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.
Australian Christian praise band Hillsong Worship recently announced its new Awake Tour, which will include a stop in Bakersfield this summer.
Rock ’n’ roll legends KISS are looking to the End of the Road but not before the band stops in Bakersfield. The glam rockers will play Mechanics Bank (formerly Rabobank) Arena with special guest David Lee Roth on March 2.
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.
It's always fun to talk music at World Records with out-of-towners. They generally have a very broad knowledge of recording artists, and are wanting to discover more.
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…
For anyone who’s been around our local skating and music scene, Ben Smith’s face is a familiar one. I’ve personally known Ben for many years and had no idea the impact he’s had in the global skateboarding community at large. None.
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.
This Saturday’s first annual Tejano and Tamale Festival at Stramler Park has all the makings of a tightly wrapped pre-holiday fiesta.
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…
This week The Rev. Phil Neighbors brought a celebrity to the Sunday school class he teaches for retirement-age adults. He didn't quite know what to expect. Would anyone even know this tall, slender man with the salt-and-pepper hair and Arkansas twang?
Singer-songwriter Andres Aparicio returns with another bag of tricks and treats for his new album, “Once Upon a Time in Bakersfield,” dropping on Halloween.
It’s always a good sign of a community’s cultural health when there are multiple events occurring on the same night. Friday is a good night for music lovers.
I can still recall the first time I caught Los Angeles blues-rock country storytelling misfit Paul Chesne live at Fishlips in downtown some years back.
The Count Basie Orchestra, the very same one that once counted such jazz luminaries as Lester Young, Billie Holiday, “Papa” Jo Jones, Sonny Payne, Thad Jones and the illustrious Count Basie himself in its collective, will perform at the Fox Theater this Saturday.