October 16, 2012
La Familia Oseguera de La Canada regrets to announce the passing of Jesus Ricardo Oseguera. Richard was born in La Canada May 14, 1953 and passed away at Good Samaritan Hospital October 9, 2012. He attended Paradise Canyon Elementary School and graduated from Glendale High School. Richard was the youngest of ten children born to Jesus and Braulia Oseguera. Three sisters preceded him in death (Maria, Teresa, and Natalia). Richard loved sports, fixing cars, and most of all, playing the guitar. Richard was an exceptionally talented individual when it came to the guitar, he could listen to anything and play it exactly as heard, quite a talent.
January 20, 2012
Chicano rockabilly singer Chan Romero may not have enjoyed the flash-bang success of Richie Valens, but his role as an artistic trailblazer is equally significant. Romero, who will make a rare appearance here next Friday, is a key figure in Latin rock history, maintaining a chain of cultural custody and context that allowed emerging colleagues Chris Montez, Question Mark & the Mysterians, Thee Midniters, Cannibal & the Headhunters, Santana and Los Lobos to establish themselves as influential rock 'n' roll forces.
October 17, 2011
Guitar maker Fender has announced a custom design for Love Ride 28, the annual motorcycle fundraiser for autism research. The event, which returns to Castaic Lake Oct. 23, typically attracts thousands of motorcycle riders and features stunt demonstrations, celebrities, such as Peter Fonda and Jay Leno, and a lot of Harleys. Organized by Harley-Davidson of Glendale, it's billed as the largest charity ride in the world. Fender's custom Telecaster guitar design will feature the Love Ride 28 logo and be autographed by the event's featured music artists, Montgomery Gentry, and "other surprise celebrities," according to an announcement released today.
August 26, 2011
So I turned 44 last week. Not old. But certainly not young. I'm tempted to ride my kids' skateboard, confident I could still show them a thing or two. But I know if I do, I'll be that guy on “America's Funniest Home Videos” that I ridicule for not acting his age when he does a face plant on the sidewalk. Interestingly, the internal voice that tells me which cabernet to order at wine bars, what to say to my wife to earn me a night's accommodations on the couch and how best to traumatize my children, is the same voice I heard 25 years ago telling me that I looked really good in acid-washed jeans, a neon blue seersucker blazer and Panama hat. So, I have a few things I'd like to tell that young me gingerly embarking upon adulthood: Buy a cheap used guitar.
July 31, 2010
While many musicians have everything from stylists, producers, publicists and perhaps most importantly, record labels making sure they succeed in a cut-throat industry, Alicia Warrington and Marlene Hammerle of the All-Girls Boy Choir are doing it all on their own. Along with writing, recording and promoting their music they are independently funding a national tour — all moves that have set them apart from their contemporaries. The two Michigan natives formed All-Girls Boy Choir in 2008, and say it's a rock band with strong roots in blues, country and metal.
February 24, 2010
La Brie?s Bar in Glendale, formerly the Scene, played home to Foo Fighters? lead guitarist, Chris Shiflett, on the last leg of his solo tour that spanned up and down the West Coast, but it was his opening act, folk singer-songwriter Audra Mae, who blew the moderate-sized crowd away with her strong and soulful voice and lyrics. With a single guitar chord, the Oklahoma native who wrote the only original track off Susan Boyle?s debut album, ?I Dreamed a Dream,? hushed the crowd and sang ?
October 27, 2008
The Glendale Pawn Shop, a Brand Boulevard store specializing in relatively inexpensive jewelry and easily acquired loans, has experienced a recent surge in business as the economy sinks south on continued fiscal concerns. Like other businesses, its profit margin is tied to the economy. But unlike most stores ? where spending usually increases in healthy fiscal periods ? business at the pawn shop is only as good as the economy is bad. ?It?s a very cyclical thing,? manager Meredith Rosenberg said.
August 13, 2008
From his home studio in a Glendale apartment, professional musician Tim Kobza mixes up his latest collaborations or records music with his band Modereko. Inheriting the music genes of his piano-teaching mother, Kobza chose the guitar as his instrument, which has taken him from his hometown of Omaha, Neb., to concert venues around the world. Intern JJ Yang spent time with Kobza, 46, and discussed his music career, early experiences with music and work as a guitar teacher. How did you get started with music, and specifically the guitar?
July 19, 2008
The things that inspired Karl Preusser as a child are musically making their way back into his adult life. Two weeks ago, the Burbank composer completed the score for “Audie & the Wolf,” a horror, comedy and romance film that will premiere on Aug. 14 in the 2008 Downtown Film Festival — Los Angeles. Preusser, a former Glendale resident, composed the score in a 1970s rock ’n’ roll style in the tradition of “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” he said.
August 18, 2007
Liza Carbe and Jean-Pierre Durand each had successful music careers before they met. Now, this Glendale husband and wife are making beautiful music together with the band Incendio. “We call our music Latin guitar world fusion,” Durand said. “It’s all instrumental upbeat Spanish guitar. The most popular act that is doing our style of music is the Gipsy Kings.” The band’s music is a mix of styles, Carbe said. “It’s more world elements and rhythms, like Middle Eastern music, Celtic, jazz improvisation,” she said.