"Folk" Music, house concerts, and Festivals
Alan Rowoth on house concerts:
"... there is absolutely NO better listener experience than the
house concert. The immediacy of sitting 10 feet away from a
great musician when they are doing their thing is so far beyond
what you get for a $90 ticket at a stadium show for some fading
pop star that the two experiences hardly bear comparison."
A few related links:
My wife and I had the pleasure of meeting Alan Rowoth and Steve Clark,
during a couple of summers where we attended a couple of the
Planet Bluegrass events —
the Telluride Festival
in 1994, and the
Rocky Mountain Folks Fest in 1995.
Very fun times.
Maybe one of these days we'll get to California's best similar
festival, the Strawberry Music Festival.
[Aside: this page was the 4th match in a google search for just the word "strawberry".]
[Later: garret mentioned
this New York Times
article about Gram Parsons. Decent retrospective of him, though it calls
Joshua Tree a State Park. Come on, everyone knows that it was a U2 album —
er, um, a National Monument — before it became a National Park.]