| Sep 25, 2013
| 2:25 PM
On a mostly listless Tuesday at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Conrad Tao sat at his dressing room piano in casual street clothes and played a snippet of the world's most terrifying piece of music.
The 19-year-old closed his eyes and...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 1:43 PM
Hard traveling is an admired trait of folk singers, and Tracy Newman took a long journey to her gig this week in Irvine — even if it didn't quite adhere to Woody Guthrie's mythical highways.
Newman, who recently turned 70, released her first CD...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 2:10 PM
It's just six years and a couple of months until the '20s — the 2020s, that is — which may inspire a reflection or two from jazz aficionados.
Nearly 100 years ago, the musical form so dominated society that it became a euphemism for an...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 2:10 PM
The first time Esperanza Spalding played at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, she was a young jazz bassist and singer who was steadily building a following.
Since then, she's played at the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Concert and scored an upset Grammy...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 8:00 PM
As executive director of Serving People in Need, Jean Wegener has worked to help make sure its silver anniversary gala will be a great one Friday night at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa.
"It's the 25th for us," she said of SPIN, which...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 12:01 PM
Roger Daltrey, longtime lead vocalist of The Who, has stepped in to replace a band that had featured the late Ray Manzarek at this year's OC Fair concert series.
Daltrey, whose rough-and-ready voice carried "Baba O'Riley," "My Generation" and other...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 1:17 PM
Adam Duritz wants to be Bob Dylan — or so he says in "Mr. Jones."
Maybe the Counting Crows frontman didn't transform into the senior Dylan. But he did form a close friendship with the iconic songwriter's son, Jakob, leader of the Wallflowers....
| Jul 18, 2013
| 8:52 AM
In terms of critical plaudits or recent exposure, Three Dog Night may not be the biggest name at this year's OC Fair Summer Concert Series.
Still, by one mathematical formula, it's the most successful act in rock history.
In 2007, when statistician...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 11:54 AM
“Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you got till it's gone.”
And so it felt when Counting Crows finished their set Sunday night at the OC Fair. They played for two hours, but I was desperate for at least two more when...
| Jul 27, 2013
| 5:46 PM
The symphonic sounds of summer resonated Friday night before an estimated 1,600 people who came to hear the Pacific Symphony play a free outdoor concert in Costa Mesa.
The community event at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts plaza celebrated the city's...
| Jul 26, 2013
| 9:26 AM
While fans would usually show excitement for a reunion show of a favorite band, Save Ferris fans are marching to the tune of disapproval.
In its heyday in the '90s third-wave ska scene, Save Ferris played hits like "The World Is New" and a cover of...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 6:39 PM
Costa Mesa has reinstated one of two employees put on paid leave last summer while the city investigated possible fiscal improprieties related to the city's 60th anniversary celebration.
Christine Cordon, a special events coordinator and assistant...