Springboard West returns

Posted: January 5th, 2018 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Music, Top Story | No Comments

By Jen Lothspeich

As its name suggests, the Springboard West Music Festival aims to catapult emerging talents to the next level of music-making when it comes to town Jan. 11-13, but it is not for the casual player.

Emerging artists are selected from all over the world to perform at the festival — not just for San Diegans — but for industry professionals who have worked with top talents. Plus, with a two-day “Band Bootcamp,” participants also receive guidance from those qualified mentors and get the chance to perform for them.

Accolades for ‘Trouble in the Wind’

By Jen Lothspeich | Tunes About Town

As many times as I’ve imagined myself in the lead role of Cameron Crowe’s autobiographical rock odyssey film, “Almost Famous,” it’s doubtful I’ll ever get flown out by Rolling Stone magazine to interview a band on tour.

But I still get to explore some compelling subjects here in San Diego — sometimes under interesting circumstances.

Where the girls run the show

Posted: July 7th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Music | No Comments

House of Blues sets stage for another Rock ‘n’ Roll camp for girls By Joyell Nevins  S-A-N Diego, wuh oh! Where the rock meets the roll S-A-N Diego, wuh oh! Where the girls run the show Damn right. As a girl, I might be slightly biased. As an aunt, though, and a female member of […]

The mayor of San Diego music

By Jen Lothspeich

He can be heard on local radio airwaves, he can be seen Saturday nights on television, and he can be encountered at rock venues nearly every night of the week; and he is arguably, the most interesting man in San Diego.

Local music guru Tim Pyles is essentially a native, having lived in San Diego since age 4 and growing up as what he calls a “Mod Ska kid” of the ’80s and a raver in the ’90s. He said his love of live music reignited in the late ’90s while his radio career began in 1997.

Steve Poltz: Kaaboo ‘will be a hoot’

Posted: September 2nd, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Music, Top Story | No Comments

By Dustin Lothspeich

“There are a lot of big-name acts and a lot of different genres. It’s quite an undertaking. I’m honored they asked me to play. Maybe they thought they were booking Steel Pulse and they got Steve Poltz.”

When you’re talking with Poltz, the world-renowned San Diego singer/songwriter perhaps most famous for penning the No. 1 hit “You Were Meant for Me” with Jewel, the conversation is always a blitz of hilarity, wit and good ol’ fashioned self-deprecation.

Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why the organizers at the Kaaboo Del Mar music and arts festival booked him for this year’s incarnation: he’s kind of irresistible — both onstage and off.

Morphing with Comic-Con

Posted: July 1st, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Features, Music | No Comments

The Symphony’s fantastical adventures with live music By David Dixon Last summer, the San Diego Symphony got a lot of worldwide attention for performing unannounced live music from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” for 6,500 fans during Comic-Con International. This year during the annual convention, the Symphony has even more on its plate, contributing to […]

The power of Mozart

Prodigy the focus of this year’s festival

By Charlene Baldridge

Want to discover more about Mozart’s music and genius?

Genius doesn’t grow on trees. Neither does prodigy.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most prolific and profoundly influential composers who ever lived — he would have had his 260th birthday in January — was both genius and prodigy. By the age of 5, he was playing keyboard and violin like a master and performing before the crowned heads of Europe, thanks to his father, a promoter par excellence.