Cafe Du Nord hosts a stunning night of music this Thursday (8pm, $12) headlined by Kyle Fields’ Little Wings, whose sound can only be described as pastoral.Â Heavily influenced by his coastal surroundings growing up, Kyle formed Little Wings in San Luis Obispo, and the sleepy little beach community has been the subject of a number of his songs.Â Fields has collaborated with fellow songwriter Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, and the two definitely share a common style of songwriting that often centers on the wonder of the world around them. Not satisfied with being just a wonderful songwriter, Kyle also has quite an art portfolio and he even designed the above flyer in commemoration of the show.
Supporting Little Wings, Michael Musika will bring his multi-instrumental, collaboration-oriented style to the Du Nord stage in a preview of sorts for a new concept album out this fall. The album is built around a play Michael wrote called The Musicians Handbook of Spells that centers on a shape-shifting prince called “The Coyote”.Â Expect Musika to be in full costume for this show asÂ the main character in a costume designed by Fati B. of Missing Piece.
Michael’sÂ sound is rustic, almost gypsy-like, but it maintains a sense of innocence that is unlike most everything you’ve heard before. His fellow bandmates, mostly friends who play in other projects as well (Matt Adams ofÂ Blank Tapes, Eric Kuhn of Silian Rail and Brian Gorman of Tartufi to name a few), helped shape the sound of the album.Â One senses from their involvement that Musika’s really trying to promote that music, both performing and consuming, is meant to be fun and communal, something to bring us together as performers and spectators. While writing the music for his new album, Musika handed each performer a script with an assigned character, from which each was to figure out the particular sound for their part.
The ethereal folk of Honey.Moon.Tree. and laid back acoustic sounds of Sleepy Todd round out the night. Honey.Moon.Tree. pull from many musical directions, from traditional folk to the American south, sometimes even bordering on Spanish flamenco, and the band recently moved to Santa Cruz to work on their debut album. Sleepy Todd comes recommended by Michael Musika, and the band’s music is perfect for those long hot days spent just driving down Highway 1. Acoustic guitars, brushed drums and lots of vocal harmonizing are what this is about.