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    CESAREO GARASA: In Bakersfield, outlaws are in

    By CESAREO GARASA, For The Californian
    Wednesday, Mar 25 2015 03:48 PM

    In the last few years, our town has become a go-to destination to a new school of outlaw country groups that -- with their mix of bluegrass, metal, even gothic -- place as much emphasis on Black Flag as Hank Williams. In other words, they've been to the crossroads and brought a chainsaw.

    Enter Texas-based duo the Barnyard Stompers, who love them some Bakersfield. On their never-ending tour in support of "Highway Gospel," real-life couple Casey Miller (vocals/guitar) and Megan Scott Wise (on drums), have made an effort to play here every time they know they'll be in the vicinity -- as they will be Saturday, more specifically at Riley's Tavern.

    "We don't look forward to every show we play on the road," Wise said, "but I can honestly say...

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    Boxcar project remains on track

    Empty and mostly freed from the rooms added to its long, narrow frame, the Santa Fe boxcar that was Merle Haggard's first home is as ready as it ever will be to embark on its journey from Yosemite Street in Oildale to the Kern County...

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    MATT MUNOZ: The Baka Boyz are back in town

    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...

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    High school students roll out their music video

    Delano students got back the finished product of a day's hard work -- a complete music video they created Feb. 10 outside of Cesar E. Chavez High School. Alex Gonzales, band director at Delano and Chavez high schools, shared the video...

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    CESAREO GARASA: Don't say no to Go Betty Go

    Wow. What a good band. Los Angeles' Go Betty Go plays music steeped in the energy of punk but with distinct pop sensibilities (especially on 2014's release "Reboot"), which makes their songs as rewarding on the 10th listen as they are on...

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    Calling all you jazz babies

    You won't need a password or a secret handshake to get into an event next Thursday that organizers think will be the bee's knees. Tin Pan Alley will feature performances by four local acts, all with a 1920s twist. The event is a...

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    Mozart takes spotlight in symphony show

    The title of Saturday evening's Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra concert is "Mozartian Magic," but you may find yourself more enchanted by the Sibelius symphony that takes up the second half of the performance. Performed at the Rabobank...

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    Fourth BSO finalist: 'I will just start by listening'

    Conductor Teresa Cheung wants to tear down the boundaries between the orchestra and the audience. Cheung is the fourth of six conductors competing for the position of music director of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra. She leads the...

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    Guitjo ready for Acoustic Eidolon

    The first thing music fans notice about Joe Scott of the acclaimed duo Acoustic Eidolon is the unusual instrument he plays. Dubbing the rig his "guitjo," the 14-string instrument is a product of his fertile musical imagination. "It's...

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    Youth Symphony staging show before start of tour

    The Bakersfield Youth Symphony will give itself a big send-off in a concert on Sunday. Nearly the entire orchestra will be traveling to Great Britain at the end of the month to perform and see the sights. This weekend's concert features...

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    Lauderdale -- the songwriter's songwriter -- headed our way

    Even if Jim Lauderdale isn't a household name in your country-music-loving household, chances are you're fan of his fans: George Strait, Blake Shelton, Gary Allan, Vince Gill, Solomon Burke, Elvis Costello -- and that's a partial list....

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    Beloved teacher, organizer of jazz festival dies

    She had no experience as a concert impresario and couldn't read a note of music but everything Adele Davis needed to know about running the Bakersfield Jazz Festival she learned as a first-grade teacher, said husband Doug Davis, who spoke...

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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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