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Adam Jones breaks the fourth wall at The Blarney Stone

It’s been fifteen years since Adam Jones made his debut at The Blarney Stone Pub in Clairemont. “One evening back in 2009, when I stopped in for a weekend nightcap, I heard another band covering …

June 27, 2024
Gonzo Report: TV themes take the stage at The Jazz Lounge

“I opened this club, so I can do what I want,” says Leonard Patton from the stage at The Jazz Lounge. He’s flanked by pianist Aimee Nolte and bassist Antar Martin (San Diego Jazz Quintet, Coast …

Gonzo Report: Hiroshima shows that rebellion is innate to innovation

“This is why they didn’t let me talk in the band,” joked master kotoist June Kuramoto from a stage at The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad. The band was jazz fusion legends Hiroshima, which …

June 13, 2024
Gonzo Report: Kids rock the Music Box

“Use the force, young Skywalker” reads the note attached to the mixing board at Little Italy’s Music Box. Jedi hijinks might help to explain the flow at Commotion Explosion, which sees several bands taking the …

Gonzo Report: Grinnells serve jazz for breakfast at Books & Records

Video:GONZO: Grinnells serve jazz for breakfast at Books & Records in Bankers HillWhen I ask Jenna Angeloni, the manager at Books and Records in Banker’s Hill, if anyone has ever taken their “no dress code” …

Gonzo Report: Bad Religion and Social Distortion’s effects on Chula Vista

Video:Bad Religion bassist Jay Bentley reflects on the band's early days playing Iguanas in Tijuana“I don’t even know this fucking guy, he’s not my friend!” says the man who has just pulled a stranger out …

Gonzo Report: Kavana takes the stage at Navajo Live

Video:Sparse crowd doesn’t lessen metal magic.“It doesn’t matter,” says a guy I’ll call Drunk Boda after I inform him that I didn’t play at tonight’s Metal Monday show at Navajo Live in San Carlos. The …

Dad Darius Degher writes lyrics for his daughters - and himself

Degher and his daughter duo: “W.H. Auden said that reading your own poetry is like smelling your own farts,” says singer/songwriter, producer, and published poet Darius Degher. For some reason, I imagine the noxious fumes flowing …

April 11, 2024
Gonzo Report: TikTok star Ricky Montgomery connects in real life

Video:GONZO: TikTok star Ricky Montgomery connects in real life“There’s nothing more dangerous than the combined rage of teenage girls,” a teenage girl informs me after I ask a group of them to not beat me …

April 3, 2024
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