It’s a great time to fire up that old Suburban sitting in the driveway next to your Prius! Back are the days of piling everyone in the car and going to the drive-in! Nederlander Concerts is launching its Summer Drive-In OC series in the parking lot of the City National Grove of Anaheim. The series with feature movies, concerts and more.
Each year the highlight of the Americana Music Association’s “Americanafest” is the “Americana Honors and Awards” night.
If you read Part 1, you know that this year, “Americanafest” is going on virtually as “Thriving Roots,” Sept. 16-18. The “Honors and Awards” Ceremony is still currently scheduled to take place at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Sept. 16.
The big question in my mind is: Who will win “Artist of the Year?” There’s some tough competition in this category!
Americana fans will not have to miss out this year. The Americana Music Association Foundation has announced “Thriving Roots: A Virtual Community Music Conference”. It’s a new online music industry conference experience from Sept. 16-18, 2020. The virtual conference will feature Rosanne Cash, John Leventhal, Mavis Staples as well as AMAF Board Members Jackson Browne, Rhiannon Giddens and T Bone Burnett.
American business has been hit hard during the pandemic. Small businesses have been especially impacted. Small businesses are not just stores, services and restaurants, they are members of their community and are in need of support.
Musical artists are coming together to bring you “Small Business Live,” a one-day musical experience to raise money for the Accion Opportunity Fund. The fund provides grants to at-risk small businesses hit hardest by COVID-19, with a focus on those run by women and people of color.
Dead, alive and well (virtually) and touring the information superhighway...It’s the Grateful Dead and Dead & Company streaming weekly on YouTube!
On Fridays at 5PM Pacific Time, it’s the “Shakedown Stream,” a live Q&A with archivist David Lemieux and historian Gary Lambert followed by the screening of a classic live Grateful Dead show. Every week they have a special guest and they choose a different worthy organization to raise funds for. Past charities have included the MusiCares Covid-19 Relief Fund and the ACLU Solidarity Fund.
While we can’t say that supporting 88.5 FM will make you a better drummer, singer or performer, it keeps the great music going. Yes, Ringo Starr is a proud supporter and friend of 88.5 FM and he has issued a challenge to YOU.
On Friday, June 12, starting at 6AM with the “Nic Harcourt Morning Show with Jet”, if 500 pledges are made before 7PM, Ringo Starr will be matching your donation to the Independent 88.5 FM!
If that is not awesome enough, You can even pick up the new Limited Edition “Peace, Love and Togetherness” Tote with a pledge of $100 or $8.85 monthly.
Go Back to the 80’s on June 13 with “Back to the Basement“- a virtual concert to support and honor first responders and health-care workers who are on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.
“Back to the Basement” is intended to bring us back to the days where kids watched
music video after music video on MTV in their basements. If you’re a SoCal native like me and you’ve never seen a house with a basement... well, it sounds cool, so we’ll just go with it.
KT Tunstall has released a new song “Wash Ya Hands,” to lightheartedly remind us of
the importance of protecting ourselves through good hygiene during the COVID-19