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Rock-N-Roll Christmas Show on Dec. 13 Brings Together Musician Friends to Play for MusiCares

Freebo with Chad Watson - Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

Freebo with Chad Watson – Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

By DONNA BALANCIA – Freebo, Carnie Wilson and Albert Lee are among the musical stars that headline The Rock-N-Roll Christmas Show to benefit MusiCares at Cal State Northridge on Dec. 13.

The Rock-N-Roll Christmas Show brings together some of the best known names in music and will be held at The Plaza Del Sol Performance Center at Cal State Northridge.


Jim Nelson, the well-known DJ from sponsor station KCSN will emcee the event, which raises money for MusiCares, a charitable giving arm of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.  MusiCares helps connect musicians with health and medical programs.

Carnie Wilson - Photo © Gage Skidmore

Carnie Wilson – Photo © Gage Skidmore

Rock Cellar Magazine is another presenting sponsor. The show is produced by The Get Together Foundation.


Participating musicians include: Debbi Peterson (The Bangles); Albert Lee (Bill Wyman, Emmylou Harris, Everly Brothers, Eric Clapton); Carnie Wilson, Rosemary Butler (Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt); Freebo (Bonnie Raitt); Ken Stacey (Ambrosia, Michael Jackson); John Wicks (The Records); Lois Blaisch (Neil Young, David Foster); Marky Lennon (VENICE – the band); Gary Griffin (Brian Wilson); Rob Bonfiglio (Wilson Phillips); Marc Mann (Jeff Lynne, Concert for George); Kiki Ebsen, The Honeys (Marilyn Wilson); Gary Stockdale (Randy Newman) and MB Gordy (Doobie Brothers); John Pratt (vox); Tom Jacob (vox); Dave Pearlman (pedal steel); Chad Watson (bass & bone); Henry Arias (percussion); Eric Mayron (keys) and John McNeely (vox) among others.

MusiCares® Rock-n-Roll Christmas Show is produced by the Get Together Foundation team: President Kevin Wachs, Michael Stern, Jay Cohen, Lauri Reimer, Gary Griffin (Brian Wilson, Jan & Dean). Organizer and promoter is Irene LoConto.

A similar event held last summer raised more than $20,000.


TICKETS are also available through the Plaza Del Sol box office 818-677-3000

Sarah McLachlan, Ryan Adams headline KCSN Benefit Shows

KCSN Benefit Concert expanded to two nights

KCSN Benefit Concert is expanded to two nights this year. Logo courtesy of KCSN

By DONNA BALANCIA  — KCSN will expand its annual benefit concert to two nights this year, featuring Sarah McLachlan and Laura Marling on Dec. 5, and Ryan Adams, Conor Oberst and David Gray on Dec. 12.

The benefit concerts will be held at the Valley Performing Arts Center.

KCSN tickets

“Listeners of KCSN are true believers in the spirit of music,” said Sky Daniels, general manager and program director. “We expanded to two nights this year thanks to the belief of this extraordinary lineup of some of the greatest songwriters of our time.”

For more information go to the radio station’s website. 

Sarah McLachlan plays the KCSN Benefit Concert following her Canadian Tour that moves from Victoria on Oct. 18, with dates in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Halifax, Montreal and wrapping in St. John’s on Nov. 22.

Ryan Adams, is playing dates in the midwest and the East Coast in October and November and plays the U.K. in February and March, 2015.

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