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Cathy Cassinos-Carr


Keeping the Laughs Going

In a grim news year like 2020, wouldn’t it have been nice if comedy clubs were deemed “essential” and allowed to stay open? Imagine how therapeutic it might have been for those who’d been...
Todd Morgan

Music Lessons: Todd Morgan

He desperately misses performing live. But Todd Morgan has found an upside to sheltering-in-place: He’s building his repertoire. “Since I’m not busy gigging, I have time to learn new songs,” says Morgan, whose slicked-back hair and penchant for early rock ’n’...
beth duncan

Music Lessons: Beth Duncan

No. 1 lesson learned from the pandemic?“Don’t be a singer or a horn player; you can’t wear a mask,” jokes vocalist Beth Duncan. “We naturally spew!”Duncan’s rich, velvety voice has been a Sacramento staple since the ’80s. Whether you’ve caught her...
Nawal Alwareeth

Music Lessons: Nawal Alwareeth

As manager and drummer for the uber-busy local band Island of Black and White, Nawal Alwareeth is a planner and scheduler of the first order. So when COVID destroyed all the finely tuned plans she had put in place for the band for...
marcel smith

Music Lessons: Marcel Smith

While COVID captivity has wreaked havoc for every working musician, the timing was especially tough for blues/gospel singer Marcel Smith. He had just nabbed a coveted spot as lead singer with The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra when the world came to a...
katie knipp

Music Lessons: Katie Knipp

For blues singer/musician Katie Knipp, the pandemic brought a reminder to choose your mindset carefully.“It reminded me that we’re really in charge of our own destinies,” says Knipp. “It’s easy to slip into a negative...
music lessons

Music Lessons

Canceled, rescheduled, postponed—these three words have haunted us all in 2020. But musicians who live to perform were among the hardest hit, especially when the lockdowns continued into summer, the peak season for festivals, concerts and...
justin farren

It’s All About the Songs

Singer-songwriter Justin Farren has a strong voice, a fluid guitar style and a likable persona. But it’s his songs—rich, relatable stories imbued with clever wordplay—that are his true calling card, earning him a bevy...
jessica malone

Living Her Dream

When she had her “aha” moment, singer/songwriter Jessica Malone was still in high school. Her job waiting tables was a great way to bring in a little cash—until the time she couldn’t get the...
Jimmy Pailer

From the Heart

“Possessed” is the word that comes to mind whenever I see bluesman Jimmy Pailer play—which I do as often as possible, because he grabs me every time. With his captivating charisma and mastery of...