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No Duh
Fooz Fighters and Pearl Jammed
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December 2nd

No Duh is not just the best tribute to No Doubt & Gwen Stefani, they're one of the best tribute acts in the world. It's not just great music, it's a complete, high energy, amusing, audio-visual explosion!
No Duh mixes the experience & energy of a live No Doubt & Gwen Stefani concert with nostalgic visuals, styling's & props of the No Doubt & Gwen Stefani videos, complete with costume changes & even some humor! Close your eyes or keep them open, you will feel like you are experiencing the real thing. It's rare to see a tribute act excite an audience like this band.

F00Z FIGHTERS are the #1 Tribute Band to Foo Fighters delivering all the sound, look and raw energy of a live concert performance by the Grammy Award winning band.
Lead singer Nicky Rich not only strongly resembles legendary Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl right down to the feather tattoos on his forearms, but consistently delivers the bombastic over the top vocal and stage performance fans have come to expect.

Formed in 2015 in Encinitas, California, as a tribute to a good old fashioned rock n roll band , Pearl Jammed has been giving people the chance to re-live their favorite Pearl Jam concert experience.



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 unveiledchurch.com based in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. Gillespie also runs a clothing label, Pig Cloth.

Jonny Lang

December 6th


It is hard to believe that at 36 years old Jonny Lang has already had a successful career for two decades.
Easier to believe when you learn he released his first platinum record at 15—an age when many young people are just beginning to play music. Lie to Me revealed a talent that transcended the crop of blues prodigies floating around in the late Nineties. No flashy re-hasher of classic blues licks, even at that early age Lang was a full-blown artist with a style of his own. Also, setting Lang apart from the wunderkind crowd was a 15-year-old voice that sounded like a weathered soul shouter. Actual life experience was yet to come, and has been subsequently chronicled in a series of five uniformly excellent recordings. "I got married, had kids, and that arc has been recorded on albums along the way," says Lang. "There is a lot of personal history in there, and also some things that relate to world events."

Brian Setzer Orchestra

45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula, CA 92592

December 23rd

Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and 3-time Grammy-award-winner BRIAN SETZER is a "Musician's Musician" credited with continually taking chances with innovative and daring musical styles, while single-handedly resurrecting two forgotten genres of music (rockabilly in the ‘80’s and swing in the ’90’s). Along the way, he has scored chart-topping hits, sold 13 million records and received the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award throughout his decorated career as founder/leader of the Stray Cats, his 19-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra, and as a solo artist.

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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!

2891 University Ave, San Diego, CA, 92104

December 9th

Phoenix are an indie pop band from Versailles, France, consisting of Thomas Mars (lead vocals), Deck d'Arcy (bass/ keyboards/ backing vocals), Christian Mazzalai (guitar/ keyboards/ backing vocals) and Laurent Brancowitz (guitar/ backing vocals). They are best known for their singles "Too Young", "If I Ever Feel Better" and "1901".
Phoenix was conceived in the 1990s when vocalist Thomas Mars, bassist Deck d'Arcy, and guitarist Chris Mazzalai, who were all friends in school, started playing together as a "garage band" based out of Mars's house in the suburbs of Paris. In 1995, Laurent Brancowitz, Mazzalai's older brother, permanently joined the band on guitar after the end of Darlin', a short-lived band that Brancowitz had formed with Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (Bangalter and de Homem-Christo later formed Daft Punk). Two years later the band took on the name Phoenix and pressed 500 copies of a single on their own label, Ghettoblaster. Shortly after, they were signed to the Paris-based Source Records. Phoenix quickly became well acquainted with labelmates Air when they acted as their backing band on several UK TV appearances.
On 1 March 2017, Phoenix again updated social media, teasing new music with a 30-second clip, and announcing multiple tour dates. By 24 April 2017, the band had announced that their sixth album, Ti Amo, would be released on 9 June 2017. Three days later, on 27 April 2017, the band released the album's first single, "J-Boy" (an acronym for "Just Because of You"). This was followed by the release of the title track, "Ti Amo", on 18 May 2017 and the single "Goodbye Soleil" on 2 June 2017, a week before the album's release. Phoenix is currently touring to promote the release of Ti Amo and will tour until 27 March 2018.

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 SmoothJazz.com in its first week. Since then the second single "Joy Ride," is currently number one on Mediabase and number two on the Billboard charts.

December 9th
TÌnh Ca Mùa Ðông

VIETNAMESE CONCERT FEATURING: Tuan Vu. Thanh Tuyen. Nguyen Khang. Ho Hoang Yen. Lam Nhat Tien. Ngoc Thuy. Selena. Quynh Mai. Yen Vy and the list goes on!

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November 30th

Timothy B. Schmit

It's been seven years since TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT released his last album. The standard opening question is: "Why did it take so long?"
The standard SCHMIT answer to most questions is funny in a self-deprecating way and rooted in simple truths. So of course he answers, "I wasn't ready until now!"
Patience is a virtue. And with a career that unfolds back to the halcyon 1960s, patience has served this storied artist well. He was in his teens when he charted for the first time. At the turn of the decade he joined POCO and helped steer the band into its pioneering fusions of country, rock and folk. In 1977 he became a member of the legendary EAGLES, an association that would continue on and off for decades.
At the same time, SCHMIT also collaborated with other artists. His talents enhanced Toto's "Africa," Richard Marx's "Don't Mean Nothin',"Bob Seger's "Fire Lake," Crosby Stills and Nash's "Wasted On The Way" and multiple tracks by Steely Dan. He's played internationally as a member of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band and Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band.
"Over the last ten years or so, I’ve felt like I'm finally getting the hang what it is I do best," SCHMIT sums up with his knack for wry understatement. "Although this project took some time to complete, this is what I came up with...This is who I am. This is a LEAP OF FAITH."
Patience pays off: LEAP OF FAITH is well worth the wait.

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.

5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008

December 17th

Christmas Unplugged with John Doan

John Doan is a pioneer of a new way of playing the guitar as a master of the twenty-string harp guitar. He is also an Emmy-nominated performer, composer, public speaker, historian, instrument collector, and university professor.
He has performed with a diverse range of artists including pop star Donovan, folk legend Burl Ives, Muriel Anderson, jazz ace Larry Carlton, Mason Williams (of “Classical Gas” fame), as a member of the The New Christy Minstrels® with Randy Sparks, among others and his virtuoso playing and arranging has attracted praise from no less a guitar luminary than Chet Atkins.
Performances by John Doan are hailed as a magical and musical storytelling adventure filled with songs that sweep you away with laughter, tears, and dreams. He has performed internationally and throughout North America in concerts and at festivals including Primal Twang, Faerieworlds International Faerie Festival, Northwest Folklife, The Nordic Guitar Festival in Sweden, Lewes Guitar Festival and Brighten Festival in England, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, The Atkins-Dadi Guitar Players Association and the Six Bars Jail Festival in Italy, and Kirchenfest in Dresden, Germany.

Jingle Jam
Not In This Lifetime Tour
December 23rd

3500 SportsArena Blvd

Join JAM'N 95.7 for Jingle Jam at the Valley View Casino Center on Saturday, December 23, 2017 for an amazing lineup including Migos, G-Eazy, Rob Stone, SOBxRBE and other artists soon to be announced

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.
Zappos.com 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.

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.

626 Main Street, Ramona


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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