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Lake County Music Guide – 5.14.24

Alas, too many live music events, so little time… But bear in mind, I still have the used ACME Clone-a-Matic for sale, needs work. Just sayin’… I’ll be listing a couple of non-music events but only because their venues often provide live music. See, I promote both the bands AND the venues – can’t have one without the other. And it’s “Wine Adventure” weekend here in The LC, so, fasten your seatbelts, folks – here’s the live music schedule for the week of 5/14 through 5/20…

Lake County Music Guide – 5.7.24

Somebody please thumbtack the sun to the mid-day sky so we know what to expect! Sheesh! Put the long johns into the winter bin, take them back out of the bin. Remove a blanket from the bed, put it back on the bed. Well, it’s a good thing we have live music to keep us warm. Here’s the live music guide for the week of 5/7 through 5/13, (F.Y.I., lots of Nancy Wright this weekend), …

Lake County Music Guide – 4.30.24

Hola, mis amigos y amigas, it’s Cinco de Mayo this coming Sunday – one of my favorite traditional events. But from what I’ve been told, it’s not the most celebrated day in Mexico – nothing like Mexican Independence Day. And rather than simply being an excuse to drink beer, eat tapas and dance, in Mexico it’s an important celebration of a famous victory between the Mexican people of Pueblo and an invading French army. S’okay, I still like beer and tapas and dancing. Here’s the live music schedule for the week of 4/30 to 5/6…

Lake County Music Guide – 4.23.24

Last night I watched a movie called The “Red Sea Diving Resort.” It’s a thriller/refugee rescue-type movie that produces the perfect blend of stress and humor. As the final credits began, there was a song called “Mi’ma’amakim” performed by Israeli musician/band The Idan Raichel Project. It was so mesmerizing that I had to look it up. The song segues an Ethiopian folk song called “Nanu Nanu Ney” throughout, but the main sections of the song are in Hebrew, so I had to find an English translation to understand the song’s lyrics. What I found was a most beautiful love song, even though it’s hard to tell if it’s being presented to a lover, a child, a family or a people, especially since it can easily apply to them all. This song has become one of the more pleasant earworms I’ve ever experienced. I recommend checking both the movie and song. Here’s the live music guide for the week of 4/23 through 4/29…

Deep Heart’s Core 

Two days into her retirement from the elementary school where she’d taught fifth grade for 30 years, Pam called her brother, Alan. Alan lived on the opposite side of the county in a small, Craftsman-style home on Clear Lake.  “I’m taking you up on your offer to hang out for a day or two.”

Lake County Music Guide – 10.31.23

I just read how there are quite a few slang words many of us Boomers and Millennials still use that have become so outdated it’s embarrassing to some to just hear them used. Words like; groovy, rad, fo shizzle, tubular, cowabunga, righteous, bitchin, bogus, cool beans, word and psyche. Bummer, Dude, that eliminates most of my vocabulary… Slang is for the most part a regional expression and much of it is embedded in the lexicon associated with certain eras. Well, maybe I’m just getting senile, but I stand by the slang words I grew up with. Who’s with me?!?… Um…, okay, here’s the live music guide for the week of 10/31 through 11/6…

“The Only Smoke They Should be Exposed to” – Prizewinning Essay by Alani Ethelbah

They hadn’t come home in a long time. That’s why the elders are mad. The roundhouse is a sacred place for our people. It’s where we go to bring in the new year, to give the newborn babies their native names, to celebrate our strawberry festival. It’s where we go to heal and connect with our culture and pay respect to our traditions. Yet there are people who turn their backs to it all. People who never come home. The elders are mad. They say that these people have lost their way. That they are poisoned. No good.

Two Poems by Sam Lewis

Starlings When the corn is down and the fields lay brown starlings flock together. Wheeling…

Grow Damn It! A Debut Novel by Lake County Resident Cheryl Oreglia

Cheryl is a whippersnapper with prose and humor. She’s tough and loving, and takes no shit. And she can tell a story that won’t make you want to close the book. “Idleness is not the root of all evil, as the Jones would have you think. It is the fertilizer, which is required, if you wish to Grow Damn It!”

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