Death Cab For Cutie drives it home at BottleRock

BottleRock 2016 Death Cab For Cutie By: Walter Morgan Death Cab For Cutie was playing on the major stage at Bottlerock, right before the headliner Saturday night. This Seattle alternative rock band really stole the show this day. This really is a band that every age group here could identify with. They had a little of everything, soft pop, with lots of melody, and some spacey instrumental work. Vocalist Ben Gibbered has a very low key demeanor; he also plays guitar, and piano, [...]

Lamb of God Rocks the Fox!

Lamb of God by: Paul Piazza Lamb of God rocks the Fox, but COC pulls off the night's biggest surprise There was a palpable buzz in the air as people began heading into the Fox Theatre in Oakland the night before Memorial Day. The Lamb of God/Clutch/Corrosion of Conformity triple-header had intrigued many heavy music lovers for some time. Anticipation was high. The trio of groups had joined up for a wildly successful tour run that had just killed at the legendary [...]

The Santa Cruz American Music Festival

The Santa Cruz American Music Festival brings a remarkable line-up to the redwoods By: Paul Piazza The Santa Cruz American Music Festival takes place annually at the Aptos Village Park. It's a beautiful setting for a concert. The stage is built in a meadow is a natural amphitheater surrounded by thick groves of oaks and redwoods. This year marked the second year of the event, which featured blues, jazz and funk on Saturday and country and Americana on Sunday. Overall, the event [...]

Ziggy Marley fires it up at BottleRock

by: Walter Morgan One of the biggest, if not the biggest Reggae star of our time is indeed Ziggy Marley. His lyrics can be political and social, much like his father and Reggae giant Bob Marley. Ziggy has risen to create his own name, and is such a talented singer, songwriter, and musician. His band featured two good background female singers, and a fantastic backing band. His modern day Reggae music is very easy listening; his voice matches the style [...]

Lenny Kravitz brings it, at BottleRock Napa!

Lenny Kravitz was not only one of the best bands to play on Friday, securing the Main Stage, before Stevie Wonder, but one of the best bands of the entire festival. Lenny has it all, his music transcends all ages at BottleRock. From the young to the elder age group, he really put on a great show. He’s  previously won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance four years in a row. His voice can change according [...]

Bad Company and Joe Walsh

Bad Company And Joe Walsh by: Walter Morgan Photos by: Kevin Graft One Hell Of A Night Tour 2016 Concord Pavilion Joe Walsh 5/17/16 There is nothing better than to kick off the Bay Area Summer Concert season than with Bad Company & Joe Walsh, a co-headlining tour, the third night of the tour at the Concord Pavilion.A perfect pairing on this beautiful night, with a heat wave with temperatures in the 90's.  Tonight's crowd is an older, more mature lot, (the 45 and over [...]

The Best Jazz Festival hits New Orleans

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival   Story and Photos By: Paul Piazza There aren't many festivals that are comparible to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. This daytime event, which has been in existence since 1970, has 12 stages of continuous music. It happens annually during the last two weekends of April at the Fair Grounds Race Course, a 145 acre race track in New Orleans. This year was unique however, as weekend one began on the eve of the festival [...]