The calendar may say October, and you might be enjoying early Autumn, but we are still in full summer mode! The oven is blasting!
Los Angeles County temperatures ranged today between 95 and 105 degrees. Even the beaches were hot! Some areas of the Inland Empire saw temperatures as high as 108 and tomorrow is expected to do a repeat performance. It’s rather oppressive, yes, but this isn’t really a surprise.
Some parts of the country take a period of late summer or early fall heat and designate it “Indian Summer.” In Southern California it is simply known as “wildfire season,” and it arrives every year like clockwork!
All Southern California residents are aware of the dangers of October heat.
Earlier this summer I took a photo of a memorial marker outside the entrance of our favorite camping resort in the San Jacinto Mountains. In October 2006, the Esperanza Fire took the lives of five firefighters–Jason McKay, Jess McLean, Daniel Najera, Mark Loutzenhiser and Pablo Cerda died defending private property near our campground.
It’s that level of heat again this October. The region is on fire alert. And we had no idea when we purchased concert tickets in June, that our plans to visit the beautiful coastal city of Santa Barbara would come at such an opportune time to spend the weekend in a much cooler climate.
Crosby, Stills & Nash performed Friday night at the Santa Barbara Bowl! It was a great performance–but I knew it would be. Yes, they’ve aged. No, their voices aren’t as consistent as they once were–but that was perhaps also due to their taxing touring schedule which began in January.
When Jay told a young bank teller where we were going, she asked, “Who?” That’s okay. They have a loyal fan base, and their fans aren’t confined to just one generation.
We spent an hour of pre-concert time with two much younger guys who very enthusiastically told about other CSN concerts they’d attended, and had a wealth of trivia between them related to the group’s Laurel Canyon beginnings and arrival at Woodstock.
I wonder if you remember that Crosby, Stills & Nash were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. First, collectively as the group, but also individually. David Crosby was one of the original Byrds, Stephen Stills with Buffalo Springfield, and Graham Nash, the Hollies–three other groups that helped define the music of the 60’s.
When they sing and combine to create such great harmonies, I still see them like the three young guys on my original vinyl LP–“Crosby, Still & Nash,” released in 1969. The cover of the record is unpretentious and simple, not well-managed and slick as would be today. The guys are lined up on an old sofa in the opposite order of the record’s title: Nash, Stills & Crosby.
We had a wonderful time! And it may be that where you live the season for outdoor concerts is over for another six months or so! But let me encourage you to scout around for music venues you may not have visited for a while. Sometimes tickets go on sale months before a tour arrives and it’s a good idea to plan ahead.
After enjoying the Santa Barbara Bowl, much smaller and more intimate than the Hollywood Bowl, I have requested email alerts to inform me of future concert possibilities. I found out too late that Bob Dylan is coming to the Bowl at the end of the month…I fell asleep at that switch! I would have enjoyed the now sold-out concert!
Later this week I’ll share about our Saturday tour of the 1782 Spanish Royal Presidio of Santa Barbara, a military installation responsible for defending one of four military districts associated with the California Missions. You know I won’t be able to keep that to myself!
We had a wonderful time of music, history and just enjoying beautiful ocean and cooling breezes. We have no immediate plans to go out-of-town again for awhile, so I do hope it cools off soon. Will somebody please turn the oven off?