Charles Sharp: Challenging Music

In this interview with Culture Agent columnist Sander Roscoe Wolff, Dr. Charles Sharp, performing at Atlantic and Carson this Friday for First Fridays, discusses his career as a multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, band leader, side-man, educator, and radio host. 


New Long Beach Band I/O Pays Tribute to Late Ikey Owens

In October of 2014, Grammy-winning keyboardist/producer Isaiah “Ikey" Owens unexpectedly succumbed to a heart attack in his hotel room in Mexico while on tour with Jack White. The loss of Ikey reverberated like an earthquake back in Long Beach, where the 38-year-old was a beloved staple and mentor in the music scene.