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#3 -- Tuesday, February 17, 2004
"It doesn't matter what is happening to the economy, government or your industry; it matters what is going on in your imagination. If you've got a rich imagination you're going to have a rich experience." -- Mark Victor Hansen
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When The Cubes, the hot '80s band that includes my friend Di'Zsa Wilde (left below), last appeared at Jimmy Love's in the Gaslamp Quarter in January, they rocked a house jam-packed with enthusiastic dancers who arrived early and didn't leave until after the show ended! If you missed The Cubes that night, be sure to catch them when they return to Jimmy Love's on Thursday, February 26, starting around 9:45 p.m.! During the actual '80s, Cubes lead guitarist Sean Michaels (right below) played some gigs in Northern California with a San Francisco band called Tommy Tutone, where he learned the group's 1982 Billboard #4 hit "867-5309/Jenny," so expect to hear that number during the evening! If you somehow missed it back in the '80s, you may have heard it recently in a TV commercial for Cingular wireless!
And just when you thought you finally were safe from musical buffoonery, here comes San Diego's clown princes of music, Oh! Ridge, back for another of the occasional reunions they've held since retiring their drink-choosing wheel in 1997! This time the guys will play from 7-10 p.m. on Sunday, February 29, at Casa Picante in Santee! I'm not sure how many of the old band members will be there for this roundup, but seven of them (below) showed up at Dick's Last Resort in 2001 for the largest Oh! Ridge reunion that I myself ever saw! By the way, I learned recently that Jerry Gontang (far right below) is now in sort of a new band called Stars On The Water, which is comprised of three-fourths of Jerry's previous band, Koko Loco. They too will appear soon at Casa Picante, from 5-8 p.m. this coming Saturday, February 21. Next week, on Fat Tuesday, February 24, Stars On The Water will be at Desi 'n' Friends in Point Loma from 7-11 p.m. to help celebrate Mardi Gras! Wear your beads!
Up in Los Angeles, Songwriters Guild of America is about to begin another class taught by Gold and Platinum songwriter/recording artist/author Harriet Schock (below), who wrote both words and music to the Grammy-nominated "Ain't No Way To Treat A Lady," the title song of a 1975 Helen Reddy album. Harriet has written hundreds of other songs that have been recorded by artists ranging from Manfred Mann to the Partridge Family, as well as for film and TV. Her web site includes a short "Schockumentary" video about her accomplishments. Harriet's SGA class starts Tuesday, February 24, and will run every Tuesday for 10 weeks. For people who do not live in Los Angeles, she also teaches a Correspondence Course that offers a step-by-step approach which promises to enable a songwriter to become remarkable at songwriting. For more information about it or the SGA class, e-mail Harriet at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 323-934-5691.
Two of my favorite local female singers/songwriters, Eve Selis (left below) and Patti Zlaket (right below), both will appear this week at Humphrey's Backstage Lounge on Shelter Island. Eve will perform tomorrow, Wednesday, February 18, from 8-midnight ($4 cover after 7), while Patti will play there two days later, from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, February 20 ($3 cover after 5). Eve won a 2003 San Diego Music Award for Best Americana Artist, and if you haven't yet seen the wonderful video for her song, "Do You Know Me," please do yourself a favor and catch it today at RollingStone.com! Eve also will appear at 7:40 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at Hooleyfest, an annual St. Patrick's Music Festival held in front of Hooley's Irish Pub in Rancho San Diego. Patti performed last Thursday, February 12, as part of Songwriter Lineup, a Nashville-style writers night presented once a month by the Los Angeles Regional Workshop of Nashville Songwriters Association International at Hallenbeck's General Store & Cafe in North Hollywood.
Meanwhile, at Langdon Productions in La Mesa, Taylor Harvey (left below), yet another singer/songwriter, has been hard at work recording his next CD, "A Place To Call My Own." Studio owner Steve Langdon (right below) is engineering and producing, just as he did for Taylor's previous CD, "No Loitering," which came out last year. Taylor's bandmates for the new album are bass player Steve Campana (center below), guitarist Tim Edwards and drummer Jaron Lyon, and according to Taylor, the disc should be ready in mid-April. Besides the title track, some other songs on the CD will be "Long Walk Home," "Roadhousin'" and "G.I. Blue." If you'd like a preview of some of Taylor's new tunes, you can catch him Saturday nights from 7-10 p.m. at the Branded Oak Saloon in Lakeside, or Sunday afternoons from 2-6 p.m. at Ye Olde Plank Inn in Imperial Beach.
I didn't make it out to Viejas earlier this month to see my pals The Heroes (below), but I hope to get there next month, on Friday, March 5, to see them perform again for the casino's Top 40 Friday, starting at 9 p.m. in the DreamCatcher Lounge. San Diego favorites for over two decades, The Heroes feature two gorgeous female singers in Mattie Mills (left below) and Di'Zsa Wilde (right below), as well as drummer Tom Boyd, bassman Laymon Davis, lead guitarist Hank Easton, saxman Chris Lea, and keyboardist Mark Moorhead. Besides being some of the best musicians in San Diego, all five of the guys also sing! The Heroes ROCK and the DreamCatcher Lounge has a huge dance floor, so don't leave home without your dancing shoes!
My friend and former Journalism student Rich Campbell recently bought us tickets for the March 11 opening night game of the Aztec Invitational Baseball Tournament, which will be the first-ever event to be played in the beautiful new home of the San Diego Padres, Petco Park! The game will pit my alma mater, San Diego State University's Aztecs (coached by former Aztecs and Padres star Tony Gwynn!), against the University of Houston's Cougars. The eight-team tournament will feature 10 games played over four days, March 11-14.
And speaking of baseball and the Padres, three weeks ago I applied for a job as an assistant to their team photographer during the upcoming season! Sadly, I didn't even get asked to come down to the new ballpark for an interview. They sent me a letter saying they had other candidates who were closer to what they were looking for than me. Bummer! I've loved both baseball and cameras all my life, so doing photography work for the Padres at Petco Park would be a dream job! I'd probably be willing to pay them to let me work for the team!
Hey everyone, so long for this time! I hope to see many of you at some of the events mentioned above, as well as posting up a storm in our ShyCloud.com Message Forums!
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