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Moon Taxi
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Too Many Zooz

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September 28th


The five-piece band hailing from Nashville has released three albums: Cabaret (2012), Mountains Beaches Cities (2013) and Daybreaker (2015). They have appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Conan. Their music has also been featured in multiple commercial and TV placements including BMW, Nashville, MLB, NFL, and HBO Sports to name a few. A festival favorite, the band has performed at Bonnaroo, Coachella, Governor's Ball, Hangout Festival, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Outside Lands and more. Daybreaker was recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville and produced by Jacquire King (Kings Of Leon, Modest Mouse, Tom Waits, James Bay). Fans can expect a new album from Moon Taxi this summer.





LIL PEEP

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1055 5th Avenue, San Diego

October 9th



Gustav Åhr, better known by his stage name Lil Peep, is an American singer and rapper from Long Island, New York. His songs "Awful Things" "White Wine", "Benz Truck" and "The Way I See Things" have each gained over four million views on YouTube.
Gus was raised in the city of Long Beach. His mother is of Irish and German descent and his father is of Swedish descent. After dropping out of Long Beach High School, he began taking online computer courses and earned his diploma. He soon began making music and posting it on YouTube and SoundCloud.
On June 8, 2017 Lil Peep uploaded his music video for the song "Benz Truck", shot and directed by Mezzy, Wiggy and Joseph Breese, with VFX from Sus Boy. Shortly after, in August 18, 2017 he uploaded a music video for the song "Awful Things" Featured on his album "Come Over When You're Sober (Part I)" Prior to this, Lil Peep had recorded nine videos independently for "Backseat", "Girls", "White Wine", "Gym Class", "Beamerboy", "Drugz", "Live Forever", "California World", "Your Eyes" & "White Tee".



Joan Osborne
Sings Songs of Bob Dylan
October 29th
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143 S. CEDROS AVE, SOLANA BEACH, CA 92075


On Songs of Bob Dylan, Joan Osborne unleashes her sizable gifts as a vocalist and interpreter upon The Bard's celebrated canon. With performances honed by the time Osborne spent polishing them during "Joan Osborne Sings The Songs Of Bob Dylan” — two critically acclaimed two-week residencies she performed at New York City's Café Carlyle in March 2016 and 2017, the seven-time Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum-selling singer and songwriter, whom The New York Times has called "a fiercely intelligent, no-nonsense singer," winds her supple, soulful voice around Dylan's poetic, evocative lyrics, etching gleaming new facets in them along the way.
"I try not to do a straight-up imitation of what someone else has done," Osborne says. "Like if you're going to sing an Otis Redding song, you're never going to out-Otis him so you shouldn't even try. So I always try to find some unique way into the song, and also to pick songs where the intersection between the song and my voice hits some kind of sweet spot. It was a joy being able to sing these brilliant lyrics. It's like an actor being given a great part. You are just so excited to say these lines because they're so powerful that it lifts you up above yourself."
The album spans Dylan's beloved standards from the '60s and '70s ("Masters of War," "Highway 61 Revisited," "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35," "Buckets of Rain," "Tangled Up In Blue") to some of Osborne's favorites from his later albums, including "Dark Eyes" (from 1985’s Empire Burlesque), “Ring Them Bells” (from 1989’s Oh Mercy), "Tryin' To Get To Heaven" (from 1997's Time Out of Mind), and "High Water" (from 2001's Love and Theft). “His versions are legendary and I'm not trying to improve on them," Osborne says. "I'm just trying to sing beautiful songs and let people hear them".



Air Supply


45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula, CA 92592

October 7th



Graham Russell & Russell Hitchcock met on May 12, 1975, the first day of rehearsals for "Jesus Christ Superstar" in Sydney, Australia; they became instant friends with their common love for The Beatles and, of course, singing.
After the shows' performances at 10:30, they would play pizza parlors, coffee bars and night clubs with just one guitar and two voices. They quickly gained a reputation for great harmonies and for original songs that Graham was constantly writing. They made a demo on a cassette of two songs, "Love and Other Bruises" and "If You Knew Me" and took it to every record company in Sydney. Everyone turned it down but one — CBS Records — who admired their unique style.
They made a single in one afternoon and it shot to number one on the national charts. Air Supply was born! That same year, they opened for Rod Stewart across Australia and then throughout the U.S. and Canada playing all of the famous huge venues before Rod would take the stage. They found new fans, but did not break the U.S. market.
Back in Australia they had to start again and made a record called Life Support. On this record were some treasures of songs, including "Lost in Love" which went Top 10 in Australia and somehow found its way to music industry executive Clive Davis in New York.





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AL DI MEOLA'S
Elegant Gypsy 40th Anniversary Electric Tour 2017
September 22nd

Al Di Meola's ongoing fascination with complex rhythmic syncopation combined with provocative lyrical melodies and sophisticated harmony has been at the heart of his music throughout a celebrated career that has spanned four decades and earned him critical accolades, three gold albums and more than six million in record sales worldwide. A bona fide guitar hero, perennial poll-winner, and prolific composer, he has amassed over 20 albums as a leader while collaborating on a dozen or so others with the likes of the fusion supergroup Return to Forever (with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White), the celebrated acoustic Guitar Trio featuring fellow virtuosos John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia, and the Rite of Strings trio with bassist Clarke and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. And while his dazzling technique on both acoustic and electric guitars has afforded him regal status among the hordes of fretboard fanatics who regularly flock to his concerts, the depth of Di Meola’s writing along with the soulfulness and the inherent lyricism of his guitaristic expression have won him legions of fans worldwide beyond the guitar aficionado set.




2891 University Ave, San Diego, CA, 92104

October 11th
Alison Wonderland
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Alex Sholler, better known by her stage name Alison Wonderland, is a Sydney-based DJ and producer signed to EMI Music Australia, which is part of Universal Music Australia.[1] She initially trained as a classical musician, and is a trained cellist. In 2014 she embarked on a national tour playing in warehouses across Australia. Wonderland's debut album, Run, was released on 20 March 2015.
Alison Wonderland was nominated for two ARIA awards in 2015, Best Dance Release (for the single "Run") and Best Video (for "U Don't Know" featuring Wayne Coyne). The latter was in a category that was publicly voted upon. She was one of eight nominees to gain exactly two nominations.
On Australia Day 2016, Wonderland's song "Run" appeared on Triple J's Hottest 100 peaking at No. 59. On February 6, 2016, Wonderland previewed a new original track called "Messiah" at a show, which incorporated more pop elements compared to her earlier material.






Dokken
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October 5th



Dokken are an American metal band formed in 1979. They split up in 1989 and reformed four years later. They had three charting singles ("Alone Again", "In My Dreams" and "Burning Like a Flame") and have sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. Beast from the East was nominated for the inaugural Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1989.
Don Dokken announced that he would be re-uniting with George Lynch, Mick Brown and Jeff Pilson to perform several shows in Japan at the end of October 2016 and one US show at the end of September. In an interview with L.A. Weekly on March 6, 2017, Don Dokken said he is not planning any further appearances with Pilson and Lynch, stating that the Japan shows were "a one-time thing."
When speaking to AllThatShreds.com in July 2017, Jon Levin said that the band is planning to enter the studio in the fall after touring to begin work on the next studio album for a 2018 release, which he described is the "classic Dokken sound".




October 13th
BOB DYLAN & HIS BAND

As a musician, Dylan has sold more than 100 million records, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He has also received numerous awards including eleven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award. Dylan has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Pulitzer Prize jury in 2008 awarded him a special citation for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power." In May 2012, Dylan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. In 2016, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".
On March 31, 2017, Dylan released his triple album, Triplicate, comprising 30 new recordings of classic American songs, including "As Time Goes By" by Herman Hupfeld and "Stormy Weather" by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler. Dylan's 38th studio album was recorded in Hollywood's Capitol Studios and features his touring band.




11154 Hwy 76 Pala CA 92059

October 7th
Olivia Newton-John

International singing and film star Olivia Newton-John will bring her special talents to Starlight Theater at 7:30pm, Saturday, October 7 at Pala Casino Spa & Resort.
Newton-John's appeal continues to be timeless. From her debut in the 60's in Australia to her 10 number one hits in the U.S. and Europe, four Grammy Awards, countless Academy of Country Music, American Music and People's Choice Awards, 100 million albums sold worldwide and her co-starring role with John Travolta in "Grease," combined with her ongoing philanthropic work for breast cancer awareness, her worldwide popularity is as strong as ever.






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September 21st

Poco



These country rock pioneers found platinum success early in their career, and four decades later Rusty Young, who wrote and sang the massive hits "Crazy Love" and "Call It Love", still leads this incredible band. Other hits include, "Heart Of The Night", "Spellbound", "Keep On Tryin'" and "Good Feelin' To Know".
Poco has released "All Fired Up", their first studio CD in 13 years. Early reviews include No Depression: "The band still sounds fresh, not a rehash, true to the past but not wallowing in it." and Soundpress: "a simmering set from the country rock stalwarts who are ready to stamp their mark on another decade".



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2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA



September 29th

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

September 29th

Michael Kaeshammer


Michael Kaeshammer, a prolific singer, songwriter, pianist, and producer, has earned a loyal international following as a triple threat. He’s a piano virtuoso with a technical mastery of many different styles, an eloquent singer/songwriter, and a charming performer. After studying classical piano in Germany, 13-year-old Kaeshammer discovered boogie-woogie and stride piano as played by Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis, and Pete Johnson. He was soon playing jazz & boogie-woogie in venues across Europe and attracted immediate attention after moving to Canada in 1996.
Since, Michael has released eleven albums and has been nominated for seven JUNO Awards (Canadian GRAMMY equivalent), winning two of them. Kaeshammer's performances are an invitation to join the party. He doesn't play at you. He plays with you. At one of his shows, you're all in it together – not only part of the story, but virtually part of the band.



Tramps Like Us

September 23rd

3500 SportsArena Blvd


Angelz The tail end of 2015 finds ANGELZ on an exciting tip: tearing up his blueprint and digging into his experimental core. Known for pushing boom bap edits onto discerning dance floors and up the charts, the G-House pioneer is irrepressibly drawn to this creative axis as a prodigy and as a rebel.

Bear Grillz Bear Grillz' meteoric rise into the Pantheon of bass music legends was predicated on a philosophy of love for the scene and the necessity of always grinding as hard as you can. This philosophy netted him multiple Beatport #1's including his massive collaborations with Datsik and Getter, "Fuck Off" and "EDM" respectively.

Cesqeaux Cesqeaux (Pronounced 'Sesko') is a young musician from Groningen, The Netherlands, with big plans. Since his youth he, as an innovative artist, has been working on creating new sounds, visuals and experiences. All different genres will be passing by, but the common thread is – refreshment.

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LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM AND CHRISTINE McVIE OF FLEETWOOD MAC


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Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, CA

October 20th

On the heels of a sold-out critically acclaimed summer tour, longtime Fleetwood Mac members Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie have announced a second leg of their North American tour, and they'll be making a stop at The Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Friday, October 20th.
Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie's current collaboration began three years ago, when McVie rejoined Fleetwood Mac for the group's "On With The Show" tour. The pair went into the studio to record new material prior to rehearsals for the tour and their natural creative energy was reignited. According to Buckingham, "We were exploring a creative process, and the identity of the project took on a life organically. The body of work felt like it was meant to be a duet album." The result was a 10-song album of all new material simply called, LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM/CHRISTINE McVIE.
Connecting their natural singer-songwriter skills together came easily for the duo. Said Christine McVie, "We've always written well together, Lindsey and I, and this has just spiraled into something really amazing that we've done between us."
The October 20th Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie show at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino will feature some of the vibrant new material from their new album, plus they'll play their favorite Fleetwood Mac classics. It's not often that rock legends depart their comfort zones and pair off for experimentation, but Buckingham and McVie have just enough of it, plus just enough of the familiar, to make for a truly memorable evening of music at The Special Events Center.



Ohio Players

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October 20th



Ohio Players are an American funk, soul music and R&B band, most popular in the 1970s. They are best known for their songs "Fire" and "Love Rollercoaster".
Gold certifications, records selling at least five hundred thousand copies, were awarded to the singles "Funky Worm", "Skin Tight", "Fire", and "Love Rollercoaster"; plus to their albums Skin Tight, Fire, and Honey.
On August 17, 2013, Ohio Players were inducted into the inaugural class of the Official R&B Music Hall of Fame that took place at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio.
The band's first big hit single was "Funky Worm", which reached No. 1 on the Billboard R&B chart and made the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1973. It sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in May of that year.




RAMONA MAINSTAGE
626 Main Street, Ramona

Presents

Coco Montoya


December 9th



Montoya's career began in the mid 1970s when Albert Collins asked him to join his band as drummer. Collins took Montoya under his wing and taught him his "icy hot" guitar style. The two remained friends even after Montoya left Collins' band.
In the early 1980s John Mayall heard Montoya playing guitar in a Los Angeles bar. Soon after Mayall asked Montoya to join the newly reformed Bluesbreakers. He remained a member of the band for 10 years.
In 1995 he appeared with the Cate Brothers for the resumption of their recording career on their release, Radioland. Since that same year, Montoya has recorded several solo albums.
In 2002, he featured on the Bo Diddley tribute album Hey Bo Diddley – A Tribute!, performing the song "Pills."







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