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Award-winning singer-songwriter Jody Mulgrew streams Oct. 24

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Editor's note: The Dia de Los Muertos drive-in concert on Oct. 31 has been cancelled, according to an event organizer. County health officials notified organizers that the concert was not permitted under COVID-19 health guidelines. New Times learned of the cancellation after this story went to press.

Morro Bay's favorite son, Jody Mulgrew, continues to offer two free livestreamed concerts a month on the second and fourth Saturdays, which means you can catch this incredibly gifted singer-songwriter this Saturday, Oct. 24 (8 p.m. on his Patreon page, patreon.com/JodyMulgrew).

LIVE FROM MORRO BAY Singer-songwriter Jody Mulgrew will offer his next twice-monthly livestream concert on Oct. 24. - PHOTO COURTESY OF JODY MULGREW
  • Photo Courtesy Of Jody Mulgrew
  • LIVE FROM MORRO BAY Singer-songwriter Jody Mulgrew will offer his next twice-monthly livestream concert on Oct. 24.

He's got a deep catalog of originals, and he knows a ton of covers too. You never know what you're going to get. During his Oct. 10 show, he opened with a brand new song he'd been working on, "Get Back Yesterday."

"It was the first time that you fell in love. It was a red, red rose and a turtle dove, and an angel came down from above. Hey-hey. It was the final chapter your senior year, endless summer would disappear, and he broke your heart down by the pier. Hey-hey. You can't get back the things you gave away. You can't get back yesterday. You can't get back the things you gave away. You can't get back yesterday. Well it's crazy how time slips away. There's mouths to feed and bills to pay, and last year feels like yesterday. Hey-hey. Oh remember how we used to do, stumblin' down the avenue. It's a miracle we made it through okay, and you can't get back the things you gave away. You can't get back yesterday."

Mulgrew's got a tender tenor voice and sings with such sweet emotion. It's no wonder he's won so many awards, including two Album of the Year awards at the NTMAs. His livestream shows are charming as heck. His patter as he interacts with audience comments makes you feel like you're in the room with him.

After "Get Back Yesterday," he followed with Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark," whose lyrics he modified slightly to reflect that he's been picking up his son's toys and folding his laundry. I dare you not to be charmed by Mulgrew.

Next he got a request for a tropical song, so he switched guitars and played one called "Mighty Ocean." He told a great story about buying a guitar in Bangkok, and the bartering process. It's like a conversation with a friend in your living room. Intimate and entertaining—Mulgrew puts on a great show. If you miss it, you can watch it on his website: jodymulgrew.com.

VIRTUAL FACULTY Christopher Woodruff and fellow Cal Poly music department faculty will offer a virtual showcase on Oct. 23. - PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRISTOPHER J. WOODRUFF
  • Photo Courtesy Of Christopher J. Woodruff
  • VIRTUAL FACULTY Christopher Woodruff and fellow Cal Poly music department faculty will offer a virtual showcase on Oct. 23.

Virtual showcase

The Cal Poly Music Department presents a virtual Music Faculty Showcase and post-recital discussion at 6:30 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 23 ($5 tickets at pacslo.org).

"The recital, which is part of Cal Poly's Mustang Family Week, is a fun opportunity for our faculty to collaborate and to demonstrate the breadth of talent across our teaching studios," recital coordinator Christopher J. Woodruff said. "There will be a live Q-and-A session with faculty immediately following the recital."

Hear "Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury" by Benjamin Britten; "On Your Own Now" by Steven Verhelst; Violin Sonata in C Major, Op. 5, No. 3, by Arcangelo Corelli, and more!

Halloween quarantunes ... boo!

Father-and-son duo The Journals continue their foray into hip-hop with "Tricks," their newest track on their Soundcloud account (soundcloud.com/the-journals-music). In keeping with the Halloween season, it's got a spooky vibe, but the lyrics will really bring political fear to the forefront: "We've got the wolf in sheep's clothing. We've got the owners of the world. We've got depopulation without a cure. We've got news that's hard to swallow. We got leaders we can't follow, making all of the issues one big blur." Listen before you vote!

HIP-HOPPERS The Journals, featuring Dylan Krause and his father, John, recently released a new song written in quarantine, "Tricks," available on their Soundcloud site. - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JOURNALS
  • Photo Courtesy Of The Journals
  • HIP-HOPPERS The Journals, featuring Dylan Krause and his father, John, recently released a new song written in quarantine, "Tricks," available on their Soundcloud site.

Meanwhile, Charles Duncan just released "Fake News" on his Bandcamp page (charlesduncan.bandcamp.com/track/fake-news). "Rats in the henhouse, pigs in the corn, and our president's busy looking at porn in a solid gold outhouse down by the lake where they're drowning the truth in news that is fake. That's Fake News, and it weaponizes old lies in new disguises. Presents a false choice then says, 'Choose!' Can't take fake news."

"When we look back on this wild year, one thing we'll remark on (I hope) is the eleventh-hour resurrection of the Simple Truth—the idea that our shared version of 'reality' has to be based on a set of objective facts, and not just whatever variation of the 'story' we may prefer," Duncan wrote. "I mean, I would like to believe that the polar ice caps are doing just fine, but people who know better say otherwise, and if I want to remain relevant to that discussion, I'm just going to have to deal with it."

Vote like your country depends on it!

Car Concert!

There are still a few spots left for the Saturday, Oct. 31, drive-in concert at La Cuesta Ranch (2400 Loomis St., SLO) with soul, funk, and blues act The Vibe Setters (6:15 p.m.) and bluesy soulful rock group Próxima Parada (7:30 p.m.). Dubbed a Día de los Muertos concert and "cultural experience paying homage to ones lost," the show begins at 6 p.m. with an observance, and dancers will take to the stage between bands.

"Sales started strong," organizer Ryan Orr said, "and I'm expecting things to start moving in the last week. We're working in cooperation with SLO County Sheriff's Department and have an open line of communication with them in regards to any concerns or questions they may have. My team and I take the safety and health of our concertgoers with the utmost priority and assure a secure and organized production."

Each vehicle will get a 20-by-20-foot plot, and you can watch the show outside your vehicle but you must wear a mask. The audio will be broadcast on FM radio (the sound does not come from the stage!) It'll set you back $100 per vehicle for up to four people or $150 VIP per vehicle with early entry and first two rows parking, available at ticketsauce.com/e/driveinslo/preview. Δ

Contact Senior Staff Writer Glen Starkey at gstarkey@newtimesslo.com.

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