6154 Mission Gorge Rd. Suite 100
San Diego,  CA  92120
In the office complex behind The Chase Bank on Mission Gorge Rd.
Michael Tiernan - Thursday - 07/17 - 7:00 - $10
Theme: Van Morrison

Surviving cancer at age 16... At 18, traveling the country in a van with a group of wacky Catholic hippies giving retreats to young people... Criss-crossing through Europe with his guitar... Hanging with monks deep in desert monasteries... Living in the Vatican as a seminarian in his 20's on the way to becoming a priest, yet preferring to play gigs in local Roman pubs, or studying Buddhism in the piazza when he should've been in class...now a seasoned songwriter, performer, father of two babies and four albums...


What would a person like this have to say about life?  Plenty, especially when magnified through the prism of a song.


Meet Michael Tiernan. Through the experiences of what could be ten lifetimes, Michael is an artist who has plunged into and explored the deep spaces of personal and worldly conflict, the beauty of love and nature, the joy of new life and the pain of losing loved ones, as well as the meaning of suffering and pervasive unhappiness that threatens our human experience on all sides. In his music, he resurfaces from these depths beaming with a positive outlook for all of us.


Michael has been a Folkey Monkey guest several times in the past. His infectious enthusiasm bubbles over the brim of his overly full of cup o' talent every time. You may have seen him as we paid tribute to the late great Roy Orbison, or perhaps on both All You Need Is Love Beatles love song shows. No matter, if you have seen him you know he's a master writer and interpreter of others' music as well.


Van Morrison is Michael's chosen theme, and I can't tell you how much I love Van the man. So for a good time, come see MIchael, Jeff Stasny and me on July 17 as we trip the Van fantastic.


Thank you,
Joe Rathburn

Go to FolkeyMonkey.com for details and directions
New Newsletter Format.
In an attempt to reach greater numbers of folks who've signed up for the newsletter I'm adopting this new format.
The reason being that, according to Constant Contact, the old format was too "image oriented", causing it to garner a "Moderate Spam Risk" rating. That meant that some spam filters were probably seeing more pictures than text and shunting my harmless little newsletters into spam folders everywhere. It's called the picture to text ratio and it's calculated on both the number of pictures and how much real estate those pictures take up in relation to how much text there is.
So this new format, though not so chock full of stuff, is now rated "Little or No Risk" so I hope more of you will be able to see it and think about coming to the shows.

Thank you,
Joe Rathburn
Our Venue
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VISION: A Center For Spiritual Living
VISION: A Center For Spiritual Living
Since February 2011 we have partnered with Vision a Center for Spiritual Living and it has been a beautiful relationship. They offered me their room and sound system for my Folkey Monkey series in return for us simply bringing folks through their doors.

John Kurko, Joel Andersen, Rev. Patti Paris, Larry Paris, the entire crew at Cafe Vison have made our time at Vision a perfect one.

I had been performing my own original music at Centers for Spiritual Living Sunday services all over California since about 1995. Those of you who know my music can get a pretty good idea of what a Sunday service must be like from that fact alone. When John Kurko heard I needed a venue he quickly offered up Vision as a possibility. I accepted and the rest is Monkey history.

I feel what they do on any given Sunday morning is a valuable and practical gift, and it should be shared with anyone who may be open to it. That's why I'm happy to use their space for our concerts. The vibe there is sooo nice.

I would urge anyone who feels the need for greater connection to the good things in life, encouragement, joy, powerful tools to get their life moving in a positive direction, and great inspirational music, to attend at least one Vision Sunday service to see what it's about.

Thank you,
Joe Rathburn

Shows sponsored in part by

The Next 2 Shows

July 31
Theme - Dylan

August 14 
Special Concert
Joe Rathburn opens

Upcoming Shows


8/28 - $10

Adler/Blackburn - Joni Mitchell

9/11 - $10

Special Screening of

Painting the World with Music

The Steve White Documentary

with director Clint Burkett
& guests performing some of Steve's tunes.


9/25 - $10

Peter Bolland - Neil Young 


*10/10 - $20

Red Moon Road

Special Concert

10/23 - $15

Tom Prasada Rao - TBD


10/25 - $20

Simon, Mitchell, & Joel

(Not a Law Firm™)

A Tribute to the music of Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, and Billy Joel. Joe Rathburn, Delene St. Clair, John Foltz, plus Barry Cahill on reeds, Jim Reeves on bass, and Roger Friend on drums.


*11/8 - $20

Joe Rathburn

and his Stellar Band

12/4 - $10

Peter Bolland - John Denver

12/18 - $15

Berkley Hart

The Annual Christmas Monkey


* = Advance Tickets Available at a Reduced Price

FM Web Master, Greeter, Marketing:
Veronica (Ronnie) Graciano

House Percussionist:
Jeff Stasny

"Thank you for your support since 2005"

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