About Us

Boogie Magazine is a monthly music publication that showcases talented local and touring musicians.  In a short time, we have created a solid footprint in the live music community with a focus on quality that is uncommon in our digital age.  We have a strong following among musicians and fans of live music because we focus on on the topics that are relevant to our readers.  The Boogie brand resonates with the music community because everybody likes to boogie!

You can find printed issues of Boogie Magazine by attending the live music events of the featured artists on the cover, or follow us on Facebook to learn more.  Look out for subscriptions, coming soon.

The Guys
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Eli Medellin

Editor in Chief

Eli recently retired from a 20-year career in the U.S. Navy as a Combat Photographer. Eli spent his last three years of military service in Public Affairs where he learned the skills needed to become a publisher. Before joining the Navy, Eli was 'Almost Famous' when he followed various rock & blues bands from Texas to Florida, photographing the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Sammy Hagar, Molly Hatchet, and Steve Miller, to name a few. Upon retirement, Eli has returned to his roots in the music scene, partnering up with his wife, Jenn, and friends, Mark and Nick to create the power team that is Boogie Magazine.

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Jenn Medellin

Designer

Jenn is a U.S. Air Force Veteran with over 20 years experience in design and software development. She has designed and programmed software for numerous medical device and financial services companies in the Greater San Diego area including the County of San Diego website, Leica Biosystems, and many more.

Jenn is the mother of two beautiful teenagers and enjoys spending her free time working with dog rescues and fiddling with saltwater aquariums. Jenn is an intermediate pianist and lifelong music fan.

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Nick Abadilla

Director of Photography

Nick is a professional photographer specializing in commercial and custom portrait photography. He works out of his unique studio space in San Diego. His tagline, Communicate Life, is exemplified throughout his portfolio, particularly in the front cover photography he shoots for Boogie Magazine. He possesses a well-seasoned perspective as a creative pro. In his own words, 'my job is to create impacting, communicative photographs that enhance and support my client's brand. Central to this task is our working relationship; collaborative ventures built upon mutual trust and respect.'

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Mark Eppler

Chief Music Officer

Mark Eppler, a well-known musician in San Diego, built the foundation in the music community upon which Boogie Magazine was launched. Not only does Mark play guitar in two hard-working bands - Country Rockin' Rebels and The Moneymen - he has also hosted several local jams, one of which inspired the team to start up the magazine.

Mark is our go-to guy when it comes to events, as he brings a wealth of experience and energy to the table, earning him the title: Chief Music Officer.

Contributors
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John Hancock
Photographer
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Mimi Franco
Photojournalist
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Stephanie Pillar
Photojournalist
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Mickey Strand
Photojournalist
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Connie Bolger
Photojournalist
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T.E. Mattox
Writer

Photo with the one and only Buddy Guy

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Jessica Gill
Analyst / Writer
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Eric Meyer
Events
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Support
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Jon Naugle
Photographer
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Frank Rodrick
Photographer
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SpicyKim Campos
Writer
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Michael Head
Writer
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Al Gardner
Video
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Georgina Castro
Public Relations
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Steve Manno
Writer / Sound
Random Series of Events

Jenn and I met in 2006 at Defense Information School in Maryland.  Jenn was an ace Air Force avionics mechanic cross training into graphic arts. I was studying advanced photojournalism, prepping for the adventure of my life as a member of the Navy’s elite Combat Camera (COMCAM) Group Pacific. In COMCAM, let’s say I learned how to work well under pressure having served several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan at the height of the conflict. Meanwhile, Jenn was sharpening her technical skills, designing and programming software.  We are extremely grateful to the military for allowing us to hone our skills, which have propelled us to where we are today.  With my comrade at my side and our training to get us through, there will be no stopping us.

About a year before I retired, I met Mark at a jam session he hosted at Second Wind Santee.  Both Jenn and I were inspired by the positive energy and spirit of collaboration at each and every event.  Around that same time, I met Nick at one of Mark’s jam sessions.  Nick and I had a lot in common and became fast friends.  The rest, as they say, is history!  – Eli