Front Porch

  • 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 […]

  • In Praise of Bob Magnusson

    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

    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) […]

  • Anthony Smith: For Love of the Vibraphone

    Anthony Smith has been back in San Diego for about a year and appreciates our town more than ever. “I am so fortunate,” Smith says. “San Diego is such a great place to live, teach, and to be a player.” The jazz vibraphonist, author, and educator returned to San Diego after a four-year stay in […]

  • Tomcat Courtney IS the Blues: Happy 90th Birthday, Sir!

    I love it when people talk about music–and blues music in particular. But that’s all it is, just talk. If you want to experience the blues in real time, live and gut level; mark your calendar for Thursday, January 24. Proud Mary’s in Kearny Mesa is planning a party to celebrate Tomcat Courtney’s 90th trip […]

  • Chris Faust: Tales from the Road

    Music promoter Chris Faust is a well-known face in the San Diego music scene, having worked with numerous local bands, including Skelpin, Circa Now, Left4Dead, and Electric Mud. However, go back just about five decades and you would find Faust working in another part of the music industry–as a touring roadie and, shortly thereafter, a […]

  • Gary Heffern: Where Sun Diego Meets the North Pole

    Question: who’s flying in from the tundra of Finland to visit the boys and girls of San Diego this winter? I’m sure many said “Santa Claus” because, yes, Santa does live in northern Finland. Don’t believe me? Just visit Santa’s Village in Rovaniemi in the Arctic Circle. But, unfortunately, “Santa Claus” is not the correct […]

  • Lester Bangs’ 70th Birthday Bash: Whatever happened to “Don’t trust anyone over 30?”

    The other night I dreamt of knives continental drift divide Mountains sit in a line, Leonard Bernstein, Leonid Brezhnev, Lenny Bruce, and Lester Bangs… –REM, “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” So you have this brilliant writer. Sure, he has some problems. He has problems with the bottle and some chemical […]

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