Oct 01,2016: Shooter Jennings

Don’t let Shooter Jennings fool you.

Sure, he rocks. He’s lean and wiry, with tattoos snaking up his arms – his mother’s name on one, a gun on the other – and a crimson stud gleaming in one ear. He’s played sold-out shows at the Viper Room and the Roxy. He’s subbed for Axl Rose onstage – twice – with Guns N’ Roses.

But look a little closer. Underneath that gun are the letters CBCS, for “country boy can survive.” That earring turns out to be an eagle silhouette spread-winged into the letter “W” – an icon known by anyone who has listened to and loved the original outlaw, Waylon Jennings.

That same icon is etched onto Shooter’s stomach, but the one in his ear is even more special.

“My dad got his ear pierced when he was – I swear to God – sixty, because he wanted to be like me,” the younger Jennings explains. “This was the earring he wore – and I’m wearing it now.”

If that’s not enough to make it clear that bloodlines run deep from father to son, then check out Shooter’s debut album, Put the ‘O’ Back in Country. The passion on “Southern Comfort,” scraped raw from the walls of some backwoods church…the guitars on “Daddy’s Farm,” stacked, harmonized and slathered in deep-fried soul…”4th of July,” a crank-it-up summer celebration sweetened by a sprinkling of George Jones…the tread-shredding, back-road, hairpin spin of “Busted in Baylor County”…and, above all, “Put the ‘O’ Back in Country,” which jabs a finger in the eye of everything that’s wrong with America’s music today…

Hoss, it’s country music, the way it ought to be – alive with blood and thunder, spit and spirit and Southern soul.

Waylon fought this battle in his own way, back in the day. But the sun has sunk and the shadows have spread deeper across country music since then. And as cowboy poseurs roam this dim and dreary land, Shooter sets it ablaze with an affirmation that country music – real country music – is back.

And this time it’s not going away.



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Oct 01,2016: Barley Legal

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Oct 01,2016: Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair

Community Showcase:
11:00am: Bluegrass Music by Smoky Hollow Bluegrass: Bluegrass
12:00pm: Irish Dancing by Kelly School of Irish Dance: Irish Dancing
1:00pmDancing by Mira Costa Dance Team: Dance
1:30pmMusical Theater by Sasha Skibo: Musical Theater
2:00pm:  Singing by SnS Show: Singing
2:30pm:  Spanish Flamenco Dance by Susana ElenaSpanish Flamenco Dance
3:00pm:  Rock and Roll by The SortedRock and Roll

Kid Country
Pony Rides: 10:00am-4:00pm
Petting Zoo: 10:00am-5:00pm
Bounce houses Velcro wall: 10:00am-5:00pm
Wildlife Learning Center: 10:00am-5:00pm
Wild Animal Show: 1030am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm 4:00pm
Magic Show featuring The Soozi Show: 11:30am; 1:15pm 3:00pm

South Stage:
10:00am-12pm: The Gold Soundz – Upbeat Classic Rock
12:00pm-2:00pm: Nearly Famous Cover Band – classic rock covers
2:00pm-4:00pm: Dietz Brothers Band
4:00pm-6:00pm: Joe Cipolla – 60s/70s rock music

Main Stage
10:00am-2:45pm – Battle of the Bands
3:00pm – 11Echo (Battle of the Bands 2015 winner; Classic Rock)
4:15pm – Jimi Nelson Band (high energy Country Rock)



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SEMPER K9 Helps Veterans and Shelter Animals

From Shelter to Service is the tagline of SEMPER K9—an organization that makes assistance dogs available to veterans. Their mission is “to enhance the quality of life for wounded, critically-ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families” and they do that by “giving a new leash on life to a rescue dog and a service member.”

SEMPER K9 was founded by OEF/OIF combat veteran Marine Corps Dog Trainer and Kennel Master, Christopher Baity.

On the SEMPER K9 website, there are some sad statistics, like how many veterans suffer from combat-related PTSD as well as how many veterans commit suicide each day. At the same time, an animal is euthanized every 11 seconds in the United States and while SEMPER K9 set out to help with the first problem, the benefits of matching man and animal are evident for both groups.

If you are a veteran who would like to apply for a service dog, they will help you through the process. Start by completing the initial application form on their website. If you would like to get involved, there are any number of things you can do! Volunteer, become a coach, donate, support their sponsors or help spread the word!

Do you know someone who is helping veterans find a sense of normalcy at home? Nominate them for next week’s AmericanTown’s Heroes.



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Earth Talk: What’s the latest in the battle over protecting the ANWR?

Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest in the battle over whether or not to permanently protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)? The issue seems to come up every few years around election season but I haven’t heard anything about it lately.  — GL

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), located on Alaska’s northeast coast, has been a conservation-versus-development battleground for decades. The 1.5 million acre coastal plain at the foot of the Brooks Range where the land meets the Arctic Ocean is the crown jewel of the 19 million acre refuge—and a magnet for iconic Alaskan wildlife like caribou, polar bears and wolverines. But oil interests say the coastal plain is covering huge oil and natural gas reserves and should be drilled for the sake of the U.S. and Alaskan economies.

 

Some 250 wildlife species consider ANWR home, while another 180 species of birds migrate through every year (from all 50 states and beyond). The coastal plain itself is a birthing ground for the region’s iconic caribou herd and also provides safe haven and sustenance for hundreds of other marine and terrestrial species. Environmental advocacy groups cite studies showing that industrial operations would deter animals from the area, robbing them of one of the last protected areas to raise their young.

 

Beyond biological pragmatism, conservationists argue that opening the refuge up to drilling operations would set a dangerous precedent, potentially opening the door for similar pressures on federal wilderness areas and even in national parks. Some of the key defenders of ANWR include the Alaska Wilderness League, Defenders of Wildlife, EarthJustice and others.

 

The other side champions the economic potential of the region. Alaska Governor Bill Walker has strongly supported drilling operations in ANWR, a stance shared by Alaska’s federal representatives. A 2007 Yale study showed the potential for $374 billion dollars of oil beneath ANWR. This would be vital income for the state government, which relies heavily on oil and gas tax streams for its budget.

 

Alaska politicians say they need the extra revenue to pay to relocate climate refugees from villages inundated by rising seas. “We are in a significant fiscal challenge,” Alaska’s Republican governor Bill Walker told the BBC. “We have villages that are washing away because of changes in the climate.”

 

Nationally, supporters of drilling also cite economics: Every barrel of oil produced domestically puts tax money in the national coffers and creates local jobs. Shell has been the major commercial supporter of opening the refuge, though 78 percent of Alaskans share the sentiment. The state legislature has passed legislation opening ANWR to oil exploration—but it’s not theirs to decide since it’s on federal land.

 

But that doesn’t mean ANWR is safe from development. Inside the Washington DC beltway, the Republican-dominated House passed a dozen resolutions in support of opening it up to oil exploration in the last session alone—although Democratic filibuster efforts were able to block any such legislation. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats Michael Bennet (CO), Ed Markey (MA) and 32 Democratic co-sponsors introduced legislation last December calling for permanently designating the most sensitive sections of ANWR as wilderness off limits to development. With bigger fish to fry right now, lawmakers might not consider the legislation until a new President is in office, but backers of protecting ANWR can urge their Senators to support the bill via an easy-to-send customizable online form letter courtesy of the non-profit EarthJustice.

 

CONTACTS: ANWR, www.fws.gov/refuge/arctic; Alaska Wilderness League, www.alaskawild.org; Defenders of Wildlife, www.defenders.org; EarthJustice, www.earthjustice.org.

 

 

EarthTalk® is produced by Roddy Scheer Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of the nonprofit Earth Action Network. To donate, visit www.earthtalk.orgSend questions to: question@earthtalk.org.

 

 

 



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Sep 30,2016: Stepping Feet, Barley Legal and more


Stepping Feet is the premier Dave Matthews Tribute band based out of San Diego California. In 2008, Stepping Feet was nominated as the ‘Best Tribute Band’ for the San Diego Music Awards. If you’re a fan of live music, Stepping Feet delivers the passion and energy you would expect from the Dave Matthews Band themselves. Being fans of their music for years, the members of Stepping Feet understand that it’s all about capturing that live energy and letting the music crash over the audience like a tidal wave.

The San Diego Rock-n-Roll Marathon was quoted as saying, “From the first song until the last, the audience will be mesmerized and responsive to this very talented group of young musicians. The unique blend of the electric violin, keyboards, saxophone and acoustic guitar provides a truly memorable experience”.

“Stepping Feet is perfect for everyone from the obsessed DMB Fan, to the casual listener, and to the completely uninitiated. I hardly ever miss a chance to come out to see Stepping Feet and I’m never disappointed”! David – Stepping Feet fan since 2004.

“We know we’ve done our job when fans come up to us and say ‘when I closed my eyes and listened to your music, I felt like I was at a DMB show'”. Sam – Bass player for Stepping Feet.



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Sep 29,2016: The Wayward Sons

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Sep 28,2016: Hermosa Beach Farmers Market

Market Hours:

Year Round
Wednesday,11AM – 4PM

Location: Pier Plaza



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Sep 25,2016: The Skatalites and Monkey


“The Hardest Working Band on the West Coast”

MONKEY is a 6 piece high-energy organ driven, Ska/Reggae group from the SF Bay Area. Their intense live shows and rock-steady rhythms not only get the crowds dancing, it has won them several awards, like the prestigious California Music Award!

MONKEY sets the pace for the local music scene. The band performs over 200 shows per year, while constantly recording and touring.

MONKEY has 3 full-length albums, and has also been featured on over 25 compilations, video games and film soundtracks, including the new independent horror-comedy Russ Meyer tribute “Pervert the Movie” on Stag Films.

MONKEY has toured the U.S., Great Britain, Canada, Mexico. Currently, the band is gearing up support their international interests in Japan to support their new Japanese compilation release “Monkeyska” (Disc Union Ltd.).

MONKEY has supported world class acts like: Bad Manners, The Specials, The English Beat, The Skatalites, Fishbone, The Slackers, Hepcat and many more…

DISCOGRAPHY:

Monkey Ska – Ska Go Round/Disc Union Limited
Cruel Tutelage – Asian Man Records
Station Wagon Living – Deluxe Entertainment
Astro E.P. 2000 – Deluxe Entertainment
Station Wagon Living – Deluxe Entertainment
Changito! – Deluxe Entertainment
Monkey! – Demo/Self Released

COMPILATIONS:

Puro Eskañol II – Aztlan Records
Bay Area Ska – Tomato Head Records
Freedom Sounds – Shanachie Records
West Coast Skampolation – Full Stop Records
Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae – Steady Beat Records
Sofa’s Choice – Little Lucky Records
Skarmaggedon III – Moon Ska Records
Reggae Soundsystem – Live 105 FM
Monkey/Unsteady Split 7″ – Asian Man Records
Mail Order is Fun! – Asian Man Records
Live From Mars – Random Order Records
Potluck Ska – Stub Daddy Records
Groovin’ in the Grass – University of AZ
Who’s the Man? – Full Stop Records
Mario from Italy – Green Fridge Records
Soundoff 2001 – Ultravibe Records
F*ckin Free! – Bay Area Ska
Still Standing – Jump Up Records
Winners Vol. 1 – Independent Musician Magazine

SOUNDTRACKS/TELEVISION

Maui Fever episode I – MTV 2006
Pervert The Movie – Stag Films
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow – Starving Artists Films
Big Air – Accolade Games
ESPN Extreme Sports – ESPN (Tahoe, CA)
Mornings On Bay TV – KRON (SF, CA)
Late Night w/James Gabbert – WB 20 (SF, CA)

¡MONKEY is the California Music Award Winning Reggae/Ska Band from the San Francisco Bay Area!



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Sep 24,2016: Mickey Avalon and Kosha Dillz

Kosha Dillz is a man who has continued to break barriers. An upcoming Israeli-American newbie that URB magazines calls, “a rarely seen culture clash in music” this crossover appeal to the hardest of the street at underground rap shows, to the softest of hands at a hipster dance off make him the unique artist that earned him a selected pick at SXSW by Austin Chronicle last year.

Kosha Dillz recently completed an 45 city 11,000 mile solo US Tour and clothing drive including SXSW 2009 in Austin. After winning a record deal with Duckdown Records after battling 16 emcees in giants Stadium in front of thousands of people, he landed tour dates with Rza of the Wu Tang Clan and Matisyahu, and was invited for “Rock The Bells” appearances in San Francisco and San Bernandino California.

Kosha Dillz has received notable reviews in CMJ, LA WEEKLY and SPIN Magazine. He has toured with everyone form Murs To Aesop Rock and Portugal The Man, he continues to wow his audiences with hard work, brilliant freestyles and the ability to pop up anywhere in the world, from California to the Czech Republic.



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