Saturday, April 02, 2005

Dalloways Plus Bart Davenport and Simone Rubi of Call and Response April 10: Bringing Home the New Loud

Local dreampop quintet The Dalloways seem to be magnets for talent. On Sunday, April 10 at Tokyo Garden, The Dalloways will play host to international recording and touring artists Bart Davenport and Rubies (Simone Rubi of Call and Response).

“This is a big event for Fresno,” says Gerhard Enns of The Dalloways. “Fresnans may not know much about Davenport or Rubi and Call and Response since this is their first visit to Fresno, but folks in San Francisco and Los Angeles and other major urban areas around the country and abroad have definitely heard their music. In SF, Davenport and Call and Response are basically household names.”

So what kind of music can you expect to hear? With Davenport and Rubi, less is more, and tenderness reigns supreme. Davenport’s latest album, for instance, mixes 60’s and 70's folk pop a la Arthur Lee of Love, Gil Scott Heron, and early Paul McCartney with “Girl from Ipanema” bosa nova stylings. The result is a laid back California “Ventura Highway” feel.

Both Davenport and Rubi (with Call and Response) have toured the U.S. and Europe with the likes of Mates of State, The Court and Spark, and international sensations Kings of Convenience—the duo that first coined the term “quiet is the new loud” to describe the movement toward a quieter, more sensitive pop tune, and whose latest single “I’d Rather Dance With You” has steadily climbed the Billboard and MTV charts.

“April 10 will be an intimate affair with some internationally renowned artists,” Enns says. “It’ll be a great place for Fresno musicians and music fans to meet and connect with some rising stars living the dream.”

The Dalloways will start the night at 9:00 PM with a short set of music off their latest album Penalty Crusade.

Tokyo Garden is located in downtown Fresno at 1711 Fulton Street, three blocks south of Divisidaro. Doors open at 9:00 PM with a five dollar cover. For more information including links to the artists’ web pages and music, visit or call 661-331-5000.