Though POW Magazine’s full history goes back several decades, its online presence began in 2011 after Editor-In-Chief/founder Dennis Gonzales’ “POW Magazine Anthology”, a radio documentary on KFJC 89.7FM about the original fanzine, sparked a renewed interest and excitement in POW and in the Bay Area music scene. Dennis was inspired to give POW new life, creating a website and social media presence for a new, modernized POW magazine on April 15th, 2011.
POW has covered music, art, political and cultural events all over the world. In 2015, POW and The San Francisco Great Society presented Gathering of The Tribes, a psychedelic music and art festival featuring over a dozen bands from all of the Bay Area. The festival took place September 13th, 2015 at Public Works in the heart of San Francisco, and even spawned a documentary film, which was released in December of the same year. In the fall of 2017, Gathering of The Tribes: The Second Renaissance music and art festival was held at Public Works.
In April of 2018, on the day of POW’s 7th anniversary, Sheena Salazar took over for Dennis Gonzales as Managing Editor of POW Magazine. Sheena has since added new regular features to the POW site, and covered much of the music scene across the Pacific Northwest.
Like musicians and fans around the world, POW spent most of 2020 trying to adjust to the lack of live shows during the COVID-19 pandemic. POW hosted several livestream performances throughout the year, as well as several Zoom interviews. With live music returning back to venues in 2021, POW is excited to get back to sharing live performances, covering festivals and events, and continuing to feature album reviews and interviews.
Now in its 10th year, POW Magazine has established itself as a global source for music, art, film, and culture. Music remains at its core, with record reviews, live performance videos, artist interviews, and coverage of music festivals all regularly shared on POW’s site and social media pages. By meeting and celebrating up and coming acts, POW aspires to help artists grow and expand their horizons via social media outlets, interviews, video documentation, and live events.
POW staff currently includes writers and contributors from all over the world, who bring their own unique perspectives and passion for music. In addition to the POW website, POW is also present on social media platforms including Ello, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and the POW following continues to grow every day.
Press Release: April 15, 2021