It's that time of year again, when presents are unwrapped, miracles seem to occur out of nowhere, and despite the mounds of shop-o-holic debt you're about to incur, the need to give away free shit has never been stronger. That's how we feel about it, anyway. That's why we wanted to throw an extra fistful of music your way this month's Plugged Into Local at Harvelle's in Long Beach on December 19 at 9 p.m.
This month, our little local music get together is an LBC tasting of sacharine-voiced singer songwriters, swaggering blues men and soulful, psych-flavored folk. Headlining this month is Eugene Owens' (formerly of Eugene and the 1914), who returns with his snappily-dressed brand of Miles Davis cool in his new project Slow Learner. Built on a foundation of soul grooves and Chuck Berry bravado, Owens' solo work has always oozed confidence and sound that is sure to shine in front of an intimate, basement crowd in Downtown Long Beach.
As far as opening acts go, you're in for a serious blessing. RX Bandits fans in the area have no doubt heard singer Matt Embree gush about the mellow soul of his band Pebaluna fronted by sultry songstress Lauren Coleman. Together the LB-based quartet is gearing up to release their debut album, Carney Life--a smooth mix of beach side grooves, basement soul and ukelele-filled awesomeness.
And those of you familiar with Long Beach's annual Buskerfest are probably familiar with all star singer-songwriter troupe the Dovelles, consisting of Jenny Stockdale, Alyssandra Nighswonger, Mary McKeever and Tess Shapiro. They actually won the damn thing this year with their whimsical Americana sound that's recently floated them on a recent cross-country tour.
We'll also be getting a rousing old-school blues set courtesy of Harvelle's resident band, Whiteboy James and the Blues Express, one of the most brilliantly irreverent acts to ever rock Harvelle's stage.
As always, the show is free, 21-and-over and full of die hard music lovers/ booze hounds and Weekly readers who show up to get their weekday fix or ruckus.