Richie DeMaria

Richie DeMaria is a Santa Barbara native who feels very fortunate to be working for the Santa Barbara Independent. He is grateful for the opportunity to write about music, movies, food, the outdoors, and interesting people. He enjoys spending his slim amounts of spare time with family and friends, practicing yoga, hanging at the beach, making music of his own, and escaping to the wilderness. With crownlike appendages, red fins, and a greatly elongated, undulating body, he is also believed to be the origin of many sea serpent tales.

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Bright Brown, Hinds, and Amo Amo

Brooklyn-Based Chapman Stick Player, Spanish Garage Rockers, and Omar Velasco’s Psychedelic Crew Come to Town

The Brooklyn-based Chapman Stick player, Spanish garage rockers, and Omar Velasco’s psychedelic crew come to town.

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Laurence Juber’s Guitarist Gold at SOhO

Grammy Award–Winning Composer Blends Past and Present with ‘Touchstones’

The Grammy Award–winning composer blends past and present on ‘Touchstones.’

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State St.: Schools of Rock

September Brings Future Islands, Rainbow Girls, Gabriel Garzón-Montano, and More.

September brings Future Islands, Rainbow Girls, Gabriel Garzón-Montano, and more.

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Rebelution Caps Off Tour at S.B. Bowl

Area Favorites Joined by Stephen Marley, Common Kings, and Zion I

The area favorites will be joined by Stephen Marley, Common Kings, and Zion I.

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The California Honeydrops Sweeten Up Santa Barbara Polo & Wine Festival

Bay Area R&B Act Joins ZZ Ward, Booker T. Jones, and More

Bay Area R&B Act Joins ZZ Ward, Booker T. Jones, and more.

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Soulful Sounds, Swanky Sips, and Polo Ponies


The Second Annual Polo & Wine Festival Happens on September 8

The second annual Polo & Wine Festival happens on September 8.

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Pacific Pride Celebrates LGBTQ Music at Pride Fest

Rainbow Girls Join Ada Vox, Dev, and More

Rainbow Girls Join Ada Vox, Dev, and more

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Interview: Ada Vox

The ‘American Idol’ Front-Runner Talks Making Dreams Come True

The ’American Idol’ front-runner and Pacific Pride performer talks making dreams come true.

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Karl Denson Expands His Funk-Soul Universe

SoCal Saxophonist’s Septet Returns to SOhO

SoCal saxophonist’s septet returns to SOhO.

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The Dog Days of State Street

Vinyl Williams, Winter, Lucki, Ghoul, and More Bring the Heat to Santa Barbara

Williams, Winter, Lucki, Ghoul, and more bring the heat to Santa Barbara.

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