Now that the first year of the South Bay Film and Music Festival is over we'd love to do a quick recap of how things went at our music showcases. Thursday, June 2nd at the South Coast Botanic Gardens was a day worth marking off on your calendar. The festival's first music showcase featured two awesome artists from 6:00-8:00 PM. Following the musical performances we did a screening in the garden of the film Stand By Me for its 30th Anniversary.
Everything began with singer-songwriter Isla June in the large open venue. There’s a definite influence in her music that brings to mind artists like Nancy Wilson or Peggy Lee. The SoCal native’s emotive voice and brand of folk bring a romantic sensibility to music. This romantic layer brought a relaxing feel to the venue as people gathered around to listen, chat, and eat. Her latest track “White Flag” highlights Isla June’s haunting vocals with mournful lyrics.
Up and coming folk and soul artist, Nick Shattuck also joined us at the Garden. Since his relocation from Western Wisconsin to Southern California in 2011, Shattuck has been making a name for himself as a talented guitarist with a distinctive voice. Despite being a local artist, his Midwest roots are evident in his music. Shattuck engaged with the audience as his set went on and got people pumped up for the nigth. His EP, “Up Late, Dreaming,” is an engaging collection of music with strong lyrics.
These two artists' distinct sounds were exciting to listen to at the South Coast Botanic Gardens. The day was relaxed, and the venue was warm reprieve from the breezy beach city down the road. Overall it was a fun night out with good company, good food, and great entertainment. Make sure to check out Isla June and Nick Shattuck online if you missed the show.
Music Blogger: Fernanda Vidaurrazaga
After receiving a BA in creative writing and a BA in media and cultural studies from the University of California, Riverside, Fernanda’s main focus has been music. Hoping to bring attention to quality local artists, her love for writing has brought her closer to music stories that matter through music blogging