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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 15-22, 2005


Hey, hey, hey-

I have been getting some flak about calling the music crowd at the Water Canyon the ‘cultural elite’. Although I use the term in a joking manner, it is actually the truth. It’s hard for me to understand how ‘elite’ became a bad word, but that seems to be the case with some of the people I know and deal with. It is even the way right-wing politicians describe liberals now, as if wishing the country were run by sane folks who looked at results clearly instead of ruling by ideology was a snobbish ‘elitist’ desire.

Anyway, I have always wanted to attend and perform at a 60s style music café; I mean a place where folks go to hear good music performances, rather than promote themselves and generally gab. I tend to be an inveterate gabber myself (I call it talking shop), but some years ago I married into the Pike family, whose inherent tendency is to walk away from any conversation that doesn’t carry obvious and immediately useful information. In other words, no small talk! Some of this tendency has rubbed off on me to the point that I would much rather hear a good artist telling their truth to an audience than listen to someone’s conversation, even more so, my own conversation. Conversation and interaction is part of the music café idea but it is not the main focus. The music is the focal point, not the background ambience. There are so many places that use music, often very good music, as the background for conversation. I feel we need at least one place that without the formality of a concert, still has music as the focal point. Voila’, the Water Canyon.

I want to compliment and thank the staff of the WC and the great audience that helped us through 2 nights of recording Tim Easton’s live CD. It was a perfect vibe to make a record. Everyone present there is on the record, both sonically and emotionally. It will be a record to be proud of thanks to you.

The root meaning of elite is ‘from the light’, or enlightened. I consider folks who attend and appreciate good art, and put the artists (or their own) work in front of their own ego, to be enlightened. The cultural elite (my term) that attend the WC events are not putting themselves over others, they are doing the opposite; they are putting themselves in the influence of a given artist for a period of time. They are gaining information, perhaps valuable, from that artist’s world-view. They are taking a few moments to get outside their own egos and into a larger circle. They are part of a circle that is rare in this world; I consider them ‘elite’ (enlightened). I stand by the word.

Dat’s all for now…

Da prez

Ps: quite a few of my posts were filtered out last week by ‘spamcop’. It appears that some folks who have sites on the same server as my websites have been reported as spammers. That doesn’t necessarily mean they are, but while they are sorting it out, it reflects on what I do. It is very hard to manage a list with 600+ names without caving in to the corporate list makers that manage things, but put in pop-up ads, etc. I will not cave in to commerciality, but if I continue to have trouble posting, I will close down the list. If I need to do this, Marv S. has said he will help me put up a sort of bulletin board on the site that you and I can post our stuff to. I’ll keep you informed the best I can.

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

PPPS: check out attachment ‘family story about Lawrence Welk’


***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): Shanghai Brown + Friends St Patrick’s Day w/Shawn Mafia

Spoken Word- Vicky Waite

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

**Friday 7 to 9 PM**

Fleet Smallwood (wonderful-rootsy originals and classics)

**Saturday Brunch 11AM to 1PM**

Dave Theriault ( classical guitar instrumentals)

**Saturday Night 8 to 10PM**

Honky Tonk Train (you got to hear these two great musicians)


Pappy’s Upcoming Shows:

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.


Rojer Arnold Band
At the Beatnik Fri 3/18

Please join Paul and I at 9pm.

also we will be opening for Steve Poltz,

7:30 at Pappy and Harriet's Friday March 25


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)


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


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)



8-10 PM


JAMS Announcements


LOCAL BANDS NEEDED TO PLAY CHARITY EVENT Is your band available on Saturday, April 16th and willing to play 1 hour for free for a fundraiser? April is National Donate Life Month dedicated to increasing the awareness of the need for organ and tissue donation. For the first time, California is starting an online registration for organ and tissue donation. However, funds are needed to keep the registry running. Currently over 18,000 Californians are awaiting an organ donation. OneLegacy is a local non-profit organization that helps match donors to recipients and provides community education. OneLegacy and three other California donor organizations are responsible for funding the registry. On Saturday, April 16th OneLegacy will join other community businesses in sponsoring a fundraiser at The Stumps Bar and Grill in 29 Palms with all proceeds going to the donor registry. The event will run from 3-8 PM with a car wash and cookout outside and live music, food and drinks inside. If your band is able to participate, please call Betsy at 898-2591.


Andromeda Society

Meeting March 18, 2005

The Andromeda Society meets this Friday, 7:30 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Community Center. The program will include a short video on the birth of the earth and moon. All astronomy questions will be welcomed. The public is welcome at no charge.


Joshua Tree Block Party !!

Friday March 18th

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 29 Palms Highway, downtown Joshua Tree.

Come on down and meet all your neighbors and friends.

There will be food and drink and great local live entertainment.

All the stores between Mikes Liquors and Rattler Fine Foods will be open late that night. The Vintage Vessel will also be pulling up and supplying music and margaritas.

So come on down and Party and beckon in this beautiful Spring!

See you there, The Block

Stores participating: Mikes Liquors Spin and Margies Trading Post Crossroads Cafe Weeda Real Estate Joshua Tree Outfitters Rattler Fine Foods


Celebrate Earth Day in Yucca Valley with three top local bands

The Town of Yucca Valley’s Hi-Desert Nature Museum presents the Third Annual Conservation Fair and Earth Day Celebration on Saturday April 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The annual event will draw over 1,200 attendees. The celebration takes place at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum at the Yucca Valley Community Center. This year the event will feature three top local bands; Condor, Golden Hill Ramblers, and Vibration Army. The environmental celebration features local artists, conservation groups, landscaping information, and demonstrations. There is fun for the whole family including free face painting, free hot air balloon rides, food and refreshments, and free t-shirts and special projects for children. Current event information can be found at under Earth day 2005.


Joshua Tree National Park Wildflower Update

Go directly to if you prefer not to open attachments. Also, the Press Room has photographs in 72dpi and 300 dpi for web and media use.

The Wildflower Updates use a coded map of the Joshua Tree National Park region including the Morongo Basin, Chuckwalla Valley, and the area adjacent to Dillon Road. The updates reference only those areas in good or spectacular bloom. At this time the flower fields south of the Cottonwood Visitor Center (#4) and the area north of Desert Center (#17) rate spectacular. The diversity and color also rate high around Ironage Road ( 16) and further east toward Hwy. 177.

Please contact me if you have questions.

Pat Flanagan

Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce

6455-A Mesquite Avenue

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-3445 FAX: (760) 367-3366 email:


The Wizard of Oz runs until April 3rd at the Hi Desert Playhouse in Joshua Tree. For performance days and times and to secure tickets call the box office on 366-3777.




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.)


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.”


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.


Art Announcement from High Desert Living Arts Center:

High Desert Living Arts Center is holding it's 2nd Annual Chuckwalla Music & Arts Festival and are seeking artists who would like a booth to display, and sell their art. Chuckwalla is a fundraiser for our kid's art programs and will be held on April 22 & 23 from 4pm-12 on Friday and from 2pm-12 on Saturday, at Pappy and Harriet's in Pioneertown. Vending will only go till 10pm both days. The fee for vending is $25 for both days and is a 10X10 space. We have limited space this year and the spaces will be given on a first come first serve basis. If anyone would like more info, or and application, please email Ronda at<>, or call me at

363-1137. Look forward to seeing everyone there. Tickets are presale $2 per day or $3 at the door.

More info regarding Chuckwalla coming very soon.


Ronda Mueller


EarthWorksNow2005 International Biennial March 11-April 30

Copper Mountain College and Hi-Desert Nature Museum

(more in JAMSPr)


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)


Hi Steve,

A new nonprofit organization, Skys the Limit, is working on a really cool project to build an observatory in Twentynine Palms.

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,

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


Big Morongo Canyon Preserve Invites you to… Celebrate the first day of Spring with a wildflower walk along the Yucca Ridge. Make your reservation today by calling (760) 363-7190. details in (JAMSPr)


The Morongo Valley Trail Riders Association is sponsoring Western Days on May 14 & 15, 2005 at Covington Park in Morongo Valley. We will have arts & crafts, food, games, a parade, music and dancing. Artists and food vendors are invited to set up a booth for the weekend. Our flyer is attached. Please feel free to contact Karen Lowe at (760) 363-7888 for more information. Vendor applications gladly sent out upon request.


Comics on Patrol return to Theater 29 in Twentynine Palms on April Fools Weekend

(Details in JAMSPR)

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,


(more details on Shanghai activities 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:


April 23, 2005 - JT Chamber of Commerce Annual Turtle Days Street Fair - "Earth Day" Celebration. Great live music, Gifts, Food, Kids' activities. (760) 366-3723. Location: Park Blvd, Joshua Tree. Vendors welcome - call for application and information. Waste Management will bring containers for Recycling for the community. There will be alternative fuel vehicles displayed, oil recycling station, and lots of arts/crafts vendors. FREE.



Theatre 29's production of "the Apple Tree" continues its run on Friday and Saturday evenings through March 26th, with one matinee on Saturday, March 19th. (See JAMSPr)


Upcoming Events at The Institute of Mentalphysics Spiritual Teaching and Retreat Center

59700 29 Palms Hwy., Joshua Tree, CA


GRAND OPENING & PSYCHIC FAIR Spirit to Spirit Books & Music at Mentalphysics March 19-20 Saturday 10 am-7 pm, Sunday 11 am-7 pm

Watch for a special email Monday with details!

(There are still openings for psychics and vendors)

Spring Equinox Drumming & Dancing Saturday, March 19, 7 pm Location: Preceptory of Light Bring Drums & Rattles Admission $5

Intro. to Mentalphysics & Breath of Life Saturday, March 19, 10-11:30 am Rev. Michael & Charla Shamhart Location: Harmony Hall Free


JAMS Comments


Does anyone else notice how endemic is the condescension to seniors, regarding their stubborn opposition to Social Security privatization? Everyone seems to assume that all these silly old people could possibly be worried about is losing their own benefits.

On his bamboozlepalooza tour, the President constantly hammers away that if you were born before 1950 nothing will change for you, hoping in his usual divisive way to remove seniors from caring about the debate. The mainstream media constantly alludes to seniors anxiety over losing their precious benefits. Even some of us privatization opponents secretly smile at their stubborn mule-like resistance to change.

Is it so hard to imagine that maybe seniors are NOT being stupid and selfish, that maybe they just want to preserve for their children and grandchildren a program that they know firsthand is worth fighting for? Vern


Hello friends,

I consider myself very fortunate to have worked and performed with so many incredible people. It's never easy to lose a loved one in life, and this past week has been no exception. Many of you know that I love music and that my genres are widely varied. The Blind Boys of Alabama are one such group of artists that gave me the opportunity to express myself like no other. One of the founding members of this wonderful group died in his sleep Wednesday morning, March 9, 2005 at his home in Durham, NC. He was 75. I am honored and grateful for the time I shared with Mr. George Scott.
Much love and respect.
March 10, 2005 -- George Scott, a founding member of the Blind Boys of Alabama gospel group, died in his sleep Wednesday morning, March 9, 2005 at his home in Durham, NC. He was 75.


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