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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?
Read More by going here.

On another note. The winner of the 2014 Jon Lennon Songwriting Contest was just announced!
Click here and see whose talent prevailed.

Carl Palmer's ELP's Legacy
August 28th

YES will play one track from each studio album from YES (1969) to DRAMA (1980), chronologically, with a few surprises thrown in.
Pioneers of progressive rock, YES have achieved worldwide success with a history spanning 47 years and 21 studio albums.

The band's current line-up consists of singer Jon Davison, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes and bassist Billy Sherwood.

YES alumni are Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman, Bill Bruford, Trevor Horn, Trevor Rabin, Tony Kaye, Peter Banks, Patrick Moraz, Benoit David, Oliver Wakeman, Igor Khoroshev and Tom Brislin.
The band is known for its expansive songs, esoteric lyrics, elaborate album art and live stage sets.

2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA

July 25th

Mercedes Moore

In the last couple of years the Mercedes Moore Band has been making waves in San Diego. It's easy to see why.
Like a Janice Joplin this lady rocks the blues with a driving voice that stirs the soul.

July 31st

Missy Andersen

Born in Detroit and living in San Diego by way of Queens, New York, Missy Andersen follows her self-titled debut with a timeless follow-up of blues going straight to the spirit and body. With her band leader/guitarist/husband Heine Andersen, she has again created a personal soundtrack for good times and the pain and joys of love.
In the Moment has 11 varied tracks including 8 originals, five of which are penned by the Andersens. Recorded with heavy hitters Bill Stuve (bass), Marty Dodson (drums), Sue Palmer (piano), Ben Moore (organ), and guest appearances by Nathan James and James Harman, the CD takes the listener down a lush musical path.
Missy began fronting bands in her early teens, playing local venues which quickly lead to doing studio sessions and performances as a background vocalist. She continued honing her skills and moved to San Diego, California where she met Heine, a seasoned musician visiting from Denmark. They would eventually marry and form the San Diego-based band, Tell Mama.

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1055 5th Avenue, San Diego

July 26th

PJ Morton is an American R&B musician, singer, songwiter and record producer. Since 2012, he has been one of the keyboardists, alongside Jesse Carmichael, for the pop rock band Maroon 5, with whom he had been touring since 2010. On March 27, 2012, Morton released his debut solo EP, Following My First Mind, through the record label Young Money. Adam Levine was featured on the lead single, "Heavy"; other musicians on the EP include Lil Wayne, Jazmine Sullivan and Chantae Cann. On May 14, 2013, Morton released his first major-label debut album, New Orleans. In 2016, he released his mixtape Bounce & Soul Vol. 1 in March and the Sticking to My Guns EP in July. On April 14, 2017, Morton released his first self-released studio album Gumbo which received widespread acclaim from critics.


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Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, CA

August 18th

The Doobie Brothers have been delivering mind-blowing, roots-based, harmony-laden guitar-driven rock and roll for over four decades, selling more than 48 million albums and winning four Grammy awards, and they're bringing their latest tour to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Friday, August 18, 2017.
Boasting one of the most loyal fan bases in music, The Doobie Brothers continue to write and record new material and tour the world. Their number one singles "Black Water" (1974) and "What A Fool Believes" (1979), both certified gold records, lead a catalog of indelible songs that include "Listen To The Music," "Jesus Is Just All Right," "Rockin' Down The Highway," "Long Train Runnin'," "China Grove," "Take Me In Your Arms," "Takin" It To The Streets," "Minute By Minute," "You Belong To Me," "The Doctor" and more. In all, the Doobies have tallied up five top ten singles and sixteen top 40 hits.
Beginning with their multi-million-selling sophomore collection Toulouse Street (1972), The Doobies have three multi-platinum, seven platinum, and 14 gold albums. Their Best Of The Doobies (1976) has sold more than 12 million copies, making it a rare "diamond record." They released their latest album, Southbound, in 2014. Southbound features new recordings of the band's biggest hits, with country music's biggest stars including Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley and Toby Keith.

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Little River Band

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July 26th

Bassist/vocalist Wayne Nelson joined the band in 1980, and worked alongside founding members with some of the most distinctive harmonies and vocal abilities, creating the unique LRB sound. In 1981, Nelson was recognized by world renowned Beatles producer Sir George Martin whom, while producing 'Time Exposure',chose Nelson to record lead vocals on two of the band's biggest hits, "The Night Owls" and "Take It Easy On Me." Later that same year, guitarist extraordinaire Stephen Housden joined LRB bringing a rock element into the band's sound and helped contribute to their string of Top 10 hits. As band members departed, both Housden and Nelson worked together to bring LRB into the new millennium.

ABBA The Concert

August 1st & 2nd

"THE CONCERT - ABBA THE CONCERT a Tribute to ABBA", featuring THE VISITORS, was formed in Stockholm Sweden 1996 and quickly became known for its fantastic ABBA-sound and the stunning live "ABBA-esque" performance. The audience and press all agreed - "this is the closest to ABBA you'll ever get."
"THE CONCERT - ABBA THE CONCERT a Tribute to ABBA", will bring one of the GREATEST pop phenomenons in the history of music back to life!
In total, the group has performed in more than 20 countries around the world and has done more than 1,000 shows. During these tours the show has sometimes consisted of ORIGINAL MEMBERS of the original ABBA rhythm section. These fantastic players have consisted of saxophone players Janne Kling, Johan Stengård and Ulf Andersson, bass players Mike Watson and Rutger Gunnarsson, guitar players Lasse Wellander and Janne Schaffer, drummers Ola Brunkert and Roger Palm.

11154 Hwy 76 Pala CA 92059

July 27th & 28th
featuring Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey

UB40, featuring legendary founders Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue with special guests Matisyahu and Raging Fyah will return to the Starlight Theater stage as part of the band's U.S. Summer Tour at 7:20 p.m., Thursday, July 27, at Pala Casino Spa & Resort. UB40's performance last August at Pala was a sellout.
UB40's new two-CD package, "Unplugged + Greatest Hits" was released in late November on UMC and already has gone Silver in the U.K. "Unplugged" offers an inventive new spin on UB40's early gems plus the huge hits with which they later wooed the world. Among the highlights on the album is a new version of "I Got You Babe," featuring Ali's 22-year-old daughter, Kaya Campbell, who sings the lyrics originally performed by Chrissie Hynde when the track topped the UK charts in 1985.
That pop standard is one of four number-one singles on "Unplugged", which also contains new takes of "(I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You," "Red, Red Wine" - complete with a fresh Astro talk-over in an acoustic style - and a new version of "Baby Come Back" featuring Pato Banton, the Birmingham reggae star who took the song to the top of the charts with UB40 in 1994.

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