George Varga

Writer

Veteran U-T 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 2014 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

  • Tom DeLonge announces new music from Angels & Airwaves

    Tom DeLonge announces new music from Angels & Airwaves

    Angels & Airwaves is gearing back up after an extended period of band inactivity, during which  Tom DeLonge released his first solo album and several books, and  Ilan Rubin drummed again with Nine Inch Nails and released his latest album as the one-man band The New Regime. On Tuesday morning, DeLonge...

  • Dead Cross, a hardcore and thrash super group, is North Park-bound

    Dead Cross, a hardcore and thrash super group, is North Park-bound

    For fans of hardcore punk and thrash metal, Dead Cross is a veritable super group. The pile-driving band teams Faith No More singer Mike Patton and ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo with two San Diegans - former The Locust bassist Justin Pearson and guitarist Michael Crain, best known for their work...

  • Headliners announced for 2nd Ye Scallywag! fest at Waterfront Park

    Headliners announced for 2nd Ye Scallywag! fest at Waterfront Park

    It's no lie, matey: The second annual Ye Scallywag! craft beer, food, and music festival will be held at San Diego's Waterfront Park on Oct. 21 The noon to 10 p.m. event will feature at least seven punk-rock bands, including Pennywise,  Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, The Vandals, Lagwagon, Strung...

  • High note: 70 performances in 24 hours

    High note: 70 performances in 24 hours

    The second time was the charm for the San Diego quartet the  Leonard Patton Group, which Wednesday morning appeared to have set a new Guinness World Records mark for most live musical performances in a 24-hour period. The award-winning San Diego jazz and soul singer and his band  first tried on...

  • Maren Morris on music, bucking stereotypes and those four-letter words

    Maren Morris on music, bucking stereotypes and those four-letter words

    Maren Morris had to pinch herself last year when  Elton John  phoned out of the blue to sing her praises. She pinched herself again in February when she won her first Grammy Award - for Best Country Solo Performance - for "My Church," a standout song from her 2016 debut album, "Hero." But this...

  • Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman still strives to sustain punk-rock ethos

    Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman still strives to sustain punk-rock ethos

    It's no accident that the artists who received a major career boost by performing on the annual Vans Warped Tour reads like a Who's Who of punk, indie, hip-hop, alternative-rock and more. That list includes  Green Day, Beck  Katy Perry, No Doubt,  Sublime, Ice-T,  Paramore, Bad Religion, Jurassic...

  • Big things on the horizon for Vans Warped Tour band Jule Vera

    Big things on the horizon for Vans Warped Tour band Jule Vera

    Ansley Newman was just 17 when she and some friends made a startling discovery while attending the 2014 Vans Warped Tour stop in Atlanta. "We went as fans," said Newman, the 20-year-old singer in the Alabama pop-rock band Jule Vera. "Then we were looking at the schedule, and there it was - we were...

  • Superstar Ed Sheeran defies his many haters as tour returns to San Diego

    Superstar Ed Sheeran defies his many haters as tour returns to San Diego

    Yay! Boo! Yay! Boo! Let's cheer and jeer  Ed Sheeran. Repeat rapidly until you feel like you have whiplash. That, no doubt, is how he feels as one of pop music's most beloved and reviled superstars. In the five years since this red-haired English troubadour made his area debut opening for Snow...

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