THE RAY OF LIGHT- JUNE 2018
6.23- The Sundogs’ Rock N Roll Spectacular at Vista Room, w/ The Beggars’ Guild
One of our favorite occasional shows, the ROCK N ROLL SPECTACULAR is the night for us to roll all of the rifftastic, fist pumping rock songs from our 17 years of rocking, along with some choice covers from the bands that have inspired us. We always invite some friends, and this year our buddies from The Beggars’ Guild will join us at one of our new favorite places, the beautiful Vista Room in the Oak Grove neighborhood of Decatur. It connects to Napoleon’s where you can get some great eats before the ROCK SHOW.
Get tickets here, and get em in advance because they’re cheaper that way and it’s easier for you (and us!) This is your fair warning, this night will be awesome. Don’t make us sic The Joker on you:
8:30- The Beggars’ Guild
9:30- The Sundogs’ Rock N Roll Spectacular
View from Stage Left
– Charlie Mars, “Beach Town”: I know I wrote this last month when talking about Michael McDermott, but one of the many cool things about 30A Songwriters was connecting with the other artists, especially our old buddy Charlie Mars. Charlie’s a Mississippian, and we’ve known him for 20 years, going back to when he got Matt Ulmer to quit Ole Miss and join the Charlie Mars Band. Later, after that band called it quits, Matt- along with Charlie’s drummer Andrew Hanmer, ended up joining up with us for two albums, as you may know. Charlie became a solo artist, and financed his first solo record after winning $26K in Biloxi (or Tunica? Can’t recall– true story though) which jump started a career that’s taken him all kinds of cool places.We ran into him at the artist party at 30A, caught one of his shows and he was flat-out amazing. Funny (check out Dream Kitchen) and self deprecating, he had a room of 300 hanging on every note and joke. In April, he put out his best record yet, Beach Town, and he’ll be playing Eddie’s Attic on Thursday night 6/14. Join us, we’ll be there cheering him on.
– RIP, Scott Hutchison, Frightened Rabbit: Scott was the lead singer and songwriter for Frightened Rabbit, a very cool band from Scotland that we started listening to a few years ago. Scott took his own life last month after a lifelong struggle with depression, and his willingness to share his open, raw pain is sadly- tragically- part of what made his songs so relatable to so many people. His last message to the world was “Be so good to everyone you love….Please, hug your loved ones.” Here’s his elegy, “Floating in the Forth,” from their great album Midnight Organ Fight. I’m not alone in wishing he was still here making music and hugging his loved ones. RIP, Scott.