When Josh Ward hits the B Ryder’s stage Thursday, the 38-year-old country music singer will give his Bakersfield audience a bit of Texas-sized charisma.
Like a pack of funky nomads, the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop has managed to go from venue to venue while keeping it’s "all about the jazz" mantra alive and well.
Tomorrow is the first day of summer in Kern County and Mother Nature has made sure to remind us there are 93 days until the arrival of fall.
Multi-platinum performers Los Tigres Del Norte and Alejandro Fernandez are joining forces for the 2018 Rompiendo Fronteras U.S. tour — an extensive late summer and fall tour across the United States as part of Fernandez’s ongoing Rompiendo Fronteras World Tour. That U.S. tour includes a stop…
Eilen Jewell has a voice that’s both road-worn and clear, ember-lit by wanderlust and a traveler’s wisdom that belies her 39 years.
Warning bells understandably go off when a group is touted as being able to tackle any style of music — rock 'n' roll, roots or secular gospel. It can be like a restaurant with too many dishes on the menu to do any of them well.
Is Bakersfield feeling irie? It should be with news that reggae icons Ziggy Marley and Steel Pulse will return to perform in Bakersfield this summer.
Singer/songwriter Chelsea Williams, who returns to Temblor Brewing Company this Friday, is one of those talents that makes you wonder why she isn’t bigger than she actually is. Her 2017 album “Boomerang” is a revelatory release. Spectral and luminous, it’s as intimate as it is suddenly majes…
Texas and Bakersfield have a lot in common. Not just with our respective oil and agriculture industries, but musically as well: a certain hardscrabble outsider’s perspective that's made our music — and musicians — better inclined to represent and dominate. We had Merle and Buck, they had Wil…
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.
When singer-songwriter Steve Wariner returns to the Buck Owens' Crystal Palace stage on May 17, there will be two major differences from the times he's played there before.
Bakersfield Sound pioneer Fuzzy Owen wasn't sure he wanted a birthday party last year when friends told him they were organizing a tribute at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace, but he went along with it.
My eyes start to roll when the words “living legend” and “icon” are used to describe a performer, because they are usually applied indiscriminately.
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.
Ronnie Milsap, along with fellow artists Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton, was one of the biggest crossover acts of the late 1970s and 1980s.
This Saturday marks the 11th annual international Record Store Day and our two prominent record stores, Going Underground and World Records, will offer their own perks to get music lovers out of bed that morning.
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.
Jazz music, one of America’s greatest creations, will be on full display in all its many melodic and rhythmic forms during Thursday’s KCMEA Jazz Day at Bakersfield College.
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.
In our house, growing up, it was Buck Owens and Merle Haggard and then everybody else. My dad knew all of their songs and he sang us to sleep with them when he wasn’t working graveyard shifts at the Tosco Oil Refinery.
Are you the owner of a lonely heart? Then YES is here to soothe that pain. The progressive rock pioneers will play Bakersfield's Spectrum Amphitheatre on June 16 as part of their 50th anniversary tour.
Indie-Americana chameleons The Avett Brothers are coming to the Rabobank Theater this Tuesday. Just in time for our collective recovery from the St. Patrick's Day-on-a-Saturday festivities. Seriously, even the rain wasn't enough to deter our nightlife regulars from getting their Irish on.
Singer-songwriter Jack White is ready to rock Bakersfield this summer. The musician added a Bakersfield stop to his tour, planning to play Rabobank Theater on Aug. 18.
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 West Coast Mennonite Men’s Chorus is a group of the people, by the people and for the people. No, there's no politics involved but there are a number of hard-working Americans ready to sing for a good cause Sunday at Laurelglen Bible Church.
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.
Legendary singer-songwriters Stephen Stills and Judy Collins have a storied past. From a tumultuous love affair, which spawned a hit song, to becoming friends and collaborators, the folk icons keep a vital piece of music history alive. They will take the stage together for the first time in …
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.
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.