David Lindley – Adams Avenue Unplugged Headliner Concert – $20
Saturday, April 27 6:45 – 8:00 PM Normal Height United Methodist Church
Multi-instrumentalist David Lindley performs music that redefines the word “eclectic.” Lindley, well known for his many years as the featured accompanist with Jackson Browne, and leader of his own band El Rayo-X, has long championed the concept of world music. The David Lindley electro-acoustic performance effortlessly combines American folk, blues, and bluegrass traditions with elements from African, Arabic, Asian, Celtic, Malagasy, and Turkish musical sources. Lindley incorporates an incredible array of stringed instruments including but not limited to Kona and Weissenborn Hawaiian lap steel guitar, Turkish saz and chumbus, Middle Eastern oud, and Irish bouzouki. The eye-poppingly clad “Mr. Dave’s” uncanny vocal mimicry and demented sense of humor make his onstage banter a highlight of the show.
David Lindley grew up in southern California, first taking up the banjo as a teenager, and subsequently winning the annual Topanga canyon banjo and fiddle contest five times as he explored the American folk music tradition. between 1967 and 1971 Lindley founded and lead what must now be seen as the first world music rock band, the Kaleidoscope. In 1971, Mr. Dave joined forces with Jackson Browne, serving as Jackson’s most significant musical co-conspirator until 1981. In 1979, Lindley had begun working with old friend Ry Cooder on ‘Bop Till you Drop’ and ‘The Long Riders’ sound track, a musical collaboration that lasts to this day, and has spawned many recording projects and several world tours as an acoustic duo.
In 1981, Lindley created his own remarkable Band El Rayo-X, which integrated American roots music and world beat with a heavy reggae influence. ‘El Rayo-X’, ‘Win This Record’ and ‘Very Greasy’, as well as a live e.p. during this period he also came forth with a solo album, ‘Mr. Dave’. Lindley and guitarist Henry Kaiser went to Madagascar for two weeks in 1991 and recorded six albums of indigenous Malagasy music (including two collaborative cd’s, ‘A World Out of Time’ volumes one and two on Shanachie) which proved to have a major impact on the world music scene, both for the quality of the Grammy nominated music recorded, and the fair and ethical way the Malagasy musicians were dealt with. Throughout this long and distinguished career, Lindley has been one of Hollywood’s most in demand session musicians, lending his skills to the recorded works of Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt, Crosby and Nash, Warren Zevon, and many others.
In 1990 a chance meeting of Lindley and Jordanian born percussionist Hani Naser led to an impromptu jam and an instant decision that “we should take this on the road.” David and Hani toured the world for the following six years. The duo recorded two self-released “Official Bootleg” compact discs, ‘Live in Tokyo Playing Real Good’ and ‘Live All Over the Place Playing Even Better’ on Pleemhead audio. At his expansive and eclectic live performances David Lindley consistently gives one of the most unique concert experiences available to adventuresome music listeners. Currently David is associated with the Rosebud agency.
Gaby Moreno – Adams Avenue Unplugged Headliner Concert – $15
Saturday, April 27 5:00 – 6:15 PM Normal Height United Methodist Church
Guatemalan Gaby Moreno is an award-winning singer and songwriter whose music encompasses a broad spectrum of genres, from blues and jazz to pop, R&B, soul, and Latin folk styles. She sings in both Spanish and English, and calls her more recent sound “Spanglish folk soul.”
After graduating high school, she moved to the United States and attended the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, where she met her bassist and drummer and began performing live. She entered her song “Escondidos” in the 2006 John Lennon Songwriting Contest and won the competition. She followed it by self-producing her debut album, Still the Unknown, in 2008. The recording was given play by KCRW and gained notice from National Public Radio as well, leading to her opening slots on national tours for Tracy Chapman and other artists.
In 2010 she issued her sophomore album, Illustrated Songs, and also co-composed the instrumental theme song for the television series Parks and Recreation, winning an Emmy nomination. Subsequently, her original music was used in a handful of other television shows. That summer she performed with Van Dyke Parks at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark in a program of Latin American music, calypso, and Americana songs. In 2011 she sang on the Ricardo Arjona hit song “Fuiste Tu,” and followed it with her third album, Postales, in 2012. She won a Latin Grammy for Best New Artist in 2013. That same year she sang on Hugh Laurie’s second full-length, Didn’t It Rain, subsequently touring with him across the United States, Europe, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina.
On her own, Moreno issued the 2014 Christmas album Posada, which included bilingual seasonal songs, hymns, and carols from a variety of traditions. She stayed busy headlining tours for a year and a half, including her own Festival Acústico: Gaby Moreno y Amigos in Latin America, Europe, and the United States, before reentering the recording studio. Her pre-release single was issued simultaneously in Spanish as “Se Apagó” and in English as “Love Is Gone” (the latter with special guest Jonny P) in July of 2016, in conjunction with the release of her singing the title theme for the Disney film Elena of Avalor. Ilusión, her fifth album, was released in September of that year.