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Jackie Rocks

Local teen band Jackie Rocks has played legendary venues like The Catalyst and Los Angeles’ Whisky A Go Go with their idols from the Santa Cruz music scene, including Cylinder, Stellar Corpses, and Dirty Penny. But if the impressive number of shows the trio has played since 2005 doesn’t convince you that they’re right on par with their mentors, their onstage energy will certainly do the trick. “We play loud, we play aggressive … we play loud,” Jackie Partida says with a laugh.

The band’s founder, vocalist, and lead guitarist, Partida met De’Andre Warren (bass/vocals) in preschool, and the two decided to start a band in the sixth grade. Greg Brock later joined in on drums. Since then, the band has honed its AFI and Suicidal Tendencies-style songwriting skills, with darker guitar drones powered up by Partida’s strong female vocals. Catchy hooks on songs like “Don’t Follow Me” and “Again” are evidence that the band is destined for the pop-rock radio charts, but it’s their drive and persistence that have proven invaluable to their success. “We’re like a do-it-yourself kind of band,” Partida explains. “We’ve always had the support of our parents, but we pretty much do all the booking, since we were like 12. You have to go out and get it.” That attitude scored them a slot at this year’s Young Performers Showcase, an opportunity for local youth, ages 12 to 24, to display their talent. The band hopes to book a couple more big shows in Santa Cruz and Los Angeles before Partida and Warren graduate and leave for Berklee College of Music and the University of Chicago, respectively. But they’re not escaping their high school ties just yet. “I might be in a suit,” Warren says of their upcoming show. “I just found out I’m on with my high school’s jazz singers right before.”
 INFO: 7 p.m. Saturday, April 21. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $20/Adults, $10/Students, No Cover/Children under 6. 423-8209.

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“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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