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Media Life:King on TV, Buzz on radio, music in the summer air

106.9 FM goes strictly '90s; Coloma, Grass Valley music festivals set lineups
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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The network TV lineups for the fall season are set and CBS has passed on “Happiness Isn’t Everything,” a comedy that held the promise of giving actor and Cool-area rancher Perry King a recurring role. The show, which featured Richard Dreyfuss and Mary Steenburgen, was produced as a pilot and had the eyes and ears of execs this spring. In the meantime, King, probably best known for his work as co-star on “Riptide,” and Emmy-award winning Lotus videographer Todd Stanley (“Deadliest Catch”), are set now to launch the 30-minute “Experience El Dorado” TV travel series at 5 p.m. July 5 on Sacramento’s News10. BUZZING SOUNDS If you haven’t caught the buzz on The Buzz, you may be missing your 1990s nostalgia fix. Yes, it’s come to that for Gen X'ers and Slackers. They’ve graduated to their own oldies station. Sacramento’s 106.5 FM made the switch last Friday from the alternative-new music vibe it’s been pleasingly pumping out for the past 16 years. It now bills itself as the first-ever FM station in the U.S. “dedicated totally to the wide variety of music produced in the 1990s.” That means plenty of Nirvana, Madonna, Green Day, TLC and Pearl Jam. Buzz listeners won’t get lost in those analog 1990s days, though, promises program director Dan Mason. A child of the 1990s himself, Mason said tuning in will mean using today’s technologies, including online streaming and social networking to interact with The Buzz. MUSIC ON THE RIVER A long, hot summer away, but good music is on tap a quick jaunt from Auburn along Highway 49 to Henningsen-Lotus Park near Coloma on Sept. 19 and 20. The American River Music Festival sets up on the shores of the south fork for a series of performances both days that feature headliners Handful of Luvin, one of Seattle’s most adored live bands, on the first and Skinny Singers on the second. The Skinnies sound showcases Sactown favorites Jackie Greene and Tim Bluhm performing a mix of rock, Americana and blues. Other acts on the two-day bill include City Folk, Eliza Gilkyson & Nina Gerber, Blame Sally and Jimmy LaFavre. The festival, which offers camping at the American River Resort, Camp Lotus and Earthtrek, also has river trips, music jams and workshops to keep the fun flowing. HEADLINERS APLENTY A little out of Auburn’s bailiwick but worth a mention, the 13th World Fest will be bringing some top names in music to the fairgrounds in Grass Valley July 16 to 19. Topping the bill are Los Lobos and the Indigo Girls. Some of the openers can hold their own too, including YouTube guitar sensation Tommy Emmanuel and Jamaican reggae vocal group Wailing Souls … Not to be outdone, work is underway to bring back the Tosh Meets Marley tour that wowed an Auburn audience at last June’s Auburn Recreation District Party In The Park. Bandleader and primo bassist Fully Fullwood is onboard but word is guitarist Junior Marvin will not be. Keep watching for more on this show … This year’s Park Party on June 19 features Bay area band The Waybacks. Media Life’s Gus Thomson can be reached at gust@goldcountrymedia.com.