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Peace, love and musical flashbacks.

Byline: BUZZWORTHY The Register-Guard

What with a war on and the presidential campaign gearing up, it's hard to get into a Summer of Love sort of mood these days.

Flower children and be-ins are mere historical footnotes, right? This is just 2007, when there is no significant cultural movement sweeping the nation.

Or maybe, just like in 1967, the movement is underground and will surge to the surface so quickly that the news media won't know what to make of it.

There's no city by the bay for rebel youth to occupy, no new drugs on the market (unless you count strawberry meth). But during the original Summer of Love, there was all sorts of action.

And the music! Oh my, the music endures in the minds of those who lived then and the ones who pick it up today as if it's brand new.

And it's the music that two concerts in downtown Cottage Grove will celebrate this weekend. Many of the original band members from Jefferson Starship, Big Brother and the Holding Co., Quicksilver Messenger Service and more will take you back.

In fact, south Lane County is giving Eugene a run for its entertainment money this weekend. The Coast Fork Cowboy Festival kicks off today in Creswell, with all sorts of rootin' tootin' fun, including the High Strung Band, Smoke Wade and Sam Matisse, plus poetry and yodeling.

That's right. Yodeling.

Of course, there is a huge, long festival going on in Eugene, too. The Oregon Festival of American Music has concerts, lectures and films at various venues, including the Shedd and the Hult Center. Check the Calendar for the many details.

Also this week, Matt Damon's spy on the run saga supposedly concludes.

"The Bourne Ultimatum" opens at Regal 15 and Cinemark 17. Critics say Damon puts on quite a performance as he races around trying to find out who he really is.
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Date:Aug 3, 2007
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