Come next February, Long Beach will see representation at the 3rd annual Ameripolitan Music Awards in Austin. The Ponderosa Aces, a country-hybrid band fronted by Long Beach native Mike Maddux, is up for an award in the Outlaw category of the relatively new brand that is devoted to recognizing roots-influenced DIY musicians fighting the grain of overproduced country pop.
In this video interview, celebrated violinist Roger Wilkie speaks with Culture Agent columnist Sander Roscoe Wolff about his 25-year career as concertmaster for the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, his upcoming recital at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, and his recent work with composer John Williams.
It’s no secret that Long Beach’s music community is bursting at the seams with rising talent, across the spectrum. That’s why some of the biggest players on the scene have teamed up to throw an unprecedented DIY (and free) music festival, which will pack as much diversity as it will talent over the three-day period next weekend, November 13-15.
When reggae star and former frontman of Jah Roots Josh Heinrichs announced his Los Angeles stop this past spring, the boys of Long Beach’s reggae rock trio Tri-State Union immediately made plans to go see their idol. Little did they know, they would end up supporting him on the bill at the October 2 show, which also featured Skillinjah and three other acts.
In this interview with Culture Agent columnist Sander Roscoe Wolff, live looping performer Just Alliance talks about his discovery of the art form, and his upcoming performance at the second annual Southern California LoopFest, taking place on Wednesday and Thursday, October 28 and 29, at diPiazza Restaurant & Lounge.