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Young Dubliners
with
Brogue Wave

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August 20th


The Young Dubliners are quite possibly Celtic rock's hardest working band, playing hundreds of shows to thousands of fans across the US and Europe every year. In recent years they have twice appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live Good Morning America, had songs featured in TV shows (Sons Of Anarchy, Human Target) and toured extensively as a headliner and as the opener for such a diverse list of artists as Collective Soul, Jethro Tull, Johnny Lang, Los Lobos and many more.
Although the Young Dubliners sound is most commonly called ‘Celtic Rock’, that label, as labels often can be, is misleading. The Irish influence is there, certainly, but it's not the only influence that rears its head on their albums, or in live shows. After all, several of the band members have no Irish roots of any kind. "That was always the idea", Keith Roberts, lead singer for the band explains. "The sound was always intended to be a hybrid because we all come from different backgrounds".





PYROMANIA

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1055 5th Avenue, San Diego

September 2nd



Being called "The Next Best Thing to Def Leppard" is an honor that PYROMANIA: The Def Leppard Experience doesn't take lightly. Fourteen years in the making, the band captures the music and the essence of a rock band that has sold over 100 million albums worldwide. Grabbing the bull by the horns, PYROMANIA has stunned audiences all over the world with their amazing recreation of one of the most memorable rock bands and rock songs ever written. The music, the vocals, the harmonies and the screams. Don't worry, it's all there. Fortunately the band has worked hard to make sure that nothing is left out. And once the show starts, PYROMANIA never slows down.



Common Sense

August 26th
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143 S. CEDROS AVE, SOLANA BEACH, CA 92075


Common Sense is not just another reggae band from Orange County. With a SoCal background and a small beach town attitude Common Sense took their reggae-rock influences and created their own style.

Hailing from sunny San Diego, Jet West launched their live music career in the fall of 2009 as an independent, Rock/Reggae band and hasn’t slowed down since. The band's varied musical style fuses traditional rock with elements of reggae and hard rock, a sound born from the beaches of LA and San Diego. Jet West is lead vocalist/guitarist Scott Floquet, lead guitarist/vocalist Chris Warner, bassist/vocalist Deren Schneider, drummer, Derek Potter and trumpet/percussion/vocalist, Jack Taylor.
The group as a whole emits the laid back California vibe that demands a beer in the hand and a steady beating head. In 2010, Jet West released their first full length album, "Dropping In" on their independent label, Hidden Reef Records, and a musical journey around the nation was spawned. Their debut album was nominated in the San Diego Music Awards for best new World Music Album 2011. They were also nominated for Best Rock in the 2013 as well as 2014 San Diego Music Awards.



Jill Scott


45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula, CA 92592

August 18th



She is an artist with an abiding, deep commitment to lyrical honesty and musical integrity. Simply put, if Jill Scott feels it, she writes and sings it. While vivid imageries, metaphor analogies are her stock in trade, there's no pretense, no hiding. She's upfront, in-your-face always real, using her own distinctive poetry to breathe life into words, digging inside to bring forth the accompanying emotion. It is that authenticity that has endeared Jill Scott to everyday music buyers who hear what she's saying through her music and respond according. Folks who know the rough and tumble of life, love right, love wrong, passion misspent, passion fulfilled, lonely nights and empty days and everything in between declare, 'Yeah, girl!,' 'Go 'head on!' and 'I feel ya'.



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YES
And
Carl Palmer's ELP's Legacy
August 28th

YES will play one track from each studio album from YES (1969) to DRAMA (1980), chronologically, with a few surprises thrown in.
Pioneers of progressive rock, YES have achieved worldwide success with a history spanning 47 years and 21 studio albums.

The band's current line-up consists of singer Jon Davison, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes and bassist Billy Sherwood.

YES alumni are Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman, Bill Bruford, Trevor Horn, Trevor Rabin, Tony Kaye, Peter Banks, Patrick Moraz, Benoit David, Oliver Wakeman, Igor Khoroshev and Tom Brislin.
The band is known for its expansive songs, esoteric lyrics, elaborate album art and live stage sets.




2891 University Ave, San Diego, CA, 92104

September 13th
Manchester Orchestra
with
Tigers Jaw & Foxing

Manchester Orchestra is an American indie rock band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in 2004. The group is composed of rhythm guitarist-singer-songwriter Andy Hull, lead guitarist Robert McDowell, bassist Andy Prince and drummer Tim Very. Former drummer Jeremiah Edmond parted ways with the band in January 2010 to focus on his family and on running the band's record label, Favorite Gentlemen. The band's original bassist, Jonathan Corley, parted ways with the band in 2013. Keyboardist/percussionist Chris Freeman announced his departure from the band in September 2016.
Manchester Orchestra has released several extended plays and five studio albums: I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child (2006), Mean Everything to Nothing (2009), Simple Math (2011), Cope (2014) (as well as its accompanying acoustic version, Hope) and A Black Mile to the Surface (2017).



Chubby Checker
coming to



September 3rd



Chubby Checker (born Ernest Evans); is an American singer. He is widely known for popularizing the twist dance style, with his 1960 hit cover of Hank Ballard's R&B hit "The Twist". In September 2008 "The Twist" topped Billboard's list of the most popular singles to have appeared in the Hot 100 since its debut in 1958, an honor it maintained for an August 2013 update of the list. He also popularized the Limbo Rock and its trademark limbo dance, as well as various dance styles such as the fly.
Despite Checker's initial disapproval, he found follow-up success with a succession of up-tempo dance tracks and produced a series of successful dance-related singles, including "The Hucklebuck" (#14), "The Fly" (#7), "Dance the Mess Around" (#24), and "Pony Time", which became his second #1 single. Checker's follow-up "twist" single, "Let's Twist Again", won the 1961 Grammy Award for Best Rock and Roll Solo Vocal Performance.




August 26th
THE AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD SHOW


Celebrate the music of rock legends Pink Floyd with one legendary live show!
With 28 years touring, The Australian Pink Floyd as been hailed as one of the leading concert performances currently touring.
Much more than a tribute band, The Australian Pink Floyd Show has been astonishing crowds world wide with its note for note renditions of all your Pink Floyd favorites.
The band has spent a long time getting to this level; the years have been invested in getting things right: the sound, the feel, the experience. Whilst the Daily Telegraph rightly described them as being at "the top of the tribute band tree", the journey has been a long one and began in 1988 in Adelaide. Lee Smith, a local guitarist obsessed with Pink Floyd, and needing to augment his band [featuring drummer Grant Ross and bassist Trevor Turton] placed an ad in Allan's Music store. It read: "Vocalist and Keyboardist required for band. Professional attitude expected. We only play Pink Floyd". Steve Mac and Jason Sawford each saw the ad and soon the now five-piece band commenced regular weekly practice. Whilst learning and practicing the songs they constantly referred to Lee's extensive collection of Pink Floyd albums and bootleg recordings. They also started to create the sounds necessary to perform Pink Floyd correctly, and this became, and still is, one of the most important aspects of the band.




11154 Hwy 76 Pala CA 92059

August 25th
Paul Anka

Anka's two most recent albums – Rock Swings and now Classic Songs, My Way – ingeniously featured songs originally created by some of the biggest rock performers of the day – as well as other established artists across several genres. The twist: Paul Anka did the songs 'his way.' His goal: "taking great songs and rework them so they're natural for me."






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August 19th

Honk / Venice



Honk has its origins back in 1970 with Steve Wood, Don Whaley and Tris Imboden, all from different bands who shared a common desire to make original, adventurous music. They added members and lost members over the next two years, changing into the band that still plays together thirty years later. In 1971, Honk expanded by one guitar player, Richard Stekol, and a recording contract with Granite Records, and the next year added a girl singer (Beth Fitchet) and a saxophonist (Craig Buhler).

Venice is a band from Venice Beach, California that consists of two sets of brothers: Michael and Mark Lennon, and their cousins, Kipp and Pat Lennon. Their newest release, the double disc CD "What Summer Brings," debuted in the Top 10 of the national album charts in the Netherlands, and continues to win acclaim with fans and critics worldwide.
As a band, the Lennons have recorded and performed together since the 1980s. Their music is a reflection of many of their influences while growing up in the small, eclectic and culturally diverse beach town for which they are named. Their sound is at once familiar and fresh, their classic rock and folk influences apparent in their pop sensibilities. You might recognize some of Venice's influences, such as Crosby, Stills & Nash, Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, the Eagles or Sly & the Family Stone. Their hybrid of folk/rock/soul is relevant, alive and still growing, with many fans worldwide considering them the torchbearers of the Southern California sound.



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Freddie Jackson


coming to



August 17th &18



Frederick Anthony "Freddie" Jackson is an American soul singer. Among his well-known hits are "Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)", "Have You Ever Loved Somebody", "Jam Tonight", "Do Me Again" and "You Are My Lady".
Born in Harlem, Jackson was trained as a gospel singer from an early age, singing at the White Rock Baptist Church of Harlem. There he met Paul Laurence, who would later become his record producer and songwriting partner. After completing school, Jackson joined Laurence's group LJE (Laurence Jones Ensemble) and played the New York nightclub scene. During the early 1980s, Jackson moved to the West Coast and sang lead with the band Mystic Merlin (with whom he released three studio albums), but soon returned to New York to work with Laurence at the Hush Productions company. He sang on demo recordings of Laurence's compositions, and also served as a backing singer for Melba Moore after she saw his nightclub act.




2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA



August 26th

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.




5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008

September 9th

Albert Lee & Cindy Cashdollar


The Museum of Making Music invites you to join us for a very special "Play It Forward" benefit concert featuring the talents of guitarist Albert Lee and slide guitarist Cindy Cashdollar. Albert and Cindy will be backed by a stellar band.
The event features a world-class performance at a world-class venue, The Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, in Sorrento Valley.
Albert LeeGRAMMY Award-winning British guitarist, multiple recipient of Guitar Player magazine's "Best Country Guitarist" and celebrated by fans and musicians the world over for his hybrid picking technique.
Known for his use of the Fender Telecaster, signature Ernie Ball guitar and lightning speed playing, Albert has not only worked in the studio and on tour with some of the biggest names in world music, but he has also maintained a successful solo career of his own.

Cindy CashdollarDobro, steel guitar and lap steel player Cindy Cashdollar's career has taken some surprising twists and turns that have led her to work with many leading artists in various genres; including Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Dave Alvin, Rod Stewart, Albert Lee, Asleep At The Wheel, Marcia Ball, Jorma Kaukonen, Leon Redbone, BeauSoleil, Daniel Lanois, Redd Volkaert & Peter Rowan.



Tramps Like Us

September 23rd

3500 SportsArena Blvd


Angelz The tail end of 2015 finds ANGELZ on an exciting tip: tearing up his blueprint and digging into his experimental core. Known for pushing boom bap edits onto discerning dance floors and up the charts, the G-House pioneer is irrepressibly drawn to this creative axis as a prodigy and as a rebel.

Bear Grillz Bear Grillz' meteoric rise into the Pantheon of bass music legends was predicated on a philosophy of love for the scene and the necessity of always grinding as hard as you can. This philosophy netted him multiple Beatport #1's including his massive collaborations with Datsik and Getter, "Fuck Off" and "EDM" respectively.

Cesqeaux Cesqeaux (Pronounced ‘Sesko’) is a young musician from Groningen, The Netherlands, with big plans. Since his youth he, as an innovative artist, has been working on creating new sounds, visuals and experiences. All different genres will be passing by, but the common thread is – refreshment.

PLUS other DJ's such as Joyride, Seven Lions,Sikdope, TJR, and Yellow Claw.




THE DOOBIE BROTHERS


coming to

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, CA

August 18th

The Doobie Brothers have been delivering mind-blowing, roots-based, harmony-laden guitar-driven rock and roll for over four decades, selling more than 48 million albums and winning four Grammy awards, and they're bringing their latest tour to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Friday, August 18, 2017.
Boasting one of the most loyal fan bases in music, The Doobie Brothers continue to write and record new material and tour the world. Their number one singles "Black Water" (1974) and "What A Fool Believes" (1979), both certified gold records, lead a catalog of indelible songs that include "Listen To The Music," "Jesus Is Just All Right," "Rockin' Down The Highway," "Long Train Runnin'," "China Grove," "Take Me In Your Arms," "Takin" It To The Streets," "Minute By Minute," "You Belong To Me," "The Doctor" and more. In all, the Doobies have tallied up five top ten singles and sixteen top 40 hits.
Beginning with their multi-million-selling sophomore collection Toulouse Street (1972), The Doobies have three multi-platinum, seven platinum, and 14 gold albums. Their Best Of The Doobies (1976) has sold more than 12 million copies, making it a rare "diamond record." They released their latest album, Southbound, in 2014. Southbound features new recordings of the band’s biggest hits, with country music's biggest stars including Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley and Toby Keith.



Lita Ford

coming to



September 7th



Lita Rossana Ford is an English-born American rock guitarist, actress, vocalist and songwriter who was the lead guitarist for the Runaways in the late 1970s before embarking on a solo career in the 1980s.
Lita Ford was born to an English father and an Italian mother in London, England. When she was in second grade, she moved with her family to the United States, eventually settling in the Long Beach, California.
In 1975, at age 16, Ford was recruited by recording impresario Kim Fowley to join the all-female rock band he was assembling called the Runaways. The band soon secured a recording contract and released their first album in 1976. The band garnered significant media attention and The Runaways became a successful recording and touring act during their late 1970s heyday. Ford's lead-guitar playing became an integral element of the band's sound until their eventual break-up in April 1979.
In 2016, Ford released the album Time Capsule — a collection of songs she discovered on old analog tapes from the 80s featuring recordings she'd made with Billy Sheehan, Gene Simmons, Bruce Kulick, Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, Dave Navarro, Rodger Carter and Jeff Scott Soto.




RAMONA MAINSTAGE
626 Main Street, Ramona

Presents

Coco Montoya


December 9th



Montoya's career began in the mid 1970s when Albert Collins asked him to join his band as drummer. Collins took Montoya under his wing and taught him his "icy hot" guitar style. The two remained friends even after Montoya left Collins' band.
In the early 1980s John Mayall heard Montoya playing guitar in a Los Angeles bar. Soon after Mayall asked Montoya to join the newly reformed Bluesbreakers. He remained a member of the band for 10 years.
In 1995 he appeared with the Cate Brothers for the resumption of their recording career on their release, Radioland. Since that same year, Montoya has recorded several solo albums.
In 2002, he featured on the Bo Diddley tribute album Hey Bo Diddley – A Tribute!, performing the song "Pills."







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