Front Porch

  • Gigging for a Living: Ed Kornhauser

    There are two tall drinks in front of Ed Kornhauser. One looks like a coffee drink and the other is a smoothie. He sips from one then the other. “I’m a working musician,” he says. “That’s how I make my living.” If you’ve spent any amount of time around San Diego, you’d have a hard […]

  • Notes from a (Reluctant) Music Teacher

    I never set out to become a music teacher. In fact, it all came about quite by accident, and as the result of calamity. I’d gotten to know the owner of a small family-owned music shop in my new hometown of La Mesa. I’d purchased a second-hand alto saxophone on the cheap, and I didn’t […]

  • Soaring with Enter the Blue Sky

    Some Americana bands have unusual sounds, some unusual names. Enter the Blue Sky manages to do both. The quartet is a recent product of the East County roots and open mic scene, and the musical brainchild of founder/front person Sandé Lollis. They play coffeehouses, restaurants, and community centers, presenting Lollis’ original songs in often subdued […]

  • Swing! Swing! Swing! at the San Diego Jazz Fest

    The overwhelming energy force that unites jazz, rhythm and blues, rockabilly, and swing fans will be returning to San Diego soon over the Thanksgiving weekend. It’s time once again for the San Diego Jazz Fest at the Town and Country Convention Center in Mission Valley . It’s hard to imagine that the festival is in […]

  • Danny Green Shares his Passion for Music

    As Danny Green talks about his music, the first thing to come up is Wagner. The jazz pianist waxes on about the German composer’s use of thematic devices and leitmotifs. He ticks off the Wagner operas he’s enjoyed, sometimes traveling to Los Angeles to catch a production of Lohengrin or Tristan und Isolde. He even […]

  • Nisha Catron: Songs in the Key of Truth, Part 2

    Once Nisha’s obligations to the Navy were fulfilled, she pursued the arts and became enrolled as a full-time student at San Diego State University, where she studied musical theatre. While there, she composed the background music for the play “Frontiers,” a period piece set in the 1800s. The story dealt with the challenges of women […]

  • Brick 15: A New Acoustic Venue Comes to North County

    If you like top quality acoustic music with something to say, singer-songwriter material, bluegrass, Celtic music, and the like, and if you can get comfortable in an inviting venue with great sound, snacks, and a top-notch coffee bar, then you’ll like the new venue Brick 15, which just opened at the corner of Camino Del […]

  • San Diego Blues: A Day on the Bay

    As the open-air music festival season nears its finale, the city of San Diego, in conjunction with the Jacobs and Cushman Food Bank, has announced its forthcoming 12-bar blues crescendo. The sixth annual San Diego Blues Festival happens Saturday, September 10th, from noon to 8pm, and will once again be staged right on the […]

  • Nisha Catron Sings in the Key of Truth

    There are certain words and descriptions that enter this writer’s mind whenever someone mentions the name Nisha Catron during the course of our conversation. Aside from the obvious physical characteristics that readily identify Nisha—her flowing, flaxen locks, and statuesque frame—she carries herself with a regal, stealth confidence born out of the many seasons she has […]