Here’s something to be thankful for -- The Evangenitals are returning to the Coffee Gallery Backstage for an epic and intimate double set of songs, stories, and sing-a-longs, suitable for the whole family. Promising a solid PG-rating for the evening, with songs ranging from truck-stop lullabies to Klezmer-punk-jazz, ballads & barn-burners to hillbilly stomp, and citing influences from the new-wave intelligentsia of the Talking Heads to the archetypal fire of Johnny Cash, all welded together with the mutant masterminds of Ween. The jukebox at the Mad Hatters tea party is the Evangenitals. And you’re invited to the tea party of the season!
The Short Scoop:
What: The Evangenitals Thanksgiving Review
Where: Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Ave. Altadena, CA 91001
When: Saturday November 26th 2016; 7pm - 10pm
How Much: $15
Reservations: (626) 398-7917
Founded by playwright/director Juli Crockett and opera, jazz & gospel singer Lisa Dee are an alt-country/Americana love revolution made flesh for your listening pleasure. On a quixotic crusade in the key of life hell-bent on breaking hearts open, they are a genre-bending, ever-creating force of nature. The band boasts one of the most eclectic resumes in the indie music world. As live performers, they’ve built a fiercely loyal following through a thousand shows at clubs, coffee houses and festivals throughout the world (including Scotland’s prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Their shows are notable for music that can be bawdy and rollicking in one moment, and, in the next, sufficiently mysterious and haunting to make the rowdiest of beer brawlers pause, turn toward the stage and listen.
The group’s current frequent lineup consists of principal writer/vocalist Juli Crockett, gospel/jazz singer Lisa Dee, bassist Joey Maramba, Andrea Baker on fiddle, Danny Graziani (fiddle and harmonica), keyboardist Michael Feldman, Ari DeSano (accordion and jokes), Tony Perez (baritone sax), and Nick Stone on drums.
Having spent the better part of a decade navigating the choppy waters of the Southern California indie rock world, the Evangenitals have turned their considerable creative attentions to the greatest seagoing adventure of them all. Moby Dick: or, The Album (Fluff and Gravy Records), the band’s latest full-length album, is a musical swirl of immaculately crafted songs, each interpreting an aspect of Melville’s masterpiece with an approach that tacks between intricate arrangement and the deceptively simple country-inflected tunes for which the band is best known. At times the songs are lushly poetic, at others, coarsely powerful. They are as infectious as they are ambitious, filled with humor, insight, mystery and wonder.
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