Matt Munoz

  • Photo courtesy of The News Brothers:
 The News Brothers are, from left: Greg DeRego, Ken Hunter, Kevin Keeshan, Tim Murray, Artie Niesen, Karl Schweitzer, Scott Thompsett and Bill Woodward.

    MATT MUNOZ: Breaking News at Sandrini's on Saturday

    Bakersfield is about to go live on the scene with The News Brothers. Known as the wildest band of newsmen in the history of local TV, the fellas -- most of them Bakersfield expatriates now -- will bring their raucous rock and soul music revue to Sandrini's on Saturday for a shindig that

  • Brian Boozer is the owner and operator of the new Aum Studio.

    MATT MUNOZ: Bakersfield gets sounding board

    After more than a decade helping artists capture their personal best recordings, Aum Studio owner Brian Boozer now has his mind set on sharing his musical den of Zen with the community. During a recent interview, Boozer was seated at his desk inside the intimate multipurpose recording facility

  • Photo courtesy of Bearcoon: Acoustic singer-songwriter duo Bearcoon appear at Dagny's Coffee Company on Saturday. Pictured above from left Solange Igoa and Andrea Walker.

    MATT MUNOZ: Bearcoon ready to busk out

    The last time we checked in with Long Beach acoustic singer songwriter duo Bearcoon, members Solange Igoa and Andrea Walker had just completed a year of audience cultivation and fine-tuning. That was 2013. Now with an expanded musical catalog and a growing fan base after taking home top honors

  • Photo courtesy of The Baka Boyz.
 Bakersfield radio deejay legends The Baka Boyz appear at Sandrini's on Friday. Pictured from left: Nick Vidal and Eric Vidal.

    MATT MUNOZ: The Baka Boyz are back in town

    Renowned deejay duo The Baka Boyz are planning a homecoming jam with all the makings of a classic house party once the beat drops downstairs at Sandrini's on Friday. Brothers Eric and Nick Vidal are as busy as ever. Heard weekly on more than 65 radio stations across the country, their

  • Photo courtesy of Frank Trimble. Bakersfield vocalist and musician, Frank Trimble, appears at The Mark on Friday.

    MATT MUNOZ: Trimble brings style to stage

    Frank Trimble approaches his audience like a soulful architect. The popular Bakersfield vocalist and entertainer understands that adapting to the room, no matter how big or small the crowd, is as important as the notes emanating from his vocal chords. "I have always been impressed with

  • Photo courtesy of Mercado Latino. Banda Tierra Brava is among the bands that performs at Mercado Latino.

    MATT MUNOZ: Latin groove permeates city

    Last week's soldout, hip-shaking spectacle with Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull at Rabobank Arena proves that Bakersfield music fans love to get their Latin groove on. The good news is that you don't have to wait for the platinum-selling touring acts to do it. There are longstanding

  • Chinese dance company Shen Yun prepares to take you to another world for their shows Feb. 26 and 27 at Rabobank Theater.

    MATT MUNOZ: Dancers bring China to Kern

    East meets west as traditional Chinese culture, dance and music makes its way to Kern County, when acclaimed performance troupe Shen Yun appears at Rabobank Theater on Feb. 26 and 27. Leeshai Lemish, Shen Yun's master of ceremonies, said the original intent of the dance group was to revive

  • Bakersfield singer, Kama Ruby, will celebrate the release of her new CD "Rock Dreams in Jazz" Tuesday at the Jazz Lounge.

    MATT MUNOZ: Ruby remains a Bakersfield gem

    Honed by years of performing, Kama Ruby's talent for charming audiences has served the popular Bakersfield chanteuse well. The singer, whose voice sets the mood for an evening of elegance and romance, will showcase her latest CD release, "Rock Dreams in Jazz," at the Jazz Lounge on

  • Slug: Lowdown Credit: courtesy of Michael Cleveland Caption: Award-winning bluegrass quintet, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper will be performing during the Great 48 Hour Bluegrass Jam on Friday night. Photo courtesy of Michael Cleveland

    MATT MUNOZ: Go and banjo at bluegrass festival

    There will be no strings left unstrung when the Great 48 bluegrass jam picks its way back to the DoubleTree Hotel this weekend. Now in its sixth year, the popular four-day festival will stick to its tradition of non-stop music and jamming for everyone in attendance. From the professional to the

  • Bakersfield country band Truxton Mile are, from left: Alec Olivieri, Ryan Coulter and Taylor Unruh.

    MATT MUNOZ: My pick for Bakersfield band of the year is ...

    It wasn't a groundbreaking year for the new and different in the local music scene. In fact, many of last year's noteworthy movers and shakers threw in the towel or disappeared without a word. And who can blame them? The entertainment business isn't for everybody. But for those who

  • California country rap duo Moonshine Bandits will perform at B Ryder's on Friday.

    MATT MUNOZ: Duo twangin' and slangin'

    No one could have predicted that two polar opposites of the musical spectrum, country and rap, would one day align themselves as a force, or farce, to be reckoned with. But according to Dusty "Tex" Dahlgren, half of best-selling country rap duo Moonshine Bandits, who make a return

  • Comedian Brian Regan appears at the Fox Theater on Dec. 7.

    MATT MUNOZ: Stand-up veteran gets laughs while keeping it clean

    Brian Regan's ability to fill theaters to capacity without dropping a single expletive is an anomaly these days, given what many people consider to be funny. And Regan, 57, wants to assure fans he doesn't plan to stray into blue material when he takes the stage at the Fox Theater on Dec.

  • Photographer Robert Bejil with his daughter, Penelope.

    MATT MUNOZ: Behind the lens with Robert Bejil

    After establishing himself with local bands and models as one of the most trusted and creative photographers in town, Robert Bejil is broadening his focus with the release of an indie action western flick, "Retribution of the Wolf," starring Bakersfield actor Paul Wolverton. "I

  • Bakersfield country band Truxton Mile are, from left: Alec Olivieri, Ryan Coulter and Taylor Unruh.

    MATT MUNOZ: Taft concert is the Nest big thing

    When Truxton Mile came up with the idea of honoring its hometown of Taft with a concert, "we just figured we would ask the city to close the street, buy some kegs, charge a cover and call it a night," said vocalist Ryan Coulter. But it turns out that even Taft, the Kern oil town that

  • Tickets are currently on sale for comedian Bill Engvall at the Fox Theater on Oct. 23.

    MATT MUNOZ: Only thing blue about Engvall is his collar

    We knew he was funny, but even his most devoted fans had to be surprised that Bill Engvall managed to Paso Doble his way to the finals of "Dancing with the Stars" in November. After that achievement, a stint as a television game show host and some work in film, Engvall has earned a black

  • Celtic alternative rock act Celtica will perform at the Bakersfield Celtic Music Festival at the CSUB Amphitheater on Friday and Saturday.

    MATT MUNOZ: Gael-force entertainment

    Whether you hail from the Emerald Isle, the land of the Scots or merry old England, all Bakersfield clans are poised to unite -- and you won't have to put this union to a vote -- when the Celtic Music Festival returns to the CSUB outdoor Amphitheater on Friday and Saturday. Now in its sixth

  • Goth rock music pioneer David J, will perform a rare acoustic show at an east Bakersfield residence on Friday.

    MATT MUNOZ: David J. as good as goth gets

    British goth rock pioneer David J. Haskins makes a rare visit to Bakersfield on Friday night, much to the delight of the children of the night. But don't expect a traveling cavalcade of caskets, crucifixes and hooded figures from the co-founder of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets. For this

  •  Guitarist Elvin Bishop performs with singer Mickey Thomas. Bishop's single "Fooled Around and Fell in Love," originally recorded with Thomas in 1975, is featured on the soundtrack to the movie "Guardians of the Galaxy," winning the song a new generation of fans. Thomas will perform the hit in Bakersfield.

    MATT MUNOZ: Thomas' Starship enterprise lands in Bakersfield

    No fooling around: Legions of young music fans are falling in love with Mickey Thomas, even if they don't know it. Decades after he burned up the charts with the Elvin Bishop-penned "Fooled Around and Fell in Love," the classic rocker is enjoying a second (or third or fourth?) wave