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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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English Beat to perform a free show at the Cliffs on Memorial Day

By COLIN JONES Famed new wave/ska band The English Beat will perform a free concert on Memorial Day afternoon at the Cliffs Resort in Shell Beach as part of their popular ‘Live on the Rocks’ music series. Led by Southern California transplant Dave Wakeling, the band scored a number of hits in the early 1980’s […]... (Continue Reading)

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Swinging good times at the Pozo Stampede

By COLIN JONES The great thing about seeing a show at the Pozo Saloon is that it takes you straight back to 1979, that is if you’re willing to be transported. It’s gotta be the most unique concert venue in the county if not the entire state. Imagine a large house party in the backyard […]... (Continue Reading)

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Meat Loaf holds court at the Chumash

There are certain musical icons whom you should see at least once, an entertainment bucket list if you will. I probably would not add aging rocker and recent celebrity apprentice Meat Loaf to that list but after his energetic, amusing concert at the Chumash Casino, he's a definite must-see. ' Yes, that Meat Loaf of 'Bat Out of Hell' and 'Rocky Horror... (Continue Reading)

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Strong Central Coast concert season on tap this spring

As spring arrives, albeit wetter than usual, several concerts featuring some big name talent are lined up from Santa Barbara to Salinas. Cal Poly Arts continues its outstanding 2010-11 calendar with upcoming shows by Mose Allison, Crosby & Nash and the Moody Blues. The Avila Beach Resort kicks off its season on May 22 with back to back weekend shows beginning with... (Continue Reading)

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Doubleheader shows rock SLO town

There are two schools of thought about musical tributes: some think they are glorified karaoke with no original creativity. Others believe they pay homage to lost icons by bringing them back to life. After all, isn't imitation the sincerest form of flattery. Last weekend in San Luis Obispo, I saw a pair of these so-called tribute concerts: one that was clearly billed... (Continue Reading)

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San Luis Obispo Film Festival kicks off March 9

BY COLIN JONES Now in its 17th year, the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (SLOIFF) has become a Central Coast staple, much like the Morro Bay Harbor Festival and the Mid-State Fair.  While 2011 promises to build on past successes, there’s always a a new twist or two to keep things fresh. “We’ve got […]... (Continue Reading)

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Alan Freed musical rocks SLO Little Theatre

BY COLIN JONES If you love music and live theater, consider yourself lucky to live on the Central Coast. Sure, it’s not Broadway, but a nice little niche has developed right here in sleepy little SLO Town. San Luis Obispo Little Theatre deserves credit for creating a string of hit music tribute shows over the […]... (Continue Reading)

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Review: Bonnie Raitt at the Tachi Palace

BY COLIN JONES Being a music fan on the Central Coast, you need to be somewhat creative (and mobile) if you want to see some of the top acts on the concert circuit.  So when the venerable Bonnie Raitt ventured out for a short West Coast tour last week, including a stop at the Tachi […]... (Continue Reading)

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Concert Review: Willie Nelson at Chumash

BY COLIN JONES Willie Nelson is one of those rare artists, like Bob Dylan, whose half-century body of work is overwhelming. He’s also someone whose classic songs are often more memorable and popular when recorded by others. And like Dylan, his quirky, offbeat performing style can be hit or miss. Last week at the Chumash […]... (Continue Reading)

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Legends show a classic at the Clark Center

BY COLIN JONES A little piece of Vegas has invaded the Central Coast to ring in 2011, which is not necessarily a good thing. But after a thoroughly enjoyable, if a bit kitschy, Best of the Original Legends Series’ show that runs through Saturday, Jan. 15 at the Clark Center in Arroyo Grande, bring it […]... (Continue Reading)

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