An Evening with...

Tony Lucca will always have a special place in my heart…and my career. I say that because it was just about this time four years ago that I wrote my first review for Spinning Platters. I had met editor Gordon Elgart not long prior and discussed writing for him, but it was completely spur of [&hellip

Keaton Simons, Mike...

Once upon a time (circa 2004), Ryan Cabrera was a new face, introduced to many (most?) by way of his then-girlfriend, Ashlee Simpson via her MTV reality show, The Ashlee Simpson Show. Despite his Muppet hair and whiny voice, Cabrera’s major-label debut, Take it All Away, peaked at #6 on The Billboard 200 chart, fueled [&hellip

Jesse Thomas, Keaton...

It seems like it’s been ages since I saw Keaton Simons perform. Not because it’s been so long since he played San Diego, exactly, but because I just recently moved back and it has been too long since he played the San Francisco area, where I’ve been living. But, I digress. Thankfully, he came out [&hellip

Curtis Peoples and...

Keaton Simons has a degree in ethnomusicology (the study of world music). Curtis Peoples calls his style of music “coffee shop/arena rock.” At first glance, these two may seem an odd pair for a mid-week one-night stint at the Hotel Utah. The truth is, though, that the two have been friends (and sharing stages) for [&hellip