New Years Eve at Bimbo's

New Years Eve at Bimbo's

Nick Waterhouse, Marc & The Casuals, The Cottontails, and special appearances by the Girl in the Fishbowl

Wed, December 31, 2014

8:00 pm

Bimbo's 365 Club

$80.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Includes complimentary glass of champagne, hats, party favors and traditional balloon drop. Cocktail Attire- Black Tie Optional. STANDING ONLY; 2 DRINK MIN; NO CAMERAS/RECORDING

Nick Waterhouse
Nick Waterhouse
Nick Waterhouse’s art springs from a simple idea: everybody wants to be somebody else. One of his heroes, Van Morrison, got his start covering Bobby Bland, whose own musical idol was Nat “King” Cole. In Waterhouse’s view, emulation is a journey; you never truly succeed, but as the singer, guitarist and songwriter puts it, “You become something on the way there.”

Nick was born in 1986 and grew up in Huntington Beach, a place known predominantly for its tanning salons, commercial surf culture, and UFC fighters. In his early teens, he established his musical sensibilities in the midst of the burgeoning Southern California DIY scene (Burger Records, Ty Segall, McHugh’s Distillery studio), through which he refined his own idiosyncratic perspective on the spirit of American Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll.

Waterhouse started performing as a teenager. “It was really motivated by fear,” he recalls. “I’m kind of an introvert, so it was an uncomfortable situation. It was a way to force a crisis.” The young artist experienced an exhilaration he’d never felt before, and hasn’t found anywhere else since. “It’s a feeling of heightened awareness that goes beyond pleasure,” Waterhouse explains. “It has something to do with seeing ahead in time and behind in time all at once. You don’t just get the immediate reward; you get the potential that rewards you the same way.”

Waterhouse explored the idea of potential on his breakthrough single, “Some Place,” a beautifully lean, propulsive track recorded at all-analog studio the Distillery and self-released in 2010 on his own Pres label. “Well, there’s someplace that I’d rather be,” Waterhouse sang in a fierce yet plaintive register. “And it’s something that’s been on my mind almost constantly.”

These days, Waterhouse is a successful recording artist, with one well-received LP and and several high-profile tours and collaborations to his name. But his latest work still embodies the struggle of his early forays. During “This Is a Game,” Waterhouse sets up a snarly, post-surf guitar solo with a succinct statement of a cynical outlook: “This is a game / Please remember my words / And don’t get upset when you don’t get what you think you deserve.” And on the gothic-soul strut “Let It Come Down,” he meditates on the inevitability of pain. “If there’s gonna be rain tonight,” he sings in a stoic croon. “Let it come down.”

It’s clear from this material that Waterhouse is in the midst of his own becoming. He isn’t the type to let ecstasy take over, like Van Morrison, or to drawl away in a consummately laid-back register, like Mose Allison. In the tension between his wry lyrics and crisp arrangements, you hear the expression of a worldly skeptic who’s also—when it comes to his art—a sanctified believer. Whoever it was that Nick Waterhouse wanted to be matters less now; these days, he just sounds like himself.
Marc & The Casuals
Marc & The Casuals
The San Francisco soul big band Marc & The Casuals features keyboardist Marc Capelle, a longtime SF session player who has performed with American Music Club, Vetiver, Rodriguez, Tommy Guerrero, Third Eye Blind, The Fresh And Onlys, as well as playing horn with groups like Grandaddy, John Doe, and The Plastic Ono Band. The remainder of this 21st century “Wrecking Crew" section is filled out by Todd Roper (Chuck Prophet, Cake); bassist Dr. Peter Strauss (founding member of The Dwarves, seminal hardcore band from Chicago) and the group’s lead guitar and vocalist Bart Davenport (The Loved Ones, The Kinetics, Persephone's Bees). Filling out the group is guitar god Tom Ayres & the marvelous Angelina Moysov of Persephone’s Bees along with horns Carroll Ashby, Amber Lamprecht and Tom Griesser. Guest vocalists in the revue will include Brigid Dawson (Thee Oh-Sees), Bob Reed, Virgil Shaw & Meryl Press. A special attraction for this NYE will be East Bay soul gospel sensations The West Coast Sprirtual Corinthians joining in with group for the evening. The Casuals are know for full force dance concerts with the best soul grooves and pop songs from the 60's and 70’s. You will hear every flavor of soul from the sounds of Stax to New Orleans to the Sound of Philadelphia with a good dose of local East Bay and SF funk and soul.
The Cottontails
The Cottontails
THE COTTONTAILS are one of San Francisco's most exciting musical groups. Well-versed in American musical styles from the 1920s to the 1980s, they will belt out some old gin-house blues, riff on a Charlie Parker tune, and rock out on a Smokey Robinson song, all in a single set.
and special appearances by the Girl in the Fishbowl
and special appearances by the Girl in the Fishbowl