June 16, 2004

Eve Selis CD Release Concert Is Saturday

Eve SelisI didn't meet Eve Selis until 2002, but I've been hearing about her since the early '80s, because before Eve ever became a well-known singer, she was a student and track star at University of San Diego High School, while I was teaching journalism for their Catholic-school rivals, St. Augustine High School and the Academy of Our Lady of Peace. I also was the yearbook adviser for OLP, so I even ended up with a copy of Uni's annual for 1981, which was Eve's senior year and includes pictures of her as a Homecoming Princess! Above her senior photo, she wrote: "I want to be somebody." [Note to Eve: Congrats! I think you've succeeded!] Also, Eve lived in Princess Gardens and I lived about a mile further up the hill in Allied Gardens, so I knew people who knew Eve and the Selis family.

Once Eve did become a professional singer, she spent many years with The Heroes, a band who got lots of publicity because they were (and still are!) very good. My video camera archives include snippets from the first times I finally saw Eve perform live, at Earth Fair in 1996 with a band called King's Road, and again later that year with The Heroes in a show after the races at Del Mar. Eve left The Heroes a couple years before I actually met them in 2000, but I eventually did meet her in April of 2002, when I went to one of her gigs to take her a tape of some video I had shot of her a month earlier at the St. Patrick's Day Hooleyfest. I took this photo of her later that year at Claire De Lune Coffee Lounge, and I ended up having my 2002 birthday party at Humphrey's Backstage Lounge so it could feature music by Eve Selis and Berkley Hart!

On June 1st, Eve was awarded the prestigious Jim Croce Music Award for Excellence and Dedication to Music, which was presented to her by Ingrid Croce, the widow of Jim Croce and owner of the Gaslamp Quarter restaurant Croce's. In 2003 Eve was named Best Americana Artist at the San Diego Music Awards.

Eve is having a CD Release Concert this Saturday, June 19, for her newest album, "Nothing But The Truth." You also can catch Eve at 10 a.m. and noon on Friday, June 18, when she and her band will perform Downtown at Horton Square for the NBC 7/39 Annual Summer Concerts on the Square.
Here are some words from Eve about Saturday's concert:

Hope you've gotten your tickets by now as they are selling fast and we expect a full house. The VIP seats are all gone and remaining tickets are priced at $15-$25. They are available by calling TicketMaster at 619-220-TIXS or going to TicketMaster.com.

Concert Details: Saturday, June 19th, 8 p.m. at Sherwood Audtorium at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, located at 700 Prospect St. in La Jolla. Tickets will be available at the Box Office starting at 6 p.m. on the day of the show.

Recorded in Nashville this past spring, "Nothing But The Truth" features 13 stellar tracks covering the open range from hard hitting, roots-infused, country rock to shimmering folk/pop ballads, all branded with the indelible “lemonade and whiskey” voice of Eve Selis. The CD features Selis’ own outstanding band plus a host of Nashville’s top session players, and includes guest vocals by three Grammy winners -- country legend Lynn Anderson (“Rose Garden”), bluegrass star Jim Lauderdale and drummer extraordinaire Harry Stinson.

Joining Eve and the band for this show will be the CD’s producer Kim Patton-Johnston, Nashville radio personality Devon O’Day, local blues powerhouse Earl Thomas and other local celebs.

To hear a 5-minute sampler of the CD, go to EveSelis.com/news.html.

Posted at 6:44 AM in Music