Additions for MONDAY, April 13th, AND an advance look at TUESDAY, April 14th, have been added after the weekend chronology.
(1) a Sunday cyber music festival, Noon to 4 pm, Pacific;
(2) additional SUNDAY cyber events;
(3) more, for & about Sunday.
Weekend BULLETIN -- we started out with the idea of limiting this to just a report on online performances. Then we had an Easter/ Passover thought to include. And along came a cartoon, and one quick comedic story by our editor that's getting picked-up by numerous outlets nationwide, so we just had to feature it here for you. And pretty soon, there is a lot more than that in here, too.
Still, this go-'round is not a complete edition. It may grow to cover even more live performances happening online at some point during Easter / Passover weekend, and may be even more things you'll want to bookmark this coming week.
As for saying, "Easter / Passover weekend" content, it's not that we're "going religious" on you or anything like that... though there is an item on Marianne Williamson in here to cover that base.
Our usual attention to spacers, pictures, and other "publishing niceties" doesn't get as much attention this time. But it is a quite serviceable, if rather utilitarian, very useable NEWS BULLETIN of stuff you wanna know. And it might even grow with added delights and wonderfulness. 😁
FOR MUCH MORE, you can explore anything in our archive -- and the editions since late February provide plenty to explore, listen to, watch, and hold the interest of both deep divers and surface skimmers.
Let's get started!
We saw where someone had observed, "Dammit! For the first time in years, I can afford to buy a full tank of gas -- and there's no place open to go there!"
Our Easter/ Passover / Post-rain weekend message
If we tell you it's time to Celebrate, you might want to kick our butts up around our shoulderblades. But hang on a moment, okay? Compared to the alternative, there really IS reason to celebrate -- that we're all still here, we've made it this far.
Together, by living through this time, we have learned, and are learning, that our society's predisposition to make heroes out of celebrities and warfighters isn't necessarily such a great idea.
We've learned that medical professionals don't just make a lot of money and play a lot of golf or tennis, and that cops don't just write tickets, and that firefighters don't just take-up six parking spaces when they ride the big red engine to the coffee shop. They have, and do, and will, take to the trenches without the gear they know they need, just to save the rest of our sorry asses.
Thanks to all this, we're becoming aware of the locomotive engineers and conductors -- passenger and freight -- the bus drivers, the subway and light rail motormen (and women). And the truck drivers, the ones who soldier-on along the deserted highways to get the goods to the stores -- where the shelf-stockers and checkout clerks can deal with the ignorant hoarders who push one cart and pull another and clear the shelves before the rest of us can get there to get just one of something.
We've all become acutely aware of the struggles of musicians and sound and light and tech and venue staff and everyone else who eeks-out an existence in the gig economy, and how political foot-dragging and self-centered egomaniacal grandstanding delays needed aid. And suddenly -- perhaps more than ever before -- it all comes together as an epiphany to allow us to appreciate those who stand-up, in and out of government, in and out of the press, to call-out the obstructionist "austerity" types, the scabs on the ass of progress. We now know to appreciate those who chip-away at the the brick wall, and too often must beat their heads against it. For they are the ones speaking truth to bloated, arrogant, out-of-touch, "let-them-eat-cake" swaggerers and pampered scions who believe themselves too superior to read anything and have declared themselves entitled to power. But it's those who annoy, those who ask, those who investigate, those who refuse to accept stories thst don't add-up... those with skill sets honed by battling oligarchs and plutocrats and the rooted kakistocracy... who are suddenly seen as urgently needed by the rest of us. So celebrate that, and celebrate them, too.
Mailing-in our ballots in November (assuming the GOPper power elite doesn't sabotage that) will be the most cherished, meaningful act of participatory democracy that most of us have ever had. Because of what we are experiencing now.
Just as the coming nights of music being sent skyward under the stars -- at the Hollywood Bowl, the John Anson Ford, the Greek Theatre, the Libbey Bowl, the Starlight Bowl, Red Rocks Amphitheater, Wolf Trap, Doheny Beach, the Coachella polo fields, the lawns of Seattle Center, the Levitt Pavilions, and dozens of other cherished places -- will bring sweet night air and the fresh scent of untrampled grass (greener than ever, since it got its break). Just imagine -- the heartfelt excited gratitude for the joy of being, and being there, once again. Whenever that day comes.
All coming, all possible because of all each of us is doing... all we are, together at a distance, sacrificing for each other... all we should be celebrating about ourselves, right now, that will get us there.
The rains are over. Tonight the sky will be filled with stars. The Moon is still near its Supermoon closest-point to us.
Go outside -- properly distanced -- and look up.
Physically and figuratively.
Astronomically and philosophically.
Escape the claustrophobic confinement.
Behold the wonder of the wider, the illumination of the incomprehensible.
And see if you don't hear the soundtrack for it all, playing inside your head. Rediscover what's already in you. And celebrate that.
Happy spiritual connection with the infinite.
Our quick comedic relatable-shared-experience story...
Safari of Necessity
Online live concerts & events this weekend
Not chronological this time -- note as you read -- which day, what time, and what TIME ZONE.
Sat, Apr 11:
5 pm Pacific --
Sunday, April 12, 2020
The Fascinating History of the Easter Holiday
Garrison Keillor covers it concisely in his daily e-missive:
"Easter is a moveable feast; in other words, it's one of the few floating holidays in the calendar year, because it's based on the cycles of the moon. Jesus was said to have risen from the dead on the first Sunday after the first full moon of spring. For that reason, Easter can fall as early as March 22nd and as late as April 25th. Easter also marks the end of the 40-day period of Lent and the beginning of Eastertide; the week before Easter is known as Holy Week and includes the religious holidays Maundy Thursday and Good Friday."
Here in the Guide, we have discussed before how the early Catholic Church was brilliant at hijacking pagan holidays and rebranding them into Christian holy days, as was the case with the Feast of Mithra becoming Christmas, and All Hallows Eve and All Saints Day hijacking Celtic celebratory days. It all combined to bring acceptance of the upstart religion because it didn't deprive anyone of their cherished annual feast-and-revelry hoopla. So would you be surprised that Easter is in there, too? And here, Garrison Keillor continues:
"The word 'Easter' and most of the secular celebrations of the holiday come from pagan traditions. Anglo Saxons worshipped Eostre, the goddess of springtime and the return of the sun after the long winter. According to legend, Eostre once saved a bird whose wings had frozen during the winter by turning it into a rabbit. Because the rabbit had once been a bird, it could still lay eggs, and that rabbit became our Easter Bunny. Eggs were a symbol of fertility in part because they used to be so scarce during the winter. There are records of people giving each other decorated eggs at Easter as far back as the 11th century."
Garrison Keillor can still surprise us. And ya gotta give a guy credit for not surrendering the day to the religiosos' interpretations / exploitations. Garrison also shares this:
"It was on this day in 1633 that Galileo Galilei was put on trial by the Inquisition, for supporting the theory that the Earth revolves around the sun. In late April 1633, Galileo agreed to plead guilty and was sentenced to an unlimited period of house arrest in his home in Florence. He gradually went blind and died in 1641. It wasn’t until 1992 that the Catholic Church formally admitted that Galileo’s views on the solar system are correct."
On this day... April 12th...
On this day in 1945, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, longest-serving President in US history (elected four times) died in office shortly after beginning his fourth term. He suffered a cerebral hemorrhage at his resort for polio victims in Warm Springs, Georgia. Vice President Harry S Truman took the oath of office thst evening. But Eleanor Roosevelt had already summoned Truman to the White House with the news of her husband’s death. Immediately, Truman asked her, “Is there anything I can do for you?” Eleanor Roosevelt's amazing reply was, “Is there anything we can do for you? For you are the one in trouble now.”
That evening, Truman took the oath of office, with World War II still raging in both Europe and the Pacific.
Truman had never been briefed about the existence of the supersecret Manhattan Project that was soon to produce the Atomic Bomb. In fact he wasn't aware of much, having been a rather conservative Democratic US Senator from Missouri who rose to prominence exposing war profiteers.
FDR had replaced his solid "New-Deal" veep, Henry Wallace, with Truman at the 1944 Democratic Convention, and no one quite knew why. At the time, talk was that Truman was the least-qualified and least-prepared person ever to become President. Of course, history tells us that he rapidly rose to the occasion as a strong leader and became famous for his White House desk sign, "The buck stops here."
As for least-qualified person to reach the Oval Office? It seems incredible, given the current resident, that anyone could have thought that of Harry Truman, doesn't it?
5 am Pacific --
Sun, Apr 12:
Noon to 4 pm Pacific --
"FLEMING FEST" is an online festival
|Freebo and Alice Howe, who take part with Christine Lavin,|
the Southern Gothic, and others, in Sunday's cyber festival.
Sun, Apr 12:
Noon Pacific --
"LOCKDOWN LOWDOWN," a "series of online chats and demos with MUSICIANS FROM AROUND THE WORLD"
* Latest chapter is today from LONDON (8 pm there), Noon in Los Angeles.
* WATCH LIVE on either of these formats:
■ their YouTube channel, at:
■ the "Blastcult UK" Facebook page, at:
* More info at:
www.blastcult.co.uk and their email: email@example.com
Sun, Apr 12:
12:30 pm Pacific --
Sun, Apr 12:
2 pm Pacific --
Ken O'Malley, a master of traditional and original Irish music and fine acoustic multi-instrumentalist, presents a live performance from his home, singing and playing classic Irish favorites with an emphasis upon the 1916 Easter Rising and the heroes who turned the tide toward Irish independence.
* Direct link: https://www.facebook.com/kenomalleyirishmusic/live.
* If it's too busy to connect, use this variant: https://www.facebook.com/kenomalleyirishmusic/ (scroll down to see and enlarge).
* The show will last approximately 45 minutes and is free of charge. Last Sunday's show brought viewers from various parts of the US, Canada, Ireland, the UK, Finland and Mexico -- and those were just the people who let Ken know where they were.
* Tip jar: use Venmo: @kenomalley, or PayPal, at: paypal.me/twlord
* MORE: the 2016 "EASTER RISING CENTENARY COMMEMORATION" video is FREE to watch on Ken's WEBSITE. This event, which took place at St. Cornelius Catholic Church in Long Beach CA on April 24, 2016, honors the memory of those who lost their lives in the cause of Irish freedom in 1916. Running time: 75 minutes.
Sun, Apr 12:
2 pm Pacific --
ANDY & RENEE return with a live concert on Facebook Live -- anyone can watch & hear, no need to have your device infested with the FB spyware that arrives if you sign-up to get an FB page of your own.
Tips -- send funds to firstname.lastname@example.org via PayPal or Venmo or go to http://www.andyandrenee.com/store.php to donate. There’s also an option in Facebook Messenger to send a tip by clicking the $ icon when you send a message to Renee Safier.
Their new CD, "Fuse 32" is available for purchase, Go the "Music" page at their website to buy yours now.
* Listen to their podcast, "Talkin' Bob Dylan"
* Andy Hill & Renee Safier and their award-winning band Hard Rain are named "Best Of The Beach" again in the 2020 "Easy Reader" poll.
* They're included in a new European CSNY Tribute CD, "Music Is Love"...Get more info at their website, and buy the CD here.
Sun, Apr 12:
9:10 am Pacific --
MARIANNE WILLIAMSON has two things for the weekend, one live Sunday, the other on-demand.
* Remember her? The Democratic Presidential candidate who always made so much sense in the debates? She built quite a following outside her usual gig as a spiritual guru. So we thought you might like to catch up with her again, and see if she still makes sense.
* Her on-demand piece is about how to "create possibilities for miraculous breakthroughs":
Sun, Apr 12:
5 pm-6:30 pm Pacific --
LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS in a TWO-BAND performance webcast presented by Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center and "Alert the Globe"
* This Easter Sunday Premier episode of "Alert the Globe" features Interviews and video performances by two GRAMMY-nominated Artists:
• Cajun/Zydeco fiddler LISA HALEY & The Zydekats
• Reggae legend PATO BANTON
* Lisa says, "We can't wait to give you all a hug again -- Until then, please enjoy this special Easter Gift -- from Us to You!"
* TUNE IN at: http://lbculturalartscenter.org/TV/
Sat, Apr 11 & Sun, Apr 12:
Times at links...
This week they feature lots of stuff we'll delve into for our mix over the next few days.
For this weekend, their "Touring in Place" live series brings you "At Home with Farm Aid"
Time: 5 pm Pacific
Also, part of it it is available with added content here:
Willie Nelson's "At Home with Farm Aid" live stream featuring himself, his sons Lukas & Micah Nelson and Neil Young
The War and Treaty
Date: Sunday, April 12
Time: 10:30 am Pacific
Format: Rounder's YouTube Channel:
"Easter Sunday Blues Against Hunger Telethon"
Date: Sunday April 12
Time: 10 am-6 pm Pacific
Tonight on the Cyber Stage
Mon, Apr 13, & every Monday:
6 pm Pacific --
ALBERT & GAGE from the grand piano in the safety and comfort of their Austin, Texas home, present
"Monday Night Not at Donn's Depot"
* Streaming on their own website at:
* And streaming on Facebook at:
* They share your donations with the idled Monday bartenders at Donn's Depot and the homebound boys in their band.
* Make donations in return for the live music, at:
or via Venmo: @Chris-Gage-10
Tuesday, April 14th...
Tue, Apr 14 - Webinar
9 am Pacific --
"The New Normal: Let's take a look at Podcasting" presented by San Gabriel Valley California-based HutDogs. Free with free registration (below).
* They will talk with Philip Kim, a "passionate podcaster" who helps produce events for the City of Arcadia, and is a tennis pro and coach. One of the ways he shares his tennis passion is through a podcast called "TennisPAL Chronicles."
* As a audio engineer and record producer, Phillip brings a wealth of technical nerdiness to the podcast recording process and is ready to answer your questions on format, tech, distribution, and marketing.
* You can let Philip know more about your interest in podcasts via his Google docs survey.
* Join in on Tuesday, April 14, at 9am Pacific, below.
Register here for Tuesday's New Normal
2 pm Pacific --
," a new livestream video series from Paste magazine, every weekday.
* The link is the name, just above.
* They'll be "taking questions from... viewers to try to truly make it the happiest hour in these tough times," and featuring live performances from one or more different musicians each day.
* This launched MONDAY, and that show is archived. It featured Josh Ritter, and Joe Henry. Watch it on-demand at: PasteMagazine.com
* If you're subscribed to their YouTube channel, you'll get reminders about new episodes.
April 16 at 6:15 pm Pacific
April 17 at 5:30 pm Pacific
April 18 at 5:30 pm Pacific
Podcasts, audio & video, 'n such...
Tee-Vee and other videoed performances...
|Thanks to our friends at the Americana Music Association for this content.|
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 -- you'll prob'ly need to
grab the cards for solitaire, since you
can't have somebody over for a round
of checkers. But we'll be along...
directly, from a safe social distance.
in this new decade...
"Hee Haw" voice: "THAT's all!"
(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