Dent May

Even musicians who play the ukulele on records with positively laid-back cover art and produce some of the most carefree pop tunes this side of 2012 are not immune from getting into scrapes.

Case in point: Dent May — the Mississippi native who recently covered The Grateful Dead and whose new record, Do Things, features plenty of Brian Wilson-esque melodic arrangements — suffered a setback on Wednesday, June 27. No matter how sun-soaked May’s tunes may be, proverbial clouds hung over his tour this day, as his van broke down en route to a show at The Blank Club in San Jose with Quintron and Miss Pussycat. Don’t believe me? They tweeted it, dude/dudette!

May’s publicist made me aware of this unfortunate turn of events when I touched base with her whilst making plans to attend his Blank Club appearance.

Sarah Hogan, from Force Field PR, didn’t know what the exact problem was with the van, but she said that Dent was definitely not going to be able to play the Blank and added she hoped neither of the upcoming Bay Area dates — in Oakland and San Francisco — would be jeopardized by the car trouble.

In this modern age, cars can be fixed relatively quickly (provided services can be paid for). So, don’t go assuming Dent May’s shows at The New Parish in Oakland and the Elbo Room are going to be called off. This is 2012… but it isn’t Dec. 21 2012. Come on, now!

The below shows are still going down, for the time being…

Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Dent May
The New Parish
June 29, 2012

Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Dent May, Shannon and the Clams
Elbo Room
June 30, 2012