Can one of the most amazing Henry Miller Library shows ever NOT be at the Henry Miller Library?
We’ll ask again: Can one of the most amazing Henry Miller Library shows ever NOT be at the Henry Miller Library?
The answer is YES.
Such was the case Oct. 24th, 2010 Cat Power show.
We here at the Library and Big Sur have learned that Mother Nature usually has the last word. Such was the case when the highway washed away a few years ago, and such was the case for the Catpower show.
Usually early-to-mid October remains dry, but this wasn’t the case. Rain was in the air. In fact, in one of the more lamentable aspects of evening, Magnus built this amazingly engineered covering for the stage using plywood, PVC piping, duct table, and his innovative Stockholm Pulley System.
No but seriously, the covering was amazing and would have kept Chan and her band dry, but a bit less so for the general crowd.
So the Brain Trust, led by the indefatigable ((folkYEAH!!!)) Presents studied their (few) options and found one: Hidden Valley Music in Carmel.
The entire operation was uprooted and we motored north. Ticketholders rallied, social media worked it’s magic, and the show went on. And it ruled.
Catpower’s one of those artists who can flummox philosophers for eons: much like other amazing and unique singers — I’m a sucker for baritones; something about ’em — her voice is so beguiling that she creates a Jobs-esque “Reality distortion field” whereby you ask yourself, “Wait, is this really a good song, or is her just voice so beguiling? If she, said, read/sang the phonebook to me would I turn into a lovelorn butterfly?” (Answer: yes!)
And that, in a nutshell, is irrefutable evidence that “one of the most amazing Henry Miller Library shows can NOT be held at the Henry Miller Library.
Click here for some photos by Terry Way!