Three acoustic nights return to the Athenaeum this fall
From Museum reports
Each of the three programs in the Acoustic Evenings with Jefferson Jay series features three performers who stick around for a post-concert reception at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla. Musician/presenter Jay hosts the 7:30 p.m. shows to advance the Athenaeum’s commitment to supporting San Diego talent.
1) Friday, Oct. 5: Local legends Jack Tempchin, Hugh Gaskins, and Jeffrey Joe Morin kick-off the series. Tempchin has co-written five multi-platinum hits for the Eagles — “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “Already Gone,” “The Girl from Yesterday,” “Somebody,” and “It’s Your World Now.”
His songs have been used in films like “Thelma & Louise” and “The Big Lebowski,” and have been performed or recorded by George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Dwight Yoakam, Glen Campbell, Chris Hillman, Jackson Browne, the Paladins, Tanya Tucker, Kate Wolf, Tom Rush, Richie Havens, Glenn Frey and Jim James, among others.
Gaskins will perform on acoustic guitar, acoustic bottleneck slide, harmonica, and electric lead guitar. His style is a fusion of blues with rockabilly and mountain music influences thrown in, along with a return to early influences such as gospel, Elvis, John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson, and Big Joe Williams.
Morin’s guitar and harmonica skills, along with his never-ending knowledge of standards, have resulted in stage sharing with some of the best musicians in San Diego. “He is a wonderful one-man act, sending speckles of stardust into the universe with every heartfelt song,” according to critics.
2) Friday, Oct. 19: The night features return visits by Bart Mendoza and Chris Zach, and new to the series, Cory Wilkins. Mendoza is native San Diegan. He spent the 1980s as frontman for mod rockers Manual Scan, the ’90s with power-poppers, The Shambles, and currently performs with True Stories. Mendoza has penned songs for dozens of artists worldwide. His song “Survive,” co-written with Danish producer/musician Jeppe Riddervold, won the 2003 EMI Publishing Award in Berlin.
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Wilkins has a soulful voice and a guitar style drawn from his blues and rock roots. Blind since birth, he has pursued music since age 14. Wilkins has independently released four CDs, most recently, “San Diego Summer” and “Turn Up The Band.”
As the lead singer for the band For The Faint, Zach displays energy and a message he is not afraid to talk about. His music, his attitude, and his faith are what makes For The Faint a must-see band.
3) Friday, Nov. 2: Performers Nancy Truesdail, Will Edwards, and Regina Leonard to the library. Truesdail will perform the music of her late husband Don Truesdail, who developed four concept albums: “Dasvidanya Bingoland … Hello Nancy!” “Enervator,” “Schmooze Tales” and “Adaptations Arcana Americana-Resetting Forgotten Gems.”
Born in Zimbabwe and raised across America, Edwards “embodies the traveling troubadour.” His music is grounded in the traditions of American folk, rock, jazz, blues and roots music, but expands to include contemporary instrumentation and subject matter such as isolation, family ties, hope, and faith.
Leonard is a Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter with roots in soul and folk music. Whether playing with a band or just her guitar, she has captivated audiences all over southern California and the Southeast.
Series (3 concerts, 9 performers):
• $30 members/students
• $45 non-members
• $12 members/students
• $17 non-members
Phone: (858) 454-5872
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