MANY LATE ADDITIONS ADDED SEP 23rd-! MORE THAN 3x
DOUBLE THE SIZE OF THE ORIGINAL EDITION! Enjoy.
☆ Ready for music's poet laureate to help make sense of these crazy times? DYLANFEST is Saturday! (The 31st annual!)
☆ Favorite Southern Cal venue reopens Thursday: Welcome back to the Coffee Gallery Backstage!
☆ Details within -- of these, and much more.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race."
~ H.G. Wells, writer (born September 21, 1866, died in 1946)
This land is your land...
TODAY is "National Public Lands Day"
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, whose responsibility includes the National Parks, National Monuments, and Bureau of Land Management, is struggling against corporatist exploiters in Congress and the world of banksters. Just getting enough funding for rangers is a fight. But -- here's what Sec. Haaland said to mark this annual day:
She is fighting tooth and nail to undo the damage of the previous administration, and SAVE our public lands from the exploiters. They rolled back scores of environmental protections, allowing their big oil and gas donors to conduct dangerous drilling and mining projects at the expense of our public lands. And they left in place a system that allowed corporate America and the rich to profit off our public lands.Sec. Haaland is taking a far different approach: her plan would save over a third of public lands and waters in the United States, away from the hands of destructive developers. Keep it on your radar.
Where things stand, late September
From the giant summer festivals in Chicago and New York (we reported on 'em) to this coming Saturday's splendid little festival in L.A.'s South Bay, the paradigm remains COVID SAFETY. And it manifests across genres.
Artists and music fans alike demand it, given the presence among us of intransigent unvaxed Spreadnecks, Maskholes, and Branch Covidians.
Same concerns hold for venue re-openings and concerts indoors and out, as we examine herein.
The facts are too stark for any music presenters to do otherwise:
■ in states where ridiculing Covid safety is a sociopolitical litmus test of bubba-ism, there are no ICU beds available for heart attack, stroke, or accident victims; hospitals are filled with unvaxed Covid patients.
♤ to wit: Alabama's death rate from Covid is so high, that state's deaths now exceed their births. That's either for the first-time ever, or a first since the Civil War, depending on your source.
■ more Americans have died in 20 months of Covid (680,000) than died during the two-and-a-half years of the 1918 Influenza (so-called "Spanish Flu") pandemic.
■ one of every 500 Americans who were alive in January 2020 are now dead of Covid.
■ Covid has, just to date, killed more Americans than any previous outbreak of any communicable disease in the nation's history. pandemic.
■ America, with 4% of the world's human population, has more people dead of Covid than any other nation.
■ somehow, the SEVENTEEN different innoculations and vaccines long mandated for all U.S. military personnel are not a problem for right-wingers flying "Support Our Troops!" banners. But that eighteenth? For Covid? That saps our precious bodily fluids, as the line of dialogue in the parody motion picture "Dr. Strangelove" proclaimed. Oh, it's freshly relevant, since Fox News demagogue Tucker Carlson seriously said it.
We could go on. Vaccines WORK. They are proven and approved. For those too young to be vaccinated? Masks WORK. Distancing WORKS.
But let's face it: those who accept science see getting vaccinated as an IQ test. Those who ridicule science, or endlessly shift from espousing one outlandish argument after another, see it as a "Q" test.
Thus, the virus continues to mutate and produce variants, simply because some among us insist on behavior that will not end its transmission.
And predictably some fairs and festivals continue to make late decisions to hold virtual versions for a second year. Happily, others have adopted the safe, shared path forward.
☆ Bottom line: concerts, festivals, theatre, and a cornucopia of delights are available for all who bring proof of vaccination.
☆ And the corollary: as one musician observed this summer, "There is no Constitutional guarantee against being lonely. Those who aren't willing to be safe for the rest of us? They should not expect to go to concerts. They should expect to stay home and be lonely."
Named as The Guide's "Best Tribute Festival" for over a decade...
"Dylanfest" returns Saturday, live and in person
The pandemic may have forced the big 30th anniversary extravaganza to be greatly scaled-back LAST YEAR, being held as an online event (but hey, it stretched over three days and featured sweet performances and plenty of production value).
Like a rolling stone and fresh off the road from their multi-state tour, this year brings its live return with the ever-able, ever-artistic direction of its house band, Hard Rain, and their superb co-leaders Andy & Renee.
In addition are the dozens of guest musicians of assorted but unquestionable pedigree, and collaborations, interpretations, and renditions of songs both iconic and obscure. It's all-Bob Dylan, all day, no repeats, and all of superb and splendid quality.
What makes it possible is an uncompromising commitment to Covid safety.
In their own words, here are the details, and the link for advance discount tix.
A top favorite Southern Cal venue reopens Thursday
Welcome back to the Coffee Gallery Backstage!
Repeatedly named "L.A.'s best intimate acoustic music venue," the Coffee Gallery Backstage re-opens at last, this Thursday night, September 23. (No show Friday, September 24.)Then, the weekend. Saturday is already sold-out.
Venue impresario Bob Stane says, "IT'S THE FIRST SHOW SINCE COVID BEGAN. WE ARE BACK! WELCOME BACK SURVIVORS! We hope to see you this weekend. A couple of shows for October are being announced, too, with more to come. It will be much fun to sing and dance with you again. Call for reservations and thank you for keeping the music alive."
He adds, "For the next couple of weeks there will be no baristas for the evening shows. Labor shortages as you may have heard. You may bring non-alcoholic beverages and snacks for the evening shows. It’s an opening fortnight of picnics."
Then we get to the serious stuff:
"You must have your vaccinations and card. Bring masks."
In Bob's all caps, and in his original fire-engine red...
"BOB STANE SAYS: YOU MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED AND HAVE THE CARD OF PROOF. MASKS, TOO. YES, MASKS. LET US LIVE LONG AND PROSPER. NO EXCEPTIONS FOR PRE-EXISTING HEALTH CONDITIONS, RELIGIOUS OR POLITICAL BELIEFS. PLAY THE GAME OR STAY HOME.. NO VACCINATION CARD OR NO MASKS…NO ADMISSION. WE ARE MEAN ABOUT THIS."
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 23rd @7 PM, $20
Here's their own inimitable promo:
COME ONE AND ALL TO THE GRAND RE-OPENING OF THE COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE AND TO THE FIRST ROADHOUSE SHOW IN OVER A YEAR.
Yes. It’s true. Bob Stane has been busily working on improving the sound and lights of the legendary venue into a grand new place of music and celebration.
We are honored to bring you the premiere of the new Coffee Gallery Backstage with "The Roadhouse Series: The American Troubadour: Celebrating the Singer-Songwriter Movement of the 1970s."
In 1970 singer-songwriter James Taylor released his classic album "Sweet Baby James." The following year would see Carole King leave the Brill Building’s famous writer’s stables to release her bestseller, "Tapestry." These two albums would signal a near deluge of talented singer-songwriters across genres, signed to major record labels. It was one of those credibility threats in music that today seems like a dream. Artists and songwriters like Jackson Browne, Cat Stevens, Seals & Crofts, Hoyt Axton, Laura Nyro, Neil Sedaka, Joni Mitchell, John Stewart, Neil Diamond, Neil Young, John Prine, Steve Goodman, and Janis Ian found a receptive public and a new fan base.
It spilled over into other genres when Stevie Wonder began writing an album about his Innervisions and the Music of his Mind. At the same time, Marvin Gaye was breaking new songwriting ground in soul music with his innovative album, "What’s Going On."
The movement even found its way into Nashville with the success of upcoming original songwriting artists like Kris Kristofferson, Mickey Newbury, and Billy Joe Shaver.
So, as our Roadhouse tradition requires, a gathering of the best singer-songwriters in the L.A. area will gather to pay homage to some of the influential artists of a half a century ago. Come and help us break in the newly re-made Coffee Gallery Backstage with this one-of-a-kind celebration of great American music.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 SHOW @ 7 PM, TICKETS $20.
THE BEATUNES…. SOLD OUT!
Sunday, September 26.
One show only…7 PM, Tickets $25, cash or check.
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" before he won it, 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 found that he "prefers this type of work to being stomped by angry horses."
“His Music is gorgeous, often funny, and his performance is flawless”
-- Bonsall Village News.
Bob Stane, a longtime show-biz pro, formulated his Covid safety policy in conjunction with another legendary venue, The Troubadour. You will find the same policy in place there.
Bob reiterates at every opportunity:
To see the venue's latest bookings, click:
Perla Batalla in Concert
Friday, September 24, at 8 pm
at the wonderful
Theatre Raymond Kabbaz,
10361 West Pico Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90064
"Inspired" and "musically adventurous" says the L.A. Times, and we concur.
Enjoy one of L.A.'s most talented artists LIVE on stage for one night only. Mingle with your group over a pre-show glass of wine and a cheese plate, while savoring how wonderful it feels to be back to live performance.
With a reduced capacity to help with social distancing, tickets are selling out very quickly. Click on the link below to select your seats. You can also call or email the Box Office at 310-286-0553 / firstname.lastname@example.org to assist with your distanced seat selections.
$45 Premium (premium seating + glass of wine + cheese plate)
$35 Adult Regular Admission (no food or drink)
$25 Students & Seniors (no food or drink)
The theatre says:
"BUY TICKETS WITH CONFIDENCE
"We will temporarily operate all of our events with proof of vaccination required for entry. All tickets for the fall are refundable up until showtime. We may limit capacity to ensure distancing in the theater. Please call or email the Box Office with questions."
at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz...
ANIMATION FEST October 28, 8 pm
A selection of the best of short animation from France. Presented annually on International Animation Day, a global event that celebrates the art of animation, TRK showcases a diversity of expression that demonstrates technical virtuosity and deft storytelling.
CITY OF IMMORTALS: November 6, 3 pm-10 pm
This new festival recalls the great artists buried in Paris’ Père-Lachaise cemetery. Through photos, literature, music, dance, film, art, books, and food, the eclectic festival remembers Chopin, Piaf, Grappelli, Colette, Jim Morrison, and more who found fame through their artistic achievements, and whose art lives on today.
CARLO PONTI CONDUCTS: Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra
November 13, 8 pm
It's Ponti in this first in-person concert since May 2019i, as LAV presents young piano virtuoso Lilian Guo in her orchestral debut, performing Mozart’s beloved Concert Rondo in D Major.
10 vaxed seats remain for Saturday house concert ... also live stream link
Dave Morrison, the fine acoustic singer-songwriter who is headlining, tells us, "We're still trying to do our bit to revive the culture. Greg and Paula and myself rehearsed last night, and the sound is really coming together."
Kevin Fisher will play a few of his original songs to open, and several of (band member) Paula's songs will be featured as well.
Good fun, very limited seating *vaccinated only* and just ten seats still available at press time. A $20 donation is requested.
Email Alexia for reservations and to get the address: email@example.com
"If you can't come out but would like to join the fun anyway, tune into the live-stream," says Dave. The link is below. He adds, "If for any reason, the stream is slow in starting, hang in there, and watch the comments for an alternate link. Sometimes these things happen."
Stream Link: https://youtu.be/nN-lfowwQ6w
GARRISON KEILLOR --
PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION ARCHIVE
Join the community of listeners on GK's Facebook page at 2 pm Pacific on Saturdays to relive a classic (or least notable) show from the road or the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Last week's featured guests were Väsen, Chic Gamine, and Chris Thile, long before the latter took over the show, it got renamed, then faded into radio archives.
If, like us here at The Guide, you refuse to be on Facebook because you don't want its insidious spyware, you can still hear the show. In fact, if you just can’t wait, here is the LINK to last week's show, and it's up now.
Garrison Keillor is back on the road with a touring show! So far, it's East Coast dates heading into the fall. All of them carry this bit of boilerplate:
"Required: proof of COVID vaccination or negative COVID test within 72 hours, as well as indoor masking."
"Americana in the Park" --
new FREE concert series
in Santa Monica
Running through October 10 in Gandara Park, 1819 Stewart St, Santa Monica, this is the new partnership series by the City of Santa Monica and McCabe’s Guitar Shop, beginning this month.
The concert series explores the arc of Americana music from its roots in traditional Appalachian, African, roots, blues, bluegrass and folk music, to its modern forms of folk and country music. Showcasing a diverse group of Southern California artists and Americana styles, each concert features two family-friendly groups, with the opener geared towards children.
Each concert features food trucks and a McCabe’s Guitar Pop-Up Shop.
The concerts are "held in accordance with the most current guidance from state and local health agencies."
Americana in the Park is a pilot project to create a new partnership model for outdoor events, where local organizations are provided funding and support from the City to bring unique and diverse events to the Santa Monica community.
Americana in the Park is made possible by Art of Recovery, an initiative of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs that harnesses the arts to play a major role in the City’s recovery efforts.
Sunday, Sep 26, 3-6 pm:
• HEIDI SWEDBERG & DANIEL WARD
brilliant ukulele musicians, opening act
• THE CALIFORNIA FEETWARMERS
Grammy-nominated New Orleans-style jazz band; headliners
Sunday, Oct 3, 3-6 pm:
• HULLABALOO (from ANN ARBOR)
brings Funk / Jazz / Ska, opening act
• PHIL SALAZAR AND THE KIN FOLK
trad American string roots; headliners
Sunday, Oct 10, 3-6 pm:
• THE HOLLOW TREES (NELSONVILLE, USA)
“Folk Music for Families” / high energy acoustic Americana / bluegrass, country, folk, blues, jazz; opening act
• JOACHIM COODER
headliner; listen here
Southwest Regional Folk Alliance (SWRFA) is in New Mexico --
Catch some online shows this Friday and Saturday
L.A.'s own Rick Shea is playing some showcases at SWRFA, and these are among the live streaming performances on Friday and Saturday. You can join Rick -- and any of the other artists performing their sets at these online simulcast showcases -- by registering at:
Rick plays the following showcases... he tells us,
"All times are Central Standard Time."
Friday, Sep 24:
• 10:10 - 10:30 - Western Music Association - New Mexico Chapter
• 10:50 - 11:07 - Baker Booking
• 12:50 - 1:10 - Houston Song Circle
Saturday, Sep 25:
10:30 - 11:00 - Arhaven House Concerts
Then, on Sunday, Sep 26th, you can catch him in person in Southern California.
He's playing the songwriter series, "The Art of Song," at Ubuntu Café in Long Beach. This is an outdoor show:
Sunday, Sep 26, 6:30 pm PDT
335 Nieto Av
Long Beach 90814
27th Annual "Harvest Festival of Dulcimers"
Goes ALL ONLINE, 2nd year in a row
September 24-26, 2021
the annual Southern California Dulcimer Heritage event once again goes all-online.
It still features extensive offerings, activities:
• : https://scdh.org/SCDH/Fest_Schedule.html
• – featuring headliners plus some favorite instructors:
- Hammered Dulcimer, VA https://www.jodymarshall.net
– Mountain Dulcimer, RI www.atwater-donnelly.com
"Theater Under the Stars" returns with a MUSICAL at the Getty Villa Museum
Thursdays through Saturdays, through Oct 2 at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades
This is innovative. The Getty presents a hilarious musical retelling of Aristophanes's "Lysistrata" set to a mash-up of Liza Minnelli hits. Co-produced by the Troubadour Theater Company and directed and adapted by Matt Walker, LIZASTRATA follows our hero as she takes on the establishment, storms the Acropolis, and holds the treasury hostage until the long-warring men of Athens and Sparta commit to declaring peace.
Experience outdoor entertainment at a venue modeled after ancient Greek and Roman theaters.
Bruce Springsteen: New Live Album + Film - The Legendary 1979 "No Nukes Concerts"
|The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band were recorded at the September 1979 MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy) benefit concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City.|
The performances have been newly remixed and remastered for pristine sound and HD resolution. Each set comes with a 24-page book with rare photos, an essay, and other great memorabilia.
Music impresario Brett Perkins tells us, "There's still room to join us for two days or six on the October 10-16 Idyllwild Listening Room Songwriting Retreat."
*** All covid protocols are strictly followed and participants must provide proof of full vaccination.
On that deja vu theme, registration is open now for the next FOUR retreats in Idyllwild, where you can experience a week of "Community Through Co-Writing" in that beautiful high mountain arts community. It's two hours from Los Angeles, and the retreat is less than $100 per day. The dates are:
October 10-16 * January 23-29 * March 13-19 * July 10-16
Career writer Alan Roy Scott (Celine Dion, Sons of Anarchy, Top Gun), will join participants for the first two full days of the October retreat, offering his seasoned perspective on participants works.
Those unable to attend for a full week can sign up to participate October 11-12 for $200.
Each retreat concludes with a song-debuting "Idyllwild Songwriters Festival" set, wherein participants share selected co-writes from the week. Each of them joins in with Brett's stellar line-up of songwriters and seasoned recording artists featured throughout the day. It all happens at the fully outdoor, free entry, family-and-dog-friendly October 16th event.
Donations from the festival go to support the Idyllwild Help Center, which provides essential supplies and services to those most in need in the local community.
While he's here from Europe, Brett is also playing one solo Southern California concert, October 9th at Jeweled Universe, 1017 Mission Bl, B, in South Pasadena 91030; jeweleduniverse.com
San Pedro's Grand Annex
& Warner Grand
Warner Grand performances
Grand Annex performances
Moira Smiley to perform at L.A.'s Ford Amphitheatre Oct 14
So she's not the headliner. As far as we are concerned she is. And the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, across the canyon from the Hollywood Bowl? Oh, yeah, marvelous venue.
This is "a groundbreaking project that, as its name suggests, merges improvisation and jazz rhythms with the orchestration and instrumentation of a traditional chamber ensemble."
Billed as "Billy Childs Jazz-Chamber Ensemble, featuring special guest Dianne Reeves," it's produced in partnership with Angel City Jazz.
A night with five-time Grammy-winning pianist and composer Billy Childs, plus special guest Dianne Reeves and quite a lineup.
Thursday, Oct 14, 2021 - 8 PM
Gate at 6:30 PM, Concert at 8 PM
*** Masks are required for this concert. Click tix link to learn about the Ford's safety practices.
Jazz Chamber Ensemble
Billy Childs, piano
Larry Koonse, guitar
Carol Robbins, harp
Daniel Rotem, saxophone
Dan Chmielinski, bass
Christian Euman, drums
Sara Andon, flute
Dianne Reeves, special guest
Moira Smiley, vocals
The Lyris Quartet
Alyssa Park, violin
Shalini Vijayan, violin
Luke Maurer, viola
Timothy Loo, cello
Alexander Gedeon, poetry recitation
The official music video for "Sing About It" from the album "In Our Voices" by Moira Smiley & VOCO has now been selected by EIGHT FILM FESTIVALS. Moira says, "Christine Banna did a brilliant job with this video and deserves every ounce of recognition. Have you seen it yet?"
It has remarkable animation and intricately layered vocals with a "world music feel, backed by body percussion.
Click here to watch
18th Annual Acoustic Music Awards Accepting Applications
The Broad Stage: Safety & a Survey
The Broad Stage in Santa Monica is among the most notable greater-L.A.-area venues that has returned to presenting live performances after the 18 month pandemic hiatus. It is a state-of-the-art facility offering music -- from concerts and recitals to fully-produced musicals -- as well as a rich array of live theatre.
They tell us, "To ensure the health, safety and well-being of our patrons, staff and artists, The Broad Stage is requiring guests to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and to wear masks at all times. This policy applies to all performances, whether indoors or outdoors.
"With guidance from Santa Monica College, we are working to make sure we are fully in compliance with up-to-date protocols. We are also requiring full vaccination for all staff, artists and volunteers who work onsite.
"If you are not yet ready to return to live shows, indoors or outdoors, we will be offering additional digital content this Fall, including new REVEAL episodes from the creative teams of the newly commissioned Yemandja and Universal Child Care. Stay tuned for details at a later time.
"We are extremely grateful for your patience as we navigate still unfamiliar territory together...
"For any questions about this policy, please contact Patron Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-434-3200."
The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
For the next few days, you can still take their survey about the arts, entertainment and The Broad Stage.
As their thank you, you'll have the opportunity to win a $150 VISA gift card.
The folks at the Broad Stage say, "We look forward to hearing your opinions! We absolutely read every response, and your input will help shape our direction into the future."
TAKE THE ARTS SURVEY AT:
Fiddle wizard Lissa Schneckenburger asks: "What Planet Can You Download Music From?"
We would have said Jupiter, since it's where all that crazy noise comes from that you hear between AM radio stations. But we'll play along.
"Okay, Lissa, What planet can you download music from?"
Yeah, well, she hooks us every time with something. Once you've heard her play, you know why.
She just published a tremendously helpful guide to buying your music. Like most of what she puts out for consumption, it deserves an appreciative audience. So here it is:
"A number of folks have thoughtfully asked about the best method to purchase music, and directly benefit an artist. I am grateful to all of you who are thinking about this, and in answer I thought I'd share a Top Five list for your enjoyment. (OK, for my enjoyment- I love lists 😂).
"5. Anyone who wants to support an artist ANY way that they can (even if it’s just forwarding an email or youtube video to a friend to spread the news about new music) is VERRRRY appreciated. I’m a BIG fan of anyone who is a music fan. 😊
"4. Streaming services pay VERY small micro amounts per play (like frequently $.0001) but they’re not all the same. Spotify is one of the worst, Apple music is a little better, Pandora is better than either of them, and Bandcamp wins hands down at giving the biggest percentage back to the artist. Still, every little bit counts, and plays do add up over time so if you’re a music streamer, stream a LOT and tell all your friends.🎧
"3. Downloading from any of the various music stores will give the artist more in their pocket than streaming. And like streaming, it has the added benefit of having smaller production cost, since the artist doesn’t have to pay for an actual physical product or shipping. Again, Bandcamp is my favorite music downloading company.
"2. Purchasing CDs and merch directly from an artist’s web site, or from them in person at a show, is a REALLLY GREAT way to support them financially and make sure that they’re able to keep making music. Some artists do offer downloads on their web sites (I have that set up for my newer releases, like Bedlam Blues, Labor On, or the Learning By Ear video series), but honestly every single musician I know has an attic full of boxes of CDs, so purchasing any of those discs is a huge help as well. 💿
"1. And finally number one! Many artists have been able to gain more control over the subscription based/ streaming economy by having Patreon accounts, where fans can subscribe for monthly content. I don’t have a Patreon yet, but staying on a musicians email list and subscribing to whatever they send your way is a REALLY great way to support them. So, congratulations, you're already WAY ahead of the game my dear email list subscribers!!! This is the best possible support a musician can have because it allows for direct artist to fan connections, and I love to stay connected to you! ❤️
"And now a musical treat! I created a Bicycle Music and a Goddesses of Song(writing) playlist based on your suggestions last month, so enjoy! Let me know if I have forgotten any of your favorite tracks."
Check out Lissa's CDs, tour dates, sense of humor, musical genius, life in New England, and more, at:www.lissafiddle.com
(And yes, you'll hear more from her in The Guide.)
Musical "Goldilocks & the Three Bears" opens November 20 at Theatre West
The award-winning Storybook Theatre -- a professional company operating under a contract with the stage union Actors Equity -- has, for many years, been presenting its trademark non-scary musicals at Theatre West. They are ideal for children and their families.
This marks the troupe's return after the pandemic. The musical for children and their families will be presented with plenty of audience participation. The interactive audience children help Goldilocks in her comical forest adventure with the three bears, as she learns that bears can be people, too.
Birthday parties and school field trips are cheerfully accommodated.
Book by Scott Martin. Lyrics by Rob Meurer and Scott Martin. Music by Richard Berent. Directed by Lloyd J. Schwartz. Produced by Barbara Mallory Schwartz. A Storybook Theatre production.
At Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Bl, Los Angeles. This is near Universal City, North Hollywood and Studio City. Parking available in a lot across the street ($5 fee).
Runs Nov 20, 2021 through June 4, 2022, Saturdays at 1 pm. Dark on Christmas Day.
ADMISSION: All seats $15.
Reservations / Information: 818-761-2203
Online tix: www.theatrewest.org
And now for something completely different...
Influential So Cal "CowPunkSurfabilly" band THE ZIGGENS are releasing "Oregon," their first record in 19 Years, on September 24th.
A 19-track album after 19 years of -- what? Cult-follower obscurity? Not so fast. Check out these review raves:
• “Oregon” exemplifies the band’s eccentric blend of country, punk, surf and ballads." ~ Long Beach Press-Telegram
• "These tracks will keep you glued to your seat (or Air Pods) to see what comes next." ~ OC Music News
• "The Ziggens never broke up, but they haven't released new music in 19 years... until now. 'Rev It Up' finds the band channelling the instrumental surf rock of bands like The Ventures and The Sandals, and there's a little hot rod rock in the mix too. It's a sound that never goes out of style, it feels like classic California, and The Ziggens do it with vigor." ~ Brooklynvegan
The band just released "Macon," the second single off this 19-tracks-after-19-years album. Titled "Oregon," the album marks their 30 year anniversary as a band.
Now wait a minute, you say. Isn't Macon a city in Georgia? What's that got to do with Oregon? Good question. Can't be the US Navy's long-lost Hindenburg-like airship of the 1920's, USS Macon, because that crashed off Big Sur, California.
Has there ever been a band described like that?
Harmony singing, laughter, and pure high volume fun are among descriptions of their live show. Hailing from Surf City CA, it makes sense that their music gravitated toward reverb-drenched surf vibes -- but those ballads and tight harmonies set them apart from the other fish in the sea of music.
By now you realize our enthusiasm for Bruce Forman's band "Cowpunk" has nothing to do with this outfit. Waaay different.
While always skirting around the edges of the underground, the band's legion of fans has included some music luminary oddballs, like Bradley Nowell, who signed them to the Skunk Records label, covered their track "Big Salty Tears," and for years enlisted them to tour as Sublime's opening act. And there was the late Josh Fischel of Bargain Music. And a young Travis Barker, who was often seen up front at the band's early shows.
Give 'em a prize for fortitude. They've maintained their original lineup and continued to tour throughout their 30 year existence. Meanwhile, they've also worked on various side projects that only eclectic garage rock peeps have heard of. Oh, and there is Ziggens frontman Bert Susanka's children's music act, Jelly of the Month Club.
If it seems strange to reconcile the idea of "Oregon" with surf music -- the water being bone-chilling cold up there -- it's consistent with all the incongruities present here. Check 'em out. When the album drops, you'll find ways to hear it. You might like 'em.
Massive Wildfires & Climate Change: not just California
So many massive California wildfires the past two years. If history is a guide, the 2021 season has yet to peak. Just one giant, the Dixie Fire, burned a million acres in California.
Yet California isn't the worst example. Canada's 2021 fires? Twice the US total. And in just part of Siberia -- the Sakha Republic -- fiery destruction / greenhouse gas conversion / of ancient forests is unprecedented since the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs.
Set your screen so you can pay attention to the right-hand side.
Why it matters:
How it works:
During the June through August period, wildfires in the Sakha region of northeastern Siberia emitted enough carbon dioxide to rival the annual emissions from Germany in 2019, according to the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) and data from The Rhodium Group.
August set a monthly record for wildfire emissions coming from the Northern Hemisphere, and Siberian emissions were more than twice the total from the June through August timeframe last year, CAMS' satellite data shows.
As the climate warms due to human emissions of greenhouse gases from fossil fuel burning, extreme wildfire years are expected to become more common and burn in ecosystems where they were previously uncommon.If fires burn intensely in regions with permanently frozen soil known as permafrost, it could free up currently frozen organic matter locked away for centuries or longer, emitting carbon dioxide and methane.
What we're watching:
Wildfire season is not over yet in the western U.S.
Southern California, for example, tends to see its worst wildfire weather days in October into November.
This summer's California wildfires, dominated by the nearly 1 million-acre Dixie Fire, already sent twice the amount of CO2 into the air compared to 2020, also a severe wildfire season.
Before you feel hopeless, consider this:
$5 billion. That's how much a suite of philanthropies just pledged for a big global conservation effort. See (link below) "Private Funders of the New ‘Protecting Our Planet Challenge’ Announce $5 Billion Commitment to Protect and Conserve 30% of Planet by 2030," subtitled, "Announcement Marks Largest-Ever Private Funding Commitment To Biodiversity Conservation – Aimed at Tackling Earth’s Climate, Extinction and Health Crises."
Here are some excerpts:
"Nine organizations have joined together to pledge $5 billion over the next 10 years to support the creation, expansion, management and monitoring of protected and conserved areas of land, inland water and sea, working with Indigenous Peoples, local communities, civil society and governments... This commitment to ensure 30 percent of the planet is protected and preserved in the most important places for biodiversity by 2030 is being made jointly... [and] marks the largest private funding commitment ever to biodiversity conservation.
"[It] will fund efforts... by strengthening and expanding protected areas and support to Indigenous Guardianship of traditional territory. Founding organizations: Arcadia, Bezos Earth Fund, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Nia Tero, Rainforest Trust, Re:wild, Wyss Foundation, and the Rob and Melani Walton Foundation." Full story from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
So it serves to remind us that every action, everywhere, makes a difference. Particularly when only half the Amazon rain forest of the 1950s survives today, due primarily to (1) slash-and-burn, short-term yield agriculture, (2) exploitive harvest of exotic hardwood trees, (3) destructive strip mining, and (4) leveling everything living to plant modern monoculture palm oil or soybean plantations.
• Deforestation in Brazilian Amazon hits highest annual level in a decade
The Guardian, 20 August 2021:
• (pdf, in French) Soja & deforestation: stop financial actors' complicity
Report from Reclaim Finance, Canopée, SumOfUs, Mighty Earth, October 2020:
• Feeding the European appetite for soy
Rainforest Foundation Norway, November 2020:
• Banks urged to combat deforestation and halt biodiversity crisis
The Independent, 12 January 2021:
■ Add your name to demand that Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase and Citigroup stop financing destruction of our precious forests:
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