Alex Khatchadourian

Donavon Frankenreiter digs deep

Donavon Frankenreiter digs deep

by Alex Khatchadourian About 38 miles southwest of Austin, Texas, sits the small town of Wimberley. There, in the heart of Texas Hill Country’s rolling landscape, a Southern California beachside native and his two bandmates, retreated to a sprawling 50-acre estate, better known as Blue Rock Studios, to create what is now Donavan Frankenreiter’s new…Read More→

 Alex Khatchadourian

Mann wins bumpy 2015 Catalina Classic on tiller-less paddleboard

Mann wins bumpy 2015 Catalina Classic on tiller-less paddleboard

“Boat 86, we’re going to need you to slow your paddler down, okay?” said Ronnie Meistrell, captain of Disappearance.

“Disappearance, we hear you,” said the muffled voice on the other end of the radio’s channel 68. “We’re letting him know right now.”

 Alex Khatchadourian

Windy and warm in ‘Wildwood’: Slackstring sings to soul, sun, and taking it easy

Windy and warm in ‘Wildwood’: Slackstring sings to soul, sun, and taking it easy

Somewhere, far away from the perpetual shuffle and bustle of our modern existence, there’s a place where life is about taking it easy. Breezes are cool, beers are cold, the people are friendly, and sandals are a staple to the local wardrobe – sound familiar? In recent decades, the soundtrack for that carefree place was…Read More→

 Alex Khatchadourian

Art with heart

Art with heart

Johnny “2/3” Anderson hosts art benefit for Harbor Rock Recovery Every Friday morning Johnny Anderson wakes up and makes his way down to the grassy oasis, known as Noble Park, that sits along The Strand between 14th and 15th streets in Hermosa Beach. It’s here he’s spent the last four years working to create a…Read More→

 Alex Khatchadourian

Chloe Caroline takes on Nashville

Chloe Caroline takes on Nashville

Almost three years ago, Chloe Caroline left the South Bay’s musical DIY breeding grounds for Nashville, Tennessee.

 Alex Khatchadourian

MUSIC PREVIEW – Feed the Kitty still on the prowl

MUSIC PREVIEW – Feed the Kitty still on the prowl

Local band debuts new record at Saint Rocke Two thousand eight was a rough year for Jed Mottley and Jack Maher. Although their band, Feed The Kitty, had released their self-titled debut album, they had no promotion or distribution, no money, and an unnerving notion that a return to a generic desk jobs would soon…Read More→

 Alex Khatchadourian

MUSIC PREVIEW – The musical journey of Anjali Ray

MUSIC PREVIEW – The musical journey of Anjali Ray

“I knew…if I could embrace my Hindu classical voice training with my first love, piano, then I had an opportunity to really do something different.” In Hindustani classical music, a raga is a particular arrangement of notes and melodic movements that make a song’s simple one-line melody erupt with sonic variation. The raga not only…Read More→

 Alex Khatchadourian

ZZ Ward kicks off the Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts tonight

ZZ Ward kicks off the Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts tonight

ZZ Ward kicks off both the Hermosa Beach Summer Concert Series and IROCKE’s Forever Festival this Sunday night, from south of the Hermosa Pier to all over the world. Her debut blues-driven album, “Till the Casket Drops”, not only proved a musical force to be reckoned with, but has earned her an impeccable reputation as…Read More→

 Alex Khatchadourian

From rap to rock- Lyricist Hunter Beard

From rap to rock- Lyricist Hunter Beard

Riding out the latter part of a drug-related sentence, Hunter Beard, who now resides in Hermosa Beach, took to avidly writing and recording raps about his past and the feelings he had with being locked up for nearly seven years, starting at the age of 18.

 Alex Khatchadourian

A local mission: Pastor Craig and Joyce Molitoris

A local mission: Pastor Craig and Joyce Molitoris

After two decades abroad, Craig and Joyce Molitoris bring a fresh cultural perspective to the tight-knit community of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church Craig Molitoris thought he had it all figured out. He would graduate from college and then head off for four more years of study at a seminary to pursue his Pastoral calling. That…Read More→

 Alex Khatchadourian

No Excuses: Yvonne Bogdanovich’s commitment goes beyond boys and girls

No Excuses: Yvonne Bogdanovich’s commitment goes beyond boys and girls

Yvonne Bogdanovich can still recall when she got the letter. The return address on the envelope read, “Boys and Girls Club San Pedro.” Inside was a brief, but kind letter from an old friend named Mike Lansing, asking a favor. “Mike was a teacher at Holy Trinity for years when all of my kids went…Read More→

 Alex Khatchadourian

Flameco fire: Festival Flamenco Gitano comes to Redondo Beach

Flameco fire: Festival Flamenco Gitano comes to Redondo Beach

The Spanish word duende cannot be explicitly translated to any one English word. In fact, even Spanish definitions of the word vary from person to person, meanings ranging from “elf” or “goblin” to “magic.” However, according to Spanish folklore and its usage in the Spanish arts, duende describes the mysterious, looming presence of heightened emotions…Read More→

 Alex Khatchadourian

Welcome surprises: three iconic South Bay artists present new work at 608 North [VIDEO]

Welcome surprises: three iconic South Bay artists present new work at 608 North [VIDEO]

Four or five small pieces of white paper litter the walls of Wilfred Sarr’s one-bedroom apartment in Santa Cruz. Upon second glance, the words “welcome surprise” can be seen inscribed in Sarr’s usual slapdash scribble. Some half-finished canvases sit, leaning against the wall near the easel that Sarr is standing over. Just three hours prior,…Read More→

 Alex Khatchadourian

“Rock Seen: 30 Years of Rock Images by Don Adkins” takes the stage in Redondo Beach

“Rock Seen: 30 Years of Rock Images by Don Adkins” takes the stage in Redondo Beach

It was another Friday evening in 1977. Don Adkins had just gotten out of one more electrical engineering class at Long Beach State University. Adkins drove home to his parent’s house in Cerritos to grab the Minolta SRT-101 camera that he had been borrowing regularly from his father, along with some freshly printed business cards…Read More→

 Alex Khatchadourian

Hope for skaters in Hermosa

Photos by Brad Jacobson (CivicCouch.com) Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night junior high and high school kids swarm the fly boxes, quarter pipes and seven-stair, and parallel ledges at a former Albertson’s supermarket in Hermosa Beach. On a recent evening, one of the park’s regular shredders, 13-year-old Adams Middle School student Marcus Williams, explained the…Read More→