"One of a Kind"
- Matthew McAvene Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
- Anders Bergstrom Mandolin, Piano, Vocals
- Paul Wilcox Bass
- Brett Van Derhyden Drums
Web site: http://www.myspace.com/matthewmcavene
Matthew McAvene (Mack-Uh-Veen) is a highly prolific musical and visual artist with outstanding versatility. After years of travel and self education, he has settled in Santa Barbara as a visionary artist and musician dedicated to the creation of positive and lasting change in the global community. As an inventor, producer, painter, musician, sculptor, writer, and designer, it has been said he is “one of the most prolific artists in multiple mediums.” (Montecito Journal, 7/18/05)
Since he began performing publicly in 2005, McAvene has created stage backdrops, puppets, and effects for his show, as well as for other acts. He’s opened for the Wailers, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Eddie Money, ALO, and Hot Buttered Rum String Band. McAvene’s music and art was featured at the 2007 Solutions for Dreamers Festival, which also featured special guest Jack Johnson. McAvene has recorded with Zach Gill (ALO/Jack Johnson) and was recognized on the air as “the best band in Santa Barbara” after winning the FM107.7 Battle of the Bands. Out of 50 band submissions, McAvene was crowned champion and featured at the 2006 MDA Black & Blue Ball benefit.
McAvene has officially released two albums: 2005’s 777 Album and 2007’s Shadowland EP
He is signed to the Santa Barbara-based label Oniric Records.
2005, Santa Barbara, CA
McAvene is currently writing and recording songs while creating more puppets and artwork. He is scheduled to play Santa Barbara's West Beach Music Festival in September and the second annual Solutions for Dreamers Festival in 2009.