Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Sights and Sounds: The Hootenanny, Ray Manzarek's last album celebrated

Don't think because Coachella, Stagecoach and Doheny Blues fests have passed that the Southern California festival season is over. Indeed, Hootenanny is just around the corner! I have news on that and other stuff in this weighty post...

Old 97's singer Rhett Miller at Hootenanny in 2010.  
Southern California’s most anticipated music and kustom car festival The Hootenanny will return to Oak Canyon Ranch in Orange County on Saturday, July 6, 2013 for its 19th annual festival with some of the Southland’s coolest kustom cars and performances by Social DistortionFace to FaceMurder By DeathOld 97’sNashville Pussy, and more!  
The annual festival will feature hundreds of local vendors, food & drink, classic cars and The Hootenanny Pinup Contest.  Fun for the whole family!  Tickets will be available to the public on May 23 at 10 a.m. via Front Gate Tickets.
Topping this year’s lineup is the much anticipated return of SoCal’s favorite rock ‘n’ roll band Social Distortion, who are currently touring in support of their latest, critically acclaimed album Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes.  The band has performed at the Fest several times over the years including a memorable performance in 1996 at the 2nd annual show alongside Jerry Lee Lewis.  
Attendees at The Hootenanny will also be able to check out hundreds of kustom cars, kustom kulture artists, pinstripers and painters and a live “chop top” demo at the Car Show, as well as catch the revealing of the next “Sullen Angel Miss Hootenanny,” winner of the annual Pinup Contest, while enjoying tasty food and refreshing beverages.  
Don’t miss out on SoCal’s most anticipated music and kustom car festival!
The Hootenanny Location:
Oak Canyon Ranch
4700 Santiago Canyon Road (at Blue Diamond)
Silverado Canyon, CA 92676
The Hootenanny Stage Schedules:
1:00 – 1:30 Gamblers Mark
2:00 – 2:30 Lindi Ortega
3:00 – 3:30 Wheeler Brothers
4:00 – 4:30 Nashville Pussy
5:00 – 5:30 Old 97’s
6:15 – 6:16 Gretsch Giveaway
6:16 – 7:30 Social Distortion
12:30 – 1:00 The 454’s
1:30 – 2:00 Bloodshot Bill
2:30 – 3:00 Roger Alan Wade
3:30 – 4:00 Phil Alvin & Exene Cervenka
4:30 – 5:00 Murder By Death
5:30 – 5:35 Miss Hootenanny Contest
5:35 – 5:36 Gretsch Giveaway
5:35 – 6:15 Face To Face
1:00 - 1:30 Seven Year War
2:00 - 2:30 Red Devil Squadron
3:00 – 3:30 Vinnie & The Hooligans
4:00 – 4:30 Not In The Face
5:00 – 5:30 Custom Made Scare
6:00 – 6:30 Battle For Hootenanny Winner
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photo: Bob Hakins

Ray Manzarek, keyboardist and founding member of the one of the most popular American rock groups of all time, The Doors, passed away today (MAY 20, 2013) at the age of 74.   He was at a clinic in Rosenheim, Germany undergoing alternative medical treatments for cancer.
Manzarek formed The Doors in 1965 after a chance encounter on Venice Beach with poet Jim Morrison. The band went on to become one of the most successful rock 'n' roll acts to emerge from the 1960's, selling more than 100 million albums worldwide, and receiving nineteen Gold, fourteen Platinum and five multi-Platinum albums in the U.S. alone.   In 1993, The Doors were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
It is Manzarek's keyboard work that serves as the iconic opening to one of the group's biggest hits, "Light My Fire."   And his keyboard-as-lead-instrument stylings were prominent on their other ground-breaking hits such as "L.A. Woman," "Break On Through to the Other Side," "The End," and "Hello, I Love You."  
Manzarek, one of the most influential keyboard players in the history of rock music, went on to become a best-selling author, and a Grammy-nominated recording artist in his own right following Morrison's death in 1971.
Manzarek's last release, Translucent Blues on Blind Pig Records, was a 2011 collaboration with slide guitar master Roy Rogers.  It is a hard driving record with influences from blues, rock and jazz and lyrics that include tinges of poetry and literature.  Minneapolis City Pages called it "very nearly a masterpiece that emphasizes Doors-like driving roadhouse blues-rock tinged with noirish overtones."
Manzarek, a Chicago native, said of the album, "This is a head-first dive into American contemporary Blues.  Roy and I take the unique art form of the Blues and add a 21st century twist to the genre."  
Rogers issued a statment saying, "I am very saddened that my great friend and collaborator Ray Manzarek passed away today at the age of 74.  Always stretching the boundaries in music, art and poetry - this is one of the true rock icons that had heart, intellect and talent - and a terrific sense of humor.  He was a great friend and will be missed."
To watch Ray performing "Blues In My Shoes" with the Manzarek-Rogers band, please click HERE.  To hear Ray and Roy discussing another collaboration, "Hurricane," please click HERE

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