California Rocker

Award-Winning Online Music Magazine

About California Rocker


What they tell us:

“I love that you support the musicians” – James “Munky” Shaffer, KORN

“Thanks for the great review!” – Debbie Hennessey, singer-songwriter

“You’ve done Bonnie Raitt and Marty Grebb proud!” – JW

“Thanks for the great coverage” – James Williamson, The Stooges

“Your photographs are beautiful” – Le Butcherettes

“Yes, OK, but please let me drink my coffee now” – Rod Stewart



 California Rocker Staff:

donna balancia with bob ezrin

Donna Balancia with Producer Bob Ezrin

Donna Balancia, Producer

California Rocker is produced by Donna Balancia, who is the founder of online sites California Rocker   East Coast Rocker and the new West Coast Rocker.

The 3-year-old California Rocker has come a long way in a short time in covering music in the Golden State.

Under Donna’s guidance has won awards for writing and photography from The Los Angeles Press Club, The National Arts and Entertainment Awards, The Lucie Awards and The Southern California Journalism Awards.

Donna uses social media campaigns to drive organic growth and expand readership of  Her social media expertise has brought attention to the stories that center on musicians of all styles. covers up and coming musicians as well as veteran rockers and the industries that support them.

Donna Balancia is a content editor, producer, photographer and photo editor. She started as a breaking news reporter in New York City covering new bands and entertainment for Gannett Co. and wire service United Press International.

Donna was a content editor at VNU Business Publications, covered police beat for The New York Post and was a wire service journalist and sportswriter at United Press International and Associated Press.

Donna and her colleagues at have been honored with regional Press Club awards, including Best Entertainment Blog and Best Photography.

Heather-Harris-headshot-april-2016Heather Harris, Contributing Photographer

Heather Harris’ award-winning photographs of musicians have been published in Rolling Stone, MOJO, Billboard, Los Angeles Times, Rock&Folk, Creem, Music Connection, Warner Brothers, Penguin Books, St. Martins Press and many more. Spanning Buffalo Springfield to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, her work includes many of the most important figures in rock that came through her native Los Angeles throughout the past four and a half decades.

Heather has photographed covers for New York Times top ten best-selling books, has enjoyed several solo exhibitions of her photographic work in Hollywood, Calif., has provided still photography for Warner Bros. television advertising and for assorted films and video productions plus has garnered awards for music books that were designed, photographed and written by her.  She authored the books Punk Rock ‘n’ Roll and Bob Marley-Rastaman Vibration for A&M Records in the mid-1970s, and her popular blog Fastfilm currently attests to her skill annotating these photo shoots in lively terms.  She is a  Los Angeles Press Club National Arts and Entertainment Award winner for her Photo Essay for James Williamson’s One Night Only Concert, which ran in

13072066_10153749726703752_1264810710_oCraig Hammons, Reviewer

Craig is a music historian whose passion is the live performance.

He has reviewed and attended approximately 2,622 shows during his career, during which he has worked for a range of news organizations and magazines.

Craig is particularly fond of punk and wild Rock N Roll.  If you see him out and about, say “Hello!”

Photojournalist Mariel CallowayMariel Calloway, Photojournalist

Mariel Calloway is a photojournalist and music reviewer for California Rocker.  She has a knack for finding innovative and interesting acts and is an excellent sports photographer as well.

Mariel’s casual appearance belies her Ivy League background. She is also an avid athlete.  Mariel enables the success of her peers and colleagues, a rare quality in this day and age.

John Daly, Contributor

John Daly is a music writer from Fresno, Calif., and he lives for the music.  John has a B.A. in Digital Communication and he has a passion for telling the story.

“I want to tell the story the way no one else can,” John says.  His taste in music runs the gamut and you can usually find him in the pit at the festival of the week.  All this and another plus: He is an avid Rocky and Bullwinkle fan.

Malia Balancia, Art Director

Malia Balancia is an award-winning art director. She created the look of, and and our logos.  Malia has a remarkable eye and adaptable art style and is an expert in Photoshop and all the visual graphic arts programs.  In addition to providing guidance to on its visual style, she works with a number of musicians on album covers, posters and social media style.

Marcy Kraft, Contributor

Marcy is a music industry expert with a background in artist management. In addition to being a GRAMMY member, she donates her time to a range of charitable music-related causes. She is a contributor to

Alyson Camus, Contributor

Alyson Camus attends more shows in one week than most people attend in a month!  She is a music expert and loves the local scene, attending shows at her favorite venues like the Echoplex, the Echo, the Satellite and others. She is a contributing photographer to

Alina Lim, Reviewer

Alina is a music fan who is energized by new music and innovative sounds.   She says she finds herself attending more and more shows in Downtown LA these days and loves how the area is developing into a city within a city.  Alina loves alternative bands and unique acts.

James Balboni, Photojournalist

James Balboni is a prominent photojournalist who covers a range of beats on the East Coast and on the West Coast. In addition to rock and roll, James is a fan of technology and aviation.

Dottie Paris, Contributor

Dottie Paris covers technology and innovations in music.  An excellent reporter and veteran writer, Paris loves music, the beach and in-depth interviews.

“Making it in the music business is tough and I appreciate all musicians,” Dottie says. “I appreciate all musical efforts; I may not like everything I hear but all musicians receive my support.”

Bob Busby, Reviewer

Bob Busby is a veteran music reviewer and has attended thousands of concerts. He has an excellent eye for new talent and loves a good show. We are fortunate to have his talents at



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