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Shilo: Not shy about goals Local band sets eyes on the prize - catch them with The Used on March 25! By Shilo, Bakotopia.com contributor

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he music industry had better get ready, because there is a new band in town. Bakersfield band SHILO has been around for quite a few years; however, a recent adjustment to their line-up has forever changed this band for the better. With a new vocalist and new bass player these five college students are hitting the industry with everything they’ve got. After the departure of SHILO's former singer and bass player, the band found itself dead in the water. But shortly afterwards they recruited long time friend and band manager, Nick Mihalopoulos, to sing lead vocals and Rob Vargas to play bass. In a time when SHILO seemed to be fading into the abyss of Bakersfield bands, they reformed, regrouped, and now they are forging ahead with a new

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line up and new music. SHILO guitarist, Brandon Boggs, said that the band has overcome tremendous obstacles in order to get to where they are today. “Any other band that has gone through over 20 line-up changes would have given up by now,” said Boggs. “We finally have a line-up where everyone is committed to making this happen for real.” The band also includes Matt Gilbert (guitar-vocals) and Sam McKinney (drums). Currently SHILO is overcoming yet another obstacle … distance. Lead vocalist Mihalopoulos is finishing college in Saint George, Utah. In order to continue practicing and writing new songs, Nick has been making the seven hour drive from Utah to Bakersfield nearly every weekend. Nick said that the drive isn't that bad, but that scheduling can be difficult.

“Being a college student, I’m already crunched for time,” he said. “I get in the car on Friday after class and start heading south. I’m usually back in my dorm room in Utah by Sunday around midnight. That leaves little time for homework.” The commitment that this band has shown is finally paying off. March 25 marks a big show for SHILO as they will be opening for The Used at The Dome! The SHILO guys have also announced a recent partnership with Thru The Roof Records, and is lining up a summer tour with stops through California into Colorado. These local boys have determination and the drive to go a long way. With rocking guitar solos and influences from nearly every musical genre this band really has what it takes. Fans will be able to order their debut EP in the summer of 2009. www.myspace.com/shilo


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ip #1 - “Pre-Flop Raising”: If you’re a no-limit poker player such as myself, you probably feel the anguish of watching your folded cards make the best pretty often. Sometimes this will happen

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once. Never go into a pot without being ready to go all in with the cards you hold. Develop a “range,” choose certain types of hand you will not fold pre-flop, but may fold if raised. I personally have three types of ranges: hands I will never fold preflop (pocket aces through jacks), hands I will call the blinds but not a

raised pre-flop (A-9 unsuited or pocket 6s) and hands I consider the bare minimum to call the blinds with (9-10 suited, pocket 2s). If you develop this range and memorize it, you will find yourself winning more pots and not caring if your folded 7-9 off suit just made a straight. BAKOTOPIA 5


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Hooker Spit (punk rock) The Mint 1207 19th St. 10 p.m. /21+/ 325-4048

Tribute To Stevie Ray Vaughn Fishlips 1517 18th St. 9 p.m. / 21+ / 324-2557

Karaoke (Every Thurs. & Sun.) The Belvedere 3090 Brundage Ln. 9 p.m. / 21+ / 325-2139

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“Rocksteady” (hip-hop) w/ Natural Movement & more! Sandrini's 1918 Eye St. 9 p.m. / $5 / 21+ Mile 124 Coffee Night “Spirituality, Expression & Reflection” Life Journey Christian Church 7 - 9 p.m. / FREE! Catch 22 (classic rock) The Belvedere (also Sat.) 3090 Brundage Ln. 9 p.m. / 21+ / 325-2139 Amateur Male Stripping The Beach Club 902 19th St. 10 p.m. / $10 / 431-8262 DJ Danny Boi (every Fri.) Cabana Palms 3001 Calloway Dr. 9 p.m. / 21+ / 588-5888

MARCH 21 Big John Bates & The Voodoo Dollzw/ 800Lb Gorilla (shockabilly) Fishlips 1517 18th St. 9 p.m. / $10 / 21+ 324 - 2557 Dub Seeds, Green Machine & Silence Club (rock / reggae) Vinny's 2700 S. Union Ave. 9 p.m. / 21+ / 835-7444

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Mac Attack's Karaoke (Every Tues. & Wed.) The Junction 2620 Buck Owens Blvd. 8 p.m. / 21+ / 327-9651

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d seven years, skipping out a Minister in Castro’s governbortive adventures in the red to the earlier film, this plot is rapid. Focusing only on r in Bolivia, (1966-67) before and executed. It’s also straightforward, tracking his all. his activism, very little of Guel life is detailed - which is prising and somewhat exascially when one considers the tion of both films is almost hours. ual viewer, one has to have e on Guevara's life in order to There is nothing inherently filmed biography, which limits e or two particular aspects of rse life. “hero of the people” suffer for believes while coughing and eath in mostly dismal condiusting to say the least. By film, there is a long-windedthe audience looks for relief aracter who suffers from a. But this is a Hollywood prorector Soderbergh should be or his attention to detail, by e villagers, alongside A-list amon, Catalina Sandino a Potente). The set locations ico, Spain, and Puerto Rico recreate the time period realets and neighborhoods made Cuba’s ghettos and island memorable are both films’

sequences of Guevara’s guerrilla army training and battling in the jungles of Cuba and Bolivia, especially the climactic battles near the end of each film - with action packed western shoot-out style sequences. As I am familiar with Che’s activism, I wished the filmmaker would have delved further into the obscure intimacies of Guevara’s life. Others may feel the film does not question his militant means often or strongly enough. Let us not forget - history always has two sides: one of the victorious and one of the defeated. One of the best quotes from the film is when Guevara tells one of his men, “To survive here, to win ... you have to live as if you’ve already died.” Actor Benicio Del Toro was awarded the Prix d’interpretation masculine (or Best Actor Award,) at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival in France, but the movie was ignored altogether at this year’s Academy Awards. The snub was seen in the eyes of many as a signal of the ongoing argument between those who view Guevara as hero or assassin, especially among anti-Castro groups and radical political groups around the world. Despite the lengthiness of the filmwatching experience, it is recommended that both films be seen back-to-back. Presented in English & Spanish with subtitles. For more info on the film, visit:

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Moonalice’s planet rock All-star group featuring SNL band alum G.E. Smith and more coming to Fishlips on March 25! By Mike Cornett, Bakotopia.com contributor

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he legendary Saturday Night Live house band, Bob Dylan, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Phil Lesh & Friends, Hot Tuna, Boz Scaggs, Bonnie Raitt. Any of these ring a bell? What if I was to tell you that past and present members of these bands will be playing at Fishlips Bar, 1517 18th St. together Wednesday, March 25 as part of the same group - Moonalice? It’s true! This allstar musical act will be passing through town amid their current sold-out U.S. tour. Follow my musical lead on this story… During the past 10 years, I have become quite acquainted with both Pete Sears and Barry Sless through their sideman-efforts in various Bayarea live acts. As an avid fan of guitar player Steve Kimock, I recall hearing ample compliments directed towards Sears’ piano playing in Kimock’s various band line-ups. Little did I know, Kimock was

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also a bass and accordion aficionado - nice! Back in December ‘01, my friend Megan - wife of Soulajar drummer Brian Boozer, our bud Paul Royer and myself, were in San Francisco at the beautiful Great American Music Hall to see our very first Steve Kimock Band Show, featuring Pete Sears on keyboards. Everything about the show transformed our musical minds forever, and Pete’s ivory tickling definitely set the mood. Barry Sless was a name I wasn’t familiar with until seeing another Kimock show in which the David Nelson Band opened. David Nelson is a founding member of the New Riders of the Purple Sage. I attended the show with the same crew, along with another member of Soulajar or two. I was completely entranced by Sless’ pedalsteel playing. He played in a style I had only heard on recordings by the likes of the Grateful Dead and Crosby Stills Nash & Young (both pedal steel parts recorded by Jerry Garcia). While it has country-tinged roots, there is a tonality and phrasing that is completely unique. Many musicians such as guitarist Greg

Moonalice - LIVE! - Wednesday, March 25th - Fishlips, 1517 18th St. - 8 p.m. - $10, 21+ www.moonaliceband.com www.myspace.com/moonalice Leisz (Bill Frisell, K.D. Lang, Emmylou Harris) and Eric Heywood (Ray LaMontagne, The Pretenders) have taken this airy and mood-setting approach to pedal steel playing. Meet the “Moonalice” tribe: “Hardwood Moonalice” aka G.E. Smith (bass, guitars, vocals) has previously performed as the leader of the Saturday Night Live house band; lead guitarist with Hall & Oates and Bob Dylan, among many other artists; and was a member of the Flying Other Brothers. “Sir Sinjin Moonalice” aka Pete Sears (bass, keyboards, accordion, vocals) has been playing for more than 40 years, with Rod Stewart, John Lee Hooker, Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna, various members of the Grateful Dead, and was a member of the Flying Other Brothers. “Jesùs H. Moonalice” aka Barry Sless (bass, guitar, pedal steel, vocals) is a founding member of the David Nelson Band; has previously

performed with Cowboy Jazz, Kingfish, Flying Other Brothers; and still plays with Phil Lesh & Friends. “Blue Moonalice” aka Ann McNamee (bass, percussion, vocals) has a doctorate in Music Theory, as well as more than 100 self-penned songs in her portfolio. She was a member of the Flying Other Brothers; she also records with Ann Atomic. “Chubby Wombat Moonalice” aka Roger McNamee (bass, guitar, vocals) has rocked by night with the Flying Other Brothers, while a day gig finds him teaming with U2’s Bono as a founding member of venture capital firm Elevation Partners. “DawnMan Moonalice” aka Jimmy Sanchez (bass and drums) is a veteran player who has backed Boz Scaggs, Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John and many others worldwide, and was also a member of the Flying Other Brothers. “Yggdrassil Moonalice” aka Jack Casady (bass) is considered one of the foremost bassists in rock, both as a member of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, as well as having recorded with Jimi Hendrix on “Voodoo Chile.” Hit up Darkstar Records in Bakersfield to check out a plethora of music featuring all of these artists alone or with a group.


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Jon Ginoli: Deflowered Founder of legendary Pansy Division will be signing copies of his new book at B&N on 3/24! By Thomas G. Robinson, Bakotopia.com contributor he punk rock scene of old. There was a time when it represented everything mainstream music didn’t. “Punks” were anti-social and usually oft ignored by the “suits” in the music business, misunderstood and considered too controversial. In the eyes of many, the punk movement created a clique that nonconformists were only too eager to join. Eager to be labeled misfits and wreak havoc on the venues that hosted them by grabbing chairs, tables and whatever else they could pick up and throw at the stage, and themselves. These teen rebels were also considered hard-hitting and foul mouthed, some-

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times displaying self-inflicted wounds on their bodies and spewing blood on the stage while shouting their lyrics to a packed room of fellow “misfits.” Oh yeah, they were all straight, too - girl lovin’, sex lovin’ and straight punk rockin’ dudes. That is, until Jon Ginoli and his band Pansy Division came along... If you don’t who the hell we’re talking about, here’s a quick history lesson. “Pansy Division is an American rock/punk band that formed in San Francisco, California in 1991. Featuring primarily gay musicians and focusing mostly on gay-related themes, Pansy Division is a founding example of the Queercore genre.” - Wikipedia. According to a press release by Cleis Press publishing, “In his book, “Deflow-

ered: My Life in Pansy Division,” author Jon Ginoli sets off on a journey of self-discovery and musical passion to become the founding member and guitarist of Pansy Division, the first out and proud queercore punk rock band to hit the semi-big time. “Set against the changing decades of music, we follow the band from their inception in San Francisco, to their search for a music label and a permanent drummer to their current status as indie rock icons. We see the highs touring with Green Day, and the lows - homophobic fans all the while striving for acceptance and success in the world of rock. Replete with the requisite tales of sex, drugs, groupies, band fights and label battles, this rollicking memoir is also an impassioned account of stay-

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ing true to the artistic vision of queer rock ‘n’ roll.” Need more convincing? How about this. Ginoli is also a singer and songwriter for Pansy Division, whose discography includes: “Undressed,” “Deflowered,” “Wish I’d Taken Pictures” and

more. An Illinois native, he’s played both dive bars and arenas, and his favorite color is purple. When not on tour with the band, he lives and works in San Francisco. The author/musician will be at Barnes & Noble, 4001 California Ave., on Tuesday, March 24 at 7 p.m. to sign his autobiography, “Deflowered: My Life in Pansy Division.” Jon will also sign copies of his CDs, which will also be made available, as well as his newest CD, “That's So Gay!” *Pansy Division will NOT be performing.This is a discussion/book signing only! Seating will be first come, first served. Don’t miss out! For more information call: 631-2575.


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Bakersfield’s piano man There’s no challenge too tough for this hot local talent! By Dave Neufeld, Bakotopia.com contributor

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here is no doubt about it … that tall skinny kid on the keyboards can really

play! If you are into the Bakersfield music scene, you have at least heard of him. His name is Chris Neufeld. He is 26 years old and has been playing keys since he was 2. He has never had a lesson, all self-taught by just listening, and he can tear it up. He is a master of blues, rock, and country keyboards. He lays Merle and Elton all the way to Rush and ZZ Top. Pianos, organs, drums, bass, guitar and all of the solos, it doesn’t matter. He does it all. Yep, that’s my boy. He has played with me in every band I was in since he was 7 years old. When he was young, he used to just stand and play. But now the monster is loose. Now he dances, claps with the audience, and spins in place behind his keys and comes around without missing a note. He doesn’t play much with dear old dad anymore. But that’s OK. He has moved on to play with a much higher caliber of musician. He plays with Monty Byrom and his band (opened for BB King), he plays with country crooner Randy Emmet with Tanner Byrom, Ron Mitchell and the one and only Chuck Seaton. He plays vintage oldies and real country with the great Ray McDonald Band. He has played gigs with country blues band Big House and sat in for vacationing Jim Shaw with the Buckaroos at the Crystal Palace. He’s sat in with The Heaters with Ed Berghoff and Billy Russell, and he’s played with local guitar legend Bunky Spurling. He never misses a note, never misses a gig. Chris knows every rock song that you can think of that has been released from the ‘60s on. Monty has tried to stump

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him and hasn’t done it yet. I am with him constantly and I hardly ever ask him a question he doesn’t know the answer to. He is an authority on the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and ELO, and a trivia master on every other band you have ever heard of. He is a scary, scary, dude with way too much info for one head. Someday, his brain might explode! So, needless to say, right now he is trying to make a living as a musician. He has a degree in Computer Information Systems (doesn’t look like he is going to be using that much for awhile). When he is not playing out and about he writes and records music in our home studio. He usually plays all of the instruments and does all of the recording and engineering. He has four albums on iTunes and countless other songs that haven’t been completed yet. We are working on songs together right now. He does most of his tracks in one take. He has asked me to play on a few of his songs. He has made me redo the same guitar solo countless times. “You can do it better” he says, and then he laughs. He is my son, and I love him, but I have thought about taking him for the “big ride.” So if you are out on the town and you hear a blazing keyboard solo, odds are with you that it is Chris. Go up and say hi. He isn’t much of a conversationalist, but he always smiles and nods, even when he can’t hear a word you are saying. His ears are ultra sensitive to noise so he wears ear plugs when he plays or when he is at someone else’s show. Give him a high five, as far as I know a “high five” is still cool. Right? I think everybody still understands that move. I’m old and I might be out of touch, but if I am, so is he. He’ll know what to do.

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Above: Pianist Chris Neufeld’s smile is a common sight during a jam.


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‘09 Scottish games seek Bako’s rowdiest Bring the whole sept out for a braw day at this year's sport, dance, and food fest - April 4! By Stephanie Shoulet, Bakotopia.com contributor y first experience of the Kern Scottish Gathering and Games included a friendly woman with a stack of plastic shot glasses wedged in her bodice. Smiling, she handed me one filled with her family brew. Who am I to be rude? Of course, I drank it! Ah, one of the many things I love about the Scottish Gathering and Games. Large men tossing telephone poles, huge turkey legs, a full ice cold cup of New Castle, great music and good people all equal an awesome day. From vendors selling your family tartan, to large swords, books, art, and really BIG knives, they have it all!

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If traditional Scottish music and dancing is your thing, they have that too! The Scottish Gathering is family friendly. They have George the Giant, who was featured in the movie Big Fish and on America’s Got Talent, who will do tricks like sword swallowing and walking on glass. You can compete in the games as well, so bring it on! After the gathering is over they have what is called a Ceilidh (Kaylee). I like to call it an after party. Largely adult and they only sell 400 tickets. Dinner is available, with music by The Wicked Tinkers, 1916, Tempest, and usually a surprise or two. There is nothing like going to a Ceilidh - good food, drinking a beer, or two, or three, and rushing the stage to dance as a wave of sound rushes over you. That’s what it’s all about - being together in a fun and welcoming atmosphere. It’s Scottish hospitality at its best - no argie blargie allowed!

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Heavy combat demonstrations like this one were among the crowdpleasing events Saturday at the Kern County Scottish Society's 11th annual Gathering and Games at Stramler Park. Pre-sale tickets for the Ceilidh can be purchased online at the games official Web site: www.kernscot.com or at the Clubhouse,1985 Airport Drive, World Records, at Coffee and Stockdale or at the Society Tent the day of the event. Please remember if you’re going to be drinking have a designated driver!

2009 Scottish Games Bakersfield College Soccer Field, Haley & Panorama Saturday, April 4 Games: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ceilidh: 6 to 10 p.m. Ticket info: Call 393-6765 *Remember! If it ain’t Scottish - it’s crap!

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