Blurt: San Diego Music News

Concert artist brings energy and hair

Artist Jimmy Ovadia creates a new gig

Most jobs associated with concerts have been around for years — musician, roadie, sound tech, merch guy. Jimmy Ovadia created a new job description, and he says it’s been his primary means of support for ...


Mikey Erg gets back to writing and rocking his own music

For eight years Mikey Erg played drums and wrote a bunch of songs for the Ergs!, a hyperactive punk band born and bred in New Jersey. Since their breakup in 2008, he has spent most ...

A brief history of the Bayreuth Festival

Bayreuth opens on July 12

We took a brief look at the Bayreuth Festival when conductor Andris Nelsons bowed out of the opening night. Almost 60,000 people shuffle through Bayreuth every summer paying homage. However, as big a number as ...

Gilbert Castellanos celebrates the Mambo King

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego July 13-17

Wednesday 13 Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos has two gigs at Panama 66, (1450 El Prado) beginning when he hosts the Young Lions Series at 6 p.m. then continuing at 8:30 when he leads the jam session. ...

Free stream of Meistersinger

Glyndebourne is offering a seven day window to view Wagner's magnum comedia

Starting on Tuesday, July 12, at 5:30 p.m. (Glyndebourne time) Wagner’s Die Meistersinger will be available to stream online at the Glyndebourne Opera site and at the Telegraph site. This is one of three productions ...

CDs are still around and they sound better than YouTube or Spotify

Classical music releases of note coming out July 8

Orchestral ReleasesJohn Corigliano is an American composer who should be more famous than he is. His most notable compositions are the opera The Ghost of Versailles, commissioned for the Metropolitan Opera’s 100-year anniversary, and the ...

Ms. Midday Hilary Chambers changes stations

Local alt-rock jock returns to 91X from unsure footing at FM 94/9

Is it another case of DJ musical chairs or a key player jumping off of a sinking ship? Hilary Chambers, who only uses her first name on the air, spent the past eight years at ...

Teenage blues

Minors in a Major Key play for music scholarships in the name of Candye Kane

“Candye Kane was a great musician.” Guitarist Serena Geroe, age 15, admits she never saw the late blues diva perform live but says she follows her on YouTube. In July, the band that Geroe fronts, ...

Enter the Fro zone with AJ Froman

O.B. band hopes the Zappa rock documentary provokes interest in odd prog

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Freak Out!, the first of some 60 Frank Zappa albums. Last weekend a new documentary called Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words was released to ...

Royal Headache and festivals for fuel

Aussie indie act storms our shores on the way to Pitchfork

Though they come from “the land down unda,” Australia’s Royal Headache has been growing a loyal following in the states. That’s not bad for a quartet two LPs into the game. The group is about ...

New biopic project for Cate Blanchett

Ethel Smyth is the greatest woman you've never heard of

I had promised to feature some women composers here, and this summer lull provides an excellent opportunity. Once August comes around the La Jolla Music Society cranks up the Summerfest and then September is upon ...

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