• 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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  • Tropicalia Fest

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    We Got Our Money’s Worth

    By Benjamin Garcia, RLN Reporter Tropicalia, a brief, dazzling burst of barrier-breaking art and aesthetics from a half-century ago, continues to radiate inspiration to audiences that find its celebrat

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  • Ethiopian jazz band, Ethio-Cali.

    Ethio Cali Infuses Flavor at Music Tastes Good  

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    By Melina Paris, Music and Arts Columnist

    The Ethiopian jazz band, Ethio Cali, took full advantage of performing on the last day of the Music Tastes Good Festival Read More
  • Flemons Brings Broad History of the American West Forward

    [vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]By Melina Paris, Music Columnist  Songster and multi-instrumentalist, Dom Flemons started his path busking on the streets while attending Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff. The often well versed musicians “busk” in public places for so

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  • Kalimba channels vintage Earth, Wind and Fire.

    The Spirit of Earth Wind & Fire Shines Through Kalimba

    [vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]By Melina Paris, Music Columnist Earth Wind & Fire was at the forefront of the evolution of pop music in the 1970s.  In a decade of experimentation, the band bridged the musical tastes of a black and white America with multicultural spiritualism.  The

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  • BBQ Kings, Rich Rigg, Marc Campbell, Tom Hartl, and Greg Dobler

    The BBQ Kings: Fired Up with The Blues!

    [vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]By B. Noel Barr, Music Writer Dude The BBQ Kings’ perform an Americana hybrid brand of blues, rock, delta and cajun music, and may be becoming one of the best touring blues bands on the West Coast. The group will be calling th

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  • Lowrider Band members Lee Oskar, Howard Scott, B.B. Dickerson and Harold Brown still ride together. File photo

    Lowriders Teach Art, Not War

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    It’s About the Music

    By Melina Paris, Music Columnist  To see Harold Brown walking through downtown Long Beach, talking to people in his neighborhood and picking up trash, you wouldn’t assume he is

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  • Dayramir-Gonzalez to perform at Alvas Showroom on July 29.

    Dayramir González Comes to Alva’s Showroom

    [vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Award-winning Cuban pianist and composer, Dayramir González comes to Alva’s Showroom for a two-part concert July 29. The first concert will be a solo show, The Art of the Cuban Piano. It will be followed by, From Havana to San Pedro, Afro Cuban Jazz, for the second set, when Gonzá

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  • Kamasi Washington’s Heaven and Earth Lights Up Leimert Park

    [vc_row][vc_column width="5/6"][vc_column_text]By Melina Paris, Music Columnist Kamasi Washington brought Heaven and Earth to Leimert Park on June 21 for a daylong, pre-album release party. The title of the tenor sax player’s album also captured the mood among his fans. After he released his critically acclaimed Read More

  • Don’t Knock the Cover; Honor the Music of Yesteryear

    [vc_row][vc_column width="5/6"][vc_column_text]By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor All too often, bands that perform covers of our favorite songs get no respect, and that’s not right. They get blamed whenever people complain about the lack of bands playing original music. But any star of yesteryear c

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