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Colin Jones

A friend once told me: Try to meet someone new and do something different every day.

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Music icons invade the Central Coast this winter

By COLIN JONES If you like rock, pop, folk, country, electronica or all of the above, our very own Central Coast is the place to be this winter, musically-speaking that is. A myriad of well-known plus up-and-coming artists and bands will headline various venues from Santa Ynez to Paso Robles through March. The recently upgraded... (Continue Reading)

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Jackson Browne, Michael Franti offer musical diversity

By Colin Jones It was a tale of two shows, one steeped in rock royalty and the other in spirit rock. Therein lies the beauty of live music outdoors on consecutive cool summer nights on the Central Coast. Choices abound, new venues sprout up and this local hotbed of musical variety suddenly becomes a destination... (Continue Reading)

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Rock marathon takes over Mid-State Fair

By COLIN JONES As most of my friends know, I go to a lot of concerts. So four shows in five days during the second week of the California Mid-State Fair (three on school nights no less) might be a record for me. And that’s not even counting Stevie Wonder at the Chumash the night... (Continue Reading)

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Rock Hall of Famer Jeff Beck to play Chumash Casino in August

By COLIN JONES The Chumash Casino Resort has several headliner heavyweights lined up this summer to wow audiences at its recently remodeled Samala Showroom, which is back to its 1,400 seat capacity. In addition to previously announced shows by Stevie Wonder, Jerry Seinfeld and Rascal Flatts, the Santa Ynez complex has booked legendary rock guitarist... (Continue Reading)

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That’s a rap from Pozo

By COLIN JONES Life is a series of contradictions and ironies, and I don’t mean those sophomoric ones from that catchy Alanis Morissette song. My favorite one lately is being true to yourself while getting out of your comfort zone. Hello people, how can I do both? Obviously, there are certain experiences I don’t need... (Continue Reading)

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Original KISS guitarist coming to the Ranch in San Miguel

By Colin Jones Founding member and former KISS lead guitarist Ace Frehley, currently a successful solo artist, will headline a rare central coast performance at the Ranch in San Miguel on Friday, March 4. Frehley, who took on the “Space Ace” persona during the band’s heyday from 1973 to 1982, is ranked as the 14th greatest... (Continue Reading)

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The power of music and art, SLO style

OPINION by COLIN JONES Human beings certainly have the power to change and transform themselves but most of us don’t, even as another new year nears. Like a certain sailor once said, “I am what I am.” But getting older, I realize that my alliances and allegiances are inevitably evolving. I’ve always been a sports... (Continue Reading)

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Rocktober comes to the Central Coast

By COLIN JONES After a busy summer of festivals and fair shows, live entertainment on the Central Coast keeps its mojo going with an fresh slate of fall concerts to keep local music lovers happy. Metal is making its mark at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre with three consecutive Fridays featuring Judas Priest, Marilyn Manson and... (Continue Reading)

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Boston brings home the bacon

By COLIN JONES If I said it once, I’ll say it a hundred times: there’s no bigger, better event in San Luis Obispo County than a headliner concert at the California Mid-State Fair. Sure, it’s hot and smelly with lots of parking and traffic hassles, overpriced, heart-attack inducing fried food and weird, useless stuff you... (Continue Reading)

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Def Leppard redeems and delivers

By COLIN JONES After Saturday night’s Motley Crue fiasco which left many fair goers seething with anger and frustration, rock fans and California Mid-State Fair officials were certainly hoping for some rock and roll redemption Monday evening. Well, they got it as Def Leppard and opening act Tesla powered through two and half hours of... (Continue Reading)

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