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The Coronavirus Disease COVID-19 pandemic is here in Oregon. Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-12. Worldwide, the virus has already killed hundreds of thousands of people, overwhelmed medical systems, millions have lost their jobs, many businesses are shuttered, and, experts say, this is likely just the beginning. To help you navigate how to respond to this public health challenge, below are some trusted sources of information for your review, including Frequently Asked Questions, the CARES Act, Unemployment and Small Business Resources:

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George Perry Floyd (October 14, 1973 – May 25, 2020)

Bandon Community Radio stands with the loved ones of George Floyd, the Black community, our staff and supporters, and the protesters who continue to fight for justice and equality across this country. It is all of our responsibility to speak out publicly against racism, systemic injustice, and police brutality, and to elevate voices and amplify stories of people of color. The inhumane murder of George Floyd has once again reminded us of the systemic racism that continues to plague America. We know that George Floyd’s murder is not an isolated incident: from Michael Brown to Eric Garner, from Breonna Taylor to Ahmaud Arbery to the epidemic of violence facing trans women of color, we repeatedly see how the long history of oppression of Black and Brown people in America continues to result in discrimination, injustice, police brutality, and murder. It must stop. We know that social change is often built on the pain and outrage of moments like the ones we are seeing in America today, and systemic injustice and inequality calls for systemic change. Now.

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June is LGBTQ Pride Month!

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is commemorated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City. In June of 1969, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn staged an uprising to resist the police harassment and persecution to which LGBTQ Americans were commonly subjected. This uprising marked the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBTQ Americans. Today, LGBTQ Pride Month celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, attracting millions of participants around the world. Although most LGBTQ Pride events around the world have been postponed or canceled due to Covid-19 pandemic, you can still learn more through the significant collections at the Library of Congress, get assistance from the LGBT Foundation, find educational resources at the Anti-Defamation League, and find fun ways to celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month from home and online at POPSUGAR.

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June is African-American Music Appreciation Month!

Richard Wayne Penniman “Little Richard”, (December 5, 1932 – May 9, 2020)

It may seem like every day is the time to celebrate the musical contributions of African-Americans, thanks in no small part to the never ending amount of innovative, exciting music that is recorded and released. But, actually, since then-President Jimmy Carter announced it on June 7, 1979, June has been the month designated as the time to formally honor it. Head on over to BET for their coverage which includes an uncut video interview with Jermaine Dupri, a flipbook of 25 music executives you need to know and a photo slideshow of their favorite music moments in film and lots more.

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Surf’s Up: Catch the Wave & Celebrate International Surf Music Month!

Origins of Surf Music: Broadly speaking, surf music comes in two forms. These two forms are instrumental surf and vocal surf. Vocal surf is sometimes referred to as the “California sound.” However, both forms originate in Southern California, although some musical purists consider instrumental surf music to be the “true” surf music.

The Popularity of Instrumental Rock: It can be hard to imagine a time when rock and roll didn’t exist, but it’s true. There once was a time before the 1950s. Let’s step into our time machine. During the 1950s, “Instrumental rock” came on the scene and it was especially popular in the late 1950s. After the war, electric instruments such as guitars and basses, along with amplifiers for these instruments, were coming out on the market. And there was an available market for buying such devices. These electric instruments made sounds that acoustic instruments from the past couldn’t. These sounds include the distinctive instrumental surf music style. To many, these sounds also capture perfectly an optimistic, upbeat, yet laid-back vibe that seems to have been part of the California culture of that time. A sound that is both retro and space-age.

Instrumental Surf Music: The development of surf music from instrumental rock has been attributed to guitarist Dick Dale. With a Middle Eastern and Mexican family background, he brought some of these influences into his playing. Along with this, he incorporated a spring reverb (you can hear and see one here). As well as utilizing rapid alternate picking, which you can hear on his song, “Let’s Go Trippin’.”

Dick Dale’s group, the Del-Tones are an example of instrumental surf music. Other instrumental surf musicians include:

Vocal Surf Music

Yet, when many people think about surf music, their thoughts may immediately turn to the Beach Boys or Jan and Dean. Their particular style of surf music is sometimes called “vocal surf.” As mentioned earlier, some people don’t consider this to be “true” surf music. Instead, it might be more accurate to consider this kind of music as part of the “California sound.” Because these songs were about other aspects of California youth culture besides surfing. For example, hot rod culture is one of these. Such songs led to the development of “hot rod music” or “hot rod rock”.

So hang ten and usher in the summer indulging in this uniquely American musical genre, and you can find out more on the International Surf Music Month Facebook page!

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June is Accordion Awareness Month!

June is an exciting month; it’s the month in which summer officially begins, schools out, vacations are being enjoyed, It’s LGBT Pride Month and we celebrate Father’s Day. But did you know it is also National Accordion Awareness Month? In honor of this, we’ve put together a few facts about accordions for your reading pleasure.

1. Accordions Go Way Back

The first accordion was patented in 1829 by Cyrill Demian, an Armenian man residing in Vienna who made his living crafting organs and pianos. His accordion was basically a box with metal plates and bellows fixed to it. The player’s left hand would operate the buttons while the right hand operated the bellows. Demian’s accordion became a quick favorite among traveling musicians who appreciated its portability.

2. The World Fell in Love

The accordion initially became popular in German-speaking regions, and from there, it caught on like wildfire. Over the next couple of years, the dulcet tones of the accordion could be heard throughout all of Europe and eventually spread to Mexico, the United States, Brazil, Columbia, and Canada.

3. Their Fame Lives On

In 1990, the United States alone was home to more than 75,000 people who could be classified as accordionists. According to the Petosa Accordion Company, the age of the average customer is changing. A decade ago, 90 percent of customers were over the age of 30. Today, 60 percent of customers are under the age of 30. On top of that, accordions are selling almost as quickly as they’re made. Clearly, good music never goes out of style.

4. And Speaking of How They’re Made

While some parts of the accordion are made by machinery, the accordions themselves are still handmade by craftsmen.

5. There Are Many Different Types

Accordions come in a wide variety of keynote systems and styles. Among the most popular types include the classic diatonic accordions, piano accordions, concertinas, and chromatic and bayan accordions. Not only are there an abundance of manual systems within each classification, but there are also many custom-made accordions.

6. It’s Not Just Polka

If your accordion knowledge is limited to Weird Al and Steve Urkel, then you may be surprised to know that the accordion has been used for far more than just polka. Not surprisingly, it was the instrument of choice in the folk music of the early to mid-1800s. In the first half of the 20th century, it enjoyed its day in the sun once more and was used in the popular music of the day. Today, it’s used in light-classical music, rock, pop-rock, folk and ethnic music, and more.

Have a listen to some music from this amazing instrument and have your own June-toberfest!