Leon Bridges Live in Amsterdam – Special Report From Holland

I am pleased to welcome guest columnists Carly Auerbach and Luke Hazel, reporting from Europe. Traveling to Amsterdam to watch a performer with deep southern roots was an interesting ... Continue Reading →

Joni 75 – A Magnificent Birthday Tribute to a Challenging Artist

Over the years in LA I have attended several tribute concerts. The formula is generally the same: a group of like-minded artists perform the music of the celebrity being honored. Oftentimes ... Continue Reading →

Jim James Kicks Off His Acoustic Tour at The Belly Up, Solana Beach

As the packed house enjoyed the sold out tour debut from Jim James, I reckoned this was what it must have been like when a young Neil Young took his acoustic guitar into Toronto’s ... Continue Reading →

Jesse Colin Young – Additionally Out of the Darkness Darkness of Lyme Disease

It is such a great story. After a couple solo albums, Jesse Colin Young emerged on the scene in the late ’60s as a key part of The Youngbloods. Their song “Get Together” became ... Continue Reading →

Simple Minds – Alive and Kicking at Humphreys

A rather limber Jim Kerr led Simple Minds through a solid end of the season show at Humphreys. With a clutch of hits and a strong catalog of deep album cuts from which to choose, the ... Continue Reading →

The Beatles – The White Album: Reissued, Remastered and Revisited

On the 50th anniversary of their ninth album, the powers that be are releasing a mammoth version of The Beatles. Quickly known as The White Album, it was originally released in Britain ... Continue Reading →

Graham Nash – Keeping the Flame Alive, Humphrey’s by the Bay

For a certain generation, Graham Nash’s songs are a bedrock. He was the English gent among the Canadian and two Yanks comprising Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. As the trio and sometime ... Continue Reading →

LA Opera – Don Carlo with Plácido Domingo

In a sumptuous presentation, LA Opera assayed Giuseppe Verdi’s timeless Don Carlo. First performed in France and then Bologna in 1867, the opera has undergone evolution over the decades. ... Continue Reading →