Live Music: Musette Explosion, A Parisian Musette Trio at Ashland’s Old Siskiyou Barn

By Don Heckman Ashland, Oregon. The Siskiyou Music Project performance at the Old Siskiyou Barn Wednesday night was an unlikely combination of elements on several counts – all of them musically fascinating. Start with the group: Musette Explosion, – which included Matt Munisteri on guitar, Will Holshouser on accordion and Marcus Rojas on tuba. An… Read More Live Music: Musette Explosion, A Parisian Musette Trio at Ashland’s Old Siskiyou Barn

Live Music: Liza Minnelli at Walt Disney Hall

By Don Heckman Los Angeles. Liza Minnelli’s performance at Disney Hall Tuesday night was dramatically different from her most recent previous Southland appearance at the Hollywood Bowl in August of 2012. Reviewing that show, I wrote that “it was her convincing dramatic abilities as well as her ever-dependable ability to tell a story, rather than… Read More Live Music: Liza Minnelli at Walt Disney Hall

Live Pop Music: Susan Werner at McCabe’s

By Devon Wendell Pianist/guitarist/singer/songwriter Susan Werner is known for fusing torch songs, cabaret, rock/folk hits, gospel, country, classical, and jazz influences together with adventure and humor.  And all those elements were present at McCabe’s Sunday night in a performance that flowed naturally with warmth and razor sharp wit.  The two lengthy sets, accompanied by Trina Hamlin and Julia Biber, were composed… Read More Live Pop Music: Susan Werner at McCabe’s