Author Archives for Christian Araya


Christian Araya

ChristianAraya.com

Writer by day and QA ninja by night. When not drinking coffee Christian enjoys foreign movies, documentaries, and working on his handstands. He studied physics, creative writing, and plays an instrument or two. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and Spotify @erban4est. View past writing at christianaraya.com


Recent Submissions

Blind Boy Paxton Rides Blue Wave at Don The Beachcomber’s

On Thursday May 11th, 2017 Don the Beachcomber hosted Chino Slingslide’s euro-boogie guitar as well as Blind Boy Paxton’s finger-style picking and southern vaudevillian narratives. Chino’s set was lik... READ MORE

Bluegrass Jam Session: Featuring Calistoga Falls

Feel warm and cozy? You will if you visit The Red Leprechaun--a charismatic Irish pub. Partly due to its local frequenters and lively musicians. On December 8th, 2016 lads and lasses huddled in a circ... READ MORE

Folk Revival Festival Gets Gritty at Rainbow Lagoon Park

Saturday September 17, 2016 -- My bicycle wheels spun on the road until I reached the Folk Revival Festival (FRF) grounds. Free bicycle valet? Yes please. The lineup of independent Bluegrass, Country,... READ MORE

Jim Fisk Jazztet: Get Fused at Portfolio Coffeehouse

Jim Fisk Jazztet played cool sounds at Portfolio on Friday night. Their set had an interesting lineup of original material with a few covers tossed in. The quartet--guitar, bass, drums, sax--has an un... READ MORE

Thrillhaus: Tilt Astral Plane at The Brass Lamp

Saturday July 23rd, 2016 -- The Brass Lamp opened its iron gates for the fusion beats and aerial sounds of Thrillhaus Jazz Ensemble. Even without their full lineup the lads managed to put together a v... READ MORE

The Adolescents: Ignite at Alex’s Bar

On Friday June 24th, 2016 last minute ticket buyers hovered around the front doors of Alex’s Bar to try and get in to the sold out show of The Adolescents, The Crowd, Death Hymn Number 9, and Hardship... READ MORE

Silver Kings: Chicago Blues meets West Coast

On Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 Silver Kings played two electric blues sets at Pike Bar and Grill. Volts of boogie and bounce traveled through the seaside dive as locals tasted pub-style dinner plates and... READ MORE

Hedgehog Swing: Spring into Swing

On Friday, April 29th The Brass Lamp exhaled the smoky gypsy jazz of Hedgehog Swing out into the brisk night of Downtown Long Beach’s The Promenade. The quartet’s two sets of gypsy  and jazz standards... READ MORE

White Fang and Sad Girl get mad at MADhaus

Saturday, April 2nd MadHaus turned up the noise as Astro Lizard Records and Music Tastes Good presented White Fang, Sad Girl, Colleen Green, Sister Crowley, and Shady Francos. MADhaus’s cavernous spac... READ MORE

Gold Class rock 4th Street Vine

  On Wednesday,  March 23rd 4th Street Vine opened its independent doors to the sounds of Autumns and Gold Class.For starters the neighborhood is nice. Kind of really nice. There’s an art deco cinema... READ MORE

The Moan: Motown and Chill at Alex’s Bar

On February 18th Alex’s Bar opened its chamber doors to The Altons’ latin-rock riffs, Pizano and Vitolo’s rocksteady beats, and The Moan’s sounds of motown.   Kicking things off with the right foot (o... READ MORE

J.D. McPherson: Keeping it Vintage at Alex’s Bar

January 21st, 2016 got delectably vintage as DJ Sandy, Honey Honey, and J.D. McPherson played a sold out show to a bustling crowd at Alex’s Bar.  DJ Sandy, usually Big Sandy and his Fly-rite Boys, was... READ MORE

LBI Toy Drive: Creating Smiles with Gifts

St. Nick got to catch some brisk socal air (gnarly) and drop by the The Brass Lamp this past weekend as Long Beach Independent hosted its toy drive and benefit gig. Donations went to Christian Outreac... READ MORE

Cash’d Out Raise Bets at Alex’s Bar

This past Friday, Cash’d Out and friends rolled dice to open the weekend at Alex’s Bar.  First, Dano Forte's Juke Joint Freak Show shuffled between one, two, and three instruments (get those card coun... READ MORE

Folk Revival Festival: Folk’s Re-Animation

Legendary Shack Shakers rocking Folk Revival FestivalCan folk music come back from the dead? Ask all the nice brains--er--people at last week’s FRF in Long Beach’s Rainbow Lagoon Park. Surely they wou... READ MORE

Review of The Budrows at Alex’s Bar: Genuine Hoot and a Holler

Ever wonder what fire and brimstone sound like? Two words. The Budrows.  On Saturday, August 22nd they played one of their last Southern California gigs with Jesse “El Gato” Borden--on harmonica--at A... READ MORE