“My Universe,” the cosmically funky debut by Lucid Child is a long-in-the-making labor of love by Jonah Gallon, the 44-year-old former singer/guitarist of the innovative electronic rock group Lango and the experimental trio Minds of Boggle.
Over the last few months, some Bakersfield-based artists have put out some fascinating new releases. All of these can be streamed on all the major music-streaming sites like Spotify, with the exception of NineFingers’ “Broken Hearts and False Starts,” which will be out in wide release on Mar…
Lent is a season that is “observed,” rather than celebrated. A time of prayer, fasting, penance and works of charity, the season of Lent is observed by most Christians, who often have to struggle to find time to pray and reflect in our modern world.
Concerts bring some of life's great pleasures. How fun it is to have a magnet holding tickets on your fridge for an upcoming show, to tell people you are going to a concert or tell them about a great show you just saw, or to be at a concert having such a great time that you all lose track of…
More than 1,000 Kern County students have been treated to an evening "on the town" by the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, demonstrating the power of a good idea.
Unlike rock ’n’ roll, bluegrass music's boundaries are often defined in very narrow terms, and that has caused some bands to carefully consider their place within the genre. But, in order to survive, everything must evolve ... even bluegrass. Enter The Infamous Stringdusters, the very model …
For those of you planning on attending the upcoming Kiss concert at the Mechanics Bank Arena on Monday, be on the lookout for a very distinctive vehicle.
As Kiss delves further into farewell tour that is booked into fall and may continue from there, lead singer and guitarist Paul Stanley knows what he'll miss most about the band he co-founded with bassist/singer Gene Simmons in 1973 in New York City.
Frank Vignola has too much fun onstage to be as serious about his music as he obviously is. After all, calling Vignola a virtuoso is something of an understatement. Recognized primarily as a world-class jazz guitarist, but well versed in every genre, his resume includes work with a range of …
Eager to place his long awaited self-titled release into the hands and hearts of country fans across Bakersfield, singer-songwriter Noah Claunch would love to see a full house partake in all the festivities Friday at his EP release party and show at The Well.
For anyone wanting to add a bit more ’zazz into their Valentine’s Day than just watching some Netflix and eating pizza — not that there’s anything wrong with that — here are a few options. All shows are on Friday and are 21-and-over unless otherwise mentioned.
Nellie McKay's music is where heartfelt cabaret meets biting wit. Her lyrics are often firmly tongue-in-cheek and usually accompanied with the pleasant sound of her ukulele.
The buzz surrounding Sunday’s concert at Temblor Brewing Co. with sludge metal heroes the Melvins is what happens when disbelief and excitement clash.
Get ready to feel irie with tributes to Bob Marley starting this weekend. In honor of what would have been the reggae pioneer's 75th birthday, two celebrations are planned to bring music to the masses.
It's only fitting that the man who once described his sound as “Jack Kerouac meets Johnny Cash in Bakersfield" is performing in town. Tom Russell, whom Rolling Stone called “the greatest living folk-country songwriter,” will play Friday at the Bakersfield Racquet Club's Club Room.
Right around the mid-aughts, there were some really great underground bands like 400 Blows, the Rolling Blackouts and Qui, that would bring their fierce indie-rock snarling and screaming from the neon-hued corners of Los Angeles. Their music was riveting, dark, sleek, dangerous. They would p…
Los Angeles Azules will headline a show at Mechanics Bank Arena on Sept. 11. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday on Live Nation's website.
Monty Byrom has been doing a lot of new things in the past few years — performing with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and Bakersfield College Chamber Singers are two examples — and now he is adding to the list with an intimate sit-down performance for the Dukes Memorial Concert Series th…
Hollywood got a taste of Bakersfield-laced Cali country this week during an episode of ABC’s "The Bachelor" thanks to an appearance by the Just Dave Band, featuring Bakersfield native Dave Bernal.
Folk music singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John McCutcheon might not be a familiar name to many, but he sure made a mark among his peers.
Pop-rock band Matchbox Twenty will headline a show at Mechanics Bank Arena on Sept. 27. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday on Live Nation's website.
Anyone who has worked with composer-performer Doug Davis or listened to him perform knows there are certain “Doug-isms” that define his work.
John Jorgenson is not only a man of many talents; he’s a musician with many interests, possessing a rare kind of genius that makes him equally comfortable and capable of playing Buck Owens, Beatles riffs or jazz leads. Perhaps you’ve taken in one of his legendary gypsy jazz performances, or …
We may be looking ahead now that 2020 is upon us, but I want to spotlight a few (mostly) local releases from last year that might have flown under the radar. All of these can be found on Spotify and the majority of them are for sale on bandcamp.com.
The sudden relocation by one of the country’s most eclectic music festivals may have given Kern County its biggest surprise moments in sometime, but it was not enough to overshadow the achievements from an overwhelming number of local creatives.
Looking back at 2019 is an odd sensation because my initial thought is, “Where did the year go?” The feeling of creative dormancy that permeated the last year — continuing from years prior — was undermined by some really outstanding events that flew under the radar.
Travis Tritt must sure enjoy coming to Bakersfield. After performing at the Fox Theater last fall, the country musician announced plans to return in February.