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    Violinist hits the right career notes

    BY SUSAN SCAFFIDI Contributing writer
    Friday, Jul 25 2014 10:56 AM

    Bakersfield-born violinist Paul Cartwright had dreamed since childhood that one day he would play with a major orchestra. Instead, Cartwright, 33, has become a first-call studio player, a respected jazz artist, and the "signature sound" of such TV hits as "Battlestar Galactica," "Caprica" and now the pirate adventure series "Black Sails" on Starz.

    But on July 31, Cartwright's already impressive reality and his childhood dream will converge. Cartwright will be a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl in a concert dedicated to film and TV scores by North and South American composers.

    Conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, the concert, "America and Americans," includes work by composer Bear McCreary, whose credits include...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Reggae rockers keeping roots deep

    Elements Venue will play host to a Friday triple bill sure to please both current California reggae rock enthusiasts and those who prefer more roots with their riddim. Headlined by rising San Diego quintet Through The Roots, the show also...

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    Who needs Nashville when Gatlins have Bakersfield?

    Larry, Steve and Rudy Gatlin know how to please an audience. “I believe that people pay the money to hear the hits,” Larry Gatlin said. “What I have found is people want to hear the songs they know on the radio, on the CD or DVD.” So...

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    CESAREO GARASA: Pythons together one last time

    For those of us who keep a lumberjack cosplay in the closet (just in case) and can recite the world's deadliest joke, there will be much rejoicing Sunday, when Monty Python's global funeral will be shown on silver screens around the...

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    He doesn't get lost in music; you do

    It's not unusual to hear musicians talk about getting lost in their music when they're performing, using music as a means of transcending the here and now. But when Grammy-winning guitarist Ed Gerhard performs, the last thing on his mind...

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    In need of jazz fix? You've got it

    A newspaper interview with JR Hester at the Jazz Lounge, Bakersfield's newest night spot, was interrupted three times by musicians eager to book gigs, proving that among players, at least, there's plenty of interest in his club. But what...

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    Waylon, Willie, Johnny take highway to the Fox

    Michael Moore got two pieces of advice from Willie Nelson. The first: "Always get your money up front." But it's the second pearl of wisdom that Moore takes to heart every night when he hits the stage in long braids and faded jeans as the...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Rocker is wearing two hats

    Bakersfield musician Art Machuca has big plans to use his knowledge and connections to bring crowds back to the basement at Jerry's Pizza, once home to some of Bakersfield's biggest all-ages shows. Those familiar with Jerry's Pizza...

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    Still as Goo as it gets

    Touring the country in a smelly, run-down van isn't responsible for the Goo Goo Dolls' breakthrough -- the pop gem "Name" did that -- but a decade of swindling cigarettes from bartenders, snagging showers in college gyms and winning fans...

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    CESAREO GARASA: I'll be celebrating 5th of July

    As anyone who has ever driven downtown looking for something to do on the Fourth of July knows, there is nothing happening. Ever. It doesn't matter if the Fourth lands on a Friday or Saturday, most of the city will be at house parties...

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    Keyboardist's voice 'just melted' his fans

    Johnny "Blue" Villalovos was talented enough to attract notice from the likes of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, but his musical abilities likely made the biggest impression on a woman who walked into a Union Avenue club one evening in 1982....

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    MATT MUNOZ: War riding a new album low and slow

    Southern California funk legends War released their 19th full-length CD, titled "Evolutionary," last month. Released as a double album, the first disc contains 13 new original tracks while the second is a first-time CD issue of the group's...

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    CESAREO GARASA: Make a drive to see a true rock legend

    Eagle Mountain Casino outside Porterville might seem like a long drive, but how far would you be willing to go to see an actual living legend of rock 'n' roll? Gregg Allman is one such legend. One half of the titular Allman Brothers Band...

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