25 paintings from start to finish in the gallery in one week? We look forward to seeing how this goes.When Matt Beard told us what he wanted to do we thought two things: he’s bonkers, and he’s even more bonkers than we thought… but were game to let me take a swing at it in our brand new gallery/headquarters in La Jolla, CA.
During one frantic week in the new gallery he will be painting ten 30″ x 30″, five 20″ x 20″, and ten 10″ x 10″ original paintings. There will be tacos, donuts, beers, drums, friends, enemies, skateboards, and possibly even parakeets.** Stop in during the course of the week to check out the work in progress, or just wait to see them all finished at the opening reception on March 25 …times and more details coming real soon.
Blind Faith Commitment (available until March 18): 30×30 canvas – $950 | 20×20 canvas – $550 | 10×10 canvas – $348
Work in Progress Special (available March 19-24): 30×30 canvas – $1250 | 20×20 canvas – $650 | 10×10 canvas – $349
Finished Work (available March 25): 30×30 canvas – $1500 | 20×20 canvas – $750 | 10×10 canvas – $350
First come, first serve, quantities limited. Contact Pierce or Petra Kavanagh for purchase inquiries.
**bring your own tacos, donuts and beers… and friends… and skateboards… and parakeets… but leave your enemies elsewheres
by Keith Boyd
Last night I saw Los Dug Dug’s, The Pretty Things and The Standells at The Casbah! Or maybe it was Los Spiders, The Small Faces and Buffalo Springfield? Nah…Actually it was Los Sweepers, The Loons and Mystic Braves and it was ON FIRE! I’m a complete and utter devotee of the vast catalog of known and unknown mid-60’s bands who in one way or another defined the Beatles-inspired Garage Music scene. More likely than not these bands had no intention of staying in the confines of the garage, basement or bedroom. They probably had their sights set on The Avalon, Matrix or any number of 1960’s clubs and festivals but we all know how it goes with Rock bands…Between the Vietnam War, drugs, an indifferent industry and life in general countless numbers of these Freakbeat combos spawned, mushroomed and faded from the scene in a remarkably short period. Compilations such as the amazing Nuggets series brought many of these groups to broader attention in the 80’s and just as the 1st generation of groups grew seemingly overnight in places as wide-ranging as Spain, Australia, Indonesia and yes, the deserts of Southern California a new groundswell of incredible musicians picked up the mantle and ran with it. San Diego has long been a hub of bands in the key of Garage. The 80’s were a particularly fecund time for it and last night Mike Stax’s group The Loons showed everyone how it’s done.
Los Sweepers opened the night and blew minds with their day at the races energy. I can’t say for certain but I think they might have played EVERY hit from 1966 AND sang them in Spanish! You could be forgiven of rethinking you’d stumbled into an El Centro High School gymnasium dance sponsored by Wolfman Jack. Despite playing such well-worn tunes as Wild Thing (Transfored into “LOCO”!!) and Hang on Sloopy (reworked as “Vamos Lupe”!!) they managed through the simple equation of bass, guitar, drums and ENERGY to win the crowd over and make a joyful noise.
The Loons are a San Diego treasure. Incredible playing by all members is channelled into a seriously punchy frenzy by lead singer, music historian and all around Rock Lifer Mike Stax. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing The Loons a few times over the years and while they’ve always been great, they continue to get better and better. Among their relentlessly powerful set were a few favorites, ‘My Desolation”, “Inside Out Your Mind” and “I Don’t Live There Anymore” but the whole show was fantastic. At one point Stax was bashing away on a tambourine with the phrase, ACID BLUES splashed across it. It was a fitting theme for this band’s music. Truly The Loons are a San Diego Treasure. Get out and see them whenever you can.
The headliners of the night were the LA-based Mystic Braves. They have their sound absolutely dialed in. Swirling organs, plucky, reverb soaked guitars and beautiful harmonies were in deep abundance. The band’s incredible albums were all represented in the set and the tightness that comes with frequent touring was powerfully evident. While Los Sweepers and The Loons generated Iggy levels of energy Mystic Braves vibe was much more chilled. I kept thinking that their music would fit nicely on the Easy Rider soundtrack.
Despite my numerous references to vintage bands, sounds and styles I simply must add that this wasn’t just a dress-up, look backwards retro type of deal. Yes, these musicians have all done a deep study of EVERYTHING from roughly 1965-1974 but…they all made these influences serve their own unique musical vision. It was just a euphoric, Cave-Stomping good time. The always excellent Casbah did it again.
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March 10th – May 1st @ The Cygnet Theatre
Noura Mint Seymali and her band lifted worldly spirits Thursday night at the Price Center Ballroom East. The dark ballroom was filled with some 150 chairs and the high-ceilinged room. Noura’s band entered first, tuned up and settled in.
Many of the songs were played in different modalities so the guitar player and Noura’s husband, Jeiche Ould Chighaly, was constantly tuning between songs. For Californians, his guitar playing was out of this world. For Western references, think Sir Richard Bishop for scales and attack or Richard Thompson for tones and textures.
The audience could tell right away that the music for the evening would gather forces from another hemisphere and transit over oceans and deserts to create a magical and unique musical sensation. All the hammer-ons and runs Jeiche was doing in warm-ups only heightened the anticipation.
The couple herald from an historic musical lineage in Mauritania, where the Sahara and the Magreb meet and what blooms is an honest explosion of the West African Arabic world. A couple of the songs they played in their 60 minute set were written by Noura’s father (himself a popular and famous Mauritanian musician).
The sounds of the guitar and Noura’s 9 string harp were textured and filled with the gritty sand they have touched from years of playing desert locales. It felt authentic and raw. The combination of traditional songs mixed with modern pop styles of blues and psychedelia fused places and times.
When Noura came out and began singing with the guitar and the rest of the band, it all came together. The semi-formal room took a little bit of time to warm up. Noura’s voice was full and loud, empty of the standard reverb that so many western pop acts employ. The long and lush vocal runs intertwined with the beautiful and unique guitar styling to set the foundation for the evening.
As the night gained momentum, the band, Noura’s voice and the crowd all warmed up. The audience let go a little bit, Jeiche started smiling more and the voice began to transport the listener. Her long Arabic runs imagined far away places, where cultures intertwine and complexities spice meaning. Her spiritual nods to Mohamed settled over the mixed crowd and opened eyes into smiles and brought people together in ways that only great music can.
Every time I see an Art Power event, I am transformed and transported. The unique selection of the avante guard artists across the multiple mediums is tricky and can be very powerful when done right. Bringing Noura Mint Seymali to San Diego was a great move that collected many different groups together for a night at UCSD. The normal Art Power crowd was infused with young Muslims and African Americans celebrating the authentic spirit of an honest joyful expression.