Ahh, the the return of MUSIC FESTIVALS (this weekend) and CONCERTS (this weekend) and joy of reopenings -- tempered by dangerously high temps and record regional drought and worsening climate change that all combine to make fireworks a really dangerous idea in a whole lotta places.
We have in past years offered a comprehensive guide to firework-fueled, musically-narrated, Fourthian revelry. This year, we're presenting only a few recommendations -- partly because gas is horrendously overpriced and roads are jammed with people desperate to go somewhere (anywhere) after 16 months of quasi-quarantine.
BUT THERE'S GOOD NEWS: music options are available without subjecting you 'n yours to all that stress, so we say let the road trip wait 'til things calm down. PBS and CNN both offer music-propelled events all evening on the 4th, Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular starts at 8 pm Eastern / Pacific on NBC, and you can take part in that time-honored institution, the 4th of July barbecue!
Of course we feature music news beyond that, too.
So in no partic'lar order: here ya go, and let's get started!
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☆ LATE additions: (in the mix, so look for 'em!)
♡ Idyllwild Songwriters Festival, July 31st
♡ Take a virtual tour of the Statue of Liberty (inside places visitors never see!)
♡ Live from Austin, Texas: Albert & Gage, July 4th AND 5th
♡ Spend the 4th with Lee Camp ("Redacted Tonight") and Eleanor Goldfield: 4 pm PDT, online
♡ Missed the Clearwater Festival 2021? All 12 hours are here for you to replay!
Why fire scientists want you to skip the fireworks this year
Feature story in
Stacy Morford, their Environment and Climate Editor, writes:
Here's the link to their feature story, and the author list of scientists who wrote it.
Skip the fireworks this record-dry 4th of July, over 150 wildfire scientists urge the US West
Click the link. It's a sobering look at what's ahead, not just for the Fourth.
Live online from a real gig...
"4th of July Eve"
Andy & Renee livestream their House Concert, concentrating on songs that celebrate our country.
Saturday, July 3rd, 7-9 pm PDT
Watch on Youtube:
SUNDAY, JULY 4 -- live online
Ken O'Malley Live: "Happy 4th of July"
One of our very favorite Irish transplants brings his superb voice and multi-acoustic instrumental wizardry to a celebration of the Irish experience in America.
2 pm Pacific / 5 pm Eastern / 10 pm UK and IRELAND
Tune in to see the FREE, 60 minute show at
You can watch even if (as is the case with us, you are NOT on Facebook).
The link, with lots more info, is also on Ken's website, at www.kenomalley.com
Ken's tip jar:
From our friends at Downbeat Magazine (https://downbeat.com/)
This weekend: The Creole Tomato Fest and Popup Porch Fest, live from New Orleans, & more
Cha Wa performs at the Creole Tomato Fest. (Photo Courtesy of Cha Wa)
What to Stream, July 3 & 4
Enjoy the Holiday Weekend at Music's Home, the GRAMMY Museum
|Funding Awarded For Exciting Music Research & Sound Preservation Projects|
Earlier this week, the GRAMMY Museum's Grant Program announced that $220,000 in grants will be awarded to 12 recipients in the United States to help facilitate a range of research on a variety of subjects, as well as support a number of archiving and preservation programs.
Funded by the Recording Academy, the program provides annual grants to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the recorded sound heritage of the Americas for future generations, in addition to research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.
Get tix while you can
A must-share from Folk-Americana's master storyteller...
GK: The truth of the Fourth:
a minority report
by Garrison Keillor
Nobody gives Fourth of July speeches that I’m aware of because what can you say about beer and barbecue except (1) take small helpings and (2) stay out of the sun and (3) watch what you say and whom you say it to. This is not a united country and the divisions may well extend into your own family, a beloved uncle may cling to cherished ideas that qualify him for full-time supervision lest he spread them to your children. Any speech you’d give about American democracy would consist of four vague generalities wrapped in platitudes and frosted with mythology.
The history we were taught in school was far from complete. The Revolution of 1776 was held up as a heroic struggle for democracy in the face of tyranny, whereas it was more like a battle of one privileged class against another privileged class. And it could easily have turned out otherwise. The French once held a large piece of the Midwest and Canada where their explorers had penetrated and fur traders followed, but the French didn’t care that much about fur and their northern territory, they cared more about the sugar from their Caribbean colonies, and when, in 1763, they lost the war for the interior, Louis XV was relieved to cut his expenses and Voltaire said, “All we lost was a few acres of snow.” But still, the French were not averse to taking revenge on the English, and a decade later, when the English colonies rose up in rebellion, France encouraged them, and when the Revolution came down to a deadlock, France threw in on the rebel side and blockaded the English from rescuing Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, and that is what turned the tide. Had the French held onto the interior, they wouldn’t have bothered, and the East Coast would be New England and the West would be New Spain and Detroit wouldn’t be Motown, it’d be Ville du Moteur and Fox News would be Nouvelles de Renard. My ancestors in Rhode Island and Connecticut would not have fled to Canada, as they did, and lost all their property, but would have prospered here and our ancestral mansions would be visited by tourists and I would’ve gone to Yale and I’d be a breeder of thoroughbreds and ride to hunt foxes and half the Vermeers and Van Goghs at the Met would have my name on a little brass plaque underneath.
Join us in "The Back Room" where we will post this weekend:
-Meanwhile, enjoy this charming gem...
"When My Morning Comes Around”
From the live performance of "A Prairie Home Companion," July 2, 2016, at the Hollywood Bowl – Garrison Keillor and Aoife O’Donovan:
Visit the Garrison Keillor Website
This feature: © 2021 Garrison Keillor
From our friends at the Americana Music Association...
This is fun...
Take a virtual tour of the Statue of Liberty
We go way back with Lady Liberty. We once added an extra coast-to-coast round trip to a summer Amtrak odyssey, just so we could be there for her re-dedication -- which came with the (then) largest fireworks show EVER in the history of the Western Hemisphere. (And from our vantage point on the Jersey side of the Hudson, we saw fireworks reflect from the black glass sides of the World Trade Center's Twin Towers. Yeah, bittersweet and poignant memories...)
Let's move on.
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The folks at the nonprofit National Park Foundation have a treat for the Fourth. This feature is © 2021, National Park Foundation.
More music on the 4th (and more on the 5th, too)...
Albert & Gage, live from Austin, Texas
Aka Chris & Christine: Two marvelous acoustic multi-instrupimrntal music makers who will soon be back to playing 'round the globe...
Now, if reality just doesn't allow you to go all patriotic rah-rah...
Spend the 4th with Lee Camp ("Redacted Tonight") and Eleanor Goldfield
"Eleanor Goldfield, you say? That name seems familiar." Indeed it does! We reviewed her first-rate album (well, it's an EP) of new protest songs in a May edition!
The two are livestreaming tonight, covering the week's important news and taking your questions as only they can.
4 pm PDT at:
*** this gets a profanity warning, and moreover, a "sensibilities" warning must be issued to the hidebound, narrow-minded, hopelessly partisanized, and anyone who believes the corporatocracy is our friend.
A dozen-hour delight...
Watch the Replay!
COMING UP IN THE GUIDE
Last edition (just as it does nearly every time we publish) we ran up against those publishing paradigms imposed by Google since it did a Borg assimilation of the platform we use to bring you The Guide online.
So we told you then: we must wait to do a "Part Deux" for more on our comprehensive look at the state of the media. Our upcoming resumptions of the topic will give particular regard to how media, in all its current forms, influences and impacts artists and the arts, ttogether with driving public perception of what's "popular" and what gets dismissed as "niche audience" music and art -- and who makes those decisions.
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'Til then, RELIABLE SOURCES published this:
-- NY Mag's David Wallace-Wells writes about "how to live in a climate 'permanent emergency'" and how to cover it...
-- Not what you want to read on Independence Day weekend: "I've been asking foreign scholars of democracy how the fights over the American political system look to them," Ezra Klein says. "These conversations have been, for the most part, grim..." (NYT)
-- An interesting editorial from a Kansas paper: "The world is, most of the time, exactly as it appears. There are no giant secrets, no great conspiracies. ... Yet over the past half-decade, encouraged by an ex-president deluded by ego and will to power, everyday folks — including Kansans just like us — have begun believing nonsensical things...." (Topeka Capital-Journal)
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Happy 4th, adieu and toodles.