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Ladysmith Black Mambazo

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February 1st

South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo was assembled in the early 1960s by Joseph Shabalala, then a young farmboy turned factory worker. Joseph took the name Ladysmith from his hometown, which lies in the province of kwaZulu Natal, halfway between the city of Durban (where members of the group live today) and Johannesburg. The word Black being a reference to the oxen, the strongest of all farm animals, Joseph's way of honoring his early life on his family's farm. Mambazo is the Zulu word for chopping axe, a symbol of the group’s vocal strength, clearing the way for their music and eventual success.
In addition to their work with Paul Simon, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has recorded with numerous artists from around the world, including Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban, Emmylou Harris, Melissa Etheridge and many many others.



1055 5th Avenue, San Diego

February 1st

Braeden is the singer and rhythm guitarist in the band Wallows with Cole Preston (drums) and Dylan Minnette (singer, guitar). Before 2017 they were known as The Feaver and then The Narwhals when past bandmate Zack Mendenhall was a member. They performed at "Summer Meltdown", a concert for autism awareness in 2010. They won a battle of the bands contest in 2010 sponsored by 98.7 FM[ and played at Vans Warped Tour 2011. The band has since performed at many Los Angeles venues including the Roxy Theatre and Whisky a Go Go. Their song Bleeding Man was used in the promo for season 2 of R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour.
On April 12, 2017, they released their single "Pleaser" on Apple Music and Spotify. His most popular songs are Uncomfortable and Pleaser.

The English Beat
King Schascha

February 17th


The Beat were formed in Birmingham, England, in 1978, during a period of high unemployment and social upheaval in the United Kingdom. Ranking Roger, one of the band's vocalists, added a Jamaican vocal flavour to the band's sound with his toasting style. Jamaican saxophonist Saxa added a Jamaican ska instrumental sound. Saxa (born Lionel Augustus Martin in 1930) had played saxophone with Prince Buster, Laurel Aitken, and Desmond Dekker in the first wave of ska. He joined The Beat to record their first single, "Tears of a Clown", a cover version of the Motown hit by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.

Honoring Quiltman
JACKSON BROWNE, John Trudell's Bad Dog & Joel Rafael

45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula, CA 92592

February 24th & 25th

Singer songwriter Jackson Browne announces a benefit concert at Pechanga Resort & Casino on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 8:00 PM. The benefit concert, Honoring Quiltman, will be held in the Pechanga Theater.
Accompanying Jackson are longtime band mates Bob Glaub (bass), Mauricio Lewak (Drums), Val McCallum (guitar), Alethea Mills (Vocals), Chavonne Stewart (vocals) and Jeff Young (keyboards). Also performing is John Trudell’s BAD DOG with Joel Rafael.
The benefit concert, Honoring Quiltman, celebrates Quiltman Sahme, a traditional American Indian singer and drummer from Simnasho in Warm Springs, Oregon. In August of 2017, Quiltman lost his family home in the Warm Springs Reservation wildfire.
In the early 1980s, Quiltman began performing with American Indian activist, speaker and poet John Trudell. Trudell was a leader of the Occupation of Alcatraz in the late 1960s and Chairman of the American Indian Movement from 1973-79. He passed away in December 2015. Quiltman continues to sing with the original band members of John Trudell’s BAD DOG. John Trudell’s BAD DOG includes Mark Shark (guitars), Ricky Eckstein (bass & keyboards), Billy Watts (guitars), Debra Dobkin (percussion), Quiltman and his son Teewhanee Sahme (traditional vocals) along with Joel Rafael (vocals).

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February 18th

Beth Hart is on fire. Right now, the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter is riding a creative tidal wave, firing out acclaimed albums, hooking up with the biggest names in music and rocking the house each night with that celebrated burnt-honey voice. In 2016, the headline news is Beth’s latest album, Fire On The Floor (out 14 October 2016 (Europe / Australia / New Zealand) and 3 February 2017 (US / Canada) on Provogue/Mascot Label Group): a release that even this fiercely self-critical artist describes as "pretty frickin' good”. But let's not forget the backstory that brought her here.
The Blues Magazine once dubbed Beth Hart “the ultimate female rock star”,

2891 University Ave, San Diego, CA, 92104

February 22nd

Sevda Alizadeh known professionally as Sevdaliza, is an Iranian-Dutch singer, songwriter and record producer. In 2015, she released two extended plays, The Suspended Kid and Children of Silk. While her music is typically in English, she released her first Persian-language song "Bebin" in early 2017 in protest of Executive Order 13769. Her debut album, ISON, was released on 26 April 2017.
In January 2017, Sevdaliza released her first Persian-language song, "Bebin",[23] in response to Executive Order 13769. She stated, "In protest of the inhumane political climate, I could not rest my head in privilege. I wrote 'Bebin' in Farsi, to solidify. I stand strong with love. In this case I choose to avoid mainstream media, because I have no interest in part taking in a victimized concept. Take this message without lights, camera, action. I am solely a messenger. In the brain of love, there is no place for racism nor bigotry."

Poco and Pure Prairie League

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February 11thh

Two great country rock bands in one night! Pure Prairie League is best known for the early '70s chart-topper "Amie," plus other timeless favorites including "Early Morning Riser," "Jazzman" and, "Two Lane Highway," and "Falling in and out of Love." Still going strong since the late '60s, Poco will bring back memories with their many hits throughout the decades, including "Crazy Love," "Heart of the Night," "Call it Love," plus many others.

February 17th

Join Australian legends Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock in The Events Center on February 17 for a soft rock Celebration of Love. Perfect for setting the mood for Valentine’s month, fall for all your favorites again, like "All Out of Love," "Here I Am" and "Making Love Out of Nothing at All." Plus you'll experience some fresh new sounds the duo has debuted this year.

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February 17th

The Dan Band
Wayward Sons

The Dan Band is a comedy band created by actor/comedian Dan Finnerty.
The band is known for its covers of originally female-performed pop songs, with added obscenities and swearing, made famous by Dan's appearance in the films Old School and The Hangover
Finnerty has appeared in the hit movies Old School (singing "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and "Lady"), The Terminal, Starsky & Hutch, where he performed Roberta Flack's "Feel Like Makin' Love" at a Bat Mitzvah, and The Hangover (performing "Candy Shop" and "Fame") in a wedding scene reminiscent of his appearance in Old School.
In 2005, they released The Dan Band Live, their live full-length debut album. They gained attention due to their expletive-heavy version of Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart," as well as their cover versions of "Lady" by Styx, "Milkshake" by Kelis, Toni Basil's "Mickey," and many others.

2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA

February 9th

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

February 9th

Ashley Bathgate

American cellist Ashley Bathgate been described as an "eloquent new music interpreter"(New York Times) and "a glorious cellist"(The Washington Post) who combines "bittersweet lyricism along with ferocious chops"(New York Magazine). Her "impish ferocity", "rich tone" and "imaginative phrasing" (New York Times) have made her one of the most sought after performers of her time. The desire to create a dynamic energy exchange with her audience and build upon the ensuing chemistry is a pillar of Bathgate’s philosophy as a performer.

Lana Del Rey
Kali Uchis

February 15th

3500 SportsArena Blvd

Vocalist Lana Del Rey makes atmospheric, orchestral, retro-'60s-sounding pop that showcases her torchy image and sensuously husky singing style.
Amidst a heavy dose of hype, her debut album, "Born to Die", was announced by Interscope for release early the following year. Del Rey cemented the anticipation around the album with an appearance on Saturday Night Live, becoming the first artist since Natalie Imbruglia, in 1998, to perform on the show before the release of her debut album.
Lana Del Rey will be taking her new album, Lust For Life, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, on the road for a highly-anticipated 24 date tour.

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