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Alison Toon
Jana Kramer was there, too

Jul 24, 2014
Jana Kramer was there, too

Young actress-turned-country-singer Jana Kramer opened the show on Wednesday evening at the California State Fair, followed by Blackjack Billy.More photos from Jana's set:  http://alisontoon.com/janakramer

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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45 Journal
Fence Post

Jul 24, 2014
Fence Post

I meant to post this fence scene from our trip to eastern Washington last Thursday for Good Fences, but I forgot to post that day so I saved it for this week instead. We're heading back through eastern Washington again today, so I'm hoping to have some...

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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The Blue Muse
Preparing for solo cross country flying

Jul 22, 2014
Preparing for solo cross country flying

Beautiful farmland between Sacramento Executive Airport and Yolo County Airport."So when are you going on your cross country?" my instructor Stan asked after he deemed me competent to handle cross-wind landings. Again and again, he asked. "You're ready...

Sacramento Magazine
Sacramento Japanese Film Festival 2014

Jul 22, 2014


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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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La Connor

Jul 22, 2014
La Connor

I thought this was a pretty farm up when we were up near La Connor earlier this month. We had an overcast day, but the young fields were still colorful.

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...

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...

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