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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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Motley Crue burns midnight oil, fans at fair

By COLIN JONES I love those UPS ads that talk about their dedication to logistics. It’s probably something nobody but those in the delivery biz give a lot of thought to. Well, the first Saturday night concert at the 2015 California Mid-State Fair was a big lesson on the importance of those logistics and basic […]... (Continue Reading)

Go-Go’s singer to headline SLO Pride in the Plaza

By COLIN JONES Belinda Carlisle, lead singer for eighties, all-girl pop group the Go-Go’s, headlines ‘Pride in the Plaza’ on July 12 with a concert at Mission Plaza in downtown San Luis Obispo. The all-day festival, also featuring popular local musicians Jill Knight and Proxima Parada, caps off three days of Central Coast Pride activities. The entire pride […]... (Continue Reading)

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Stills, Cray complete Mid-State Fair lineup

By COLIN JONES Stephen Stills and Robert Cray will co-headline the final open date at the California Mid-State Fair, CalCoastNews has learned. The concert will take place in the Chumash Grandstand Arena on Thursday, July 30 at 7:30pm. Ticket prices and on-sale dates are still to be announced. Folk rock icon Stills is best known […]... (Continue Reading)

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Steely Dan reels them in at Vina Robles

By COLIN JONES It’s another routine Tuesday night in mid-April, do you know where your intrepid, independent central coast music critic is? I’ll tell you where: alone and freezing my ass off at an outdoor show by 1970s stylists Steely Dan in the decidedly non-balmy vineyards of north county. Well, technically not alone, since it’s […]... (Continue Reading)

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The demise of live music in San Luis Obispo

By COLIN JONES It’s official, live music in all its glorious and magical splendor is on life support in America’s happiest city. But you know it probably has never been the most fun place. Due to a major seismic retrofit of its current building soon, SLO Brew will be closing its doors in July, marking […]... (Continue Reading)

AmpSurf hosts big events this weekend

By COLIN JONES Operation Restoration, AmpSurf’s signature event, kicks off on Friday, Sept. 5 and takes place over three days this weekend with several happenings on the Central Coast. Disabled veterans along with other adults and children with disabilities will travel from all over the state and country to feel the restorative energy of the […]... (Continue Reading)

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Train rolls into the Mid-State Fair

By COLIN JONES I know it’s a cliché but nothing says summer like a warm, windless night in Chumash Arena at the Paso Robles Fairgrounds. Throw in some party rock, cute cowgirls (and cowboys), plenty of adult beverages and your recipe is complete. Sure, the fair can get a bit tired and rote with most […]... (Continue Reading)

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A Chumash Christmas with Brian Setzer

By COLIN JONES I’m not much for Christmas-themed music so it was with some trepidation that I ventured down to the Chumash Casino recently to catch the Brian Setzer Orchestra and his Christmas Rocks! extravaganza.To be honest at the risk of sacrilege, I’m not real fond of the holiday. Period. Still, the unheralded Setzer is […]... (Continue Reading)

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Alice Cooper to perform at the Chumash

By COLIN JONES As the summer concert season winds down at Vina Robles, the fall heats up with headliner Alice Cooper making a rare central coast appearance when he performs at the Chumash Casino Resort on November 21, Cal Coast News has learned. Born Vincent Furnier in Detroit Rock City, Cooper was recently inducted into […]... (Continue Reading)

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Nugent is full of shtick at the Chumash

By COLIN JONES There is no one on Planet Earth like Ted Nugent. But you knew that already. As an entertainer, being uniquely original like Nugent is a huge plus but it’s never enough. You need to have soul and spirit as well. Unfortunately, I saw little of that at the Chumash Casino last week […]... (Continue Reading)

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