Music

  • Canadian singer-songwriter inspired by Del Mar childhood

    Canadian singer-songwriter inspired by Del Mar childhood

    Alex Balanko is currently sitting in his studio, which doubles as the headquarters for Four Destinations Entertainment

  • San Diego-based Tribal Seeds to kick off Del Mar Racetrack concert series

    San Diego-based Tribal Seeds to kick off Del Mar Racetrack concert series

    The renowned Del Mar Racetrack concert series has featured the likes of musical legends from Jack Johnson to Weezer. Come July 21, Tribal Seeds joins that esteemed list to kick of the track’s 2017 season. “I’m stoked Tribal Seeds is a part of the series,” said the band’s co-founder and keyboard...

  • Q&A with Del Mar’s musical wunderkind

    Q&A with Del Mar’s musical wunderkind

    What if Kraftwerk had grown up sneaking around Del Mar’s choicest skate spots instead of fantasizing about the autobahn in 1970s Germany? Aaron M. Olson didn’t set out with such lofty aims, but the likeness is clear as the Del Mar native plays composer and frontman to L.A. Takedown, his seven-piece...

  • SDA water polo player Dylan Herrera hits the right note

    SDA water polo player Dylan Herrera hits the right note

    On the surface, the skill-sets required to play competitive high school water polo and succeed in the music business don’t offer obvious similarities. Dylan Herrera, an incoming junior at San Dieguito Academy (SDA), is the first to admit that. But from his perspective, both ventures are a lot easier...

  • Local teen sings out with others for a cure for ALS

    Local teen sings out with others for a cure for ALS

    The premise behind the “Striking A Chord” benefit concert, to be held July 29, was conceived by Carmel Valley resident Megan Spector after her Aunt Marjie Block was diagnosed with ALS. Currently there is no cure for this disease, and the life expectancy of patients is tragically short, typically...

  • Acclaimed soul-pop group Lake Street Dive headed to the Belly Up

    Acclaimed soul-pop group Lake Street Dive headed to the Belly Up

    Thirteen years ago next month, the throwback soul group Lake Street Dive formed in their hometown of Boston, Mass. For the past decade, the band has been on a steady rise that has taken their act nationwide and has earned them a cult fan base, numerous accolades and a laundry list of viral singles....

  • Acclaimed Singer-songwriter Esmé Patterson headed to Belly Up in Solana Beach

    Acclaimed Singer-songwriter Esmé Patterson headed to Belly Up in Solana Beach

    On a cold Monday afternoon in Philadelphia, Penn., singer-songwriter Esmé Patterson is on a brief respite before a tour stop later that night. Patterson, who’s tour heads out west to Solana Beach’s Belly Up on Feb. 15, has grown accustomed to the hustle of being on the road.   “I don’t really live...

  • TPHS pianist wins gold at international competition

    TPHS pianist wins gold at international competition

    Andrew Zhao, a junior at Torrey Pines High School, won the gold medal and a $5,000 prize in the Yamaha USASU International Competition for Young Pianists held from Jan. 4 - 7 at the Arizona State University School of Music in Tempe, Ariz.  The 16-year-old pianist competed in the Senior Category...

  • San Diego Jewish Men’s Chorus to perform at Carmel Valley Library

    San Diego Jewish Men’s Chorus to perform at Carmel Valley Library

    The Carmel Valley Library Family Concert Series presents the San Diego Jewish Men’s Chorus Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. The San Diego Jewish Men's Choir (SDJMC) has been in existence for over 16 years. It is made up of a solid group of more than 25 singers from various walks of life, backgrounds...

  • Solana Beach singer tops iTunes jazz charts

    Solana Beach singer tops iTunes jazz charts

    Solana Beach singer Anna Danes recently topped the iTunes jazz charts with her sophomore album. “Find Your Wings” debuted Oct. 29 at No. 1 on the charts. “It’s beyond exciting,” Danes said. “I’m extremely happy. It means something significant to have seen your name next to Frank Sinatra and Ella...

  • The Funk Junkies to play at Belly Up Oct. 7

    The Funk Junkies to play at Belly Up Oct. 7

    On Friday evening, Oct. 7, from 5:30-7:45 p.m., The Funk Junkies will perform at the Belly UP Tavern in Solana Beach. This fun evening will be a fundraiser for the Skyline/Solana Vista PTA. The Funk Junkies is fronted by Solana Beach resident and Skyline mom April Mosebrook. They are one of San...

  • Musicians to bring John Denver tribute to North Coast Rep

    Musicians to bring John Denver tribute to North Coast Rep

    Some of the area’s finest musicians turn North Coast Rep into a nightclub. Come and hear some great American music played by brilliant players. On Sept. 26 and Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m., tribute artist Jim Curry will perform the music of John Denver. The music “is like an old friend, outlasting trends...

  • The Struts return to San Diego for KAABOO

    The Struts return to San Diego for KAABOO

    The Struts might hail from the United Kingdom, but San Diego has somewhat become a second home to the band. In the past two years, vocalist Luke Spiller, guitarist Adam Slack, bassist Jed Elliott and drummer Gethin Davies have taken the stage in San Diego more than once. The band is set to return...

  • For Marshall Tucker Band frontman, Doug Gray, a passion for music 45 years and counting

    For Marshall Tucker Band frontman, Doug Gray, a passion for music 45 years and counting

    It’s an early Wednesday afternoon in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Doug Gray, frontman for the legendary Marshall Tucker Band, just took a walk on the beach from his nearby home. “This is what keeps me in shape,” Gray explains. “Going to the beach just makes you relax, and it helps when dealing...

  • Solana Beach Sing-Along starts 30th season with special proclamation

    Solana Beach Sing-Along starts 30th season with special proclamation

    For nearly as long as Solana Beach has been a city, the city has also had its own Sing-Along. In recognition of the city’s longest-running community event, San Diego County proclaimed Aug. 11, 2016, City of Solana Beach Community Sing-Along Day throughout the county. Supervisor Dave Roberts presented...

  • Funk Junkies frontwoman balances work, home, music

    Funk Junkies frontwoman balances work, home, music

    April Mosebrook of Solana Beach gets ‘to live the rock star dream a little’

  • Moving on from Kaaboo, The Revivalists hope to bring new fans with them

    Moving on from Kaaboo, The Revivalists hope to bring new fans with them

    From the bass to the saxophone, The Revivalists bring a big sound to the stage — complete with a pedal steel guitar. With the recent release of their third full-length album, the seven-piece band also brought fresh songs to the inaugural three-day Kaaboo Del Mar festival. After the band’s 2014...

  • Fairground Saints excited to launch debut album tour with Kaaboo

    Fairground Saints excited to launch debut album tour with Kaaboo

    In a matter of weeks, Fairground Saints went from releasing their debut album to playing at their first festival, as one of the bands that opened Kaaboo Del Mar on Sept. 18 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. With a warm and wistful sound, the Los Angeles-based trio — Elijah Edwards (vocals, guitar, mandolin,...

  • Carmel Valley artist releases debut album

    Carmel Valley artist releases debut album

    Inspiration can strike at any time, and for one Carmel Valley musician, that elusive moment was brought to her by a Vermont-based folk artist named Anais Mitchell. “A friend of mine showed me a project Anais had done named ‘Hadestown,’” explained Emily Ann Laliotis, a graduate of of Canyon Crest...

  • From track to track, Train keeps the music moving forward

    From track to track, Train keeps the music moving forward

    More than two decades in, Train is still on track. Although “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” and “Hey, Soul Sister” will always be two of the band’s most iconic tunes, Train continues to churn out hit songs, including “Angel in Blue Jeans,” which cracked No. 8 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart as...

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