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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Last of May: Plenty Tuneful, Spacy Saturday, THREE evenings of "VIRTUAL DYLANFEST." May 29 update to 5/27 edition, 2020

Updated through Tuesday, June 2, at 6:59 am WITH A MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT FOR TUESDAY. Monday, June 1, at 5:40 pm WITH A MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT FOR TUESDAY 1:55 pm PDTSunday, May 31, 10:42 am. Saturday, May 30, 9:22 am. Friday, May 29, 11:53 am. 6:30 am PDTThursday, May 28, at 10:50 am. Wednesday, May 27, at 10:21 am 5:24 am PDT.

WOW And double wow -- "day one" of "Virtual Dylanfest" Friday night was AHH-MAZE-ZING! Day two & three are SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 5 pm-8 pm Pacific!

Friday through Sunday, you can catch soooo much LIVE MUSIC...

☆  The start of the "WE ARE ONE" GLOBAL FILM FESTIVAL.
☆  Live music from the "NO WAR 2020" Conference from Ottawa, Canada.

Not all the news is miserable(!)

Additional daily content -- centered on Cyberian events -- added over the few days that this is the most current edition. (Lots more here since this was published Wednesday as "Mid-week, last of May: gettin' spacy today, ready for 'VIRTUAL DYLANFEST' all weekend. May 27 edition, 2020.")

You may need to return to the big Memorial Day weekend edition to find all the news feature stories that were placed AHEAD of Memorial Day MONDAY events. The second part of the extensive music news / music vid / new music listening links found there, which were placed AFTER the events made the trip over to this edition and are repeated here.


Notice to readers, Tuesday May 26, 11:45 am

Until further notice, The Guide will cease listing Twitter links for any concerts, musician or event information, or other content. We have taken this step because Twitter refuses to apply its own policy regarding untrue and malicious content. Posts in violation that are routinely taken-down when made by ordinary users without huge numbers of followers are, indeed, subjected by Twitter to its policy. But at least one Twitter user with 8 million followers and 40 million page viewers routinely gets a free pass for blatant, deliberate, malicious and wholly unfounded outbursts of character assassination of persons both living and dead who are not public figures.

Twitter's chairman has been formally asked -- by the widow of a woman whose death, years ago, was ruled accidental -- to take down a continuing flurry of posts alleging she was murdered. Those posts even accuse someone of being her murderer.

But Twitter has said it will allow those posts to remain up and visible to all on its site, and it refuses to stop more such posts by the same person making the allegations.

Anyone making such outrageous and unfounded accusations in any public forum should be answered by civil prosecution. So should any kind of media outlet that aids the accuser by propagating such claims -- especially where said media outlet facilitates the accuser's purpose and intent without clearly reporting the incident as news reportage that indicates the accusations are neither verified nor otherwise have been put forth by any credible source.

The fact that the accuser is the President of the United States, a man whose documented lies have surpassed 70,000 since he took office in January, 2017, should in no way give him a public forum for making malicious claims for his abberant purposes. Or for a media site to make money for itself through being a platform for malicious lies that escape responsible scrutiny.

Because Twitter chooses to facilitate that behavior and give its platform to that use, we refuse to do anything further that facilitates traffic to Twitter. Any references or links to Twitter in our previously published content will remain, because we are a source of record. But unless and until Twitter chooses to be a responsible source that follows its own rules, we are done with them here.


We will add more daily FRESH content in this edition until a new one takes over. 

Remember to see the much larger, previous edition, for the feature stories that are not reproduced here.


Post-Memorial Day week: musicality and more

Wednesday onward...


Wednesday, May 27

THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date...

"Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate."

~ Hubert Humphrey
, US Vice President, US Senator, advocate for human rights, ptesidential nominee (born May 27, 1911, died 1978)

(our thanks to A.Word.A.Day for the quote)

Happy birthday today to TERESA JAMES who leads the band, THE RHYTHM TRAMPS. 

Here's an item for every frustrated music student -- or student's parent -- and every musician who can tell you what it takes to get there:


by Linda Pastan

My son is practicing the piano.
He is a man now, not the boy
whose lessons I once sat through,
whose reluctant practicing
I demanded—part of the obligation
I felt to the growth
and composition of a child.

Upstairs my grandchildren are sleeping,
though they complained earlier of the music
which rises like smoke up through the floorboards,
coloring the fabric of their dreams.
On the porch my husband watches the garden fade
into summer twilight, flower by flower;
it must be a little like listening to the fading

diminuendo notes of Mozart.
But here where the dining room table
has been pushed aside to make room
for this second or third-hand upright,
my son is playing the kind of music
it took him all these years,
and sons of his own, to want to make.

~ "Practicing" by Linda Pastan, from The Last Uncle. © W. W. Norton, 2002. © 2015 by Linda Pastan.

(From today's edition of "The Writers Almanac," available by free sign-up from Garrison Keillor.)


Something you need to do today

Get to a newsrack or the drive thru dairy and grab a copy of USA TODAY. It's their special edition marking 100,000 Americans dead from COVID-19. 

After you put it down, it will go gently into the big flat box of life moments for the family archive. 

Here's some of what Brian Stelter says about it in his daily e-newsletter:

"The front page shows the faces of 100 Covid-19 victims, then shows the 100,000 scale. The paper also contains a four-page wrap around the cover, including a Mitch Albom essay that calls this coronavirus 'the fastest killer in U.S. history...'

"Why we must mark these morbid milestones

"Lester Holt said it so well on Tuesday's 'Nightly News:'

"'It's like we're living the stages of grief all at once: denial, anger, bargaining, despair and perhaps, even acceptance. Is it possible we have come to accept 100,000 deaths? Or are we simply unable to process it?' He said 'this, of course, is not over, but we choose milestones to take stock, to remember, to share our sorrows until as a country we can confront the depths of our collective pain, face to face...'"


Perspective, not just numbers

Somehow the media emphasis is on a lower death rate of late -- which is only true if you average-in New York, where it's falling, with 27 states where it's rising. 

Over the three-day Memorial Day weekend alone, there were 3,400+ deaths -- the equivalent in just those three days of another 9/11.

Coronavirus deaths in America will go over 100,000 in the next few hours.


Why MASKS are even more important NOW

Dr. Dave Campbell makes an important point this morning: "I don't hear others talking about this and we need to be: if we are going to be exposed to people who refuse to wear masks, we need to wear hospital-grade N95 masks to protect ourselves from them," said Dr. Campbell.

The Guide made the point about N95 filter grid-size being necessary to stop the virus, way back in February. (That was in our first feature story about the then-coming Coronavirus crisis when we told you, before anyone else, that it would cancel all the 2020 festivals and would likely be comparable to the 1918 Influenza Pandemic.)

We said then that trying to filter the virus with a dust mask was like trying to filter muddy water with a tennis racket. THE REASON we have all been wearing lesser masks is because (a) the good ones needed to go to the front lines, and (b) they are all we can get. 

True, the lesser ones DO stop moisture droplets that carry the virus. And that's mostly OUTGOING moisture droplets. Meaning EVERYBODY needs to wear some kind of mouth-and-nose cover. But when someone decides to be a MASKHOLE, our bandana-cloth and construction-grade dust masks can only do so much. They'll stop tiny moisture droplets, but not the airborne virus itself.

So we are right back where we were two months ago: wondering why in the HELL the Defense Production Act was never invoked to make proper masks FOR EVERYBODY.

Along with full mobilization for TESTING and CONTACT TRACING. All things STILL NEEDED if there is to be any safety in attempted "re-openings."

There are two good pieces on the psychology and deadly-dumb politicization of wearing masks in today's edition of "The Conversation." 

One, written by Michele Gelfand of the University of Maryland, is:
As states reopen, tensions flare between the rule followers and rule breakers

The other, by Jeremy Howard of the University of San Francisco, is:

Masks help stop the spread of coronavirus – the science is simple and I’m one of 100 experts urging governors to require public mask-wearing. He says, "Recommendations around mask usage are confusing. The science isn't. Evidence shows that masks are extremely effective to slow the coronavirus and may be the best tool available right now to fight it."

Plus, there's this, one of their most-read features:

Coronavirus, ‘Plandemic’ and the seven traits of conspiratorial thinking, by John Cook, George Mason University; Sander van der Linden, University of Cambridge; Stephan Lewandowsky, University of Bristol; Ullrich Ecker, University of Western AustraliaThose authors write: "Conspiracy theories about COVID-19, such as those advanced in the video 'Plandemic,' tend to pull from the same playbook. Recognizing that can help keep you from falling for this kind of thinking."


Wednesday web and tv...

The Space X Crew Dragon atop its reusable booster rocket earlier
on Wednesday. The weather did not fully clear.
SCRUBBED DUE TO WEATHER, at T-minus 16 minutes. Next launch window is SATURDAY at 12:21 pm PDT.

Wed, May 27:
AMERICA RETURNS TO SPACE with NASA astronauts aboard a U.S.-launched rocket for the first time since the final flight of the Space Shuttle in 2011.
*  LAUNCH IS SCHEDULED FOR 1:33 pm Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).
Several options to watch online or on tv, depending on your level of interest:
*  9:15 am-3 pm Pacific --Coverage of SpaceX Crew Dragon Launch
C-SPAN networks live coverage of the first manned space mission to launch from U.S. soil since the final shuttle launch in 2011. The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft will launch from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, C-SPAN2
*  11 am-2 pm Pacific --
On the Discovery Channel.
*   Noon-2 pm Pacific -- 
TV coverage on NatGeo and ABC.
*  1:15-2 pm Pacific -- 
TV coverage on CBS.
*  3 pm Pacific -- NASA Officials Hold SpaceX Crew Dragon Post-Launch News Conference
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and other NASA officials hold a news conference following the launch of SpaceX Crew Dragon, C-SPAN2

The crew at the new spacecraft's "iPhone"-style controls.

Wed, May 27:
12:30 pm Pacific --
"CONTACT-TRACING WEBINAR" presented in the "CTP Conversations" series by Committee to Protect Medicare.
*  With:
   •   Dr. Rob Davidson, volunteer Executive Director of the Committee
   •  Tom Sheridan, former Director of Public Policy at AIDS Action
*  Tune in on either:
   •  Facebook Live stream, at:
   •  Zoom link, at ID: 82541699679

Wed, May 27:
3 pm-4 pm Pacific --
"THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE" a live Kennedy Library Forum from Boston
*  An esteemed lineup: Mary Sarah Bilder, Boston College professor of law; Edward B. Foley, Ohio State University professor of constitutional law; and Jesse Wegman, author of Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College, discuss the history of and contemporary challenges to the Electoral College.
*  Jonathan Kaufman, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and editor and Director of Northeastern University’s School of Journalism, moderates.
*  FREE.


Wed, May 27:
6 pm Pacific --
ANDY & RENEE, co-leaders of their award-winning band HARD RAIN and performing hosts of the annual "DYLANFEST"  present "Livestream #18" of their own originals and audience fave covers, and they tell us, "...we'll probably throw in a healthy dose of songs by the Nobel Laureate in preparation for this weekend's Virtual Dylanfest, May 29-30-31!"
*  WATCH TODAY'S SHOW via Facebook Live, at:
Make a request, at: -- email your requests to before the show or in the "Chat Room."
*   AND, see the Guide's feature story on "VIRTUAL DYLANFEST," live streaming May 29-30-31 -- that story is in day/date sequence following this week's events.
SPLENDID MUSIC VIDEO: Here's a sneak peek of what Hard Rain has to offer during Virtual Dylanfest this weekend, Fri-Sat-Sun, May 29-30-31 on Youtube/reneesafier, 5-8pm PT, every day. It's the song, "SWEET AMARILLO." Andy and Renee say, "Special thanks to Jeanette Dubois for editing the video, Marty Rifkin for mixing, and all the guys in Hard Rain, Andy HillRenee SafierDave BattiEdoardo Tancredi, John Hoke, Joseph CaccavoKirk MakinMarty Rifkin, and Chase Hill, for laying down such great parts!" Check it out:


Thursday, May 28

THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date...

"We love those who know the worst of us and don't turn their faces away."

~ Walker Percy
(born May 28, 1916, died 1990), American writer whose interests included philosophy and semiotics; known for his philosophical novels set in and around New Orleans, one which won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction. Trained as a physician at Columbia University, Percy decided to become a writer instead, after a bout of tuberculosis.

(our thanks to A.Word.A.Day for the quote)

Happy Birthday today to L.A. Music scene folks Jordanne Dervaes and Janis Vaile.

It's also 007's birthday... or the birthday of the creator of James Bond, the late author Ian Fleming, who eas born this day in London in 1908.

Intrusions of the larger world...

In memoriam to the artists and musicians; the dreamers and doers; the visionaries and the unsung workers; the creatives and  the appreciators whose patronage was (and always will be) essential; the old who still expected to do more; the too-young whose full potential is forever unrealized; the beloved and the lonely; those who sacrificed to keep the rest of us safe, and those whose universe centered on making a better life for their families; and all who struggled and suffered or just quietly slipped the bonds of Earthly existence; and all the others who are among 

The 100,000 Americans who died in less than 100 days of the pandemic

and the additional 257,000 people who have died worldwide.

May we resolve and act that your lives were not lost in vain.


A thousand words, or no words?


Thursday performances...

Thu, May 28, on tv:
5 pm Pacific --
DAVE MATTHEWS closes-out Verizon’s weekly "Pay It Forward LIVE" series with a brand new performance tonight on AXS TV.


Friday, May 29

THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date...

"We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."

~ John F. Kennedy
, 35th US president (born May 29, 1917, assassinated 1963)

(our thanks to A.Word.A.Day for the quote)


Happy birthday to L.A.-based musician / front-line health care hero EARL GREY.


Fri, May 29:

Guest editorial by Peter Himmelman

Reflections on the Tragedy in Minneapolis

I have been listening over and over, to the agony of George Floyd’s final moments. “Mama, Mama,” he wails. “I can’t breathe, I’m dying." And of course, George Floyd wasn’t acting—he did die; near the front wheels of a police cruiser on a Minneapolis street. He was brought to his death by a man, and his team of pitiless henchmen, who was sworn to serve and protect him.

Now imagine, if you will, a large, strong man’s knee crushing your own neck and pushing your own face into the pavement. Imagine knowing with certainty that you will not survive this. Imagine too, that in your last moments on earth you are given the strangest, cruelest, most impossible request: the man who is crushing your neck with his knee orders you to, “get in the car.”

But of course, it's an absurdity, you can’t get into the car. You can’t move. You can’t even breathe. The man who is killing you is asking you to do something you are utterly incapable of doing. Even as you are dying you are starkly aware that the man's request is insane. And so, without air, without mercy, and without the remotest semblance of justice or humanity, you pass painfully into the next world.

Now, this may be even more difficult:

Imagine George Floyd as someone other than a faceless stranger. Imagine he is your brother, your best friend, your co-worker, your father, your son, your dearest, your beloved.

And if you imagine anything else today, perhaps you can also imagine—as I have—that an awakening of the most fundamental, most personal level needs desperately to take place. An awakening whereby we each make a solemn vow to eliminate the bestial tendency that lives somewhere, however minutely, in each of us. A dark tendency, which seeks to undermine our ability to see the very humanity of those who may look differently, love differently, speak differently, believe differently than ourselves.

One hundred twenty years ago in Minnesota, and today. It isn't and wasn't, just in the South.
Through our long history, a Civil War, and untold suffering, we still have not found the power to see the “other” for what he or she is: a sacred being.

Without that power—both on a personal, as well as a governmental level—we will, in some respects, still be capable of grinding our own knee into the neck of another, still, in some sense, be capable of ignoring the bitter cries for what is merciful, and what is just. Still in some microcosmic way, perhaps, be capable of even the worst inhumanities.

When will we be willing to change?

Now, imagine that.

~ Peter Himmelman is a Grammy- and Emmy-nominated American singer-songwriter, visual artist, author, film and television composer from Minnesota.


Friday conference with performance...

Fri, May 29:
Noon-3 pm Pacific --
"NO WAR 2020" Conference from Ottawa, Canada is FREE to attend online.
* All of the virtual events are free & open to the public. The excellent speakers will share their experiences as organizers and activists around the world.
*  It's not too late to register at the links below - and to forward this email to your friends.
*  Day 1: Thursday, May 28: 9 am-11 am Pacific / noon-2 pm Eastern Time (GMT-4): Mary-Wynne Ashford leads an interactive virtual workshop on the efficacy of nonviolence. We'll discuss practical nonviolent solutions at the personal, community, and international level. Register here! Plus, activists from Ontario, Canada are invited to join us tomorrow at 7:00pm Eastern for a special regional online networking session as part of the #NoWar2020 conference. Email to register.
*  Day 2: Friday, May 29: Noon-3 pm Pacific / 3 pm-6 pm Eastern Time (GMT-4): Hear 2 back-to-back panel presentations, with plenty of time for Q&A and discussion after each panel. First, from noon-1:30pm PDT, participants talk about effective strategies for organizing against weapons expos. Hear from Siana Bangura in the UK, Te Ao Pritchard in New Zealand, and Richard Sanders and Colin Stuart in Canada about their experiences shutting down weapons expos. They'll share tips for running a campaign in your community. Then from 1:30 pm-3 pm PDT, hear from Tamara Lorincz, Brent Patterson, and Simon Black about how to make a just transition from a war to a peace economy. How can we ensure that arms industry workers are re-trained? What are the barriers to economic conversion? Why is demilitarization an essential step to achieving a green economy? They address those questions and much more. Register here for Day 2
*Day 3: Saturday, May 30: Noon-2 pm Pacific / 3 pm-5 pm Eastern Time (GMT-4) 
They're mixing it up with a virtual anti-war activists open mic session. Tune in for live music from Sandy Greenberg and the Ottawa Raging Grannies, plus hear stories from World BEYOND War chapter coordinators around the world. They'll open the floor to all participants to share poetry, music, stories of activism, and more, so come prepared to share something online. RSVP here


Huge online film festival launches Friday, runs through June 7 

Fri, May 29-Jun 7, BENEFIT festival:
Times vary by day.
"WE ARE ONE" GLOBAL FILM FESTIVAL begins today on YouTube, with 100 hours of the best of all the biggest most important film festivals that are not happening because of the pandemic. 

*  The YouTube-hosted event will feature programming from 20 top film festivals including the Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and Venice Film Festival.
*  The online festival runs May 29-June 7, 2020, with free-to-watch programming, no ads, and it includes feature films, shorts, documentaries, music, comedy and panel discussions.
*  A 10-day digital festival co-curated by 20 international film festivals from across the world, it is a BENEFIT to raise funds for relief efforts by the  "COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund" working with WHO (the World Health Organization), as International Film Festivals unite to raise funds.
*  Donations are collected by the United Nations Foundation (UNF), and YouTube covers all transaction fees. The UN Foundation brings together the ideas, people, and resources the United Nations needs to drive global progress and tackle urgent problems. The UN Foundation’s hallmark is to collaborate for lasting change and innovate to address humanity’s greatest challenges. The UN Foundation focuses on issues with transformative potential, including Climate, Energy and Environment; Girls and Women; Global Health; and Data and Technology.
*  Articles on the event and the lineup:
• and,
   •  Watch the promo at:
   •  Watch all the festival's films at:


Friday exhibitions...

Fri, May 29:
"MARTY STUART'S WAY OUT WEST: A COUNTRY MUSIC ODYSSEY" an installation from a few years back at the GRAMMY MUSEUM returns today online in the every-Friday "At-Home Exhibit Exploration" series. Each Friday debuts a closer look at an exhibit, past or present.
*  Check their website for the complete "Museum At Home" release schedule for the month of June.


Friday performances...

Fri, May 29:
5 pm-8 pm Pacific -- 
"VIRTUAL DYLANFEST" begins its first of three days, free, online. See the Guide's feature story, below.
*  Short essentials:
■  Click on the links now and "Set a Reminder"... spread the word... share with friends all over the world.

■  Friday, May 29th, 5-8 pm PDT:

■  Saturday, May 30th, 5-8 pm PDT:

■  Sunday, May 31st, 5-8 pm PDT:

ALL THREE days of Dylanfest shows are FREE TO WATCH, and the option to contribute will be there for those who are in a position to do so.


Fri, May 29:
11 am Pacific --
holds its first "livestream and discover the Joué Play together" live on multiple platforms:
  •  Facebook
  •  YouTube
  •  Kickstarter
*  at 8 pm CET / 11 am PDT
*  Join in and "ask questions, request a beat, learn some cool tips."
*  This is a small electronic instrument that can be set to sound like a natural instrument and carried in a small backpack with room for other things.
*  Its usefulness won the "CES 2020 Innovation Award" and the "Best of CES 2020 TIME (Magazine) Award."

The Joue Play, at left, features quick-change silicone pads, each
distinctly different, each representing a different instrument.
*  The Joué comes with professional sound banks ranging from traditional instruments to the most recent synthesizers and drum kits, covering a wide range of musical styles.
*  You can add up to eight different instruments per song, add effects and mix it all within the app.
*   The Joué is super sensitive and captures all the gestures practiced on traditional instruments: vibrato, glissando, velocity… Because of this, the instrument enables a musical expressiveness rarely heard in digital music.
*  A Kickstarter campaign, through June 9th, will determine whether it goes into mass production. It has $168,095 pledged of $77,630, with 496 backers and 11 days to go, at the time we added this to The Guide.
*  "Joué Music Instruments is a music innovation company creating engaging,
playful instruments and software. Its modular Pads and lightweight but durable Boards can be used right out of the box in combination with the Joué Music app or plugged to any MIDI software."
MORE at:
TUNE-IN for the live demo at 11 am PDT: on FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTube & LinkedIn.


Fri, May 29:
3 pm-4 pm Pacific --
is the splendid long-running roots-Americana music performance radio show. This is a first-run edition made before the pandemic. On RFD TV.


Fri, May 29:
"DYLANFEST" day one, 5-8 pm PDT.
■  Friday, May 29th, 5-8 pm PDT:

Fri, May 29:
5 pm Pacific --
HARVEY REID & JOYCE ANDERSEN, a dynamic duo of acoustic all-stars, do their live cyber show # 8.
*  Joyce tells us, "We absolutely love doing this fresh and live, in the moment, with different songs every week. It means so much to us that people are watching."
*  She also reports, "After 3 1/2 years of work Harvey released his epic new book on May 19, 'The Troubadour Chronicles,' and it was trending on Amazon recently as the #1 new book in 'Music History & Criticism.' A 530 page non-fiction paperback book, it is in-depth, fascinating, personal and hard-hitting. A must-read for singers, songwriters and music fans alike. This landmark book will forever change how you look at American music. Get an autographed copy in about 2 weeks from us" at!/The-Troubadour-Chronicles/p/201384109 or get one direct from Amazon at:
Archived shows on YouTube:
Harvey’s YouTube channel:
Joyce's site:
Video links to ALL the songs they've done together:
WATCH at the direct link for this Friday’s show, at: 
*  And note "the link that will always work to direct you to new live streams and other info, links & donations":


Fri, May 29, Benefit:
5 pm Pacific --
BLACK ISLE MUSIC does a live show of French Canadian / New England fiddle music, "mostly waltzes with the idea that people can waltz at home, but you might enjoy jamming along or just listening."
*  "There will be songs and tunes, so somewhat concert-like, but with the focus that one could dance if one was so moved!"
IT'S A BENEFIT: "The main intent of the event is to raise awareness and money for our local dance hall, the venerable Guiding Star Grange, in Greenfield, MA. The two of us have performed there for over 25 years and feel like it is one of the great dance halls in the country. Now that it is empty and
not having dances every weekend, we are hoping to galvanize people
around keeping it afloat so it is there when we can come back to
dancing again."
TUNE-IN at Youtube at:
*  Or tune-in on Facebook at:


Fri, May 29:
5 pm Pacific --
"FRIDAY NIGHT'S OPRY REPLAY" brings CHRIS YOUNG'S "Opry Member Induction" performance.
*  Listen on 650 AM in Nashville, and worldwide at, or on the free WSM app.

Fri, May 29:
7:30 pm Pacific --
"THE GOLDEN ERA OF THE GRAND OLE OPRY" is a Friday night institution at WSM. Tonight, the show features Jan Howard, Connie Smith, Charlie Louvin, Skeeter Davis, and more. Listen at 650 AM in Nashville, and worldwide at, or on the free WSM app,

Fri, May 29:
Various times (see individual links)
From "Downbeat" magazineA fee is associated with some of the online performances they list, and some are sourced from WBGO and Jazz at Lincoln Center


Friday Feature...

Fri, May 29:
7 pm Pacific --
HEATHER LOMAX does a live show that "includes the talents of some friends of mine from Los Angeles: Abby Posner, Mary Scholz, Joseph Did, and my friend and quarantine partner Aubrey Richmond will be joining me on fiddle.
TUNE-IN on Zoom. (You must have the free Zoom Meeting App installed).
Enter ID: 89196070377 after you install the Zoom app.
MEETING ID # 891 9607 0377
*  Heather has a new album, being celebrated with this live online show. (We brought you a listing when she did the online album release.)

*  THIS'LL make you want to catch her live show today...

REALLY FUN ALBUM RELEASE VIDEO PERFORMANCE -- gotta check it out -- dip in or enjoy the whole 38 minutes, at --

Heather tells us, "I decided to release my record in hopes that people would actually be blessed somehow through all of this-I believe music does have the power to emancipate us. I truly hope my music will do this in some small way."

"The record is called 'ALL THIS TIME' and I am so happy with how it turned out! Much of this record was inspired by the life and music of Elvis Presley: a man who not only possessed a unique talent, but was a spiritual seeker, and a giver 'bar none.'

"This was recorded LIVE, with a core of four band members -- David Goodstein/Rob Humphreys on drums, Zachary Ross on electric guitar, and Jason Hiller on bass, and myself on guitar and vocals.

"I just honestly hope you get the heart and spirit behind the music. I really hope it comes through."

"We added just 'the necessary' elements that we thought most important to bring each song to life. The sonics of this album were inspired by the Sun Sessions of Elvis Presley, as well as his American Sound Studios, 'From Elvis in Memphis.' Just like [that Elvis record from] Chips Moman-producer, it takes you on a sonic journey across several different music landscapes."

Heather continues, "I couldn't ask for a better group of musicians for that trip on this album -- Jason Hiller, Zachary Ross, David Goodstein, Aubrey Richmond, Rob Humphries, Maesa Pullman, Rosa Pullman, John 'JT' Thomas, Ben Peeler, Danielle Fife, Ronee Martin, Ty Bailie, and Christopher Joyner. HUGE thanks to Jason Hiller, producer/bass/engineer, and Zachary Ross, arrangement/electric guitar, for steering this ship, and to Lurssen Mastering for making it all come to life!"

"'All This Time' has gotten some great reviews, radio play, and one of the videos of the single 'Better Luck' was featured on Ditty TV so far.. for that I am most grateful!"

She has "a visual and sonic journey" on YouTube with several more videos there to check out, and you can subscribe to be notified of her new music videos, all at:

More info / buy the new album at:

Great reviews

“One of the most expressive vocalists around, she combines the sweet folk purity of Joan Baez with the rocking soul of Janis Joplin with hints of Patsy Cline and Linda Ronstadt.”
~ Paul Zollo, American Songwriter.

“There is an authenticity and urgency that states “I am here and I am for real”
~ Eric Harabadian, Music Connection.

"The thing about Lomax is her vocal tone. You don’t just hear her but you feel her... She’s crafted 11 compelling tracks that are mostly rooted in country but go beyond that genre’s borders. The result is an album that dazzles with flawless execution and a tireless commitment to the music. 
     She has a huge voice, great songs, and unadorned production. But there’s nothing basic about this beautiful album which is built upon perfect performances that don’t waste a note, while also making you feel almost completely overwhelmed by the majesty of the songs.  Lomax, previously known as Michael-Ann, shares this simple-yet-grand quality with Johnny Cash, although Lomax’s voice has more of June Carter Cash’s bombast than Johnny’s. All This Time somehow takes the simplicity of Cash’s sound with his classic band, the Tennessee Three, adds more traditional country touches, like fiddles, but then finishes things off by injecting the whole album with a rock and roll energy. The final product sounds so magically natural, you’re going to wonder why more artists aren’t doing this kind of music.  Of course, the answer to that question is Lomax. [Her] band has the chops to walk this line, which is what makes the performances so memorable.”
~ Steve Ovadia, Glide Magazine.


Saturday, May 30

Sat, May 30:
11 am to Noon-ish start time on TV / online:
The Space X Crew Dragon atop its reusable booster rocket 
on Wednesday. The weather did not fully clear.
AMERICA RETURNS TO SPACE with NASA astronauts aboard a U.S.-launched rocket for the first time since the final flight of the Space Shuttle in 2011.
*  LAUNCH IS SCHEDULED FOR 12:21 pm Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).
Several options to watch online or on tv, depending on your level of interest:
*  Coverage expected on ABC, CBS, DISCOVERY, NATGEO, & C-SPAN2 /

The crew at the new spacecraft's "iPhone"-style controls on Wednesday.


Sat, May 30:

THOUGHTS FOR TODAY from one born on this date...

3 quotes from 1 musician...

"My job is to steel the backbone of people on the frontlines of social justice struggles, and to put wind in sails of those struggles."

"America touts itself as the land of the free, but the number one freedom that you and I have is the freedom to enter into a subservient role in the workplace. Once you exercise this freedom youaave lost all control over what you do, what is produced, and how it is produced."

"The system under which we live is owned and operated by people who do not deserve to run the world."

~ Tom Morello,
American singer-songwriter & guitarist (Rage Against the Machine), and actor

On this day...

Today in 1431, Joan of Arc (in French, Jeanne d'Arc) was murdered by the same Catholic Church that later canonized her as a saint.


Happy birthday today to

Wynonna Judd, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress

Tom Morello, American singer-songwriter & guitarist (Rage Against the Machine), and actor

Lenny Davidson, English guitarist and songwriter (The Dave Clark Five)

Topper Headon, English drummer and songwriter (The Clash)

Keir Dullea, American actor who played an interplanetary astronaut in "2001: a Space Odyssey"

Stephen Malkmus, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Brian Fair, American singer-songwriter

Tim Burgess, English singer-songwriter

Idina Menzel, American singer-songwriter and actress

Devendra Banhart, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Ruta Lee, Canadian-American actress and dancer

Tonya Pinkins, American actress and singer

Michel Langevin, Canadian drummer and songwriter

Ailee, Korean-American singer and songwriter

In memoriam to the departed artists and influencers born on this date...

Howard Hawks, American director, producer, and screenwriter (1896-1977)

Irving Thalberg, American screenwriter and producer (1899-1936)

Mel Blanc, American voice actor (1908-1989)

Benny Goodman, American clarinet player, songwriter, and bandleader (1909-1986)

Johnny Gimble, American country/western swing musician (Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys) (1926-2015)

Clint Walker, American actor and singer (1927-2018)

Pauline Oliveros, American accordion player and composer (1932-2016)

Alexei Leonov, pioneer spaceman, Russian general, pilot, and cosmonaut (1934-2019)

Gladys Horton, American singer (1945-2011)

Marie Fredriksson, Swedish singer-songwriter and pianist (1958-2019)


Saturday workshop...

Sat, May 30, online WORKSHOP:
9 am-noon Pacific --
"GET IT DONE WORKSHOP: FACEBOOK ADS" brings hosts Casey & Ryan who run the "Entertainment Industry's Finest" MeetUp group. They say, "Receive the guidance, accountability & support to get your Facebook ads up & running the right way. This is NOT a watch and write notes workshop. This is a GET IT DONE WORKSHOP that will have your Facebook Ads Up, Running and Optimized with guidance from experienced experts. Are you thinking about running Facebook Ads, about to start running Facebook Ads, or already running Facebook Ads and looking for guidance? If YES, you will want to attend our Get It Done Facebook Ads Workshop!"
*  This is a 3-day hands-on interactive workshop hosted by business coaches and consultants Casey Eberhart and Beejel Parmar.
*  The lead instructor is Facebook expert Sergio Chavez, who manages over 250k in ad-spending per month over Facebook and Google.
*  What Is a "Get It Done" Workshop? If you have attended an online or live workshop where you have taken a bunch of notes, and had all the best intention of taking action, but life got in the way, and you never fully followed through? It is a crime to allow time and money to be taken away from us whenever we fail to turn knowledge into action. "A Get It Done Workshop is structured differently, you learn by actually doing," say the hosts.
  ■ Day 1 - Sat, May 30th: Fundamentals & Creating Facebook Ads, using 3x3 ad matrix. 9 am - 12 pm PST, followed by Get It Done Time.
  ■ Day 2 - Sun, May 31st: Setting up Your Facebook Ads & Audience Selection, 9 am - 12 pm PST, followed by Get It Done Time to get the ads running.
  ■ Day 3 - Sat, June 6th: Review the results and optimize for the next test, 9 am - 12 pm PST
*  Get all the details and register to attend at:


Saturday conference with performance...

Sat, May 29:
Noon-2 pm Pacific --
"NO WAR 2020" Conference from Ottawa, Canada is FREE to attend online.
* All of the virtual events are free & open to the public. The excellent speakers will share their experiences as organizers and activists around the world.
*  It's not too late to register at the links below - and to forward this email to your friends.
*Day 3: Saturday, May 30: Noon-2 pm Pacific / 3 pm-5 pm Eastern Time (GMT-4) 
They're mixing it up with a virtual anti-war activists open mic sessionTune in for live music from Sandy Greenberg and the Ottawa Raging Granniesplus hear stories from World BEYOND War chapter coordinators around the world. They'll open the floor to all participants to share poetry, music, stories of activism, and more, so come prepared to share something online. RSVP here


Saturday performances...

Sat, May 30:
5 pm-8 pm Pacific -- 
"VIRTUAL DYLANFEST" Day 2, continues free, online. See the Guide's feature story, below.
*  Short essentials:
■  Click on the links now and "Set a Reminder"... spread the word... share with friends all over the world.

■  Saturday, May 30th, 5-8 pm PDT:

■  Sunday, May 31st, 5-8 pm PDT:

ALL THREE days of Dylanfest shows are FREE TO WATCH, and the option to contribute will be there for those who are in a position to do so.


Sat, May 30:
2 pm Pacific --


Livestream the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra's Spring Concert. They tell us, "Our PYSO coaches have continued to teach students throughout Safer at Home with virtual weekly lessons for all ensembles. See what these kids have been working so hard on all year with this online concert!"
Tune-in on their website or their Facebook page.

Sat, May 30:
4 pm Pacific --
Weekly "OPRY RADIO BLOCK PARTY" on WSM Radio / WSM online.
*  They’ll be cranking up the tunes from Chris Janson, Brett Young, and Chris Young before they step inside the historic Opry circle at 5 pm Pacific.
*  As always, you can stick around after the Opry because the roots music keeps going until 7 pm Pacific.
*  Listen at 650 AM in Nashville, and worldwide at, or on the free WSM app,


Sat, May 30:
"DYLANFEST" day TWO, 5-8 pm PDT.
■  Saturday, May 30th, 5-8 pm PDT:


Sat, May 30:
5 pm Pacific --
RICK SHEA plays his weekly FaceBook Live show.
Tune-in at:
*  You can see last weeks show at


Sat, May 30:
5 pm Pacific --
JORMA KAUKONEN performs his 9th solo FREE Quarantine Concert from the Fur Peace Ranch.
*  It's music so tasty that New York Times Magazine columnist Sam Sifton recommends it in "What to Cook This Week" -- "Did you know Jorma Kaukonen’s doing quarantine concerts at Fur Peace Ranch? They’re on YouTube and good noodly fun. Take one in," says Sam. Jorma's shows are high quality. The broadcasts are tastefully done and clearly heard.
*  For eight weeks Jorma has been performing, telling true-life tales and talking about his songs, often playing them on the very guitar he wrote the song on. It is a fascinating look at this artist's history and influences.
*  In the never a dull moment category you now need to go to the Fur Peace Ranch YouTube Channel and subscribe to watch these live shows. Set your notifications "on" to receive the actual link to watch the show. OR... the alternative is to go to YouTube shortly before 5 pm PDT and type-in Jorma's name. Jorma Kaukonen, he's the only one.
*  In a career that has already spanned a half-century, legendary guitarist and vocalist, Jorma Kaukonen is one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, blues, and Americana, and at the forefront of popular rock-and-roll.
*  A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy recipient, he is a founding member of two legendary bands, Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna.
*  Jorma Kaukonen’s repertoire goes far beyond his involvement creating psychedelic rock; he is a legend and one of the finest singer-songwriters and master instrumentalist in music today. Jorma tours the world bringing his unique styling to old blues and writing new songs with insight and imagination.
TUNE-IN: The link to subscribe and view is the Fur Peace Ranch Channel at:


Sat, May 30:
5 pm Pacific --
"GRAND OLE OPRY" comes to you live on Circle and WSM Radio and additional outlets. Ways to tune in to the Opry:
*  Watch the live stream on the Circle, All Access, the free WSM app, Facebook, or YouTube or watch on the Circle TV Network, Sling TV, or Dish Network. Look at to check your local listings. Or go the simple easy way and listen at


Sat, May 30:
Check times
From "Downbeat" magazineA fee is associated with some of the online performances they list, and some are sourced from WBGO and Jazz at Lincoln Center

May 30: Tamir Hendelman
May 30: Adam Deitch
May 30: Ramsey Lewis


Sat, May 30:
7 pm Pacific --

The Music Center's 32nd Annual Spotlight 
Virtual Grand Finale

May 30, 2020, 7:00 p.m. PDT

Hosted by Tony Award®-winner and Spotlight alumna Lindsay Mendez

Join us online this Saturday for a celebratory evening showcasing the immense talent and artistry of this year’s 14 Spotlight Grand Prize Finalists plus special celebrity guest appearances!
Spotlight 2020 Teaser Trailer

Three Ways to Watch the Spotlight Grand Finale

The Spotlight Virtual Grand Finale is produced by The Music Center in association with Hashtag, You're It.
Directed by Nicole Alexander


Sunday, May 31

"This is the worst racial strife in America since the riots following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in 1968."

~ historian Douglas Brinkley, speaking this morning.

(Also note the top item in "On this day," below.)


   from one born on this date...

4 quotes from 1 musician, made over many years -- and all speak to us right now:

"To cure the violence, we must identify and heal the causes of hatred and violence. If we don't deal with the causes we will never be safe."

"'When people sing together, community is created. Together we rejoice, we celebrate, we mourn and we comfort each other. Through music, we reach each other’s hearts and souls. Music allows us to find a connection."

"We can only move to a long-term resolution regarding terrorism and war by planting seeds of peace. We have to start with ourselves."

 "We Americans are world leaders and we must lead by example - particularly in times that require careful deliberation before any precipitous action - lest we fail to walk in the shoes of those we might injure."

~ Peter Yarrow, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer, one of the landmark folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary


Poem for today from one born on this date...

Walt Whitman (born May 31, 1819, died in 1892), was the American poet, essayist, journalist, typsetter and printer who set the type himself for the first edition (792 copies) of his "Leaves of Grass" that still sells millions of copies in our time. Usually referred to as "The Good Gray Poet," in his own time he was often banned as a bawdy nonconformist and "dirty old man" whose work was "filled with indecent passages."

Of The Terrible Doubt Of Appearances
by Walt Whitman

Of the terrible doubt of appearances,
Of the uncertainty after all, that we may be deluded,
That may-be reliance and hope are but speculations after all,
That may-be identity beyond the grave is a beautiful fable
May-be the things I perceive, the animals, plants, men, hills,
    shining and flowing waters,
The skies of day and night, colors, densities, forms, may-be
    these are (as doubtless they are) only apparitions, and
    the real something has yet to be known,
(How often they dart out of themselves as if to confound me
    and mock me!
How often I think neither I know, nor any man knows,
    aught of them,)
May-be seeming to me what they are (as doubtless they
    indeed but seem) as from my present point of view, and
    might prove (as of course they would) nought of what
    they appear, or nought anyhow, from entirely changed
    points of view;
To me these and the like of these are curiously answer'd by
    my lovers, my dear friends,
When he whom I love travels with me or sits a long while
    holding me by the hand,
When the subtle air, the impalpable, the sense that words and
    reason hold not, surround us and pervade us,
Then I am charged with untold and untellable wisdom, I am
    silent, I require nothing further,
I cannot answer the question of appearances or that of
    identity beyond the grave,
But I walk or sit indifferent, I am satisfied,
He ahold of my hand has completely satisfied me.

"Of the Terrible Doubt of Appearances" by Walt Whitman is in the Public domain. 

(Our thanks to Garrison Keillor's daily "Writer's Almanac" for featuring the poem today and calling it to attention.)


Sun, May 31:

On this day...

Today in 1921, 99 years ago, the "Tulsa Race Riot" kills at least 39; some estimates place black fatalities from 55 to about 300. It got a deceptive title (above) to suit its time. It's also called the Tulsa Race Massacre, the Greenwood Massacre, or the Black Wall Street Massacre) of 1921. It took place over the two days of May 31 and June 1, when mobs of white residents attacked black residents and businesses of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It has been called "the single worst incident of racial violence in American history."

In 1970, 50 years ago today, between 66,794–70,000 people were killed and 50,000 injured when the 7.9 Mw Ancash Earthquake hit Peru and a landslide buries the town of Yungay.

In 1911, the RMS Titanic is launched this date in Belfast, Northern Ireland.("Launched" was not ready to go; the hull, cabins, and everything else had to be "fitted out" -- in fact, when she sank on her maiden voyage eleven months later in April 1912, she still stank of fresh paint.)

Today in 1916 in World War I, the Battle of Jutland was fought as history's largest-ever naval battle between battleship fleets. The British Grand Fleet engaged the Imperial German High Seas Fleet with horrendous loses of ships and lives and it all proves indecisive.

Today in 2005, "Vanity Fair" reveals that former FBI Assistant Director Mark Felt was "Deep Throat," the key inside informant in the Watergate scandal that brought-down the Nixon Presidency through its own lawless corruption. It was the only enduring Washington secret wherein those who knew it were known -- Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein and editor Ben Bradlee -- and never revealed it.


Sun, May 31:

Happy Birthday today to

Peter Yarrow, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, & producer, one of the landmark folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary; source of today's quotes

Tommy Emmanuel, Australian singer-songwriter & guitarist

Junior Campbell, Scottish singer-songwriter, guitarist, & producer

Clint Eastwood, American actor, director, musician, & producer

Corey Hart, Canadian singer-songwriter & producer

Augie Meyers, American musician & singer-songwriter

Arun Luthra, Indo-Anglo-American saxophonist, konnakol artist, composer, & arranger

Christian McBride, American bassist & record producer

Kristin Woolworth, American musician

Normani Korde, American singer

John Young, English singer-songwriter & keyboard player

Karl Bartos, German singer-songwriter & keyboard player

Fritz Hilpert, German drummer & composer

Hiroiki Ariyoshi, Japanese comedian & singer


Sun, May 31:

In memoriam to departed artists and influencers born on this date...

John Bonham (1948-1980), English musician, songwriter & drummer, original member of Led Zeppelin

Johnny Paycheck, American singer-songwriter & guitarist (1938-2003)

Ed Lincoln, Brazilian pianist, bassist, & composer (1932-2012)

Shirley Verrett, American soprano & actress (1931-2010)

Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer & educator (1914-2006)

Alida Valli, Austrian-Italian actress & singer (1921-2006)

Wesley Willis, American singer-songwriter & keyboard player (1963-2003)

Vicki Sue Robinson, American actress & singer (1954-2000)

Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993), American church minister and author whose book, "The Power of Positive Thinking," brought hope in the depths of the Cold War and the spectre of nuclear apocalypse.

Martin Hannett, English bass player, guitarist, & record producer (1948-1991)

Alfredo Antonini, Italian-American conductor & composer (1901-1983)

Walt Whitman (1819-1892), American poet, essayist, & journalist; author of today's featured poem


Nominee for top music video with performers isolated from one another

We already have several nominees, to which we add this:

Harlem Gospel Choir performing "Amazing Grace" 5/31 in Brady-box format on the CNN special, "We Remember: A National Memorial Honoring Victims of COVID-19."

(We will compile our complete list for you soon; hopefully, links will be available to watch each by then.)


Sunday's performances...

Sun, May 31:
5 pm-8 pm Pacific -- 
"VIRTUAL DYLANFEST" Day 3, concludes today. It's free, online. See the Guide's feature story, below.
*  Short essentials:
■  Click on the link now and "Set a Reminder"... spread the word... share with friends all over the world.

■  Sunday, May 31st, 5-8 pm PDT:

ALL THREE days of Dylanfest shows are FREE TO WATCH, and the option to contribute will be there for those who are in a position to do so.


Sun, May 31:
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From "Downbeat" magazineA fee is associated with some of the online performances they list, and some are sourced from WBGO and Jazz at Lincoln Center

May 31: Champian Fulton
May 31: Ron Jackson
May 31: Rachel Therrien
May 31: Bria Skonberg
May 31: Geoff Keezer

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This weekend -- May 29-31 -- 40+ artists, LIVE, in "VIRTUAL DYLANFEST"

Watch "Virtual Dylanfest Weekend" May 29-31st on Youtube

Filling-in for a planned live-audience extravaganza is becoming more common. But almost nobody-- even with a big tv budget-- is doing what these skilled indies are, with FORTU ARTISTS plus their own "house band" members playing together remotely. On top of that, it's not just one day -- it's THREE CONSECUTIVE evenings of livestream music, Friday-Sunday, May 29-31.

Bob Dylan's 79th Birthday is Sunday, May 24. Every year for THREE DECADES, this marvelous tribute festival happens as near as possible to that date, with a whole passel of hugely impressive musicians performing selections from the richness of the Nobel Laureate's catalog -- complete with dancers who choreograph some of the songs in costumes as characters in the songs, and audience cue-cards for the featured singalongs.

Andy & Renee, award-winning, world-touring musicians and performing hosts every year of "Dylanfest."  Easy Reader News photo.
DYLANFEST is an annual delight. And even a pandemic can't keep the 30th anniversary from happening -- right there on your couch.

What you'll see and hear live

"Dylanfest" has always been a delight to attend in-person and the musicianship is superb.

A long-running trademark is no repeats of any song by any of the participating artists, and there has always been a formidable lineup.

Some of the artists invoke Bob Dylan at various times in his life and career, while others bring new arrangements and fresh takes to songs that remain message-laden, powerful, and still, always a joy to experience again.

The set lists for all three days are below, but hang on a minute.

Check out a  SPLENDID MUSIC VIDEO: Here's a sneak peek of what Hard Rain has to offer during their time on Virtual Dylanfest. It's the song, "SWEET AMARILLO." Andy and Renee say, "Special thanks to Jeanette Dubois for editing the video, Marty Rifkin for mixing, and all the guys in Hard Rain, Andy HillRenee SafierDave BattiEdoardo Tancredi, John Hoke, Joseph CaccavoKirk MakinMarty Rifkin, and Chase Hill, for laying down such great parts!" Check it out:

How remote cyber fills-in for on-site energy

"We had a mammoth day scheduled at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center May 30th for Dylanfest 30, but because of COVID-19, the show is postponed until September 26th," says Renee.

She continues, "The livestream show will include Andy and Renee 'In Studio' playing music live and facilitating ABOUT FORTY artists who have made videos performing songs by Bob Dylan. Our band, Hard Rain, will also be featured, with the band playing together remotely."

In this, its THIRTIETH YEAR, Dylanfest can finally "Go Global" through Livestream.

The audience will be able to "hang out" and "Chat" with each other during the shows, so there will be a feeling of camaraderie among the audience.

The shows will be archived on Youtube, so anyone can view the concerts afterwards. BUT THE LIVE ENERGY ALWAYS MATTERS ENORMOUSLY.

The hosts ask you to get the word out and share the links with your friends to watch "together" -- which you will be, with the chat capability.

Watching / preparing to watch

■  Click on the links now and "Set a Reminder"... spread the word... share with friends all over the world

■  Friday, May 29th, 5-8 pm PDT:

■  Saturday, May 30th, 5-8 pm PDT:

■  Sunday, May 31st, 5-8 pm PDT:

ALL THREE days of Dylanfest shows are FREE TO WATCH, and the option to contribute will be there for those who are in a position to do so.


A portion of the proceeds goes to the Los Angeles Midnight Mission and to Feeding America.

Renee says, "We are sustained by the generosity and support of the fans who love the music, and who donate as they are able."

You can contribute now, early, at:

PayPal ( or via

What the longtime hosts of this cyberfest have to say about it

Thursday's South Bay "Easy Reader News" has a fun interview story with Andy & Renee, by Bondo Wyszpolski. Here are excerpts:

"This year, since there will be zero time needed to switch from one artist to the next we can fill up all that changeover time with more songs! Each segment will feature 24 songs, so a record 72 songs, with NO repeats! We are especially delighted by this part."

“The other great thing is that we will be joined by some artists that have either never performed or rarely performed, because of geographical or scheduling issues. Wade Preston will be with us. He lives in Pennsylvania and was a fixture in the South Bay in the late ‘80s and ‘90s, but relocated to perform on Broadway. Shana Morrison, daughter of Van Morrison, will be a first timer... Aimee Mann of ‘Til Tuesday (“Voices Carry”)... International guests include Leah West and Mike Tanner from Canada and Al Diesen from Italy.”

“In addition to the aforementioned new artists, we’re delighted to welcome Ryan Hedgecock, formerly the guitar player for Lone Justice, who tells a fascinating story of the day he met Dylan to learn one of his songs. Viewers will love Joel Raphael, Jamie Daniels of the Jack of Hearts Band, Kelly Fitzgerald (finally!), singer/piano player from John Fogerty’s band Bob Malone, and of course our own Marty Rifkin on pedal steel, and the rest of the guys in Hard Rain.”

Read it all at:

☆  It's a virtual festival with actual t-shirts


Art is at the top of this feature. Limited Edition "Virtual Dylanfest" T-Shirt has that artwork, crisply rendered.

"Although we can't be together in person for the concert at the end of May," says Renee, "you can celebrate VIRTUAL DYLANFEST with your own Limited Edition T-Shirt! The shirts are black with the logo you see above! The Ladies Shirts will be V-neck, and the Men's are Crew neck. The shirts are 100% Cotton and are great quality. If you have a Dylanfest t-shirt from the last few years, they are the same shirt style this year. Just FYI, the Ladies Shirts run a little small."

•  The Guide's editor vouches that Dylanfest ALWAYS has top-quality t-shirts.

Monday, May 25th
•     Shirts are $20 plus shipping.
•     Sizes:
◇  Men’s 3X, 2X,1X, L, M
♡  Ladies S, M, L, XL, XXL.
•     Order your T-shirt at the Online Store:

C'mon, you know you plan to wear your Dodgers shirt (and no pants) if the Boys in Blue get back in action at Chavez Ravine, with no spectators. So OF COURSE you want to wear your festival t-shirt (pants optional) while you sing along to "Tangled Up in Blue." Besides, WHAT OTHER good souvenir do you have to take into your future years to show what YOU did during the Great Pandemic Quasi-quarantine?

See ya in the good cyber seats, May 29th. We're the ones with the good barbecue.


Friday, May 29th is Day One of Dylanfest 30 (The Virtual Edition), 5-8 pm PDT on Youtube. Click on the Link early, and "Set A Reminder" so you don't miss one minute. And if you want your friends to like you after you haven't seen them in two and a half months, SPREAD THE WORD. Friday's show link is:

DAY ONE SET LIST, Friday, May 29, 5-8pm:
1) Times They Are A-Changin’-Andy Hill & Renee Safier
2) My Back Pages-Andy Hill & Renee Safier
3) Emotionally Yours-Andy Hill & Renee Safier
4) Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues – James Lee Stanley
5) Simple Twist Of Fate - Aimee Mann 
6) Workingman’s Blues #2-Andy Hill & Renee Safier
7) Rattled – Dave Leahy
8) Tryin’ To Get To Heaven – Kelly Fitzgerald
9) It Ain’t Me Babe-Andy Hill & Renee Safier
10) Love Minus Zero-Andy Hill & Renee Safier
11) Song To Woody – Davey Allen 
12) You’re a Big Girl Now – Al Diesan
13) It Takes A Lot To Laugh-Andy Hill & Renee Safier & Hard Rain
14) Tangled Up In Blue – Bob Malone and Karen Nash
15) I Want You – Patti Orbeck
16) You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome-Andy Hill & Renee Safier
17) Shelter From The Storm – David Tokaji of Dry September
18) If Not For You-Andy Hill & Renee Safier
19) Leopardskin Pillbox Hat - Bellylove (Lisa Rae Black & Toni Michele Valenta-Pencille)
20) Just Like A Woman – John Hoke
21) Talkin’ WWIII Blues – Jamie Daniels
22) Tweeter and The Monkey Man-Andy Hill & Renee Safier
23) Blowin’ In The Wind-Andy Hill & Renee Safier
24) Subterranean Homesick Blues – -Andy & Renee & Hard Rain (Dave BattiEdoardo TancrediJeff Dellisanti, John Hoke,  Joseph CaccavoKirk MakinMarty Rifkin)

Saturday, May 30th is Day Two of the 30th Annual Dylanfest-The Virtual Version. Click on the Saturdalink early and "Set a Reminder" so you don't miss these amazing performances. Show is 5-8 pm PDT at:

DAY TWO SET LIST, MAY 30th, 5-8pm PT:
1) Wagon Wheel-Andy Hill & Renee Safier
2) Don’t Think Twice-Andy Hill & Renee Safier
3) Shooting Star-Andy Hill & Renee Safier
4) Boots of Spanish Leather – Joel Rafael
5) Go Away Little Boy – Ryan Hedgecock (Lone Justice)
6) Florida Key-Andy Hill & Renee Safier
7) Lay Lady Lay - Evyn Charles
8) Abandoned Love – Karen Nash and Bob Malone
9) Queen Jane Approximately--Andy Hill & Renee Safier
10) Knocking on Heaven’s Door-Andy Hill & Renee Safier
11) Rainy Day Women – Wade Preston
12) Sooner or Later One of Us Must Know – Jay Constable
13) Mr. Tambourine Man – Andy & Renee & Hard Rain (Dave BattiKirk MakinJoseph CaccavoMarty RifkinEdoardo Tancredi, John Hoke)
14) Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You – Brax Cutchin
15) Everything Is Broken - Shana Morrison
16) Seven Curses--Andy Hill & Renee Safier
17) Gotta Serve Somebody – Romain Frugé
18) Ring Them Bells – Terry Buck
19) One Too Many Mornings--Andy Hill & Renee Safier
20) Positively 4th Street – Pillow of Wrongness (Russell Wiener)
21) Quinn The Eskimo – Fuzzy Thurston (Craig Gross)
22) A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall-Andy Hill & Renee Safier
23) Sweet Amarillo – Andy & Renee & Hard Rain (Dave Batti, Kirk Makin, Joseph Caccavo, Marty Rifkin, Edoardo Tancredi, John Hoke, Chase Hill)
24) Chimes of Freedom-Andy & Renee

Sunday, May 31st is Day Three of Dylanfest 30 (The Virtual Edition), 5-8pm PT. Another  great lineup... don't miss it! Click the Sundalink early --, and "Set A Reminder" so you don't forget.

DAY 3 SETLIST, MAY 31st, 5-8pm PT:
1) Dark Eyes-Andy Hill & Renee Safier
3) When The Ship Comes In-Andy & Renee
4) He Was A Friend of Mine – Craig Christy
5) When I Paint My Masterpiece – Nathaniel LaPointe
6) Watching the River Flow-Andy & Renee
7) One More Cup Of Coffee – Daniel Leanse
8) To Make You Feel My Love – Leah West
9) Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power-Andy & Renee
10) Tight Connection To My Heart-Andy & Renee
11) Is Your Love In Vain? – Mike Tanner and Flynn Tanner
12) Forever Young – Susie Glaze and Steve Rankin
13) I Shall Be Released – -Andy & Renee & Hard Rain (Dave Batti, Edoardo Tancredi, Jeff Dellisanti, John Hoke, Joseph Caccavo, Kirk Makin, Marty Rifkin)
14) Rocks and Gravel – Amanda Marie Mosher
15) Cross The Green Mountain – Dave Crossland
16) Blind Willie McTell-Andy & Renee
17) Absolutely Sweet Marie – Paul Zollo
18) Sweetheart Like You – Luis Oliart
19) To Ramona-Andy & Renee
20) Silvio – The Maui Beach Boys (Steve Craig)
21) All Along The Watchtower – Homer T. (Scott Gerber)
22) Things Have Changed – -Andy & Renee & Hard Rain
23) It’s All Over Now Baby Blue-Andy & Renee
24) Like A Rolling Stone-Andy & Renee

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We had intended a new edition to launch the month. But it required all the time we had to get June 1st's events together for you. So this shoehorn job is as good as it gets today. Enjoy!

Monday, June 1

THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date...

"I want to walk through life instead of being dragged through it."

~ Alanis Morissette
, musician (born June 1, 1974)

Today is the birthday of the late Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jean Mortenson in Los Angeles, California in 1926. Yes, she would be 94 if she was still with us. But her image is forever young.

News of the larger world

Amidst the Pandemic, the close contact of protests: why?

The George Floyd murder by police has brought the most widespread racial strife since the riots that followed the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King Jr in 1968.

Across America, 22 states and the District of Columbia called-up the National Guard and deployed uniformed troops, some in armored vehicles, into the streets last night.

That was not only unthinkable, but illegal, until recent years, under the federal Posse Comitatus Act that forbids the use of military in domestic law enforcement. But one of those "Patriot Act era" liberty-eliminating post-9-11 laws changed that, giving George W. Bush that authorization. And Congress rolls-over, four feet in the air, and continually reauthorizes the entire draconian, apocalyptic package under every president. This law needs only the nod from a governor or a state legislature to deploy combat brigades in America's cities and towns. But this weekend is the first time in our history that it has ever happened.

In his overnight twitstorm, the Orange Imbecile calls governors cowardly, advocates shooting protesters, and says he is ready to deploy the 101st Airborne Division into the streets. (Parachuting?)

Kareem Abdul Jabaar wrote an Op-ed for the Los Angeles Times on Saturday. It's a must-read.

Kareem writes: “What you should see when you see black protesters in the age of Trump and coronavirus is people pushed to the edge, not because they want bars and nail salons open, but because they want to live. To breathe.”

Unfortunately to read it online you must be a paid Times subscriber. Unless you can grab it in the one-second after it pops up, before it gets locked behind the pay wall, here.

It's discussed in the Milwaukee paper here, on Awesemo here, and got extensive coverage on CNN.

We find the piece in Awesemo enlightening. Here it is:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Op-Ed On George Floyd And Being Black In America Is A Must-Read

by Chris Spags, May 31, 2020

LA Times – What was your first reaction when you saw the video of the white cop kneeling on George Floyd’s neck while Floyd croaked, “I can’t breathe”?

[Kareem responds:]

"If you’re white, you probably muttered a horrified, 'Oh, my God' while shaking your head at the cruel injustice. If you’re black, you probably leapt to your feet, cursed, maybe threw something (certainly wanted to throw something), while shouting, 'Not @#$%! again!' Then you remember the two white vigilantes accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery as he jogged through their neighborhood in February, and how if it wasn’t for that video emerging a few weeks ago, they would have gotten away with it. And how those Minneapolis cops claimed Floyd was resisting arrest but a store’s video showed he wasn’t. And how the cop on Floyd’s neck wasn’t an enraged redneck stereotype, but a sworn officer who looked calm and entitled and devoid of pity: the banality of evil incarnate."

[Kareem continues:]

"Yes, protests often are used as an excuse for some to take advantage, just as when fans celebrating a hometown sports team championship burn cars and destroy storefronts. I don’t want to see stores looted or even buildings burn. But African Americans have been living in a burning building for many years, choking on the smoke as the flames burn closer and closer. Racism in America is like dust in the air. It seems invisible — even if you’re choking on it — until you let the sun in. Then you see it’s everywhere. As long as we keep shining that light, we have a chance of cleaning it wherever it lands. But we have to stay vigilant, because it’s always still in the air."

The entire op-ed by the always eloquent Kareem Abdul-Jabbar should be read.

And honestly, it can be difficult to figure out where to chime in on these issues after the tragic killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Even though I’m part Latino and grew up in the South Bronx acutely aware of racial inequities friends and people around me experienced, I have no real frame of reference for the black experience. I look how I look and have had far less fractured relationships with systemic oppression. As a result, it can feel uncomfortable to talk publicly about these ongoing issues and the loss of life many of our African-American peers have faced over centuries in a place we’ve so freely agreed is a “land of opportunity.”

That’s why it’s important to read and share the view points of someone like Kareem. A man who not only has seen decades of life as one of the most famous black men in sports history, but also saw his own awakening from his blackness that saw him convert to Islam after he learned about the life of Malcolm X.

Kareem explains:

“The adoption of a new name was an extension of my rejection of all things in my life that related to the enslavement of my family and people. Alcindor was a French planter in the West Indies who owned my ancestors. My forebears were Yoruba people, from present day Nigeria. Keeping the name of my family’s slave master seemed somehow to dishonor them. His name felt like a branded scar of shame.”

These are historical wounds that many of us can’t relate to. And they’re ingrained into Kareem’s very existence. Those of us who aren’t black may see a George Floyd or an Eric Garner or a Philando Castile’s life extinguished on camera and feel terrible. But ultimately, the experience isn’t the same. Neither is the fear nor the frustration nor the hurt. If every non-black person who chimed in disparagingly on Colin Kaepernick’s peaceful pre-game protests, ones that resulted in him functionally barred from the NFL, took that same effort and vigor to understand why he and many of his peers took that route, we might be in less dire straits as a country right now.

So, even if it’s uncomfortable, it’s important to read our African-American peers’ thoughts. We all need to listen and support them and avoid the “Well actually” mindset that’s everywhere online these days. We need to recognize that Black Lives Matter and do our part to ensure that our friends and future generations of their families can walk down a street without fear that they might not return home. We have to be better because their lives quite literally depend on it.

~ Chris Spags is the senior director of editorial strategy at and contributes to the site's NBA, NFL, and MLB coverage as a writer and host of video content.

Understanding this, Beyond that?

The best round-up of the protests, violence, and crisis in leadership, and even the violence against the media trying to report from the scene, is, right now -- in all its dimensions from everywhere across America -- in the Washington Post. It's available to all to read, at:


The L.A. Times looks back to when the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. asked, in his fourth and final book: “Where do we go from here? Chaos or community?” His answer, of course, was community.  That sets-up the the Times’ editorial board to declare that Trump is pushing us toward chaos (available only to their paid subscribers) at:


Monday's Music & assorted live-from-Cyberia events

Mon, Jun 1, BENEFIT:
2 pm Pacific --
AUSTIN MERRILL plays an ALL-STAR virtual Facebook concert benefiting MusiCares Coronavirus Relief Fund
*  His current single “Whiskey & Water” is in the Top 40 on Music Row Chart
*  Join Merrill on the virtual stage are some of Nashville’s finest: Shenandoah and friends Michael Ray, T. Graham Brown, Aaron Tippin, and Katie Austin. Their original event had over 235,000 viewers across the globe watching live, as well as highlights being featured on Fox News and Inside Edition.
*  Merrill’s music video for “Whiskey & Water” which is now Top 40 on Music Row charts, made its broadcast and digital premiere on The Heartland Network’s show "Country Music Today."
*  Merrill was recently in the studio putting the finishing touches on his upcoming project, scheduled to be released later this year. Merrill is certainly an artist to look out for as his songs continue to rise up the charts and his genuine lyrics capture the hearts of all who listen.
* WATCH the “Whiskey & Water” music video world premiere on The Heartland Network’s Facebook page, at:
* TUNE-IN to today's concert at:
DONATE TO MusiCares Coronavirus Relief Fund at:

Mon, Jun 1:
2 pm-2:30 pm Pacific --
Convened by Harvey Wasserman with Joel Segal; engineer Dr. Paul Zeitz
*  Agenda Overview:
•  "Critical New NC Legislation": Bob Philips, Common Cause
•  "Challenge of Counting the Ballot" /Images:  John Brakey, Ray Lutz
*  Zoom Meeting
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*  Dr. Paul Zeitz, Executive Director, Build A Movement 2020
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websites: Dr. Paul Zeitz & Build A Movement 2020
*  Hear Andrea Miller, Alan Minsky & Joel Segal on Election Protection at:


Mon, Jun 1:
3 pm Pacific --
*  FREE virtual Kennedy Library Forum.
*  Join Lucy Hornby, a fellow at the Nieman Center for Journalism and former Beijing deputy bureau chief for "The Financial Times," and Yasheng Huang, MIT professor of international management, as they discuss US foreign policy challenges and China with Anthony Saich, Harvard professor of international affairs and director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. This program is co-presented with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
*  REGISTER if you'd like to receive an email reminder with a viewing link before the event:
*  WATCH at:
*  LISTEN at:
* NOTE: PLENTY of past forums are archived at the "WATCH" and the "LISTEN" links, and each offers things the other does not.

Mon, Jun 1, on tv:
5 pm-6 pm Pacific --
JEWEL does a cyber concert LIVE on AXS TV, with no scheduled repeats.
*  The Grammy®-nominated folk superstar does this hour-long performance-interview as the latest episode of AXS TV's "AT HOME AND SOCIAL" live concert series.


Mon, Jun 1:
6 pm Pacific --
*  Actually, she's announced livestream performances of her entire catalog, starting with this one, tonight -- story in "Variety," at:
*  She's accompanied by bandmates Phil and Tim Hanseroth and Josh Neumann.
*  TIX start at $10 w/ "suggested donation price points" going up to $1000;
Tickets available at:
*  TUNE-IN (with your ticket, AND after signing-up for the "veeps" site, at:

Mon, Jun 1:
6 pm Pacific --
ALBERT & GAGE live from Austin
*  Christine Albert tells us, "Well, we kicked the virus. Although both our tests came back NEGATIVE (YAY?), we asked the doctor if it could have been something else. His reply - (uh, no.) Anyway, we're still tired and naps are very important, but Chris is ready to sing tonight."
 •  Streaming on their website at:
  •  Streaming on Facebook at:
*  Christine says, "We're sharing donations with the Monday bartenders at Donn's Depot. Thank you for your support! You all are helping us get through this bizarre time."


Mon, Jun 1:
7:30 pm-9:30 pm Pacific --
"OC CELTIC JAM LOCKDOWN ZOOM SESSION" sponsored by Southern California Dulcimer Heritage (SCDH)
* 7-7:30 pm is check-in; 7:30-9:30 pm play.
*  Host – Michael Fahy.  to join -  or contact Patty McCollom for info & music list/ tuning resources, at:


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Tuesday, June 2: all content for / from today was relocated to the June 2, 2020 edition.

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Small fry story & song, live from Cyberia 

Join Miss Lauren for storytime at home via Studio City Library's Instagram Live every weekday at 11 am PST. Miss Lauren presents a book, interactive songs and feltboard stories.

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On-demand -- enjoy while it's there... 

New out 'n about,  & Listenably Noteworthy

  • Dustbowl Revival remind us that we're alone together on "Queen Quarantine (A Home Recording)," a playful, harmony-laced offering. Listen here

  • Kathleen Edwards practices the art of self-love on "Options Open," a liberating roots tune from Total Freedom (out Aug. 14). Listen here
  • Fort Frances make the most out of quarantine with "These Lights Will Shine Again," a feel-good folk jam. Listen here
  • Grace Potter teams up with Jackson BrowneMarcus King and Lucius for "Eachother," a powerful take on finding strength in humanity. Listen here

  • George Shingleton showers his wife with gratitude on "Handful of Hell," a blazing testament to how people can change their ways. Listen here

  • Jaime Wyatt showcases her journey for love on "Goodbye Queen," a grooving country slice of Neon Cross (out next Friday). Listen here
  • American Aquarium's BJ Barham stopped by the Hangin' & Sangin' podcast to discuss surpassing career expectations in light of the band's latest album, LamentationsListen here

  • Maya de Vitry opened up about her latest album, How to Break a Fall, how it and her previous LP were written in a form of isolation, the transformative experience of forgiving yourself and being inspired by Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Read more

  • Steve Poltz stopped by The Show On the Road podcast to reflect on the many incarnations of his career, his Palm Springs childhood and the pivotal point of hitting rock bottom while on stage. Listen here

  • Joe Pug got candid about how COVID-19 has affected his income as a musician and how to monetize live performances from quarantine, including selling out private Zoom concerts. Read more

  • Teddy Thompson shared a first listen of his upcoming album, Heartbreaker Please, ahead of its release next Friday and talked about the challenges of producing his own work. Listen + Read

  • "The greater hope is that we’re able to share the genuine camaraderie that we have with other musicians and with each other." - Sara and Sean Watkins of Watkins Family Hour gave us insight into their new livestream series and what it's been like to release their album, brother sister, from quarantine. Read more

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L.A.'s best teevee music programming? It's now online to the world

L.A. station KLCS is owned by the massive Los Angeles Unified School District. During the day when school is in session, it airs classroom programming. But at night, on weekends, and anytime school is out, it behaves like a community PBS station, and in Southern California, THE PBS station of a crowded field that cares most about airing both live music productions and Folk-Americana series and artists.

now simulcasts the complete KLCS tv broadcast schedule, including the delightful Friday evening roots music lineup.

We've celebrated their programming and acknowledged their courage to do it in a town ruled by big-buck soudalike pop crap.

We often list their Friday fare and performing guests in a lineup that includes:

•  "Bluegrass Underground" from the concert hall in a cavern in Tennessee.

  "Sun Studio Sessions" with today's blues, roots and acoustic artists in the studio where Elvis started.

  "Austin City Limits," with both current and archived shows.

•  "Front and Center," a multigenre concert show.

•  "The Kate" with top Folk-Americana, roots-country, or honkytonk artists -- though it's currently airing in middle-of-the-night, DVR time slots.

We may also see the return of roots music shows that rotate through their schedule, include "Woodsongs," and "Jammin' at Hippie Jack's."

This is a fine addition to web accessibility.

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Newly on-demand...

Two from the Getty

Portrait of Rachel Rosenthal, about 1990, photo by Steven Arnold

Rachel Rosenthal, feminist-art pioneer

One of the key figures in the development of theater, performance, and feminist art in Los Angeles, Rachel Rosenthal has left an indelible mark on Southern California. Her archive is now at the Getty Research Institute, and it covers every phase of her career—her early years in Paris and New York, her formative time in the New York art scene in the late 1940s and early '50s, her development of the experimental theater company Instant Theatre in the 1950s and '60s, her awakening into the feminist movement in the 1970s, and her mature performance and theater pieces.

Learn about Rosenthal and other feminist artists »

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We opened this edition with an illustration from a book. 
Here's more about it.


In the first episode of Getty's new video series "Kids Reading to Kids," Bowie Sprinkle shows her friends a page from If... and asks, "What if dreams were visible?"

Romp through a world of limitless possibilities

What if cats could fly? If frogs ate rainbows? If leaves turned into fish? These are just a few of the imaginative scenarios dreamed up by Sarah Perry, author and illustrator of Getty's first children's book, If.... Originally published more than 25 years ago, this enchanting story remains a favorite among teachers and readers alike. Find out how one teacher uses it in his classroom, and hear a young reader share it with her friends.

Listen in »

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New music vids

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
"Civilized Hell (Alternate Version)"

The Texas Gentlemen"Bare Maximum"

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New music listens

Jarrod Dickenson
Ready the Horses
Amazon | Spotify

Steve Earle & The Dukes
Ghosts of West Virginia


Indigo Girls
Look Long

Daryl Mosley
The Secret Of Life

Reckless Kelly
American Jackpot / American Girls
Amazon | Spotify

Victor Wainwright and The Train
Memphis Loud

Tessy Lou Williams
Tessy Lou Williams

Kathleen Grace

who recently performed on "Americana Highways," speaks for herself about her new album, "Tie Me To You," out for one month:

"⚡️Reviews are coming in!⚡️ I'm sharing a few below. I've also been performing more and more from my yellow couch at home. You can watch my latest "show" here.   As we all adjust to our new global reality, I hope you'll stay in touch. We are tied to each other now. 
With love  - Kathleen ❤️"

Praise for "Tie Me To You"

“This is simply, one of the most devastatingly beautiful vocal performances, duet performances, for that matter, that you’ll ever hear.” – Jim Hynes

“One of the most beautifully eloquent and gently heartbreaking vocal recordings in recent memory… it’s an emotionally and spiritually transforming paring."  -- JW Vibe  

“In a world of over stuffed compositions and performances, this is a wonderfully reserved moment.”

-- Pop Matters 

“It is brutally in-the-face, honest, and lovely…. Tie Me To You” will bravely accompany us here through these trying times.” - Matthias Kirsch (Berlin)

"Kathleen Grace bubbles with spiritual hope and awakening… If you’re looking for album that “leaves genre at the door” but stands the test of time – this is it.” -- Contemporary Fusion Reviews by Dick Metcalf
The Guide adds this:

Ye'see, back when Kathleen was making a name for herself as a jazz star, we kept trying to tell her she had comfortably mastered Americana. It sure is satisfying when everybody else figures that out.

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Postponed tour updates...

Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, and Limbo,
those are the places to go...

Chris Stapleton has postponed his All-American Road Show until next year due to COVID-19. Read more

James Taylor and Jackson Browne's tour has also been rescheduled for 2021 in the wake of the pandemic. Read more

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Enlightening, on-demand...

"Addressing Hunger in America" with Susannah Morgan of the Oregon Food Bank, airing on "Imperfect Podcast" at:


"Up from The Streets -- New Orleans: The City of Music" available through June 15th

Buy your screen-at-home TIX at:

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On-demand / especially produced for the pandemic

Wine & Song Podcast Episode 8. Features Gráinne Hunt, Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman, Rob Laufer, Lipbone Redding, Chauncey Bowers, Sally Dworsky, Tom Corbett, Sofia Talvik, and Jeanne Newhall.
Jazz at the Blue Guitar Podcast Episode 4Features Mark Hatch, trioKAIT, Riner Scivally, Dave Tull, Acoustic Asylum, and Carey Frank


Grab some popcorn and a glass of wine and watch Principal Pops Conductor Michael Feinstein as he goes Live with Carnegie Hall. The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook explores Gershwin's enduring influence in this hour-long special, with special guests including a live performance with Christine Ebersole.


Enduring songstress Marilyn Maye takes you over the rainbow for this "Play at Home with the POPS." The most frequently heard singer on the "Tonight Show with Johnny Carson," Maye performed on the program a whopping 76 times, and was deemed "the greatest white female singer in the world," by Ella Fitzgerald.  Visit their website for more "Play at Home with the POPS." 


In Conversation with Adam Schoenberg

This week's podcast features Emmy-Award winning and Grammy-nominated composer Adam Schoenberg. One of the top 10 most performed living composers by U.S. orchestras, Schoenberg discusses upcoming works as well as Orchard in Fog, a commission he wrote for Anne Akiko Meyers that had its Los Angeles premier with the Pasadena Symphony in 2019. The full podcast series is now available on their website.


Take a break from your daily grind and give a listen to Pasadena Symphony & Pops principal conductor David Lockington's Spotify playlist. 


The Live Series: Songs of Summer

Rediscover some of Bruce’s performances on ‘The Live Series: Songs of Summer.’ This perfect seasonal soundtrack features live versions of Bruce’s best summer songs, all streaming for the first time. Hear all your favorites like “Girls In Their Summer Clothes,” “Out In The Street” and “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy).”
Listen Now

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Archived from various vaults / made available for the pandemic

"Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert"
Still missing your April weekends at Coachella? The documentary Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert should bring back plenty of memories. It debuted on YouTube Originals on April 10, and the film features interviews with performers and clips of all those pop performances.
Grammy Museum
The museum in downtown Los Angeles has launched Museum at Home, a program that has made videos of previously unreleased concerts and interviews available. Shows including a 2018 performance by Brandi Carlile and a 2019 set with Billie Eilish and Finneas went online in March, while April releases included Andrea Bocelli and Common. MORE is due this month.

LACO At Home
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s LACO At Home lets you stream concerts, including new special events and performances from its archives. Concerts include LACO’s November 2019 Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Mazzoli performance from Glendale’s Alex Theatre.

Pacific Symphony: At-Home-Together Online
Based in Orange County, the Pacific Symphony has produced a selection of “quarantine clips” as part of its At-Home-Together Online series. The videos feature symphony musicians playing notable pieces from their homes, including principal cellist Warren Hagerty performing Sarabande from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major and concertmaster Dennis Kim and pianist Hye-Young Kim’s version of Amanda Harberg’s poignant “Prayer.”

Henry Miller Memorial Library
The landmark Big Sur cultural hub has an extensive archive of clips from performances held at its outdoor stage beneath the redwoods. Among the highlights are a 2011 video of the Red Hot Chili Peppers playing “Californication” and a 2010 clip of the influential Jonathan Richman, dubbed “the Godfather of Punk,” singing an ode to Rolling Stone Keith Richards.

More Bruce, long-form live...
Watch The Full Live Performances
You don’t have to go anywhere to experience the magic of Bruce Springsteen in concert. From New York City to London and beyond, some of Bruce’s biggest concert films are now streaming in their entirety on YouTube and Apple Music.
Watch Now

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Participate or just watch...


Check out the PASADENA YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA's Youtube Channel for virtual music lessons from their All City Orchestra coaches as part of the "PYSO at Home" initiative. Lessons updated continuously, with flute and clarinet coach Emily Kubitsky giving a lesson on note reading this week.

If you have a musician at home who would like to participate, contact Alex Chu



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With a few fine exceptions... most artists are not giving much notice (hint-hint, swift kick in the ass!) before they suddenly decide to do a cyber show. For the present, we keep up the best we can.



We have lots of MUSIC NEWS
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.
Direct from Cyberia.

On to the necessary boilerplate...

Boilerplate? What "boilerplate"? Where's the main pressure gauge? And the firebox? How do you add water so it won't blow-up?

Who came up with that goofy term for the basic essential informational stuff? ...obviously some dumbass...

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♪ The ACOUSTIC AMERICANA MUSIC GUIDE endeavors to bring you NEWS – and views of interest to artists everywhere – more specifically to musicians and the creative community and music makers -- and fans of acoustic and Folk-Americana music. That includes both traditional and innovative forms. From the deepest roots to today’s acoustic renaissance, that’s our beat. We provide a wealth of resources, including a HUGE catalog of acoustic-friendly venues (now undergoing a major update), and inside info on FESTIVALS and select performances in Southern California in venues from the monumentally large to the intimately small and cozy. We cover workshops, conferences, and other events for artists and folks in the music industry, and all kinds o’ things in the world of acoustic and Americana and accessible classical music. From washtub bass to musical spoons to oboe to viola to banjo to squeezebox, from Djangostyle to new-fangled-old-time string band music, from sweet Cajun fiddle to bluegrass and pre-bluegrass Appalachian mountain music to all the swamp water roots of the blues and the bright lights of where the music is headed now.
The Acoustic Americana Music Guide. Thanks for sittin' a spell. The cyber porch'll be here anytime you come back from the road.

We'll be back again soon with music news and more "News of the Non-Trumpcentric Universe." (c)

Til we catch ya again on the flip side 
in this new decade...
as Buford the Wonder Dog looks on 
and in our best Kathy Baker
"Hee Haw" voice: "THAT's all!"



Here's a reprint of important info from one of our February editions:


(good for avoiding the "regular" flu & colds, too) 

Compiled from medical and emergency responder databases and interview comments. Copy and paste into your phone / post / print / share.

•  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.

•  Get the flu vaccine -- ordinary flu will likely mimic Coronavirus, so avoid being ostracized and quarantined.

•  Wash your hands, a lot: scrub for 20 seconds and wash them often.

•  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.

•  Keep your hands away from your face -- touching your nostrils, eyes, or mouth brings-in every germ your hands picked-up.

•  Get a little bottle of hand sanitizer on a miniature carabiner. Clip it to your belt loop or purse strap and use it frequently. (Be sure you snap the lid shut, or it'll drain all over your clothes.) You can refill it from the pump bottle by the sink.

• 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.

• Stay home if you're sick -- even if you don't get paid, DON'T be the "Typhoid Mary" that brings a pandemic of this or ANYTHING contagious. If you're "taking one for the team," make it the big team -- ALL of us.

•  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.

•  Keep track of where Coronavirus and other flus are headed, the latest ways to avoid contagion, and what symptoms go with what disease, by putting the CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL in your favorites:

•  Call your doctor or public health officials if you become symptomatic, and DON'T "just go" to the doctor or urgent care or ER; everybody else in the waiting room does not have what you have, and vice-versa.

•  Wear a mask when you go to the doctor (remember, everybody else in the waiting room does not have what you have, and vice-versa) -- the check-in counter will give you a surgical mask if you ask, or maybe even tell you it's mandatory. 

•  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.

•  Get proper nutrition and plenty of sleep to support your immune system. THAT is THE best way to stay healthy.

•   REALLY IMPORTANT: Think about what you routinely ignore:

   ~  your phone or tablet, which you constantly handle while you're touching everything else in the big, wide world, then keep handling when you're eating (keep your devices disinfected).

   ~  the Kleenex or cloth hankie you pull out of your pocket -- this time your nose or eye gets the side your dirty finger got last time (yeah, duh!)

   ~  door handles & knobs, especially "pull-to-exit" on the restroom door, and all door handles you grab or push.

   ~  gas pump handles -- whatever was deposited on them is now on your steering wheel, and marinading on your hands as you snack while driving.

   ~  restaurant menus, salt and pepper shakers, ketchup and mustard and hot sauce bottles that every unwashed hand touches. Same goes for bins of packaged condiments at fast foodies  or convenience store / gas stations (Use 'em, then use your hand sanitizer.)

   ~  lunch buffet serving spoons, spatulas, tongs that every unwashed hand uses in the food bins (your freshly-washed hands just got contaminated). And if sneeze guard glass panes aren't at the right height or aren't clean, demand a refund and leave.

   ~ coins in change and money, in general -- coins and folding money are germ transit systems. (Back to your little bottle of hand sanitizer.)

   ~ 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. 

   ~  remember to think and act consciously. There is an acute need to be mindful of others, so neither be paranoid reactive nor obliviously ignorant. There was great advice in the old cop show at the end of every briefing: "Be careful out there."

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