Multi-instrumentalist and Navy veteran Mike McGee aka Mike the Music Man arrived at the 
Villages at Cabrillo in Long Beach about two months ago without instruments or relationships with local musicians. HomeFront Rising is helping him obtain equipment and connections. The first acquisition is a Yamaha 12-string guitar donated by Grace First Presbyterian Church. Mike has been teaching himself how to play it at Long Beach Coffee & Tea, a veteran-owned epicenter in downtown Long Beach. His first love is drums. We're now seeking a donation to make that happen. Please get in touch if you can help.


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    Operation Mas

    Musician-chef-caregiver-integrative health coach Carolyne Mas owns a solar-powered ranchette at an elevation of 4365 feet in the beautiful unincorporated Arizona town of Pearce. A 3-bedroom house stands in the center of a very private 38-acre parcel with farm fencing, a chicken coop and an irrigated garden. The property also includes a generator, well and 1000-gallon water storage tank. Carolyne graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University (ASU) with a BS in Integrative Health. She is overseeing our emerging veterans retreat dubbed Operation Mas, and is also recruiting other musicians who have a passion for sustainable agriculture, culinary arts and healing, to help establish similar projects nationwide.

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    Holy Smokes

    Holy Smokes is a band with a rotating cast of players. The group meets every Thursday in Long Beach, CA. It’s all about harnessing the healing energy of music through composing, playing as a band, recording and experiencing the natural high only music can produce. At each meeting an original song is written and recorded in about 90 minutes. The weekly sessions – presented by HomeFront Rising, Rock to Recovery and U.S.VETS, and hosted by Century Villages at Cabrillo – are free to attend for anyone who wants to participate. No experience is necessary. This blog documents our works in progress.
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    Rock to Recovery

    Will Nephew of Rock to Recovery coaches songwriters and musicians who collaborate with each other. It’s all about harnessing the healing energy of music through composing, playing as a band, and recording. Have fun expressing yourself, working as a group, and experiencing the natural high only music can produce. Maybe your song will be performed in one of our U.S. Tour of Duty variety shows! FREE for everyone. No experience necessary. More info: 213.375.4150 and http://ustourofduty.org.

    The U.S. Tour of Duty is part of a cultural revival led by civic-minded military veterans and their allies. We develop the artistic abilities and creative expression of veterans, and nurture relationships between veterans and the general public for the greater good. FREE video production, dance, theater and music workshops are held at the Villages at Cabrillo in Long Beach, the Main Library in Long Beach, and The Vortex in Los Angeles. A blueprint for nationwide deployment is now in development.

    WHEN
    November 14, 2019 at 12:45pm
    WHERE
    Yoga Studio/Villages at Cabrillo
    2001 River Ave
    Long Beach, CA 90810
    United States
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    Veterans Community Theater

    Playwright and Marine veteran Melvin Ishmael Johnson leads the workshop every Tuesday evening. He trains veterans to work as stage managers in the Los Angeles theater community, and coordinates internships with local companies. FREE for veterans.

    WHEN
    January 15, 2020 at 7pm
    WHERE
    The Vortex
    2341 E Olympic Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90021
    United States
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