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Woodystock Festival Returns to the High Desert Oct. 1-2, 2016

4TH ANNUAL WOODYSTOCK FESTIVAL RETURNS TO HIGH DESERT, FEATURING 2 BIG DAYS OF TOP-NOTCH BLUES AND ROCK BANDS; WITH OVERNIGHT CAMPING ON 10-ACRE WOODARDVILLE RANCH  Saturday, October 1 & Sunday, October 2 /Music Starts 11AM  Daily Staking it’s claim as the largest yearly original blues and rock music event in the SoCal High Desert, the Woodystock Rock ‘N’ Blues Festival is back for it’s fourth big year, taking place Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, at Woodardville Ranch, (end of Chicago Rd.), in Apple Valley. Music start at 11 am each day. Tickets $20.00 per day in advance, $25.00 at the gate/day of show; 2-day tickets $35.00 in advance, $40.00 at the gate/day of show. Camping tickets $10.00 per night/per vehicle. Kids 12 and under, free. Tickets/info.: (760) 963-4994 or: Emceeing Woodystock again this year is High Desert station, KJAY Epic! Radio. “Our goal is to bring first-class musicians to the High Desert,” states Woodystock founder John Woodard, who’s also a Councilman for the City of Adelanto. Woodard was also a driving force behind the Adelanto New Blues Festival last May at Stater Bros. Stadium. Woodystock operates on Donations and Sponsorships. Contact John Woodard at (760) 963-4994 for Donation and Sponsorship opportunities.


Saturday, October 1

Johhny JukeBox 11:00am – 11:45pm Victor Crain & the Lost Coast Project 12:00pm – 1:30pm Reverend Smack Jones 2:00pm – 4:00pm Electric Parlor 4:15pm – 6:15pm Diana Reign & Papermoon Gypsies 6:30pm – 8:30pm Crooked eye Tommy 8:45pm – 10:45pm Open Jam 1100:pm – 1:00 am  

Sunday, October 2

Johhny JukeBox 9:00am – 10:00pm Babylon Steele 10:30pm – 12:30pm Raul Watson 1:00pm – 2:00pm Bruce McGhee -2eKond Kreation 2:30pm – 4:30pm Rocfusion 5:00pm – 7:00pm Kenny Cederholm 7:30pm – 9:00pm Johhny JukeBox 11:00apm – 11:45pm  

 About Some of the Performers at Woodystock Rock/Blues Festival

*All the way from Ventura come Crooked Eye Tommy, fronted by brothers/guitarists, Tommy and Paddy Marsh. The band  – who headline Saturday at Woodystock – is up for Best Blues Band and Album of the Year at the 2016 Ventura Music Awards. *Hailing from Hesperia, The Lillies‘ sound is in the spectrum that lies between the raw/avant-garde tumble of sixtie’s indie greats The Velvet Underground and modern-day rock greats, U2. Yet, the quartet are also heavily rooted in the Blues. *Returning to Woodystock this year is the ‘Reverend’ Smack Jonez. The singer-songwriter, New York-born and raised in Gavelston, Texas, was “sent here on a mission from God to bring you the love thru song and sound so that you, too can get down.” Watch Jonez electrify the Woodystock crowd with his energetic blend of blues, funk, rock and soul. *One of the more eclectic bands to grace the Woodystock stage is Electric Parlor. The L.A.-based quartet takes pride in creating music that has an honest, raw, and live feel to it, relatable to music fans all over the world.  They are inspired by the past, and the lessons they have learned from years of listening to the forefathers of Rock ‘n’ Roll. The tasty Down-Home Blues of guitarist Victor Crain graces the stage of Woodystock again this year. *The guitar playing style of well-known High Desert-ite Victor Crain was once favorably compared to the great Jimi Hendrix. Crain, who resides in Llano, returns to Woodystock again this year to play some tasty Down-Home Blues.

Medical Marijuana Issue at Hesperia Council Meeting

The Hesperia City Council, after hearing approximately 40 pro-medical marijuana citizens address them, surprised, perhaps even shocked most by voting 5-0 to table an ordinance that would have banned medical marijuana deliveries. The council voted to revise the proposed ordinance. The council in recent years had shut down every brick-and-mortar dispensary in the city selling medical marijuana to those with physician recommendations. The council advised the standing-room-only crowd that those dispensaries had caused numerous problems including a shooting and a mobile van for prostitution. Several council members, who had sat attentively but stony-faced through two hours plus of frightened citizens begging them not to make it difficult for them to get their medicine and several speakers who spoke abusively, said plainly that they were not against home delivery of medical marijuana. Mayor Bill Holland said that the speakers’ comments were moving and thought provoking. “There’s nobody in this room, with your medical conditions, that I don’t want to see get relief. That was not our intention (with the proposed ordinance that would ban home delivery),” Holland told the chamber. The city had created the ordinance in a reaction to a state law that would have given the state sole authority to license marijuana growers in jurisdictions that had no laws in place by March 1 regulating cultivation. That state law has since been corrected with an emergency bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown. “It was going to be–what we do not specify, the state would dictate,” said council member Eric Schmidt. Assistant City Attorney Jeff Malawy said, “I don’t think anyone up here wants to ban medical marijuana. We shut down dispensaries because they were selling for profit. You cannot sell medical marijuana for profit and it must be distributed by a non-profit collective or cooperative.” Mayor Holland noted that until the November election, and a proposition that might legalize marijuana, that “We still have to regulate this. I suspect that in November two issues may be settled twofold. One, whether or not to legalize marijuana period and two, whether or not cities and municipalities have the ability to regulate it at all.” After public comments, the council discussed what should be in the revised ordinance. Council Member Blewett stated, “We don’t want any dispensaries or major cultivation places. That should be the essence of the ordinance.” After the meeting, Blewett told the Desert News Post that he did not like marijuana and that he would not change. “But I still came out for something fair,” he said. A married couple who had both spoken passionately to the council and who had been listening to us interrupted. “We’ll see,” said the husband.

Dreamers, Visionaries & Leaders Honored for Achievements

The Dreamers, Visionaries & Leaders (DVL) Project held its 8th annual Tribute Awards in celebration of Black History Month in a Hollywood Awards format, honoring local individuals for their achievements and service. “It is our privilege to recognize 10 extraordinary High Desert individuals for their professional accomplishments and community service,” stated DVL Founder, Regina Weatherspoon-Bell. Mistress of Ceremonies Actress/Singer Dawnn Lewis (“A Different World,” “Better Call Saul,” “Major Crimes”) hosted an afternoon of honor, history and entertainment featuring DVL Lifetime Achievement Honorees Dr. Vincent E. Ajanwachuku and Dr. Mildred Dalton Hampton-Henry. Other 2016 honorees were: Mina Blazy, Principal, Gus Franklin Jr. STEM Academy; Dr. Lakieta L. Emanuel, Chief Clinical Director of HD Speech & Language Center, Inc.; Cedric Evans, Co- Founder & President, Field Hogz Sports; Alexandra Gessesse, Youth Academic Achievement & Community Service; Thomas & Tamara Lee, President & Vice President High Desert Black Heritage Committee; Vickie Mack, Executive Director, Sterling Solutions; and, Joan Rudder-Ward, MBA, CPP. A special Tribute Award was given to Nancy Jackson of Southern California Edison for her outstanding service as High Desert Public Affairs Region Manager. Performances by musician Al Castro, vocalists Janice Freeman and Glenn Dumas; plus an art exhibition; “Finding My Voice…Works spanning 1958 – 2016” showcased the works of local acclaimed artist, Theresa Polley-Shellcroft. For more information about the DVL organization, programs and events, call (760) 242-2487 or visit The DVL Project is an affiliate fund of the High Desert Community Foundation.