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Now playing "On My Way" by Florence Hartigan
from the "Live at The Hopetoun Alpha" CD.

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Florence Hartigan's "Live at The Hopetoun Alpha" CD.

Historic Moments at
BackStage:Los Angeles !

NEW !  FOLLOW US ON TWITTER !
Nick Sherwin of Suburban Skies, a band that does fresh, original arrangements of Beatles songs (NOT a Tribute Band) is featured in our film.  His band, Suburban Skies will be performing Saturday, June 11th at Brixton's on Redondo Beach Pier. 
Doors open at 7pm-they go on at 9pm.
We have two sets of 2 free tickets, to the first two people who "tweet" us to tell us where the name of their band comes from.
Hint: its on their website at:
Click on the link below to send us your reply:
 

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New Photos !
this set is from our first four days of filming !

May 18th, 2011 - Day One of filming!
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Nick Sherwin of the band "Suburban Skies."
May 20th, 2011 - Day Two of filming.
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David Philp of "The Automatics."
May 28th, 2011 - Day Three of filming.
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Jim Wirt (Record Producer) with band-mate David Philp.
May 28th, 2011 - Day Three of filming.
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William Balch (Director) and David Philp, discussing the next scene.
Band-mates Jim and David, of The Automatics.
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Jim Wirt, Sandy Jacobson (the film's Co-Producer), and David Philp between scenes.
June 2nd, 2011 -Day Four, Gathering on-location...
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Eugene Ganley, David Philp, and Jared Lara.
June 2nd, 2011 - Waiting to begin filming Day Four
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David Philp of The Automatics, Sandy Jacobson (Co-Producer), & Jared Lara.
Two of our "British Rockers"...
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Matt Laumann and Eugene Ganley
June 2nd, 2011 - Day Four of filming.
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Jared Lara ("Young David Philps") and David Philps of The Automatics.
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David Philp (background) and Jared Lara (Foreground.)
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David Philp (background) and Jared Lara (foreground).
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David Philp and Jard Lara.
June 2nd, 2011 - Day Four of filming.
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David Philp, Jared Lara, and William Balch (Director)...nearing the end of the day's shoot.
June 2nd, 2011 - Day Four of filming.
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Jared Lara and David Philp at the end of the shoot day.
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Colin Hanton, Sandy Jacobson, Rod Davis, & Len Garry.
On location for our interview with The Quarrymen.
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Rod Davis, Len Garry, Sandy Jacobson, & Colin Hanton.
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The Automatics - Britannia
David Philp & The Automatics
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"Jukebox of Human Sorrow" CD
Post-Beatle Era Fab Four Music
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Nick Sherwin (Original Arrangements) - Suburban Skies

Recent Concerts !

John McEuen's most recent Southern California show
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John McEuen, Past-Guest, with Sandy Jacobson at The Coffee Gallery Backstage.
Matt performed with John McEuen that night.
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Past-Guest, Matt Cartsonis with Sandy Jacobson at The Coffee Gallery Backstage.
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At The Roxy for Brian Ray's CD-Release Concert / Party for "This Way Up!"
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Sandy Jacobson (our Producer) at Brian Ray's CD-Release Party/Concert for his CD "This Way Up!"
David is currently working on HIS next release !
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Sandy Jacobson ran into another past-guest, David Philps at Brian Ray's CD-Release / Concert Party.
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Brian Ray performing tracks from his latest CD "This Way Up!" at his CD-Release Concert/Party.
"The Dreamcatchers" Wrap Party / Tour.
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Sandy Jacobson, on The Great Wall of China.
"The Dreamcatchers" Wrap Party / Tour.
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Sandy Jacobson on The Great Wall of China.
"The Dreamcatchers" Wrap Party / Tour.
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Sandy Jacobson on the grounds of The Summer Palace in Beijing.

Some of our highlights...

For complete details and photos from the Brian Ray CD-Release Party,
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Cliff Eberhardt

Cliff Eberhardt
Friday, February 25, 2011 
The Coffee Gallery Backstage
8:00 P.M.  Tickets: $15
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - 1-626-794-2424
The Coffee Gallery Backstage
2029 N. Lake
Altadena, CA. 
 
 Red House recording artist Cliff Eberhardt knew by age seven that he was going to be a singer and songwriter. As a child Cliff taught himself to play guitar, piano, base and drums. In his teens Eberhardt was fortunate enough to live close to the Main Point (one of the best folk clubs on the East Coast), he cut his teeth listening to the likes of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, and Mississippi John Hurt - receiving an early and impressive tutorial in acoustic music. At the same time, he was also listening to great pop songwriters like Cole Porter, the Gershwins, and Rodgers and Hart, which explain his penchant for great melodies and clever lyrical twists.   www.cliffeberhardt.net 

A driving force of the Greenwich Village New Folk movement and well known among his peers, Cliff’s songs have been covered by the likes of Richie Havens, Buffy St. Marie, Erasure, Lucy Kaplansky and the folk superstar band "Cry, Cry, Cry" (Dar Williams, Richard Shindell, Lucy Kaplansky).  He has raving good quotes from
People Magazine, Seattle Post Intelligencer, The Boston Phoenix, The New York Post,
Berkshire Eagle, and many more.  He is a well respected musical force.
James Lee Stanley will be joining Cliff on a few songs, as they preview their new CD "All Wood and Doors" -
a follow-up to "All Wood and Stones" and is an acoustic rendition of Doors songs, with two of the original Doors playing on the CD.
James has a new solo CD
"BackStage at The Resurrection" - and it's another gem !

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James Lee Stanley's NEW CD "Backstage at The Resurrection"

are joined on this CD by the guest talents of:
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Click on the CD Cover to order !
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Cliff Eberhardt
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Cliff Eberhardt's new CD "500 Miles."
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Cliff Eberhardt

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John Batdorf & James Lee Stanley in concert.

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John Batdorf (Guest), Sandy Jacobson (Producer), James Lee Stanley (Guest Host).
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James Lee Stanley in concert.
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"The Eternal Contradiction" CD by James Lee Stanley
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To preview tracks, click on the image.

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Click on the image to preview the tracks.

JOHN McEUEN at The Coffee Gallery Backstage
Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011 at 8:00P.M.
$20
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - 1-626-794-2424
The Coffee Gallery Backstage
2029 N. Lake
Altadena, CA. 
 
John, a founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, McEuen is often called America's instrumental poet... his stellar playing brings us  musical  photographs from his travels around the world..." (Country Weekly) as he brings to the Coffee Gallery his guitar, banjo, mandolin, and fiddle to create "An absolute aural feast" (Billboard Magazine) with his "...thouroghly wacky and enjoyable performance" (Washington Post). This time he will be all alone showing what the solo John McEuen is all about.  His NGDB started in  Pasadena, with their first hit on KRLA in 1967 kicking off a music career that has taken John to over 4,000 different venues. Although a SoCal native, it has been said this innovator in Country Rock and Folk (he instigated the famous Will the Circle Be Unbroken album) has also created  "...some of the most deft and impeccably tasteful music to come out of Nashville" (Chicago Tribune). www.johnmceuen.com will tell all, and if you go to this show, you will be telling many the next day "you should've been there!"  
Plus...'with his buddy in music, Matt Cartsonis.. mandolin/guitar/ and incredible vocals.. check out Matts extensive career at mattcartsonis.com  
Matt and John both need this night out to play their favorite music.
Joining John and Matt, also, is CRAIG EASTMAN, a true genius on the fiddle and its cousins. He's an innovator and melodist on one of the great instruments says Steve Martin.  Craig worked with Steve Martin on Steve's latest musical triumphs
and TV shows. Played with Ray Charles, Sheryl Crow, Rickie Lee Jones, John Jorgenson, Bill Bob Thornton and Dennie Quaid and that is only a partial list.  The guy is a champion and you can see him tomorrow night with 2 other champions.http://craigeastman.com/
 
John earned a Grammy in 2010 as Producer on Steve Martin's most recent CD "The Crow."

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Scott Gates, John McEuen, & Nathan McEuen at The Coffee Gallery Backstage.
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John McEuen (Guest) with Michael Sunday (Host) on the set of BackStage:Los Angeles.
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Craig Eastman
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Michael Sunday (Host), Sandy Jacobson (Producer), with Matt Cartsonis (Guest) outside the studio.
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Click Here to Attend !

Click on CD-Release Poster, to attend !

Award winning songwriter, singer and musician Brian Ray, best known as the ultimate sideman guitarist and bassist for Paul McCartney, takes a step out front in the spotlight and releases his second solo album "This Way Up".

Tracks on the album include the single "I Found You", written by Brian Ray and Oliver Leiber (son of Jerry Leiber of Leiber & Stoller). The song features a guitar marching band with approximately 40 guitars "having a guitar tantrum", along with a big marching drum beat. Notably the song also features some of Ray’s rock star pals: Scott Shriner (of Weezer), drums and bass by Pete Thomas and Davey Faragher (of Elvis Costello’s band) and Adam MacDougal (of The Black Crows) on wild Wurlitzer piano.

The second single "Happy Ending" is a modern rock, post sexual revolution, where the hell are we now? kind of song. "It’s about a guy trolling the internet, hooking up, finding ‘her’, then discovering that HE wants more than just a casual fling, while SHE smiles and slips out the door."

"This Way Up" was recorded and mixed by Joe Zook (Weezer, OneRepublic, Pink, Leona Lewis) and produced by Brian Ray.

Track Listing

1. Happy Ending

2. Saturday In The Sun

3. I Found You

4. Hello Lonely

5. Let's Fall Apart

6. This Way Up

7. Rearview

8. Camouflage

9. Very Happy Song

10. Hey Miranda

11. Under The Sun

Release Date: 9th August 2010

CD available from:

brianray.com (worldwide, with bonus material)

Amazon.com

cdBaby.com

Digital available from:

brianray.com (worldwide, with bonus material)

iTunes US

Amazon MP3 US

and other major digital retailers

Brian Ray's
NEW CD
"This Way Up!" is
NOW available...
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Brian Ray

Purchase "This Way Up!"

Listen to "I Found You"

   

Photo of The Quarrymen,
taken after our second interview
with them during their
"Happy Birthday, John" Tour
in late 2010.

The Quarrynen on their recent visit to L.A.
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The Quarrymen - Len Garry, Colin Hatton, with Sandy Jacobson (our producer), and Rod Davis.

The Quarrymen-
the band where John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison met...during their recent "Happy Birthday, John" Tour - their second Southern California visit.  We had the privilege of interviewing them, again, on this visit.  The complete story is featured in our next newsletter.

Review for The Quarrymen in concert, with the screening of "Nowhere Boy" at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on September 30, 2010.

The Quarrymen
the band that Paul McCartney and John Lennon met in will be in Los Angeles
on September 30th, during their second U.S. tour!

THE QUARRYMEN
The "Happy Birthday John!" Tour
September/October 2010

The Quarrymen are touring America this Fall to celebrate the 70th birthday of their old childhood friend and former band-mate, John Lennon. Their "Happy Birthday John!" Tour will see them perform 16 shows in just 17 days! Not even the Beatles in their touring heyday performed with such intensity! The first 15 of their shows will feature the band in a unique double-bill with special sneak previews of the new John Lennon biopic "Nowhere Boy".

The final show of their tour will take place in New York City on Saturday October 9th - the exact 70th birthday of John Lennon. That will be a very special concert only (no film screening) with multiple guest stars to be announced soon. Check back regularly. Or send an email to be placed on the info list for this concert.

The tour dates are listed below. Click on the venue name for further information and tickets. If there is no link yet - it will be added as soon as the venue posts the information.

THE TOUR
Thursday September 30, 2010  Los Angeles, CA - Grauman's Egyptian Theatre

The Quarrymen during their first U.S. Tour !!!
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Colin Hanton, Sandy Jacobson, Rod Davis, & Len Garry.
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On location for our interview with The Quarrymen.
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Rod Davis, Len Garry, Sandy Jacobson, & Colin Hanton.

 

We Five

Up Close and Acoustic

The Fret House

May 15, 2010
309 N Citrus Ave
, Covina, California 91723

Time: 8:00 P.M.

Best known for their million selling hit "YOU WERE ON MY MIND," WE FIVE brings their special mix of powerful, folk-flavored vocals, and an array of 6 and 12-string guitars, banjo, mandolin and other surprises to the Fret House on Saturday, May 15th.

WE FIVE, first of the seminal 60’s bands to record hits in San Francisco, was Grammy-nominated for Best Performance By A Vocal Group in 1965. The group has appeared on top TV shows like Shindig, Hullabaloo and the PBS My Music Series, and played in classic concert venues like the Greek Theater and the Hollywood Bowl. Led by founding member, Jerry Burgan, and lead singer, Debbie Burgan, We Five’s excellent musicianship has been amazing audiences for over 4 decades. The show features material from their 6 albums and includes all of their best known songs like You Were On My Mind, Cast Your Fate To The Wind, and the original hit recording of (Let’s) Get Together.

We Five’s performance covers a full spectrum of sounds from whisper quiet folk songs, to power ballads and folk rock standards. Laced with tales of the road and a tip of the hat to some of their contemporaries, it is always a fresh and totally entertaining experience—and the Fret House is a perfect place to see and hear them up close and personal in an intimate environment.  The Covina showroom will be full, so get your tickets early.
The Fret House

 

To see the complete
 WE FIVE Folk-Rock Revival Show...
stay tuned for 
upcoming dates!

Visit the Official WE FIVE Website !

Visit the WE FIVE page of this website.

Click here to book We Five !

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We Five performing their hit "You Were On My Mind" at their January 23, 2010 concert.

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We Five performing their hit "You Were On My Mind" at the Jan. 23rd concert.
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We Five performing their hit "You Were On My Mind" at the Jan. 23rd concert.
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We Five Folk-Rock Revival
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We Five with Michael Sunday (Host) & Sandy Jacobson (Producer) when they were our in-studio guests !

More about We Five
We Five on the set of BackStage:Los Angeles !
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Pictured left to right are: Michael Sunday (Host), Members of We Five - Terry Rangno, Jerry Burgan, Debbie Burgan, & Chris Burgan,
and Sandy Jacobson (Producer of BackStage:Los Angeles).

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Michael Sunday, Sandy Jacobson, Laurence Juber, and Javier, on the set of BackStage:Los Angeles.

PLEASE click on the link below,
for a beautiful Holiday story and music from Laurence Juber, and his wife Hope.  You will be glad you took the time to do so!

 
David Philp & The Automatics

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David Philp & The Automatics. Click image to preview new video and song !
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David Philp & The Automatics. Click image to preview new video and song !
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Click image to go to the David Philp & The Automatics homepage, and to order the Britannia CD.
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Tim (our sound man) with David Philp during a soundcheck in our studio.
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David Philp (Guest) with Michael Sunday (Host) on the set of BackStage:Los Angeles.
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David Philp (Guest), Sandy Jacobson (Creator & Producer), Michael Sunday (Host).

FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND!
TAKE YOUR DAD, YOUR KIDS, YOUR GRANDKIDS
TO THIS GREAT FAMILY EVENT !
Huck Finn Jubilee '09 on the Main Stage
Saturday June 20, 2009
Nathan McEuen &  Scott Gates
2 shows  morning and the afternoon
see event schedule for more information
Mojave Narrows Regional Park
18000 Yates Road
Victorville, Ca.  92392
Make your Huck Finn Jubilee 2009 Reservations NOW by talking to a live person at: 951 341 8080.   Tell 'em Nathan McEuen and Scott Gates sent ya!!   "Nathan McEuen and Scott Gates" band featuring Chuck Hailes on bass, playing twice on Saturday. Watch for further information and be sure to review  www.huckfinn.com.   

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For more info on Nathan McEuen, click on image.
Pictured left to right are
Elaine Gregston, Nathan McEuen, and Chuck Hailes on the set of
BackStage:Los Angeles.
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Nathan McEuen (Guest), Sandy Jacobson (Producer), Elaine Gregston & Chuck Hailes (Guests) on the set
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Nathan McEuen's most recent CD.
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Michael Sunday (Host), Scott Gates & Mike Nadolson (Guests) in the studio.
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Michael Sunday (Host), Scott Gates & Mike Nadolson (Guests) in the studio.
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Scott Gates' most recent CD.
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Scott Gates performing with John McEuen (one of the founding members of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band).
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Scott Gates ran into Peter Tork at the 2008 NAMM Festival.
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At age 14, Scott's band won 1st Place at The Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest !
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Nathan McEuen, Scott Gates, & John McEuen at the 2008 Huck Finn Festival.
Part of the Nathan McEuen Band
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Elaine Gregston, Nathan McEuen, & Scott Gates. Not pictured, Chuck Hailes.
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Nathan McEuen & Scott Gates at the 2008 Huck Finn Festival.
Scott Gates' Annual Birthday Concert !
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Scott Gates & Bonnie Jean at The Coffee Gallery.

We've attended Scott Gates'
Annual August Birthday Concert at
The Coffee Gallery, for the past 3 years...
and we never know who may join Scott on-stage.

Scott Gates' Annual Birthday Concert !
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Scott Gates & Nathan McEuen at The Coffee Gallery.

Scott Gates' Annual Birthday Concert !
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Scott Gates, John McEuen, & Nathan McEuen at The Coffee Gallery.

Some of his past guests have included Evan Marshall, John McEuen, Nathan McEuen, Jonathan McEuen, and Bonnie Jean.

DREAMCATCHERS - Official Trailer

Recent Event -
Sunday, April 11, 2010, the Los Angeles Screening of the International Premier of the film "DREAMCATHERS" -
The story of nine ordinary people living extraordinary lives !
A Rock Your Life film by Mike Handcock.
 
If you missed the screening, there's still time to book space for an adventure of a lifetime on the DREAMCATCHERS Cruise...
leaving Beijing on August 21st, 2010 !
 
8 Luxurious days with the cast and crew of DREAMCATCHERS on a Royal Caribbean Cruise ship that includes 2 full days of workshops, networking with the cast and crew, meeting new friends, and learning how you, too, can become a DREAMCATCHER.   We will be visiting The Great Wall, the city of Nagasaki, Japan,  and Buson, Korea.
 
Join us, and meet these people, and others like them, who have learned how to  live extraordinary lives:

Mike Handcock

Dave Rogers

Don Tolman

Glen Levy

Maya Shahani

Ngahihi O Te Ra Bidois

Our Producer, Sandy Jacobson (who has a cameo in the film) will be participating in this once in a lifetime experience !

About The Producer

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DREAMCATCHERS - the story of nine ordinary people living extraordinary lives !
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THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN BY MIKE HANDCOCK !
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Sandy Jacobson (in black) at the Los Angeles Screening of the Int'l Premier of "DREAMCATCHERS"

When Mike Handcock was shooting this film, he asked permission to shoot some footage with our producer, Sandy Jacobson, and she agreed.  Being a film veteran, Sandy knew that a lot of what gets shot for a film, ends up on the editing room floor...and didn't give it another thought.  Over lunch, the day of the Los Angeles Premier, Mike Handcock surprised her with the news that she has a cameo in the film ! Thank You, Mike !

Click here to view the Official Trailer for DREAMCATCHERS - the film about nine ordinary people living extraordinary lives !

Ngahihi Bidois, Mike Handcock, & Sandy Jacobson
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Fellow DREAMCATCHERS outside the International Headquarters of BackStage:Los Angeles
In the BackStage:Los Angeles Studios Green Room.
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Ngahihi Bidois (Guest), Sandy Jacobson (Producer), Mike Handcock (Guest), and Michael Sunday (Host).
BackStage:Los Angeles Pre-Production Meeting.
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Ngahihi Bidois (Guest) sharing some DREAMCATCHER Philosophy with Michael Sunday (Host).

Russ & Julie's House Concerts
was very proud to present
An All Star Benefit Concert For
 "The Wrecking Crew" Film
Saturday, August 14,  2010 at 8:00pm

CONCERT - COFFEE & DESSERT BUFFET
Oak Park, California - $20 minimum donation per person
(In the Agoura Hills/Westlake Village area)

If you missed this event, you missed a GREAT night of entertainment and community!  There will be future events,
but in the meantime, PLEASE check out these wonderfully talented artists who gave their time for this amazing evening!

On Saturday, August 14th, Russ & Julie's House Concerts presents an "ALL-STAR" Benefit Concert in support of The Wrecking Crew Film. The Wrecking Crew was a loose knit group of world-class studio musicians who played on some of the most popular music from the late 50s to the early 70s. Songs by 5th Dimension, Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, The Association, The Beach Boys, The Bryds, The Carpenters, Nat King Cole, Sam Cooke, Cher, Jan & Dean, Gary Lewis & The Playboys, The Mamas & The Papas, The Monkees, Ricky Nelson, The Righteous Brothers, Johnny Rivers, Frank & Nancy Sinatra, and many many others. The Wrecking Crew were Phil Spector's Wall of Sound.

A documentary about The Wrecking Crew has been produced by Denny Tedesco (son of Tommy Tedesco of The Wrecking Crew). We believe this documentary is one of the best music related films we have seen. It documents this important and vital part of our musical history and should be seen by as many people as possible. We want to help see that it gets a DVD release.

You can see the film trailer at:
http://www.wreckingcrewfilm.com/trailer.html

Performing at this benefit is the "2010 Russ & Julie's House Concerts All-Star Band":

STEVE POSTELL (guitar) - Steve is one of the finest guitarists around. He's currently Jennifer Warnes' musical director. He's performed with Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Jennifer Warnes, John Oates, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson, Paul Barerre, Dave Koz, Pure Prairie League and many others. He has also performed live on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Today Show with Katie Couric, The Regis and Kelly and The Regis and Kathie Lee shows.
http://www.stevepostell.com/

STEVIE GURR (guitar) - Another highly respected studio guitarist who has performed with Dr. John, Elvin Bishop, Otis Clay, and Don Henley among others. Stevie is currently part of the duo "emith".
http://steviegurr.com/
FREEB0 (bass) - FREEBO is an award-winning singer/songwriter (2008 Posi Award... "Best Song", '07 L.A. Music Awards "Best Folk Artist", Winner '07 South Florida Songwriting Contest, finalist '09 The Great American Songwriting Contest, Finalist in 5 different categories of JPF Awards), but he's best known as a Folk-Rock-Blues Icon. For 30 years, Freebo played bass & tuba on recordings and toured with some of the great artists of our time-- Bonnie Raitt (10 years), John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, CSN, Maria Muldaur, Ringo Starr, Michelle Shocked, Neil Young, Loudon Wainwright III, Dr. John, and many others. He has also appeared on Saturday Night Live, Midnight Special, Muppets Tonight, and in concert with the legendary Spinal Tap.
http://www.freebomusic.com/

DALE LaDUKE (accordion/piano) - Award winning singer/songwriter and former member of Five Wheel Drive. Originally from the Detroit area, he has for many years made his living writing, teaching and playing music in Los Angeles. Dale regularly adds his accordion parts to many local artists here in the L.A. area.
http://www.daleladuke.com/

RICHARD MARTINEZ (percussion) - Richard is a local musician whose stage credits include The All Night Strut, Cabaret Verboten, Five Guys Named Mo and Ain't Misbehavin'. His television credits include The Dolly Parton Show, Baywatch Nights and Sienfield. He has performed with Sam Harris, Jason Alexander, Bebe Neuwirth and many others. He has also recorded with Julian Lennon, Dan Hill, John Jones, Rick Nowels and others.

The concert will also feature special GUEST PERFORMANCES by:

MARI WILSON: Mari is an British singer based in London. She is best known for her sometimes quirky, early 1960s-influenced pop music songs and her (former) trademark beehive hairdo. Recording on the Compact label she scored six UK hit singles in the early 1980s, including her biggest hit, "Just What I Always Wanted" (UK #8) in 1982. The following year she scored a top 30 hit with a cover of "Cry Me a River" and released her debut album Showpeople, also a top 30 hit. Wilson's fourth studio album Emotional Glamour was released on her Beehive label in October 2008. She has also performed in musicals, and has been a feature on a BBC TV series about celebrities and their health.
http://www.mariwilson.co.uk/

JOHN BATDORF: Best known as one-half of the '70s band Batdorf & Rodney, which was signed at different times by Ahmet Ertegun to Atlantic Records, by David Geffen to Asylum Records and by Clive Davis to Arista Records. They headlined many shows, and were an opening act for America, Seals & Crofts, Dan Fogelberg, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Fleetwood Mac, The Doobie Brothers, Bread, The Youngbloods, Hall & Oates, Harry Chapin and many others. In the '80s, John was a staff songwriter, writing songs for America, England Dan, The Curry Sisters and Kim Carnes, and as studio singer singing on hundreds of jingles, movies, and TV shows. He also sang background vocals on recordings by Rod Stewart, Motley Crue, Dave Mason, The Jefferson Starship, Berlin, Donna Summer, and David Lee Roth to name just a few. http://www.johnbatdorfmusic.com/

AMY RAASCH: Winner of the 3rd Annual GINA/LAWIM Singer/Songwriter Contest. Named one of Music Connection’s "HOT 100 Unsigned Artists" for the third year running. Don Was says about Amy: "She's got her own inner groove; nothing tentative about it. A force to be reckoned with." http://www.amyraasch.com/

The minimum suggested donation for the evening is a $20 per person, payable in cash at the door -- OR with a tax deductible check payable to "International Documentary Association" (write "Wrecking Crew Documentary" in the memo line). All of the money raised this night will go towards expenses (such as licensing fees) to get The Wrecking Crew film released on DVD.

If you can't make the event and still would like to contribute, send your check payable to "International Documentary Association" to:
Russ & Julie Paris
638 Lindero Canyon Rd, #142
Oak Park, CA 91377

All of the evening's artists are donating their time. We will also have our usual "potluck" style coffee and dessert buffet. The show is called for 8:00 P.M. Doors open at 7:30 P.M.
RSVP today to Russ & Julie at houseconcerts@jrp-graphics.com -- We look forward to seeing you then!

For the love of the music,

Russ & Julie
Russ & Julie's House Concerts
Website:
http://www.houseconcerts.us/
Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/yjug3bn
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/russjuliehousecncrts
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/russjuliehouseconcerts

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John Batdorf in concert.
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John Batdorf (Guest), Sandy Jacobson (Producer), & James Lee Stanley (Guest Host) in the studio.
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John Batdorf with James Lee Stanley in concert.

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Denny Tedesco is the producer of the documentary "The Wrecking Crew."
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Denny Tedesco, producer of The Wrecking Crew, during a Q & A after one of the screenings.
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Guest, Denny Tedesco (son of Tommy Tedesco-The Wrecking Crew) & Host, Sandy Jacobson in the studio.

 

NEW RELEASE by NATHAN McEUEN

"Scrapbook Sessions"

On Friday night, June 18, 2010 I attended the CD-Release Party for Nathan McEuen’s new (and third) CD “Scrapbook Sessions.”  Technically and artistically, Nathan maintains his consistent level of quality in his new recordings and in his live performances,  and kicks it up a notch with each new release.  Nathan’s earlier CD’s “Grand Design” and “Festival” are both “quintessential Nathan McEuen”…yet provide the listener with different experiences.   Nathan’s new CD is yet another new sensory delight. 

 

“Scrapbook Sessions” has Nathan’s thumbprint…but with this release, he has achieved a new level of maturity and depth to his already seasoned style.  As with his former releases, it’s hard for me to find a “favorite” track…I like them all.  But, in the first pass, I like “Lately” (a collaboration with Chelsea Williams),  “All That Really Matters”, and “Banjormous” (an original banjo tune by Nathan, that came from growing up hearing his dad John McEuen,  play and perform the banjo…and on this track his dad plays second banjo.)

 

The audience loved the new songs, and responded enthusiastically!

You can preview and purchase “Scrapbook Sessions” at

www.nathanmceuen.com

 

Nathan has a number of upcoming Southern California concerts, including one at Veteran’s Park in Culver City on July 18th at 12:30pm.  A complete listing of his concerts can also be found on his site at  www.nathanmceuen.com

 

Sandy Jacobson, Creator & Producer

BackStage:Los Angeles

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Scott Gates, John McEuen, & Nathan McEuen at The Coffee Gallery Backstage.
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Elaine Gregston (left), Nathan McEuen (center) with Scott Gates (right).
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Nathan McEuen & Scott Gates at The Huck Finn Festival.
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Michael Sunday (Host), Scott Gates & Mike Nadolson (Guests) on the set of BackStage:Los Angeles.
One the set of BackStage:Los Angeles.
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Nathan McEuen (Guest), Sandy Jacobson (Guest-Host), Elaine Gregston, & Chuck Hailes (Guests).
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Elaine Gregston, Nathan McEuen, and Chuck Hailes (Guests) on the set of BackStage:Los Angeles.

The 2010 NAMM Festival in Anaheim.
Peter Tork publicly thanked me, after his last concert, for my assistance during the NAMM Festival, and for my work on
The Monkees Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Petition.

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Sandy Jacobson (Producer) with Peter Tork, after his concert at NAMM 2010.
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This photo of Peter Tork performing at NAMM is courtesy of Shelli Andranigian.
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Our Host for the 2010 NAMM Festival - Manuel Rodriguez Guitars.
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The 40th Anniversary Screening of
The Monkees' film "Head." -Nov.12th, 2008

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Peter Tork and Davy Jones.
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Chip Douglas, Peter Tork, & Davy Jones.
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The movie poster for "Head."
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Chip Douglas, Bobby Hart, Peter Tork, & Davy Jones during the Q & A.
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Movie poster for the film "Head."

Interviewing The Quarrymen
during their First U.S. Tour -
the band where
Paul McCartney & John Lennon met !
Oct. 20, 2008

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Colin Hanton, Sandy Jacobson, Rod Davis, & Len Garry.
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We let the cameras roll, as we chatted over a great breakfast, before doing the "real" interview.
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On location in the Hollywood Hills, for the interview.

Fun Stuff...

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Sandy Jacobson, speaking at the FAR-West Music Conference, Oct. 2008. Photo courtesy of Russ Paris.
On Sunset Boulevard !
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Sandy Jacobson, with Caroline Boyce (Widow of Tommy Boyce of "Boyce & Hart") July 11, 2008.

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Peter Tork and Sandy Jacobson, at a "Meet & Greet" for Peter's CD "Cambria Hotel" - Jan. 2008

Back Row: Lindsey Morris, Zombie, Jeff Brookshire.
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Front Row: Nate Witty, Sandy Jacobson, Gary Kohn, & Michael Nyman.
November 10th, 2007.
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Thanks to EVERYONE who attended the DVD-Signing Party! For more info on the DVD, click the image.
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Sandra Oh visited our DVD-Release Party!
 
April 2006
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Sandy Jacobson on set of Pirates of The Caribbean II & III.
 

A Second Screening had to be added for this event !
Fundraising Screening of
The Wrecking Crew
"If you haven't yet seen this film, it is well worth the drive and the price of admission!  Highly recommended for anyone who loves the music of the 1950's-1970's, and/or for any aspiring musician.  This film IS music history.  Every professional musician who has seen it, has loved it." -Sandy Jacobson-
Time
September 19 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Location Thousand Oaks Library
1401 E Janss Road
Thousand Oaks, CA

Created By

More Info
We have been invited to share the film with the guests of the library and Wrecking Crew friends with a suggested donation of $20 per person. Seats are limited so please let us know if you plan on attending or if you are releasing your seats in order for others to attend.

There will be a Q&A session with Producer Denny Tedesco and Pianist Don Randi following the film
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Please email us at wreckingcrew.library@yahoo.com to let us...
know your name and the number of seats needed.

This film is not released.

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Denny Tedesco is the producer of the documentary "The Wrecking Crew."
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Denny Tedesco, producer of The Wrecking Crew, during a Q & A after one of the screenings.
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Guest, Denny Tedesco (son of Tommy Tedesco-The Wrecking Crew) & Host, Sandy Jacobson in the studio.

Keith England's
Scorpio Birthday Party
 
Time
Friday, November 5 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Location The Viper Room
8852 W Sunset Blvd

Created By

More Info The Party is ON... it's  Keith England's birthday weekend...if you are a Scorpio, love a Scorpio or just wanna hang out with a bunch of Scorpios, bring it!
Keith England (Vocals/Guitar) Paul Ill (Bass) Randy Ray Mitchell (Guitars) Nate Morton (Drums) and Very Special Guests

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Michael Sunday (Host) with Keith England (Guest).

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Keith England at The House of Blues
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Keith England's first show with The Allman Brothers.

Ted & Pablo were our studio guests in 2007, and spent most of last year touring Pablo's native Brazil.  They recently made brief Southern California appearances for their 2nd annual performance at The LACMA Summer Latin Jazz Music Series, and at The Skirball Center, before hitting the touring road again...this time with The Red Elvises.

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Ted & Pablo at the LACMA Summer Latin Jazz Concert Series.
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Ted & Pablo at the LACMA Summer Latin Jazz Concert Series.
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Ted & Pablo at the LACMA Summer Latin Jazz Concert Series.
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Ted & Pablo at The Skirball Center, with Fabiano Nascimiento.
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Ted & Pablo at The Skirball Center, with Fabiano Nascimiento.
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Ted & Pablo at The Skirball Center, with Fabiano Nascimiento.

Recent Guests-The Nathan McEuen Trio.
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Nathan McEuen (Guest), Sandy Jacobson (Guest-Host), Elaine Gregston (Guest), & Chuck Hailes (Guest).
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At Kulak's Woodshed...click on image for more information.
Another recent guest was Bob Stane.
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Bob Stane is the owner of The Coffee Gallery Backstage, and founder of The Ice House.
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Paul Kulak and Sandy Jacobson backstage after the DVD-Taping of James Lee Stanley's concert.
At the James Lee Stanley DVD-Taping at Kulak's.
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James Lee Stanley, Sandy Jacobson, Russ (Russ & Julie's House Concerts).
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Click for more information on Russ & Julie's House Concerts.

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Click on the image to preview and order.

New Release by Batdorf & Rodney..." Still Burnin' "
a live CD, including some brand new tracks,
that came out of last summer's Batdorf & Rodney
Southern California reunion tour.
Click on image to Preview & Order !
John was recently our in-studio guest, discussing the new CD and his songwriting process.

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To learn more about Party Charlie, click on this image!
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To order Charlie's book, click on this image!

Charlie Scola and Sandy Jacobson (our producer) at the recent
release and book-signing EVENT in Century City for Charlie's book
"Party Planning Secrets -The Ultimate Guide to a Successful Party." 
 Charlie has been a leading innovator in the party plannning business for the past 30 years, and is affectionately known as "Party Charlie."

Read about the event, as covered by The Century City News... under "Party Charlie!"

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Click the image to order tickets !

We saw the show on Friday, October 17th, 2008!  The show features a "tight" 7-piece band, and a high-energy, well-choregraphed cast that draws you in on the first note!
If you're a Zappa fan, or wish you'd "been there"
this is a must-see.
 
NOW EXTENDED THRU DECEMBER 20TH
DUE TO SOLD-OUT PERFORMANCES!
 
 
 
 

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     Clay Eals, author of "Steve Goodman:Facing The Music" 
     was in Los Angeles the weekend of July 25-27, 2008 
for book signings/concerts with several musicians who knew
and worked with Steve during his short, but inspiring life.
The Friday, July 25th Concert/Book-Signing celebrated what would have been Steve Goodman's 60th Birthday. 
     Steve was diagnosed with Leukemia at age 20, and spent 
     the next (and last) 15 years of his life, making every moment count.  During that time he wrote "City of New Orleans,""You Never Even Call Me by My Name," "Banana Republics," "A Dying Cub Fan’s Last Request" and many more stellar songs — uplifted millions from the late 1960s to the early 1980s and continues to do so today.  During his career, Steve Goodman opened for such legends as Steve Martin, Jimmy Buffet, and worked with countless others, including Pete Seeger and John McEuen.

This biography, now in its second printing, is the comprehensive, untold story of a young man whose hilarious, touching and provocative music uplifted millions from the late 1960s to the early 1980s and continues to do so today.

     For more information on Clay Eals, and his book,
     (8 years and 800 pages in the making) go to:
 
     For more information on Steve Goodman and his music,
 
 

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For more information, click on the Image above !

"THE WRECKING CREW"
SOLD-OUT 2 SCREENINGS ON 7-3-08 !!!
"The Wrecking Crew" by Denny Tedesco (one of TommyTedesco's sons) is about the lives of Tommy Tedesco, Hal Blaine, Glen Campbell, Plas Johnson, Earl Palmer, Don Randi, Carol Kaye, and somewhere between 15-20 other studio musicians who comprised "The Wrecking Crew"... a team of studio musicians who played on countless tracks during the 50's, 60's, and 70's. 
The REAL unsung heroes of the early Rock 'n Roll days... 
They were Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound."
Some of the original members attended the July 3rd  
Screening, which was also Tommy Tedesco's birth day.
-Sandy Jacobson-

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Florence Hartigan at The Hopetoun Alpha in New Zealand.
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For more information on Florence Hartigan, click on any of the images, or the link below.
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Florence Henderson (Guest) with Sandy Jacobson (Producer and Guest-Host).

Another recent guest, Florence Hartigan www.myspace.com/FlorenceHartigan
 is originally from New Zealand.  She has already accomplished a lot...having her single "Green" written with Peter Martin, receiving airplay in New Zealand AND landing the duo in Second Place in a
national New Zealand "Idol"-styled show. 
Florence also has TV and Film scoring on her resume.
 
 
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Pictured left to right are Ngahihi Bidois (Guest), Michael Sunday (Host), Mike Handcock (Guest), Sandy Jacobson (Producer).
 
We had an exciting time in and out of the studio, with our other recent international guests Ngahihi Bidois and Mike Handcock from New Zealand.  This picture was taken in the Green Room of the studio...
and pictured left to right, are
Ngahih Bidois (Guest), Michael Sunday (Host), Mike Handcock, founder of "Rock Your Life" (Guest), and Sandy Jacobson (Producer), center. 
Mike is a Rock Musician and International Wealth Coach http://www.mdh.co.nz/
and Ngahihi Bidois is a Maori Tribal leader and Business and Educational Consultant, "Ancient Wisdom and Modern Solutions."  www.ngahibidois.com

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