Sands Hall, Jesse Rimler featured in ‘eclectic’ concert |

Sands Hall, Jesse Rimler featured in ‘eclectic’ concert


WHAT: Col. MaCaw’s Magical Cure-All Mid-Summer Songfest,

featuring Sands Hall and Jesse Rimler

WHEN: Doors open at 7:30 p.m., Music at 8 p.m., Saturday, July 26

WHERE: Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

246 S. Church St. Grass Valley

TICKETS: Adults $10 /$5 students, at the door

INFO: / / 530-575-8218

Col. MaCaw’s Magical Cure-All, the itinerant, eclectic concert series produced by local musician Randy McKean, returns Saturday night at the Unitarian Universalist Community in the Mountains in Grass Valley. This concert features two singer/songwriters with a literary bent, Nevada City native Sands Hall and Oakland-based Jesse Rimler.

Music was always a part of Rimler’s family household. His mother is a pianist, and his father is a biographer who has written books on George Gershwin and Cole Porter. Rimler says he grew up listening to the music of his peers, but nonetheless these and other Tin Pan Alley songwriters’ work influenced his songwriting, plus later greats such as Van Dyke Parks, Randy Newman, Judee Sill and Connie Converse. Although busy the last few years as a member of several Bay Area bands, including Religious Phase, Mappy and Kapowski, currently Rimler has been concentrating on solo work, which has culminated in a series of recordings and his first ever solo tour, accompanying himself on the piano. The debut single, “Secret Password/My Elevator Story,” was released in March, and more are being released as the tour progresses.

“Jesse’s music has an intimate quality that really draws in the listener,” said McKean. “There’s also this creative, quirky aspect to the writing, which connects to his work as a comic book artist.”

Rimler has noted similarities between the art of the cartoon strip and songwriting, admiring how each accomplish a great deal with just a line or a lyric. Rimler will have samples of his comics on the tour, as well.

Sands Hall also comes from a literary upbringing. The daughter of novelist Oakley Hall, words and stories have always been a part of Hall’s life. Hall has continued the family tradition, as a novelist, playwright and actress, and currently teaches creative writing at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Penn. Yet her father also started her down the path of music when he presented her with a Martin guitar he had bought from a hard-up University of California, Berkeley student. Hall says her initial influences were the “three J’s,” Joan Baez, Judy Collins, and Joni Mitchell, and the story songs and murder ballads of traditional folk music.

Although Hall has been writing and performing songs most of her life, she has just now completed her first CD, “Rustler’s Moon,” with the help of producer Saul Rayo and several local musicians, including McKean on saxophone and clarinets. He will be joining her for part of her set Saturday night.

McKean says Hall and Rimler’s work both have something he calls the “slow-burn sparkle.”

“Sands’ song ‘Dancing in the Heavens,’ it’s this joyous, chiming, yet subtle, love song; the first time I heard it, the little hairs on the back of my neck stood-up. Jesse’s work has the same charmingly insinuating qualities.” He invites everyone to come out and experience it for themselves.

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