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    MATT MUNOZ: Ruby remains a Bakersfield gem

    By Matt Munoz
    Wednesday, Jan 21 2015 03:00 PM

    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, "Rock Dreams in Jazz," at the Jazz Lounge on Tuesday.

    The veteran says she approached the project -- a collection of pop standards, with a set of classic rock hits set to jazz -- fully aware of what's required to properly honor the originals.

    "The bulk of the material was picked because they had become part of my set list for live performances and I felt that they were pieces I did well," said Ruby, who has become a fixture during the monthly First Friday gatherings downtown, lending her vocals to a...

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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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    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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