FOR FIRST-TIME VISITORS: This site contains a monthly listing of free concerts and music-related events in Orange County and parts of Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire. There are two phases to the site: Fall/Winter/Spring, and the Summer version of the site which is here now through September 30. Most of the events listed are offered to the general public or residents of certain cities free of charge. Events in clubs, bookstores, cafes and other similar venues covered elsewhere generally are not included. You can start your visit to the concert listings by clicking on the "Free Concerts" link above. There is no fee to access the information. More than 120 venues in the Orange County, Los Angeles County and Inland Empire areas are included in the listings. Last-minute updates can always be found on Twitter and Facebook, too, and you can scroll down a little further on this page to find that information. Please take the time to look through some of the other areas of the site as well: read an essay or a poem, view the work of the summer guests or take a look at some of the "Extras" (a few other things you can find for free during the summer). NEVER BEEN TO A SUMMER CONCERT? It's simple . . . pack a picnic dinner or buy a meal at the concert venue, bring a blanket or beach chair (or call the venue to ask about their seating policy), and sit out under the stars and listen to some great music!
FOR ALL VISTIORS: As some of you may have discovered, this August is one of the busiest Augusts ever! Several series have just started or will be starting, including concerts in Pasadena, Pico Rivera, Hermosa Beach, Westminster, and Santa Monica (both Jazz on the Lawn and Twilight on the Pier). There are also several summer festivals taking place this month, including those in Laguna Niguel, downtown Los Angeles and Culver City, and some information for Labor Day weekend events has been posted. There is still information coming in for the month and the start of September, too. Also, this week the site welcomes new Featured Artists, the 4 Alarm Band (Pop). There's still much more to come for the summer, so check back often!. In the summer the site is usually updated on Sundays instead of Thursdays, and those Sunday updates will continue through the end of September. This summer's theme continues the story started in 2018, with "O-Gan and the Herons 2," and you can read more about it in the "theme" section below. As a reminder, short descriptions of some of the sections of the summer site also are included here. For those of you who have been with www.dorothyswebsite.org for a while, you know the site is a work in progress all the way through September, with new materials added and augmented on almost a weekly basis. Please check back here from time to time. Information on this page will keep you updated on the most important news for Summer 2019!
A NOTE ABOUT A CHANGE IN THE NAVIGATION STRUCTURE FOR THE CONCERT LISTINGS: There has been a slight change to the way visitors can navigate through the summer concert pages. Because so many of you have indicated that you like the ability to click directly to the concert listings from the home page, the calendar will be found there in the summer as well as the rest of the year. Clicking on a date on the calendar on the home page will take you directly to the "Concerts By Date, All Cities" page. From there you will be able to navigate though the rest of the listings. The general "Concerts by Date" page, primarily with a calendar for accessing the links, has been elminated, as has the general "Concerts by City" page listings the names of all the cities covered in the listings. With the calendar/date links available from the home page, the other two pages became somewhat redundant.
A NOTE ON THE CONCERT SPONSORS: Some of the concerts and other activities taking place (movies, etc.) are able to continue only through the generous support of program sponsors. Many cities have gone away from funding the concerts and community organizations and businesses have stepped up to present the summer programs. If you enjoy the programs and want them to continue, I cannot stress how important it is to support and thank all the sponsors, whether they are cities, community organizations or area businesses.
In 2018, the site introduced the story of "O=Gan and the Herons." The summer version of the site was a tribute to the world of manga, graphic novels, anime and comics. But the tale was and is incomplete. Somehow the end of the summer felt like a thought that had been started but not finished. So . . . this summer the site will present its first ever sequel, "O-Gan and the Herons 2." The theme and the story will continue, with a bit more character development and continuation of thoughts started in other sections like the poetry and essay pages. Currently the initial panels of the story have been slightly revised and reposted. You can begin the story by going through each of the major pages of the site included in the navigation bars in the order listed. The current panels will remain through the end of July so that new visitors can catch up with the tale; after that new panels will be posted with the story's continuation. What is the story? Read on below . . .
The tale begins
far away in a deeply-divided land increasingly subject to the whims of powerful warlords. The warlords have taken to eliminating entire families who fall subject to their ire. Such was the fate of O-Gan, a
young woman who had lost most of her family to the very uncivil wars. Long thought to be gifted with special powers, O-Gan had left the realm to be trained in their use. While away, her father, the last of her
family, was killed by the warlord who had ruthlessly come to dominate the area. While she was grieving, the warlord - who didn't really want O-Gan as much as the powers she possessed - lured her under false
pretenses to the sprawling grounds of his castle. Once she'd passed through the gates, his sorcerer cast a spell on her, trapping her "ki," or life force and energy, in a container in a special chamber no one could
Also, for those of you who may be at the site for the first time, each summer (since 2006) has had a different theme. Dorothy completed a book about the site which is still pending publication, and in conjunction with that book, all past summer sites have been recoded and reposted. Visitors can view those past summer sites, as well as find a book preview, by visiting the Book Preview page.
ONE FINAL THOUGHT ON THE CONCERTS: All of the concerts in the listings are free to the general public, and there are some truly outstanding programs. However, many of the groups and organizations sponsoring these concerts incur substantial costs in bringing them to you year after year. Several concert support organizations have had to begin charging a ticket price for entry to some, if not all, of the performances. Donations which allow organizations presenting the concerts to continue their tradition of bringing quality music to the general public at no charge are always appreciated.
. . . AND ONE REQUEST FOR VISITORS: Survey forms are sometimes passed out at concerts/event venues, and the question "How did you hear about this event?" is often asked. If you are attending an event you found on this site and receive such a form, it would be much appreciated if you let them know that you found the information on www.dorothyswebsite.org. Thank you!
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