| Mar 19, 2015
| 6:59 PM
Bill Hardie wanted to mark a tattoo convention that he founded with a special touch.
"My goal was that when you opened the doors to the convention, you wouldn't know what type of convention you were at because it was so clean," Hardie said.
| Mar 5, 2015
| 8:01 PM
He's already known around campus as Dr. Tresler. And now, maybe, Dr. Music is in order.
Matthew Tresler, the academic chairman for music at Irvine Valley College, is a newly minted Grammy winner — by proxy, at least.
Conspirare, the Austin,...
| Feb 26, 2015
| 3:16 PM
She's a forklift driver by day and a country singer at night.
Tricia Freeman, 60, is strumming a few notes on her guitar before she sings for seated listeners at Newport Beach's 21 Oceanfront restaurant on a Tuesday night.
The blonde singer, dressed...
| Feb 19, 2015
| 2:23 PM
It didn't take any convincing to get Lee Rocker, one of the founding members of the Stray Cats, to say yes to an invitation to perform with the Laguna Concert Band last year.
After all, he said, he's always looking to try different things. One non-...
| Feb 5, 2015
| 6:45 PM
It took a grandchild — indirectly, at least — to make Irma Thomas the Soul Queen of New Orleans.
The singer, who will share the bill Saturday in the "Blues at the Crossroads" show at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, got her official...
| Jan 24, 2015
| 4:16 PM
Carl St.Clair can pinpoint the last moment he saw Leonard Bernstein. The two had just conducted a show together at the Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts, and Bernstein, who had trusted his own composition to St.Clair's baton, urged him to attend...
| Jan 10, 2015
| 5:14 PM
Dianne Reeves knows her way around a jazz song.
The singer, who has won four Grammy awards for Best Jazz Vocal Performance on her albums, will perform alongside Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Gregory Porter at 8 p.m. Friday at Costa Mesa's...
| Jan 9, 2015
These Rolling Stones imitators wear college sweaters and Converse shoes and like to comb their hair.
But while they dress more conservatively than Keith, Mick and the gang, they nonetheless are likely to get the same sort of satisfaction when they...
| Oct 31, 2014
| 12:31 PM
The Rat Pack is back.
Pacific Symphony's 2014-15 Pops season premieres with the standards made popular by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Bobby Darin and others of the era to charge up the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
| Nov 13, 2014
| 7:59 PM
Most days, Fredrick Borges leads the life of a medical malpractice attorney. He drives to his Newport Beach law firm, shuffles through paperwork, makes a few conferences calls, then heads home to Irvine.
Few would think the 54-year-old, with his...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 9:55 AM
Billy Childs remembers the only time he saw Laura Nyro, the influential singer and songwriter whose albums became part of the soundtrack to his boyhood. She was performing at the Strand in Redondo Beach during the mid-'90s, and for a musician who grew...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 5:25 PM
The venerable Lido Theatre and Smokey Robinson are nearly the same age — 75 and 74, respectively — yet the legendary Motown singer proved to be a lively, engaging and still seductive swain for what Robinson referred to as the venue's "virgin...