I searched it up and found an amazing collective doing all kinds of amazing things for our ecological future while also bringing in art and education into their work.The venue at Tree People, called the Mark Taper Foundation Amphitheatre is nestled among the trees of a hillside that spills over the top of the ridgeline facing into the San Fernando Valley above Beverly Hills. I swung into a little lot at the same time as the Brushfire Records crew Emmett Malloy, Janella and friends. Down the stone and earth stairs tucked under the trees in a glen oozing of easy eco-vibe was a small stage and amphitheatre with a gathering of about 65-75 people enjoying the free sandwiches, snacks and wine on hand.
I gathered the Brushfire Records gang for a quick photo; meet Ben, Kissy, Emmett, Janella and Josh, and then back to greeting all the gathering. Even Matt’s parents were in attendance.
The tunes were lush and the band played extremely well in this far out down to earth setting. The songs from Mobile Chateau are in the same vibe as Witchcraft full of organic analog Haight Ashbury influenced jangle mixed with fuzzy reverb. We plan to review the album soon so stayed tuned for that.
Our friends from Vans were on hand as Matt is part of a few VANS music projects. They were filming and shooting digital so I can’t wait to hear and see more about that. We’ll be sure to let you know what we find right here in the pages of Re:Cal mag.
And Don’t forget to check out TREE PEOPLE : )
words and photos: Lou Niles