Friday, November 10, 2017

Upcoming Dates

Upcoming Dates for Bart Mendoza:

11/10 Java Joe's (MC) with John January & Linda Berry, Michael Fairchild, Jeff Ousley
11/15 Java Joe's (acoustic) w/  Dave Humphries & Mike Alvarez
12/04 The Casbah (True Stories /unplugged) w/ Jake Clemons
12/05 Recording (True Stories)
12/06 Theory Thursday (acoustic)
12/13 OB Farmer's Market (acoustic) w/ Alicia Previn, Michael Head
12/15 Manhattan Bar (True Stories) w/ Mittens & The Gargoyles
12/28 The Casbah (Manual Scan) with The Dinettes

01/08 The Casbah (TBA)
01/19 The Riviera Supper Club (True Stories)
03/31 Queen Bee (True Stories) with Britian's Finest, The Baja Bugs
06/02 Art Around Adams (True Stories)

New Articles for the San Diego Troubadour / Peninsula Beacon / Beach & Bay Press

New articles penned by Bart Mendoza:

The San Diego Troubadour's FYI column for November features San Diego musicians songs animated; with clips from Tom Waits, Blink 182, Jim Croce, Pinback, Jason Mraz, Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper and Iron Butterfly. From the Simpsons to The Muppets and inbetween.

The Peninsula Beacon 11/09/17 has a feature on  the 9th anniversary of the monthly Songwriters Acoustic Nights, with interviews from promoter Mitch Feingold and songwriters Dave Howard and Patricia Bahia.

The Beach & Bay Press 11/03/17 has spotlights on John January & Linda Berry, Moonage Daydreamers, Marauak, Gaby & La Buena Onda, The Bayou Brothers, Robin Adler & Dave Blackburn. Music Spotlights

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

OB Farmer's Market Holiday Show December 13

The Ocean Beach Farmer's Market will host their annual Holiday Show on December 13, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Featuring sets from a who's who of San Diego performers, the event is hosted by Michael Head of The Country Rockin' Rebels. Performers are still being confirmed with Alicia Previn and Bart Mendoza amongst the first TBA. The show is outdoors, on the street, at the intersection of Newport Avenue and Bacon street, it's a unique place to hear music, a block from the beach and in the midst of a cool farmer's market

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

True Stories Unplugged December 4 at the Casbah with Jake Clemons

Bart Mendoza & David Fleminger of True Stories will perform an acoustic set opening up for Jake Clemons (of the E Street Band) at The Casbah on December 4.

The Dinettes / Manual Scan at the Casbah December 28

The Casbah hosts a great double bill on December 28, featuring The Dinettes and Manual Scan.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

"Paris Yesterday" Review in the San Diego Troubadour!

Bart Mendoza's latest album "Paris Yesterday - Demos 1996 2007" is given a great review by journalist Frank Kocher in the latest edition of the San Diego Troubadour.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Undercover at The Office: Tom Petty

On October 30 Bart Mendoza joined in a the monthly Under Cover at the Office show, this time out in honor of Tom Petty. The show featured a host of San Diego musicians including Ariel Levine, Rick Wilkins, Jake Najor and many more. Here's what Bart sang backups on:

1) Feel A Whole Lot Better
2) Handle With Care
3) End of the Line

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Japan / Cutting Edge compilation with Manual Scan 1995

The British Mod compilation, The Cutting Edge, originally released by Razor Records on vinyl in 1985 and on CD by Rhythm Vicar in  2001, we've just discovered a third version, released by Jimco Records / Japan in 1995! Other bands featured include Squire, The Purple Hearts, The Risk, The Dansette, Beat Direction, XL, Solid State, The Blades and more.

Set List October 28: The Joyelles

Bart Mendoza sat in for a few songs at The Joyelles concert at the Riviera Supper Club on October 28. Opening the night were the Goldettes. Here's what was sung by Bart with Normandie Wilson, David Fleminger and Danny Cress.

1) Sunny
2) This Guy's In Love With You
3) Beechwood Park
4) She Loves The Way They Love Her (backups only)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

ARC Music Conference November 4

Bart Mendoza will be a guest speaker at the first ARC Music Conference being held at the Salty Frog on November 4, speaking at 4:30 p.m.about press / PR / interview tips, followed by a Q & A, Here's the days schedule:

Saturday November 4
3:00pm to 3:30pm Dave Settimi
3:30pm to 4:00pm Cory Wilkins
4:00pm to 4:30pm Kanai Williams

4:30pm to 5:00pm Bart Mendoza
5:00pm to 6:00pm QA

6:00pm to 10:00pm UFC Fights

10:00pm to 10:45pm Art and The Resitance
11:00pm 11:45 pm The Dirty Pennies

Dave Humphries & Friends at Java Joe's November 17

Troubadour Dave Humphries will perform  at Java Joe's on November 17, Hw will be joined by cellist Mike Alvarez with special opening sets from Bart Mendoza and Sven Erik Seaholm 

The Joyelles with Normandie Wilson at The Riviera October 28

Bart Mendoza will be sitting in with the Joyelles, featuing Normandie Wilson on October 28 at the Riviera Supper Club.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Java Joe's set list 10/21/17

On October 21 legendary music venue Java Joe's hosted a special Songwriter's Showcase, featuring six San Diego musicians performing acoustic music. On hand were Jimmy Lunsford, Dixie Maxwell, Sven Erik Seaholm, Bubo Czarnowski and the duo of Bart Mendoza  & Alicia Previn who played a three song set:
1) After Awhile
2) In Your Arms
3) I've Just Seen A Face

Monday, October 16, 2017

True Stories Report / October 13 at the Riviera Supper Club - Special Guests

With True Stories drummer Greg Smith on tour with Falling Doves, guest drummer Nico Peters of the Baja Bugs sat in with the band for two sets plus at the Riviera Supper Club on October 13. The band only played a handful of originals since Nico is new, but a lot of new covers made their way into the regular set list including The Monkees "Saturday's Child," Donovan's "Sunshine Superman," The Beatles "I'll Cry Instead." There was also some light comedy with an interactive version of "The Gilligan's Island Theme" and because someone on the dance floor asked about pizza, an impromptu version of Elvis Presley's classic "Little Sister" sung by David Fleminger as an ode to "Little Ceaser's" pizza establishment.  Adding to the fun, a number of fellow musicians joined in for a song throughout the night, including Scott Mathiasen of blues rockers The Shifty Eyed Dogs ("Slow Down" & "Bad Boy"), violinist Alicia Previn (a duet with Bart on "Ive Just Seen A Face"), bassist Aaron Bart of Tribe of Judah ("High Heeled Sneakers") and drummer Todd Sanders of Streetheart and Rockola (backing vocals on "No Matter What").

Friday, October 6, 2017

Pacific Beachfest Preview

Bart Mendoza's preview of the musical artists performing at the 2017 Pacific Beachfest, published in the Beach and Bay Press, with spotlights on Casey Turner, The King Taylor Project, The Cassie B Project and more can be found here:

Mission: To Mars* "Better Days" 2006 Release

This just turned up online: "Here are images of the bonus disc issued with advance orders of the Buffalo Springfield tribute album, Five Way Street. It includes an early version of the song "Better Days" recorded by Mission: To Mars*, which included Bart Mendoza, Mike Kamoo and Dylan Martinez. The song was later released by True Stories with Wendy Bailey."

Johnny Vernazza Interview

Bart Mendoza interviews blues guitarist Johnny Vernazza in the Peninsula Beacon

"...His most recent album is 2014’s, “Lions and Thieves,” but he is best known for his time with legendary combo, The Elvin Bishop Group, and their timeless No. 3 1976 hit, “Fooled Around and Fell In Love.” The song is still a radio favorite, turning up in commercials and movies such as the first “Guardians of the Galaxy” film, but it’s just a small part of long, storied career that has seen him play guitar with everyone from Van Morrison to Jerry Garcia...."
Johnny Vernazza Interview

The Lolas cover Manual Scan

The Lola's version of Manual Scan's song, "I Can't Don't Want To Faster" is included on an unofficial collection of their rarities, Electric Candlelights. This was originally a collection made by fans online, but physical copies have now been made available.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Marie Haddad Interview

Bart Mendoza interviewed Marie Haddad for the Peninsula Beacon Newspaper

Friday, September 15, 2017

RG Magazine Article

Bart Mendoza is profiled by Sandra Castillo in the latest issue of New York's RG Magazine

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Article about the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre in Balboa Park

Bart Mendoza wrtoe a feature for the Peninsula Beacon about the historic Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre in San Diego's Balboa Park

True Stories Studio News

True Stories has posted the title track of their forth coming 12 track album, Who Will Play Us In The Movie? to their Reverbnation page. The band has just about wrapped up basic tracks with more titles recorded than will end up on the finished album. Tracks taped include "Just To See Your Face Again," "Skywriting", "Windmills" and "The First Thing." Plans are for the band to feature guest musicians on some tracks.

New FYI in The San Diego Troubadour

The latest edition of Bart Mendoza'a FYI column for the San Diego Troubadour is just out with details "on what is possibly the greatest concert to ever to take place in San Diego, with Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, The Everly Brothers and more. Plus favorite TV Soundtrack with Jonathan Lea of the jigsaw seen, Joe Macaskill of Pony Death Ride, Fernando Perdomo, Doriot Lair of The Dinettes, Sarah Rogo and Brian Reilly as well as record reviews of Plasticsoul, Skytone from The Beautiful Music and Thee Strawberry Mynde"

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Sarah Rogo Interview for Peninsula Beacon

Bart Mendoza interviews singer-songwriter Sarah Rogo in the August 31 edition of the Peninsula Beacon Newspaper

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

New Review in Goldmine Magazine

John Borack has reviewed Bart Mendoza's album, Paris Yesterday, for Goldmine Magazine! You can read the review at the link below. The collection of demos was released earlier this year via Spain's SNAP! Records.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Manual Scan Set List The Casbah August 15 2017

Manual Scan opened for legendary combo, The Alarm at the Casbah on August 15. Here's what they played at the sold out show:

I Can’t Don’t Want to Faster
American Way
For Those
She Said It’s Late
Ain’t Got You
I Can Only Give You Everything
And We Still Feel The Same
New Difference
Jungle Beat
Nothing You Can Do
Like Wow Wipeout
All Night Stand
She May Call You Up Tonight
Innocence Becomes You
Nothing Can Be Everything
Plan Of Action
Come See Me

Photo by Vania Zamora

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

New FYI July / San Diego Troubadour

The latest edition of Bart Mendoza's "FYI" column is out:
"My latest for the San Diego Troubadour, with details on every David Bowie appearance in San Diego, including set lists, A bio-pic wish list from Andy Rasmussen, Alfred Howard, Blanca Lucia Bergman, Beston Barnett and Ed Kornhauser plus reviews of Paul Kelly, The Paladins, Peter Himmelman, John January and Linda Berry, Andy Robinson , Carsickness and the The Jangle Band with Joe Algeri"

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

True Stories Set List August 2 2017 OC Fair

Here's what True Stories played at the Orange County Fair on August 2:

1)      Can’t Seem To Make You Mine
2)      In Your Arms
3)      Hearts On Sleeve
4)      Who Will Play Us In The Movie?
5)      Clouds All Day
6)      Bleeding
7)      You Still Take My Breath Away
8)      The Last Time Life Was Perfect
9) San Diego  Medley

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Alicia Previn Cover Story

Bart Mendoza has penned a cover story for the August Edition of the San Diego Troubadour, on fiddler Alicia Previn, who has played with a legion of artists including General Public, Richard Thompson, In Tua Nua, Cracker, The Communards and many more
Read: "Alicia Previn - Born to Make Music"

Saturday, July 29, 2017

True Stories on new Knack Tribute album!

Australia's Zero Hour Records is releasing a tribute album celebrating the music of The Knack, focusing on the bands acclaimed first three albums. True Stories, featuring Bart Mendoza, David Fleminger and Danny Cress contribute their own take on the classic song "Your Number Or Your Name", with other bands including Nine Times Blue, Jim Laspesa and Rob Bonfoglio, The Eddies, Brixton Riot, sparkle Jets UK, Brian Jones Was Murdered,  and many more!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Symea Solomon & True Stories - "What Good Am I"

Symea Solomon & True Stories featuring Normandie Wilson and Jason Hanna perform the soul classic "What Good Am I (Without You)" at Sounds Like San Diego VIII on July 8, 2017. The event was at The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad California, hosted and curated by Bart Mendoza. True Stories is David Fleminger, Bart Mendoza, Greg Smith and Lee Smith. Video by Vania Zamora edited by Bart Mendoza.

The Alarm / Manual Scan August 15 The Casbah San Diego

Here's the poster image for the upcoming show featuring the Alarm with Manual Scan, August 15 at the Casbah.

Pony Death Ride / A Tribute to RATT - live at Sounds Like San Diego VIII

On July 8, husband and wife musical comedy duo, Pony Death Ride was part of the fun at the semi-annual Sounds Like San Diego event held at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California- they performed a comedy skit, "A Tribute To Ratt," you can see the video below:

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

1984 Manual Scan "American Way" video surfaces

A video shot in 1984 for Manual Scan's song "American Way," has been posted online. Taped for a San Diego music program, it's one of five that were recorded that day, all from the debut "Plan of Action," though only "New Difference" is still known to exist. While the quality isn't 100%, it's discovery lends hope the other clips will surface eventually.

2012 Soundboard video - Exile on Kettner "B-Team"

Here is soundboard audio and video of the 2012 Christmas Eve Exile on Kettner show at the Casbah in San Diego. "The B-Team" , consisting of singer Mario Escovedo (The Dragons), drummer Paul Brewin (Ypsitucky, Drip Tank, Uncle Joe's Big Ol Driver, Manual Scan), bassist Michael Halloran (radio legend), lead guitarist Ian Trumbull (Ypsitucky, El Monte Slim) and rhythm guitarist Bart Mendoza (True Stories, The Shambles, Manual Scan) played a five song set of sixties Rolling Stones covers during the intermission. The whole show has been posted in parts - Part 12 kicks things off with renditions of "The Last Time" and "It's All Over Now." The following clips include versions of  "Get Off My Cloud" and "Let's Spend The Night Together" where the band is joined on lead vocals by Robert Lopez aka El Vez and Maren Parusel. The segment ends with Steve Poltz joining the band for a rendition of "Satisfaction."

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Sounds Like San Diego VIII July 8 - Set List

Here's the set list for this year's Sounds Like San Diego Show, held at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California - the names after the songs are the lead vocalists. The event is curated and hosted by Bart Mendoza. For this show, True Stories consisted of Bart Mendoza (vocals/guitar), David Fleminger (vocals/guitar), Normandie Wilson (vocals/keyboards), Greg Smith (vocals/drums), Lee Smith (bass) Symea Solomon (vocals) and  Jason Hanna (trumpet).


San Diego Medley (Jack Tempchin / Stephen Bishop / Iron Butterfly / The Cascades / Switchfoot / The Monroes) – True Stories

David Gates (full band)
Saturdays Child – David Fleminger /  True Stories
Guitar Man – Bart Mendoza w/ Johnny Vernazza / True Stories
Goodbye Girl – Bart Mendoza / True Stories

Jack Tempchin (acoustic solo)
Already Gone – Peter Hall
Slow Dancin’ (Swayin to the Music) – Scott Mathiasen

JJ Cale- (blues trio)
Call me The Breeze– The Shifty Eyed Dogs

Mickey Champion (full band)
What Good Am I  - Symea Solomon / True Stories

Jesse Davis (with True Stories)
Ebb Tide
Gonna Hang On In There 

Set 2

Wayne Riker (solo electric)
Time In A Bottle

Switchfoot (solo acoustic)
Dare You To Move – Nina Francis

Ratt (acoustic comedy duo)
Round & Round – Pony Death Ride

The Dinettes (full band)
Song 1
Song 2
Song 3
Motor Queen