On March 18 and 19, the oaken lakeside grounds in Santa Ynez will be alight with the glow of stars, both celestial and of the indie-rock variety. For the first time, the Starry Nites Festival is set to rock the Live Oak Campground with a colorful pastiche of indie-rock, classic-rock, and psychedelic-rock acts such as Alan Parsons, The Kills, Cat Power, The Dandy Warhols, She Wants Revenge, and many more. The festival, started by Tommy Dietrick and Kerry Brown of Joshua Tree’s Desert Stars Festival, kicks off a festival season that also includes the culmination of Lucidity Festival before its transformation into something as yet unknown (see future issues for deeper coverage on Lucidity). For now, we spoke with Starry Nites’ founders about what makes this festival unique, plus interviews with Alan Parsons, She Wants Revenge, and Kolars.

Driving Dutch

Santa Barbarans of a certain age may remember Frank Holguin from the 1960 Dons football team, which famously won the CIF championship for Santa Barbara High under Coach Sam Cathcart. Or they may have bumped into him during his 35 years with the post office. But these days, Frank — whom we're proud to call a member of the Thursday-morning, crack-of-dawn Indy delivery crew — is more likely to be found biking or beaching with his wife, Nona Holguin, or indulging in their favorite retirement activity — RVing. "We like to go camping a lot," he said, "to the National Parks or nearby to Cachuma, Casitas." Or even as far as Boise, Idaho, for a granddaughter's softball championship in their trusty Dutchmen Express.

In Print

Selected stories from our weekly newspaper.

Educating the Next Generation of Environmentalists

UCSB’s Peter Alagona on Teaching First-Year Students, Researching Wildlife in Cities, and Bringing Grizzlies Back

UCSB’s Peter Alagona on teaching first-year students, wildlife in cities, and bringing grizzlies back. Read story.

The Amazing Ability of Pasture Grass to Sequester Carbon

Century-Old Chamberlin Ranch Turns to New Techniques That Improve Rangeland and So Much More

The century-old Chamberlin Ranch turns to new techniques that improve rangeland and so much more. Read story.

Celebrating Santa Barbara's Environmental Victories and Anticipating New Challenges

Our Annual Ode to the State of Our Planet

Our annual ode to the state of our planet. Read story.

The Nuts and Bolts of Success with Lady Ridley-Tree

Philanthropist and CEO of Multimillion-Dollar Company Gives as Good as She Gets

The 93-year-old CEO of a multimillion-dollar airplane parts company gives as good as she gets. Read story.

Santa Barbara’s Ancient Wines, Then and Now

Exploring San Jose Winery, Sipping Angelica, and Tasting in De la Guerra’s Bodega

Exploring San Jose Winery, sipping Angelica, and tasting in De la Guerra’s bodega. Read story.

2018 Summer Camp Guide

Start Making Summer Plans with Santa Barbara’s Complete Guide to Kids’ Activities

Start making your summer plans using Santa Barbara’s complete guide to kids’ activities. Read story.

Bellosguardo: A Legacy in Limbo

Foundation Leadership Accused of Mismanagement, Favoritism, and Neglect

The foundation created to carry out Huguette Clark’s will is accused of mismanagement, favoritism, and neglect. Read story.

Mission Possible: Thomas Fire and Flood Recovery

A Look at Post-Disaster Efforts So Far, from the Bucket Brigade to Jack Johnson’s Benefit

A look at post-disaster efforts so far, from the Bucket Brigade to Jack Johnson’s benefit show. Read story.

Welcome to Cannabis Camp

Inside the Medicine and Markets of the Modern Marijuana Industry

Inside the medicine and markets of the modern marijuana industry. Read story.

It’s Time for PuppetPalooza

Four-Day Festival Devoted to the Art of Puppetry Begins

Four-day festival devoted to the art of puppetry kicks off March 1. Read story.

Eddie Hsueh: Santa Barbara’s Great Peace Officer

Bringing Safer Ways for Law Enforcement to Work with People with Mentally Illness

Sheriff’s Lieutenant Eddie Hsueh brings safer ways for law enforcement to work with people with mental illness. Read story.

Glorifying Sex and Tolerating Assault in Isla Vista

A Personal Investigation into Hookup Culture and its Gruesome Consequences

A personal investigation into hookup culture and its gruesome consequences. Read story.

Sexual Assault Doesn't End After College

Sexual Violence Continues on the Streets of Santa Barbara

Sexual violence continues on the streets of Santa Barbara. Read story.

SBIFF's 10-10-10 Competitors Meet Multiple Challenges

The Fire and Its Aftermath Made This Year’s Competition Special

The fire and its aftermath make this year's competition special. Read story.

SBIFF Celebration of Cinema Continues

Festival Heads into Last, Long Weekend

Heading into the last, long weekend of events, there is still plenty to do and see. Read story.

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