Dokken is Coming!
Dokken, the heavy metal classic, has been playing off and on for the last 30 to 40 years. The band is making runs through the US on their tour, and they are stopping in Big Bear this Saturday! With two original members in the band, Dokken is ready to bring the fire of their legendary performance. The current lineup is Don Dokken, Jon Levin, “Wild” Mick Brown, and Chris McCarvill. Singer Don Dokken is the founder of the band, having started it with an opportunity to sign to a German record label. The deal enticed three of his associates to join, whom would soon become the original line up of Dokken.
Now, after a long ride of twists and turns the last 40 years, they are still ready for anything! Make sure to get your tickets now, for we are […]
The Best Kind of Musicians
It is quite rare to find a genuine musician that goes above and beyond purely for the love of their music, and dedication to their craft. I had the pleasure of speaking with one of those people today. Steve Zukowsky is the guitarist of Led Zeppelin tribute band – Zeppelin USA. He is a very talented and hard working guitarist, and each member of the band is just as excellent.
The entire band is filled with accomplished professional musicians that have clicked in a way that brings out the best in the band and each other. Steve was originally in another Zeppelin tribute called Led Zepagain, which he left to eventually find amazing chemistry with the members in Zeppelin USA.
A Young Passionate Musician
Steve has been learning guitar since he was 12 years old, studying all […]
They are coming to Big Bear!
The legendary Jefferson Starship, originally named Jefferson Airplane, has taken the world ever since the release of White Rabbit in 1967. They were another amazing band that had sprung out from the booming cultural scene in the 60’s. Although the band’s talent made them stick out among their already shining cohort, it was their insight as songwriters that had set them apart from most other bands.
The White Rabbit
One of the most versatile bands, Jefferson Starship has experienced a great deal of major transformations throughout the years. Around each turn of events, the band still hypnotizes the world with psychedelic, yet practically relatable music. The song “White Rabbit” was one that had captured the attention of basically everybody, shedding light on experience with consciousness and drug use (legal and illegal). This song was especially capturing because of the revealing insight on […]
A difficult Upbringing
Shwayze has an interesting twist on acoustic rock and hip hop. His music is simple and practical, allowing the listener to understand his point while grooving with it. His choruses are full of catchy and engaging nuances, while his verses contain provocative anecdotes. The music is relatable throughout the entire piece, while sparing no expense on entertainment.
Growing up in a less fortunate upbringing, Shwayze had grown up working for his grandfather doing handy man work. He had worked hard as a kid in Malibu, as his family struggled to make a descent living. Even as a child, he worked harder than most individuals. On top of his basic responsibilities, he still gave himself the time to practice music. He developed himself well and quickly became a hardworking leader. It was this paradigm that fostered […]
The Early years
Billy Joel had found his creative muse early in life. He discovered his love for music when he learned his first song. His piano lessons consisted of the usual classical training, and he did very well at it. Eventually, he got bored with reading music and began to write his own. To make his mother think he was playing the songs assigned to him, he would improvise classical music. Billy rarely remembered what he had played the day before, so he would make up a new song. The daily repetition of writing song after song made Billy a genius composer and entertainer.
When Billy was 5 years old, his father abandoned him and his mother. He was also not a very good student in school, because he would spend his time playing with his bands rather than doing […]
A Man with a Gift
Graham Russell is a the founder of the popular Australian 80’s band, Air Supply. He and Russell Hitchcock (lead vocalist and front man) have worked together for years creating music that became very popular in Australia and Asia, and later the US.
Graham Russell is a true musician. When asks what inspires him to play music, he spoke as if the question was already answered before he had the chance to analyse it. “Its the only thing I really know how to do,” he says with a proud and cheerful tone. He has been playing music since he was 10 years old, and is as much into the flow of it now as when he was a child. “It’s part of my DNA now. I play every day. My work is writing and playing music. It’s a great life and I love it.”
Formerly of the band Cinderella, musician Tom Keifer has overcome a lot including addiction and severe vocal cord injuries, but is still rocking out today with his current project “The Tom Keifer Band.” In his teen years Tom briefly battled addiction but was able to pull himself up by his bootstraps and break free of his demons. Early on he made a conscious decision to focus on making music and more positive things than using drugs, and has never looked back to those dark days. This empowered him to work hard on the art he was so passionate about and not fall into the forthcoming traps of rock stardom. Not being a big fan of academics, Keifer needed just a little coaxing from his wise and persuasive Mother, who bribed him with the Gibson Les Paul he had so coveted. Her plan worked like a charm, and Tom earned […]
Surely one of the greatest rock bands of all time, Pink Floyd has captured the world and has inspired a significant section of the population. Standing as a prominent pillar in the world of music since the 60’s, they have made great contributions to the library of music that will be remembered for centuries. Psychedelic, yet concrete, their works have been praised in the music business as some of the most the most commercially viable in music history.
Although their music is very well constructed and catchy, I think the most important aspect of their work is the highly influential message. The concepts they write about are universal in our society, and inspire the common man to rise above the status quo and become a great contributor to the development and overall evolution of our society’s culture. […]