Sam Lopez, proprietor of cassette label and curated concert series Stay Strange, has announced a new matinee series for the summer. Titled "Strange Sundays," the new concert series launches Sunday, May 24, at Kava Lounge, at 3 p.m. The first show will feature performances by Yours Truly Jane Palmer, Alan Jones and Steve Flato, and Xavier Ramirez.
Each show will feature underground, noise-based artists (Lopez says that the word "experimental" has been banned from his events due to overuse), as well as Tarot readings from a psychic. Yet within that framework, Lopez says that the events will remain pretty free-form.
"There's not going to be a specific sort of theme," he says in a phone interview. "It's going to be all abstract, outsider music. It's an opportunity for a lot of new, up-and-coming noise artists to play shows."
This series is similar in idea to Stay Strange's 2013 series at The Void (now The Hideout), which focused more on noise-based hip-hop artist performances. And though dark, dissonant music might seem more like a night-time kind of thing, Lopez has his reasons for making Strange Sundays a daytime affair.
"I dig the matinee style," he says. "I'm a parent and a husband. I don't need to be staying out until the wee hours. I've been getting a really good response about it, too."
Lopez has ambitions that extend beyond simply putting on a good show. He sees Stay Strange events as something like a Bohemian salon.
"I'd like to make these events a place where people can talk about abstract, outsider music," he says.
Following the first Strange Sunday, Stay Strange is also putting on "June Gloom" at The Hideout, featuring Innerds, Tron and Zsa Zsa Gabor, on Thursday, June 4.