The Classic Car Week music scene – Monterey Herald
Classic Car Week visitors looking for musical entertainment will find the best of some of our local musicians with locations spanning the gamut of restaurants, hotel lobbies, vineyard tasting rooms and event spaces.
The Coffee Bank Cafe at Carmel Rancho Shopping Center wraps up its summer concert series with its Classic Car Week Saturday night party for locals with The Latin Jazz Collective. Yes, that says the locals, but I bet everyone will be welcome on the outdoor patio behind the cafe. The cafe portion of the venue is where you enter, but as you make your way to the back patio you’ll find the concert hall which last week featured contemporary jazz saxophonist Will Donato of Palm Springs.
Our local jazz guys from the Latin Jazz Collective are awesome and will be playing steamy hot tunes that flaunt their high caliber musicality and Latin dance music as well. The group is led by percussionist John Nava, saxophonist Stu Reynolds and drummer Martin Binder. Together with the whole group, they create a rich and eclectic mix of original compositions and highly acclaimed standard jazz arrangements, imbued with authentic Latin rhythms. Members of the Latin Jazz Collective have shared the stage, recorded and performed with Carlos Santana, Pete Escovedo, The Yellowjackets, Malo, Kim Stone (Rippingtons), Wayne Wallace and many other respected artists from around the world. . Members of the collective maintain active performance schedules as conductors, arrangers and music educators throughout the Central Coast and Bay Area.
Recently, the ensemble performed at the Coffee Bank to celebrate the release of their second studio album, “La Bahia”. The venue has a wine and beer station, heaters, concert seating, and tables around foyers. It is advisable to bring a jacket because our notorious fog is most often present. Tickets are $ 20 for the 7-10 p.m. show, available online at www.coffeebankcafe.com. For more information about the group, visit www.latinjazz-collective.com.
All other options to choose from are related to relaxation with wine or cocktails, a fine dining experience or a combination of both. Most locations offer outdoor seating options. Starting with the Monterey side of the hill – this is the local parlance for being on or near the bay unlike the Carmel / Pebble Beach / Carmel Valley area –
The Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa (lobby) is located at 400 Cannery Row, Monterey, and on Thursdays, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., pianist Michael Culver performs a sophisticated mix of straightforward jazz standards and light pop classics that include standards from the Broadway scene. He performs again at the Monterey Plaza on Fridays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Saturdays, pianist Steve Mann appears, and on Sundays jazz / classical pianist Martan Mann performs, both from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
If you’re more looking for a dancing nightclub with a southern rock vibe, Thursdays 9-11:30 p.m. at Sly McFly’s on Cannery Row is your place. The Eldorados will make you dance if it’s your pleasure. Spend another night and see what happens on the dance floor. Otherwise, enjoy food and cocktails.
On the Monterey-Salinas Freeway to Del Rey Oaks, just beyond the airport runway at the intersection of Highway 218, is one of the locals’ favorite restaurants, Tarpy’s Roadhouse. Good food, beautiful patios and grounds, and interesting indoor seating areas in the historic stone house with great artwork on display. Acoustic guitarist / singer / songwriter Adrea Castiano appears on Fridays, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Her extensive repertoire includes a range of classical and contemporary artists, from Johnny Cash to Amy Winehouse. Her voice has been described as “haunting and sweet”, which has earned her comparisons to Regina Spektor and Billie Eilish.
On Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., Zack Freitas, a singer / guitarist passionate about rock / pop, will perform his indie / alt-rock originals and covers. He is known for his enthusiastic and energetic performances. Sunday at Tarpy’s, from noon to 3 p.m., enjoy guitarist / singer / songwriter Steven Shook’s Top 40 mix of country, rock and pop.
Tarpy’s sister restaurant, Rio Grill in The Crossroads Mall, Carmel also has music on weekends, with Freitas performing on Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. Luis Fer appears from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, and Freitas is back on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.
On the vineyard side, check out Casey Wickstrom at Twisted Roots Vineyard, 12 Del Fino Place, Carmel Valley, Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. He’s a looping multi-instrumentalist artist and singer from San Jose. At Big Sur Vineyards, 1 Del Fino Place, Carmel Valley, Sunday, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy rock and blues harmonica while playing vocalist Chuck Brewer and his band. You can easily taste wine at these two fine wineries and enjoy two different musical performances.
And if you’ve attended automotive events in Carmel Valley or just want to experience award-winning farm-to-table cuisine and garden by the glass of wine at Bernardus Lodge & Spa, reserve a table or stop by to enjoy the country sound by guitarist / singer Fred McCarty, Saturday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and classical guitar styles by Robert McNamara, Sunday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
And back on the peninsula at Pebble Beach at the Lodge’s Terrace Lounge, Thursday it’s Steven Shook, from 6pm to 9pm; Luis Fer, Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Hyatt Regency and the InterContinental The Clement @ C Restaurant & Bar in Monterey both have music on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. Unless you’re too busy shopping for a multi-million dollar luxury car, indulge yourself and step out to hear the best of Monterey Bay area music.