Mellower, more soulful Chris Cain plays Sly McFly's; Christine Lavin at Media Room.
Thursday, July 29, 1999
Imagine my surprise when I stabbed Cain''s latest CD between my ears--and I liked it. Maybe the title offers a big clue as to what makes this album different: Chris Cain Live at the Rep.
In 1997, Cain wrote the musical score for a new musical play, Thunder Knocking on the Door: A Blusical Tale of Rhythm & the Blues, that was given its premiere by the San Jose Repertory Theatre, then played in Seattle. After the run in Seattle, according to the liner notes, San Jose Rep scheduled a homecoming concert for Cain. Live is the result of that concert, and features some of Cain''s songs from Thunder.
Whether it''s the relaxed setting, or he learned something new while performing Thunder, or a combination of the two, Cain definitely seems to be sporting a kinder, more soulful sound.
Cain played fairly regularly at Doc''s; he was the headliner at the Biker Blues gig in Big Sur in April and played at the S.C. Blues Festival on Memorial Day weekend, so you may have seen him more recently than I have. On the other hand, if you''ve shied away from Cain in the past, this Saturday at Sly''s might be a good chance to stop in and see what condition Cain''s condition is in.
Chris Cain, Saturday, 8:30pm. Sly McFly''s, 649-8050.
Sweetheartof the folk circuit Christine Lavin returns to MoCo courtesy of Nina Kelley. Does anything else really need to be said?
You know Lavin...she''s got a wickedly funny sense of humor, that both skewers and caresses the people and events she lampoons. Yeah, we''re all silly people worthy of ridicule--and that''s what makes us so darn lovable.
Given Lavin''s giggles and laughter that erupt frequently during her shows, it''s obvious that she has a great time during her performances.
This may be the last performance at The Media Room, so that gives you two reasons to check out Lavin tonight.
Christine Lavin, Thursday, 7:30pm. The Media Room. 372-5641.