Front Porch

  • Catching Up with Michael Tiernan

    When people think of a singer/songwriter, they ought to think of Michael Tiernan. Gifted with a natural stage presence, his beautiful high tenor is the perfect vehicle for his songs, almost all of which touch on deep emotions. Charismatic, he easily connects with his audience. And when they think of someone who keeps his nose […]

  • Suzanne Shea: When an Irish Heart Is Singing

    The rich, bold aroma of coffee being brewed and served by a bevy of baristas busy at work behind the counter; the sounds of sweet laughter drifted throughout the ebb and flow of conversation greeted me as soon as I entered the café, located one block away from the trolley line I had used to […]

  • Brasil Jazz Festa 2017: Celebrating Brazilian Jazz and Culture

    On Sunday, February 19, Dizzy’s new location in the Musicians’ Association Bldg., Bay Park, will come alive at the 9th Annual Brasil Jazz Festa, celebrating Brazilian jazz with four music sets: Brazilian singer-guitarist Téka Penteriche from São Paulo, award-winning flutist Lori Bell, the Danny Green Trio, and the Allison Adams Tucker Group. Featuring eight Southern […]

  • Sue Palmer and the Shenanigans Headline Upcoming Benefit for ArtReach

    Judy Berman Silbert’s voice is filled with enthusiasm. “This is going to be a wonderful cross pollination of art genres,” she says. The San Diego native is excited about the concert and first-ever fundraiser for ArtReach, the organization Silbert founded to bring art and art education into San Diego schools. To be held on the […]

  • Jail Guitar Doors: Rob Bird’s Musical Prison Quest

    Clang clang, go the jail guitar doors Bang bang, go the boots on the floor Cry cry, for your lonely mother’s son Clang clang, go the jail guitar doors The words to the 1977 punk rock song have more impact sung by its writer, the Clash’s Joe Strummer. The B-side references MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer […]

  • Raul Sandelin’s Rock Doc Movie Journey

    In 1950, there were 5,600 people in El Cajon, which means “the box” in Spanish. By 1970, there were 52,273 and one of them was this author. Another was Raul Sandelin. The journalist, educator, and documentary film director and producer feels a special connection to both the city in the valley, rock music—and the way […]

  • Jimmy Duke, Impresario: Dark Thirty Celebrates 20 Years

    I met Jimmy Duke one Halloween probably 33 years ago. He was dressed as Count Dracula. For years I thought of him as the Count. In the intervening years I have come to think of him as someone you can always count on. On May 3rd, 1998, the Joel Rafael Band performed in Duke’s living […]

  • The Steely Damned 2: Tribute Bands Have Never Been Quite Like This

    There are plenty of tribute bands in San Diego, but nothing quite like the Steely Damned 2. Built around the music of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, aka Steely Dan, the 12-piece band doesn’t attempt to look or dress like the real deal, instead they focus on the music, making sure that every note of […]

  • Thoughts About Leonard Cohen

    In my mind there was a decades-long debate as to who the best rock and roll poet was: Bob Dylan or Leonard Cohen. Being the kind of ersatz pundit who argued passionately for the minority opinion, my champion was Cohen. Critics and audiences and what used to be called Mass Media reached a consensus that […]