Her sound has the earthy feel of early Joni Mitchell while also veering into the spirited delivery of fellow genre-hopping artist Eva Cassidy. She is at one moment folkie and ethereal, the next moment a smoky jazz chanteuse. A gifted story-teller and narrator, Gabrielle’s songs immerse you in her world in a cinematic fashion. Music critic David McGee (writer for Rolling Stone and Deep Roots Magazine) says of her music: “Articulate and gifted… Louise dives deep into her songs, exploring them in a warm, sturdy voice reminiscent at times of Joni Mitchell,  especially in the falsetto flights and lower register swoops. She executes a captivating balance of heartache and resolve.”
Eric's Video:
Gabby's Video: v=NkG54fKSLUk&list=PLk9Sgig2v6cg5BoAYhLtXHiznfbjIcT9v&index=16
Eric's website:
Gabby's website:
Tix, $15.


√  Fri, Jul 1: DAVE STAMEY and ANNIE LYDON. 8 pm at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena;; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
Voted Male Performer of the Year by the Western Music Association, winner of the Will Rogers Award for Male Vocalist of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists, and a five-time nominee for Songwriter Of The Year, Dave Stamey is one of the most popular Western Entertainers working today. His vast repertoire of classic and original Western folk music represents a link between today's Americana singer-songwriters and the old-time cowboy balladeers. He has delighted audiences in seven states, and has found that he prefers this type of work to being stomped by angry horses.
Annie Lydon is one of the most sought after harmony voices in the Western Music field. She has worked with Dave Stamey on almost every recording since 1994, and has provided background for other acts as well, including GT Hurley's "Bad Horses" project, and the infamous "Lorna and the Latrines." Dave is delighted to have her on this show for one of her rare public performances. Tix, $25, and this'll sell-out.


√  Sat, Jul 2: Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band at The Greek Theatre. Get tix now.

√  Sat, Jul 2: INCENDIO. 7 pm at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena;; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236. INCENDIO, in both Italian and Spanish, means “fire” and this moniker is fitting for a musical group whose sound is all about energy,exploration, and passion. At the heart of INCENDIO’s sound is the Latin or Spanish guitar which can conjure up romantic as well as powerful and bold images – they refer to their style as “Latin Guitar World Fusion.”
Averaging over 130 concerts a year for the last four years, INCENDIO’s live show has become an explosive improvisatory journey, garnering tremendous audience response in such diverse venues as the Strawberry Music Fest in Yosemite, the Sundance Film Festival, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, Huntington Arts Festival on Long Island, Ford Amphitheater, California World Festival, the Levitt Pavilions in Pasadena CA, Memphis TN, Westport CT, Bethlehem PA, Arlington TX, and many more.
INCENDIO is Jim Stubblefield (guitar), Liza Carbe (bass and guitar), and Jean-Pierre Durand (guitar). This evening the group will be joined by drummer Tim Curle. More at: Tix, $20.

√  Sat, Jul 2, 8 pm: "THE LAST DUEL GONE DOWN," as Lorin Hart and Tom Fair bring the last of their “Dueling Dylans" shows to the Urban Homestead, 631 Cypress Av, Pasadena. Twelve classic songs apiece including a few audience sing-along Dylan favorites. Tix $20 adv, $25 door.; 626-765-5704.


√  Sun, Jul 3: DONOVAN RAITT & CALUM GRAHAM, "Double Headliner Guitar Phenoms." 3 pm matinee at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena;; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236. A solid voice in the world of modern fingerstyle guitar, acoustic guitarist Donovan Raitt incorporates percussive techniques, strong melodic hooks, influences ranging from Jazz to Rock and Classical music,  and innovative performance techniques to create a unique sound all his own. Based in Orange County, CA, Donovan has released two albums of solo acoustic guitar music to critical acclaim and has been touring extensively behind his music, performing across the US and Canada at several guitar festivals and events. His videos have received thousands of plays on YouTube, and his music has caught the ear of some of the world's best guitarists.
“Donovan’s music has the great elements to look for; great groove, warm chords, and catchy melodies. This is music that can be felt”  — Trevor Gordon Hall, Fingerstyle Guitarist.
Donovan earned a bachelor's degree in guitar performance at the University of Southern California and a Masters in Music at Cal State University,Long Beach. Donovan is the cousin of Grammy award winning guitarist Bonnie Raitt,and comes from a rich family history of excellent musicianship. Donovan has several recording and performance credits to his name and continues to be an in-demand guitarist for several local and national touring acts.
CALUM GRAHAM, just 24, has already enjoyed a career that would be the envy of most artists double his age. The Alberta-based guitarist and singer-songwriter has released five acclaimed albums, won major national music competitions, performed at the Olympic Games in both Vancouver and London, racked up some phenomenal views on YouTube, and was most recently named one of the top 30 guitarists in the world under 30 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Andy McKee, one of today’s most popular acoustic guitarists, calls Calum, “the most promising young guitarist I’ve seen. His command of the guitar is already really impressive!” Tix, $20.

√  Sun, Jul 3: JIM KWESKIN of "Jug Band" fame. 7 pm at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena;; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.  Jim Kweskin was the founder of the wildly popular and irreverent Jim Kweskin Jug Band in the 1960s and is probably best known as a singer and bandleader. But he also created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival, adapting the ragtime-blues fingerpicking of artists like Mississippi John Hurt and Pink Anderson to the more complex chords of pop and jazz. He has maintained a remarkably consistent musical vision since his jug band days, continuing to explore traditional folk and blues with the sophisticated sensibility of a jazz musician, and jazz with the communal simplicity of a folk artist. He has recorded many solo ventures. Plus more as a member of the U and I band with bandmate Samoa Wilson, and with The Texas Sheiks, as well as performing and recording with a wide variety of well known musicians such as Geoff & Maria Muldaur, John Sebastian, David Grisman, Cindy Cashdollar, Happy Traum, Meredith Axelrod, Juli Crockett, and Samoa Wilson, to name a few. When you go to a Jim Kweskin show you never know what other musicians will be on stage with him. Jim has honed his fingerpicking skills, developing new arrangements of classic American folk and jazz material. His singing is as joyous as ever (no one can sing “Rag Mama,” “Blues in the Bottle,” or "Papa's on the Housetop" like Jim). When it comes to acoustic folk, blues, swing, and ragtime, Jim Kweskin is considered the best of the best. Jim will be joined by Padrick Peper on harmonica and Matthew Berlin on bass. Tix, $22.50.

HAPPY 4th of JULY! (Monday)...

√  Mon, Jul 4: 2nd Annual "July 4th Old Fashioned Barn Dance and Barbeque," 11 am-5 pm, at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga 90290 (midway between Pacific Coast Highway and the Ventura Freeway). Old-fashioned July 4th family celebration at Theatricum with a family hoe-down. Activities include live music, a barn dance, pie-eating contest, watermelon seed-spitting contest, cake walk, horseshoes, relay races, dunk bucket, family games and more. Barbeque and fixin’s, beer and wine available for purchase. Folk and country fun. Tix & info, 310-455-3723 or
• Adults 13 and up: $20 before July 3 at 5 p.m.; $22 at the door
• Kids ages 5-12: $8 before July 3 at 5 p.m., $10 at the door
• Family Pack (2 adults + 2 kids + 5 free raffle tickets): $50 by July 3 at 5 p.m. only (not available at the door)
• Ages 4 and under: Free

√  Jul 9, 8 pm: WILSON PHILLIPS, with MICHAEL ANN opening, at The Rose in Pasadena. Tix at:

√  Jul 16: "Patrick Ball's Celtic Harp" at the Pasadena Folk Music Society concert series at Caltech.

√  Jul 23, 7:30 pm: "Live The Dream Tour Gala Fundraising Concert" at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. BOB MALONE is one of the featured performers. He says, "This concert, and the tour to follow later this year, is all about raising awareness and money for music in the schools — a cause very near and dear to me." Get tix ($43-$22) at:
He's touring Italy and Switzerland this summer with his own band, and Canada as a member of John Fogerty's band.
More at
"A true virtuoso and crowd-pleaser — he showed that while he is a fantastically technically accomplished player, he fully knows the meaning of showmanship as well." — Shetland News.
"Bob Malone has brewed up a heady mixture of rock, blues and New Orleans soul over the years and 'Mojo EP' is a perfect sampler for the upcoming 'Mojo DeLuxe' album." — MUSIC RIOT UK.
"If he could find a way to throw that Steinway grand over his shoulder the way a hot dog guitar player does, I think he would." — NOLA Defender.

√   Jul 30: Bonnie Raitt at The Greek Theatre. Get tix now.

√  Aug 4: Flogging Molly plus special guests Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls and Chuck Ragan at Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles. Get tix now.

√  Aug 6: The Piano Guys at The Greek Theatre. Get tix now.

√  Oct 8: "FolkWorks Roots Festival." Info is promised soon from the producers.


The free summer music series are getting underway. Here are a few:

√  Grand Performances at California Plaza in downtown L.A. started two weekends ago.

√  Pasadena's Levitt Pavilion in Central Park officially started June 26.

√  The Los Angeles Levitt series in Macarthur Park begins on July 2 with a fireworks and music show.

√  Two big ones are on the West side...

•  Culver City’s Boulevard Music Summer Festival and the

•  Santa Monica Pier Twilight Concert Series

both battle for your attention on Thursdays beginning July 7, and now you can escape the traffic quagmire by riding the new Expo Line light rail to both places.


# 5 news feature


Everyone knows Boston-based Berklee College of Music. Not everyone knows about their extensive online course offerings (despite the Guide covering it several times since the first time when they launched it).

Berklee's Summer Term began Monday, June 27, and there's still time to jump in. You can enroll in many popular online courses and multi-course certificate programs covering:

• Music Production
• Guitar Music Theory
• Harmony
• Ear Training
• Songwriting
• Orchestration
• Music Business

All the info is at:


# 6 news feature


By Larry Wines

"ZOOTOPIA" is now in theatres. If you're thinking, "kids movie," you're about a third right. This is a marvelous film with an exceptionally well-developed story line, more than enough twists and turns to engage any adult, and something any kid can (and will want to) follow every step of the way.

The themes are handled subtly and realistically. It's never ham-handed in its assessments of the good and bad in our society — and yep, they're in there, skillfully played from masterful writing. The main theme is friendship, hope, and trust overcoming fear and prejudice, and the struggles and challenges required for a society, and each member in it, to achieve that.

It's practically made to fly in the face of the rampant cynicism, insincerity, and manipulation of this election year, and even includes a deserved jab at the role of the media in playing to overemphasize exploitive elements.

If you think "a cartoon" is a disqualifier for you? It can only do what it does, and does so well, because it's animated and uses a vast variety of animal species with each individual displaying group and individual ideosyncracies to weave its magic.

It is our own acculturated tendencies — ones we bring with us — to see some species as "cute" and others as "dangerous" — and how we allow that to misinform our sense of "good" and "bad" — that work most powerfully. Thus, many will get some enjoyably enlightening environmental education. Just as others are enabled to ask if we are, as Martin Luther King challenged, judging each individual not by cursory appearance but by the content of character.

We used the word "magic." It is truly magical — not in a way that gets a demeaning false compliment of "charming," and not in a way that translates to "too cute." It's a great "date movie," and we doubt anybody has said that about a newfangled Disney animated feature in years, maybe decades. This is the meaningful feel-good movie of the summer. Go. Stay through the credits. Yugely recommended.


# 7 news feature


It's a screening of the R-rated "Coming to America." We're not reviewing this movie, just telling you how to go for HALF-PRICE, and letting you know what the "eat" and "Hear" parts offer.

First: get a $7 General Admission ticket ($7 off the $14 Regular Price) Saving you 50%.

Call to schedule that, at:


The "see" is "COMING TO AMERICA."

The "hear" is Cafune (of whom we know nothing).

The "eat" is Food Trucks: Bison Burger, Brasil Kiss, Chanchos Tacos, CJ's Wings, CVT Soft Serve, Greasy Wiener, Konestruction, Main Squeeze, Mangia Ristorante, Peaches' Smokehouse, Postcards CAS, and Rice Balls of Fire.

It's in the spacious courtyard at the Autry Museum in Griffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles (SFV side) 90027.

It's Saturday, July 2nd, from 5:30 to 10 pm. Doors open at 5:30, music at 7, movie at 8:30 pm. 


# 8 news feature


The Guide endeavors to keep readers appraised of reputable new music distribution opportunities. They are numerous and seem to arrive frequently. So we were glad to learn when SOURCE — the Nashville music industry executive women's organization — held its monthly membership luncheon on June 23, 2016 at ASCAP. Why?

Because Shelby Kennedy, Vice President of Entertainment Relations for TuneCore, a company engaged in global digital music distribution, publishing, administration and licensing, was this month's guest speaker.

The group heard from Suzanne Lee of ASCAP; Pat Rolfe, SOURCE member and longtime ASCAP employee; and keynote speaker Shelby Kennedy, TuneCore's V.P.

Founded in 1991, SOURCE is a nonprofit organization supporting women executives and professionals who work in all facets of the Nashville music industry. In 2003, the annual "SOURCE Awards" were established to pay respect to, and honor, the women who helped develop and build upon the foundation of the music industry in Nashville. SOURCE also pays tribute to women who presently make major contributions with their work in the industry.


# 9 news feature


This is so good, we had to flip a coin for where to start. Led by Music Director Carl St. Clair, this crown jewel of the season boasts a huge orchestra, full chorus, and a spine-tingling vocal quartet. The heart-welling program includes a number of beloved and moving pieces, including:

• Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man”
• Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings”
• John Williams’ “Liberty Fanfare” and his
• “Hymn to the Fallen” from the film “Saving Private Ryan”
• Beethoven's Ninth, including the world heritage classic, "Ode to Joy"

Beethoven’s mighty Ninth — featuring full orchestra, chorus, soloists, bells and whistles — is sure to be the crown jewel of Pacific Symphony’s final "Summer Festival" as it closes its many years at Irvine Meadows.

It's a night of "Music for Hope," as Pacific Symphony turns turquoise in support of the American Lung Association for their second-year of partnership. The "interactive passport festival" starts at 6 pm.

Perhaps the most epic choral work ever composed, Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony,bwhich includes the famous last movement, “Ode to Joy,” has filled concert venues around the world for close to two centuries. It has never lost its ability to thrill. A musical wonder considered by many to be Beethoven’s greatest work, his massive and majestic Ninth will fill Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre with pure radiance during this, Pacific Symphony’s second concert of "Summer Festival 2016."

So, What's with the Turquoise?

A poignant experience on many levels, this performance of Beethoven’s Ninth also becomes a beacon of hope for the fight against lung cancer in a second-year partnership between the Symphony and the American Lung Association of California (ALA).

Concertgoers are encouraged to join the Symphony musicians in wearing turquoise to show their support of LUNG FORCE, and to learn more about lung health in the “Music for Hope” passport festival starting at 6 pm before the concert. Activities include yoga breathing exercises, pulmonary function tests, the opportunity to test-drive instruments from the brass and woodwind families, and more.

The concert is Saturday, July 23, at 8 pm (gates open at 6 pm for picnicking — highly recommended), as part of the Symphony’s grand finale season at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. Tickets are $25-$108. This'll sell-out, so don't dawdle!

Info and tix:
714-755-5799, or


# 10 news feature


We receive a LOT of questions from pollsters who feed results to political interests. For years, we've advocated for reestablishing MUSIC & ARTS EDUCATION with full funding. Of late, we've added a second theme. Here it is, our other favorite answer to all of the pollsters:

"We have let 'austerity' eliminate many things. Among them, our Space Program. Many voices constantly advocate for STEM education (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) yet the only jobs are in technology for more gadgets that support throwaway consumerism or new weapons systems. Why aren't we working to convert the 'endless war' jobs to peaceful science on an industrial scale, to explore, discover, and learn from the endless frontier? Why aren't we demanding an agressive Space Program to make humans residents of Mars and the oceanic (ice-crusted) moons of Jupiter and Saturn? Not as fictional subjects for movies. Not in 100 years, but NOW?"


# 11 news feature


When we decided to include the above feature story, it was because today (June 28) was the scheduled ground test-firing of the first massive solid rocket booster for the coming launch vehicle capable of launching the first manned spacecraft to Mars. Then JPL sent us this gem:

"In the future, Mars will need all kinds of explorers, farmers, surveyors, teachers... but most of all, YOU! Join us on the Journey to Mars as we explore with robots and, one day, send humans there.

"Download a Mars poster that speaks to you. Each of the eight posters represents a different type of explorer NASA is seeking. You can view them online, print them, and share them with your friends, too."

Check out and get your FREE posters at:

There's plenty more information about Mars at:

Put-on your favorite recording of Holst's "The Planets" and lose yourself in images returned by robot rovers from the surface of the Red Planet — our celestial next-door neighbor — where no man or woman has gone before.


Plenty of EVENTS — still upcoming — are in last week's giant edition. An abundance of music news and reviews, film festivals, arts events, gear reviews, and more, are in that and numerous recent editions. So look around the TABLE of CONTENTS at the top of each edition when you open it.

Much more, soon, on additional topics.


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