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    MATT MUNOZ: The Baka Boyz are back in town

    By Matt Munoz
    Wednesday, Mar 18 2015 04:05 PM

    Renowned deejay duo The Baka Boyz are planning a homecoming jam with all the makings of a classic house party once the beat drops downstairs at Sandrini's on Friday.

    Brothers Eric and Nick Vidal are as busy as ever. Heard weekly on more than 65 radio stations across the country, their "Hip-Hop Master Mix" and "All Star Hit Mix" shows are just two of many bullet points from a resume built on creative grit and caffeine.

    "We're kind of independent," said Eric Vidal during a phone interview from his home in Sherman Oaks. "As much success that we've had, what people see we have, they don't know what to do with it. We're still trying to figure out what we have."

    Translation: The Baka Boyz are, without complaint, their own bosses. "The...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Trimble brings style to stage

    Frank Trimble approaches his audience like a soulful architect. The popular Bakersfield vocalist and entertainer understands that adapting to the room, no matter how big or small the crowd, is as important as the notes emanating from his...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Latin groove permeates city

    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...

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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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