Front Porch

  • The Center for World Music Presents Songs and Stories: Refugee Artists in San Diego

    The roots of American folk music stretch deep and wide, and indisputably tap into a myriad of worldwide cultures: bluegrass’ roots in Irish dance tunes, gospel’s in African call-and-response, Tejaño’s in German polkas, and on and on. The Center for World Music (, CWM) promotes performing arts from around the world, expanding intercultural awareness and […]

  • Checking in with Navajo Live

    Tucked away in the recesses of a middle-class strip mall on the edge of San Diego’s suburbs, Navajo Live has become a go-to music venue during a time when other, longer established local hangouts have been closing down or heading in different directions than live music. If there is a formula to the locale’s success, […]

  • Doin’ the Hambone with Slapjazz Danny Barber

    The man on stage is in a crisp pair of blue jeans and t-shirt. There is the large frame and the shaved head. The baritone quality of his voice fills the hall as he addresses the audience. The smile is warm and broad. Then Slapjazz Danny sits down in an ordinary armless chair. Microphones surround […]

  • A Chance Discovery Illuminates John Coltrane’s Search for Unity

    Developing an appreciation for the music of John Coltrane is almost a requirement for all serious musicians, students, historians, and fans alike. My contention is that this practice represents the ultimate reward in and of itself. Coming to terms with ‘Trane’s enormous contribution should not feel like work; rather, it is an enduring joy and, […]

  • A Glorious Day of Blues by the Bay: The San Diego Blues Festival

    That stomp under the sun, the San Diego Blues Festival, is back with us again for its eighth consecutive year. Scheduled for Saturday, September 8, from noon to 8pm on the Marina Embarcadero North, the one-day festival has been a San Diego hallmark since 2011, having presented area audiences a virtual royalty of contemporary blues […]

  • Summergrass Welcomes Back Bluegrass Etc. and Virtual Strangers

    Summergrass San Diego celebrates 16 Years strong this year at the historic Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in Vista, on August 17-18-19, with three terrific days of bluegrass fun and activities for the whole family. This year’s event proudly brings these stellar bands to our mainstage: Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, the Scroggins […]

  • The Sea Chantey Festival: A Lifeline to our Nautical Past

    All Hands on Deck My now-adult son has vivid memories of his fourth-grade overnight aboard the Star of India. He was assigned galley duty, which involved a special pudding, chasing rats* below decks, and standing watch at midnight looking at the stars. The Maritime Museum of San Diego has been serving up such historic memories […]

  • Lou Curtiss RIP: July 2, 1939–July 8, 2018—The King of Vinyl

    The King of Vinyl has died. Lou Curtiss, founder and owner of San Diego’s Folk Arts Rare Records for 47 years, and founder of the San Diego Folk Festival, passed away at his home on July 9, according to his wife, Virginia. The San Diego Troubadour reported the news as follows: I am very sad […]

  • Country Rockin’ with the Rebels

    Mike Head sits in his Cabeza Records music studio in San Carlos, discussing his band, the Country Rockin’ Rebels. “We’re not re-inventing the wheel here,” he says. “In music a lot of the time, that’s the case too.” They are in the gradual process of recording their third full-length CD, with the working title Little […]