Just in time for Record Store Day on November 22nd, a truly under-sung live masterpiece is to be re-released. Many fans know of Jerry Garcia & Howard Wales 1970 memorizing fusion studio album Hooteroll?, which was notable (aside from the inspired flowing free-jazz) as Garcia’s first studio recording outside of the Grateful Dead since the band’s inception. Indeed Garcia saw something remarkable about Wales playing.
“Words, that is all I have to take your heart away,” sang Manchester’s Bee Gees. Perhaps that heartfelt sentiment exemplifies the soul of the three-day, annual “Louder Than Words” Fest, once more housed inside the historical walls of the Principal Hotel, a former insurance company, with beguiling stained-glass windows and winding stairways.
The first of two sold out nights at Old Town School of Folk's intimate Maurer Hall, Cockburn's show was geared up with arena sized lighting and sound production equipement, a bit overwhelming for the modest sized concert space. But that did not impact his intimate connection with the audience. At 72 he talks and performs to his audience with ease, wit and a certain wisdom that only someone of his age and life experience can do.
On the third and final day of this year's Fest Forums in Santa Barbara a small army of celebrities turned up for the celebration. It was a full day of films, lectures, food, wine tasting, and great live music. The morning got off to a sleepy start as vendors began closing the exhibit hall and the early birds to the convention sipped coffee and ate fresh fruit and pastries.
A five-year old tradition of supporting local and national charities will be celebrated at Infiniti Downs on "Giving Tuesday," when the organizers of the LOCKN' festival will present checks totalling $37,210 to 17 non-profit organizations where were part of the festival's PARTICIPATION ROW social action village.
Starting back in 2013, LOCKN' created Participation Row by teaming up with a non-profit organization called