Lily O'Brien


Music: Giving Back

When Mario Guarneri was just 13 years old, he played trumpet onstage in a concert with jazz legend Louis Armstrong. The life-changing experience, which...

Music: Pickin’ Pretty

As the memories of three days full of easy, breezy, bluegrassy music from the annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in San Francisco begin to...

Music: Young Again

“Each show is an adventure,” says singer/songwriter Jesse Colin Young, who formed a new band with his son last year. “It’s a thrill.” “It’s...

Music: True Identity

By Lily O’Brien “We call ourselves the musketeers,” says Sebastian Saint James, guitarist and lead singer for The Highway Poets, about he and his bandmates....

Music: Afro-Cuban

By Lily O’Brien Although ‘multicultural’ is a controversial term in the current political climate in this country, in the world of music, it’s a celebrated...

Music: New Directions

By Lily O’Brien “I have this commitment right now to just follow my heart when it comes to music,” says jazz guitarist Ila Cantor by...

Music: Hang Time

By Lily O’Brien In an era when ’60s and ’70s tribute bands are all the rage (particularly this year, the 50th anniversary of the Summer...

Music: Stringing Along

By Lily O’Brien Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist David Lindley was deeply immersed in the 1960s Los Angeles music scene, a hotbed of creativity full of aspiring musicians—many...

Music: New Beginning

By Lily O’Brien In the early ’20s and ’30s, a lot of great blues came out of Chicago, launching careers for performers like Muddy Waters...

Music: Solid Blend

By Lily O’Brien “I think sometimes the best art and the best music comes from inner conflict and turmoil,” says Matt Ducey, one of the...

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