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The Newsletter of 
Joe Rathburn's
Folkey Monkey Songwriter Showcase
Musings  -  20140516

Joe Rathburn's Folkey Monkey: Usually the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the Month

Outer doors at 6:00 pm, show at 7:00 pm...

6154 Mission Gorge Rd, Suite 100, San Diego, CA  92120

near the corner of Mission Gorge Rd. and Twain Ave. 

For a map and pictures scroll to the bottom of the newsletter or Click Here


She Keeps Things Spinnin'
He Keeps the Beat
Elite Audience
Links to Past Guests
Joe's CDs
The Opening
Performance Schedule
Directions to the Show! 
The Folkey Monkey has its own website. Check it out for all things Monkey!


"Ronnie" Graciano
Folkey Monkey
Marketing Director, Web Guru, Social Media Director and Greeter.


Jeff Stasny - Folkey Monkey
House Percussionist


Visit Elite Audience


Links to Past Guests

Acoustic Music Links
Joe's CDs
Lil Suns Cover
Click the covers below to buy or listen.

Cathryn and Matt 


Rockwells Cover 


Live Cover 


Little Suns Demos

The Dad I Had Single
Dear Dad single cover


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Mission Statement
The Folkey Monkey is a themed singer songwriter concert series founded in October of 2005  by Joe Rathburn. His goal was to create a listening environment where he and his performer friends could meet and display their art before appreciative and polite audiences. So far so good.
And Now a Word From Our Sponsor!
The Folkey Monkey is proud to announce that we are now sponsored by Stellar Solar. Michael Powers, part owner of the company and a member of VISION approached me at a recent show and asked if he could help us promote the great shows we present each month. He said he loved the music and wanted to help get the word out about them. We discussed many options and came up with them helping to cover the costs of sending out the newsletter and producing other promotional items. It's a symbiotic relationship since they get their name out in front of the growing and discerning Folkey Monkey fan base.

I went to a recent seminar at the Stellar Solar headquarters at 4730 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117 just to check out their operation. I have to say I was quite impressed by their knowledge and presentation.
I'm a firm believer in the value of solar power and it's place in our energy future, and I really think these folks are on the cutting edge. I suggest, if you have been thinking about adding solar to your home energy plan, that you give Stellar Solar a visit and let them crunch some numbers for you. All you'll need is your SDG&E bill and they can do a cost/benefit analysis for you to see if solar makes sense for your situation.
We've all got to do something to promote environmentally sane energy consumption in this world. Maybe Stellar Solar is your first step?
New Joe Rathburn Website
Hey, my new website is up and running. Drop by and give it a spin!
All Foltz, All the Time!
The last of the two show series of Folkey Monkeys with John Foltz as my guest is Thursday May 29. The first show (May 15) we paid tribute to my songwriting hero, Paul Simon, this show (May 29) we'll be paying tribute to John's hero Billy Joel.

John is also getting ready to release his next CD "Renaissance" for which I had the privilege of recording all the guitar parts. I'm sure the there will be offerings from that CD mixed in with the Billy Joel songs.
Legendary songwriter/performer Michael Peter Smith from Chicago will be performing at Jimmy Duke's Dark Thirty house concert series on Sunday, May 18th. You've heard me talk about him for years. You've heard me sing his songs (The Dutchman, Roger Maris, The Princess and the Frog), and if you haven't caught one of his several appearances at Jimmy's you need to make this one. The man's a classic yet sophisticated folk artist who's been impressing audiences since the 1960s. His speaking voice is as captivating as his his songs. His stories, both humorous and poignant will have you riveted and his songs will have your emotions as their playthings.

Dark Thirty shows are fun affairs with a pre-show pot-luck, lots of friendly music lovers, and a sonically superior room. Help Jimmy get this deserving entertainer a full house to play to! Contact Jimmy at 619-443-9622 or email him at to make reservations.
Buy tickets in advance for the following shows:
These shows fall under the heading of Folkey Monkey Presents Concerts. Unlike a regular Folkey Monkey, these acts headline their own show and I open for them. Also these shows give you the option of buying your tickets in advance and saving some money. Check them out, they're gonna be amazing shows. Click on the listing below to buy tickets online.


Simon, Mitchell, and Joel (Not A Law Firm™) - Friday, October 24 at CSLTV,

Simon, Mitchell, and Joel (Not A Law Firm™) - Saturday, October 25 at VISION San Diego.

Joe Rathburn and his Stellar Band - Friday, November 14 - Hilltop Center, Fallbrook

Joe Rathburn and his Stellar Band - Saturday, November 15 - VISION

Our two May shows will feature John Foltz as guest. John and Joe will pay tribute to their songwriting heros: first Paul Simon on May 15, then Billy Joel on May 29. See the poster below.
The June 26 Peter Bolland Show (Theme: Bob Dylan) has been moved to July 31.


Thanks for reading this, and please don't forget to pass it on to others who might enjoy all The Folkey Monkey has to offer.


Joe Rathburn

Upcoming Shows

Baseball season is in full swing and I've got more Baseball Songs CDs for you. You can still download it at CDBaby by the way! This year the price has been reduced to only $10. Come catch me down at The Tin Fish Gaslamp, corner of 6th Avenue and L Street between the Omni and Hard Rock hotels, downtown, before every Padres home game.

All Other Joe Rathburn Appearances

FolkFlashback Logo
This feature will showcase either a video from folk's past, or an upcoming guest or theme.

S & G from 1970.

Click on the FolkFlashback logo >>>>>>>
Our Venue - VISION
 6154 Mission Gorge Rd, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92120 
Directions to the new location:

From West Bound  I-8 Freeway:   

  • Exit at the Mission Gorge/Fairmont Ave. exit. -
  • Turn RIGHT at the bottom of the ramp onto Mission Gorge.
  • Head one mile and turn LEFT on Twain (Jack-In-The -Box on the corner).
  • Turn RIGHT into the first driveway that leads into the Business Park. Traveling north through the parking lot to the end
  • Turn LEFT around building #6150-
  • VISION is on the left in building #6154, Suite #100. The front door is obscured behind the elevator shaft on the north side of the building.

From East Bound I-8 Freeway:  

  • Exit at the Mission Gorge/Fairmont Ave. exit
  • Turn LEFT at the bottom of the ramp onto Mission Gorge.
  • Head one mile and turn LEFT on Twain just past the Jack-In-The -Box.
  • Turn LEFT on Twain.
  • Turn RIGHT on the driveway that leads into the Business Park. Traveling north through the parking lot to the end
  • Turn LEFT around building #6150--
  • Vision is on the left in building #6154, Suite #100. The front door is obscured behind the elevator shaft on the north side of the building.
See ya there!
Joe Rathburn
Thank you for your continued support.
It takes an artist and an audience to to make a show. They're both equally important.

Joe Rathburn
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