For anyone in the June Lake Loop area of California's Eastern Sierra mountains July 25-27, stop by the June Lake Loop Music Festival and say hello to Amber, Bonnie and Russ! Click Here for more info!
Russ is scheduled to appear at the Monsterpalooze The Art of Monsters convention at the Burbank Marriott Hotel in Burbank, California, from March 28 - 30, 2014. For more information, please visit


Russ Tamblyn is truly enjoying his “Golden Years”!

2011 has been remarkable and as he moves toward the completion of his 77th year, he is celebrating great moments in his Life.


Most noticeably, Russ has been receiving well-deserved accolades for his famous roll as Riff, leader of the Jets, in the movie West Side Story.  Now, celebrating its 50th year anniversary, Twentieth Century Fox is putting out a Blue Ray DVD to honor one of the most famous movie musicals in film history.  To mark the occasion, leader of the Sharks, George Chakiris, Rita Moreno and Russ will be putting their foot and handprints in cement at Grauman’s Chinese.  This event is on November 15th at 11am. Then, in the evening, there will be a gala premiere of the new DVD shown in the theatre. Russ has been riding this wave for half a century … imagine! 

In August, at the Hollywood Bowl, he attended the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra’s landmark performance of the complete score of West Side Story with David Newman conducting. The orchestra played synchronously to the actual movie itself. This performance was reprised in September where Russ, George and Walter Mirisch (WSS Producer) were guests of honor at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center. Only this time, it was the New York Philharmonic who mesmerized the sold-out audience with live music to the film. It had taken a whole year to technically extract the music from the movie but it was well worth it! At intermission, the audience burst into tumultuous applause when Russ and his Jets; George and the Sharks; and the venerable Mr. Mirisch were introduced.  Also, in attendance were the families of Director Robert Wise and Composer Leonard Bernstein.

Russ has spent the past several years managing his daughter, actress and poet, Amber. He also, has been writing his autobiography, Dancing on the Edge, and coincidentally, is currently completing the chapter on WSS. From that chapter, Russ will be moving into the era of his life, which was completely transformative for him. He found a new voice in the early 60’s and joined a culture of extraordinary artists, poets and intellects. He said, “In the performing arts, you do whatever you can to make the audience’s head spin but in fine art, you do whatever you can to make your own head spin.”


Russ became involved with an art movement that is unique to the West Coast, most generically known as the Beat Era. Russ met an extraordinary artist and mentor, Wallace Berman, who inspired him to discover a new form of personal expression. Russ took back the first name he was born with, Russel, and began experimenting with 8-millimeter film, photography, collage, painting and mixed mediums, creating works of art. Aside, from several exhibitions in the 60’s, some of his pieces were shown in the 2007 art show, Semina Culture at the Santa Monica Museum of Art.  This exhibition toured across the country, examining the work of the quintessential West Coast visual artist of the Beat Era, Wallace Berman (1926–1976), and the community of creative people who coalesced around him.

From October 2011 into 2012 a new upsurge of this West Coast Art is being celebrated around Los Angeles. Pacific Standard Time is a collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California. It’s coming together for six months beginning in October 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the Los Angeles art scene and how it became a major new force in the art world.

Some of Russ’ work can be seen in Pacific Standard Time on display at the Getty – see the following site:

Stay tuned for more information where you can see his experimental films in this collection.

The Robert Berman Gallery will be showing one of Russ’ pieces in the show

“Lost and Found: Abstracting Los Angeles 1945-1980

This is a large piece that was in the collection of his friend and colleague, Dennis Hopper. Showing November 19-December 31st.


Is it any wonder that it has taken Russ over 13 years, working on his book, and he is only half way through it.  He is now taking time to do more artwork, to finish his book and do a few acting stints just for the fun of it.  You will see him in the current movie, “Drive” as a shadowy doctor…and then coming in 2012, he portrays the loony father of actor and future son-in-law, David Cross, in the IFC TV comedy, “ The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret.” Russ lends his singing to his wife Bonnie’s new album, Winter Wind, produced by daughter Amber Tamblyn. 

Life is full and rich as Russ takes his walks, and enjoys the sunset of his life.

Stay tuned!

June Lake Loop Mountain Music Festival
May 2011 Update!
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Howdy Friends,

There are only 62 days left until this year's Mountain Music Festival! Fundraising efforts are in full swing and you can help by visiting our website at   
Stay tuned for important festival updates!


The June Lake Loop Mountain Music Festival Assiociation
The Happenings
The venues have been booked, the bands are lining up and we are almost there!
Kids Camp
Monday, July 25 - Saturday, July 30 

Thursday, July 28
Kick Off & Song Writers Showcase
Friday, July 29
Trout Town Jam,The Great Outdoors Concert & The Very Wild Card
Saturday, July 30
Trout Town Jam, World and Folk Music & Indie Night
Sunday, July 31
Wrap Up Party
More information on when, where and who's playing is coming soon!
How can I help?

We have been extremely lucky this year with the participation of the following partners: The Art Beat Foundation, The Walter Lantz Foundation, Mono County Counsel for the Arts and Mono County Tourism Commission. Each has donated their time and efforts to help support the Music Festival. If you are interested in donating directly to the June Lake Loop Mountain Music Festival please visit the Art Beat Foundation's website at or click to Donate on our website.  


We appreciate any help you can provide and no donation will be overlooked! 


Art Beat LogoMono County Counsel for the Arts Mono County



Q: Can I bring a Motor-home?

Of course! Motor-homes can be accommodated at Pine Cliff, June Lake RV park, Silver Lake, and Grant Lake. The June Lake Chamber of Commerce is also a great please to find further campgrounds.


Q: Can I bring pets? Which hotels allow pets?

Pets are welcome to the festival. Please be aware there there will be a fair amount of people and plan according when you choice to bring your pet to an outdoor event.

Fern Creek, Big Rock, Gull Lake Lodge, and the Villager are the hotels that allow pets.



If you any comments, questions, or concerns please check out Contact page on our site or e-mail with the subject like "FAQ"

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Bonnie Murray Tamblyn
Upcoming Performances

Singer/Songwriter Bonnie Murray Tamblyn will be making a rare two appearances way Down South in Dixie, Louisiana, to be exact.  She will be opening for Jesse Winchester at the following venues:

Thursday, February 17, 2011
Manship Theatre
100 La Fayette Street
Baton Rouge, LA  70802
Tickets: (225) 344-0334
7:30 - 9:00pm

Friday, February 18, 2011
Princess Theater
714 Prairie Street
Winsboro, LA 71295

Bonnie would like to extend an invitation to y'all. "Jesse Winchester has always been one of my favorite songwriter performers forever.  It is an honor to warm the stage up for him! My set will be short and sweet, 'cause I just want to sit back and listen to the master do it! Can't wait to take my Dove on the road again!"


Hollywood Show
Oct. 9, 2010

Russ will be joining some of his TWIN PEAKS co-stars for a special reunion at the Hollywood Show on Oct. 9, 2010 in Burbank, California. For more information, please visit them online at -

The June Lake Loop Second Annual Mountain Music Festival will take place Aug.19-21, 2010. The three day festival includes bluegrass and folk music, a songwriter's showcase, wine tasting, outdoor concert featuring The Standells, dancing and an indie night featuirng hot new alternative acts.  Among the celebrity guests are Amber Tamblyn.  For more information, please visit


Visit Bonnie's MySpace page


Amber stars in the new ABC series THE UNUSUALS, which premieres on Wed., April 8 at 10pm. It's never business as usual for the officers of New York's 2nd Precinct on the series premiere of THE UNUSUALS.


Russ to Join the D'Amboise Family and Mann to Participate in Jerry Robbins Tribute

Former New York City Ballet principal dancer Jacques d'Amboise will be joined by son Christopher, daughter Charlotte, son-in-law Terrence Mann, and Russ Tamblyn for Dancing for Jerry: Memories of Jerome Robbins, to be held at Symphony Space, Monday, December 1 at 7:30pm. The event will celebrate, through song, dance and reminiscences, their encounters over many years with the legendary choreographer. It will include rare film footage of Robbins dances, including "Afternoon of a Faun" with Jacques d'Amboise and Tanaquil LeClerq, "Peter Pan," revived for Tony Award nominee Charlotte d'Amboise in Jerome Robbins' Broadway, and performed to honor Mary Martin at the Kennedy Center, and "Fancy Free," revived for former New York City Ballet principal dancer Christopher d'Amboise and Mikhail Baryshnikov at New York City Ballet.  For more information, please visit

While in New York, Russ will be visiting his daughter Amber, on the set of the new ABC series THE UNUSUALS.


Russ was among the celebrity guests at the "Starfair" Palm Springs Classic Film Festival the weekend of Dec. 7, 8 and 9, 2007 in Palm Springs, California. The festival took place at the Palm Springs Convention Center, where they will also screened "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers". For more information, please visit them online at



and special guest star AMBER TAMBLYN


May 18, 2007 at 307 Club in Lafayette
307 Downtown Lafayette
307 Jefferson Street
Lafayette, LA  70501
(337) 262-0307

May 19, 2007 at Phil Brady’s in Baton Rouge
Phil Brady's Bar & Grill
4848 Government Street
Baton Rouge, LA  70806
(225) 927-3786

Bonnie is a singer/songwriter, and just recently performed with “The Evergreen All Stars.”  LSU Tiger Weekly states, "Bonnie Tamblyn is Rock'n'Roll's Hidden Heart of Gold.” Sarah Pierce, also a singer/songwriter, is a veteran favorite of the Southern circuit.   Her recent album, “Love’s The Only Way” title track hit number 25 on the adult contemporary music charts. The Los Angeles Times stated, “Sarah Pierce…a likely candidate for contemporary music fame.”  Bonnie’s finest work, her daughter Amber Tamblyn, is an accomplished poet and actress and is best know for her Golden Globe and Emmy nominated role in Joan of Arcadia

The Tamblyn's celebrated Mardis Gras in Baton Rouge this year with Russ' wife Bonnie, performing some damn fine folk/rock'nblues with old musical friends.













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