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…

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…

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…

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' …

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."

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…

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-…

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.

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…

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.”

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…