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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!
Click here and see whose talent prevailed.


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

September 7th

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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Morgan Leigh Band
Emily Drew

September 13th


Morgan Leigh Band is one of Southern California's most sought after up and coming high energy country bands! Performing all of your favorite current country hits as well as their original debut album "Trouble", they keep the party rocking all night long. Morgan Leigh was recently seen on American Idol S12 and S14, Texaco Country Showdown State Winner, American Country Star Finalist, and National Anthem performer for PBR Finals, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and PRCA Rodeo's. The Morgan Leigh Band has been an opening act for Pat Benatar, Loverboy, Jamie O'Neal, Craig Wayne Boyd, James Otto, Sammy Kershaw, Phil Vassar, and Juice Newton.

Cuca with Maskatesta and Riesgo de Contagio

1055 5th Avenue, San Diego

August 25th

Cuca is a Mexican rock & roll band from Guadalajara, Jalisco, that was formed in 1989 by musician and painter José Fors (vocals). Their first official concert according to the band was on February 14, 1990. Their first album, La Invasión de los Blátidos, set them apart from any other Mexican rock band, since the album contained irreverent, humorous, curse-word laden lyrics and aggressive sound, that at the time were not expected in Mexican music. "Cuca" is an apocope for cucaracha (cockroach) and "blátidos" means blattodea, which is the scientific name given to cockroachs.
Maskatesta born in 2002, minds found and illusions, we are inspired to create a project of the music we love that unites us and the desire to fill a gap in the ska scene, the band gives its first performance at Deportivo the Zarco with own songs and a cover which never knew the author.
Riesgo De Contagio "Contagion Risk" is a Mexican rock group. Formed by Rafael "Fayo" and Alejandro "Gordo" brothers in Mexico City . They have gone through several member changes, especially guitarists.


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August 27th

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer SAMMY HAGAR and his supergroup, THE CIRCLE, featuring Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson will be performing a blowout concert on Saturday, August 27th at The Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.
Led by Sammy Hagar, The Circle features Michael Anthony, the renowned rhythm section bassist who's played alongside Hagar for the past 30 years in bands including Van Halen and Chickenfoot; Vic Johnson, Hagar's longtime guitar virtuoso who seamlessly shreds through his own, as well as some of rock's most iconic guitarist's riffs; and Jason Bonham, the acclaimed drummer and son of iconic Led Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham.
Formed in 2014, the all-star group has thrilled both audiences and critics alike with their live concerts which see the foursome rip through a set list of 40 years of Hagar's epic rock anthems including "Rock Candy," "There's Only One Way To Rock," "Finish What Ya Started," "Right Now" and "I Can't Drive 55," as well as some classic Led Zeppelin jams like "Whole Lotta Love," "When the Levee Breaks" and "Moby Dick." The band's recently released live DVD, At Your Service, recorded during their first North American tour, debuted at #2 on SoundScan's "Top DVD Music Video" bestseller chart - a testament to the strength of the band's live shows.

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Blood Sweat and Tears
Featuring Bo Bice

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August 26th

When Bobby Colomby assembled the first generation of Blood Sweat & Tears in 1967 he nor anyone else thought that 50 years later BS&T would still be a top touring band. Colomby's vision of a Jazz/Fusion rock Band with horns and also not afraid to take musical chances would change the music scene forever. Some of the greatest musicians in the world have passed through BS&T. 10 Grammy nominations winning 3 including Album of the Year beating out the Beatles Abby Road. 50 years of touring is a tribute to Colomby's vision of Great Musicians equal Great Music.
Blood Sweat & Tears hires the most talented musicians from around the world. At last count members of BS&T speak a combined total of 9 different languages. Their music accreditations range from Doctorate of Music to just growing up in a family of music Royalty to just working hard to become a music Phnom. Members love to talk with fans after the show near the stage so feel free to approach them with any questions you may have.
"Blood, Sweat & Tears," Bice shouted several times during the night in tribute to the band, as if to remind the nearly full audience it was about the band and not him. But Bice did that far better by finding his niche in the group's music.

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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."

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