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25 Mar 2013
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Note to McCallum Theatre security: Chill. Raul Malo's got this. Mavericks fans are going to dance in the aisles, in front of the stage and at their seats, but it's OK. Malo and the Mavericks fly their fans a kite, effortlessly, instinctively and joyfully. Safe landing guaranteed. Cliques of stylish professional women; two- or three-generation families; aging braided and beaded hippies; loving couples of all ages and genders; folks in cowboy hats, party dresses, wheelchairs and low-slung pants with oversized shirts—they all dance and cheer like it's their birthday. They're having that much fun. Many discovered the Mavericks as a country band, touring with the likes of Tim McGraw and Alan Jackson, and acting as the house band for Johnny Cash specials. The band's 1994 album What a Crying Shame showcased singer and songwriter Malo's fluid Elvis Presley-meets-Roy Orbison vocals in a gleaming Nashville-slick production of honky-tonk dance tunes, seminal…
22 Mar 2013
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Jeff Bridges has a few movies in the works (he is an Academy Award-winning actor, after all); he has a newish book out (The Dude and the Zen Master, co-written with Zen Buddhist Bernie Glassman); and he’s a spokesman for an anti-hunger organization (www.nokidhungry.org). In the midst of this busy schedule, he makes playing concerts—like his appearance at Stagecoach—seem like something thrown together at the last minute. You might call your buddies to watch a game somewhere; Jeff Bridges plays live music for thousands of people. People have to have a hobby, right? “We pretty much just let it fly,” Bridges said in a recent phone interview. “If people enjoyed Crazy Heart,” Bridges mentions off-hand, not really noting that he won an Oscar for his role in the film, “we’ll be playing some songs from that.” Bridges also has some new music that he and his band, delightfully called “The…
04 Mar 2013
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Reverend Horton Heat frontman Jim Heath is content with his career thus far. After 28 years of bringing an unabashed celebration of sex, booze and hard living to venues across the country, Heath and his band have cultivated a diverse and loyal fan base. Few rock 'n' roll bands last a decade, let alone more than a quarter-century—especially with a rigorous tour schedule. In the band's early days, it wasn't uncommon for them to play 300 gigs a year. These days, though, the group only tours about one-third of the year—and the current tour is bring the band to The Date Shed this weekend. "We were always a party band. ... In every town, people were waiting there to party with us. The next night would be really difficult to play music," said Heath. "We knew if we kept this up, we were going to die. So we had a…
01 Nov 2012
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J Boog's bio reads like something you'd expect to find in a uplifting movie of some sort: A dude of Samoan descent is born in Long Beach, raised in Compton, and is inspired as a wee one by his sister's piano-playing. Later, he meets one of his favorite artists and moves to Hawaii, where he gets serious about music. A few twists and turns later, and this is how his music is described in his ReverbNation bio: "The results are apparent when listening to Boog's new music. It is authentic island music and genuine Jamaican reggae at the same time. Truly a new and exciting combination. There is a natural theme to Boog's writing: love. It recurs throughout his work and never once seems contrived. When you listen, you will feel he truly knows matters of the heart." It's easy--in fact, it's almost mandatory--to read that, and roll one's eyes…
25 Oct 2012
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Restless Heart, the country band that struck gold with hits in the '80s and '90s like "Tell Me What You Dream," will play at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, 32-250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage. Tickets are $15 to $35. For more information, visit The Show's website.

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