Fronted by enigmatic and ethereal vocalist (and highly accomplished visual artist) Kaoru Mansour, the quartet known as Acre Foot creates music that is both impossible to categorize and impossible to resist. Rhythmic, atmospheric, earthy, kaleidoscopic, economical, alchemical, bold, inventive, nuanced, and quirky, the other members of the band, namely veteran L.A. scenesters electric guitarist Carey Fosse, bass guitarist Darryl Tewes, and multi-percussionist Brad Dutz, work together in a seamless, collaborative, organic, and personal way to make their own distinct and vital contributions to the music, bringing it vividly to life. While their excellent CD Expanding aptly represents the band’s efforts, there’s still nothing like hearing them make it all happen live. In fact, they promise to unveil some new tunes for this event. On top of all this, live visuals will also be provided by the always wonderful Kio Griffith and his richly imaginative and splendidly realized projection of compelling images. It’s simply a must.
Opening the evening will be a unique and outstanding unit hailing from the San Franscisco Bay Area, Grex. Blending elements of modern jazz, indie rock, and blues rock, the group goes far beyond the notion of “eclectic” and all the way through the notion of “eccentric.” Drawing comparisons to classic psychedelic rock, creative jazz, and what, out of desperation, gets termed alternative music, Grex spins all of its diverse influences into a collection of songs that are unique, fun, and endlessly surprising. Comprised of three adept and original artists, guitarist/vocalist Karl A.D. Evangelista, keyboardist/vocalist M. Rei Scampavia Evangelista, and drummer Robert Lopez, the trio has four CDs in its discography and shows no sign of slowing down. Prepare to be delighted.