Paul Mann: Starry Nites Festival Ends on High Note | Arts & Entertainment

Alan Parsons and Alastair Greene engage in a good old-fashioned guitar shootout, each taking turns as the lead, at the Starry Nites Festival on March 19. (L. Paul Mann / Noozhawk photo)

By L. Paul Mann, Noozhawk Contributing Writer | March 30, 2017 | 3:02 p.m.

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The second day of the Starry Nites Festival began under cloudy skies on March 19. The event took place at Live Oak Camp, which sits high above Santa Barbara in the immaculate wilderness between the San Raphael and Santa Ynez mountains.

The area has a rich history, once used as a campsite for 19th-century cowboys. The cloudy morning made for good morning sleeping weather, blotting out the harsh sunlight and keeping temperatures moderated with an insulating blanket of moist air.

Shortly after the music began in the afternoon, the sun broke through, providing another beautiful day for the festival. By midafternoon, a small crowd congregated around the Cachuma stage to hear Stonefield, a band that trekked all the way from rural Australia to take part in the festival.

The group is composed of the four Findlay sisters — Amy, Sarah, Holly and Hannah. They are backed up by drummer Andrew Braidner. The band came to play, and they performed some classic glam rock tunes that would have endeared them to most any Hollywood audience. The crowd chose to take in the tunes from comfortable positions on the picnic benches or in the large, grassy meadow.

Asteroid No.4 next brought a neo-psychedelic rock sound to the main Starry stage. The Philadelphia-based band would have fit right in with other 1960s bands in San Francisco. Their music has been described as a cross between Pink Floyd and The Verve, but their performance offered up their distinctive taste on the psychedelic rock genre.

Another band of psychedelic rockers played the next set. The cellar doors also would fit right in playing San…

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