For most of the year Disneyland Resort is known as the “Happiest place on Earth.” But from November 13th through January 6th it becomes the “Merriest place on Earth.” Holiday ornaments are hung over both parks and changes are made on some rides to celebrate the season.
Catch the First MADCatfish Blues Festival Labor Day at Santa Anita Park featuring All-Star Blues bands, a Tribute to BB King and a Juke Joint Comedy Night
MADCatfish Entertainment, LLC and legendary music and event producer La Quētta M. Shamblee will present the 1st Annual MADCatfish Blues Festival at Santa Anita Park on Labor Day Weekend, September 5 and 6, 2015. The two-day fun-filled, power packed, foot-stomping, all-star musical extravaganza will include a tribute to the late Blues great, B.B. King.
Executive Producer Shamblee said, “I am very excited to be starting a new tradition here in the Southland with the establishment of a regional music festival focused on showcasing the Blues. This year’s festival represents the launch of a new three-year plan to establish the MADCatfish Blues Festival as the premiere annual Labor Day weekend destination Blues celebration in Southern California.
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A Conversation with the inimitable John Evans
From John Evans' point of view, Shakespeare to Kerouac is not as difficult a trip as you would think. If you listen to our conversation he explains: it's all about the timing.
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When I was a kid I had the obligatory crazy uncle. As a matter of fact I had a wacky Aunt and Uncle. Aunt Edie and Uncle Hank. They were delightfully nuts. They were artists, he a sculptor, she painted in oils. He made vases and beautiful art pieces. She drew fences you could drag a stick along, they were so real. They were political activists and campaigned for McGovern. They flashed peace signs and wore fringe. Well not Hank. Every day he wore slacks, a short-sleeve button-down dress shirt and tie over his bit of a belly, to go with is black horn-framed glasses; of the first hipster generation he was. They were called beatniks then. Aunt Edie in her barrette and peasant skirts and campaign buttons he in his hornrims and big black shoes haunted local poetry bars and open mics where, often, their art was displayed. They were talented, outspoken and quite successful. Brooklyn, from their art studio, was beautiful then. Brownstones and falling leaves, little shops and gin joints and, to us from the suburbs down to visit for the weekend, it was magical.
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On July 17, 1955, Walt Disney opened Disneyland. Since that time it has grown, expanded to different states and countries and added a new park across from the original. Starting with a 24-hour opening of Disneyland on May 22, 2015, Disneyland Resorts started the Disneyland Diamond Celebration to celebrate the sixty years Disneyland has been around.
The celebration is not limited to Disneyland. World of Color in Disney California Adventure has been updated to celebrate the Diamond Anniversary. It celebrates the life of Walt Disney and his ideas that led to Disneyland. The presentation is hosted by Mickey Mouse and Neil Patrick Harris. Sayre Wiseman, an executive for parades and spectaculars, told us that when Harris was approached for the project he immediately responded “Absolutely, I’m there.”
By Dan Grigor
I grew up on the guitar. Got my first one, a toy, at 4 years old and my first real one a year later. It was a thing of beauty. My dad bought it for me. It was handmade in Spain and it came with free flamenco guitar lessons in the Bronx. That became our visitation outing. My Dad would come by and pick me up in the Cadillac and we’d ride downtown… walk up the creaky wooden stairs and learn music… some of my fondest memories. Thus began my addiction, obsession and passion for the guitar.
There are few guitar players who have been more influential in my life than B.B. King.
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By Jules E. Beuck
Photos By Jules E. Beuck and Rose Botkin-Beuck
Depending on when you were born you will have a favorite decade for music. For those born in the early 1970s that decade would probably be the 1980s. Three acts were on display at the Citizens Business Bank Arena on August 7, 2014, to demonstrate why that would be so. Little River Band, Eddie Money and Rick Springfield rocked Ontario, CA that night.
Surprisingly, a local act from Claremont opened the show. Mick Rhodes and the Hard Eight performed a set of Country Rock originals that kept the early crowd entertained until the main attractions arrived. Songs like “Back To The 909” and “Married Girls” went over well.
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