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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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KRAFTWERK

September 16th



The multi-media project Kraftwerk was started in 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider. They set up their electronic Kling Klang Studio in Düsseldorf, Germany, where they conceived and produced all Kraftwerk albums.
By the mid 1970's Kraftwerk had achieved international recognition for their revolutionary electronic sound scapes' and their musical experimentation with robotics and other technical innovations. With their visions of the future, Kraftwerk created the soundtrack for the digital age of the 21st century.
Their compositions, using innovative techniques, synthetic voices and computerised rhythms, have had a major international influence across an entire range of music genres: from Electro to Hip Hop, from Techno to SynthPop.
In their live performances, Kraftwerk - Ralf Hütter, Henning Schmitz, Fritz Hilpert, Falk Grieffenhagen - illustrate their belief in the respective contributions of both man and machine.
Starting with the retrospective of their Catalogue at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2012, in recent years Kraftwerk have returned full circle back to their origins within the Düsseldorf art scene of the late Sixties. Bringing together music and perfomance art, their 3-D concerts are a true "Gesamtkunstwerk - a total work of art."
The concert series at the MoMA was - among others - followed by further presentations at Tate Modern Turbine Hall in London, Akasaka Blitz in Tokyo, the Opera House in Sydney, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin.
In 2014 Ralf Hütter and his former partner were honoured with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.





2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA



October 5th

Blue Rocket band

We are The Blue Rockit Band, a musical revue that provides a variety of styles including Rock, Pop, R&B, Blues, Country, Jazz and Reggae. The difference between other bands and Blue Rockit is that we take each style seriously! At the Core of Blue Rockit you'll find four musicians whose talent and experience as individuals compliment the total package.










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Ziggy Marley
Octobr 24 & 25th
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143 S. CEDROS AVE, SOLANA BEACH, CA 92075


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.
















THE DAN BAND
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1055 5th Avenue, San Diego

September 22nd



Dan Finnerty caught America's attention as the foul-mouthed wedding singer in the hit film OLD SCHOOL, performing his now-infamous foul-mouthed rendition of "Total Eclipse of the Heart", as well as his other appearances in Todd Phillips movies, STARSKY & HUTCH and THE HANGOVER.
What started as a drunken joke for Finnerty singing "I Am Woman" at a karaoke bar has spiraled out of control into THE DAN BAND - a cult hit that has garnered rave reviews from The New York Times, The L.A. Times, Variety and Rolling Stone and prompted Entertainment Weekly to name it “One of the hottest ticket in Hollywood.” Their TV concert special "The Dan Band: I Am Woman" aired on Bravo and was directed by McG and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. They've appeared on numerous TV shows, including Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show, Last Call with Carson Daly, Ellen, Spike TV's Guys Choice Awards and The Tonight Show, where Finnerty has been featured as a regular correspondent.













COUNTING CROWS & ROB THOMAS

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Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, CA

September 16th


Two of music's most captivating live performers will unite for their first time touring together this summer. Multiplatinum-selling band Counting Crows and multiple Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter Rob Thomas announced a co-headlining tour today that will blaze a trail this summer across North America with a stop at the Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, CA on Friday, September 16th.
Pre-sale and VIP tickets go on sale Tuesday, April 12 at 10am local time through Thursday, April 14 at 10PM local and tickets will be available to the general public starting Friday, April 15.
For Counting Crows, the tour announcement comes on the heels of their recent news of an exciting run of European shows, which includes a coveted opening slot for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in Rome, Italy. Praised as "one of the most popular and easily identifiable rock groups in America (NPR)", the band will be performing hits from their complete discography spanning the past two decades. Counting Crows' latest release, 2014's 'Somewhere Under Wonderland', earned critical acclaim as one of the "band's best" and scored a top 10 debut. The album was recognized as one of the group's "stronger works (USA Today)" and claimed a spot on Rolling Stone's Top 50 Songs of the 2014 list with the track "Dislocation".The upcoming tour celebrates Rob Thomas' 3rd solo effort, The Great Unknown, which was released last year. The album had a Top 10 debut on the Soundscan/Billboard 200 chart and earned critical acclaim on its arrival. Rolling Stone hailed Thomas as "the same consummate pop-rock craftsman who has been making it all sound so smooth for years...Thomas piles on the hooks right from the opener." The Great Unknown was produced by a remarkable roster of studio all-stars including longtime collaborator Matt Serletic, Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé), Ricky Reed (Jessie J, Jason Derulo, twenty one pilots), and Shep Goodman & Aaron Accetta (American Authors) and features the hit single, "Hold On Forever" as well as the soon-to-be released "Pieces." "Twenty years ago Rob and I were like kids running around Italy in the middle of the night getting drunk and playing gigs. I still love nothing more than touring with my friends. This is going to be a great summer," said Adam Duritz.
"Music is about good friends getting together and celebrating life. Our fans are going to be doing that in the audience and we will be doing that on stage as well. Bring on the summer!" said Rob Thomas.





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Lonestar
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September 18th



Lonestar has always set the bar high, but Never Enders exceeds expectations. "It's always a challenge," says Richie as they gather one quiet morning at The Band Cave. "But when we're writing, we always try to stay true to how we've done it in the past sonically and lyrically, while still looking to take what we do to new levels."
The exhilarating affirmations of the title track "Never Enders," the haunting reflection on time lost in "My Own Hometown," the emotional honesty of "Us," their playful, grin- teasing riff on modern love in "I Want a Love" and their tribute to all the gorgeous lady bartenders they've known on "Boomerang" — each song on Never Enders mixes artful craft and the poetry of plain speech, each melody rings clear and all of it reminds us of how emotionally powerful country music can be.
"We come from an era of phenomenal songs," says Michael. "When we got our first record deal, people like Gretchen Peters and Mike Reid were writing amazing stuff. I think we just want to aspire to that level of songwriting more than follow what's on the radio these days."





Ready for the World

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September 23rd



Ready for the World is an American R&B band from Flint, Michigan, that scored several pop, soul, and dance hits in the mid to late 1980s. They were founded by Melvin Riley and Gordon Strozier.
The group originally consisted of frontman Melvin Riley, Gordon Strozier (lead guitar), Gregory Potts (keyboards), Willie Triplett (percussion/keyboards), John Eaton (bass guitar), and Gerald Valentine (drums). They had performed throughout Flint at high school talent shows and were discovered by WJLB Detroit Radio personality The Electrifying Mojo in 1982. They gained regional fame with their first release, "Tonight," in 1983. "Tonight" was an underground hit in Flint and Detroit which helped garner them national prominence shortly after their signing under the MCA label. They recorded their debut album, Ready for the World, during 1984 with producer Bernard Terry and engineer Charles Brown, Jr.
In 1985, the band signed to the Steven Machat-Rick Smith management company, AMI. The agreement with MCA was redrawn, and promotion and marketing dollars were committed to promote the group. This proved successful as the group was steered to #1 on the US pop charts as well as top five in all the Western European countries and Australia, with their best-known hit "Oh Sheila." In the US, this song went to #1 on the R&B, Pop Charts, and the Hot Dance Club Play charts that year, becoming the first ever single to hold the #1 spot on all three of these charts simultaneously. The song "Digital Display" followed and hit #21.
In 1986, the band released their second album, Long Time Coming, produced by: Gary Spaniola which returned them to the Top 10 on the pop charts with the slow jam, "Love You Down," which peaked at #9.








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