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August 10th, 2012
It would be natural to think Bogidar Avramov might feel a poignant tinge of melancholy this weekend.
The creator and artistic director of the Sierra Summer Festival Orchestra, who will leave his post this season, bounced into the Mammoth Times offices the other day with his wife, Ilka, and their little poodle, Piccolo, showing nothing less than joy.
âMammoth has been a part of our lives for over 40 years,â he said in his charming Austrian accent.
âWe have seen it in its heyday and in its economic woes, but we believe in its future and we want to participate in it.
The Oolation! singers, a group of unique and powerful young singers from across the country who live in the mountains above the Mono Basin for two intense weeks of singing, percussion, and performance, bring their show to the Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center this Sunday evening (Aug. 5).
It's one of those can't-miss shows, unique to the mountains, and it's free.
The show begins at 7 p.m. on the patio, and organizers say it would be a good idea to bring a seat or arrive early to get one.
This weekendâs Bluesapalooza is so full of top-drawer talent that it is hard to just pull a single thing out of the hat and call it THE highlight.
But concertgoers at Samâs Woodsite on Sunday would not be far off if they gave the nod to Joe Louis Walker.
Walker, now 62, is a journeymanâs journeyman in the blues world, but he shows no sign of slowing down.
Touring in support of his new record, âHellfire,â Walker brings an eclectic mix of musical influences to the stage, from Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones on the rock ânâ roll end of the spectrum to hard-core blues on the other.
âIâm all itchy and scratchy,â Fido said. He sat on his haunches, bent down a bit and scratched behind his ear.
âWow, thatâs a lot of fur that just flew off your neck, Old Boy,â I said. âLemme take a look.â
There wasnât anything that I could spot that was out of the ordinary.
âFido, itâs shedding season, and I can make a lot of jokes out of that.â
âYouâre shed out of luck, for one. â
Fido made a little noise that sounded very much like a chuckle.
âOr,â said I, âYouâre up shed creek without a paddle.â
Itâs not often you can walk around Mammoth and rub elbows with a legend.
At least one whoâs not running, skiing, snowboarding or dirt-biking.
Yet at this yearâs Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesaplooza (Thursday through Sunday, next week), concert goers at Samâs Woodsite can run smack into Charlie Musselwhite, and thatâs about as close to legendary as it gets in the blues world.
Musselwhite, a native Mississippian with 30 solo albums, is touring in support of his new recording, âThe Well.â It is a highly autobiographical collection of songs that won a Grammy nomination this year.
âOy vey, am I scared!â
âFido,â I said, âwhat in the world is going on? Youâre speaking Yiddish.â
âOy vey, am I scared!â
âThatâs what you said. Whatâs got your goat? Whatâs the matter?â
Fido inched closer to my chair, almost right on top of my feet. Then I heard it. Way off in the distance (to my ears, anyway): thunder.
âOy vey,â Fido said. âAm I scared! And Iâm speaking Doggish, not Yiddish. An offshoot.â
The Mammoth Lakes Music Festival enters its final week of concerts, featuring the Felici Piano Trio and distinguished guests at Cerro Coso College.
Tickets ($25 adult, $20 senior, $10 student) are available at the Booky Joint in Mammoth Lakes, at the door at 6:45 p.m. on concert nights or at www.ChamberMusicUnbound.org.
The Paiute Palace Casino in Bishop announced its most recent jackpot winner, Jeanette S. of Bishop. She won $771,170 on one of the newly installed Godzilla slot machines.
According to casino officials, Jeanette is a regular customer. The casinoâs Bill Macdonald was happy that a local regular customer won the huge prize.
The Paiute Palace Casino is owned and operated by the Bishop Paiute Tribe. For current casino promotions visit www.paiutepalace.com
The fourth annual June Lake Loop Mountain Music Festival started yesterday (Thursday) and continues until July 29.
The festival features bands and a kids' camp, all in beautiful June Lake.
Events include a âTrout Town Jamboree,â a song writerâs showcase, an outdoors concert, a bluegrass bash, and a hangover pizza party (among other events).
Tickets range from $10-$20 for each event and proceeds help benefit the June Lake Loop Womenâs Schoolarship Fund.
For more information, visit JuneLakeMusic.com.
Veteran bluesman Johnny Winter says he never wanted to be a rocker.
In spite of his 1970 best-selling rock album âJohnny Winter âŠ And,â featuring his brother, Edgar, Winter said he always was and always will be true to his first love: the blues.
âI wasnât really happy crossing over to rock ânâ roll,â he said in a telephone interview from Charlotte, N.C., where he was to perform that night.
âThat was my managerâs idea. Iâd rather not be doing it. At the time, the blues was kind of fading out, and he thought I should do more rock.
âForgive me, Fido, but I really never thought about what you were doing back in there. I know itâs a spot you like, but Iâve never really followed you, except to holler at you for digging around in someoneâs yard.â
Fido made that âpulled-a-fast-oneâ grin on his puss.
âHey hey hey hey! Just look!â
Fido had dug some semi-straight furrows in the dirt. Not really dirt, actually, but Mammoth dirt. That is, some dirt, mostly pumice.
âWhat is this, Fido?â
âIt is my âField of Dreams.ââ
Sweeping panoramic vistas, evocative landscapes and cultural portraits are featured in a new guest artist exhibit at Mountain Light Gallery.
Showcasing images by Sierra photographers Vern Clevenger, Jim Stimson, Londie Padelsky, Jerry Dodrill and John Dittli, the exhibit resonates with each artist's passion for exploration and their individually distinctive dedication to living a life immersed amid natural beauty.
The players of the Sierra Classic Theatre will open s six-day run of William Shakespeareâs âThe Tempest,â beginning tonight at Samâs Woodsite in Mammoth.
It is an audacious, if not tempestuous undertaking, directed by Lesley Bruns and performed under the trees at the venue.
The players ask for a $10 donation for those wishing to attend.
Although the theatre company will offer some chairs, the players ask members of the audience to bring their own chairs if they like, and a picnic.
The Sierra Music Festival opens this week at Cerro Coso College, with plenty of strings attached.
Actually, there are just four strings, but they are attached to a violin painted by Lady Jill Mueller and signed by Dave and Roma McCoy.
The instrument will be an item in Chamber Music Unboundâs Fifth Annual Auction after the opening Mammoth Lakes Music Festival concert at the college, with opening bids beginning at $1,000.
âFido, whatâs wrong?â
âI have never been so worn out in all my life!â
âBut it was just an overnight!â I said. âPiece of cake, old man.â
âYeah, well, so you say.â
Fido walked to his dog bed and more or less dived into it, like a locomotive that has jumped the tracks. Nose first, cloud of dust, then silence. In no time, he was snoring.
As for me, I was a little tired after our first overnight in the mountains, but nothing out of the ordinary.
For Fido, though, his first overnight backpacking adventure was more of a strain than Iâd figured.