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?

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…

Bakersfield has been host to some outstanding blues guitarists in the last few weeks, most notably Robin Trower at The Fox Theater and Elvin Bishop at the new World Records, where the stage hasn't even cooled off yet. But cool or not, the F Street hub of music is hosting  “a double shot of b…

Bakersfield mourns the loss of another loved country music great: “Mel Ray” Lawrence, a third-generation musician. His grandmother and grandfather played in a gospel quartet in Arkansas. His grandmother was first cousin to Johnny Cash and, coincidentally, she grew up singing in Bonham and Sh…

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is regarded not only as one of Beethoven’s greatest compositions, but as one of the greatest pieces of music in the Western European tradition.

Robin Trower worships at the church of blues where fellow guitarists Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan have ascended to sainthood: the use of distortion, wah-wah and whammy bars to bend, fold and manipulate the strings on their Fender Stratocasters to make sounds both of this world and not.

Joe Robinson walks a tightrope between the instrumental music that has put him in the spotlight and a unique fusion of vocally based rock, blues, jazz, and R&B that is entirely his own.

It’s got all you want in a food festival: plenty of vendors dishing gourmet samples, free-flowing beer, wine tasting and live music. So why don’t you already have your ticket to the fourth annual Macaroni and Cheese Festival?

The sounds of Spain head to Bakersfield on April 21 with a performance of Duo MusArt Barcelona, sponsored by the Kern chapter of the American Guild of Organists. The duo consists of Raul Prieto Ramirez and wife Maria Teresa Sierra, two young Spanish keyboard artists who teamed in 2007, bring…

It’s a pretty big deal when students get to perform at Carnegie Hall. How do you make that an even bigger deal? When a last-minute cancellation means the students get to perform in the main event.

Like all concert violinists, Alexander Velinzon has had to learn the great concertos composed for the instrument — the ones by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Bruch and Dvorak. But he’s most happy when he can perform the great violin concerto composed by Johannes Brahms. 

As Shinedown continues the tour cycle behind its recently released fifth studio album, “Threat to Survival,” guitarist Zach Myers said life in the chart-topping rock band is better than ever, after the 2008 departure of two band members.

Competition in contemporary praise music has cost traditional church choirs some singers, but the West Coast Mennonite Men’s Chorus will demonstrate why choral singing will never— or at least should never — go out of style.

Fans of former KRAB radio morning show personalities Jarad “Meathead” Mann and his comedy partner in crime Bryan “Desi” Batista, set your alarms. The duo will launch a new online morning show on Monday, live from Canoodle Studios in Bakersfield.