Summer Photo Feature:
Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart...(by Matthew) -
L.A. is a big city, there's no getting around that. A metropolis
of valet parking and palm trees. There's fine dining and day spas and gourmet cheese stores. But don't assume
it's no place for the good ol fashioned hillbilly! In fact, apart from the beach L.A. is surrounded by hills.
And no better place to break out a fiddle and banjo than
with the ol' west movie sets seen in
such films as: Paleface (1948), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938) and a host of television shows
since it was rebuilt in 1984 such as: CHiPS, Dukes of Hazzard, Charlie's Angels and more recently
Dr. Quinn, Medecine Woman and Carnivale.
Here's a few pics from our 5th annual trip to the 49th annual
Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest at this fantastic and historic location.
The "Contest" is really a festival, with impressive performances in addition to the contestants. There's a barndance
where anyone can learn square and Irish dancing and like any good bluegrass festival there are plenty of spontaneous
jam sessions popping up along the main trail. You can bring a blanket and cooler (responsible alcohol consumption
permitted) or you can hit up the vendors or brave the BBQ line. The bottom line is this festival is always fun. Every
year I mark off the dates on my calendar and spread the word. Angelenos can do themselves a favor by heading for the
hills and hopping to a jig. You won't miss the concrete.
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