WHAT DID WE MISS AT LILITH?
Due to family obligations, day jobs and matters of taste, OC Weekly couldn’t cover the Lilith Fair stop at Irvine last Saturday. But as Entertainment Weekly said, “By the time Lilith rolled into Irvine, California’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, it felt a little bit like attending the funeral of something that wasn’t quite dead.” So while it didn’t seem like we missed much, we went on Twitter to check out what really happened. Sure, there were stellar performances by Sarah McLachlan, Brandi Carlile and Melissa Lambert, but otherwise, it seemed the event was poorly attended (about 9,000 people, if that). Rumors abounded, including that a bouncer was guarding the men’s room (true), tampons were being given away everywhere (true) and that Sting was going to join the event (false). Various Twitter users had more interesting things to say: @Whittlz said, “This is not a joke: was rocking out to @Miranda_Lambert, security just asked me to sit down” and, “Asked a foursome of drunk dudes what they’re doing here. They said they liked the ‘ratio.’ I didn’t have the heart to tell them.” From a July 12 Heard Mentality blog post.
DUSTY RHODES AND THE RIVER BAND HEADLINE OC FOODIE FEST
Last we heard, about 34 vendors have committed to OC’s first gourmet-food-truck event (organizers are hoping for a total of 50). You know who else has committed to the fest at the Honda Center? Energizer bunnies Dusty Rhodes and the River Band. They’re headlining the Aug. 28 event, the proceeds of which will go to three OC charities: Pretend City Children‘s Museum in Irvine; Child SHARE, an outreach program to find foster families; and St. Vincent‘s Meals on Wheels. Tickets are $1. From a July 9 post.
THE HOOTENANNY MADE CHRIS SHIFLETT & THE DEAD PEASANTS
Guitarist for the Foo Fighters and the Me First and the Gimme Gimmes Chris Shiflett has what he calls a project band through which he expresses his creative side via twangy guitars and pedal-steel guitar, and it was born in 2008 because of our very own Hootenanny. “A friend of mine books shows for the Hootenanny, and one day, he just asked if I wanted to put something together for it,” he recalls. “That was the catalyst. The first one, I [just played] a few covers—George Jones, Willie Nelson. Then I took some of my own songs and countried them up a little bit. After playing a few shows and thinking [in a country mindframe], I started writing like that. So after a year, I had written a whole new set of songs.” From a July 9 post.
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