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Though the battle against PG&E’s high-energy seismic test appears winnable this fall, the war for the future of seismic testing in Estero Bay may be far from over, requiring constant vigilance, and that was the message delivered by speakers and performers at the sun-drenched S.O.S! Save Our Seas Music Festival in Morro Bay’s Tidelands Park on Sunday, November 11.
Presented by the C.O.A.S.T Alliance (Citizens Opposing Acoustic Seismic Testing), S.O.S! attracted more than 500 C.O.A.S.T supporters and music lovers for a day of entertainment and education by the bay. Highlighting the entertainment was popular local horn-and-percussion-driven Latin-flavored rock-dance machine, the Zongo All-Stars, who brought the crowd to their feet and kept them there for much of the afternoon. In addition to the kinetic Zongos, S.O.S! featured crowd-pleasing performances by Jill Knight, Molly McCabe, Aaron Ochs, Dr. Danger and Matthias & The Cry.
Chumash leader Fred Collins set the tone for the event by opening the festival with a moving traditional invocation. He spoke eloquently on an open-air stage backed with Josh Talbott’s giant “For the Love of the Sea” mural, a symbol of C.O.A.S.T’s connection with the art of nature. The event was timed to take place three days before the C.O.A.S.T bus transported members and interested parties from SLO to Santa Monica on Nov. 14 for the decisive permit hearing on the PG&E test by the California Coastal Commission.