The 25th Annual Musician’s Picnic September 18, 2011

The 25th Annual Musician’s Picnic September, 18 2011

c/o The Sober Musicians Fundraiser, Inc. 475 South Oakland Avenue #6, Pasadena, CA 91101

History: “A Clean & Sober Celebration”

Twenty-five years ago, ‘The Musicians’ Meeting’, a 12 Step group of sober musicians, started a backyard BBQ and “jam session” in celebration of sobriety. That intimate gathering of musicians, family members and friends has grown into the West Coast’s largest one-day ‘clean & sober’ event, with live music on two stages, children’s activities and a multi-prize raffle and silent auction of celebrity autographed memorabilia and merchandise.

Over the years, the Musicians’ Picnic has generated over $1,000,000 in revenue with an attendance of over 79,000. The funds raised, after expenses of site rentals and production costs, are donated to the “MusiCares/ MAP Fund”, assisting needy musicians through rehabilitation. We donate books and literature to the Groups who visit the Hospitals & Institutions to carry the message of recovery. We recently added “The Bob Timmins Foundation” who will use our donation to assist adolescents into recovery.

The musical guest artists, the Board of Directors and committee members donate their time and talents to the Picnic, free of charge. The all-day concerts and family ‘picnic’ have consisted of inspired performances by musicians from every genre of music such as Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Wayne Kramer, Mick Fleetwood, War, Devo, Great White, Slash, David Crosby, Billy Idol, Chicago, Spencer Davis, Chuck Negron, Ivan Neville, & Dr. John; Canned Heat, Bonnie Bramlett, John & Maggie Mayall, Walter Trout, Catfish Hodge, Mike Finnegan, Martha Davis & The Motels, Automatics, Carla Olson, Fur Dixon ,Marc Ford, The English Beat, The Boxing Gandhis, The Dickies, Jerry Cantrell, Katey Sagal, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Country Joe McDonald and TSOL just to name a few. .

We are returning to Rancho San Antonio Boys Town as our 25th Anniversary venue. In addition to the ease of parking, set-up and security, the Picnic allows the residents, who are “at risk” teens, of Rancho to see and participate in sobriety at it’s’ best. The overall union of the Musicians Picnic and Rancho San Antonio provides a win-win for everyone.

The Annual Musicians’ Picnic brings attendees, performers and beneficiaries the Spirit of celebrating a new and better way of life, free from the bondage of drugs and alcohol!

In 1992, the Annual Musicians’ Picnic was established as a non-profit corporation, under the name of the Sober Musicians Fundraisers, Inc., under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code, and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board is comprised of people from all walks of life, who are active members of 12 Step Fellowships (AA; CA; NA; and Alanon). The Board is assisted by a volunteer Committee, and together, they produce the Annual Musicians’ Picnic. Hotline (818) 379-3383

Dead at 27

Amy Winehouse

Brian Jones

Jimi Hendrix

Jim Morrison

Kurt Cobain

Janis Joplin



Thank you

Be Authentic!

We all have a story an image of ourselves of who we believe we are. Some of us may say, I am a loner or I am a goofball or I am stupid or whatever. We say “That’s the way I am.”

We wrote these stories about ourselves at an early age. We have lost who we really are.

Maybe someone else has written our story for us and we believe them.

Our parents may have said , “You’re a girl so must be a nurse or a teacher and wear pink.”

or “You’re a boy so you must be into sports and wear blue.”

Whatever story was written for you or you have written about yourself through the years, can be questioned.

By being skeptical, we can get to the truth of who we really are indiviudally.

Why be something that you’re not?

Be Authentic or

Wear your cangue proudly!!

You choose.


When we believe in lies, we cannot see the truth, so we make thousands of assumptions and we take them as truth. One of the biggest assumptions we make is that the lies we believe are the truth! 

Don’t believe yourself. Listen to your story, but don’t believe it because now you know that it’s mostly fiction. When you hear the voice in your head, don’t take it personally. You know that it’s usually lying to you. Listen and ask if it’s speaking the truth or not. Lies can only survive if you believe them. If you don’t believe your own lies, you can make better choices based on truth.

 Don’t believe anybody else. You know that if you lie to yourself, surely other people lie to themselves. And if they lie to themselves, they will lie to you also. When people talk, you have no idea if what they are saying is coming from their heart or from the liar who lives in their head. Listen to other people tell their story, but don’t believe them. You know that it’s just a story that is only true for them, but listen because the communication can be wonderful.

 You can change your life by refusing to believe your own lies. Start with the main lies that limit the expression of your happiness and your love. If you take your faith away from the lies, they lose their power over you. Then you can recover your faith and invest it in different beliefs. If you stop believing in lies, your whole life changes just like magic. You will be free of fear, drama, and conflict. This is the absolute truth, and I cannot put it more simply than that.
Don Miguel Ruiz From the Voice of Knowledge

Ani DiFranco The Story
I would have returned your greeting
if it weren’t for the way you were looking at me
this street is not a market
and I am not a commodity
don’t you find it sad that we can’t even say hello
’cause you’re a man
and I’m a woman
and the sun is getting low
there are some places that I can’t go
as a woman I can’t go there
and as a person I don’t care
I don’t go for the hey baby what’s your name
and I’d alone thank you
just the sameI am up again against
the skin of my guitar
in the window of my life
looking out through the bars
I am sounding out the silence
avoiding all the words
I’m afraid I’ve said too much
I’m afraid of who has heard me

my father, he told me the story
and it was true
for his time
but now the story’s different
maybe I should tell him mine
all the girls line up here
all the boys on the other side
I see your ranks are advancing
I see mine are left behind

I am up again against
the skin of my guitar
in the window of my life
looking out through the bars
I am sounding out the silence
avoiding all the words
I’m afraid I can never say enough
I’m afraid no one has heard me

and despite all the balls that I’ve been thrown
and forced to drop
on the social totem pole
I’m preciously close to the top
the put you in your place
and they tell you to behave
but no one can be free
until we’re all on even grade

and I would have returned your greeting
if it weren’t for the way you were looking at me

The Desire To Stay Sober One Day at a Time

“What a surprise. My will has chosen life.” The Piano

Phillip Glass 1986

RIP Betty

Betty Ford

Thank you!


You Had Me at “Whatever”

LOL….one of my fave “isms….


I Don’t Need You To Set me Free

I saw you walkin’ down on the street
I called out from my window but you didn’t hear me
I lay down and I tried to sleep
I waited for you to walk on by again
I don’t need you to set me free
I don’t want you to set me free

Well every time I see you, I get sick
And every time I think of you, well I get sick
And every time I dream of you, well I get sick
And every time I cry for you, well I get sick

I don’t want you to set me free
I don’t need you to set me free

I don’t want you to set me free
I just need you to set me free
I don’t want you to set me free
I just need you to set me free
Alright come on
Set me free
Set me free
Set me free
Set me free
Set me free
Set me free
Set me free
Set me free
Set me free
Set me free
Set me free


In AA, we have a promise that promises,

“We will handle situations that  used to baffle us.”

In Al-anon, we have a saying,

“We will baffle those who used to handle us.”


Big Boys

Funk Off/Let’s Play God (Live)




We’re all free to do the things man wants us to do
Push too far, they’ll take your car and what belongs to you
There’s a law that they can find to stop most anything
The pressure’s here, the subtle fear makes you scream


People always getting stopped for stepping out of bounds
Don’t give up just get back in and go another round
Don’t give them what they expect, let’s keep them on their toes
There’s many things that we can do-so here we go




Baby, let’s play God
You do everything I say
And if you’re real nice to me
I might let you be the pope someday


What’s this with this complex in you?
When you say jump, we’re all supposed to move
I’ve turned the tables now and I’ve got the gun
And God is pissed so you better run!


Baby, let’s play God,
And I’ll be God so who are you?
It’s not important what you want anyway
When you’re God you get the final say



watered by the village dog…


Kobayashi Issa