Melissa Etheridge Toys for Tots Holiday benefit concert coming to Chumash Casino Resort on December 11

Melissa Etheridge Toys for Tots Holiday benefit concert coming to Chumash Casino Resort on December 11

Nov 18, 2014

Grammy Award winner Melissa Etheridge will bring her “Melissa Etheridge: This Is M.E.” U.S. tour to the Samala Showroom to perform her hits, along with songs off her new album, on Thursday, December 11 during the Chumash Casino Resort’s annual Toys For Tots benefit concert. Tickets for the show are $55, $65, $75, $85 and $95.

Etheridge’s raspy voice and powerful lyrics have made her one of rock’s most popular female artists. Songs like “I’m the Only One,” “Come to My Window,” and “Piece of My Heart” are some of Etheridge’s most popular mainstream hits.

Born in Leavenworth, Kansas, Etheridge began playing piano and guitar in various bands while still in high school. She trained at the Berklee College of Music in Boston before heading to Los Angeles where she was discovered by Island Records chief Chris Blackwell.

In 1988, Etheridge released her self-titled debut album that included the single “Bring Me Some Water.” She would go on to win two Grammys for best female rock vocal performance in 1992 and 1994. In 2006, Etheridge wrote "I Need to Wake Up" for the film documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Her latest album, “This is M.E.,” was released on September 30 and is available on iTunes.

Proceeds from the show will benefit the Central Coast Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign, which serves children in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

Located on Highway 246 in Santa Ynez, California, the Chumash Casino Resort is an age 18-and-older venue. Tickets for all events are available at the Chumash Casino Resort’s Club Chumash or online at

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Keith Nelson of Buckcherry delivers and talks the ROCK with

Keith Nelson of Buckcherry delivers and talks the ROCK with

Nov 10, 2014

I had a chance to talk with Keith Nelson of Buckcherry before their show at The Ranch in San Miguel, California this past Friday (November 7). We talk about about the ups and downs in the music biz, the goals of the band in the past and today, the covers collection, The Fuck E.P. and the latest single and video for 'Somebody Fucked With Me.' Keith also touches on artists and bands they have came in contact with over the years, upcoming plans for the band and their latest tour with Otherwise. A great interview with a great guitarist from what is a band that truly delivers kick ass American Rock n' Roll to the masses! For everything Buckcherry hit!



Good Vibes with Otherwise and

Good Vibes with Otherwise and

Nov 10, 2014

Marshall of Rock talks with Adrian and Ryan Patrick of Otherwise before their set at The Ranch in San Miguel, California last Friday night (November 7). We share some moonshine and chat about how the band got their start in Las Vegas, Adrian new son and Ryan's new nephew, who they have met in the music biz that sticks out, band influences, the new album 'Peace At All Costs,' the latest single 'Darker Side Of The Moon,' Shiprocked and bringing Light Through Darkness and positivity everyday in what they do! For everything OTHERWISE go to:


Def Leppard hit the Jackpot at Chumash Casino Resort

Def Leppard hit the Jackpot at Chumash Casino Resort

Nov 1, 2014

Def Leppard played the first of three special California Casino shows at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California on October 30th and I was lucky enough to be in attendance.

The anticipation for the band was heightened as the lights went down with The Who's 'Won't Get Fooled Again' pumped through the Samala Showroom. The band continued paying tribute to their British influences, by rocking the last bit of the track live before kicking into 'Let It Go.' That was followed by Leppard's cover of The Sweet's 'Action.' Seeing the band in an intimate setting such as this was a rush that continued for the entire set.

'Animal,' 'Foolin', 'Love Bites' and 'Armageddon It' followed in the set, with the crowd loving every minute of it. A great rendition of 'Make Love Like A Man' lead into a mini-acoustic portion of the show, with 'Two Steps Behind' and 'Bringin' On the Heartbreak,' before the band cranked it back up on 'Bringin' for the later half of that track and 'Switch 625.'

Steve Brown of Trixter did a more than admirable job filling in on guitar for Vivian Campbell, who is continuing to undergo stem-cell treatment to fight Hodgkin’s lymphoma. They found exactly the right guy to fill in for Viv, as Steve delivered with big time solos and fantastic interplay with Phil Collen and the rest of the band.

In regards to Vivian Campbell, Joe Elliott tell Billboard "The latest that I'm aware of with Viv, they were harvesting stem cells from him and do whatever they do in a Petry dish with them, and then they were gonna carpet bomb him with chemo for a week and he was gonna be kept in the hospital...Then they're gonna put the stem cells back in and do whatever they do, wave the magic wand and say 'Abracadabra.' Hopefully by the middle of November they're gonna let him out. We were under the impression he would be in the hospital until Christmas, but the last email he sent me, which was about two weeks ago, said, 'It looks like I may be able to get out of here by mid-November."

Fan favorites rounded out the set, with 'Hysteria,' 'Rocket,' 'Let's Get Rocked,' 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' kicking the crowds ass before the set wrapped up with the encores of 'Rock Of Ages' and 'Photograph.' It was an amazing night of rock, ending with a promise by Joe Elliott that the band would return at some point to the Chumash in the future. Here's to hoping they do!!

There was no media photo credentials issued for the show, but I had to snap this photo below with my phone.

Def Leppard California Casino Shows:
October 30th - Santa Ynez, CA (Chumash Casino Resort)
November 1 - Rancho Mirage, CA (Agua Caliente Casino)
November 2 - Temecula, CA (Pechanga Theater & Casino)

Special Thanks to Mike Traphagen of Chumash Casino Resort. For more info and a complete lineup of upcoming shows go to