NEW NOISE’S NEWEST CHARMERS: It’s officially time to start the countdown clock for New Noise Santa Barbara, which kicks off next Thursday, November 4, and runs the streets through Saturday, November 6. As anyone who took in last year’s inaugural New Noise can attest, this now-annual event is much, much more than your average music fest. By day on Friday and Saturday, the NN folks will transform the Canary Hotel into a veritable hub of all things music biz. Guest speakers (like Warped Tour mastermind Kevin Lyman and digital media guru Ian Rogers) will chat up pass holders on everything from licensing to the future of punk rock, and panel discussions on topics ranging from green touring, legalese, and branding to songwriting and social networking will no doubt incite some heated discussions. For those looking to make it big, start booking shows, or launch a music label, these mini-seminars are as close to home—and packed full of info—as it gets.
As the conference room closes out, though, the real fun begins. Starting on Thursday, the festival will take over nearly every stage in S.B., hosting showcases and shows everywhere from Whiskey Richards and Muddy Waters Café to SOhO and the Santa Barbara Bowl. While the acts are too many to name in one measly column, I figured now would be a good time to highlight the newcomers—including our own 2010 Downtown Sound winner, Snakefist.
As the champions of our annual band battle, these four Santa Barbara boys will join in on the New Noise party in no small way. They bring their high-energy, bombastic mix of metal and glam rock theatrics to Whiskey Richards on Thursday, November 4, alongside CODE 4-15, Murderland, and The City. Also new to the NN bill are San Fran reggae rockers My Peoples, who play happy hour at Reds Bar & Tapas (211 Helena Ave.) on Saturday, November 6, at 5 p.m., and personal faves Twenty Hands High, who bring their rockabilly swagger to Muddy Waters with Moonlight Trio on Saturday, November 6, at 8 p.m.
And if you’re not sure just how much you’ll be able to take in, don’t fret. Single-show tickets and multi-day ticket packages are available for nearly everything on the lineup as well as numerous combinations of both conference and night-show action—and nothing, including VIP passes, will cost ya more than $80. So while I count the hours ’til rock time, you best head over to newnoisesb.com and check the schedule. For fans and future Lymans, I promise it will be a weekend to remember.
HONORARY CITIZEN: And before all the action kicks off, SOhO (1221 State St.) busts out a mid-week must-see all their own with Donavon Frankenreiter on Tuesday, November 2. While Frankenreiter grew up a ways south (San Clemente, to be specific), his role in the Santa Barbara scene is a strong one. He boasts a pro-surfing-turned-musical career that resonates deep in our waters, as well as a mentor-cum-labelmate in UCSB alum Jack Johnson, who signed Frankenreiter to his Brushfire Records namesake back in 2002. Nowadays, the floppy-haired surf bro is out supporting the release of his latest LP, Glow, which hit shelves earlier this month and boasts plenty of the island-tinged folksie jams that he’s come to be known for. For tickets and information for Tuesday night’s show, call 962-7776 or visit sohosb.com.
FAMILY TIME: Also this week, the Goleta Valley Junior High Theater (6100 Stow Canyon Rd.) hosts a very special night of music from Kevin Carr on Thursday, November 4, at 7 p.m. The singer, songwriter, fiddle player, and avid storyteller will play a family-friendly show that will also double as a fundraiser for the Santa Barbara Charter School. Admission is a $10 suggested donation, and kids get in free. Visit sbcharter.org for details.