This post originally appeared in San Francisco Classical Voice (sfcv.org), a Bay Area-based website that covers a wide spectrum of musical coverage.
In general, I'm not big on festivals -- music or otherwise. The thought of wading through people on blankets brings on agoraphobia, and I miss the comforts of home almost immediately.
Woodstock: fahgeddabout it, or, as Tom Waits once said, "Never touch the stuff." I did attend Monterey Pop while a mere high school youth, but my friends and I were only able to score tickets for Ravi Shankar's set (everyone kept looking around to see if George Harrison would show; he didn't)…Continue
Posted on June 14, 2014 at 11:30am — 2 Comments
A showman's life ain't no easy gig, as has been well documented by better men and women than I.
Aoife O'Donovan made it down to Mill Valley last night, god bless her, after an eight-hour one-woman drive from Ojai. At long last, she landed at Sweetwater Music Hall -- the venerable Marin mainstay that has been revived (and relocated) through the good efforts of Bob Weir, among others -- and gave it her all and then some.
Sporting a black top and black leather shorts on the summer…Continue
Posted on June 12, 2014 at 12:00am
While our national "leaders'' go through their Kabuki dance inWashington, gesturing wildly at shadowy villains of their own imagination, it's heartening to see other models arising: communitarian, artistic, generous.
As usual, California seems to be ahead of the curve, enacting sensible immigration laws, providing health care and focusing on workable and humane solutions. Just this weekend, as No Depression readers know well, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, with its plethora…Continue
Posted on October 5, 2013 at 12:00pm
The ghosts of the past were all over the place – after all, this is the place where Janis, Jimi and Otis tore up the place at the Monterey Pop Festival, which coincidentally recently celebrated its 45th anniversary - but the mood at the first annual Monterey Americana Festival this weekend was definitely in the here and now.
Although the event, headlined by cultural hero of the moment Jason Isbell, was criminally underattended, despite lots of good ink in the local…Continue
Posted on June 22, 2013 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments