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  Mt Baldy Lodge, 100 years of Food, Recreation and Music! The Mt Baldy lodge has been a staple for local music, recreation and scenic beauty for 100 years. The historic Mt Baldy lodge located at the base of the Angeles National Forest will be celebrating its centennial on Saturday July 26th from 10 am – 2am with a big party! The celebration will include music from local favorites D'Santi and JUICE. The event also includes a Tiki Bar, BBQ and...
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San Gabriel Valley Concert Guide   Artist Date Venue Find Details at Genre Vans Warped Tour- Yellowcard, We The Kings, Various 6/20/2014 Pomona Fairplex        1101 McKinley Ave, Pomona 91776 www.vanswarpedtour.com Punk, Alternative, Rock & Pop Marley's Ghost- FREE 6/20/2014 Levitt Pavillion Pasadena Memorial Park www.levittpavillionpasadena.org Bluegrass California Roots Union Presents... Grant Langston, Mick Rhodes, Cliff Wagner 6/21/2014 T Boyles Tavern            37 N Catalina Ave, Pasadena CA www.facebook.com/calrootsunion CA Roots, Americana, Honky Tonk Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers 6/21/2014 ABC...
  It was more than forty years ago that Bobby Zarate and Jimi Seville first met in East Los Angeles. Soon after the teens met, they solidified their friendship with the love and passion for music and songwriting. Both became well known in the local music scene in the '60s and '70s. This set the foundation for careers that would parallel each other for decades.   Bobby Zarate started as a drummer but moved to keyboards early in a multi-decade career...
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It's vacation season -- time for longer days, more sunshine, music festivals, road trips and, of course, great traveling music. It's a time to reacquaint ourselves with favorite albums or shuffle through our favorite musical eras, and an opportunity for you to showcase your great taste in music for your travel mates. SGV music has assembled a hand-picked selection of amazing California songwriters whose music is an ideal fit for your adventure in the open spaces. Pacific Coast Highway: Chris Ahlman...
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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