Dance-Pop Icon Jade Starling Releases Second Single

Photo: Gretchen Johnson Photography

PHILADELPHIA–Jade Starling, best known as the vocalizing half of the platinum-selling duo Pretty Poison (#1 hit “Catch Me I’m Falling” on Virgin Records), today releases “Think About U,” the second single from her acclaimed first-ever solo work, Captain, hailed as a “masterpiece” by (AEG Live) and due Aug. 12 on Subpoena/Universal. ‘Think About U’ follows the Top 30 Billboard Dance Chart success of the album’s first single, “Insomniak.” […]

First Lady Michelle Obama To Deliver Keynote Address At Grammy Museum Luncheon

First Lady Michelle Obama

LOS ANGELES–First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the keynote address at The GRAMMY Museum‘s Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon on July 16 at Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE. The event will honor Southern California-based educator Sunshine Cavalluzzi and six-time GRAMMY nominee Janelle Monáe. Building on the museum’s successful education programs and initiatives, the Jane Ortner Educator Award honors educators who find innovative […]

SIMA Humanitarian Fund Partners With Grammy-Winning Band Switchfoot’s Bro-Am

Grammy-winning band, Switchfoot

LAGUNA NIGUEL–The SIMA Humanitarian Fund has partnered with the Switchfoot Bro-Am as they celebrate the 10th anniversary of their event this July 11 and 12. SIMA will help solicit sponsors, donors, attendees and auction items for the event, and the SIMA Humanitarian Fund will receive a significant share of the net proceeds. The members of Grammy-award […]

San Marcos Kick Off Free Concert Series This Month


SAN MARCOS–The City will present its annual “Summer Concerts in the Gardens” series at the Wood House in San Marcos. This year’s concert series is going to be unique in that all of the scheduled bands are former Wood House concert performers who have received the highest audience ratings. Performing at the event are: Skelpin […]

Rolando Celebrates Summer With Free Community Concerts

SAN DIEGO–This summer, residents of the Rolando neighborhoods will be treated to a free summer concert series, thanks to the Rolando Community Council, with the support of College Area Community Council, the College Area Business Improvement District, Rolando Park Community Council and a variety of local businesses. Part of a grassroots drive to connect neighbors […]

Brooks Music Series To Feature Jazz Pianist Mikan Zlatkovich

Mikan Zlatkovich

OCEANSIDE—Jazz pianist Mikan Zlatkovich will be the feature performer at Oceanside Theatre Company’s Music Series at The Brooks. The music series will feature an eclectic array of local and national talent, and showcases some of the best live entertainment in north county. Zlatkovich brings his jazz ensemble, JazzMikan Trio Plus, and his diverse repertoire for […]

The Queen Mary Kicks Off Labor Day Weekend With Concert Events

Pepper on stage at Shoreline Jam 2013.

LONG BEACH–The Queen Mary will celebrate a full Labor Day weekend of concert events with the 4th annual Shoreline Jam Aug. 30 to 31 and the Long Beach Funk Fest Sept. 1. For the first time ever, Shoreline Jam will extend into a two-day concert event and the Long Beach Funk Fest will traverse from the streets […]

Lisa Hilton ‘Kaleidoscope’ Album Pulsates With Warm Sensuous Harmonies, Originality And Swinging Brilliance

Pianist/Composer Lisa Hilton's KALEIDOSCOPE album reflects a compelling mixture of experimentation, awareness of traditions, and deep feelings.

By Danny R. Johnson LOS ANGELES – Pianist and composer Lisa Hilton is one of those rare figures in jazz who has been able to take something familiar and do something with it that had no precedent. And this is precisely what she has done on her 16th release to date titled Kaleidoscope on the Ruby Slippers Productions label. The […]

Theo Croker’s ‘AfroPhysicist’ Album Breaks The Chain With Evolutionary Cool Jazz, Hard Bop and Unique Avant-Garde Jazz Fusion

Theo Croker Album Cover

By Danny R. Johnson NEW YORK, NY–Through much of its history, jazz made avid converts with the simple promise of undying excitement, whether maximized by throbbing rhythms, bloodcurdling high notes, violent polyphony, layered riffs, hyperbolic virtuosity, fevered exchanges, or just simply carnal funk. Alas, my jazz purists welcome to the world of Theo Croker, the […]

TGIF Concerts In The Parks Returns This Summer

Vaud & The Villains

CARLSBAD–The 29th season of the City of Carlsbad’s “TGIF Concerts in the Parks” free outdoor concert series will add the city’s new Alga Norte Community Park to its locations, which also include Stagecoach, Poinsettia and Calavera Hills Community Parks. On-site food options at TGIF also expand this year with the addition of several new vendors […]