Category Archives: Music

Coverage of music in in the Stockton, California area.

Stephen Colbert vs. Pavement

Pavement, the influential indie rock band that formed in Stockton, is set to perform tonight on the Colbert Report on Comedy Central. Here’s the tease for the show from the Comedy Central Insider. “Monday, September 20 “Pavement – A California indie rock band, recently re-united after a ten-year hiatus. Tune in to see if Stephen […]

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Terri Sterner, 1974-2010

Terri “Temptress” Sterner, a long-time supporter of the 209’s music scene, passed away Wednesday after a two-year fight with breast cancer. Friday would have been her 36th birthday. Some area music fans may recognize Sterner as co-founder of the Northern California Plastics, a local chapter of an international organization of professional groupies. She could often […]

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More from the Blackwater jazz jam, part two: Mike Rocha and full jam video

Trumpeter Mike Rocha, above, features prominently in my video of Monday’s jazz jam at the Blackwater Cafe in Stockton. He also was one of the night’s main attractions, as the jam served both as his birthday party and going-away party. Rocha is leaving Stockton to pursue his music education in southern California.

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More from the Blackwater jazz jam, part one: Suicidal Tendencies

My video from Monday night’s jazz jam at the Blackwater Cafe drew a comment on Facebook from Stockton musician Erin Odessa, who wondered if I had footage of a particularly amazing drummer from later in the evening. I do not; I left the Blackwater when my shift ended at 10 p.m. But according to local […]

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Stockton duo Craft Spells featured on Pitchfork

Congrats are due to the Stockton’s Justin Vallesteros and Frankie Soto – also known as the indie act Craft Spells – for earning praise and recognition from online critics across the country, including Pitchfork. The Chicago-based music site, which has been credited with helping to break Modesto Mouse and Arcade Fire, featured the duo’s track “Party […]

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Ernie Mancuso finds a lightsaber

B-roll from my video of Mancuso painting a mural in Michael Klooster’s recording studio; the lightsaber toy belonged to Klooster’s son.

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Stockton concerts chat replay, and an IFG/SMG update

My live chat today on the local concert scene was really fun; thanks to everyone who participated. You can check out a replay of the chat below. One topic that didn’t come up during the chat was Stockton city officials’ negotiations to buy out the existing, six-year-old contract with IFG, which has been criticized for […]

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Snoop Dogg pre-sale / Cold chattin’ with the Ian

Pre-sale begins at 10 a.m. today for the Sept. 24 Ice Cube/Snoop Dogg show at Stockton Arena, according to IFG’s latest Stockton Insider email. For details, click the flier at right. Tickets are $31-$130; full sale begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at StocktonTickets.com. The show is being organized by FY Entertainment, which includes Stockton promoter […]

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Concert aims to work against violence

When a friend passes away, it helps some people deal with the loss by taking some action. A local musician, Young Ric, is planning a concert to celebrate the life of his friend Tyrone Billingsly, and also to promote a positive message in Stockton: People can come together without violence regardless of color or race. […]

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Concerts and nightlife around the 209, July 17

I’m on my way out of the office for the week, so today’s post is going to be short, unfortunately. If you’re looking for something to do Saturday, my recommendations are to check out the That’s a Hit producer showcase at the Great Plate in Tracy or Summerfest featuring The Game outside on 10th Street […]

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