2015 OCR Music Archive Stories

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  • Dianne Reeves keeps things fresh BY PETER LARSEN
    Jazz singer Dianne Reeves’ most recent album might seem a wildly eclectic collection at first glance, a handful of originals scattered among her versions of classic songs by the likes of Marvin Gaye and Fleetwood Mac, Bob Marley and Ani DiFranco. But to Reeves, the material on “Beautiful Life” became all of a piece in t
    Fri Jan 09, 2015
  • Bobby Redfield, Latin jazz guitarist from O.C. BY ANTONIE BOESSENKOOL
    Friends this week remembered guitarist Bobby Redfield as a consummately professional musician with warmth, humor and a love for jazz.A longtime fixture in the local jazz scene, Redfield died Dec. 20 in his home in Laguna Hills after a battle with cancer. He was 77.Redfield performed with the Righteous Brothers in the earl
    Thu Jan 08, 2015
  • Gospel legend Andrae Crouch dies at 72 By: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    LOS ANGELES -- Andrae Crouch, a legendary gospel performer, songwriter and choir director whose work graced songs by Michael Jackson and Madonna and movies such as “The Lion King,” has died. He was 72.Crouch died Thursday afternoon at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, where he had been admitted Saturday after sufferin
    Thu Jan 08, 2015
  • The Jayhawks are back on the road BY PETER LARSEN
    Gary Louris knows all the kind labels attached to the Jayhawks, the influential roots-and-country-rock band he co-founded in Minneapolis in the mid-’80s, accolades such as founders of the Americana music scene or godfathers of alternative country. Nice words, sure, but Louris insists he’s never been entirely comfortable in th
    Thu Jan 08, 2015
  • Foo Fighters to play pre-tour show Saturday at the Forum By: KELLI SKYE FADROSKI
    It seems Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl wasn't just joking with fans at the secret show at the Roxy in Los Angeles in November when he invited loyal devotees to join him on his birthday for a special show at the Forum in Los Angeles.Keeping that promise, the Foo Fighters announced Wednesday that the band’s first show of the n
    Wed Jan 07, 2015
  • Lieutenant makes its live debut in O.C. BY KELLI SKYE FADROSKI
    Even if you are the bassist in one of the biggest rock bands in the world today, it can still be a bit nerve-racking to step in front of an audience of only about 300 to share your side project for the very first time. Nate Mendel, who has been a part of rock band Foo Fighters since its inception, debuted his brand new group, Lieutenant, in the
    Wed Jan 07, 2015
  • Coachella music festival passes sell out in record time By: VANESSA FRANKO
    The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival smashed another record today. The festival, which has its twin editions set for April 10-12 and April 17-19 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, sold out in less than 40 minutes. A pre-sale for Coachella 2015 took place in 2014 just after the festival wrapped. The remaining tickets went o
    Wed Jan 07, 2015
  • Willie Nelson a timeless legend in Anaheim By: ROBERT KINSLER
    No living country music performer has thrilled audiences at such creative heights for as long as Willie Nelson.Now 81, the legendary Texan and his five-member troupe performed a fast-paced and never-less-than-thrilling 75-minute concert at City National Grove of Anaheim on Tuesday night. The night saw Nelson perform two dozen selecti
    Wed Jan 07, 2015
  • Fender's axe sale will benefit young musicians BY PETER FISCHETTI
    The sounds of music that filled the Fender Center for the Performing Arts in Corona for 12 years have been silenced, but later this week the sound of swiping credit cards will be heard.On Friday and Saturday, the Fender Museum will sell more than 1,000 items, many of them memorabilia and signed guitars from the center, which closed i
    Tue Jan 06, 2015
  • Coachella festival: AC/DC, Jack White and Drake to headline; tickets on sale Wednesday BY VANESSA FRANKO
    For those about to rock, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival salutes you.Australian rock act AC/DC, rock renaissance man Jack White and rap/R&B charmer Drake will headline the 16th year of the festival, organizers announced Tuesday.Coachella will take place April 10-12 and April 17-19 at the Empire Polo Club
    Tue Jan 06, 2015