In this series, we are spotlighting some of the most intriguing acts performing at the First City Festival. This time around, we shine the light on Blind Pilot and Survival Guide. The festival runs Aug. 23-24 at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center. For more information, visit www.firstcityfestival.com.

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Blind Pilot: The Oregon indie-folk act has gone from touring by bicycle -- literally pedaling from gig to gig during a lengthy West Coast trek in 2008 -- to appearing at major festivals like Bonnaroo and on such TV programs as "Late Show With David Letterman." It also recently collaborated with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Don Henley on a cover of "These Days" for "Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne." Expect Blind Pilot to fly even higher in the years to come.

(Appearing Aug. 23)

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Survival Guide: Emily Whitehurst, who records and performs as Survival Guide, is one of Northern California's most promising young artists. The Petaluma product is blessed with a striking voice and a clear vision of how to use it. Her sound is a bewitching blend of electronic and indie-pop, which could work on multiple radio formats and carry her to stardom. See her now so that you can impress your friends later.

(Appearing on Aug. 23)

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