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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 Apr 5-12, 2005


Hey, hey, hey-

Well, Al and I are joking about the Dead (grateful, that is, not many are). My policy as a performer, like most desert folks, was never pay to see a band, no matter who they are. My manager, though, got me backstage at a Dead concert in Chicago. I really enjoyed the spectacle, but was most impressed by their business organization. There’s no business like show business.

I have noticed that there are important things going on simultaneously every weekend now. It’s a tough call which show to support. I guess it’s either feast or famine. If I have to choose between the 2, I’ll take feast.

We’ll be getting into the new format any week now, which will allow folks to post their own announcements every weeki. I don’t know how it will work, exactly, but Marv has promised to cut down my Tuesday editing so we can start recording on Tues night.

Hear, hear!

It’s time to post the list and drink a glass of wine and talk about Gurdjieff and the law of octaves with Al. When we have it totally sorted out, you probably won’t see us anymore. Meantime, thanks for supporting live music.

Dat’s all for now…

Da prez

PS:if you are interested, check out the Jams Political Supplement (attached); all non-musical announcements and press releases are in JAMSannouncements (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): Rachel Indigo (Oregon singer/songwriter- teaser set for Fri.)

Spoken Word- TBA

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

**Friday 7 to 9 PM**

Rachel Indigo (Oregon singer/songwriter)

**Saturday Brunch 11AM to 1PM**

Tommy Paul ( classic guitar instrumentals)

**Saturday Night 8 to 10PM**

Mojow and the Vibration Army (with special guests for peace happening- they have a great new CD that is about the best first effort I’ve ever heard)


Joshua Tree Music Festival May 13-15! Artists Added. Discount Tix til Apr. 15.

John Butler From Letterman Show

Delta Nove (high energy world funk), Vegitation (roots rock reggae), and Bingo (psychedelic folk rock) , join the Frequinox (fea. members of Galactic, 20th Congress, Greyboy Allstars, Motherbug & the Headhunters), the John Butler Trio, Zilla (fea. Michael Travis of String Cheese Incident), African Showboyz, Papa Mali, Signal Path, Hamsa Lila, Alfred Howard, Ganga Giri, Victoria Williams, Thamusemeant, Aphrodesia, Tim Easton, Shamans Dream, Spoonfed Tribe, Ken WIll Morton, Ted Quinn, Taarkastra, Spoonshine, Audio Angel & DJ Truth, Jamie Janover & Friends, and Mojow & the Vibration Army !

3 Day Festival Passes only $65(!) til April 15 Discount tix available til midnight on April 15 via the website. Magical locale. Outrageously talented eclectic lineup. Kids of all ages dancing under the stars in the shadows of the National Park.



*JOHN "JUKE" LOGAN's new album of EXTREME CUSTOM BLUES…in the world & IN EFFECT…



Buy it NOW at:

SAT., APRIL 9: COZY'S, Sherman Oaks, CA: 14058 Ventura Blvd., near Hazeltine, 818-986-6000 / SAT., APRIL 23: Pappy & Harriet's PIONEERTOWN PALACE, Pioneertown, CA: (in the hi-desert near Yucca Valley/Joshua Tree), 53688 Pioneertown Road, 760-365-5956 /, then click on Pappy & Harriets

THANK YOU for your support…ENJOY THE MUSIC…may the TRUTH ROCK YOU & may ye groove… -


Hi everyone,

I just wanted to send out one last reminder for our upcoming Sun Runner Showcase this Saturday night, featuring Holdstock & MacLeod in concert at the Hi-Desert Playhouse. I’d like to invite you to join us for a relaxed and enjoyable evening of music. You can still order tickets online at, or straight from the Playhouse box office. If you’re not careful, I’ll do a few songs myself. All the info is below for your reference.


Steve “Shanghai” Brown (full press release in announcements)


Dick Dale and Jimmy Dale concert info; after being featured playing their guitars February 7, 8, on the Jesse James Monster Garage on the Discovery Channel,

Dick Dale will be performing 37 concerts in 42 days starting May 3, 2005 ending in June 13, 2005....

Guitar Legend dick dale and Guitar Prodigy 13 yr old son jimmy dale will be in concert as a split billing with Donovan at the San Diego Fair at Del Mar Fairgrounds june 28, tuesday 2005.....

also dd and jd will be in concert July 30, Saturday at the famed Catalina Avalon Casino ballroom in support of raising funds to raise the historical SS Catalina steamship in mexico.

We hope to Refloat the S.S. Catalina on Father's Day, Sunday, June 19, 2005. We plan on having the Refloating shown live on streaming video over the Internet. Thanks to very hardworking people, we have a great new web site: for donations and ticket information contact Linda Hironimus Vice President, Fundraising Raising the Catalina Association



4/8 Michael Dart & The Flatlanders

4/9 I See Hawks in LA

4/14 Ted Quinn & The Bingo Band

4/15 The Terry Hanson Band

4/16 The Blasters! w/ The Terry Hanson Band $10

4/21 Steve Johnson

4/22&23 The Chuckwalla Festival (outside)

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!"

4/28 The Believers "American Gothic meets Amazing Grace", Soulful Americana

4/29&30 High Energy Country Rock~n~Roll with Grey Sides!

5/1 Ron Thompson & The Resistors

5/5 Jed and Kelly with High Desert Favorite, Hunter Harvey

5/ 6 & 7 Rockabilly Swing w/ The Big Fat Steve Band

5/12 Warming up for the Joshua Tree Music Festival an evening with Spoonshine and Ken Will Morton

5/13 & 14 Rockin' Country w/ Runaway Train

5/21 OUTDOOR SHOW! "The Other Side" -- The Doors Tribute Band "The Who Show"-- The Who Tribute Band See TWO great bands under the stars, ONE NIGHT ONLY $10



Radio 60 upcoming schedule...April 8 at Patti's in Cathedral City, 35-756 Date Palm Drive, 760-770-7335, 7pm-11pm...Call Greg Veach for info & bookings at 760-831-9805...


Appearing every Friday at the Cinema Lounge in the Camelot Theater, piano stylist Christopher Perry will be performing musical themes from movies along with standards by great American song writers. Also, witness the keyboard acrobatics of such rare piano styles as Boogie Woogie, Stride, Swing and Classic Ragtime.

Piano music in the Cinema Lounge will continue every Fridayfrom 5 pm until 8 pm through June 3. The Camelot Theater is the desert's premiere motion picture theater with cafe cuisine and full bar. The Camelot Theater is located at 2300 Baristo Road in Palm Springs. Theater Phone 760-325-6565.













** bingo band and i are doing a show at pappy & harriet's on thursday, april 14. hope y'all come up!!

*** always, love & thanks to the beatnik cafe's michael & linnea for letting us air our hearts and souls on their little stage, sending it out to the ears of the world at (every wednesday, friday saturday & sunday LIVE!)

*º* and all of the above (except for baby), plus many other luminous players, will join forces for chuckwalla 2005 , also at pappy's, on friday & saturday, april 22 & 23.


ChuckwallaFest Pre-sale Tickets now available at only $2 each This means you can drop a mere $10 and take four of your favorite people to the first outdoor event of the year -- what a deal! (each ticket good for one day)

What: ChuckwallaFest '05 -- Two Evenings of Music & Art in the (blooming) High Desert When: April 22nd & 23rd, Friday 4-12, Saturday 2-12 Where: Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace Who: Presented by High Desert Living Arts Why: IT's FUN! + Provides in-school and summer arts programs for our local kids

Find tickets at these following locations: In Yucca Valley: The Pottery & Rock-It-Man In Joshua Tree: The Beatnik & Coyote Corner

For more info, visit


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.)


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.


Bands needed to play one hour for free for fundraiser on April 16th, 2 pm-8 pm, at The Stumps Bar and Grill in 29 Palms. Proceeds going to support Donate Life California, a nonprofit organ and tissue donation organization. For more info please call

760-898-2591 or email


JOSHUA TREE – The Annual Turtle Days Street Fair will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2005, from 9:00am to 6:00pm. Turtle Days will be located one block south of 29 Palms Highway and Park Boulevard, in downtown Joshua Tree, CA.


we (Alice and Albert) will be at the Yucca Inn Yukking it up, from 7-? on Saturday, April 9th. On the 15th, we hooking up the trailor and heading to Flagstaff, Tulsa, Nashville, Charleston, SC, Savannah, GA and Jacksonville, FL - on the way back, we will terrorize the good people of New Orleans and Tucson


JAMS Announcements-

(and mine)


JAMS Comments

Since I moved to the desert 5 years ago I have been starved for Grateful Dead music. When I lived in Humboldt Co. there were a lots of places that would have "Dead" music. The radio for one would play the Dead on Sat. nite for two hours. Then once a year on Jerry's death date they would have a concert in Arcata complete with a Jerry look-a-like and play music from a concert list, called the "Dark Star Orchestra" (they have a web site). Then there was a concert at Humboldt State on Earth Day with the keyboard player from the Dead and his band.

If you could point me in any direction, it would be appreciated….Patsy


Hey Steve,

One more BIG thank you for plugging the upcoming multi-family yard sale in J.T. If you're cool with one final plug, the sale is going on: Fri-Sun 4/8-4/10 from roughly 12-5 Friday, and 8-5 Sat/Sun, across from the Circle K in J.T., next to Thee Ink Cup tattoo parlor, though those are ballpark hours - some people will be out earlier and/or later (sale is up to eight people/families so far). Most will be selling only Sat/Sun, but take a look Friday, there'll probably be me and maybe others selling then, too. Focus on good stuff, quality stuff, a bunch of A/V and some music stuff... my whole old house's contents are going... vintage clothes store people, etc.

Best wishes and hope to see you there!

Jeremy -


In its April Fools' Day issue, Scientific American published a spoof editorial in which it apologized for endorsing the theory of evolution just because it's "the unifying concept for all of biology and one of the greatest scientific ideas of all time," saying that "as editors, we had no business being persuaded by mountains of evidence." And it conceded that it had succumbed "to the easy mistake of thinking that scientists understand their fields better than, say, U.S. senators or best-selling novelists do." (see ‘an academic question’ in the political supplement)


The low point in the politicking over Terri Schiavo came last week when the House majority leader, Tom DeLay, threatened the judges who ruled in her case. Saying they had "thumbed their nose at Congress and the president," (see-Attacking a Free Judiciary, in the pol. Supplement)


Tell me about the Gram Parsons Festival. I've been a Gram Parsons fan since before his death. Interestingly enough I was camping in Joshua Tree the day he was delivered there. I learned about it when I returned home and saw the story on the news. Thanks, John

Dear Steve: Please send info. on the festival,if not too much trouble, as it becomes available. many thanks, Bob B

(get in touch with Jon McKinney and/or watch this newsletter)


Hi Eric, I have been unable to get the last two news letters because my computer virus program has said they were infected. Has anyone else complained of this? Thanks, Kit

nope- and they're checked for problems before they're sent. the providers are just more aggressively blocking spam, and a blind-copied newsletter looks like it to some filters. there are no viruses in the JNL.


Thank you Steve. It wasn't listed as Spam, but that it had a virus. I don't know what the problem was, but I got two today that I was able to open. I'll never understand this stuff! Kit



Hope to see a lot of you in California starting this week! The fabulous Charlie Wallace will be our featured guest on this tour!

Weds. 6th: 8:30pm, Live Show and interview with Alice & the Band in Pacifica. Channel 26. Live Audience appreciated! Channel 26 address is 580 Crespi Drive, Unit E. Phone: 650.355.8001

Thurs 7th: Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason, S.F.

Fri 8th: 7:30pm, $15 Castoro Cellars, Templeton (just 2 miles south of Paso Robles. Take 46 West and go left on Bethel Road. You'll see their sign at the top of a little rise. Click on What's New or call 888-damfine for reservations. Concert presented by SLOFOLKS (San Luis Obispo Folk Society) Email:

I forgot to tell you that we have been nominated again this year for a Seattle Weekly Music Award for Best Blues Band. The SWMA online ballot goes live on April 6th!! You can start voting online that day but NOT BEFORE! You do not have to be from Seattle to vote. The URL is: If you want to go directly to the ballot, use this URL: DON'T TRY AND VOTE BEFORE APRIL 6th or you will get an error message.

We would really appreciate your vote!

Thanks, Alice & The Formerlys


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"One of the great geopolitical clichés of our time is that he who controls the supply, and thus also the price, of crude petroleum, is Master of the Universe, but that's no longer true. So far the Iraqi war has produced the opposite result intended. We've driven allies away and hardened alliances among Islamic nations, many of which control the supply and price of oil. More and more we see deficits in our access to oil. The rising price of domestic gasoline is just one consequence. "

Economist Paul Erdman

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