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    Music and a balloon o' money on NYE

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Wednesday, Dec 17 2014 04:41 PM

    The New Year's Eve party at Elements will bring together three veterans of the Bakersfield music scene in a venue that's as rhythmically rockin' as the artists themselves.

    In a NYE first, Latin/reggae/ska/ cumbia masters Mento Buru will join forces with roc en espanol quintet Velorio and HOT 94.1 radio personality Noe G, who incorporates a mix of the best of the new and old school.

    Elements Venue, located next door to the newly re-opened La Costa Mariscos at the historic Ice House, operates primarily as a private event hall and hosts regular reggae and alternative rock concerts year-round.

    And there will be more to celebrate than the beginning of the new year. As the clock strikes midnight, the big $1,000 balloon drop will rain down...

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    CESAREO GARASA: Comic Medina packs a punch

    As a teenager living in Arizona via the Bronx, comedian Joey Medina trained to be a professional boxer, eventually getting as far as winning a state boxing championship in 1986. Since then, the jabs he specializes in are of the verbal...

  3. Be an honorary Contreras on NYE

    It’s easy to spot the folks running the show at the annual Contreras family New Year’s Eve party: They’re the ones not having much fun. “It’s a lot of work,” said Rick Sanchez, president of the nonprofit organization formed by his family...


    A first-rate 'Nutcracker'

    Sometimes it takes an outsider to give weight to what locals already suspect: In this case, that the "Nutcracker" ballet, a partnership of Cindy Trueblood's Civic Dance Center and the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, is, indeed, an...

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    Dalton brings her soulful style to show at Trout's

    Her place is called Six Dogs Ranch, and even though at present she's two dogs shy of that -- quota? goal? penance? -- outlaw country singer and animal lover Lacy J. Dalton makes it clear in a phone interview Tuesday she has her hands full....

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    Symphony reaching out to youth

    There's new blood in the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, and I don't mean the conductors. There are kids in the audience. Lots of them. The BSO is experimenting with a program called "BSONext," an adjunct to their main logo, "BSONow."...

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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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    Trio: Punk meets Victorian

    Eclectic San Diego art-cabaret trio Steam Powered Giraffe return to Cal State Bakersfield for a pair of yuletide-inspired science-fiction shows, with a decidedly Victorian twist. Formed in 2008, the three first hit the sidewalks busking...

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    CESAREO GARASA: Corbin carves his own niche

    Easton Corbin is a little more traditional than most Nashville artists you hear on the radio, but that doesn't mean he's about to take sides in the war over what constitutes country music these days. "I love traditional country," said...

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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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    CESAREO GARASA: Take a walk on this laugh track

    Bakersfield seems light years away from the cosmopolitan comedy clubs of Los Angeles and their two-drink minimum seating, but we'll be getting a taste with the arrival of the four-person "Walk of Shame" comedy tour arriving tonight at...

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    Youth Symphony touches roots

    The Bakersfield Youth Symphony will pay a musical tribute to the Dust Bowl migrants this weekend in the final event celebrating the 75th anniversary of John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath." Conducted by Maxim Eshkenazy, the student...

  13. CSUB, BC striking up the bands

    Students at both Cal State Bakersfield and Bakersfield College will present their jazz ensembles in concert over the next few days. Cal State students go first, with a slate of classic charts from the Count Basie orchestra, Lee Morgan,...

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