Saturday, March 28, 2015

Journey Revisited's first livestream - at Anova's Rock n’ Roll Gala for Autism from the Fenix!

It's a big night for my guys at Journey Revisited. It's their first livestream concert, at a benefit event, The Anova Center for Education's Rock n’ Roll Gala for Autism from the Fenix.



SOLD OUT! The program starts at 7, with Journey Revisited slated to come on at 8PM. Stop by http://www.journeyrevisited.com and share your JR fan experiences in the chat room before, during and after the concert!

More on the event:
Rock n' Roll Gala for Autism
The Fenix
919 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA
Saturday, March 28, 2015
7:00pm - 11:00pm PT
VIP Hour: 6:00pm - 7:00pm (for sponsors)

Let's rock n' roll to give our children a brighter future! Dance to the legendary music of Journey Revisited, enjoy delicious appetizers and dinner paired with premier local wines, and a chance to win great raffle prizes.

With autism affecting 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys), Anova has a critical need to find a new home in Marin County to serve the growing demand of children that require specialized services. We believe with the help of our wonderful community, Anova's dream of creating a state-of-the-art school specializing in autism will become a reality.

 
Anova is Northern California’s most trusted provider of education and services to children and families living with autism and learning differences. We are a non-profit organization serving almost 500 families affected by autism. We have pioneered a specialized program for children ages 5-22 with autism and related social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. In addition to our K-12 schools in San Rafael, Santa Rosa, and Concord, we also provide behavioral services, early intervention, and paraprofessional support throughout 15 counties across California. Our services are provided in school, community, and home environments, allowing individuals to function more independently, engage in meaningful relationships with others, and lead an improved quality of life.
Journey Revisited is:

Jeff Salado, Lead Vocals
Val Popovic, Lead Guitar and vocals;
Kevin Jachetta, Keyboards, Keytar, Guitar, and vocals;
Michael Gonzales, Bass and vocals;
Dave Hawkes, Drums/Percussion.

Journey Revisited is available for media engagements. Email: press@journeyrevisited.com, and info@journeyrevisited.com for booking.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Got your tickets for Journey Revisited's hot three-day L.A.-area gig at Covina?

JR's original two-day gig, March 20-21 -- its first tour in the Los Angeles area -- at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts had such strong advance sales that a third show, on Sunday the 22nd, was added by the venue! Journey Revisited lead singer Jeff Salado is stoked:
"With the show in Covina Ca coming up and nearly all 3 days are sold out, who's bought and paid for tickets to come see JR at Covina Center for the Performing Arts, March 20-22?"



It's going to be a blast -- everyone is looking forward to seeing JR die-hards and to meet new fans during this series of gigs. See you there!

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Info: http://www.covinacenter.com/
Tickets $20/$30. Order here: http://goo.gl/e4xbHZ

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

JR heads to L.A.: 1 night of Covina 2-nighter already sold out. Want a 3rd show?

UPDATE! It's official - there will be a third show on Sunday! Show up in full force and rock out to the Journey classics the way you want them!

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The word is out - the best Journey tribute band is hitting the L.A. area this month - Journey Revisited will play the Covina Center For Performing Arts on March 20-21 (Fri and Sat). The Friday gig is already sold out with Saturday selling fast (buy your tix here).



The big news - if Saturday sells out, the venue will add a third show! So faithful JR fans, this is exciting. Click here for more info. JR fans on Facebook or Twitter, spread the word by sharing this graphic about Covina!



We'll see you there rocking out - let's get that third show...

By the way, how good is JR at recreating the classic sound? How about this, folks - a mashup by yours truly of a head-to-head of "Just the Same Way..."



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And Journey Revisited will play, for the first time, in Steve Perry's hometown of Hanford, CA at Kings Fair...that should be a blast.



We've added some new dates to our tour schedule, so check it out regularly. Here are the latest additions, and we expect more next week:



  • July 11, 2015
    Twilight Concert Series /  Palo Alto, CA
    Rinconada Park | 7:00 PM)  | INFO



  • August 16, 2015


  • Los Gatos Concert Series / Los Gatos, CA | Civic Center, 110 East Main Street, Los Gatos, CA 95030 | INFO

  • August 22, 2015
    Hawkins Amphitheater, Bartley Ranch Regional Park / Reno, NV |
    Sierra Nevada Performing Arts Association's Reno-Tahoe Music Festival, 8:30-10 P.M. | INFO
  • Friday, February 13, 2015

    Profile on my legacy as a citizen journalist in the LGBT movement...and my new passion, Journey Revisited

    It's not every day that you get such wonderful press. There's a piece on my role in the LGBT movement as part of Black History Month, recognizing NC residents who have made an impact. Matt Comer of QNotes interviewed me and the issue hit the stands yesterday and the story is online now,"Famed Blogger Lifted Unheard Voices."



    With Wake Forest University professor and
     MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry
    (Feb 2015).
    A snippit on my work publishing Pam's House Blend:

    "Spaulding’s commentary and writing touched nearly every aspect of the LGBT and progressive communities. She kept tabs on local politics in cities across the Carolinas, often attending local government meetings in and around the Triangle. She’d visit the General Assembly to report on lobby days or get on-the-scene sources during legislative debates. She detailed LGBT activism in states and towns across the country, and even weighed in as an on-air commentator on CNN during the 2008 election. And, she used her increasing influence to build and lift the voices of other people of color, southerners, women and transgender writers."
    But of course, this is history. I shut down the political blog in 2013 because it became too much work to maintain a full time job and the full time blog when rheumatoid arthritis really started to take hold.

    I'm feeling quite a bit better these days due to some sledgehammer drugs that have their own effect on my life, but I have renewed energy working with Journey Revisited, the best Journey tribute band out there.

    Matt recounts how I got involved with the group:
    "Spaulding now collaborates and assists with promotions, social media and website management for Journey Revisited, a tribute band she fell in love with. (She wanted us to plug their website, which she redesigned. You should totally visit it at www.journeyrevisited.com.) 
    “I happened upon them by accident,” Spaulding recalls. “I didn’t know anything about them. Someone had posted a video of theirs and I was just blown away at how good they were.” 
    She left a positive comment on that video and the band’s Facebook page and began a dialogue with one of the band’s members. [Pam: the video was "When You're Alone (It Ain't Easy)" and the band member was frontman Jeff Salado.] 
    She finds herself spending time now helping the band on new projects, instead of chasing down the latest news leads across the country. “I got so enamored with the work they were doing,” she says. “I’m not just a fan. I’m knee-deep in this tribute band, and it’s been extremely satisfying."
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    And healing thoughts and prayers out to my buddy Jeff Salado, who is under the weather as JR begins a stretch of 4 gigs in 7 days. We're rooting for some rest and recovery...

    2/14: Valentine's Day @ Muckleshoot Casino, 7PM
    2/17: Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival, 1:30PM/4:30PM
    2/20: Fulton 55 - American Heart Association Benefit, 8PM
    2/21: Club Fox, 8:30PM.

    Info:
    https://www.facebook.com/JourneyRevisited/events
    http://www.journeyrevisited.com/p/tour-dates.html

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

    It's official! JR welcomes me into the Journey Revisited family with "Open Arms"

    Today Journey Revisited front man Jeff Salado told JR fans on Facebook about my official role with the band...he's too kind.
    I'm jazzed to announce that we're officially welcoming Pam Spaulding into the Journey Revisited family to support the band's outreach and operations as JR's fan base continues its incredible growth.

    She's been working with us for the last few months as a "web angel" - building the web site, writing and promoting content (band interviews, fan profiles) and assisting with social media, including updates to our official JR Facebook page to interact with you. That's why you've seen her name in many of the posts lately.

    Val, Dave, Mike, Kevin and I are excited about Pam officially coming on board to represent JR and "Faithfully" support her enthusiastic work with us 1000% - and we hope you do too with "Open Arms" (wink, wink). 
    Journey Revisited fans and friends who are coming to our gig on November 8 at Black Oak Casino will have a chance to meet her as she works the event! 
    Go Team JR!
    - Jeff



    My response:

    I'm overjoyed to be part of the effort to help the band grow and for people to see and hear how beautifully they represent the classic Journey sound. Thank you, Jeff and the guys, for having faith in me. --Pam

    Friday, September 12, 2014

    Out of the closet - here comes the web angel for Journey Revisited

    Anyone who's followed me over the years knows that I'm a dedicated (encyclopedic) Journey fan. Even Melissa Harris-Perry made note of it on her show when I decided to shut down my political blog.

    So it's not surprising to share that a new passion of mine is fun work I'm doing for Journey Revisited, a fantastic tribute band that I've previously blogged about. They are awesome.

    What started out as a complimentary comment on Facebook about the band's incredible rendition of "When You're Alone (It Ain't Easy)" back in June, has turned into a love-fest because of the way JR brings back the classic Journey sound to audiences. And Journey Revisited does it without pre-recorded backing vocals; it's all live, all the time, in the organic, stripped-down way those beloved tunes were performed in concert back in the day.

    Jeff Salado
    The original web site, which didn't do the band justice to showcase their talent, I offered to reboot and turn it into a site with a blog. Working with lead singer Jeff Salado on the project has been a dream (he's full of creative ideas) -- so the web site work on design and functionality, turned into writing JR's blog, and doing audio and video editing. Then I took on other internet presence work re: social media -- Facebook and Twitter.

    That stuff above sounds like a lot of work -- it is, but it's an exciting life change to have your work produce results and for it to be appreciated. Given I have a "real" job and my rheumatoid arthritis deals me a lot of fatigue, I had to figure out when I could slip some time into this project. It has been challenging, mostly because of the time difference -- the band is West Coast-based (Modesto, CA), so it's a three-hour difference.

    How I do it

    It took some time to figure out that it was OK to go to bed early (since I'm toast after work) around 6:30 or 7 at the latest, and sleep till around 11 or midnight. Stereotypically, rock singers aren't morning people -- and that fits Jeff to a T, so I get back up and do a couple of hours of work, then hit the sack again after taking my 3:30 AM meds. It's a weird cycle, but it's worked out. I can only do that a couple of days a week because my body just can't handle it, so progress has to come in fits and starts, but a surprising amount of work has been accomplished in a short time.

    So my Jane-of-all-trades noodling around for the band needed an unofficial title for my gratis work, so I am now deemed the JR Social Media/Web Angel. I think it's kinda funny, but it fits, I suppose. In the real world, this would be called Internet Presence Manager or some such. But whatever I am, it's a great deal of fun and very fulfilling.

    It's a completely different world - nothing like political blogging. This is no Pam's House Blend of dealing with politicos, fundamentalist nuts, or speaking engagements, and it's a relief, actually. The world of entertainment/performance representation, along with fans, and gigs is so foreign to me, but it's interesting to see that my skills used above can easily be applied in this environment. The rest of the business side of matters is fascinating as well.

    Bright ideas

    One of the ideas I came up with, Journey geek that I am, was to interview each of the band members and ask them about how they were introduced to Journey music, how they developed their passion into a tribute bands. You have fans that just go to enjoy a concert to reminisce about the songs in the timeline of their lives, and there are the other, more devoted (or obsessive, depending on your POV) fans, who want to know what makes an artist tick.

    Those interviews have been extremely fun to do, and they give fans insight into the process of emulating artists whose talent they admire. You can read how Jeff Salado preps for a show, his process of bringing Steve Perry authenticity to his performance. I've also interviewed Dave Hawkes, Journey Revisited's drummer, in similar fashion. He's actually met Journey's former drummer, the incredible Steve Smith and shared a wealth of information and perspective while being incredibly entertaining. I've enjoyed this process so much; it's nice to deal with such down-to-earth people in such a different milieu.
    Journey Revisited: L-R - Michael Gonzales, bass, vocals; Kevin Jachetta, keys, keytar, vocals; 
    Jeff Salado, lead singer; Val Popovic, guitar and vocals, Dave Hawkes, drums and percussion. 
    Photo by Jessica Ruggiero.
    After all, lots of folks like me are passionate about their favorite artists, but would never imagine getting up to perform as that artist before people. It takes a special kind of person to have that confidence in their drive and talent to be in a top-notch, dedicated-to-quality tribute band.

    It all makes me want to run and join the circus! These guys are great. They have a growing fan base, and bring down the house at every gig. It's gratifying to see their enthusiasm, it's infectious! :)

    I just have to work on getting them to take the East Coast by storm...

    Journey Revisited is the real deal. Watch:


    Also read:
    * Tribute band Journey Revisited on the road, paying homage to the classic sound
    * There's nothing like an ace tribute band - check out Journey Revisited



    * Web: http://www.jrnyrevisited.com
    * Twitter: @JRNYrevisited
    * Facebook: Journey Revisited
    Facebook fan page: JR Nation 

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Fourth Circuit Rejects Ban on Marriage Equality!

    Marriage equality may come sooner that we think to NC, something I didn't expect to see in my lifetime when I was blogging and working the fight to stop Amendment One here. From Equality NC:
    In a landmark ruling that will reverberate throughout the South and the entire country, the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit has upheld a lower court ruling and struck down Virginia’s ban on the freedom to marry.

    Expanding a lengthy streak of legal victories for marriage equality, the federal appeals in Richmond ruled today that states may not deny same-sex couples their fundamental right to marry, overturning Virginia’s 2006 marriage ban. On the heels of a similar 10th Circuit holding on June 25, today’s ruling

    The ruling could bring marriage equality closer, not just in Virginia, but in the other 4th Circuit states still seeking marriage across the South, including North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia.

    “It’s hard to believe how far we’ve come. Just two years ago, in the darkest hours of our state’s LGBT movement, anti-gay forces in North Carolina pushed through a draconian constitutional amendment banning all relationship recognitions for same-sex couples,” said Sgro. “But thanks to the work of so many legal teams and plaintiffs, communities and organizations, supporters, families, and followers, we’re seeing today what a difference a few years of hard work, leadership, and commitment to equality in the South can make. With today’s ruling, we are closer to the freedom to marry than ever before, with support for marriage equality at an all-time high right here in North Carolina, across the South, and across the country.”
    And better yet, the current NC Attorney General, Roy Cooper, has said he will no longer defend the amendment.
    "After reviewing the 4th Circuit decision and consulting with attorneys here, I have concluded that the State of North Carolina will not oppose the cases moving forward," said Cooper. "In addition, the State of North Carolina will acknowledge the 4th Circuit opinion that marriage is a fundamental right and that our office believes that the judges are bound by this 4th Circuit decision."
    He says any ruling on North Carolina's ban would likely be stayed until the U.S. Supreme Court turns down the appeal or makes a ruling.

     My reaction on Facebook: