• Black, Green, Purple Conversations

    Former Obama Administration “Green” Advisor Speaks Prince, Green Jobs at LBCC

    By Melina Paris, Contributing Writer More than a month after his untimely death, tributes to Prince continue to rain on — in purple. Think pieces by the reams on his importance to music, black cultu

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  • Just FAITH Lives Up to Her Name

    By Melina Paris, Music Columnist Singer-songwriter, Just FAITH, has been capturing fans far and wide, one stage at a time. She performed at a fashion show and the Lighthouse Festival in 2014. In 2015, she performed at the Bully Prevention Extravaganza. This past month, she was the opening act for the Mary Jane Gir

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  • Deke Dickerson Tour Stops at Godmothers

    By Mike Botica, Editorial Intern Veteran rockabilly singer, songwriter and guitarist Deke Dickerson will perform at 8 p.m. March 19, at Godmothers in San Pedro.  He will be headlining a bill that includes local band Lazy Lance & The Longhorns. The cover charge $10. Read More

  • Harold Greene Creates

    By Melina Paris, Music Columnist Harold Greene’s talents expand beyond creating one-of-a-kind furniture, for which he has been featured over the years in Random Lengths News. Greene also builds and creates music. “Unlike furniture making, which is an art that takes a lot of pre-planning, careful techniqu

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  • Clem Pennington is the Whole Package

    Story by Melina Paris, Music Columnist Photo by Phillip Cooke It really pays to check out local restaurants with live music. You never know what you might find. A couple of weeks ago, the newly reopened Beach City Grill featured the vocal sensation Clem Pennington. Durin

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  • Cumbre Flamenca Ignites Passion

    Photo By By Melina Paris, Music Columnist Flamenco is primal emotion expressed through guitar, song and dance. The preforming troupe Cumbre (“peak” in Spanish) Flamenca embodies this primal emotion. Two of its members, siblings Domingo and Inmaculada Ortega, sat down to

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  • Embrace the Music of Friends and Lovers

    By Melina Paris, Music Columnist With Valentine’s Day soon upon us, what could be better than taking the one you love to a romantic concert and dinner? As the holiday for lovers approaches, it’s time for Rainbow Promotions Valentine’s Day Concert, Feb.13, at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach. This year’s show feat

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  • Leonard Bernstein’s CANDIDE @ Long Beach Opera

    Life is happy for Candide is Westphalia. He lives in the land's most beautiful castle, and his beloved Cunégonde has consented to be his wife. No wonder he is so willing to accept Dr. Pangloss's philosophy that this world is the best of all possible worlds. Little does Candide know that the world with all its cruelty, deception, avarice, hypocrisy

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  • 20 Eyes Looks to the Future

    Photo and article by Mike Botica, Editorial Intern The Dec. 21 renaming of the intersection of Pacific Avenue and 13th Street after American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland was a homecoming cel

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  • The Epic: A Homecoming Show

    By Melina Paris,  Music Columnist The show started one hour late. Maybe it was jet lag from a just-concluded world tour or that he was on crutches. Yet, the moment saxophonist Kamasi Washington and his 29-piece band hit the stage, the audience’s frustration vanished. The Dec. 10 party, at Club Nokia, was on. I’m reluc

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