November 1, 2005

Three Singers I Like Are At Twiggs

Renata YoungbloodA trio of singers I like will be at Twiggs Green Room in University Heights on Thursday, November 3, and I plan to be there to see them. The three are Renata Youngblood, Audrey Surface and Christopher Dallman. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and there will be a $6.00 cover.

I saw Renata Youngblood for the first time at Acoustic Alliance 8 on August 30th. Earlier that day she had discovered her name in an article I wrote about the show here on, and she sent me a request to add her as a friend on MySpace, which I did. That night I introduced myself to Renata before the show began, and helped welcome her to the Acoustic Alliance scene. I shot this photo there.

Born in Los Angeles and now residing in San Diego, Renata was trained originally in concert piano. After a brief flirtation with jazz piano and improvisation, she quickly taught herself to play acoustic guitar, with her knowledge of musical theory and ear training. She developed a percussive finger-picking style that has been called original and rhythmic.

Renata's debut album, "The Side Effects of Owning Skin," which is due out at the end of 2005, is being produced by David J of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets. In the meantime, Renata released five of the songs recorded with J on an EP titled "Weightless," which was nominated for a 2005 Los Angeles music award for Adult Alternative Album of the Year.

Audrey SurfaceI've seen Audrey Surface sing twice with Carol Ames and her band, but I've never seen her do a gig of her own, so I'm really looking forward to that. I shot this photo of her in November when she sang with Carol at Humphrey's.

Audrey helped found the local band Torpedo Betty, which was based in the Ocean Beach jam-band scene. During her two years as lead singer with that group, they played the local circuit, as well as Mexico and Arizona, and also won Best Band of Summer 2003 at the Belly Up's battle of the bands.

After Audrey and Torpedo Betty parted ways, she decided to move in a different direction and pursue a solo career. Since then, she has started studying guitar as a song-writing tool with local legend Robin Henkel, while also brushing up her violin and piano chops. Audrey has begun recording music of her own, as well as performing on recordings of other local artists and at their gigs.

Christopher DallmanI first saw Christopher Dallman playing in the same set at Acoustic Alliance 8 with Renata. I shot this photo there.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Christopher joined that city's acoustic scene at 16, refining his broken-hearted rants at coffee-house open mics before settling into a regular Friday night gig at the trendy Sunset Boulevard.

After high school, Christopher headed east to Boston, where he was the vocal half of an acoustic duo called The Rory Calhoun Project. The group played the legendary Club Passim in Harvard Square before parting ways in 1998. Christopher then spent a number of years living, writing, and performing in New York City, where he frequented such esteemed venues as the Living Room, The Bitter End, and Makor.

Now living in Los Angeles, Christopher has released a debut album titled "Race the Light" that has received numerous rave reviews.

Posted at 3:51 PM in Music