The Rest of the Top 100

Aerosmith, Dream On
Lee Andrews & Hearts, Teardrops
The Band, The Weight
Bee Gees, I Can’t See Nobody
David Bowie, Changes
Laura Branigan, Gloria
Garth Brooks, Callin’ Baton Rouge
Jackson Browne, The Load-Out/Stay
Mary Chapin Carpenter, He Thinks He’ll Keep Her
Leonard Cohen, Hallelujah
Sam […]

March 21st, 2016|Categories: Runners-up|0 Comments


A shout-out to the #1 Song of the Year on Sirius XM’s Spectrum station: S,O.B. by Nathaniel Ratefliff and the Night Sweats. Although the title is abbreviated, the song’s principal lyric is “son of a […]

December 19th, 2015|Categories: Songs of the Year|0 Comments

Florence & the Machine

If Joan of Arc were reincarnated today, she could do worse than finding herself in the person of Florence Welch, British rocker and star of Florence & the Machine, who performed at the Bowl last […]

October 22nd, 2015|Categories: Reviews|0 Comments

Buffett at the Bowl

It doesn’t seem fair or nice to describe a Jimmy Buffett concert as “ho-hum,” but that is the word that comes to mind as I look back on his appearance at the Santa Barbara Bowl […]

October 18th, 2015|Categories: Reviews|0 Comments

Moussorgsky Lite

The USC Symphony Orchestra came to the Granada Theater in Santa Barbara to play “Pictures At An Exhibition,” the only classical piece I can hum, not counting those that have been turned into rock songs. […]

September 19th, 2015|Categories: Reviews|0 Comments

Jackson Browne

“That’s why you go to live concerts,” said one veteran concertgoer after Jackson Browne wound up his second encore – The Load-Out and Stay – at the Santa Barbara Bowl on August 11, 2015. Every […]

August 25th, 2015|Categories: Reviews|0 Comments

Bob Seger – Top 10

Night Moves
Like A Rock
We’ve Got Tonite
Against the Wind
American Storm
The Fire Inside
Even Now
Hollywood Nights
Till It Shines
The Famous Final Scene

May 30th, 2015|Categories: Ten Favorite Songs|0 Comments

Lucinda Williams

Who goes to a Lucinda Williams concert to hear how loud her band can be? Neither my friend nor I, so I guess you’d say we were disappointed in her show at the Lobero last […]

March 7th, 2015|Categories: Reviews|0 Comments

Three Women Folkies

Three middle-aged female singer-songwriters brought their low-energy show to the Lobero last night (2/20/15) to the pleasure of the less-than-capacity crowd of nice-looking, middle-aged ex-hippies and relationship types. Eliza Gilkyson had the best voice – […]

February 21st, 2015|Categories: Reviews|0 Comments

Patti Smith

Continuing my tour of legendary rock goddesses I went to see Patti Smith and Her Band at the Lobero last night (1/27/15). Arriving 20 minutes before show time at the box office I was able […]

January 28th, 2015|Categories: Reviews|0 Comments

Chrissie Hynde

I wouldn’t dare try to rank Greatest Male Rock’n’Roll Singers – how to compare Elvis Presley to Mick Jagger, Van Morrison to Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen to Robert Plant, Little Richard, Frankie Valli, et al. […]

December 9th, 2014|Categories: Reviews|0 Comments

Bryan Ferry

I experienced one of those transcendent musical moments at the Santa Barbara Bowl Saturday (4/19/14): toward the end of a flawless concert Bryan Ferry segued from the hypnotic “Avalon” into the all-out, high-energy rock of […]

April 20th, 2014|Categories: Reviews|0 Comments