Matt Munoz

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    MATT MUNOZ: Latin groove permeates city

    By Matt Munoz
    Wednesday, Feb 18 2015 01:36 PM

    Last week's soldout, hip-shaking spectacle with Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull at Rabobank Arena proves that Bakersfield music fans love to get their Latin groove on. The good news is that you don't have to wait for the platinum-selling touring acts to do it.

    There are longstanding nightclubs Aldo's and La Movida that cater to fans of regional Mexican banda and norteno music, and the DoubleTree Hotel, where the tropical sounds of salsa, merengue, cumbia and bachata reign supreme on regularly scheduled weekly dance nights. The rhythm will always find a way to getcha.

    But if clubbing isn't always your thing, take a short trip to Mercado Latino in east Bakersfield on any given Saturday or Sunday afternoon, where you'll find all of those...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Dancers bring China to Kern

    East meets west as traditional Chinese culture, dance and music makes its way to Kern County, when acclaimed performance troupe Shen Yun appears at Rabobank Theater on Feb. 26 and 27. Leeshai Lemish, Shen Yun's master of ceremonies, said...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Ruby remains a Bakersfield gem

    Honed by years of performing, Kama Ruby's talent for charming audiences has served the popular Bakersfield chanteuse well. The singer, whose voice sets the mood for an evening of elegance and romance, will showcase her latest CD release,...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Go and banjo at bluegrass festival

    There will be no strings left unstrung when the Great 48 bluegrass jam picks its way back to the DoubleTree Hotel this weekend. Now in its sixth year, the popular four-day festival will stick to its tradition of non-stop music and jamming...

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    MATT MUNOZ: My pick for Bakersfield band of the year is ...

    It wasn't a groundbreaking year for the new and different in the local music scene. In fact, many of last year's noteworthy movers and shakers threw in the towel or disappeared without a word. And who can blame them? The entertainment...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Duo twangin' and slangin'

    No one could have predicted that two polar opposites of the musical spectrum, country and rap, would one day align themselves as a force, or farce, to be reckoned with. But according to Dusty "Tex" Dahlgren, half of best-selling country...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Stand-up veteran gets laughs while keeping it clean

    Brian Regan's ability to fill theaters to capacity without dropping a single expletive is an anomaly these days, given what many people consider to be funny. And Regan, 57, wants to assure fans he doesn't plan to stray into blue material...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Behind the lens with Robert Bejil

    After establishing himself with local bands and models as one of the most trusted and creative photographers in town, Robert Bejil is broadening his focus with the release of an indie action western flick, "Retribution of the Wolf,"...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Taft concert is the Nest big thing

    When Truxton Mile came up with the idea of honoring its hometown of Taft with a concert, "we just figured we would ask the city to close the street, buy some kegs, charge a cover and call it a night," said vocalist Ryan Coulter. But it...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Only thing blue about Engvall is his collar

    We knew he was funny, but even his most devoted fans had to be surprised that Bill Engvall managed to Paso Doble his way to the finals of "Dancing with the Stars" in November. After that achievement, a stint as a television game show host...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Gael-force entertainment

    Whether you hail from the Emerald Isle, the land of the Scots or merry old England, all Bakersfield clans are poised to unite -- and you won't have to put this union to a vote -- when the Celtic Music Festival returns to the CSUB outdoor...

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    MATT MUNOZ: David J. as good as goth gets

    British goth rock pioneer David J. Haskins makes a rare visit to Bakersfield on Friday night, much to the delight of the children of the night. But don't expect a traveling cavalcade of caskets, crucifixes and hooded figures from the...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Thomas' Starship enterprise lands in Bakersfield

    No fooling around: Legions of young music fans are falling in love with Mickey Thomas, even if they don't know it. Decades after he burned up the charts with the Elvin Bishop-penned "Fooled Around and Fell in Love," the classic rocker is...

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