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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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May 24th

Brian Wilson is on tour to celebrate and perform the iconic album Pet Sounds for a final time, in honor of its 50th anniversary. Originally released on May 16, 1966, Pet Sounds is universally hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time. Wilson and his band will be joined by former bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin. Fans can expect a live performance of Pet Sounds in its entirety, as well as top hits and fan favorites spanning his 54-year career with The Beach Boys and as a solo artist.
Brian Wilson is one of popular music's most deeply revered figures, a legendary writer, producer, arranger and performer of some of the most cherished music in pop music history. For more than half a century, fans have marveled at the sheer beauty of the music that springs forth from his imagination into glorious song. Wilson brings this ingenious vision to his own compositions, as well as to those for which he has collaborated, weaving a lush, vibrant tapestry of intricately nuanced vocal harmonies and instrumental arrangements for himself, his bandmates and others.

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June 26th

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.

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Yngwie Malmsteen


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May 28th

Yngwie Malmsteen is one of rock's premiere virtuoso guitarists. Yngwie has dominated the world of solo guitar for two decades. When he was barely 20, Yngwie exploded onto the music scene with his jaw-dropping technique of lightning fast harmonic minor scalar riffing. His 1984 album, "Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force," established seemingly overnight the style now referred to a neo-classical melodic rock. A legend in both style and technique, Yngwie's long career reach new heights when his totally classical work for orchestra and solo electric guitar, "Concerto Suite," was released, proving that his classical credentials were genuine. A respected musician among both his peers and his fans, Yngwie continues to play and compose at a level of mastery that many career musician only dream of.


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July 15th

Among music legends, Nile Rodgers is truly exceptional. As the co-founder of CHIC and a multiple Grammy Award-winning producer, he is a cultural icon and a music innovator with more than 200 hit singles to his name and 300 albums sold. CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers will be bringing that musical prowess to the Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Saturday, July 15, 2017.
As a co-founder of CHIC, Nile Rodgers is an innovator who pioneered a musical language that sparked the advent of hip-hop with the smash hit single "Good Times." CHIC also generated groundbreaking pop hits like "Le Freak" and won eleven Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominations and most recently Rodgers was inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with the Award for Musical Excellence.
Nile Rodgers later went on to produce career-defining albums for David Bowie (Let's Dance), Madonna (Like A Virgin), Diana Ross (diana), and Sister Sledge (We Are Family). These seminal productions, plus his work with artists like Duran Duran, INXS, Mick Jagger, Grace Jones, Steve Winwood, Peter Gabriel, The B-52s, and Michael Jackson have sold over 300 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide. Nile Rodgers continues to be relevant today by forging innovative, trendsetting collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicii, Disclosure, and Sam Smith that reflect the cutting edge of contemporary music.
Rodgers is currently recording It's About Time, the first new CHIC album in 25 years. "I'll Be There," the album's first single, went to #1 on the Billboard Dance Chart while the accompanying video generated nearly three million views in less than a week. Since 2015, he's produced, performed, and hosted the annual FREAK OUT! LET'S DANCE! Festival in New York and London, an all-star concert series distinguished by an eclectic, genre-spanning set featuring performances by headliners like Beck, Bette Midler, Janelle Monáe, Keith Urban, and Pharrell Williams.

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Glenn Miller Orchestra

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June 20th

Glenn Miller and His Orchestra was a swing dance band formed by Glenn Miller in 1938. It was arranged around a clarinet and tenor saxophone playing melody, while three other saxophones played the harmony. This arrangement was different from usual and allowed Miller to develop his own style and sound, which made him and his orchestra one of the greatest and well-known of the swing era.
Through Miller's demand for professionalism at all times, perseverance, hard work, and musical genius, he created his own distinctive style, different from the regular swing bands of the time, which earned him 70 top ten singles and 22 number one records in just four short years - and launched the band to the uppermost heights of superstardom.

Radio Moscow

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June 7th

Radio Moscow is an American psychedelic rock band from Story City, Iowa. Formed in 2003, the band currently features singer-guitarist Parker Griggs, bassist Anthony Meier and drummer Paul Marrone. Signed to Alive Naturalsound Records, the trio has released five full-length albums as of June 2014.
Radio Moscow are often compared stylistically to blues rock bands from the 1960s and 1970s, particularly fellow power trios like Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Blue Cheer. Reviewing the band's self-titled album for music website AllMusic, Greg Prato described the group's sound as "a throwback to the classic rock of the '70s", comparing certain songs to artists such as Ram Jam, The Allman Brothers Band and The Jeff Beck Group. Following the release of Brain Cycles, Radio Moscow have also been cited as an example of the stoner rock genre.

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June 4th
The Moody Blues

The Moody Blues, the British pioneers of art rock and progressive rock, will bring the band's "Days of Future Passed" 50th anniversary tour of its landmark album, "Days of Future Passed," to the Starlight Theater stage at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, June 4, at Pala Casino Spa & Resort.
That seminal album, which introduced mega hits, "Go Now," "Nights In White Satin," "Tuesday Afternoon" and "Question" launched the band's international career that has seen them garner 18 platinum and gold discs and worldwide sales of 70 million albums. The band will perform all of its greatest hits and "Days of Future Passed" in its entirety.

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