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George Varga

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Veteran Union-Tribune pop music critic George Varga began drumming in rock bands at 12 and writing professionally about music at 15. A Louisiana native who grew up mostly in Germany, Varga has earned three Pulitzer Prize nominations for his writing at the U-T and is a voting member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In addition to providing live coverage of the Grammy Awards and festivals from Coachella to the 1994 edition of Woodstock, he has interviewed everyone from Ray Charles, Miles Davis and Britney Spears to Willie Nelson, Kanye West and Bruno Mars. A triple first-prize winner at the 2017 Society of Professional Journalists awards, Varga is also a contributing writer for Jazz Times magazine and has written for Billboard, Spin and other publications. After attending San Diego City College and San Diego State University, he created and taught the 2002 UC San Diego Extension course, “Jazz in a Post-Ken-Burns World." Varga lives with his wife in North Park.

Recent Articles

  • 'Idol' alum Jessica Sanchez takes a knee after singing anthem at Chargers game

    'Idol' alum Jessica Sanchez takes a knee after singing anthem at Chargers game

    American Idol alum  Jessica Sanchez extended her reputation as a budding political activist when she took a knee as she finished singing the national anthem just before the start of  Sunday's Chargers/Raiders game at the Oakland Coliseum. The 22-year-old Chula Vista native, who now lives in Los...

  • Love 'em or hate 'em, Coldplay's coming to San Diego

    Talk about phoning it in. When Coldplay performs Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium, fans will not only be able to sing along, they can also provide live instrumental accompaniment - in a manner - for the band's recent single, "Hypnotised." The tour is part of the hugely popular English quartet's "A Head...

  • Adams Avenue set to rock with fairer than fair musical fare this weekend

    Adams Avenue set to rock with fairer than fair musical fare this weekend

    This weekend's 36th annual Adams Avenue Street Fair will feature at least one guitar virtuoso (Larry Mitchell), two of San Diego's most durable and dynamic blues artists (Len Raney and Bill Magee) and dozens of rising young area musicians. Near the top of the bill at the free, all-ages music festival...

  • U2 revisits 'Joshua Tree' album 30 years later on tour

    U2 revisits 'Joshua Tree' album 30 years later on tour

    Hindsight being 20/20, it seems almost prophetic that  U2 's epic "The Joshua Tree" album topped Prince 's "Sign O' The Times" to win Album of the Year honors at the 1988 Grammy Awards . "The Joshua Tree," which made U2 global superstars who could fill stadiums, was not only a sign of its times,...

  • Jewel announces 2017 holiday concert tour with her father and brothers

    Jewel announces 2017 holiday concert tour with her father and brothers

    Jewel's upcoming tour will be a family affair that teams her with musician father, Atz, and her brothers, Atz Lee and Nikos Kilcher. Billed as the Handmade Holiday Tour, it will kick off Nov. 24 in Las Vegas and conclude Dec. 21 in Hershey, Pa. As the tour's title implies, the focus will be on...

  • MusiCares' safe harbor welcomed by KAABOO musicians in recovery

    MusiCares' safe harbor welcomed by KAABOO musicians in recovery

    Victor Indrizzo performed behind a special plexiglass audio shield when he accompanied Alanis Morissette Sunday at the KAABOO Del Mar festival. But this veteran Los Angeles drummer is completely transparent when it comes to discussing being clean and sober after his debilitating heroin addiction....

  • Muse plays heady KAABOO set, while Eric Burdon roars with The Animals

    KAABOO Del Mar is a multi-generational affair for its performers as well as its audience. That point was vividly demonstrated Saturday near the conclusion of the second night of the three-day festival's third annual edition at the Del Mar racetrack and adjacent fairgrounds. Rock and Roll Hall of...

  • One Direction's Niall Horan will do 2018 tour and release solo album

    One Direction's Niall Horan will do 2018 tour and release solo album

    There is apparently only one direction for Niall Horan, and that's to head due west from Europe. The Irish-born teen-pop star and former One Direction member on Friday announced he will embark on an extensive 2018 U.S. summer tour as part of his "Flicker World Tour 2018." The tour is set to begin...

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