The week is already half over, but there’s plenty of action left! Tonight I had a great time drumming with Westside Inflection at the Riviera Supper Club in La Mesa. It’s always fun playing classic music from the Great American Songbook in such a cool atmosphere. On Friday I’m playing a double-header at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCASD). First, I’m occupying the drum throne for Westside Inflection, and then I’ll be drumming with Mark Dzula and his band. Mark’s music is beautifully written, smart, and instantly appealing, so that should be a great time. Saturday is another double-header for me. First, I’ll be playing drums for Archie Thompson at his weekly jazz vespers service at First Presbyterian Church in Bankers Hill. Archie’s piano playing, saxophone skills, and vocal talents make gigs with him rewarding and fun, and I feel like I grow a bit more as a musician every time I get to drum with him. After that gig, I’ll be off to the brand spankin’ new Café 21 location in the Gaslamp (formerly Croce’s) to play with Lady Dottie and the Diamonds. Anyone who knows me knows I love playing with that group, but Saturday will be especially fun since Chris Torres is on that one, and he always inspires me! Sunday is the third double-header of the week, with a Two Wolves show at Shakedown (see my earlier post on this awesome gig!) in the afternoon, and then the perfect way to round off the week —a rocking gig with the one and only Javier Escovedo!
I’m very happy to write that I will be drumming several upcoming shows with Javier Escovedo! Upcoming shows include: April 27th - Soda Bar May 8th - Bar Pink May 28th - Tin Can Ale House June 13th - Til Two Club June 28th - Bar Pink July 12th - Ray at Night And after that…the world! I will be posting more details in the coming days, weeks, and months on this awesome shows. Whether you’re a fan of the Zeros, the True Believers, Javier’s solo work, or previously unfamiliar with his great music, you’re definitely in for a treat! In the meantime, check out this gem from Javier’s new album!
Here’s a link to my Youtube playlist, called “Live Bands in San Diego.” The majority of these bands are not just in San Diego, but from America’s Finest City as well. Other bands are artists I was fortunate enough to catch live as they passed through. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOFZKHCL3_AspY1tujKqFXZD0TaXeGmg9 I have no illusions about the audio and video quality of these iPhone videos (note: there are some professionally shot ones by David Robles/Barrio Productions interspersed), though sometimes that little hand-held computer does yield surprisingly good results! My goal with these videos is to simply capture the vibe of these hardworking artists, and the venues who host them as they share their work, and I hope I’ve been successful in this endeavor. Though certain genres like jazz, classical, hip hop, etc. are not (yet) present in this collection, I still think the selection is pretty broad. I include everything from the melodic to the abrasive, the funky to the jarring, the laid back to frantic, old school to avant-garde, and a whole lot in-between. Artists included in this playlist include, in no particular order: Bhorelorde, Poontang Clam, Baja Bugs, Javier Escovedo, Grammatical B and the B Verbs, the Long and Short of It, the Fugitive Fleas, WHA, Two Wolves, Gary Wilson, Lady Dottie and the Diamonds, Just Like Jenna, Royal Campaign, Trails and Ways, the Marsupials, Ghetto Blaster, Paul Collins, the Picturebooks, Low Volts, Jittery Jack and Miss Amy, Rykarda Parasol, and Saint Shameless. Enjoy, and hopefully see you at a live show soon!