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  1. A trip through history for a song

    BY SUSAN SCAFFIDI For The Californian
    Wednesday, Oct 22 2014 11:32 AM

    The first concert of the season for Bakersfield College's student singers will be as much an educational experience as a musical one.

    You could call Friday's concert a "musical history tour." Directed by Jennifer Garrett, the BC choral program will present "A Walk through Choral History," surveying Western European choral music traditions from the medieval period to the modern, featuring such classics of the repertoire that even those with no experience listening to choral music will recognize the selections.

    The Bakersfield College Choir and Chamber Singers will open the concert with the Gregorian chant "Victimae paschali laudes" ("Praise the Paschal Victim"), attributed to the 11th century cleric, Wipo. The text and music of the chant...

  2. Ticket roundup: Travis Tritt and Easton Corbin just announced

    Fox Theater 2001 H St. or 322-5200. Prices listed are for the Box Office window only. Today: Comedian Bill Engvall, 7:30 p.m. $49-$69. Saturday: Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, 7:30 p.m. $41-$106. Nov. 2: Josh...

  3. Taking Bakersfield to Marin County

    "Bakersfield and Beyond," the Marin County-based radio program/podcast that celebrates the alt-country, hillbilly, country, folk and Americana music of the past and present, will feature The Californian's Robert Price this Thursday. Price,...

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    For the love of Buck: Guitarist returns to Palace

    When Dwight Yoakam embarked on what appeared to be a one-man mission to revive the Bakersfield Sound in the '90s, few people knew the task actually took two men. By his side was guitarist and producer Pete Anderson, who loved Buck Owens...

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    Bakersfield shop to host Trainor -- no treble at all

    Meghan Trainor, who owns the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 with "All About That Bass," the diabolically catchy hit you can't dislodge from your head with a sledgehammer, is, as the song goes, bringing booty back -- in this case to...

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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...

  7. Jazz show seeks to shine light on Mojave

    Jazz lovers take note. The Mojave Foundation is hosting a free jazz concert at 7 p.m. Friday to raise money for new street lighting. Chaise Lounge and The Lori Andrew JazHarp Quartet will perform at the event to be held in the Mojave Air...


    Piano is key at Ensemble Melodica show

    What do musicians do when they're not working? They play more music, only in this case music they get to choose instead of music chosen for them. That's the case with the musicians of Ensemble Melodica, who will perform Sunday as part of...

  9. John Jorgenson: From country rock to Elton to Bakersfield

    There was no question John Jorgenson would play music at some point in his life -- the earlier, the better if his parents had anything to say about it. And they did. For Jorgenson, a 1960s Southern California son of professional musicians...


    Stuart adds to the Bakersfield Sound-track

    I don't know why I'd expected a more complicated answer. After all, this was Marty Stuart on the phone, champion of that most uncomplicated of American institutions. Marty Stuart, country music historian, ambassador and practitioner, can...

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    CESAREO GARASA: Music fest right up our alley

    It was at the bars along Wall Street Alley in downtown Bakersfield that Dave DeRoo and his bandmates in Adema first made a name for themselves and it's to the alley that Adema will return Saturday as a way of saying thanks to Bakersfield....

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    Jazz quartet ready to test experiment

    The Empty Cage Quartet has been Kris Tiner's defining musical endeavor, but one he and his colleagues have had to put on hiatus while other endeavors, especially fatherhood, became the priority. Now Tiner, along with saxophonist Jason...

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    Straight No Chaser carrying different tune

    Long before the 2012 box-office hit "Pitch Perfect" made a case for the sex appeal of a cappella vocal groups, the members of Straight No Chaser were using their act as a way to pick up girls at Indiana University. "SNC was never that...

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