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Pg 14 • August 2020 • UPBEAT TIMES, INC. WHAT’S UP • SONOMA COUNTY SONOMA COUNTY’s


Musical Notes by Shekeyna Black ~ shekeyna@gmail.com


Sonoma County, CA. ~ Summer sans in-person festivals will be how we remember 2020. Live Music seems like


a thing of the past due to the coronavirus pan- demic; however, there are still some cool mu- sical happenings. The Petaluma Music Festi- val; which raises funds to help music programs in the Petaluma School District, will be hosting its 13th Annual event strictly online on Sat- urday, August 1st from


4-10pm. “So proud to be a part of a such a great community. Not only keeping music


in schools but building a better and more respon- sible future,” exclaims musicians, Sebastian Saint James; whose band, The Highway Po- ets will be performing during the virtual event. Visit, petalumamusicfes- tival.org. The World Premiere


of the Cotati Accordion Virtual Festival takes place on the weekend


of August 22nd & 23rd from 11am to 3pm on- line for free. Accord- ing to cotatifest.com, “The Cotati Accor- dion Festival is a non-profit organiza- tion established in 1991 to promote the love of the accordion and to support local youth service orga- nizations.” Typically, the two day event brings thousands of visitors to La Plaza Park in downtown Cotati; however, this year the


event will offer a poten- tially global audience,


Equality Day, on Au-


gust 26th celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amend- ment to the Consti- tution; which, guar- anteed women the right to vote. What better way to honor this centennial occa- sion than by dusting off some old record albums or CD’s that feature women sing- ers and artists. Or


“a chance to see the ac- cordion played at artistic levels never imagined by the uninitiated,” as stated by a recent Press Release. Listen to music by


Bay Area band, Skip the Needle. Their album en- titled, “We Ain’t Never Going Back” features some really awesome tunes. Vicki Randle, at the helm of this regional favorite, was for nearly two decades, part of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in the acclaimed television band.


even easier, click your way to a musical journey by searching online for women who have made an impact on the music we enjoy. A fun exploration of


music from 1920 might include the Empress of the Blues, Bessie Smith, who was a renowned blues and jazz vocalist. Since students will


be learning online, it is a great assignment for parents and teachers to incorporate Music Ap- preciation into the home- schooling curriculum.


“Believe in yourself, your abilities and your own potential. Never let self-doubt hold you captive. You are worthy of all that you dream of and hope for.”


Roy Bennett Pg 14 • August 2020 • UPBEAT TIMES, INC. “The only reason you feel you can’t is because you can.” ~ Meir Ezra


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