Tag archives: rock n roll

Montessori Center School “Rocks” Annual Gala
By Joanne A Calitri   |   March 19, 2024

The Montessori Center School held its annual soirée fundraiser on March 9 at the Santa Barbara Women’s Club. This year’s theme was ‘90s Rock ’n’ Roll, and they rocked that ballroom! The top costume was sported by Primary teacher Kacy Cristofani and her husband Chris Burke as Wayne & Garth of Wayne’s World.  The cocktail […]

Kings and Strings Meditate on Morrison
By Steven Libowitz   |   November 14, 2023

When the home-grown classic rock band Doublewide Kings plays the Granada Theatre on November 11, it will mark a lot of firsts for the group. It will be the debut at Santa Barbara’s grandest venue for the band founded by Montecito’s Palmer Jackson, Jr., who also happens to be the Executive Chairman and Chairman of […]

The Zombies in Ojai: Back From the Undead
By Steven Libowitz   |   July 26, 2022

It’s one of those strange quirks in rock ‘n’ roll history that The Zombies had already broken up by the time their second studio album, the Beach Boys/Beatles-influenced psychedelic-chamber pop classic, Odessey and Oracle, became a big bestseller on the back of the hit “Time of the Season” in 1968. They’d scored before with the […]

Steve Binder in the Year of Elvis
By Joanne A Calitri   |   July 19, 2022

In 2022, Elvis has once again become a larger-than-life phenomenon, crowned thus via a June 24th release of Baz Luhrmann’s film, Elvis, a biopic movie focusing on that illusive twist of fate: Elvis’s relationship with his business manager Col. Tom Parker. Luhrmann knew better than to do the film without consulting the actual people who […]

Special News Edition: Laura B. Whitmore and Annual NAMM Report
By Joanne A Calitri   |   June 28, 2022

Launching the Women’s International Music Network (WiMN) 12 years ago to create a support system for women in the Music Industry (MI), and the She Rocks Awards in 2012, Laura B. Whitmore believes we have a lot more to do to level the playing field. “We are making progress by asking the difficult questions and […]

Buck Up for the Cadillac Angels
By Steven Libowitz   |   March 10, 2022

With apologies to all of the other rock groups, solo travelers, and dedicated duos who might lay claim to being “The Hardest Working Band in Rock,” Tony Rock and the Cadillac Angels take a backseat to nobody. Rock – who recently changed his last name from Balbinot for personal reasons – no biggie, since the […]

Ronnie and Them
By Jeff Wing   |   October 1, 2021

It’s no secret that Montecito … has its secrets. Many of the town’s unprepossessing burghers, they of the shopworn André Rieu tee shirt and ill-fitting cargo pants, have hidden lives as movers, shakers, and candlestick makers (so to speak), their “gee whiz” dowdiness a performative feint to distract us from their collective, red-carpeted alias. One […]

ALO gets Zen about Venn for Valentine’s Day
By Steven Libowitz   |   February 13, 2020

Animal Liberation Orchestra guitarist/singer-songwriter Dan Lebowitz was thrilled to be interviewed by someone with the same last name, albeit spelled differently, for the first time in his two-decades long career. Perhaps even more than talking about the music itself – we learned that both of us can trace our roots through Ellis Island, pronounce our […]

Gathering No Moss
By James Buckley   |   May 23, 2019

The Doublewide Kings will be playing the music of the Rolling Stones at SOhO music club in Santa Barbara on Friday night, May 31, beginning at 7:30 “with some of the mellower acoustic stuff while folks are having dinner (think ‘Angie,’ ‘Wild Horses,’ etc.),” says the group’s henchman (and high-profile Montecito resident musician) Palmer Jackson, Jr. […]

Classic Rock is All in the (Immediate) Family
By Steven Libowitz   |   March 28, 2019

The Wikipedia page on Danny Kortchmar suggests that his work as a session musician and more going back four decades and longer “helped define the signature sound of the singer-songwriter era of the 1970s.” The online people-powered encyclopedia is known for hyperbole, but in this case there can be little argument. After all Kortchmar worked […]

Rustling Through Rock: 3Qs with Pete Sears
By Steven Libowitz   |   March 21, 2019

The list of bands, records, and concerts that bassist-keyboardist Pete Sears has played with or on over a half-century-plus career contains some very well-known names and songs. He recorded the Rod Stewart albums Gasoline Alley, Every Picture Tells A Story, and Never a Dull Moment, including the hit singles “Maggie May” (Sears played the celeste) […]

Real Savage Henry Disbands but Releases LP
By Joanne A Calitri   |   October 18, 2018

In my exclusive interview with The Real Savage Henry, I asked if they will go public for the first time in my column about their disbanding the band, word I heard from them on the QT after their “last” gig at the Mercury Lounge back in May, as well as talk about making their final […]

Gaby Gaby Hey
By Steven Libowitz   |   March 8, 2018

Gaby Moreno moved from Guatemala to Los Angeles at 18 to pursue a career in music, and really never looked back. Not even musically, at least not for almost a decade. The singer-songwriter who blends blues, jazz, ’60s rock ‘n’ roll, and Latin American influences into something she calls “Spanish folk-soul” fell in love with […]