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The big news in the live music industry this week is that Dr. Anthony Fauci says we could see concerts again in the fall if all goes well and 70-85% of the population gets the COVID-19 vaccine. (Cross your fingers and roll up your sleeves for that to happen.) We are seeing some festivals in other parts of the country that move to fall, like the Governors Ball in New York, but nothing new to report out here .
Meanwhile, some of Southern California’s biggest festivals can be enjoyed safely from your car. Kelli Skye Fadroski went to Insomniac’s Electric Mile Drive-Thru and wrote about the colorful experience.
Typically, our team prepares for the NAMM Show in Anaheim, where more than 100,000 musicians, salespeople, and others gather to see the latest and greatest instruments, technology, and more. Since it won’t happen in person this year due to COVID-19, Kelli has also summarized what can be seen online for free at NAMM.
Kelli also has information on this year’s She Rocks Awards, which are also virtual, and the latest drive-in shows coming to Anaheim.
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Insomniac’s Electric Mile Drive-Through Experience in front of Santa Anita Park in Arcadia on Thursday Jan. 7, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)
People love Insomniac’s Electric Mile drive-through experience so much that it’s almost like waiting at a festival to get in! Go through the Technicolor experience and see some aliens with Kelli Skye Fadroski.
The NAMM Show, an annual trade convention usually held at the Anaheim Convention Center for five days in January, has gone virtual in its 120th year due to the ongoing spread of the global coronavirus pandemic. Virtual Believe in Music Week is free to the general public and features live performances, access to the online marketplace, seminars, artist talks, award ceremonies and more from January 18-22. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register / SCNG)
The biggest show online
In a normal year, the NAMM Show is a bit like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory for musicians, with beautiful instruments as far as the eye can see. And you can watch well-known performers at the demo and just wander across the floor. For 2021, the good news is that it’s free and you can watch from home. Here’s what you can see on this year’s online NAMM show.
The Go-Go’s will be honored at the She Rocks Awards 2021. The ceremony will practically take place on Friday, January 22nd. (Photo by Paul Natkin, Getty Images)
These women rock
The She Rocks Awards, which coincide with NAMM, are always a hot ticket. If there is something positive this year, you can watch the show from your home for free. The winners include Nancy Wilson, The Go-Go’s, Cherie Currie and Amy Lee. Get the details.
San Diego-based reggae band Tribal Seeds will headline City National Grove from Anaheim’s Drive-In OC on Saturday, February 13th. (Photo by Alicia Hauf)
More drive-in shows on the way
We won’t be seeing any more indoor concerts anytime soon, but Drive-In OC has announced more artists for its series in Anaheim. Among them are the San Diego-based reggae band Tribal Seeds and the newly rescheduled show from DJ Claude VonStroke and friends. Here’s how to get tickets.
The newlyweds Elvis and Priscilla Presley were on their honeymoon in this Palm Springs house in 1967. It recently sold for $ 2.6 million, $ 100,000 more than the previous price. (Composite by Sandra Barrera, Southern California News Group; inset: Keystone / Getty Images File Art; home: Scott Histed Architectural Properties)
Elvis was here
Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s unique “Honeymoon Hideaway” in Palm Springs has been sold and many memorabilia from the inside are being auctioned. Find out how to own a piece of the king’s history.
The_Narrators’ dancer will perform on the Do Lab stage during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio on Friday April 14, 2017. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)
ICYMI: New Podcast Episode
Last week, the final episode of the unofficial Coachella podcast, Can’t Feel the Heat, rose and we’re talking about the Coachella community and their cosmic connections, as we’re not talking about lineups right now. Check it out on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
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