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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
Want to find out more?

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.


October 24th

Singer Songwriters Jackson Browne and Steve Earle will join forces on Monday, October 24 at the Balboa Theatre in San Diego, CA for an acoustic show to support YES on 62 – Repeal the Death Penalty.
This special benefit concert is paid for by Volunteers for Yes on 62. YES on California Proposition 62 would repeal the state death penalty and replace the maximum punishment for murder with life in prison without possibility of parole. It would apply retroactively to those already sentenced to death. Under Prop 62, the death penalty will be replaced with a strict life sentence. Those convicted of the worst crimes will NEVER be released. Instead of being housed in expensive private cells on death row, murderers will be kept with other maximum-security inmates.
Clyde Jackson Browne is an American singer, songwriter, and musician who has sold over 18 million albums in the United States.[1] Coming to prominence in the 1970s, Browne has written and recorded songs such as "These Days", "The Pretender", "Running on Empty", "Lawyers in Love", "Doctor My Eyes", "Take It Easy", "For a Rocker", and "Somebody's Baby". In 2004, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as bestowed an Honorary Doctorate of Music by Occidental College in Los Angeles, California.
Stephen Fain "Steve" Earle is an American rock, country and folk singer-songwriter, record producer, author and actor. Earle began his career as a songwriter in Nashville and released his first EP in 1982. His breakthrough album was the 1986 album Guitar Town. Since then Earle has released 15 other studio albums and received three Grammy awards. His songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Shawn Colvin and Emmylou Harris. He has appeared in film and television, and has written a novel, a play, and a book of short stories.

2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA

October 25th

Michele Lundeen

Michele Lundeen, dubbed the "QUEEN OF STEAM" for her stirring vocals and electrifying stage presence, does indeed command attention. Often described as "Janis Joplin meets Bonnie Raitt" (or think Lydia Pense, Bonnie Bramlett, Bette Midler, Etta James, Aretha Franklin!), Michele is a powerful, soulful vocalist with an incomparable style all her own.She and her band effortlessly blend classic roadhouse rhythm & blues, jump swing, Memphis groove, sultry jazz and funky soul into a satisfying musical stew. An established, popular and respected veteran of the club, concert and festival circuit in both Northern Nevada and Southern California, Michele has shared stages with dozens of nationally known blues and roots artists from John Lee Hooker to Elvin Bishop and Savoy Brown to Queen Ida while gaining a reputation as a talented headliner in her own right.

Kona Coffee

Ziggy Marley
Octobr 24 & 25th


Ziggy Marley's life story is filled with changes and transitions. In fact, change has been the one constant in his life. From his earliest days, raised in Trench Town, Jamaica, to the present, he has been guided by his keen awareness and driving compassion. These qualities are the earmarks of his work and his journey.
The eldest Marley son is not one to let any moss grow under his feet. His 2006 release, Love is My Religion (Tuff Gong Worldwide), garnered a Grammy for Best Reggae Album at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards, giving him a total of four Grammys as an artist. It was his second solo album, and the first to be released independently on the Tuff Gong Worldwide label.

Yung God Tour

1055 5th Avenue, San Diego

October 20th

Russ Vitale, better known by his stage name Russ, is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer. He is one of the fastest growing artists of 2016. He is part of the DIEMON Crew, a rap group. His Soundcloud page has garnered over 40 million listens since its inception in 2014. In 2016, Russ signed to Columbia Records. He later released the single "What They Want."


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Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, CA

October 22nd

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 Saturday, October 22nd.
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.

Sycuan Casino Events
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Current lineup (see below)
The Original Wailers
Al Anderson

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October 29th

The Original Wailers is a reggae group formed by Al Anderson and Junior Marvin in 2008. Both are best known as guitarists for Bob Marley & The Wailers as well as former members of The Wailers Band. In April 2011, Marvin departed the band.

Born of Indian American and African descent in the early '50's. His mother played piano and sang at church, his father a bass player in a R&B band, who, sat in with James Brown in Newark in the late '60's.
Al was taught music by family members, everyone in the family were either in the military, played music or both. He grew up seeing his aunts and uncles jamming from house to house which lead him to music by buying a bugle from a comic book when he was 13 years old.
His first guitar was a 1965 Telecaster, butterscotch yellow with a maple neck and a Bigsby vibrato which he bought from Manny's Music on 48th,St. NYC. Having achieved the telecaster he ran away to a Krishna temple to 'find himself', this was during the time of the Beatles' George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh. He later lived in St. Marks' Place, NYC, spending every hour of every day at the Fillmore East listening to music where he also had the opportunity to meet the most popular bands and artists of the early '70's that played there, becoming close friends with members of Aerosmith.

The Spinners

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:November 18th

The Spinners are an American rhythm and blues vocal group that formed in 1954 and are still active. They enjoyed a string of hit singles and albums during the 1960s and 1970s. Formed in Detroit, Michigan, the group still tours regularly as of 2015, although Henry Fambrough is the only remaining original member.
The group is also listed as the Detroit Spinners and the Motown Spinners (for their 1960s recordings with the Detroit label). These other names were used in the UK to avoid confusion with a British folk group also called the Spinners. In 2015, they were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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