Previous Shows

Ace Frehley

Thursday November 14, 2019

As everyone who loves rock and roll knows, Ace Frehley is co-founder and original lead guitarist of KISS.

He was also their best—his song-within-the-song guitar solos are as much a part of KISS as the band’s seven-inch platform boots.

And he’s always been the coolest member of KISS—rock ’n’ roll swagger, laid-back, and mysterious. read more…

Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers
Part 99 of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series!
Friday November 8, 2019


One of the most recognized and sought-after saxophonists/vocalists, two-time GRAMMY nominee Mindi Abair has been electrifying audiences with her dynamic live performances and utter command of the saxophone since her debut album in 2000. No one since Junior Walker has brought saxophone and vocals in one package to the forefront of modern music, with a raucous tone and dynamic stage presence. read more…

World Records - Son VoltSon Volt
Thursday October 10, 2019

Son Volt – After spearheading the alt country movement with Uncle Tupelo, Jay Farrar pursued his vision with Son Volt

Son Volt’s latest album, Union, is out now! Jay Farrar channels folk music’s enduring legacy of the troubadour on Union. “There are so many forces driving our country apart,” observes Farrar. “What can we do to bring our society back together?” read more

An Evening with Sierra Hull
Friday October 4, 2019

Sierra Hull has been recognized from age 11 as a virtuoso mandolin-player, astonishing audiences and fellow-musicians alike. Now a seasoned touring musician nearing her mid-20s, Hull has delivered her most inspired, accomplished, and mature recorded work to date; no small feat. Weighted Mind is a landmark achievement, not just in Sierra Hull’s career, but in the world of folk-pop, bluegrass, and acoustic music overall. With instrumentation comprised largely of mandolin, bass, and vocals, this is genre-transcending music at its best, with production by Béla Fleck and special harmony vocal guests Alison Krauss, Abigail Washburn, and Rhiannon Giddens adding to the luster. read more

WR-Ottmar_LiebertAn Evening with Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra
Saturday September 14, 2019

A German-born guitarist and composer best known for his distinct New Flamenco sound. A five-time Grammy Award nominee, Liebert has received 38 Gold and Platinum certifications in the United States, as well as certifications in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. His debut album Nouveau Flamenco (1990) sold double-platinum in the United States and has become one of the best-selling guitar albums of all time. read more…

World records - Dave_Alvin_Jimmie_Dale_Gilmore_600Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore
with The Guilty Ones 

Saturday June 22, 2019

On Stage Together! – Roots music legends, Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, have been friends for 30 years, but only recently realized they had never played music with each other before.  So in 2017, Grammy winner Alvin and Grammy nominee Gilmore, decided to hit the highway to swap songs, tell stories, and share their life experiences. Dave and Jimmie agreed to hit the road again…this time with a full band, an album, ‘Downey to Lubbock’ and some new stories to share. read more…

World Records - Roy RogersRoy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings 
Part 98 of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series
Saturday June 15, 2019

Early on, Roy discovered his love for the blues and slide guitar…and for making music that’s “deep and funky.” He discovered the great blues players early on, especially when his older brother brought home an album by Robert Johnson. Thus began his love of the blues, slide guitar in particular, which had an immediate effect on Roy. Through the years he developed a distinctive style of playing slide guitar that not only emerged, but one that is instantly recognizable. read more…

World Records - Coco MontoyaCoco Montoya 
Part 97 of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series
Friday May 17, 2019


The old Willie Dixon adage, “blues is truth,” perfectly describes the searing, contemporary blues-rock of world-renowned guitarist and vocalist Coco Montoya. Taught by the “Master of the Telecaster,” Albert Collins, but with a hard-edged sound and style all his own, Montoya mixes his forceful, melodic guitar playing and passionate vocals with memorable songs, delivering the blues’ hardest truths. read more…

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An Evening of Art, Music & Food 
Art – Amy Richardson
      & Kelly Wonderly
Music – Patrick O’Connell Trio

Friday May 3, 2019
Tickets on sale Now!

Friday night, May 3, from 6:30 to 9:30, World Records will host a mix of music, art, food, drink, and community.

This show will feature the artwork of two fine local artists — Amy Richardson and Kelly Wonderly —  gracing the walls of the World Records Theater. The Patrick O’Connell Trio, featuring Paul Perez on sax, and Mike Bhone on upright bass will perform. Hors d’oeuvres stations will be sprinkled around the theater, including slices of our wood oven pizza. Our regular selection of draft and bottled beer and wine, as well as many choices of non-alcoholic drinks, will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $20, and can be purchased at World Records or from the many volunteers who are circulating in the community. All proceeds will go to The Mission. read more…

World Records - los LobosLos Lobos 
Friday, April 12, 2019


  More than three decades have passed since Los Lobos released their debut album, Just Another Band from East L.A. Since then they’ve repeatedly disproven that title—Los Lobos isn’t “just another” anything, but rather a band that has consistently evolved artistically while never losing sight of their humble roots. read more…

World Records - Rhonda VincentRhonda Vincent and the Rage 
Most decorated bluegrass artist ever.
Friday, March 1, 2019


  Famously crowned as “The New Queen of Bluegrass” by the Wall Street Journal, and the most decorated artist in that field. Vincent’s music incorporates savvy contemporary touches while drawing deeply from the authentic traditions of classic bluegrass, with a flawless band that can execute break-neck instrumentals to heart wrenching ballads. read more…

World Records - Bria_Skonberg

Valentine’s Day
Bria Skonberg Quintet
New York City hot jazz.
Thursday, February 14, 2019


   NYC Trumpet Player, Singer, Songwriter, Instigator. – 2017 JUNO winner Vocal Jazz Album of the Year – “Ms. Skonberg has become the shining hope of hot jazz, on the strength of a clarion trumpet style indebted to Louis Armstrong, a smooth purr of a singing voice inspired by Anita O’Day and the wholesome glow of youth” Nate Chinen, NY Times. In the last year she has sang the music of Aretha Franklin alongside Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child), played with U2 at the Apollo, sat in with the Dave Matthews band, and was a featured guest with Jon Batiste. read more…

World Records - Tommy CastroTommy Castro
and the Painkillers 

Part 96 of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series
Friday, January 25, 2019

Blazing soul-blues rocker Tommy Castro’s musical roots run deep. As he unleashes his high-energy music to fans all over the world, Castro is inspired by the sounds he absorbed while coming of age on the rough and tumble side of San Jose, California. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, this was Castro’s home turf—his stomping ground. read more…

   With his wily and unforgettable original songs and his hipster, street-smart vocals, no one on the blues scene writes or sings like Rick Estrin. No one looks like him either, as Estrin is always dressed to the nines, sporting his trademark pencil-line mustache and pompadour haircut. DownBeat says, “Rick Estrin sings and writes songs like the brightest wiseguy in all of bluesland and blows harmonica as if he learned at the knee of Little Walter.” Live, the band is simply unbeatable. They deliver a high-energy show capable of bringing any audience to its feet. read more… 

   Born November 15, with “a voice as sweet as chapel bells,” Petula Clark first broke into the limelight during World War II when as a child she entertained the troops on radio and in concert. She is said to have performed in over 200 shows for the forces all over England before the age of 9 and by war’s end, Petula Clark–the British “Shirley Temple” who had come to represent childhood itself–was so popular in England she was asked to sing at a national victory celebration. read more…

   Ever since Rock & Roll and Blues Hall Of Famer Elvin Bishop first hit the scene with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band back in 1965, he’s blazed his own musical trail. Whether he was playing raw, eye-popping blues, or penning the radio hit Fooled Around And Fell In Love, touring the world for decades delivering original, good-time countrified blues, he has always inspired his fans with his rowdy guitar playing, and witty, slice-of-life songs. read more…

Part 88 of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series –
Tommy Castro and the Painkillers – Saturday January 20, 2018

Stompin’ Ground Record Release Tour
– Castro, along with his band The Painkillers, plays music that is guaranteed to fill the floor and raise the roof.


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December 30 – CD Release Show

CD Release Show - December 30thHate Drugs CD Release Show – December 30th – World Records!
Bakersfield natives, Hate Drugs, have been together long enough to release a couple EPs (mini-albums) while also foraying out to perform around California.
They are now ready to release a full-length album on CD and will celebrate with a show at World Records on December 30.
Elk Grove, Wee Beasties, and Almnc will also perform.
Tickets are $10 in advance, and $15 the night of the show.
It is requested that each attendee bring two cans of food so after a great show, a big load of food will be delivered to the food bank.
For Tickets call: 661-325-1982

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