The grande dame of pipe organs in Bakersfield needs some TLC.
On Oct. 27, the African American Network of Kern County is taking jazz all the way to the top — the 12th floor, that is, by way of the Petroleum Club of Bakersfield in the Stockdale Tower building.
Venturing frequently from their home bases of Santa Barbara and Bakersfield, alt-rock trio Arlington understands the power (and sacrifice) of commuting. Formed out of the ashes of their former outfits — False Puppet and Hello Friday — members Tyler Benko (lead vocals, guitar), Channing Peake…
Audiences delight when world-renowned finger-style guitarist Richard Smith cuts loose. Having witnessed one of his live performances, fellow musicians and music lovers alike sing hymns of praise about Smith’s fretboard fireworks that will melt your heartstrings, start your toes tapping, and …
If you want to be entertained and challenged at the same time, plan on attending this season’s concerts by the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra.
Blues music lovers will take over the sleepy city of Kernville this weekend when the eighth annual Kern River Rock ‘n’ Blues Fest rolls back for three days of music, camping and partying out of bounds.
Over the course of a career that includes 16 years fronting the David Crowder Band and now two albums as a solo artist (released under the name Crowder), David Crowder has gained a reputation as one of the more musically adventurous artists within the Christian music scene.
Dave Mason and Steve Cropper are two undisputed titans in the worlds of rock and soul. Both are members of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame (Cropper was inducted in 1992 as a member of Booker T. and & M.G.’s and Mason in 2004 as a founding member of Traffic), both were prolific sidemen, pr…
The tributes to Blaine Hodge, the man who saved a woman from a Sept. 9 machete attack at a Bakersfield Starbucks cafe, continue to come in.
It's only fitting that emerging artists John and James Abrams kick off the 2018-19 season of Live @ The Harvey, the revamped Bakersfield Community Concerts series, which begins Sunday.
This weekend will no doubt be overshadowed by the towering goliath known as Village Fest. Our annual bacchanal where, for one night only, the city’s denizens are allowed to indulge themselves silly — but within reason — in all manner of food and drink for four hours.
To celebrate the one-year release of her California country mini-opus, “The Winner,” Celeigh Chapman has a special gift for fans to commemorate the occasion.
If you're in the market for residential property once owned by a Bakersfield country music legend but you found Merle Haggard's 3,600-square-foot abode just a tad too cozy, consider this option.
For a town that has a lot of people decrying it as bereft of “things to do,” this weekend — specifically this Saturday — is shaping up to be quite the opposite.
He lived there less than two years, but to his family, Merle Haggard's home on Brae Burn Drive, four houses down from the Bakersfield Country Club, was the first real tangible evidence that dad was something special. It also meant they could finally be a family again.
Local reggae traditionalist duo The Soul Chance has a pair of releases for fans to scoop up guaranteed to help get you through this blazing summer heat.
Country singer Cole Swindell is ready for "All of It": a new album out Aug. 17, a weeklong tour touting it and another tour to finish out the year including a local stop at Rabobank Arena on Nov. 2.
It's a great day to be alive for local Travis Tritt fans thanks to news that the country rocker will return to the Fox Theater this fall.
Isaiah Morfin is a musician on a mission. Local music fans might recognize the 28-year-old saxophonist from his appearances at shows — sometimes at random — and with his own band, Izzy and the Fins. Whether it was onstage or busking in front of a Target store, Morfin would be there with his …
Jake Shimabukuro is just about the perfect person to have as the unofficial goodwill ambassador for the ukulele and maybe even for his native Hawaii.
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.