The storied L.A. venue announced today that it will officially close in September following a special grand finale concert honoring its history. The full press release is available below...
Monday, February 18 DJ Hype The Observatory Pre-iPods, pre-laptops, pre-everyone's-a-DJ, DJ Hype was circling the globe, bringing his turn table skills to millions of party people. Born in Belgium, Kevin Ford began as a DJ on Fantasy FM, a pirate radio station in London. But he hit mainstream ... More >>
Christopher Jordan Dorner's infamous manifesto identifies around 40 Southern California law enforcement officers he believes have wronged him. Indeed, those passages burn most of the rambling post's 6,000 words. But Dorner also cites films, TV shows, celebrities, athletes and newsmen he likes, inclu ... More >>
Hey, we can all appreciate a quality guitar god. Anyone who considers themselves a fan of music knows the joy of watching their favorite axe man/woman go on a tear and destroy the crowd with their fast-fingered prowess, signature style and lush mane of flowing hair. It's the textbook rock-n-roll sex ... More >>
This fall, the Monterey Jazz Festival will usher in its 56th annual performance along California's crystal coastline, 350 miles north of Orange County. Since 1958 the festival has hosted every major jazz musician conceivable. The first lineup alone included Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Milt Jack ... More >>
A history, 1974-2011
Bob Dylan, Chris Isaak, Big Time Rush, Selena Gomez & The Scene, Blake Shelton, Weezer, Bill Cosby, Kansas, B.B. King and more--the 2011 OC Fair may be themed "Let's Eat!" but it has a pretty stellar music lineup--maybe one of the best in recent years. Super Pass holders may purchase terrace ... More >>
Actor Wendell Pierce will be starring as B.B. King--the "King of Blues"--in an upcoming film, B.B. King and I. It's based on an encounter that aspiring drummer Michael Zanetis had with B.B. King at the back stage of Huntington Beach venue Golden Bear, after which he became lifelong friends with t ... More >>
[Locals Only] Unsigned '90s/classic rockers are in the studio to record their first full-length
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyWhen you're B.B. King, you where what you want.B.B. KingFebruary 17, 2011The House of Blues, AnaheimSeeing B.B. King live is part concert, part sit-down comedy act, part lovefest, and part roundtable discussion. The man loves to talk. He tells inappropriate Viagra stories. ... More >>
B.B. King at the 12th annual Doheny Blues Fesitval in 2009The Long Beach Blues Festival, a 30-year-old tradition delivered by local jazz and blues station KKJZ-FM (88.1), is going on hiatus this year. The two-day fest, which has featured legends such as B.B. King, John Lee Hooker and Bo Diddle ... More >>
Our account manager Nikki Pierce was at the Hootenanny last weekend and saw a cute little 4-year-old girl playing guitar on stage with Chuck Berry. The little girl knew all the words to his songs. After he was done with his set and trying to get to his car, people were bombarding him ... More >>
Do you love Eric Clapton but hate concerts? You're in luck. "Eric Clapton Crossroads 2010" will broadcast the day-long Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010, a sold-out concert that took place in Chicago's Toyota Park on June 26.
[Mental Notes] Also: Buzz about the Golden Bear, the Dirty Heads' no. 1 hit and how you can get on the warped tour next year
Have you guys heard of the Golden Bear Club? It's a Huntington Beach venue that, according to the OC Register, "was demolished in 1986 that hosted some of the biggest names in the music industry, including B.B. King, The Doors and Bob Dylan."
Lil Wayne eludes jail--for now--with toothache. Or something like that. Hilarious. Jay-Z, the Dead Weather and Phoenix are among the Coachella acts performing at Bonnaroo, which also has Dave Matthews Band (yawn), Weezer, Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Flaming Lips, Regina Spektor, Kid Kudi, Miranda ... More >>
Red Hot Chili Peppers robbed! The Stooges, Jimmy Cliff, Hollies, Genesis and ABBA to join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I'm just glad KISS--a band I loathe more than any other--didn't make the cut. Speaking of the Peppers, has guitar hero John Frusciante quit again?New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fe ... More >>
B.B. King? In Dana Point? Oh, it happened. This weekend, in fact, at the Doheny Blues Festival at Doheny State Beach. You might have read Spencer Kornhaber's blog about the two-day event. (If you didn't, for shame, but your chance to make up for it can be found here.) But, when reading that, if you' ... More >>
Spencer Kornhaber / OCWElvin Bishop came into the crowd! He's old.Last Weekend: Doheny Blues FestivalBetter Than: A cloudy day at the beach without alcohol.As mentioned in the brief preview, I don't know anything about blues music. High-brow critic types like to say that pop and rock are where "The ... More >>
The blues! What's it all about? I dunno. But I'm gonna find out. Tomorrow marks the start of the two-day Doheny Blues Festival in Dana Point. I'll be covering the highlights of the performances from soulful people who got famous before I was born, from Brian Setzer to B.B. King. Follow the beach-an ... More >>
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2006 Doheny Blues Festival
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Fiddlin away with Natalie Macmaster
The closing of our cultural borders
Keb Mo aint pretty no mo
Doug MacLeod's got nothin' but the blues
Michael Franti seems more intent on winning people over than on pissing them off, but hes okay with pissing them off
Joe Louis Walker makes you proud to be an American
Jeffrey Halford is the next Dylan, and the Bangles are the next Bangles!
The return of Isaac Hayes
Survey says: Many, many great discs produced in past decade!
Buck Owens and B.B. King in the same week
Big Bill Morganfield sounds an awful lot like his dad