California-born, Nashville-based, singer/songwriter Cam (aka Camaron Ochs) has a voice so strong, so confident, so full, it’s a surprise that any microphones survive it. Let’s see if Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace fares as well with her return there on Nov. 30.
Bakersfield, you know the drill: The night before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest going-out nights of the year. And unlike the amateur hour that can be New Year's Eve — when everybody thinks they need to party — T-Day Eve is for those who know who to see, what to listen to and where to drink.
Expect innovation, energy and creativity with the Bakersfield debut of Valley Chamber Ensembles on Sunday. The nonprofit San Fernando Valley group of musicians dedicated to exploring connections among the arts will perform as part of the Fred & Beverly Dukes concert series, which is also…
After a show-stopping set at this year’s Bakersfield Jazz Festival, Norwegian-born Haakon Graf and his group, Grafitti, will return Tuesday evening to perform for the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop.
Celebrities and movie studio-heads embroiled in scandal and being put through the ringer of public scrutiny might be dominating the headlines at the moment — and for the guilty, rightly so. But for comedian Carlos Mencia, his own experience through the media gauntlet has brought a newfound s…
John Cooper, frontman in Skillet, usually likes to listen to his band’s albums, something many musicians try to avoid for any number of reasons — such as not liking the sound of their voice, or they hear mistakes or missed opportunities to strengthen the songs.
With practice, a competent guitarist can learn to play a highly polyphonic piece of music by breaking it down into its individual components and slowly putting them together. However, it takes an impossibly gifted player to improvise independent melodies, harmonies and bass lines — all at th…
The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra’s all-Romantic Era program for this Saturday’s concert is a nice foil to the season opener of 20th century American symphonic music.
Bakersfield already knew Merle Haggard was a talent on par with the likes of Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline. Now the development team that created a pair of Nashville museums that honor those two stars is set to lionize the Bakersfield great with a permanent Music City museum dedicated exclusiv…
BC singers have much to remember and celebrate, and they intend to do it with music this Friday in their first concert of the academic year.
Before you buy one of those horrid Halloween compilation CDs featuring generic re-recorded hits, have you considered looking in your own library first? You really should. Outside of the classics — “Monster Mash” by Bobby Boris Pickett and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” — the best All Hallows' …
A former coordinator of events at Bakersfield's Fox Theater who was accused by a concert promoter earlier this year of disappearing with more than $150,000 in event receipts has filed for bankruptcy.
Even though local Latin indie-rock heroes Velorio recently celebrated their 10-year anniversary, their recent output has been minimal, with no new recordings since 2009. That dry spell officially ends Saturday when they host a release party at Elements Venue for their new single, “Tus Labios."
If the best way to learn something is to do it, then Bakersfield College music students are going to get quite an education this weekend at the first Panorama Creative Music Summit.
Every musician dreams of playing Carnegie Hall, and plenty do, after decades of dedicated training, and possibly some good luck. It's the pinnacle of any musician's career and a sure sign that one has made it.
The latest releases by The Bakersfield New Music Collective and San Fransisco-based, but Bakersfield-bred Conrad The Band couldn’t be more different stylistically, but their roots and spirits — and sometimes instrumentation — are deeply entrenched in Bakersfield’s fertile creative soil. Each…
Editor's note: During the summer of 1965, the Bakersfield College choir toured through nine countries in six weeks, becoming the first American choir to triumph at the Llangollen Eisteddfod International Musical Festival. Reuniting in 2015 for the 50th anniversary, former members drew the at…
Some things you know are just meant to be — but it's still nice to get some outside affirmation. So while Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley were sure their musical partnership was the right move at the right time, it was certainly welcome news when their debut album, "Before the Sun Goes Down," ear…
It’s never easy to say goodbye to old friends, even harder is saying farewell to friends whose lives were just hitting their stride.
This week’s musical offerings at the Kern County Fair are bit different from the fantastic performances last week by Tower of Power, Shelia E, War and Ramon Ayala.
If, when I die, I end up in music heaven, my requested lineup will be the Grateful Dead (Jerry Garcia intact), Crosby Stills Nash (with Neil Young) and, as the opening act, the Cordovas. But luckily I don't have to wait until I punch my ticket to enjoy one of those acts, since the Nashville-…
This year’s entertainment lineup at the Kern County Fair Budweiser Pavilion is filled with some real crowd-pleasing acts, but this first week’s quartet of shows is particularly funky, and spicy (we’ll get to that part later).
Grammy nominee Sam Baker recently released his fifth album, "Land of Doubt," but there is no doubt where you can see him in action next — Thursday at the Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame.
The last time I checked in with Bakersfield rapper Jeffrey Watts, the then-17-year-old Frontier senior was about to put his reputation on the line with the release of his mix tape.
With his prodigious chops and sensitive, dynamic musicianship, Diego Garcia — aka El Twanguero — is a Spanish guitar phenom who’s a perfect fit to perform for the Guitar Masters Series at the Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame on Sept. 7. But this show is going to be a little different than most…
For a brief pocket of time between 1989 and 1995, our local music scene was undergoing a creative renaissance that was soon to be felt globally. It saw not only the genesis of what was to become the global supergroup Korn, but also an amazing incandescent eclecticism in its style and substance.
Bakersfield makes a lot of lists — not all of them good — so when someone makes a positive splash it's worth celebrating. Two local musicians landed on Spotify Viral 50 charts, representing, according to Billboard.com, songs with “the greatest volume of sharing and social activity.”
One month after their opening in December of 2015, the board of directors of the Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame unwittingly started a bit of a controversy when announcing the first group of musicians to be recognized: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Billy Mize, Red Simpson and Bonnie Owens.
When it comes to combating human trafficking, a crime that claims some 40 million victims worldwide each year, the options seem frustrating. At the local level, a pair of Christian music concert producers hope to strike a big blow this weekend with what they're calling the "largest Christian…
Thirteen may be an unlucky number for some, but not for country singer-songwriter Celeigh Chapman. That's the time the Bakersfield-born musician, who release her new five-song EP “The Winner” Friday, has spent in the industry.
This Saturday marks the 11th Buck Owens Birthday Bash at the Crystal Palace since his passing on March 25, 2006, and this year the powers-that-be are doing something a bit different than usual: They’re keeping it all in the family.
Fans of Bakersfield death rock and jazzy pop should make room on their mobile devices for some killer new hometown music out now and prepping to hit the Web this week.
Guitarist Tommy Emmanuel might not have the same brand-name recognition of an Eric Clapton or Jimi Hendrix, but the sold-out status of his show Thursday at the Crystal Palace shows he’s far from being unknown.
Those of us of a certain, shall we say, vintage, have some idea of what Duke Ellington meant when he said in his song, "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing." But how do you communicate the concept of "swing" to someone who doesn't know anything about swing music?
Between the search for the missing Trout’s neon sign, disturbing news from the raging Kern River, and sweltering summer temps, July hasn’t been easy on Bakersfield.
No one can say Brad Wilson takes it easy. Known for his rocked-up blues, the California guitar-slinger and his band play every weekend, performing more than 100 shows a year all over the West Coast at music venues, clubs, wineries, city events, casinos, fairs and festivals. So Bakersfield is…
Even Nancy Pelosi agreed: Bakersfield legend Merle Haggard deserves to have his name attached to the U.S. Post Office at 1730 18th St.
Who says Congress can’t work together in bipartisan fashion? It’s hard to imagine any dissent when the House votes Tuesday on naming the downtown post office after Merle Haggard, the late country music legend.
When summer heat taps our resources, we'll keep it cool and quick, checking in on the latest goings-on of some local bands.
Considering that some events were canceled due to the heat this week, promoters for Tainted Love, the ultimate 1980s cover group, want you to know they have you covered in terms of cool.