Herb Alpert has worn many hats over his successful — almost charmed — six-decade career. Going over the list of his accomplishments as both a musician and philanthropist reads like a laundry list of greatness. He's one of those rare artists with whom output and success are intimately intertw…

True to form, Neil Young and Crazy Horse's concerts at the Fox Theater on Saturday and Sunday were ragged, passionate and unexpected affairs. These two shows, and the previous three last week at Fresno's Warnor Theater, were billed as "unrehearsed." At times, that's exactly what it felt like…

When assigned to interview Judy Collins — who will perform in Bakersfield Sunday with Stephen Stills — I planned to tell her how much I enjoyed “The Circle Game.” Luckily, with two minutes to spare before our call, I realized that Joni Mitchell wrote that one.

Bakersfield Sound pioneer Fuzzy Owen, who turns 89 on Monday, will be feted with a birthday party at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace Tuesday night at 6 p.m.

For Bakersfield Jazz Festival director Jim Scully, last year’s event — the first without festival founder Doug Davis — provided a glimpse into what works, what needs work, and what has to work in regards to this venerable musical institution.

Country's hitmakers won't be the only award winners KUZZ listeners hear on the radio today. Two of the station's DJs took home an award at the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards over the weekend.

First Friday comes back with a vengeance this week and there is truly something for most people — from the pompadoured to the post-hardcore. The next time someone says there's nothing to do here — remember, remember, the sixth of April and tell them to shut the heck up.

In a career that spans five decades and more than 40 albums, guitarist Lee Ritenour has developed a unique balance between the wisdom of experience and the enthusiasm of youth.

Phil Keaggy is perhaps one of the most admired guitarists in music today. His fans range from those who aspire just to be able to play Keaggy's mistakes, to professional musicians who have been strongly influenced by his style. In between are those who don't play guitar, yet find solace in h…

The Beatles sang about getting by with a little help from their friends but blues guitarist Walter Trout knows the value of friendship as well. The musician's latest album, "We're All in This Together," reads like a who's who of guitar greats, including Joe Bonamassa, Eric Gales and Warren Haynes.

It seems like a lifetime ago, but in its heyday, Jerry's Pizza was a legitimate, world-famous, all-ages music venue. Catering mainly to punk, emo, screamo, post-hardcore and indie bands, the output at Jerry's was consistent and relentless; their day-glo colored, ransom note-style show fliers…

The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra makes another contribution to the celebration of Leonard Bernstein's centennial with the performance of the composer's "Serenade" Saturday evening at the Rabobank Theater.

If, when you die, you then wake to hear the song “Go Back” by Darlingside, rest assured: You’re either in Heaven or you’ve landed at a Darlingside concert.

One of the grandest traditions in music is that written for brass instruments and organ. The Lenten Recital Series celebrates that tradition at First Congregational Church Thursday at noon.

It takes a lot of work to be a stellar performing arts ensemble. Just ask the Bakersfield College singers. Two weeks ago, the BC Chamber Singers performed for the statewide music educators conference in San Jose, after being chosen through a “blind” audition process to perform. Among the pie…

It’s sad to think the Vans Warped Tour will be coming to end following this summer’s farewell, cross-country trek, just a year shy of the traveling music and sport cavalcade’s 25th anniversary.

Calling something a “soundtrack of your life” may be the most overworked phrase in music, but for many of us “Live from Laurel Canyon” may qualify. The show, scheduled for Feb. 22 at the Crystal Palace, courtesy of Rick Kreiser and Guitar Masters, “is a musical journey through the evolution …

Even though bandleader Foster Campbell has been playing guitar most of his adult life, he’s only been performing in front of audiences for around 15 years, 10 of which with his monster band, Foster Campbell and Friends. Last November, Campbell debuted his new band: Foster Campbell and Deep W…