More than Mariachi: Santa Barbara’s Vibrant Latino Music Scene (Mitchell Kriegman)

ON THE COVER: Ernesto Martinez dances with Elisia Ramirez at La Rumba Bar and Grill . Photo by Paul Wellman.

For News Junkies Only

If you've enjoyed them in print, you can see them on TV Santa Barbara Channel 17 online and on cable all weekend. The Santa Barbara Independent's (from left) Lyz Hoffman, Jerry Roberts, Kelsey Brugger, and Nick Welsh met on Robert's City Desk show ( where news, rumor, and conjecture about the Board of Supervisors' approval of the Miramar, the race for Lois Capps's congressional seat, and the fate of baby sea lions were tossed around as only a team of journalists can.

In Print

Dengue Fever Takes the Plunge

The L.A. Cambodian Pop Act Launches Its Own Record Label

The Los Angeles-based Cambodian psych-pop band has a new album and a new record label to call its own. Read story.

UCSB’s Legendary Basketball Squad Honored

Gauchos 1990 Team Remembered for Taking Down UNLV

It was 25 years ago when the Gauchos shocked the college basketball world, beating top-ranked and undefeated UNLV in an ESPN Big Monday nightcap. Read story.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Shows Some Love for Ike Jenkins

Swing Champs Talk Growing Up with S.B.’s Most Beloved Music Teacher

Two members of the big-band crossover phenomenon credit Ike Jenkins for their careers in music. Read story.

The Dons’ Amber Melgoza’s Full-Court Press

The Ponytailed Practitioner of Hardwood Heroics

The ponytailed practitioner churns out hardwood heroics. Read story.

If This Dog’s a Rockin,’ Don’t Bother Knockin’

Reassessing Earthquake and Tsunamis Hazards at Diablo and Diablo Canyon Four Years After Fukushima

Reassessing earthquake and tsunamis hazards at Diablo and Diablo Canyon four years after Fukushima. Read story.

Sheriff, DA Rain on Prop 47 Parade

Caution Supervisors over Supposed Benefits of New Sentencing Law

Caution supervisors over supposed benefits of new sentencing law. Read story.

Garage Band Confidential: Watch The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard

Neil Norman’s Rockumentary Comes to Carpinteria’s Plaza Playhouse Theater

Director Neil Norman’s documentary will screen at Carpinteria’s Plaza Playhouse Theater on March 7. Read story.

Girls in Justice

The Kids are Not Alright in Photographer Richard Ross's Latest Book

The kids are not alright in photographer Richard Ross's latest book. Read story.

Giraffage Stands Tall

San Fran Producer Brings the Party to EOS

The San Francisco electronic artist brings the party to EOS Lounge on February 27. Read story.

A Rain Dance for VADA

Santa Barbara High’s Visual Arts & Design Academy Hosts Fundraiser

Santa Barbara High’s Visual Arts & Design Academy hosts a fundraiser on February 28. Read story.

2015 Wedding Issue

Getting Hitched Santa Barbara Style

Getting hitched Santa Barbara style. Read story.

Of Mega Dogs and Mega Droughts

How to Read the Mona Lisa Smile of Water Czar Joshua Haggmark

How to read the Mona Lisa smile of water czar Joshua Haggmark. Read story.

Interview: Kirk Knight

The Pro Era Rapper Hits Velvet Jones on February 26

The Pro Era rapper and producer will be at Velvet Jones on Thursday, February 26. Read story.

Inside the Tiny House Project

Artists Chris Silva and Karly Williams Plan a Permanent Honeymoon

Artists Chris Silva and Karly Williams plan a permanent honeymoon. Read story.

Game of Drones

The Reign of Fly-by-Night Business Is Coming to an End

The reign of fly-by-night business is coming to an end in Santa Barbara and beyond. Read story.

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