Music Notebook: Kip Moore to wrap his fall tour at SOMA, a punk venue that rarely hosts country-rock acts – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Kip Moore, with Jordan Fletcher

Kip Moore may not be the first “bro-country” era star to perform at SOMA, San Diego’s legendary punk and indie-rock club. But you can count the rest on one hand and probably still have enough fingers left to eat a bag of peanuts.

Perhaps still best known for his chart-topping 2011 breakthrough hit, “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck,” Moore takes his cues as much from arena-rock and Bruce Springsteen as he does contemporary country-music. Witness his understated 2013 ballad, “Hey Pretty Girl,” which strongly suggests what Springsteen might sound like with prominent pedal-steel guitar accompaniment.

Unlike many current cookie-cutter Nashville sensations, the husky-voiced Moore writes or co-writes the majority of his material and isn’t afraid to sometimes express doubt or vulnerability. His sturdily constructed songs suggest his career should endure for another decade. Whether or not he’ll return to SOMA, where he concludes his fall tour this weekend, may be another matter.

8 p.m. Saturday. SOMA, 3350 Sports Arena Blvd., Midway District. $38. (Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test required for admittance.)

El Vez returns to his hometown of San Diego for his annual bilingual “Merry Mexmas” show at the Casbah.

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El Vez’s “Merry Mexmas,” with Hammered Satin and Chaki

Don’t expect a more uproarious holiday show here next week than the annual Yuletide shindig by El Vez.

The now 32-year-old alter ego of former San Diego punk-rock pioneer Robert Lopez, El Vez combines — in his words — “Elvis (Presley) mythology, Chicano mythology and music reference(s) mythology,” sung in both English and Spanish.

His repertoire includes “Poncho Claus,” “Mamacita, Donde Esta Santa Claus?” and the twangy “Orange for Christmas,” which opens: “As a child in San Diego / For Christmas to grandma’s we’d go.”

8:30 p.m. Thursday, Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd., Middletown. $25 (must be 21 or older to attend). (Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test required for admittance.)

San Diego vocal dynamo Rebecca Jade is the featured singer in this year’s Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour, which includes a Monday show here at the Balboa Theatre,

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Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour 2021

Even if you have a longstanding aversion to smooth-jazz, there is a very sound reason to attend sax mainstay Dave Koz’s Christmas concert here.

Take a bow, San Diego vocal dynamo Rebecca Jade, who is the featured singer on the tour and is co-billed alongside Koz, trumpeter Rick Braun, saxophonist Richard Elliot and guitarist/singer Jonathan Butler.

Her previous collaborators range include Sheila E., Elton John and top San Diego guitarist Peter Sprague. Jade’s talent and versatility should help her to easily stand out, if not steal the show outright.

7:30 p.m. Monday. Balboa Theatre, Gaslamp …….


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Google AI Tool Creates Music from Written Descriptions – VOA Learning English

This week, Google researchers published a paper describing results from an artificial intelligence (AI) tool built to create music.

The tool, called MusicLM, is not the first AI music tool to launch. But the examples Google provides demonstrate musical creative ability based on a limited set of descriptive words.

AI shows how complex computer systems have been trained to behave in human-like ways.

Tools like ChatGPT can quickly produce, or generate, written documents that compare well with the work by humans. ChatGPT and similar systems require powerful computers to operate complex machine-learning models. The San Francisco-based company OpenAI launched ChatGPT late…….


Bringing music to the masses… on a tram – BBC

French pianists, Hervé Billaut and Guillaume Coppola, brought a piano on to a tram in Nantes, as part of the opening of the annual La Folle Journée classical music festival.

They played to passengers all afternoon on Wednesday.

Mr Billaut said that they wanted to bring music to places you don’t expect it: “Perhaps someone, a child, a young person or a pensioner will have a musical shock.”