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Bakersfield Sound

In the 1950's and 60's Bakersfield became an unlikely birthplace for a new sound – The Bakersfield Sound.

The genre is most commonly described as a crisp mix of guitar, drums, fiddle, and steel guitar - a departure from the string orchestras and studio production tricks used in Nashville. The most well-known Bakersfield Sound artists include Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and Don Rich.


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AMF Southwest Lanes

AMF Southwest Lanes

AMF Southwest Lanes offers traditional bowling on 32 lanes and features a bar area where you can watch your favorite sports on two flat-screen TVs or challenge your friends to a game of pool or arcade-style games.


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AMF Westchester Lanes

AMF Westchester Lanes

AMF Westchester Lanes offers traditional bowling on 24 lanes. Challenge your friends to a game of pool or arcade-style games or watch your favorite sports on two flat-screen TVs.


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Arts Council of Kern

Arts Council of Kern

The Arts Council of Kern, in partnership with the California Arts Council and the County of Kern, promotes and supports the diverse arts needs in the region through advocacy, arts in education and technical assistance to local arts organizations.


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Bakersfield Community Concert Association

Bakersfield Community Concert Association

Eclectic music and dance subscription concert series at Rabobank Theater. Info: 205-8522 or 589-2478, www.bakersfieldcca.org. Subscription rates are $60 for adults, $20 for children through high school and $30 for full time college students. Visitors…


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Bakersfield Museum of Art

Bakersfield Museum of Art

Visitors of all ages will enjoy a wide variety of painting, sculpture and other artwork in our beautiful indoor galleries and lovely garden setting. Changing exhibits as well as an outstanding permanent collection of California and international art are housed…


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Bakersfield Music Theatre / Stars Theatre Restaurant

Bakersfield Music Theatre / Stars Theatre Restaurant

Located in downtown Bakersfield, audience members will enjoy exceptional dinner service with an outstanding off-Broadway musical or comedy performance. With show runs of six weeks throughout the year there is always a reason to visit Stars. Past favorites…


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Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra

Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra

For nearly 80 years the BSO has provided the Bakersfield with the finest in symphony performances. Each concert at Rabobank Theater features 60 to 80 highly skilled, professional musicians performing some of the world's finest music. The Nutcracker Ballet,…


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Bike Bakersfield

Bike Bakersfield

Bike to school. Bike to Work. Bike for Fun! Bicycling promotes healthier lifestyles, reduces vehicular traffic congestion, decreases polluting emissions, and reduces energy consumption. Bicycling directly affects the overall quality of life in the Kern County…


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Bright House Networks Amphitheatre

Bright House Networks Amphitheatre

Located in the scenic Park at Riverwalk, the Bright House Networks Amphitheatre is Bakersfield’s premier outdoor performance venue. With seating for 4,000 people, the amphitheatre is an exceptional place to experience a concert or hold your next event. With…


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Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace

Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace

The Bakersfield Sound is alive and well at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace. The all-in-one restaurant, museum and music venue focuses on the rich history and sounds of country music and the legacy of Buck Owens. Throughout the year the Palace is home to concerts…


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Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace

Buck Owens Performing

One of the founding fathers of the Bakersfield Sound, Owens performed weekly at the Crystal Palace to the very night he passed away in 2006.

Inside the Crystal Palace

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