Parlor Showcase


    Joe Garrison: Creating Jazz Magic with his Society of Friends

    It’s a festive crowd at 98 bottles. Unusual for a Sunday, the place is packed. Every seat looks to be taken, and folks mill about the stage. Despite the size of the crowd, it seems as though everyone knows everyone else, like this is some sort of reunion. There are lots of smiles, lots of […]

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    Treading the Boards with Mike Keneally: Maestro masterstroke in 9/8 time

    In the liner notes to the 1968 Mothers of Invention album, We’re Only in It for the Money, Frank Zappa instructs all and sundry that, before checking out the ultimate track on the LP, “The Chrome Plated Megaphone of Destiny,” go and “dig up” a copy of Franz Kafka’s short story “In the Penal Colony” […]

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    10 Things to Love About Peter Bolland

    They should have never asked me to write this article. I mean, what were they thinking? First off, Peter Bolland is one of my dearest friends and a trusted confidant. We also infrequently perform together in a side-project called Allied Gardens. I’ve produced and recorded two albums for his former band, the Coyote Problem, as […]

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    SCENE THROUGH THE LENS: Dan Chusid, Dennis Andersen, John Hancock, Steve Covault

    The next time you see a live band in San Diego, look around carefully. The most talented artist in the room may well not be on stage. He or she may be behind a camera. Photography is an art, seeking and capturing emotions and moments that touch us. People go to concerts not just to […]

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    Berkley’s Sound Garden: An Exploration of Jeff Berkley’s Locally Grown Music Produce

    The Seed I can’t remember where I was the first time I heard Jeff Berkley perform, but I can remember what I felt: everything. His fingers flew across the frets, his voice sank into my skin, and his lyrics stuck to my soul. It was this baptism of emotion that completely converted me to a […]


    RAFTER ROBERTS: Perverse Profundities

    Rafter Roberts stands no taller than your average human male, yet his fiery red-haired head is filled with the minutiae of music, swirling and churning constantly. Fortunately, this leaves little room for fear, of which Rafter has nearly none. His fearlessness has led him to do just about everything he sets his mind to, which […]

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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 […]