Album release party for Michael Ryan and Friends June 9

An album release party for Michael Ryan and Friends will take place at 8 p.m. June 9 at Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater.

Ryan, the theater’s pre-show guitarist, will perform music with his group from their new album “Everytime” and songs from their instrumental album “Carnaval de Guitarras.”

The show will feature musicians flute and vocalist Hai Muradian; guitarist Ken Soderlund; keyboard and vocalist Martie Echito; percussionist Bryan Brock; bassist Garrett Wolfe; vocalist Catherine Lombardo; vocalist Heidi Bird; and castanets Kathy Soderlund.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the fee is $20. Dinner will not be served but beverages and desserts can be purchased.

Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater is at 455 W. Foothill Blvd.

Information: 909-626-1254.

Johnny Mathis performs June 3 at San Manuel Casino


Singer Johnny Mathis will perform June 3 at the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino near Highland.

Mathis is known for hits like “Misty,” “Chances Are” and “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late” besides selling 17 million albums in his career.

Tickets are $60, $50 and $40 and the casino is at 777 San Manuel Blvd. near Highland.

Information: or

Hip-hop festival gets four of the genre’s best in Wu-Tang, Rakim, KRS-One and Slick Rick

Influential hip-hop acts Wu-Tang Clan, Rakim, KRS-One and Slick Rick will headline the Aug. 21 Rock the Bells 2010 Festival Series.

Each headlining act will perform in their entirety what is considered to be their groundbreaking album.

*Wu-Tang Clan’s album is “Enter The 36 Chambers” (without Ol Dirty Bastard, who died in 2004 after an accidental overdose on cocaine)
*Rakim’s album is “Paid In Full” (but without his DJ Eric B as far as I know)
*KRS-One’s album is “Criminal Minded” (without DJ Scott La Rock, who died in 1987 after getting shot)
*Slick Rick’s album is “The Great Adventures Of”

The 7th annual festival will take place at the National Orange Show Events Center, 689 S. E Street.

Other artists include Street Sweeper Social Club, Murs & 9th Wonder, Wiz Khalifa and
Clipse, Immortal Technique, Brother Ali and more.


Tickets on sale for Paper Tongues, The Hold Steady and Boris at the Glass House

Tickets are on sale for Paper Tongues, The Hold Steady and Boris at the Glass House in Pomona. The Glass House is at 200 W. Second St.

Wednesday, July 28
Doors: 7 pm
$10 adv / $12 dos

On Sale Friday,
May 21 @ 12 pm!

 Hold Steady
Thursday, August 26
Doors: 7 pm

On Sale Friday,
May 21 @ 12 pm!

Saturday, August 28
Doors: 7 pm
$14 adv / $15 dos

On Sale Friday,
May 21 @ 12 pm!

Ozzfest tickets for Aug. 14 show at San Manuel Amphitheater go on sale Saturday

Here’s the complete news release I received on May 18:




All Tour Dates, All
Tickets, Feature All-Inclusive Flat Rate Ticket Pricing


OZZFest has
announced all fans who purchase tickets for this summer’s explosive
return of OZZFest, before June 18 at, will receive a digital copy of
Ozzy’s new album, SCREAM the day before the album is available in
stores.  It was also announced that all six dates on the Live Nation
produced tour will feature all-in ticket pricing, starting as low as $30
per ticket when purchased in a 4-pack.

Tickets for this summer’s highly
anticipated return of OZZFest go on sale to the public beginning May 22

All fans who purchase tickets at through June 18 will receive an email with one
unique download link per ticket for Ozzy’s new album, Scream, on
June 21st, the day before the album is available in stores. (Offer
valid for residents of the U.S. and Canada.  Download links expire
8/25/10. Additional restrictions may apply.)

The main stage will feature full
sets from Ozzy, Mtley Cre, Rob Halford, DevilDriver and Nonpoint. 
Second stage headliners and six-time OZZFest veterans Black Label
Society will be joined by Drowning Pool, Kingdom of Sorrow, and
Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch, Saviours and Kataklysm.

Each OZZFest date will include 13
bands on two stages with music beginning at 1:00 PM. In addition,
concert-goers can once again visit the OZZFest “Village of the Damned”
featuring a mix of interactive activities, shopping and entertainment
throughout the venue concourses.

OZZFest marks the first
concerts in the U.S. in connection with the June 22 release of SCREAM
(Epic Records), the OZZFest founder’s first album in three years
and 10th studio album overall.   The new album is fueled by
the red hot first single “Let Me Hear You Scream.” Ozzy’s band consists
of his Ozzy’s new guitar player, Gus G., bassist Blasko, drummer Tommy
Clufetos and keyboardist Adam Wakeman.

For complete ticket and tour
information visit: and



DATE                  CITY                     

Sat, Aug 14         San Bernardino, CA       San
Manuel Amphitheater

Tue, Aug 17        Chicago, IL                    First
Midwest Bank Amp.

Thurs, Aug 19     Pittsburgh, PA                First
Niagara Pavilion

Sat, Aug 21         Hartford, CT                
Comcast Theatre

Sun, Aug 22        Camden, NJ                  
Susquehanna Bank Center

Tue, Aug 24        Boston, MA                   Comcast


About OZZFest:

Since 1996, OZZFest has been a
virtual breeding ground for rising bands and has proven to be the
blueprint for all new metal festivals.  The festival has been
instrumental in igniting the careers of platinum-selling artists like
System of a Down, Disturbed, Linkin Park, Incubus, Slipknot, Queens of
the Stone Age, Godsmack, Avenged Sevenfold, Mudvayne, Lamb of God,
Killswitch Engage and Lacuna Coil, among others. It was cited as “one of
rock’s biggest juggernauts” in the cover feature of Sunday’s New
York Times
‘ “Arts & Leisure” section (6/25/06).

About Live Nation

Live Nation Entertainment
(NYSE-LYV) is the largest live entertainment company in the world,
consisting of five businesses: concert promotion and venue operations,
sponsorship, ticketing solutions, e-commerce and artist management. 
Live Nation seeks to innovate and enhance the live entertainment
experience for artists and fans: before, during and after the show.  In
2009, Live Nation sold 140 million tickets, promoted 21,000 concerts,
partnered with 850 sponsors and averaged 25 million unique monthly users
of its e-commerce sites.  For additional information, visit”

Eagles haven’t sold out yet

ONTARIO – Hotel California
still has a few vacancies.

The Eagles – the rock supergroup consisting of Glenn Frey, Don
Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit – has not sold out Saturday’s
concert at Citizens Business Bank Arena, said Sue Oxarart, the arena’s
director of marketing.

“At this time, we have a little over 100 tickets left,”
Oxarart said Friday afternoon.

Tickets for a pair of seats next to each other will cost a
total of about $400. A single seat is about $180.

“There are not a whole lot of tickets left. We anticipate
those will be sold out,” Oxarart said.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The show starts at 8 p.m.

“We are anticipating the parking lot to get full pretty
quick,” Oxarart said. “People should get in early.”

The group – which is on its “Long Road Out Of Eden World Tour
2010” – has sold 100 million albums, according to the Recording Industry
Association of America. Their latest album, “Long Road Out of Eden,”
was released in 2007 and has sold seven million copies.

“We are looking forward to have a group like the Eagles
perform. We’re very excited,” Oxarart said.

The arena can seat more than 11,000 people for a concert.

Despite the anticipated size of the crowd, nothing was changed
or modified in regards to street closures or extra security, Oxarart

The arena is at 4000 East Ontario Center Parkway.

For more information, visit or or call

UPDATE: Minus the Bear postponed tonight at the Glass House; Far, the pillows, Shout Out Louds and Kaki King next

UPDATE: Minus the Bear, who recently released their album “Omni,” has postponed their concert because of a family emergency. Their performance with Everest and Young the Giant WAS scheudled for 7 p.m. today at the Glass House.

Far performs Saturday; the pillows will hit the stage Sunday; Shout Out Louds on Monday; and Kaki King on Monday.

Minus the Bear
Friday, May 21
Doors: 7 pm


Saturday, May 22
Doors: 7:30 pm

Sunday, May 23
Doors: 7 pm

Shout Out Louds
Monday, May 24
Doors: 7 pm

Tuesday, May 25
Doors: 8 pm

Spring Gathering review of Kottonmouth Kings and Redman and Method Man

The Kottonmouth Kings, wearing white baseball hats and shirts, performed an hour-long set at the Dr. Greenthumb and Tommy Chong’s Spring Gathering music festival and medical marijuana expo.

The group’s Orange County high-energy hip-hop and psychedelic punk rock sound was well liked by the audience Saturday night at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino.

The first song was the 2000 uptempo track “Day Dreamin’ Fazes” from their album “High Society.” The hook definitely gets stuck in your head with its chanted lyrics of “Daydreamin’ fazes, time goes by/ That’s what happens when you get high/Head’s always cloudy, words is lies/Daydreamin’ fazes, I yes I.”

The group rolled through a good mix of punk songs like 2007’s “No Escape” and hip-hop tracks like 1998’s “Bump.” They also introduced their newest member The Dirtball who performed on tracks from the Kings’ latest album “Long Live The Kottonmouth Kings” including “Rampage.”

After asking the crowd “if you believe in personal freedom and you’re proud to be a stoner” they slowed down their set with the acoustic song “Proud To Be A Stoner.” The audience loudly sang along and filled in the gaps of the song when asked.

After the Kings was the headliners Redman and Method Man. The duo, who have starred in the comedy movie “How High,” had a great chemistry together on stage.

Their first songs came from their 2009 album “Blackout! 2” and included “Errbody Scream” (but no Keith Murray), the southern sounding “City Lights” without Bun B and their single “A-Yo” before going back to the 1990’s. 

“This is like a 4/20 moment all over,” said Redman, who actually ran in front of and behind Method Man (in circles basically) while his friend performed his lyrics during the first couple of songs.

Redman performed his 1992 hit “Time 4 Sum Aksion” with its hook sampling B-Real from Cypress Hill before Method Man went back to 1994 for his sing-songy hit “Method Man” and both songs had the audiences jumping around and rapping the lyrics.

My only negative during this part of the show is I wish both hip-hop artists would perform complete songs and not just a single verse from each. Each artist reached back into their 90’s work as Method Man performed “Bring The Pain” and “All I Need” without Mary J. Blige and Redman performed “Tonight’s Da Night,” “I’ll Bee Dat” and “Da Goodness” without Busta Rhymes.

There was a couple of technical problems in the show as the set seemed to wrap up quicker than the scheduled hour (which Method Man and Redman voiced their complaints about) and Method Man was going to perform “Fall Out” from his “4:21 … The Day After” album but the DJ accidently spun Method and Redman’s “How High” remix and Redman took that as a cue to go into the song before he realized what happened and the problem was solved.

Redman also said the movie “How High 2” was being held up from Universal Pictures.

“If they would get off their a**** at Universal, you might see ‘How High 2,'” Redman said to the audience.

Despite the glitches, the duo performed a spirited version of their hit “Da Rockwilder” that had the entire crowd throwing up their hands and rapping along.

At the end, B-Real came out to massive applause and started performing his Cypress Hill hit “Hand On The Pump,” which “Da Rockwilder” samples its chorus from.



Spring Gathering review of Rebelution and Tommy Chong

Rebelution, a four-piece reggae group out of Santa Barbara, was probably the crowd’s favorite Saturday at the Dr. Greenthumb & Tommy Chong’s Spring Gathering music festival and medical marijuana expo.

The group started off with guitarist and vocalist Eric Rachmany asking the crowd “Where are all the ganja smokers in the house?” that drew instant cheers.

Rachmany, bassist Marley Williams, keyboardist Rory Carey and drummer Wesley Finley then jumped into “Green to Black” from their debut 2007 album “Courage to Grow” and the audience’s applause never wavered. Other songs like “Bump,” “Attention,” “Night Crawler” almost sounded like one long song to me but the audience was swaying from side to side and the musicianship is definitely there.

A new song, “So High,” for obvious reasons at a marijuana festival, really got the audience going and I believe Dre Gipson from Fishbone came out for vocals on the group’s last song “Safe and Sound.”

After Rebelution was the Kottonmouth Kings, but Tommy Chong came out and gave the audience a half comedy/half serious pep talk.

“I’ve been smoking pot for over 50 years,” Chong said. “That means I’ve been breaking the law for over 50 years.” He then detailed how selling a bong got him nine months in jail and he is now a convicted felon that must let the police know when he changes addresses.

With the upcoming November ballot initiative for the legalization of marijuana, he said, “we’re this close to getting it legal. But right here is legal,” he said to cheers from the audience.

“A lot of people ask me why I smoke marijuana,” Chong said. “I tell them the truth. It’s to get high. I do have a medical condition. It’s acute boredom,” he said to laughter from the crowd.

Chong then said smoking marijuana “puts you close to God. Because God is a stoner. God is not only a stoner but he has a sense of humor. How else can you explain George Bush?” he said to laughter.

Chong spoke for awhile longer, it wasn’t made clear if his talk was planned or he was stalling for time, before he introduced the Kottonmouth Kings as the next act.