Entries for June 2017

  • THE SHADOWDOGS: Tangerine

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    The Shadowdogs are rocking alt-country band that started out in 1998, put out a CD in 2003, Somewhere South of the Clef, that snagged an SDMA award. The front man, multi-instrumentalist and chief songwriter is Bruce Fitzsimmons, and the band also includes a basic core quartet, including bassist/ co-lead vocalist Jon Scarantino, Dan Lehner on […]

  • Surfing

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    I grew up in Ventura, California, a small, sleepy beach town an hour north of Los Angeles. There wasn’t much to do. But there were miles of beautiful, empty beaches. The Pacific Ocean pulled us toward her like iron filings to a magnet. Perched out on the horizon were the Channel Islands, uninhabited chunks of […]

  • The Absolute Authenticity of REBECCA JADE

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    My first Rebecca Jade experience came about four years ago, actually at the behest of NYC bassist (and former San Diegan) Danny Weller, who was back in town celebrating the birthday of Ella Fitzgerald with an all-star band featuring Peter Sprague, Mikan Zlatkovich, and Duncan Moore. I was flabbergasted. Who was this woman with incredible […]

  • A How-To Book for Entertainers

    As an amateur musician, I got a call several years ago for an afternoon gig. A party, a wedding, I really can’t remember what the event was. What I do remember was that the band played outdoors and, as the afternoon progressed, I was less and less in the shade of the temporary canopy and […]

  • Fifty Junes Ago, Part Two

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    June 1967. That month, half a century ago, decided it was time to kick some ass and show the world how things should be done. It was well up to both tasks and performed services to music that resulted in songs and events that, right out of the gate, seemed to glow with an essence […]

  • PETER SPRAGUE & REBECCA JADE: Planet Cole Porter

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    For the songwriters of the great American Songbook–among them Lerner and Lowe, Rogers and Hart, Irving Berlin, and particularly in the case of brothers George and Ira Gershwin–the adjective genius is not a misused appellation. Yet even among these great talents, the music of Cole Porter stands apart. His pitch perfect marrying of lively and […]

  • GREGORY PAGE: So It Goes

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    It’s an often told tale that young Gregory Page, having no interest in academics or a future in business, developed a fascination with his grandfather’s 78 rpm records. It’s a quirky tidbit, hardly worth the mention for the more conventional lives of lawyers, clerks, and cashiers, but it merits attention in discussing the intriguing Mr. […]

  • A Great Month for Bluegrass!

    June is a great month for bluegrass music in San Diego. Here are some tasty, top notch opportunities to enjoy bluegrass this month. Bluegrass Day at the Fair, Sunday, June 4, 11 am—8 pm at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on the Paddock Stage.   For years the County Fairgrounds, the San Diego Bluegrass Society, and […]

  • It’s Not Just Gary Heffern Anymore! The Finnish Music Scene in San Diego

    It’s tough growing up Finnish-American. When the other kids had relatives named John and Jane and Fred and Nancy, mine had names like Kirsikka and Minttu and Einer and Hannes. Since Finland is one of Europe’s smaller countries, there aren’t a whole lot of Finns skating around. Finns are also a very diasporic people. So […]