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Ventura Event: Live Music ~ Urban Desert Cabaret

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

In Ventura:

Live Music on Saturday night

at Bank of Books

featuring Urban Desert Cabaret!

Urban Desert Cabaret is the musical project of Joe City Garcia. It is a space, a dream, a dynamic event, a band name... the place where Joe City creates and plays music that breaths the great American Southwest.

Joe City Garcia sings from a body that has shot through both heaven and hell and some of the most heartbreakingly beautiful desert landscapes that lie in between… a soulful singer of the Southwest, with yearning verses and guitar ablaze.
Since his youth in Northern New Mexico he’s been playing and singing everything from garage-phychedelia to tex-mex folk, and from punk rock to Gregorian chant in Los Angeles and the deserts and redwood forests of California.
In Hollywood he formed his own bands, Joe City & the Nightcrawlers, The Crawlers, and also collaborated with Ted Quinn in the meteoric Dream Army at the legendary underground club, The Gaslight. From there, with Ted and a few other pilgrims, he became part of an earlier Joshua Tree, California music and art scene that revolved around Fred Drake’s groundbreaking Rancho de la Luna Recording Studio (recently featured in the Foo Fighters Sonic Highways HBO series).
In those early Joshua Tree years he was introduced to Los Angeles author/journalist/poet, Rubén Martínez, who invited him to co-write and record some music for a theatrical performance art piece called “Border Ballad.” With this and other works based on Rubén’s writing, they performed for a few years in New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C, Los Angeles, Northern California, and other places in-between.
..we all know it started with a kiss. But things have changed since then, in life and in art...
During that time Joe met his wife, Joanna Fodczuk, an abstract artist from Poland. For a few years he retired from active performing and delved into a more contemplative lifestyle. After spending some time in silence and reflection, he began to feel the impulse to write, sing, and rock again in the world of music and performance.
Reemerging by playing at open-mics in L.A. coffee houses and pubs, he started to build a new repertoire and soon found himself reconnecting with friends from the old Hollywood scene and meeting new ones from around the world. Along the way, he and Joanna started the monthly Urban Desert Cabaret event, an oasis for songwriters, painters and poets in Hollywood, and thus it began.
In late 2013 Joanna presented an exciting and well-received solo exhibition of her work at the Beatnik Lounge in that famous and energetic desert village of Joshua Tree. On the same weekend Joe played live with his old friend Ted Quinn for his radio "Sunday Evening Variety Show." That eventful weekend unlocked the horizon and revealed a bridge back to the desert and out to the world, Urban Desert Cabaret...
An album of new music, Sometimes the Angels, was recorded and released in 2015. A follow-up, Shadow of a Ghost, was released in 2016. They can be previewed at the Music page and are available for purchase at the Store page. When not on tour, Urban Desert Cabaret and Joe City are found in the California high desert passionately writing, playing and recording new music... and enjoying the view...
...you come back around and everything is the same, but different...

 

Location: 
748 E Main St
Ventura, CA 93001


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Event | by Dr. Radut