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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 Feb 1-8, 2005


Hey, hey, hey-


I was talking to my son Damian last night about performing and he said he was not practiced up enough to play a show right now. It got me thinking about my own take on it. These days I have very little time to practice, and I do a lot of shows semi-unprepared, but with much enjoyment and enthusiasm. That is the main function of the SPRC show on Thursday nights. Artists on the show don’t have to be cool, they just have to present their work to a group of peers, just as it is. We don’t encourage backup sidemen or electronic frills, just genuine heart. The most successful artists on the show are not the coolest, they are presenting the most interesting and heartfelt work with the most transparency. That’s what the SPRC audience relates to. It’s an essense family.

As I have gotten older, I care less and less about being cool and more about just communicating with audiences and telling the truth in music. What a relief when I gradually realized in my late 3os that I wasn’t going to be a rock star. It still took a number of years to sink in, but it ultimately meant that all I had to do was speak my heart in music. I didn’t have to worry about my image, or the record company guys in the audience, or even if anybody was impressed by me personally. This line of thinking made me realize how ‘being cool’ robbed my early work (and life) of so much energy. Putting the filter of ‘coolness’ on my personality took so much effort that very little viable and genuine work could squeeze out.

I think that is one of the attractions of the desert for the artists moving out here from the city. There is much less pressure to be cool in the desert. It is like taking the lid off a pan, suddenly you can expand to the max creatively without worrying how you appear to others. The very best artists seem to understand this innately. I hope you all learn it earlier than I did. It’s one of the secrets of life.

Dat’s all for now…

Da prez

Ps: if you are interested, check out the Jams Political Supplement (attached). Also there is a funny piece sent in by Al M. called ‘the curse of the bass player’


***gig reports***


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

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

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

This week

Musical guest(s): Paul Bourne (Bad Boy)

Spoken Word- Angelique Eddins + (possibly) Jim Eret

“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

…This Week….

Saturday 11AM to 1PM

Dave Theriault (classical guitar)

Saturday 8 to 10PM

Saucy Monky (Fans and press alike have embraced the distinctive meshing of Irish and American cultures behind Saucy Monky. Annmarie Cullen, the group's co-lead singer and guitarist, was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. Cynthia Catania, the group's other co-lead singer and guitarist, was born and raised in northern New Jersey. They’re really good!)


howdy…. Anne McCue is playing Pappy and Harriet's February 4th with her band. cheers mike



Fri, Feb 4. Anne McCue and band. Tim Easton opening

(two of my favorite artists on one show)

2/10 Live! Jonathan Richman (on Neil Young's new record co, Vapor Records!) $10


Musical Artist Callan to perform

Saturday February 5th
Songwriter singer Callan will perform an evening of all original compositions Saturday February 5th from 9 pm till 12 am at the Beatnik Cafe in Joshua Tree Ca at 61597 29 Palms Highway 760 366 2090

Sunday February 6th
Guitarist Callan will be performing a recital of original instrumental guitar compositions from 11am till 2 pm at the 29 Palms Inn at 73950 Inn Ave 29 Palms760 367 3505


Tom Freund Other CA dates:

Wednesday, Feb. 9th Venue: Hotel Utah Saloon, San Francisco

Thursday the 10th RADIO SHOW 10:30 with Michael Leahy, KDVS, Dvis, CA. Venue: Delta of Venus 122 B St Davis, CA 95616 (530) 753-8639 UC Davis

Friday the 11th Venue: Luna's Café 916-441-3931 1414 16th St. Sacramento, CA 95814

Saturday, 12th Venue: Frog & Peach (805) 595-3764 728 Higuera St San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Tuesday the 15th Don Quixote's 831-335-2800 Hwy. 9 & Felton Empire, Felton, CA 95018

Wednesday the 16th Sweet Water Saloon (unconfirmed) Becky & Thom Steere 153 Throckmorton Ave Mill Valley, CA 94941 (415) 388-7769

Thursday the 17th Constable Jack's (916) 663-9385 515 Main St Newcastle, CA 95658

Thanks as Always, TF


Radio 60

February 4 & 5, 2005 1000 Palms Sports Bar 32-025 Monterey, 1000 Palms 9pm-1am 760-343-2447

February 6, 2005 The Kickstand 301 North Palm Canyon, Palm Springs 11am-1pm 760-320-2870 Superbowl Party With Brian Maurer and The Woodys

February 12, 2005 Tumbleweed Junction 58-581 Hwy #371, Suite A Anza, California, 92539 9pm-1am 951-763-0011




Valerie Davis Showing at Crossroads Café in JT

-thru Jan and Feb.

Mandalas, Wood Mandalas, Mineral Chimes

(Valerie’s stuff is beautiful and inspiring)



The final two performances for Theatre 29's production of "Ain't Misbehavin'" are this weekend, February 4th and 5th, at 7 pm.

"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 are part of this highly entertaining musical show.

"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", said Theatre 29 Spokesman Brian Tabeling

All Theatre 29 performances are at the John Calveri Memorial Theatre, which 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. For tickets and reservations call Marie Lane at 367-6563.

(my weekends have been unrelenting, but I have heard the show is great!)


BATTLE OF THE MOVIE COMEDIANS #1 will be presented Wednesday, February 2, at 7 PM. Classic movie comedy is explored in this 2 hour program featuring the short films of Laurel & Hardy, W.C. Fields, the Marx Brothers, and The Three Stooges. Introduced by film historian Christopher Perry.

The Rock Garden Cafe is located at 777 South Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. Admission for all shows is $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. For information call (760) 365-0475 ooOoo


NPCA released a report today looking at the education acheivements and funding shortalls in 11 of California's national parks, including the three desert parks. The report was endorsed by over 50 educational leaders statewide, including many in the desert region (e.g. School superintendents from Baker Valley, Barstow, Needles, Coachella Valley, and Morongo unified school districts; The Living Desert Museum; Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center; 29 Palms Historical Society; Morongo Basin Historical Society; and many educational leaders in our communities).

The report w/ list of endorsers is viewable online at You can download a copy from this website. Or better yet, next week, our Joshua Tree office should have a bunch of them to distribute. If you would like one sent to you or have any questions, please call us.

Howard Gross
National Parks Conservation Association


Auditions for Theatre 29's production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical classic, Oklahoma will be held:

WHEN: Monday, February 7, 2005.
WHERE: Community Services Building directly across Joe Davis Drive from the Twentynine Palms Park and Recreation office in Twentynine Palms

Performances are scheduled for April 15 - May 14, 2005 at the John Calveri Theater on Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms.Director Kathryn Ferguson is looking for a cast of 10 women, 14 men and various ensemble members. Leads must sing and dance, but all are invited. The auditions will begin at 6 pm and will be held at the Twentynine Palms Community Services Building, which is located at 74325 Joe Davis Drive in Twentynine Palms. All performers auditioning for singing parts must bring sheet music or Karaoke tape/CD with no background vocals. Come dressed prepared to move. Anyone wishing to volunteer to help backstage with set construction, props, costumes, or as a member of the stage crew should also be at the auditions.

Notice that the auditions are not being held at the John Calveri Theatre as "The Apple Tree" is in rehearsal there.Come to the Community Services Building directly across Joe Davis Drive from the Twentynine Palms Park and Recreation office. For more information concerning these auditions call the Director at (760) 251-0034.

(If you are interested in many more theatre announcements and auditions, etc, subscribe to the DAN Newsletter at )


**JAMS Comments**


I finally got the GramFest Pictures done. Please pass on my apologies for the long time to get them finished. The pictures can be found on my website

I have also finished the Coyote Festival 2004 pictures. They can be seen at the same place (see below) as the Gramfest pictures.

In the "Galleries" section, at the bottom of the page.

Thanks, Dave

Dave Haworth

Visions by Dave Photographer

760.366.2537 Direct

760.898.4188 Cell


Michael Miller

hello everyone - - - happy new year. -some news to share, i will be opening for Minnie Driver in february on her upcoming UK tour. should be good. -also - i have posted a couple things on the site in the "news" space. some new interviews and some new pictures from the recent east coast tour for you to check out. -here are the dates. if you have any friends in the UK, have them bring me good candy.

02/03/2005 DanceHall Theatre Manchester, UK

02/04/2005 King Tuts Glasgow, Scotland

02/06/2005 Northumbria University Newcastle, UK

02/07/2005 Wulfrun Hall Wolverhampton, UK

02/08/2005 Zodiac Club Oxford, UK

02/10/2005 St. James Church London, UK -please keep me in your fine prayers and meditations. solidly yours, michael


Dear Eric

May I add your JAMS newsletter to my website?? I want to attract more creative/arts appreciators to my home. (yes- by all means)

Our Guest House is on 40 acres surrounded by nearly 1,000 acres of undeveloped desert, (except for Pat and I in the Old Adobe - circa 1929- approx 300 feet away). I believe the Guest House is great for meditation, creative time, writing, practice and/or rehersal - 1,500 sq ft, sleeps 4 ...(in beds), super kitchen, new construction). Please visit to check it out if interested (we are on Morongo Road just south of Poleline, near the back gate of the Base)





Z107-7 Radio hosts the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council's local arts calendar 2 times a week, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 8:20. Hosted by local artist Kit Brooks.

Z107-7 present 2 hours each week of local musicians every Saturday from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Hosted by Mindee J. Local musicians are featured in this 2 hour show that includes interviews and some live performances. Just last week the show featured the world debut of the new album by UNHERD.

(in these days of corporate domination of the radio waves, I hope everyone in the area appreciates having a local station that is interested in local music. This is getting, unfortunately, very rare in the industry. Keep up the good work, Gary and Z107.)


In honor of Johnny Carson...Carnact sez...wait about two years and watch NW of Giant Rock. There is about the same recharge from the alluvial fan there as there is from the mountains off of Pipes Canyon and Covington Flats off of JT National Park.

The USGS report about recharge is misleading, as the model used to determine recharge is based on the old thirty some year tests making conclusions off of data done in Salt Lake, Utah. Soil conditions here show a ten fold anomaly from the model; therefore on the basis of one well...the contradiction “site specific” data taken by Joe Bermin (HDWD attorney who won the battle for Pipes Canyon water) feels that the old data is very conservative. Yeah, ten fold conservative! Out on the Mesa, their are deep wells, in the JTWB...and that is where the water is. JTWB wants to recharge and take California Pipe Line allotted water and raise the cost of water to pay for it (Carnact predicts that too). So you will see a golf course and gated community housing go in, NW of Giant Rock where all that flat land exists. That is what Carnact sees. I hope Carnact is wrong...but I feel it.

In Spirit, Ramon


Hi Steve, This is Jim Eret and it really has been a gypsy affair down here as I'm working and have money but places to live are off the chart-have to return to YV in the next few weeks to pick up some stuff in storage and would love to have a day off to read at the water canyon as I miss all you guys and the "Culturally Elite," I've read down here-OK but lack the esprit de corps the Water Canyon has-had a few emails from Sam and he is always upbeat, Say hello to Darlene and your family and the rest of the gang-You are all so Special and Creative-

Jim Eret


I find the news about a golf course in Joshua Tree quite disturbing.
People that play golf have car's, in many cases really nice cars. Why the
hell can't they drive to Palm Desert to play where the ecology of the
desert is already ruined. Maybe we should just pave J.T. and build a
parking lot for Palm Desert. If we are going to destroy paradise, let's go
all the way !!!! If there is anything I can do to help wipe out this stupid
plan let me know....Billy Paul


Dear All,

In the face of such a terrible tragedy in Asia, it seems callow to say “Happy New Year”. Perhaps better to just say we join you all in hoping 2005 will bring some much needed light and peace to the planet. We feel profoundly grateful to have you as our friends and family.

We have done some research online re: best charity organizations to send money to for the earthquake/tsunami victims. Our personal choice is Mercy Corps. Below is a short list of charities all of which have a 4 star rating on Charity Navigator. This means they all get the highest marks for efficiency, i.e. for getting most of your dollar to our brothers and sisters in need. It isn’t any kind of exhaustive list but we hope it helps. If you want to do more research, go to where the list truly is exhaustive! (International Relief Teams) (Islamic Relief)



Hey Steve,

I've seen the name of Ben's band spelled two ways,
Unherd and Unheard. Can you tell me which it is? We're
running them in the Weekend listings and I just want
to make sure...




Please come out and see us onThursday the 24 as well as Friday (yes their
letting us play on a weekend night)March 25 when we open for songster Steve
Just want to send out a big YOU DESERVE IT! to our good friend and
outstanding drummer,Michael Jerome for being a Grammy nominee for the"
Sanctury" CD he did with Charlie Musselwhite.Very cool
Thanks to Z107.7 for the Sat. Locals show for playing a couple of our
tunes.As well as thanks to our drummer Eric for dropping by the station.

You can soar with Eagles, but weasels never get sucked into jet engines.


(I’m including this in ‘comments’ because it’s too late to get to the show- I especially wish I’d been able to get to Victoria’s show with Tom)

Hi Again , one more show snuck in for Tom tonight, Friday the 28th at
McCabes opening for (solo) and playing with Victoria Willliams at McCabes in
Santa Monica on Pico and 33rd st. @ 8:00

Then please come support Tom's CD for Media Release of Copper Moon on FEB
1st @ TEMPLE BAR, check out these pix in LA Weekly and LA Times

Tuesday, February 1

Tom Freund at Temple Bar.

Back in the early '90s, there was a duo up in Claremont College playing a
hobo's blues, putting out records that took you from the California valleys
to the deep Mississippi Delta. And after the limited pressing of 1992's
12-inch Pleasure and Pain , the troubadours went their separate ways, on the
road, telling their American tales through vintage instruments and a
heartfelt lyric. While Ben Harper found success with his folkie soul, Tom
Freund has looked more to the Tom Waits school of the raspy sing-talk, and
after two solid albums on his own Surf Road Records, his Copper Moon is set
to get him the recognition he deserves. Even with guests galore (Rufus
Wainwright and Jeff Buckley's members help out), Freund can play most of the
instruments himself, as he is nimble on the piano and super coolio on the
standup bass. (Daniel Siwek)


Great photos of the Wild West Coyote Fest 2004! Thank you Dave Haworth!



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