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Late pass on this one, but it was too funny not to share. Morgan Cristopher, owner of Ol' Factory Cafe, put out this newsletter last week to address the situation with Ol' Factory taking on some of the shows left over in the wake of Monterey Live's closure.
Also, FYI, the Para La Gente show previously scheduled for June 27 @ OFC has been moved to Blue Fin Billiards on Cannery Row. So local musicians have another option for booking shows. Interesting.Hello Factory friends-
Yes, Monterey Live closed. Yes, we agreed to help them out by giving them a place to move their previously booked concerts. Yes, they have brought over some of their equipment, tables and chairs in order to continue presenting live music. Yes, we have a shiny, new, baby grand piano. Yes, we're still located in Sand City. No, we have no plans to move Sand City... (ever try to pick up a Costco?) No, we have not entered into a business "partnership" with Monterey Live. No, we do not have their hard liquor license... (though I still keep a nice bottle of scotch in my office). Yes, the Ol' Factory looks a bit different these days. Yes, we really had four death metal bands last Saturday... (that won't happen again!) No, my head isn't pounding any longer... (after all it's been 4 days...it stopped pounding yesterday).
So, all you rumor-mongers, that's the story.
But let's revisit this death metal thing for a second. For those of you who don't know what death metal music is, imagine 8 angry African rogue elephants, in heat, plus a 450-pound Silverbacked Lowland Gorilla, angry and in heat, plus 3 angry New York City cab drivers who've just been stiffed on their fares, thrown into a blender. It's sort of like that. Except that you have to put your own head into the blender, too. And while that's going on, now imagine a bunch of men ranging in age from 18 to 60 slamming their bodies into one another...and no one's holding a football. Yes sir, it was a memorable evening.
But the point is that this took place on the same stage where we've had a string quartet with a million-and-a-half dollars' worth of instruments playing Beethoven's String Quartet in C-Sharp Minor, Opus 131. Take that, Carnegie Hall! That is the absolute spectrum of music known to humanity. I assure you, everything you own in your record collection falls somewhere in between those two extremes.
And we like it that way. It's easy to play it safe. The Ol' Factory likes to take risks. We're in Sand City, for goodness sakes.