1. B & The Hives—Henry Miller Library, Friday
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Monday, September 30, 2019
For Donna Grantis, the three-day Monterey Jazz Festival was more like a three-hour event.
In its 62nd year, the Monterey Jazz Festival brought a vast range of music to the Monterey County Fair and Event Center this weekend, from classics to experimental music to non-jazz genres like that blues.
Sunday, September 29, 2019
There was no shortage of cool musical options on a frigid Friday night at the Fairgrounds. Allison Miller and Derrick Hodges’ tribute to the late pianist Mary Lou Williams was lovely, with especially plaintive vocals from Jean Baylor, Johnaye Kendrick and Michael Mayo on “It Ain’t Necessaril…
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Only New Orleans could have produced a band like Cha Wa. They mix up that city’s more iconic music genres—jazz, second line, funk and brass—but add to the pot a big helping of Mardi Gras Indian culture and music. That is a century-old subculture of African-Americans who have inherited or ado…
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Someone once quipped “those who can do, those who can’t teach.”
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
When Ann Hampton Callaway steps onstage in Studio 105 this weekend, it will mark the completion of a trek which began last January, when nasty weather forced numerous flight cancellations that preempted her arrival for a scheduled gig here.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
For the first time since 1960, the Monterey Jazz Festival will not take place on the third weekend in September.
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
The Monterey Jazz Festival's Next Generation Jazz Orchestra boasts about bringing up new talent in the genre. In the case of Seaside native Tanya Darby, there's been a nicely linear story to follow: She performed in the Next Gen orchestra as a student, then returned earlier this year as a judge.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Tuesday, September 04, 2018
Anthony Lane was true to his word.
Friday, June 15, 2018
Tyler Farr has had a circuitous route to becoming a celebrated country star. At 21, the classically-trained opera singer, left his native Missouri and took off for Nashville eager to be a country star. From there, he spent years as a physical laborer, short order cook, construction worker, l…
Monday, April 23, 2018
Back in August 2013, Modest Mouse’s closing set left attendees of the inaugural two-day First City Festival at the Monterey County Fairgrounds salivating for more. Unfortunately, Monterey’s boutique, indie-rock fest only lasted through its sophomore year, but the two years of First City left…
Thursday, March 29, 2018
The world-famous Monterey Jazz Festival has announced the lineup for their 61st year, which includes many returning acts like Wynton Marsalis, Lucinda Williams and Charles Lloyd.
Monday, September 18, 2017
Six decades is a lot of music to remember and pay tribute to, but the Monterey Jazz Festival pulled it off in style this past weekend.
Monday, August 28, 2017
Guitarist and singer Jacob Ellzey wanted to play more high energy rock and roll after the now-disbanded garage rockers The Pipsqueaks stopped playing shows, so with the help of bassist Alex Vareljian and drummer Evan Hildebrand, Shoobies became another garage rock trio.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Fifty years later, it's happening again. And many festival-goers and a strong cast of performers showed up for both events the original Monterey Pop and its reincarnation a half century later.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Previously unreleased performances from Grateful Dead and Laura Nyro at the historic 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival are featured on a new album that was released on June 9 in anticipation of the 50th-anniversary Pop Fest that kicks off Friday.
Thursday, May 04, 2017
Robert Greenberg loves classical music as if it were a redemptive savior. He writes books on the subject, lectures in the Great Courses series on it, serves as music historian-in-residence with San Francisco Performances, teaches, plays, composes, lives and breathes the music. Here—prior to …
Monday, January 23, 2017
The Monterey Bay Blues Festival had chugged along for 27 years, bringing such talents to the Monterey County Fairgrounds as BB King, Etta James, The Neville Brothers, Buddy Guy, Keb Mo and Glady Knight. Not to mention regional and up-and-coming acts.
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Open Sky Radio, a non-profit broadcast station, has produced an hour-plus radio tribute to the late-musician Larry Hosford that will air on Dec. 10.
Monday, July 25, 2016
Some things go great with festivals: nature, friends, camping.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
The first actual concert of the pre-event lead-up to Saturday night’s opening of the 2016 Carmel Bach Festival is now officially in the books as a sold-out crowd was treated to a gorgeous happy hour show in the intimate confines of the Monterey Museum of Art on Pacific Street.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
The Mystery Lights have migrated from Monterey to the busy streets of New York, but their brand of loud and fast, bluesy garage rock hasn’t changed.
Friday, May 27, 2016
It's a prodigious lineup long on big names and reggae institutions, and one best experienced from the lawns and seats of Monterey County Fairgrounds.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Some things just have to be experienced to be understood.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
at the Monterey Fairgrounds, May 27-29, 2016
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
The barrels are listening.
Wednesday, March 09, 2016
A collection of early jazz recordings, including works by Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Jelly Roll Morton, has been meticulously archived and released online.
Monday, March 07, 2016
The head of music at Paradigm Talent Agency and Monterey Peninsula local Chip Hooper died this past Saturday after battling cancer. He was 53.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Sometimes a conversation with Jack Bauer can get intense.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Mike Brandon often uses the word nasty to describe new songs from The Mystery Lights.
Monday, June 29, 2015
"This is only the first song, right?" someone behind us in line asked.
Monday, June 22, 2015
Among empty beer bottles, 12-string guitars and a well-used coffee maker I tried to keep cool as I sat across from Dave Mason on his tour bus an hour before his concert.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Erroll Garner's Carmel-produced masterpiece Concert By The Sea to celebrate 60 years at the 58th Monterey Jazz Festival.
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
After a first look at the 2015 lineup for San Francisco's Treasure Island Music Festival, revealed today, I felt a flash of nostalgia for Monterey's short-lived First City Festival.
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Vermillion Lies packed the house whenever they came to town—sometimes they'd even pack the house twice in one night (they'd have an early show at 7pm and late show at 10pm).
Monday, June 01, 2015
’80s power pop rockers The Smithereens, ukulele savant Jake Shimabukuro, the king of the American Songbook vocalist Michael Feinstein and Grammy Award-winning South African outfit Soweto Gospel Choir represent a taste of Sunset Center's eclectic 2015-2016 season—and this just represents the …
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Beyond a complex maze of campers, tents, makeshift shelters and partying, the RV seemed like it was miles away from the Monterey County Fairgrounds' main stage arena.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
In a world where it's becoming increasingly more difficult to get anything for free, the 14th annual West End Celebration continues to gift the community two days of live music (it no longer has to compete with First City Festival.)
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
After 20 years, Slightly Stoopid co-founder Miles Doughty (guitar, bass, vocals) says that while they always remain faithful to their sound—a reggae-rock hip-hop hybrid with SoCal roots—they're never scared to venture into new territory.
In its sixth year, California Roots organizers have gathered a roster of energizing Rasta befitting its ever-strengthening rep as the biggest reggae-rock concert on the map.
Friday, May 15, 2015
I first saw B.B. King perform live in 1997, at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
You're not alone if you weren't aware that May is International Drum Month.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Lillie Lemon said we should listen to her music.
Monday, April 27, 2015
Back on April 10, a letter from Billy, Bobby, Mickey and Phil was released, confirming two additional Fare Thee Well shows in Santa Clara at Levi's Stadium.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
The name itself sounds controversial, whether you're from Russia or the U.S.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
In Big Sur redwood country, confining live music indoors is like eating imported tomatoes in August.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
“I found my calling in the back bin of a dark, dusty record store," 2015 Record Store Day Ambassador Dave Grohl writes in a press statement. "I believe that the power of the record store to inspire is still alive and well, and that their importance to our next generation of musicians is crucial.”
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Headliners Jason Isbell and Todd Snider highlighted the two-day Monterey Bay Americana Festival's debut year in 2013.