The Bakersfield based band The Heralds of the Sword blend the sounds of heavy metal with an epic fantasy story. Think J.R.R. Tolkien meets Metallica.
Grenaider’s cocktail lounge offers a welcoming enviornment with music, drinks, and a friendly bartender.
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Wanda Winkler, a writer for Playing the Field, interviewed Annie Schneider after meeting her at Starbucks to discuss Crooked Folk, her favorite Bakersfield band.
Deedra Patrick and Special Guest Teddy Spanke at Julie’s Branding Iron. A place that is not only a bar and grill but also a place to go see local bands and shoot some pool with friends. The walls are a bright red and remind me of a fire truck but the atmosphere is friendly. The walls also have cardboard people on it. People dancing and drinking but the music is always good. Local artists and vocal coach Deedra Patrick has a band that was was playing at A Night of Blues with special guest Teddy Spanke. Colored lights are the only lights and are facing the stage as the other lights are dimmed. Teddy Spanke started to play guitar at age 15 but really didn’t take laying music seriously till later on in life. While talking with him he remembers a time when playing local gigs could pay the rent.Unsure of his future, the then-20-year-old found renewed interest in music after meeting guitarist Eugene Moles for the first time. He wanted to play country rock and tanks to Moles he was able to find his way into a music scene. Spanke knew just how to make the most of a gigging opportunity in the busy scene of club life in the ’80s. After mastering country-style playing, he began experimenting with the rock, funk and soul being played in the multiracial club scene. He is now a part of the band Teddy Spanke and the Tex Pistols and does guest appearances with bands who belong to his friends.
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March 25 was the seven-year anniversary of the death of Buck Owens. So where is the country western music legend? He is buried in The Buck Owens Family mausoleum in Greenlawn Southwest Cemetery, 2739 Panama Lane, Bakersfield. The mausoleum, also named “Buck’s Place,” is the largest structure in the graveyard except for the Georgian mansion used for the office and mortuary building. He is interred in the mausoleum which also contains his mother and the ashes of his first wife, Bonnie Campbell Owens. Some people go to the graveyard looking for Buck. Others write books about his ghost. “The Ghost of Buck Owens: And Other Tales From the San Joaquin,” by Steve Sorensen was released in 2011.
Chris Porfiri, 47, who works at Greenlawn Southwest Cemetery said, “there have been a couple of times when folks will stop into the park and ask where they can find Buck Owens’s grave– so we direct them to the mausoleum.” For more details on finding his grave go to http://www.findagrave.com.
Bakersfield’s most popular entertainer, Owens was born Alvis Edgar Owens, Jr., in Sherman, Texas, to a sharecropping family and moved to Bakersfield when he was 21 years old. He signed a recording contract with Los Angeles music giant Capital Records in 1957, and his career took off from there. He became one of America’s top country western musicians, singers, writers, and entrepreneurs. The Crystal Palace, his legacy museum located at 2800 Buck Owens Blvd., is a unique masterpiece exhibiting exquisite western charm, history, and hometown hospitality. Owens left a sensational mark on this city, including his last No.1 hit song titled, “The Streets of Bakersfield.” For more information go to http://www.buckowens.com.
Dave Lyman, 55, from the Bakersfield Convention and Visitors Bureau said he’s never been asked about Owens’ grave site. However, “large numbers of tour buses stop here on their way to someplace else, like Fresno, Yosemite, or Sequoia National Park. They are not making a pilgrimage to Bakersfield to see the Crystal Palace specifically or to go to Buck Owens’ grave,” Lyman said.
“The bus drivers are only allowed to drive so many hours a day, so they stop in Bakersfield because it is the midway point between several locations. Fortunately, the Crystal Palace is conveniently located and because they serve great meals, it’s a favorite location for the bus drivers and the passengers,” Lyman said.
Buck Owens made his mark in life as a composer, singer, entrepreneur, and publisher, and in death with his majestic burial site. His mausoleum is original and available to the public free of charge at Greenlawn Cemetery. “After all,” Lyman said, “it’s not like you have a Crystal Palace or Buck Owens in every town.”
A lot happened this weekend in the Visual Performing Arts Community at CSU-Bakersfield. For Peggy Sears, it was the culmination her 22-year career as Voice instructor here at CSUB. There was a gala held in her honor at the Albertsons room inside the theater. And of course after the gala, followed An Evening of Opera and Zarzuela Scenes. The next day, as Celebrate CSUB got underway, the ground breaking ceremony took place for the new Art Department that is going to be built behind the CSUB Music Department.
NOTE: As a matter of full disclosure, I received lessons from Professor Peggy Sears in the winter quarter of 2010 to prepare for the ACDA Western Division Collegiate Honor Choir .