Multi-platinum-selling WAR, the original street band, has been sharing its timeless music and message of brotherhood and harmony for over 4 decades before millions across the globe.The long list of hits includes “Low Rider,” “The World Is A Ghetto,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” “The Cisco Kid,” and many more. The phenomenal group has been honored twice by its hometown of Los Angeles for making positive contributions to the betterment of the community with its powerful music and has been honored by President Obama as “All Day Music” was placed on his official playlist of the Summer.
More recently, LA Weekly declared WAR in the top 10 concerts of 2018. With 12 Billboard Top 40 Hits, 7 top 10 ten hits, over 50 million records sold to date, and countless samples and nods by artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Flo-Rida, Tupac, Smash Mouth, Janet Jackson, Dave Matthews, Korn, and countless others, WAR has not only sealed their status as a household name, but has also proven that their music and message continues to be as relevant as ever today as they have always been.
I wanted to make a special mention about the charity gig at the Belly Up next Wednesday.
The Museum of Making Music opened in Carlsbad in 2000, and is a fantastic non-profit enterprise that “explores the accomplishments and impact of the music products industry through exhibitions and programs, and directly connects visitors with live music and music making opportunities”.
They always have a significant collection of music-making instruments on display, and they produce an incredible variety of live concerts that support the cause. We’ve gone there on several field trips with the kids when they were young, and my Uncle Bob and I saw a very memorable show when David Lindley played in front of about 100 people at the museum!
They have partnered with the San Pasqual Academy to produce the Credence Clearwater Revisted band, which is the original band minus the Fogerty brothers. Tickets and raffle packages are fairly expensive, but if you want to contribute, they do have a money link at the bottom of the web page:
The Museum of Making Music and Friends of San Pasqual Academy are partnering to host an amazing concert event with Creedence Clearwater Revisited at the legendary Belly Up Tavern on September 25, 2019 to support both organizations. All revenues and expenses for this event are being shared equally between both organizations in support of our causes.
San Pasqual Academy is a first-in-the-nation residential education campus that is both home and school to over 150 foster teens. The Academy was designed specifically for foster teens and provides a stable, caring home, a quality, individualized education, and the skills needed for independent living. The 238-acre campus features individual family-style homes, an on-site, accredited high school, a cafeteria, a technology and career information center, an auditorium, recreation fields, a gymnasium, a Health and Wellness Center, a Day Rehabilitation Clinic, and a swimming pool. Teens live and learn at the Academy, as they prepare for college and/or a career path.
The Cars were the first new-wave band in my life, followed by the Pretenders. Both felt like the straight ahead rock and roll that we were used to, with a bit of a twist musically and visually.
As I remember, the Cars didn’t tour much in the beginning – at least not in Arizona, which added some mystique. But they cranked out the albums – four between 1978-1981 – and they were as big as any of the new-wave bands on the planet.
Here’s what it was like when they hit the stage for the US Festival in 1982:
The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Marshall Tucker Band dominated southern rock in the 1970s. If you had an 8-track, you knew the MTB. They are playing at the Belly Up next Thursday:
In the early fall of 1973, The Marshall Tucker Band was still a young and hungry group out to prove themselves every time they hit the stage. “We were a bunch of young guys who didn’t know any boundaries,” says founding member and longtime lead singer Doug Gray. As it turned out, the collective talents of The Marshall Tucker Band took them very far indeed.
Two weeks ago, David Berman died at age 52. Here’s what wiki says:
David Cloud Berman (born David Craig Berman; January 4, 1967 – August 7, 2019) was an American musician, singer, poet and cartoonist best known for his work with indie-rock band the Silver Jews. Although the band primarily existed as a recording project for most of its existence, the Silver Jews toured regularly from 2005 until 2009. In January 2009, Berman announced his retirement from music in hopes of finding a meaningful way of undoing the damage that his estranged father Richard Berman (a lobbyist and public relations executive for the alcohol and tobacco industries, among others) had brought upon society.
In addition to the six full-length albums that Berman wrote and recorded with the Silver Jews, he released two books: Actual Air (1999) and The Portable February (2009). In early 2019, Berman returned to music under the new band name Purple Mountains, releasing a self-titled debut albumin July 2019. On August 7, 2019, Berman was found dead in an apartment in Brooklyn, New York. His death was ruled a suicide.
I had never heard of the guy, but Giorgio and others raved about his contributions:
The promo video for Nick Lowe’s “Cruel To Be Kind” in 1979 which features footage of his wedding to his first wife Carlene Carter. It was filmed at the Tropicana Motel in West Hollywood, and Dave Edmunds is the limo driver! (the drum kit was borrowed)
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