They'll play Tuesday in Fairview Park, as part of Costa Mesa's "Concerts in the Park" summertime program. And the band will do a gig at the Orange County Fair on Aug. 13.
"It's all been surprising and the great thing about music is every day something different comes up, and it's never the same thing," he said. "I've really enjoyed that."
Krikorian also coaches basketball and football at his alma mater, Costa Mesa High School.
"Growing up, I wanted to be kind of a tough sports guy," he said. "I would always write but I would never share it. I'd write on my own in secret."
Although sports and music may not seem like a natural match, the combination has worked for Krikorian: Working for the school, as well as privately as a basketball coach, has allowed him the time and freedom to pursue music.
In the 12-track album "Windsor Blue," Krikorian took his summery guitar tunes up a notch with strong storytelling and a clear display of diverse influences. The album has received acclaim from critics as far away as Britain.
"Windsor Blue" sounds like a cross-country road trip.
On the track "Maggie," bluesy guitar riffs blend with Krikorian's smooth voice singing of heartbreak. On "Thief Like That," ragtime-style piano and a fiddle sound more Georgia than California. Hints of everything from gospel to bluegrass can be heard in the album.
His upcoming Costa Mesa gigs will wrap up a spring and summer 2011 tour to promote his new album. The tour began in New York on May 4, followed by a performance May 6 at the Costa Mesa High theater.
Krikorian said the tour also took him up and down California and to out-of-state venues, including Denver, Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C. and Scottsdale, Ariz.
"I try to touch on a bunch of different musical genres: blues, folk, rock, and kind of mix of a lot of different things," he said. "The result's been really great."
If You Go
What: Dan Krikorian and his band
First performance: 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Fairview Park, Costa Mesa
Second performance: 3:45 p.m. Aug. 13, O.C. Fair's Meadows Stage, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa
Listen: To hear some of Krikorian's music, visit dkrikorian.blogspot.com/
More Information: http://www.dankrikorian.com