by Brad Roberts
It's a big thrill for me this week to be presenting Joel Jerome at my Feed Your Head night at Lot 1 this Saturday. He and I go a long way back by this point, when he was known as Joel Morales (at right) and his band Dios (Malos) was among the first local bands I became familiar with way back in 2006. It was The Troubadour and they were opening for Starlight Mints on May 7, '06 and I had bought their 2006 album, Dios (Malos), to be familiar with their music before the show. Well the album was so good, its acoustic/folk/60s feel pulled me in and helped promote my growing interest in local music, that I was as excited to see this support band as much as the headliner. They did not disappoint. I've remembered this spellbinding show all these years.
After that I actively pursued Dios (Malos) and Joel right up through his new band, Babies On Acid, and sometimes run into him under unexpected circumstances, like the night we spent sitting together at some anniversary show a few years ago at Hotel Cafe that ran into the wee hours of the morning, or recently when he turned up on stage with Tashaki Miyaki at El Rey a few months ago. It just seems over the years I've come to realize that his musical output is so close to my own feelings of what constitutes great rock and roll, we appear to be riding the same rail. He's a one-man musical institution and I'm proud to have him play my show. Supporting are returnees and good friends, Auditorium and Bon Wrath opening the show on Saturday night.
Don't miss the Seasons CD Release show as their final residency night at Harvard & Stone on Tuesday. Manhattan Murder Mystery and TÜLIPS are lending their talents to the night. Other highlights include the BRIAN FEST: A Celebration of the Music of Brian Wilson at The Fonda on Monday with an all-star cast, and a full schedule of good local shows on Thursday night.