If you think the symphony is all Bach, Brahms and boredom, this weekend it's Bond, Batman and bodacious.
Acoustic Eidolon, the husband-and-wife duo of Joe Scott and Hannah Alkire, are heading back to the Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame for an encore of their Guitar Masters concert from a couple of years ago.
Jennifer Garrett, director of choral activities at Bakersfield College, is asking the public's help for a worthy cause: Getting her hard-working choir to Australia for a tour in 2018.
Lots of bands can say they started from scratch, booking their own first show, building up a local fan base and even self-releasing their first few CDs.
Manuel Gutierrez, the 47-year old owner of Elements Venue, is definitely a product of the 1980s. It was the era that nurtured his love for, and taste in, music. And, in a way, The Californian had something to do with it.
No one knows more about freedom than someone who doesn't have it. And so the life of Harriet Tubman, born a slave but eventually the very symbol of deliverance — for herself and many others — inspired Bakersfield composer Ron Kean when he was asked to write a piece on the concept of freedom.
Congratulations to Bakersfield Spanish rock outfit Cnizah, which took top prize at the Guerra de Bandas battle of the bands in San Diego this month.
There will be some familiar faces performing downtown Saturday night, each with some different mileage under their treads. Backup Johnny will be hosting a CD release party at Sandrini’s Pub, while Jesus Christ Muscle Car will be reuniting at Riley’s Tavern.
The California Guitar Trio has won a huge following with its whirlwind of instrumental styles that fuse classical, rock, blues, jazz, world music and progressive — not to mention that most indispensable of genres, California surf music. From intricate originals to Bach's "Toccata and Fugue" …
A series of five free noontime music recitals are scheduled during Lent at First Congregational Church at 5 Real Road. The new series continues a tradition started more than 30 years ago by the Trinity Anglican community in their original home at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
The dynamic duo of Dustin “Catfish” Meridith and Paul Cartwright return to Lengthwise: The Pub on Thursday. There was a time when you’d find one of these two — if not both — playing on a Bakersfield stage on any given day of the week. Nowadays, however, Cartwright keeps a steady schedule as …
Alzheimer's disease became a reality in T. Paul Rosas' family several years ago when his mother-in-law began to exhibit the symptoms of dementia in the last year of her life. From that time on, Rosas, a church organist for most of his life, has used music to unite people affected by the disease.
Local event coordinator Pauline Vega saw a disconnect between the perception of law enforcement and our community and she decided to do something about it.
Bakersfield dream pop chameleons Joseph and Jenny Andreotti are set to release their first full-length album, “Who Cares About Tomorrow,” this time as their latest incarnation, Fawns of Love.
I can’t think of a more appropriate name for a So-Cal punk rock supergroup than Implants. Featuring an all-star roster of players who have performed with Face to Face, Strung Out, Pulley, No Use for a Name, and Death by Stereo among others, the group plays a mix of in-your-face 1990s skate p…
I walked into a bar, while waiting for a train — that sounds like the beginning of a country song, but it's the beginning of an interesting musical adventure last weekend in Bakersfield that demonstrates how devoted, creative and persistent so many of our Kern County-based musicians are in b…
The goal of the founders of the Bakersfield Music Hall of fame is to put an "s" on "Bakersfield Sound" in celebration of all the musicians and genres nurtured in this city.
Bakersfield will get a rare opportunity to experience one of Jamaica’s hottest artists when acclaimed reggae singer-songwriter Protoje appears Sunday at the Fox.
The Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame, celebrating its one-year anniversary, has announced its first batch of Hall of Fame inductions and, no surprise, Buck Owens and Merle Haggard are among them.
Given our current political climate, an evening with Los Angeles punk rock pioneer Alice Bag sounds like the perfect way to release some tension to kick off the New Year.
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.
Few Bakersfield shows stacked up to the pure youthful energy blowout at the Spring Fling tour with Cage the Elephant, Silversun Pickups, Foals, and Bear Hands on March 13 at Rabobank Theater.
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…
I don't get to as many concerts as I'd like, but I go to the ones that count. This year, the one that counted most was Chris Stapleton at Rabobank Theater, just weeks after the death of Merle Haggard in April.
With “The Storyteller" tour, Underwood cemented her status as country music’s sweetheart, with a concert that was grandly ambitious in both scope and design.
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.
Saturday night may or may not be all right for fightin' but it should be a great night to see Elton John, who returns to Bakersfield on Saturday, March 18.
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…
For the unfamiliar — there might still be three of you — the night before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest nights of the year for night life. Seriously, for revelers, it’s on par with New Year's Eve. How so? Let me count the ways.