California Rocker is a popular entertainment and pop culture website that uses social media, live events, search and video to create engagement with consumers who like music and entertainment. California Rocker’s native video, search, and social media content including words and still images, drive traffic to this high-ranking music website. California Rocker Presents is the live event division and regularly engages in music event promotion, sponsorship and production.

Affiliated demographics are in the leisure categories. generates more than 250,000 daily impressions, maintains consistently high index rankings in Google News and search and enables seamless Social Media connections.

California Rocker’s Areas of Coverage

By staffing concerts of musicians on the rise as well as writing up interviews with veteran rockers and their fans, California Rocker brings an indisputable appeal to local and worldwide viewers and has 9 years of growth and metrics to prove it. is not only beloved in California, but all over the world. In the US, it’s a staple of regular viewers in California, Texas and New York, with returning users in additional top domestic markets. Those outside of the U.S, in Canada, UK-Europe and Australia comprise almost one quarter of the engaged and regular consumers and viewers.

California Rocker and its YouTube Channel Drive Hundreds of Thousands of Weekly Impressions also has a California Rocker YouTube Channel and uses videos in its news and feature coverage. YouTube is a vital search engine and the California Rocker YouTube Channel is a favorite of concert-goers and fans alike.

With Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube followers and the Web platform, delivers hundreds of thousands of weekly impressions, far more than any media before. has won First-Place 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. It has been nominated and has received finalist status in categories such as “Best Social Media,” “Best Blog” and “Best Website.”

Luis Moreno, Photo Editor

Luis Moreno, Photo Editor

Luis is a true SoCal native. He was raised in Pasadena where he attended Van Halen garage parties. and spent weeknights at nightclubs on the Sunset strip like Gazzarri’s West, The Roxy, and Whisky-A-Go-Go.

Luis has more than 10 years of experience capturing images and reviewing bands, and besides California Rocker, his work has been featured in FLOOD magazine, The Myriad, and other publications. His photographs have been displayed at Guitar Center in Redondo Beach and various colleges in Southern California.


Dan MacIntosh, Music Reviewer

Dan MacIntosh - Photo by David Ang
Dan MacIntosh – Photo by David Ang

Dan MacIntosh is an experienced reviewer and critic whose work has run in a range of local and national online and print publications. He enjoys reviewing live events as well as recorded music.

Dan’s reviews have run in Inland Empire Weekly, Paste, Mean Street, Chord, HM, Amplifier, Inspirational Giftware, Stereo Subversion, Indie-Music, Soul–Audio,, Country Standard Time and

Ava Liversidge, Music Reviewer

Ava Liversidge

Ava Liversidge is a Los Angeles native and avid music lover and writer.

She is forever inspired by rock n’ roll’s history in California and spends most of her days going to shows, supporting smaller bands, listening to music, or researching musicians

Ava’s work has been featured in a variety of journals and magazines with a range encompassing everything from philosophy to rock n’ roll.


Cameron Acosta, Concert Photographer

Cameron is a Los Angeles based audio engineer and photographer.

Working with music by day and enjoying a show by night, he is surrounded by music. Always seeking out the next amazing show, he has entrenched himself into the local scene. From a big theater to a local DIY or backyard show, he’ll be there.

“My main goal is to try and capture the emotion and energy of a performance whether that be through a recording or a photo,” Cameron says. “To be part of these experiences and share them with the world is something truly special.


Craig Hammons, Concert Reviewer

Reviewer Craig Hammons with R.L. Boyce - Photo courtesy of Craig Hammons
Reviewer Craig Hammons with R.L. Boyce

Craig Hammons loves the music and his favorite place to be is at a great concert. He has a talent for taking the readers with him on his adventures and his great writing speaks to the fans.

He has reviewed and attended more than 2,622 shows during his career. Craig’s love of all kinds of music has taken him to concerts ranging from reggae and rock to new wave and metal.


Heather 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.

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


Melanie Smith California Rocker Manchester UK Correspondent

Melanie Smith, Manchester UK Correspondent

Manchester, UK-based Melanie Smith has developed a brilliant reputation as rock photographer and music devotee. She is California Rocker’s Manchester, UK Correspondent.

Melanie elegantly captures the performances of major rock acts as well as live events, festivals, theatre and ballet. See her work at her online portfolio, Mudkiss Photography.


Alyson Camus, Photographer and Reviewer

Alyson Camus attends more shows in one week than most people attend in a year!

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.

Alyson also works for other publications and websites. You will find Alyson stage-side at most of LA’s music events.


Sylvia Borgo, Photographer and Reviewer

Sylvia Borgo is a Southern California-based photographer with nine years of varied experience, ranging from shooting concerts in small, dark clubs, to taking her place in the pit at mega-festivals.

Her work has been featured in California Rocker, ListenSD, So Cal Music Today, Owl and Bear, Gig Photographer, and The Way That He Sings.



Kailey Harvey, Contributor

Kailey Harvey is a “left handed classic rock junkie” who digs writing about music for whoever wants to read it, as she says. She loves the small, independent musicians and bands and wants to support the young people. Kailey loves traveling and spends most of her time attending shows.



Mimi BMimi B., Art Director

Raised in the Rock N Roll world with a love for vaporwave/80s-90s style, Mimi B. is a visual designer and 3D illustrator who incorporates her love for aesthetics into her artwork. Mimi is a multiple award-winning artist and designer.

Mimi grew up on both sides of the United States, giving her a unique perspective on culture, design and communications. She works with a wide range of clients and companies.


John Daly, Reviewer-Editor

John Daly is a music writer and editor who relocated to Los Angeles from Fresno, Calif. He was named reviewer-editor of California Rocker in 2020. John lives for the music.  He has a B.A. in Digital Communications and a passion for telling the story.

“I want to tell the story of music 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 fan of The Beatles and has been writing for California Rocker and East Coast Rocker for five years. Contact him at

Harriet Kaplan, Reporter and Reviewer

Harriet Kaplan has written for a range of music and non music publications. In addition, she is a talented  photographer. Her musical taste runs the gamut, but she is particularly fond of new alternative and punk genres.

Tracy Ketcher, NY Photojournalist

Tracy Ketcher is a well-known photographer in New York City circles. She covers major entertainment events for and

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

James Balboni, East Coast Photojournalist

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

Dottie Paris, East Coast 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.”

Alina Lim, Contributor

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.

Donna Balancia, Publisher

California Rocker is one of several online destinations for news and promotions founded and created by publisher and content creator Donna Balancia.  California Rocker’s parent company, The Entertainment Magazines, creates social media, publishes websites, produces live events, and creates news articles and brand campaigns for a range of corporations, individuals, destinations and entertainment venues.

Donna has written about music since 1979 and has interviewed or photographed musicians ranging from The Grateful Dead, David Byrne, Stevie Wonder and Keith Richards, to Phoebe Bridgers, At The Drive In and Tame Impala. She covered the film industry for The Hollywood Reporter, gossip for The Star magazine, and the NFL, MLB, and college and high school sports for United Press International and Gannett.

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