Patrick O’Heffernan: Athena is a magical musical angel whose songs release emotion like endorphins.
Patrick O’Heffernan: As anyone who has followed Mayall for the past half century knows, hot or cool, he loves the blues and that love was on full display Friday night at Pasadena’s The Rose music venue.
Patrick O’Heffernan: In a world where both audiences and musicians think nothing of showing up at a club in ragged cutoffs and old t-shirts it was refreshing and exciting to experience Dessy DiLauro and her Parlor Social concert at Sayers Club Thursday night.
Patrick O’Heffernan: In Bunny, Allison and her Grammy-level band collect the hope and pain of the Mexican corrido, slams it into the terrifying power of Halo Circus’s precisely calibrated rock and injects into your ears with a howling, sighing, vocal hypodermic.
Patrick O’Heffernan: Vanessa Campagna has sung with symphonies, she has shared the stage with Reba and Blake Shelton and Loretta Lynn, she can and does belt pop and rock with the best of them, she has been on Star Search, she wrote the music for an Oscar winning film, and has herself been the subject of a PBS documentary.