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This is an online version that began back in real print in Houston Texas in 1985 by the late Douglas Groover: Editor, Publisher, Musician, Recording Engineer and a true descent person that I for one was very glad to have known. Go ask Cyndi Lauper about Doug as she considered him a true friend as well.
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Songs For Peace is looking for a few good songs...In 1969, John Lennon gave us "Give Peace a Chance," his anti-war anthem. Songs For Peace is taking it to the next stage: an international songwriting contest for the next best original peace song.
First Place: $3,000
Second Place: $1,000
Honorable Mentions (2): $500 each
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Here is a reprint we at Music Arts Monthly feel is something worth reading and it's quite important for all musicians who value their music.
It's from "Source" by Nationwide Disc


When a major artist makes a move that goes against the music industry's trend-from label deals to management changes to album release methods (a la Beyoncé last year)-people tend to sit up and take notice. When that move involves two of the biggest topics in the music industry-Taylor Swift and music streaming-you can bet that everyone is talking about it.
So, what did Taylor do that's so noteworthy? And why should it matter to you?
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On another note. The winner of the 2014 Jon Lennon Songwriting Contest was just announced!
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RAFFI
January 22nd



Raffi is a singer, songwriter, producer, author, lecturer, and tireless advocate for children. He is best known for his work as a children's entertainer whose string of gold and platinum-selling recordings in North America includes his classic song, "Baby Beluga". Once called "the most popular children's singer in the English-speaking world" (Washington Post) and "Canada's all time children's champion" (Toronto Star), Raffi is also a recipient of the Order of Canada and the United Nations' Earth Achievement Award. He has published three books and holds four honorary degrees. He has never advertised to children or made any commercial endorsements aimed at kids. His commitment to treating his young fans with respect changed society's outlook on music made for children.
"It's great fun singing for children and families," says Raffi. "As well as singing many of my fans' favorites, I look forward to sharing a song or two from my Love Bug album and my new one, Owl Singalong-and to the sounds of all of us singing old favourites from my very first album!"
In 2010, Raffi founded The Centre for Child Honouring on Salt Spring Island, BC. With the motto "Respecting Earth & Child," the Centre is at the heart of a global movement that views honouring children as the best way to create sustainable, peacemaking societies.





2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA



January 25th

Rosy Dawn

Rosy Dawn is a native San Diegan who has been immersed in music since she was a child. Raised by a single mom who made a point of making sure music was an important element to Rosy's upbringing. Rosy and her mother sang together as a folk duo, blending and creating beautiful harmonies. Ella Fitzgerald, Bessie Smith and Linda Ronstadt were just some of the artist that were frequently played in her home while growing up, contributing to some of Rosy's early influences. Rosy has sung in a variety of Bands and with solo Artists through out San Diego since the early 90's-present. These groups include, The Hybrid Band, Mad Cap Otis, Shawn Rohlf, Desvelis He, The Travel Agents, Plato Soul, Driftwood, Lotus the Band, The Rosy Dawn Quartet and The Hit List. Genres ranging from rock, blues, jazz, folk, bluegrass, R&B and Opera. In addition to singing with various bands through out San Diego, Rosy has also been a recurring member of the San Diego opera chorus since 2004.




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JoJo
Mad Love Tour

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1055 5th Avenue, San Diego

February 24th



JoJo is resilient. That's the message that comes through loud and clear when you listen to Mad Love., her debut album with Atlantic Records and her first LP in ten years. She's empowered. She's in control. And she's grown as hell.
Themes of hard-won independence and strength are vividly realized on Mad Love., which swerves from slinky alt-R&B to exultant pop bangers and back again. It's no surprise, given that JoJo, now 25, had a heavy hand in writing the entire album after first attempting to cut tracks penned by outsiders.
"I was starting to lose myself in the process of being sent songs," she says. "But I stood up and remembered that I'm a songwriter, and I want to be heard."
Truly finding her voice was a journey that's taken a lifetime. Born Joanna Levesque and raised in Massachusetts, she notched a #1 hit on the Billboard Pop Songs chart with her debut single, "Leave (Get Out)," when she was only 13; she was the youngest solo artist to have a #1 single in the U.S. She followed it up with a string of additional singles, most notably "Too Little Too Late," another Top 3 smash, and the hit album The High Road in 2006. "Being a child star is a weird thing because your identity is put onto you," she says. "As much of an individual as I was, I still had a lot of cooks in the kitchen telling me where to go and how to dress and what songs to record."
In 2015, she released a critically acclaimed trio of singles - she called it a "tringle" - to give fans a first taste of the sound she'd been developing with tunesmiths such as Harmony Samuels, Benny Blanco, Wayne Hector and Jason Evigan.













CHICAGO


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Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, CA

February 4th


Hailed by former President Bill Clinton as "One of the most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era," the legendary rock and roll band with horns, CHICAGO, makes their return to The Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Saturday, February 4, 2017.
Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2016, Chicago was the highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine's recent Hot 200 All-Time Top Artists, coming in at number 9. In addition, Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six decades.
From the signature sound of the Chicago horns, their iconic vocalists, and a few dozen of their classic songs such as "25 Or 6 To 4," "If You Leave Me Now," "Hard Habit To Break," "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" and "Saturday In The Park," Chicago's concerts are celebrations and 2017 will mark the band's 50th consecutive year of touring without missing a single concert date!
Chicago's lifetime achievements include a Grammy Award, multiple American Music Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, a Chicago city street dedicated in their honor, and proclamations and keys to an impressive list of U.S. cities. Record sales top the 100-million mark and include 21 top 10 singles, 5 consecutive number one albums, 11 number one singles, and five gold singles. An incredible 25 of their 36 albums have been certified Platinum and the band has a total of 47 Gold and Platinum awards.
Chicago continues to thrill audiences around the world and they are true ambassadors for its beloved hometown, carrying the city's name with pride and dignity wherever they go.






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Blue Öyster Cult

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January 19th



Blue Öyster Cult (often abbreviated BÖC) is an American rock band from Long Island, New York, whose most successful work includes the hard rock and heavy metal songs "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", "Godzilla" and "Burnin' for You". Blue öyster Cult has sold over 24 million records worldwide, including 7 million records in the United States alone. The band's music videos, especially "Burnin' for You", received heavy rotation on MTV when the music television network premiered in 1981, cementing the band's contribution to the development and success of the music video in modern pop culture.
Blue Öyster Cult's longest lasting and most commercially successful lineup included Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (lead guitar, vocals), Eric Bloom (lead vocals, "stun guitar"), Allen Lanier (keyboards, rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Joe Bouchard (bass, backing vocals) and Albert Bouchard (drums, percussion, backing vocals). The band's current lineup includes Roeser and Bloom, as well as Jules Radino (drums, percussion), Richie Castellano (keyboard, rhythm guitar, backing vocals), and Kasim Sulton (bass, backing vocals).




Engelbert Humperdinck
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February 21st & 22nd



Engelbert Humperdinck never wanted to be a singer. A career in music, yes, but he was extraordinarily shy. The youngest boy of a family of ten children originally from Leicester, England, he grew up in Madras, India, where his father was stationed during World War II. Engelbert's childhood was dominated by the love of his parents and his brothers and sisters. He knew he could sing harmonies, but the power of his own voice came as a surprise to him and other people. "It's just so loud, but I discovered I can be tender with it at the same time."
Like all great icons, he is a man of great depth - masculine and loving, shy inside and uninhibited onstage, prepared to play the sex god to the hilt and still, at this stage of his career, managing to get away with it. "My mother's side of the family had the signing voice so I must have inherited that from her. My father was a man's man - strong, athletic, charismatic. And I like to do all kind of men things. I love sports, golf, tennis martial arts, soccer, skiing, but at the same time, yes I do appreciate women."
In a career spanning almost 50 years, Engelbert has generated sales in excess of 140 million records, including 64 gold albums and 35 platinum, four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe, and stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Las Vegas Walk of Fame, and Leicester Walk of Fame. He has performed for the Queen four times, several presidents and many heads of state. He has recorded everything from the most romantic ballads to movie theme songs, disco, rock, and even gospel. His unique voice has charmed millions of fans around the globe.



Tower of Power

January 18th
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143 S. CEDROS AVE, SOLANA BEACH, CA 92075


For close to 50 years, Tower of Power has been creating their own kind of soul music. Since 1968, Tower of Power has delivered their unique brand of music to their fans, appearing before sold out crowds as they tour the world each year. Tower's sound can be hard to categorize, but the band's leader and founding member, Emilio Castillo, has labeled their sound as "Urban Soul Music."
Tower's rhythm section lays down a groove like no other band. The band's horn driven sound is unique, and the way they approach everything, from writing and arranging to mixing and performing, is totally their own. Combine all of that with an outstanding lead vocalist and you have one of the most dynamic groups of musicians to ever hit the stage.












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