Thursday, September 22, 2016

Points North Open for Mr Big - Sept 28th

September 28, 2016
Regency Ballroom
1300 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, California
7 PM


This show almost needs no introduction.  One more off the bucket list for us...Paul Gilbert and Billy Sheehan truly paved the way for the kind of guitar/bass interplay that underpins so much of what we in Points North do.  Hometown hero Eric Martin still has some of the sweetest pipes in rock and roll.  Join us as we try not to giggle like schoolgirls while supporting some of our childhood heroes, at the amazing Regency Ballroom in San Francisco.

Advance tickets recommended and available directly from the Regency using the following link:

A little video teaser :Let's get all our fans out to this one!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Trent Gardner 1961-2016, Rest in Peace

Magellan founder Trent Gardner passed away suddenly June 11, 2016 in Vacaville, CA

Trent Gardner founded the band Magellan in the late 1980’s with his brother Wayne. Since that time he has been involved with many other projects for Magna Carta as well as releasing 4 Magellan albums. Trent has produced tracks for the 6 Magna Carta tribute albums, written the Explorers Club – “Age Of Impact” and “Raising The Mammoth” albums, written the “Leonardo – The Absolute Man” album, written and arranged with James LaBrie’s MullMuzzler and Steve Walsh’s “Glossolalia”.

"As a teenager I can remember continually listening to all the classic prog artists in this 'club'," Trent recalls fondly. "The 'rolling public address system' that trumpeted from my '75 Lemans courtesy of a cheesy cassette machine (at far above 90 decibels) forced every last riff possible upon the unsuspecting and often unappreciative ears of passing motorists with albums such as Thick As A Brick or Close To The Edge. I considered this more of a religious or sacred duty than I did an immature, juvenile prank. I even fantasized about how fun it would be to work with these musicians one day and have them execute a few of my own humble compositions, but with their blazing virtuosity."

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Tempest "The Tracks We Leave" on AppleMusic

"Tempest is a great Celtic Pop Rock band and the Tracks We Leave is one of their best albums yet ! Joyful, powerful and energizing ! check out the track called Ganesh. This is the first time i have heard Ganesh, the Hindu remover of obstacles, lauded in a Celtic format ! Totally cool !!! Surfing to Mecca is amazing too with it's Middle Eastern Celtic blend ! Bravo !!!"
by Music Lover 731 on iTunes

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Cairo - "Silent Winter" video


• Mark Robertson: Keyboards
•  Jeff Brockman: Drums
•  Bret Douglas: Lead Vocals
•  Alec Fuhrman: Guitars
•  Rob Fordyce: Bass

Jeff Brockman has been living with the music of Cairo, performing live drum tracks to the studio tracks of the albums, as well as editing archival video footage of the band with real time video of his performances.  "Silent Winter" is the first of many videos he is putting together to keep Cairo's music alive.

View the "Silent Winter" video on YouTube: HERE

Cairo in 1994

Fans of Yes, ELP, Genesis and the other great keyboard-centric bands of the first golden age will fall instantly in love with Cairo. Driven by virtuoso musicianship and conceptual songs, Cairo’s lush arrangements, soaring melodies and sweet harmonies are as cinematic as they are evocative.

Mark Robertson’s stellar keyboard work is truly a highlight and he proves over and over again that he is one of the more remarkable keyboard players in the music world today. Melodic and expressive guitar work from Alec Fuhrman transform textures throughout the compositions as well as shifting the emotional range of the soundscape throughout the album. Jeff Brockman’s powerful, yet tasteful, drumming propels the tracks while acting to hold the band together. Singer Bret Douglas has a vocal purity matched only by its power.

Jeff answered a few questions about the performances (both Archival and Recent); and about his memories of Cairo.

"Cairo: Double Feature"

The original footage for Silent Winter was shot in the spring of 1995 at a studio in Northern California on a white soundstage. We shot the footage in super 16mm film in sync with the audio from our recorded studio sessions on ADAT tape. The film and processing was expensive and at that time there was really no outlet for it, so it went into our archive for future use. The tools I have now for editing are highly technical and make it much easier. It was a blast editing the archive footage into the current live performance. There is more to come...

I have great memories from recording all three Cairo albums. I was the main engineer/co-producer on every album so I got to work with each band member one on one through the recording process. The first album was a blast because we just got the "record deal", and we were super excited to work and get the music out. The first album was more of a band/team effort as we really got together, learned and played all the material before recording it. Plus it was the beginning of the digital recording era. We had two black face ADATS with two Mackie 1604 mixing boards all linked together. It was learning and discovery at the same time as we managed the process with the new technology.

Every song on that album started with my own original concepts from material I composed on keyboards. At first I would sit in the studio with Mark with all my keyboards set up and all his keyboards set up and I would show him all the basic tracks and ideas. I was really into MIDI at the time and was able to knock a ton of material out very quickly. Once Mark got a hold of the concepts and started adding his input the songs really excelled. Mark is an unbelievable keyboard player and composer, his skill level is off the chart. Mark seriously is one of the best prog rock keyboardists ever! It was unreal that he would take the time to learn my material and work it to what you hear on the CD's. I can't say enough about how skilled and talented Mark is! This was pretty much the process for all three Cairo albums except we had a different bass player for each one. Mark and I would get together at the beginning of every album, work the material and then show it to the rest of the band.

As far as lyrics go, Brett wrote all of the lyrics for every song after we finished composing the music. We would give the finished recordings of each song and he would work it out on his own and bring it back ready to perform and record. Brett was very talented as well, super smart, an incredible loving person with no ego and the best person to be around when in the studio as he had a fantastic sense of humor. We would often play "stump the Brett" with any song from any band and he would instantly sing the song with the best imitation of that particularity singer. He knew every Beatles song in the book and could sing them all. He was a huge fan of Genesis. Brett also could play drums, bass, guitar and keyboards all really well. Brett was one of the nicest guys I've ever met in my entire life, I truly love the guy and really miss him.

Over the years I’ve worked very hard to be able to play all the songs from the three Cairo albums live. The videos that you are currently seeing are all recent live drum performances shot in HD and are all single take performances with multi-camera editing. I use up to 13 drum mics depending on which drum kit I’m performing with at the time as I have a couple nice DW kits that are slightly different. The mix is live and sweetened up in post using ProTools and/or Sonar. I use several cameras and edited it all together at my home studio with an AVID Symphony editing system.

In 2006 I developed a show called “Virtual Live Show”, I re-recorded and remixed most of the Cairo song parts and put it all back together with no drums and all the other instruments on separate tracks for playback. I then searched for a few years to find the perfect combination of software and hardware to be able to make a control system that allows me to synchronize the audio with, lights, lasers, video projection
and effects. I’m now on the seventh generation of my “Virtual Live Show” control system called “Show Grinder” and it works flawlessly. Some of the next videos that I will be uploading will be full-on using the show control system, incorporating the lights, lasers and effects which really make the performances exciting to watch. I’ve included a link to which has a few shots from the show.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Tempest 2016 Spring Tour

“The Tracks We Leave”
"I am thoroughly delighted with this recording! I have been a fan of Tempest for quite a long time, and they have never put out a bad recording, though I have liked some more than others. The Tracks We Leave is my favorite thus far. While vocalist Lief Sorbye and drummer Adolfo Lazo have been consistent throughout Tempest's career, the rest of the lineup has changed several times, and at the moment they have an absolutely superb, synergistic mix of musicians with Kathy Buys on fiddle, Greg Jones on guitar, and Josh Fossgreen on bass. As is their usual format, there's a nice mix of traditional and original material, showcasing both Celtic and Norwegian roots. My personal favorite is Rantin' Rovin' Robin just because, previously, I couldn't stand this song, it sounded very sing-songy nursery-rhyme-ish, kiddie music, in every other version I'd heard. Tempest has redeemed it and then some, and Sorbye's voice is perfectly suited to the song.
Tempest should be very proud of this recording. I like every single one of the Tracks They Leave!"
- D Jennings, 5 Star Amazon review

Listen to samples: Tempest "The Tracks We Leave" on Magna Carta

Watch Tempest "Rattlin' Roarin' Willie": YouTube

Summer and Fall Dates 2016

Fri. May 6 Tuolumne, CA
19400 Tuolumne Rd. North, 9pm (209) 928-9300

Sun. May 8 Davis, CA
Special Mother’s Day Performance, Quad Stage,
University  of California, Davis Campus, 260 South Silo, 2pm (530) 752-2569

Sat. May 14    Fresno, CA
620 F St. 8pm (559) 264-6323

Fri. May 20 Blue Lake, CA
777 Casino Way, 9pm (707) 668-9770

515 Main St. *early show 7pm (530) 305-4877

June 3, 4 Reno, NV
Downtown, 4th & N. Arlington
Show Times TBA (775) 5444-3958

Sun. June 5 Benbow, CA
SUMMER ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL The 40th Anniversary Celebration
Benbow Lake State Recreation Area, Times TBA (707) 923-3368

June 15 & 17
Ashland, OR
15 South Pioneer St. 6:30pm (541) 482-2111

June 18, 19 Plymouth, CA
Amador County Fairgrounds, 18621 Sherwood St.
Show Times TBA (209) 304-3821

Wed. July 27 Redwood City, CA MUSIC IN THE PARK
Stafford Park, Corner of King St. & Hopkins Ave 6pm (650) 780-7250

July 30, 31 Enumclaw, WA
Enumclaw Expo Center, 10am – 6pm each day (206) 522-2541
Sat. Aug. 6
St. Louis, MO
2720 Sutton Ave, 8pm, All Ages (314) 781-4200

Mon. Aug. 8
Hatfield, PA
School Rd Park, 1619 School Rd. 6pm  (215) 855-0900

Thu. Aug. 11
Bethlehem, PA
Downtown, Liederplatz, 9pm (610) 332-1300

Sat. Aug. 13 Paw Paw, WV
The Avalon Resort, 12 noon (304) 947-5600  
Sun. Aug.14
Newark, DE
*Early show 5pm, All Ages (302) 521-0632
Contact Peggy for ticket info and directions

Aug. 19, 20, 21 Schwenksville, PA
Old Pool Farm (800) 556-FOLK

Sat. Sep. 17 Fresno, CA
Kearney Park, 7160 West Kearney Blvd.
Show Times (559) 592-3992

Sat. Sep. 24 Dixon, CA
Dixon Fairgrounds, 655 South First St. (Hwy 113)
12 noon (707) 678-8814

Sat. Oct. 1 Felton, CA
Roaring Camp, 5401 Graham Hill Rd., 1pm (831) 359-2979

Sat. Oct. 15 Hollister, CA
Casa de Fruta, 10021 Pacheco Pass Hwy. 6pm (408) 847-FAIR

Sat. Nov. 5 Eugene, OR
Wheeler Pavilion, Lane Event Center, 796 W 13th Ave, 7pm (541) 252-0237

And lots more dates to be added!!!

Be sure to check our home page for updates and information!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Points North opening for King's X


King's X is one of our favorite bands ever, and one of the true standard bearers for progressive hard rock.  They're also one of the best live acts ever.  So we couldn't be more thrilled at the opportunity to open two shows for them on their latest West Coast swing.

And the first one is close to home too - at the New Oakland Metro!  We dug playing the old Oakland Metro; so happy to see them opening their doors again, so many amazing shows there!

February 28, 2016
Oakland Metro Operahouse

522 2nd Street
Oakland, CA
7 PM

Tickets available online through Eventbrite using the following link:

Doors at 7 PM and we are on first - so get there early, and stay for what promises to be an amazing night of music.


March 4, 2016
Ramona Mainstage

626 Main Street
Ramona, CA
7 PM


This show kicks off an amazing three shows in March at Ramona Mainstage.

Night #1 at Ramona is our second show opening for KingsX on their latest West Coast run, and we couldn't be more honored.
Discount tickets, including a special two and three March packages , available only at our store!


March 5, 2016
Ramona Mainstage

626 Main Street
Ramona, CA
7 PM

Fred Barchetta show
The return of "Fred Barchetta" - we'll be doing a direct support set right before the night's headliner, world famous Metallica tribute act "Master of Puppets".Discount tickets, including a special two and three March packages , available only at our store!


March 18, 2016

Ramona Mainstage

626 Main Street
Ramona, CA
7 PM

Some of our favorite shows ever have been opening for UFO.  So we're thrilled to have been asked to open for them once again, at our San Diego home, Ramona Mainstage!
Discount tickets, including a special two and three March packages , available only at our store!


May 21, 2016
Hopmonk Novato

224 Vintage Way
Novato, CA
8 PM

A full headline set (new songs perhaps!) at our North Bay home, Hopmonk Novato.  With support from our good friends in flanelhed, and Stimuli.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

A Soundtrack For The Wheel Of Time

A Soundtrack for The Wheel Of Time

Robert Berry was approached to do the soundtrack for the video game of  Wheel of Time
for GT Interactive Software and Robert Jordan.  Mr. Jordan also approved the release of an expanded soundtrack album, released in 2001 on Magna Carta.

“Music has always been an integral part of my writing. Not only do I write to music, but I think of my writing in terms of music. The words must flow in certain rhythms, and the story has its own rhythms. In a way, it’s like orchestrating the characters.” - Robert Jordan

Poster to promote the Soundtrack

Contributing to the continuity of the “Wheel Of Time” series of books is the CD’s cover art that was painted by renowned fantasy artist, Darrell K. Sweet. Sweet’s paintings have graced the covers of all 9 of the “Wheel Of Time” books and it was only fitting that he created a new “cover” for the CD.


Performed, Produced and Written by ROBERT BERRY

Executive Producer – Peter Morticelli
Featuring  additional performances by Lief Sorbye (Mandolin); Andy Frazier (Vocals and Guitar on “The Aiel Approach (Dahl Of A Chant)”); Lisa Bouchelle (Vocals on “Ladies Of The Tower”); and Michael Mullen (Violin) 

All Songs written by Robert Berry except “The Aiel Approach (Dahl Of A Chant)” written by Andy Frazier; “Ladies Of The Tower” written by Robert Berry and Peter Morticelli; “Song For Moiraine” and “The Game Of Houses“ written by Robert Berry and Lief Sorbye.


Listen to "A Soundtrack for The Wheel Of Time" on Spotify


The Wheel Of Time game was released in 1999