May 3: Kyle Martin Band at Aubergine


In the heyday of the never-forgotten Boogie Room, a house-garden-commune-barn-venue in Southwest Santa Rosa, it wasn’t uncommon to find a hardcore band like M.D.C. playing inside the barn, while outside, around the fire pit—always—a group of people jamming together on acoustic instruments. One resident campfire standby at the Boogie Room, named Kyle Martin, has just released a solo album that encapsulates a special, rural brand of idealism. See the upbeat song “Romance”, which contrasts the insidious nature of advertising (“TV tries to sell you that you are ugly, you smell bad, you’re hairy, hey, people think you’re scary”) with the natural onset of love, which “doesn’t cost a thing.” Martin has an adventurous band and a pure heart; he plays Friday, May 3, at Aubergine. 755 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 8:30pm. $5. 707.861.9190.

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