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Hillside Serenades

Hillside Serenades

Summer-long concerts each Wednesday evening at Malaga Cove Malaga Cove is an enclave unto itself, and it’s also one of the first things we see when we drive up from Redondo Beach and into Palos Verdes Estates. In the plaza, landmarked by the statue of Neptune, there are art shows each month, but a little […]

 Sean Carroll

Battle for the Beach 2016: Finals

Battle for the Beach 2016: Finals

The finals for “Battle for the Beach 2016” were held last night at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach. Spliff Vision, Aurico, Josh Arbour, and Zeal Levin were the four musical acts who performed. Zeal Levin emerged as the winner, and he will open for the Hermosa Beach 2016 Summer Concerts. Photos by Sean Carroll.

 Kevin Cody

Jarvis opens Sunday for Donavon Frankenreiter at Saint Rocke.

Jarvis opens Sunday for Donavon Frankenreiter at Saint Rocke.

Hermosa Beach singer-songwriter Jamisen Jarvis opens Sunday for pro surfer turned singer-songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter at Saint Rocke. Easy Reader music critic Alex Khatchadourian described Jarvis as, “Languid at times, soulful at others, Jarvis has the allure of a vocalist beyond her years.”

 Kevin Cody

Descendents perform first Hermosa concert in two decades

Descendents perform first Hermosa concert in two decades

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.

 Whitney Youngs

Q & A with Protoje: Jamaica’s Reggae Revival gets Diggy

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 […]

 Whitney Youngs

L.A.-Based Producer to Host Clinic on Recording Invention: PEDALpUNK!

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 […]

 Ryan McDonald

Port in a storm

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. […]

 Bondo Wyszpolski

Sound and Vision

Sound and Vision

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, […]

 Eddie Solt

MUSIC PREVIEW – Open Mic Night takes off at Saint Rocke

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 […]

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Keyboard Sonata: concert pianist Anli Lin Tong performs Friday with the Beach Cities Symphony

Keyboard Sonata: concert pianist Anli Lin Tong performs Friday with the Beach Cities Symphony

  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 […]

 Sean Carroll

The Dan Band Lights Up Saint Rocke

The Dan Band Lights Up Saint Rocke

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 […]

 Robb Fulcher

PENINSULA ARTS – Dynamic duo

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 […]

 Bondo Wyszpolski

…And the Band Played On

…And the Band Played On

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 […]

 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 […]

 Esther Kang

HERMOSA SUMMER CONCERTS – Pato Banton takes the stage

HERMOSA SUMMER CONCERTS – Pato Banton takes the stage

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 […]

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