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Tainted Love

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July 1st


A Tainted Love performance is like reliving the 80's in a way you have never before. They deliver the complete experience: phenomenal songs, great moves, iconic video projections, and seven of the most charismatic and accomplished musicians you'll ever see. The band will take you back in time while keeping the party going all night long.
Based out of San Francisco, Tainted Love headlines coast to coast at major clubs, ballrooms, and rock venues. Their nationally celebrated high-energy show has founded a loyal fan base across the country; bringing with them packed houses, record-breaking ticket sales, and repeated sell-outs. Tainted Love continuously builds their performance to keep their connected and dedicated fans coming back for more. Audiences of every generation celebrate this band -- from 80's junkies and enthusiasts, to music fans of all ages. Their growing devotees love to sing and groove along to all the greatest hits of the 80's. You can't help but get into the show whether you grew up in the 80's or you just wish you had.





CHON - The Homey Tour

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1055 5th Avenue, San Diego

July 1st



In the past seven years, CHON have gone from playing local shows in their hometown of San Diego to a spot on the Billboard 200 and tours with Animals As Leaders and Circa Survive. The easiest category to put CHON in would be "instrumental," but that doesn't do the band justice. On their debut full-length Grow, CHON incorporate prog rock and jazz with lightning quick picking, staccato drumming and buoyant melodies, creating a sound that's fresh, exciting and wholly their own. (They even add vocals to a couple songs, "Can't Wait" and "Echo.") There are intricacies to the songs on Grow, but the band's approach to writing music is simple and organic. "We have fun writing this kind of music," says guitarist Mario Camarena. "We don't take it too seriously; it's just music we naturally write. I hope people who enjoy our stuff have fun listening to it."



The Robert Cray Band

July 29th
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143 S. CEDROS AVE, SOLANA BEACH, CA 92075


Open ears and an open mind are the essence of singer, guitarist and songwriter Robert Cray's approach to writing, recording and playing music. He has created a sound that rises from American roots and arrives today both fresh and familiar. In just over 40 years Cray and his band have recorded 20 studio releases, 15 of which have been on the Billboard charts, and played bars, concert halls, festivals and arenas around the world. There are five Grammys with Cray's name on them, and he has a suitcase full of W.C. Handy blues awards. Four years ago Cray was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.
On August 28 the Mascot Label Group will celebrate the vibrancy of the Cray Band’s rocking rootsy blues, soul-filled ballads and timeless R&B with the release of 4 Nights of 40 Years Live. Through clips of concerts from the 80s and four recent shows, the evolution from the Cray Band unfolds. Comments by Cray and band members add depth. And interviews with Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmie Vaughan and Buddy Guy put the band in perspective.



America


45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula, CA 92592

July 16th



The year 2017 marks the 47th Anniversary of perennial classic-rock favorite, America. Founding members, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell (along with former band mate Dan Peek) met in high school in London in the late 1960s and quickly harmonized their way to the top of the charts on the strength of their signature song "A Horse With No Name." America became a global household name and paved the way with an impressive string of hits following the success of their first #1 single. Forty plus years later, these friends are still making music together, touring the world and thrilling audiences with their timeless sound.
America's journey has found them exploring a wide variety of musical terrain. Their best-known tunes, which also include "I Need You," "Ventura Highway," "Don't Cross The River," "Tin Man," "Lonely People," and "Sister Golden Hair" were cornerstones of 1970's Top 40 and FM rock radio. Yet beyond their impressive catalog of hits, listeners would discover there was always much more to America than surface perceptions.



Live Nation Store - Music Merchandise



2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA



July 10th & 25th

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.











SABRINA CARPENTER
The De-Tour
July 18th

Following her sold out, first ever headline tour last fall, singer/songwriter and actress Sabrina Carpenter is set to bring a summer of fun and music across the continent with The De-Tour, a 30+ date summer headline tour. The De-Tour will begin July 5 in Vancouver, BC and continue across major North American cities such as Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, New Orleans, Orlando, Atlanta, Nashville, and Boston before concluding on August 27 in Toronto, ON. The De-Tour, presented by American Tourister, will feature special guests Alex Aiono and New Hope Club on all dates.




2891 University Ave, San Diego, CA, 92104

July 1st
Cat Power with Jade

Charlyn Marie "Chan" Marshall better known by her stage name Cat Power, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, occasional actress, and model. Cat Power was originally the name of Marshall's first band, but has become her moniker as a solo artist.
Marshall was discovered opening for Liz Phair in 1994 by Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth and Tim Foljahn of Two Dollar Guitar, with whom she recorded her first two albums, Dear Sir (1995) and Myra Lee (1996), on the same day in 1994. In 1996 she signed with Matador Records, and released a third album of new material with Shelley and Foljahn, What Would the Community Think. Following this she released the critically acclaimed Moon Pix (1998).

Jade is best known for her incredibly brilliant vocal on the smash hit song "Home" that she co-penned and performed with Alex Ebert of the world renowned Indie Rock sensation Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Jade has appeared on every major late night show with Edward Sharpe including Conan O'Brien, David Letterman, and Jimmy Kimmel. The band was also featured in Rolling Stone Magazine as well as FORD and NFL commercials. Selling out some of the biggest festivals like Bonnaroo and Coachella they have played to millions of fans worldwide. Jade's unforgettable and heart lifting vocals can be heard on tunes such as Home, Fire Water (River of Love) and Janglin. Fans from everywhere are flocking to her sold out solo performances where Jade delivers her biggest hits as well as material from her solo project (due to release in 2012). These intimate shows spotlight her timeless vocals, genius songwriting and inspiring musicianship.




Bell Biv DeVoe
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June 26th, 27th, 28th



Bell, Bivins, and DeVoe formed the group at the suggestion of producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. Upon accepting the idea, MCA records wrote down the name Bell Bivins & DeVoe, but Bivins suggested they remove the ins from his name and just call the group Bell Biv DeVoe. With help from Public Enemy producers Eric Sadler, Hank and Keith Shocklee, and several others, Bell Biv Devoe released its debut album Poison in 1990, on MCA Records. The album was credited as pioneering the "new jack swing" sound of the early 1990s, combining hip-hop, funk, soul, and pop music. This fusion of styles helped to expose them to a fan base who prefer a harder edge sound. Poison reached number 1 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and its title track, along with its second single, "Do Me!", both reached number 3 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Shortly thereafter, Richard Wolf and Epic Mazur were responsible for the remix of "Do Me!" (which hit Number Six on the dance charts).[3] Poison also spawned the singles "B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?", "When Will I See You Smile Again?" and "She's Dope!" Poison sold over four million copies, and was followed up by a remix album titled WBBD-Bootcity.[5][6] Richard Wolf and Epic Mazur helped create BBD's premiere album, blending rhythm, blues, pop, and rock, and Poison achieve triple Platinum success.




July 14th
Lynyrd Skynyrd


The legacy began some 41 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida, and halted for a decade by the 1977 plane crash that killed three band members, including Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines. Since then, the band tragically lost Allen Collins, Billy Powell, Leon Wilkeson and Hughie Thomasson, yet Lynyrd Skynyrd rocks on with original member Gary Rossington joined by Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Mark "Sparky" Matejka, Michael Cartellone, Johnny Colt, Peter Keys, Dale Krantz Rossington and Carol Chase.
The rock and roll powerhouse continually tours, this summer heading out on their second run with Bad Company. 2014 marks the 8th year for their annual Simple Man Cruise, a four day voyage filled with the best music in Southern Rock including an outdoor beach show featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd for the first time in the cruise's history.
And so Skynyrd stands, "still unbroken." "People may say, 'they need the money,' well I don't think any of us need the money," Van Zant says. "It's just that we love the music, it’s bigger than the money, it's not even about that any more. We have to make a living, sure, but it's about the legacy of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and what it stands for, what the fans are all about. There's nothing like getting out there playing a great show with Skynyrd and seeing people love this music."
Adds Rossington, "We're still standing, still keeping the music going. We wanted to do the guys who aren't with us any more proud, and keep the name proud, too."
With a catalog of over 60 albums, sales beyond 30 million worldwide and their beloved classic American rock anthem "Sweet Home Alabama" having over two million downloaded ringtones, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a cultural icon that appeals to all generations.




11154 Hwy 76 Pala CA 92059

July 21st
The B-52s
with special guests: The Fixx


The B-52s, founded in 1976 in Atlanta, GA, is one of the quintessential 1980s bands that continue to perform. Its best-selling hits have been "Love Shack" and "Roam," while "Rock Lobster" also remains popular. Rooted in new wave and 1980s rock, the group later covered many genres, raniging from post-punk to pop.
The Fixx are a new wave and rock band formed in 1979 in London. The band's hits include "One Thing Leads To Another," "Saved By Zero," "Are We Ourselves" and "Secret Separation," all of which made the U.S. Top 20. Early MTV video hits included "Red Skies" and "Stand or Fall" and "Drive Out" and "Deeper and Deeper" were mainstream rock chart toppers. The latter was on the sound track of the 1984 film Streets of Fire.



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July 15th

Micky Dolenz



Micky Dolenz is the voice of The Monkees. The unmistakable performer that moved a generation and led this pop culture phenomena to a dozen Top 20 singles, four #1 albums and two Emmy Awards. Having entertained audiences his entire life, Micky brings a one-of-a-kind presence to the stage, drawing on his background in television, film broadcasting and Broadway.



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TLC


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July 11th



TLC is an American girl group whose original line-up consisted of Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas. Formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 1991, the group was very successful during the 1990s and early 2000s in spite of numerous spats with the law, each other, and the group's record label and management. They scored nine top-ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including four number-one singles "Creep", "Waterfalls", "No Scrubs", and "Unpretty". The group also recorded four multi-platinum albums, including CrazySexyCool (1994) which still remains the only album by a female group to receive a diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[3] TLC also became the first R&B group in history to receive Million certification from the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for FanMail (1999).




2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA



July 8th

Sara Petite

Petite is a gritty Pollyanna, Minnie Pearl type Bruce Springsteen rocker with an Outlaw-Classic Country style. Raised in a Tulip farming town in Washington she resides in San Diego, CA. A gifted singer-songwriter who possesses the unique ability to reach the hearts and souls of fans young and old. She has the rare gift to craft songs that appeal equally, but are interpreted differently by fans of diverse perspectives. This comes through in her live performances as well. A true original, 's music does not conveniently fit into any one musical genre or sub-category, but rather traces her influences in country, bluegrass, rock and folk, and emerges into a sound completely her own. As welcome in senior citizen centers as she is in biker bars, nightclub venues and festivals, Sara is as American as apple pie and Harley Davidson. She is gritty, she is wild, she is tender with a soul of a child.
Petite has been putting out albums since 2006. Coming Home, a single from her first album Tiger Mountain was in Universal Music of France's COUNTRY compilation album alongside of artists such Lucinda Williams, Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire and more. The same song also won the Portland songwriting contest that same year. In 2008 she put out her 2nd album Lead the Parade. 2010 Doghouse Rose climbed to #22 on the Americana Charts and #9 on Roots Rock Report. In 2013, Circus Comes to Town came out which was an honest look at a live well lived but full of heartache. She had gone through personal tragedies and was struggling to come out the other side. The title track won her a songwriting award at Merle Fest and for the 4th time she was a finalist in the International Songwriting Contest. Road Less Traveled, her newest CD comes out May 19th. I Will Rise, a song from the album is currently a finalist in the International Songwriting Contest.




5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008

July 6th

Paula Cole


Recognized for her hit singles "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone" and "I Don't Want to Wait," Paula Cole is an accomplished and respected singer-songwriter. From her top ten hits of the 1990s to her more recent, critically acclaimed albums, Paula Cole continues to write, produce, record and perform lasting music that defies categorization. A graduate (and now Professor) of Berklee College of Music, Paula has received multiple GRAMMY nominations include a win for Best New Artist in 1998. Her songs have been covered by Herbie Hancock, Annie Lennox, Katherine McPhee and have been featured on numerous television shows including The Voice, Charmed and Dawson's Creek.



Daryl Hall & John Oates
and
Tears for Fears


July 19th

3500 SportsArena Blvd


From the mid-'70s to the mid-'80s, the duo would score six #1 singles, including "Rich Girl" (also #1 R&B), "Kiss on My List," "Private Eyes," "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) (also #1 R&B), "Maneater" and "Out of Touch" from their six consecutive multi-platinum albums-'76's Bigger Than Both of Us, '80's Voices, '81's Private Eyes, '82's H2O, '83's Rock N Soul, Part I and '84's Big Bam Boom. The era would also produce an additional 5 Top 10 singles, "Sara Smile," "One on One," "You Make My Dreams," "Say It Isn't So" and "Method of Modern Love." By 1987, the RIAA recognized Daryl Hall and John Oates as the NUMBER-ONE SELLING DUO in music history, a record they still hold today.




CHIC FEATURING NILE RODGERS


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Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, CA

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.



Little River Band

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July 26th



The Eagles founding member, the late Glenn Frey, knew what he was saying when he dubbed Little River Band "the best singing band in the world."
Through the '70's and '80's, LRB enjoyed huge chart success with multi-platinum albums and chart topping hits like:
"Reminiscing,” "Cool Change," "Lonesome Loser," "The Night Owls," "Take It Easy On Me," "Help Is on Its Way," "Happy Anniversary," "We Two," "Man On Your Mind," "The Other Guy," and "It's A Long Way There."
Worldwide album, CD sales and digital downloads now top 30 million and LRB has set a record for having had Top 10 hits for 6 consecutive years – In fact, they were the very first band to achieve that remarkable status! According to BMI, "Reminiscing" has garnered rare status with over 5 million airplays on American radio, and "Lady" is close behind with over 4 million airplays.






RAMONA MAINSTAGE
626 Main Street, Ramona

Presents

Steve Poltz


July 14th



Steve Poltz is an Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is a founding member of the indie-rock band The Rugburns and is best known for his collaborations with singer Jewel, especially the 1996 single, "You Were Meant for Me" which reached number 2 in the US.
As a solo artist, he often performs acoustic-only "good old-fashioned sing-along" shows. His songs have been noted for their simple melodies and satirical lyrics.






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