Disco, Love and Lust--Celebrate weekend of love with Disco Inferno, Tuck and Patti, The Fingers and Erotic Art Show.
Thursday, February 11, 1999
Everything celebrates a comeback sooner or later. Undoubtedly, you''ve pulled some wrinkled old item from your closet, only to discover that it had become the latest in fashion--again. Over the years, the one fad continuously forgotten seemed to have been the ''70s, at least until recently. Suddenly, platform shoes popped up here and there, and pants became wider and wider at the bottom until, to some people''s delight, they were not only reminders of the bell-bottom age, they were the bell-bottom age, reincarnate. Lipgloss is back and so is body glitter. I haven''t seen that much blue eye shadow, but I''m sure it won''t be long. The Hollywood dream machine released Studio 54, a behind the scenes look at what really went on in one of the most (in)famous discos in the world.
But there''s been one huge factor missing from this ''70s revival craze: the discotheque--the dance club with disco music, disco ball, disco fog and disco people.
On Saturday, though, Sandy Shore Productions gives you disco maniacs Disco Inferno, a ''70s throwback party, that will catapult you back in time. Says Shore: "This is going to be like a window in time. We want you to jump through and completely experience the disco atmosphere all over, and just plain have fun." SSP has gone to great lengths to make this dance fantasy possible. The Laguna Grande ballroom at the Embassy Suites (the site of SSP''s wildly successful New Year''s Eve blast) will be turned into a disco, reminiscent of the notorious Studio 54. There will be two dance floors, a catwalk, concert-size sound and an incredible light show. To complete the picture, there''ll also be a "scene" at the doors at 8pm--those dressed the part will be granted first entrance. Inside, CD93 DJs as well as other local celebrities will be used as spotters, which means that the right attire may get you into the "Backroom," the very special and exclusive "hang." So put on that blue eyeshadow and let the lipgloss drip, tonight we''re going to the disco and dance.
Disco Inferno, Saturday, 8pm, $20/advanced, $25/at the door, Embassy Suites, Seaside. Info/tickets, 649-1223.
Sandy Shore Productions has another special treat in store for you this Valentine''s Day weekend. You are cordially invited to spend an afternoon (or evening) with the jazz duo of romance, Tuck & Patti. For the third consecutive year, this husband and wife team is ready to charm you with their music. Tuck Andress and San Francisco native Patti Cathcart met in 1978, after the Oklahoma-born Andress had come to the Bay Area to study music at Stanford. They''ve described their meeting as musical love at first sight, and after 10 successful years as Tuck & Patti, the statement seems to ring true. Andress'' signature, multi-layered playing technique has baffled critics and electrified audiences, while complementing Cathcart''s rich mezzo-soprano voice beautifully, making them a perfect match.
Cathcart once said that joy is the basis of their music, and no matter what you choose to call it--divine love, love for your mate, love for your planet --in the end, joy is what it''s all about. After the release of four successful joint efforts, T&P is ready to introduce their most recent CD, Paradise Found, on Windham Hill. Judging from rave reviews, the duo has once again managed to take their love for each other and turn it into a musical painting for everybody to share and enjoy. There are two performances scheduled for Sunday. The first one will be at noon, starting with a lavish Valentine''s Day brunch followed by a concert performance. In the evening, you may enjoy a champagne and chocolate reception following the concert. If you are longing for a romantic weekend, then Tuck & Patti may be the perfect treat.
Tuck & Patti, Sunday. Noon performance: $75; 7pm performance: $55, Quail Lodge & Resort. Tickets/information, 649-1223.
From disco fever and romance to rock ''n'' roll. The Fingers, a San Francisco-based pop/alternative country rock band, is coming to you with a sound that''s proved intriguing, to say the least.
Songwriter/singer/guitarist Alex Mandel has been playing guitar and piano since he was seven, and childhood friend, drummer Brian Clahan spent years playing with the Fillmore Blues Foundation (and won a Bammie) when he and Mandel got together seriously in 1996 to form The Fingers. Chris Daddio, bassist/singer, joined them, as well as Semyon Kobialka with his.electric cello.
Now, a cello is most certainly not your usual rock ''n'' roll instrument. It''s more at home in an orchestra playing classical music, and practically up to the day when he joined the band, that''s where Kobialka, a child prodigy, took his instrument: he played in orchestras and quartets, and won numerous cello competitions. Today, three years later, The Fingers'' music has earned rave reviews and an ever-growing following. Their first demo, recorded in 1996, secured them Demo Tape of the Week in the SF Bay Guardian. The second (1997) won them feature articles in BAM and the Guardian, and two shows at the Viper Room in Los Angeles and Slim''s in San Francisco. The band has played sold out shows at the Fillmore and Nadine''s Wild Weekend, a SF music showcase. Even though the full, sometimes haunting sound of Kobialka''s cello has certainly played its part in creating melodic and often times catchy music, it is only in conjunction with the other instruments that the unique sound of The Fingers is complete.
The Fingers, Saturday, 9:30, Whitey''s Place, 646-8383.
Juice is returning to Whitey''s for some solid roots rock. The guys have been quite popular as of late, and are a sure thing for your rock ''n'' roll pleasure.
Juice, Friday, 9:30pm Whitey''s Place, 646-8383.
And last but not least, you might want to go see the fifth annual Erotic Art Show at the Monterey Fairgrounds. They''ll have Unshakable Race and Foamscape lined up for your entertainment, as well as the Raks Al Lot Belly Dancers...hmmm.
Erotic Art Show & Party, Saturday, doors open: 7pm; music starts at 9pm. $10/advanced; $12/door. 393-2787. cw