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Our Music Hugs event at the Gaslamp on October 14th was a huge success! We raised close to $15,000 for KIND (Kinds In Need of Defense). Thanks so much to all of you who came out and who donated. We couldn't have done it without you!
And, we're not done yet! The band Sublime will be playing two holiday shows at the House Of Blues in San Diego on December 29th & 30th, and will be donating a portion of the proceeds to KIND/Music Hugs.
There's still so much to do to help these children and their parents. So, we will keep our Music Hugs organization poised to help in any way we can.
If you'd like to donate, here's the link; donate.supportkind.org/campaign/musichugs/c200597
Michelle Mangione, John Diggins and I are hosting a benefit concert for the immigrant children who have been separated from their parents at the border to help pay for legal fees and social services. The event name is MUSIC HUGS (Musicians United in Support of Immigrant Children Held under Unlawful Government Separation) and it will be held on Sunday, October 14th from 4-7pm at The Gaslamp in Long Beach CA.
So many of our super fabulous fellow local musicians will be performing, including Marty Axelrod, Harold Payne, Sage Hill Singers directed by Megan Eddy, Joey Sykes, Mark & Lacey Wood, RedRoots, Pawn Shop Kings, and so many others will be volunteering their time for the cause, as well. We couldn’t be more grateful to all of them. Brian Pothier, Steve Soest, Angela Riggio, Lori Cerasoli, Wendy Fuld...
The benefit will also feature opportunities to win a variety of great prizes, including autographed rock and roll paraphernalia, guitars, gift certificates and merchandise from local businesses.
100% of the proceeds will be donated to KIND (Kids In Need of Defense) and a representative from KIND will be speaking at the event.
This will be an afternoon of great music for a great cause. Hope you can join us!
Suggested donation at the door will be $20.00
Please check out the flyer for more details.
Brian Pothier and I are really looking forward to playing this reunion show with Wade Preston, Christo Pellani & John Meadows at Saint Rocke on Sept 30th. It's been far too long! Ticket info below.
Brian Pothier and I are honored to be a part of “An American Troubadour", a tribute album to Steve Forbert. And we were thrilled to discover that our cover of “Thinkin” is the opening track on the album!
Steve Forbert is a wonderful and prolific songwriter and highly deserving of this tribute, which is why so many great artists contributed to this project, including John Oates, Jim Lauderdale, Bekka Bramlett, Nicki Bluhm and Gramblers, John Popper, James Maddock, Todd Snider, Jason Crosby and many more.
Brian Pothier produced and played on "Thinkin", Jorgen Ingmar played drums, John Jorgenson played clarinet and, as you may have guessed, I did the singin’.
The album has been released on Blue Rose Music. It's founder Joe Poletto says, “Some say that Steve is too young to have a “tribute” record, and I think that’s true because Steve has a lot of music left in him. In my mind, this project is not a tribute, but rather its intention is to recognize the spirit of the troubadour in all of those artists who follow their life’s path like Steve, with purpose and passion.”
You can check out “An American Troubadour, The Songs of Steve Forbert” here: iTunes: apple.co/2xT6iKc
If you're a songwriter who’d like to give back and help the victims of Hurricane Harvey and/or Irma, here's your opportunity. My good friend, and exceptionally talented musician, Michelle Mangione has created a website called "Writers For The Storm" as a way for musicians to donate a song and have all of the proceeds go to the victims of these terrible storms. You can check it out at writersforthestorm.com. For an intro, here's Michelle's video explaining her vision for Writers For The Storm. www.facebook.com/WritersForTheStorm/
The song I'm donating is "Summer Rain", which was written after Hurricane Katrina. You can download it from my Music page under the album "That and Change". Your song, however, doesn't have to be about the subject matter, just any tune you'd like to submit... or you could write one.
Thanks in advance for helping out those in need!
Well, it’s been a while in the making, but I recently completed a new CD. It’s called “Find the Silver Lining” and it was recorded, produced and engineered by the wonderfully talented Brian Pothier. Brian and I had a really good time making this record and called on some of the finest musicians in town to play on it: Frank Cotinola, Trent Stroh, Jorgen Igmar, John Jorgenson, Bob Malone, Billy Alexander, Michelle Mangione and Ben DeVitt. Ya can’t do better than those cats!
I’ve once again been extremely blessed to co- write with so many super-talented songwriters for this album, including Tracy Newman, Mare Wakefield, Linda Geleris, John Diggins, Michelle Mangione, Billy Alexander and Harriet Schock. And one of the tracks, ‘Thinkin’ (written by Steve Forbert) was recorded for a Steve Forbert project that will be released this summer. I’ll keep ya posted on that release.
Please check out my “Music” page to listen to clips of the new CD. If you like what you hear, you can download it, purchase it via Paypal, snail mail, or come out to a gig and pick one up! The CD will also be available soon on iTunes and many more digital distribution outlets.
Thank you to all supporters of independent music. You’ve inspired me and kept me going all these years.
Laguna Sound Studio and Gary Hicks have brought a group of Orange County musicians together to create a very special Christmas CD to help the homeless this season. It's called “An Orange Christmas.” You can get a copy of the album at one of my gigs, or at one of the following locations in Laguna Beach: Sound Spectrum, Tight Assets, Fawn Memories, and The Cliff Restaurant. The CDs are only $10 and proceeds will be donated to Friendship Shelter. www.friendshipshelter.org
Take a look at the cover below to check out the artist who have contributed to the CD.
On December 13th, there will be a live performance of the CD at Bridge Hall in Laguna Beach at 7:00PM. All the artists on the album will be performing. Check out the flyer below for all the event info. This will be a very cool show for a good cause, and I'm honored to be a part of it!
The concert was held once again at The Sebastiani Theatre in beautiful downtown Sonoma, CA. All proceeds supported the Blue Rose Foundation.
The Blue Rose Ball came together in June of 2014 as a way of honoring the spirit and life of Joe Capone by establishing a scholarship fund in his name at Sonoma’s Old Adobe School. Last year the event raised over $25,000 — enough to fund five half-day year-round preschool scholarships.
For more information about the Blue Rose Foundation, visit: http://www.bluerosesonoma.org
The Cliff Restaurant