And the other three videos:
In September of 2008, the San Francisco and Los Angeles scenes converged under the ancient redwoods of Big Sur to make music, make merry, and make love. Performers included local favorites Megapuss, Entrance Band, Fool’s Gold, The Parson Redheads, as well as fantastic sets from Port O’Brien, Beach House, Sleepy Sun, Sam Flax Kenner and more, all capped by a grand send-off from The Silver Jews [the brilliant, brooding presence of David Berman in one of the band's final performances was worth the price of admission alone]. With attendance for this Big Sur Fire Brigade benefit capped at a mere 400(!) campers, the event retained a remarkable purity and intimacy. Festival In The Forest captures this soon-to-be-legendary (((folkYeah!)))-curated show, and the zeitgeist of the California folk/rock scenes, much as Celebration at Big Sur did some 29 years prior. A true gem of a film, Festival in the Forest is not to be missed by music lovers or documentary enthusiasts.
The Silent Movie Theatre, TONIGHT 8pm
For you LA residents out there, here’s something to get excited about for the next couple Thursday nights that doesn’t involve self-destruction in any form. Crazy, right? The Silent Movie Theatre, now Cinefamily, is presenting a Thursday night series of folk-related films that even includes the Los Angeles “redwood carpet” (I’ve been dying to write that for weeks) premiere of FolkYEAH’s Festival in the Forest Documentary! Other gems include Sing-Sing Thanksgiving, Hootenanny Hoot, Heartworn Highways, Vashti Bunyan: From Here to Before, Earl Scruggs: His Family and Friends, and the amazing Celebration in Big Sur. And definitely don’t miss “Folk Shredders Night,” an evening of rarely screened clips of Bert Jansch, Ralph McTell, Jan Akkerman and Stefan Grossman hanging out and riffing hard together. Then, on that same night, enjoy the documentary Sandy Bull: No Deposit No Return Blues, made with loving care by his daughter KC Bull. End the night with a performance from Guy Blakeslee of The Entrance Band, and frolic beneath the moon.
(((folkYEAH))) is putting on a fine two-day showcase at the beautiful Fernwood Resort in Big Sur this weekend. White Magic, Glasser, and Big Search (members of Fool’s gold) are slated to perform on Friday evening, then on Saturday, Mariee Sioux and a special mystery artist called “The Beatles’s.” If you’re in the area, come down and say hi.
Camping is limited at Fernwood, so grab a spot if you can. There’s other camping in the area too, so I wouldn’t worry too much.
This working (60 MINUTE) cut of “Festival in the Forest” (the film) will be screened on March 20, 2009 @ SXSW ::: Everloving / Design Within Reach Party in Austin, Texas.
1:30PM DOORS open
1:30PM (FILM) Cornelius Sensurround
2:15PM Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers
3:30PM The Young Republic
4:10PM Herman Dune
4:50PM Fool’s Gold
5:30PM Phenomenal Handclap Band
6:15PM The Entrance Band
7:00PM (FILM) (((folkYEAH!)))’s Festival In the Forest in BIG SUR, CA (working 60 minute cut)
After four great shows spanning the length of the West Coast, Kath Bloom is now, sadly, en route to her home in the far East (Coast). Naturalismo is extremely proud to have presented Kath’s first West Coast tour, but we’re also really thankful to (((folkYEAH))) and everyone who came out to support Kath’s incredible return to performance. I had a great time at the McCabes show; it was really fun running into and talking with some readers there. I hope to see you all again soon at the next event.
“One of the most heartbreaking singers ever. Beautiful” – Devendra Banhart
“I consider myself her biggest fan.” – Josephine Foster
Kath Bloom grew up in New Haven, CT, where she studied the cello as a child and started playing the guitar when she was a teenager. Bloom collaborated with Bruce Neumann in the early ’70s, but it wasn’t until she met avant-garde guitarist Loren MazzaCane Connors in 1976 that she started recording. Bloom and Connors recorded six limited edition albums of fragile, simple folk and blues melodies, the majority of which were written by Bloom herself. Bloom stopped recording new material soon after her collaboration with Connors ended, when she and her husband Stan moved to Florida together with her child from a previous marriage to live amidst the orange groves, buying and rehabilitating old houses. Kath eventually received a series of small government grants to operate a number of different after-school programs in music and other arts for latch-key kids as well as a moms-and-babies music class, and had two more children of her own. While struggling to make ends meet, she wrote copious amounts of songs and poetry that went unrecorded at the time.
On April 7th, Chapter Music is releasing Loving Takes This Course: A Tribute to the Songs of Kath Bloom. Disc One features recordings of Kath’s songs by the likes of Bill Callahan, Devendra Banhart, Mark Kozelek, Josephine Foster, Scout Niblett and many more, while Disc Two features Kath’s original versions of the songs covered on Disc One.
And, to mark the occasion, (((folkYEAH))) and naturalismo are teaming up to present Kath Bloom’s FIRST EVER West Coast tour, with Little Wings & Lee Baggett supporting. It’s going to be a short run up the coast — but these are going to be intimate gatherings, a rare chance to see this amazing folk artist on the West Coast.
March 5, Santa Barbara, Muddy Waters
promoter link: www.clubmercy.blogspot.com
March 6, Los Angeles, McCabes Guitar Shop
venue link: www.mccabes.com/
March 7, Big Sur, Fernwood Resort
venue link: www.fernwoodbigsur.com/
March 8, San Francisco, Cafe Du Nord
venue link: www.cafedunord.com/
1. Come Here – Marble Sounds
2. The Breeze/My Baby Cries – Bill Callahan
3. When I See You – Laura Jean
4. Finally – Mark Kozelek
5. Window – Mick Turner & Peggy Frew
6. Forget About Him – Devendra Banhart
7. I Wanna Love – Scout Niblett
8. Biggest Light Of All – The Dodos
9. Look At Me – Josephine Foster
10. Ready Or Not – Mia Doi Todd
11. Fall Again – Corrina Repp
12. It’s So Hard To Come Home – Marianne Dissard & Joey Burns
13. In Your School – Amy Rude
14. If This Journey – Tom Hanford
15. There Was A Boy – Meg Baird
16. Come Here – The Concretes
This is Rodriguez‘s FIRST EVER SHOW in California. If you haven’t heard Rodriguez’s Cold Fact LP, check out our post. And if you live in CA…don’t miss this one of a kind experience!
Tickets go on sale Sunday @ 10am. More info on Rodriguez (and ordering) here.
I stepped over lazy rocks and roots weaving clumsily through the redwood trees beside me. The fog followed us across the footbridge as clouds would follow. Sleepy and silent, we parked the car beside a brook, with a yawn and a smile and a stretch, upon a peninsula due-south of the stage. We pitched a tent, and the first day began with a warm sun overhead.
Too many words would empty the experience of its juice so I’ll try to stay short and sweet. There were a lot of friends and a lot of tents to house them. There were a lot of bands and a wooden stage to play them. Each morning we awoke to music and water mumbling over rocks and, for a lucky few of us, coffee sweetened by chicken eggs.
Those same few made a short trek long, but luckily a beach greeted us at the end of it all. We ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, split by hand. We asked a traveling couple for a ride back to Fernwood, south, and they were more than happy to help. There was music when we returned.
Every band complimented the feel of the forest surrounding us. Many many thank you’s to the musicians I met, in the audience and at the camp, for each and every sound you made this past weekend. Matt Baldwin and Beach House floored me. Two incredible performances.
But I especially want to thank two musicians who played songs that I never expected to hear. I returned to my tent as the sun sank between bands, thirsty and hungry for a seat. A ukulele came from a nearby tent with a hand and a voice to bring it alive. Dina Rae made her small instrument sing and rose a towering voice above it, singing songs that made us all sit still. Thank you.
Sisters also sat by the water, Cass and Karina. Karina fingerpicked a nylon-string guitar; her thumb and fingers sounded circles and layed lace around intuitive melodies played in the shapes of stories. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard a sound so beautiful in an atmosphere to match. Thank you.
Throw in some beer and some gummy bears and you have yourself a fairly accurate picture of my time at the Festival in the Forest. I’m looking forward to the next.
Thank You FolkYEAH, Britt, the volunteers, Samuel J. Macon’s beautiful photography, and Big Sur for making it happen. Don’t miss Karina, known as Besos de Tortuga, playing at BrainWash in San Francisco on Saturday, October 18.
If you’re already going to be attending the Festival in the Forest that we’re putting on with (((folkYEAH))), DO. NOT. MISS. the amazing show that’s occuring the same weekend, just a mile down the street, the day after the Festival concludes. Definitely make the vision quest down to the Henry Miller Library on Sunday, September 28!