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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 15-22, 2005


Hey, hey, hey-


I got the 3rd letter this week, as the proud owner of 12.5 acres of the third world in Joshua Tree, from out-of-town land speculators wanting to buy any lane I might have for sale. This is a sign that the carpetbaggers are arriving. They smell blood; money to be made subdividing and spoiling another natural and wild environment. Almost all the land I happen to own was bought to protect it from some sort of exploitation, not because I wanted to be a land baron. I wish there was a better way than spending hard-earned to protect the desert, but I haven’t found one. Maybe my songs have helped, but not-for-sale says it best.

I was at the Chamber of Commerce mixer tonight to do the sound for Tim Easton. Tim is a bit authentic for folks who are trying to visit and promote themselves, but was still well-received. The chamber people are a truly nice bunch, and when the guy who wants to build the golf course on the dry lake was introduced, looked at their shoes, and tried not to notice the weasel noises I was making. The guy had his questionairre on the table, I guess to test the waters of the business community for his project. The chamber/business crowd, though, is just about as conscious of the fragility of the desert as the artists are, and didn’t seem particularly supportive. I think this thing is going to separate the desert rats from the weasels before it’s over. It seemed the chamber folks fall strongly into the desert rat category. You gotta love ‘em.

The golf course guy calls his exploitation idea ‘EARTHWISE SERVICES’. This is weasel-speak for [ruin it, get the money, f**k the locals]. I first got into the environmental activist arena when the guys who wanted to build a toxic mega-dump on top of a large aquafer in Ludlow called themselves the ‘Clean Water Coalition’. This kind of crap is the father of current right-wing political strategy, [tell ‘em a lie often enough and seriously enough and they’ll forget what’s true]. Well baby, we won’t forget!

I guess that the question, ’are you a desert rat or a weasel’ is running deep this week.

Letter to the editor:

Civilization and Wildness

Eric Neil

Joshua Tree

I read Mark Wheeler’s article “Humans 1, Coyotes 0 on Saturday in the Hi-Desert Star. It was a story about how a woman had pressured the county to trap coyotes because they ate her cat, then had second thoughts. It made me ashamed once again for the race of humans.

I have spent many hours walking in the local hills with my children and have been on friendly and mutually respectful terms with these beautiful and resourceful coyotes and other creatures. Once, I was walking on top of the Bartlett range with my 2-year-old son in a backpack. When we stopped to rest, I took my son off my back so he could experience the mountain with his own feet. Soon, a large female coyote approached us. She had piercing eyes and a powerful presence. She came up to a few feet away and was eyeing my son as well as me. I pulled him closer, thinking she might have a meal in mind, although she didn’t seem to be hunting, just interested in us. She watched us intently for a few minutes as if she was trying to communicate something to us, then she left. In a minute or two she came back with her 2 pups. She was trying to show me that she and I were exactly alike in a very essential way. I had showed her my pup and she had reciprocated. We were both parents who loved and took good care of our pups.

If you move to the desert and begin to feel that it is you against nature, take a moment to think about why you are attracted to this harsh natural environment. It is the wildness in you that wants to be here. Love the desert as it is; don’t change it into where you came from. Don’t light up it’s beautiful night sky; don’t build golf courses and other unnecessary, boorish artifacts; don’t tear it up or noise pollute it with ORVs; don’t try to make it bloom with non-native plants that waste precious water; don’t let your pets be predators of the native animals, keep them inside or fenced. Don’t put the lives of your pets over the lives of the creatures that actually belong here. Live lightly.

And above all, remember that if you make anyplace you live tame and safe; if you pave, light up, sterilize everything so you never have to deal with the natural world, you are killing the wildness in yourself.

Dat’s all for now…

Da prez

Ps: if you are interested, check out the Jams Political Supplement (attached). Also, this week’s ‘JAMS attachment’ -- How Dirty Harry Turned Commie

Also, at the beginning of the ‘announcements’ section, you will find Mark Griffin’s request for garage sale items for the benefit of Alice and Albert. I request the media that uses this list for info to please announce or publish the garage sale info.


***gig reports***



**Thursday Nights at the Water Canyon, 7-9 PM - Musical guest -Tim Easton - Spoken Word- TBA

** Water Canyon Coffee Company, Saturday 11AM – 1PM - Dave Theriault (Classical guitar instrumentals), Saturday 8 – 10PM - Tim Easton

**Water Canyon’s New Tuesday Night Show, 6-8PM – Fuzz Balls headed by Randy Godfrey

**Pappy’s this week, 2/21 - Golden Hill Ramblers, 2/25 - Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven, Bartender’s Bible with front man Jason Corbin, Opening – Randy Godfrey, 2/24 from 7:00PM - Rojer Arnold Band

** The Beatnik, 2/18 - D.J. Ted Quinn: Imagine Yoko Ono at 70 -

**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): Tim Easton (teaser for the weekend)

Spoken Word- TBA

“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 instrumentals)

Saturday 8 to 10PM

Tim Easton

(One of the best soloists touring today)


StevO, AS you are aware,the Water Canyon will now host the Fuzz Balls every Tuesday evening 6-8PM. The band is headed up by Randy Godfrey who is deeply steeped in American blues roots. Others in the band include (Ron Bach, harp) (Neil Frascatore on drums) Bobby Furgo fiddle and key boards) (Kenny Brown bass)(Joel Selzer Guitar) Plus special guests including JB. Signed….Anonymous fuzz ball


Pappy’s Upcoming Shows:

2/25: Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven


PAPPY'S ORIGINAL SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE Pappy & Harriet's Saloon Pioneertown, Ca.

Monday, Feb. 21. 6:00 PM

GOLDEN HILL RAMBLERS, . . . Johnny McCree heads up this string band from the past, with a voice as smooth as honey and rhythm playing that keeps every song driving home. With upright bass player Jim Austin, they form a solid beat for the duo of T.K. Smith on lead guitar and David Berzansky on lap steel to work their magic. Whether playing a re-worked old standard, or a Johnny original soon-to-be standard, let the 'Ramblers bring you back to a time when songs moved you, singers really crooned and players really picked.

You won't be disappointed.

Bartenders Bible, . . . Front man Jason Corbin writes and sings some of the best songs you'll ever hear, songs that Merle, Johnny, or Hank would have been proud to call their own. Jason has put together a solid group of musicians to form a band that drinks and plays in the true spirit of ol' timey country music.

The sound has been described as a twist of Neil Young, Velvet Underground, Merle Haggard, and Jim Beam . . . I know, . . . but it works!

Bartender's Bible has performed with bands like the Supersuckers, Calexico, The Knitters, and toured with Blackheart procession.

Opening - delta blues guitarist RANDY GODFREY



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, and a smokin’ gig at Pappy & Harriet’s in January, the Rojer Arnold Band takes the stage once again at Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace in beautiful downtown Pioneertown on Thursday evening, February 24, 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.


Full Value Entertainment and Madlins Coffee House are proud to announce the spring concert series Sponsored by Sinewave Recording Studios in Hemet. All of the shows listed below are to be held at: Madlins Coffee House

27625 Jefferson Ave 103 Temecula Ca 92590

Info Line: 951-318-0686 Website: Booking:

For additional info feel free to contact us. Thanks, Bill Gould

Upcoming Shows-


7pm- $5 - All Ages Madlins

Veda -A beautiful elegy -Dreams of reality -A fall farewell -Serpent underground


06:30 PM - $5 - All Ages Madlins '1 year Anniversary Show'

w/ Bobby Breakdown- Keenwild -A Simple Ending -The Quality Kill


6pm - $5 - All Ages Madlins Benefit Show

Coerce- Covette -Screams of Serenity- The Knife in Iris




Important announcement!

Mark Griffin

10550 Palm Dr.

Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240


Hi Steve,

Just want to let everyone out there who has enjoyed Alice and Albert's music and friendship over the years know that Albert will be going into the hospital soon for a major surgery on his back. His recovery time should be a month of more which means he will not be able to play. We are putting together a garage sale at my house (address above) on the 23rd of Feb. Anyone who would like to make a donation of salable items is welcome to bring them to my truck outside of the Water Canyon on Thursday night Feb. 17th. 6:30 PM. Clothing, books, CDs, nik-nax, whatever as long as it is clean and not full of bugs from your garage. (I'm going to be storing them in mine and don't want critters please!) Larger items are Ok but please call me and let me know how we can get them here and if I have room to store. All items left over from the sale will go to Angel View Crippled Children's Foundation.

This is a great opportunity to help our fellow musicians in a time of need. Let's all show our love. (Cash never hurts either!)

Thanks, Mark Griffin


Sun Runner Showcase featuring: Holdstock & MacLeod in Concert

7 p.m., Saturday, April 9, 2005 $10 admission Hi-Desert Playhouse

61231 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree

(760) 366-3777 Tickets available through Hi-Desert Playhouse box office, Rock-It-Man CDs, 56318 29 Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, and The Sun Runner, 6455-C Mesquite Avenue, Twentynine Palms. The Sun Runner Desert Arts & Entertainment Magazine, based in Twentynine Palms, California, is launching its eleventh year as the voice of the hi-desert arts community with a Sun Runner Showcase concert, featuring Holdstock & MacLeod. Dick Holdstock and Allan MacLeod are an internationally renowned musical duo from Northern California who perform traditional British, Scottish and sea music. Holdstock and MacLeod have performed and recorded together for more than 25 years, captivating audiences from coast to coast. The Sun Runner Showcase on Saturday, April 9, provides an opportunity to enjoy the music of Holdstock & MacLeod in an intimate concert setting. Beer, wine and refreshments will be available, and Dick and Allan will sign copies of their CDs after the performance. Don't miss this rare Southern California appearance of Holdstock & MacLeod at the Hi-Desert Playhouse in Joshua Tree, 7 p.m., Saturday, April 9. Doors open at 6 p.m. Shanghai Brown & friends open the concert. For media information, please contact Steve Brown, The Sun Runner, (760) 367-6410 or Hi-resolution and web photos available. Interviews available.


CAST SELECTED FOR THEATRE 29's "THE APPLE TREE" After three days of auditions and multiple calls for talent, the cast of Theatre 29's production of "The Apple Tree" has been selected. Cast members are Jeff Barber, Jamie Calveri, James Doyle, Greg Grady, LaQuisha Jones, Crystal Langer, Amalia Schocken, Dustin Schocken, Tom Schuler, and Robin Wanless.

"The Apple Tree" is a unique blend of three one-act musicals about men, women and a little thing called temptation. The first act, "The Diary Of Adam And Eve," is a quirky, touching spin on the tale of the world's first couple, adapted from Mark Twain's "Extracts From Adam's Diary." The second act, "The Lady Or The Tiger?," explores the fickleness of love in a rock and roll fable set in a mythical barbarian kingdom. Finally, "Passionella" is based on Jules Feiffer's offbeat Cinderella-story about a chimney sweep whose dreams of being a "glamorous movie star" nearly sabotage her one chance for true love. Witty, tuneful and utterly charming, these fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek musical miniatures are filled with the warmth and humanity that is the hallmark of Harnick and Bock, the songwriting team of "Fiddler On The Roof" and "She Loves Me" fame.

Director Catherine Stanton, a seasoned and talented director and performer, will be assisted by Carol Calveri, with musical assistance by Harry Taylor. Performance dates for this production are Friday and Saturday evenings from February 25th through March 26th, with an additional Thursday evening performance on March 3rd and a matinee on Saturday, March 19th.

Reservations are available by calling the Box Office at (760) 367-6563.


If you enjoy a good murder mystery or have a passion for solving crimes, join the fun at the Soroptimist International of Yucca Valley's Murder Mystery Dinner "The Lethal Luau" on Saturday February 26 at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. During the evening a three course meal will be served by the Soroptimist members and guests seated at tables of 8 will try to solve the puzzle of who poisoned Chase Diamond's Mai Tai. Chase is a Maui-private eye with a reputation of dark nasty secrets and everyone at the party will find that they are suspects in this "Lethal Luau". The guilty guests will be reviled at each table at the end of the game. Here are a cast of the guests: NADIA SEYMORE, a model that met Chase at a local night club while vacationing in Hawaii; JOEY BREAKERS, a bodacious surfer dude that does odd jobs for Chase like surveillance, illegal entries and wire taps; HOLLY DAY, a wealthy socialite with a billionaire jealous hubby; CHIEF WIKI WIKI, a local tribal chief with a teddy bear personality; LEILANI, a sweet, innocent Hawaiian hula dancer; LES BAGGS, a camera-toting, befuddled and bumbling tourist; BIRDIE PUTT, a U.S. pro golfer on tour; and finally RIP TIDE, a scuba diving instructor. Choose a guest character you would like to portray and you will receive a handbook the night of the dinner tailored to that characters personality with all the questions and answers you'll need to solve the mystery. All you need to do is buy a ticket at Steve's Office Supply and the Soroptimist Club will do the rest! Lots of door prizes, Basket Silent Auction, Mai Tai & Pina Colada bar, and spontaneous contests for those who wish to participate. This evening is one you won't forget and you will be helping the community as all proceeds will be given to worthy causes chosen by the Soroptimist club members. Follow the Tiki Torches starting at 6 pm at 59700 29 Palms Hwy Joshua Tree (Joshua Tree Retreat Center AKA Mentalphysics Center). Dinner and game begins promptly at 7 pm. Tickets are $25.00 per person at Steve's Office Supply in Yucca Valley or call 365-0044 for more information.


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"The Apple Tree", is a unique blend of three one-act musicals about men, women and a little thing called temptation.

The first act, "The Diary Of Adam And Eve," is a quirky, touching spin on the tale of the world's first couple, adapted from Mark Twain's "Extracts From Adam's Diary." The second act, "The Lady Or The Tiger?," explores the fickleness of love in a rock and roll fable set in a mythical barbarian kingdom. Finally, "Passionella" is based on Jules Feiffer's offbeat Cinderella-story about a chimney sweep whose dreams of being a "glamorous movie star" nearly sabotage her one chance for true love.

Witty, tuneful and utterly charming, these fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek musical miniatures are filled with the warmth and humanity that is the hallmark of Harnick and Bock, the songwriting team of "Fiddler On The Roof" and "She Loves Me" fame.

"The Apple Tree" is being directed by Catherine Stanton, with assistance from many of the regular Theatre 29 back stage supporters. The talented and energetic cast is working hard to bring you a delightful show.

Performance dates are Friday and Saturday evenings from February 25th through March 26th, with an additional Thursday evening performance on March 3rd and a matinee on Saturday, March 19th.

It is recommended that you make reservations for all of Theatre 29 performances you wish to see. Reservations are available by calling the Box Office at (760) 367-6563.

The John Calveri 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.

Reserved seats not claimed 10 minutes prior to curtain time will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Don't forget $1 Student Rush is available FIVE minutes prior to curtain (open seating only) with student I.D. Certain Restrictions apply.



The Eclectic Film Series begins and continues every Wednesday at 7 PM starting January 26th at the Rock Garden Cafe in Palm Springs. This series features classic cinema accompanied by a Mini-Lecture for each program. The audience is invited to ask questions at the conclusion of each screening.

The quintessential screwball comedy HIS GIRL FRIDAY will be screened Wednesday, February 16 at 7 PM. This 1940 classic stars Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. Introduced by film historian Christopher Perry.

Film Noire classic THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS is presented on Wednesday, February 23 at 7 PM. Starring Van Heflin, Kirk Douglas and Barbara Stanwyck. Introduction to film by former film critic for National Public Radio, Randy Fischer.

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


CLUB NEWS Sam Davidson 228-1977 Feb. 14, 2005

Andromeda Society

Meeting Feb. 18, 2005

The Andromeda Society meets this Friday, 7:30 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Community Center. The program, a visit to the Keck Telescopes on Hawaii and a tour of Mauna Kea, will be presented by Bill Souder. The public is welcome at no charge.


Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

Invites you to… “Take A Hike”

Wednesday, February 23, 2005 • 10 AM

Marsh Trails and Yucca Ridge Trails

Wednesday, February 23rd at 10 AM take a leisurely guided Interpretive Nature Walk on the Marsh Trails and Yucca Ridge Trails.

A leisurely stroll on the Marsh Trail takes hikers under a canopy of Freemont cottonwood and red willow trees. Ponds abound with clusters of cattail, bulrush, yerba mansa, water parsnips and watercress. Listen to the rarely seen Pacific Tree Frogs, as the males join in chorus and call to perspective mates.

Then ramble up the Yucca Ridge to witness a spectacular bird’s eye view of the Preserve’s woodland and wetland areas. Hikers will see Nature at work as it prepares the plant to bring fort what promises to be a colorful display of wildflowers.

Walk through desert scrub vegetation including creosote, Mojave yucca, Mormon tea and various species of cactus and even a few “live forever” plants.

The hike takes approximately two hours, so bring plenty of water, hat, sunscreen and your curiosity. The hike begins at the Information Kiosk at the south end of the parking lot at Big Morongo Canyon Preserve at 10 AM.

These programs are free to the public, but donations are welcome and can be placed in the designated collection box.

Groups are limited to 15, so make your reservation today by calling (760) 363-7190.

Mark your calendars for National Trails Day Celebration on Saturday, April 2nd.

Visitors are also welcome to visit Big Morongo Canyon Preserve to explore and walk the established trails as individuals or in self-guided groups.

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is located at 11055 East Drive, Morongo Valley CA. For more directions and a map, or to see previews of the trails, please visit our website at

Thank you,

Betty Zeller,

Preserve Administrator

Resident Host

Big Morongo Canyon Wildlife Preserve


Greetings MBCAC Members who are interested in displaying their art in YV on April 23!

The Town of Yucca Valley is hosting its third annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday April 23rd from 9:00 til 3:00 at the Yucca Valley Community Center. The event features local conservation and natural resource agency’s, local landscapers, master composters, face painting, food, live music, live dance demonstrations, live radio broadcast, and for the first time this year balloon rides!!! The previous years the event has had between 600 and 700 attendees.

From a recommendation of many of the existing vendors and demonstrators we are extending an invitation to you to display your works. We have indoor and outdoor spots available (approximately 20 indoor and 6 outdoor). The booths are free. Advertising will take place on Z107 and the Hi-Desert Publishing papers. Also the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce will distribute information at the Palm Springs Thursday night Village Fest.

Please call me direct at the number below if you’re interested or email

Our primary sponsors at this time are Thacher & Daughter Realty and Loans and Yucca Valley Chrysler, Ford, Suzuki.


David T. Munro Senior Management Analyst Office of the City Manager Town of Yucca Valley 760.369.6585 ext 230 (direct)

760.369.7207 (switch)



Please note that we are one of the upcoming shows at Pappy and Harriet's.


Thrusday Feb. 24 7 Pm


A Play by Kenneth Lonergan

Directed by Ron Celona

Performances to be held April 14 - May 1, 2005

Seeking non-union actor for the following role:

Don Bowman: A painter and waiter from Lynn, Massachusetts, 30's

For an audition appointment please contact Ron Celona at

340-3220 Ext. 107.

To be held at the Joslyn Center Theatre, 73-750 Catalina Way, Palm Desert, CA



Info and Rules for playing: The Arts Council of Temecula Valley / Full Value Entertainment show May 28 2005 at the Temecula Rec Center Ampitheater

Band Info:

MUST BE A LOCAL TEMECULA AREA BAND (temecula, murrieta, wine country, anza, menifee, canyon lake, lake elsinore, deluz and fallbrook), focus is on the area youth, although everyone who writes original music should sumbit an application. The application can be filled out online at:

Last day to enter is February 25 2005, bands will be announced March 1 2005

Each band selected to play will recieve 2 raffle tickets on the day of show for the chance at winning: #1 - an 8 hour recording session at Sinewave Studios in Hemet, produced by Bill Gould of Full Value Entertainment.

#2 - an opening slot for a national touring band at Madlins or another venue produced by Full Value Entertainment.

We will be selecting all genres of music, so go ahead and apply no matter what your style is!

For more info:


Contact: Bill Gould Full Value Entertainment

26489 Ynez Road C113 Temecula Ca 92591



Hi Steve,

A new nonprofit organization, Skys the Limit, is working on a really cool project to build an observatory in Twentynine Palms. They've already purchased the 10-acre site off Utah Trail adjacent to Joshua Tree Nationa Park. They're going before the city Planning Commission with the site plan within the next two months.

The group is holding a fundraiser, the first ever Cactus Flower Festival, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 23 (Earth Day weekend) at Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms.

There will be a multitude of activities, including live music. They're looking for a variety of musical acts to perform at the event (obviously there's no pay involved since it's a fundraiser for the observatory project). They could also use someone to handle the sound, etc.

If anyone is interested, they can contact Jerri Hagman, chairwoman of the Skys the Limit committee, at her business Homestead Inn Bed and Breakfast,

760-367-0030 or her toll free number: 877-367-0030.

For more information, check out the organization's new Web site,

~Kelly O'Sullivan

P.S. Jerri has requested that you put her on your weekly mailing list. Her email is


Hello Everyone,

I just put up a show of new paintings at the Watercanyon Coffee Company and would like to invite you to the opening reception on Friday, Feb. 11 at 7:00 PM. There will be music by various people and short comedic films by Cranial Dysfunction Productions. The show will run through March, so if you don't get a chance to come to the reception please feel free to stop by any time between now and the end of March.

Thanks, Jasmine Little

ALSO, if you'd interested in playing some music or doing something entertaining at the reception please contact me and I'd love to have you.


To all Morongo Basin/hi-desert musicians, thespians, artists, and creative souls who defy description: Please submit your arts & entertainment-related news (events, milestones, accomplishments, awards, causes, etc.) to The Sun Runner Magazine for inclusion in the bi-monthly magazine, the Sun Runner website ( and our weekly A&E radio spot, 8:30 Friday mornings on KX96-FM. Our website features the most comprehensive, up-to-date arts & entertainment calendar listings for the hi-desert, but we want to make sure everyone is included. The site is updated at least weekly, often twice or three times a week. Many visitors, residents and organizations use The Sun Runner calendar for event planning and coordination. It's been around for 10 years, and it'll be here for decades to come. Also, we are always looking for contributions from local writers, poets, photographers and artists for inclusion in the magazine. Please contact me if you are interested. Please send your announcements and news to me at:, or give me a call for more information at (760) 367-6410. Thank you, Steve Brown Publisher/Executive Editor The Sun Runner Magazine

29 Palms, CA


Hey Stev0, The Youth Club out here in 29 Palms is looking for a musician/band who would be interested in volunteering to perform for their February 25 fundraiser. The spaghetti dinner fundraiser is at Patriotic Hall, Luckie Park, 29 Palms, from 6:30 - 9 p.m. Last year Dick Dale performed for the event. If anyone is interested, please call Betty Bender, (760) 367-1604. Thanks, Shanghai


CALL FOR ART at the Cactus Flower Festival!

When: April 23, 2005, 11am to 7pm

Where: Luckie Park, 29 Palms (outside)

Why: Fund raiser for the Observatory to be built in 29 Palms, at the north entrance to the JTNParkl

Sponsored by: Sky's The Limit

Contact: JERRI HAGMAN of the Homestead Inn at 367-0030 if you are an artist interested in selling your art outside at Luckie Park on April 23 as a fund raiser for the Observatory, to be built adjacent to the north entrance of JTNP


(there are a lot of auditions, classes, and performances for theatre and music folks listed in this week's DAN newsletter. To subscribe email


**JAMS Comments**

“Our political culture offers such phony tableaus as a bipartisan kiss between the president and Joe Lieberman at the State of the Union, not to mention the promise that a long-term war can be fought without having to endure any shared sacrifice or even too many graphic reminders of its human cost.”

Frank Rich; see attachment- How Dirty Harry Turned Commie


“How in the world did we become a country in which gays' getting married is considered an abomination, but torture is O.K.?”

Bob Herbert; see JAMS political supplement


hi Steve, Thanks again for the Water Cyn. booking. I had a lot of fun. janet


steve- once again, thanks for announcing my friday show

(peacenik at the beatnik) - and all the others.

i had really wanted to do a full report on my trip to dc during the inauguration but i got home and hit the ground running with the new year.

i'm staying awake nights and waking up to the songs of kevin stetz, who i'm recording at my home

( his album is going to be great: hard-hitting, tender, psychedelic, desert hillbilly and urban folk rolled into a nice smoking mixture, with nice dreams guaranteed.

did i tell you i'm doing that instead of the rancho these days? after 2 years of running fred drake's studio with tony mason and fred burke, the studio became impossible to maintain solely as a studio (see the hit factory, nyc. for the industry trend.) it was a great ride, with guests ranging from shawn mafia to pj harvey. fred would be proud of all the great music that's come out of there, including the posthumous release of his ambient music on "the sky party."

dc is truly a 'divided city,' with real, activist, artistic people of every shade on one side of the barbed wire and the power monsters on the other. i got to hang on the human side of the fence with a bunch of local poets and musicians. i was treated very well, with a band provided for my performance (each of whom would be right at home here in joshua tree.)

i love the idea of bringing an artist here, rehearsing them with some local people, and doing a show. anybody know how to write grants for funding such projects?

(they also just put out a poetry zine...we should , too. meredith gave it this great name last night: "lines in the sand". submissions anyone? printing press?)

i got to be pall-bearer of one of the thousand-plus flag-draped coffins in the street as the monkey man took his second oath (with fingers crossed behind his back.)

in a bit of synchronicity, my only sightseeing was to the smithsonian indian museum (brand new on the capitol mall). somewhat disappointed (i mean, shouldn't this be closer to a holocaust museum than to a display of crafts?) until i saw a picture of our friend , native american performance artist james luna, who elia and i presented as part of the national performance network show at water canyon a couple years ago. then, the 'desert double' happened when i realized i was standing beside that very james luna, there to rehearse for the biennale in venice, italy, who recalled his trip to joshua tree, his stay at the inn, our evening in the monument...

he saw my faux fur coat and declared that i looked like "crosby, stills, nash AND young!" (it makes me want to call my next band "wooden nickel," after the great c,s,n,y bootleg.)

peace and music, ted

p.s. i saw ldk (lowell kaufmann) in nyc for a cup of tea. he misses this scene he helped create but always carries the desert in his soul, through the streets and subways of nyc.


stev0…what happened w/ Jonathan Richman? his people called saying there was a conflict between you and him while he was playing?Thanks, R-

R- During our soundcheck he made me promise to not change his volume on the board. 10 or so minutes into his set, however, he changed his volume on his send, causing my input to distort. I had no choice but to lower my input volume. Without that, we would have been listening to distortion the rest of the night, an unacceptable option for me.

Problem was, as I was tweaking my input to re-match the volume, he heard a slight change in the sound and got bent out of shape. Instead of giving me 5 seconds to bring it back to the same level (without distortion), he started foaming at the mouth. We had a quick discussion about it (friendly on my part, irritated on his), unfortunately it was in the middle of a song. It was too bad (and made me look like an imbecile- what else is new?), but it was sorted out in a few seconds. He knew enough from playing a lot of rooms that most house mixers are clueless, but not enough to understand that I was making him sound respectable. He apologized after the set. The episode was entirely his fault, and hurt my feelings a bit, but I'd rather get burned a little than give you distorted sound all night. When he apologized later, I tried to explain that if I can't change my settings, he can't change his either without causing problems, but I don't think he got it. His set was great and I harbor no hard feelings. He (later) was a gentleman, and felt bad about giving me a hard time about it. I thought he was a most interesting artist!

Being in the business all these years, I have become used to being made the fool, more often than not due to artists’ non-professionalism. Time, and touring as a musician, as well as engineering, has taught me that when there are problems with sound, being an asshole isn’t helpful. Even if your engineer is clueless, it doesn’t help fix things when you humiliate him. When I was younger, a quick punch in the offending face would clear the air nicely for me, but it does slow the show down a bit.

Please feel free to send this reply to Jonathan's 'people'. They might learn something. I basically really like his idea of playing completely acoustically with no monitors. It's a very natural and high-class sound I wish more acts would use. There would have been no problem at all if Jonathan had had me turn up the overall volume on the house instead of he turning up his send which drove the house into distortion. For my part, I could have come up between songs and told him what I was going to do so it didn't disturb his flow.

It's all a learning process.



It sure is!



Thanks for stopping by on Wed. We had a good time, most folk followed "the rules" and even MMC called Linnea and said he was listening from work and that it was a good show. Our Saturday show went well, though lightly attended. It's been real slow apparently on weekends up there, but we did advertise in the low desert and it actually brought strangers in -- who by the way will come see us when we play at the W.C.

Just say NO to golf courses!!!!!!!!!!!!

E&B Shooo


What kind of a person would come to the desert and drive a cart around a golf course instead of submitting, in awe, to the beauty of the world?


Can you believe the group with this idea is called "EARTHWISE SERVICES?!?" WHAT A FREAKIN' JOKE! (I asked them to keep the golf courses in the low desert... just typed in my name & email in the survey & it went thru) -=0=- PLEASE LET THIS GUY KNOW WE DON'T WANT THIS IN OUR BEAUTIFUL DESERT!!!


( ) is a survey asking if there should be a golf course in Joshua Tree. Please send this link to as many people as you can...

According to Guy, this hoser has been in Crossroads Restaurant bragging about what a great thing he is doing for the town, & when someone mentioned it was a bad idea, he said "oh, you are just one opinion out of thousands." Let's let him know that's not the case ...




Energy and entropy must be calculated for anything we want to do. Peace on earth cannot be obtained until this is understood. See the attachment.


Garrison Keiller said: "Spoken words are what most people remember best"

Lord kelvin, most famous and productive scientist of the 19th century said: "…when you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre, and unsatisfactory kind."

Farmer Gates & Fannye Sez: Numbers can be obtained for political and social systems. When these numbers are obtained and understood then world peace is possible. Spoken words without these numbers is bullshit.


you got it, farmer gates, give me the numbers and I’ll speak ‘em


thanks steve. nice to see you again. great sound!


great to see and hear you again, Anne- break a leg down under!


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