• Blues Concert to Benefit Youth Center

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor Juanito Ibarra has been pounding the pavements in his hometown of San Pedro for weeks promoting his July 9 blues benefit concert at the Warner Grand Theatre. He hopes the show will do better than just break even. He envisions it becoming a seed that grows in a 30,000-square-

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  • Judy Wexler’s Jazz Infused Summer of Love

    By Melina Paris, Music Columnist Culturally and politically, today has much in common with the Summer of Love 1967. The scent of rebellion was thick as the crowds of demonstrators that filled the streets. The music of that time, from the likes of Richie Havens, Paul Simon, Carole King and recent Nobel Prize in Literature recipient, Bob Dylan, ca

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  • Judy Wexler’s Jazz Infused Summer of Love

    By Melina Paris, Music Columnist Culturally and politically, today has much in common with the Summer of Love 1967. The scent of rebellion was thick as the crowds of demonstrators that filled the streets. The music of that time, from the likes of Richie Havens, Paul Simon, Carole King and recent Nobel Prize in Literature recipient, Bob Dylan, ca

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  • The New Gap Band Fills The Gap

    By Melina Paris, Music Columnist For a couple generations of folk, it’s simply not a party—be it a birthday party, family reunion, house party, dance club—without the celebrative funk and rhythm and blues of  The Gap Band. Formed by and around the Wilson brothers—Charlie, Ronnie and Robert—in

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  • SP: The Pleasure Trip to Horton’s Hayride Festival

    By Melina Paris, Music Columnist

    Rock, psychobilly and diversity were part of this year’s Horton’s Hayride festival in San Pedro. Perhaps, the festival, which used to take place in Long Beach, signals more upcoming activity to come to the other side of the twi

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  • RIP, Josh Fischel; or A Big Man Leaves a Big Hole Behind

    I met Josh Fischel in early 2013. He died yesterday, September 29, 2016. No, that can't be right. That would mean everything I experienced of and with this man took place in less than four years. That can't be right. The first three things I learned about Josh were probably the first three things most people learned about Josh when they met him:

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  • Memories Made at the New Blues Festival

    The New Blues Fest in Long Beach ended on Sept. 4, but the memories of the electrifying performances and my talks with famous blues artists still lingers.