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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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Local Music One of the good things about San Diego is the local music scene! At KKSM we support local music by adding some local artists to our regular rotation. If you're a local artist or band and would like to submit a CD for airplay consideration please send a CD to:
1140 W. Mission Rd. San Marcos, CA. 92069
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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.

An Irish Christmas

December 15th

As seen on PBS!
A perfect family event!
World Champion Dancers: Scott Doherty & Tyler Schwartz star in An Irish Christmas!
Take a journey through Christmas in Ireland with superb dancing, singing and Irish traditional music celebrating the international spirit of the holiday season.
An Irish Christmas, features an award-winning cast of Irish dancers led by World Champion Dancers Scott Doherty (Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, Rockin’ Road to Dublin) Tyler Schwartz (Magic of the Dance, Gaelforce Dance, Celtic Fyre), Connor Reider and Colin Barkell in a memorable night that sparkles with the charm and magic that only this festive time of year can bring. Celebrate the great tradition of butter making, chase the wren on St. Stephen’s Day, draw down the half door for spectacular dance, enjoy superb music-making and singing of Christmas carols in an unforgettable Irish night! Songs spinning out of the mists and into the familiar Silent Night, Little Drummer Boy and Carol of the Bells, and superb music of the pipes, flutes, fiddles, and bodhráns are just the beginning of this great Irish night! Not to be Missed! Ireland at its best!

2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA

December 8th

Detroit Underground

The Detroit Underground was established in 1994, and still has several of its original members. Over the years the band has earned the reputation for being a hard working, high energy, show band. The group features a very solid and funky rhythm section. These four seasoned players provide a solid foundation for the band's "smokin" horns.
Topping it off are California's best male and female lead vocalists. These two high-powered singers will light up the stage, and leave you singing their songs long after you leave the show.
This powerful combination of dedicated musicians gives the band the ability to crank out tunes from artists such as EARTH, WIND, and FIRE, CHAKA KAHN,and STEVIE WONDER. We also play great motown hits and heart-felt ballads.

Kona Coffee



1055 5th Avenue, San Diego

December 6th

Aaron Roderick Gillespie is an American musician, ever since he was born, he has been nearly blind in his left eye. He grew up in a devout Christian family, attended private schools, and went to church regularly. Gillespie's parents divorced when he was 18. Best known for being the original drummer and clean vocalist for the Metalcore band Underoath, and was the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the alternative rock band The Almost. Gillespie also maintains his own solo project, and released his debut full-length album, Anthem Song on March 8, 2011. As of August 26, 2013, he is the touring drummer for Paramore.
In 2008 he achieved the HM Magazine Readers Award for "favorite drummer", along with his band mate Timothy McTague who received "favorite guitarist" of 2008. He is currently one of the preaching pastors at based in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. Gillespie also runs a clothing label, Pig Cloth.

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, CA

December 2nd

Jewel is a singer-songwriter, actress, author, mother and wellness advocate who has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and has earned four Grammy Award nominations. Heralded by The New York Times as "one of the best singer songwriters since Joni Mitchell, Jewel has gotten together friends and family for a special holiday show that is coming to The Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Saturday, December 2, 2017.
Jewel's unique story began on an Alaskan homestead- with no electricity- where her family survived off the land. Jewel started singing in bars at eight years old. She left home at fourteen and provided for herself until the age of seventeen when she received a partial scholarship to Interlochen Fine Arts Academy. She got the support of her hometown, whom all chipped in to pay the rest of her tuition and travel to Michigan for school.
At age nineteen, Jewel found herself in a bidding war between record companies wanting to sign her. She rose to prominence with her debut album, Pieces of You, released in 1995, which went on to become one of the best-selling debut albums of all time, going 12 times platinum. The debut single from the album, "Who Will Save Your Soul", peaked at number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100; two others, "You Were Meant for Me" and "Foolish Games", reached number two on the Hot 100. presents "Jewel's Handmade Holiday Tour" with Special Guests Atz, Atz Lee and Nikos Kilcher Powered by Hallmark Channel and iHeartRadio will be a special holiday event that the whole family can enjoy. Pre-show activities will include pet adoption and an area where families can make homemade holiday ornaments. The show itself will be filled with holiday spirit and will feature members of Jewel's own family performing alongside her.

Sycuan Casino Events
Tickets now on Sale!
Current lineup (see below)
Tidings of Jazz & Joy
Keiko Matsui & Euge Groove

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December 6th

Keiko Matsui's music speaks to the hearts and souls of fans around the world, transcending borders and building bridges among people who share a common appreciation of honest artistry and cultural exchange. She is a powerhouse pianist who has worked alongside everyone from Miles Davis and Stevie Wonder to Hugh Masekela and Bob James.
Euge Groove, a chart-topping multi-instrumentalist found prominence as a saxophonist for such remarkable acts as Tower of Power, Joe Cocker, Eurythmics, Huey Lewis & the News, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, and Richard Marx. "Vinyl," the first single from his self-titled solo debut, set a record by spending 27 weeks on the R&R charts, eventually ranking at number 24 for the year.
Lindsey Webster. The adorable, instantly likeable and earthy singer/songwriter has been taking the contemporary jazz world by storm, scoring a number one hit with her soulful original, "Fool Me Once." This feat is remarkable in numerous ways. Not only is Webster's half the age of the male instrumentalists who dominate the genre, but her number one is the first vocal driven song that has topped the Billboard smooth jazz chart since Sade's "Soldier of Love" in 2010.
Guitarist Adam Hawley, whose debut record Just The Beginning was released on March 18. The first single "35th Street," had the longest run at number one on Billboard in 2016 and was the number one most added on Billboard and in its first week. Since then the second single "Joy Ride," is currently number one on Mediabase and number two on the Billboard charts.

Tony Orlando

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December 17th & 18th

Tony brings to the stage a warmth and exhilarating energy that electrifies an audience. From million selling records (five number one hits), a popular television variety series, movies and Broadway (Barnum and Smokey Joe's Cafe) Tony Orlando has conquered every facet of show business.
Orlando, born and raised in New York City, began hitting the national charts at the age of 16 with Halfway to Paradise and Bless You as the first vocal artist to sign with Epic Records.
Tony hadn't even begun to scratch the surface of his stardom. In 1973, he recorded Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree. The song was number one for the year, became Orlando's theme song and grew into an American anthem of hope and homecoming, reunion and renewal.
A string of hits continued including Sweet Gypsy Rose, He Don't Love You, Who's In The Strawberry Patch With Sally, Cupid, Steppin' Out (Gonna Boogie Tonight) and Mornin' Beautiful.

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