I'm sure you've noticed me adding warnings here at HVmusic about "Net Neutrality". So what is it and why should you care?
"Net Neutrality" refers to a set of FCC rules implemented under the Obama Administration. They classify the internet as a protected utility, just like electricity, that must be provided unaltered and unimpeded, to all citizens. These rules were created in response to a growing problem -- Internet Services Providers (ISPs) messing with the internet sites you could see. The ISPs (Spectrum, Comcast, Verizon, etc) who bring internet service into your home had been hiding, slowing, or censoring content they didn't like. In some cases they were slowing the websites of internet services that competed with what they offered. A quick google search will turn up many examples of ISPs censoring or slowing websites, for their own reasons. Examples are here and here.
So to fix this tampering and potential future tampering the Obama-led FCC created rules called Net Neutrality, to ensure that ISPs cannot alter, impede or censor what you want from the internet.
Fast forward to 2017... President Trump appointed Ajit Pai as head of the FCC. Ajit Pai is a former lead counsel with Verizon, yes, a former senior lawyer with a huge ISP. His first action has been to repeal the Net Neutrality protections. On a party-line vote the FCC, ignoring tens of millions of comments from citizens like us, voted to repeal the Obama rules.
Now, we still have a chance... The Congressional Review Act allows congress to overturn administration rules created within the last 60 legislative days. A bill to restore Net Neutrality has already passed the Senate. Now it's in the house. The house has until June 11th to vote on this.
If you want the internet to contnue to be weird and uncensored, if you want new websites to not get throttled by large competitors, if you value diverse voices and opinions on the internet, then I urge you to support Net Neutrality.
Please call your congressman and urge then to vote for the CRA to restore Net Neutrality. Send a message to your congressperson, and see how they stand on the issue by using the link below. Do It before June 11th.
I've added a new category of classifieds called "Help Wanted". These are for you to advertise your music-related job openings. Need a band manager, a music booker for your club — then advertise here for free.
THE MILES APPLEBAUM MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP – APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 15, 2018
The Miles Applebaum Music Scholarship Fund announces that applications are now be accepted for qualified high school Juniors and Seniors. The submission deadline for this nationally recognized music pre-college mentoring program is February 15, 2018.
Tonight, Colony Woodstock continues their mind blowing run of incredibly amazingly great musical events, with what I’m calling the musical event of the year! Not content to rest on their laurels after last month’s fantastic Robert Gordon show, and this week’s Joni Mitchell tribute, Larry and Teresa Campbell concert, and the immortal Darlene Love, they’re following all that with a pretty unheard of bill of four acts, any of whom could headline alone, all together on the same night!!!!
Billed as Horton’s Holiday Hayride w/ the Reverend Horton Heat and Junior Brown, featuring The Blasters and Big Sandy, tonight’s extravaganza is, I believe, an early start, at 7pm, with doors at 6, so get out there early cause you don’t wanna miss a beat of any of these artists!
(This article was originally published in June 2017. Updated November 2017 to add the video of the reunion)
Hudson Valley Musicians Reunion and LP Sale
Friday August 11
Whoo's Sports Bar in Newburgh
The entire Musicmachine Magazine Vinyl LP Archives from the 1980s will be sold. Nearly 200 titles from groups in the mid-Hudson region. To see a complete list of the titles go to facebook.com/events/1463953926956732/
All proceeds go to Hudson Valley Honor Flights and Newburgh SCATS Animal Rescue.
Update November 18... Watch the video of this event
It was 50 years ago, in 1967, that my band, the Jelly Bean Bandits got together. I wanted to do something special for the half-century mark, but our frontman Billy Donald had passed on several years ago, our drummer Joe Scalfari broke his back in a hunting accident and our guitarist Jack Dougherty lives in Florida. Talking with our bassist Fred Buck I realized that there were many bands in this situation, with just a few members remaining, and I thought wouldn't it be cool if we could get them together for one night, like a rock and roll class reunion. That is how the Hudson Valley Musicians Reunion came together.
The Colony has long been a fixture on the Woodstock music scene, but for some reason, never really seemed to occupy the limelight the way many people felt it could, and should. I recently had the opportunity for my first visit to the newly redesigned and refurbished Colony Woodstock, and, IMHO, the venue has finally realized its full potential!
New owner, Neil Howard, has spared no expense in reshaping the place in his own image. The stage has been moved to, IMO, a better spot, the sound and lights are terrific, and, most importantly, the bookings are out of this world, which is the main reason why I’ve been driven to write this blog at this time. Colony Woodstock is about to embark on a truly impressive run of shows that should interest anyone who studies good music, with a major in Rock n Roll!