One of contemporary instrumental music’s most popular mainstays since the dawn of what radio termed New Adult Contemporary in the late 1980’s, the San Diego-based band’s melodic and funky, blues and Latin spiced rhythm and jazz sound has helped both create and define the genre.
Fattburger.com (the website, not the album) proudly declares that the proper response to the question “What is the essence of smooth jazz?” is the Fattburger catalog in its entirety.
While Fattburger.com (the album) keeps the band on its always evolving artistic roll and is a harbinger of the kind of music we might expect from the band in the future, the dawn of 2000 gives Evans pause to reflect upon what the whole experience has meant to the band. “I have to say, I’m most proud of the fact that we’ve stayed together and that no matter what’s come up, we’re always looking out for each other, keeping our friendship and the joy of music ahead of all other concerns. It’s been a pleasure having the opportunity to touch our fans through music, and to leave a nice little musical legacy which will hopefully outlive us.”
Humphrey’s “Backstage” (the bar area) offers Happy Hour, every day of the week including weekends, from 5 to 7 p.m., with pretty damn good live music (and with no cover), and nearly all of the food and drinks are half off the normal price. So, if you ask for a Grey Goose martini, it’s only 5 bucks because it’s normally 10.
And you get some extremely entertaining people watching thrown in for free. It’s a 50-something crowd, nearly all touristas, and the loud Tommy Bahama shirts are out in full force. Let’s face it, tourists can be hilarious. We love them because they are helping our economy and we sympathize with them, too, because we are all tourists ourselves when we step outside of our little towns. But the bottom line is that they act and dance sillier than regular folks and it’s great fun to watch.
Humphreys Backstage, 2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, California 92101
Date: Sunday, September 26, 2010 – 8:00 pm