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Guest Speaker George Varga from San Diego Union and SignOn San Diego

Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Mick Jagger, Jewel, Jason Mraz, Miles Davis, the list goes on.  George has interviewed so many famous songwriters.  This Wednesday he will be sharing what he's learned from them about songwriting.

George will also help us with some business tips on how to get the attention of the press.  Not an easy thing to do, George has the insider's perspective.  And he has volunteered to give a limited number of reviews of our members' music (RSVP to qualify).

George will also share highlights of his concert going career (3-4 per week, for 23 years).  What have been some extraordinary shows, and what we as musical performers can learn from them.  What does a professional critic look for in a performance?

Afterwards there will be some Q&A for George.  And then, as always an opportunity for members to share their music.

Don't forget to RSVP to get meeting details, qualify for a professional review, and so we know how many to expect.

Here is George Varga's Bio:

George Varga, the veteran pop music critic for the San Diego Union-Tribune, was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and grew up in Hawaii and Frankfurt, Germany. He began drumming in rock bands at the age of 12 and was hired to write about music for an American magazine published in Germany when he was 15. After moving to San Diego shortly before his 20th birthday, Varga wrote about music for The Reader, Kicks magazine and the San Diego County edition of the Los Angeles Times. He began writing for the San Diego Union in 1982 and has been the Union-Tribune's pop music critic since 1988. Over the years he has interviewed Ray Charles, Paul McCartney, Johnny Cash, B.B. King, Linda Ronstadt, Miles Davis, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris and such former and current San Diegans as Tom Waits, Jack Tempchin, J.J. Cale, Stephen Bishop, Diamanda Galas, Chris Hillman, Jewel, Jason Mraz, Steve Poltz, Gregory Page and the members of Nickel Creek, blink-182 and P.O.D.. Varga is also a contributing writer for Jazz Times magazine and has written for Billboard, Spin and other publications. Despite having been the drummer in an actively gigging San Diego jazz-rock band for several years, he does not know how to drive.        

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  • Matthew W.

    George was a great speaker I could listen to him speak about music for hours and hours. I loved the story's of the interviews and concerts that he had been too. I liked how he had example songs to go along with his explanations of great songs. I am now a fan of Terry Reid and Richard Thompson thanks to George.

    August 5, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a great meetup...one of the best ever. Very informative, I really enjoyed listening to everything he had to say.

    August 5, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a great speaker. Lots of insight from someone who obviously has a passion for music and those who make it.

    August 5, 2011

  • Rik

    Outstanding meetup...with lots of information and great stories.
    Thanks to George Varga!

    August 4, 2011

  • Joyce A.

    George Varga shared amusing anecdotes, and his method of getting a rock star to come down to earth for an interview. Great meeting. Thanks Cliff for putting this together.
    Joyce Ann Martin
    Wild Older Women Duo

    August 4, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    George Varga was very interesting, informative and certainly entertaining to listen to.
    Thank You George for sharing - great Presentation!
    Good job hosting Cliff!

    August 4, 2011

  • Craig C.

    Hearing George speak of his many encounters with rock 'n roll, country and jazz legends was like participating in a piece of music histroy. Simply excellent.

    August 4, 2011

  • Sharon

    very informative and entertaining.

    August 4, 2011

  • cliff k.

    Thanks again to George Varga for an informative and interesting presentation. Everyone seemed to love it.

    August 4, 2011

  • Ricky

    George was incredibly insightful and his passion for his work resonated with everyone in the room!

    August 4, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Funny + Insightful + Good selection of song samples. George Varga thanks so much for your presentation.

    Cliff Keller BIG thanks for putting together thoughtful organized functions.

    August 4, 2011

  • Jason H.

    very useful information!

    August 4, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was excellent. Very informative and enjoyable.

    August 4, 2011

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