The Blue Ribbons have been flowing with a Stoli or two on the rocks thrown in. Anticipation fills the air. People are wearing local surf shop T-shirts and hats along with those of Black Flag, Pennywise and of course Descendents.
by Whitney Youngs Reggae is in the midst of revival, but to imply the music died and needed reviving is to misunderstand the movement. It’s less of a revival and more of a revitalization. One of the movement’s key figures is Protoje, a vibrant singer with eclectic tastes who seeks to re-energize the creative spirits […]
by Whitney Youngs Funneling water from a fire hose into a garden hose to put out a blaze doesn’t make much sense, and the same is true for running rich, low-fidelity sounds through a high-tech professional audio recording system. Producer and entrepreneur Scott Eric Olivier, who has worked with a wide range of artists, from Michael […]
Mike Watt keeps sailing around the country, but always finds himself returning to the South Bay by Ryan McDonald It took a postcard for Mike Watt’s dad to finally understood punk rock. It was the early ‘80s, and the bassist was on tour with Minutemen, the seminal San Pedro group he co-founded with singer/guitarist D. […]
Georgette Gantner brings live music to a local picture gallery Last month the Torrance Art Museum tried something a little different. In the main gallery, surrounded by four walls of art, a small jazz combo performed. It was a soft opening, you might say, and the turnout was modest, but the event heralded a new, […]
A year ago, Hermosa Beach music venue Saint Rocke decided to dedicate Tuesday nights as nn open avenue for developing local artists. Sans drums, but with a full PA and sound man, the club “opened its hearts to talented new new faces.” “We wanted to do more for local artists,” said Reid “Reidiculous” Clow of […]
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.