When: Sat., Aug. 20, 10:30 p.m., Sun., Aug. 21, 4:30 p.m., Mon., Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m., Wed., Aug. 24, 6 p.m., Fri., Aug. 26, 9 p.m. and Sat., Aug. 27, 3 p.m. 2011
Rupert Wates' Joe's Café is a music revue comprised of true stories about ordinary Americans of yesterday and today, all set in the welcoming atmosphere of an all-night cafe. Recast in song, each piece is part of the American mosaic.
Winner, Best Music Revue, San Francisco Fringe 2010. "Warm, witty, tender, poignant." (NUVO, Indianapolis).
Rupert Wates is a transplanted Brit who channels Studs Terkel-like oral narratives of regular folks through a lens reminiscent of Ray Davies to create elegantly written songs that are low-key and literate. Joe’s Café, an imaginary place where the subjects of Wates’ songs come to share their experiences, provides a gestural context for what really amounts to a set of beautifully played songs (Wates is a master finger-picker on guitar, while Penelope Thomas and Stacy Lorin provide lyrical vocal support). Most of the performance is done sitting down, which honors the café conceit, but inhibits the energy level. - David Hoppe
Price: $5 backer button, $10 general admission, $7 students with valid ID, $5 children under 12