Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Michael Ubaldini returns to play his 'Americana' songs

Since its opening in 1980, acclaimed modern rock artists such as the Call and Brother have recorded concerts for commercial release at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano.

Now one of Orange County's best-known artists is going to chronicle a special full-length concert for release as a combo DVD-CD collection. Fountain Valley-based Michael Ubaldini will headline at the San Juan Capistrano venue on Thursday night, Feb. 21, performing Americana-styled material from across his acclaimed discography.

"We're going to do stuff off every record," explained Ubaldini in a recent interview. "Some songs I'll just play acoustically with guitar and harmonica. Then the band will play with me on the other songs."

The cast of sonic players slated to join Ubaldini on stage includes Gavin Jones (bass), Larry Green (guitar), Mitch Ross (drums), Jimmy Zeiger (saxophone), Chris Lawrence (pedal steel guitar), TJR (keyboards), and Tricia Freeman and Deanie Wood on backing vocals.
"All are great musicians in their own right and it's a pleasure to be back together for this special event," Ubaldini said.

And while Ubaldini and his talented band have been rehearsing in anticipation of the upcoming show at the Coach House, he has also been going into the studio to record new material. Many of the songs are destined to appear on an upcoming acoustic collection, while more up-tempo material will be included on a forthcoming rock album.
"It has been a good year for songs," Ubaldini said.

Ubaldini, the Fallen Stars and Niki Smart will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. Admission to this special concert recording event is $10.

Information: 949-496-8930.

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