Site of the Month

Site of the Month

dennisdarragh.com

Lots of great information about the Florida Keys, scuba diving, traveling, the horrible oil spill in the gulf and lots more good information can be found at Dennis and Maggie's blog.  Go check it out and let them know what you think.

here is an example of some of the materials you'll find on their blog:

I just submitted a story on what clean energy means to me, and you should too! The Sierra Club will collect all our stories and deliver them to the Senate with a message - "support the great local work Americans are doing across the country by passing strong, clean energy and climate legislation.  http://action.sierra club.org/mystory


www.dennisdarragh.com

David Grisman's new website, AcousticOasis.com

I'm very pleased and excited to announce the arrival of my new website, AcousticOasis.com, featuring new and previously unreleased projects that are now available to you as high-quality digital downloads, exclusively through this site. All projects include downloadable graphics (CD covers, tray cards and labels) and cost is less than most other download sites.

Among the initial Acoustic Oasis releases are extended versions of Acoustic Disc projects like the 170-minute Extra Large Pizza Tapes with Jerry Garcia, Tony Rice and myself, exceptional live performances like The Bluegrass Quintet - Live in Japan, vintage recordings of historical importance such as Giovanni Gioviale - Italian Mandolin & Banjo Classics, out- of-print gems like jazzmaster Don Stiernberg's Mandolin Restaurant and new Oasis recordings like Slapback by mandolin whiz-kid Josh Pinkham and his grandfather, Texas swing legend Jerry Thomasson.

Also available are videos, educational materials, special bargain compilations, free streaming radio & tv, and a free daily download.  New releases and features will be coming each month so you'll want to keep checking us out!

After 20 successful years with Acoustic Disc, I want to thank all of you for your continued support and encouragement - and extend a big welcome to check out Acoustic Oasis!

Refrain Magazine

refrain-magRefrain Magazine was created to serve music fans in the Northern Plains and ensure that readers have a deeper knowledge of the thriving music scene in the region. Our goal is to provide up-to-date, in-depth coverage of live music events, making sure that readers know where to find live music, how to get tickets, and have an understanding of the artists they see in order to deepen their musical experiences. Refrain Magazine offers readers an up-close look into the inner workings of local musicians and bands that tour the region, through interviews, photographs, and careful reviews of music. Refrain also provides information and coverage of concerts, outdoor music festivals, and other live events.  From time to time, we will bring you news and profiles of new music artists from all parts of the world.

Refrain Magazine is grateful for all of the area live music venues who showcase local talent and bring in favorite bands and artists we would not be able to see.  Because of them, our musical appreciation is greatly enhanced.

If you know of a live event happening in the region and don’t see it covered here, please email the magazine’s calendar and we’ll do our best to get the word out.

PintShop.com

support your small local shops!- for the Grateful Web

Located at the foot of the beautiful Flatirons in Boulder, CO - PintShop.com was founded when we noticed a lack of high quality, affordable brewery items online.  We figured there had to be a better way!  Be assured we will do what ever it takes to keep you coming back time and again.

From the Daily Camera:

They're folks who live in the Boulder area and work normal jobs, but chase the American dream of running their own business on the side.

No, they're not suckers for television commercials touting Internet terminals as the road to wealth-filled, self employment. Instead, they pour hours outside regular jobs running their own e-commerce Web sites.

They've found markets for anything from shark hats to African safaris, swimsuits to pint glasses. They're finding ways to generate some revenue, too.

"We're doing business how it used to be done — and it's online," says Brian Young, a 26-year-old who moonlights at Louisville-based Raindance Communications Inc. while hawking brewery memorabilia on his 7-month-old PintShop.com. "It's been profitable since day one."

Some, like Young, have visions of eventually making the sites their full-time jobs, maybe even recognizing a windfall someday from their hard-earned creations.

Perry's Drumming Podcast

Perry- for the Grateful Web

My podcast is about drumming, by and for drummers but of course everyone is welcome to listen..the goal is for a fun,relaxed, and no format interview with my guests discussing all aspects of music, drums, touring, recording, the industry, their stories and experiences. Also, what's cool is at times I get to jam with my guests and make music for that moment, incuding: Jason Hann of String Cheese Incident, Adam Topol of Jack Johnson & Dean Butterworh of Ben harper...enjoy!

Patchwork Underground -- Hippie Patchwork Clothing

support your local craftspeople!- for the Grateful Web

Welcome to the Patchwork Underground!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  All of the hippie patchwork clothing on this site was handmade by me with love and care in Eugene, OR. 

I use only high quality vintage and recycled materials in my environmentally-friendly, one-of-a-kind custom clothing, so you can take good care of Mother Earth, support anti-sweatshop craftspeople and look fabulous all at the same time.  Sweet!

No two creations are the same and each one is hand-made to last a lifetime.

Check back often because I add new threads every week.

If you don't see the dress, top, skirt, bag, shorts or pants of your dreams here, let me know what you're looking for and I can custom-make it for you!  I make hippie inspired, positive, recycled, patchwork, and custom clothing to suit every mood, gender and size.  I especially enjoy making plus size threads for you bigger mamas. ;)

As always, thank you for supporting DIY independent craftspeople!  I couldn't continue to make my magic without you.

Peace and best wishes, Erin

P.S. Please feel free to join my mailing list to get updates on sales and other occasional happenings here at the Patchwork Underground!  This is a low-volume, private, in-house mailing list, and folks - no worries there.

THE FADER IS DEAD

- for the Grateful Web

The FADER magazine—the definitive voice of emerging music—releases its annual Icon Issue, this time taking an in-depth look at one of the most consistently relevant forces in popular music: Jerry Garcia. The Grateful Dead was an incredible musical force that defined its generation, with Garcia as its de facto leader, to the point that the band is almost synonymous with the '60s. Yet the Dead—and Jerry especially—remained an active force well into the '90s, and the band's power and influence has anything but diminished since their final show. In fact, Jerry and the Dead are as relevant now as they've ever been—a constant inspiration and obsession for the current generation of musicians that The FADER celebrates issue after issue.

It is also telling that The FADER's 46th issue hits newsstands on the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love, and notable that The FADER's tribute focuses on the early years of the Grateful Dead, when Garcia was a young rocker obsessed with authentic American music like folk, bluegrass, the blues and the jug bands of the '20s. The photographs in the feature come exclusively from 1966, 1967 and 1968, including never before seen images. The entire feature is comprised of "as told to" style interviews full of untold stories and reflections on Garcia's life from those who knew him best, including Carolyn "Mountain Girl" Adams Garcia, the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, his friend David "Dawg" Grisman, his collaborator Ornette Coleman, his manager Richard Loren, and the Dead's legendary soundman Dan Healy, among others. Artists from The FADER generation also give accounts of their experiences with Garcia's life and music and the impact it has had on them. Contributors include Devendra Banhart, Brightblack, Modest Mouse, Animal Collective, Dungen, the Hold Steady, the Meat Puppets and many more.

"There are so many misconceptions and prejudices regarding Jerry and his legacy," said Alex Wagner, Editor in Chief of The FADER.  "We wanted to dig deep and show our readers that he's an incredibly relevant and inspiring figure—an honest to goodness rock star who very much deserves his place in the canon of modern music."

As the Icon Issue also doubles as The FADER's Photo Issue this year, the rest of the feature well of The FADER's 46th issue focuses on extensive photo portfolios from some of the magazine's most dynamic contributing photographers. The photo features includes stories on underground eco leaders in Philladelphia, gang life in the shadow of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, and the golden days of the itinerant gypsy community known as the Roma. As always, F45 will also be available via iTunes in its entirety, with corresponding audio podcasts, and as a free download at www.thefader.com.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE :: JERRY GARCIA, with contributions from:

Carolyn "Mountain Girl" Adams Garcia
"There was an aspect of his playing that kind of reached through the dimensions and affected how people felt about things. There was a certain kind of musical catharsis going on sometimes when he played. After a while things became so fluid and sparkling and sort of gorgeous, I found it very touching and moving and loved it. I still do."

Bob Weir
"We lived together in Watts…Everybody brought their own music for everybody else to enjoy…at the same time we were all listening to the radio and deconstructing what we were hearing. We just had no idea what we were up to, every possible direction was a possible direction. The world was full of endless possibilities."

Mickey Hart
"I remember the end of it. We were sitting in a meeting saying, 'What are we gonna do?!' and Jerry drew this snake that was eating its tail. He said "This is us. We're eating ourselves.'

Richard Loren
"I was riding a camel around the Pyramids and the Sphinx when suddenly I looked over to my left and saw a stage. It all kind of hit me. A light bulb went off in my head and I thought God, you know, the band should play here!"

Devendra Banhart
"The Grateful Dead are the reliable band. They are the sonic, aural equivalent to warm water. They give you these options and choices and it's all a world of maybe. And the realm of maybe is what really makes a trip comforting. They are that comfort. Suddenly the water isn't going to boil and it isn't going to turn ice cold, it's going to stay warm."

Geologist, Animal Collective
"There's also the parking lot. I try and say this to Animal Collective fans. In the indie world or whatever, there is a lot of pretension and exclusion in the attitude, like, 'This band and this music are mine, and I have no interest in anyone else being a part of it.' At Dead concerts, these old hippies would be like, 'Oh is this your first show? Welcome to the party! Congratulations, that's great!' One day I hope the parking lot of an Animal Collective Show will feel like the parking lot at a Grateful Dead show, just an overwhelming sense of fun and community."

About The FADER
Founded by Rob Stone and Jon Cohen in 1998, The FADER magazine is the definitive voice of emerging music and the lifestyle that surrounds it. Through in-depth reporting and a distinct street sensibility, The FADER aggressively covers the most dynamic breadth of music and style emanating from the fringes of the mainstream to the heart of the underground, and was also the first publication in history to be released on iTunes. The FADER is the authority on what's next.

TRACKLIST
"Cryptical Envelopment" 3/1/69 - Fillmore West
"Turn On Your Lovelight" 1/24/71 - Seattle Center Arena
"New Speedway Boogie" 5/15/70 - Fillmore East
"Tore Up Over You/Legion of Mary" 4/7/75 - Keystone, Berkeley

"Candyman" 6-11-76 - Boston Garden
"Terrapin Station" 12-29-77 - Winterland, San Francisco

Emily Crocker's Blog

Emily Crocker- for the Grateful Web

I am a writer and performance poet living in New York City. I am also one of the editors of Black Lodge Press - a publishing house working to circulate authors who cross back and forth between poetry, prose and that which extends forward. This blog is a weather tracking system of my search for the present. I hope you stop by often and add what ever you want to this open space.

This is Emily's first blog on her new site:

I am starting off this blog with a post about The Presence Process - a book by Micheal Brown. The Presence Processes is a twelve week journey into our own pasts in order to awake to the present. Being a writer I find it extremely difficult to stay present and not get sucked into the drama of life. What else is there to write about if you're not reliving the past or creating the future? The only problem with this I've found is that my imagination is so extensive I've managed to scare the crap out of myself.

A few months a go I was on the E train going from Penn Station to 51st and Lexington when I was instantly struck by an over powering fear that something terrible was going to happen. I wasn't exactly sure what it was but I don't think I've been that scared in my life.

I fight my mind constantly. It is my biggest enemy. And even now at twenty-nine years old I can't talk my way out of being scared of the subways - getting trapped in it and not being able to get out. I also recently discovered that I'm deathly afraid of air planes and traveling out of the country; this coming from someone who has flown over one hundred times and traveled all over Asia at age twenty-two. So what is it that brings us to this boiling point? Is it our make-up? Our creative minds that won't turn off? Or is there a reality to it all?

This is what I am trying to figure out and want to dedicate this blog site too. I am mapping my mind everyday, twice a day, sitting and meditating, becoming present and then searching in the past for where it all began - where in my childhood I became so scared of EVERYTHING. But somehow, this has to do with my writing, my creativity and my performance pieces.

This is not a blog solely about anxiety and mental health, this is a space for discussion on how the mind works - what it creates and how that somehow emanates into the world. I am hoping to attract readers, get comments, announce amazing things going on in my community and spread my community as far as it will go. I hope everyone will feel comfortable posting on my blog and will tell me about how they create, think, deal, whatever.

I am starting off with this post, in this manner because I am hoping to set the stage here – being as honest as I can. I hope all those whom add and comment on this blog are willing to bring everything to the surface, share their art, writing, experiments and psychedelic selves.

Sweet taste and love,
Emily

"Hidden"

Performed at the Breckenridge Theatre- for the Grateful Web

"Hidden" is inspired by the true stories of rescuers of Jews in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands. Seven lives intersect in this compelling drama inspired by the true stories of rescuers and hidden children in Nazi-occupied Holland. The voices of the oppressed, the oppressors, and the quiet heroes speak once more in this powerful new play celebrating hope and humanity – and the hidden courage inside us all.

 

Miriam Peterson gives an interview about her days as a rescuer of Jews in Amsterdam. As she recounts her memories, the experiences of other rescuers and hidden children are revealed.

 

We meet...

Siena, a young nurse at an Amsterdam creche (child care facility) who is instrumental in saving Jewish children from deportation.

Piet, an older man, looking back at his boyhood days growing up as a "Dutch Tom Sawyer" and participating in the Resistance.

Astrid, a staunch member of the Dutch Nazi party, who is faced with an unexpected challenge of character.

Erica, a survivor, whose parents were both active rescuers and who hid her with foster parents when she was an infant.

Joren, a stoic farmer torn between his conscience to act and the teachings of his faith.

Ephraim, a young Jewish refugee from Hamburg, who spends his childhood in hiding during the occupation.

Stunning projections, intricate and layered sound design, stirring musical support, and direct and honest acting combine to create a documentary "come-to-life" onstage.

"Hidden" shines a light on the well of secret courage that exists deep within us all.

Performed at the Breckenridge Theatre, located at 121 South Ridge Street in Breckenridge, Colorado.

*Show Dates & Times

March 30th & 31st at 7:30pm

April 6th & 7th at 7:30pm

April 8th at 4:00pm

April 13th & 14th at 7:30pm

April 15th at 6:30pm

April 20th at 7:30pm

April 22nd at 6:30pm

World Diabetes Day

- for the Grateful Web

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is the only global advocate for people with diabetes and their healthcare providers. We work together with our member associations to enhance the lives of people with diabetes worldwide. Our mission is to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide.

 

Since we first took up the diabetes cause in 1950, we have evolved into an umbrella organization of over 190 diabetes associations in more than 150 countries.

 

IDF is a non-governmental organization in official relations with the World Health Organization.