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.
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.