About Bakersfield, California
Bakersfield is a city located in the San Joaquin Valley of California, where it sits on the southern end of the Central Valley within the Kern County boundaries. The City is 110 mi north of Los Angeles and about the same distance south of Fresno. It is an inland city about 135 mi east of Pismo Beach on the Pacific Ocean.
Bakersfield, California Events
- Bakersfield hosts horse shows all year round, including local, 4H, and breed shows.
- Every spring, Bakersfield hosts one of California's Scottish Games and Clan Gatherings. In the late summer, St. George's Greek Orthodox Church hosts an annual Greek Festival.
- Every year during the summer, Bakersfield hosts the Lowrider National at the Kern County Fairgrounds.
- Memorial Day weekend features the Kern County Basque Festival, sponsored by the Kern County Basque Club. This three-day festival features food, music, dance, and handball games.
- In March, Famoso Raceway holds the annual March Meet nostalgia drag racing event. The event dates back to the U.S. Fuel and Gas Finals held in March 1959.
- Twice a year, the CSUB Indigenous Native American Club hosts a Native Gathering on the California State University Bakersfield campus at Runner Park.
- Native American Preservation Council of Kern County have hosted an annual intertribal pow-wow every June since the 1990s.
- In mid to late September, Bakersfield holds the annual Kern County Fair, which showcases the area's agricultural produce and animal husbandry, along with a rodeo, concerts, and a traditional carnival.
- Previously every year and now every five years, Bakersfield hosts a political conference known as the Bakersfield Business Conference. Since 1985, this conference has grown in attendance, and as of 2007, the audience numbered over 9,000. The Conference has had several notable political speakers to include Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, George Bush, Margaret Thatcher, Neil Armstrong, Norman Schwarzkopf, Colin Powell, Mike Wallace, Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, and Paul Harvey.
Bakersfield, California Entertainment
The Fox Theater.
Bakersfield has five movie multi-screen theaters: Edwards Bakersfield Stadium 14, Reading Cinemas Valley Plaza 16, Maya Cinemas Bakersfield 16, and Regency Theatres East Hills 10. There is also a second-run theater; Starplex Cinemas 6. The historic downtown Fox Theater (Bakersfield, California) has been renovated and is now a venue for concerts, musicians, comedians, and movies.
Bakersfield, California Music
The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra has been performing for over 80 years.
Bakersfield is known for the Bakersfield sound, "a twangy style of steel guitar music made popular by hometown country crooners Buck Owens and Merle Haggard."
Bakersfield is also known for Doo-wop music dating back from the early-to-mid 1950s' to the early-to-late 1960s'. Which consist of Doo-wop vocal groups such as The Paradons, The Colts, The Rev-Lons, and more.
In 1972, Bob Weir released the song "Mexicali Blues" on his first solo album, Ace. Not only does the sound of the song pay tribute to the Bakersfield sound, but the name of the city is referenced in the lyrics.
In 1978, The Rolling Stones released the song "Far Away Eyes" on the album Some Girls. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards collaborated extensively on writing the song, and it was recorded in late 1977. The Rolling Stones, longtime country music fans, incorporated many aspects of "Bakersfield sound" country music into this song. Bakersfield is mentioned in the first line of the song.
In the early 1990s, a group of friends from the lower and middle-class parts of Northeast and East Bakersfield formed the alternative metal band KoRn. The members of the band attended Highland High School (Jonathan Davis and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu), East High School (James "Munky" Shaffer and lead guitarist Brian "Head" Welch) and South High School (David Silveria). Korn has sold over 40 million albums worldwide and was given the keys to the city.
Orange County punk band Social Distortion have a song on their 2011 album Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes entitled "Bakersfield."
San Jose, California pop punk band Four O'clock Heroes have a song on their 2012 album "Take Control" named "Bakersfield."
Bakersfield, California Americana band Lonely Avenue tribute their hometown with the track "Bakersfield" on their 2016 self-titled album.
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