• 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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  • The Glass Family Electric Band

    [vc_row][vc_column width="5/6"][vc_column_text]Spend a summer afternoon of rockin' music with the '60s sounds of the Glass Family Electric Band, including a psychedelic light show. Time: 4 p.m. July 8 Cost: Free Details: (424) 264-5335 Venue: The Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W.

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  • Ray Goren Merges Old and New

    [vc_row][vc_column width="5/6"][vc_column_text]By Melina Paris, Music Columnist It has been five years since the now 18-year-old Ray Goren played at the Long Beach Bayou Festival. He will be back this year, now with more life experiences. He’s bringing the blues he grew up on to close the festival on

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  • Aileen Quinn and The Leapin' Lizards

    People’s Place and Palace presents Dance Concert featuring Aileen Quinn and the Leapin’ Lizards

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    By Vanessa Rowan

    Whether you get up and dance or kick back to listen, you're sure to have a great night out for a Dance Concert May 12th hosted by People’s Place and Palace. The

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  • Dana Louis and the Glorious Birds to perform at the Grand Annex April 12.

    Take Flight with Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds

    [vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]On April 12, singer-songwriter Dana Louise  and the Glorious Birds will present numbers from their new self-titled album. Choosing to to be unconfined by genre names, they call their music future folk and will g

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