Charlie Swanson

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Charlie Swanson is a North Bay native and an arts and music writer and editor who has covered the local scene since 2014.

Feature: Fall Arts Preview

There’s nothing like the balmy autumnal glory of the North Bay, and for this, we editorial scribes at the Pacific Sun are profoundly grateful—if...

Music: Big Fits In

Longtime North Bay funk outfit adopts new handle, throws down at upcoming Novato blowout Changing your band's name is no easy task, especially after more...

All Smiles

Guitarist and singer Nick Petty understands the positive impact that music can make on people. Music is one of the ways he pulled himself...

Music: Rock the Fourth

If nothing else, the Fourth of July is one of the loudest holidays of the year, with booming fireworks commemorating America’s birthday everywhere you...

Music: The Voice

Just when Bernie Dalton was ready to sing, his voice was taken from him. Dalton, a surf-crazed Santa Cruz native and single father who cleaned...

Music: Blues Wonder

For Taj Mahal, the blues is life. “It’s a living music to me, and it will always live because people will always have this kind...

Feature: Hot Summer Guide 2018

There’s nothing like a North Bay summer, when hundreds of community events, festivals, concerts, plays, parties and more—covering the region from Memorial Day to...

Music: Chart-Topper

Twenty albums and five decades into his musical career, Nashville-based guitarist, songwriter and Grammy Award-winning country music veteran Steve Wariner is making the most...

Arts: Timely Lessons

If the old saying is true, then those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. North Bay native and Harvard Professor...

Music: Float On

Floating Records was born on a boat—specifically a Sausalito houseboat—by longtime Marin resident and lifelong music lover Don Zimmer in 2011. “I was really interested...
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