Blurt: San Diego Music News

San Diego Opera Maestro remembered

Edoardo Müller was willing to send a message in opera

Years and years ago, a famous opera singer was singing a famous aria from a famous opera during an orchestral dress rehearsal. When the aria ended the music continued but that appeared to be an ...

Alt-rock jock Hilary Chambers returns to 91X

DJ musical chairs or is FM 94/9 not "about the music" anymore?

Is it a case of DJ musical chairs or a key player jumping off of a sinking ship? Hilary Chambers, who just uses her first name on the air, started as a local alt-rock DJ ...

Peter Kuhn Trio record-release party

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego June 28-July 3

Tuesday 28 There’s an All-Star Trumpet Summit at KSDS Jazz Live (14th & C streets) featuring Bobby Shew, Chuck Findley, Steve Huffsteter, and Ron Stout, with Mike Wofford, Dean Hulett, and Duncan Moore at 8 ...

Macbeth and Verdi

The Scottish play in operatic form

Macbeth is opening at The Old Globe this weekend and it has me thinking about musical settings of Shakespeare. Besides Goethe, Shakespeare is the most influential author in classical music. Perhaps Shakespeare supersedes Goethe’s influence. ...

A ban on all music for the glory of Islam?

Fundamental threat to music

As a musical apologist — and I am certainly more of an apologist than a critic — I often have ideas about how to get great music into the ears of more people. Once it’s ...

Horse with no permit

Former GG Allin bandmate talks busking in San Diego

“Federal law says we can busk, ’cause we’re entertaining for tips, not panhandling, or begging,” says Brian Demers, who used to play guitar in GG Allin’s hard-rock band Malpractice but now can be found busking ...

Bi this song by Alicia Champion

New single about bisexuality may not be a hit with the LGBT community

Alicia Champion knew she was bisexual from a young age. “When I was nine or ten [years old], I remember watching Power Rangers,” she recalls. “I had a crush on the pink ranger but was ...

Tijuana free to rock again

Mexico's back in the rock concert/festival business

Chim Arrieta Espinoza, singer/guitarist with Tijuana-based Rabbit Fever says the Mexican government has opened up to live-rock events. Arrieta has put on a number of multiband shows in small venues in TJ and San Diego ...

George Clinton on the logistics of funk and the fight to get paid

One bootie ain't enough

Funk music pioneer George Clinton, who is bringing his 22-piece Parliament-Funkadelic band back to the Belly Up on June 23, says the small Solana Beach club is often considered a yardstick for other venues. “We’ve ...

Myaskovsky and the return of esotericism

It's summer and the esoteric pick of the week is back

As much as I think I know about classical music I continue to be humbled by how much I don’t know. As we turn toward summer, the esoteric pick of the week is back on ...

Stop being silly Mainly Mozart

A literal silly symphony begins the conclusion of Mainly Mozart

The Mainly Mozart Festival concluded on Saturday night with a program of music which was both brilliant and, shall we say, curious? The Toy Symphony by Leopold Mozart was the first piece on the program. ...

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