Get ready for some good old Americana! TOMORROW: Richie Lawrence and the Yolos and Q&A
Richie Lawrence has been playing music since he was a child; he taught himself to play his family’s 1917 Steinway Grand at a young age and has been a working musician for most of his life. He is best known for his work as accordionist for L.A. polka legends, Rotondi, and as a side-man (piano, accordion) in I See Hawks in L.A. Lawrence said he writes “original songs, displaying plainspoken truth and an impressive knowledge of American Roots Music, in other words eclectic, somewhere between Americana and Chanson, maybe Americana Chanson.” Lawrence was born in Oklahoma and spent a good deal of his musical career in L.A.; he moved to Sacramento in 1994 to follow his wife and join Sacramento cowboy folk band Horse Sense. “Having moved from Los Angeles, I can safely say that the scene here is alive and well,” said Lawrence. “It’s just small, that’s all.”
Lawrence has had a full career, but he’s not stopping anytime soon–he’s releasing his latest album, “Water”, at this show. This album is a departure from his previous solo album “Melancholy Waltz” in that it’s much more “band oriented”, where “Melancholy Waltz” was “mostly solo piano, instrumental and vocal, with some accordion and harmony.” “Water” showcases the talents of the Yolos--Keith Cary; slide guitars and mandolin, Scott Prawalsky; upright bass, Katie Thomas (Lawrence’s wife); vocals, Bart van der Zeeuw; drums–as well as Lawrence’s musical prowess.
Q&A is a brand new band by young (like, 14-year-old) artists Quinn Alfaro and Cooper Prawalsky. At the moment, it’s just the two of them–Quinn on banjo and vocals and Cooper on guitar and vocals–but they may expand in the near future. Since they’re so new, Quinn and Cooper are still working out their sound. “Our style is questionable at best, as we are influenced by many bands (Cooper being influenced by The White Stripes and Violent Femmes and me being influenced by Queen, U2 and The Red Hot Chili Peppers.)” said Quinn. “Our sound hasn’t changed much since we started playing but we are always getting better at playing. This will actually be me and coopers first time playing publicly together.”
Show starts at 8
$5 Door Charge