For Ari Murillo, the band name captures the essence of the music: “I’ve always found bedrooms to be really personal,” Murillo says. “When I meet a new person I like to see what their room is like. That’s how I want my music to be – a very personal thing, intimate, like a bedroom is.”
The music is indie alternative pop, and Murillo cites divergent influences like singer-songwriter-pianist Regina Spektor, YouTube legend and indie popster Julia Nunes, Freddie Mercury and Queen.
Murillo spent time in Arcata before moving back to Salinas recently. This weekend Bedrooms headlines a triple bill in Big Sur, fulfilling a dream for Murillo, who penned her first song on ukulele in high school about the sadness of someone moving on. “I’ve always wanted to play Henry Miller Library,” Murillo says.
Sharing the bill with Bedrooms will be indie folk-rocker Alex Ramirez, and River Navaille, who teaches drama at Seaside High School and is just starting down the singer-songwriter path.
“Alex is from Salinas. I wanted people from Salinas because I feel like they don’t get as much air time,” Murillo says.
Joining Murillo as a trio for this gig are bassist Marcus Wade (of Salinas’ The Modern Life band) and multi-instrumentalist/sound engineer Vincent Randazzo, who’s already made a name for himself in the local music scene.
“These artists are all under the radar,” Randazzo says. “They’re new and they are not trying to be super publicized.”
Murillo and Randazzo circled one another for years, but had never teamed up musically until recently.
“Ari was always on the fringe of whatever musical scene I was in,” Randazzo says. “The Monterey and Salinas music scenes aren’t always the most connected, but every once in a while we’d see each other at a show.”
Three different sets promise a mix of styles. Randazzo describes Navaille’s sound as a little more accessible: “With a musical theater background, River’s voice is pretty. Ari goes for more of an edgy sound, and in between the two will be effects-driven electric guitar and singing by Alex.”
The sum of listening to the three acts is a wide-open emotional expressionism.
“I like my music to be open to interpretation,” Murillo says. “A lot of my songs are about mental health. They might seem like just breakup songs, but it easily could be about something else to someone else.”
BEDROOMS, ALEX RAMIREZ, and RIVER NAVAILLE 7pm Saturday, March 24. Henry Miller Memorial Library, 48603 Highway 1, Big Sur. $10-$20 suggested donation. 667-2574, eventbrite.com