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Bringing music to the table in La Mesa

Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Music, Top Stories | 4 Comments

By Jen Lothspeich

When I moved from La Mesa to Normal Heights four years ago, I thought I was going to reside in a hotbed for live music, as I’d be walk-ably close to Adams Avenue and North Park with their plentiful venues and numerous street fairs.

Little did I know La Mesa was going to experience a live-music renaissance of its own, with an up-and-coming culinary scene to boot.

Breathing new life into popular music

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Music | No Comments

By David Dixon One of the fresh aspects about San Diego Musical Theatre’s production of the 1990s-themed musical, “Pump Up the Volume,” is the casting of up-and-coming performers. Seven players take part in a revue that features renditions of songs from the likes of Celine Dion, Destiny’s Child, U2, Jennifer Lopez and Boyz II Men. […]

The Follies want you

Posted: February 24th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Music, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

Three years ago, San Carlos resident Bonnie Deming was at a hair salon appointment when two women, Louise Smith and Tobie Scheibel, told her she had to be in the San Diego Follies.

The then 80-year-old was skeptical at first but after a bit of soul searching and looking back on her life as a dancer — in high school she performed in Balboa Park, as a teacher she taught her students folk dances, and in Mrs. San Diego and Mrs. California contests performing Hawaiian dances — Demming decided to audition.

Sing us a song, piano man

Local singer gets a shot on ‘The Voice’

By Joyell Nevins

Michael Sanchez has gone from being a hometown piano player to a nationwide name — thanks to a load of talent, a dose of gumption, and Alicia Keyes.

The La Mesa resident is part of Team Alicia on season 11 of NBC’s “The Voice,” the singing competition. Tune in this Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. to watch him in the Knockout round. This is the final phase before the show goes live.