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.
• 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.
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“"Balto sound like the kind of band you’d want playing in the background as you cruise down the highway with a road soda clutched in your hand." - What Youth”
At 21, after a failed attempt to begin a journalism career in Moscow and an overwhelming heartbreak, Dan Sheron’s life collapsed. Without so much as saying goodbye to his friends or bothering to pack a bag, Dan took a train bound for Siberia and headed east with a child's guitar and journal that quickly filled with songs. At some point in those manic months, Balto was born, in a third-class train car, singing and drinking among strangers, somewhere east of Novosibirsk.
Over time, Balto transformed from a songwriting vehicle into a rock n roll band – performing a boozy, swaggering style of American music rooted at the intersection of Motown, Big Star, Plastic Ono Band-era Lennon, and Jackson Browne. Their interactive live performances have drawn comparisons to fiery indie rockers My Morning Jacket and Wilco, while Seattle-based curators Artist Home describe their most recent LP Strangers (2017) as “a tangle of beautiful, messy emotions, wrapped up in a sound that’s warmly familiar yet brimming with soul and tiny details that are touched by magic.” They continue to describe Sheron as, “a roots-rock storyteller with the heart of an Edwardian poet—full of romance, sharp observation, knowing humor, and at least a slug or two of whiskey.”
Songs For Viktor, the latest 7” from Balto, is a brash statement of purpose from the newly transplanted Los Angeles band – written for a dear friend fallen on hard times in Moscow. Howling guitars and a heavy pocket of bass and drums recede to a boil, opening up the space for an almost Elton John-esque style of songcraft and storytelling. Balto is touring on the west coast in Summer 2018.
Young Creatures, alternately known as “the Creetch”, make surreal, ethereal music that combines elements of shoegaze, psychedelic rock, indie, and pop. This Los Angeles quartet toe the line between blissful dreamy pop and dark, eerie soundscapes. After dropping their debut self-titled EP in 2012 and the Habitats EP in 2013, the band had some membership changes and released their self-produced full-length debut Fear All The Things in 2014, solidifying the band’s sound and ethos as a psychedelic pop-rock group. 2017’s The Future is Finally Now was recorded at singer Mike Post’s brand new recording studio MooseCat Recording. The album built upon their foundation and expanded upon it with a more diverse set of songs that showcased more elaborate arrangements and a more sonically exploratory aesthetic.
A proudly DIY band, Young Creatures have toured major cities all over North America and gotten attention from several publications, including Classic Rock Magazine, LA Weekly, OC Weekly, Buzz Bands LA, and What Youth. In LA they’ve played venues like The Bootleg, The Echo, The Satellite and residencies at the The Satellite and Silverlake Lounge. They’ve done performances for Daytrotter, Converse Rubber Tracks, Balcony TV, Sofar Sounds, & Jam in the Van. Their music has been featured in television shows and independent films, as well as on repeated plays on terrestrial radio stations such as Los Angeles’ 88.5 KCSN.
The quartet of singer-guitarist Mike Post, guitarist-backing vocalist Andrew Gleason, drummer/percussionist Michael Escalante and bassist Donald Fisher are releasing a new 7”single Something I Don’t Know/Prisoner of Escape, which comes out on vinyl on November 17th on Nomad Eel Records (and is already available for streaming.) This coincides with their Creature Feature Festival on the same day, at the Hi Hat in Los Angeles, an event that should not be missed.
Edge of the West
Edge of the West is a Rock n' Roots Honky Tonk Jamband. Their catchy, quirky originals and outlaw hippie sound strikes a chord with lovers of alt-country, Americana & the Grateful Dead. The live shows rock. The group writes original tunes and draws from from a deep well of eclectic covers, never playing the same show twice. The first record, still in play on Americana radio, was released May 2016 and the next is in process. The band features members who also play with Great American Taxi, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Todd Snider, Jefferson Starship & more. When playing together these guys get cookin' and the audience lights up. Just try and sit still.
In 2017 this band of intrepid explorers toured the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest deserts, the Sierras, Alaska and Hawaii, including multiple shows in the big-city markets of Southern California and their own region, the Bay Area. They did two tours featuring as a guest the iconic pedal-steel master Buddy Cage of NRPS, they opened shows for Lukas Nelson and for Hard Working Americans, and played myriad festivals and club dates including top venues such as Terrapin Crossroads and Sweetwater Music Hall. To ring in the New Year, Edge of the West is played a sold out New Years show with family favorites the David Nelson Band at the magical River Theater in Guerneville, CA. Later in January Edge of the West played a three-night run in Girdwood, Alaska at Alyeska Resort's awesome party palace - the Sitzmark, and the next adventure will be some February shows in Hawaii.
Across the canyon we hear drums in the distance. Notes From the underground drift like smoke signals to a strange yet familiar place, where new friends and old come together for good times - the Edge of the West
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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