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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 Dec 28- Jan 4, 2004


Hey, hey, hey-

I hope you are all having a good holiday season. I have been enjoying having all 5 of my sons (with wives and girlfriends) visiting and staying with us. It doesn’t replace the ‘patter of little feet’, but it is a pretty good second.

Also, I hope you will come out and see us at the Water Canyon on New Years Eve, and/or New Years Day (evening). There’s a lot of other cool stuff goin’ on on New Years, also (see ‘gigs’ and ‘announcements’).

Also, if anyone knows through what avenues donations can be directed to help in the incredible cataclysm on the Indian Ocean, please let us know. I am awestruck by it.

The ‘war prayer’ by America’s great literary genius, Mark Twain, is going around the internet for the 2nd time in as many years, and is more appropriate now that ever. I have attached it with a speech written by Bill Moyers in acceptance of an award recently.

Dat’s all for now…

Da prez

PS. If you are interested, don’t forget to check out the JAMS political supplement attached.


***gig reports***


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

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

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

This week

Musical guest(s): Abandon Ship (unplugged set)

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

(complete press releases in ‘announcements’)

New Years Eve. Dec 31

Friday 8 to 12PM

***Cover Free New Years Party***

with ‘Abandon Ship’ and special guests

(electric and acoustic trio originally from JT. strong songs and vocals)

New Years Day Jan 1st

Saturday 8 to 10PM

JT Shakers and special guests

(the one and only, topical, irreverent, cruelly handsome dudes)


Beatnik new years


Friday December 31 2004 8pm until ...

Ted Quinn with special guests Sue Bradley Tal Hurley Jenn Murphy Kevin Stetz


* We are closing up shop for this holiday week..goin' back east to see the kin-folk..Re-Opening Thusday 12/30th for a night of country & surf - rock with:
Lizzy Williams & Hunter Harvey

NEW YEARS EVE ! with The Sin City All-Stars
make your reservations now..couple of seats left...
happy holidays!


The Rojer Arnold Band will be performing at Pappy and Harriet's Thursday Jan. 13 at 7 PM. Please join us for a cool night of roughcut jamming and some special guests. (more in announcements)


Have a great holiday and a Happy New Year...Come party with us... Radio 60 Upcoming Schedule

December 28, 2004 The Kickstand Grill & Bar 301 North Palm Canyon, Palm Springs 8pm to Midnight 760-320-7820

December 31, 2004 Patti’s 35-756 Date Palm Drive, Cathedral City 9pm-1am 760-770-7335

January 4 & 11, 2005 The Kickstand Grill & Bar 301 North Palm Canyon, Palm Springs 8pm to Midnight 760-320-7820

February 18, 2005 Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub 72-286 Hwy #111, Suite #J3, Palm Desert 9pm-1am 760-674-8225

For bookings and information call Greg Veach at 760-831-9805




If you'd like to begin your New Year with some good fun and music, Water Canyon may be the place for you to hang out this weekend.

New Years Eve will feature the original music of Abandon Ship, a trio of locals (Gabriel, Damian, and Nathen Lester) that went to Oregon to make good (and a pair of well received CDs). and who will be gracing the Water Canyon stage Friday evening to help us all ring in 2005.

Then on Saturday, the evening of New Years Day, please join Eric Neil--aka Steve Lester-- (or Steve Lester--aka Eric Neil, if you prefer), Bob Garcia, and me, along with several expected guests for an evening of truly "good time" music and fun. Musicians, you may want to bring your axe and join in a tune or two, as well. And, who knows? We may even find out who peed on Mama's coat, after all.

There is no cover or admission for either evening, and I can easily predict that you will have an enjoyable time welcoming in the New Year in such a friendly atmosphere. So come join us if you can. We'll be bringin' in '05 with a smile.

‘Abandon Ship’ trio to play at the Water Canyon Coffee Co. In Yucca Valley, Friday Dec 31st, 8-12PM

New Years Eve Party with no cover charge

Abandon Ship is a melodic rock & roll trio. They will be playing their original songs with catchy melodies, three part harmonies and insightful lyrics. They have released a second album ‘Happy Endings’ since their last performance in the high desert and have a third “in the works,” so expect to hear some exciting new material!

Brothers Damian, Gabriel and Nathen Lester grew up and learned to play in Joshua Tree before setting out on their travels, which eventually led them to form Abandon Ship in Eugene, OR. They play bass, guitar, and drums, respectively. All three write songs, sing leads and harmonies.

Water Canyon / 55844 29 Palms Hwy. / Yucca Valley, CA 92284 / 760-365-7771



Take a bit of folk; add some rock, pop, and country; flavor with bluegrass, and blues; mix in an oldie or two along with some fresh and highly original tunes; combine with a generous helping of social consciousness, and spice with a healthy dash of humor and satire. Then, like James Bond says, “shake, don’t stir,” and you have the recipe for an enjoyable evening of musical entertainment with The JT Shakers to kick off 2005 with a smile and a song.

Singers, guitarists, and songwriters Eric Neil (aka. Steve Lester) and Bob Garcia, along with percussionist Sam Sloneker, are bringing their particular brand of musical merriment to Yucca Valley’s Water Canyon Coffee Company on Saturday, January 1st from 8:00 – 10:00 PM. Some exciting surprise guests will also be joining in the festivities. No cover—lots of fun!

The Water Canyon Coffee Co. is located at 55844 Twentynine Palms Highway in Yucca Valley—on the NW corner at the intersection of Twentynine Palms Highway (Hwy. 62) and Pioneertown Road. For information call! (760) 365-7771.


The Sun Runner is throwing a party to celebrate our 10th anniversary of publishing this little arts magazine. It will be from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, January 7 at the 29 Palms Inn. Please come join us for food, wine, music and fun.


Twentynine Palms, Ca.

Theatre 29 and Director Charles Harvey announce the premier production of their sixth season "Ain't Misbehavin'". Production dates for the Fats Waller Musical Show will begin Friday, January 7 and run weekends through February 5. There will be one Thursday evening performance on January 13 at 7:00PM and one SUNDAY Matinee on January 30 at 2:30PM. All regular Friday and Saturday evening performances are at 7:00PM.

"Ain't Misbehavin'" is a uproarious romp through Jazz Age Harlem with the music and vitality of Thomas "Fats" Waller and his Rhythm. Memorable songs such as "Honeysuckle Rose", "I've Got A Feelin" "Fallin", "This Joint Is Jumpin'", "Mean to Me" and many, many more, make "Ain't Misbehavin'" an evening of live entertainment not to be missed.

Tickets are available NOW through the Box Office at (760) 367-6563. $8 General Admission, $7 Seniors, Military w/ID, and Members of DAN, $6 Students w/ID. $1 Student Rush is back this season! Seats available on standby basis within 10 minutes of curtain only. Certain Restrictions apply.



**JAMS Comments**

Hey Stev0,

Our thanks go out to all the musicians who contributed to Operation Sun Runner's first shipment of 250 CDs to Marines from 29 Palms stationed in Iraq. From Shawn Mafia, Just Like T.H.A.T., to Lisa B, Really Shooo and the folks at the Rancho, we're grateful for your contributions. Also, thanks to Tony McDowell and company for helping get the shipments on their way!
We will continue to gather CDs for Operation Sun Runner at the magazine's office and Rock-It-Man CDs for future shipments. There is additional information on our website at

If artists, musicians, and performers of all stripes have news, events, etc. they would like to promote in the hi-desert and Coachella Valley, they can send their information to me at We'll try to get it into the appropriate print edition, or on the website.

Also, I'd like to invite folks to The Sun Runner's 10th Anniversary Party, Friday, January 7, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the 29 Palms Inn. We'll have food, wine, Karin Winkler's exquisite cake, and live music by Really Shooo, Jeffrey Hafler, Shanghai Brown and Shawn Mafia and the Ten Cent Thrills. Please join us in celebrating ten years of the magazine's publication and founder/editor Vickie Waite's accomplishments.

Thanks, and all the best this new year,

Steve "Shanghai" Brown
Publisher/Executive Editor
The Sun Runner



hey, I am posting all of your JAMS news to my site they are listed under the extras section. just figured you would want to know incase you have someone looking for old info.

thanks for the info; as always you do good stuff for your music commuity.

Bill Gould

(thanks, Bill)


George W. Bush said yesterday that he favors an "ownership society." What a pity, Americans own so little of it……. Bill Bonner


I have been keeping up with Hi Desert events thru your newsletter so here is something you can add to the New Year edition. Heather Myles and The Sidewinders at Pappy and Harriets Jan 8th!

Linda Hefferon





Hello, friends of the desert,

The Morongo Basin Conservation Association will have several openings on their Board of Directors at the end of this year. We are looking for people who would like to help make a difference in the future quality of life in the Morongo Basin by serving on the Board.

The Board meets 10 times a year (no meetings in July-August). The term is three years.

This is a time of change for MBCA, and by serving on the Board now you can help shape the organization and determine the environmental priorities for our communities and wildlands locally. We are especially looking to include on the Board more members from the West Basin areas (Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, Morongo Valley, Landers, etc.).

It you think you might be interested, or would like to recommend someone, please contact us here by replying to this message.

Thank you!

For the environment,

Christine Carraher

Member of the Board, MBCA


(only a few days left to pay some greedy shithead $30 to listen to your song!)

Over $50,000 cash and prizes

10 songs will be considered for a publishing deal with BMG Publishing A Proud supporter of VH1 Save the Music Foundation Now featuring a "LYRIC ONLY" category Songs entered by December 31st 2004 will be entered into December's round so enter today at



I wanted to personally thank you for the amazing job you did on sound and stage managing for the Mafia Christmas event. Thank you!

Happy Holidays,


(thanks, I appreciate it)


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