• First Beach Life Festival Draws Thousands

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Mark Friedman, RLn Contributing Writer Inaugurating what might become an annual event, 10,000 South Bay residents came to hear scores of acts and big-name musicians such as Brian Wilson (Beach Boys), Bob Weir (Grateful Dead), Ziggy Marley and Willie Nelson. The line-up also  includ

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  • Artists Ready to Take the Stage at San Pedro Music Festival

    [vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]By Dennis J. Freeman, Contributor The first-ever San Pedro Music Festival is scheduled to take place on Mother’s Day with a full lineup of top-tier musical talents. The daylong concert which begins at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, at the Warner Grand Theatre, is a celebration

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  • Celebrating Joni Mitchell’s Relevant, Healing Music

    [vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]By Melina Paris, Music Columnist Joni Mitchell’s music is timeless. Her music is more relevant now than ever. Her 1971 album Blue topped NPR’s 150 Greatest Albums by Women in 2017. Mitchell celebrated her 75th birthday with a gala at the Dorothy Chan

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  • Windy Barnes Farrell Sings the Song of Music

    [vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]By Dennis J. Freeman, RLn Contributor Music for life. That is songbird Windy Barnes Farrell’s story. She sings, sings and sings some more. While you’re at it, make it good to the folks listening to you, she said. Barnes Farrell has made it go

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  • Women Who Rock: Portraits of Courageous Heroines

    [vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]By Melina Paris, Music Columnist Visiting Evelyn McDonnell at her quiet home nestled close to Cabrillo Beach, one may be surprised to find a trailblazer in San Pedro with a comprehensive publishing career recognizing women recording artists. She is the e

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  • A Troubadour of his Own Making

    [vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]By Melina Paris, Music Columnist One would think the pressure is greater for those born to musical greats. But that’s not always the case, as I learned during a long and wide-ranging conversation with Chris Stills, a musician, actor and activist who is pe

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  • Quixotic with Love, Done Well and Right

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    Joshua Fischel and The Fiction’s Album Release at Dipiazza’s

    By Melina Paris, Music Columnist The record release of Quixotic was an important event on multiple levels. It was the posthumous release of the late Joshua Fischel’s project and The Fiction’s deb

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  • New Media Advance Indie Sounds

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    Los Angeles Indie-Rock band New Media have been making a name for themselves playing gigs from the West side to Long Beach.

    By Melina Paris, Music Columnist; Photo by Simone Wicks

    Last week, I witnessed a band who

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  • From Amazing Grace to the Marley Festival

    [vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Compiled by Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor The opening night of the 27th annual Pan African Film Festival will feature Amazing Grace, the documentary about the best selling gospel album of all time —  a documentary that was filmed 46 years ag

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  • Music for the Soul

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    Setting the Standard with a Blues Holler

    By Melina Paris, Music Columnist I’ve been preoccupied by two thoughts in regard to music these past few months. First: Thank God we have “standard repertoires of music.” Standar

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