October 27th is a day to celebrate many things. It’s“American Beer Day”, “Cranky Co-Workers Day”, “Sylvia Plath Day”, as well as“National Black Cat Day”, “National Forgiveness Day”, and “World Day for AudioVisual Heritage”. Only one band in Los Angeles has a song that embodies each and every one of those things -- The Evangenitals! And that is something to celebrate! On October 27th at Boulevard Music in Culver City the Evangenitals take the stage at 8pm for two big sets of songs, stories, and sing-a-longs celebrating the full spectrum of human emotions and the darn good songs they make! Promising a solid PG-rating for the evening, the whole family is welcome to come fall in love with the diverse catalog of band leader and songwriter Juli Crockett, whose compositions range from truck-stop lullabies to Klezmer-punk-jazz odysseys, heartbreaking ballads to hillbilly stomp.
The Evangenitals boast 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.
Founded by playwright/director Dr. Juli Crockett (Padua Playwrights) and opera, jazz & gospel singer Lisa Dee (Selah Gospel Choir) the Evangenitals are a veritable Pandora’s box of musical influences and experiences. 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. Filling out the band on this glorious night will be violinist Andrea Baker (The Moth Mainstage), bassist Joey Maramba (John Cale), Michael Feldman (Cousin Junebug) on keys, and Robert Shaffer (Ninja Academy) on drums and percussion.
Ranging from truck-stop lullabies to Klezmer-punk-jazz, ballads & barn-burners to hillbilly stomp, 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.
“They seductively blow smoke rings of multi-colored campfire haze right through your musical senses. This is fun, freedom, and freak folk all delivered with a huge capital ‘F’.” (Jeff Perkins, Seattle Pi)
"I hope these underground bohemian diamonds stay true to themselves; they should never be tampered with." (Music News Nashville)
“The female harmonies between Juli Crockett and Lisa Dee are like the Andrews Sisters re-imagined as tragic mermaids… I haven’t heard harmonies ring this good since the Chapin Sisters were on the scene.” (LA Record)
"Transports you back to a time when the music came from front porches and folk gatherings that allowed for the songwriting to take center stage." (Today's Country Magazine)
“We’re talking about alt-country at its finest, but that’s only the start. Influences of Southern rock, cowpunk and even a little klezmer pop make a tasty brew.” (Pasadena Weekly)
“Their sound is a chimera of American music, a blend of country, bluegrass, jazz and rock, with soul-fondling lyrics, which might leave your skin wet from dancing and your eyes dripping tears of joy all in the same evening.” (Monterey County Weekly)