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Alison Toon
TBD Fest dates announced: September 18th-21st!

May 1, 2015
TBD Fest dates announced: September 18th-21st!

Dates are announced: lineup coming soon. If you really want to participate in the "TBD" spirit, you can buy early tickets right now--without knowing the lineup--at a bargain price.Now... Aftershock???  Dates please?  #waitingimpatiently #pret...

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Alison Toon
Concerts in the Park begin tomorrow–and One-Eyed Doll on Saturday at the Boardwalk

Apr 30, 2015
Concerts in the Park begin tomorrow–and One-Eyed Doll on Saturday at the Boardwalk

The Soft White SixtiesThe annual outdoor concert series, Concerts in the Park, begin tomorrow in Sacramento. 5 p.m. until 9 pm on Friday evenings throughout the summer, mostly local bands and talent, beginning tomorrow with Island of Black & W...

Alison Toon
The heart, and the art, of Montreal

Apr 30, 2015
The heart, and the art, of Montreal

Street art, Montreal, CanadaSo... I was in Montreal for the final one of this year's Marillion weekends (and yes, there will be photos soon, I promise). First visit to Montreal: lovely city, lovely people, and I really enjoyed the French-ness of everyt...

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Sierra FoodWineArt Magazine
The Center for the Arts presents: A Very Special SOLO Evening with Joan Armatrading

The Center for the Arts presents: A Very Special SOLO Evening with Joan Armatrading

The Center for the Arts presents Joan Armatrading in a rare solo concert at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Grass Valley on Friday, May 8. Over her 42 years of touring Joan Armatrading has never done a solo world tour.  For her last major tour she has decided this is the perfect time to perform her...

Alison Toon
One more Marillion weekend… and the sky above the rain.

Apr 22, 2015
One more Marillion weekend… and the sky above the rain.

Ice cracking, Atlantic Ocean west of GreenlandThis coming weekend, I will be in Montreal for the third and final Marillion weekend of 2015. You should be there. Really.It's been a few weeks of intense travelling, and some spectacular views--the concert...

Sierra FoodWineArt Magazine
Bonnie Raitt, Janis Ian and other stars performing in Grass Valley

Bonnie Raitt, Janis Ian and other stars performing in Grass Valley

ROCK IMPRESARIO BILL GRAHAM HELPED SPARK A musical renaissance in the ’60s in Northern California. The Fillmore and Winterland Arena in San Francisco helped incubate musical talent from the Grateful Dead to Jefferson Airplane. The foothills felt the impact. In the ’80s, the Grateful Dead performed at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “What a pretty venue, framed...

Sierra FoodWineArt Magazine
The Snowball Express

The Snowball Express

IN THE 1930S, VISITORS TRAVELED from the Bay Area and Sacramento to Truckee on Southern Pacific railroad’s “Snowball Express.” Now our magazine calls the internet the “Snowball Express”—to spread the word about our region’s burgeoning food, wine and beer, and music and arts scene, with a “snowballing effect.” This is one reason we also have...

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Alison Toon
Witches. Take a listen. Then go see One-Eyed Doll. OK?

Apr 5, 2015
Witches. Take a listen. Then go see One-Eyed Doll. OK?

Kimberly Freeman of One-Eyed DollWhile the Marillion Weekends are happening, I'm so attuned to their music, anything else is having a hard time finding ear-space or listening-room, and it's difficult to give anything else the fair hearing a review dese...

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Alison Toon
Steve Rothery Band: delightful!

Apr 3, 2015
Steve Rothery Band: delightful!

Steve Rothery, Steve Rothery Band, PZ, The NetherlandsIf you have the chance to see the Steve Rothery band live, jump on it. As well as performing at the Marillion Weekends, the bands album, The Ghosts of Pripyat is available now.Oh, I mentioned it bef...

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Alison Toon
The story of an unreadable 32-gigabyte CF card: what was lost is now found

Apr 3, 2015
The story of an unreadable 32-gigabyte CF card: what was lost is now found

From the pit, Marillion Weekend, The NetherlandsAnyone who shoots a lot of photos, whether a wedding photographer, sports journalist, wildlife or music photog, knows that one horrible day, a memory card may fail. You can lose everything that was on the...

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