I’m very excited about going to the Redwood Coast Music Festival. As the festival’s Facebook page states [although “states” is too bland a word], “Seven Venues – 40 Bands – over 100 sets of live music including New Orleans Jazz, Swing, Blues, Western Swing, Zydeco, Rockabilly, etc. Dance floors in venues! It’s all here!” And this gorgeous area is a part of California I’ve never visited.
My musician friends — some of whom you will already know — say what a wonderful event this is, how much freedom they are given to play the music I want, and more. That is encouraging indeed, and not always typical of the scene.
I’m not able to offer coupons, raffles, seat cushions, or my own videos as inducements to prospective participants. But I’ve just been given a schedule of events for the weekend, and although ALL SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE, particularly given the time between the end of February and the start of May, I offer this as a wonderfully enticing menu. And if you’re like me, you will want to reach for a colored pen or a highlighter to circle the sessions without which life would seem incomplete.
If the text is too small to read here, visit here — and when you do begin to plot out where you will go and whom you will see, you will find that Mark Jensen, the gracious organizer, has invented a Rubik’s cube of good music . . . if I go to see A, I can’t see B, and I might be late for C. (I told Mark, mock-reproachfully, that his schedule was very annoying because of its proliferation of delights, and I think he was very pleased. I don’t know how far away from each other the venues are, but might have to factor the cost of a sedan chair and bearers into my budget. Willingly.)
“Something for everyone” is a bland understatement. Willie Shakespeare and his Fourteen Iambs of Swing can’t make it this year, but I’ll see you there.
May your happiness increase!