(((folkYEAH!))) Presents a benefit for Native American Heritage
HERE TONIGHT! The 4th Annual Gene Clark Tribute featuring: Green Leaf Rustlers
GospelbeacH, Andy Cabic, Meg Baird & Charlie Saufley, Kai Clark & Carla Olson, Sweet Chariot, Natural Pear, Lauren Barth
Sat · December 22, 2018
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:15 pmThe Chapel
$20 adv / $25 door
This event is all ages
*line up subject to change
Lights by Mad Alchemy
8:15 - 8:20pm Lauren Barth
8:30 - 8:50pm Natural Pear
9:00 - 9:20pm Sweet Chariot
9:30 - 10pm Kai Clark & Carla Olson
10:10 - 10:25pm Meg Baird & Charlie Saufley
10:30 - 10:50pm Andy Cabic
11:00 - 11:20pm GospelbeacH
11:40 - ?? Green Leaf Rustlershttps://www.thechapelsf.com/event/1774510/
Green Leaf Rustlers is Chris Robinson joined by multi-instrumentalist Barry Sless (David Nelson Band, Moonalice), bassist Pete Sears (Jefferson Starship, Moonalice, David Nelson Band), drummer John Molo (Phil Lesh Quintet, Bruce Hornsby & The Range) and guitarist Greg Loiacono (The Mother Hips).
There here are two kinds of people that become musicians. The first is a determined striving would-be pro whose eyes never leave the prize. That prize being stardom by any means necessary. The second is the besotted, intoxicated music fan and acolyte to whom music is the oxygen they need to breathe. Who live by rhythm and sound and absorb everything and are so deeply immersed in the art that they have devoted themselves to making the world hear what they hear in their heads–commercial success is an afterthought.
Brent Rademaker– he of Further, Beachwood Sparks and The Tyde –is the embodiment of the latter. And as a grown man with something still to say, he’s made his most detailed and mature work yet with his most recent outfit, GospelbeacH. Another Summer Of Love is an adult’s version of the dreamy American roots music that we’ve come to expect from the Floridian turned Angeleno.
Like his fellow Sunshine State emigre Gram Parsons, Rademaker has drawn nourishment from the openness of Southern California and the sunny, hopeful feeling that epitomises his work is in full effect here. From the kick-off 'In The Desert', which slyly references the British mod-punks The Jam to the jaunty swing of 'You’re Already Home' which pays a subtle tribute to Rademaker’s hero Chris Hillman’s 'Girl With No Name', this is what Americana is supposed to be and sometimes is not. Smart, informed, soulful, well-executed and avoiding the slick assembly-line of 2017 Nashville, this is the kind of record that true fans of well-crafted tuneful rock live for. Just as Rademaker lived for his rock heroes like Cheap Trick and The Cars, but with that glorious wooziness, the musical marine layer hanging above the desert’s basin floor. Partnered with guitar whiz and albums producer, Jason Soda and keyboardist Johnny Niemanns (who added parts to the disc from the same mellotron America used on its ’70s recordings, this may be Rademaker’s strongest band yet.
GospelbeacH hits the road in support of the disc crossing the sea to play Green Man Festival in Wales August 17-20 as part of a UK tour and starting the summer in the Golden State at festivals in Big Sur May 19-21 (HIPNIC), Sonoma, June 19-20 (HUICHICA) and closer to home in Bakersfield, May 6th (DEMOCRAT HOT SPRINGS FESTIVAL).
“Why make the same record over and over?” Rademaker asked me recently. He’s kept his ideals intact on Another Summer Of Love and then some. Expect surprises from the man–and more!
This album was made for walking. Vetiver bandleader Andy Cabic spent hours wandering the streets around San Francisco’s Richmond District, listening to rough mixes, tinkering with lyrics and arrangements. You can hear his strides in the tempo of “Hard To Break,” which captures the brisk gait one might adopt while passing through a public green space: Not hurried, just excited to be heading somewhere.
“My father never wanted me to become a musician,” says Kai. “Maybe it was because he thought he could shelter me from the music business and didn't want me to live that life.”
But as all musicians know, the pull to play music, once felt, is profound and inexorable. For Kai, who grew up in Mendocino, California, that moment came just before he entered his teenage years.
“I think I was around 12 when I first learned a couple chords and would pick up an old guitar that used to sit in our living room when no one was around. For some reason I was drawn to the blues and could play and make up lyrics of my own to the chords and rhythm. I started carrying that old guitar around when I went to school and it started to become a part of me.” Kai’s first electric guitar was a 1973 sunburst Fender Stratocaster – a treasured gift from his mother on his 15th birthday, which he plays to this day.
Soon thereafter, Kai followed his instinct. Having learned to sing and play at the same juncture, the impulse to write songs felt natural.
“My mom says I would sit on the couch and write these songs about love and life and she would wonder where it came from, as I was too young to have any experience in those matters,” says Kai. “I guess it was always part of me. Something deep in my soul that I – like my father – was probably born with.”
When Kai turned 17, certain painful realities, including family illnesses and his father’s untimely death in 1991, served to push him deeper into the solace offered by music.
“There was a fire inside me and music seemed to quench it,” he says. “My band and music became my family, my healing guide. Times were tough and I don't think I would have made it through without music. It literally saved my life!”
But in 2003, Kai’s life took an abrupt change. Again, following his own path, not one foisted upon him by anyone, he enrolled in the prestigious California Culinary Academy in San Francisco – an affiliate of Le Cordon Bleu – and graduated with honors in 2004.
Three years later, however, he discovered that music was again calling him. He returned to Southern California to play gigs and record with the Kai Clark Band, but in 2010 he put family first, went on hiatus and moved back to Northern California to raise his two children with wife Amber.
The Kai Clark Band
Kai’s music is pure Americana, and combines elements of blues, country and rock, with a wide range of influences that include Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, Taj Mahal and Keb Mo.
The brief hiatus from the music business now over, Kai looks forward to resuming his career with the renewed passion and energy that comes from the peace of having followed his own path, in his own time.
“I never stopped playing and writing,” says Kai. “Having children has definitely inspired me with music and in life in general. I feel like I’m writing and playing the best I ever have and am really excited about getting back into the studio and out on the road to do live shows.”
He has also come to terms with his father’s legacy. Musicians who also happen to be the progeny of famous rock stars often try to avoid direct association or comparison with their parents’ achievements. This arises out of a fully understandable desire to have their talents assessed on their own respective merits. Kai Clark will always be the son of Gene Clark, founder member of The Byrds, but he has also embarked upon a musical career that both openly embraces his father’s legacy, while simultaneously furthering his own unique vision.
“I have a better knowledge and respect for my father’s music,” says Kai. “I love playing his songs – which I never really pursued much in the past, mainly because of my own prolific writing. No matter where life will take me from here, I will always write and play music. It is as much a part of me as the blood that runs through my veins.”
Tom A. Sandford
Sweet Chariot comprises singer/guitarist Eric Shea (Hot Lunch, Mover) and Planes Of Satori drummer Chris Labreche – both dudes from the bygone band Parchman Farm. They also landed bass player Doran Shelley, a former member of The Cramps and Nik Turner’s Hawkwind. Ride The Blinds’ frontman Chris Guthridge completes the band with shared singing duties and top-shelf lead guitar playing.
Her upcoming EP "Hangman" was recorded at the legendary Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati, California and brings a style that lies somewhere between Nashville and Laurel Canyon, western swing and psychedelia."
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