Weekend Preview: Sunset Sessions, She’s So Unusual Tour And ‘Making Rumours’
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Aired 6/6/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Claire Caraska, freelance writer and editor
Rosemary Bystrak, founder, SD:Dialed In
The weekend ahead is looking bright for live music fans: one of the original pop princesses has a tour stop in San Diego, an LA-based experimental project will perform at the Casbah, a music industry insiders' event finally allows the public to join in the fun and a Fleetwod Mac producer-turned-author stops by Warwick's bookstore in La Jolla to promote his book.
Sunset Sessions is a music industry insiders' event that has propelled some now-household name acts into the spotlight (think Jason Mraz and Fun.) Founded by former independent radio promoter Michele Clark, the three-day convention brings together components of the music industry that are essential to getting fresh talent their big break. This year's San Diego rendition is finally open to the public for the first year ever, meaning that San Diego music lovers can buy tickets to the evening showcases, which will take place at the Belly Up Tavern. Performances will happen on Thursday, June 6 through Saturday, June 8 and will feature newcomers like The Unlikely Candidates, Redlight King, Michelle Delamor and more.
Cyndi Lauper's "She's So Unusual" tour will stop in San Diego next Wednesday, June 12, at Humphrey's by the Bay in Shelter Island. One of the original pop princesses, Lauper is celebrating the 30th anniversary of her "She's So Unusual" album, which cemented her pop princess status when it was released in 1983. She'll perform the entire album, including classics like "Time After Time" and "Girls Just Want to Have Fun."
Big Black Delta, the side project of LA-based musician Jonathan Bates, performs this Saturday, June 8 at The Casbah. Known better for being the vocalist and bassist of the group Mellowdrone, Bates has stepped out on his own and released a self-titled album that features pulsating beats, heavy synthesizer and droned-out vocals.
In 1977, Ken Caillat was with Fleetwood Mac at the Record Plant in Sausalito, CA where they would all, despite having the odds against them, work together to create the now-iconic album "Rumours." The story has it all: love affairs, divorce, drugs, jealousy and fame. Caillat, who is also the father of Grammy-nominated musician Colbie Caillat, recounts what went down during that tumultuous time in his book "Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album." He'll be at Warwick's bookstore in La Jolla tonight, June 6, to discuss and sign copies of the book.