Bay band Luce takes Steve’s stage
Bay-area band Luce hits the stage Steve’s Guitars in Carbondale tonight, kicking off a string of gigs at the small venue.
Luce broke onto the national scene in 2002 after gaining local airplay in San Francisco with “Long Way Down” and “Good Day.” The latter tune found its way into a couple of movies, including “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.”
The band won the California Music Award for Outstanding Debut Album in 2003 and followed it up with their latest release, “Never Ending.”
The Luce lineup includes singer/songwriter Tom Luce, Adam Rossi on keyboards, drummer Steve Bowman (formerly of Counting Crows), guitarist Dylan Brock and Larry Riggs on bass.
“This is a hot group and it promises to be a special show for our shop,” says Steve’s owner Steve Standiford in his weekly e-mail update.
Local singer/songwriter Steve Skinner will open. Shows start at 8:30 p.m. at Steve’s, 19 N. Fourth St. Admission is collected at the door.
On Friday, singer/songwriter/guitarist Kathrin Shorr makes her Steve’s debut.
The London-born, California-raised singer was nominated for the Artist of the Year Award by the National Academy of Songwriters in her first year on the scene. In 2005, she won the Songwriter Showcase at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Colorado.
Singer/songwriter Jake Armering takes the stage at on Saturday. It’s his first appearance at Steve’s, as well.
Sunday brings a return engagement with The Thrift Store Cowboys from Lubbock, Texas. Opening will be local talent Justin Gordon, who has just released a CD of his originals.
On Wednesday, Aug. 16, Steve’s hosts the Matt Flinner Trio.
Says Steve: “Matt is one incredible mandolin player and he will sound great in our intimate, music-listening room. I love the idea of his ‘music du jour’ concept for the show. The trio will perform music that they write the day of the show. This is either very brave or just easy for musicians of this caliber.”
Flinner is a former national champ on both mandolin and guitar and has performed with Leftover Salmon and the Drew Emmitt Band, according to Standiford.
A “premium show” at Steve’s on Aug. 18 features The Infamous Stringdusters, with Gabrielle Louise opening. Tickets are being sold in advance ” $20, available at Sounds Easy in Carbondale.
“These guys are a hot act and are climbing quickly up the national scene,” said Standiford, suggesting locals catch their act before the Stringdusters are too big to stop off in Carbondale.
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