Vintage, This Weekend: RJ, Mumblefinger, Acoustic Sunday

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Friday, August 26, at 7:30 p.m., Acid Jazz & World Music
RJ will be spinning vinyl records. So come on down and listen to some chill music. Reservations suggested.

Saturday, August 27, at 8 p.m., Mumblefinger
Mumblefinger, that’s me, was born awhile back and started playing guitar and writing songs when he was 12 or so. Played in local bands through high school, then kicked around New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Nashville and such.

While playing steadily throughout the Bay Area in the late ‘90s, Mumblefinger, that’s me, released three CDs on his own,”Wrestling Grandma,” “Southern Fried n’ Greasy,” and “Nasty Bits of Funk.” Songs from the last two albums have been showcased on the nationally syndicated “House of Blues Radio Hour.” Mumble has opened for John Lee Hooker, Leon Russell and Roy Rogers. Yipee! That and a buck fifty’ll get you a bad cup of coffee.

Mumblefinger, that’s me again, sent some of his songs to legendary producer Barry Beckett (Dire Straits, Bob Dylan, Bob Seger, Etta James). Barry expressed his enthusiasm for what he described as “the best songs [he’d] heard in years.” Mumblefinger, that’s me, and Barry Beckett worked together at Beckett’s studio and recorded The Beckett Sessions. Even with big guns like Barry, John Lee and songwriter/legend Curly Putman singing his praises … nothin’! Zilch. No record deals for Mumble. Bummer.

But, he is (Mumblefinger) still trying! In the meanwhile, you can help put food on the Mumble dinner table by buying some songs. It’s a great idea, easy, and fun to do. There’s also a ton of free downloads that he recorded as home demos. Some sound great, some sound pretty sloppy, but they are free, so quit yer belly achin’ and check it out.

thanks for spreading the word … Mumble

Sunday, August 28, at 7 p.m., Acoustic Sunday
Backward Beast and The Anatomy of Frank

Hailing from Charlottesville, VA, The Anatomy of Frank does not claim to know/care enough about politics to argue effectively. But it reserves the right to complain about them when artistically relevant.

The Anatomy of Frank believes music is good for many things. Among these are dancing recklessly, sitting motionlessly, percolating, sobbing privately, weeping publicly, destroying things, getting into relationships, getting out of relationships, nurturing a good mood, enunciating a bad mood, entertaining a fantasy that you are more badass than your social situation allows you to be, accepting that you are average in many ways, believing that you are extraordinary in others, laughing, screaming, and jumping. More…

Backward Beast

Backward Beast is a 5-piece combo of multi-instrumentalist music majors and college dropouts. Lead singer Elliot Brooks brought the group together this January by picking out musicians rather than instruments. The result is what they call “orchestral indie rock,” complete with a grand concert harp, accordion, baritone, trumpet, glockenspiel, bass, piano/keyboard, guitar and drums.

What: Three nights of musical performers
When: 7:30 Friday, 8 Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday
Where: Vintage Wine Bar and Restaurant, 1790 Market St., Redding, CA 96001

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