The Spark Series: Three Inspired Songwriters
Maurice Tani, Aireene Espiritu, Joe Rut
Friday, August 18, 2017, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
$18 adv / $22 door*
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This is my second Spark Series event -a curated evening where I'm joined by two of the best songwriters I know. The format is 2 sets. The first consists of 3 short, individual segments, featuring minimal accompanimant. The second set performed in-the-round.
Last time it was Shelley Doty and Ira Marlowe. This time I'm bringing in my Little Village labelmate Aireene Espiritu and East Bay cult hero Joe Rut. I personally assure the public this production will be second to none.
Aireene Espiritu is a singer/songwriter playing mostly original songs accompanied by latin/african rhythms, folk, bluegrass pickings and inspirations from gospel music — a mix of stompin', swayin', and timeless Americana.
She was born in the Philippines and moved to the United States at 10 years old, growing up in the third culture: the old country, the new country and a blend of both worlds. Mainly influenced by listening to Alan Lomax's field recordings from the South and growing up listening to her uncles' Filipino folk guitar fingerpicking, her music is reminiscent of front porch storytelling, of ghosts and the living, times of laughter and tears.
Joe Rut: On his 6th album release, Stolen Tools & Stereos, Oakland songwriter Joe Rut’s quirky sense of humor underpins a heartfelt, richly lyrical and subtly hallucinatory Americana/Alt-country tapestry. Joe drunk dials his friends at 3 AM Tuesday morning, sings an abandoned black-velvet Elvis painting back home to Tupelo, pictures all his earthly belongings for sale at a flea market after his death, and ponders the tragic mating rituals of porcupines.
It is a deeply American music, although the border guards seem to have been bribed with psychedelics to look the other way. Much of the album was written in a year-long road trip, during which Joe travelled the main streets and backroads of California with his dog Potato in a converted Ford Econoline Van, writing songs daily in The Pretty Good Book, a 3-inch thick antique accounting ledger given to him by friends for the trip.
“They told me to fill it up. I filled 200 pages. It needed a name. I thought it was better than pretty good,” says Joe, “but ‘*The Good Book*’ was already taken, so…”
Maurice Tani is a veteran singer-songwriter and band leader of the California Americana scene. Tani is known for his wry/rye-to-romantic songwriting, agile guitar style and expressive singing. He has released six critically acclaimed albums of original material over the past dozen years.
“I was actually blown away. Maurice Tani writes songs that sound at once familiar, ethereal and beautiful. ...a songwriter’s songwriter with reoccurring themes and his own life experiences, a mournful world critics to date have rushed to categorize as “country music.” -Robert Sproul, No Depression Magazine