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Gary Peacock Trio comes to Scripps Research Institute

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego, February 9-14

Tuesday 9 Celebrate Fat Tuesday with Jazz Live and the Euphoria Brass Band, featuring Sue Palmer and Leonard Patton, with Ron Bocian, Drew Miller, Steve Ebner, April West, David Jackson, J.P. Balmat, and Wayne Rice ...

Bruckner and No. 5

The number 5 keeps coming in our curated playlist

Playlist No. 5 has gone from Beethoven 5 to Mahler 5 to Tchaikovsky 5 to Sibelius 5 and now to Bruckner 5. A more logical step would be to continue into the 20th Century with ...

San Diego misses out on conductor

One of San Diego's guest conductors makes a splash in Birmingham

Recall that time when Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla came to visit the San Diego Symphony and conducted Sibelius’s Violin Concerto and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring? She was maybe, possibly, a candidate to be the next music ...

4518 pipes call to the "Starman"

Organist Carol Williams pays tribute to David Bowie in Balboa Park

After other organ tributes went viral online, another “breathtaking” performance took place to honor the late David Bowie at Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. City Organist Carol Williams, with the sun setting to the ...

HITnRUN or HITSnMISSES

Our funky hero Prince stumbles on his latest

As a Prince devotee, I hold the diminutive artist up to colossal standards. While never losing respect for his creativity or willingness to take risks and push boundaries with each new album, I also recognize ...

Donkey Water

“We do see San Diego beers on the road and it’s an entry point of discussion with others.”

How does a band stay together for more than ten years? For the Donkeys, chemistry is key, but having little faith in one’s own abilities doesn’t hurt either. “I think we all share a lack ...

Music and comics

...these are a few of our favorite things...

Launched in 2012, San Diego Comic Fest is organized by several original promoters behind the first San Diego Comic-Cons. This year’s edition, staged at the Town and Country Resort (February 12–14), features music performances by ...

Clarinetist down!

Ben Folds brings his new concertos to town for the San Diego Symphony

From the Ben Folds Five through solo projects and rubbing shoulders with William Shatner, Regina Spektor, and Weird Al Yankovic, pianist/composer Ben Folds likes to keep folks head-scratching. In concert with the San Diego Symphony, ...

Paula Boggs Band comes to town

Former Starbucks executive shares her new soul-folk brew at Winston's in O.B.

I had to ask — what did Paula Boggs’s dad say when she announced that she was ditching her career as lead counsel for the Starbucks corporation in exchange for a career as a musician? ...

He got bikers to go against me

Sickstring Outlaws learn about band brotherhood the hard way

A gooey mess regarding band finances led to an ugly departure of a four-year member and some malicious slurs between bandmates including “thief” and “deadbeat.” Singer/guitarist Ron Houston founded the Sickstring Outlaws 12 years ago. ...

Expiration dates are for suckers, not Supersuckers

Eddie Spaghetti talks country, walks rock and roll

The Supersuckers have drifted back into country mode on their new album, Holdin’ the Bag. It’s the first time the band has released a country collection since 1997’s Must’ve Been High. “We were on tour ...

Something San Diego’s musicians taught me

Classical music in San Diego is always in transition. Organizations have come and organizations have gone. General directors and conductors have retired, moved on, or shuffled away in disgrace. Attendance has been up and attendance ...

Shook Ones, Supersuckers, Pearl Charles

...and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this week

Sunday 7Ché Café stages a Soda Bar–curated show Sunday night, featuring punk-n-roll Bellingham band the Shook Ones. Been some time since I’ve seen this band’s name on a bill or record-release one-sheet, so I’m not ...

A band called Sissy Spacek, Saintseneca, Adolescents

...and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this weekend

Thursday 4A band called Sissy Spacek. Surewhynot. The West Coast duo of John Wiese (strings) and Charlie Mumma (skins) are more sound collagists than songsmiths. The schitzy grind project, though prolific in its output over ...

Nations no longer matter in classical music

Music is about humanity experiencing humanity

In reviewing the most recent San Diego Symphony concert, I made something of a big deal about countries of origin not being important in classical music. While that is true when it comes to performing ...

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