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07 Feb 2017
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The Oak Ridge Boys have been on a legendary run: They’ve had the same lineup together since 1973, more or less, and they’ve been touring and recording new music all along. In 2017, expect more of the same from these Hall of Famers—including a show at the Spa Resort Casino at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, as part of the Concerts Under the Palms series. During a recent phone interview with Richard Sterban, he said he had recently enjoyed a precious few weeks off after wrapping up a holiday tour. “We are busy!” Sterban said. “We just finished our 27th annual Christmas tour. We took a few weeks off, and we’re back out on the road. For the next couple of months, our schedule is unbelievable. We’re doing a lot of dates, and we’re going on a country music cruise—which can or cannot be fun. We’re talking about recording a…
06 Feb 2017
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Peter Cetera left the band Chicago in the summer of 1985 to embark on a full-time solo career—and success followed him. A year after leaving Chicago, his song “Glory of Love” became a No. 1 hit after appearing on The Karate Kid Part II soundtrack—and the success did not stop there. Cetera will be stopping by Spotlight 29 on Saturday, Feb. 18. In 2016, Chicago was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Many Chicago fans hoped there would be a reunion for at least one evening at the ceremony—but Cetera and the band could not agree to terms, and it didn’t happen. Cetera said he doesn’t have a formula when it comes to writing successful songs. “I wish I had a formula for success,” Cetera said, “because I’d be more successful than I am now if I had one. I don’t really know. I love what…
02 Feb 2017
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Husband-and-wife country duo Thompson Square released their first album in 2011—and ever since, they’ve seen 10 singles reach the charts. However, fans have been waiting since 2013 for a follow-up to sophomore album Just Feels Good. Two singles—“Trans Am” and “You Make It Feel So Good”—have been released since then, but there’s still no word regarding that third album’s name or release date. Thompson Square’s current tour will make a stop at Fantasy Springs this Friday, Feb. 3. During a recent phone interview with Keifer Thompson, he laughed when my first question was about that third album. “You’re going to jump right in there, aren’t you?” Thompson said. “It’s a combination of things. Honestly, when you have a record label (Stoney Creek Records), and you’re going back and forth—trying to decide what’s good and what’s not good, what to put out and what not to put out, and everything else—you…
31 Jan 2017
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When the Pointer Sisters began performing as an R&B group in 1969, nobody would have predicted that the group’s biggest hits would eventually be electronics-driven songs in the 1980s. Yet that’s exactly what happened, and while the group has slowed down somewhat in recent years, the Pointer Sisters continue to perform—and will headline the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards, a fundraiser for the Desert AIDS Project, on Saturday, Feb. 11. Today’s Pointer Sisters only feature one original member—Ruth Pointer—although the group remains a family affair: She’s joined by her daughter, Issa, and her granddaughter, Sadako. During a recent phone interview, Ruth Pointer discussed how she and her sisters adapted to the technology that changed the way music sounded during the ’80s. “I don’t recall it being very hard,” Pointer said. “We were making not only that kind of transition, but (moving) to a different record company and to a different producer…
31 Jan 2017
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February is upon us—which means it’s time for Valentine’s Day. In other words, the month is bringing some great romance-tinged events—as well as shows for those who might not be in the romantic mood. The McCallum Theatre’s schedule is packed with so many great events in February that it’s hard to choose which ones to mention—so be sure to peruse the McCallum website for the full schedule. At 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6, the son of the legendary Mel Torme, Steve March Torme, will be performing his “Torme Sings Torme” show. He’ll be accompanied by a 10-piece band as he performs his father’s best-known material. Tickets are $27 to $77. At 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 13, country music hit-maker Phil Vassar will be performing. Vassar has 10 No. 1 singles and 26 Top 40 hits under his belt. That’s impressive! This is a great show to put you in the…
30 Jan 2017
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Surfer Blood has endured a lot of hard times since the band began in 2009—including the death of guitarist Thomas Fekete in 2016, after a two-year battle with cancer. Nonetheless, the band has kept going—and will be stopping by Pappy and Harriet’s on Saturday, Feb. 4, just one day after dropping a brand-new album, Snowdonia. During a recent phone interview with frontman John Paul Pitts, he explained how Snowdonia was made differently than the group’s previous records. “I think we knew exactly what we wanted to do,” Pitts said. “It’s kind of a different record. I’m usually recording parts and writing lyrics at the same time and figuring it out on the fly. For this one, I spent a lot of time writing and doing demos for it. We recorded all the instrumentals in two days. I guess the mentality was we’d rehearse, have all the parts written, and go…
18 Jan 2017
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Throw the Goat is a local band that’s finally starting to get the recognition it deserves. The band has two full albums to its credit—Black Mountain (2012) and Blood, Sweat and Beers (2015). Last year, the band released a new EP, Vote Goat, and picked up a new drummer, The Sweat Act and 5th Town’s Troy Whitford. Catch the group in action at The Hood Bar and Pizza on Saturday, Jan. 21, and The Date Shed on Saturday, Feb. 4. During a recent interview before a practice session at Whitford’s home in Palm Desert, we talked about the band’s name. “It’s kind of the Ronnie James Dio heavy-metal handshake (like the devil horns gesture),” guitarist Brian “Puke” Parnell said. “There’s also this thing in Spain where these golden eagles co-exist with mountain goats, and it’s part of their food chain: If there’s a wandering goat on the side of a…
05 Jan 2017
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He was a kid from New York, N.Y., with just an eighth-grade education—yet Tony Orlando has had an incredible music career, both as an executive and a recording artist. While he hasn’t released any new material since 1979, he continues to perform across the country to sold-out audiences. He’ll bring his current tour to Spotlight 29 on Saturday, Jan. 14. During a recent phone interview, I asked him if there was anything he would change. “Nothing,” Orlando said. “What would I change? I’ve been in this business for 56 years. I started when I was 16 in 1961 with Carole King. I think that’s a pretty good run. I don’t think I’d change anything. I’ve worked for six presidents. I’ve had a television show, and I have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I found myself as a vice president of CBS for four years, running the music…