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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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Adam Ant to play Fremont Theater in SLO

By COLIN JONES Eighties new wave icon Adam Ant will make a rare San Luis Obispo appearance when he plays the historic Fremont Theater, on Sept. 18, CalCoastNews has learned. Both as leader of Adam and the Ants and a solo artist, Ant was part of the unique ‘New Romantic’ movement in England with such […]... (Continue Reading)

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Yes to play new Vina Robles venue in July

By COLIN JONES Venerable prog-rock titans Yes will play the new, outdoor Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles on Saturday, July 6, CalCoastNews has learned. According to the band’s website, tickets for the show will go on sale on May 17. The largest concert industry trade publication, Pollstar, is also confirming the concert date. Yes […]... (Continue Reading)

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Blame Sally worships at the church of rock and roll

By COLIN JONES It’s not every day that you can see a rock and roll show in a San Luis Obispo church on a Friday night, is it? Well this is SLO town, not exactly a live music mecca with clubs on every corner, so I’ll take what I can get. And it seemed like […]... (Continue Reading)

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Ian Anderson on display at the Chumash

By COLIN JONES OK, I’m just going to say what every classic/prog rock fan already knows: Ian Anderson is an artistic animal, a bombastic bad ass. That’s not easy to pull off when the flute is your main instrument. And you’re 65 years old with four plus decades of touring and recording experiences to wear […]... (Continue Reading)

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Toto falls flat at the Chumash

By Colin Jones Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Those are appropriate adages for many aspects of life and can certainly be applied to aging pop/rock acts as well. But as a reviewer, I’m usually pretty forgiving so if passionate, talented artists want to […]... (Continue Reading)

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Music and wine: Earth, Wind and Fire

By COLIN JONES So what do you get when you mix wine, boogie rock and the pungent smell of farm animals? An alignment of cultural planets that can only be one thing: music and wine night at the California Mid-State Fair. Fast becoming the signature event at the fair, cowboys, cowgirls and lots of wine lovers converged on […]... (Continue Reading)

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Classic rock on full display at the Mid-State Fair

By COLIN JONES Like most of the tail end boomer generation, I grew up on and love album-oriented rock, or AOR as they used to say in the radio biz. But there comes a point when you gotta turn the dial when ‘Freebird’ comes on again. So, it was with some trepidation that I trekked up to Paso […]... (Continue Reading)

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Doobies light it up at the Chumash

By COLIN JONES There are a lot of similarities between the athletic and entertainment worlds but after a nearly flawless performance by the Doobie Brothers last week in Santa Ynez, I realized there is one big difference. In pro sports, the players usually reach a peak in their late 20s and other than golfers or jockeys, it’s rare to see […]... (Continue Reading)

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Peter Yarrow shines at the Clark Center

By COLIN JONES Some artists and athletes are simply known by their first name: Kobe, Demi, Tiger. The name of singer/ songwriter Peter Yarrow may not mean a lot but Peter, Paul and Mary certainly does. On Saturday night, the man who made up a third of the iconic folk group and was lyricist of […]... (Continue Reading)

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Vince Neil and crew shake up the Chumash

By COLIN JONES If a tree falls in a deserted forest, does it make a sound? That’s a tough one. But how about a famous lead singer backed by session musicians playing his band’s hit songs, does that qualify as the real thing? Thursday night at the Chumash Casino, Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil […]... (Continue Reading)

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