The County Health Department may be pointing everyone back towards coronavirus pandemic restrictions like wearing masks everywhere, requiring sports teams and school band musicians to wear masks while they compete and perform, and reopening a testing site in Morro Bay, but the City of Morro Bay is ready to party.
The City announced a free concert with, “LP And The Vinyl,” set for 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24 at Cloisters Park.
The show, the first live music event sponsored by the City since 2019, “will be a family friendly program with familiar songs from blues to The Beatles to Bowie!” according to a news release from City Manager, Scott Collins. “This initial concert may be the starting point for a future multi-event concert series for all of Morro Bay and beyond!”
The announcement asks everyone to bring a chair, or blanket to sit on and your own refreshments. However, before you chill the Chardonnay, no alcohol is allowed.
Dead Air Dave, a disc jockey with 97.3 FM The Rock radio station will act as emcee for the show.
LP And The Vinyl is a 4-man band out of San Diego and features a lineup of veteran studio jazz musicians fronted by renowned jazz, blues and gospel singer Leonard Patton. Patton teamed up with the acclaimed, Danny Green Trio, to form the new combo in 2015.
The band draws from a wide array of influences — jazz, R&B, and rock ‘n’ roll, to ‘80s and ‘90s pop hits, Brazilian music, and even classical. LP And The Vinyl blends these varied interests into “a highly unique and personal approach to music-making that leaves its audiences energized and craving more,” according to the band’s website (see: lpandthevinyl.com).
The group plays favorite hits from stars like Stevie Wonder, The Beatles and David Bowie, bringing a unique interpretation to each. The band includes singer Patton, pianist Danny Green, bassist Justin Grinnell, and drummer Julien Cantelm.
Their debut album was released in April 2020 on Origin Records and features music by The Beatles, Quincy Jones, Tears for Fears, David Bowie, and Oasis, as well as jazz standards, and original songs (see the website for music samples and downloads).
After the show, Patton will sit for a Q&A with Abe Perlstein of 97.3 The Rock at the new Foghorn Brewhouse, 2940 Main St., Morro Bay.
So why is the City putting on a concert? “The vision,” Collins’ news release said, “is to present concerts that include curated music offerings that typically cannot be found at surrounding music venues, to include jazz, world music, dance, etc. The goal is to bring the community together to experience a diverse array of musical offerings at no charge, in a neighborhood-oriented outdoor setting that the Cloisters Park provides. So, grab your beach chairs and come hang out with everyone, and catch some truly awesome music.”