Whoa up, thar', pard! While You'll find good stuff here, this is NO LONGER THE LATEST edition.
Last UPDATES were added to THIS edition on March 18th (bunches of 'em), at 9:10 pm.
There's plenty of variety within. If you're "sheltering in place," or "self-quarantined," or worried because you're out of toilet paper and Fox News doesn't have a print edition, well, we can offer you delightful diversions and distractions, and hopefully a few "gee, I didn't know that!" discoveries.
Let's get started!
Oh, by the way...
Learning and using all the practices of "social distancing" and practical protective measures (republished at the Very end of this edition) is basic social responsibility.
Hoarding toilet paper is pandemicamonium. We'd slap the people doing that, except we'd need to touch them.
LATE ADDITIONS, March 18th... up-top where you'll see 'em...
"Keep The Music Playing" Free Livestream Concert Tonight Features Nashville Stars
Amid national uncertainty, SHENANDOAH vows to "KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING" with special LIVE ONLINE CONCERT
Concert hosted by "Inside Edition" host Megan Alexander;
Sponsored by Foundry Records
WATCH HERE: smarturl.it/KeepTheMusicPlaying
Nashville, Tenn. (March 18, 2020) — During a time of national uncertainty, GRAMMY® Award-winning country music group Shenandoah is looking to brighten spirits with a special online concert.
Though the presenter-of-record is "Facebook Live," don't worry. Those of us whose devices are not infested with Facebook spyware can use the url above to enjoy this performance event. So it truly can bring music to the masses.
Early today, the legendary country band announced "Keep the Music Playing," as their free live-streamed concert set for tonight, Wednesday, March 18, at 8/7c.
Amid concert postponements nationwide, the event will provide a tuneful opportunity for fans to enjoy live performances from the comfort of their living rooms.
Shenandoah has enlisted an impressive lineup of Nashville musicians to join them tonight:
☆ Michael Ray
☆ Aaron Tippin
☆ T. Graham Brown
☆ Austin Merrill
☆ Katie Austin
These folks will all join Shenandoah during the live web broadcast. The event, sponsored by Foundry Records and hosted by Inside Edition's Megan Alexander, will take place at Nashville's SIR Rehearsal Studios with no live audience and minimal staff.
"The main mission here is to hopefully, with music as only music can, bring some sunshine to the gloom," says Shenandoah frontman Marty Raybon. "We'll be taking all of the recommended precautions to ensure everyone's safety."
Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, is thrilled about the event. "We are happy to see artists doing everything they can to 'Keep the Music Playing' during these challenging times as we try to keep the virus from spreading," he says. "Seeing all the ways that live music is still being shared is part of the creative spirit in Music City."
Though the event is free to view online, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp Foundation / Music City, Inc will be accepting donations throughout the live broadcast. All donations will aid Middle Tennesseans who have been affected by COVID-19 and the recent tornadoes that ravaged the area.
"It has taken an army of people to put this event together in less than 24 hours," notes Foundry Records/Johnstone Entertainment's Cole Johnstone. "I want to give special thanks to SIR Nashville, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, 2911 Media, TNDV and Nic Dugger, Mama Sue, Absolute Publicity, Shenandoah's band and crew, all of our guest artists, and the Foundry Records staff for making this possible."
"Keep the Music Playing" will be live streamed on each artist's Facebook page and can also be viewed at smarturl.it/KeepTheMusicPlaying
How to donate:
Donate online at www.visitmusiccity.com/nashvillestrong/donate
Text NASHSTRONG to 615-551-5122
Check: payable to Music City Inc. at 150 4th Avenue North, Ste. G-250, Nashville, TN 37219
* Music City Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization
Shenandoah originally formed in Muscle Shoals, Alabama in 1985. The band has charted 26 singles on the Billboard Hot Country charts, including No. 1 hits "The Church on Cumberland Road," "Sunday in the South" and "Two Dozen Roses" from 1989, "Next to You, Next to Me" from 1990, and "If Bubba Can Dance (I Can Too)" from 1994. The single "Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart," which featured guest vocals from Alison Krauss, won both artists a GRAMMY®, Award for "Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal." To date, the group has sold millions of albums worldwide and is a recipient of the Academy of Country Music's coveted "Vocal Group of the Year" award. More on Shenandoah at: www.shenandoahband.com
Also online tonight...
ROBYN HITCHCOCK and EMMA SWIFT play a LIVE ONLINE BENEFIT CONCERT, 5 pm (Pacific)
5 pm (Pacific) - ROBYN HITCHCOCK and EMMA SWIFT play a LIVE ONLINE BENEFIT CONCERT from their home today, March 18.
* Song requests welcome.
* "LIVE FROM SWEET HOME NASHVILLE, WHERE WE ARE IN QUARANTINE"
* "Due to the recent tornado in East Nashville followed by the closure of bars/clubs/restaurants as a result of COVID-19, many in our local community are hurting. We want to do as much as we can to raise funds for those who now find themselves homeless and/or jobless. Please join Robyn & Emma to help us help those in need." ~ Yep Roc Records
* Any tips received over 100 dollars will receive handwritten lyrics to a song of the donor's choice.
* Concert at 5 pm Pacific (7 pm CT, their time)
* TIX (GET 'EM NOW) at: https://www.stageit.com/robyn_hitchcock_with_emma_swift/east_nashville_community_fundraiser/69864
Another option for tonight, added March 18th...
"Dylan Brody's Zoom Room for Writers" is FREE online
Wednesdays, 7 pm-9 pm (Pacific) - "DYLAN BRODY'S ZOOM ROOM FOR WRITERS" is a FREE online meeting place.
* Dylan Brody is a storyteller, writer, & radio commentator on KPCC's "Offramp."
* He tells us, "I'm opening my ZOOM weekly Q&A for Writers up to anyone who wants to attend. All the info and links are below, but the main information is this: I answer questions and discuss all things writerly and writing-related with anyone who shows up and asks questions.
* "If it gets to be too nutzo, I'll figure out limitations and controls as we go," he continues, "but for now, everybody's invited. No charge. We all need social contact."
* Dylan concludes, "I would like my ZOOM room to become the place where minds meet and talk about language and writing, process and product, formatting, structuring, and whatever else you guys tell me we should be figuring out together. Cool?"
* Join the Zoom Meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/4290511445
* Meeting ID: 429 051 1445
* Find your local call-in number: https://zoom.us/u/aeqeXXDJ5G
"In the past week or two, I have been bombarded with ads from companies finding ways to profiteer on this tragedy. I get ads for bidets because, you know, the great, upcoming Covid-19 toilet-paper shortage. All the ads seem tone deaf and ugly to me. Maybe, at heart, I'm the crazy, self-righteous father in East of Eden. Maybe I just naturally focus more on helping than on profiting. Perhaps this is why I have failed very well under Capitalism. Perhaps not having done very well under Capitalism is not a failing at all. In any case, it soothes me to give away things that I think are or may be helpful so here you go." ~ Dylan Brody.
MORE, added late, on March 18th...
The 3-day "Stay at Home Festival," online,
March 20, 21, 22
Check out the FULL SCHEDULE: https://stayathomefestival.com
Folks, here at The Guide, we bring you word all the time of musicians doing benefits for which they do not get paid, where they donate their time and travel, their chance to play a different gig where they would get paid, and of course, their positive energy and talent and practiced skill and everything else that goes into their best performance, all to support somebody else's cause.
We always encourage you to go and support those benefits, as any longtime reader can verify.
So now, it's time to give back -- and to pay it forward for the next time they are asked to play a benefit. Plus, YOU'LL get to "attend" that Spring Music Festival that you longed for all winter -- not where you expected to go, but instead, in the tuneful realm of Cyberia, aboard the spacetime machine of your favorite chair! BYOB, snacks, popcorn, and favorite foods that wouldn't have done well if you'd taken them on a long car ride to some other festival (that got cancelled).
Stayin' hunkered down suddenly got a lot more appealing, now, didn't it?
Watch, listen, enjoy, AND SUPPORT!
STILL MORE, added March 18th...
Experience the Autry's annual Western Art Show online
Through March 22nd, you can still view -- and purchase -- original art
The Autry National Center / Autry Museum of the American West in Griffith Park / Los Angeles is closed for the same reason as everything else. But they've taken the current exhibition online.
And STILL MORE, added March 18th...
Still more, added March 18th...
"Our doors may be closed. Our mission isn't."
Grammy Museum's online programs begin today
"This is about our community, nationwide, even globally," says Michael Sticka, President of the Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Museum.
He continues, "I believe the core of everything that we do at the GRAMMY Museum is to engage our community through music. In the span of two short weeks, however, we've had to re-evaluate what this engagement looks like through a new lens of 'social distance.'"
Starting today, the GRAMMY Museum will be making available to everyone, for FREE, never-before-released content from the Museum's collections and archives.
Sticka tells us, "Each day will spotlight a different pillar of our Mission." Here's the program and release / activity schedule:
- Sunday and Tuesday: Music Education Lessons and Activities
- Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday: Opening our Public Program Archives
- Thursday: Member Engagement Nights
- Friday: At-home Exhibit Exploration
He concludes, "We'll also be sharing daily playlists and thoughts curated by our staff, including the guest services and security team members in an effort to continue keeping all employees engaged during this closure. And, of course, we want to hear from you through our social media channels."
You can access all these soon-to-be released videos at www.grammymuseum.org
To learn more, you can watch this video that he "filmed at home, while responsibly practicing social distancing."
THURSDAY, March 19, online concert...
Dylanfest hosts Andy & Renee play live online Thursday
Thu, Mar 19, LIVE ONLINE CONCERT:
7 pm-9 pm (Pacific) - ANDY & RENEE do a Facebook live streaming concert.
* You can view the show at www.facebook.com/reneesafier
* We don't know if you can watch the show if your device isn't infested with Facebook spyware. (If you have have a Facebook page, ALL of your devices are infested with their spyware.)
* Andy & Renee have performed all over the world, as leaders of the Bob Dylan tribute band HARD RAIN, and performing their originals has won them awards, too.
* Renee says, "We'll take some requests, and if you'd like to 'Tip' us, you can do so via Paypal or Venmo using my email, firstname.lastname@example.org"
* The 30th annual "DYLANFEST" with dozens of artists and performing hosts Andy & Renee is still scheduled for May 30th. "SUPER EARLY BIRD" TICKETS are ON SALE NOW, $30 til March 30th. The price jumps to $35, March 31st-May 29th, and it's $40 at the door. A $100 VIP Package includes your ticket, this year's Dylanfest T-shirt, a mug with event logo, a shaker egg for you to assist the percussion, a CD, and your invitation to both the Rehearsal and the VIP After-Party. Dylanfest info and TIX at www.andyandrenee.com
If you missed it... Here's how this edition originally started...
Today is Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
Three states are conducting primary elections today -- Illinois, Florida, and Arizona. A fourth, Ohio, was set to be the day's biggest delegate prize. But last night, the Buckeye State's governor postponed voting there until June, citing fears of the pandemic.
Of course, what always defines March 17th, and transcends whatever else is happening in the world, is that it's ST. PATRICK'S DAY.
America's connection to Ireland goes way back.
In the midst of the American Revolution, today in 1780, George Washington granted the Continental Army a holiday "as an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence." Being that patriots both plsces were fighting against the same British Empire that exacted taxation without representation on the Emerald Isle, too.
Still, it's a peculiar thing that this is the day the whole world becomes honorary Irish folk.
Because history tells us it should be "Bloody Roman Empire Day." To wit:
■ Today in 45 BCE, in his last victory, Julius Caesar defeated the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda, gaining control in one of Rome's many civil wars.
■ Today in 180 AD, just 225 years later, Commodus became sole emperor of the Roman Empire at the age of eighteen, following the death of his father, Marcus Aurelius. (The latter is regarded as the last great emperor.)
■ Today in 455 AD, Petronius Maximus became, with support of the Roman Senate, emperor of the Western Roman Empire; right awsy, he forces Licinia Eudoxia, the widow of his predecessor, Valentinian III, to marry him.
But then, March 17th is full of all kinds O' things.
There's a Women's History Month milestone.
Golda Meir became the first (and so far, only) female Prime Minister of Israel, today in 1969.
There's a milestone of human freedom and dignity.
Today in 1992, just 28 years ago, a referendum to end apartheid in South Africa is passed by those allowed to vote, 68.7% to 31.2%.
There's the spaciness.
Today in 1852, Annibale De Gasparis, observing the skies from Naples, disvovers the asteroid Psyche from the north dome of the Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte.
One hundted six years later, today in 1958, and after several embarrassing explosions, the US launched the Vanguard 1 satellite into space.
Cold War antics gravitate to March 17th.
Today in 1960, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Security Council directive on the anti-Cuban covert action program that will ultimately lead to the disastrous Bay of Pigs Invasion during the JFK presidency.
Today in 1966, off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean, the DSV Alvin submarine finds a missing American hydrogen bomb.
Two years later, today in 1968, over 6,000 sheep are found dead as a result of nerve gas testing by the U.S. Army Chemical Corps in Skull Valley, Utah.
And those who believe in a utopia took a real hit.
Today in 1891, SS Utopia collided with HMS Anson in the Bay of Gibraltar and sank, killing 562 of the 880 passengers on board, 21 years and about a month before the Titanic hit an iceberg.
Still, we can celebrate the arts.
Today in 1941, the National Gallery of Art was officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Washington, D.C.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date...
"We open our mouths and out flow words whose ancestries we do not even know. We are walking lexicons. In a single sentence of idle chatter we preserve Latin, Anglo-Saxon, Norse: we carry a museum inside our heads, each day we commemorate peoples of whom we have never heard."
~ Penelope Lively, writer (born March 17, 1933)
(our thanks to A.Word.A.Day)
There are birthdays to celebrate today, and homage to paid to musicians and other influencers born on this date who are no longer with us. We'll do that, right after today's main features.
Perhaps you recall a book a few years back titled, "Laughing through the Apocalypse." We never read it, but the title certainly comes to mind. Hence, how about this: let's seek something positive (other than the wrong kind of "positive," as in test results that nobody can get because there aren't any test kits in America. No, we said we were getting away from the worryful and headed to the joyful. So let's go, already!)
Okay, we really do want that goofy term permanently retired. It was always awful to refer to anything good as "viral," and the present state of affairs ought to be enough to get everybody screaming, "Make it stop!"
But even that succeeds? What won't, and shouldn't, stop is the delightful trend of "going" to a concert while everyone -- including the performing musicians -- is maintaining proper "social distancing." These live shows from the Cyberian realm are also a perfect demonstration of why social distancing and emotional distancing are not the same thing.
So tune in and see if good tuneage can still move you to laughter and tears, to motivation to support a social justice cause, or to plan to get out in front of a movement to make things better. Even if doing that will also be a Cyberian venture -- for now.
Here are two, happening tonight.
6 pm (Pacific) - BETTMAN & HALPIN, the fabulous Denver-based Americana multi-instrumental and vocal acoustic duo, brings you a one-time-only live online performance tonight from the foot of the Rocky Mountains.
* Only problem is, it is on Facebook. We are not certain whether everyone can watch, or only those whose devices are infested with Facebook spyware. (If you have your own Facebook page, your devices are infested with their monitoring spyware.)
* Of course, Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin are wonderful musicians who write and perform fun and intricate originals. So if you can get past the Facebook thing, they're there tonight for you.
* The url is:
Tue, Mar 17; LIVE ONLINE CONCERT:
7 pm (Pacific) - MARINA V brings her splendid vocal prowess, keyboards and guitars to her ongoing online concert series.
* Marina tells us, "...never thought I'd see product shortages like we see now. Growing up during the demise of the Soviet Union with empty shelves and long lines was my reality then. But experiencing some if it now brings back a lot of long-forgotten feelings for sure. Meanwhile, I'm grateful we have the tech to stay connected with you all. I love our online concerts!"
* Streaming concerts live all this month, every Tues at 7 pm & Sundays at 12:30 pm.
* WATCH at: www.twitch.tv/MarinaVmusic
For openers, we had a short blurb ready, telling you about the musical phenomenon manifesting across Italy. Then our friends at Deering Banjo in Spring Valley, CA, published the following piece today in their periodic newsletter. This, by Jamie Latty, includes Italy as part of the tapestry that includes all of us. Thus, it is much better than a mere blurb. Once again, we thank the folks at Deering for ongoing permission to share their content with you.
The Americana Music Association publishes two weekly music charts, with rankings based on radio airplay and sales (downloads and physical cd/record sales).
We've brought you the singles charts from time to time. Here are both charts. Let us know if you'd like to see them as a regular feature.
Left column codes: LW = last week's standings; TW = This week's stsndings.
Happy birthday today to...
Gary Sinise, American actor, director, bass player, and leader of the Lt Dan Band
Hozier, Irish singer-songwriter and musician
Caroline Corr, Irish singer and drummer, The Corrs
Paul Overstreet, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
Billy Corgan, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and producer
Scott Gorham, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
Janet Gardner, American singer and guitarist
Paul Black, American singer-songwriter and drummer
Vicki Lewis, American actress and singer
Melissa Auf der Maur, Canadian-American singer-songwriter and bass player
Yury Chernavsky, Russian-American songwriter and producer
Tamar Braxton, American singer-songwriter and actress
Adam Wade, American singer, drummer, and actor
Gene Ween, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
Nicky Jam, American-Puerto-Rican singer and songwriter
Grimes, Canadian artist, musician and music video director
Torquil Campbell, English-Canadian singer-songwriter and actor
Justin Hawkins, English singer-songwriter
Miles Kane, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
Clare Grogan, Scottish singer and actress
Puneeth Rajkumar, Indian actor, singer, and producer
Rico Blanco, Filipino singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor
Eri Nitta, Japanese singer-songwriter and actress
Ken Mattingly, American admiral, pilot, and astronaut. In 1970, he was bumped from the Apollo 13 flight crew due to exposure to measles. From a duplicate Apollo spacecraft in Houston, he played a key role in getting the crew home from space after an explosion en-route to the Moon.
Robin Knox-Johnston, English sailor and first person to perform a single-handed non-stop circumnavigation of the globe.
In memoriam to musicians and influencers born on this date...
Nat King Cole, American singer, pianist, and television host (1919-1965)
John Sebastian, American folksinger-songwriter and guitarist
Paul Kantner, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (1941-2016)
Alfred Newman, American composer and conductor whose creations include many film scores (1901-1970)
Ladislav Kupkovič, Slovakian composer and conductor (1936-2016)
Paul Horn, American-Canadian flute player and saxophonist (1930-2014)
Stephen Dodgson, English composer and educator (1924-2013)
Betty Allen, American soprano and educator (1927-2009)
Stephen Gately, Irish singer-songwriter and actor (1976-2009)
Zola Taylor, American singer (1938-2007)
Dana Reeve, American actress, singer, and activist (1961-2006)
Rudolf Nureyev, Russian-French dancer and choreographer (1938-1993)
Bayard Rustin, American activist for blsck and gay civil rights (1912-1987)
Ray Ellington, English drummer and bandleader (1915-1985)
Alcide Nunez, American clarinet player (1884-1934)
Harry Clarke, Irish stained-glass artist and book illustrator (1889-1931)
Sayed Darwish, Egyptian singer-songwriter and producer (1892-1923)
Josef Rheinberger, Liechtensteiner-German organist and composer (1839-1901)
Jim Bridger, American fur trader, explorer, and one of the greatest of the Mountain Men (1804-1881)
Roger B. Taney, American politician and jurist, 5th Chief Justice of the United States, a pivotal figure whose record on racial injustice is terrible (1777-1864)
Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, French harpsichord player and composer (1665-1729)
Finally, if you're desperate for a taste of St. Paddy's Day -- and FESTIVAL TIX for fall
To-go Corned beef and cabbage, and word of their IRISH MUSIC festival in September...
Way out in Murrieta, the Shamrock is closed, but their kitchen is open for to-go orders. They've postponed or cancelled all live music events until Sep 25 & 26, when they've planned "Get Shammered" as "the biggest two day party the pub has ever seen," utilizing the parking plot and area around the pub 2 stages and 10 Bands.
FESTIVAL TICKET sales began today, St Patrick's Day, at:
More soon, as we get to and through it. Which is pretty much the way it is for all of us these days.
features in the works, and they'll
be along as we get them dressed,
shoes tied, cowlicks combed down,
bowties cranked straight,
and strings tuned.
Find a comfortable spot by the
wood stove, play a round or two
of checkers, and we'll be along...
in this new decade...
"Hee Haw" voice: "THAT's all!"
COVID-19 Coronavirus PRACTICAL PRECAUTIONS
(good for avoiding the "regular" flu & colds, too)
• Coronavirus lives on inorganic surfaces anywhere from two hours to NINE DAYS; it all seems dependent on temperature, unless it is killed by disinfectant. When tests revealed that, even health care workers were surprised. It brings more emphasis to many of the following points.
• Stop shaking hands. Don't do "fist bumps" because that's still hand-to-hand contact. And don't become a mad elbow-bumper, because of the next point.
• Cough into the inside of your elbow, ANY TIME you cough.
• Make your own hand sanitizer if the stores are out. Formula, from a doctor who makes it with her kids: two parts isopropyl alcohol (drugstore alcohol, at least 70% alcohol), one part aloe vera gel, a dash of any essential oil. Works just ss well as store bought stuff.
• Don't be a transporter. Immediately remove shoes inside your front door and change clothes when you get home. Don't plunk-down on the couch until you shed what you were wearing at work or in the store or on the bus or in the coffee bar. Stop tracking everything from the sidewalk onto your kitchen and bathroom floors and your rug.
• Be mindful of your car. Everything you touch, everywhere, is on your steering wheel. Everywhere you sit is on your car seat. Keep 'em disinfected -- Clorox wipe the wheel, Lysol spray the seats, often.
• Everything you wear goes in the hamper. No multi-day wearings between washings.
• Don't buy-up all tbe masks that medical responders need. Nearly all the masks in the stores are Dust Masks, made to keep carpenters and other tradesmen from inhaling sawdust. Expecting those to protect you from tiny viruses is like trying to filter water with a tennis racket. Plus, wearing masks everywhere is not a good idea -- without training and lots of practice, you'll contaminate the thing and then breathe a stewpot of microorganisms up-close and personal.
~ gas pump handles -- whatever was deposited on them is now on your steering wheel, and marinading on your hands as you snack while driving.
~ airline & train tray tables -- who knows when they were last cleaned and to what extent? When we saw a baby being changed on one... (bring a little plastic box of Clorox wipes when you travel).
~ bring your own food on the airplane -- you're probably doing that, anyway, since they stopped feeding you back when they started charging for carry-on luggage and made you ride with your knees in your armpits. Flight attendants have tested positive -- their hands pour drinks, dispense snacks, and pick-up everybody's garbage.
Read AND SHARE The Guide's complete feature story on the COVID-19 Coronavirus in the edition at: https://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2020/02/leap-day-weekend-leaping-into.html