Marc Cabrera has nothing better to do than watch a lot of movies and television, and listen to a lot of music. Luckily, he has a job that pays him to blog about local and national arts, entertainment and pop culture. He can be reached at email@example.com.
The Henry Miller Library in Big Sur is building a new stage for their outdoor amphitheater, and they're asking for your help. They are trying to raise $6,250 to complete construction. The new stage is planned to be unveiled during the sold-out April 14 Animal Collective concert. They have started a pledge drive at Kickstarter.com. You can view the page here. Full press release after the jump.
The Henry Miller Library is building a new stage for our outdoor amphitheater here in lovely Big Sur, California! Situated within a redwood canyon, the stage will serve as a functional and sustainable structure, as well as a beautiful artistic statement integrated into its natural surroundings. The stage will complement our dizzying array of events across 2011, which will include Animal Collective, our Vinyl in the Woods record fair, a tribute to Allen Ginsberg, Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes, S. Cary of Bon Iver, Bill Callahan (aka Smog) and of course, the world-famous "Big" Big Sur Fashion Show. And that's just through the end of May - more amazing events are announced weekly!! Throw in our annual short film screening series, children’s art shows, book readings, writing workshops, and open mics, and you can see why we're so excited. With the new stage (that's the old one above) we hope to continue to put on amazing events...forever! And with your help, you can be a part of it. Your kind donation will be used to offset the construction costs and also help pay for ongoing maintenance, staging area supplies, and production-related expenses. And we're a 501(c)3 organization, so your donation is tax-deductible. Local builders have already begun construction. We'll unveil the new stage for the first event of our 2011 summer concert series: an intimate evening with Animal Collective on April 14th!! Check out our blog and Facebook page for daily updates, and then come visit and see what you made happen! Thanks! Your friends at the Henry Miller Library www.henrymiller.org Project location: Big Sur, CA Read more!
A West Coast original, singer Nate Dogg, who helped define West Coast hip-hop with his signature monotone singing style on numerous song hooks, passed away at age 41. He had been in poor health after suffering several strokes beginning sometime between 2007 and 2008.
I interviewed Warren G in 2009, and one of the first questions I asked was about Nate's health. Warren said his longtime friend was progressing, and they were hoping for a quick recovery, but the tone in his voice was not very convincing. Nate had been suffering for a while, and now he is finally at peace.
I plan on posting a mini-retrospective soon. In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts on Nate or any of your favorite records. R.I.P. Nate Dogg.
Salinas band qiensave?, led by Los Angeles transplant Carlos Cortez, performs at 9 p.m. Saturday at Carbone's, 214 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey. Spin Farm and Christian Slater (the band, not the actor) are on the bill. Free for 21 and over. Above and below are two video's by qiensave?, which is Cortez's moniker. You can check out more music at his Facebook fan page, www.facebook.com/qiensave.
Young Mike Mills of Seaside keeps it official with his music video, "Beach Front Property." The clip was directed by Taylor Morgan, a Monterey resident and film maker. You can view his work on YouTube @ www.youtube.com/taylormorgan410.
The lovely ladies of Honeymoon unveiled a new song for the masses last week during a pair of shows with Truth & Salvage Co. Here's a video sneak peak of said song, followed by their cover of Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain" live @ The Mystic Theater in Petaluma.
Honeymoon and Truth & Salvage Co. perform Tuesday night, March 15 @ Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz. They also have a big show opening up for Akron Family April 4 at The Indepenednt in San Francisco. All the info is available at www.honeymoonismusic.com.
Project SEER performing March 3 @ Casa Sorrento in Salinas. I caught a quick glimpse of the show, and it was great to see folks coming out on a weeknight for some live hip-hop in Salinas. Nice work guys.
What: “Schoolyard Antics 3” art and music showcase. Where: Art show opening will be held at SOMOS Media, 430 Salinas St., Salinas; MC showcase will follow at La Fogata Mexican Restaurant, 232 South Main St., Salinas When: Art opening from 7-8:30 p.m.; MC showcase begins at 9 p.m. Friday, March 4. Info: Friday becomes a school night, as “Schoolyard Antics” features double bill of art and entertainment. First at Somos Media, artists Elijah Pfotenhauer, Basic Lee and Marc Mike Gonzales show off their latest work. Patrons can then walk a short distance to La Fogata Restaurant to catch a thick lineup of MC's, including Projekt SEER, Solis Cin, Oneself Davinci, Eme 7 & Lombris and more. Free. 422-9200, www.somosmedia.net.
A pretty funny video produced by So-Cal folk rockers The Silent Comedy. Founding members and brothers Jeremiah and Joshua Zimmerman started performing at a young age, when their preacher father sold their possessions and took the family on a worldwide adventure. As The Silent Comedy, the brothers lead hard spirited, soaring indie and folk rock numbers. Also performing are The Special Effect and Alex Ramirez. This show is 21 and over. $5 cover. Visit www.thesilentcomedy.com. What: The Silent Comedy in concert. Where: Carbones, Monterey. When: 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 9.
In their video for "No Star," Northern Cali rockers The Velvet Teen creatively transform their cramped rehearsal space into, among other settings, a starry night sky and a palm tree-lined horizon. The Velvet Teen and Oregon post-punkers Themes perform at 7:45 p.m. Thursday at Planet Gemini, 2110 N. Fremont St. in Monterey. $10 cover. Call 333-6855 for info.