Shows to Remember for This Memorial Day Weekend
Darla Bea Says Bye to Reds; Very Be Careful Plays Del Pueblo
MEMORIAL FOR REDS: This relatively chilly, foggy month of May is rolling out its final weekend of the year in that annual sun revolution that promises barbecues, camping trips, or just a day off to reflect. Perhaps you may have a nice, long weekend at home, and in your holiday reverie you may find yourself in the mood for some music.
Tonight, Thursday, May 26, DJ Darla Bea bids farewell to the beloved, funky little bar known as Reds Bin 211 (211 Helena Ave.) at 8 p.m. Reds is closing its doors. The owner of this Funk Zone watering hole, which was known for years as a locals-favorite venue with an eclectic mix of great live gigs, beverages, and tasty treats, has decided to pass the baton to other business owners. Many S.B. acts have passed through Reds’ storied doors, and many good times were shared over local brews, wines, or mixed drinks. Though the Bin seemed to go through a variety of identities or presentations, it always maintained that distinctive Reds feel. Word on the street is that the owners of the Good Lion have something in mind for the locale. Stay tuned.
SWEATER BEATS WEATHER: If you’re more in the mood to emulate an L.A. Club experience, stroll over to SOhO Restaurant & Music Club (1221 State St.) on Thursday night, where master Los Angeles remixer Sweater Beats kicks up the jams with Different Sleep and S.B.’s own Underbelly, starting at 9 p.m. With Sweater Beats’ big, party-starting redos of hits like “Hey Ya!” and official reworks for artists like Flume, the BBC 1– and Boiler Room–featured deejay’s show should be a good way to herald the oncoming summer.
MUSIC NOTES FOR THE NOSE AND PALATE: Friday, May 27, is the Funk Zone Art Walk, when all the neighborhood’s galleries — some of them opening their doors for the very first time — welcome in the wine-loving wanderers and culture-craving adventurers. If your ears need a break from the sound of paintings hanging on walls, consider heading over to Pali Wine Co. (116 E. Yanonali St.), where singer/songwriter Valarie Mulberry and guitarist Ryan Daly soothe the ears and all the other senses in Pali’s pinot powerhouse, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Speaking of wineries, on the weekend, Zaca Mesa Winery (6905 Foxen Canyon Rd., Los Olivos) continues their grape-smashingly-good musical times with not one but two live music events. The first, on Saturday, May 28, is a Memorial Day Party, beginning at noon, with Sean Wiggins providing rock ’n’ roll with your riesling. The second, on Sunday, is its Sunday Concert Series, where you can picnic to the sumptuous adult contemporary sounds of L.A.’s Danielle Taylor starting at noon.
VERY VALLENATO: Very Be Careful, from L.A., will ignite the already dizzyingly, dazzlingly festive and vibrant décor of Del Pueblo Café (5134 Hollister Ave.) with its dizzyingly and dazzlingly fun music. For those who don’t know the group, Very Be Careful has captured corazones across the world with its dance-inducing Colombian vallenato music, a traditional cumbia sound with a heartbeat of accordion. The concert is also a fond farewell to Del Pueblo Café staff member Huicho Mata, who will be displaying, auctioning, and raffling off his artwork before he heads east to N.Y.C. Very be careful not to eat too many chips before your food arrives, no matter how yummy — it’s very easy to do there.