Parlor Showcase

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    Nena Anderson: The Music of Letters and Serenades

    Nat King Cole once sang of those “Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer” complete with “soda and pretzels and beer.” George Gershwin thought the “livin’ was easy” during “Summertime.” While many Americans take the cue from these and other summer anthems and put on the brakes to relax during the heat waves of July and […]

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    JAVA JOE: Splendid Times Still Guaranteed for All

    The friendly aromas once again kiss your nostrils, the comforting flavors glide into your mouth. Familiar faces are joined by new ones – all seem relaxed and happy – and there’s music in the air to make your soul dance. This enchanted place is both old and new, having existed in several different areas of […]

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    The Sexy, Sassy Soul Tonic of Whitney Shay

    What are the qualities that most define a successful artist – other than raw talent, perseverance in the face of overwhelming oddities, and the focused discipline required to master his/her craft? Well, some might insist that the most crucial element in defining an artist’s mettle is the ability to form a connection that results in […]


    Mikan Zlatkovich: Man in the Moment

    “The time for performing is now. The time for practicing was then,” says Mikan Zlatkovich. We’re at a Starbucks in the middle of Kearney Mesa. I’ve barely sat down, barely had a chance to grab my pen or get out my notes, and Zlatkovich is already talking to me about his life and his music. […]


    Zowie! Zany! Zesty! The Zzymzzy Quartet Knows How to Swing!

    The early weeks of 2014 in San Diego produced extraordinarily warm weather, resembling more the Bard’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream than Simon and Garfunkel’s “A Hazy Shade of Winter.” Such balmy nights can energize the populace, and a Friday night in the busy street of University Avenue in North Park is no exception. A recent […]

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    Lisa Sanders and Karen Hayes: ALMOST FAMOUS

    JAVA JOE’S COFFEE HOUSE, 1993 Jewel Kilcher works behind the counter serving muffins and coffee. Steve Poltz is on stage telling a meandering story that will eventually lead into a song; his Mexican adventure with Jewel during which they co-wrote “You Were Meant for Me” has yet to happen. The cast of characters milling about […]

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    The Perpetual Flowering of DAVID FLEMINGER

    Meet David Fleminger. A soft spoken, 1,000-petaled lotus of artistic temperament whose place amongst San Diego music history is secure, based on the numerous groundbreaking bands he has been involved with over the years. Although he spent half of his life 550 miles north of here, in San Francisco, he found out in 2011 that […]

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    Patric Petrie and the Secret to her Success

    If you were to drive in the western coast of Ireland in the County of Mayo, from the 59 highway you could head west on 319. On 319 you’d go north through the heather and heath, with lakes and rolling hills in the distance. Passing the whitewashed walls of E.T. Sweeney’s roadside garage, you’d pass […]

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    The Charm and Persistence of Christopher Dale

    It’s easy to be swept away with all the fast lane nonsense in the world to which we refer “the music biz.” It’s an exciting place to be, after all… the creativity, the colorful characters involved, the newest buzz. Folks come and go. Scenes come and go. The underlying politics shift constantly based on how […]

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