Women and Children … Go Gigging
Lucy Walsh, Susan Marie Reeves Headline Shows, SOho Hosts High School Rockers
THIS ONE’S FOR THE LADIES: For fans of luscious harmonies, twinkling compositions, and sultry songstresses, this is your lucky week. On Saturday, May 28, New Noise presents Lucy Walsh at Muddy Waters Café, with openers Haddon Cord, Paola Jimenez, and Harrison Reade. The Santa Barbara beauty may best be known as the daughter of Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, but there’s no denying her individual talents. Since joining musical forces with friend Ashlee Simpson on a lengthy and world-spanning tour in 2005, Walsh has been pushing hard to reach her solo recording dreams. Thus far, her work has led to two promising unreleased records, as well as a current project, which she’s rumored to be working on alongside producer Cheche Alara (Christina Aguilera, Colbie Caillat). If her previous work is any indication, we can expect a solid helping of sweeping pianos, lilting vocals, and sweet, dreamy, and lovelorn lyrics. The show starts 8 p.m. Call 966-9328 or visit newnoisesb.com for info.
Also on the books this week is Susan Marie Reeves’s CD release party, scheduled to go down at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club (1221 State St.) on Tuesday, May 31, at 7:30 p.m. Like all good Santa Barbara music, Reeves’s album is studded with some of the area’s brightest stars. The late, great Kenny Edwards shares a producer credit on the disc, while the recently departed Pat Milliken lends guitar parts. In addition, Reeves’s daughter, Sierra, provides backup vocals, which she’ll appear on Tuesday night to assist with. Brimming with twangy guitar colorings, dusty folk meanderings, and strong, emotive vocals, Young Heart is a true S.B. gem, and well worth a spin for fans of Alison Krauss, Sarah McLachlan, and Ryan Adams. For tickets and info, call 962-7776.
THE YOUNG GUNS: For showgoing of a different (and undeniably fun-loving) variety, I suggest heading out to SOhO this Wednesday, June 1. It’s there that up-and-coming show-promoting power Black Mamba Booking hosts Sounds of the Undergrad. For one night only, the young club bookers are filling State Street’s most beloved venue with promising talent from a number of S.B. high schools. The four-course menu consists of rock from Bad Suns, Foldback Time, Jaded Cloud, and S.B. stalwarts False Puppet, and will feature live raffles for everything from iPods to tickets to next month’s white hot KJEE Summer Round-Up bill. For ticket and show info, visit sohosb.com.
PARTY ON: As if that weren’t enough to fill your weekly concert quota, this week also brings showings from a handful of traveling acts. On Sunday, May 29, the Canary Hotel welcomes back My Peoples for another installment of Reggae on the Roof. The San Fran groove masters made their first Canary showing last fall as part of the second annual New Noise music festival and packed a whole lot of sonic punch. (Think big horn flourishes and lots of R&B-infused beats.) This time around, though, the quintet is touting a brand-new record, the self-released Pakalolo, and an arsenal of fresh tunes. Looking back to September’s showing, I’ve got no doubt that these five will be bringing a whole lot of positive, summertime vibes along, as well. The party kicks off poolside at 4 p.m. with openers DJ Sparx and Rastan & Caleto. Call 884-0300 or visit ticketfusion.com for info.
Also this week (Fri., May 27), Club Mercy brings hip-hop heavyweight Pharoahe Monch to Velvet Jones (423 State St.). On Thursday, June 2, Taj Mahal and the Trio play the Lobero Theatre (33 E. Canon Perdido St.) at 8 p.m. And that same night, Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt join forces for a double bill and collection of duets at the Chumash Casino Resort (3400 E. Hwy. 246) at 8 p.m.