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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 Mar 8-15, 2005


Hey, hey, hey-

Well, the desert is heating up for the Tim Easton recording sessions at the WC. I have been hearing from out-of-town people asking about how to get to the WC and what is the cover charge. Can you believe there are folks in the world who expect to pay a cover charge? Up here in the desert, a cover charge is a death sentence on your show, unless you’ve got an ikon like Leon Russell. If you think about it though, the places up here are pretty small, and have a hard time selling enough (of whatever they sell) to make much of a profit on entertainment. Personally, I don’t mind paying a bit to help subsidize the places bringing in interesting talent. That is not to say that all music presented is not interesting, I just personally like to see what other folks are doing with their shows on the road to survive. I also think that the cross-pollination is good for our local talent and our scene in general.

That came home last Saturday at the WC for me. I was on the stage with a couple of my favorite players in the world, and doing some of my favorite material. However, I was also dealing with the sound, trying to tell Jon and Bob what keys the songs were in (I tend to change arrangements without warning) ,talking to the audience, and trying to sound (not cool, of course, but) like I maybe have played once or twice professionally. To make a long story short, it sounded good, but the show was pretty homey. There were some false starts and fairly long waits between songs. The audience was great, the band played well, but I felt like I wasn’t a very good leader. Being a band leader requires the ability to keep a lot of balls in the air; I have let that ability slip a bit now that I am not a full-timer. This is a lot of what I feel we pay for with pro touring groups. It’s worth money.

Anyway, I hope a lot of you will come out to be a part of the recording sessions this weekend. Tim is a truly fine performer. Also, watching engineer Mike Farrow work is very worthwhile by itself for recording types. Should be real fun!

Dat’s all for now…

Da prez

Ps: if you are interested, check out the Jams Political Supplement (attached).


**Gig Reports**


Water Canyon Coffee Company

Music now Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat…

Yucca Valley at 55844 29 Palms Highway. 760 365 7771

…This Week….

**Tuesday Jazz and Blues 6 to 8 PM**

the Fuzz Balls (local really cool and laid back blues guys)

**Thursday Night Songwriting, Poetry and Rhythm Club 7 to 9 PM **

Musical guest(s): Keenwild / Mike Mucklow

Spoken Word- Angelique Eddins

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

**Friday 7 to 9 PM**

Tim Easton live recording

**Saturday Brunch 11AM to 1PM**

Tommy Paul ( classical and flamenco guitar instrumentals)

**Saturday Night 8 to 10PM**

Tim Easton live recording- continued


Pappy’s Upcoming Shows:

3/12: Moot Davis featuring Pete Anderson w/ The Slidewinders
3/18 The Boneyard Dogs

3/19: Elecktrobek & The Southern Revival *Late night rock show w/ The Spores & Brandt Bjork & The Bros

3/21: Special Pappy's Original Songwriters Showcase w/ Cd Release & 21st B'day Party for Kevin Stetz..also appearing Ted Quinn & Cathy Rivers (from Tuscon)

3/25: The Rojer Arnold Band & Steve Poltz
4/1: The Bastard Sons Of Johnny Cash

4/2: Mike Stinson

4/3 Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion CD release party w/ Tim Easton

4/8 Michael Dart & The Flatlanders

4/9 I See Hawks in LA

4/16 The Blasters!

4/22 Honky Tonk Freestyle, Outlaw Country from Zachariah and The Lobos Riders & their few friends

4/23 Juke Logan's CD Release Party! "The Truth Will Rock You!"

Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace is at 53688 Pioneertown Rd. in Pioneertown (4 miles North of Highway 62 on Pioneertown Rd). For information call! (760) 365-5956.


Tom Freund

March 9th Ruta Maya

3601 S. Congress, Ste.D-200 Austin, TX 78704

512-707-9637 With Abra Moore, $8

March 11th House Concert David Jackson

2707 W. Alabama Houston, TX 77098 Contact: $10 with Matt the Electrician opening


Wednesday, March 16: Shanghai Brown hosts a special St. Paddy’s Open Mic. 8 p.m. Joshua Tree Beatnik Cafe, 61597 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree. (760)366-2090, Free.


Thursday, March 17, St. Patrick’s Day: A Special Sun Runner St. Patrick’s Day Thursday Night Songwriting, Poetry and Rhythm Club with music by Shanghai Brown, poetry by Vickie Waite and special guest: Shawn Mafia. 7-9 p.m. Water Canyon Coffee Co., 55844 29 Palms Highway, Yucca Valley. (760)365-7771. Free.


Saturday, April 9: Sun Runner Showcase: Holdstock & MacLeod. 7 p.m. A special evening of traditional British, Scottish and sea music by internationally renowned Northern California duo, Dick Holdstock and Allan MacLeod. Shanghai Brown & friends open. $10. Hi-Desert Playhouse, 61231 29 Palms Hwy., Joshua Tree. Box Office: (760)366-3777. Tickets also available at Rock-It-Man CDs, Yucca Valley, and The Sun Runner. Tickets now available online at through PayPal

(See JAMS PR for more details on all Shanghai gigs)


SHAWN MAFIA & THE TEN CENT THRILLS APPEARING LIVE Friday, March 11, 2005 @Kickstand Grill & Bar 301 N. Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA (760) 320-2870

Show starts at: 9 PM (we go on at or around 11 PM) Other acts include: Mighty Jack

THE SECOND ANNUAL SHAWN MAFIA BIRTHDAY BEER BASH! Saturday, March 19, 2005 @:The Joshua Tree Beatnik Cafe 61597 Twentynine Palms Hwy. Joshua Tree, CA (760) 366-2090 Show starts at: 8 PM Acts include: Shawn Mafia & The Ten Cent Thrills & The Barking Pupfish More info at


Appearing March 10 at Pappy and Harriets: Leonard Samartino and the Blues Mystics, Featuring Mark Griffin on Roland V-drums and harmonica. If you like to dance to a good solid hard-core electric blues band, this is the night for you. Come down for a great night.


Back to The Jetty on Wednesday and Thursday...I'll be hosting a "Jam Session" starting at 7pm to 11pm...We'll have a set of drums, bass guitar, etc. so come on down and let's rock the joint...Tell your friends, it should be a fun mid week party...Greg


Kevin Stetz Week- Celebrating his new CD release

Kevin's High Desert Blast Off Tour Includes the following appearances:

Thursday, March 24, 7pm, Water Canyon SPRC,

Friday, March 25, 7pm, Water Canyon

Saturday, March 26, 8pm, Beatnik Cafe



What: Kevin Stetz CD release and 21st Birthday Party! Where: Pappy & Harriets, Pioneertown, California When: Monday, March 28 6pm-? Who: Kevin Stetz & friends Wooden Nickel (Sue Bradley,Tal Hurley & Ted Quinn) plus special guests Miles Of Music artists Nels Andrews & Cathy Rivers (from Albuquerque,NM)

Frday, April 1, 9pm, Peacenik at the Beatnik


(More details in JAMSPR)



760 365-5956


(you can bet da prez will be up there after Tim’s session Friday)



8-10 PM


JAMS Announcements


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. *see comments

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.

(I hope all local musicians appreciate a radio station that is programmed right here, and doesn’t get it’s content off a satellight. This is a disappearing breed and a valuable resource, please support it.)


Thanks for keeping us informed on the arts.
The Healthy Living Newsletter will be publishing its next issue for distribution first week in April. We are actively seeking support from the artistic community, hoping some of you will take out a $20 back page ad. In addition to supporting getting the environmental word out in the high desert, advertisers report getting phone calls and business from our ads, which are a fraction of the cost of other publications. (See JAMS PR for more details)

Julie (Jaya) Gerstman

Ad Deadline March 15


May 13-15! partial line-up & early bird ticket info

the Frequinox (members of Galactic, 20th Congress, Greyboy Allstars, Motherbug & the Headhunters) Zilla (Michael Travis of String Cheese Incident) African Showboyz of Ghana Papa Mali + Signal Path Alfred Howard and the K23 Orchestra Victoria Williams + Thamusemeant Aphrodesia + Tim Easton Shamans Dream World Groove Ensemble Spoonfed Tribe + Ted Quinn Taarkastra + Spoonshine Audio Angel + Jamie Janover Mojow & the Vibration Army

Limited Early Bird Tickets on Sale Now! Early bird discount tix available now via the website. Magical locale. Outrageously talented eclectic lineup. Kids of all ages dancing under the stars in the shadows of the National Park.


Greetings Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council Members!

Spelman Downer of Copper Mountain College would like to invite you and your friends to….

EarthWorksNow2005 International Biennial March 11-April 30

Copper Mountain College and Hi-Desert Nature Museum

March 11 Opening events:


2:00 pm, show at Coyoteria, inside the CMC cafeteria

2:30 pm, Dedication of Isla de la Tortuga, next to Greenleaf Library

3:30 pm, Guided tour of campus earth works

At Hi-Desert Nature Museum:

5 to 7 pm, Reception at Museum, Showing all Gallery works


Artist Gathering
Hi Steve, I have scheduled our May gathering for Sunday, May 1st at the Integratron. The party will last from 4-6PM. I am looking for someone to volunteer to play music and thought maybe you would be interested or would know someone who is? Thanks, Jeff Hafler



(jeff, I will put something together for it unless you have someone else )


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. (See JAMS PR for more details)


Some of you expressed interest in dancing at the Manhattan Club Show in Riverside. The date is Friday, March 11th. The dancing will be from 7:30 pm to 8 pm. The 10 piece jump swing band, Phat Cat Swinger, will be performing live.

After the band's performance, the show officially begins at 8 pm and includes big band movie clips, a 40's radio show, a sultry vocalist, dancing cigarette girls, stand-up comedian Steven Pearl and myself as M.C. This is a dressy event so all dancers must be dressed up. Formal attire is not necessary. Vintage clothes are a plus.

This event is invitation only so let me know if you want to be included in this show on the 11th. Those of you in the Hi-Desert who need a ride can carpool in my van, but I will be leaving no later than 5 pm.

Regards, Christopher Perry



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 National 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

~Kelly O'Sullivan

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,

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


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


Hey Stev0,

Now that I have assembled my new and improved Sun Runner desk, I’ve been busy working on our website. If local musicians would like us to stream their music over our website (a different artist per page, preferably linked to their performance somewhere, or CD release, etc.), they should send a CD, along with written permission to play their music (sans compensation), to Steve Brown at The Sun Runner, PO Box 87, 29 Palms, CA 92277. Also, we’ll be offering local music CDs from our website ( in the near future. We are accepting CD consignments for sale from the site. If musicians are interested, I would like bio information, album art, musician photo (that can all be sent digitally), along with at least three copies of the CD and one for our use (streaming on the web, review, etc.), and artist contact info (so we can send them a check, and/or reorder CDs).

I’m still trying to accumulate musician listings too (I know – herding cats), but I’m only willing to do so much to provide free publicity for someone else.

Also, in addition to doing a set at Water Canyon on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), I have been invited to do a paid gig at The Jetty in Palm Desert. If there are any musicians interested in joining me (doesn’t have to be all Irish music, but some helps), and getting paid to do so, please contact me at (760) 367-6410, or via e-mail at The gig goes from 7:30 p.m. to around midnight, and I need someone to open it (while I’m doing my set at WC), and to do a set or two later.

One last thing (I hope) – we’re rapidly approaching deadline for the April/May Music Festival Special Issue of The Sun Runner. If anyone has an event to list, they need to send it to us now. And festival organizers (Turtle Days, Cactus Flower, Chuckwalla, JT Music Fest, etc.) need to send us event information and musician line-ups ASAP, so we can include everyone in the next issue.

Thanks for all you do O’ great fellow editor fellow,



Two fantastic photographers are featured at Roadside Attraction now thru March 15th. Wally Pacholka, a three time winner of the Time-Life "Picture of the Year" award, is exhibiting his Indian Cove Night Sky images and Drew Reese's, "Faces In The Earth", a unique digital look at rock and mud formations of the Joshua Tree National Park. Roadside is located at 69197 29 Palms Hwy. in the Indian Cove area of 29 Palms. For more info, call 362-4100. (more details in JAMSPR)



PCT is looking for Jets and Sharks as well as a Tony for their upcoming production of Westside Story. Dance rehearsals start March 29. Regular rehearsal starts April 5. Show runs April 22 to May 8 2005. Please call the production office at 760-323-0739 to set up an appointment for an audition.

(there are a lot of auditions, classes, and performances for theatre and music folks listed on the DAN website. Check out; ; local events, both music and arts can be found at:


JAMS Comments


Alice & Albert Benefit Garage Sale: Just a short note to thank all who helped and contributed to the sale. I was able to turn over $500 to Alice and Albert to help offset cost for his back-surgery that is coming up soon. Alice will have to go back and forth to the hospital near Fontana. This helped get their vehicle brought up to good repair and will also help with gasoline costs. Again, Thank you all for being there for our fellow musicians.

Best Regards, Mark Griffin


Hi Steve,

You must be excited over the upcoming live recording at the Water Closet. I'd love to attend, and to be of any help or assistance I could be to you and Mike. Unfortunately, I have a gig in Palm Springs on Friday night and am slated to be a judge at the Yucca Valley Rotary Club's National Music Scholarship competition at YV High School on Saturday evening. Hopefully, the scholarship program, which begins at 7:00, will be completed early enough to allow me to catch a bit of the tail end of Saturday's session. In any case, good luck with your sessions; may they flow smoothly. I'll be sending you good thoughts from wherever I am. Please give my regards to Mike. Thanx.

Happy days to you...nights too, ~Me


Heyya StevO! You may already be aware of the new eligibility requirements that Gary D of Z107-7 FM radio has set forth to be eligible to have an MBCAC Members’ art calendar announcement on the radio:

ELIGIBLITY REQUIREMENTS for the art announcements on the “MBCAC Z107-7 FM radio art calendar announcements by Kit Brooks”:

“Individual(s) requesting Z107-7 FM radio to announce an art event in the allocated time slot from the MBCAC weekly art calendar on Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:20am, must be a current Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council Member. The location of the art event must be located at a not-for-profit business, and/or solely be an art gallery that does not sell food. Submitted Art Events that take place at a for-profit business will not be announced on Z107-7, unless the business is strictly an art gallery or strictly a non-profit organization.”

StevO: If you think it is appropriate to add the “eligibility requirements” under your listing of Art Announcements from Z107-7 on your gig reports that would be great, to clearify any misunderstandings from individuals wondering why their art announcements were not on the radio.

Thank you, G


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