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Alison Toon
Blackjack Billy, redneck rock, did I tell you that this was my kind of show yet?

Jul 24, 2014
Blackjack Billy, redneck rock, did I tell you that this was my kind of show yet?

Sometimes, you choose a book by its cover, an album by its sleeve, a dish on a menu in a strange restaurant, "just because". Not because you know the author, the artist, the flavour; "just because" something, somewhere, appeals. If you try to analyse w...

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The Sacramento Bee
Three to see: Honey Island, GRMLN and Denise Perrier

Honey Island Swamp Band

Americana/blues/soul

9:30 p.m. Friday

Crazy Horse Saloon

As we sneak up on the nine-year anniversary of the devastating Hurricane Katrina, one can find some shreds of good that were born of horrific tragedy. One such...

Alison Toon
Were you there? Photos of Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo rocking the California State Fair

Jul 23, 2014
Were you there? Photos of Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo rocking the California State Fair

Love is a Battlefield has always been my favourite Pat Benatar song; it was the highlight of last night's show, for me, at the California State Fair, and it was singing in my head when I woke up this morning. Memorable and meaningful.Pat Benatar and Ne...

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Sierra FoodWineArt Magazine
Local, world-class fiddler Alasdair Fraser joins “James Bond” in supporting an independent Scotland

Local, world-class fiddler Alasdair Fraser joins “James Bond” in supporting an independent Scotland

Forget about the State of Jefferson. I’m reading an article in the “International New York Times” while on vacation in Italy this week titled “The stars collide over Scotland”: Eight weeks before a referendum on whether Scotland should break away from Britain and become an independent country, the Yes and No camps have stepped...

Alison Toon
Bret Michaels, California State Fair, and making it real.

Jul 22, 2014
Bret Michaels, California State Fair, and making it real.

This was the real Bret Michaels, rocker, musician, showman, entertainer. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to see him live, on stage, with the crowd of Sacramento fans at the California State Fair. There were many Bret Michaels hats and bandannas on di...

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The Sacramento Bee
Citing ‘racist views,’ tribe cancels Nugent show

A Native American tribe has canceled an Aug. 4 concert by Ted Nugent at its casino. The Coeur d'Alene Tribe on Monday said that the cancellation of the concert at the casino in the northwest Idaho city of Worley was because of the rocker's "racist ...

Alison Toon
California State Fair: fairground art and my fairground muse

Jul 21, 2014
California State Fair: fairground art and my fairground muse

Each year I return to the California State Fair fairground, the "Midway", to see the WaveSwinger. I don't understand why it's not surrounded by photographers day and night, like a gorgeous celebrity: she shows a different face early on a summers day to...

Sierra FoodWineArt Magazine
Strawberry Music Festival names performers for Grass Valley

Strawberry Music Festival names performers for Grass Valley

We are excited to announce that ticket sales for the Fall 2014 Strawberry Music Festival at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley have begun. There are currently plenty of Camping and Day tickets available for sale or exchange, and we promise to keep you informed when that changes. While basic festival information is...

Alison Toon
Queen Nation rock the State Fair. Again!

Jul 20, 2014
Queen Nation rock the State Fair. Again!

I loved seeing these guys at the State Fair last year, and I say it again: I never expect to like a tribute-band, cover-band, but Queen Nation just rock!In a way, bands covering someone-else's songs was my intro to live music. Saturday evenings at Syst...

Alison Toon
And now for all the fun of the fair: State Fair!

Jul 19, 2014
And now for all the fun of the fair: State Fair!

Fairground ride, California state fairI'm off to the fair, today. Goats, sheep, llamas (I hope!), horses, heavy horses, new-born calves; ferris wheels, crazy rides (I'm an observer, not a participant), bungee jumping, catch-a-rubber-duck, dart-a-soft-b...

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