Two familiar faces are bowing out at The Ché Café and The Loft, both live music venues on the UCSD campus.
After nearly 10 years at the all-ages venue, core Ché volunteer Gregory Prout recently announced on Facebook that, at the end of August, he'll take an extended leave of absence from booking to focus on his career. Meanwhile, The Loft curator Elizabeth Bradshaw has taken a job as events specialist at Green Flash Brewing Company, where she'll work with the brewery's in-house marketing team to coordinate events and festivals. Her last day at The Loft will be July 30; she's starting at Green Flash on Aug. 14.
Both have played important roles at their venues. At the Ché, Prout booked many of the shows, managed the venue's finances and, late last year, helped spearhead a fundraising campaign to save the club from financial insolvency.
Bradshaw started working at The Loft in March 2008, months before it opened that September. She's since put on hundreds of concerts, film screenings and other events there, making it a go-to venue for cutting-edge music and art.
"I'm going to miss the space and everyone I've worked with in it," she says in an email. "[I] can't wait to see what the next chapter of The Loft will look like."
Wavves frontman Nathan Williams is working on a new project with his brother, D/Wolves singer / guitarist / keyboardist Kynan Joel Williams. It's called Sweet Valley. They make tripped-out electro beats, and they'll drop their debut release, Stay Calm, via Fool's Gold on Aug. 7.
D/Wolves guitarist Jessie Cuevas, meanwhile, has been making experimental, tropical-sounding beats under the name Californiño, taking inspiration from Mexican acts like Tony Gallardo II and 3Ball MTY. He recently released an EP via Cabeza! Netlabel that can be downloaded at cabeza-netlabel.com.
Correction: In last week's story about the reunion show of alt-rockers Chronic Meter, I incorrectly reported that two members of the band currently live outside of California. In fact, only one does. I apologize for the error.