Entries for June 2013

  • It’s a Cover Up

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    For many local musicians, summer time means it’s time to brush up on cover songs. Restaurants, hotels, bars, and other music venues of this kind are more likely to shell out some dough for live entertainment, so long as the entertainers play recognizable songs. As I was digging through my binder full of cover song […]

  • Three on Three: 3 Reasons to Go on Tour / 3 Tips on Planning a Tour

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    A couple weeks have passed since I returned from a month-long West Coast Tour with my duo The Lovebirds. I’ve been busy playing catch up on work and life obligations and am just now starting to settle back into my “normal” routine. The Lovebirds typically end each tour with a little re-cap video to show […]

  • The Ruby Room Closing Its Doors

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    For Immediate Release - Tuesday June 11, 2013 Thank you, San Diego. Ruby Room Closing Its Doors and Starting New Project After 5 years, 1500+ shows, 19 parking lot festivals, 3 CityFests, countless art shows, numerous charity events, and several friends and drinks later, The Ruby Room will be closing its doors and changing ownership the […]

  • Free the Twerking Terpsichores!

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    Many seemingly reasonable Americans are increasingly concerned with what they perceive as a diminution of liberties, such diminutions instigated to serve either the national security or virulent political megalomania. Of course, the official line is always “national security” with no acknowledgement of the other’s existence; people are still buying it and it’s the easiest way […]

  • GREG FRIEDMAN: Can’t Talk Now

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    I don’t know if it was sampled directly from the Beatles White Album but the jet airliner at the head of the new Greg Friedman LP Can’t Talk Now serves ample notice that we are taking off on a sonic adventure. The title is ironic because every song on  Can’t Talk Now serves as a dialog between […]

  • Intention vs. Attachment

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    It’s important to have goals. How can you build or create anything without first envisioning it, imagining it, wanting it? Yet clinging too tightly to a specific outcome is destructive to the living, breathing evolutionary process that any real growth entails. How can we make peace with this paradox? How can we simultaneously hold fast […]

  • Tolan Shaw: Journey’s End, Journey’s Begin

    Tolan Shaw is about to release one of the best local “songwriter” records I’ve heard in a number of years. His self-titled debut is a warm, soulful collection of songs that showcases a deep connection to their style and instrumentation, which many artists spend a lifetime striving toward — an achievement in itself considering Shaw’s […]

  • Fun Times in the Bluegrass World

    Some great bluegrass action has graced San Diego in recent weeks, and there is plenty more to come as summer approaches. Julian Family Fiddle Camp. The Julian Family Fiddle Camp was, by all accounts, a great success. Held in mid-April at Camp Cedar Glen just outside Julian, there were outstanding classes and instruction complemented by […]

  • Blues Bash in Julian, Family Style

    If you are in Julian and it’s mid-June, it’s time for the blues. On June 15 the Fifteenth Annual Julian Blues Bash: A Family Affair will be coming to the Menghini Winery. Producer Robb Bower’s festival will feature live entertainment by six bands with plenty of food, drink, free parking, and good times. Featured performances […]