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NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL is back with 50% capacity in two multi-day, separately-ticketed halves. Both halves sold-out upon their announcement. That second half is underway in Rhode Island as we bring you this edition.
Lollapalooza requires vax
After going virtual in 2020, the massive Chicago music festival is back this week in historic Grant Park. It is expected to welcome over a hundred thousand fans across its four-day run, July 29-August 1, 2021.
But you'll need to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test, done with 72 hours, to get in the gate. The Delta Variant is causing a surge in Northern Illinois (as in most of the nation), and concert organizers tell everyone, "We want you here, safely, and we are determined not to be a superspreader event."
Lineup, tix, full info:
REOPENINGS might have been expected full-force, but...
¤ Many famous venues could not weather the economic storm of long closure. Last week, add The Blue Whale Jazz Club in downtown L.A. to the lengthening roll call of the fallen.
¤ Musicians have embarked on concert tours large and small nationwide. But the fat lady never sang. The Delta Variant, being far more contagious that the original Covid-19 strain, is dangerously combining with other factors. Chief among them, certain elements of the population who think, for whatever reason, that they know more than the overwhelming preponderance of science.
Those unvaxxed individuals comprise nearly 40% of the population of Americans: the ones who refuse to get vaccinated to protect the rest of us. And they're unmasked, going everywhere you want to go.
Considering that kids under age 12 are not yet approved for the vaccine, and it won't work on immuno-compromised individuals (like those taking anti-rejection drugs after transplants and those undergoing many cancer therapies), the need to reach herd immunity is a very big deal. Especially since the intransigent antivaxxers refuse to let it happen. Factor-in states that voted for the Orange Abomination -- whose legislators somehow want to perpetuate his lies at the expense of public safety and the very lives of the people who elected them -- and it gets crazier. Several states have passed laws prohibiting municipalities from requiring proof of vaccination to attend events, or even prohibiting wearing masks.
Thus, all this scrambling everywhere else to apply second-best measures. Resulting in what today's L.A. Times calls, "Mask on. Mask off. Mask on again."
It's not the Times being clever with words.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Wednesday that 66.6% of U.S. counties had transmission rates of COVID-19 high enough to warrant indoor masking and should immediately resume the policy. Reuters notes, "The transmission rate was up from 63.4% as of Tuesday. In total, 49.9% of U.S. counties have high COVID-19 community transmission rates and 16.7% have substantial rates, the CDC said. The CDC reversed its mask guidance policy for vaccinated Americans on Tuesday."
We wonder how long before the vaccinated majority will say "the hell with you people, let's send all our remaining vaccine doses to India and Africa, and we, who have been responsible throughout this whole thing? Well we're just going to start living our lives again." Unfortunately, that would not simply produce a Darwinian solution, because of all those little kids.
LATEST UPDATE: New data shows the Delta Variant is as communicable as Chicken Pox. That's in an internal CDC document, says the New York Times in a Friday morning story: "The Delta variant is more transmissible than the viruses that cause MERS, SARS, Ebola, the common cold, the seasonal flu and smallpox, according to the document... The immediate next step for the agency is to 'acknowledge the war has changed,' the document said."
Remember when you used to think that idiot uncle who always harangued everybody at Thanksgiving espousing Rush Limbaugh / Sean Hannity / Tucker Carlson would be the death of us all? He still might be.
A reader promptly replied, quite specifically, to that last line and the "Thought for Today" that follows it. We want to share his sentiment:
"When it comes to those smug, science-denying, espousers of wacko conspiracy theories who are convinced their self-setting compass is all they need, so they can arrogantly inflict their "what-about-ism" quackery on the rest of us while shedding facts like a duck in a raincoat?
"We need not be gentle and protect their sensibilities with some soothing euphemism. After all, the definition of a Euphemism is, 'the substitution of an agreeable or inoffensive expression for one that may offend or suggest something unpleasant.' At this point, F - 'em."
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY
"Euphemism is a euphemism for lying."
~ Bobbie Gentry, singer and songwriter
LATE ADDITION: STORY OF A RE-OPENING CANCELLED LAST-MINUTE DUE TO COVID CONCERN
This long-planned return of a backyard stage / house concert series is retreating to "live, online"... in a decision made late Thursday night, way after press time.
It illustrates the entire point of "to open or not to open" as Delta Variant infections rise and vaccination rates stagnate.
More News Just in...
● American Music Fairness Act
● Arts Funding
● Songwriter Royalties
● and more, just out this morning in an "Advocacy Update" from the Recording Academy
... here's our rundown of things received today from the GRAMMYS organization.
Twelve part series, at:
Learn more at:
WHEN CAN I SUBMIT MY PROJECT?
WHO CAN SUBMIT?
Entries must be made online by Professional and Voting Members of the Recording Academy, as well as registered media companies (record labels, distribution companies, and management firms).
HOW DO I SUBMIT IF I AM NOT A MEMBER/MEDIA COMPANY?
WHAT INFORMATION WILL I NEED TO SUBMIT?
(One more proof that the IBMA is a very good organization. ~ editor.)
Features and events...
BANJO MASTERS: Live Thursdays at 3 pm Pacific, or catch-up on-demand
(Yep, that's the series sponsor's poster with botched date and correction. They promptly fixed it.)
Or, heck, just tune-in to enjoy hearing him play!
"Deering Live" is a live stream video series presented by Deering Banjos and featuring interviews with all your favorite banjo artists, as well as Deering Tech sessions and other great content. Catch up on all the episodes of "Deering Live" at their link below.
What's in the on-demand archive?
■ PAST EPISODES
• JULY 2021
● RILEY BAUGUS, master old-time banjoist, he plays in the Round Peak style that comes from his home county in North Carolina, Surry County. Riley has recorded with Robert Plant, Willie Nelson, Alison Kraus, and many more. He also sang on the Academy Award-nominated soundtrack for the movie "Cold Mountain."
• JUNE 2021
● WES CORBETT, bluegrass rising star and banjo player for the Sam Bush Band. As a founding member of the popular American roots string band, 'Joy Kills Sorrow', and a former instructor at the Berklee College of Music, Wes brings with him a huge depth of musical background and experience to share with the world.
● GREG CAHILL, bluegrass legend who founded The Special Consensus in 1975, Greg has blazed a bright trail of banjo playing for over 45 years.
● JIGJAM, a multi-award-winning quartet from Ireland. Blending the best of traditional Irish music with Bluegrass and Americana in a new genre that has been branded as ‘I-Grass’ (Irish influenced Bluegrass), their onstage energy, along with their virtuosic musical ability, has captivated audiences throughout the world.
• MAY 2021
● NORA BROWN, who, if you haven't heard of her, greatly deserves a listen. Nora is only 15 years old but she is an old soul who plays old time banjo with an incredible feel.
● BRUCE MOLSKY, a true master of old time Appalachian music, is equally strong on both the banjo and the fiddle and has received high praise from diverse fans and collaborators who include Linda Ronstadt, Mark Knopfler, Celtic giants Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine, jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, and dobro master Jerry Douglas.
● More? You want More?
Well now, they have plenty more for you to find in their archive, including ALISON BROWN, RHIANNON GIDDENS, KEVIN NEALON (SNL) & BRIAN KESINGER, JENS KRUGER, DOM FLEMMONS, DAVID HOLT, and, yeah, more! It's all at:
Each retreat finishes with an Idyllwild Songwriters Festival presentation where participants have the opportunity to debut selected co-writes from the week, as well as join in a stellar line-up of seasoned songwriters.
What better way to sample a music retreat than to go enjoy (up in the woods, out of the heat) a FREE showcase of what was produced?
Four link features from our friends at Yamaha Music, just out today...
These four links Copyright © Yamaha Corporation of America and Yamaha Corporation / Yamaha Music, 6600 Orangethorpe Ave, Buena Park, CA 90620
Jody Mulgrew plays online on Friday
We have told you about this guy. Top notch. Check him out.
Jessica Fichot - mais oui!
The lovely French chanteuse has been making the rounds of the FREE summer parks series, and we highly recommend you catch one of her final two.
Charming and heartfelt songs, splendid vocals, wonderful backing band, multi-instrumental delights that even feature the toy piano, so how can you go astray, n'est-ce pas?
- THIS Saturday - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm (quintet): Ruben F Salazar Park
3862 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90023
- Saturday August 7th - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm (quintet): Athens Park
12603 S Broadway, Los Angeles CA 90061
Check her out on YouTube:
Just one day after we said "Make plans..."
It originally read:
Sounding other notes...
The Bluegrass Standard
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Featured new release...
LOS LOBOS RETURN WITH "NATIVE SONS" ON FRIDAY VIA NEW WEST RECORDS
13-SONG SET SERVES AS A LOVE LETTER TO LOS ANGELES
SPIN SHARES “NATIVE SON” VIDEO TODAY WHICH PREVIOUSLY PREMIERED AT DODGER STADIUM
Photo: Los Lobos at Dodger Stadium by Piero F Giunti, courtesy New West Records.
And just because you probably forgot what a tour schedule looks like, here's their's, for the new album.
~ w/ X & The Blasters
@ w/ The Mavericks
+ w/ Steve Earle & The Dukes
* w/ Tedeschi Trucks Band
# w/ Emmylou Harris
August 1, 2021 – Costa Mesa, CA - Pacific Amphitheatre ~
August 4, 2021 - Cincinnatti, OH - PNC Pavilion at Riberbend #
August 5, 2021 - Evanston, IL - Canal Shores Golf Course
August 6, 2021 – Michigan City, IN – Uptown Social
August 7, 2021 - Huber Heights, OH - Rose Music Center at The Heights #
August 8, 2021 - Grand Rapids, MI - Frederik Meijer Gardens #
August 12, 2021 – Vashon, WA - Vashon Center for the Arts
August 13, 2021 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery @
August 14, 2021 – Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre @
August 20 - Scottsdale, AZ – Talking Stick Resort @
August 21, 2021 - Los Angeles, CA - The Greek @
August 24, 2021 - Montgomery, AL - Montgomery Performing Arts Centre +
August 26, 2021 - Selbyville, DE - The Freeman Stage at Bayside +
August 27, 2021 - Doswell, VA - Meadow Event Park +
August 28, 2021 – LaGrange, CA – Sweetland Amphitheatre +
August 30, 2021 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium +
September 3, 2021 - Asheville, NC - Salvage Station +
September 4, 2021 - Beaver Dam, KY - Beaver Dam Amphitheatre +
September 6, 2021 – Avon, CO - Avon Performance Pavilion at Harry A. Nottingham Park
September 9, 2021 - Grass Valley, CA - The Center For The Arts
September 16, 2021 - Lowell, MA - Lowell Summer Music Series
September 17, 2021 – Camden, NJ - Wiggins Park XPoNential Festival
September 18, 2021 - Webster, MA - Indian Ranch
September 19, 2021 - Westhampton Beach, NY - Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
September 22, 2021 - Bethlehem, PA - Musikfest Cafe
September 23, 2021 - South Orange, NJ - South Orange Performing Arts Center
September 24, 2021 - Harrisburg, PA - Whitaker Center
September 25, 2021 - State College, PA - State Theatre
September 26, 2021 - Albany, NY - The Egg
October 1, 2021 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
October 2, 2021 - Bisbee, AZ - Historic Warren Ballpark
October 7, 2021 - Santa Barbara, CA - Lobero Theatre
October 8, 2021 - Santa Barbara, CA - Lobero Theatre
October 9, 2021 - Bakersfield, CA - World Records
October 21, 2021 - Austin, TX - Antone's
October 22, 2021 - Austin, TX - Antone's
October 23, 2021 - Goliad, TX - Schroeder Hall
October 24, 2021 - The Woodlands, TX - Dosey Doe Big Barn
November 2, 2021 - Millvale, PA - Mr Smalls Theatre
November 3, 2021 - Cleveland, OH - Music Box Supper Club
November 4, 2021 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
November 5, 2021 - Grand Rapids, MI - Listening Room
November 6, 2021 - Fort Wayne, IN - Clyde Theatre
November 13, 2021 - Tacoma, WA - The Spanish Ballroom @ McMenamin's Elk's Temple
November 14, 2021 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theatre
November 18, 2021 - Washington, DC - City Winery
November 19, 2021 - Washington, DC - City Winery
December 3, 2021 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House
December 19, 2021 - New York, NY - City Winery
December 20, 2021 - New York, NY - City Winery
December 21, 2021 - New York, NY - City Winery
January 13, 2022 - Honolulu, HI - Blue Note Hawaii
January 14, 2022 - Honolulu, HI - Blue Note Hawaii
February 9, 2022 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Broward Center for the Performing Arts
February 10, 2022 – Clearwater, FL – Billheimer Capitol Theatre
March 3, 2022 - Raton, NM - Shuler Theater
March 4, 2022 - Fort Collins, CO - Washington's
March 5, 2022 - Steamboat Springs, CO - Strings Music Pavilion
March 7, 2022 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
March 23, 2022 - Brownfield, ME - Stone Mountain Arts Center
March 26, 2022 - Fall River, MA - Narrows Center For The Arts
March 31, 2022 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
April 1, 2022 - Brugge, Belgium - Stadsschouwburg Brugge
April 2, 2022 - Leuven, Belgium - Het Depot
April 3, 2022 - Antwerp, Belgium - De Roma
June 24, 2022 - Jacksonville, FL - Daily's Place Amphitheater *
June 25, 2022 - Mobile, AL - Mobile Civic Center *
June 28, 2022 - Indianapolis, IN - The Amphitheater at White River State Park *
July 1, 2022 - Canandaigua, NY - Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center *
July 2, 2022 - Gilford, NH - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion *
July 3, 2022 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center *
July 6, 2022 - New Haven, CT - Westville Music Bowl *
July 8, 2022 - Philadelphia, PA - The Mann Center of Performing Arts *
July 9, 2022 - Burlington, VT - Midway Lawn *
July 10, 2022 - Patchogue, NY - Great South Bay Music Festival *
July 12, 2022 - Lewiston, NY - Artpark *
July 15, 2022 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre *
July 16, 2022 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre *
July 19, 2022 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap *
July 21, 2022 - Raleigh, NC - Coastal Credit Union Music Park *
July 23, 2022 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion *
July 24, 2022 - Huber Heights, OH - Rose Music Center at The Heights *
July 26, 2022 - Aurora, IL - RiverEdge Park *
July 29, 2022 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre *
July 30, 2022 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre *
Plus they tell us there are more dates yet to come.
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■□■●○■□●○■□■The Back Page...
by Lawrence Wines, editor
Record heat, in context
Northern Siberia, the poster child for being bundled in furs, is suddenly reaching temperatures of 100° Fahrenheit this summer. The four-day peak of the heat wave in Portland, Oregon reached a record 116° F. Farther north in Seattle, where no one has residential air conditioning, it hit 108° F. That will REALLY shock you when you read National Geographic's note that the stunning Seattle high temp is nine degrees hotter than it has EVER been in Tampa, Florida!
You might note the irony that Florida is the state where a previous governor made it a fireable offense for any state employee to publicly utter the phrase "climate change." Even though hurricane-prone Flori-duhh will be the first U.S. state to suffer the same fate as a growing number of island nations in Micronesia: higher storm surges come from far more frequent severe oceanic storms, fed by water that, on an overheated planet, expands even more in volume when it's too warm. Increasingly, seas are less calm. That, on top of rising sea levels from melting polar ice. Combines it, and low coastal places with palm trees are uninhabitable.
Meanwhile, outside the strange bubble of denialism, science has free speech rights. So we can report that one small town in British Columbia hit 121° F. That not only blew away the hottest temp ever recorded anywhere in Canada, but it is the hottest temp ever reached anywhere on Earth north of 50° N latitude. Which isn't as far north as it sounds. 45° latitude is only halfway from the Equator to the pole!
None of the prevailing scientific climate, temperature and weather models work anymore because they had always assumed theoretical maximum high temps for any given place. It was straightforward, based on all that was known of that place. But those models have been exceeded by amounts of change and by new records that are astonishing. It's being seen as either a once-in-a-thousand-years crazy anamoly, or the first wave of new seasonal norms.
Given that every month is now hotter than its corresponding month in all previous years -- everywhere in the world -- scientists and researchers are forming an alarming consensus. It is likely that summers will always bring devastating floods amidst drought, wildfires that send smoke hallway around the globe, and permafrost melt that releases ancient methane (the greenhouse mega-gas). It all results in the inability of long-farmed cropland to reliably produce needed food.
Even "unprecedented" is not devoid of context. Just remember that Big Tobacco denied, for decades, that its product killed those who used it according to its manufactured intent. Big Oil, the entire tar sands and fracking industries, proponents for drilling on public lands including the National Parks, and in the now suddenly ice-free summers of the Arctic Ocean, mix their propangandistic alarmism over running out of oil with denialism taken from Big Tobacco. Meanwhile, Great White Sharks hunt farther north then ever before. Polar Bears drown in the now open ocean. Land species succumb to drought. The web of life in ecosystems, long presumed stable, now faces extinctions that exceed species loss brought by the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs.
COVID denial and refusal of vaccines may bring a Darwin Awards to those who deny that science. But climate change denial does not simply bring rising seas to drown the greedy and stupid. It endangers our entire species.
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