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Joshua Tree Association of Musicians and Songwriters

A division of New Moon Records

PO Box 203

Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Gig reports and editorial comments for the week Jan 11-18, 2005


Hey, hey, hey-

Gettin’ dried out finally. Hope everyone was ok over the monsoon.

I’m a day late on the newsletter because we are sending the boys back to Oregon. It has been so nice to have the whole family together for awhile. I hope everyone had as nice a holiday time as we did.

Dat’s all for now…

Da prez

PS. If you are interested, don’t forget to check out the JAMS political supplement attached.


***gig reports***


**Thursday Night Songwriting, Poetry and Rhythm Club**

** Sponsored by The Sun Runner and Z107 Radio **

Thursday Nights at the Water Canyon in Yucca Valley, 7-9 PM (starts promptly- attendance will be taken)

This week

Musical guest(s): The wonderful Victoria

Spoken Word- Penny Seator – Rev. Billy Paul

“spoken words are what most people remember best” Garrison Keiller

(If you’d like to appear on the showcase, email me (da prez) at , let me know what you do, and when you’d like to appear)


Water Canyon Coffee Company

Yucca Valley at 55844 29 Palms Highway. 760 365 7771

Jan 15th

Saturday 11AM to 1PM

Dave Theriault (acoustic set)

Saturday 8 to 10PM

Jill Cohn (solo set)

(she is back after a long sojourn- one of the most popular WC guests)


The Rojer Arnold Band will be performing at Pappy and Harriet's Thursday Jan. 13 at 7 PM. Please join us for a cool night of roughcut jamming and some special guests.

Yes we're on ,check at Pappy and Harriet's for Pi-town road condition.

(complete press release in ‘announcements’)



(young rock band with heart and good songs)

EP release party at Stumps in 29 Palms. Saturday, Jan. 15/10 PM.


Hi folks, Happy New Year, look forward to seeing your beautiful faces in '05
Tom Freund and band back in
Los Angeles, CA
Next Thursday, Jan 13
Molly Malone's
575 S. Fairfax Ave @ 8:30pm (323) 935-1577
Followed by a set with garrison starr


Str8jackets’ Upcoming schedule We perform Classic Rock At the following venues: January 15 & February 25, 2005 Durty Nelly’s 72-286 Hwy 111, Suite #J3 Palm Desert 760-674-8225

Radio 60 Upcoming Schedule January 11, 2005 The Kickstand Grill & Bar 301 North Palm Canyon, Palm Springs 8pm to Midnight 760-320-7820 January 14, 2005 Patti’s in Cathedral City 35-756 Date Palm Drive 7pm-11pm 760-770-7335 January 29, 2005 The Handlebar & Grill 19-345 Indian Avenue, North Palm Springs 9pm-1am 760-251-6474 February 4 & 5, 2005 1000 Palms Sports Bar 32-025 Monterey, 1000 Palms 9pm-1am 760-343-2447 February 18, 2005 Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub 72-286 Hwy #111, Suite #J3, Palm Desert 9pm-1am 760-674-8225 March 18 & 19, 2005 Wine & Roses in Yucca Valley 57-360 Aviation Drive 9pm-1am 760-365-0055 For bookings and information call Greg Veach at 760-831-9805





JT Playhouse presents ‘A Little Princess’

Directed by Allison Garcia

Opening night gala fri jan 14th 15$

Refreshments 6-7 PM/Show 8PM

The show runs through Jan 30th

Fri-Sat 8PM/Sunday 2:30

Call Box office 366-3777 for show prices and reservations


The Sun Runner is beginning a Friday morning arts & entertainment on-air calendar, starting this Friday, January 7, at 8:30 a.m. on KXCM, 96.3 FM. We'll discuss the hi-desert's arts & entertainment schedule for the next week and beyond. Make sure to include both and on your press release lists.


"Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country." -President Bush



Kenneth Lonergan’s insightful drama The Waverly Gallery opens at Groves Cabin Theatre in Morongo Valley on Saturday, January 15, and will be presented for eight performances only, on Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons through February 6.

The Waverly Gallery is about the final years of a generous, chatty, and feisty grandmother’s battle against the specter of old age. Gladys has been a socially and politically active woman and the longtime owner of a small art gallery in Greenwich Village. She is losing the gallery to developers…and her confidence to the challenges of aging. The play explores her fight to retain her independence, and also the effects of her decline on her family, especially her grandson. It captures well the humor and strength of a family in the face of crisis.

The original New York production starred Eileen Heckart in the role of Gladys and was lauded in The New York Times as, “A stirring and soulful, comic drama...classically so, à la Glass Menagerie…Waverly is often deeply funny. It is both painful and hilarious,” while Charles Isherwood of Variety declared, “You will be awed by Lonergan’s writing.”

Playwright Kenneth Lonergan is known for his trademark humor and genius for capturing the real heart and soul of human interactions. In addition to his successful plays, including the landmark This Is Our Youth, he is the author of the popular movie Analyze This, starring Billy Crystal and Robert De Niro and wrote and directed the highly critically acclaimed You Can Count on Me, winner of the 2000 Sundance Festival’s Grand Jury Prize and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Well-known Coachella Valley director Justin Blake directs The Waverly Gallery. The production features Dr. Rainbow Casey in the role of Gladys, Stephen Gergely as her grandson Daniel, Jenise Fryatt and Richard McKinnon as her daughter Ellen and son-in-law Howard, and Nolan Reynolds as Don, the artist who is Gladys’ last “project.” Scenic design is by Kathleen Marion.

Groves Cabin Theatre has won multiple Desert Theatre League awards for its high-quality productions. The 24-seat theater offers one of the most intimate theatrical experiences in the world—that experience having been described as being “like a fly on the wall, witnessing real life happening before my eyes.” The limited seating means early reservations are a must.

The Waverly Gallery plays Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 PM, from January 15, through February 6. Groves Cabin Theatre is located at 8768 Desert Willow Trail in Morongo Valley north of Highway 62 (look for the large red, white, and blue stone on the north side of the highway). Tickets are $10 ($8 for seniors 60+ and students). For additional information and reservations call! (760) 365-4523.



World renowned expert on DNA rejuvenation and head of research & development at Gematria Products, Dr. Todd will be presenting scientific and esoteric aspects of optimizing DNA biology at Mentalphysics in Joshua Tree, California. The presentation will then move to the world famous, Integratron, where Dr. Todd will share amazing tones of the Pineal Peel Technique. Saturday - January 29, 2005 and half-day Sunday - January 30, 2005

Experience first-hand, in the rejuvenating chamber of the Integratron the exquisite sounds of the Pineal Toning Technique. see article:


To Register Call

760-365-3266 or 714-238-1199 For additional information:




Theater 29's production of "Ain't Misbehavin'" opened last weekend to wet, but appreciative audiences. This Fats Waller Musical Review will continue its run with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings through February 5. There will be one Thursday evening performance on January 13 at 7:00PM and one SUNDAY Matinee on January 30 at 2:30PM. All regular Friday and Saturday evening performances are at 7:00PM.

"Ain't Misbehavin'" is an uproarious romp through Jazz Age Harlem with the music and vitality of Thomas "Fats" Waller and his Rhythm. Memorable songs such as "Honeysuckle Rose", "I've Got A Feelin' I'm Fallin'", "This Joint Is Jumpin'", "Mean to Me" and many, many more - The energy of the music and the incredible performances of the small cast make the PG rated "Ain't Misbehavin'" a heart-pumping, toe-tapping evening of live entertainment you won't want to miss. Reservations are available by calling the Box Office at (760) 367-6563.

The John Calveri Memorial Theatre, home of Theatre 29, is located at 73637 Sullivan Rd around the corner from Barr Lumber in Twentynine Palms. Ticket prices are $8 for general admission, $7 for seniors, Military with I.D. and DAN Members and $6 for students. Don't forget $1 Student Rush is available FIVE minutes prior to curtain (open seating only) with student I.D. Certain Restrictions apply.


Greetings Folks!
Due to popular demand I am holding a special "Introduction To The Playground" Class Sunday Feb.6th
This class will be an inexpensive way to learn invaluable warm-up techniques and practical excercises for expanding your range, tone and breathe work in a supportive group atmosphere. BANDS GET A SPECIAL RATE!
Please check or get in touch with me for details!
Micah Barnes

Bookings and Info: Please contact (310) 403-5491 or

Warm-up, Breathing and proper Voice Technique are all covered in this two hour class
designed to get folks more in touch with their instruments.
10 am to 12 pm 40 dollars. All funds payable in advance.

1651 18th Street at Olympic, Santa Monica,CA 90404


Theatre 29 needs some help.
We recently held auditions for the musical "The Apple Tree". Unfortunately
a combination of auditions for "Grease" at the high school, weather, early
casting for "Oklahoma", and just a general talent pool drain brought a poor
turnout. We are in danger of not being able to cast for the show.

If you know of ANY performers (men especially) who would be interested in
being in the show (a delightful evening of 3, one-act musicals) PLEASE have
then come to Theater 29 tonight ( Wednesday, January 12) at 7:00pm.
We have a new director, Catherine Stanton, with extensive experience, who
is joining us for this show.

Please call around and get the word out, it would be much appreciated. If
you have any questions, call me at 366-8471.

Thanks for your help.



Pioneertown Rd. is closed (and apparently will be for a while), so, from Highway 62 take Old Woman Springs Rd. (Hwy. 247) north past Aberdeen to Pipes Canyon Rd. (you can only turn left on Pipes), follow Pipes Canyon to Pioneertown Rd., turn left and follow Pioneertown Rd. to Pappy & Harriet’s, which will be on your left. It’s actually quite a nice drive, and the musical evening will afford you a nice break from our recent weather onslaught, so come on up, kick back, and enjoy an evening of great sounds.


Hot on a string of very enthusiastically received performances at Gram Fest, The Wild West Coyote Fest, “New Moon Over Joshua Tree” (Joshua Tree National Park’s official 10 year anniversary celebration), and the Merry Mafia Christmas Concert, the Rojer Arnold Band takes the stage at Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace in beautiful downtown Pioneertown to swing in 2005 with a passion on Thursday evening, January 13, from 7:00 PM – ?

The band, featuring Rojer Arnold on guitar, flute, and vocals, Paul Elliott on guitar, slide guitar, keyboards, and vocals, Marv Schmelling on bass, Eric Neves on drums, and Sam Sloneker on congas, will be jammin’ on a wide variety of acoustic and electric music—from blues, to folk, to rock, to reggae…and then some. In addition to some of your favorite standards, the group will highlight several eclectic and groovin’ original songs. This band rocks, so bring your dancing shoes.

Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace is at 53688 Pioneertown Rd. in Pioneertown (4 miles North of Highway 62 on Pioneertown Rd). Come early and enjoy some of P & H’s great food. For information call! (760) 365-5956;


**JAMS Comments**

Hey, hey hey...Mr. Prez,

Why not art raffles?

I am leaving the community for at least two years and will not be able to help with this project...but as you know, it did well last time around. So, that's my idea. Perhaps Gretchen and the MBCAC will undertake this issue.

In Spirit, Ramon


"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." -President Bush


Hey Steve,

Long time no hear - hope you are doing well. I'm doing A-OK.

Here's an article I thought you'd find interesting about radio play, music industry and how it's changing - in some ways for the better (good bye Payola - sort of), but it may get worse (music still won't get heard enough on the airwaves).

(the article is 'payola is dead'- attached)

Also - I was listening to a grrreat country musician (born in Jersey of all places) and I thought - this is a musician that should pass through Joshua Tree or Pappy's - and lo and behold when I went to his website - he IS playing there - on March 12th. Everyone should check this guy out. He's Moot Davis - and has a pure old time country soul.

keep dancing, -ldk


A little old man shuffled slowly into an ice cream parlor and pulled himself slowly, painfully, up onto a stool. After catching his breath he ordered a banana split. The waitress asked kindly, "Crushed nuts?" No," he replied, "arthritis."




Hi, Steve,

Thanks for creating such a friendly place for poetry and song. I've enjoyed hearing you sing and play, and others. Damian and his music are beautiful. I'm glad I got to hear and see him.

Best regards,

Penny Seator



Maybe it would be too much additional work for you but it would be helpful to me, and possibly to some other readers, if at the very top of the JAMS weekly newsletter you would put a one line listing of all the week's events so we could print out a one page calendar to put on our bulletin boards. Then, to get the details, the reader could scroll down as usual. Thanks for all your good work and your creative energy. Art Kunkin

(I'd really like to do that, Art, but it depends on if I can petition the artists who report stuff to include a single line listing at the top of the press release. As it is, I spend just about all day Tues. editing.)


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