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

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

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

‘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

‘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

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

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

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 […]