We are so excited to announce "Los Hipsoween Fest" coming to the Solano County Fairgrounds Oct. 30-31st. Vehicle passes are available only for individual nights. Tickets for Friday Night's show with Los Lobos and The Doobie Decibel System go on sale TODAY (it is Friday 10/2) at 4:20 pm, and they will go FAST, so set a reminder. There are tickets available now also for The Mother Hips Full Moon Halloween extravaganza on 10/31 and NEXT WEEKEND'S show with Lyrics Born & Afrolicious on Saturday 10/10. This funk/hip-hop/groove show will be the DANCE PARTY OF THE APOCALYPSE!
Sound Summit, the intimate annual music festival set in a stunning venue atop Mount Tam in Marin County will stream performances from its 2016 event to help raise funds for Sound Effects, its relief effort for Bay Area musicians who have not been able to gig since the pandemic took hold and will likely not be able to do so for some time. Powered by Nugs.net, the Sound Effects stream will take place on Sunday, September 27th from 7:00 – 9:00 PM (PDT).
“We’re a Mexican American band, and no word describes America like immigrant. Most of us are children of immigrants, so it’s perhaps natural that the songs we create celebrate America in this way.” So says Louie Perez, the “poet laureate” and primary wordsmith of Los Lobos, when describing the songs on the band’s new album, Gates of Gold.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass will be presenting a live stream on July 25th at 4 pm PT with Los Lobos. The Grammy award-winners have a rich history with Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, having played the festival in 2007, 2013, 2015 and 2018. “After months of lockdown, Los Lobos is honored and happy to report we will be doing our first show all together again for our friends at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass,” says Steve Berlin.
Picture it: The most beautiful outdoor festival grounds at Planet Bluegrass in stunning Lyons, Colorado. Three days full of world-class musicians from around the globe. 5,000 of your new best friends. For music lovers, this is a dream come true.
The epic music extravaganza this past weekend was beyond stellar. I loved all the music, and the following were my favorites:
Dark Star Orchestra is holding their seventh annual Dark Star Jubilee festival this coming Memorial Day May 25-27 at the venue which is now known as Legend Valley, in Thornville, Ohio. Back in 1993, it was known as Buckeye Lake Music Center, and on June 11, the Grateful Dead rolled into town. Nearly 25 years to the date, and at the same location, Dark Star Orchestra will be recreating the original band’s historic set during one of the night at The Jubilee in a rare, advanced announcement for the band to confirm a show they’re playing.
What a magical weekend it was indeed at the Dark Star Jubilee. Each year is just as good as the last if not better. I had the honor of attending this festival for the fourth year in a row out at Legend Valley, Ohio over Memorial Day weekend. There are so many positive things to be said about this festival. It is a world of its own filled with beautiful music, positive people, smiles in every direction, and of course Grateful Dead Tunes.
Commercial success is a tough concept to toy with for many bands in their breakthrough moment. How do you compromise your stylistic integrity and what you want to play versus what a major record label or mainstream audiences are thought to expect out of pop music? It ruins the authenticity of certain bands willing to make that sacrifice. The braver bands with stronger roots and integrity can withstand such temptations, doing things their own way, and still gaining mainstream popularity and success on their own terms.