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Slick & Slate, plus Heartbreaker Ron Blair, at Norman's Rare Guitars



Earl Slick, Jeff Slate and former Heartbreaker Ron Blair stopped by Norman's Rare Guitars in Los Angeles last week to chat and play some songs, and to talk about their show together at the El Rey Theater, celebrating Tom Petty's life and music.

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A Tom Petty All-Star Birthday Celebration

Rockin Robin Promotions presents A Tom Petty All-Star Birthday Celebration
benefitting The Midnight Mission and MusiCares
Ron Blair featuring The Chris Torres Band
Steve Ferrone
Chris Stills
Roy Orbison, Jr. ● Alex Orbison
L.A. Edwards ● Jeff Slate
Sarah Rogo ● Jake Thistle
and more very special guest stars
Celebrate the life and legacy of Tom Petty to benefit two charities near and dear to his heart, The Midnight Mission and MusiCares
Friday, October 18, 2019
The El Rey Theater
5515 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90036
“I love the idea of an L.A. birthday celebration for TP (he considered LA his hometown, after all). I also love that the proceeds will go to his two favorite charities. Bless you all for putting this together.” – Dana York Petty
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Musicians who love and respect Tom Petty – some who worked with him closely and others who were deeply influenced by the legend’s career – will come together in Los Angeles on Friday, October 18, 2019, to celebrate the life and legacy of the man and to mark what would have been his 69th birthday, in an all-star charity show that will benefit two charities near and dear to Petty’s heart: The Midnight Mission and MusiCares.
Tickets on sale at 10:00 AM PST on Friday, September 6, 2019, priced as follows GA: $55.00; VIP tickets (with merchandise): $125.00.
“I’m honored and excited that so many wonderful artists who worked with Tom, and loved Tom, will be coming together to celebrate him in such an amazing way and for such worthy causes,” said Robin Peters of Rockin Robin Promotions, who is organizing the event. “We have an amazing show planned – with lots of surprises that we’ll be announcing in the coming weeks – so folks should make their plans to be here early!”
“I knew Tom for as long as I can remember, and loved him,” said Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ bassist Ron Blair, who will perform at the event. “The best way to celebrate him is by playing his music, and the music he loved, for a good cause.”


Jeff performs with Byrds legend Roger McGuinn at Tulsa's World of Bob Dylan Conference

 Jeff Slate interviewed The Byrds' founder, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend Roger McGuinn live onstage at the headline event at the University of Tulsa's first World of Bob Dylan Conference, on Saturday, June 1, 2019.

The pair spoke for nearly 90-minutes onstage before a packed crowd in the ballroom of the Hyatt Regency in Tulsa, during which McGuinn recounted many amazing stories from his illustrious career, and his longtime relationship with Dylan, often breaking into song to illustrate his point.

McGuinn and Slate closed the night with a remarkable version of the Dylan classic "Knockin' On Heaven's Door."

Photo courtesy Clint Parker via Instagram.

Jeff Live From Cain's Ballroom

To kick off the World Of Bob Dylan Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, be in the audience on Wednesday, May 29th for the pilot radio show live event from Cain's Ballroom with great conversation and music from host Robbie Fulks, musician Bonnie Bishop, Paul Benjaman & The Oklahoma Specials, and special guests, Kevin Odegard and Jeff Slate and maybe a few surprises... Tickets are $25 GA, or $40 with VIP reception. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

The Bob Dylan Center℠ welcomes Byrds founder Roger McGuinn to the World of Bob Dylan conference on

Roger McGuinn will appear as the headline attraction at the World of Bob Dylan conference, in conversation with music journalist Jeff Slate, on Saturday, June 1.

McGuinn is one of the seminal figures in the history of rock and roll. A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, he was part of the early-1960s folk movement, before moving to Los Angeles and founding The Byrds, whose first single was Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man,” a Number One hit. Over the next decade, the band scored countless hits and became a must-see live act. Throughout, McGuinn and The Byrds maintained a close personal and artistic relationship with Dylan.

In 1975, McGuinn was part of Dylan’s legendary Rolling Thunder Review tour, which is the subject of a forthcoming documentary by Martin Scorcese, Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese, in which McGuinn appears.

McGuinn toured again with Dylan (and Tom Petty) in the mid-1980s, and the pair appeared together at The Byrds’ final performance together in 1990.

In a rare treat for conference-goers, music journalist Jeff Slate (author of the liner notes for Bob Dylan’s recent Bootleg Series release More Blood, More Tracks) will interview McGuinn on stage in the Hyatt Regency ballroom. McGuinn will share stories – and will perform music – from his long and influential career, from the creation of folk-rock and his work with Bob Dylan, to his acclaimed Folk Den Project and triumphant, sold-out “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” tour with fellow former-Byrd Chris Hillman and country legend Marty Stuart.

To learn more about The World of Bob Dylan, visit the event page here. To register, visit our registration page. To stay up-to-date on events and announcements, follow our Facebook page.

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