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.
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.
One of Bakersfield’s oldest performing ensembles has changed names, leadership and affiliation over the years, but still holds on to its reason for being.
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 …
Last week, the mainstage lineup for the 2018 Bakersfield Jazz Festival was released. Not through an official news release but a Facebook post from CSUB music educator and festival director Jim Scully.
Steven Sharp wasn’t one to crave the spotlight, or at least, not that much, but he definitely made it his life’s work to see that others managed to get theirs.
To quote Jimmy Rogers, the blues are “nothin’ but a good man feelin’ bad.” Well, the blues aren’t limited to just men, and in singer Janiva Magness’ case, the blues aren't limited to just feeling bad: They can also mean salvation.
Hundreds of talented young musicians will take the stage Thursday at Rabobank Convention Center for the 34th annual Junior High Music Makers Music Festival Concert.
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…