Front Porch

  • Mark Montijo: The Long Road of History

    Sails are just like wings The wind can make ‘em sing Songs of life, songs of hope Songs to keep your dreams afloat —From Guy Clark’s “Boats to Build” Sometimes the creative spirit will pursue and haunt us until we give birth to a work of art. But then there are times when it patiently […]

  • Roman Palacios: A Singer for All Seasons

    Even for the novice not fully acquainted with all things SINATRA, it’s easy to grasp entertainer Roman Palacios’ devotion to the era of the Rat Pack. The trio or quartet backing him on stage is cooking. Palacios himself embodies the well-dressed man, right down to his perfectly positioned breast pocket handkerchief. The many venues where […]

  • Art Around Adams A Fun Day of Art and Music

    This year’s Art Around Adams Music and Art Walk takes place on June 1. The 16th annual edition of the event will feature more than 80 performers, on both outdoor stages and inside venues, as well as a juried art contest. Taking place along a two-mile stretch of Adams Avenue in Normal Heights and Kensington, […]

  • The Uptown Rhythm Makers Get Down

    The cars lurch along University Avenue. Light rain glistens on the tarmac and reflects the neon signs of blue, red, and green. As my friend and I make our way around the corner, the basso profundo of a car’s audio system assaults our ears and shakes our innards. Our destination: the Black Cat Bar. The […]

  • VINYL! VINYL! VINYL! You Can’t Clean Your Weed Off an MP3

    Here I am a record on a jukebox, A little piece of plastic with a hole—oooh! Play me. Buy me then you play me then my plastic turns to gold. — “The Worst Band in the World” by 10cc (1974) Information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, wisdom is not truth, truth is not […]

  • Activist, Musician, Educator: CHUNKY SANCHEZ and Singing Our Way to Freedom

    The 1960s and 1970s were tumultuous decades of struggle for many who were seeking civil rights and privileges outlined in the U.S. Constitution. Our great country, though historically better than most other nations in making certain that the status of full-fledged citizens is unmembered, has too often fallen woefully short in protecting the rights of […]

  • Havana Jam ’79: One World Under a Groove

    The year was 1979, and the relationship between America and Cuba was contentious at best, as U.S. Representative Ted Weiss made a concerted effort to introduce a bill that would bring an end to the U.S. trade blockade against Cuba and hopefully resume normal diplomacy between the adversarial nations. Even though it was a noble […]

  • Kiss Open Mics Goodbye

    For close to six years the independently run Wood ‘n’ Lips Open Mic has enjoyed the hospitality of Mike and Leslie Emmons at their Santee Kaffee Meister location. Alas, all good things come to an end. The Emmonses have been fighting the good battle of running a coffee house. Being musicians themselves, they took on […]

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

    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) […]