Mango Melody, Jonny Tarr & Courtney Preis
Tue Jul 23
Mango Melody, Jonny Tarr & Courtney Preis
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Come out and dance to the funky pop rock stylings of 3 great San Diego-based artists and their bands!Buy Tickets
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Ticket Price: $8 advanced / $10 day of show / $14 reserved loft seating (loft seating is available over the phone or in person at our box office)
Sitting down and listening to Mango Melody’s debut release Fruit of Happiness from start to finish is like sitting down to lunch mid-week with an old friend and catching up on several life stories for a quick 45 minutes before slogging back to the daily grind. The tone on this record is casual but memorable and genuinely intimate, as it should be between good friends. Topics range from songs about love, heartbreak, and feelings of isolation, to anthems about courage, resolve, as well as tunes showcasing meditative and introspective feelings. Musically, the album stays fresh by juxtaposing tightly written song structures with memorable melodies set to varying musical sensibilities in rock, pop, jazz, blues, funk, and soul. For reference, it could be said that the sounds on this work are suggestive of artists like No Doubt, Ben Folds, Coldplay, Jack Johnson, Audioslave, and Jimmy Eat World combined with a nostalgic throwback to artists such as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, and Otis Redding. Nevertheless, the album maintains a decidedly original quality, effectively drawing upon past influence without attempting to simply mimic the source.
The band itself is the brainchild of Swiss-American brother and sister duo Mike and Tracey Stockalper, who hail from Encinitas in North County San Diego, California. Although the duo has played music together for many years, it was not until 2012 that they began performing in and around the San Diego area and began writing original music together. In late 2013, the duo released Fruit of Happiness. The album also features long-time San Diego musician Chris Prescott (Pinback, No Knife, Jade Shader) on the drums, who adds a wonderfully sophisticated and robust rhythmic underpinning that adeptly supports the songwriting.
Outside his involvement with the band, Mike is an accomplished jazz pianist, guitarist, songwriter and composer. He has studied with jazz greats such as Kamau Kenyatta, Anthony Davis, David Borgo, and Mark Dresser, and has played and/or performed with artists such as Aakaash Israni of Dawn of Midi, Daniel De La Cruz of Slightly Stoopid, and the Mattson 2. Tracey, who performs all of the lead and backing vocals on the record, honed her sensual and fluid vocal style from years of listening to artists such as Fiona Apple and Nora Jones, while spending countless hours finding her own sound within the realm of such influence. As a songwriter, she draws from an eclectic palate of influences such as Patrick Watson, Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, and countless other songsmiths and word mavens. In addition to her career in music, Tracey is also a well established and highly sought after yoga teacher and yoga teacher trainer in Southern California.
Originally from Cardiff, Wales, Jonny Tarr picked up the Tenor Saxophone at the age of 11 thinking it would get him girls. Initially it didn't. After cutting his teeth in the British Jazz scene, he studied music at Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts and went on to play all over Europe (Glastonbury Festival Jazz World Stage, The Big Chill, Chamonix's Cham Jam), and as far Japan (Tokyo Crossover Jazz Festival) and the USA (New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Las Vegas) over the next decade. Now a permanent resident of San Diego, Jonny Tarr has been working on making Electronic Soul music in many formats; mainly as a solo artist but increasingly with a band behind him. Playing at San Diego's clubs and music venues, (The Belly Up, Analog, Vin de Syrah, Humphrey's) Jonny has been refining his sound and is always ready to take it further. Having played and recorded with the likes of The Nextmen, The Part Time Heroes, Backini, Day One and Flevans in the UK, Jonny's pedigree and reputation as a musician of quality and dependence precedes him. As well as being a solo artist in his own right, Jonny is involved in many other projects, playing sax over his own DJed sets, playing piano in the bands of local hero singer songwriters Michael Tiernan and Paul Cannon, Jonny is busy with music EVERY DAMN DAY...........
Jonny's debut album 'MOVE YOURSELF' is available on i-tunes and all other quality digital platforms.
Courtney Preis is an American singer and songwriter in sunny San Diego. She portrays life experiences through writing songs. A pop/indie artist, her voice is sweet, her songs easy for listening, and her music carries a positive vibe. Courtney always has fun creating music, and wants nothing more than her listeners to feel the same joy. Courtney aims to connect with her audience through her uplifting and relatable songwriting. Her mission in sharing music is for listeners to feel a sense of clarity or a shift in perspective after listening. Courtney just released her first debut album called, "Halfway There". While she stays busy sharing her music around southern California, she is also a passionate farmer and aims to share the message of growing your own food through her music.