Calendar of Events
State Park Activities
• Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Day Use Parking lots one and two are open for picnic areas.
OPEN TRAILS: Gorge, Mount Manuel, Buzzard's Roost, Valley View, Liewald Flats, Redwood Deck, Nature Trail, River Path and Warden’s Path.
CLOSED TRAILS: Pfeiffer Falls and the Pine Ridge trails.
Campfire Program begins Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
• Andrew Molera State Park is open to the beach via the Creamary Meadow Trail.
• Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park April 4, 2019: Due to severe storm damage to the park's entrance station and restroom, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park will be closed until further notice. The McWay waterfall can still be seen from the pullout just north of the park entrance on Highway 1 near mile marker 36.2. Please check the website periodically for updates.
For more details, please visit our press release: https://www.parks.ca.gov/NewsRelease/876.
CLOSED TRAILS: Ewoldsen, Tanbark, Waters and the Tinhouse Fire Road trails.
• Garrapata State Park Trails west of Highway 1 are open. Soberanes Canyon Trail is partially open. It will be open exclusively from the main, gated trailhead across from Gate 8 of the Garrapata coastal trail. Hikers will be able to proceed to the back of the canyon along the 1.25 mile length of the trail. It will be an out and back hike since the Rocky Ridge portion of the trail will remain closed due to hazardous conditions.
• Pfeiffer Beach is open.
• Point Sur Lightstation is closed for repair and expected to open in "late fall."
Oakland-based Junk Parlor’s multi-faceted gypsy Junk-Rock is beloved by its dedicated and growing local fans and worldwide converts alike. While the band has been a galvanizing force on the Bay Area Indie Rock scene since its 2013 inception, European touring, International chart-topping and digital discovery have propelled the band toward more widespread recognition. With a notable track-record of impeccable studio work and crowd-pleasing, colorful live performances, Junk Parlor invites its audiences on a sonic adventure down a joyful, raucous path, conjuring up a fantastically-edgy and intoxicating dreamscape. The band’s signature sound is multi-faceted; spattered with traditional Eastern-European songs, Manouche rhythms, Bohemian janglings and exotic vintage belly dance melodies. Modern musical stylings are also interwoven, with 50s Rock ‘n’ Roll and Punk influences on display in the band's own heady, moody and haunting self-penned tunes.
Once described as "Crooner Punk”, Jason Vanderford’s Leonard Cohen-esque baritone vocals and poetic lyrics float amidst acoustic Manouche-style jazz guitar, ripping violin, banjo, colorful cajon percussion and fretless electric bass. This eclectic mix makes Junk Parlor is that crazy-rare band whose vibe is so driven by a joyful schizophrenia of sounds that it transcends easy genre trappings. That said, they’ve been compared to artists including Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, Gogol Bordello, Dead Kennedys and Tom Waits.
Vanderford spent five years recording and touring with jazz sensation The Hot Club of San Francisco, Vanderford’s foray toward Junk Parlor began almost by accident. Emerging as one of the region’s “go-to” musicians for his rhythm guitar, in 2013, his uncle Tim Bush (a renowned 30+ year prof. bassist who bought him his first guitar at 14), asked him to play his acoustic at a wine bar in Petaluma, CA. It was here he randomly met Robin “RT” Goodrich – who plays drums, percussion and cajon - who had laid down rhythms and toured with Staggerwing. Beso Negro and Emma Lee Project – who boldly told Vanderford he wanted to put a group together. “I’d never met him, but he said he knew who I was,” Vanderford says. “I was hesitant but asked him to sit in with me for a few months. Then he shows up one day saying he booked the band. I told him we didn’t have a name and he said we better get one! So then, I took it seriously.”
Soon thereafter, Tim Bush became the band’s bassist (electric fretless bass) and two years later, the trio added Laela Peterson-Stolen’s soaring violin and viola to the band. The quartet played their first gig and five months later recorded its debut album “Wild Tones”. In 2015 Junk Parlor had a successful Kickstarter program in conjunction with Kami Liddle's Gold Star Dance Company. The money was used for a west coast tour and for funding the predominantly instrumental album "Melusina". The album was voted into the Top Ten albums made in the North Bay of 2015 by the Marin Independent Journal. The band started actively touring (the band still does 3-4 West Coast Mini-Tours a year) and picked up its newest musician, accordionist JD Limelight, after he filled in on bass on a recent UK Tour. "It was great to be adopted by the band after the tour. I guess I looked good enough in a suit to represent the Junk Parlor brand!,” he quips.
The band continues to evolve musically, bringing a resonating human element to the mix that others often lack. At the heart of Junk Parlor’s knack for getting audiences dancing and singing along is Vanderford’s passion for storytelling. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a jazz musician, singer or dancer - the goal is always telling a great story. I love getting out there and hearing people’s stories and then transforming those into songs that can be interpreted in unique ways by the band, dancers and everyone in the audience that it touches.”
Junk Parlor has played numerous acclaimed festivals including Offbeat Festival, Enchanted Forest Festival, How Weird Festival, Kinetic Carnival and High Desert Steam Punk Festival. In addition to its intense touring schedule, the band delights SF Bay music aficionados monthly with a live performance in the iconic Haight-Ashbury neighborhood at jazz-themed Club Deluxe. The now five-piece Junk Parlor is set to release its long-awaited latest "Electricity For Dreams" accompanied by a major supporting tour in early 2019.
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Trouble in the Wind
Trouble in the Wind has been labeled as folk, Americana, alternative, country, surf rock …etc but the Southern California quartet likes to call themselves “rock and roll”. The band’s stripped-down organic sound is a multi-instrumental collective fronted by songwriter Robby Gira, whose powerful voice creates the center of attention of their songs. The group’s instrumentation of accordion, upright bass, brushes, banjo and guitars color the emotional songs which blend and range from ballads to surf folk to soulful rockers.
Whether it be light on the horizon, men on the run or love in the air, it’s always Trouble in the Wind
– Alexi Con DeVille