September 15, 2012
In addition to Jack White, recent Big Sur visitors The Flaming Lips and Gary Clark Jr., the Bridge School 2012 Benefit lineup also includes naughty 80s' powerhouse and benefit newcomers, Guns N' Roses. Though I love me some GNR, which now pretty much only features Axl Rose from the original lineup, the fit seems somewhat odd. Rose is notorious for bad behavior, even nowadays. Lets home for the kids' sake, and Neil, he'll be somewhat mellow for the Oct. 20 & 21 event (Tickets Here).
Speaking of The Flaming Lips, their show at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur last Tuesday, was one for the ages. (((folkYEAH!))) Presents' Britt Govea will be able to tell his great-grandchildren, "Yup, I was the one that made that happen in 2012." It's one of those things that will continue to be brought up and mentioned heavily for the rest of the year. Rolling Stone tried to put the experience to words but you really had to be there.
As reported yesterday by the Weekly, and something that's been speculated for awhile now, The Monterey Blues Festival has been struggling for some time now and may not be able to keep on hanging by a string. "People don't want to see us go away," Festival President Julie Paisant said of the 27-year festival, which she says she's been part of for 25 years. "Our founders started this in a garage." Let's hope for the best.
While the Blues Festival's future remains uncertain, the Golden State Theatre's is just beginning, or re-beginning. Last week, the first big event of the Alvarado Street landmark's return was announced. October 9, punk legend Patti Smith and her band will perform an acoustic show featuring a special John Lennon Birthday Tribute. The rumor mill has also started to spin: The Herald's Mac About Town said future shows may bring country music pioneer Dwight Yoakam and Latin-soaked jammers Ozomatli to the venue. Will keep you posted.