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Keep the Party Dancing
updated: Mar 23, 2013, 1:00 PM
By Jenny Schlax
Spencer The Gardener @ Amigos, Ventura ~ March 16, 2013
Sure, Ventura isn't technically Santa Barbara, what with the whole 25 miles that separates our cities (too
far for a Santa Barbarian). But Spencer the Gardener is Santa Barbara grown, so it counts as local!
I ventured down to Ventura as I often do when Spencer The Gardener plays there to "get out of town."
Plus, they are pretty much my favorite party band, and I just couldn't bear to go out on St. Patty's day
this year, with it being a Sunday and all. So I had to get my party band on a day early.
And they delivered.
Spencer the Gardener (Photo by Laura Lynch)
Amigos is a little cantina on Main Street. Good food, cheap drinks. They also have ample area for a band
to play and people to dance. This is required at a STG show! With dueling brass, funky guitars, and a
mariachi meets polka sound, your body just starts moving in all sorts of ways. Part salsa, part
interpretive dance. Literally, my friend had an interpretive dance for most songs. Which is easy to have
for Spencer's fun, animated lyrics.
The set was a nice montage of new and old, playing songs off their new album Breaking My Own Heart.
The new album is a bit somber with songs like "There She Goes" and "Bye Baby," but still has their
trademark danceable tunes, with heavy horns and grooving guitars. Perhaps an evolution of the band?
All in all, STG always keeps the party dancing!
Things you should be seeing:
3/23 Saturday - Dennis Quaid & The Sharks @ SOhO [Rock]
Movie Star turned rock star.
3/28 Thursday - Murs @ Velvet Jones [Hip Hop]
"Making the Universe Recognize and Submit" sums up this rapper.
3/28 Thursday - Pato Banton @ SOhO [Reggae]
Legendary reggae star comes to our very own Soho for a night of blessed grooves. .
3/28 Thursday - An Evening with Jeff Bridges & The Abiders with David Crosby @ The Lobero [A
benefit for the Lobero].
Just re-read the line up.
3/30 Saturday - Musical comedy Night @ Velvet Jones [Fun]
Tracy Newman and the Reinforcements, Eric Schwartz, Chris Bonno, Gary Shapiro, Gary Stockdale,
Hosted by Kimmie Dee.
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Jenny Schlax is a non-musician in love with music and live entertainment. For more Jenny, read her blog JennySchlax.com
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