Jon Kanis, Unplugged Festival on Adams Avenue, Back From Tomboctou, San Diego, CA [04.28.13]

Jon Kanis, Unplugged Festival on Adams Avenue, Back From Tomboctou, San Diego, CA [04.28.13]

My second day performing at the second annual Unplugged Festival on Adams Avenue. On Sunday I was booked on the Back From Tomboctou stage and played for 60 minutes. Thanks again to Kent for the booking and for everyone who came out to both days of performances. I had a great time and look forward to next year.

1) Surrender
Valentine’s Day On Planet Xena/Think It Over
3) White Rabbit

4) Campfire
5) Where Is Joe Strummer When You Need Him?
6) I Love You More Than Words Could Ever Say
7) Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy
8) I Must Be In Love
9) Below The Fold
10) Visions Of Johanna
11) Follow Up
12) Solider Of Love
13) The Waiting
14) Lawyers, Guns & Money/Werewolves Of London
) Like A Rolling Stone

Jon Kanis, Unplugged Festival on Adams Avenue, Dimille’s, San Diego, CA [04.27.13]

Jon Kanis, Unplugged Festival on Adams Avenue, Dimille’s, San Diego, CA [04.27.13]

Good times at the second annual Unplugged Festival on Adams Avenue. I was booked on the Dimille’s stage and played for 65 minutes. Good times. Thanks to Kent for the booking and to Scott Kessler for speaking with me for my feature on Uncovering The Roots Of The Unplugged Festival in The San Diego Troubadour.

1) Tangled Up In Blue
) Arlington
3) Jimmy Burke The Newsboy
4) Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy
5) Where Is Joe Strummer When You Need Him?
6) I Love You More Than Words Could Ever Say
7) Valentine’s Day On Planet Xena/Think It Over
8) It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue

9) Follow Up
10) Below The Fold
11) Give
) Visions Of Johanna
13) Five O’Clock World
14) Quick!
) Like A Rolling Stone

Scott Miller [04.04.60-04.15.13]

I am deeply saddened by the recent passing of Scott Warren Miller, the mastermind behind the musical groups Game Theory and The Loud Family. Scott was also an extremely gifted writer as evidenced by his book MUSIC: What Happened? I love Scott’s work very much and encourage you to check it out if you are not already familiar with it. I also urge you to keep his wife Kristine and their two daughters in your thoughts and prayers. Love is all there is. Peace. RIP Scott.

If you are not familiar with Scott’s work check out the following:

Here is a review that I wrote for Ugly Things #32 for MUSIC: What Happened?

And here is a very early State Controlled Radio episode featuring Scott’s brilliant songs.

Also, Sue Trowbridge who runs the site promoting The Loud Family has made the original Game Theory LPs available as a DROPBOX download. Sue writes: “I have made Distortion of Glory, Real Nighttime, The Big Shot Chronicles, Lolita Nation, 2 Steps From the Middle Ages and Tinker to Evers to Chance available for FREE download at Dropbox. My main goal is to prevent people from trying to capitalize by selling these long out of print albums for lots of money. I want everybody who would like to hear these albums to be able to do so without paying outrageous prices. Most of the Loud Family catalog can be streamed free of charge on Spotify and other streaming music services”

The photo below of Scott was taken by Photo Robert [i.e. Robert Toren] in 1986.

Scott Miller. photo by Robert Toren


Hi Jon:

We just got back from our honeymoon late last week and have been non-stop ever since but I wanted to take the time to write something great for you because you truly made our wedding special.

I don’t know where you came from but I thank my lucky stars that you responded to me on Gig Salad. You were very professional, extremely flexible and above all a calming source within what can sometimes be a stressful time — planning a wedding. From the very beginning of our emails and phone conversations, you were always reassuring and willing to do whatever we wanted as a bride and groom. My unique request of playing guitar and singing to a Tesla song you had never heard before, came together perfectly. When you first played the song for me, I knew the moment of me walking down the isle would be special to Rob. To this day he said that is a moment he will never ever forget. I can’t thank you enough for putting the song together for us. You played perfect songs during the beginning part of the reception. Your voice and guitar playing skills were noticed by many of our friends and family members. Then you seamlessly switched gears to a DJ that got the party going! I had no idea how many people would end up dancing through the night and you played songs that everyone loved and couldn’t stop dancing to.  This was our second time around (planning a wedding) and not including the countless number of weddings we’ve attended and watched other DJs –  I would attest to anyone that you really are a gem and anyone would be fortunate to have you as part of their wedding or any other kind of event. Thank you for everything.

Thanks again Jon for your patience in returning this email to you and most of all thank you for helping make our wedding day exactly as we had imagined!

My Best,
Ann Zanzinger
[received October 9, 2012]

Your company did the music on our Hornblower wedding back in June. I just wanted to write you and say thank you for everything and that our DJ, Jon, did a great job!!! He was fantastic and couldn’t have done a better job! He did a great job at making sure there was a little bit of everything for everyone to enjoy. Our guests really got into the dancing, more than I thought they would! But I loved that they did and I think a lot of that had to do with him! I kept hearing our guests talk about what a great selection of music that was played. He was totally on top of what type of music to play at specific times and it made the whole process really smooth! So I can’t thank you both enough for all your hard work and for helping make our special day as perfect as it was!!! I would definitely refer you and your company to anyone I know that would be in need of a DJ. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Jennifer Foster :)
[received on September 6, 2012]

Hi Jon:
It’s Holly from the wedding on the 13th of Oct on the Renown! We wanted to say thank you so much for everything on our wedding night! You were amazing and even better than we expected!!!! Thanks for the CD too! :)

Holly and Dan :)
[received on October 18, 2012]