California Roots 2024: Day Two

Day Two at California Roots Music and Arts Festival 2024 resumed on Saturday, May 25th, at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. The sun was shining and folks were smiling as they lined up early for another fun-filled day, kicking off with The Wide Eyed Kids on the Bowl Stage who played songs off their album Beautiful […]

Wonderfront Fest 2024: Day Two

Despite the persistent May gloom, Wonderfront Festival 2024 in San Diego managed to keep spirits high, enveloping fans in its unique and captivating atmosphere. The festival grounds buzzed with a sense of community, a shared excitement and joy, as attendees delved into a myriad of vendor booths and interactive installations, each offering a distinct experience. […]

Caifanes fills the Hollywood Bowl for a night of Spanish rock

Eagerness and excitement filled Los Angeles on the Wednesday night of June 5th, as an enormous line of cars quickly filled the multiple parking lots of the Hollywood Bowl. The Spanish rock legends Café Tacvba and Caifanes were in town! Before arriving at the Hollywood Bowl, there was a lot of traffic at the final […]

Echo & The Bunnymen at San Diego’s Observatory Theater

It was a chillier evening than you’d expect for June 10th in San Diego, as I stood shivering outside the Observatory Theater in North Park. Some would object to the chill, but I thought it only fitting for the ever-enticing Echo & The Bunnymen. You see, in my experience, Echo has always been mysterious. And […]

The Santa Barbara Bowl basks in the Brothers Osborne

Brothers Osborne’s performance at the Santa Barbara Bowl on May 31st left fans wishing they would “Stay A Little Longer”. Country music fans gathered into the Bowl that Friday night to see winners of the 2022 GRAMMY for ‘Best Country Duo/Group Performance’ for their song “Younger Me” — John and TJ Osborne. The show was part […]

California Roots 2024: Day One

California Roots Music and Arts Festival took over beautiful Monterey County Fairgrounds for its 13th year, spanning Friday through Sunday on Memorial Day Weekend 2024. I arrived an hour before gates opened (at noon) to witness a sea of happy concertgoers eagerly awaiting to be let into the festival. Once those gates opened, everyone dressed […]

Avril Lavigne kicks off Mountain View’s summer concert season

Tuesday, May 28th marked the kickoff of Shoreline Amphitheatre‘s summer concert series in Mountain View, CA — starting with Avril Lavigne’s Greatest Hits Tour! Opening the night at 7pm and playing a half-hour set was Royal & the Serpent from Los Angeles. Fresh off opening for Demi Lovato and then Fall Out Boy, Royal & […]

BeachLife Festival 2024: Day Two

Day Two of BeachLife Festival kicked off under overcast skies that failed to dampen the spirits of the eager crowd. Despite the chillier weather compared to Day One, the festivalgoers were in high spirits, ready to immerse themselves in a diverse lineup of performances. The Expendables got the party started at noon on the Hightide […]

J Boog brings island vibes to Rocklin, CA

The Quarry Park Amphitheater in Rocklin, CA transformed into a haven of irie vibes as reggae artists J Boog, Cas Haley, and L.A.B. graced the stage. Nestled amidst the picturesque surroundings of the park, this beautiful venue offered terraced grass seating that provided stunning views of the stage from every angle. Kicking off the festivities […]

Gogol Bordello explodes with folk punk energy in Santa Ana, CA

This marks the second time I have seen Gogol Bordello live, and — oh my god — I cannot wait to see them again! Gogol Bordello’s concert at The Observatory in Santa Ana on May 20th, 2024, was nothing short of an electrifying spectacle. Known for their high-octane performances and genre-defying sound, the band delivered […]

Boyz II Men gifts roses to lucky ladies in Lincoln, CA

In the heart of Lincoln, CA, The Venue at Thunder Valley became a time machine on Saturday, May 18th, 2024, transporting fans back to the golden era of R&B. With a lineup boasting the talents of Boyz II Men, Hi-Five, and Stokley, attendees were treated to a night of unforgettable performances that evoked cherished memories […]

Packing a [Santa Barbara] Bowl with country outlaw Cody Jinks

The “Hippies and Cowboys” of California got together and packed a bowl for Cody Jinks — the Santa Barbara Bowl that is! Country music’s biggest independent artist Cody Jinks is out on his Change The Game Tour, showing all the major labels that he can do it without Nashville. The outlaw attitude, passion, and hard […]

Bryson Tiller turns up the heat in San Francisco

In the heart of San Francisco, amidst the vibrant energy of Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, Bryson Tiller brought his electrifying stage presence to the third stop of his 2024 world tour. With four albums, five mixtapes, an EP, and a multitude of singles under his belt, Tiller had more than enough material to share at […]