The Waifs play The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley Aug. 19
KNOW & GO
WHO: The Center for the Arts presents
WHAT: The Waif; Lee Bob and the Truth opening
WHEN: 8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 19
WHERE: The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main Street, Grass Valley
TICKETS: $47 member, $57 non-member general admission
The Center Box Office - 530-274-8384 ext 14
BriarPatch Co-op Community Market - 530-272-5333
Tickets online at http://www.thecenterforthearts.org
Australian folk rockers The Waifs, a California Worldfest favorite, will return for a special Grass Valley performance at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19 presented by The Center for the Arts.
Theirs is a journey that began in 1992, with two sisters and a friend travelling in a van playing gigs for anyone and anywhere. Today, the band with multiple Australian Record Industry Association awards has sold half a million records and attracted legions of fiercely loyal fans.
Sisters Vikki Thorn and Donna Simpson deliver their stories with the help of Josh Cunningham on guitar, who they met by chance in Broome way back when. David Macdonald on drums and Ben Franz on bass join the trio on rhythm section.
Daniel Champagne (who played WorldFest) will open for The Waifs along with Lee Bob and the Truth with a new starting show time at 7:30 p.m.
In January 2015, aided by their regular rhythm section of drummer Dave Ross Macdonald and bassist Ben Franz, The Waifs entered the studio with producer Nick DiDia (Bruce Springsteen, Rage Against the Machine, Powderfinger) and emerged with “Beautiful You”. Emotionally raw but musically buoyant, there’s a familiar mix of celebration and reflection, combined with that easy musical energy and intuition spawned from so many years of touring, whether in the pubs of rural Australia in the early days or on the road internationally ever since.
The trio of Lee Bob Watson, Josh Lippi, and Steve Wyreman, recently released their debut LP, The Truth. Watson joined forces with Lippi and Wyreman, a pair of talented and accomplished musicians, to create an album that was independent from any outside influence, and is quite simply some fine rock and roll.
Known for his work with California rockers Jackpot, dubbed by The New York Times as “one of California’s greatest unknown bands”, as well as punk-gospel band Santa Cruz Gospel Choir, Sacramento native Lee Bob Watson has been a powerful force in music for 10 years.
For his CD Aficionado, Watson enlisted former CAKE drummer Todd Roper, current CAKE bassist Gabe Nelson and Jackpot singer and guitarist Rusty Miller and a handful of Northern California’s finest talent. With help from esteemed producer Dana Gumbiner, the crew recorded the album in just 10 days, relying mostly on live-takes and minimal overdubs.
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