In September, The Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park will open The Last Goodbye, a play that blends Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet with the music of Jeff Buckley, who died in 1997. As the folks at the theater were talking about Buckley's music, they came up with the idea of holding a tribute show, as well—"the idea of sharing Jeff's music in a different way than the play will," says Dave Henson, the Globe's director of marketing and communications.
Henson contacted Catherine Beeks, host of KPRi-FM's The Homegrown Hour, and she helped round up some San Diego musicians. The result of those efforts will be the Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert, held on the Globe's outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre stage at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19. Nine local musical acts will perform two songs each that Buckley wrote or covered, plus one song of their own.
Showcasing San Diego entertainers is fitting, Henson says, because "when Jeff toured, he really, really liked, whenever possible, to have [his] opening acts be local musicians. That was something that was important to him."
Performing in the concert will be Jeff Berkley, Veronica May, Eve Selis, The Sinclairs, Gayle Skidmore, Superunloader, Pete Thurston, The Midnight Pine, Stevie Harris, as well as Israel Maldonado and Fernando Apodaca with Todd Hannigan. Beeks and Chris Cantore will emcee.
"I'm excited and terrified to play this show. Covering a Jeff Buckley song is no small task," says Berkley, who once opened for Buckley as a percussionist for Jewel. "Watching his sound check and show was a life-changing event. His songs were so foreign to me in structure but so completely familiar in vibe and lyric."
The show will close with all the musicians together playing a version of what is probably Buckley's most beloved recording. "There are some amazing voices involved," Henson says about the final song.
Tickets, ranging from $20 to $30, can be bought at oldglobe.org or at the Old Globe box office in Balboa Park.
2 DUDE RAUNCH
If there's one thing we can't resist, it's good-looking men two-stepping in denim cut-offs. It's a good thing Diversionary Theater (4545 Park Blvd. in University Heights) brings plenty of that in Miss Kitty's Wild West Revue, a raunchy, gun-slinging musical variety show running Thursday, Aug. 15, through Sunday, Aug. 18. Conceived and directed by choreographer Michael Mizerany, the cabaret centers on the dancing dudes and dirty jokes at Miss Kitty's (played by Tony Houck) saloon. It's sure to bring the LOLs. Tickets are $25, but for an extra 10 smackers, you get VIP seating and a complimentary cocktail, because nothing pairs better with semi-nudity like alcohol. Go to diversionary.org for performance times. Needless to say, leave the kids at home for this one.
3 SHORT CUTS
Young writers rarely publish novels without tackling some short stories first; similarly, budding filmmakers generally take on the art of the short film before diving into featurelength waters. Chop the length of the film down to a trim 300 seconds, and you've got the premise of the 5 Minute Film Fest. (Disclosure: It's sponsored by CityBeat.) The festival features 21 short films from local filmmakers, slimmed down from more than 100 entries, including Life Iz, Whispers from the Void and Go Karts on Railroad Tracks. The event takes place at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Sunset Temple in North Park (3911 Kansas St.). The ticket price is $12. Beer will be available for purchase. Click on the "5 Minute Film Festival" button at sdcitybeat.com to get tickets.