Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert

Aug. 19, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Lowell Davies Festival Theatre

The Old Globe presented a one-night-only Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert on Monday, Aug. 19 at 7:00 p.m. that featured several prominent San Diego artists covering the songs of the legendary musician. The concert coincided with the Globe’s upcoming production of The Last Goodbye, a fusion of Buckley’s music with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert, which benefitted the Globe’s student Shakespeare programs, took place in the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre.

The bands that performed at the Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert included Jeff Berkley, Stevie Harris, Israel Maldonado and Fernando Apodaca with Todd Hannigan, Veronica May, The Midnight Pine, Eve Selis, Gayle Skidmore, Superunloader and Pete Thurston. The Midnight Pine, Jeff Berkley and Gayle Skidmore are all currently nominated for 2013 San Diego Music Awards, as are Stevie Harris’ band The Styletones and Veronica Mays’ band The Lovebirds. The concert was emceed by Cathryn Beeks, host of KPRi-FM’s “The Homegrown Hour,” and Chris Cantore, U-T San Diego’s Director of Lifestyle & Entertainment.



Concert Photos

All of the musical artists from The Old Globe's Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert close the night with "Hallelujah" on Aug. 19, 2013 in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Photo by Doug Gates.
(from left) Fernando Apodaca and Trent Hancock join Superunloader at The Old Globe's Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert on Aug. 19, 2013 in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Photo by Doug Gates.
The Midnight Pine performs at The Old Globe's Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert on Aug. 19, 2013 in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Photo by Doug Gates.
Jeff Berkley performs at The Old Globe's Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert on Aug. 19, 2013 in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Photo by Doug Gates.
Gayle Skidmore performs at The Old Globe's Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert on Aug. 19, 2013 in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Photo by Doug Gates.
Veronica May performs at The Old Globe's Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert on Aug. 19, 2013 in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Photo by Doug Gates.
Eve Selis performs at The Old Globe's Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert on Aug. 19, 2013 in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Photo by Doug Gates.
Eve Selis and her band perform at The Old Globe's Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert on Aug. 19, 2013 in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Photo by Doug Gates.
Stevie Harris performs at The Old Globe's Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert on Aug. 19, 2013 in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Photo by Doug Gates.
(from left) Fernando Apodaca, Israel Maldonado and Todd Hannigan perform at The Old Globe's Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert on Aug. 19, 2013 in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Photo by Doug Gates.
Pete Thurston performs at The Old Globe's Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert on Aug. 19, 2013 in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Photo by Doug Gates.
Chris Cantore and Cathryn Beeks emcee The Old Globe's Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert on Aug. 19, 2013 in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Photo by Doug Gates.



Publicity Photos

Composer and lyricist Jeff Buckley. The Old Globe's Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert will take place on Aug. 19, 2013 in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Composer and lyricist Jeff Buckley. The Old Globe's Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert will take place on Aug. 19, 2013 in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Composer and lyricist Jeff Buckley. The Old Globe's Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert will take place on Aug. 19, 2013 in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
 
Composer and lyricist Jeff Buckley. The Old Globe's Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert will take place on Aug. 19, 2013 in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Photo by Niels Van Iperen.
Composer and lyricist Jeff Buckley. The Old Globe's Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert will take place on Aug. 19, 2013 in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Photo by David Gahr.
 



Musical Artists and Emcees

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Fernando Apodaca is a film director, artist and composer whose work has been created and exhibited internationally.  An accomplished violinist and performer, his musical compositions and performances encompass many genres, from classical to experimental.  As a composer and artist, he began his formal studies of violin and drawing at age four and trained with renowned classical violinist Frederic Balazs.  In 2010, he toured to Brazil as a member of the Melali Sessions Band and has also toured as a violinist for Mad Juana.  Apodaca has contributed original music for films such as Rob Machado and Taylor Steele’s Melali: The Drifter Sessions, Brian Taylor and Jason Mueller’s State of S, Jack Johnson’s Thicker Than Water and Chris Malloy and Taylor Steele’s Shelter.  He has performed across the U.S., touring as a violinist with bands in locations such as Troubadour in Hollywood, National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, DC, multiple House of Blues venues and Russia, Eastern and Western Europe, Latin America and Africa. He directed the music video for Pearl Jam’s “Life Wasted,” which earned a nomination for Best Special Effects at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, as well as the Best Music Video Director Award at the 2006 San Diego Film Festival.  Some of his clients as a composer and director have included Pearl Jam, Chris Cornell and New York Dolls, and he continues to collaborate with producer-composer Todd Hannigan and producer-filmmaker Jason Mueller. 
Jeff Berkley has been making recordings for close to 20 years, working in genres including folk, alternative rock, pop, reggae/ska, jazz, hard rock, Americana, children’s, spoken word and more. He is a founding member of Berkley Hart, Citizen Band and the Joel Rafael Band as well as a highly sought-after live and session percussionist.  In addition to extensive touring to support four studio albums and a live DVD with Berkley Hart, he has played live with such talents as Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Jim Messina, Venice, The Cages, Arlo Guthrie, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Pete Seeger, Ben Harper, the Indigo Girls, Bruce Cockburn, Patty Griffin, Barbara Nesbitt, Trisha Yearwood, David Wilcox, Jewel, Steve Poltz, A.J. Croce, Tim Flannery, Dave Howard, Gregory Page, Jason Mraz, Sean and Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, The Coyote Problem and Little River Band, among many others. 
Todd Hannigan is an Ojai-based singer-songwriter, producer, film music composer and studio owner whose sound reflects influences like Nick Drake, Mark Knopfler and Cat Stevens.  He is well known in the international surf and folk-rock community, having played with Jack Johnson, Jackson Browne and Ben Harper.  Well received in Japan, Australia and Brazil, his music is cross-cultural.  He is recognized for his work on award-winning surf films Thicker than Water, The September Sessions and 2012 SXSW Audience Award winner Big Easy Express.  Hannigan has been featured on KCRW-FM’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” and has just released his third studio album, entitled Further than the Bow, available on iTunes.  His original voice, perspective and signature finger-picking make him one of modern folk’s underground sons.
Stevie Harris is the lead singer and co-songwriter for the R&B/funk/soul combo The Styletones, which is currently nominated for a 2013 San Diego Music Award, and he is also the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of Stevie & the hi-staXX. Harris was first exposed to soul music growing up in Cleveland in the 1970s, after which he moved to San Diego. He was later signed by Cargo Records as a solo artist, touring with the group Conglomerate throughout the United States and Morocco. The Styletones released their first full-length album in 2012. In early 2013, Harris and The Styletones were heard on television during a 60-second Super Bowl commercial, performing the Sam & Dave classic “Hold On, I’m A Comin’” for the Got Milk? campaign.
Israel Maldonado is a San Diego-based musician that plays solo, as well as with Tres Con Todo.  He started playing in a kids’ band when he was seven years old in Tijuana called Banda Infantil del Dif.  He picked up the classical guitar when he was 10 and, after moving to the U.S in 1989, joined the drum line in high school and guitar ensembles in college.  He began playing at Cafe Sevilla in 1996 with two Brazilian bands, Josias Dos Santos Sambrasil and Mark Lamson's Sol e Mar.  From there he started playing gypsy guitar with David de Alba and Novamenco, and then joined the group Agua Dulce, with whom he toured the Midwest for two and a half years.  Throughout the years he has opened for acts like Nikka Costa, Los Amigos Invisibles, Ivan Lins, Sergio Mendes and Charlie Hunter.  Maldonado now has his own group, which features Chad Farran, David Carano and Dante Loaiza, that blends all of his experiences in one show, including Brazilian, salsa, gypsy, funk, reggae and classic rock. 
Veronica May has been playing piano for over 20 years, percussion for over a decade and guitar for several years.  Her exposure to music began early, as her parents played in a 1970s band called The Flatlanders.  May won Best Acoustic at the 2008 San Diego Music Awards.  In 2011, she became the new Glee Club Director at Clairemont High School.  She and Lindsay White also perform as a duo called the Lovebirds.  She counts Jeff Buckley, Maxwell Hughes, Patty Griffin, Pinback, Ani DiFranco and Ben Harper among her musical influences. 
The Midnight Pine, led by the voice of Shelbi Bennett, has been nominated for two 2013 San Diego Music Awards: Best New Artist and Best Local Recording. On their debut record they are backed by members of The Heavy Guilt and The Black Sands. The album’s music is haunting, hypnotic, dynamic and beautiful and covers morose psychedelia, brooding folk and triumphant pop. To keep the focus on the vocals, there are no drums, just found objects. Chains, saw blades, utensils and shortwave radios are layered to keep a subtle driving percussion pushing the songs forward. Their debut is a tremendous effort of serene nonchalance and moody atmospheres.
Eve Selis is the winner of seven San Diego Music Awards in Americana and Adult Alternative.  She has sold 35,000 CDs and two million downloads, her music has been heard in four movies and she has performed on CNBC, ESPN and the BBC.  Her album Angels and Eagles was released in 2008, and Family Tree was released in 2011, followed by a U.K. tour in June and July of 2012 with Jeff Berkley of Berkley Hart.  She also headlined the Americana International Festival in the U.K.  Selis has opened for Travis Tritt, Crosby, Stills and Nash, the Doobie Brothers, Joan Osborne, Heart, Dwight Yoakam, Gary Allan, Chris Isaak and Hootie and the Blowfish.  She frequently plays locally with Tim Flannery and Berkley Hart, the latter of whom collaborated with Selis on a five-song EP. 
Gayle Skidmore has written over 1,700 songs since she began songwriting at the age of 8.  Classically trained on the piano since childhood, Skidmore also plays at least 20 other instruments including the mountain dulcimer, banjo, folk harp and balalaika.  Her dedication to her craft is shown in her attention to detail and involvement in every step of the creative process, from producing her records to doing the artwork for her albums.  Later this year, Skidmore will release her second full-length album and coloring book on Raincoat Records, following her first vinyl release, a 7-inch record titled Zombie Heart, put out by Ninkasi Brewing Company.  She has also toured nationwide in the U.S., the U.K., Asia and Europe, and she was a Sunset Sessions artist in 2012.  Skidmore finds endless inspiration in the whirlwind of life and is always experimenting with new formats.  When she isn’t busy learning a new instrument, singing, painting or writing lyrics and melodies, she composes parts for her cellist and violinist.  
Superunloader is an original rock trio from San Diego.  Jimmy Lewis leads the band with an astounding singing range and guitar skills and is backed up by Chris McGreal on bass and Chad Farran on drums, who are known as one of the tightest, hardest-hitting rhythm sections in musicians’ circles.  The band has a soulful classic rock side that has drawn comparisons to Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Free as well as a modern progressive edge in the vein of The Mars Volta, Primus, Audioslave and The White Stripes. The band has toured throughout the Western United States as well as overseas in Japan.  They have shared the stage with Deep Purple, Carlos Santana, Bob Dylan, Gregg Allman, Fishbone, Les Claypool and others.  Superunloader has made a name for itself in San Diego by performing indefatigably and taking home two San Diego Music Awards in the category of Best Rock and Best Local Recording.  The band has released four albums under their own record company, Superunloader reCorDs, and their music is digitally distributed worldwide through iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and others digital music portals. 
Pete Thurston has been playing acoustic pop-rock music in San Diego since 1997, when he first began performing in coffee houses regularly.  Since then he has been fortunate played, written and recorded with some of San Diego’s best musicians, including Jason Mraz.  While Thurston’s current musical focus is on his band, called channel, he still enjoys performing as a solo acoustic artist.  Some of the artists who helped shape his songwriting and sound include Jeff Buckley, Elvis Costello, Gregory Page, Radiohead and Beck. The first album from channel will release in late 2013.  
Cathryn Beeks (Emcee) was raised in Lancaster, California, before leaving to pursue a career in music.  Her journey took her to places like Jackson Hole, Jacksonville and Cleveland.  Along the way she made music with The Prairie Dudes, JunkQueen and a variety of cover bands.  In 2000 she returned to California and landed in San Diego, and she started playing music with Matt Silvia of 8 Ball Rack as well as hosting open mic nights.  In 2002 she began hosting showcases for ListenLocalsd.com.  In 2006, with her band The Cathryn Beeks Ordeal, she released Desert Music, which was nominated for a San Diego Music Award.  She released a new album, Mood Swing, in November 2009, which was nominated for Best Local Recording at the 2010 SDMAs.  Beeks is currently the host of “The Homegrown Hour,” a local music show on 102.1 KPRi-FM, as well as hosting live local music showcases several times each week.  
Chris Cantore (Emcee) has been a San Diego resident for 25 years and is a community-focused music enthusiast with 20 years of multimedia experience in radio, television, print and online.  Cantore began his career in broadcasting in 1994 after graduating from San Diego State University with degrees in English/Creative Writing and Political Science.  Successful stints at Star 100.7/KFMB-FM and Q106/KKLQ-FM were followed by an 11-year run at 91X/XTRA-FM as host of the legendary alternative station’s morning show, “Cantore in the Morning.”  Since 91X, Chris has conceived and launched NBC San Diego’s music platform, SoundDiego, and hosted the afternoon show on local independent radio station 102.1/KPRi-FM.  Today, Cantore is the Director of Lifestyle and Entertainment for U-T San Diego.  In addition to overseeing the entertainment properties at the U-T, Cantore hosts a daily television show, “Night & Day”, on U-T TV.