Academia de Mariachi Infantil Alma De Mexico performing at a July 20 competition in Morgan Hill. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Children and Youth

Hollister-based mariachi group plays in its first competition

Despite nerves, Academia de Mariachi Infantil Alma De Mexico enjoys performing for a big crowd in Morgan Hill.

Smith has played piano since an early age. Photo courtesy of Aaron Cole Smith.


Local resident launches music career after recording in Nashville

Aaron Cole recently released a five-song EP.

Alisa Fineman in the fields of San Juan Bautista. Photo provided by Credo Studio.

San Benito Lifestyle

Credo Studio to host Women of Song series

Performances by Alisa Fineman on July 13, Anne Whitehurst on August 3 and Socorra on September 14.

Art & Culture

The music of his life

When Joe Ostenson came to Hollister in 1965 to teach music, he believed he would stay one year before moving on. Fast forward to 2019 and after a 45-year career with the Hollister School District, Mr. O as people fondly call him, is still teaching music. Asked what kept Ostenson in Hollister all those years,

Delana Lozano, 9, playing bean bag toss at the April 28 El Teatro Campesino Family Day fundraiser. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Art & Culture

El Teatro Campesino holds Family Day fundraiser

Attendees enjoy food, music and games to support Artists in Schools program.

Folklorico Juvenil de Hollister performing on Dia De Los Niños at the San Benito County Free Library on April 30. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Art & Culture

Dia de los Niños brings music and dancing to San Benito County Free Library

First local event treats kids to books and churros.

Hollister CCS Regional Band Members Lesley Prudencio (MMM), Megan Maggiora (MMM, Leeza Gatsonz (AAA), Isabella Velazquez (HDLA), Ignacio Velazquez (HDLA), Brandon Gatsonz (AAA), Danaka Perez (MMM), Tristan Molina (RSJ), Sarah Stopper (RSJ), Dylan Freitas (RSJ), Lauren Agredano (RSJ), Yuvia Padilla (RSJ), and Samatha Andrijeski (RSJ). Not pictured David Gomez (MMM). Photo by Kevin Stopper.

Art & Culture

Middle school students shine at honor band performances

Two Rancho San Justo students selected to attend State Honor Band performance in Fresno.

The Rayburn Brothers Band comprised of (left to right) Craig and Keith Rayburn. Photo courtesy of Keith Rayburn.

Art & Culture

Rayburn Brothers Band set to play Aromas Grange

Monterey-based musical brothers have spent the last 30 years making music together.

Kim Elking, of the band Goat Hill Girls, plays the mandolin onstage.

Art & Culture

PHOTOS: 25th Annual Good Old-Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

Check out photos from Day Two of the music festival held at San Benito County Historical Park.

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Business / Economy

Smooooth Dinner Jazz at Mangia Italian Kitchen Thursdays

Hollister neighborhood restaurant Mangia provides atmosphere, prime rib and mood lifting jazz on Thursday nights.

Racing Time performing. Photo courtesy of Amalia Ellis

Local Hollister rock band to perform at Mission 10 Race

The band is made up of high school students who primarily write and perform their own music.

Street view of the new ARTspace Annex

Art & Culture

Arts Council launch party will celebrate new second space in Hollister

The San Benito County Arts Council invites the community to join in the celebration of a new ARTspace Annex at 217 Fifth Street in Downtown Hollister.

San Benito County's first Guitars Not Guns class graduates Saturday, Sept. 9

Art & Culture

Guitars Not Guns class graduates 20-students at Veterans Memorial Building

Guitars Not Guns, a free, eight week-long guitar class for foster kids, at-risk youth and other deserving children 8 to 18 years old, comes to a close. 20 students will graduate Sept. 9 at Veterans Memorial Building in Hollister.

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Art & Culture

24th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival returns to Tres Pinos

The festival is a showcase of top California bluegrass talent and a small, friendly jamming event

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Art & Culture

Young pianists invited to compete in Marion Filice Youth Piano Competition

Gavilan College will host the event for fifth- through 12th-graders in March