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Bret Michaels

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November 1st


Bret Michaels, is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He gained fame as the lead singer of the glam metal band Poison who have sold over 50 million records worldwide and 15 million records in the United States alone. The band has also charted ten singles to the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, including six Top 10 singles and a number-one single, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn".
Besides his career as the lead singer, he released several solo recordings including the soundtrack album to the movie A Letter from Death Row, Songs of Life, in 2003. Michaels has appeared in several movies and TV shows, including as a judge on the talent show Nashville Star. He starred in the hit VH1 reality show Rock of Love with Bret Michaels and its sequels, then released Rock My World. In 2006, Hit Parader ranked Michaels at #40 on their list of greatest Heavy metal singers of all-time.





THE SOFT WHITE SIXTIES

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1055 5th Avenue, San Diego

November 5th



Five years together, and the members of The Soft White Sixties have rarely sat still. They've lived much of their life in a 15-passenger van, traversing the country, whipping up new riffs, new rhythms, new lyrics and then, almost immediately, breaking them out onstage. For these hard-working musicians, it was simply a way of life.
For the Sixties, who'd released their debut full-length album, Get Right in 2014, capturing a certain vibe and a particular mood for their next batch of recordings was essential. The band always took an 'all hands on deck' approach to writing, but in the past they chiseled their song arrangements on stage without a clear sense of direction for the final result. For the next album the musical collective — which includes bassist Ryan Noble and drummer Joey Bustos - made a conscious decision to apply a forward-thinking kind of approach, continually asking the question 'what kind of band do we want to be?' To further ensure an open-book approach to the sessions, the band enlisted producer/mixer Matt Linesch (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Dave Mason), working with him at United Recording in Los Angeles. "Matt was almost like a fifth member, at times," Eisenberg says. "He embraced our new approach, while really stressing the importance of the music not being perfect. It's a human form of expression."



Joan Osborne
Sings Songs of Bob Dylan
October 29th
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143 S. CEDROS AVE, SOLANA BEACH, CA 92075


On Songs of Bob Dylan, Joan Osborne unleashes her sizable gifts as a vocalist and interpreter upon The Bard's celebrated canon. With performances honed by the time Osborne spent polishing them during "Joan Osborne Sings The Songs Of Bob Dylan” — two critically acclaimed two-week residencies she performed at New York City's Café Carlyle in March 2016 and 2017, the seven-time Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum-selling singer and songwriter, whom The New York Times has called "a fiercely intelligent, no-nonsense singer," winds her supple, soulful voice around Dylan's poetic, evocative lyrics, etching gleaming new facets in them along the way.
"I try not to do a straight-up imitation of what someone else has done," Osborne says. "Like if you're going to sing an Otis Redding song, you're never going to out-Otis him so you shouldn't even try. So I always try to find some unique way into the song, and also to pick songs where the intersection between the song and my voice hits some kind of sweet spot. It was a joy being able to sing these brilliant lyrics. It's like an actor being given a great part. You are just so excited to say these lines because they're so powerful that it lifts you up above yourself."
The album spans Dylan's beloved standards from the '60s and '70s ("Masters of War," "Highway 61 Revisited," "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35," "Buckets of Rain," "Tangled Up In Blue") to some of Osborne's favorites from his later albums, including "Dark Eyes" (from 1985’s Empire Burlesque), “Ring Them Bells” (from 1989’s Oh Mercy), "Tryin' To Get To Heaven" (from 1997's Time Out of Mind), and "High Water" (from 2001's Love and Theft). “His versions are legendary and I'm not trying to improve on them," Osborne says. "I'm just trying to sing beautiful songs and let people hear them".



Smokey Robinson


45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula, CA 92592

November 17th



Legendary singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson may be known for his incredible songs, but he is about to add “holiday creator” to his list of achievements with the launch of "Father Daughter Day." The annual holiday will take place on October 8, 2017 and will continue each year on the second Sunday of October. "Father Daughter Day" has already been accepted into Chase's Calendar of Events and will be included in their 2018 edition which is available now.
"As an honored father of six beautiful daughters, the father/daughter relationship is one I have cherished for decades," says Robinson. He goes on, "There are many different kinds of families today, and we know that all parental relationships are important to the healthy development of children, but the father/daughter bond is unique and one that is near to my heart."
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Robinson founded The Miracles while still in high school. The group was Berry Gordy's first vocal group, and it was at Robinson's suggestion that Gordy started the Motown Record dynasty. Their single of Robinson's "Shop Around" became Motown's first #1 hit on the R&B singles chart. In the years following, Robinson continued to pen hits for the group including "You've Really Got a Hold on Me," "Ooo Baby Baby," "The Tracks of My Tears," "Going to a Go-Go," "More Love," "Tears of a Clown" (co-written with Stevie Wonder), and "I Second That Emotion."



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TORI AMOS
Native Invader Tour
November 28th

"The songs on Native Invader are being pushed by the Muses to find different ways of facing unforeseen challenges and in some cases dangerous conflicts. The record looks to Nature and how, through resilience, she heals herself. The songs also wrestle with the question: what is our part in the destruction of our land, as well as ourselves, and in our relationships with each other?
In life there can be the shock of unexpected fires, floods, earthquakes, or any cataclysmic ravager – both on the inside and outside of our minds. Sonically and visually, I wanted to look at how Nature creates with her opposing forces, becoming the ultimate regenerator through her cycles of death and re-birth. Time and time again she is able to renew, can we find this renewal for ourselves?"




2891 University Ave, San Diego, CA, 92104

November 15th
Gary Numan



Gary Numan, is an English singer, songwriter, composer, musician and record producer. Born in Hammersmith, West London, he first entered the music industry as lead singer of the new wave band Tubeway Army. After releasing two studio albums with the band, Numan released his debut solo album The Pleasure Principle in 1979.
With number-one singles "Are "Friends" Electric?" and "Cars", Numan achieved his peak of mainstream popularity in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but maintains a cult following. His signature sound consists of heavy synthesiser hooks fed through guitar effects pedals, and he is considered a pioneer of commercial electronic music. Numan is also known for his distinctive voice and androgynous "android" persona. He was the winner of the 2017 T3 tech legends award.



Travis Tritt Solo Acoustic
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November 9th & 10th



More than 27 years after Travis Tritt launched his music career, the Southern rock influenced artist continues to display strong sales activity, sell-out shows, and stay true and relevant to country music fans across the globe. Continuously performing shows and withholding a heavy appearance schedule, Tritt is proving to be unstoppable.
The highly abbreviated Tritt timeline started when the young Marietta, Georgia native incorporated his lifelong influences of Southern rock, blues and gospel into his country during a honky-tonk apprenticeship that led him to Warner Bros. in 1989.Over the course of a decade, Travis released seven studio albums and a greatest hits package for the label. His 1990 debut Country Club and its succession of hits put him in the vanguard of the genre's early '90s boom, dubbing him as one of The Class of 89,which included country music superstars Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson; all whom dominated the charts in the early 90s.




November 11th
MR. & MRS. A

Join us for an internationally acclaimed show on November 11. Mr. and Mrs. A, the Filipino couple, brings their legendary act to The Events Center. See Regine Velaquez-Alcasid and Ogie Alcasid during this very special performance.
Widely known as Asia's Songbird, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid is hailed as the Philippines' best-selling artist of all-time by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry, selling over 7 million units locally and another 2 million across Asia.
Before pursuing multiple philanthropic and business projects, Ogie Alcasid launched his music career as a balladeer in 1989 with his self-titled album, which reached gold status. He later turned to television as an actor, comedian, parodist and host. Ogie and Regine married in 2010.



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November 18th

Al Stewart



Al Stewart will perform the "Year of the Cat" album with a full band backing him up, The Empty Pockets. Also joining Al and the band will be special guest Marc Macisso on saxophone and other instruments!
This is going to be epic Al Stewart from the an amazing review of Al's radio days. A don't miss concert



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2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA



October 27th

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

November 9th

Haas Kowert Tice / Hawktail


The trio of Brittany Haas, Jordan Tice, and Paul Kowert is joined mandolinist Dominick Leslie to form Hawktail, a confluence of the most exciting young voices in acoustic music today. Made up of fiddler Brittany Haas (Crooked Still), bassist Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers), guitarist Jordan Tice (Tony Trischka), and mandolinist Dominik Leslie, these instrumentalists have come together to use their string band roots to engage in close dialogue. There’s a lightness and joy to the music of this American roots trio and a sense of weightlessness that belies the complexity of the musical arrangements. This is music that uplifts, that soars, but that is also grounded by a respect and love for tradition.
Together, Haas, Kowert, and Tice have produced a body of work containing flights of improvisation and interesting compositional turns all grounded by memorable melodies and driving rhythms. The group's adventurous spirit and desire to show the audience something new is never at the expense of the most intrinsically rewarding elements of music such as the beauty of a well crafted melody or the dance-inspiring energy of a great groove.



Guns N' Roses
Not In This Lifetime Tour
November 28th

3500 SportsArena Blvd


Three decades ago today, Guns N’ Roses transformed and transfixed the world of rock and roll forever with their seminal debut album Appetite for Destruction. To celebrate the multi-platinum record that welcomed fans to the jungle and topped the Billboard 200, the unprecedented legends of rock are announcing a selection of new stops on their momentous Not In This Lifetime Tour produced by Live Nation.
Following the group’s 1985 formation, Guns N’ Roses injected unbridled, unrivalled, and unstoppable attitude into the burgeoning Los Angeles rock scene. The spirit went on to captivate the entire world with the release of their 1987 debut Appetite for Destruction –the best-selling U.S. debut ever, moving 30 million copies globally.




Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, CA

November 11th

Alabama is the band that changed everything by bringing Country music to the mainstream. They are the band that introduced rock-style guitars, lights, and pyrotechnics to the Country audience and they are bringing their "Southern Drawl Tour" to The Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Saturday, November 11, 2017.
The story of Alabama is a classic American tale of rags to riches. From humble beginnings picking cotton in the fields of Fort Payne, Alabama, Randy, Jeff and Teddy became international stars that went on to sell 73 million albums while changing the face and sound of Country music.
In 1980 the band broke through with their first Top 20 hit "My Home's In Alabama." What followed was a string of hits like "Mountain Music," "Born Country," "Forever's As Far As I'll Go," "(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You" and "If You're Gonna Play In Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)," a run of success that is legendary in the history of Country music.
Alabama released a new studio album called Southern Drawl in 2015 which landed them on the covers of USA Today, People Magazine, Rolling Stone and Country Weekly. Adding a new chapter to an already iconic legacy can be a little tricky, but the album skillfully walks the line between the fresh and familiar, featuring a potent collection of songs for a new generation of Alabama lovers while also giving longtime fans plenty of reasons to rejoice.
Critics and fans alike continue to shower Alabama with accolades. They were honored with the ACM Career Achievement Award at the Ryman Auditorium in 2016 and were awarded “Album Of The Year” at the 2015 Dove Awards for Angels Among Us. 40 years after their founding, Alabama is still going strong and they continue to roll on.



Ohio Players

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October 20th



Ohio Players are an American funk, soul music and R&B band, most popular in the 1970s. They are best known for their songs "Fire" and "Love Rollercoaster".
Gold certifications, records selling at least five hundred thousand copies, were awarded to the singles "Funky Worm", "Skin Tight", "Fire", and "Love Rollercoaster"; plus to their albums Skin Tight, Fire, and Honey.
On August 17, 2013, Ohio Players were inducted into the inaugural class of the Official R&B Music Hall of Fame that took place at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio.
The band's first big hit single was "Funky Worm", which reached No. 1 on the Billboard R&B chart and made the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1973. It sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in May of that year.




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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