What’s New In 2011? Everything!

Well, here it is the week before Thanksgiving and, if I may, I’d like to take up two minutes of your precious time to update you on a thing or three from this little corner of the universe…
2011 has been an interesting (and challenging) year and I can’t believe that it is almost history. I hope that the flagging economy and financial woes of many folks have passed you by this season. I am frequently reminded of the old adage: “Count your blessings wherever you may find them.”
I am getting out the word about a few things this holiday season; like any working artist I am looking for gigs…gigs as a musician, gigs as a disc jockey, gigs requiring travel or gigs that allow me to stay home. Again, like many folks I’m just looking for work and for the ability to continue spreading my love of music, entertainment and education out here in the world.
And to that glorious end I have put together a number of new promotional items. To promote my Spin Wizard mobile DJ business (now in its twelfth year) I have created the ultimate set of music playlists that will turn any party that you throw into a celebratory EVENT. Out of the 120,000+ tracks currently available from my audio library you can now search through the top 13,000 tunes that I bring with me every time I spin. You are encouraged to check out my bag of tricks by downloading these PDF files here:
I know that some of you are still looking for entertainment for the holiday season whether for a corporate function or a private event and I still have some slots available from the first of December through the New Year so if you are looking for a mobile DJ/MC please give me a call. I would love to speak with you about providing the perfect sounds for your next party.
Or…if it is live music that you are after I have just uploaded a demo onto YouTube of yours truly performing solo acoustic here in San Diego a few weeks ago and this brief montage will give you an idea of the kind of sounds I bring with just my voice and an acoustic guitar. A HUGE thanks to my friend Steve Laub for his superb audio/visual skills and to our buddy Dave Foster for his masterful editing. Check out the demo here:
One of the best things about 2011 is that I’ve played more gigs this year than probably ever before; solo acoustic performances, bass duties in The Assumptions, vocal and bass duties in Listening To Rocks and my summertime cover band project playing bass and singing with Got It Covered [aka ADD/C]. I re-activated my artistic tendencies as well by doing a ten-panel art installation at the Ruby Room back in August. The show (which is still hanging) is entitled A Royal Flush and if you would to check it out you are encouraged to go to my tumblr page:
For those of you who have been following my internet radio program STATE CONTROLLED RADIO I am happy to announce that I have plans to reactivate the show once again in 2012 after being on hiatus for a lot of 2011. I have, however, archived all 240 programs that have been produced to date and if you missed any of them when they were first webcast you are strongly encouraged to go to my blog and check them out. Previous interviews on SCR include illuminating conversations with the likes of Peter Case, Pat MacDonald, Neil Innes, Henry Diltz, Jon Auer, Tony Sheridan, 4 Out Of 5 Doctors, Barry & The Remains, Gary Heffern, Will Sexton, Mike Keneally, Will Kimbrough, Tommy Womack and Charlie Cheney — not to mention such San Diego luminaries as Mike Stax, Steve Poltz, Gregory Page, Cindy Lee Berryhill, The Truckee Brothers, Bart Mendoza and legendary disc jockey Jim McInnes. The multi-part programs on Frank Zappa, Neil Young, Jack Nitzsche and the history of music in the 20th century are fascinating as well. To check out any and all SCR programs click on the following:
Well, that ought to be enough information for you to chew on for the time being. Please let me know if I can be of any service to you, either now, into the holidays or anytime in the new year and I wish you all the best for a fun and fabulous holiday season for you and all your loved ones.
Thanks for reading, thanks for being a friend and I hope to see you down the road soon.
Peace & love,
Jon