New music series starts strong at East Village.
Monday, October 11, 2010
“I know and love everyone in this room,” Pacific Grove native and guitar phenom Matt Baldwin said Saturday night to a packed East Village Coffee Lounge, where he kicked off local music promoter Keigan Skydecker’s new Acoustic/Electric Concert Series. “I’m flattered everyone showed up, so I’m gonna play two shows tonight.” Sitting on a stool, with a beer on the table next to him, Baldwin milked the drama of a solo acoustic guitar performance during the first half of the evening. He lent his organic but technically dazzling playing to numbers by blues picker Reverend Gary Davis and a composition by Czech composer Antonin Dvorak before heading into the venue’s adjacent hallway, where he plugged in for an electric guitar performance. Skydecker says he has the series, which will take place at East Village the second Saturday of each month, booked until March 2011. Some of the upcoming acts include local favorite Mike Beck and the Bay Area act The Blank Tapes.