Make a meal of these musical appetizers.
Thursday, August 31, 2000
what''s up, chuck?
There are a couple interesting groups at Morgan''s this week. On Saturday, a primarily acoustic pop/rock duo called Halcyon makes its Monterey County debut. Stephanie Callahan and Deb Hunseder are the two members of the Florida-based group that''s achieved some level of national notice (partly as the result of their performance of the national anthem at an Atlanta Braves baseball game and an encore at the 1996 Olympics). They''ve got some very cool harmonizing going for them, and they mix it with some almost grungy hooks and breaks.
And on Monday, Equation makes its return appearance at Morgan''s. We''ve been singing the praises of this pop/Celtic/rock band for a while and if you haven''t seen ''em yet, do so now.
Halcyon, Saturday, 8pm, $5; Equation, Monday, 8pm, $8. Morgan''s Coffee & Tea. 642-4949.
Sonny Rhodes is one of the most...uh, distinctive...performers on the blues circuit. It''s not just his turban, or his orange pants or...you get the idea. The 59-year-old guitar picker has also distinguished himself by being one of the very few lap-steel players in the blues.
Although he cut his first record in 1958 (before he got his first lap steel), real-life got in the way of his musical career, and the Texas-born musician plied a variety of trades before returning to music. One of his between-music gigs was running a blues nightclub, and it was during that time that he really discerned the need to stand out in a crowd. L.C. Good Rockin'' Robinson had introduced him to the steel guitar and...
He''s been on the road for years, doing 250 (or so) shows per. He''s known as an intense, emotional performer and the guitar work is gritty, if unusual.
Sonny Rhodes, Saturday, 7:30pm. Jazz & Blues Company, in the Crossroads Shopping Center, Carmel. $30. 624-6432.
Her repertoire stretches way beyond the blues--and she''s probably best known for her Top-40 hit "Midnight at the Oasis," from way back in the ''70s--but Maria Muldaur is currently touring behind her ''99 release Meet Me Where They Play the Blues. So that''s where she''s kinda being pigeonholed these days, and finds ready work on the blues circuit. That''s not a bad thing but her music covers a broad-enough spectrum--from pop to rock to blues to country--that it appeals even to non blues lovers.
Maria Muldaur, Saturday, 9pm. Sly McFly''s. 649-8050.