On a warm summer’s eve, on a train bound for nowhere, the hero of country music legend Kenny Rogers’ epic musical narrative, “The Gambler,” met a drifter who taught him the meaning of life and the rules you have to follow to get by in his world. For Rogers himself, personal fulfillment is not about knowing when to hold ‘em or when to fold ‘em.
Having just been added as the opening act for country superstars Sara Evans and Martina McBride, Temecula Road has reached the kind of success many new acts take years to achieve, almost overnight. But that skyrocketing success has seen its consequences for three performers so young.
I conducted an informal, but still enlightening, poll on social media posing this question: Where can someone in the over 40 crowd hang out in the Temecula Valley without feeling insecure, out of place, or…for lack of a better word…old?
In the mid 1990’s, R&B vocal group Boyz II Men could do no wrong. With megahits like “I’ll Make Love To You,” “On Bended Knee,” and “Motown Philly,” the Boyz were riding high on top of the Billboard Charts; becoming only the third act in history to replace themselves at the #1 spot.
Want to hear something funny? The stand-up comedy television show “Laughs,” entering its second season on Fox networks, will be taping at the Comedy Club at Pechanga now through the end of the year!
On a warm summer’s eve, on a train bound for nowhere, the hero of country music legend Kenny Rogers’ epic musical narrative, “The Gambler,” met a drifter who taught him the meaning of life, at least the way he’d chosen to live, and the rules you had to follow just to get by in the world. For Rogers himself, personal fulfillment is not about knowing when to hold ‘em or fold ‘em or how to make a quick buck. For Rogers, a winning hand is a full house.
After finding moderate success with a rotating roster of musicians, it was the discovery vocalist Jani Lane that seem to be the missing cog in Turner’s quick-moving machine. Turner had found his solid line up with himself and Lane, along with drummer Steven Sweet, bassist Jerry Dixon and guitarist Joey Allen and his band, known as Warrant, was ready to rock. And they rocked hard.
Toad the Wet Sprocket changed the landscape of alternative music during the 1990’s with what some might say was a softer, more sensitive approach to the popular genre. With chart-topping singles like “Walk on the Ocean,” and “All I Want,” Toad’s third and breakthrough album, “Fear,” released in 1991, catapulted four high school friends into the spotlight; a place where Phillips was never prepared to be and that transition took its toll on his emotional well-being.
Currently on tour to commemorate their fortieth anniversary, the members of Air Supply can boast seventeen studio albums, which have spawned dozens of Billboard hits like “Lost in Love,” “Here I Am (The One That You Love)” and “Making Love Out of Nothing At All.” Their consistent tour schedule has garnered legions of fans all over the world and, in 2013, they were even inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame. Each of these accomplishments is that much more impressive if you know about their humble beginnings.
Raise a glass to the beginning of summer at the 7th Annual Pechanga Microbrew Festival and Chili Cook Off, this Saturday, June 6th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm in the Grand Ballroom.