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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.

Al Stewart "Year of the Cat"
The Empty Pockets

January 18th


"Finessed with distinctive, old world sound and history-minded imagery"
-Knight Rider Newspaper
#1 Hits:
"Year of the Cat" "On the Border" "Time Passages" "Nostradamus"
Stewart came to stardom as part of the legendary British folk revival in the sixties and seventies, and developed his own unique style of combining folk-rock songs with delicately woven tales of the great characters and events from history.Al Stewart hadreleased nineteen studio albums between "Bedsitter Images" in 1967 and "Sparks of Ancient Light" in 2008 and "Uncorked" in 2009 a live album that features guitarist and harmony vocalist Dave Nachmanoff. Al continues to tour extensively around the US, and Europe.He is perhaps best known for his hit "Year of the Cat" from the platinum album of the same name and the platinum follow up album "Time Passages". But his career spans four decades as a key figure in British music. He played at the first ever Glastonbury Festival in 1970, worked with Yoko Ono pre-Lennon and shared a London apartment with a young Paul Simon.

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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January 27th

This is it San Diego! For one night only, Dariush will perform mega hits from his highly celebrated career at Balboa Theatre. This spectacular show will feature a cast of renowned musicians in an evening that guests are sure to remember for years to come.
Dariush is an Iranian singer. best known for his warm and poignant bass voice heard in both ballads and socio-political songs. He is also a social activist who has been promoting education, awareness and prevention with regards to social maladies.

2891 University Ave, San Diego, CA, 92104

January 28th
Reverend Horton Heat

The Reverend Horton Heat is the stage name of American musician Jim Heath (born 1959) as well as the name of his Dallas, Texas-based psychobilly trio. Heath is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. One reviewer called Heath the "godfather of modern rockabilly and psychobilly."
The group formed in 1985, playing its first gigs in Dallas's Deep Ellum neighborhood. Its current members are Jim "Reverend Horton" Heath on guitar and lead vocals and Jimbo Wallace on the upright bass. The band signed to Victory Records on November 27, 2012, and released its 11th studio album, REV, on January 21, 2014.
The band describes itself as "country-fed punkabilly". The band mixes country, surf, punk, big band, swing and rockabilly into loud, energetic songs with often-humorous lyrics. Video games, cartoons and commercials have used the band's songs, giving The Reverend Horton Heat mainstream exposure.

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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January 26th

Jefferson Starship

Jefferson Starship rose from the ashes of another legendary San Francisco band, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, Jefferson Airplane. Founder
Paul Kantner (who died in January of 2016 at age 74) knew that combining powerful creative forces, personalities and talents could create something far greater than the sum of its parts.
Between 1974 and 1984, Jefferson Starship released eight gold and platinum selling albums,twenty hit singles, sold out concerts worldwide and lived out legendary rock and roll escapades. "Jefferson Starship was my creation...and it has this nice fluidity about it that allows any number of people to come in and do things with whatever Jefferson Starship is." - Paul Kantner

2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA

January 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

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.

The Killers
Not In This Lifetime Tour
January 30th

3500 SportsArena Blvd

The Killers are a Las Vegas-based four-piece who formed in 2003, featuring the talents of singer/keyboardist Brandon Flowers, drummer Ronnie Vanucci, guitarist Dave Keuning and bassist Mark Stoermer. The band has received countless accolades for their artistic achievement, including multiple Grammy nominations, American Music Award nominations, MTV Video Music Awards, NME Awards and more. Their first album, Hot Fuss, was released in 2004 to worldwide acclaim. The album contained the singles "Mr. Brightside" and "Somebody Told Me," in addition to the anthemic song "All These Things That I've Done," which has since been referenced by the likes of U2 and Coldplay.

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