Tag: Travel

Gomez – "See The World" / Reflected

I really like this photo. It’s the only one I took of myself during our wine barrel tasting trip in Sonoma. I like how the reflection captures the gorgeous scenery around Michel-Schlumberger Winery (where the photo was taken). It’s very gentle, very poignant. It’s like you can get away but ultimately what you find is yourself.

“See the world, find an old-fashioned girl…” Happy Friday :-)

Augustana – “Boston” / Places I Have Been…


www.augustanamusic.com
www.myspace.com/augustana

I was looking through my old photographs of Boston and realized how much I missed the city I barely knew. For me, it was a place of reformation, a new start as bittersweet as offering cheers in a bar where nobody knew your name (that is where the original bar is from, you see). The unknown I felt there from the uncertain future fades now into the past, joining with the vast memory of places I have been…


“I think I need a new town to leave this all behind…”

I first saw Augustana perform at Slim’s (where my band will be playing next week, by the way), then at Café du Nord and finally at the Fillmore. My ex had been a huge fan of the band, so of course I tagged along to all their shows. While I was impressed with all their songs, “Boston” was always the one that stood out most for me (and apparently to everyone else since it was their single).


“I think I need a sunrise… I’m tired of the sunset…”

But “Boston” may hold even more meaning for me now, in retrospect, since the city now literally provides for me the song’s lyrical concept of new beginnings. I had gone to a place where (almost) nobody knew my name and left it all behind.


“I hear it’s nice in the summer…”

And now, so many years after visiting Boston and even more since I last saw Augustana perform the song, I feel a need for change again… as I reminisce on two wholly separate memories that have somehow found their connection…


“…some snow would be nice.”

WC PERFORMER – Tour Stop: Inland Empire, CA


www.performermag.com
www.myspace.com/westcoastperformer

Inland Empire, CA

TOUR STOP: INLAND EMPIRE

Southern California’s Inland Empire stretches between the Santa Ana and San Bernardino Mountains, less than an hour east of Los Angeles along I-10 and three hours southwest of Las Vegas along I-215. Incorporating the San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, the Inland Empire houses both the Claremont Colleges and UC Riverside. With this huge student population, there exists no shortage of hip all-ages venues serving all genres of music. The renowned IE Music Awards, now in its fourth year, along with other local events like the IE Jazz Festival are just the start of the extensive music network formed here. Its close proximity to LA sets the Inland Empire as a stopping point for established bands looking for recluse from the standard LA venue, as well as a launching point for upcoming talented artists.

BOOK A GIG: VENUES

THE GLASS HOUSE
200 WEST SECOND STREET
POMONA, CA 91766
(909) 865-3802
www.theglasshouse.us

This venue draws large rock acts six nights a week. Send demos directly to the club, or email theglasshouse@theglasshouse.us for more info, two to three months in advance. Located in the Pomona Arts Colony, one block south of Pomona Amtrak.

SHOWCASE THEATRE
683 SOUTH MAIN STREET
CORONA, CA 92882
(951) 276-7770
www.showcasetheatre.com

A popular all-ages venue, Showcase hosts punk and metal bands up to five nights a week. The venue also serves as the stage for The Scion Metal Show. Contact booker, Joe Lujan, at joecase33@hotmail.com at least two to three months in advance.

THE WIRE
247 NORTH SECOND AVENUE
UPLAND, CA 91786
(909) 985-9466
www.thewire247.com

A new all-ages art and music venue, The Wire hosts rock bands of all sorts up to four times a week. Send an electronic press kit to donavan@thewire247.com or send material directly to the venue with one month advanced notice.

THE HUDSON THEATER & GOTHAM AT HUDSON
295 EAST CAROLINE STREET
SAN BERNARDINO, CA 92408
(909) 641-0646
www.thehudsontheater.com

Located near the San Bernardino International Airport, Hudson hosts larger nationals while Gotham, at the same location, hosts smaller shows on two stages. For booking, call Margaret Sherman at least two months in advance.

THE PRESS RESTAURANT
129 HARVARD AVENUE
CLAREMONT, CA 91711
(909) 625-4808
www.thepressrestaurant.com

Built in 1920 as a printing press building, The Press hosts Jazz and Rock acts up to three nights a week. Send a press kit directly to the venue or email an electronic version to music@thepressrestaurant.com at least four weeks in advance. Located one block from Pomona College.

THE VIBE
1805 UNIVERSITY AVENUE
RIVERSIDE, CA 92507
(951) 788-0310
www.myspace.com/thevibebarandgrill

Located near UC Riverside, The Vibe hosts all genres. Contact Jason at myspace.com/mrgigpresents at least one month in advance with an electronic demo. Jason also books shows at Hudson and Gotham, as well as other venues in SoCal, through his promotions company.

ANGELS SPORTS BAR
1650 EAST SIXTH STREET
CORONA, CA 92879
(951) 371-9738

Angels supports acts of all genres. Call Jared T. at (951) 452-4459 or by email at jtorstvet@sbcglobal.net. Allow 1-2 months advanced notice.

MEDIA: PROMOTE

THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE
3450 14TH STREET
RIVERSIDE, CA 92501
(951) 368-9575
www.pe.com

Music writer, Vanessa Franko, covers the local scene in PE’s online blog and conducts interviews as well. Send an album directly to her attention, or email vfranko@pe.com for more info. For calender listings, send an email to Mei Lee at mlee@pe.com. Allow two weeks advanced notice for listings and three weeks for interviews.

INLAND EMPIRE WEEKLY
2175 SAMPSON AVENUE, SUITE 118
CORONA, CA 92879
(951) 284.0120
www.ieweekly.com

Submit events to the calendar editor, Arrisa Owen-Turner, at calendar@ieweekly.com with complete listing details by 5pm on Thursdays. letters@ieweekly.com

KUCR – 88.3 FM
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
RIVERSIDE, CA 92521
(951) 827-3737
www.kucr.org

Send music to be reviewed for possible air-play to the address listed above with attention to: Music Department. Allow 1-2 weeks advanced notice. For more info, contact General Music Director, Walter Douglas, at walter@kucr.org.

KSPC – 88.7 FM
THATCHER MUSIC BUILDING
340 NORTH COLLEGE AVENUE
CLAREMONT, CA 91711
(909) 621-8157
www.kspc.org

This Claremont Colleges station also broadcasts throughout the LA area. Submit events to promotions@kspc.org for inclusion on the site’s mini-calendar and the weekday afternoon on-air listing of upcoming shows. For in-studio performances, contact the live sound director at livesound@kspc.org. Submit music by mail, c/o Music Director, at least three weeks in advance. Contact your appropriate genre’s music director via the contact info on the website for interview consideration.

RECORD STORES

RED PLANET RECORDS
6192 MAGNOLIA AVENUE
RIVERSIDE, CA 92506
(951) 686-9544
www.myspace.com/redplanettheallagesvenue

Near UC Riverside, this popular DIY record store also hosts in-store performances on Saturdays. For consignment, bring your music directly to the store or give them a call for more info. Local events can be posted on the in-store message board.

RHINO RECORDS
235 YALE AVENUE
CLAREMONT, CA 91711
(909) 626-7774
www.rhinorecords.cc
Independent record store Rhino supports the Claremont Colleges, and offers consignments and occasional in-store performances. For more info, call or email thom.sharp@rhinorecords.cc. Rhino also owns sister store, Mad Platter, in Riverside.

THE GLASS HOUSE RECORD STORE AND BOX OFFICE
248 WEST SECOND STREET
POMONA, CA 91766
(909) 865-3802
www.myspace.com/glasshouserecordstore

The box office for The Glass House also serves as a record store offering consignment and in-store performances for audiences up to 300. Email christina@theglasshouse.us at least two weeks in advance for show consideration.

GEAR: REPAIR

MUSIC MIKE’S
6511 MAGNOLIA AVENUE
RIVERSIDE, CA 92506
(951) 683-7777
www.musicmikes.com

Repairs a variety of instruments and live gear, and offers rental services as well. Standard turnaround of one week, but same-day rush orders are available for an additional $45 fee. For more info, call the store or send an email to info@musicmikes.com. Open M-F, 10-7pm; Sat., 10-6pm; Sun., 11-4pm.

REDLAND’S GUITAR SHOP
208 ORANGE STREET
REDLANDS, CA 92374
(909) 792-7586

Most repairs can be completed within one day. Open M-F, 11-8pm; Sat., 10-5pm.

WC PERFORMER – Tour Stop: Las Vegas, NV


www.performermag.com
www.myspace.com/westcoastperformer

Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas glows like a beacon at the intersection of I-15 and Route 95, but besides brilliant bright lights and never-ending excess, the local scene provides ample opportunity for touring rockers of all sorts. From hip downtown lounges to the swagger of saloons, Vegas also hosts festivals like Amplify!! Independent Music Comp Fest, First Friday, a nightlong celebration of the arts, the explosive Halloween fest Vegoose, and the UNLV-sponsored Las Vegas Music Festival, with a student-filled lineup of compositional music. Vegas’ close proximity to Los Angeles offers an easy flow of traffic between the two cities, allowing local acts the potential of hitting it big. Not surprisingly, Vegas serves as the hometown for established artists like The Killers, Panic! At the Disco and Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis. An iconic, hot destination, Vegas also offers an excellent communication line for promoting music to visitors from around the world, so what happens in Vegas might not necessarily stay in Vegas.

BOOK A GIG: VENUES

JILLIAN’S
450 FREMONT STREET
LAS VEGAS, NV 89101
(702) 759-0450
www.jillianslasvegas.com

Part of the Fremont Street Experience, Jillian’s hosts all forms of music. Send an
email with bio, music links, dates desired, and an estimated Vegas draw to Brian at
booking@jillianslasvegas.com. Allow one month advanced notice.

DOUBLE DOWN SALOON
4640 PARADISE ROAD
LAS VEGAS, NV 89169
(702) 791-5775
www.doubledownsaloon.com

Near UNLV and two miles from The Strip, Double Down features punk and garage rock up to
four times a week, and never closes. Email Moss at doubledownsaloon@gmail.com with a link to your music, or send a press kit directly to the venue. Allow two months advanced notice.

DIVEBAR
3035 EAST TROPICANA BOULEVARD SUITE E
LAS VEGAS, NV 89121
(702) 579-4707
www.vegasdivebar.com

Divebar features varied selections of rock bands up to five times a week. Thursday nights host
a 10pm open mic. Send a CD with “Attn: Booking,” and call the venue two weeks after for
confirmation.

BUNKHOUSE SALOON
124 SOUTH 11TH STREET
LAS VEGAS, NV 89101
(702) 384-4536
www.bunkhouselv.com

This downtown venue features eclectic variations of rock up to five times a week. Send an email request to booking@bunkhouselv.com with your website, links to music, and a brief bio. Allow one month advanced notice.

ROX CLUB
5285 DEAN MARTIN DRIVE
LAS VEGAS, NV 89118
(702) 804-7699
www.myspace.com/roxclubvegas

An intimate venue with full-size dressing rooms, Rox Club hosts all genres up to six nights per week. Email booker, Patrick Riesgo, at patrick@roxclubvegas.com at least one month in advance.

CHEYENNE SALOON
3103 NORTH RANCHO DRIVE
LAS VEGAS, NV 89130
(702) 645-4139
www.myspace.com/thecheyennesaloon

A local newspaper hailed Cheyenne’s sound system as second best only to House of Blues. This North Las Vegas venue features rock, punk and metal shows up to five times a week. Send a press kit and call booker, Brittney, at (702) 645-4139, or email vegasscorpiochic@yahoo.com with links. Allow one month advanced notice.

THE BOX OFFICE
1129 SOUTH CASINO CENTER
LAS VEGAS, NV 89104
(702) 388-1515
www.myspace.com/theboxofficecion

Managed by a non-profit arts organization devoted to local arts, Box Office supports all genres. Call booker, Cion, or send an email to boxoffice@gmail.com, at least 30 days in advance.

PROMOTE A GIG: MEDIA

ZIA RECORD EXCHANGE
4225 SOUTH EASTERN AVENUE
LAS VEGAS, NV 89119
(702) 735-4942
www.myspace.com/ziarecordslasvegas

Well-integrated into the local scene, Zia Records not only offer consignment services, but also host live in-store shows on Fridays and Saturdays. Contact any store manager for consignment services one week prior. Contact Bryan via www.myspace.com/bryanatzia for show booking with at least one month advanced notice.

LAS VEGAS CITYLIFE
1385 PAMA LANE SUITE 111
LAS VEGAS, NV 89119
(702) 871-6780
www.lvcitylife.com

A popular source for local info and off-beat entertainment news. Send a CD and contact A&E Editor, Mike Prevatt, for review consideration at mprevatt@lvcitylife.com, or call ext. 395, with two to three weeks advanced notice.

LAS VEGAS WEEKLY
GREENSPUN MEDIA
2290 CORPORATE CIRCLE SUITE 250
HENDERSON, NV 89074
(702) 990-2550
www.lasvegasweekly.com

LV Weekly’s “Noise” features album reviews and music news related to the Vegas
community. For coverage consideration, contact Music Editor, Spencer Patterson, at
spencer.patterson@gmgvegas.com. Website allows user-posted events.

GEAR / REPAIRS

COWTOWN GUITARS
2797 SOUTH MARYLAND PARKWAY SUITE 14
LAS VEGAS, NV 89109
(702) 866-2600
www.cowtownguitars.com

Cowtown features Southern Nevada’s largest stock of used and vintage instruments. Guitar tech, Rob Miller, services guitars with a standard turnaround time of one week (rush orders available at additional cost). Contact Rob at (702) 862-8244. Walk-ins are accepted.

SAM ASH MUSIC
2747 SOUTH MARYLAND PARKWAY
LAS VEGAS, NV 89109
(702) 734-0007
www.samashmusic.com

Widely-known instrument retailer, Sam Ash, also houses guitar/amp and woodwind repair techs, Robert Garland (10-4pm, M-Th) and Harry Bartee (10-6pm, T-Sat). Standard turnaround time is one week. Walk-ins are accepted.

WC PERFORMER – Tour Stop: Sacramento, CA


www.performermag.com
www.myspace.com/westcoastperformer

Sacramento, CA

WHERE I-80, I-5 AND CA-99 CONVERGE LIES CALIFORNIA’S CAPITAL CITY, the grand metropolis of the Central Valley. Sacramento’s location and extensive history create a crossroads of sorts for musical culture, encouraging the existence of eclectic venues from the hip lounges in nostalgic Old Sac to the larger rock clubs prominent throughout the area. Nearby colleges Sacramento State and UC Davis promise a strong student turnout and often host shows themselves. Music events like Friday Night Concerts in the Park, NorCal NoiseFest, and the experimental Sacramento Audio Waffle deliver something for every musical bent. Established musicians Cake, Blackalicious, and the ever-popular Jackie Greene all draw origins from Sacramento, and many more have some claim to the place. From jazz to hip-hop, no genre is underrepresented. Artists traveling between the Bay Area, the Central Valley, Reno and Redding will find Sacramento a most convenient stop over.

BOOK A GIG: VENUES

OLD IRONSIDES
1901 TENTH STREET
SACRAMENTO, CA 95814
(916) 443-9751
www.theoldironsides.com

A Sacto staple popular in the indie scene. Sign-up for Wednesday’s open mic starts at 8:30pm. Booker, Jerry Perry, also coordinates Second Saturday, Friday Night Concerts in the Park, and the local scene publication, Alive and Kicking. Email jerry@alivenkicking.com, or call (916) 448-2582 at least one month in advance.

HARLOW’S
2708 J STREET
SACRAMENTO, CA 95816
(916) 441-4693
www.harlows.com

A classy downtown venue hosting all genres, particularly hip-hop, R&B and jazz. Call booker, Danny Torza, at extension 11 for more info, or send an email to harlows@harlows.com at least one month in advance.

MARILYN’S ON K
1107 NINTH STREET, SUITE T-100
SACRAMENTO, CA 95814
(916) 446-4361
www.marilynsonk.com

Near the Capitol, Marilyn’s hosts a number of great singer-songwriters and rock bands up to five nights a week. Email the general manager, Jane Gribben, at booking@marilynsonk.com. Artists new to the club should utilize their web form. Allow one month advanced notice.

THE SPEAKEASY LOUNGE
117 J STREET
SACRAMENTO, CA
(916) 443-5051
www.myspace.com/speakeasylounge

Below Café New Orleans in Old Sac, Speakeasy features music at least twice a week from
most genres. Email booker, Wendy Thomas, at thespeakeasylounge@gmail.com with your
MySpace site, and mail a promo kit to her attention one month in advance.

JAVA LOUNGE
2416 SIXTEENTH STREET
SACRAMENTO, CA 95818
(916) 441-3945
www.thejavaloungeisrad.com

Voted “Best All-Ages Venue” in SN&R’s Best of Sacramento 2007. Send an email to Kevin
Seconds at javaloungebooking@gmail.com at least one week in advance.

THE BOARDWALK
9426 GREENBACK LANE
ORANGEVALE, CA 95662
(916) 988-9247
www.boardwalkrocks.com

Boardwalk is renowned for hosting bands on the verge of breaking out. Contact booker, Mark Earl, at booking@boardwalkrocks.com (916) 722-5784, two to three months in advance. Shows are all-ages unless specified.

BLUE LAMP
1400 ALHAMBRA BOULEVARD
SACRAMENTO, CA 95816
(916) 455-3400
www.bluelamp.com

A venue that features all genres up to five nights a week. Contact Ed Stoner at
booking@bluelamp.com or call (866) 575-9405. Electronic kits are preferred, but mailed press kits are also welcome. Allow two months advanced notice.

TRUE LOVE COFFEEHOUSE
2315 K STREET
SACRAMENTO, CA 95816
(916) 448-5683
www.truelovesacramento.com

A local all-ages favorite for singer-songwriter and indie rock shows up to three times a week. For booking, send an email to Kevin Seconds at truelovesacto@gmail.com, with your MySpace link, at least two months in advance.

STORES

SKIP’S MUSIC
2740 AUBURN BOULEVARD
SACRAMENTO, CA 95821
(916) 484-7575
www.skipsmusic.com
With an additional location in Elk Grove, Skip’s provides a slew of services from equipment rental to repairs. Rates: $60/hr with 3-5 day turnaround, or $90/hr for same day service. Open weekdays (11-8pm), Saturdays (10-6pm), and Sundays (11-6pm).

PROMOTE A GIG: MEDIA

KSSU 1580 AM
6000 J STREET
SACRAMENTO, CA 95819
(916) 278-5882
music@kssu.com
www.kssu.com

Sac State’s student-run radio station offers indie artist rotation. See their contact page for the appropriate genre contact, or email music@kssu.com for more info. Additionally, KSSU prints “The Local Slice,” a free format magazine. Contact editor, Sarah Hannon, at news@kssu.com or (916) 278-3343 for coverage consideration.

R5 RECORDS
2500 SIXTEENTH STREET
SACRAMENTO, CA 95818
(916) 441-2500
www.r5records.com

The recently-opened lovechild of Tower Records founder, Russ Solomon. Live in-store shows are held up to three times a week, and records can be sold on consignment. Email Christina Mestas at christina@r5records.com for more info. Allow at least two weeks advanced notice for performance consideration.

DIMPLE RECORDS
2433 ARDEN WAY
SACRAMENTO, CA 95825
(916) 925-2600
www.dimple.com

The area’s definitive indie record store, Dimples has six locations in and near Sacramento. Stores offer record consignment. Email dimplerecords@dimple.com or call for more info.

SACRAMENTO NEWS & REVIEW
1015 TWENTIETH STREET
SACRAMENTO, CA 95814
(916) 498-1234
www.newsreview.com/sacramento

A premier source of alternative culture and events. Email arts editor, Jonathan Kiefer, at jonk@newsreview.com for coverage consideration. Artists can add their profiles and events online.