Bakersfield College's music program would like your holidays to be merry, bright and full of giving. Two seasonal fundraisers this month will help raise money for an upcoming tour and master class.

There must be some truth to the adage “find something that works and stick with it.” In the case of "Christmas with The Cranktones," the annual benefit concert hosted by Guitar Masters, you can add “and kick it up a notch.” That’s just what is on tap for Thursday's show at Buck Owens’ Crysta…

Regardless of whether you recognize or celebrate the holidays (or, originally, holy days) of the next few weeks, the holiday season is upon us. That means the movies, dedicated music channels, parades, decorations, commercials and what-have-you are out in full force for you to enjoy or avoid.

Once again, we find ourselves in the midst of the holiday season and on the precipice of the night before Thanksgiving. The evening where friends and family reunite and go on about the town, with a significant number of those revelers secure in the knowledge that most of them will be able to…

I just love the Bakersfield Winds. For 16 years, multiple generations of brass and woodwind players and percussionists have been rehearsing and performing not only for their own enjoyment, but to inspire others, or as the ensemble’s president, Scott Smith, explained it, “to be an inspiration…

Willie Nelson just made a "Rainbow Connection" with Kasey Musgraves at the CMA Awards but he'll connect again with Bakersfield when he returns for a stop Jan. 4 at Mechanics Bank (formerly Rabobank) Arena.

Fans of big band jazz will enjoy Thursday's concert by the CSUB Jazz Collective, a 19-piece ensemble giving its first concert of the school year in the Dore Theatre.

Longtime customer Heath came in recently to buy the new Tool CD. So funny to see him staring at the Ace Frehley concert poster with a mixed-up look on his face. Finally he pointed and said, "You know. I must have it wrong. I thought F-R-E-H-L-E-Y is how Ace Frehley of KISS spells his name. W…

Southern California-based singer-songwriter Chelsea Williams is one heck of a talent. With an impossibly clear voice and lovely, poignant songs, she’s the archetype of the gifted artist hovering on the fringes of greater attention, perennially expressing herself while the world makes up its mind.

Doyle Dykes is a monument to the country guitar and fingerpicking, in the lineage of his mentor Chet Atkins. Known as the "white wolf" in Nashville, he has played with everyone, and his virtuosity is matched only by his sense of well-articulated melody and unstoppable chord voicing. You coul…

Ever wondered what it would be like to be in a band with your daughter (assuming she wasn’t in the raging teenage stage)? With your mother (assuming she was not in the corrective interview stage)? Suzzy Roche and her daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche have done more than wonder, they’ve played t…

Lzzy Hale was wondering if she had lost the magic. She was several months into songwriting for what eventually became the album “Vicious” by her band Halestorm and a moment of truth had arrived.

It might be impossible, but try with all your might to imagine being 8 years old, living in tiny Byrdstown, Tenn. You've been in love with bluegrass and playing the mandolin since you were a toddler. Your absolute idol in the whole wide world is Alison Krauss — the famous, fabulous, graceful…

Newsboys keyboardist/bassist Jeff Frankenstein knew there were pitfalls to the idea of the group reuniting with its original singer, Peter Furler when the idea surfaced in 2017.

If Simon & Garfunkel ever had a child, either collectively, individually or with other people, it would be The Milk Carton Kids, scheduled to play at the Crystal Palace on Oct. 3. Just as country is king in some quarters, then harmony, melody and lyrical excellence sits on the throne for…

Metalheads from Bakersfield and beyond did not hold back in showing their devotion to the ghastly gods of rock when Swedish horror metal act Ghost took the stage at Rabobank (now Mechanics Bank Arena, Theater and Convention Center) on Sept. 13.

At first glance, the 1953 Walt Disney animated movie “Peter Pan” and the 1984 cult classic “Repo Man” don’t appear to have much in common. One is a fantasy about an ageless imp flying through the night skies in turn-of-the-last-century London with three young friends in tow, chased by a pira…