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August 2005 News

Page updated on August 31, 2005
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New Mexico's Eyeliners share new style with El Paso
Leonard Martinez, El Paso Times

Austin, Seattle and Los Angeles are the cities that typically come to mind when thinking of music scenes.

The Eyeliners would like to add Albuquerque to that list.

"Areas like (Albuquerque) tend to have a lot of great musicians," Eyeliners singer Laura Baca said in a telephone interview from Providence, R.I., where the band was performing. "Cities like that are isolated, so there are not as many things to do so you get immersed in the music. It's really great for kids to have stuff to do. Music is a great thing."

The trio – made up of the Baca sisters – Laura, vocals and drums; Lisa, bass; and Gel, guitar – will bring their style of punk music to El Paso Saturday when they perform at the House of Rock & Roll.

They are touring in support of their latest CD "No Apologies" released on BLACKHEART RECORDS and produced by KENNY LAGUNA (Bow Wow Wow, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, Kathleen Hanna/Le Tigre/Bikini Kill).

Politically Direct on Air America Radio

Listen to JOAN JETT and KENNY LAGUNA discuss Four Star General Kevin Byrnes on David Bender's Politically Direct on Air America Radio this Sunday, Aug 21st from 2-3p.m. EST.

Air America Radio is on in New York on WLIB 1190 AM, XM Satellite Radio channel 167, or you can go to their website and hear it in the audio archives!

'Rock and Roll will stand': JOAN JETT, Smithereens play Festival Park
By Peter Hummers, Sentinel Staff
Photo courtesy of Caulfield Photography

Red Pearl Productions brought a rare treat to the Outer Banks with its presentation of Rock 'n' Roll Relief 2005 featuring national recording artists JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, also the Smithereens and Red Metric at Roanoke Island Festival Park Saturday.

Walking over the bridge to Festival Park on the Manteo waterfront, I heard a few bluesy guitar riffs coming from the direction of the amphitheater, then a chorus of the Beatles' song "Magical Mystery Tour."

The next number from the sound check was another classic, but from a few years later -- the Smithereens were running through "Only a Memory." The bass and guitar volumes changed as the sound man checked his board.

JOAN JETT and KENNY LAGUNA on Air America Radio

JOAN JETT and KENNY LAGUNA to appear on Air America Radio tomorrow, August 16th on the Randi Rhodes Show at 5:30 p.m. EST. Air America Radio is on in New York on WLIB 1190 AM, Sirius Satellite Radio channel 144, XM Satellite Radio channel 167, or you can go to their website and listen to a live streaming broadcast or find a station near you!

JOAN JETT Provides Rock & Roll Relief To the Outer Banks

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS rocked historic Roanoke Island with a pulsing beat that quickly brought fans to their feet. "Shake it, Sing, it, Show it off!!" yelled Joan, and the crowd responded. With the lights still out, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS quietly slipped onto the stage without announcement. Her fans immediately charged their way through the $60.00 gold seats to the edge of the stage where Jett immediately showed everyone why she is the one your mother warned you about. Energized and having fun, the band whipped through their greatest hits "Cherry Bomb," "Do You Wanna Touch Me" Bad Reputation," and "I Love Rock N' Roll."

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS proved an excellent choice for the first major rock and roll benefit concert on the Outer Banks. They cut their first album titled "I Love Rock'N'Roll" almost 25 years ago. Jett's performance proved she still loves rock & Roll and she demonstrated the power of rock and roll to the audience. The theme of their music cries out for the freedom of the individual and says it's OK to be who you are and have fun.

The Rock & Roll benefit concert was sponsored by the Kitty Hawk, First Flight and North Banks Rotary clubs. Many businesses on the Outer Banks (to be named later) also contributed in the effort to raise money for use in emergencies such as Hurricane Isabelle.

Ashburn, VA April 14, 2005 Photos
from: Rick Landers, Features Editor, Modern Guitars Magazine, Reston, VA

(Click on the photos to see enlargements and more photos from Rick)

Concerts for a good cause
by Brittany Boyd

Time is running out to catch a Loudoun Summer Music Fest concert on the Belmont Country Club lawn in Ashburn.

The remaining bands are JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS Aug. 14, KC & The Sunshine Band Aug. 21, and Eddie Money Aug. 28.

The concerts are a great way to spend a relaxing summer evening, but it's also important to remember that proceeds benefit a good cause.

Coming up
from: The Olympian Online

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS: 8 p.m. Aug. 20 on the Saloon Stage during The Southwest Washington Fair, 2555 National Ave. N., Chehalis, Washington. Free with fair admission or purchase Golden Circle tickets for $17. 360-736-6072.

Rotarians ready to rock to get relief fund rolling
by Catherine Kozak and John Harper, The Virginian-Pilot

The creaky workings of bureaucracy don't respond much faster after storms than they do in every day life. But sometimes, people can't wait for the machinery to get into gear.

That became all too clear to Rotary clubs on the Outer Banks that were looking to lend assistance to people who suffered losses in 2003 during Hurricane Isabel.

"They fell through the cracks pretty quickly, and it takes a long time for the agencies to get to them," said Russ Lay, a member of the First Flight Rotary Club. "And they needed some things done immediately."

Today in Music History

August 5, 1975
The first ever all female heavy rock band, The RUNAWAYS, was formed. JOAN JETT was one of the members.

She loves rock 'n' roll

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS will headline the Rock 'n' Roll Relief 2005 benefit at Festival Park on Saturday, Aug. 13.

Jett, an internationally-known recording artist who has maintained control over her long career, is expected to draw a huge crowd in what is anticipated to be a sold-out event.

While still in her teens, Jett formed the all-girl rock group, The RUNAWAYS, whose hits such as "Cherry Bomb" made them an international sensation.
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