Violinist Bette Byers spent many years in Hollywood taking part in music for numerous movies and TV reveals, backing performers corresponding to Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, Billy Eckstine, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Tom Jones … the record would take up the entire web page! She began her coaching at age 4, and by 18 she was an expert musician. Now in her mid-80s, she “retired” to Santa Maria a number of years in the past, however like a real artist, she will be able to’t cease taking part in along with her group The Candlelight Strings or cease creating. Her new report is Ragtime Musicale: Music For Silent Movies, obtainable on cdbaby.com.
“We performed behind the movie competition’s silent movie night time a number of years in the past—Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin movies—and I bought all this music collectively,” Byers, additionally a composer and arranger, defined. “I had music leftover and thought, ‘Why not make a ’30s album?'”
Impressed by the sounds of the ’30s and ’40s, the 12-song assortment is totally improbable! The compositions are energetic, and you’ll’t assist imagining a black and white silent movie taking part in out earlier than you as you pay attention. The glowing string work is punctuated by comedic percussion by Salvador Garza, who additionally performs violin on a number of tracks, and the songs are as enjoyable as their names: “Inebriated on Stormy Seas,” “Pandemic Rag,” “Dancey Schromancy and Schmaltzy,” “Fisticuffs, Snake Chase,” and the ultimate observe, “Not One other Rag?!”
On April 12, Byers gathered her gamers at The Odd Fellows Corridor in SLO to report a number of of the album’s tracks over a inexperienced display to make music movies “to placed on TikTok or someplace,” Byers mentioned offhandedly.
Spry and diminutive, she’s a giant character who’s seen loads. Once I requested what would seem behind them within the movies, she did not know, however watching “a string quartet sitting in a circle taking part in is boring,” she mentioned flippantly. Byers is unflappable—precisely the way you’d hope an octogenarian who spent a lifetime amongst Hollywood’s glitterati could be.
Even director Lui Segui wasn’t positive what he was going to place behind the gamers, however everybody was wearing vaguely ’30s type, together with three dancers dressed like flappers. When the movies are launched, I will let you already know. Within the meantime, head to cdbaby.com and take a look at this terrific new report. In the event you choose a bodily CD, electronic mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Morro Bay’s Darkish Nectar Espresso Saloon (2940 Fundamental St.) has a tripleheader of reside music arising this weekend, beginning with Deuces Wild on Friday, April 16 (2 to five p.m.), taking part in ’60s and ’70s outlaw nation covers and Americana. David Talmage performs on Saturday, April 17 (2 to five p.m.), providing originals and covers by John Prine, Paul Simon, Jimmy Buffet, and others. Honky-tonk, surf, psych-rockers Murder Hornets play Sunday, April 18 (2 to five p.m.).
SLO Brew Rock has Pacific Range taking part in on Friday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. In the event you’re a fan of The Allman Brothers, Grateful Lifeless, or The Band, you may dig them. Truth About Seafood (TAS) performs Saturday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. Do you want bitchin’ rock ‘n’ roll performed by dudes who put on headbands and shit? That is your band.
“I suppose they will host 60 folks—10 p.c of their 600 capability—within the occasion middle, spaced out seated, and the remainder will celebration exterior with the video/audio manufacturing on the market,” bassist Brad Daane defined. “The official guidelines they need to promote are not any dancing, you have to keep seated, and masks on when not in your seat.”
No dancing at a TAS present? Good luck!
The Well-known Jazz Artist Collection is again for one more spherical at The Concord Café in Cambria this Sunday, April 18 (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; $20 admission and $10 minimal meals or beverage order; reserve your spot at (805) 935-9007 or email@example.com). This week count on Brazilian jazz with Charlie (vibraphone) and Sandi (voice) Shoemake, Wealthy Severson (guitar), Dylan Johnson (bass), and Darrell Voss (percussion).
“Throughout the lockdown, there have been few protected locations to go,” chief songwriter Wendy Liepman mentioned. “Some weekdays, Bob and I’d go early to Shell Seaside throughout low tide. Whereas he surf-matted, I took lengthy walks on empty seashores, watching the pelicans fly and the white sea foam spilling upon the shore.”
These moments impressed this imagistic music: “Pelicans fly over waves of alabaster/ Seaside is empty everybody’s gone residence/ Tide begins to rise I’m strolling gradual then sooner/ White chiffon and lace upon the froth/ Outing of time this time is mine/ Time to let troubles unwind/ Wind in my hair ocean air/ Open no matter I discover.”
I am loving these attractive tunes, and there are six extra to go earlier than I can soak within the assortment in its entirety. Candy torture!
It has been some time since The SLO Report Swap supplied a spot for vinyl report fiends to indulged their habit, however beginning Sunday, April 18, from 8 a.m. until midday, it is going to be again each month on the third Sunday within the parking zone behind Site visitors Data and The Raconteur Room.
In case you did not hear, Traffic Records moved from its 400-square-foot store to a brand new 1,700 sq. foot store at 5850 Site visitors Means in Atascadero, subsequent to The Raconteur Room. It is internet hosting its grand reopening the day earlier than, on Saturday, April 17 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.).
“The overarching aim right here is to actually present how vibrant and great our Site visitors Means enterprise group is,” Site visitors Data’ Manuel Barba mentioned. “We’ve weathered the storm of 2020 and have emerged more healthy and stronger than earlier than. Our block is wonderful. Atascadero is an open-container group, so one can legally get pleasure from libations and drinks on the sidewalk.”
Block celebration, anybody? Δ
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