| May 23, 2015
Brent Payne strums a favorite Vince Gill tune by the front doors of Buena Park City Hall, and within a minute or so, it's already family entertainment.
The country singer isn't quite in his performing element here: the guitar case at his feet in the...
| May 22, 2015
When Brian Caldwell picked up the rhythm guitar more than 23 years ago, he developed a passion for music that would send him far from his Glasgow, Scotland, home.
Off he went on a path toward founding one of his homeland's traditional bands....
| Apr 17, 2015
They wrote hits for other artists.
They composed and performed their own material.
They sold millions of records.
And no one knew them.
Songwriters who write catchy pop, rock and country hits are usually unidentified when a famous performer...
| Apr 3, 2015
| 6:02 PM
A Costa Mesa bar owner who for about five months hosted live music shows and burlesque performances without a permit at his business will not face any fines. And because he has reapplied for his live-entertainment permit, the music can go on for now....
| 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 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...
| 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...
| 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...