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    MATT MUNOZ: Get up close and personal with Chris Shiflett

    By MATT MUNOZ, Californian contributing columnist
    Wednesday, Apr 16 2014 11:58 AM

    Chris Shiflett's journey from arena rocker to honky-tonk rabble-rouser is about to come full circle. Following the release of his album of classic country covers, "All Hat and No Cattle," last year, the Foo Fighters guitarist performed to a full house at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace in Bakersfield. That show was followed by a year-round trek of beer-soaked dives and festival tent showdowns in support of his country side project and backing band, the Dead Peasants.

    Now Shiflett is bringing it back to barroom basics for a spring break weekend blowout when he makes his way back to us, this time in the intimate downstairs confines of Sandrini's on Saturday.

    "I love 'em man," said Shiflett of performing in close quarters, where audience...

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    Joe Ely: A legend as big as Texas

    There must be something about all that empty landscape that makes Texas musicians uneasy about being hemmed in. Just take Joe Ely, who's never been one to observe musical boundaries. He's as comfortable sitting on a back porch playing...

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    CESAREO GARASA: Show's over for Tim Gardea

    When one door closes, another door opens. That old saying comes to mind with the recent news about the sale of Tim Gardea Presents. As a musician and music lover, I've known Tim Gardea personally for the better part of two decades. I've...

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    Go to one BSO concert a year? Here it is

    If you attend no other Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra concert this year, this is the one you should. Music director John Farrer has programmed a concert with something to please every type of listener: the adventurer, the traditionalist,...

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    Electronic master goes traditional with BSO

    Never heard of composer Jon Appleton? You should look him up. But don't look him up in the usual places -- Who's Who in American Music, New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, even Wikipedia. Look him up on www.apple.com,...

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    Guthrie on Guthrie at Fox

    Woody Guthrie, the renowned Dust Bowl troubadour, was so inspired by John Ford's classic 1940 film, "The Grapes of Wrath," he immediately found a copy of the book upon which it was based, took it home and devoured it, front to back. When...

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    CSUB gamers are true players

    If your idea of gamer education is looking up a walk-through of "Titanfall" online, prepare for an awakening: It's Mario time Friday at the third annual CSUB Gamer Education Day as the voice of Nintendo's Super Mario heads up an evening of...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Some Traffic jams on the bill

    The 2014 Bright House Networks Amphitheatre concert series kicks off Saturday featuring guitar icon Dave Mason. Widely known for his groundbreaking work with English psychedelic rock architects Traffic during the late 1960s, he also...

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    Pianist to present American Songbook

    Pianist Richard Glazier has a special reverence for the Great American Songbook. "It's more than just songs," Glazier said. "It's a part of our culture; it's part of who we are. "It represents a voice that came out of the melting pot of...

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    Jennifer Nettles: On her own but not alone

    Sugarland fans, don't panic. Although bandmates Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush are currently working solo, the famous country group has not broken up. But until they reunite, fans will need to make due with one half of the...

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    Buck and ballet? Only in Bakersfield

    Although many events bill themselves as offering "something for everybody," not all live up to that expectation. But from an opening number to get folks to turn off their cell phones to a show-stopping line-dancing tribute to Buck Owens,...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Big break, thanks to 'Voice' lessons

    The last time we checked in with singer Rudy Parris, the Visalia artist with close Bakersfield ties was basking in the afterglow of his appearance on season three of NBC's "The Voice," as a member of Blake Shelton's team. Since then, he's...

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    BSO search: And then there were six

    After sifting through approximately 150 applications and interviewing nine semifinalists, the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra has announced that six candidates will audition next season to replace conductor John Farrer. "We're very excited...

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