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

  • Tegan and Sarah to start fall tour in San Diego

    Tegan and Sarah to start fall tour in San Diego

    Veteran indie folk-pop duo Tegan and Sara will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their fifth album, "The Con," with a 16-city North American fall tour. It will begin Oct. 20 at San Diego's Balboa Theatre and conclude Nov. 15 in Austin. All dates and cities appear below. The Canadian sisters, who...

  • U2 extends current tour with show in San Diego

    The biggest rock stadium tour of 2017 so far just got bigger, following U2 's Tuesday morning announcement that it is expanding "The Joshua Tree Tour 2017." The legendary Irish rock band is adding 12 new concerts to its acclaimed tour - seven in the United States, one in Mexico City, and four in...

  • From Switchfoot to Trevor Noah, our top San Diego County Fair concert picks

    From Switchfoot to Trevor Noah, our top San Diego County Fair concert picks

    The San Diego County Fair doesn't try to cater to every musical taste, as fans of jazz, death-metal, polka and other styles can attest. But there is still a good array of options to choose from at this year's fair, including at least two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and several Grammy Award-winners....

  • Lauryn Hill and Nas announce joint fall concert tour dates

    Lauryn Hill and Nas announce joint fall concert tour dates

    Lauryn Hill and Nas are teaming up for a joint fall concert tour that will visit 17 North American cities. The tour begins Sept. 7 in Chicago and concludes Oct. 11 in Vancouver. It will include an Oct 3. San Diego show at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU and an Oct. 5 show at the...

  • Del Mar Racetrack concerts to include Ludacris, Steve Aoki, Eagles of Death Metal

    Del Mar Racetrack concerts to include Ludacris, Steve Aoki, Eagles of Death Metal

    The Eagles of Death Metal, Ludacris, Billy Currington and San Diego's Slightly Stoopid are among the music acts confirmed to perform at the 2017 edition of the Del Mar Summer Concert Series. The series at the Del Mar Racetrack will open with a July 21 concert by San Diego reggae band Tribal Seeds...

  • Summer arts preview: Top 10 pop music concert picks

    Summer arts preview: Top 10 pop music concert picks

    With apologies to woodchucks everywhere: How many San Diego summer concerts can a concertgoer go to if a San Diego concertgoer can go to an unlimited number of summer concerts? That question is easier to ask than to answer. There are so many options here this summer that the most intrepid concertgoer...

  • Reflecting on loss of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell

    Reflecting on loss of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell

    The music world is reacting with understandable shock over the Wednesday night death of Soundgarden/Audioslave singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, whose death at 52 is now being investigated as a "possible suicide" by Detroit police. On Thursday, his death was ruled a suicide by hanging...

  • Chris Stapleton transcends country, rock & blues

    Chris Stapleton transcends country, rock & blues

    If there is anyone who delivers a more soulful or mesmerizing introduction of their band in concert than Chris Stapleton, I have yet to hear them. This Kentucky-born troubadour's introduction of his band members at his sold-out Humphreys show here last May was so good, in fact, it was a highlight...

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