June 29, 2013

Scorpios featuring Joey Cape & Jon Snodgrass @ Velvet Jones ~ June 28, 2013

photo by vintage iPhone

To All My Friends

Any opportunity to spend time with Santa Barbara rock stars in a small intimate venue is one I jump upon. Although the artists in this lineup are too humble to consider themselves “stars.”
Joey Cape is the frontman for local punk sensation Lagwagon, as well as Bad Astronaut, and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes.  Jon Snodgrass is the singer from Drag the River, the southern rock band out of Colorado. Together with Brian Wahlstrom, they form the acoustic act Scorpios, performing in small intimate venues nationwide to create memorable moments between fans and local musicians.
The Scorpios “To All My Friends” tour is dedicated to Tony Sly, the singer from No Use For A Name, and former bandmate to Cape, who passed away a year ago. There’s a lot of Santa Barbara history here. And a lot of local love. The guys played acoustic solo sets, and then played some songs together, trading off instruments. And true to their promise, they intermittently pulled up local rock artists to perform alongside them. All the while, Cape bantered with his friends in the crowd and harassed them as they played on stage.
photo by vintage iPhone
There was a small crowd at Velvet, which made the event that much more special. It’s always somewhat hard to write a review about a show when you are there to experience the moment. And a moment was definitely shared between friends.