Front Porch

  • 33⅓—House of Dreams The Story of Stan Ross, His Recording Studio, and Lots of Hit Records

    On the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and Vine St. 50, 60 years ago, a placard shouted MEN’S CLOTHING AT FACTORY PRICES! Inside, while men picked over bargain corduroy and gabardines, little did they know that next door, in an unassuming former storefront, musicians such as Ike and Tina Turner, Sonny and Cher, Bob Dylan, […]

  • The Texas-California Connection: Music Fest Brings Austin to SoCal

    Pop quiz: what city is known for its scenic waterfront, its world-class Mexican-American food, and its dynamic music scene? A. San Diego B. Austin C. All of the above Christopher Dale has chosen answer C (of course ) and leveraged it into a one-day musical-cultural mash-up on August 10. The TexaCali Music Festival will feature […]

  • Spend a Dog Day Afternoon at a Free Concert Showcase

    Ah, the dog days of August are upon us, and the propensity to play hooky from work or other normal routines is great. Some will take Bing Crosby to heart and venture “where the surf meets the turf in old Del Mar.” Other locals will flock to other beach towns and bump elbows with Arizonans […]

  • Gypsy Jazz, Blues, Swing, and a Whole Lot More With the Garners

    Jon Garner sits back in his chair. “Cowboy, bebop, Gypsy crawl, that’s us. That’s what is says on our website.” He speaks a bit on the slow side, as though he were explaining a chemical formula to a student. Lorelei Garner chimes in, her brown eyes lighting up as she speaks. “We’re not contented to […]

  • Women on the Rise: Inaugural Lady Brain Fest Kicks Off July 7

    A recent survey by Pitchfork, a music website, found that women make up only 19% of the average festival lineup, so San Diegans may want to take note that a 100% female-fronted music and art festival is headed their way. On Sunday, July 7, the first annual Lady Brain Fest will kick off at Heritage […]

  • 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 […]