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Don McClean and Judy Collins at Music in the Mountains’ SummerFest

Don McClean and Judy Collins at Music in the Mountains’ SummerFest

We attended the preview of Music in the Mountains’ SummerFest at the Foothills Event Center in Grass Valley, and it’s an exciting lineup. Singer-songwriter Don McLean, best known for the 1971 album “American Pie,” will perform on June 28, and singer-songwriter Judy Collins, known for singing Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns,” will perform on June...

Alison Toon
Melvins, at the Boardwalk, Orangevale

Mar 21, 2016
Melvins, at the Boardwalk, Orangevale

Buzz Osborne, Melvins, at the Boardwalk, OrangevaleLast night, Melvins took the stage at the Boardwalk. The room, thronged with fans, from young teens to oldies like me; the venue nearly-almost-just-about full, loads of people waiting to see this three...

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Alison Toon
Protoje and some Jamaica sunshine

Mar 16, 2016
Protoje and some Jamaica sunshine

ProtojeSupporting Rebelution on the Winter Greens tour is Protoje; singer and songwriter from Jamaica, reggae with a touch of dancehall, dubstep, ska, and it's the Caribbean sound that resonates much more with me than any variety of Cali-rock. I always...

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Alison Toon
Bring Me The Horizon: new video, Follow You… and no, they didn’t have to kill the dog but…

Mar 16, 2016
Bring Me The Horizon: new video, Follow You… and no, they didn’t have to kill the dog but…

Some time really, really early this morning, California time, Bring Me The Horizon released a new video for Follow You, from That's The Spirit. From the comments on YouTube and on Instagram, folks around the world set alarm clocks or stayed up all nigh...

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Alison Toon
Foals, Bear Hands, Silversun Pickups: photos and more from the Spring Fling tour!

Mar 14, 2016
Foals, Bear Hands, Silversun Pickups: photos and more from the Spring Fling tour!

Yannis Philippakis, FoalsThe entire evening was wonderful: each band different, each band putting on a show as if they were headlining, and that's why this was such a good, entertaining show. Everyone who was in the audience saw their money's worth, an...

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Game to 100
Talent for music and dancing sadly lacking

Mar 14, 2016

Whenever the subject of talent comes up, and I hear people telling kids they can be anything they want to be, I think of my fumbling efforts with music and dance. I was deselected from the choir at Our Lady … Continue reading

Game to 100
Talent for music and dancing sadly lacking

Mar 14, 2016

Whenever the subject of talent comes up, and I hear people telling kids they can be anything they want to be, I think of my fumbling efforts with music and dance. I was deselected from the choir at Our Lady … Continue reading

Alison Toon
Cage The Elephants: Spring Fling tour, 2016, at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena

Mar 13, 2016
Cage The Elephants: Spring Fling tour, 2016, at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena

Matt Shultz, Cage The ElephantHeadlining last night's Spring Fling tour date at Sacramento's Sleep Train Arena, presented by Radio 94.7: Cage The Elephant.Cage The Elephant, Spring Fling tour 2016Backtrack several hours... one of the rainiest, darkest,...

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Alison Toon
Rebelution: winter greens on a wild, wet and windy California night

Mar 12, 2016
Rebelution: winter greens on a wild, wet and windy California night

Rebelution, Thunder Valley Casino Resort, Lincoln CAAs we are going through a real Californian "winter" this year--rain, wind and lots of "storms" that would make a New Yorker cry laughing--the warming sounds of reggae and Cali-rock were very welcome l...

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Alison Toon
FallRise last show… what comes next?

Mar 11, 2016
FallRise last show… what comes next?

FallRise, Aftershock 2012Tomorrow evening, at the Ace of Spades, will be the final show for Sacramento's FallRise. While sad that this is happening, I'm much more interested to find out What's Coming Next, because I can't for one moment imagine that th...

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