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Diversity in Action--Beyond the Mariachi and World Music festivals, there's a lot of good music going down this weekend.
Thursday, October 1, 1998
There''s roots music everywhere you look this weekend. We have a Mariachi Fest in Salinas, a World Music Fest in Carmel (both of which are covered in other articles) and a whole bunch of stuff in between. Here''s the lowdown on some of the best music that''s happening around town.
At Morgan''s Coffee and Tea, for instance, singer Christine Collister does her bluesish, poppish thing. Mocha-meister Morgan bellowed into the office last week bearing two Collister CDs.
"Listen to tracks 1, 3 and 15 on this one," he jabbed an espresso-trembling finger at Live, Collister''s 1994 release. "That''ll give you some idea of her range. But I want it back, because she signed it. To me."
And he was right. Rickie Lee Jones'' "Last Chance Texaco," T-Bone Burnett''s "Bird That I Held in My Hand," and Chris Smither/Bonnie Raitt''s "Love Me Like a Man," did offer a nice contrast in styles that range from a sultry, jazzy sort of country to a throbbing, sensual blues that''ll put the curl in your short ''n'' curlies. It''s sort of like Tracy Chapman meets Joan Osborne in Koko Taylor''s living room. But, even though Live makes for a nice showcase of Collister''s range, the album doesn''t really hang together all that well.
Collister''s 1998 offering, The Dark Gift of Time, conceptually hangs together much better. But Dark Gift is a dark gift. I''d never thought about using "gothic," "gospel" and "blues" in the same description before, but this is definitely gothic blues gospel. Bleak. There''s Tom Waits'' "Dirt in the Ground," Emmylou Harris'' "Deeper Well," Elvis Costello''s "I Want to Vanish"...get the picture? Fortunately, Collister''s delivery is so rich and compelling, you don''t mind wading around in the soul-searching muck with her.
Christine Collister, Friday, 8pm. $10. Morgan''s Coffee and Tea, 655-6868.
McGarrett''s has found success capitalizing on the swing dance craze that''s sweeping the country, and on Friday, club owner Brooke Lewis is bringing Wally''s Swing World back to Monterey.
Wally Trindade and company are no strangers to MoCo. Fancy steppers will remember that WSW enjoyed a regular gig for more than a year at Ferrante''s a couple years ago.
This marks the first time McGarrett''s is bringing a live band in for their regular Friday night swing sessions and, if all goes well, there''s talk of doing the same thing on a regular basis.
Wally''s Swing World, Friday, swing lessons 8-9pm, followed by show. McGarrett''s, 646-9244.
Speaking of swing, the Dizzy Burnett Quartet continues to keep high steppers happy at Blue Fin Cafe and Billiards every Thursday. And on Friday, the Santa Cruz-based Chop Tops, featuring guitarist Gary Marsh, make their rockabilly debut at Blue Fin. According to their press material, the group''s material "consists of obscure rockabilly covers, and some red hot rockin'' originals.
If you''re lookin'' to dance this weekend, you got lots of options.
Dizzy Burnett Quartet, Thursday, 8pm; Chop Tops, Friday, 9pm. Blue Fin Cafe, 375-7000.
The city of Marina is taking a page from Seaside''s book, as they kick off a weekly series of outdoor concerts at Vince DiMaggio Park. Opening the series is The Broadway Band with John "Broadway" Tucker, who is celebrating his 55th birthday.
Other concerts in the series include a rock gig with the bands Notion and Foamscape on Oct. 18, and a country concert featuring Dakota on Oct. 25.
If only the weather holds...
Broadway Band, Sunday, 1pm. Vince DiMaggio Park, Del Monte Avenue (behind the new MoCo Courthouse), Marina. Free. 384-2609.
While we''re talking about blues, let''s talk about the second annual Soul & Blues Revue. All afternoon and into the night at Hidden Valley Music Seminars, there''s a whole lotta shakin'' goin'' on.
The day gets started with a free blues workshop for musicians of all ages from 2-5pm, with a workshop "all-star" band showing what they learned from 4:30-5pm. The Blue Tones perform from 5:15-5:45pm, Blue Nova takes the stage from 6-6:30pm. There''s a barbecue dinner from 5-7pm, and from 7:15 to 10pm, the Carmel Rotary Band--featuring guitarist Stu Heydon and harmonica wizard George "Wild Child" Butler--provides the tunes.
Soul and Blues Revue, Saturday, 2-10pm. Hidden Valley Music Seminars. Workshop: Free. Barbecue and evening concert: $40/adults; $20/under 21. 624-0101.
And, finally, local composer/guitarist John Sherry and his new wife Joyce Lower Sherry, associate artistic director of The Western Stage, offer two afternoons of words and music at The Wharf Theater. Look for dramatic monologues, based on works by Emily Dickinson and Charlotte Bronte, by Joyce, and jazzy/New Age-ish guitar work by John.
John and Joyce Sherry, Saturday, 2pm; Sunday, 7pm. Wharf Theater, Fisherman''s Wharf, Monterey. 375-2111, 755-6816.