City to throw free Summer of Love concert in Golden Gate Park

Sam Whiting : sfchronicle – excerpt

People signed the banner celebrating the Peace Sign at the 2009 Summer of Love Concert. photo by zrants

After twice rejecting an independent producer’s plan to hold a free concert in Golden Gate Park to honor the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will throw its own free concert on June 21.

The Surrealistic Summer Solstice boasts it will feature members of the Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service and the Chambers Brothers, as well as “over 40 legendary musicians” in a jam that builds to a lighting of the Conservatory of Flowers in mandalas of psychedelic color.

“This is fundamentally a light installation where we are going to have music,” said Phil Ginsburg, general manager of Rec and Park.

That is not how Mill Valley promoter Boots Hughston sees it. Announcement of the June 21 event comes less than a week after Rec and Park staff rejected his second application for a scaled-down free concert to be held Aug. 27 in Golden Gate Park’s Speedway Meadow.

“Basically, they are trying to steal our event,” said Hughston, who was first denied a permit for a huge Summer of Love 50th anniversary concert June 4 at the Polo Field. In late May, he was offered the Aug. 27 date at smaller Sharon Meadow, pending permit approval, but that, too, was nixed when he allegedly violated terms dictated by Rec and Park staff not to announce the event… (more)

San Francisco City Hall is drenched in controversy over the on again off again Summer of Love Concert. They can’t seem to understand the importance of tradition when it comes to celebrating this event. Hint, it is not about a light show in the Conservatory of Flowers. It is a about Flowers in our hair and peace signs. Remember Peace signs?

 

Mayor Ed Lee – Support the 50 year Anniversary of the Summer of Love

Open Letter to the Mayor of San Francisco:

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Mayor Ed Lee,

So far this concert has had more interference than Super Bowl and it is coming from City Hall. You wasted no time in supporting big sports events that close down major sections of the city for days at a time and cost the taxpayers and small businesses millions of dollars. Why not support a free concert that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love festival when the world needs Peace and Love now more than ever?

Where are all those liberated people who filled the streets with protest when Trump was elected who marched for women’s rights, LGBT rights, human rights and peace? Where are the protests and support for a free music event that celebrates the movement that started it all? Are we so jaded that we forgot all those who fought for our freedom and sanctuary status? Why are there no new protest songs on the top 40 list?

Does San Francisco only support events that involve millions of dollars and walls and fences in SF while protesting Trump’s wall with Mexico? Get with it Mayor Lee. Dig out your 60’s gear, peace signs and pipes and lead the parade for the Summer of Love, or at least kick it into high gear now.

Concerned Citizen of the world

Defunding the NEA Would be incredibly stupid-Here’s Why

By Diana Budds : fastcodesign – excerpt

The National Endowment for the Arts funds local community building, educational programs, job training, housing, and more.

Arts funding has always been under assault, but the Trump Administration, hungry for budget cuts, is now baring its teeth at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in what appears to be the most serious threat to its existence since Reagan’s crusade in the 1980s. Staffers on Trump’s transition team told The Hill that the NEA and its sister organization, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), would be eliminated completely.

Defunding the NEA would be incredibly irresponsible and downright dumb. Federal agencies and departments are nebulous entities, and their responsibilities, scale, and scope are often opaque. The NEA for instance has funded projects related to affordable housing, job training, making sure children have access to playgrounds, historic preservation, resiliency, improving health care, designing better parks, and promoting social justice–along with its mission of funding museums, fine arts, dance, and theater, of course.

If you care about any of these things, you should also care about the NEA… (more)

It is not clear how the president is going to solve the job problem when he is cutting millions of government jobs. Someone needs to mention this job loss issue to him in case it hasn’t occurred to him yet.

“Gem of the South” Veronika Jackson


message from Veronica Jackson

It is so nice to be contacting you again, after being out of touch for a while. I hope all is well with you. I have been performing and keeping alive the grassroots music of American folk blues. As an artist who enjoys performing and entertaining music lovers from all walks of life. Please visit website for future performances. See you around the festivals and music rooms!

Veronika Jackson
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Groove not approved: permit denied for Summer of Love 50th anniversary party

by Julia Carrie Wong : theguardian – excerpt

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Plans to celebrate a pivotal moment in San Francisco’s hippie history have been quashed after city cited safety concerns – and people says it’s not cool, man

The Human Be-In rally that touched off the Summer of Love in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on 14 January 1967 may have been a psychedelic, hippy-dippy, drug-addled, free-love, damn-the-man love-fest, but it did have one thing going for it: a permit.

Fifty years later, San Franciscans can order delivery of a joint with an app and marry a same-sex partner at city hall, but bureaucratic approval for a concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love is out of reach.

On 7 February, the San Francisco recreation and parks department denied a permit to the anniversary concert in a harsh letter to concert organizer Boots Hughston, citing his “numerous ‘misrepresentations of material fact’” in his dealings with the department.

“The Summer of Love was an incredible moment in our city’s history and its message of peace and love is more important than ever,” the department wrote, citing concerns over safety before adding: “We cannot put the public at risk and grant a permit for your proposed event.”.

The denial is a major setback for Hughston, who had been planning to host a free day-long concert featuring, among others, Eric Burdon and War, Country Joe McDonald, and the remaining members of Jefferson Airplane. Hughston, who previously organized a 40th anniversary Summer of Love concert, had hoped to secure an appearance by the Dalai Lama to this year’s celebration but, he said, “his holiness was booked in LA”.

“The whole thing about the 50th anniversary is that we are marking our generation and what our generation accomplished,” Hughston said. “We impeached presidents. We started all these movements: the environmental movement, the free speech movement, the feminist movement.”

“It’s because the whole generation woke up and realized that there was more to life than just working everyday and spending your whole life sitting at a desk,” he added…

Representatives of the city and the mayor’s office did not immediately respond to queries from the Guardian… (more)

When we say we are losing the heart and soul of San Francisco, this is what we mean. If your city is experiencing similar loses let us know and we will post those stories as well.

There appears to be an international effort to erase our past by erasing our cultural heritage. It feels as if we are following in the footsteps of some of the most hated despots in history in these efforts to re-write the past.

This is not coming from the Trump regime. This started long before Trump took office. This strategy started long ago.

If San Francisco cancels the FREE Summer of Love concert people should boycott San Francisco.

Leonard Cohen

The passing of so many great musicians this week and the raw nerves and emotions we are feeling makes it hard to pick a song to commemorate them. This one is making waves on facebook and since it keeps getting buried and I want to keep track of it, I am choosing this to share here. Remember Leonard and all our great musician friends who made our lives better. Enjoy.

I’m picking one more. Dance me to the End of Love. Who can’t appreciate this song and the video clip of the blind tango dance from the Scent of a Woman?

With God On Our Side

“With God On Our Side” on dropbox. I Don’t know how long it will stay or whether you need an account to access it.

We recorded this about a year ago at the Hen House, around Thanksgiving. It was the night after the terrorist attacks in Paris. We did one take. Megan Pfefferkorn sang with me. Paul Bushnell later provided some bass guitar and Anthony Logerfo gave us some drums. Harlan Steinberger captured it all beautifully in all its imperfection. Then it sat.

After waking up today, and like many others struggling to reconcile the sad state of our political climate, it felt like as good a time as any to share it. I tweaked some of the verses a bit (in typical folk fashion) just to be more current, but Bob Dylan’s words are sadly more relevant now than ever before. I hope this terrible election is the slap in the face the establishment needed. The optimist in me wants to believe it is the catalyst that will spark a long overdue revolution of radical love and tolerance. Maybe we have to truly hit rock bottom before that necessary paradigm shift can manifest.

The fight for an anomalous shift in the self-destructive fractal iteration of the human circumstance into a more highly advanced consciousness rages on … hope and action toward a better world must not falter…instead it all must be cranked up to 12 if we are to truly create a world in which our children may transcend man-made suffering… I have to believe that is still within our grasp.

In the words of the late great Haskell Wexler “I hope we can continue to make art for peace and love.”

Cheers,
Micah Nelson (Particle Kid)
November 9, 2016