GRIMM’S FAIRY TALES: After an assuredly much-needed summer break, Santa Barbara songstress, promoter, and music fan Christina Grimm is back to her old tricks and haunts this upcoming Thursday, September 18, when she presents her 18th Santa Barbara Songwriter Showcase at Jensen Guitar’s Mainstage. This will be the first of the monthly concert series since June’s offering, and the lineup promises a smattering of Central Coast talents and surprises that speak to Grimm’s tastes and talent for bringing together some of the best in the indie scene.
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Starting at 7 p.m., the showcase will kick off with headliner Peter Gallway with Julia Baucke, Khasy Modisette, and three “special guests” who will be chosen to perform on-the-fly during the night’s program. The epitome of a consummate songwriter, Gallway has recorded more than 10 albums with Warner-Reprise Records, as well as penned tunes for the likes of Kenny Rogers and the infallible Bette Midler. On Thursday, Gallway will take to the Jensen stage with a collection of new tracks off his soon-to-be-released Freedom Is album.
S.B. Songwriter Showcase
- When: Thursday, September 18, 2008, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Where: Jensen Guitar & Music Co. Mainstage Venue, 2905 De la Vina St., Santa Barbara
- Cost: $5 - $10
- Age limit: Not available
Supporting Gallway will be Baucke, an alt-folkster whose most latest album, Never Too Soon, features a mix of soulful tracks that call to mind both Aimee Mann and recent S.B. passer-thru, Patty Griffin. Likewise, Baucke’s liner notes read like a who’s-who of alternative country and adult contemporary music making. While she shares songwriting duties with Kenny Edwards on the album’s “Like You Love Me Now,” Baucke has also brought on the majority of Jackson Browne‘s backing band by way of guitarist Mark Goldenberg, keyboardist Jeff Young, and drummer Mauricio “Fritz” Lewak.
Last, but most certainly not least, Modisette will round out the threesome with a set that will undoubtedly draw a crowd. Since her much talked about May stint at SOhO, Modisette has been hard at work with her husband Nathan perfecting the duo’s arsenal of songs and harmonies. As always, Grimm will play emcee to the night’s events. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for those younger than 21, and children 12 years or younger get in free with an adult. Visit myspace.com/sbsongwritershowcase for details and music samples.