Jacob Nelson

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In a recent interview, Jacob Nelson was asked, “Are you a pilot who sings, or a singer who is a pilot?” With a smile on his face he said, “I grew up having two passions – singing and flying.  I don’t think I could do one without the other – both are now so much of my identity.” – Read More


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Miss Rodeo California to appear in Lancaster, CA – August 8, 2013

[info]This story reprinted courtesy California Finals Rodeo[/info]

We are excited to announce that on August 8, 2013, from 5pm till 8pm, Miss Rodeo California, Dakota Skellenger, will make a personal appearance in Lancaster, California.  She will be on hand (sponsored by Showdown Rodeo, Inc., website /Facebook) to help promote the PRCA California Circuit Finals Rodeo, produced by The Showdown Rodeo, Inc., and will also be available for autographs/photos; she will be eager to talk about her role as Miss Rodeo California and to share her experiences during her reign. (Photo courtesy of Miss Rodeo California)

Miss Rodeo California 2013, Dakota Skellenger

Miss Rodeo California 2013, Dakota Skellenger

During the summer months, the City of Lancaster (website/Facebook), one of our Partners in bringing the California Circuit Finals Rodeo to our Antelope Valley Fairgrounds (website/Facebook), hosts “BLVD Farmers Market “.  This event has become a tradition in our community and has grown to include, craft and food vendors, as well as an opportunity to visit the vast array of boutiques, shops, restaurants, and museums, who all call the BLVD home.  The BLVD (Facebook) is also home to the “Aerospace Walk of Honor” and the Lancaster Performing Arts Center.  Thursday nights would not be complete without the ever popular “Toyota All-American Concert Series” (Facebook) where each week, a different genre of music is presented by a live band who perform on the BeX Bandstand (website/Facebook) .  A safe and family friendly environment ensures this event is a great way to meet new people or to spend the evening with friends.   

Sierra Toyota All American Concert Series

Sierra Toyota All American Concert Series

On Thursday, August 8th, Jacob Nelson and the Tone Wranglers (website / Facebook) will be performing under the beautiful blue Antelope Valley skies, on the contemporary and unique outdoor BeX Bandstand Stage (corner of Lancaster Boulevard and Erlich Street) for “Country Night on the BLVD.” 

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City of Lancaster - Sierra Toyota All American Concert Series - Jacob Nelson and the Tone Wranglers Band - BeX Bandstand Stage

City of Lancaster – Sierra Toyota All American Concert Series – Jacob Nelson and the Tone Wranglers Band – BeX Bandstand Stage

We are also pleased to announce that Jacob Nelson and the Tone Wranglers  will be the headline band the “Van Dam Barn Dance” – The dancing starts right after rodeo both Friday and Saturday Nights (October 18 & 19, 2013) – for more info visit the California Finals Rodeo website / Facebook. 

Van Dam Barn Dance - PRCA California Circuit Finals Rodeo

Van Dam Barn Dance – PRCA California Circuit Finals Rodeo

If you are in the area, we invite you to stop by the California Circuit Finals booth (directly across from the BeX Bandstand) and meet Miss Rodeo California (website / Facebook). 

You will also have the opportunity to meet and talk with PRCA Circuit Cowboy/ Bareback Rider Cesar Kid-Bañuelos (Facebook).  Many will remember “Kid” from his appearance as a contestant at last year’s PRCA California Circuit Finals Rodeo.  He will be on hand with some of his “tools of the trade” to help introduce and educate kids (young and old) to the Professional Sport of Rodeo; he will also be on hand for autographs and photos.  (Photo courtesy of Matt Cohen – website /Facebook)

Cesar "Kid" Banuelos - PRCA Cowboy (photo by Matt Cohen (website / Facebook) and used with permission

Cesar “Kid” Banuelos – PRCA Cowboy (photo by Matt Cohen (website / Facebook) and used with permission

Finally, you will have the opportunity to meet Showdown Rodeo Committee Members and meet Brody Manness, The California Circuit Finals Rodeo’s youngest ambassador and most enthusiastic young cowboy.  Brody will have his roping equipment available, and will be eager to teach other young people the art of “roping”.

Brody Manness- Future PRCA Cowboy - Roper - Ambassador and Blake Van Dam

Brody Manness – Future PRCA Cowboy – Roper – Ambassador and Blake Van Dam

Be sure to look for the red carpet and the California Circuit Finals Rodeo banner.

Look for the Red Carpet Banner - PRCA CA Circuit Finals Rodeo

Look for the Red Carpet Banner – PRCA CA Circuit Finals Rodeo

If you would like to learn more about this event, as well as other community events planned in the City of Lancaster, please visit website/Facebook.

City of Lancaster, CA - Destination Lancaster

City of Lancaster, CA – Destination Lancaster

We look forward to seeing you all on August 8th for “Thursday Night on the Boulevard, and then again October 18, 19, and 20, 2013, at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds for the 2013 PRCA California Circuit Finals Rodeo (website / Facebook)

Painted Turtle Fundraiser at BeX

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Jacob Nelson and the Tone Wranglers were honored to play at BeX at a fundraiser for Paul Newman’s Painted Turtle camp which was damaged in the Powerhouse Fire. Thank you to Dave “Mighty Mouse” West and the team at BeX for hosting such as awesome event!! Much love to the Tone Wranglers – beyond honored to play with such a distinguished set of musicians. Thanks to our fans, friends and family who made it out to BeX for an awesome night!

Rockin’ music coming to the Boulevard

[info]This story reprinted courtesy of the Antelope Valley Press[/info]

LANCASTER – For the third year, a full lineup of live entertainment will have audiences on their feet weekly on Lancaster Boulevard.

This summer’s All-American Concert Series begins next week and will run from 6 to 8 p.m. every Thursday until October, coinciding with the downtown farmers’ market, which runs from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursdays.

“There’s no other place in the Antelope Valley that we can shop, listen to live music, dine, take in a show and purchase fresh produce in one block,” Lancaster Vice Mayor Marvin Crist said Thursday during the announcement at the BeX Bandstand Stage on Lancaster Boulevard.

Sponsored by Sierra Toyota/Scion, the concert series kicks off May 30 with One Way Ticket, a Beatles cover band.

Performances will take place on the BeX stage, 706 West Lancaster Blvd.

“We have put a lot of really good work into doing this program once again this year. Something really exciting about our concert series is that every musical genre is represented every week,” said Patricia Garibay, Recreation Supervisor II for Lancaster’s Parks, Recreation and Arts Department.

“We have everything from country, like Jacob Nelson and the Tone Wranglers, to Celtic rock. We also have salsa and we have R&B, different things for the community every week,” she said.

“It’s always great personally when we get to do things on the boulevard,” City Manager Mark Bozigian said. “When a lot of us were young, this was always exciting to come down to the boulevard and downtown, and it’s even more exciting now.”

“This is the center of our community, and being able to partner with businesses to bring music and entertainment is just tremendous,” he said.

The lineup includes Latin and flamenco group Caravana Band on June 6; funk and R&B act Tesserae Band on June 13; smooth jazz ensemble James Gentry and the Tequila Sundance Band on June 20; and the Island Rhythms on June 27.

No entertainment is scheduled for the Fourth of July. Rather, the city is playing host to its annual Fourth of July Extravaganza at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds.

Irish and Celtic rock group Green Ashes performs on July 11; classic rockers Tightrope on July 18; and Rock of Ages on July 25.

All-woman rock band Cougrzz Rock performs Aug. 1, Jacob Nelson and the Tone Wranglers on Aug. 8; female-fronted cover band Hollywood Blonde on Aug. 15; country and oldies singer Carmine Zeccardi on Aug. 22; and Latin music band Kimera, whose influences include Gipsy Kings, Santana and Vicente Amigo, on Aug. 29.

Pop/rock group Backstage Pass will perform Sept. 5, salsa group Tony Molina and Friends on Sept. 12; Johnny Cash cover band The Walking Phoenixes on Sept. 19; and classic rockers Wild Side on Sept. 26.

The concert series closes with rock group Two Meteors Band on Oct. 3 and country singer Raihanna Estrada on Oct. 10.

“The Sierra Toyota/Scion All-American Concert Series definitely makes the boulevard the most diverse gathering spot for people of all ages,” Crist said.

“We hope to see you there.”

For details, call (661) 723-6077 or visit www.cityoflancasterca.org/concertseries.

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A Night at Bravery Brewing

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Jacob Nelson & the Tone Wranglers had the opportunity to play a private event at the Bravery Brewery in Lancaster. It was an awesome night that included a guest appearance by “Gunny” R. Lee Ermey. A great cause, great friends and great music!

Antelope Valley Fair – Jacob Nelson and The Tone Wranglers

On August 20, 2012, The Tone Wranglers were invited to perform a concert at the Antelope Valley Fair!  What a night!  Thank you so much to all of our friends, fans, and to our new fans who came out to support us!  There is no better compliment a band can receive than to have so many people up front by the stage dancing their hearts out during the last song of the night – “All Summer Long!”.  I have to send out a special shout out to “The Hags” who showed up in force to Party!  Thank you to the Antelope Valley Fair for all of your support!  Dreams do come true!!!  Here is a little sample of something a little different from us!  Enjoy!

Here are some photos from an awesome night!  Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Van Dam Barn Dance at the RAM California Circuit Finals Rodeo (Oct 19, 20 21, 2012).  We will be playing the Van Dam Barn Dance both Friday and Saturday Nights!  www.cafinalsrodeo.com


NASA Dryden Summer Music Festival 2012

On August 9, 2012, The Tone Wranglers were given the honor of playing a concert at the NASA Facility on Edwards Air Force Base for the 2012 Dryden Music Festival.  What a day! Not only did we get to play to a live audience of employees and their guests, but the concert was broadcast live to other NASA Facilities and directly to employee computers as a live feed for those who could not get away to come to the concert.  We performed on a large stage with a brilliant  blue backdrop with an American Flag placed on the right hand side (…..revelation here in a moment).  I would like to thank everyone at NASA Dryden for welcoming us to their “home away from home”, for their hospitality, enthusiasm and support.  I want to also thank Brian, Jamie, EZ, Ruben and Lisa, The Tone Wranglers – You guys are the best!

A story which will lead to my revelation –  I have had the opportunity to visit Edwards AFB on several occasions — each time it is an honor.  As you drive through the gates and start heading toward the different facilities, you are reminded of the magnitude of the technological accomplishments by the most amazing people and brilliant minds, that have made the journey from just an idea, all the way through to reality.   We, as Americans, owe a debt of gratitude to each and every member of our military every member of our aerospace industry.

On August 9, 2005, two very dear friends, Kris and Nicole, (who actually lived on EAFB at the time) made it possible for me to sit on the flight line on the wing of a KC135 and watch history being made – the landing of Space Shuttle Discovery, piloted by the first woman Space Shuttle Commander, Eileen Collins. My friends were able to (okay, sneak me in) to the after landing press conference. I was able to watch the press conference while standing behind the FOX news cameras.   I remember watching all of the Shuttle crew on a great big stage with a brilliant blue back drop with the American Flag in the corner.  I watched and listed as they talked about their mission and I was just captivated.

Fast forward several years.  I was standing on the stage at the Dryden Summer Music Festival with the Tone Wranglers and we were playing and singing our hearts out.  I turned away from the audience quickly to take a drink of water and as I lifted the water bottle, I looked at the brilliant blue back drop and that American Flag.

It was lost on me until that very moment – We were standing on the very stage that Commander Collins and her crew sat to give their press conference.  I gotta tell ya  – it actually took my breath away for a moment. It transported me right back to that historic place in time — I could vividly remember the excitement of all who were present on that historical day!  Now here is the kicker – it was 7 years ago to the day! You can’t plan that!

After the show, Brian made it possible for me to go test out the F18 flight simulator – what a thrill. I was able to fly a few approaches around Southern California – things move just a little bit quicker sitting on those two giant engines!

Nashvegas !!!

Hello Friends! It has been a while since the last update. One of these days when I am not running on fumes of caffeine, I promise I will share some updates from the life of Jake.

One video I did want to share with you is from when I visited beautiful Nashville. I got to spend a few days in music city, being the biggest “tourist” on the planet. Miss Molly Wineland took the time to show me around the city. We even got to go dance at the Wildhorse. It was like being at Disneyland – seriously amazing stuff!

When in Rome… you sing your butt off! We got together with some of Molly’s friends from Belmont and put together an impromptu jam session. This is one of the songs we performed – who woulda thunk you could country-fry “Foster the People”? The Belmont Brood did, that’s who!

University Aviation Association Annual Conference

What a blast! I had the opportunity to represent Arizona State University at the University Aviation Association’s annual conference. I spent a week in our nation’s Capitol rubbing elbows with some of the biggest names in the aviation industry.

I was tasked with developing a presentation on “NextGen,” the FAA’s latest project. In essence, it is a project that will bring our aging Air Traffic Control system to the 21 century, utilizing more GPS based navigation rather than old ground-based facilities.

My team met with several aviation organizations including the National Association of Air Traffic Controllers (NATCA), the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). We were allowed to explore DC on our own after seminar each night. We caught dinner in China Town and took our time walking amongst the monuments. We even got to tour DC via Segway (which was totally awesome until I ate it on the Smithsonian Mall…. Talk about embarrassing) !

Before I knew it my week on the hill the was over. We were able to sneak over to the National Air and Space museum annex in Virginia before we left. It was so incredible to be standing in a room with the aircraft that made history. It was a nice reminder of how important my Antelope Valley is in the aerospace industry – several of the aircraft are “hometown heroes” such as the Space Shuttle test vehicle Enterprise, the Rutan Long-EZ and the SR71 Blackbird

Off to the next adventure – I hear next year’s conference is being held in Nashville…. “Yes please!”