The Donkeys, Birdy Bardot, The Midnight Pine, Oh, Spirit – Tickets – Adams Avenue Street Fair – San Diego, CA – October 1st, 2017

The Donkeys, Birdy Bardot, The Midnight Pine, Oh, Spirit

Casbah presents

The Donkeys

Birdy Bardot

The Midnight Pine

Oh, Spirit

Sun, October 1, 2017

Doors: 11:00 am / Show: 7:00 pm

Adams Avenue Street Fair

San Diego, CA

FREE

This event is 21 and over

The Donkeys
The Donkeys
We would love to be able to say that the Donkeys are simply four California beach bums who love to surf, drink cheap beer and jam as the sun sets over the Pacific. The long legacy of music hailing from California — from Bakersfield to the Beach Boys, Sweetheart of the Rodeo through Slanted and Enchanted — has shaped our sense that everything and everyone "out west" is laid back, comfortable and cool.

And to be fair, when it comes to the Donkeys, some of this mystique is true — two of the band's members are indeed surfers, and all four have been known to down a six pack or two. But like California, the real-life Donkeys (best friends from Southern California, Timothy DeNardo, Jessie Gulati, Anthony Lukens and Sam Sprague) are much more... real. If their backstory contains those top-down cars and suntanned utopian surf tableaus, it also contains the malaise and the escape fantasies familiar to all suburban kids of the 80s and 90s. Miraculously, the music manages to comfortably communicate both moods at once. Any expression of existential ennui — "is this all there is?" — is simultaneously soothed by an unrushed guitar lick and a harmonized twang that becomes almost, dare we say, meditative.

Part of this magic comes from the fact that there's no artifice to the Donkeys' songs, from the matter-of-fact breakup blues of "Boot on the Seat" to the playful recollections of a late, drunken night narrated on "Nice Train." These are everyday lives in the postmodern world expressed with a deep respect for classic songs from the 70s through the 90s -- for spacey grooves and soulful, jangly swagger -- that elevates the subject matter beyond the ordinary. Living on the Other Side, the band's second album, is not meant to hit you over the head with a flamboyant single — instead, imagine Ray Davies jamming with the Byrds, or a Gene Clark-fronted Buffalo Springfield -- and you'll get a sense of the tradition that informs this band.

Living on the Other Side is about rolling down the windows, cranking up the stereo, and hitting the open road. Maybe you're running away, and maybe you're not, but either way, everything's going to be alright.
The Midnight Pine
"I met Shelbi Bennett at the record store of my employ. I was ringing her up for dvds, I believe it was the Brother's Bloom and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, the latter I had forgotten existed. I had just seen the first one and struck up a conversation about it, which as all conversations I have longer than 1 minute segued into music. She said she was a singer, in an instant of condescension that... See More
Description
The Midnight Pine is the soundtrack to a solitary desert drive beneath a crescent moon. Lead by the haunting voice of young siren Shelbi Bennett, the Pine presents a sparse, hypnotic, eerie and beautiful soundscape. The album wanders through ghost towns of morose psychedelia, brooding folk and triumphant pop. To keep the focus on the vocals there are no drums, just found objects, chains, saw blades, sheet metal, utensils and short wave radios are layered to keep a subtle pulse of percussion pushing the songs forward. The Midnight Pine is an exercise in serene nonchalance, moody atmospheres and songs that braid your heart strings into a rich tapestry. Live the band can conjure pin drop attention with it's gentle movements and with a quick shift in dynamic can be a sonic maelstrom. The voice of Shelbi Bennett is a force of nature, captivating, volatile, gorgeous and pummeling.
Oh, Spirit
Oh, Spirit
Venue Information:
Adams Avenue Street Fair
Adams Avenue and 33rd St.
San Diego, CA, 92116