Upcoming Portland Shows & CoG Events:

Don't Miss this Fookin' Show!!!

PORTLAND: April 8 @ Holocene
1001 SE Morrison
8:30 pm

How Art & Music Can Change the World

SALEM: April 9 @ Cherry City Music Festival 1:00 pm
SALEM: April 10 @
Willamette University - Montag Den

EUGENE: April 10 @ Wandering Goat

Internationally, David Lester and Jean Smith are best known for their work as Mecca Normal. The band has released thirteen CDs on the most significant independent labels (Matador, Kill Rock Stars, K Records). In a four star CD review Rolling Stone Magazine said: " ...vocalist Jean Smith and guitarist David Lester have presented a consistent, evolving and luminous challenge to the reigning social order what Smith calls a false machine in motion/Passing through the clouds." David Lester is a small press publisher of fiction and award-winning poetry, the author of The Gruesome Acts of Capitalism and a well-respected visual artist with 35 years experience. Jean Smith, the author of two published novels, was named one of Vancouver's top 50 writers.

Jean says, "Mecca Normal has done thousands of interviews over the years to raise issues of cultural, political and social concern. Our presentation is structured to bring that content forward -- without the interviewer. We've broken out of performance-only mode to introduce our thoughts on motivation, inspiration, and longevity. Touring artists who promote systemic change are valuable to the basis of society. We refuse to be buried in the entertainment glut."

Mecca Normal has a long history of co-ordinating and promoting events for artists determined to create social change. Their original touring enterprise was the late 80s Black Wedge -- a group of poets and minimalist musicians who toured in Canada, the US and England.

Full list of Tour Dates

Vancouver -March 28 -The Vinegar Factory -"How Art & Music Can Change the World"
Vancouver -April 1 -Windermere High School -"How Art & Music Can Change the World"
Bellingham, WA -April 3 -Underground Coffeehouse
Seattle -April 4 -Vera Project
Battle Ground, WA -April 5
Olympia -April 7 -Evergreen State College -tba
Olympia -April 7 -All Ages Project
Portland -April 8 -Holocene
Salem, OR -April 9 -Cherry City Music Festival
Salem, OR -April 10 -Willamette University -"How Art & Music Can Change the World"
Eugene, OR -April 10 -Wandering Goat
Arcata, CA -April 11 -The Green House
San Francisco -April 12 -Hemlock Tavern
San Francisco -April 13 -Modern Times Bookstore -"How Art & Music Can Change the World"
LA -April 14 -CalArts -"How Art & Music Can Change the World"
LA -April  15 -Knitting Factory Hollywood
Durham, NC -tba -"How Art & Music Can Change the World"
Durham, NC -April 18 -DuoFest III
DC -April 19 -The Red & The Black Bar
DC -April 20 - tba -"How Art & Music Can Change the World"
New York -April 20 -Cake Shop
New York -April 21 -Bluestockings Books -"How Art & Music Can Change the World"
Philly -April 22 -Nexus -"How Art & Music Can Change the World"
Turners Falls, MA -April 23 -Rendezvous
Providence -April 24 -Rhode Island School of Design -"How Art & Music Can Change the World"
Boston -April 25 -Megapolis Audio Festival -"How Art & Music Can Change the World"
Providence -April 25 -AS220

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