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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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The Legendary
FARHAD DARYA

The Sleeping Beauty

February 26th



Farhad Darya is coming live to the Balboa Theatre for his first ever San Diego performance. A rare talent, musical genius, cultural icon, goodwill ambassador and philanthropist, Darya is an artist with exceptional dedication to his art, his people, his country and his world. He has made enormous contributions in shaping and changing Afghan Music, preserving its deep roots in lyrics, literature and rich poetry, while creating cohesion and fusion with such genre as pop, rock, jazz, and classical. His fan base crosses all barriers and demographics through out the world. This unique concert is family oriented and will be an extravaganza unlike any other in the history of the Afghan Music Industry. Don't miss out this once in a lifetime opportunity!





2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA



February 24th, 26th & 28th

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.
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. It wasn't long before they decided to strike out on their own and immediately began touring Europe for several years, recording the debut CD's rhythm tracks in Copenhagen between performances. The CD, Missy Andersen, was received extremely well despite having just two original songs.
Knowing that they wanted to write more original songs on the sophomore CD, Missy and Heine took what turned into a much longer than anticipated hiatus from touring to concentrate on songwriting while maintaining a heavy, local performance schedule. Their persistence paid off though and In the Moment was born. Receiving rave reviews from both critics and fans since its August 2014 release, the CD has maintained a steady appearance on four of the Roots Music Report album charts (Blues, Contemporary Blues, California, US Blues) as well as two song charts (Contemporary Blues, California) for radio play. The CD ended the year by being named one of Living Blues Radio Charts Top 50 Albums of 2014.



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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.













BONNIE RAITT


coming to

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, CA

February 18th


2016 has been a tremendous year for Bonnie Raitt following the release of her twentieth album Dig In Deep and over 75 tour dates worldwide. Raitt now extends her 2017 world tour with a stop at the Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on February 18, 2017.
The fall run of Bonnie Raitt's 'Dig In Deep' tour garnered rave reviews across the nation, with Raitt receiving praise from No Depression for her "grace, confidence, humility and credence [that] not only lifted the spirit of all in attendance, but also offered confidence that music's continuum was still the support that will see us all through." The Atlanta Journal Constitution also recently said that "Raitt and her smokin' four-piece band steamrolled through blues, soul, gospel and rock," while the Minneapolis Star Tribune commented that "Raitt has never been more spirited, spontaneous and loving."
Dig In Deep has sold over 150,000 albums worldwide, debuting in the top #10 Billboard Album Sales, Blues Album, Americana/Folk Album and Independent Album charts and was still on the top 200 Sales Chart 26 weeks after release. The album charted at #35 on the UK Top 40 Album chart and #1 on the UK Americana Album Chart with the UK and Germany both reporting Dig In Deep as Bonnie's best-selling album since 1994's Longing In Their Hearts.
Bonnie Raitt recently performed her hit single "Gypsy In Me" at the 15th Annual Americana Music Association Awards & Honors in Nashville in September. Raitt was also recently inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame alongside Kris Kristofferson and B.B. King. The induction ceremony is scheduled for broadcast on PBS this New Year's Eve.
Bonnie Raitt has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Good Morning America, Ellen, Charlie Rose, CBS Sunday Morning, Tavis Smiley, The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, The View and more in 2016 alone.






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Current lineup (see below)
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.




Tony! Toni! Toné!

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February 18th



Tony! Toni! Toné! is an American soul/R&B group from Oakland, California, popular during the late 1980s and early to mid-1990s. During the band's heyday, it was composed of Dwayne Wiggins on lead vocals and guitar, his brother Raphael Saadiq (born Charles Ray Wiggins) on lead vocals and bass, and their cousin Timothy Christian Riley on drums and keyboards. Other members were Harry "Tonee?" Duggins, Elijah Baker, Carl Wheeler, Randall Wiggins, and Amar Khalil, who is the current lead singer of the group, and Antron Haile.
Originally, the band went by "Tony, Toni, Toné" as a joke, until they realized it had a nice ring to it.
After their debut album Who? in 1988 followed by The Revival in 1990, the group achieved their greatest commercial success with the double platinum certified Sons of Soul in 1993. Tony! Toni! Toné! disbanded after the release of their fourth album House of Music (1996), which critics cite as their greatest work.




Railroad Earth


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March 3rd


Railroad Earth is one of America's greatest bands playing today, plain and simple. They sing of our nation's changing landscape and social ills with a commitment reminiscent of Woody Guthrie, while interpolating instrumental timbres that could have been pulled from Celtic or Cajun culture. And as anyone who has caught them live will attest, their concerts are imbued with the fire-in-the-belly passion of straight-ahead, blue collar rock & roll. Then there is the newest album from the New Jersey sextet, which is the most cohesive embodiment of their myriad gifts to date-hence the decision to simply call it Railroad Earth-showcasing nine new selections that draw strength and inspiration from an acknowledgment of our shared past, while also embracing new ideas and celebrating diversity... just like America when she is at her best.
Like their fellow musical travelers, from Bob Dylan and Gram Parsons to Wilco and alt- country chameleon, Ryan Adams, Railroad Earth eagerly embraced change in pursuit of an aesthetic breakthrough. "It was time to do something different," admits lead singer, songwriter and guitarist Todd Sheaffer. He and his band mates-violinist Tim Carbone, mandolin player John Skehan, multi-instrumentalist Andy Goessling, and drummer Carey Harmon, plus new bassist Andrew Altman-have spent nearly a decade refining their sound and modus operandi. This time, however, they elected to take some cues from their new A&R man, Michael Caplan (Allman Brothers Band, Los Lonely Boys, Keb' Mo'), and change up their game "to get a fresh perspective." The result is the band's most compelling set to date; encompassing rousing ballads and string-band funk, wistful waltzes and quirky time signature folk.










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