Do you ever have a feeling that something special is about to happen? That’s a fair description of how it is for me each time I descend the stage after introducing our Guitar Masters artists. The prep work is done, and it’s time to enjoy the show.

In a year that will be remembered for loss, there were two that hit very close to me: bassist Mike Thomas-Money and trombonist Armando Joe Vazquez. I played a few times with Thomas-Money with his band Hayesfield, and performed with Vazquez in Mento Buru for almost 25 years. The latter was as…

Concerts can be tricky. If you have a drunk guy in front of you shouting out requests (Jackson Browne) or the artist appears to be stoned (Willie Nelson), then what is expected to be a home run can be a foul ball with the catcher running into the screen.

This was a banner year for concerts. Ben Haggard opened for Marty Stuart. The Byrom Brothers had a fantastic show at 1933 to celebrate the release of their new record. Elizabeth Cook crushed it at Temblor, and Dwight Yoakam lit up the Crystal Palace.

There is much to enjoy in terms of entertainment during the holiday season, especially performances of large-scale masterworks such as Handel’s “Messiah,” Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” ballet, and other holiday essentials. But there’s also room for the small-scale moments, such as this weekend’…

Switchfoot’s Tim Foreman believes his band has made an album in “Where the Light Shines Through” that offers both a nod to the rocking pop of the band’s early albums and some entirely new musical twists.

Most musicians are all too familiar with the drudgery and drama that comes with being in a band. Toronto’s Mike Liorti, the 27-year-old multi-instrumentalist frontman of the group Rosedale, is definitely one of them. But he's found away around the compromises by finding the perfect bandmates…

With his big blond pompadour, and the big hollow-body guitars to match, Brian Setzer is probably one of the most recognizable musicians of his generation, both as the frontman of the legendary rockabilly trio the Stray Cats and as leader of his big band, which returns to the Fox Theater on D…

Bryan Burrow, who once joked that he knew far more about country music than classical, is leaving as chief executive of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, ending a four-year tenure distinguished by an increase in attendance and revenue, a robust outreach to students and a highly publicized …

Shortly before she graduated from USC five years ago, Marisa Johnson returned to Bakersfield to give a recital to let her hometown hear how she had grown as a singer. Now Johnson, 27, is coming home again to perform and to ask her hometown to support a cause. 

The new year can't get here fast enough for country music fans: Rabobank Arena announced Monday that Blake Shelton, a bonafide superstar of the genre as well as coach of NBC's "The Voice," will perform Feb. 16, just a week after a three-night stand at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace by the legend…

Even though other comedians might have better name recognition, comedian Barry Rothbart, who will be performing at Temblor Brewing Company on Saturday, is one to watch. Need proof? Variety magazine, the bible of the entertainment industry, branded him one of “10 comics to watch” in 2013.

It would be fair to say the new release, “Boxes,” isn’t just another album for the Goo Goo Dolls. And the two years that preceded the album’s release saw big changes, especially for singer/guitarist John Rzeznik.

When James “Munky” Shaffer split for Los Angeles nearly 30 years ago, he was running, like other musicians in the area have before and since, toward his rock star dreams. But he also was running from something — a town that can be hard on kids who aren’t interested in being part of the herd.

Modern Wives is a quartet whose personnel overlaps like a Bakersfield band Venn diagram: Drummer Tyler Patterson and guitarist Raul Gallardo played together in Liars and Thieves; Gallardo and guitarist Dan Thompson were in Farewell Spacecadet; Patterson and Thompson also played together as t…

Country fans probably already have their calendars marked for Sept. 30, 2017, when Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are set to come to town. Here’s another date they’ll need to know: Oct. 28, when tickets for the couple’s show go on sale.

It doesn’t take much to imagine that whenever singer/songwriter Evan Ross puts on his guitar and hits the stage under the alias Mopey Lonesome — about as accurate a nickname ever self-penned by an artist — he’s getting into character.

Country power couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are headed to Bakersfield on Sept. 30, 2017, as part of a tour to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the record-breaking “Soul2Soul II” tour. The date has not been announced for when tickets go on sale for the Rabobank Arena concert.

Boyz II Men may no longer dominate radio, sell albums by the millions or command attention as one of R&B’s most popular groups. But band member Nathan Morris has no complaints about the group’s current circumstances.

Ask anyone who’s been to Bakersfield’s Gospel Fest in the last few years and they’re sure to sing praises about the experience. And San Joaquin Community Hospital’s seventh annual gathering of music, worship and community outreach on Oct. 2 should be no exception.

Singer Chris Young converted many a Bakersfield fan with frequent shows at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace over the years, and now he has the chance to win over even more by playing a bigger venue — Rabobank Arena — on Sept. 29, when he kicks off the current leg of his “I’m Comin’ Over” tour.