Front Porch

  • 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 […]

  • Steve Denyes: Rock Star of the Preschool Set

    Steve Denyes’ biggest fans are small. Probably the smallest folks around. They are preschoolers, kindergarteners, and lots of other people with baby teeth and scraped knees. Denyes is the front man, the singer with the guitar, and one half of Hullabaloo, which has, over the last 14 years, been noted for being one of the […]

  • Local Musicians to Honor Jeffrey Joe with Tribute Concert and CD Release

    It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since Jeffrey Joe passed away. However, the spirit of the man who radiated love and music and made us all laugh lives on in each of us. We all have our stories to share… and so we have… One of the things his friends enjoyed was […]

  • Ron Bocian: Euphoric About Brass

    His tale is one of three cities, and several groups, but with one overriding theme: brass bands. In this age of guitars and keyboards and pedals that mimic orchestras, Ron Bocian is a drummer who knew he was destined to keep time early on learning polka beats in his Croatian neighborhood in Chicago at age […]

  • Ted “T” Herring: Blind DJ’s world was filled with light

    A college campus on a Saturday night can be a desolate outpost to most people, but to Ted “T” Herring it was his window to the world. Known to the public only as “T,” Herring hosted his “Every Shade of Blue” radio broadcast on the campus of San Diego City College for nearly every Saturday […]

  • Yael & Vlady: Heart and Soul of Big Boss Bubeleh

    Café Europa is a bar and restaurant tucked away between a car wash and a VFW hall on Pacific Beach’s Turquoise Street, a seldom discussed passage that forms the official border between La Jolla and the funkier beach communities to the south. Its relative geographical obscurity is fitting, in that the Café has tried to […]

  • Get Your Art and Music On! Art Around Adams Is the Place to Be!

    The fifteenth annual Art Around Adams music and artwalk takes place June 2 along a two-mile stretch of Adams Avenue, in Normal Heights and Kensington. The free, all-ages event is a grass roots street fair with a difference: no street closures, no vendors in the street. The focus here is on the community with almost […]

  • Gator Opening Night: Gypsy Jazz, Van the Man’s Daughter, and the King of Slydeco!

    It must be obvious by now that Spain’s imperial ambitions were arrested too soon for her to build, as the French did, in New Orleans, a full-blown capital city, which might have well been the capital of the United States if Napoleon had not sold for cash the huge interior that La Salle had claimed […]

  • All Those Glittering Notes: The Music of Richard Thompson

    My favorite sentences in my favorite jazz book ever come from Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker. The lines arrive near the end when author Stanley Crouch is at his summarizing best; he notes that jazz, a performer’s art, involves “navigating a landscape in which spontaneous creation whizzes by in layered […]