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Nick DeCicco

Metallica, Alicia Keys, DMB to rock Super Bowl festivities

Even if you don’t have tickets to Super Bowl 50 next weekend in Santa Clara, the festivities leading up to the big game are numerous. Though the game takes place in Santa Clara, San Francisco – appropriately 49 miles away – will host many of the music-related events. Things kick off Saturday at the Super Bowl […]

January 29, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Ritter confronts challenges in stop at Fillmore

SAN FRANCISCO — As Josh Ritter nears 20 years since he recorded his first album, he’s facing a challenge. The Idaho-born singer and songwriter reached a point in his career where he’s become a known quantity, which isn’t a bad thing when what you’re known for is rosy prose lyrics and an indefatigable cheerfulness. But […]

Airman with Vacaville ties completes basic training

U.S. Air Force Airman Marisa H. Knorr graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Knorr is the daughter of Jenine A. and Kevin M. Knorr as well as the sister of Amber N. Knorr, all of Vacaville.

Lemmy, Bowie stayed true to themselves

If not for the calendar putting Lemmy Kilmister and David Bowie so close together in death, there aren’t many reasons to mention them in the same sentence. In the one corner is the quintessential rebellious rock star, an outlaw of rock ’n’ roll. Musically, Lemmy, the late frontman of Motörhead and former member of Hawkwind, […]

Views on ‘The Graduate’ change with time

A recent project to back up all of my albums on vinyl took a turn in the S’s. Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” brought the iconic final moments of “The Graduate” to mind, pleading with me to revisit the film. It may be a phenomenon of my 30s, but I find it fascinating […]

January 08, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Wonder, Chili Peppers, Florence on tap for 2016 BottleRock

FAIRFIELD — Soul legend Stevie Wonder, alternative rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers and English art pop group Florence + The Machine were announced Tuesday as headliners for the fourth installment of the BottleRock Napa Valley music festival. Denver folk rockers The Lumineers, Seattle indie rock group Death Cab for Cutie and funk rock great Lenny […]

January 06, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Swans, AC/DC, Barnett top 2015 concerts

Despite my doubt that I would never see more live music than I did in 2014, I managed it in 2015. I saw more than 200 artists last year, including several I’d longed to see for the first time, such as D’Angelo, Pixies and Nas. Twenty-five years after my first-ever concert, I returned to Fiddler’s Green […]

January 01, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Fairfield graduate finishes basic training

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Estefania Madrigal-Mosqueda graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Madrigal-Mosqueda is the daughter of Cesar and Martha Madrigal of Fairfield. She is a 2012 graduate of Fairfield High School.

December 27, 2015 | Posted in Fairfield | Tagged ,

Barnett, Washington, Lamar release favorite 2015 albums

Here are the five albums I enjoyed most in 2015. To see my complete top 25, visit http://bit.ly/1Yo6cm1. 5. Kendrick Lamar, “To Pimp a Butterfly” If “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” was Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar looking at his past, “To Pimp a Butterfly” looked at the present and future. A sprawling and ambitious work, “Butterfly” aims […]

December 25, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Fairfield graduate makes rank of major

Otha L. Livingston has been promoted to the rank of major in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Livingston is currently serving as operations officer with 349th Security Forces Squadron at Travis Air Force Base. He has served in the military for 20 years. Livingston is the husband of Leah M. Livingston of Vacaville. He is […]

December 13, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Disturbing lack of faith in Abrams’ ‘Star Wars’

I’m not saying it was a major life decision, but deciding to see the upcoming “Star Wars” film put me in a tough spot. I’m a devoted fan of the George Lucas-created world, including parts of the now-abandoned Expanded Universe of tales that are neither motion animated nor live action. But I also made a […]

December 11, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Adele grows up with ’25’

FAIRFIELD — “Hello. It’s me.” Even Adele knows that she needs no introduction. The British chanteuse returned last week with “25,” her first LP in nearly a half-decade, bolstered by its smash lead single, “Hello.” Her last album, 2011’s “21,” yielded massive hits “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You” on the way to […]

November 27, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Vanden graduate completes basic training

U.S. Air Force Airman Khalil N. Nunley graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Nunley is the son of Nakia L. Nunley of Vacaville and Nicole E. Nunley of Fairfield. He is a 2015 graduate of Vanden High School in Fairfield.

November 22, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged

Rodriguez graduate completes basic training

U.S. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Gonzalez graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Gonzalez is the son of Kathy and Henry Gonzalez, brother of Hailey G. Gonzalez and Kara T. Blankenship, and husband of Jenna K. Gonzalez, all of Fairfield. He is a 2006 graduate of Rodriguez High […]

November 15, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Vanden falls just short in heartbreaking loss to Christian Brothers

FAIRFIELD — Everyone at George A. Gammon Field held their breath and watched as No. 8 Vanden High’s Alejandro Lara attempted a 43-yard field goal with 0.1 seconds left in the game. Then they watched as the ball fell just feet short of the goal post, ending the Vikings season with a heartbreaking 27-26 loss to […]

November 14, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Revisiting Morrison’s masterpiece, ‘Astral Weeks’

Released 47 years ago this month, Van Morrison’s “Astral Weeks” is neither his best-selling LP, nor yielded his biggest hits. Yet, it continues to age like wine, an off-the-cuff cycle of eight tracks cut hastily, but plucked out of a mystical ether. It also happens to be my favorite album. “Astral Weeks” recently received remaster […]

November 13, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Reserve airman with local tie finishes basic training

Air Force Reserve Airman Danielle Judith E. Mortiz graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Mortiz is the daughter of Kenny T. Pham of Travis Air Force Base.

November 08, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Defense key in Vanden shutout of Vallejo

VALLEJO — If the Vanden High offense struggled to find its rhythm in the first half of Friday’s 27-0 win against Vallejo at Corbus Field, it wasn’t because the defense do its part. Every first half Red Hawks possession ended in a turnover except for the last, which the halftime buzzer finished 2 seconds and […]

October 31, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Wood demolishes Rodriguez on Senior Night

FAIRFIELD — Will C. Wood High spoiled Senior Night for host Rodriguez High on Friday night at Coach Ed Hopkins Memorial Stadium, crushing the home team 71-8. Surrendering 71 points broke the Mustangs’ school record for a single game by a lone point, with kicker Kailyn Herrera’s seventh extra point of the night making the […]

October 24, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Vedder could cross Bridge School Benefit into future

This weekend marks the 29th installment of the Bridge School Benefit concert, a Bay Area live music touchstone. Considering the number of festivals that have started and vanished during the past decade, running for almost 30 years looks pretty good. That almost means its founders aren’t spring chickens anymore. In an interview last year, Pegi […]

October 23, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Defense helps Falcons hold on for first SCAC win

VALLEJO — When Fairfield High needed its defense to pitch in Friday night at Corbus Field against Bethel, the D did its part. In a 21-13 victory, the host Jaguars turned over the ball on three of their last four possessions. And the fourth was close. Kyng Tyson and Curtis Allen had fumble recoveries and […]

October 17, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Treasure Island festival introduces comedy

Entering its ninth year, something funny is afoot with this installment of the Treasure Island Music Festival. This weekend’s 2015 event introduces The Blah Blah Blah, a comedy venue which will feature the likes of Jonah Ray from the “Nerdist” podcast, “Orange is the New Black” alum Lauren Lapkus and Tim Heidecker of “Tim and Eric […]

October 16, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Vanden grabs emotional win on homecoming night

FAIRFIELD — The Vanden High football team scored an emotional victory on homecoming night Friday at George A. Gammon Field, topping crosstown foe Fairfield 38-6. The game marked the return of Vikings center Jose Ochoa, who missed last week’s contest due to the death of his mother. The team grieved for her as well as […]

October 10, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Leaked track poses listening problem

While we tend to think of a fan as “someone who likes something,” the root of the word is in fanatic. Fanatic, though, speaks to a stronger level of commitment, perhaps even going a bit overboard, like the fan I spoke to last month at the Bay Area Vibez festival who claimed he’d seen Santa […]

October 09, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Mustangs gallop to victory on kickoff return

VALLEJO — No matter how Bethel High clawed, Rodriguez always had an answer to earn its first win of the season. The Jaguars refused to go quietly Friday night at Vallejo’s Corbus Field in a 32-26 win for the visiting Mustangs. With the score knotted at 26 a side, Bethel kicked off to Rodriguez with […]

October 03, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,
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