Jon Solomon writes about music and nightlife for Westword and has been the Clubs Editor for the paper since 2006. He's also worked in music supervision for film and was managing editor of Color Red magazine. Solomon hopes to one day shake the hand of Tom Waits.
10 days ago | Jazz
Starting at the age of fourteen, pianist Larry Wegner would sometimes play Glenn Miller hits with the Bob Murphy band at dances at American Legion and VFW halls in Yuma, near the eastern border or Colorado. He’d get home around 5 a.m., get some sl...
19 days ago | Interviews
When Specials co-founder Jerry Dammers launched his 2 Tone Records ska revival label in England in the late '70s, it sparked a 2 Tone movement with bands like his own, along with Madness, Bad Manners, the Bodysnatchers and the Selecter. The Select...
24 days ago | Concerts
Legendary British ska band The Specials eased into Wednesday night's set at the Ogden Theatre with "Ghost Town" and "Do Nothing" but gradually built up the energy throughout the hour-and-a-half long set. "It's time to start skanking!" said&nb...
27 days ago | Interviews
The Specials, the renowned ska band that formed in Coventry, England nearly four decades ago, finally got together again to record demos last November, after years of gathering material and ideas. According to founding member and guitarist Ly...
1 month ago | Jazz
Clarinetist Ben Goldberg, a Denver native who has been a longtime Bay Area resident, has worked in the avant-garde world heavies like John Zorn, Nels Cline and Myra Melford. He also formed the New Klezmer Trio in 1992, was part of the acoustic cha...
1 month ago | Interviews
When Gregg Allman launched his inaugural Laid Back Festival (named after his 1973 solo debut) last year at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in New York, he hand-picked acts like the Doobie Brothers, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, Jaimoe’s Jasssz...