September 21, 2012
-Thankfully, the House Concert craze is alive, well and spreading in Monterey. Next Saturday, Sept. 29, at 7pm marks the inaugural House Concert at the Brewery at Cannery Row Brewing Co. Singer-songwriters Ike and Martin Shears—plus a special guest—will be on hand to deliver an array of Americana, folk and roots. But this won't be a typical performance: The concert is billed as "interactive," which means attendees will have the opportunity to communicate with the performers and help shape their setlist as the show happens. The evening is set to end with an open jam. Anyone can take part on any instrument. Should make for a fun night though tickets may be a tad on the high side even if they do include a signed Ike & Martin CD and happy hour prices on cocktails and apps ($20; $35 per couple). NOTE: Tickets are now $15 recommended donation; $25 for couples and includes all the same stuff.
-Meanwhile, The Lobby at The Golden State Theatre has been rolling out so many shows since its grand opening, it's almost impossible to keep up unless you're an 800m runner from Kenya. But I try. One of Monterey's longtime faves Matt the Electrician, returns tomorrow night—probably an excuse to get out of that blistering Austin, Texas sun. Check out Matt's video for "All I Know" from his most recent release, Accidental Thief. If you're not familiar with the singer-songwriter's work, it will catch you up to speed.
The whirlwind of activity at The Lobby continues—there may be some shows I'm missing—Friday, Oct. 5 at 8:30 with Seattle singer-songwriter Ali Marcus and our very own Tree Top Trio. Marcus is touring throughout the Fall in support of her new album Americana Hotel, which Seattle Metropolitan Magazine hailed, "so impressive. Seven albums into her career, Marcus still manages to make her brand of simple folk music sound fresh in a genre that often feels like a relic.”
By now, we know Ben Herod (sax/flute/percussion), Dave Holodiloff (mandolin/guitar) and John Klein (string bass)—aka Tree Top Trio—like brothers. Brothers who happen to deliver smoking gypsy swing.