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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 […]


    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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