Steve Smith To Rejoin Journey In 2016
Launching Major Reunion Tour With Doobie Brothers
Steve Smith, the legendary drummer on many of Journey's biggest hits, who is also a teacher, clinician, leader of the fusion band Vital Information, and a collaborator in countless great musical projects has rejoined Journey for a big 2016 reunion schedule.
The band will join with the Doobie Brothers to launch the San Francisco Fest on May 12, 2016 and continue on a cross-country tour through August. Dave Mason will be included on some tour dates.
The band includes Neal Schon (guitar), Ross Balory (bass), Jonathan Cain (keys), and Arnel Pineda (lead singer).
According to Blabbermouth.net, Smith said, "I'm so looking forward to the very exciting 2016 we have planned, starting with my 'Neal Vortex Schon' Japan tour in February and then our summer tour with the Doobie Brothers and Dave Mason." Steve was last in a reunion with the band in 1996-97.
Tour dates include:
- May 12 - Irvine, CA - Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
- May 14 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion
- May 15 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater
- May 18 - Austin, TX - Austin360 Amphitheater
- May 20 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
- May 21 - Woodlands, TX - The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
- May 23 - Wichita, KS - INTRUST Bank Arena
- May 25 - Memphis, TN - FedEx Forum
- May 27 - Indianapolis, IN - Indianapolis Motor Speedway
- May 28 - Kansas City, KS - Sprint Center
- May 31 - Rogers, AR - Walmart AMP
- Jun. 02 - Birmingham, AL - Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
- Jun. 04 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion
- Jun. 05 - Raleigh, NC - Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
- Jun. 08 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
- Jun. 10 - Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amp.
- Jun. 11 - W. Palm Beach, FL - Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
- Jun. 22 - Bangor, ME - Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
- Jun. 24 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
- Jun. 25 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Banks Art Center
- Jun. 27 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
- Jun. 29 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
- Jul. 01 - Virginia Beach, VA - Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
- Jul. 02 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
- Jul. 05 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
- Jul. 07 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
- Jul. 09 - Darien, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
- Jul. 10 - Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center
- Jul. 13 - Syracuse, NY - Lakeview Amphitheater
- Jul. 15 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion
- Jul. 16 - Burgettstown, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
- Jul. 27 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater
- Jul. 29 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
- Jul. 30 - Maryland Heights, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
- Aug. 02 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
- Aug. 04 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
- Aug. 06 - Omaha, NE - CenturyLink Center
- Aug. 07 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena
- Aug. 09 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
- Aug. 11 - Sioux Falls, SD - Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
- Aug. 13 - Tinley Park, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
- Aug. 16 - Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Arena
- Aug. 17 - Little Rock, AR - Verizon Arena
- Aug. 20 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
- Aug. 21 - West Valley City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre
- Aug. 23 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre
- Aug. 25 - Ridgefield, WA - Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
- Aug. 27 - Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Events Center
- Aug. 28 - Fresno, CA - Save Mart Center
- Aug. 30 - Chula Vista, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
PreSonus Notion: Handwriting Recognition
The latest update to PreSonus® Notion® for iOS takes mobile music creation to the next level with a new in-app purchase that adds handwriting recognition for iPad users. Using a finger or stylus, you can write music in your own handwriting and see it effortlessly convert to digital notation. And with an Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro, you can even write with pressure and thickness, which gives you a much more natural feeling and even greater accuracy.
With Notion for iOS, you have your choice of easy-to-use note-entry methods. Use the onscreen fretboard, a MIDI keyboard, selecting and touching notes onto the staff, and now entry with your own handwriting—or any combination.
"Composing music with handwriting can be an important part of the creative process," observes Arnd Kaiser, General Manager of PreSonus Software Ltd. "We selected MyScript technology because it enables our users to compose music naturally while leveraging the convenience and powerful capabilities of our composition software. It is the best of both worlds for today's musician."
Notion's handwriting recognition is powered by MyScript®, the source of the world's most advanced technology for handwriting recognition and digital ink management.
Notion for iOS is available on the Apple App Store and was recently featured as one of Apple's "Amazing Apps for iPad Pro."
Mo'Rhythm-Africa: Djembe/Dunun Play Along App
Monette Marino, world-renowned percussionist and Founder/Director of Mo'Rhythm School of Percussion in San Diego, CA, has released a djembe / dunun play along app now available on the app store. Named "Mo'Rhythm-Africa", the app features West African rhythms and is designed to provide the user with a platform to practice individual drum parts on their real drums while listening to the other instruments of the djembe orchestra.
The app includes a selection of rhythms for practicing, the historical information on each rhythm as well as notation for each drum part. The user can select which instruments to accompany while practicing using the mute, solo, and volume controls of the mixer interface and adjust the tempo as needed without interrupting playback.
African rhythms included are: Balakulandjan, Denedon, Djole, Fe, Kuku, Moribayassa, Soliwulen, Konden, Soli (Fast), and Toro. The app includes optional video instructions (as an additional in-app purchase) presented by Monette Marino herself, showing the movement and position of the hands on the drums.
Here's what people are saying: "I have known Monette Marino since the early 90's. I was always impressed by her talent, discipline and absolute joy with which she approaches her music."
"It's ingeniously designed to make it possible (and super fun) to play along and practice to any part in several different rhythms."
"This app is a game changer. It could only have been designed by someone with the depth of experience and knowledge that Monette possesses."
"Mo'Rhythm-Africa" Play Along increases your listening and playing skills and will help you to play in sync with other instruments of the djembe orchestra, enhancing your understanding of how all the parts fit together.
Monette Marino has studied for the past 20 years with Master Drummer Mamady Keita from Guinea, West Africa. Prior to that she was deeply involved with Afro-Cuban drumming, Brazilian drumming and Korean drumming.
The app is available for iPod/iPhone/iPad and the new appleTV. Inter-app audio and Audiobus compatible. The Android version will be released in Summer 2016.
A Celebration of Life For Raul Rekow
The Rekow Family asks you to join them for a musical celebration of Raul Rekow’s life at The Great American Music Hall on Sunday, November 15, 2015 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. There will be live music, sharing of fond memories and smiles all around, Just as Raul would have wanted it.
Raul was an integral part of the Santana Band for almost 4 decades (from 1976 to 2013). Coming from the Mission District of San Francisco (the heart of Latin Rock) he worked his way up playing for Dakila, Malo and Sapo prior to joining Santana. Not only an impassioned performer, Raul was also a clinician of Latin music and drumming.
Carlos Santana had this to say on a Facebook posting recently, “We mourn the loss of my brother, Raul Rekow. He was an integral member of Santana for 34 years and the heart beat of the band. His presence on the stage was one of power, grace, collaboration and joy. He redefined what it means to be a conga player. My heart goes out to his family. Raul, may you soar in heaven in the company of your Mom and Dad.”
Over the years Raul has lent his talents to recording and performing with artists including Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Whitney Houston, Tremaine Hawkins and Herbie Hancock. When off the stage with Santana, Raul also loved to perform with local groups in the Bay Area (his home), which included many of his musician fans, friends and family. He never forgot the musicians that he began with under the Golden Gate Bridge at Aquatic Park.
A Celebration of Life For Raul Rekow Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell Street San Francisco, CA 94109 Sunday – November 15, 2015 4:00 – 8:00PM
Donations for Rekow Family may be made at the Great American Music Hall on the night of the event or online at Go Fund Me
Eddie Hoh 1944-2015
Drummer Eddie ("Fast Eddie") Hoh passed away November 7 at the age of 71. Though not widely known today Hoh was a drummer noted for his style and showmanship, and he played a significant role in the early development rock, psychedelic, and country-rock styles through his work with various bands. Known mostly as a session drummer, Hoh contributed to the recording of Super Session, the 1968 release of Mike Bloomfield, Stephen Stills, and Al Kooper, that was one of the first rock "supergroups." He also played on several notable tracks for Donovan's "Sunshine Superman" period and performed with the Mamas and Papas at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. And, notably, Hoh, along with Hal Blaine, laid down tracks for Mickey Dolenz on nearly every Monkees recording.
Hoh spent the mid-'60s with the Modern Folk Quartet, an influential band with members who later joined the Lovin' Spoonful and the Turtles. Though they never achieved fame, the group had an impact on later country-rock groups such as the Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, and others.