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I’m worried about Simon Le Bon. Not the Duran Duran frontman, but my houseplant (a stunning calathea ornata beauty star I named after the singer) that has spider mites. I’ve mentioned it before, but I’ve gotten REALLY into houseplants during the pandemic. I also name them after rock stars so they have a built-in soundtrack. (Didn’t we all do that elementary school science fair experiment where you played music to plants to help them grow?)
Anyway, Simon has spider mites and they’ve also spread to some of my other calatheas, including Mick (Jagger, a peacock calathea) and Elton (John, a rattlesnake calathea), and I wish I could find some music to keep pests away in addition to the neem oil and misting I’m doing.
I’m planning for the plants to get some more musical diversity when I tune in to some “live” shows this weekend. Both the Ohana Festival and Bonnaroo are streaming some archived sets. I have a feeling that Mick will particularly enjoy the James Brown set.
We’ve got lots of news about streaming shows from a former “American Idol” contestant and a current leader of a popular metal band among other interesting stories to share. Read on.
In our alternate non-COVID universe, this weekend would have been the 2020 Ohana Festival in Dana Point. Since we’re in a much darker timeline where festivals can’t happen, Ohana is going virtual this weekend with archival sets from Eddie Vedder, Incubus and Social Distortion as well as new performances starting Sept. 26. Get the details.
Art in motion
Poetic Kinetics, the art group behind some of Coachella’s most memorable installations (the roving astronaut, caterpillar, butterfly and snail to name a few,) is working on its next project, “Change in the Air” and you can be a part of it. Reporter Richard Guzman explains how.
At-home scaresSince Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights has been canceled, reporter Kelli Skye Fadroski got the event’s creative director, John Murdy, to share advice on how to scare in quarantine.
Bonnaroo, the big music festival in Tennessee that usually happens in June, is doing its own online fest, dubbed Virtual Roo-Ality, starting Thursday, Sept. 24. Some of the highlights include sets by Beastie Boys from 2009, Metallica from 2008, the White Stripes from 2007 and James Brown from 2003. See the lineup.
Giant on the airwaves
Sameer Gadhia, singer of Irvine-rooted and LA-based alternative rock band Young the Giant, turned to radio to create a place for diverse music. You can hear him on his “Point of Origin” spotlight feature on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation and Pandora. Kelli Skye Fadroski talked to him about that and what Young the Giant is up to during the pandemic.
Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor is going back to the Forum in Inglewood on Oct. 2. The gig with his new solo band is the venue’s first full-production pay-per-view live streaming concert, dubbed Forum or Against ‘Em. Kelli Skye Fadroski talked to Taylor’s team about how this is going to come together.
Jump in the pool
Scarypoolparty, who you might remember as Pomona’s Alejandro Aranda who was the runner-up on the 2019 season of “American Idol,” is doing three livestreamed sets from the Wiltern, beginning Sept. 27. Peter Larsen has the details.
One for the kiddos
Ziggy Marley announced that he’s doing two drive-in shows in Anaheim next month. One will be a kid-friendly matinee and the other will be a more traditional reggae set in the parking lot of City National Grove of Anaheim on Oct. 24. Get the details.
It’s been six months since California shut down the live entertainment industry due to the novel coronavirus. Our staff reflected upon some of the biggest changes in theme parks, concerts, movies and casinos and what’s here to stay.
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