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Alison Toon
“These costumes that we’re wearing… it’s not our fault!” Led Zepagain, playing Led Zep again, at the state Fair

Jul 15, 2015
“These costumes that we’re wearing… it’s not our fault!”  Led Zepagain, playing Led Zep again, at the state Fair

Swan Montgomery as Robert Plant, Led Zepagain, California State FairBearing in mind that the original Led Zeppelin split up, finally and forever, after the untimely death in September, 1980, of drummer John Bonham, Led Zepagain may be the closest to th...

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Alison Toon
Freestyle motocross: noisy, entertaining, wow, a drained lagoon… and there every day of the fair!

Jul 15, 2015
Freestyle motocross: noisy, entertaining, wow, a drained lagoon… and there every day of the fair!

Motocross, California State Fair 2015Due to California's severe and ongoing drought, the lagoon (large pond) at Cal Expo has been drained, leaving an empty, concrete basin. What better use during the State Fair than as a location for some daredevil stu...

Alison Toon
Thirty years since Live Aid… and Queen ruled. Seriously.

Jul 13, 2015

Thirty years ago today, London and Philadelphia rocked the world, raising money for the starving, the Ethiopean famine, seen by an audience of more than a billion people around the world; Phil Collins nipping over the Atlantic in Concorde so that he co...

Sierra FoodWineArt Magazine
Wine and food tasting abounds in Placer County and Nevada County CA this summer

Wine and food tasting abounds in Placer County and Nevada County CA this summer

For savory eats and award-winning wines, these festivals offer eclectic tastings, hands-on cooking demos with imaginative chefs, and breathtaking venues: SIERRA VINTNERS SUMMER REGIONAL WINE TRAIL JULY 18 AND SEPTEMBER 26 A premier wine tasting experience from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on “roads less traveled” in Nevada and Placer Counties. The trail includes wineries that are relatively near...

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Lake Tahoe Music Festival is August 18-22

Lake Tahoe Music Festival is August 18-22

Bring lawn chairs, picnics and your favorite beveragevto the annual Lake Tahoe Music Festival on August 18-22 in Tahoe City, Truckee and the West Shore. The festival’s Academy Orchestra is joining soloists Chris Kachian, renowned classical guitarist for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra and Laura Hamilton, co-concertmaster for the Metropolitan Opera. Selections...

Alison Toon
California State Fair time!!! Rides, animals, deep-fried food, and free concerts!

Jul 10, 2015
California State Fair time!!! Rides, animals, deep-fried food, and free concerts!

California State FairCalifornia State Fair opens today, and runs until until July 26th!What are you looking forwards to most? The free concerts? The animals? The art shows and food shows and gardening exhibits and dancing and the hypnotist? Or the ever...

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Tahoe SummerFest: “Passport to a world of music” this summer

Jul 8, 2015
Tahoe SummerFest: “Passport to a world of music” this summer

THE NAMES ARE WORLD RENOWNED — New York Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Symphony, American Symphony and the New York Philharmonic — and the only place to experience them together is Lake Tahoe SummerFest, July 31-August 16 in Incline Village, NV. The classical music festival’s fourth season, titled “Passport to a World of Music,” brings Mozart, Beethoven...

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KVMR Celtic Festival is October 2-4 in Grass Valley

KVMR Celtic Festival is October 2-4 in Grass Valley

THE 19th ANNUAL KVMR CELTIC FESTIVAL & Marketplace mixes Celtic music and magic October 2-4 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. A bucolic setting on 100 acres that is transformed into a Celtic village with eight stages and performance areas host many of the world’s best Celtic musicians. Main Stage music headliners for...

Alison Toon
Highly Suspect… one to watch out for at Aftershock (and see this video, learn to swim!)

Jul 4, 2015

Driving back from Santa Cruz, listening to Octane on satellite radio, and Highly Suspect's new single, Lydia, came on.Great sound. Really looking forwards to seeing them at Aftershock this year. This Brooklyn band will be playing on Sunday, October 25t...

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Alison Toon
4th July, holiday, holidays, vacation… and how to do an American vacation.

Jul 4, 2015
4th July, holiday, holidays, vacation… and how to do an American vacation.

Happy dogs, Santa CruzI've been living in the USA for many years now, but only this weekend did I work out how to fit a European vacation into an American holiday*.I grew up in England, where my mum and dad scrimped and saved throughout the year, to be...

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