Another Petitioner for the Beaux Arts Park in Pinellas – Melissa Thorp

Melissa Thorpe wrote to let me know she has a petition for a Park in Tom’s name in Pinellas Park. What is amazing about this story is that she only went there twice, yet she was impressed enough to start something. There are now three petitioners that I know of with blogs on Beaux Arts Park petitions. More links soon.

For now, here is Melissa’s quote of the day, from Bob Keeling’s book on Kerouac in Florida, “Where the Road Ends.” It says, ” When Kerouac did want people to know who he was,, he would hang out at the Beaux Arts coffeehouse in Pinellas Park, about the closest thing to a New York-type cultural scene the Tampa Bay area had to offer.  There Kerouac could rap with a variety of musicians, writers, and other artists.  Lowe and his band had acoustic jams in the torchlight garden at the Beaux Arts.  Kerouac would try to fit in with his harmonica or ukulele. ‘though he never could play either’ Lowe said.”

Thanks, Melissa


The French Connection

I you aren’t on his list, you might like to see some of Panama’s latest videos from abroad. Check out Panama’s postings on YouTube of the very enthusiastic crowd of night dancers in Rochefort En Accords 2007. Singing “Just Give Me Some of That Rochefort Music.”  Is that Barry Melton on stage? He was just here at the Summer of Love in the Park He really gets around.

Sweetwater Revival

A new Sweetwater stage is going up in Tampa, just as a Sweetwater curtain is coming down in Mill Valley, California. Richard Ferris sent the news this week of a stage raising planned for Saturday, October 6, at Sweetwater Organic Community Farm.

RAISIN THE STAGE Notice from the directors, “In order to have a proper venue for our fine musicians, we are building a new stage.”

So this Saturday, October 6th we are going to have an old fashion Stage Raising, sort of like an old barn raising. We need 4 or 5 carpenters to pull this project off. The poles are set so we need to do the rest.

So bring something for a pot luck lunch, your hammer, tool belt and some good attitude and let’s get er done. Before you know it, we will all be sitting around watching all of our wonderful talent on our new stage.

We are planning a work day for building the stage. We have the poles in and will be looking at getting at least the deck installed and possibly the headers in for the roof. So it is moving along. Please pass this info along to see if we can get a few skilled helpers to show up. It is going to be really nice to have an appropriate venue for our music Sundays. Thanks for all.

Rick Martinez
Executive Director
Sweetwater Organic Community Farm

Booking: From Susan Fox, To all Past and Future Performers at Sweetwater Music Series: This is an update to musicians on the upcoming Sweetwater Farm Music series reopening Nov 4th. We are trying to fill all openings in the schedule. If you are not already booked, please contact me, Pamela or Yvonne to let us know which dates you are open for a featured performer appearance (if you are booked please verify date and confirm — BTW I am truly amazed at the stellar line-up presented below!).

I have started a Myspace page for the farm music series: My MySpace URL: Please log in and be our friend. We also have additional photos from last season at (cut & paste this link into your browser). Awesome pictures — feel free to use!!

More Summer of Love at the Whitney

Filmmaker Jerry Abrams, had the fortune of being at the 1967 Be In. Some of his footage from the event is being screened at the Whitney Museum in New York City this summer. That summer he produced the light show at the Monterrey Pop Festival.

Jerry came to Project Artaud with Cinema Workshop in the early 1970’s. He filmed the performance of famous Russian dissident poet, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, with Lawrence Ferlinghetti in Theater Artaud in 1972. He also shot an Artaud group film that featured some of the early residents. Some of Jerry’s films are distributed by Canyon Cinema, one of the first distributors of art films in America. Tom got a lot of his films from them.

Link to the Whitney screening schedule and a listing of highlights.

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Summer of Love Redux

This was truly a FREE concert in the spirit of 1967.

They say 50,000 people showed up to revive the Summer of Love in a free concert in Golden Gate Park September 2, 2007. If they were still alive and performing and could make it, the performers showed up. All the good things were there but none of the bad. Lots of peace signs, posters, hippies, flowers, and sweet-smelling herb, but no bad drugs or strung out people. I only saw one even slightly rude person who insisted on moving a chair out of the path. That’s about how heavy it got. And… not one cop or official telling you NO Cameras, NO booze, NO drugs, NO dogs off leashes, NO nudity. There was one elderly nude guy with a campaign sign, but, everybody just left him alone.

Next summer is the fiftieth anniversary of the peace sign. There was a big yellow banner from one of the initiators of the movement that said, “These are my people,” which hundreds of people signed. National Geographic. is writing an article on it, that should come out in May or June of 2008, with the big yellow banner, as part of the photo spread. So our names will be published in National Geographic.

Concert Streams from Wolfgangsvault

This is incredible – 300 concerts have been released
from Bill Graham’s soundboard recordings at both the
Fillmore East & West, plus other venues that Graham
produced during his prolific career. And they are free!
To enjoy these concerts, which are streamed to you
over the  internet from “Wolfgang’s Concert Vault”
(Wolfgang was Graham’s real first name), just sign up
at the following site and enjoy the vintage concerts …