Dick Dale performs on New Year's Eve as wife Lana Dale looks on - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia
Gigs and Photos

Dick Dale Rips Up The Crowd; Mick Scott and Se7en Reasons Why Swing from Rafters on New Year’s

Dick Dale Hosts Modern Day Surfer Stomp By DONNA BALANCIA – Dick Dale still gets the crowds swooning with his cool surf style, bringing a rockin’ show to the Sunset Strip on New Year’s Eve. […]

Alison Mosshart and James Williamson - Photo © 2015 Heather Harris
News

Musicians Have More Power Than They Believe; They Gave California Rocker The Awards in 2015

Extraordinary musicians who each took a gamble helped CaliforniaRocker.com earn awards from major journalism organizations this year. Donna Balancia’s video coverage of “The New Basement Tapes: One Night Only,” was good enough to earn California […]

California Rocker Interview

Richie Ramone Plays Paladino’s for New Year’s Eve – No New Resolutions in 2016, Just Good Music

By DONNA BALANCIA – Richie Ramone will play a New Year’s Eve show that kicks off a new album and a European tour in 2016. Ramone will play Paladino’s on New Year’s Eve, supported by […]

Flyin Jay - Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia
Musicians

Fishbone Takes Stage Diving to New Levels as Angelo Moore and ‘Soldiers’ Take Over The Roxy

Fishbone : ‘More Fun Than Mario Bros’ By DONNA BALANCIA – It used to be called “audience participation,” then it was “user response” and now in technology circles it’s called “interactivity.” Whatever it’s called, Fishbone did […]

Rock N Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip
Musicians

‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip’ by Robert Landau is a Beautiful Lesson in Music History

Photographer amasses a visual history of fleeting monuments to music By DONNA BALANCIA — Stumped for a last-minute Christmas gift? For the history buff, or music lover, Rock ‘N’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip […]

Allison Iraheta - Photo by Donna Balancia
Musicians

‘Say It Loud!’ at The Troubadour: Halo Circus Headlines A Night of Unity, Humor and Great Music

Allison Iraheta Brings Friends and a Mission to Troubadour Crowd By DONNA BALANCIA – The ‘Say It Loud!’ concert at The Troubadour was a diverse mix of musicians that brought a sense of unity among […]

The DoGs Video World Premiere - Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia
News

WORLD PREMIERE VIDEO: The DoGs Release Video to promote their Latest EP ‘Ain’t Going Nowhere’

By DONNA BALANCIA – The DoGs, those legendary rockers from Detroit, have released a video “Ain’t Going Nowhere” courtesy of BlankTV.  It’s a funny vid depicting one of our favorite bands. “We wanted to have […]

Allison Iraheta - Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia
Gigs and Photos

Halo Circus featuring Allison Iraheta to Headline ‘Say It Loud’ Concert at Troubadour on Dec. 14

The Halo Circus Debut Album is Expected to be Released in 2016 Halo Circus, powered by “American Idol” Season 8 fan favorite Allison Iraheta, will headline the Troubadour on Monday, Dec. 14. The show called […]

Hudson - Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia
Reviews

HUDSON The Band Prove Music’s Healing Power; Rockers Raise Money, Toys for Children’s Hospital

By DONNA BALANCIA – The band members who comprise HUDSON, not only have a big sound, they also have a big heart. The band supports Children’s Hospital and this holiday season, held a toy drive […]

Rosemary Butler kisses Freebo - Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia
Causes

Rock-N-Roll Christmas Show on Dec. 13 Brings Together Musician Friends to Play for MusiCares

By DONNA BALANCIA – Freebo, Carnie Wilson and Albert Lee are among the musical stars that headline The Rock-N-Roll Christmas Show to benefit MusiCares at Cal State Northridge on Dec. 13. The Rock-N-Roll Christmas Show […]

Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia
Musicians

Mike Campbell Uses His LA Band, The Dirty Knobs, for Kicks, While Reaping Big Marketing Rewards

By DONNA BALANCIA – Mike Campbell may be known as “Gator,” in his band The Dirty Knobs but the only thing ferocious about him is his extraordinary guitar playing. Campbell, known for his day job […]

Musicians

Federal Bar Tops the Entertainment Venues in Long Beach as Bands, Menu Make Splash at the Ocean

By DONNA BALANCIA — Long Beach is springing up as a new hotbed for entertainment, its beachside location and regentrificated downtown area make a perfect getaway place to see a cool band. Here are a few […]

Jesse Hughes
Musicians

États-Unis est avec Paris et France: Des nouvelles pour les lecteurs français de la California Rocker

Nous l’avons remarqué que nous avons plus de lecteurs français aujourd’hui. Alors, nous avons affiché un peu d’information. Nos coeurs sont avec le peuple de Paris. As we have noticed a spike in our readers in […]

Bruce Duff, Brian Perera from Cleopatra, Thor, Henry Rollins, Betsy Bitch, Frank Meyer, Paul Roessler at Kitten Robot Studios - Photo by Jason Valdez
Musicians

‘I Am Thor’ To Screen at Whisky A Go Go With Live Performance by Thor, Locals and Luminaries Alike

By DONNA BALANCIA – “I used to be a serious bodybuilder, I’m a serious rock n roller right now.” And with those words, so began the downward — and then upward — spiral of one […]

Musicians

Keith Richards Had Final Cut on ‘Under The Influence’ Movie; Tom Waits Brought Notes, Director Says

By DONNA BALANCIA — Keith Richards “cackled” when he first saw the documentary Under The Influence, and exerted his right to approval of the film’s final cut, director Morgan Neville told an audience at the […]

California Rocker Interview

Music Photographer Henry Diltz Has Hundreds of Album Covers And Now He has a Lucie Award

By DONNA BALANCIA – Photographer Henry Diltz will be honored next week with a prestigious Lucie Award for his work in Rock Photography. Diltz said he never expected to be honored for his career.  After […]

The Dave Schultz All-Star Jam - Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia
Gigs and Photos

The Dave Schulz All-Star Jam Brings Rock and Roll Thursday to New Venue Mrs. Fish in Downtown LA

By DONNA BALANCIA – Thursday nights won’t be the same in Downtown LA as The Dave Schulz All-Star Jam brings a rockin’ new show to Mrs. Fish. Schulz’ All-Star Jam plays a great range of dance […]