Bliss Bowen | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com Greater Pasadena's Free News and Entertainment Weekly Tue, 14 Aug 2018 20:53:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://i1.wp.com/www.pasadenaweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/cropped-jgpw-512-px-copy.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Bliss Bowen | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com 32 32 136211528 Legendary guitarist Buddy Guy lights up The Rose Saturday night https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/09/legendary-guitarist-buddy-guy-lights-up-the-rose-saturday-night/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/09/legendary-guitarist-buddy-guy-lights-up-the-rose-saturday-night/#respond Thu, 09 Aug 2018 13:00:30 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=105456 BADASS. That might as well be enshrined in quotes between “Buddy” and “Guy,” a la Bobby “Blue” Bland’s defining nickname. The Chicago legend’s revered by guitarists as much for his enduring tenacity as for his virile, searing tone. He never projected the earthy majesty of Muddy Waters or the hypnotic mojo of John Lee Hooker, […]

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Journalist Jean Guerrero discusses life and death, daughters and fathers, borders as metaphor and her piercing memoir ‘Crux’ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/02/journalist-jean-guerrero-discusses-life-and-death-daughters-and-fathers-borders-as-metaphor-and-her-piercing-memoir-crux/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/02/journalist-jean-guerrero-discusses-life-and-death-daughters-and-fathers-borders-as-metaphor-and-her-piercing-memoir-crux/#respond Thu, 02 Aug 2018 13:15:45 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=105311 When investigative reporter Jean Guerrero moderated the “Border as Character” panel at LitFest Pasadena in May, she raised provocative points about the metaphorical as well as material dimensions of borders, and how the infamous border wall created by the Mexican and US governments has also created and shaped us in complicated ways. Her outside-the-box thinking […]

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TRAX 08.02.18 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/02/trax-08-02-18/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/02/trax-08-02-18/#respond Thu, 02 Aug 2018 13:00:51 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=105314 AMANDA SHIRES, To the Sunset  (Silver Knife): **** Where 2016’s acclaimed “My Piece of Land” gracefully waltzed and shuffled, the violinist/songwriter’s fifth album poetically rocks as swaths of forward-phased bass, synths and hubby Jason Isbell’s electric guitar pad and seemingly toughen Shires’ gentle voice. It fragments during urgent rockers “Eve’s Daughter” and “Take On the […]

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Soul pop-rocker Zach Jones kicks off monthlong residency at Highland Park Bowl next Thursday with opener Sam Marine https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/02/soul-pop-rocker-zach-jones-kicks-off-monthlong-residency-at-highland-park-bowl-next-thursday-with-opener-sam-marine/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/02/soul-pop-rocker-zach-jones-kicks-off-monthlong-residency-at-highland-park-bowl-next-thursday-with-opener-sam-marine/#respond Thu, 02 Aug 2018 13:00:02 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=105335 Usually Zach Jones is seen playing guitar or bass behind pop and Americana artists like Sam Marine, Elijah Ocean, Neighborhood Bullys, Ruby Friedman, or Rod Melancon. But the Maine native, who spent a solid chunk of the ’00s touring with pop-rockers As Fast As (originally Rocktopus), has issued five soulful pop albums of his own […]

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Historian Manuel Pastor discusses ‘State of Resistance,’ which finds potential ways an angry America can move forward https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/07/26/historian-manuel-pastor-discusses-state-of-resistance-which-finds-potential-ways-an-angry-america-can-move-forward/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/07/26/historian-manuel-pastor-discusses-state-of-resistance-which-finds-potential-ways-an-angry-america-can-move-forward/#respond Thu, 26 Jul 2018 13:05:31 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=105181 In all the hagiographic fawning in certain quarters over Ronald Reagan as a cost-cutting icon of presidential probity, what too often goes unmentioned is the dog whistling that characterized his 1966 race for California’s governorship and his less successful early runs for the White House, when he was a hawk a John Bircher could love. […]

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TRAX 07.26.18 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/07/26/trax-07-26-18/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/07/26/trax-07-26-18/#respond Thu, 26 Jul 2018 13:00:58 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=105171 VALLEY QUEEN, Supergiant (Roll Call): ***½ Frontwoman Natalie Carol’s fierce soprano is a chameleonic guide through 10 often tempestuous tracks questioning place and purpose in the universe. “You’ve gotta let me ride” she howls on “Ride” before gentling to muse, “Maybe what they need is my tender song/ How I long to touch their hearts, […]

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LeAnn Rimes delivers more nuanced performances of old hits at The Rose https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/07/26/leann-rimes-delivers-more-nuanced-performances-of-old-hits-at-the-rose/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/07/26/leann-rimes-delivers-more-nuanced-performances-of-old-hits-at-the-rose/#respond Thu, 26 Jul 2018 13:00:11 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=105152 LeAnn Rimes has been making albums and headlines for so long that it’s somewhat startling to realize she’ll turn all of 36 next month. In 1996 the country and pop worlds were thunderstruck by the Mississippi-born, Texas-raised singer’s delivery of Bill Mack’s “Blue”; her range, flawless intonation and the aching catch in her voice sounded […]

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Jodi Siegel speaks softly and wields a mean slide at Wine & Song in South Pasadena Wednesday https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/07/19/jodi-siegel-speaks-softly-and-wields-a-mean-slide-at-wine-song-in-south-pasadena-wednesday/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/07/19/jodi-siegel-speaks-softly-and-wields-a-mean-slide-at-wine-song-in-south-pasadena-wednesday/#respond Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:00:54 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=104985 With her red hair and attention-getting slide guitar, Jodi Siegel regularly attracts comparisons to Bonnie Raitt. But the Chicago-raised Siegel, who visits Brad Colerick’s Wine & Song series Wednesday, brings her own sly style and finesse to music, even as she similarly melds blues, soul and pop. Raised in a musical family (her father, Sid […]

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TRAX – 07.19.18 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/07/19/trax-07-19-18/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/07/19/trax-07-19-18/#respond Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:00:32 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=104998 LORI MCKENNA, The Tree (CN/Thirty Tigers): **** The Grammy-winning songwriter and mom of five has remained rooted in suburban Massachusetts while composing hits for Little Big Town (“Girl Crush”) and Tim McGraw (“Humble & Kind”), among others. Opening her 11th solo release with the insightful, unpretentiously sung “A Mother Never Rests,” she wraps with heartfelt […]

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Shakespeare By the Sea brings free performance of ‘The Winter’s Tale’ to Garfield Park https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/07/12/shakespeare-by-the-sea-brings-free-performance-of-the-winters-tale-to-garfield-park/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/07/12/shakespeare-by-the-sea-brings-free-performance-of-the-winters-tale-to-garfield-park/#respond Thu, 12 Jul 2018 13:07:20 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=104859 Outdoor theaters and tavern courtyards were common staging areas for acting companies in William Shakespeare’s time, and performers routinely adapted to varied surroundings. Sets were consequently simple; actors trusted Shakespeare’s magnificent verse and audience imagination to establish palaces, foreign lands and other exotic settings. That ready-to-roll ethos typifies Shakespeare By the Sea, a nonprofit repertory […]

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