SCENES AND OTHER HAPPENINGS FROM AN ITALIAN RESTAURANT-CATALDO’S By Sandra Castillo

         The distance from 45th Street in New York City to Vanderbilt Avenue in Brooklyn is roughly seven-and-a-half miles. If one were to travel by vehicle across the great expansion of the Brooklyn Bridge to get there, it would take less than thirty minutes to reach their destination. The only thing that […]

FUNNY MAN TONY WALKER IS KNOCKING ‘EM DEAD By Sandra Castillo

If there’s one thing in life guaranteed to happen, when one is present the moment comedian Tony Walker parts his lips to speak, there will be laughter. Lots and lots of it. Just one glance of the furrowed brow arching over the “menacing” stare, which is sure to disarm even the most skeptical, jaded of […]

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS AT THE OBSERVATORY By Sandra Castillo

​Concerts, like certain personalities, present themselves in varying degrees of latitude and showmanship, and by the sights and sounds of the newly revamped Stone Temple Pilots, the musical extravaganza at The Observatory on March 4th in San Diego was no exception. As I stood outside the venue before the commencement of the band’s performance that […]

LOCKED AND LOADED-DRUMMER ROB MOUNT IS READY TO ROCK AND ROLL By Sandra Castillo

When it comes to drummers, Rob Mount sets the standard for excellence in an industry recognized for its competitive, cutthroat edge. That said, when it comes to selflessness and a reputation void of ego, his name is synonymous with that very description. While it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to immediately recognize those virtues in […]

POWER POP WITH A TWIST AND A SHOUT By Sandra Castillo

September 5th, 1962 was a day that held much meritorious significance, starting with the legendary performance of the Beatles at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. The second reference to that date is one that is also honorably regarded: the birth of music historian and singer/songwriter Bart Mendoza took place right here on that same […]

IF THE STILETTO FITS, SLAY IT…PEACE, LOVE AND FISHNETS WITH THE SPICE PISTOLS By Sandra Castillo

  IF THE STILETTO FITS, SLAY IT…PEACE, LOVE AND FISHNETS WITH THE SPICE PISTOLS By Sandra Castillo I could feel every fiber of my being screaming out for the “jolt of electricity,” AKA caffeine, as I schlepped out the door of my abode to head over to my local coffee shop. Even though this trek […]

FRAN STRINE IS A REBEL WITH A CAUSE By Sandra Castillo

FRAN STRINE IS A REBEL WITH A CAUSE By Sandra Castillo If one could measure the strength and fortitude of a man, based solely on the mien of his stare, then a person could honestly assume Fran Strine is one, tough mofo. By the looks of a certain, black-and-white portrait taken of the famed film […]

THE BEAST UNLEASHED-DRUMMER LIBERTY DEVITTO By Sandra Castillo

…and on the eighth day, the rafters of Heaven opened up to shake loose the thunder which came to this Earth as the back beat of Rock N’ Roll. One cannot assume that music, with all its glorious, unpredictable fury, is always safe in the hands of the one who pounds away on an instrument […]

THE VISITOR HAS ARRIVED…THE SAGA OF ROCK PROVOCATEUR DALEA By Sandra Castillo

The constellation is filled with an infinite host of celestial bodies, their illumination awakening the darkness in a blanket of stars. As the otherworldly traveler crisscrosses the interplanetary providence, surrounded in its blinding, white light, she bravely sets out on the million-mile journey to reach her destination. Upon Earth’s entry, she descends, valiantly touches down, […]

CRYSTAL TALIEFERO-A ROCK AND ROLL LEGEND FOR THE AGES By Sandra Castillo

She is poetry-in-motion, fluid, dexterous and equipped with enough fire power in those well-sculpted arms and hands to knock a baseball right out of Yankee Stadium into the next century. And, yet, the woman with enough talent, fortitude to fill that same stadium to overflowing is one of the most gracious, humble people on this […]

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