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    MATT MUNOZ: Taft concert is the Nest big thing

    By Matt Munoz
    Wednesday, Oct 29 2014 03:45 PM

    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 turns out that even Taft, the Kern oil town that has managed to retain a healthy dose of its renegade Wild West spirit, has its red tape.

    "Organizing an event like this was something new for us from the very start; we had no clue what to expect," Coulter said.

    But after going before the Taft City Council, meeting with the fire chief, police chief and city manager and purchasing insurance for the concert, the Back to the Nest festival is a go for Nov. 8.

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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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    MATT MUNOZ: My sisters Bowled over by Beatles

    The story of my sisters' trip to see the Beatles live at the Hollywood Bowl on Aug. 23, 1964, has become the stuff of legend in my family. I've probably wrecked their memory banks to the point of frustration on more occasions than they...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Texas singer has a little Bakersfield spunk

    There’s no shaking Aaron Watson’s commitment to keeping the independent spirit of Texas alive in his music. From his respect and admiration for the music of Waylon Jennings to his solidarity with the current wave of fellow Texans storming...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Reggae rockers keeping roots deep

    Elements Venue will play host to a Friday triple bill sure to please both current California reggae rock enthusiasts and those who prefer more roots with their riddim. Headlined by rising San Diego quintet Through The Roots, the show also...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Rocker is wearing two hats

    Bakersfield musician Art Machuca has big plans to use his knowledge and connections to bring crowds back to the basement at Jerry's Pizza, once home to some of Bakersfield's biggest all-ages shows. Those familiar with Jerry's Pizza...

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    MATT MUNOZ: War riding a new album low and slow

    Southern California funk legends War released their 19th full-length CD, titled "Evolutionary," last month. Released as a double album, the first disc contains 13 new original tracks while the second is a first-time CD issue of the group's...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Chainsaw, mandatory; clothing, optional

    Sliced, diced, hacked and chopped into a final edit, "Naked Zombie Girl" is the latest phantasmagoric short from the renegades at Bakersfield's Hectic Films. The grindhouse-style comedy fright fest will be unveiled to horror fans at a...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Radio station faces dead air

    It was a dream project years in the making, but now Bakersfield's only terrestrial community radio station may not live to see its second birthday. KSVG 89.7 FM is dangerously close to going off the air over the next few weeks, and it all...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Fade to Black with punk icons

    Southern California punk rock icons Black Flag have never been known for messages of peace and harmony. As pioneers of what became the soundtrack for disillusioned youth through the latter part of the '70s and '80s, the group redefined...

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