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Stories by Dennis Donley

Old 97's Bring Grand Theatre to the Abbey

The Old 97's stormed into the Abbey like an alt-country Ramones, with a blitzkrieg 50-minute assault on the ears of a packed house. Scheduled as a KPRI promotion, their abbreviated set served to whet the ...

The Music and Stories of John Sebastian at AMSD

John Sebastian opened the first of two sold out shows at AMSD Concerts with "I'm Satisfied" from his 2007 collaboration with mandolinist David Grisman, whom he related meeting at New York University as a freshmen ...

For Everyman

Jackson Browne's reunion tour with guitarist-collaborator David Lindley found its way to the summer concert series at Humphrey's by the Bay. Browne joined opener Lindley for a brief acoustic set, kicking off the show with ...

J.D. Songsmith

Once known as the “sixth Eagle,” John David (aka J.D.) Souther walked away from the music industry in the 1980s to try his hand at acting; he returned 24 years later in 2008 with If ...

The Quiet Dave

"There are two types of folk music: quiet folk music and loud folk music. I play both." In his incarnation this past Saturday at AcousticMusicSanDiego in Normal Heights, Dave Alvin was the quiet Dave, backed ...

Mellow Edge

Norah Jones has had difficulty over the years finding the appropriate San Diego venue to showcase her music; she's performed everywhere from Cane's to Coors, where she drew a scant 6400 fans in a venue ...

What's So Funny?

With a repertoire dating back to the late ’70s, Elvis Costello's stop at the Balboa Theatre featured an eclectic mix of old, new, and rare. Playing in a solo, mostly acoustic setting, the U.K.-born singer-songwriter ...

Dave Rawlings Machine

Touring behind the critically acclaimed A Friend of a Friend, Dave Rawlings Machine made their second appearance in the past year at the Belly Up. A full house was treated to two covers-heavy sets, with ...

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