April 13, 1991 |
Even the scraggliest-looking guitar aces have one thing in common with the famous bruisers of the pro sports world: They get paid for endorsing the stuff they use in their profession. For Michael Jordan, it's sneakers. For Steve Vai or Eddie Van Halen, it's the latest in six-string technology. Bob Brozman is one expert guitar player whose prospects for such commercial spinoffs would seem limited.
September 16, 1998 |
Led Kaapana's one-nighter at McCabe's on Sunday night was a friendly, informal opportunity to hear one of the most talented members of the current generation of Hawaiian slack key guitar players. The performance, especially the duets with steel guitarist Bob Brozman, retained the easygoing, familial atmosphere that is an essential characteristic of Hawaiian music. Slack key is a method of tuning the instrument's strings to an open chord, creating the potential for rich harmonic strumming.
November 3, 1995 |
We've heard of blues in the night, but John (Juke) Logan will play blues in the morning on Sunday at the Hard Rock Cafe in Fashion Island in Newport Beach after the annual "Run for Cover" benefit footraces. The harmonica player and organ whiz from L.A. (he's the guy who can be heard blowing sprightly harp during interludes on the "Roseanne" TV show) is expected to start playing around 9 a.m.
November 8, 1986 |
If you learn anything from watching "Half Life" (Sunday at the Nuart), a disturbing new documentary by Australian film maker Dennis O'Rourke, it's that Americans know how to put a positive spin on the most explosive events. In 1946, a newsreel announcer explained how residents of the tiny Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands were "well pleased" that U.S. Army officials were going to "add a little variety to their lives."
December 31, 1996 |
Pop music highlights, in chronological order: * Bob Brozman, Shade Tree Stringed Instruments, Laguna Niguel (Jan. 10): This acoustic folk-blues player from Northern California wrote the book on steel-bodied guitars ("The History & Artistry of National Resonator Instruments"), but his performances are based on wit, not pedantry. * John Doe, Club 369, Fullerton (Jan. 10): X, the cornerstone band of L.A.