Entries for March 2013

  • Chicago Duo Lucrezio to Perform Thursday Night at Lestat’s

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    Catch Chicago-based touring acoustic duo Lucrezio tomorrow night at Lestat’s. The band (consisting of Jennifer Lucrezio on vocals/piano and husband Jordan Burngarner on guitar) will be playing with local acts Mike Bowman and Raelee Nikole. We caught up with Jennifer and Jordan via an email interview to learn a little bit about their music and their […]

  • The U.S.A. Songwriting Competition Now Accepting Entries

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    18th Annual USA Songwriting Competition Kicks Off Entries are currently being accepted for the 18th Annual USA Songwriting Competition. Wining songs of the USA Songwriting Competition will receive airplay on a nationally syndicated radio program “Acoustic Cafe” as well as Sirius XM Satellite Radio. This is the first Songwriting Competition that gives airplay to the […]

  • Steph Johnson CD Release this Saturday at Sunset Temple

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    Q: How is San Diego jazz artist Steph Johnson gearing up for the release of her new album Nature Girl? A: By playing several pre-release release parties! Brilliant! The Steph Johnson Trio (featuring Rob Thorsen on bass and Fernando Gomez on drums) has been working hard to showcase the new disc at venues all over town, […]

  • Five Things You May Not Know About Simeon Flick

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    Simeon Flick is one of San Diego’s treasured teachers, writers, and performers. His distinct point of view resonates subtly yet powerfully regardless of his instrument of choice, via pen or power chord. Here are five things you may not know about him that are sure to leave you curious for more of his story! 1. […]


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    Has it really been 26 years since the Cowboy Junkies released The Trinity Session? For those unfamiliar with the minor-classic album, it was recorded in a church using a single microphone, managing an eerie, distant-yet-immediate sound with empty spaces and echo effects that made singer Margo Timmins and the sparse instruments sound somehow otherworldly. OB’s […]

  • BILL DEMPSEY: Take Me Back

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    A music man his entire life, who studied classical music and jazz and whose performance career includes playing the trombone and being an ungonged contestant on “The Gong Show,” Bill Dempsey is nowadays most noted for his banjo picking, guitar strumming, and singing. A disk he made several years ago is aimed mostly at children, […]

  • Duncan Moore: Signature Time Traveler

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    Nighttime in the Gaslamp District, bar hoppers pass by, the women in heels and very short skirts, and their men looking like they still aren’t ready to leave their fraternities. Pedicab drivers solicit fares, and the homeless solicit for anything that might help. It’s a Tuesday, and the sidewalks aren’t overflowing with the throngs of […]

  • Frankie Laine: A Century of “Mr. Rhythm”

    During his post-World War II ascension to the top of the recording charts as one of the most original voices in jazz and popular music, Frankie Laine picked up the moniker “Mr. Rhythm.” It was a fitting nickname: he rarely stood still, and his seated audiences often jumped out of their chairs to cheer him […]


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    Few guitarists fail to cite Django Reinhardt as an influence since his passing 60 years ago at age 43, and the Gypsy Swing Cats are no exception. The local trio features standup bassist Rick Steffens, guitarists Steve Nichols, and Guy Gonzales; the latter two are Django disciples down to their custom Selmer-style D-hole “big mouth” […]