Skinny on What’s Phat

SOLEDADEEZ LET LOOSE: The long-awaited debut album from the Soledadeez, Fattyboombaladee, drops tonight, Thursday, June 8, at SOhO, a benefit for the Surfrider Foundation. The groove-rock duo of guitarist-vocalists Corey Linberg (formerly of the Messengers) and Mike McHugh became a fixture on the bar scene when they first started performing late last summer. Since then, their laid-back, melodic funk-folk — born at Linberg’s pad on Soledad Street — has graced stages at the Arlington, SOhO, Legends, Zelo, Tsunami, and the Neighborhood. The album, which is being released under their own Santa Barbara Records label, is a full DIY project, though they got backup help from ALO’s drummer Dave Brogan, bassist Steve Adams, and guitarist Dan Lebowitz, not to mention the lovely harmonies of Jess Goldman (who is the evening’s opening act). The album’s 10 tracks are solid, and feature the type of saltwater-tinged sounds that launched Jack Johnson. Catch them on the rise. — Matt Kettmann

BATTLE TIME: KIST 107.7 FM delivered the first installment of its Battle of the Bands series last Wednesday evening at SOhO. Such “battles” are historically reminiscent of high school talent competitions, and Wednesday’s showdown certainly provided its share of campy moments. The night’s first act was Ona, which played its laid-back, California psychedelic rock with infectious enthusiasm. Paint the Town then took the stage with its high-energy surf/garage punk and endured a few broken guitar strings as the band’s friends and family flanked the stage with blatant adoration. The second battle — between Boombox Orchestra and Creo — went down Tuesday, June 6, and the next is slated for Wednesday, June 21. Summer night air on the patio and the thrill of what could happen should provide solid entertainment. The finals are July 11. — Allison Meeder

UFOS AND BLUEGRASS: In one of the odder musical press releases of recent vintage, Peter Feldmann and the Very Lonesome Boys were reportedly “kidnapped last month by space aliens disguised as ranchero riders” who plied them with “what tasted like hard liquor” while feeding them lobster and prime ribs and threatening them with 24 hours of Barry Manilow records just so the bluegrass band would give them some tunes. Lucky for us, Feldmann and company escaped in time to perform a concert in Los Olivos, this Saturday, June 10, at the Santa Ynez Valley Grange Hall. Barring another abduction, it starts at 8 p.m. See for details. — MK

MMMMCARIBBEAN: Just saying the word “Caribbean” can sometimes be enough to spark a momentary mental excursion to the islands. Celebrate the culture of the sun this Saturday, June 10, at the 6th Annual Caribbean Festival at Oak Park. While there will be no shortage of food, drink and dance, the focus is on the music. Cuban percussionist extraordinaire Melena Francis will incite bodies to shake with her distinct sound, which has caught the attention of Stevie Wonder and Julio Iglesias. Trinidad will be admirably represented by Einstein Brown, whose musical gumbo is driven by hypnotic steel drumming. And don’t miss Shinehead, one of Jamaica’s dancehall pioneers, who is making a rare appearance to show just how dynamic Caribbean music can be. — Tyler Blue

HEART MUSIC: The non-denominational Center of the Heart is hosting a Unity and Diversity Music Series on Friday, June 9, in hopes of entertaining, enlightening, and uniting the greater Santa Barbara community. The 7:30 p.m. acoustic performance features world-famous virtuoso violinist Gilles Apap, who’s known worldwide for infusing diverse genres of composition. Raised on jazz, blues, swing, flamenco, and gypsy music, Apap also grew to love folk, which has inspired him to incorporate sounds of the fiddle and like-instruments into what he had already known and mastered as a child. Téka, on the other hand, is a world-class vocalist/guitarist whose roots are firmly planted in the sensual Brazilian rhythms of the choro, samba, and bossa nova. Backed by guitarist Chris Judge, double-bassist Brendan Statom, percussionist Kevin Winard, and a unique appearance by Los Vientos del Sur, this occasion is a Santa Barbara must-see. Tix are on sale at Santa Barbara Sheet Music or you can call the Center of the Heart office, located at 487 N. Turnpike Rd., at 964‑4861 for more info. — Lynne Simpson

Y MAS: Numbskull Productions brings reggae superstar Gregory Isaacs to the Majestic Ventura Theatre this Friday, June 9, with his Live Wyaa Band and help from Nasio Fontaine and Mishaka. … Surf music legend Gary Hoey hangs a musical 10 at SOhO next Thursday, June 15, with help from S.B.’s Kelp. … Velvet Jones keeps its musical calendar full with Sacramento’s post-hardcore band Eightfourseven and MiGG on Friday, June 9; and Santa Ynez Valley songwriter Wil Ridge and Stephen Smalls on Saturday, June 10. — MK

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