CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1997 |
New England folk singer Bill Staines was the only performer Sunday at what used to be the Summer Solstice Festival, an annual event that for 17 years featured numerous concerts and workshops over a three-day period. But this year, while festival sponsors restructure their organization, Staines was one of only two acts presented. His fans didn't seem to mind. On stage, Staines joked about how his songs can cure a child's insomnia and about how some fans say his voice reminds them of Burl Ives.
April 13, 1996 |
The Summer Solstice Folk Music, Dance & Storytelling Festival, an annual traditional music event in Los Angeles County since 1981, will branch into Orange County this year with a satellite concert of Celtic music in Aliso Viejo. "It's a way to reach out to a new community," said Elaine Weissman, executive director of the California Traditional Music Society, the event's promoter.
June 19, 1997 |
Over the years, the Summer Solstice Festival and the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest have survived recessions, rap music, even the L.A. riots. But a leadership vacuum may mean the end for these two major Valley-based cultural events. For the last 17 years, the Summer Solstice Festival was a regular event on the June calendar. Sponsored by the California Traditional Music Society, it was an annual three-day celebration of folk music and related arts.
November 28, 1985 |
Six years ago, Karen Williams had the kind of career many status-hungry young professionals would sacrifice a late-model BMW to get. She was a young lawyer working long but well-paid hours at one of Los Angeles' top entertainment law firms. Her future looked bright. But within two years, she dumped the career for love. The object of her devotion? A hammer dulcimer and the dream of life as an itinerant folk musician.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2003 |
Slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who grew up in Encino, loved music, especially folk music. Murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002, Pearl would have been 40 on Friday, and friends who used to play alongside the gifted musician will be among those honoring him at Sunday's free Folk Music, Dance & Storytelling Festival in Encino Park.
June 25, 1992 |
Step, step, step, step. Master that, and you can dance to the joyous rhythms of Cajun music. "This is truly folk music and folk dance--done by regular folks--and you don't have to be a trained dancer to do it," says Tina Duree-Bevan of Garden Grove, who will teach basic Cajun dance on Sunday at the 12th annual Summer Solstice Folk Music and Dance Festival in Calabasas. The festival, which starts Friday, is one of the region's top folk events; 4,000 visitors are expected.