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Oct 25,2017: Josh Arbour and Kira Lingman

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Oct 14,2017: Cubensis


Since 1987, Los Angeles-based band Cubensis has carried the torch in celebration of one of America’s most beloved touring bands, the Grateful Dead. Cubensis sets out to re-create the Grateful Dead experience by emulating the sounds of Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, and the rest of the legendary San Francisco jam band. Cubensis plays completely spontaneous shows covering all eras of the Grateful Dead, and no night is ever the same. Cubensis is far more than just your standard cover band as they bring the magic and sounds to those longing for the live vibe that only the Grateful Dead was able to deliver. The group has been acclaimed for giving new life to the Grateful Dead’s material, bringing in new styles, new innovations, and new jam band fans, while at the same time remaining loyal to the original music and the original fans.

CUBENSIS brings the Grateful Dead concert experience back to life. Drawing from all eras of the Dead, the band performs a three-hour set of Grateful Dead and JGB classics that retains all the spontaneous exploratory jamming for which the bands were renown. However, the music produced is uniquely Cubensis.

Here, you won’t find the band wearing wigs and fake beards to re-create the Dead experience, unlike Beatlemania. “We don’t strive to play Dead tunes note-for-note,” explains Cubensis guitarist Craig Marshall. “We use the music as a skeleton, and then we flesh it out with our own improvisations. The Dead did that every time they played, and we find it to be a perfect model for our shows. The fans agree. They love hearing Cubensis-flavored Dead.”

The group is drawing national attention with their true-to-life performances. LA Weekly recently raved, “Cubensis plays with the same laid-back mastery as the real McCoy.” The LA Times declared “As the tribute to one of the ultimate jam bands, their set lists are as free and frollicky as the crowd.” Big Brother skateboard magazine says Cubensis is “the nation’s premiere Dead tribute” and the OC Weekly declared them “the hottest Grateful Dead tribute act going.” OC Register affirmed Cubensis was “the best place to channel Jerry Garcia” and AOL Citybeat stated, “Cubensis is renown for whipping its faithful crowd into a swirling, psychedelic mass for three hours straight.”

Cubensis has been pleased to find their most enthusiastic supporters are those who never got a chance to see the Grateful Dead in person, and wonder what they missed. Seasoned “Deadheads” come out to relive the great shows gone by, and as a result, the band is in great demand, performing over 150 shows a year throughout the Southwest. Cubensis was given specific permission by Jerry Garcia to perform the Dead’s music. Garcia’s only request was “do a good job of it.” Ever since, CUBENSIS has promised authenticity and delivers pure Grateful Dead-inspired music like it was meant to be heard, keeping the Dead alive and re-creating the magic one show at a time. Don’t miss it!



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Oct 07,2017: Annual Manhattan Beach 10K

We’re turning Forty and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate with you! Come join us for the 40th annual Manhattan Beach 10K on Saturday,  4,000 runners will take to the streets for this moderate to slightly difficult course through downtown and residential Manhattan Beach, finishing at the Manhattan Beach Pier.

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First 10 places in each division, including family teams and 200+lbs. Special awards go to the 1st Manhattan Beach resident (male female). Newly revamped AWARDS PRESENTATION takes place on the awards stage as soon as results are in for top finishers.

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Oct 12,2017: The Skatalites

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Oct 08,2017: Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair

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Earth Talk: Geoengineering solutions to address climate woes

Dear EarthTalk: Are there any realistic geoengineering solutions to our climate woes and why haven’t we started employing them yet? — A.M.

Geoengineering our way out of the climate crisis is something so drastic that no one really wants to admit it might be our only hope. But while cutting down on our air miles and switching over to a Prius can’t hurt, at least a few green leaders are starting to get on board with the concept of geoengineering as one weapon in an arsenal including improved energy efficiency and transitioning to renewable energy sources.

 

 

In his 2016 book A Farewell to Ice, Peter Wadhams of the University of Cambridge’s Polar Ocean Physics Group lays out several different scenarios where humanity could utilize different geo-engineering techniques to stave off cataclysmic climate change.

 

 

First and foremost on Wadham’s list is direct air capture of CO2—”something the whole world should be putting its research money into”—where we literally vacuum the offending pollution out of the air. Wadhams thinks this is the most logical approach, and one we can get started on right away if there is enough political will to get it funded.

 

 

Another potential geo-engineering save involves unleashing a fleet of salt spraying ships around the world’s coastlines that would pipe ocean water hundreds of feet skyward, spraying clouds with salt crystals to reflect more sunlight upwards and away from the Earth’s surface. University of Edinburgh engineers have already designed a prototype fleet of ships to serve as a model for larger efforts.

 

 

So-called sparkle blasting balloons represent another tack in the armed battle against global warming. Researchers are proposing sending hot air balloons (or airplanes or even artillery shells) into the sky to shoot or spray sulfuric acid or sulfur dioxide into the upper atmosphere where it would combine with pre-existing water vapor to form sparkly aerosols. When dispersed by the wind, these aerosols would surround the globe with haze that could reflect an estimated one percent of solar radiation back into space.

 

 

Yet another geo-engineering climate hack involves constructing a supersized space mirror (or reflective mesh) that could be launched into the Earth’s orbit to protect the planet by reflecting some of the sun’s rays skyward.

 

 

And no discussion of climate geoengineering would be complete without mentioning carbon sinks. For instance, we could “fertilize” barren sections of open ocean with iron to stimulate the production of CO2-sucking algal blooms and other photosynthesizing marine life. “When the algae die, they sink to the bottom of the sea, taking carbon with them,” writes Jennifer Santisi in E – The Environmental Magazine.

 

 

Of course, each of these techniques has potential side effects and unintended consequences, not to mention extreme costs. Researchers are proceeding cautiously to try to work some of the kinks out before we actually need to implement them on a widespread scale.

 

 

Meanwhile, environmentalists worry that geoengineering remains a distraction and that we have to “keep our eye on the ball” regarding trimming our carbon footprints. That said, it’s nice to know that scientists have a few Hail Mary plays up their sleeves if we ever do end up needing them.

 

 

CONTACTS: Farewell to Ice, https://goo.gl/ayxy7o; Iron Hypothesis, www.emagazine.com/iron-fertilization/.

 

 

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Oct 07,2017: Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair

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Oct 06,2017: Young Dubliners

The hard-rocking Irish band, the Young Dubliners owe everything to their fans. “They keep us honest, expecting good music both on the road and on the albums,” mentions frontman Keith Roberts.

The inspiration for Real World, the group’s third record on Higher Octave, is drawn from the trials and tribulations of being a real, working band and their life on the road. “We are all aware of how lucky we are to be making a living by doing what we love. Without being on the road and playing to our fans, that just wouldn’t be possible,” Roberts explains. Building a fervent fan base comparable to that of jam band rockers like Phish and Dave Matthews Band, The Young Dubliners have become notorious for the whirling “jig pits” that erupt at their live shows.

In fact, the group’s origins can be traced back to Los Angeles’ vibrant pub scene in which Dublin natives Keith Roberts (vocals, guitar) and Paul O’Toole first met. Roberts was composing some Irish ballads at the time and thought a band might be in the offing. Assembling a rag-tag team of Irish transplants and like-minded American rockers, The Young Dubliners grew into a pugnacious music machine resulting in their debut, the Rocky Road EP (1994). It exhibited a hefty rock sound that made them a club favorite. Breathe followed a year later with the addition of Chas Waltz (violin, keys, harmonica, etc).

By 2000, the band had morphed into a septet without O’Toole and released the critically acclaimed Red. The presence of the band sky-rocketed: Gabriel Byrne requested the band to write the theme song for his television show Madigan Men and they spent much of 2001 touring Europe with Jethro Tull, and the US as headliners and as openers for acts such as John Hiatt and Robert Cray. The Young Dubliners also revved up the crowd at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. That same year, the band scaled back down to a five-piece – Roberts, Brendan Holmes (Bass), the returning Waltz (who had left the band in 1995), Bob Boulding (guitar) and David Ingraham (drums) – and released Absolutely. “It really was a reflection of the band,” says Roberts. “It’s got the sense of humor of the band, along with the balls-y lyrics that maybe in the past I couldn’t bring myself to write. You put it all together and you get this good-feeling, upbeat album. That record captures us at the time, Absolutely. The return of Chas Waltz, multi-tasking on fiddle, keyboards, harmonica, mandolin, and backing vocals, heralded a renewed creative vigor. “My leaving had more to do with previous obligations than with creative differences,” he explains. “When Keith asked if I was interested in coming back, I was ready to get back to being part of a band and touring again.”

After going on a number of headlining and co-headlining US tours (Johnny Lang, Collective Soul, Great Big Sea and others), the quintet settled down to record Real World – an album influenced by their predecessors (Waterboys/Pogues/U2/Big Country) and most importantly, life on the road. From Irish-flavored anthemic rock to rowdy pub tunes, lead singer Keith Roberts voice is stronger than ever and the songwriting, performance, and production show a new maturity and artistic ambition. Roberts notes, “Since Absolutely, we’ve become a much tighter band. It’s the first time we’ve had the same members for two albums in a row, plus we’ve had the benefit of relentless touring. I think those two factors have really come together to make us sound and write better.” During the interlude between Absolutely and Real World came another event which drew the band in. Roberts underwent a throat surgery which required months of vocal cord rehabilitation. “My surgery made us all aware of how close we came to losing it all. Our determination to succeed is even stronger than before,” he reflects.

Among the 12 rollicking tracks on the album (all of which were composed or arranged by the Young Dubliners), “Touch The Sky” stands out as a potent rock hit, with its killer hook and positive lyrics. “I’ve noticed recently that I can’t write a song about how miserable life is without supplying some silver lining,” Roberts says, laughing. “OK” and “Waxie’s Dargle” have already proven to be live favorites, while “Evermore” takes on a very personal spin. “It is one of my favorites and means a lot to me as I wrote the song for my son,” says Roberts. All in all, each of the tracks witnessed a collaborative effort by each of the members, allowing for the album’s cohesive and rock-solid sound. The album, however, does boast a number of guest players. Ian Anderson – a cohort gained from the band’s Jethro Tull touring days – joins the group on “Banshee” and Eric Rigler (Titanic / Braveheart) provides Uileann Pipe on a number of tracks. Roberts also singles out the record’s producer, Tim Boland, for the album’s superior production.

Musing about the band’s sound, Roberts sums up the Young Dubliner’s approach to their music, be it Celtic, Irish, or just plain rock. “I like to think that our take on songwriting and performance makes the Young Dubliner’s sound unique and original. Our band is made up of Irish and American natives who draw influences from just about everywhere. Our strength is in the sum of our parts. We play as a band, as one.”



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Oct 01,2017: Sponge


Vinnie Dombroski (vox)
Tim Krukowski (bass)
Billy Adams (drums)
Kyle Neely (guitar)
Andy Patalan (guitar)

Sponge has proven to be one of the Motor City’s heaviest hitters after gaining international notoriety with 1995’s debut album “Rotting Piñata.” Emerging out of Detroit with hits like “Plowed” and “Molly (16 Candles)” Sponge received massive airplay on radio stations from coast to coast and were in heavy rotation on MTV. After “Rotting Piñata” went Gold, the band toured internationally, sharing the stage with Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and Live. Sponge was also a featured artist at Lollapalooza in both 1995 and 1996. The band stood out as one of the 1990’s most charismatic live acts. Front man Vinnie Dombroski’s powerful voice, heart-on-his- sleeve lyrics and stage presence captivated numerous audiences and still continues to bring down any house he steps in. Sponge’s follow up CD to Rotting Piñata, the critically lauded Wax Ecstatic included the hit songs “Wax Ecstatic” and “Have You Seen Mary?” They followed up with their third release New Pop Sunday and several Soundtrack and compilation appearances. Sponge’s Idol Records debut, For All the Drugs in the World, is a swirling sonic attack that has it’s roots in the classic rock of Aerosmith and The Rolling Stones, 70’s glam and of course, the Motor City influences of The Stooges, The MC5 and Motown-but at the same time sounds like nothing else….



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