On October 2, 2017, we awoke to the news of a devastating mass shooting in Las Vegas. At noon the very same day, news breaks that rock icon, Tom Petty had suffered a massive heart attack and is in the hospital. For the remainder of the day, after being declared brain dead and taken off life support, it was a waiting game. Later that evening, official word came from his family, and Tony Dimitriades, his longtime manager, of his [...]


Article By Steve Garzoli   Upon entering the BottleRock grounds, we eased our way through the main gates and into the festival at the Napa Valley Expo. The Miner Family Winery Stage was on the left. To our right a massive sign constructed of letters big enough to climb on declaring LOVE. To the right of the love sculpture was the Samsung Stage. Past the Samsung stage was the Williams Sonoma Culinary Stage. Further onward awaited the JaM Cellars Stage. Near to the beautifully laid [...]

Tolan Shaw and Highway Poets at the Redwood Cafe

Wind back to Saturday evening in January at the NAMM convention (National Association of Music Merchants), in Anaheim. I walk into the Marriott Hotel lobby and see a tall, hat wearing, singer songwriter onstage, halfway through his set. Tolan Shaw, a young artist from San Diego, with a full band onstage capturing the attention of his audience in a packed lobby of the Marriott. I'm standing at the door and immediately fell in love with his lyrics. Lines like, "take me home, make me never want [...]

BottleRock 2014 Eclectic Ecstasy

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT You drive by and see that sign on the front door of a local long-time favorite restaurant, and you start thinking, "Ah well, that's the end of that!" You see it on the wall of the diviest bar in town, and you start thinking, "Hey, this might turn out to be my new local!" That sign can be the kiss of death, or the promise of great things... So we come to BottleRock 2014. The event is in [...]