Look Homeward, Festivals

America’s finest newspaper music critic, Mark Swed, finally calls out California’s many music festivals on their too-frequent refusal to program music from, well, Californians, or other West Coast composers.

“Our festivals,” Swed writes, “are becoming increasingly Euro-centric and homogenous. The local piece, and sometimes even the American one, is the exception.”

Alas, we could say the same about too many of  Oregon’s non-pop music festivals. And we shall.

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