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…

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…