Legendary Little Feat co-founder, pianist and producer Bill Payne celebrates his 67th birthday today. Contributing song writing and singing efforts on Little Feat classics like “Oh Atlanta,” “Day or Night,” “Time Loves A Hero,” and “Gringo,” Payne’s work has also extended outside of Little Feat to include collaborations with luminaries like Pink Floyd, The Doobie Brothers, Bonnie Riatt, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Jackson Browne, and James Taylor.Since late 2013, Bill Payne has been touring with Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass studs Leftover Salmon, penning two songs on their 2014 record High Country, “Bluegrass Pines” co-written with iconic Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter and Little Feat’s classic “Six Feet Of Snow,” which was first immortalized on 1979’s Down On The Farm. In September of 2014, Payne became a permanent member of LoS. In more recent times, Payne has assumed the duties as touring pianist for the Doobie Brothers, all the while continuing to play with Little Feat.In celebration of the great Bill Payne’s birthday today, check out full show video of Little Feat at London’s Rainbow Theatre in 1977:Setlist: Little Feat at the Rainbow Theatre, London, EnglandSet: Intro / Join the Band, Rock’n Roll Doctor, Fat Man In The Bathtub, Teenage Nervous Breakdown, Oh Atlanta, Dixie Chicken, Tripe Face Boogie, Rocket In My Pocket, Skin It Back, Old Folks’ Boogie, Apolitical Blues, Red Streamliner, All That You Dream, Willin’, Spanish Moon
Photo courtesy Ashley Robinson Tickets are on sale now: $30 later bird, $35 in advance, $45 at door. Tickets include wine tasting from each winery. VIP tickets are $75 and include the tasting plus a wine tote bag with a festival shirt, a collectable patch, or pin and a hat. Tickets for children and non-drinking adults are also available. VIP or not, all attendees will get to enjoy the beautiful scenery of On Sunny Slope Farms. The oysters for the festival come from Bruce and Daniel Vogt of Big Island Aquaculture from Hayes, Virginia. Big Island Aquaculture is a small, family run business serving our customers with great tasting oysters, while helping sustain the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay and promoting its rich culture. Their briny oysters are often referred to as the best in the bay–and during the festival–the best in the Shenandoah Valley. Do not miss this culinary expert showcase- Specialty Oyster Dishes paired with these Exquisite Virginia Wines.While you are in the Shenandoah Valley, why not stay the night? Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center, the newest hotel in Harrisonburg, blends a sophisticated style with relaxing comfort. Featuring well-appointed rooms and suites with mountain and downtown views, as well as fine dining, fitness facilities, Hotel Madison is an elegant and inspiring choice. This upscale hotel provides superior accommodations, event spaces, and staff services.Wineries/VineyardsNorth Mountain Vineyard & Winery, CrossKeys Vineyards, Bluestone Vineyard, Brix and Columns Vineyards, White Oak Lavender Farm & The Purple WOLF Tasting Room, Cave Ridge Vineyard and Winery, Castle Glen Estates Winery, Third Hill at DeMello Vineyards, Narmada Winery, and Hunt’s Vineyard.Culinary PairingsDayton Tavern, Paella Perfecta, Hops Kitchen, Mashita, Taj of India, Smiley’s Ice Cream, and Kraken CakesProceeds from this event go to the Artisans Center of Virginia, the parent organization of Virginia’s Artisan Trail Network and the Virginia Oyster Trail.Sponsored by: Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center, Blue Ridge Insurance Services, Inc., Visit Harrisonburg Virginia, 93-7 NOW, Ruffles & Rust Florals, Another Chance Vintage Rentals, Visit Rockingham County, VA, Virginia is for Lovers Get your Oyster fix while supporting the Artisans Center of Virginia at On Sunny Slope Farm. Their 2nd annual Wine and Oyster Festival, on August 5, 2018, at 11:00 AM, will have fun for the whole family. Enjoy tastings from Virginia wineries, coastal oysters, and an array of craft foods as you explore local artisan booths and are entertained with live music and fun activities. Spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon on the farm with your family and friends. It’s an All Virginia Day! Photo courtesy Ashley Robinson
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has been fully restored by a federal court in Maryland on Friday.For the first time in 3 years, DACA will now be open up to new applicants. The program allows immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children but who lack legal status to legally work and protects them from deportation.President Donald Trump has been trying to end the program since 2017.However, last month, the Supreme Court ruled thatTrump didn’t properly end the program. Immigration attorneys argued that meant the Trump administration had to start accepting new applications, but it doesn’t appear to have done so yet. Trump can still end the program.According to reports, about 650,000 people are enrolled in DACA, but only those who were already in the program when it ended have been able to renew.The Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank, estimates an additional 66,000 young immigrants now meet the minimum age requirement of 15 years to apply for DACA and would be eligible under the restored program.The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said it is reviewing the ruling.