San Diego Troubadour

San Diego Troubadour Contact information, map and directions, contact form, opening hours, services, ratings, photos, videos and announcements from San Diego Troubadour, Magazine, San Diego, CA.

The San Diego Troubadour, first published in September of 2001, was established to promote, encourage and provide an alternative voice for the wealth of local music that is generally overlooked by the mass media.

Check out the first Monday Music Spotlight of July! Roger Waters: Dark Side Of The Moon (Redux)Last year, Roger Waters, ...
07/08/2024

Check out the first Monday Music Spotlight of July! Roger Waters: Dark Side Of The Moon (Redux)

Last year, Roger Waters, former member of the legendary psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd, released his new project, something nobody wanted and nobody asked for, a reinterpretation and rerecording of the band's monumental album, Dark Side of the Moon.

Dark Side of the Moon (Redux) reimagines the original album as acoustic and spoken-word pieces reminiscent of Waters' latest solo albums, The Lockdown Sessions and Is This the Life We Really Want? Now, if you don't like the original 1973 Dark Side of the Moon, you're not going to like this one.

In quick summation, it's Waters being overindulgent and succeeding only at stirring up nostalgic elements from its namesake. The new components do little to nothing to expand or explore any of the original themes, and despite good musicianship, the album fails to feel like much more than a vanity project.

Reviewed by Tony Le Calvez

For full review, click link below:
https://sandiegotroubadour.com/roger-waters-dark-side-of-the-moon-redux/?amp=1

It’s our first featured story of July! Aaron Lind’s Musical Journey A Boise, Idaho native, 43-year-old Aaron Lind's circ...
07/06/2024

It’s our first featured story of July! Aaron Lind’s Musical Journey

A Boise, Idaho native, 43-year-old Aaron Lind's circuitous journey to San Diego has been a long and winding road of music, yoga, acrobatics, and world travel. His enthusiasm and dedication to each craft has earned him continuing success and joy in his ongoing life's journey.

FROM THERE TO HERE
Lind's first instrument was the ukulele when he was six. His second-grade teacher was a native Hawaiian and taught his class songs and dances for luaus to perform at their end-of-the-year party. “The uke was fun and felt natural to me," he described. "Around the same time my mom also taught me open chords on the guitar."

At age nine he began classical piano lessons, which he continued until age 15. "I didn't feel as interested in the piano; it was more something l was required to do but I made it to a sufficient level of proficiency that I was accepted into the music school at Boise State University."

Story by Wayne Riker

For full story, click link below: https://sandiegotroubadour.com/aaron-linds-musical-journey/?amp=1

From the San Diego Troubadour, we wish you a happy and safe Fourth of July! 🇺🇸🎶SAN DIEGO TROUBADOUR MID-YEAR FUNDRAISER ...
07/04/2024

From the San Diego Troubadour, we wish you a happy and safe Fourth of July! 🇺🇸🎶

SAN DIEGO TROUBADOUR MID-YEAR FUNDRAISER to help keep the Troubadour family singing!

Your gift helps us continue to do our work for, by, and with the music community.

Click on image.

PLEASE SHARE with your friendship circle!

SAN DIEGO TROUBADOUR MID-YEAR FUNDRAISER! Please consider making a financial contr… Liz Abbott needs your support for Help Keep the Troubadour Family Singing

SAN DIEGO TROUBADOUR MID-YEAR FUNDRAISER to help keep the Troubadour family singing!Your gift helps us continue to do ou...
07/03/2024

SAN DIEGO TROUBADOUR MID-YEAR FUNDRAISER to help keep the Troubadour family singing!

Your gift helps us continue to do our work for, by, and with the music community.

Click on image. PLEASE SHARE with your friendship circle!

SAN DIEGO TROUBADOUR MID-YEAR FUNDRAISER! Please consider making a financial contr… Liz Abbott needs your support for Help Keep the Troubadour Family Singing

San Diego Troubadour is thrilled to introduce July’s cover story! Jonny Tarr: Life, Music, and The RulesQuite a few perf...
07/02/2024

San Diego Troubadour is thrilled to introduce July’s cover story! Jonny Tarr: Life, Music, and The Rules

Quite a few performers have relocated to San Diego to become part of the music community, but few have made the impact that multi-instrumentalist Jonny Tarr has. A native of Cardiff, Wales, since his arrival with his wife, Aleicia, in 2011, Tarr has become one of the area's top draws, scoring four San Diego Music Awards in the process, all while taking part in enough musical projects that fans need a score card to keep track.

Signed to Pacific Records, Tarr's sound is a dance floor friendly mix of funk, R&B, pop, jazz, and a splash of rock. How does Tarr describe his music? “The million-dollar question!" he said. "Recently I have been describing it loosely as a combination of the Killers, Maroon Five, and the Weeknd, but perhaps my vocals are probably more reminiscent of Sting than any of those guys." Tarr is influenced by a wide range of artists. "I would include on that list people like Jamiroquai, Stevie Wonder, the James Taylor Quartet, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Marvin Gaye, Michael Brecker, and many others. But then I also take my influences from a lot of electronica such as Vangelis, Jan Hammer, Air, and Daft Punk." Tarr also gets inspiration from other local artists.

Cover story by Bart Mendoza
📸 Dan Chusid

For full cover story, click link below: https://sandiegotroubadour.com/jonny-tarr-life-music-and-the-rules/?amp=1

Our final post for June is a music Spotlight! Nathan Hubbard: Seeds of RiversSan Diego percussionist Nathan Hubbard has ...
06/30/2024

Our final post for June is a music Spotlight! Nathan Hubbard: Seeds of Rivers

San Diego percussionist Nathan Hubbard has long resided in between easily labeled styles, seemingly more comfortable in the borderlands. His earliest recordings 15 years ago were full-on sound experiments-as short on structure as they were long on pushing the envelope.

In 2014, with encinitas and everything after, volume one (followed by volumes two through five), he began to write within a more formalized structure, albeit a fairly loose one. This was closer to, say, the free jazz of Art Ensemble of Chicago than the wholly unstructured avant-garde of Pierre Schaefer. His music in the decade since has drawn on both jazz and modern classical-in both instrumentation and style-while never entirely embracing either.

Not that his music has developed linearly; he returned to a more experimental vein with Lattice Trust (2017), while his first recording with his trio, This Stream (2019), dabbled in spots with straight-ahead post-bop jazz.

Reviewed by Jim Trageser

For full review, click link below: https://sandiegotroubadour.com/nathan-hubbard-seeds-of-rivers/?amp=1

It’s a Thursday Music Spotlight! Mackenzie Leighton: I RememberI Remember is the second CD drop from bassist Mackenzie L...
06/28/2024

It’s a Thursday Music Spotlight! Mackenzie Leighton: I Remember

I Remember is the second CD drop from bassist Mackenzie Leighton. Usually, bassists are holding down the rhythm section in most styles of music, but many have come front and center over the decades as the lead compositional instrument, from Charles Mingus, Dave Holland, Stanley Clarke, and Jaco Pastorius to more recent bassists Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, and Michael Manring.

The 12 original Leighton compositions are rounded out by Ed Kornhauser on piano, lan Harland on vibraphone, and Tyler Kreutel on drums with the project engineered and mixed by lan Tordella and mastered by Chris Hobson.

In past days this quartet instrumentation, especially with an upright acoustic bass, would be immediately labeled jazz. Although there are certainly jazz elements abounding, Leighton's tunes are heavily compositional with a diversity of rhythmic grooves, shifting tempos and melodic complexity.

Reviewed by Wayne Riker

For full review, click link below: https://sandiegotroubadour.com/mackenzie-leighton-i-remember/?amp=1

Listen up, people! The July San Diego Troubadour is in progress and it's shaping up to be an excellent issue. I can't te...
06/25/2024

Listen up, people! The July San Diego Troubadour is in progress and it's shaping up to be an excellent issue. I can't tell you how proud I am of the Troubadour writers. They area so smart and write so well. I am grateful. And I always appreciate the other contributors as well. I'm a happy guy. All of our contributors make us look good!

Well, then, here's what's in store for July: Jonny Tarr’s fascinating cover story; articles on our columnist Josh Weinstein, guitar player Aaron Lind, jazz flautist Cobby Brzesky, music educator Dean Hickman, and the San Carlos Community Garden. And our columnists always have interesting, thought-proving things to write about, plus we have CD reviews for Kimmi Bitter, MohaveSoul, Darius Degher, and Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon redux by Roger Waters.

Credits go to Chuck Schiele for the fab cover design, Bart Mendoza, who did an amazing job on the article, and Dan Chusid for the cover photo.

Going live on July 1! Thank you, as always for reading and supporting the San Diego Troubadour. See ya later!

You know what matters? The latest from Smoke Signals. Recording Matters, Part 5: Recording Basic Tracks Hi! My name is J...
06/24/2024

You know what matters? The latest from Smoke Signals. Recording Matters, Part 5: Recording Basic Tracks

Hi! My name is Jeff Berkley. I'm from San Diego California. I am a musician, songwriter, engineer, and producer. I spend four or five days a week at Satellite studio in San Diego, producing records.
I've made lots and lots of them. I'm very lucky to be able to find magic in all sorts of different types of musical situations, levels, styles, and vibes. Somehow, I can focus on what's authentic and draw it out. I have no idea how I got here but, I sure did luck out!

This is part five of my attempt to somehow articulate my own recording method to you. As I've said before, it's just my method. It works for me. It seems to work for others as well.

So far, weve chosen, written, or co-written, edited, and "memo demo'd" the songs. We've chosen a producer and studio. Last month we talked about choosing and preparing the musicians, and in the last column we talked about recording basic tracks.

Now it's time to edit basic tracks and get into the overdub process.

Story by Jeff Berkley

For full story, click link below: https://sandiegotroubadour.com/recording-matters-part-5-recording-basic-tracks/?amp=1

Glad to share from the Bluegrass Corner: Julian Family Fiddle Camp and More!What do a live performance by great artists ...
06/22/2024

Glad to share from the Bluegrass Corner: Julian Family Fiddle Camp and More!

What do a live performance by great artists and teachers, a nature hike, a woman in a Scottish kilt and Arabic cloak wearing a green turban and doing the splits on stage, a gopher snake, and jamming til the wee hours have in common? The annual Julian Family Fiddle Camp.

Set in the mountains of Julian at the Whispering Winds Retreat, this year's camp was held the first week of May and featured top artists teaching and performing on mandolin, guitar, banjo, fiddle, vocals, and bass. But, the camp experience was much more than classes and concerts. It was escaping the drudgery of school and work-a-day life for the pine-scented mountains, getting away from stresses and worries to share meals, hikes, learning, and music with friends both new and old.

Story by Dwight Worden

For full story, click link below: https://sandiegotroubadour.com/julian-family-fiddle-camp-and-more/?amp=1

*Bluegrass Day at the Fair on the Paddock Stage happens on July 6, 11am-5pm.

It’s time for another featured story: Chris Thile’s Dance of Faith and DoubtThere is something fierce, bold, and prophet...
06/20/2024

It’s time for another featured story: Chris Thile’s Dance of Faith and Doubt

There is something fierce, bold, and prophetic at the core of progressive bluegrass artist and co-founder of NickelCreek, Chris Thile's work over the last four years. It comes through in the fallen angelic bittersweetness of his falsetto vocal, supported by inspired urgent speed as his fingers run up and down neck of his mandolin. Maybe it's the sense of a hard-fought but joyful defiance over the direction the world-at-large seems to be heading. It calls to mind singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn's classic album, Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws. Whatever it is, the sense of joy in the face of madness comes out of every note played in the music Thile has been making as of late.

Although the much-anticipated Nickel Creek reunion tour continues this year, Chris Thile will bring his unique solo show, highlighting his genre-bending performance with his mandolin, on June 7 at the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center in La Jolla. In a one-man musical tour de force, Chris Thile entertains, entrances, provokes, spins stories through his mandolin, and calls down the magic for an evening that will leave the audience enriched and more aware of their place in their own community.

Story by Terry Roland

For full story, click link below: https://sandiegotroubadour.com/chris-thiles-dance-of-faith-and-doubt/?amp=1

Hey Gigsters! Yes, June is almost over, yet summer has just begun. Soon the tourists will be flocking from Arizona and N...
06/18/2024

Hey Gigsters!

Yes, June is almost over, yet summer has just begun. Soon the tourists will be flocking from Arizona and Nevada and that means you'll all have huge audiences and bringing in more moola, right? This is truly my hope for you!!

There is a new question on the form this month!! It's about advertising in the Troubadour. Yes, you CAN advertise your gigs or just your band in the Troub. And, interestingly, just like when you submit your gigs to the calendar and make it more robust, when more people advertise it also makes the magazine in general more interesting!! OH, and it helps Liz to pay her writers, photographers, designers and yes, herself. If you haven't thought to, I encourage you to. It's affordable.It's cool. Be cool. 🙂

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdbUcuCV5vcbi2TbtV7ZKrhq96qPtoXWUcShZzCEM_w7fw8qA/viewform

DEADLINE IS JUNE 27!

From the San Diego Troubadour team, Happy Father’s Day!
06/16/2024

From the San Diego Troubadour team, Happy Father’s Day!

It’s all about time… check out the latest from Unsolicited Advice: Fathers and Sons This month marks 25 years since my f...
06/14/2024

It’s all about time… check out the latest from Unsolicited Advice: Fathers and Sons

This month marks 25 years since my father died. It is also the month my son-my oldest child-graduates high school. My column this month will be not so much advice as a lengthy reflection on time and family.

I've always had a touch-and-go relationship with time. On one hand I have spent my life haunted by death-anxiety-the stark and constant awareness that life is a conveyor belt to its own ending. I love it here and hate that I have to leave.

On the other, I am often prone to disengaging from the flow of time like a clutch separating gears or a needle lifting off a record. While this comes in handy for music, which requires being completely present-tense, it is not always handy for the rest of life, which has this pesky quirk of progressing linearly with or without us.

Story by Josh Weinstein

For full story, click link below: https://sandiegotroubadour.com/fathers-and-sons/?amp=1

Check out this fascinating featured story. The Mesmerizing Sounds of KlezmerHow traditional Jewish music came to America...
06/12/2024

Check out this fascinating featured story. The Mesmerizing Sounds of Klezmer

How traditional Jewish music came to America and where it found new generations of listeners.

Whenever the evil spirit of God came upon Saul, David would take the lyre and play it; Saul would find relief and feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him. (1 Samuel 16:23)

Music has been a vital part of Jewish culture since biblical times. The first Jewish musician mentioned in the Bible is Jubal, son of Lamech, who played the harp and organ. The ancient Jews believed that music held magical powers and could inspire the performer and listener to great spiritual ecstasy. It could even help foretell the future and treat mental illness. Yet some strands of Jewish culture were opposed to music.

Story by Yale Strom

For full story, click link below: https://sandiegotroubadour.com/the-mesmerizing-sounds-of-klezmer/?amp=1

Dig! My dear friend Chuck Schiele is coming to town. I've known him for 22 years now. He has been the Troubadour's graph...
06/11/2024

Dig! My dear friend Chuck Schiele is coming to town. I've known him for 22 years now. He has been the Troubadour's graphic designer and art consultant since 2004. Not only is he a fab graphic designer, he is also a wonderful musician. He'll be in San Diego from June-16-June 29. He's got a pretty full music schedule while he's here, so take a pick and catch a show!

Not to miss! My old friend Chuck Schiele will be town to serenade you starting next week. Writer's Round, led by Lauren ...
06/10/2024

Not to miss! My old friend Chuck Schiele will be town to serenade you starting next week. Writer's Round, led by Lauren Leigh Martin, is a wonderful listening experience, featuring many great artists. See you there!

It’s a Monday Music Spotlight! Cathryn Beeks: The After TimesFor this, her first solo album since 2019, Cathryn Beeks re...
06/10/2024

It’s a Monday Music Spotlight! Cathryn Beeks: The After Times

For this, her first solo album since 2019, Cathryn Beeks released The After Times exclusively on Patreon, in a nudge to encourage new subscribers to her channel. Even non-subscribers will eventually get to hear all 11 songs on the 47-minute-long album, as Beeks will release a new music video to the public every four to eight weeks.

The After Times was recorded, engineered, mixed, and produced at Satellite Studio by Jeff Berkley, who also played guitars and banjos. Beeks played ukulele and sang lead and backing vocals. With little to no vibrato, her voice is strong, yet smooth. It melts and flows through each track like caramel, a persistent fullness in my ears. She is artful when singing her harmonies; they are joyous and a perfect mix of adventure and surefootedness. The recording is perfectly balanced, with pristine clarity in her voice and lyrics. At no point do I have to try to hear what she has to say; her words are right there in front of me, and I understand completely.

Reviewed by Sandé Lollis

For full review, click link below: https://sandiegotroubadour.com/cathryn-beeks-the-after-times/?amp=1

A great featured story!  Old Crow Medicine Show: Still Going Strong After 25 YearsDon’t miss their San Diego show this m...
06/08/2024

A great featured story! Old Crow Medicine Show: Still Going Strong After 25 Years

Don’t miss their San Diego show this month.

It was 1998, when a rag tag bunch of mostly teens, with pawn shop instruments in hand, left Ithaca, New York for Canada, planning to play their way across the continent to the Pacific Coast. From the band's website:

[We traveled to] downtown street corners across Ontario, to paper mill towns above Lake Superior, farmer's markets in Manitoba, Indian reservations in South Dakota, and out to the streets of Vancouver and Victoria, Seattle, and Portland. Along the way we discovered a unique country sound both old and new. Foreign and familiar. We knew we had captured something special.

Get your tickets here:
https://artcenter.my.salesforce-sites.com/ticket/? #/events/a0SUe0000003cbpMAA

Story by Dwight Worden

For full story, click link below: https://sandiegotroubadour.com/old-crow-medicine-show-still-going-strong-after-25-years/?amp=1

True talk, check out this story. Mariela: A Sanctuary for Rachel Hall. It's a crisp December evening and we're at a Chri...
06/06/2024

True talk, check out this story. Mariela: A Sanctuary for Rachel Hall.

It's a crisp December evening and we're at a Christmas party. Rachel Hall and I are in deep discussion in the backyard of our friend's house, bonding over our shared evangelical upbringing. We discuss our journeys through our loss of religious faith and the trauma inflicted on us by our churches. We laugh in mutual horror as we discover our churches put on the same elaborate "scared straight" haunted houses-each room a morality tale told through graphic horror tropes.

Once a musician in a touring worship band, today
Rachel finds herself in a very different musical place and not just because she's a Nashville transplant. Recently, I had the opportunity to pick up on our discussion and we marveled at how much religious trauma has become a trending theme. Our shared religious anguish seems to be having a moment in the San Diego music scene. Artists like Story & Tune and Flamy Grant have been mining their own religious trauma for a few years now and the term "religious trauma" itself is being tossed around open mic rooms like it's just a given that we've all experienced it. We may be seeing the rise of a new genre here. If so, Rachel Hall fits firmly in that camp of artists exploring their religious pasts through fearless reflection.

Story by Drew Douglas

For full story, click link below: https://sandiegotroubadour.com/mariela-a-sanctuary-for-rachel-hall/?amp=1

How fitting our first June featured story to be on none other than Ramblin’ Jack Elliot: An Icon in American Music Rambl...
06/04/2024

How fitting our first June featured story to be on none other than Ramblin’ Jack Elliot: An Icon in American Music

Ramblin' Jack Elliot is a vividly colorful character, one of the most experienced performers on this planet, and an iconic element of American musical history.

I avoid giving advice, but here's some: Go see him when he comes to town on June 30.

I got to talk with Jack recently (mostly listen, actually), and my life is richer for hearing his stories, insights, and word sculptures. Jack was musically and, possibly personally, closest to Woody Guthrie, arguably the most influential individual in American music and has carried Woody's songs and spirit through the decades.
Experiencing that is a rare opportunity.

Jack is definitely his own man, still going strong seven decades after his first album. He hung with the Beats in the '50s, with Dylan in the '60s, and with a Who's Who list of characters since. I won't rehash Jack's life; you can read his website bio, his Wikipedia page, or this nice article in the 2016 Troubadour, when he was last in town. What I will do is share some conversations I had with some of our local friends, plus Jack's daughter and Jack himself.

Ramblin' Jack comes to the Belly Up, June 30, 7pm. Cindy Lee Berryhill opens.

Story by JT Moring

For full story, click link below: https://sandiegotroubadour.com/ramblin-jack-elliot-at-the-belly-up/?amp=1

Check out June’s Cover Story! Lori Bell: In her Own Words Jazz flautist Lori Bell is constant wonder in the San Diego ja...
06/02/2024

Check out June’s Cover Story! Lori Bell: In her Own Words

Jazz flautist Lori Bell is constant wonder in the San Diego jazz scene and has been so for a good number of years. An East Coaster by birth, born in Brooklyn, who has brought a welcome New York energy to her West Coast performances. Busy, articulate, quick witted, at once delicate and in-your-face, Bell's skills as an improvisor seem more like superpowers: natural and spontaneous. The consistent brilliance of her music makes that supposition seem like an idea worth considering.
Bell, though, does what every master instrumentalist does to keep the music: working hard, keeping the music diverse, collaborating with a broad range of musicians, incorporating new ideas into her work, selecting the best material by notable composers for the richest results, and composing her own songs as well. Her dedication and discipline in putting her talents to work in the world has had widely acclaimed results.

Cover story by Ted Burke

For full cover story, click link below: https://sandiegotroubadour.com/lori-bell-in-her-own-words/?amp=1

Sharing the last story for the month of May from Talkin’ Craft: Cannonball! Diving into Vulnerability in Songwriting Lat...
05/31/2024

Sharing the last story for the month of May from Talkin’ Craft: Cannonball! Diving into Vulnerability in Songwriting

Lately I've been wondering where songwriters even get off. Not like that-gross. I mean where do we get the balls to write the things we write and sing the things we sing in front of rooms full of people? (Okay, maybe not full in my case, but still.)

In her book Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds, adrienne maree brown (one of my faves) writes:

"Are you actively practicing generosity and vulnerability in order to make the connections between you and others clear, open, available, durable? Generosity here means giving of what you have without strings or expectations attached.
Vulnerability means showing your needs."

Story by Lindsay White

For full story, click link below: https://sandiegotroubadour.com/cannonball-diving-into-vulnerability-in-songwriting/?amp=1

While we're waiting for spring to be sprung... gray, gray, go away... we are happy to feature jazz flautist Lori Bell on...
05/29/2024

While we're waiting for spring to be sprung... gray, gray, go away... we are happy to feature jazz flautist Lori Bell on the cover of the June issue! Her long and varied career, in addition to hard work, has earned her a respected place in the San Diego's jazz music scene.

The June issue also features stories on Chris Thile, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, the Old Crow Medicine Show, Rachel Hall, and a scholarly article on the mezmerizing sounds of Klezmer.

That's not all! Our regular columnists chime in with a variety of topics, from bluegrass, Americana and songwriting to unsoliucited advice!

CDs featured this month include Nathan Hubbard, Cathryn Beeks, Dave Preston, and Mackenzie Leighton.

Photo: Michael Oletta
Story: Ted Burke
Cover design: Chuck Schiele

Stay tuned! And thank you for reading.

It’s a Monday Music Spotlight! The Mad Hat Hucksters: What’s the Matter with the Mill?I used to believe what people soug...
05/27/2024

It’s a Monday Music Spotlight! The Mad Hat Hucksters: What’s the Matter with the Mill?

I used to believe what people sought in life, what they really craved deep down, was authenticity. Religion was one of the topics I studied in college, and perhaps that shaded my view of the world. As I studied different religions, I found again and again believers seeking a truer form of their religion, looking for earlier doctrines that probably were more attuned to what their prophet preached. They wanted the authentic Moses, the authentic Jesus, the authentic Buddha.

I saw this search for authenticity elsewhere.
Restaurants advertise that they serve authentic French cuisine. I remember a guy with a taco restaurant who refused to serve burritos because they weren't considered an authentic Mexican dish. Fake Rolexes look just like the real ones, but folks will spend lots and lots of money to ensure they have the real thing.

Reviewed by Paul Homicz

For full review, click link below: https://sandiegotroubadour.com/mad-hat-hucksters-whats-the-matter-with-the-mill/?amp=1

Address

San Diego, CA

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when San Diego Troubadour posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Business

Send a message to San Diego Troubadour:

Videos

Share

Category