JOAN OF ART - 10th Annual Reggae on the Mountain, Twilight Dinner on the Farm, and Going Back in Time 

Joan Alperin

Writer, Registered Critic

There are a lot of great things happening this month in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. I'm breaking from format. I usually recommend things coming up on any given weekend, but tickets are running out fast for one of the best event of the year, which is THE 10TH ANNUAL REGGAE ON THE MOUNTAIN. This amazing festival which I've attended for the last eight years has been in Topanga Canyon but it has grown so much that they have moved this years event to beautiful King Gillette Ranch in Malibu.

The festival is Saturday, August 17th and Sunday, August 18th from 9am 0 10pm. If you're not a fan of this genre of music, I promise after attending Reggae on the Mountain you will be.

Some of the best Reggae artist will be there. Appearing on stage Saturday will be the great Steel Pulse, Julian Marley, Pato Banton, Anthea, Arise Roots just to name a few. Sunday you will find the one and only MATISYAHU. I've seen him several times in concert and he alone is worth the price of admission.

On the bill with him will be Third World, Hirie, Mike Love, Gondwana, Makua Rothman, Cisco Adler, Pachamama and many others that promise to bring you great entertainment.

The concert is being put on by LABEL 27 which was founded in 2009. They produce and promote music and art festivals in the Los Angeles area. The organization is dedicated to hosting large, all inclusive gatherings that exhibit a culturally eclectic array of world renowned musicians, artists and thinkers.

They first got started producing the Canyon Underground Stage at Topanga Days and soon evolved into producing dozens of events a year. It's a community oriented organization and a large percent of event profits have been donated back to the Topanga Community Club.

Along with the two stages where your favorite Reggae artists will be performing there will also be amazing food for sale along with various other vendors.

Also Reggae On The Mountain is getting some major upgrades this year including camping, extended hours, increased capacity and after hours silent dance hall. Oh and for those people that want to chill out, there will also be a Yoga and Wellness Village.

Convenient parking is available on site. Camping is allowed Saturday night only and the campsites open for load in at 9am on that day.

There is a VIP PACKAGE which includes a lounge/viewing deck access, front row stage access, private restrooms and four drink tickets per day.

For more information and to purchase tickets go to

Now for the most anticipated event of the weekend, at least for me, but it actually it a great one for everyone, is the TWILIGHT DINNER ON THE FARM put on by KINDRED SPIRITS CARE FARM on Saturday, August 10th from 7 - 10pm.

This will be an absolutely beautiful experience especially for animal lovers. You get to enjoy a unique event at a unique place. This small, secret farm in the middle of Reseda is a jewel that is unknown to most and almost no-one gets to experience the serenity and bliss that happens during twilight on the farm.

Summer evenings are magic enough, but add the delight of an amazing vegan four course meal created from ingredients harvested from the farm that morning and the fun of hanging out with the animals as they settle down for the night.

You get to meet their lap chicken Patty, and feed grapes to Pedro the alpaca and their pig Peanut. You won't find an experience like this anywhere else in Los Angeles.

Kindred Spirits Care Farm is a non profit organization that has established farm sanctuaries on the grounds of public high schools. In these farms, students learn compassion, cooperation and connection to the earth, animals and each other through sustainable farming.

People heal by being in connection with animals and nature. They bring the opportunity to kids who can really use some peace and wholeness in their lives.

Twilight Dinner on the Farm is located at 18741 Elkwood Street, LA 91335. For tickets and more information go to

Do you remember The Average White Band and Tower of Power? Did you spend your nights dancing to their music? Well if you have, you will have the chance to take a trip down memory lane and see these two great groups together at the Starlight Bowl in Burbank on Sunday August 11th at 6:30pm.

Tower of Power is arguably one of the biggest names in soul, funk and R&B. They have one of the most defining horn sections, flour to the floor drum beats and syncopated brass lines. Definitely pioneers of a very memorable sound.

Along with them you will get to see The Average White Band which is one of the top Soul, R&B, and jazz-funk groups alive. First known for the timeless instrumental hit PICK UP THE PIECES, the band's future would lie in its diverse songwriting and unique approach defying strict adherence to any one facet of rhythm and blues. They were the first Brits to simultaneously top the US Top 100 Singles, Albums and R&B Charts.

This is one concert you don't want to miss! Doors open at 5:30pm and the show begins at 6:30pm.

For more information and to purchase tickets please go to The Starlight Bowl is located at 1249 Lockheed View Dr, in Burbank.

Whatever you plan to do this weekend or the next, make it a fun one. These shows will definitely help you do that.

Joan was born in Brooklyn and spent many years working as an actress in New York City. Even though she traveled extensively, Joan couldn't imagine living anywhere else.. Well one day, she met someone at a party who regaled her with stories about living in L. A. specifically Topanga Canyon. A few weeks later she found herself on an airplane bound for Los Angeles. Joan immediately fell in love with the town and has been living here for the last twenty years and yes, she even made it to Topanga Canyon, where she now resides, surrounded by nature, deer, owls and all kinds of extraordinary alien creatures.. Joan continued acting, but for the last several years (besides reviewing plays and film) she has been writing screenplays. Joan was married to a filmmaker who created the cult classic films, (way before she knew him) Faces of Death.