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Special June 2013 Features: California Roots Music

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  Concert news and  tour dates in and around the San Gabriel Valley Blues virtuoso Coco Montoya is returning to the Arcadia Blues Club March 3rd, 2014  He is globally known for his song crafting, signature vocals and heartfelt licks.  Get  your tickets early for this event, is likely to sell out because he is a local fan favorite! Legendary jazz master  and composer Branford Marsalis is scheduled to perform at the Haugh Center for Performing Arts on May 4,...
NAMM (National Assoc. of Music Merchants) never dissapoints when it comes to the new, unique, and unsual items of musicial interest..  The convention halls are filled with the smell of new guitar woods, shiny  gadgets and visions of success from new companies and products eagar to convinience you of thier necessity. Some are innovative, some good looking,  and some only time will tell.   Feast your eyes on the images and decide for yourself if they are hot or not. Okarina  Ceramic...
  The 2014 NAMM Show debuts the hottest in musical instruments, technology and sound.   Fender took a giant leap this year with their "no solder" modification chip that alters the tone.   According to product specialist Allen Abbassi, the  Stratocaster is the most modifiable of their guitars. This year they went high tech with a removable  no–battery-needed chip card. You won’t believe it till you hear it and see it up close. They deem the new instrument the American Stratocaster Deluxe Plus....
  The role of a record producer has changed vastly in the last few years. The style, approach and budgets of past Industry icons like Phil Ramone, Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler have nearly disappeared. The recording model for producers is quick to change and new approaches are a necessity if an artist is going to have success. Artists need more than a hit record to sustain a career -- they need a strong producer with a solid, current track record,...
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NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) is gearing up for their 2014 Winter Convention January 23 -26h in Anaheim. Most musicians know about the event and look forward to seeing new tools of the trade, innovative techniques in music, product deals and cutting edge sound & software. What they may not know is how important NAMM is for every music community including our own. I feel the need to remind everyone that music education has always fallen victim to a...
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If you ever come across a Stack Records 45 by The Story Tellers, be sure to have it appraised, it could be worth $1500 to a Doo Wop collector. These fellows put out some great music during the height of the Doo Wop era and the value of their recordings  and music contribution continues to rise. The Story Tellers were formed in 1957 and live up to their name as they continue to tell their music story with live performances for...
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  Local Americana artist Rick Shea takes front stage, or as some might say “front caboose”, with his new release Sweet Bernadine. This Guitar playin’, story tellin’, train ridin’ songwriter delivers another gem that is the same ol’-new material. It’s the same twangy vocals we have grown accustomed to but with new stories and catch phrases to continue the journey that is Rick Shea.   It’s not hard to figure out that his San Bernardino, Route 66, upbringing included a strong exposure...
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Gigantic Concert for a Small City with Deep Musical Roots! The city of San Gabriel is gearing up to celebrate their 100th Centennial on October 12, 2013. The concert is set to take place on the historical grounds of the San Gabriel Mission.   Up until now, little has been known about the rich musical history of San Gabriel but soon that will all change. It’s common knowledge that Kenny Loggins went to San Gabriel Mission High School and that Vicki...
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        Remembering the El Monte Legion Stadium What does Roller Derby, Boxing, Armed Forces, Olympics and Rock & Roll all have in Common?  Well it’s an easy answer if you’re from the San Gabriel Valley prior to the 1980’s because we had all that and more, under one roof!  That iconic roof belonged to the El Monte Legion. Stadium (EMLS).  The Stadium was built to host the boxing events for the 1932 Olympics but soon after was...
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Top 5 albums you should own by San Gabriel Valley Roots Music Artists California has played a major role in music development dating back to the turn of the century.   Home to Hollywood, Beaches, and Sunshine has resulted in music developments of musical genres. You might recall he “Surf Sound” in the 1960’s with acts like Dick Dale, or the Beach Boys.   In the late 60’s came a barrage of music from San Francisco known as the Psychedelic Sound. We...
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