Entries for February 2019


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    Local fans of soulful jazz vocals are likely familiar with Tori Roze, who with her band Hot Mess have carved a niche in the local scene for nearly a decade, recording four CDs. The most recent, Baggage Claim, is a ten-song collection of band-written originals (with one cover) that are a great sampler of a […]

  • FRANKIE T. & THE TRIPLE B: Matters of the Heart

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    Matters of the Heart is a new EP by Frankie T & the Triple B, a local funk/blues combo fronted by guitar/vocalist/ songwriter Frank Tranfaglia, and noteworthy for commitments to organ and a horn section. Tranfaglia has some fiery guitar licks in his holster, and works them into the tracks. The opener and highlight, “Hurricane […]

  • Jorma Kaukonen–Been So Long: My Life and Music

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    There’s an old saying that goes “If you can remember the Sixties, you weren’t there.” Those 60 and over go ha-ha, ho-ho, I get it; too many flashbacks, too many bong hits, far too many uppers to balance all those downers, and too many long drum solos. The conceit was that there was too much […]

  • Barefoot Movement is Coming to Del Mar!

    This great bluegrass group out of Tennessee and the Carolinas will be making a rare appearance in San Diego on Friday, February 8th at the new Del Mar Town Hall. The concert is part of the Del Mar Foundation’s Bluegrass and Beyond series. Here’s what folks are saying about this outstanding group: “One of the […]

  • In Praise of Bob Magnusson

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    I’ll never forget the fist time I heard Bob Magnusson play the bass. Oh my gosh, what a sound! He could make a whole note sing with a liquid sheen or turn around and make that whole note growl like an unfed Doberman. Aside from the pure sonic beauty of his sound–Bob’s sense of time–his […]

  • Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler! OB Mardi Gras Returns for the Second Year

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    This year marks the second anniversary of OB Mardi Gras at Winston’s in Ocean Beach. This year OB Mardi Gras producers Paul Bolton and Ric Lee have assembled an eclectic mix of bands that are guaranteed crowd pleasers. Starting the show off will be a NOLA-themed second line march up Newport Ave (on the sidewalk) […]

  • BILLY WATSON: Heavy Groove

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    He has 11 CD releases now with his latest, Heavy Groove, but Billy Watson and His International Silver String Submarine Band are a local jamming blues fixture. He has played his harp and sung with virtually every blues player in town (and many others), while his band is a rotating cast of established blues combo […]

  • The Lost Art

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    Plants and animals are really good at it. But somewhere along the way we forgot how to practice the lost art of stillness. All life-forms require periods of rest to reset and restore their natural processes. In winter plants pull energy back into their cores and wait for the cold to pass. Animals balance periods […]

  • The Subdudes: Where the Streets Meet the Choir

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    There is a reason why New Orleans is frequently referred to as “the cradle of jazz music.” It’s the place where the ingredients from the original gumbo stew of a historical musical migration took place. An international slavery port in the 1800s, it brought about a unique blend of an indigenous culture with native Americans, […]