One month after their opening in December of 2015, the board of directors of the Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame unwittingly started a bit of a controversy when announcing the first group of musicians to be recognized: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Billy Mize, Red Simpson and Bonnie Owens.
When it comes to combating human trafficking, a crime that claims some 40 million victims worldwide each year, the options seem frustrating. At the local level, a pair of Christian music concert producers hope to strike a big blow this weekend with what they're calling the "largest Christian…
Thirteen may be an unlucky number for some, but not for country singer-songwriter Celeigh Chapman. That's the time the Bakersfield-born musician, who release her new five-song EP “The Winner” Friday, has spent in the industry.
This Saturday marks the 11th Buck Owens Birthday Bash at the Crystal Palace since his passing on March 25, 2006, and this year the powers-that-be are doing something a bit different than usual: They’re keeping it all in the family.
Fans of Bakersfield death rock and jazzy pop should make room on their mobile devices for some killer new hometown music out now and prepping to hit the Web this week.
Guitarist Tommy Emmanuel might not have the same brand-name recognition of an Eric Clapton or Jimi Hendrix, but the sold-out status of his show Thursday at the Crystal Palace shows he’s far from being unknown.
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?
Between the search for the missing Trout’s neon sign, disturbing news from the raging Kern River, and sweltering summer temps, July hasn’t been easy on Bakersfield.
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…
Even Nancy Pelosi agreed: Bakersfield legend Merle Haggard deserves to have his name attached to the U.S. Post Office at 1730 18th St.
Who says Congress can’t work together in bipartisan fashion? It’s hard to imagine any dissent when the House votes Tuesday on naming the downtown post office after Merle Haggard, the late country music legend.
When summer heat taps our resources, we'll keep it cool and quick, checking in on the latest goings-on of some local bands.
Considering that some events were canceled due to the heat this week, promoters for Tainted Love, the ultimate 1980s cover group, want you to know they have you covered in terms of cool.
Bakersfield bands, rappers and assorted talents, should take advantage of not one but two competing radio stations offering opportunities for local airplay.
The first impression one gathers from singer Art Machuca is size. With his intimidating 6-foot-3 frame and thick black chest-length beard, he looks like a heavy-metal lumberjack.
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the release of what many consider the greatest album of the rock era: "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." It's a bittersweet milestone, sweet because, hey, it's "Sgt. Pepper." Bitter because only two of the Fab Four — though Paul and Ringo are sti…
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…
Veteran jazz trumpeter Carl Saunders is known for his melodic phrasing, his seemingly effortless style and the rich tones he coaxes from his horn.
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.
Austin-based singer/songwriter Sunny Sweeney isn’t one to mince words. During our short phone interview, when I asked her about her age, she calmly explained in her Texas-sized matter-of-fact manner why she didn’t see the reason to divulge it.
Legendary blues/rock guitarist Elvin Bishop is returning to Bakersfield — and Bakersfield, in the form of World Records, is trying to have everything ready for his arrival.
It would seem that blues-rock-country-soul musician Monty Byrom has a softer, violins-and-symphony-strings side to him, a side he is finally ready to share.
It's 1992, you're all dressed up — if a flannel shirt, Docs and tattered, light-rinse denim counts as all dressed up — you want to hear live music but you're too young to get into the bars.
Local rock en español veterans Velorio have come a long way from their early days as an acoustic group performing at Los Molcajetes every other Thursday.
The CSUB Jazz Coffeehouse will feature five groups, free cookies and coffee, and an interesting mix of contemporary and traditional jazz at a concert Saturday.
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…
Although local music icon Roy Lackey, aka Sonny California, died in Las Vegas last Friday, thoughts of him rippled through Bakersfield immediately.
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.