by Bondo Wyszpolski There was, as the saying goes, a sudden change in plans. In 2011, pianist Anli Lin Tong was all set to perform Béla Bařtók’s “Piano Concerto No. 3” with the Beach Cities Symphony. Yes, the piece is difficult, but the musicians had learned their parts. It was also the season’s opening […]
by Sean Carroll If you have seen the 2003 film Old School, then you are probably familiar with the scene featuring a wedding singer performing an unconventional rendition of Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” If have seen the 2009 film The Hangover, then you are probably familiar with the scene featuring the same wedding singer performing […]
Frances Steiner and Dr. Peter Barrett perform key roles for the cultural gem that is the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay When patrons fill the Norris Theater for the Oct. 18 opening performance of the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay’s 34th season, they’ll know they’re in good hands. At the baton will be […]
The South Bay New Orleans Jazz Club keeps tradition alive Musical styles come and go. Some recede and some revive, raising their heads a little, and then it’s up to the devoted few to keep fanning what small flames persist. Early, traditional jazz often seems like it’s struggling to remain vivid and relevant, and yet […]
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 […]
Nearly four decades since the first peak of his ascent as a reggae MC from Birmingham, U.K., Pato Banton continues to ride the wave of his prolific career in music. The 53-year-old singer has no plans to stop at the moment — he’s working on his 13th album, due out early next year, and planning […]
The record release party for Chaos Delivery Machine’s “Burn Motherf… Burn” takes place Saturday night at Fat Face Fenner’s on Hermosa’s Pier Plaza
The biography of the songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard is an unlikely combination of gratitude, grit and outright cussedness.
Pioneering Americana band plays Music on the Meadows at Terranea
by Bondo Wyszpolski Walking down Pier Avenue and stepping into the Lighthouse is quite different now than when Howard Rumsey showed up on May 29, 1949 to play his very first show. John Levine had purchased the club a year earlier and soon agreed to Rumsey’s replacing the rowdier element with an inviting atmosphere conducive […]
Dylanfest, the South Bay’s biggest celebration of Bob Dylan, celebrates 25 years It began in 1990 as a freeform jam in tribute of Bob Dylan at the Hermosa Saloon. In the following years, musicians and longtime friends Andy Hill and Renee Safier continued the tradition in their own backyards, at parks and at Anthony’s in […]
by Jeff Vincent/DirtyHippieRadio.com It’s been field tested again and again: throw on any number of records from anywhere in the world dated 1962-1977, and it’s clear as the night sky revealing stars behind a blue curtain that something was in the water. It was about the music. About experimentation, and fusing cultures and styles, inventing […]
Joe Firstman remembers the saxophonist Zane Musa, who will be honored with a show at Saint Rocke April 8.
Saxophonist Kamasi Washington, fresh from Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, steps into the limelight
The first time Kamasi Washington had contact with a tenor saxophone, an alchemical reaction unfolded in his father’s rehearsal shack in Inglewood. Unlike the clarinet, which he had played for several years prior, the sax made his fingers fly. The 13-year-old just picked it up and his fingers knew what to do. By his rap […]
Jackie Greene comes to Sainte Rocke.