The Acoustic Evenings with Jefferson Jay series has returned to the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library. Local musician and presenter Jefferson Jay will host three musical evenings. Three performers will be featured on each program and will be available at intermission and after the concert. The project advances the Athenaeum’s commitment to supporting San Diego talent.
Bart Mendoza is a native San Diegan and a veteran of the San Diego music scene. Mendoza spent the 1980s as frontman for mod rockers Manual Scan, the 1990s with power-poppers The Shambles, and currently performs with True Stories. Mendoza has penned songs for dozens of artists worldwide, with the song “Survive,” co-written with Danish producer/musician Jeppe Riddervold, winning the 2003 EMI Publishing Award in Berlin, Germany.
Sisters Katie Leigh and Ashley Reynolds are alternative-acoustic musicians in San Diego. Katie Leigh writes about her music, "I write music in response to my life and the lives around me; sometimes the songs are about love and sometimes they are about heartbreak. But I really want people to feel like there is hope and a way to move forward."
Pianist Normandie Wilson offers up Bacharach- and Jobim-inspired tunes, instrumentals in a Style Council mode, classy cocktail pop. This will be the CD release event for her new album, Geography and Other Problems.
Jack Tempchin has co-written five multiplatinum 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 memorable films like Thelma & Louise and The Big Lebowski. Jack Tempchin’s songs have also been performed and/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, and Jim James from My Morning Jacket, among others.
Israel Maldonado started playing in a band in Tijuana when he was 7. He picked up the classical guitar at age ten. After moving to the United States in 1989, he joined the drum line in high school and played in guitar ensembles in college. In 1996, Maldonado played with two Brazilian bands, Josias Dos Santos Sambrasil and Mark Lamson's Sol e Mar. From there, he went on to play gypsy guitar with David de Alba and Novamenco, and salsa and timba with Agua Dulce, with whom he went on tour for two and a half years. Now, Maldonado has his own group that blends all of his experiences (Brazilian, salsa, Gypsy, funk, Reggae, classical, rock) in one show.
Jeffrey Joe Morin’s exemplary guitar and harmonica skills, along with his never-ending knowledge of standards, have resulted in stage-sharing with some of the finest musicians in San Diego. He is a wonderful one-man act, sending speckles of stardust into the universe with every heartfelt song.
Born in South Korea, Jamie Shadowlight moved to the United States at the age of two. She started playing classical violin at age five and by the age of twelve, was known as an award-winning violinist in Los Angeles, winning the Grand Prize for the L.A. Korea Times Concerto Competition, and the Gold Medal for her trio in the Bach Festival, among many others. When she left home at age eighteen, the classical world expanded into many other genres as she took the American rite of passage, the Jack Kerouac journey of On the Road, by traveling around the country, becoming a street musician, playing with every musician she met along the way. She found her home in San Diego and made her roots here. Her electric jazz fusion exploration of the music of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Santana, and Jeff Beck on electric violin, backed by a power trio, explore the sounds of the five-string electric violin with a pedal board, creating an exciting new sound. The Troubadour states that "Shadowlight has made a reputation as one of the most talented and eclectic musicians to call San Diego home."
Keng Doja has been rocking the San Diego music scene since 2006. His fresh lyrics and powerful voice, combined with some sweet sounds of an eclectic mix of musical instruments, make for a truly unique listening experience. Born and raised along the central coast of California, now residing on the sunny beaches of San Diego, his hometown of San Luis Obispo has provided him with great roots that are now spreading messages of peace, love, and harmony throughout the world!
“In 1981 Sublime and the Wu-Tang Clan gave birth to Rob Deez on the set of Saturday Night Live.” You will have to come to the Athenaeum on Friday, April 25 to find out exactly what that means…