Four days of the 2012 Carmel Art & Film Festival kicks off Thursday night with a big red carpet hoo-dee-hoo at the Sunset Center in Carmel. But you can read all about that in Marcos Cabrera's story in this week's GO!
While the festival, which features Mr. Brainwash of "Exit Through the Gift Shop" fame and a star of the 2010 version, is chock-full of features, docs, shorts, discussions and after-parties, the only musical interlude takes place Friday night at PacRep's Golden Bough Theatre in Carmel.
That concert features an intriguing combination of Americana/pop artist Griffin House (opening at 7 p.m.) and DJ, producer and mashup master Shyboy from Los Angeles.
Shyboy is an exciting addition to the festival, which is otherwise devoted to art and films. But Shyboy has not only written music for films, but for television shows ("America's Next Top Model"), video games ("Devil May Crey 4") and even a web series ("Stripped Down Live").
He's the lead singer for the L.A. electronica/rock band Hypnogaja, has 1 million Twitter followers and is the house DJ at L.A.'s Bootie club.
Shyboy is said to be debuting songs from his debut solo album "Water on Mars," which is expected to be released in 2013, at Friday's concert. His electro-dreampop debut video "Bird in Flight" can be seen on YouTube. And Shyboy is also playing the festival after-party later that night.
All of which makes House's opening set a bit of a head-scratcher, although House did play at a previous festival and received strong reviews. House is an engaging, melodic, well-regarded singer-songwriter in the Americana genre, so it's not as if he's a base amateur.
Details on the concert, as well all the other happenings at this festival, which is fast making a name for itself on the crowded "festival" calendar (jazz, reggae, food, etc.) on the Monterey Peninsula in only its fourth year, are at carmelartandfilm.com.
Details on the Nunn/Berlin show, which is a kick-off party for next weekend's Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival (there's another one!), and the Dani Paige Band show, can be found elsewhere in this week's GO! And all that's just on Friday.
Saturday is also filled with a lot of intriguing choices, from the Celtic-folk of The Bright Side Band at East Village Coffee Lounge; the always appealing Aporia ("jazz re-imagined") at the Golden State Theatre's lobby venue; heartfelt singer, songwriter and guitarist Claudia Nygaard at Magic Circle Theater in Carmel Valley; songwriter and full-throated singer Nancy Jones at Plaza Linda in the Valley; Hawaiian uke player and singer Michelle Kiba at American Burger; Americana singer-songwriter Casey Frazier at London Bridge Pub (and opening for Dani Paige Band Friday); and folk icon Mary McCaslin at The Works in Pacific Grove.
But wait, one of the better events of the weekend promises to be the "Party in The Village!" Saturday from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at Hidden Valley Theater in Carmel Valley.
A fundraiser for the Carmel Valley Village Improvement Committee and the Carmel Valley Historical Society, the event is the brainchild of Valley native and CVVIC board member Marj Ingram Viales, who wanted to put on a country music benefit featuring Valley folks.
So Valley favorites, old-time string band Heartstrings (of which Viales is a member), the country-picking The Hay Boys and the country-rockin' California Cowboys will help kick up the dust and straw at this hoedown. The event, $35, features a silent auction, raffles and no-host bar, with locally produced hors d'ouevres part of the ticket price.
"When I was thinking about a fundraiser, I was thinking about all the country music I was raised on in Carmel Valley," said Viales. "Back then, musicians from Cachagua to the Village would grab their guitars and fiddles and play together whenever they could."
Tickets and more details at partyinthevillage.org, as well as several Valley merchants, or by calling Julie Cason at 915-0879. With any luck this homegrown hoedown will become an annual affair in the Village.GO!
All-star soul/funk/jazz B3/Rhodes whiz Robert Walter's 20th Congress plays Friday night at Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz. Show is at 9 p.m., doors at 8 p.m., $12 advance, $15 door, two sets. moesalley.com, robertwalter.com.